LOVING :: and o design

Melbourne-based Japanese artist Yumi Ando handcrafts beautiful porcelain jewellery and interior accessories under the name and O Design. Yumi’s creations are inspired by the natural world, industrial forms and her Japanese background. Every piece has such a pure and refined form which the minimalist decoration suits perfectly. You can purchase these and other gorgeous and o design creations in Yumi’s Etsy shop and Made It shop.

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Added to my wishlist! Do you love them too, and do you have a favourite and o design piece? I’m finding it difficult to decide, but I’m leaning towards the bowl and the jewellery box… oh and those spoons! The neckpieces! Let’s just say I’m still undecided.



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Temple & Webster’s artisan handmade market

Online shopping destination Temple & Webster launched their handmade market this morning featuring the beautiful work of seven Australian artisans. The collection of makers is curated by Jacqui Fink of Little Dandelion and includes Georgina Brown, Beth Emily, Gemma Patford, Kylie Johnson of Paper Boat Press, Alison Fraser of Slab and Slub, Kenya Paterson, and me.


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I’m flattered to be included in this group of talented women and to have my work so beautifully shot with theirs. You can read more about all the artists on the Temple & Webster blog.

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I created a small range of limited edition decorative vessels for the artisan’s market which feature ceramics together with tactile textured elements of leather and raw edged linen which are stitched, woven and crocheted. I enjoyed experimenting with the ceramic element in combination with the texture and contrasts of the other materials and techniques, and I love how they have evolved and turned out.

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The Temple & Webster artisan handmade market is online for this week only, and the featured items are available at a reduced price during this time. This is the first in a series of handmade markets that Temple & Webster will be running this year, so sign up for their newsletter and stay in the loop. I have no doubt the talent in each themed market will be amazing. A huge thank you to Temple & Webster for supporting and showcasing handmade in this way, and to the always lovely Jacqui Fink for asking me to take part, for her love of handmade, and for seeking out and championing talented Australians.



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INTERIORS TRENDS :: moody hues, layered texture and eclectic lights

Summer is drawing to a close here in Australia – the days are slowly getting shorter and the nights are just a bit cooler. You can feel the autumn coming and that means it’s time to start thinking about cozying things up at home. The current interiors trends of moody hues and layered textures are the perfect way to do just that. Add a few extra touches with on trend eclectic lighting and you’ll be all set to settle into your own comfy cocoon when those cold wintery days inevitably show up.

I’ve chosen some of my favourite photos from Freedom‘s new Autumn/Winter collection (available in store and online from February 25th) that speak perfectly to the coming season and the current trends. Here’s a sneaky peek and lots of inspiration!

This image is a lovely example of the layering of finishes and textures: the lush rich leather of the chair, the pile of the rug and the beautiful copper and exposed bulb of the lamp. That lamp! Did you gasp too? The elements and colour palette are simple and striking, and at the same time warm and harmonious.

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Incorporate moody blues – from indigo, navy and teal to sky – into your home with cushions, throws and vases. Layer the colours and textures with chunky knits, loose weaves and smooth ceramics. Be brave and paint a wall in deep indigo, charcoal or dark teal, add some plants and natural timber and fibers. Then if you’re after some whimsy this amazing wooden cactus and ceramic head are the bomb.

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It’s all about how the textures and finishes are so different but the layering and juxtaposition makes the individual pieces work beautifully together.

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Eclectic and retro inspired lamps and light fixtures are the finishing touch. The icing on the cake. I love the two copper lamps in the previous photos, and the Scandi vibe of these new pendants never goes out of style.

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Do you have any plans on how you’re going to get your home ready for the cooler weather? I enjoy doing a spot of redecorating as the seasons change – whether it’s investing in furniture that I need or adding homewares to change the mood and feel. I’m going to the media launch of Freedom‘s full Autumn/Winter collection next week and based on what I’ve seen so far I can’t wait. The new collection will be in store and online next week.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Freedom. I only partner with brands that are a good fit with my blog, my aesthetic and what you, my readers, enjoy. All images are from Freedom, all words and opinions are my own.



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TUTORIAL :: Make your own superhero softie

Look over there in the playroom… it’s faster than a speeding Thomas the Tank Engine, able to leap tall Lego buildings in a single bound! It’s your child’s own super hero soft toy, lovingly handmade by you! Just download my free sewing pattern, follow the step by step instructions and make your own girl or boy superhero.

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Just head over to Tuts+ for my full tutorial and free sewing pattern and get started making your own customisable superhero soft toy.


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ETSY FIND :: VALEZHKI hand dyed silk scarves

These beautifully coloured scarves by Valezhki are made from hand dyed silk. I can imagine that you’d feel like you were wearing a cloud or a wisp of fog with one of these around your neck. The lovely colours conjure up images of nature’s beauty: the inside of Mother of Pearl shells, storm clouds, flower petals, moss, waves and sea foam.

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Find a gorgeous scarf in your favourite colours at Valezhki on Etsy.


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