Image via design*sponge
Friday, 30 January 2009
Image via design*sponge
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Love the blue vase, bird and wallpaper contrast with the green plant.
From Shannon's previous home - she was a fan
of blue and white even back then
A creative and yet organised office. Shelves and drawers make me drool
I heart hydrangeas, especially in blue. I think they're my new favourite flower.
Shannon Fricke has been teasing us in recent months with glimpses of her home decoration project. For those of you who read her blog regularly, which I suggest you do if you love colour and a sophisticated-cum-casual Australian style, you'll know what I'm talking about. I have to confess that I catch myself thinking about her colour palette at random moments. The peacock green velvet sofa. The dusty turquoise Florence Broadhurst wallpaper. The teal blue scatter cushions. I'm in love, love, love. (I wrote about the initial head-over-heels teal blue moment here.) And another person who is making me think blue is interior stylist Sibella Court, who in a recent (as yet unpublished) real living interview professed her love for indigo. Not surprisingly, Shannon has spoken about this colour too - I'll post my favourite pics soon.
Images courtesy of Shannon Fricke, Prue Ruscoe
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? My first job was working in a men’s boutique clothing store. It was my first real introduction in to the world of fashion & design. I then took the option of studying business and finance, with a view to setting up own business one day. This sent me down a more conventional path, through several corporate jobs, until I tunneled my way to freedom and into a world of creativity.
What’s your proudest achievement? Teaching myself to design, expose silk screens, and print.
What’s been your best decision? To buy a Macbook & Adobe creative suites 2.5 years ago. It didn’t magically turn me into designer, but I knew what I wanted to achieve and it’s helped me to launch two ruffians. It was a bit like getting a plane knowing that you wanted fly, but having no idea how all the buttons worked. I still start with a pencil and paper, but I would never have been able to design my own online store, if I hadn’t bought the Mac.
What are you passionate about? Family, friends, the Doris, my dog, music and designing.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? Never listen to people who say "it's not possible" and be grateful for each day.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? My Dad, just to find out what he thinks of ‘two ruffians’ and listen to his valuable advise.
What dream do you still want to fulfill? To help others achieve their dreams through the success of two ruffians.
What are you reading? Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far by Austrian artist Stefan Sagmeister.
Monday, 26 January 2009
Which five words best describe you? Optimistic, happy, driven, determined, grateful.
What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? My first job was chambermaid in a London hotel between finishing high school in the UK (moved from Sydney to Surrey when aged 13) and starting an arts degree in Sydney six months later. But I dropped out of uni after a year, worked in a community radio station, travelled and returned to uni a couple of years later to study communications. I've worked as a print journalist ever since. But a couple of years ago I also started painting, after finding some dumped timber shelves, floorboards and pallets on our council verge. For some unknown reason I thought they would make great canvases. I love wood - its grain and texture - and I also loved that this found timber had a sense of mystery attached to it: what had it been used for, where had it been, and how did it end up in Bondi? I also love turning utilitarian objects into artworks, and particularly like pallets as a canvas. The spaces between the slats provide a lightness and airiness to the work, and also suggest something by their very absence. After I found the wood, I began to paint what I knew: my Bondi neighbourhood. Looking out my sunroom/studio window I am constantly inspired by the little portraits of everyday life: my sons and their friends juggling footballs and skateboarding; surfers, with boards under their arms, running down the road to the beach; willy wagtails hopping around the front garden; and bottlebrush and flannel flowers waving in the sea breeze.
What's your proudest achievement? Helping to grow two beautiful, energetic, sensitive, thoughtful and good-humoured sons.
What's been your best decision? Returning to Sydney in 1998 after living in the literal (and stunning) wilderness of Tasmania for nine years. Tassie is a sensational state, but I missed the frenetic, invigorating and inspirational energy of a busier place. I'm excited by the possibilities here.
What was the starting point for this exhibition? I painted so much timber, and ran out of space at home, so had my first exhibition at the Bondi Pavilion Gallery two years ago. I was really thrilled to find my work struck a chord with others, but I knew I had so much to learn, and my obsession to learn more was growing. I painted at every opportunity, learning about colour, form, composition, texture and perspective as I went; broadening my range of subjects; and developing my style. I was running out of space again, and held another exhibition at the pavilion gallery, which is on at the moment. I love painting, I think about it all the time, and if I don't paint for a few days, I get twitchy!
Who inspires you? My sons and their friends inspire me every day, whether they're surfing, skateboarding, juggling footballs in front of the garage, wrestling, teasing, or laughing. They embrace life with incredible energy, honesty, thoughtfulness, humour and sensitivity - these boys are simply glorious - and I'm hopeful for the future in their hands. And my darling husband, also a water man - a surfer and a skipper - always inspires me, as well as artists Rosalie Gascoigne, Euan Macleod and Picasso!
What are you passionate about? Leaving a healthy planet for our kids; looking after those less fortunate than ourselves; standing up for what we believe in; family, friends, painting, and chocolate! Chocolate and a glass or red wine a day are excellent for our spirits, and good for our hearts!
What's the best lesson you've learnt? To believe in yourself and to follow your dreams. To go for it! You'll never know unless you try. And if you fall down, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again... but never, ever give up. And to try and live generously and to curb jealousy - it ultimately only destroys yourself.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? My great, great... (not sure how many greats) aunt Florence Rodway, who was a very talented portrait painter, but stopped painting the minute she married. I'd love to ask her why: did she really want to, or was it the social norm? If it was the first, I'd love to encourage her to buck the patriarchal system and follow her passion.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? To be good enough...
What are you reading? I haven't read a book for a few months, frantic with getting this exhibition together, but can't wait to start The Divided Heart: Art and Motherhood by Rachel Power, which is apparently about the conflict between being a mum and trying to create! A friend lent it to me (!). It sounds like a very, very appropriate read. I feel I've neglected my kids somewhat in my pursuit of painting (although my teenager said he likes being neglected!!!). I'll take the book down to the gallery next week, to read while I'm sitting behind the desk.
Friday, 23 January 2009
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Have you printed off photos of your children? Do you have albums? And how do you store your albums? I really want to take all of my travel photos out of mismatched albums and put them in those gorgeous-to-touch (and look at) Corban & Blair black books.
Image courtesy of Laikonik
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Finally, I understand why so many people love the works of Frida Kahlo. I have to admit they were a little lost on me previously. You know - the works where she has her unborn son son levitating above a bed. A little too much information, perhaps. And a little too surreal. But I think once you have more of an appreciation of her life story - and what a tragedy that was - her paintings can be seen in a completely different way.
This new appreciation is thanks to the film Frida, which I finally watched the other night on DVD. At first I regreted my choice. The acting seemed a little contrived and the script a little cheesy. But once it got going, I was enthralled. Of course, I am a bit of a sucker for stories about artists. But I loved the more surreal edges to the film - when the paintings become the action and vice versa. I was also fascinated to learn of her relationship with Trotsky. I studied the Russian revolution at high school for what seemed like an eternity. But what perhaps won me over was her determination to keep painting no matter what obstacles she faced during life. A true inspiration.
Monday, 19 January 2009
The colours look faded and a little dirty in
comparison with the cover above
Love the wallpaper (design AND colour), the mirror and console
Brave choice - turquoise with fuchsia pink and then a hit of kelly green
Clever use of mirrors and like the orange
window frames - who'd have thought?!
A light installation in a stair well - great use
of a normally bland, empty space
Stainless steel is a bit boring but the pink more than compensates
I've seen a gad-zillion mood boards in my time but
never in a bathroom. Like it. Like it a lot.
The man - who I once met in London (he's tiny!) - on a sofa
that is not really my cup of tea
I thought I'd post some pics of UK fashion designer Matthew Williamson's cool and colourful London home - after talking about it here - which features on the cover of the latest Elle Decoration magazine and has previously been on the cover of Domino magazine.
Yep, it's pretty out there and even I don't think I could live with quite so many electric hues I love that he has been brave. After all, someone has to lead the pack. Then the reinterpreted, distilled look will eventually make its way down into accessible homeware brands.
Anyway, love to know what you think, especially the differences between how the two magazines have styled and presented the covers (such as use of props and colour tweaks). There's a great commentary on Mirror Mirror, which is where I sourced these pics.
Images courtesy of Domino, Elle Decoration and Mirror Mirror
Friday, 16 January 2009
What was your first job and what path have you taken since? Marketing the homeware range at Country Road in the late eighties, working with Terence Conran and then our own branding agency in the UK during the nineties, back home in Australia the last few years working with artist David Band in Melbourne before starting CASTLE in Sydney in 2008.
What's your proudest achievement? My marriage - it's hard yakka staying married to the person you love!
Who inspires you? My beautiful, funny little children, and all the colour they bring to our lives.
What are you passionate about? All the ings... sewing, printing, painting, knitting, cooking, and especially, my all time favorite, singing.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? If you want the bed made nicely don't ask your husband to do it.
Which living person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Shane McGowan and Kirsty McColl together.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? Going on holiday with my best friend when she finally finishes her PHD sometime this CENTURY!
What are you reading? Independence Day by Richard Ford
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Image courtesy of Stuck on You
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Can I just say now that I'm in love with Julian Schnabel. I've written about my crush before. But after finally getting to watch The Diving Bell and The Butterfly it's getting to become a full-blown obsession. I'd love anyone to recommend a book about Monsieur Schnabel. I HAVE to learn more!
Oh, and the film - divine. Beautifully shot. An inspiring story. Definitely worth watching. It made me want to buy the book that it's based on by former Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby called Le scaphandre et le papillon.
A few little facts about the film:
* Johnny Depp was originally going to play the lead.
* Julian Schnabel learnt French to make the film.
* Julian Schnabel won Best Director at both the Golden Globe Awards and Cannes Film Festival among a stack of other awards.
Image courtesy of Pathe
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
What was your first job and what path have you taken since? My first job was at Calaway Park, our local family amusement park. One of my duties was to man the Pop&Floss (popcorn and candy floss machine). One day while I was attending customers, I inadvertently left the popcorn in the burner too long. It caught fire. I burned down the Pop&Floss. Since that time I have become very detailed oriented. I always try to think of all the possible scenarios before I approach a problem. teehee
What’s your proudest achievement? Creating my own successful interior design business complete with staff members.
Who inspires you? My flickr friends. Seriously, they continually amaze me with their individual creativity, openness and brilliance.
What are you passionate about? Art and design.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? Give praise freely.
Which living person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Annie Leibovitz.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? I want to have my designs featured in Metropolitan Home Magazine.
What are you reading? Vanity Fair.