Kip + Co. Kids Spring Summer '16

If you are looking for fun and unique bedding for your home, it's hard to look past Melbourne label Kip + Co. Launched in  2012, Kip and Co. has quickly grown into one of Australia's most popular brands. With over 150 stockists nation wide and some products selling out in weeks, Kip and Co. has definitely captured the hearts of the Australian market. The label recently released their Spring Summer 2016 range 'Subtropics' and the perfectly beautiful, bright and fun designs are what we have come to expect from them. Perfect for my baby girl's new bed.

I had been looking for a rattan headboard for my daughter's bed for a while and I managed to score this beautiful rattan headboard from the recent Garage Sale Trail for only $25! Combine that with an inexpensive mattress base from IKEA and we hopefully have a bed that will take her through the next few years. To dress the bed, the Field of Dreams reverse Pink Quilt Cover was the perfect choice for my little lady with her love of all things pink and pretty. The Dalmation Blue Cotton Pillow Case and Rubix Cube Orange Cotton Blanket complemented the quilt cover perfectly to create a bed that she and I both love. 

 

Kip + Co. Kids Girls Room
Kip + Co. Kids SS16
Kip + Co. Kids SS16 Bec Tougas
Kip + Co. Kids SS16 Bec Tougas
Kip + Co. Kids SS16
Images by Bec Tougas

Images by Bec Tougas

 

Website  |  www.kipandco.com.au

Facebook  |  facebook.com/kipandco

Instagram  |  @kipandco

Pinterest | pinterest.com/kipandco

Old Grey House

Old Grey House is a small Perth business that makes beautiful hand made screen printed and shibori textiles for the home. Owner and Designer Tanya has a background in fashion and textile design which led her to create Old Grey House as a creative outlet when her children were young. Starting with her screen printed designs and following on to include her shibori range in recent years, Tanya is passionate about her craft. 

 

The screen printed designs are inspired by inspired the West Australian natural environment and are printed using sustainable printing techniques. A water based ink is printed onto natural base cloths of linen, cotton or hemp to create stunning textiles that bring warmth and style to the home.

 

Tanya's love of the creative process of shibori has inspired her to hold workshops where guests can learn about the shibori techniques and create their own piece to take home. You can find out more about the workshops and buy tickets on her website.

 

I recently caught up with Tanya to learn more about her business and her creative process. 

 

Old Grey House shibori offcuts

Old Grey House shibori offcuts

 

Tell us a little about yourself

 

I studied Fashion and Textiles Design and that followed a career in the fashion industry for 10 years.  The move into homewares was a natural progression combining a love of interiors spaces and the experience I gained working with fashion.

 

When was Old Grey House established and how did it start?

 

The ‘Old Grey House’ is our weatherboard cottage in Perth, Western Australia. My business was formed as a creative outlet while kid wrangling with two full of life, energetic boys.

 

How did you get into workshops and how has the response been so far?

 

I have had an amazing response the workshops so far. People are really hungry for an experience and learning something new. 

 

Images by Bec Tougas

Images by Bec Tougas

Old Grey House cushions looking amazing in Tania's home  |  Image by Bec Tougas

Old Grey House cushions looking amazing in Tania's home  |  Image by Bec Tougas

 

What do you love most about what you do?

 

I love meeting like minded creative people and the flexibility this business give me around my family.  

 

 

How did you get into shibori and what do you love about it?

 

I rediscovered my love for indigo dying over the last few years and just love everything about the amazing process. The colour, technique and unpredictable nature of this craft is always a joy to work with. I have also hugely enjoyed sharing this art with others through workshops and creative gatherings. Meeting like minded people and teaching this craft has also become an inspiration in itself.

 

What or who inspires you?

 

Anything visual, it could be nature, travel or an interesting home on Pinterest or Instagram. 

 

 

Tania's Studio | Images by Bec Tougas 

Tania's Studio | Images by Bec Tougas 

Tools of the trade  |  Image by Bec Tougas

Tools of the trade  |  Image by Bec Tougas

 

Where can people buy your pieces?

 

Online from my website at www.oldgreyhouse.com.au, Table Culture in Subiaco, Merchant & Maker in Dunsbrough, and Mono and Busselton.   

Where do you see Old Grey House going future?

 

I am in the process of developing a new hand printed range - stay tuned!

 

 

The finished product | Image by Bec Tougas

The finished product | Image by Bec Tougas

Images by Bec Tougas

Images by Bec Tougas

 

What is your interior style?

 

Our home is layers of texture. Lots of timber and a bit of a mix of old and new, print and pattern. 

 

 

Who are your favourite Australian designers/ brands?

 

There are so many small creative business, I seem to be finding new ones every day.

 

 

What do you love most about living in Perth?

 

Our weather and casual lifestyle is pretty hard to beat. I love the South West too!

 

Image by Bec Tougas

Image by Bec Tougas

 

 

Website  |  www.oldgreyhouse.com.au

Facebook  |  facebook.com/oldgreyhouse

Instagram  |  @oldgreyhouse

Pinterest  |  pinterest.com/oldgreyhouse/

 

 

Artist Open House Fremantle 2016

It's that time of year again for one of my favourite local events Artist Open House Fremantle. This incredible event gives people the chance to buy affordable art from local and interstate artists, straight from the walls of private homes in Fremantle. The event runs for three days from November 11 - 13 and comprises of 6 Homes, 24 Artists and many stunning artworks all available to purchase. The carefully curated exhibition features paintings, collages, textile pieces, photography, sculpture and ceramics so there is something for everyone. If your not in the market for art you can always take the opportunity to have a sticky beak into some of Fremantle's most beautiful homes and even meet some of the artists who feature in the event. 

 

Yesterday I was lucky enough to have a little sneak peak into a few of the homes that will be opening their doors this weekend, and I have to say this years event will not disappoint. Founder and Director Cathrina Read established AOHF in 2014 because she felt that many artists were struggling to find an audience for their art. Believing that art needed to become more accessible to the public she combined her love of interiors and art, and her background in marketing to create AOHF. 

 

Freshly hung pieces by Emma Lipscombe | Image by Bec Tougas

Freshly hung pieces by Emma Lipscombe | Image by Bec Tougas

AOHF resident art hanger Tom hard at work | Images by Bec Tougas

AOHF resident art hanger Tom hard at work | Images by Bec Tougas

Stunning pieces by Emma Lipscombe and Alessandra Rossi waiting to be hung | Image by Bec Tougas

Stunning pieces by Emma Lipscombe and Alessandra Rossi waiting to be hung | Image by Bec Tougas

Artwork by Alessandra Rossi | Image by Bec Tougas

Artwork by Alessandra Rossi | Image by Bec Tougas

Artwork by Mel Dare and Alessandra Rossi | Images by Bec Tougas

Artwork by Mel Dare and Alessandra Rossi | Images by Bec Tougas

Stunning pieces by Samantha Dennison | Image by Bec Tougas

Stunning pieces by Samantha Dennison | Image by Bec Tougas

 

If you've ever wanted to buy art for your home but felt intimidated by art galleries, or struggled to see how a beautiful art piece could transform your space, then AOHF is the perfect event for you. This event gives you the opportunity to see beautiful art come to life in private homes and creates a more approachable environment to buy the perfect piece for your home. Lay buy is even available if required, or you could approach your favourite artists to commission a bespoke piece for your space.

 

This year's event also includes free short art talks and of course when your in Fremantle you are never too far away from a great coffee shop, or four! For more information on this wonderful event and to learn more about this years artists check out the website www.artistopenhousefremantle.com

 

Jane Tangney and Samantha Dennison pieces sitting beautifully together | Images by Bec Tougas

Jane Tangney and Samantha Dennison pieces sitting beautifully together | Images by Bec Tougas

Moreton Bay Fig - Settlement Diptych by Jane Tangney | Image by Bec Tougas

Moreton Bay Fig - Settlement Diptych by Jane Tangney | Image by Bec Tougas

Jane Tangney pieces in situ | Image by Bec Tougas

Jane Tangney pieces in situ | Image by Bec Tougas

Magenta Bouquet by Britt Dunbar | Image by Bec Tougas

Magenta Bouquet by Britt Dunbar | Image by Bec Tougas

A wonderful Tony Jones sculpture is surrounded by pieces by Britt Dunbar, Amy French, and Joanne Duffy in this amazing warehouse space | Image by Bec Tougas

A wonderful Tony Jones sculpture is surrounded by pieces by Britt Dunbar, Amy French, and Joanne Duffy in this amazing warehouse space | Image by Bec Tougas

Stunning pieces by Britt Dunbar | Image by Bec Tougas

Stunning pieces by Britt Dunbar | Image by Bec Tougas

Coast by Joanne Duffy | Image by Bec Tougas

Coast by Joanne Duffy | Image by Bec Tougas