Monday, March 31, 2014

13/52



Zeph: Five on Thursday and still as magnificent as the day you were born.

Pip: Enjoying the very serious work of being Fire Man Sam

Elk: Not in a rush to grow up or anything. Just keeping up, is all.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rose, Clay and Indigo






 When I started Bohemian Traders I had one thing in mind - an oversized button down dress. Why? Because as a healthy sized 12 breast-feeding mother, I found it almost impossible to find clothing that was easy. Easy to move in, easy to feed in and easy to sleep in if need be. I was yearning for clothing that didn't cling to my skin, didn't creep in the wrong places, allowed me to be cool and comfortable without showing my poorly maintained leg hairs and dammit, I wanted to have easy access to my breasts.

There, I said it.

I need accessible boobs.

Four months later and my perfect dress has arrived. The Oversized Tee Shirt Dress. It's floor length and made from light weight cotton that skims the body effortlessly and beautifully with side splits to just above the knee. I can wear it with any number of scarves, layers of necklaces, tights and boots, sandals/salties, a vintage blanket jacket, kimono or super soft cardi. It's a winner.

I've also been loving my Oversized Deep V Tee for the same reasons. I just like natural fibres and loose fits, thats all.

With a colour palette of Rose, Clay and Indigo, Bohemian Traders will launch into Winter 2014 (eep). There are totally luxurious angora, cashmere and wool knits on their way along with sweet fur pom pom beanies.

I'm currently having a new website built for Bohemian Traders that should be ready some time this week.

 If you've been one of the lovely people that has made an order through my Big Cartel store ( hi mum, that's you!), THANK YOU. Its been so wonderful to have your support.

YAY!!

I'll be back with 52 and The Stills Collection asap, promise.



p.s thats the Opal Embroidered Dress also pictured. For me, it's the dress that can take me from the park  and then out to dinner with the girls. Just swap the salties for stacked wedges, you know?! My wardrobe's pretty spartan these days so I like clothes that can multi task.











Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Craft Corner : Makeover



Hello! Hello!

Last month I shared how to make a DIY canvas art when you can't afford the real thing. Em hinted she would like to see the finished product in its new home - on the bedroom wall. I do like a (not so) subtle hint Em, and you saved my somewhat tired brain from thinking of something else to create..!

So here it is - a little before and after. This little makeover is a combination of the two crafty projects I have shared so far - revamping old and turning it into new with paint/new fabric and the DIY canvas art.

The canvas art was inspired by a new doona cover I had recently bought to break the white doona cover marathon that had hit our bedroom some five years ago. Bright coral linen. Quite the change, yes! The kids' rooms are always getting a little revamp or extras added/moved around every now and then, but for some reason I seem to be lazy when it comes to our own room.

I don't really have a good routine or relationship with sleep. I don't sleep enough and I don't allow myself time to wind down before I turn the lights out. It's usually work at the computer until my eyes can't stay open, brush my teeth and crawl into bed (having already showered after the kids are tucked in). Not a good routine, and something I would like to change.

I realised that my bedroom was not inviting me to come and spend time in there before I call it a day. It was boring and uninspiring and had stayed the same for far too long. So it needed an overhaul. More colour, a change of palette, something warm and inviting that would make me want to be in there - to read for half an hour before bed, allow my mind to unwind, build a better sleep routine. And I think I may have done it.


So, here are my simple steps to building a new space.

1/ Make a decision about the end result you want to achieve. Use whatever tools you have at your disposal - magazines, pinterest, your imagination. Of course, be realistic about your expectations and your budget. If you are struggling to visualise the end result, draw a picture and strip your room back to a bare minimum. It will help to clear your mind and allow you to see things in a better light.

2/ Figure out what can stay and what needs to go. For me I wanted to change our bedside tables, and I needed a proper reading light. I was so sad to move my beautiful rotund lamp over to the husband's side of the bed (a very strange connection to have with a lamp..?!) but I knew it was necessary if this new go-to-bed-earlier-and-do-some-reading-plan was going to work. So over it went (sob).

3/ If, like me, you are trying to use pieces of furniture you already have, some of which may need a revamp with paint, give them a try where you envision them to be before you get out the paint brush. Sometimes the picture in your head doesn't translate and you need to come up with a Plan B (like I did).


4/ When you know what's going where, you can make a start on any painting you need to do. (This lamp is onto it's third colour job, originally picked up from the tip shop for $15 where it was once a beautiful, shiny, two tone brown. The table and stool cost me less than $10 collectively between the op and tip shops and had been sitting in the garage for a long time, waiting to be used. They turned out to be the perfect pieces to use as bedside tables.)



5/ Go to Ikea. Whatever the makeover, you need something from Ikea. Always.

6/ Don't rush it. Take your time and try not to buy pieces of anything on impulse. Think about the purpose of your room and what you want it to give you in return. For me, I wanted the room to feel warm with dark hues, mixed with pops of colour. I wanted some new linen that would invite me to jump into bed. I wanted there to be personality in the room that I felt was lacking - or had gone stale from leaving it sit the same for too long.


7/ It's okay to make changes. Somewhere along the way, you may find your plan or idea needs to change a little. The original artwork my daughter and I had done together, turned out to be too dark once I had found my linen and could see everything together in front of me, including the pink and white cushions I never had any intention of buying, yet became the focal point to draw everything together. Now, the painting felt too masculine and didn't compliment the bright coral at all. So I got out the paints again and added some warmer tones over the bright blues - and different shades of coral and pink. Suddenly there was a better connection and cohesive feeling in the room.


8/ Spend money on quality pieces that will last you for years. The new linen I purchased was a mix of beautiful, lush, fancy pants linen, and middle of the road stuff. The new throw/quilt/blanket on the end of the bed is from Sheridan. Crazy expensive because it's pure quality. Of course I went to their factory outlet and bought it for half price. Along with an armful of new pillowcases to mix and match (which will all go very nicely with some of these). Some, I picked up for $3 each, reduced from $50 each (I haven't a clue who spends $50 on one pillowcase?). If you have factory outlets near you - use them!



9/ When all the hard work is done, it's time to put all your pieces together.


10/ Pour yourself a drink, stand back and admire your new room (or in my case, get into bed and read a book)!

******


Oh my gooooodnesss Tahnee, you never cease to amaze. You've painted the lamp shades, bedsides and everything! Here is a woman who doesn't do things by halves. You can perve on Tahnee over on her personal blog 'Milk Please Mum' or you can book her to photograph your home/life/family/wedding/birth on her professional page 'Pictures by Tahnee.'

I'm not sure about you, but i'm desperately eager to see every room in Tahnee's house as part of The Family Home Project, whatdayathink?


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wearing: Out to Dinner





I was lucky enough to extend my birthday celebrations for over a week. I was taken out to dinner three times and ate more than my fair share of cake with my friends and family. At the start of the week my favourite distressed skinnies were fitting nicely, the muffin top was manageable and I was feeling good. By the end, oh mercy those suckers were tight! Never the less, my Bohemian Traders Denim is proving to be a staple in my capsule wardrobe for Autumn.

Wearing: Image One

Earrings | Bohemian Traders
Jacket | Imported from Hungary
Tee | Country Road (last season)
Distressed Skinny Jeans | Bohemian Traders
Shoes | Zoe Wittner

Wearing: Image Two

Vintage Blanket Jacket | Bohemian Traders
Striped Tee | Subtitled
Nomadic Coin Necklace | Bohemian Traders
Distressed Skinny Jeans | Bohemian Traders
Shoes | Zoe Wittner





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Family Home Project: Chris and Kelly












Photographed by Kris Paulsen

Oh Glory. Would you look at this home. Kelly is one of the most intrinsically stylish people I know and  when teamed with the creativity of her husband Chris, who's trained in graphic design, you get a winning combo. This sweet little rental is filled with all things thrifted, second hand and curb side. Strictly colour coded and effortlessly hip, it's complete with hand crafted treasures from Kelly's online store Chief and Kewpie.



       Who lives here? 


My ridiculously handsome husband, Chris. Who happens to be a school teacher and also a drummer. I know right, I married up. Our 4 year old comedian of a son Noel, who has autism, which means he's smarter than anyone. In the world. Well, me at least. 

Delicious, chubby Coco who is 2 (I'm pretending to love the age of 2....) who insists on wearing a "beautiful dress" the minute her eyes are open in the morning and who tells me my chin and glasses are beautiful. And me, Kel, the one with the beautiful chin. 


What is your style ethos?
I had to google the meaning of ethos. Don't tell. What I probably should have done is ask Noel. He'd know. 
So my style ethos is this; anything goes! Maximum thrifted mirrors, maximum colour and maximum eras. One corner of my home will be totally 70's, where another might be 50's and who knows what's going on over there?

Who/what inspires your style?
I am inspired by the days of old. Some bold retro textile, some soft vintage tones, some clean sharp Aztec lines. The more the merrier. 



Where is your favourite place to sit?
I just really like to sit. Like, really. 
Nothing beats the couch with my best friend and a cuppa (or baileys) at the end of a hard day. We've put the kids to bed, we congratulate each other with a slap on the back and hit the lounge. We listen to our favourite tunes or watch an over-watched tv series on AppleTV quoting it all the way through. 
Its a gentle slap on the back... Thought I should clear that up. It might even be a metaphorical slap on the back. 
I LOVE to sit.



How does the layout of your home affect the way you live/function within it?
We. Have. Stairs. This means I try and gather up as many items as I can in the morning (bedrooms upstairs) and bring them down to our living space so as to avoid walking up them ever again. If I forget something or if the down stairs toilet is broken, it is with HEAVY sighs and huffing that I tantrum my way up them again. 
Sadly we spend a lot of time away from home with appointments for Noel, preschool and life. When we are home we love our downstairs living space. It's tiny and we can all see each other. It has a safe paved backyard which is perfect for trampolineing, bikes and the odd bow and arrow hunt. It's tiny- but if you're a kid, it's a jungle, an ocean, a pirate ship or a place to play "booma" which is essentially handball renamed. 


What are your future plans/dreams for your house?
We rent our little home, which I'm ok with. I'm not a builder- it's the decorating bits that I love! I have a dream of a floor to ceiling vintage mirror wall, some kind of velvet wallpaper feature wall, a succulent garden wall. I see a wall, I busy a wall. 



Any tips for someone who might like to emulate your style (places to shop, key items colours etc)?
My number one rule is this, get some shit on your walls! Asymmetric is the new neat. Already got a photo on the wall? Stick another three things near it. Not in line. Promise me not in line?
I obviously do a lot of shopping at op shops, I hand make a lot of my wall stuff and there are some lovely retro shops online. Gumtree is excellent. Yarn is your best friend. Got a wooden dining chair that's looking plain? Yarn bomb it.

What makes a house a home?
A solid family unit that operate and function out of unconditional love for each other. 
The sounds of laughter rolling off the walls, along with the sounds of ASD meltdowns and the assurance that both of those things are safe here. Ok here. 

Music.

Sitting?



Resource Guide

Hall - Clock:eBay // Trunks:eBay // Dining and Lounge - Dining table:gumtree // Candle:Golden Skull // Rug:Fab Habitat //Buffet:hand me down // Mirrors:thrifted // Ottoman:Adairs // Antique fridge:heirloom. Coco's Room: Peacock bed head:eBay (find similar) // Dolls house:curb side // Rug:Urban Outfitters. Noel's Room - Cardboard moose:Typo // Blanket:thrifted // Cowboy cushion:custom made. Master bed - Rackets thrifted and hand woven by Chief and Kewpie // bedding: urban outfitters.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Stills: A Weekly Collection






1. Proteas and Apples. Winning combination.

2. Just one of my beautiful sister-in-laws. I've got 3 which makes me eternally blessed but just one who'll be my regular Boho Traders model. What a beauty.

3. Green things at dinner time. That makes me an amazing mum, right?

4. Sisterly love. As little Pip (Tom, still tom) gets bigger, her bond with Elke strengths and develops. It's so lovely to watch them interact and I'm filled with anticipation (and dread) of what is to come.

5. Morning mess and beautiful light.

6. Soph at Local is Lovely was kind enough to send me a copy of her new cook book. What a glorious cover! I can't wait to try a recipe or two. Thanks Sophie!

7. Dave and I on Date Night. It had been literally one million years since Dave and I had enjoyed a night of Solitude. We celebrated my 31st Birthday with cocktails at a fun little pocket bar followed by a scrumptious meal at our favourite restaurant and a SLEEP IN. Hellooo. It was amazing. Im wearing my new favourite distressed skinnies, tee shirt from Country Road (last season) and hungarian hand embroidered jacket.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

12/52




Zeph: Utterly engrossed. Today, in the ultimate act of sacrifice, you donated a couple of your lego manuals to Pa for his birthday. A simple and beautiful childlike display of love and generosity.

Pippi : Tom.

Elke: This is your spot. The place where you watch the world go by. And by world, of course I mean your big brother and sister (aka tom) on trikes. As they frantically ride laps of the deck, you stand carefully out of the way until one of them offers you a place on their trailer, then you hold on for dear life while I cover my eyes!