Wednesday, October 29, 2014

THE FAMILY HOME PROJECT | CLAUDIA, LEVI + EVE


Photographed by moi, Emily Beetleshack 

Gosh this Family Home Project series has been a pleasure. I've been so excited to hit the 'publish' button on this little number. Welcome to the home of Claudia, Levi and darling Eve. Possibly the most beautiful home I've ever had the privilege of entering. If I had half the style of Claudia, I'd be one stylish woman.

A home filled with bespoke treasures, hand made furniture and the most intriguing sense of calm.

Enjoy it! I suspect you'll be using the 'Pin It' button more than once!!


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Who lives here? (names, occupations, ages of children)
Levi (business owner), Claudia (full time mummy + food stylist) & Eve Indigo (almost 2 year old).
What is your style ethos?
I’m drawn to functional, creative spaces. I love white walls, woven materials, wood and a lot of greenery. It’s what suits this house, and I’ve committed to it. I think it’s important to know what style you like, but also make sure it suits the type of house you’re living in.
Also, everything needs to serve a purpose. We use a lot of open shelving, and it’s for convenience more than anything else. I also want to make sure our home is child friendly with a lot of play space for Eve, there’s not really anything on display that she’s not allowed to touch. It’s her to domain as much as ours.
Who/what inspires your style?
The 70’s bohemian era, natural textures and country style living.
Where is your favourite place to sit?
On our deck on a summer evening. We love entertaining, so nothing beats good friends, yummy food, great music and small people running around creating havoc.
How does the layout of your home affect the way you live/function within it?
We don’t have a large home, so our life flows around the kitchen and the living area. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and from my sink I can usually spot where Eve is at all times – very convenient!
Eve’s bedroom currently comes off our loft style master bedroom. It works for us at the moment because we really like to keep her close by.
What are your future plans/dreams for your house?
We’ve done quite a bit of renovating, but there is a lot still to do! I can’t wait to tackle the bathroom, and we’ll be adding some extra bedrooms and a rumpus room. At the moment, we’re focusing on landscaping our back yard in order to expand our veggie gardens and turn it into a farm as much as possible!
I’m thankful to have a husband who does most of the work himself. He’s also working on some custom furniture (including a dining table, hurrah!).
The work is endless, but it feels so rewarding. I love seeing it all take shape.
Any tips for someone who might like to emulate your style (places to shop, key items colours etc)?
I find a lot of my styling props from OP Shops and I like to put them on display in the kitchen. A house becomes alive with some indoor greens and it’s also great for purifying your air. We use recycled timber as much as we can (our kitchen bench tops were made from Levi’s grandfather’s old barn) and we don’t have a lot of fancy furniture. Jute rugs are also brilliant with little children.
What makes a house a home?

When it feels like it’s a reflection of the family who lives there. I hope it’s inviting and a place where people want to spend some time. We love coming home to our humble little space.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WEARING | BOHEME DRESS



We all love a dress that forms an effortless outfit, don't we? Just me?

I'm such a fan of anything I can call 'complete' with minimal fussing. The Bohème Dress is one such treasure. It's super simple cut with flattering V neck make it easy to throw on during the day with sandals. I also love this one with a tan belt and layers of Nomadic Coin Necklaces. Add tan wedges for evening or simple slides for causal occasions.

It's low enough to make it breastfeeding friendly and a super flatting cut on all shapes and sizes. I'm wearing the S/M in the top image and M/L in the lower image.

The Bohème dress is part of Bohemian Traders 'Indian Summer' collection. Have you seen the new range yet? What's your favourite piece?


WEARING 



Sunday, October 26, 2014

STILLS | ANOTHER COLLECTION {SHAZAM}



1. Each morning Dave wanders down the back to feed the bunnies and chooks. Most of the time he's followed by at least one gumboot clad child - Baby Elk and the dappled morning beams falling upon her just 'so'.

2. The the ivy that holds our dilapidated side fence up.

3. Fine bone china and plastic cups. 

4. Never far apart. Tottering about the garden together like a pair of retirees. 

5. My sweetest Pip can't seem to figure out her sleeping pattern since daylight savings began. Asleep on the couch at 4:30 in her brothers Lego PJ's layered with a hand me down Star Wars tee. The girl knows what's up.

6. Yesterday the tree loppers came and skilfully chopped down an old Turpentine from our yard. The crown had fallen out of it about a year ago (with an almighty bang). We asked them to leave the stump so that we* can build the kids an elaborate cubby.

7. Fresh native blooms for the table.

8. Seriously great legs in seriously great pants. I just found this pic from our 'La Boheme' Bohemian Traders shoot. I've been loving these pants of late… if only I could have the legs too!

9. Last night we celebrated my Father in Law's 60th birthday with good wine, great friends and German sausages. 


* that'd be the royal we. Dave will do it, naturally.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

STYLE FILE | CONCRETE













This week started off with grey skies and a grey ocean.. got me in the mood for a bit of concrete love!
There are so many fun little DIY projects to choose from with this versatile material - and so many large projects as well! 
I'm loving the lightshade ideas above.. and that paving!!

Images sourced from Bohemian Traders Pinterest boards
Post by
Nicole

HOW TO: PREPARE THE GARDEN FOR SPRING



Hi there readers! Dave here, with another garden instalment. 

So, we’re half way through Spring (in the southern hemisphere); some of you may have thought about reviving that old neglected patch of remnant vegetables / weeds to something of its former glory, but you can’t quite recall how you went about it last time. Well, this post is for you - a quick refresher on preparing your garden for spring!

It may seem odd to be writing a “prepping your garden for spring" post half way through the season, and while you are absolutely right, I have five good reasons why you are also wrong!
  1. Gardening is very climate related, so where you live it may not yet even feel like spring
  2. In most parts of sub tropical and temperate Australia, there’s a good case to be made that we should probably have between 6 and 8 seasons rather than the good old 4, with the most flux occurring in the period between winter / spring and spring / summer
  3. There is an old chinese proverb that says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the next best time is now”. That is, even if you’re late, you should start now anyway!
  4. UK gardening legend Monty Don likes to say “Don’t worry, what you lose in time at start of the season, you make up by the end.”
  5. With the effects of climate change already among us (most gardeners would attest to this), the seasons are already a little messed up anyway. Where we live, it’s felt like summer, spring and winter all within the space of a month, and not in the order you would expect!
Convinced? Let’s get started.

Deciding which plants to keep for seed / flower / beneficials attraction

Having annual vegies that self seed in your garden each season is one of the coolest things - they get started when the feel like it and you don’t have to transplant them. Alternatively, you can pull them before they drop seed and collect it yourself for sowing next year (also totally cool). Typically annual herbs are a pretty good one for this, along with brassicas like kale, broccoli etc. A further bonus is the great array of flowers that will show for a good period before setting seed. They look amazing and attract beneficial insects to your garden for pollination and pest control.

Look for the strongest plants of each one you’d like to keep and let them go to seed. Pull the rest and put them in the compost pile or feed them to the chooks / rabbits.

Reviewing previous planting rotation

A good crop rotation plan is key to keeping on top of pests and disease. If you haven’t already, make a note of which plants were planted where and be sure not to plant the same family of plant there (i.e. tomatoes and potatoes are both from the solanaccae family so shouldn’t be repeated. Similarly, brassicas (cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbage etc) should be rotated). There are some forms of bed preparation where this is less important but on the whole for regular "tilling the soil" vegetable gardening it should be followed.

Remove weeds

Weeds, along with all other plants will really start to take off with the warmer weather so try and get these out ASAP. As the old adage goes, “One years seeding equals seven years weeding!”

Consider a break crop / green manure

As a bit of food for the soil, you might like to consider a “break crop” and / or green manure. A break crop gives the bed a quick rest from hardcore production and might be something like micro greens / mustard that you could eat for salad and then dig in. Even better for the soil is a legumeous nitrogen fixing crop that is grown and dug in before it sets seed, keeping in the soil all of the nitrogen that the the nitrogen fixers have absorbed from the atmosphere. A mixed crop like cow pea / buck wheat and millet will provide the nitrogen along with some good mulching material to break down. 

You can do this for a small part of a garden bed or an entire bed, but it will probably need around 6 - 8 weeks to mature (i.e. you lose that bed for other veggies in the meantime). 

Adding back - feed the soil, not the plants

Each time you plant something new it is necessary to add back to the soil what the plants have extracted in producing vegetables for you to eat. Remember that you should feed the soil (it is a living breathing mass of micro organisms, fungis and bacterias) not the plants.
There is a whole heap of soil science that you can get into here, but really it all boils down to compost and manure - it's hard to go wrong with those two.
Some manures like chicken poo should be composted well before applying directly to beds that you want to plant immediately (it’s high levels of nitrogen will burn new seedlings), others like rabbit poo can be put straight on. Nurseries typically have a large range of composted manures to choose from, but if you’re on your game, your compost piles from last year will be right on cue to add back to the beds now!

Plant perennials!

Consider planting a heap of perennials! They are better for soil building and will winter through meaning you won’t have to replant next season. If you can get a little fruit / nut orchard going all the better - in a small yard you can espalier them; they will produce fruit after the first few years with little to no help and outlast you by decades! A true investment in the future. 

Raising seedlings vs buying

It really doesn't matter! I typically do a combination of both. Don't get bent out of shape over it; do whatever you need to ensure that in a couple of months you’re eating veg from your own garden! 

Mulching

Finally, get into the mulching! Bare soil is the nemesis of the organic gardener (and should be of the broad acre commercial farmer but we won't start down that road). Amongst other things, good mulching feeds the soil, stops evaporation of nutrients, retains moisture for your plants (critical in a dry australian summer) and provides protection from heavy rains. Don’t even think about not mulching; lucerne hay, straw, sugar cane mulch, lawn clippings, dry leaves - get that mulch over the soil.

There you have it! Happy gardening!

May your efforts be prosperous, your crops be strong and fruitful, and the sun shine warmly on your back!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WEARING | WEEKEND ATTIRE






Weekends can be tricky to dress for when you've got young kids. In fact, every occasion at my current stage of life calls for the same casual attire, shorts and tee's. I could wear this dynamic duo every single day without a second thought but lately, I'm trying to actually 'dress' myself rather than rely on my 3 sizes too big shorts that saw me through 3 pregnancies.

Last weekend I lived in my Corsair Cami. These cami's have been my go-to pice now that the weather is warmer. They're a lovely linen blend and can look a little dressy or super casual. Plus I can get some sun on my back when wearing them! Bounus.

On Sunday I threw my Falling Flowers Kimono over my old denim shorts which made me feel like I could stretch the outfit from the beach to the afternoon catch up with friends.

WEARING

ONE
Bohemian Border Printed Maxi Skirt | free size
Corsair Cami in White | Medium
Gypsy Weekender Bag

TWO
Denim Shorts | try anthropology for similar



Bohemien Traders is Currently having a FALSHSALE and taking a further 40% off all SALE stock. Use the code FLASHSALE at checkout to redeem. My personal top pics are the following;




Sunday, October 19, 2014

STILLS | A ONCE EVERY NEVER COLLECTION


1. Kitchen table. Afternoon Light.
2. Tonight's dinner - homemade spaghetti with pantry-pickings-pesto. A little bit of pine nuts, a little bit of walnuts, a good handful of garden parsley and another of basil. Generous lashings of olive oil and lemon juice. Mercy.
3. Taken whilst picking good handfuls of parsley and basil. Dave's prepping for Tomatoes.
4. Today's attire. My block printed skirt and salt water sandals. Very light and easy.
5. Bedraggled succulents. Their appearance is excused as they're constantly man handled by small children.
6. My baby. Not even a baby any more but still my youngest child so she can suffer the title for her entire life. That's fair, right?
7. Coriander going to seed. The prettiest of all the unruly plants in our garden.
8. My very favourite photo from the last shoot. My childhood friend Ella wearing the Bohème Dress.


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