28 November 2008

Welcome New Sponsor The Hip Infant

A HUGE welcome to our newest sponsor - fabulous online children's boutique The Hip Infant. Mel has a keen eye for cool accoutrements for your little one, and has a great collection of fashionable brands for children on the site, including DwellStudio, Oeuf NYC, Mill & Mia, Anna & Sally, Milestone Press, and her own brand of wall graphics (see pictured) and the coolest baby footwear - The Hip Infant Sneakies. I want one of every colour.

The Hip Infant offers a gift registry so that you can alert your friends and family to your wishlist. Categories on the site include clothing and accessories, nursery decor, toys, bedtime, bathtime and dinnertime necessities, stationery, furniture, accessories for parents, and media. And to sweeten your holiday shopping basket, The Hip Infant is offering a seriously cute tape measure gift, free with every purchase over $50 from the site. Happy shopping!

Image: The Hip Infant.

P.S. Check out Mel's own adorable family here.

27 November 2008

Stylish Kids: Nanny Pickle

Shannon and Jennine from Nanny Pickle are unstoppable. Their children's products are being snapped up left, right and centre for their combination of whimsy, sweetness and big dose of sass.

Based in Brisbane, Australia, the Nanny Pickle range includes infant wear, nursery decor and a wonderful range of ye olde worlde stationery that I have fallen hard for.

The Nanny Pickle clothing range for babies includes Bad Bunny (featuring hilarious bunny-in-trouble illustrations) and Mod Babe (witty lines in a contemporary font) in watermelon and avocado. The designs are fun, but it's once you touch them that you understand why people are snapping them up - the material is made from incredibly soft bamboo and organic cotton (plus a little spandex for fit). And for more warm and fuzzies, Shannon and Jennine also donate a percentage of all profits to a charity of choice.

The Nanny Pickle stationery collection is also oh-so-clever, with doornob hangers and a co-ordinated range of baby shower, naming ceremony, first birthday invitations, thank you cards and gift tags. And the most unique product has to be the 3-monthly update cards with spaces to insert your baby's milestones and then post off to family. Genius!

You can find Nanny Pickle products at select retailers across Australia, NZ, UAE and online including La Toriana and Ele-ahbaant.

You can find more gorgeous clothes for children at Bondville Kids:Australian Designer Baby Clothes. Shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.

Image: Nanny Pickle

25 November 2008

Florence Broadhurst Pop-up Shop

If you are in Brisbane in the next four weeks, make sure you pop down to James St in the valley/New Farm and check out the limited-time-only Signature Prints: Florence Broadhurst Pop-up shop.

Australian artist and wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst was born in rural Queensland, Australia in 1899 and had a huge impact on the design world throughout her life. The re-release of her designs by Signature Prints has sparked another revival and her work is much-loved around the world.

The Pop-up Store will be open from Saturday November 22nd to Sunday December 21st, 2008 and Florence Broadhurst wallpapers, fabrics, limited edition art, cushions, ottomans, handbags and more will be available for purchase.

The concept of a pop-up store is also very cool - providing locals access to a brand for a limited time, and at the same time gauging consumer interest. Illy had an amazing pop-up cafe in New York when we were living there, and Target has descended upon Times Square with limited time pop-up stores also.

The Florence Broadhurst Brisbane Pop-Up Store will be open Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 12pm-4pm at 67 James St, Fortitude Valley.

Thanks to Alischa from Bespoke Press for the heads-up.

Image: Signature Prints

24 November 2008

Drool-worthy Design: Of Paper and Thread

A review of Australian fabric designers would not be complete without including Of Paper and Thread. Based in Fremantle, Western Australia, Paper and Thread is the creation of talented designer Danielle Smeets.

Of Paper and Thread designs are limited edition and are professionally screenprinted by hand in Western Australia, using solvent-free inks. Check out this new Citrus design in Coral on a fresh white linen/cotton basecloth (pictured). It's practically edible. I'd love a beach umbrella or tote in this fabric.

You can find Of Paper and Thread fabric at various Australian and NZ stockists, on Etsy and MadeIt (Australia). Check out the Of Paper And Thread Flickr photostream and blog for all the latest designs, and the Of Paper And Thread catalogue for past designs.

P.S. How cool that our fabulous Australian textile mavens are the "Aussie Fabric Mafia" on Danielle's blog!
P.P.S. If you are into vintage teatowels, Danielle has quite the collection which you can also find on her blog.

Image: Of Paper and Thread

21 November 2008

Hip Products: Non-Fiction

Busy graphic designers Carolyn and Martin of Delphinus Creative not only have a very cool blog about independent design in Australia (indie art & design), but also a hip range of clothing, totes and gift cards that I love. Their label is called Non-Fiction and all products are designed and made in Australia from high quality fabric.

This wind turbine t-shirt is irresistible. Granted, I am very into alternative energy sources (please support the development of Australia's first community-owned wind farm in Victoria here), but the art deco styling, and the strength of the image stands out from your everyday t-shirt graphic. Non-Fiction also features fun animal family portrait prints (because they are indeed a part of the family) and illustrations of uniquely Australian fauna that are worth checking out.

You can find Non-Fiction at stockists online and across Australia and please check out indie art & design for more cool Australian talent.

Image: Non-Fiction

20 November 2008

Drool-worthy Design: Poppies For Grace

With the holiday season fast approaching, I've been checking out cool cards, party invitations, goodie bags and stationery. Aussie designers Alana and Sara produce beautiful paper goods with killer printed designs under the Poppies For Grace brand.

The range of stationery includes invitations, writing sets, book plates, wall planner, wrapping paper, notebooks, sticky notes, adorable favour bags, cards and tags (phew!). You must check out the range of personalised wedding invitation designs. So cool! And Alana and Sara have even managed to find time to create lovely mobiles and garlands featuring sweet birds.

You can also breathe easy knowing that Poppies From Grace are dedicated to looking after the environment - standard invitations and writing sets are printed on luxurious, uncoated, 100% recycled paper. Additionally, all Poppies For Grace paper is approved by the Forrest Stewardship Council and all invitations are printed with vegetable based inks.

The range is designed and hand assembled on an orchard in Victoria, and suddenly you understand where the inspiration for the botanical designs comes from.

You can find Poppies For Grace designs, order a sample pack and buy product on their Website. You'll also find stockists online, and around Australia, NZ, the US and Hong Kong. And look out for more news about the Poppies for Grace world on their blog (you'll fall in love with them - they are adorable).

Image: Poppies For Grace

19 November 2008

Sales and Specials: Whiteport 20% Discount

Australian online homewares store Whiteport is one year old, and to celebrate they are giving a huge 20% discount on their lovely white-inspired French Country homewares for one day only, this Thursday 20th November 2008. The discount is applicable for all items in-store, including new stock such as this gorgeous Tunisian Popponesset birdcage.

Simply enter the code "Birthday" at checkout to receive your 20% discount. Perfect timing for Christmas gift shopping. Happy Birthday Whiteport!

Image: Whiteport

18 November 2008

Hip Products: SUBOO

If you are in the Southern hemisphere and gearing up for a hot summer; or if you are up North and rugged up for winter (but planning a tropical holiday), you should check out the hip, hot designs of beach accessories label SUBOO.

Based in Sydney, SUBOO debuted in 2007 with a range of punchy, graphic beach umbrellas and has since expanded to include a range of beach essentials including Missoni-inspired deck chairs, and very cool metallic beach totes (I'm desperate for one of these).

SUBOO is the brainchild of Fashion recruiter Sue Di Chio who was looking for a cool beach umbrella and realised that she would have to make her own. Honestly, Sue has really nailed it with her 2008 Collection.

You can find SUBOO at retailers across Australia and can purchase online from the SUBOO e-boutique.

Image: SUBOO

17 November 2008

Stylish Kids: Well Spotted

Tony Clayton used to draw farting dogs for a living for the iconic Aussie surf and lifestyle brand Mambo. He's now taken his fashion experience and wicked sense of humour to create the fun Well Spotted t-shirts. The shirts are beautifully soft with cool slogans that are guaranteed to get a giggle from other parents.

Tony aims to make your kid funnier, and how could you not smile at "Will Not Perform On Demand", "So Much Time, So Little To Do" or the oh-so-clever "Thomas & James & Percy & Gordon". (even more clever if you are into the Experimental Jetset meme).

Well spotted t's are also great quality with a special touch (I love the red criss-cross stitching on the label of our Brussels Sprout T). All t-shirts are made in Sydney, Australia, by a family business that maintains high standards and engages in no sweatshop practices.

You can buy Well Spotted t-shirts directly through Tony on the Well Spotted Website as well as at stockists across Australia and online.

For more Aussie children's fashion, check out Australian Designer Baby Clothes. And shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.

Image: Joana Varela Da Veiga via Your Kids In My T-shirts! Facebook Group

14 November 2008

GoMA Gallery Store Design Christmas Market

If you are in Brisbane next month, definitely head along to the Design Christmas Market at the Gallery of Modern Art gallery store. The markets will be held on Saturday 6th December 2008, from 9am - 5pm, outdoors in the GoMA forecourt at South Bank. Stalls will feature jewellery, ceramics, craft and lots of unique gifts for babies, kids, and adults.

The line-up is huge this year, including Blossom Creations, Flying Star Toys, Kylie Johnson of paper boat press, Red Chalk, and Udder. Full details here.

This is a great opportunity to support indie labels, locally-made, and handmade products. And you might even get all your Christmas shopping done at once. And if you're not going to be in Queensland, Kim at Udessi has a great list of design markets in the next month around Australia.

Image: GoMA Gallery Store

13 November 2008

Hip Products: Udder

I'm grateful to Florence for introducing me to Udder and Fliss Dodd's world of soft handmade toys. And once I peeked at the Udder site, I realised that I had seen these lovely creatures at bastion of kid-cool, Echidna Place in Bangalow, NSW.

Udder toys are made in Queensland, Australia, using a mixture of recycled, new, vintage and Japanese fabrics. Each of these adorable creatures features an applique heart which reminds me that they are painstakingly made with love. Fliss trained as a ceramic artist and started making toys two years ago when she wanted an alternative to all the synthetic kids' toys on the market.

It's so hard to choose between them, but I think little Ted would love a fox, and my wee Sophie might love a luna.

You can find Udder toys on Etsy (more stock coming soon), Twig (in the US) and various stockists. Learn more about Fliss' work on the Udder blog and on Flickr. And if you are in Brisbane next month, you'll find Udder at the GoMA gallery store Christmas Design Market on 6th December 2008, 9am-5pm at the gallery store forecourt.

You can shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.

Image: Udder on Flickr

12 November 2008

Cool Websites: Desire To Inspire

If you want a top writing job for a major magazine, you need to head to the bright lights - New York, London, Sydney, Paris. But the beauty of writing online is that some of the hottest talent could be living right next to you in your neck of the woods.

And lucky for us, a talented pair from Brisbane, Australia and Ottawa, Canada spend hours each day bringing us up-to-the-minute interior trends and inspiration in the form of the Desire To Inspire blog. This site is a boundless sea of hip homes and design to-die-for. If you are looking to renovate, update, or just dream, this is the site to bookmark.

The said talent behind Desire to Inspire are Jo and Kim - two online friends who met via Flickr. Their aim is to "inspire the world one room at a time". And inspire they do. So now you can save a lot of money on international interiors magazines, and spend it on something lovely for you. Thanks Kim and Jo!

Image: Desire To Inspire

11 November 2008

Australian Artist Spotlight: Little Circus Design

Madeleine Stamer is the gifted artist behind Little Circus Design. Based in Melbourne, Madeleine creates compelling illustrations with a strong folk art bent, bold style and intricate detail. And she's super-cool too - formerly part of the Melbourne graffiti scene, Madeleine is also a ceramicist, teacher, mother, dog-owner, and has illustrated CD art for The Blackeyed Susans!

I love the use of animals and nature in her work, and am especially drawn to the skulls and Mexican-style motifs that remind me a lot of the Day of the Dead figurines that I collect. Madeleine's black and white illustrations would be perfect for modern interiors, but I can't go past this gorgeous bright print of "Girl From Takadanobaba".

You can find original Little Circus Design works on paper and limited editions of signed and numbered giclee prints on Madeleine's website, for sale on Modamuse, and through Jacky Winter/Lamington Drive.

Image: Little Circus Design

10 November 2008

Special: 40% Discount at Emma & Avery

California-based online children's boutique Emma and Avery stocks exquisite clothes for girls ages newborn to 5 years specializing in independent and innovative designers. Brands include Neige, Mor Mor Rita (how can you resist this gorgeous cashmere puff sleeve sweater?), Enchanted Enfant, Buzz Buzz Tweet Tweet, NORO Paris and many other American and European designer labels.

Catherine from Emma and Avery stopped by and is offering Bondville readers an enormous 40% discount until November 20th 2008 on all non-sale toddler outerwear by using the code "COZY_40" when you order. All sales are final.

And good news for Australian and southern hemisphere readers - there are also many items from summer collections on sale at greatly reduced prices.

Emma and Avery ships all over the world using US Postal starting at $25. Enjoy!

Image: Emma and Avery

7 November 2008

Aussie Christmas Decoration Round-up

I've just started thinking about Christmas, and have come across some great new ideas for decorations from some of the Australian designers that I have profiled this year. There's not a snowball or reindeer in sight, but lots of summer entertaining and fresh design. Here's a quick round-up:

Mozi always has a great range of prints which make themselves onto homewares, accessories and decorations. This year's partridge/dove and tree motif could potentially make its way into your everyday; from a distance the pattern looks almost baroque.

Polli has some lovely decorations for tree or table using their signature laser-cutting technique. These perspex tree ornaments are fantastic and feature Polli bird cut-outs. And don't forget some festive earrings for holiday entertaining.

Kyle Johnson starsKylie Johnson from paper boat press has produced fabulous ceramic ornaments this year which I showcased this week. I also love these hanging stars with wishes and hopes for the new year.

Top Image: Mozi
Middle Image: Polli
Bottom Image: paper boat press

6 November 2008

Drool-worthy Design: Sophie Milne

I'm really quite excited by Victoria-based Sophie Milne's ceramics. They are modern and delicate and I see flickers of nature in all of them - a river stone here, a perfect pile of twigs there, a slate blue storm cloud-filled sky, a granite outcrop, a rusty-hued termite mound.

I'm particularly taken with the refreshment set which has multiple possibilities for function and display (for tea, for flowers, for breakfast, for jewellery!). And the stone vessels (pictured) are utterly delightful.

Now is great time to pick up one of Sophie's pieces as her star is soaring; even since I have discovered her work, she has been profiled by Natalie at Daily Imprint, and featured on Modamuse. You can find a list of Australian stockists on her Website (and you can buy online from Moose who ships internationally), and find out more about her work on her thoughtful blog Six Hundred Degrees.

Image: Sophie Milne Ceramics

5 November 2008

Stylish Kids: Birikini

I find some of the coolest clothing at art and craft markets, and the Eumundi Markets in particular is a treasure trove of cool. It's also the only place (apart from online) that you can find the ultra-hip children's label Birikini.

Designed on the Sunshine Coast, Australia, Birikini is not your everyday children's fashion. Think architectural lines, folksy trims, and mod houndstooth. These are really special pieces for your little one.

The line covers boys' and girls' clothes from size 000 to 8. You can find Birikini at the online shop and at the Eumundi Markets every Saturday, from 6:30am - 2:00pm.

You can find more Australian children's designers at Australian Designer Baby Clothes. Shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.

Image: Birikini

4 November 2008

Welcome New Sponsor Ruffian Industries

A huge welcome to our newest sponsor, Ruffian Industries - maker of hip t-shirt designs for boys.

Creative Director Amanda Haines is an avid collector of urban comic-style artwork and toys, and it's this design sense that is infused into her cool line of t-shirts. I particularly love this R.O.B.O.T. design - my videogame making friends would kill for this one!

You can buy Ruffian Industries t-shirts from the online store (international shipping available and all orders are packed in a funky cotton drawstring bag, and delivered with your a limited edition Ruffian Industries colouring book).

Image: Ruffian Industries

P.S. Check out the competition to win one of four Mighty Muggs Superheroes!

3 November 2008

Hip Products: paper boat press

The must-have Christmas decorations this season have to come from paper boat press. Kylie Johnson has created a range of beautiful ceramic ornaments with inspirational and whimsical sayings that are perfect for tree, mantle, window, table centrepiece or just hanging on a doorknob.

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