Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The hall table - a repository for the cars keys, the mail, the phone, notes to your partner even. Like a filter it collects all of the debris of modern life as we pass to and fro, in and out of the house.
But there is more. As the first thing we see on leaving or arriving home it is a comfort - a place to shrug off the outside world before moving on to relax.
There is art here as well. As you or your visitors enter, the hall table subtly signals who you really are. Whether the message is " sit up straight" or " kick off your shoes and chill" what really matters is that it is you who decides. And of course, after a day spent working for the man, what better therapy can there be than to be reminded, welcomed even to who you really are.
Yes, the humble hall table - still water indeed.
The table in the pic is in the shop just now. Made from reclaimed pallet wood it is $140.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
I have a confession to make. Rarely do we eat at our dining table nowadays. No instead we collapse in front of the telly to eat, watching "Friends" perhaps or even ( oh the shame . . . ) "Bath Crashers".
Mind you in our defense our dining table is quite often covered in freshly printed fabric or tables with maps on top waiting to dry. And judging by the number of orphaned dining tables I see in op-shops, perhaps we are not the only ones.
Times change. And in my hands so do dining tables. They often have a beautiful silhouette and with a bit of tidying, some alteration and the addition of a retro fabric top a beautiful hall table or desk results.
Todays motto - reuse, recycle, re-imagine !
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
If light could be dark. If a bulb could put out black light, then the colour of that light would be indigo.
Blacker than black, indigo is the colour of the shadows. Those morning shadows that world emerges from so softly, so quietly.
For indigo does not speak. It is an absence of everything even sound.
It just is . . . as we should be.
(The photo is an indigo stained cabinet top. )
Friday, July 5, 2013
Well in my case it is often just a glimmer of an idea, more a feeling really, set off by an object or sometimes just a shape. Like this desk - Nicola picked up a lovely rimu headboard and laid flat the shape just said "desk". But not just any desk. Add a drawer and and some legs and a desk with more than a hint of the "Jetsons" or the "Thunderbirds" is revealed.
It all just came together in a lively simplicity. Plain oiled and waxed rimu, widely angled legs and slightly curved top giving life to the piece.
Lovely. You can see it for yourself if you like, I'll have it at the Havelock North Craft and Design Market tomorrow. I believe there may be chocolate cake too if you are early :-)
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Peter and the dog seemed to be competing for the seat closest to the fire. I think the dog won.
Peter had cheese and herb omelettes and as usual I went for the very healthy option of pancakes with berries and maple syrup with yogurt! I so love the colour combination and feel very inspired by that combination of off white with highlights of dark, dark red and vintage blue.
If you only knew how many photos I have with Peter's grinning face appearing in them, I could almost start a whole blog for them. I was concentrating so hard on the food did not notice him at all.
Another colour inspiration shot.
As it was its a good job we did stop for a late breakfast as the shop we wanted to visit was just opening up as we arrived.
Here you go have a closer look inside, its full of fantastic bits and pieces from all eras. There was a sofa I would seriously like.
I think if you know Hawkes Bay you will recognise where we were headed.
The aim of the trip was not really to find photo inspiration. But to find furniture inspiration.
In fact we found some great inspirational bits and pieces, I can't wait to see what appears out of the Reclectica workshop.
Peter seems to be very happy with his new pair of drawers.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Havelock North is filled to the brim with creative goodness this weekend. The Craft and Design market is on outside Hawthorns Coffee shop on Napier Rd. A great place to relax, have a coffee and check out all the cool stalls. But that is not all ....... the other craft market is also on in the centre of the village and just to top it off there is an Art display on up at Kierunga gardens. So if you are not off to Handmade in Wellington this weekend, why not pop over to Havelock North.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
- Location, location, location. Obvious really and something we were aware of already, but it was good to have this reinforced. The craft section was tucked well out of the way and by the time the public reached us they were almost viewed out and just looked at us with a slightly bemused look.
- Trust my gut instinct, it is nearly always right.
- Large shows are a great venue for promoting events, we gave away so many hand outs for the Made It Here Mid Winter market and had some great conversations about it with the passers by.
- Another thing that I should know by now, display my prices. People don't always ask and if they do sometimes my Scottish accent can make $15 sound like $50.
At the end of the day it was an experience made fun by the crafters either side of me and the lovely people who liked our work so much they took it home with them.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Today I packed up a bunch of my old cd's and a lot of cushions ready for hand stitching and headed of to Coco and Co to look after the shop for the day. I thought you might like a little peak inside at some of the loveliness.
There is our Coulter & Coulter stand of course, restocked after a busy month.Some lovely soaps from Soo's Garden displayed in a container Peter made for Soo out of reclaimed wood.
A bench full of lovely Coco and Co cushions.
I love these little baby pirate shoes from Lil Red. So cute.
Coco and Co is packed with interesting stuff, well worth a visit next time you are in Hastings.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Love the combination of colours on the image above. Simple cool and elegant, at least I think so.
The coolest place has to be the Roxy Cinema, Miramar. The most beautiful cinema I have ever been too. Nowhere else comes anywhere close. We only found it by accident when walking past looking for op shops. If you are ever going past, just drop in have lunch, drink some wine and of course see a movie.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Autumn in Hawkes Bay is one of my favourite times of year for inspiration.
Inside or out there is always something beautiful to inspire me.
Whether its the fantastic colours of Autumn......................
The shapes and forms of raindrops on the last of the roses of the year ...........................
Or the textures of seed heads and little suprises that should not be there.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Felt. Check back soon to see what will emerge next.