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Hunting for George

I have decided that it is time to makeover my bedroom. It is waaaaaay overdue for a change and I’m having so much fun picking out homewares! I’ve stumbled across Hunting for George who are a local label and create some amazing bed linen ranges of their own as well as being a stockist for some other amazing labels such as Kip & Co.

I have created the looks I’m thinking about below.

I am seriously obsessed with the bright ‘Islander’ quilt (in chat reuse with white triangles) along with the sheet set in the reverse colour way. The other choice is a gorgeous grey linen cover from H&M Home paired with the bright islander sheets. The two blue options are the ‘Real living’ quilt on the left and the Kip & Co velvet on the right. Loving how plush the velvet looks!

Any ideas? Check out Hunting for George and their gorgeous ranges!

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The news is….

Ok ok, so I know its now Feb and there has not been a post. Thats what you call all of a sudden having 4 random jobs and an ever recovering chronic fatigue syndromer! I swear if you want a job (or two or three) in fashion, just get a degree in Health! Everyone I went to uni with is in fashion (and something bigger than just in store!), only one of my uni friends is working in Public Health!

The big news of what I have been working on is an online store. I want to bring the best in small business to you. Starting off quite refined and then widening the scope, kids (my all time favourite to shop for) will be the initial venture and then the natural progression into women’s and homewares will ensue. I have BIG ideas so I hope you will follow along for the ride! It is all under a different name (SECRET! For now…) but the adventures will still continue on here, the blog will very much tie in!

What were your big finds over the summer? A lot of places shut up shop in the city but that means some of the holiday shopping and cafe spots get discovered! Share!

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Fictional Objects

Fictional Objects

No I’m not writing about imaginary things. Fictional Objects is a Melbourne based bed linen company that is less than a year old and already doing amazing things!! My personal style fluctuates between very classic almost vintage styles and soft modern prints, so this range is my perfect go to for the softer modern prints. Yellow, coral, navy and soft blacks feature with small print arrows, triangles and spots to create quite a minimal look yet remaining interesting. And the best part? Their ranges go from cot size through to king.

Small runs of each line mean theres no mass producing which is something I personally love and admire, its such a good feeling having something thats not around everywhere!! The designs are made to mix and match, yet I can also see them fitting with many other combinations- I would personally put the yellow pillow cases with just about anything, even clashing with other prints or florals.

I’m yet to try them out but pretty happy to have discovered this range, as soon as the million layers have come off my bed from winter then it will be time for the change! You can also check them out at the next Finders Keepers Market if you missed seeing them there last time!!

Visit Fictional Objects here. (All pics are from their site.)

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Fictional Objects

Fictional Objects

No I’m not writing about imaginary things. Fictional Objects is a Melbourne based bed linen company that is less than a year old and already doing amazing things!! My personal style fluctuates between very classic almost vintage styles and soft modern prints, so this range is my perfect go to for the softer modern prints. Yellow, coral, navy and soft blacks feature with small print arrows, triangles and spots to create quite a minimal look yet remaining interesting. And the best part? Their ranges go from cot size through to king.

Small runs of each line mean theres no mass producing which is something I personally love and admire, its such a good feeling having something thats not around everywhere!! The designs are made to mix and match, yet I can also see them fitting with many other combinations- I would personally put the yellow pillow cases with just about anything, even clashing with other prints or florals.

I’m yet to try them out but pretty happy to have discovered this range, as soon as the million layers have come off my bed from winter then it will be time for the change! You can also check them out at the next Finders Keepers Market if you missed seeing them there last time!!

Visit Fictional Objects here. (All pics are from their site.)

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Kini Swimwear

I earlier in the year I came across this brilliant Australian business and since it is warming up I thought now was the time to share! I LOVE this idea!!

Kini Swimwear-
How many of us do not fit the regular two piece bikinis, tankinis or whatever swimwear sizes are out there? Need a different size top to bottom? Do you know what you like but just can’t find it? Kini Swimwear may be your answer! (sorry that sounds like a tele-sales pitch) This brilliant idea lets you pick from two piece, tankini or one piece and choose the style, cup shape, embellishment and fabric, then colour it in how ever you like! How great is that?!! The combinations are almost endless! It end up being about the same as buying a pair of Seafolly but the best part is you have something that you have chosen in a style and colour that suits you!! I have spent so long playing around with colours, trims, frills and styles! Have a go, its so fun! I have added pics below of a few designs I came up with just to demonstrate a few of the options. There is a full size guide as well which is very helpful!

Let me know what you come up with!

Kini Swimwear found here

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Bridget Bodenham & Kim Wallace Ceramics

I have a thing for pottery and ceramics. In my collection so far I have many beautiful bone or ceramic teacups, a teapot and a beautiful and unique hand painted bowl from France. And one Polish pottery (blue and white) handmade vase from- you guessed it- Poland. I love all these pieces but most of the teacups are antique family sets that I cannot bring myself to use frequently (and tiny!). So I was excited to come across and love these two talented ladies. They tick all the boxes- small business, Australian made, hand made, stylish and completely functional- none of this only-for-special-occasions business!!

I think sometimes we get in our head that ceramics are still going to be all mass produced wheel spun bowls with paintings like the 90’s Italian pasta bowl theme. The styles of these two artists are quite unique from each other and I hope you love them as much as I do! Both ranges make great unique gifts that are a little bit special (birthday hint hint to sister…)!!

Bridget Bodenham
Bridget makes a wide range of pottery but my all time favourite are her teacups. They are natural clay with a gold handle- I love a touch of gold! There is something about handmade pieces that are amazing, each item is unique and there are no set measurements that can be strictly stuck to. To perfect a style in a casual way is tough, but she nails it. Her items are available in Melbourne at Mr Kilty and she does the rounds of art and pottery markets and exhibitions.

Find Bridget’s site here

Kim Wallace Ceramics
Such a different style to Bridget, Kim imprints lace and patterns in her pieces which are mainly white clay and colour is added to highlight the detail. This collection is a bit more structured but such stunning and classic pieces, I absolutely adore!! You can find Kim’s work at the next Finders Keepers market if you missed her there last time!

Find Kim’s site here

Pictures are from respective websites

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Bridget Bodenham teacup and saucer

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Kim Wallace Ceramics- simple yet elegant!

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Hard to Find

Ok so this one is not so secret and I feel like I’m giving away a hundred blog post ideas in one but incase you have not ever visited this site here it is!

Hard to Find (HTF) was one of my original one stop online shop for gifts. The business concept is brilliant and they support small businesses which everyone is into these days so the growth of the site is hardly surprising. It is essentially a virtual marketplace where approved sellers present their items. This I suppose is a good quality control measure to ensure the quality of the products presented to the buyer. I remember stumbling upon HTF in it’s humble beginnings when it was only Australian small businesses and there was only about three catagories to choose from. Now the site covers womens, mens and kids everything as well as homewares, travel and more. And the prices range from completely reasonable to ‘oh its a gift so I’ll pay that bit extra’.

My problem with the site is now it has become so big with so many products, it is a little difficult to sort through the 10 pages of scarves etc. I also think that they have let too much plasticy items in, but there are still the unique handmade items if you look! Not bad problems to have, there are definitely some amazing items if you look! ( a suggestion would be to click on ‘collections’- here they have put together the best products under certain themes).

The best part is (besides your fairly unique purchase) that shipping is mostly free and they can wrap it and send it straight to the recipient if it is a gift. Super handy if like me your rellos are all over the country. This could be a game changer for Christmas shopping!

As every post needs pictures, I’ve put some of my recent ‘finds’ below!

Hard to Find here

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This chalkboard heart made a great engagement gift!

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These circle shelves are on my ‘one day’ list

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Anne Black ceramics

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The prettiest cupcake holders you ever did see

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Stack of bangles- love!

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A different take on an essential oil burner…

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Goods by Grinn

Goods by Grinn
Like the multitude of other finds, I can’t remember how I came across this company, they have just kind appeared recently! There are loads of cushions out there at a million and one stores, and I love the different textures such as knits out there this season! But I have been searching for some less over the top cushions that are unique, cause I’m all about being unique!

Even though this company is based in the USA, as you know I am always keen to support smaller businesses! (and they ship to Oz!)

These guys do a small range of cushions, and no one you know will have the same! I’m in love with the colour palettes and simple designs, and all the patterns are original and custom only to Goods by Grinn.

I’m really into blues and gold at the moment so I’m loving the gold spot cushion and the blue geometric cushions the best! Pair these with a knitted or textured pillow and maybe a woodland animal printed one (vintage inspired deer/elk or even elephant prints are amazing and pretty easy to find!) and you have got a nice stylish little cushion corner!

I have some other soft furnishing labels that do rad and over the top cushions to show you at another time, but Goods by Grinn is way more ‘me’ so it gets first go! The Super Cool also have some amzing cushions that would compliment these colours so check them out as well! Cushions are such an easy way to bring colour and change into a space so take a look and spice up your own living areas!

Find Goods by Grinn here

*All photos are sourced from Goods by Grinn website
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The New York Tea Company

New York Tea Company
A tea, is a tea, is a tea you say? Not really. Once you’ve been spoilt with good quality tea, it is hard to go back. My taste was spoilt by Fortnum and Mason in England, an enormous and oh-so-English tea store in Piccadilly that has been around forever. In Australia, the biggest and easiest tea store to get to is T2. Personally I find that store like most other tea stores too overwhelming for choice. So that’s why when I stumbled across this little company, I am very excited to give it a go!

Despite the name, this is actually a Melbourne based company that runs an online boutique tea store.

The thing I love about this little company is all the tea mixes have a purpose with nutritional benefits. The New York Tea Company has started off with a Diet tea and Detox Cleanse mixes, but excitedly is extending their lines with lime and coconut as well as green rose! Despite the names, they are really just tea that are thoughtfully and deliberately mixed with other ingredients to be rich in antioxidants, nutrients and minerals. (They have a break down of the nutritional benefits on their site). If I could get some added nutritional benefit from drinking my daily cuppa then I’m totally interested! I have a friend who has had the detox tea and feels great!

As they have just started out, I expect the range to grown and I’m excited to see what is coming next! How great is Melbourne and all it’s emerging ideas and labels?!! So much fun finding them and following through their success!

Find it here: The New York Tea Company 
 

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Looks delish even dry like this! So colourful!

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Photos are all sourced from the New York Tea Co

 

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Party In The Box

I’m excited to share what I think is a brilliant business, kind of leaves you wishing you had thought of the idea! To top off such a great business there is even a special deal for Road Of The Curious readers! Read on!

Party In The Box
Have you got a birthday coming up? A kids birthday? A themed party? Baby shower? Any event? Well then this is about to help you out big time!

Party In The Box started up at the beginning of 2012 and judging by the how the party ranges keep growing and growing, business is good!

The idea is great- a one stop internet shop for all party supplies. Your entire party can be put together in the one spot- from invites and balloons and tablecloths everything you may need in between to arrive to your door all boxed and ready to go!

You can choose one of the ready made party boxes that come with everything you will need for a party (minus the food), and these can be as basic or deluxe as you choose. There are great ranges from children’s licensed characters such as Spiderman, Cars and Thomas the Tank Engine to soccer, princess, ladybug and pirate themes! But its not just for the kids, there are also colour themed sets for any occasion- the pink or blue would be great for a baby shower, or the black and white for a Collingwood party (shuddering as I say that, ahh football), or mixing the green and yellow sets for an Australia Day party! Endless options! Below I have put together some pics of party boxes, but keep in mind there are plenty more to choose from and many more neutral coloured and themed options, I just went with displaying two boy and girl options!

There is also the option to ‘build a box’ where you can add in the items you want to create your own box. Does this not sound like an awesome idea rather than running around to multiple shops to buy all the bits and pieces for a party?? There is even ready made party bags for you to add in! Its like someone doing most of the planning and coordinating of party supplies for you! And it works out to be excellent value too! All this, shipped to your door anywhere in Australia.

Make sure you check it out, I know a lot of little ones with birthdays coming up mid year and this just makes so much sense to have an organised, fun, colourful party that is great value and all done for you! The website even has party tips, recipes and theme ideas!

Party In The Box have generously offered 10% off for Road Of The Curious Readers who order before May 2nd! Just enter roadofthecurious at checkout! 

Visit the website here and find them on Facebook here
I hope you love this business as much as I do! x

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Above are just a couple of pieces I placed together from different categories to show how easily it is to pick your own items and still have them coordinate!

All photos sourced from inthebox.com.au

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