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photo wallpaper: first look

First look at our photo wallpaper made up of fashion images from magazines.  This was laid out quite hastily on the floor but I am really happy with it so far.  I think the bottom section may need more colour and some shuffling around of the images.  The wardrobe cabinets are still not attached to the wall, I feel awful asking my husband to do it after work.  It may have to wait until the weekend.  Will keep you posted! Enjoy the rest of your week.

Image: Olive & Joy

party planning

I am in party planning mode at the moment as we are throwing a 60th Birthday Party for my mother-in-law in just over two weeks time.  It will be her first birthday party.  Ever.  We hope to make her feel extra special with a decadent High Tea followed by an early dinner.  I have never been to a high tea so if anyone has any tips I am all ears.  I plan on raiding anyone's china cupboard I can find for mismatched floral china.  There will be cupcakes aplenty along with many other decadent treats, including birthday cake.  And tea, lots of tea!  We haven't decided on a menu for the dinner as yet, I am enlisting the help of my brother-in-law who is also a chef, lucky me!  I made the invitations yesterday which I really enjoyed, I went a little crazy at Lincraft with the fancy scissors and papers.  So much fun.  The 14th of March is a very special day as three family members share the same birthday, including me.  

Image:  Olive & Joy

happy monday

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend, what did you get up to?  Friday night we did dinner and a movie, it was so nice to escape to another world for a few hours.  We spent our weekend building the rest of our wardrobe cabinets during the day and landscaping our front yard in the cooler hours of the afternoon. I look forward to the day when we can relax on the weekend and enjoy all our hard work. It won't be long now, I can feel it! I also plan to start on my custom wallpaper during the week once the wardrobe cabinets are fixed to the wall. I will be sure to share photos as soon as it's finished. Until then, enjoy your week.

Image: Olive & Joy

one of a kind DIY wallpaper

I have been contemplating what we should do on a blank wall in our dressing room. It is the wall you see when you walk into the room and will have a mirror leaning against it in the middle. I really like mirrors leaning on walls rather than hung on a wall, do you?  The wardrobe units sit on the walls either side of the wall in question (very cryptic, I hope you are following me!). The obvious choice for this wall is wallpaper but there are so many I like, I can't pin down just one favourite.

So. This is what I am thinking.  Make use of all of the fashion/interiors magazines I have lying around and make a collage of magazine tear sheets of favourite pics to create my own unique wallpaper inspired by this little beauty above that stylist Clair Wayman put together for Real Living magazine. Pretty isn't it?  The best part is... it won't cost me a cent, and it's temporary so if I don't like it I can take it straight down.  I'm hoping it will look so amazing I will leave it there for good!

I have already started flagging pages in old fashion mags of pictures I like. It is all very bright and dramatic so far, I can play around with the combination until it works. I think I should give it a go, just need to hurry up and put together the rest of the cupboards first!  

Image: Clair Wayman & Real Living 

wardrobe preview

We went to Ikea a few weeks ago to purchase our new wardrobe (or loads and loads of boxes really!).  We have half of it finished now, here is a little preview just for you.  This is not easy to put together my friends, not at all.  It is not a skill thing but the ability to manage the cabinets, they are ginormous!  Our ceilings upstairs are only slightly taller than the cabinets so it has to be built  right side up instead of on the ground, not easy even with two people.  Had us in fits of laughter though!  Very, very happy with the result, looks pretty spiffy, no?  Hoping to get the other cabinets up in the next few weeks. Don't know how on earth we are going to fill them all! 

Images:  Olive & Joy 

the last days of summer

I could live in this picture all summer long. Only a few more weeks of summer left and I am still on the hunt for the perfect outdoor fabrics.  Oh dear, I may have it all ready just in time for next summer.  These Trina Turk for Schumacher outdoor/indoor fabrics are gorgeous, so full of colour and optimism. I love everything about this picture especially the sunlounge.  I have been eyeing a similar white sunlounge from Freedom, minus the fun yellow zebra cushions (which I love). 

For a few years now blue has been creeping into my wardrobe. I have never been a blue person in terms of my home. This is how it usually happens with me, I go through colour phases and it all starts with fashion. I started wearing yellow a few years back, I was completely drawn to it, every single thing I looked at was yellow. My best friend would laugh at me when we went shopping! And now, bit by bit, there is yellow everywhere in our home. I can feel blue coming, not a light blue, a bold royal blue.  I don't know how it would look with all the yellow (and green) in our home but it looks pretty darn fantastic with the yellow above don't you agree? 

This is why I love neutrals for all my big purchases, it is so easy to move a vase or a cushion to another room (or the closet).  But a yellow sofa, not so much. That is really my style anyway, I think.  Lots of white, black, timber with a bold colour popping against it.  Watch this space, it could take awhile, but I feel royal blue will make an appearance sometime soon in my home.

How do you choose the colours in your home?  Do you have a favourite colour from childhood, or go through phases like me?  I've been pretty lucky with my husband, we seem to like the same colours but it must be a struggle for some couples. Colour is such an emotional and personal choice.  Oh boy, I've gone off on a little tangent here, this did not start out to be a conversation about colour.  I just loved the fabrics above and wanted to share the beauty of them with you :)

I hope you have a gorgeous colourful weekend!

Image: Schumacher

beautiful hotel lobby

My husband and I had a few days R & R up the coast earlier this week to celebrate his 35th birthday.  The hotel where we stayed had a beautiful lobby.  LOVE the screen - there are those interlocking circle patterns again, I can't get enough of them! The modern pendant/chandelier was pretty special too.  I love going away but I am such a homebody that I love coming home even more.  No place like home.  How about you?

Image:  Olive & Joy

for the love of purple

Ice cream anyone?  Wow, this is the most beautifully styled fashion shoot I have seen - I LOVE the backdrop of Jacaranda trees. Autumn is only around the corner, can you feel it?  My brain is a little confused by the fact Jacarandas' bloom in Spring but we'll just ignore that and revel in these stunning images, shall we?  I hope they inspire you, I've fallen for the colour purple all over again.  Go eat ice cream, wear something floral (or purple), take a roadtrip, be girly, and most of all enjoy your day!
ps.  I am thinking of you in Victoria today. Jx

signature prints 3 day sale

Signature Prints 3 Day Sale starting this Friday.

ps. If you live interstate and can't make it to the Sale, Signature Prints will email you a list of sale items from which to order.

Image: Signature Prints

love this!

A unique way to filter light and provide privacy in the bathroom.  At first look I thought this was a screen made of metal or timber. No, it's fabric! A blind made from Zimmer+Rohde fabric designed by Sunshine Coast Interior Designer Eileen Middleton.  As seen in the latest issue of Inside Out magazine. Love it!

Image: Eileen Middleton

a little bit of our place: back deck and bench seating

We are finished!  Finally.  I don't think we knew what we were getting ourselves into when we decided to lay the decking ourselves to save some money.  But it's all finished now, ready to enjoy.  Here are some pics of the bench seating we completed on the weekend.  Check out the mitred joints - we did good! 

Images:  Olive & Joy

umbrella prints

Umbrella Prints produce a beautiful range of eco friendly fabrics from their studio and shop in Adelaide. Even the names of their colours are wonderful - starfruit, silky oak, momo peach, lily white, and kimono red to name a few. Carly and Amy hand print all their own designs on organic fabrics and have also collaborated with other artisans to produce jewellery, homewares, and softies! Their designs range from hearts,flowers, clouds, and elephants. The girls also teach children's art classes at Nest Studio on weekends. Amy Prior and Carly Schwerdt of Umbrella Prints have kindly taken time out to answer a little q and a for us here at Olive & Joy so that we can learn a little more them and what they will be getting up to this year. 

Umbrella Prints can be found here:
Nest Studio, 147 Magill Road, Stepney, South Australia
Shop Australia
Shop Etsy

Tell us a little about how Umbrella Prints came to life?
We used to chat between the two shops where we each had a business.  We were both too shy to sell our own work, but excellent at talking about each other's work with customers.  It was funny.  We became friends and then it grew naturally into designing together.  We complement each other and like similar things with enough difference to keep it interesting!

What is your favourite item you have created thus far?
Our patchwork fabric is one fabric with 12 different designs within it.  We have used it in so many ways and continue to pull elements from within it to create new designs.

What do you find most fulfilling about being a fabric designer?
Being a fabric designer means designing a product with latent potential.  Really it's a half job - the rest of the joy comes from seeing what people make with it.  It is a collaboration and that makes it dynamic!

Who inspires you professionally, and why?
Passionate people who work/create because they Love it.  Why?  Because it comes through in what they make or do - and you can't fake that.

Tell us something we might be surprised to know about you?
Our fabric is the featured fabric throughout a new book coming out this year published by Penguin Books. 

Imagine a few extra zero's were added to your bank balance what would you buy?
New computers and better internet access to make admin less a part of our day.

How would you describe your interior style?
A:  Eclectic and personal; a collage.
C:  Bold, textural, European, wood, folk - pieces with memory.

What 5 things would you save in a fire?
A:  I could not pass the chance to save three boxes of photographs, a silk scarf my mum wore in  the 70's and my daughter's drawings.
C:  My computer, the photo albums and my daughter's portfolio.

Place in the world you would most like to travel to?
Australia is an excellent place to start!
A:  and Italy, India and Madasgascar for its landscape and plants.
C:  Europe and Japan.
A:  Looks like we aren't going on holidays together...!

Where to now for Umbrella Prints?
We have just completed a range of gift cards which will be in the shops soon.  We are refining our range to make it more readily available in your favourite shops.

Sounds like it will be a busy year for you both!  Good luck with all your new projects and we can't wait to see more Umbrella Prints goodies in store. 

Images:  Umbrella Prints