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Tree Change Dolls

Tree Change Dolls

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One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, right? This is definitely the case for Sonia Singh, an Australian mother, who began a beautiful and inspiring story of the Tree Change Dolls. It all started when Sonia rescued a collection of high-fashion dolls from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania. She transformed these dolls by removing the factory paint from their faces and repainting them with a more down to earth style. Sonia also collaborated with her mother who knits and sews the dolls’ clothes, and the results are incredibly charming.

It’s so inspirational to see old and used products being rethought in such simple yet enchanting ways. This story has made us think twice about what we purchase and what we throw away.

The Club of Odd Volumes

The Club of Odd Volumes

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We designers love a bit of home or fashion DIY. And we also love that options for print-your-own gifts have come a long way since the days of cheap looking calendars and heavy builders mugs featuring cheesy family portraits. The Club of Odd Volumes is a great little online store where not only you can buy one of many gorgeous tees, totes and tea towels, you can also upload your own design to be printed on the item of your choice in Melbourne and delivered within days. Kass has already tried and tested the system, and the results were great – print quality and service gets a thumbs up from us! Check them out here: theclubofoddvolumes.com

Freunde von Freunden

Freunde von Freunden

Freunde von Freunden is a wonderful website which allows you to peer into the homes of creatives who live all around the world. They give generous insight into living in their environments as well as providing inspiration for our own interior spaces. To take a look go to www.freundevonfreunden.com
Camille Seaman

Camille Seaman

Award winning photographer Camille Seaman is best known for her evocative images of the polar ice caps. Her images are quietly moving –  displaying nature in all its ferocious enormity yet reflecting its fragile state. To see all her works click here www.camilleseaman.com
Bianca Balti for Grey Magazine

Bianca Balti for Grey Magazine

This adorable shoot with Italian top model of the moment Bianca Balti and her 4 year old daughter Matilde. This series of photographs are by Martin Parr for Grey SS 2013. check out the rest of the shoot here www.grey-magazine.com/daily-chores
Amy Merrick Flowers and Styling

Amy Merrick Flowers and Styling

Whilst doing research for an upcoming design project, we stumbled across Amy Merrick – a floral designer, writer and stylist based in New York City. Her floristry is absolutely stunning and very inspiring. Check out all her work at www.amymerrick.com
Link Collective

Link Collective

The Link Collective based in Japan produce contemporary textiles using traditional Japanese screen printing techniques. We loved their designs so much we decided to purchase one for our resident designer Chantel for her birthday. Check out their beautiful works at: www.thelinkcollective.com
Karen Walker x Advanced Style

Karen Walker x Advanced Style

New Zealand designer Karen Walker has just released campaign pics of her upcoming eyewear range for 2013. Partnering with the blog ‘Advanced Style‘, a blog dedicated to capturing the style of over 50’s in New York, Walker has been able to showcase her new collection on a range of seriously stylish older models aged between 65 and 92 years old!
The outcome is great. It’s so nice to see such creative ideas for a high end fashion label. The quirkiness of both the eyewear and the styling work perfectly. If only I could pull of that silver hair…
I think I might

I think I might

With about a gazillion pictures being taken worldwide using mobile phones and posted on Instagram and other social media networks, and almost as many websites being built to show off these little treasures, it’s hard to know where to look to find some real beauties. “I think I might” is an online curation of photographs with a cute interface and quirky collection of images. It also has a world map indicating what’s being shot where… although no Aussies on the map yet as far as I can see!
Washi Washi

Washi Washi

A few years back I picked up a book in New York called the “MT Kamoi Masking Tape Book”. I didn’t really know what it was about, but have since observed a growing trend for Washi Tape: printed Japanese rice paper masking tape. It’s very crafty and I haven’t yet been able to think of any genuinely useful ideas for its application, but it is soooo pretty and I love the uncoated paper finish. Have a look at Etsy for a growing list of sellers offering this delightful stuff.
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