MAY GIBBS: More Than Just a Fairy Tale

Following the adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie is a rite of passage for Aussie kids (hello nostalgia, old friend). But what about the creator of these iconic – and let’s be honest; seriously cute – gumnut babies?

You can call May Gibbs many things: author, illustrator, responsible for your irrational fear of banksias.  However, in their book “May Gibbs: More Than Just a Fairy Tale,” Robert Holden and Jane Brummitt show us that Gibbs had a life as rich as her artistry.

Gibbs is one of those rarities who managed to appeal to both children and adults. “More Than Just a Fairy Tale” gives incredible insight into her motivations, her personal history, and the social and cultural influences that trickled into her illustrations. Not to mention, it has pages and pages of her beautiful work.

If you need a little inspiration or you see book illustration in your future (or, quite frankly, you just want more cuteness in your life), this is definitely one for your bookshelf.

Purchase from MacLean’s Booksellers here. And mind the banksias!

Text and photo by Jane Hollier Brown

Evolve Yourself

Who would’ve thought that the humble Sharpie could be such an extraordinary design tool?

In his book, “Sharpie Art Workshop,” Timothy Goodman encourages us to put down the paint brush and pick up a Sharpie.

This bright and bold book is full of how-to’s, techniques, creative exercises and a whole lot of inspiration. If a wall/cup/sneaker/your annoying younger sibling is merely a blank canvas to you, then Tim Goodman’s book will point you in the right creative direction.

Now pass me my high-tops; I’ve got some shoes to Sharpie.

Find it NOW at Maclean’s Bookseller ” Sharpie Art Workshop” by Timothy Goodman

Text and Photo by Jane Hollier Brown

Inspiration :: Timeless Leather

Leather is often described as timeless and classic.

It’s soft and supple, with a natural patina developed over time, leather lends warmth to an interior, creating contrasts and offsetting other finishes like wood, steel, stone and concrete, becoming a conduit for effortless style.

Leather has become a favourite and essential material throughout design history. It is one of the distinctive hallmarks of coveted Scandinavian style and was the fabric of choice for the renowned Eames Lounge chair. American designer Ralph Lauren’s use of leather is evident in home furnishing whether it’s on the New England coast or his Western ranch.


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Similar products can be spotted locally at: 

Me Me Homewares; Empire Furniture; InsideOut

INSPIRATION :: Pantone Colour of the Year 2015


Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.


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Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.Leatrice Eiseman

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The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.

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INSPIRATION :: Furoshiki

Furoshiki (風呂敷) a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods.

Originating from Japanese culture where it promotes caring for the environment and reducing waste; Furoshiki is the eco-friendly wrapping cloth.

Using techniques similar to origami, it can be used for gift wrapping, grocery shopping or simply as decor.

Why furoshiki? It is reusable and multipurpose. Each year billions of plastic bags end up as litter; reusable bags, such as, furoshiki can help reduce the impact to our environment. Its versatility allows you to wrap almost anything regardless of its shape or size.



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Image’s sourced via pinterest

Eat Drink and Be Merry… Style

At Christmas time, I love to beautifully decorate my house and style the table to reflect this special holiday.

With only a couple of weeks till Christmas I thought I would share some inspiration to spark some creativity when decorating your table.



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The Beauty of Copper

Copper is pushing Stainless Steel out of the spotlight and flaunting it’s rich and lustrous attributes.

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“There is a warmth brass gives an interior, whether it be a modern or traditional space,” say Marisa Marcantonio of Style Beat says “The golden hue of the metal provides a subtle elegant gleam. It’s having a comeback because it mixes well with other metals and it’s patina get’s better with age”

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