Monday, August 31, 2009

Sailing away

Pictured here are the new 'Sailing Away' accessories for boys - Whale, Yacht, and Yachting applique throw. Can you tell it was pouring with rain on the day of our photoshoot? Luckily there were a few gaps in the clouds in between huddling in the photographer's car drinking hot coffees.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Ahoy! coverlet

Here is 'Ahoy' - our breezy new nautical flag inspired coverlet and pillow-sham. 

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sailing Away

'Ahoy!' Here is our new print design for boys.
'Sailing Away' features colourful yachts cruising the cool blue waves of a watercolour sea. Add some fun marine themed accessories to create a nautical bedroom that boys will love. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cheery Chiyogami

I can't resist a beautifully designed book of Japanese patterns and Isetatsu Collections (published by Pie Books) is jam-packed with colourful decorative delights.
These Chiyogami designs are created using woodblocks, and most are dated pre WW2.

I found my copy from the Avenue Bookstore in Albert Park.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

All Kinds Of Families!

'All Kinds Of Families' is a wonderful new picture book by beloved author of more than 40 books, Mary Ann Hoberman, and illustrated by Parisian Marc Boutavant.
With a fast paced rollicking rhyme and stylishly detailed and wildly coloured illustrations, this book will certainly become a bedtime favourite. (And quite a favourite on a designer's bookshelf too!)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Butterfly Blossom wall stickers

Also new from Hiccups are these Butterfly and blossom wall stickers - an easy and colourful way to brighten up a little girl's bedroom.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Butterfly Blossoms

What could be prettier than a garland of flowers in the shape of a butterfly, sprinkled with brightly coloured petals?
'Butterfly Blossoms' combines a hand drawn print with colourful applique flowers that little girls will find very hard to resist!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

'Holiday Stripe'

Bring a fresh holiday look to a girl's bedroom all year round with this delightful yarn-dye stripe in a palette of wonderfully vibrant colours. 
This versatile design looks great styled simply, or add some fun cushions to create a colourful bohemian retreat.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A horse themed room

Here is our 'Horsing Around' bed linen design, beautifully enhanced by a little pony who just happened to be wandering by.

Poppy love

Last week's subject manner at my botanical drawing class was the poppy. I was only able to complete two petals during the class so treated myself to a big bunch ($5 at the grocers - bargain) so I could finish the painting on the weekend. This didn't quite happen, but any excuse for flowers is fine by me!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Freshly picked from the orchard

A sweet Pink Lady, a crisp Granny Smith, a juicy Fuji and a crunchy Royal Gala - I love all of these apples! Apples of all colours make an appearance in our new Hiccups 'Apple Orchard' patchwork coverlet and sham.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Horsing Around

Here is our new Hiccups print design for girls - 'Horsing Around'. Our horses are enjoying a beautiful day, sharing fresh green paddocks with sheep and little rabbits. Some horses are cantering along, or trotting over to say hello! A mare introduces her little foal to the rest of the group. Who will feed them crunchy red apples for a treat?

We photographed this collection at a stable on the Mornington Peninsula - a beautiful place!

'Apple Orchard' coverlet and Nigs the camera loving horse.

A very sweet tempered Shetland Pony showing off our 'Galloping' applique throw.

'An apple a day' velvet applique cushion, 'Apple' novelty cushion.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

60's wrap and roll

All wrapped up! Groovy gift wrap of the 1960's is a great visual reference into the sometimes wacky, sometimes sweet, but always beautifully designed world of vintage 60's gift wrap. Birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, new baby, Christmas, children, husband, wife, bon voyage - it's all documented in this book by Kevin Akers, published by Chronicle Books.

I love this photo of the design department of Hallmark Cards, Inc headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. It's just like my desk here at work.