Monday, 12 December 2011

And the winner is...

...the gorgeous Leora from preloved - congratulations! A big thank you to all who entered - and keep checking because I'm guaranteed to do more giveaways next year x

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Modern take on the Festival of Lights

Yes, we all know it's Christmas. And while many Christmas decorations are often a little OTT, it is possible to get ultra-cool, designery decorations (like the pantone balls I posted about on Friday). But if you celebrate Hannukah (The Festival of Lights) it can be a more tricky to find beautifully designed, contemporary menorahs (candle holders). I know this because I've tried the last few years to find one that matches my design sensibility and have had no luck. 

So I thought I'd post a few of my favourites. I found the above two pieces by Anat Basanta and immediately fell in love with their organic beauty. As I found a few others I liked I realised that designmilk had infact posted their list last year - and yep, it's pretty much the same as mine (I told you they weren't in abundance). So credit goes to designmilk too!
Wood Menorah by Stephanie Caplan. The metal top lifts off so you can store the candles inside the wooden base.

Concrete Menorah by Marit Meisler. Love that you can group the pieces in any form you like.

Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects. Stunningly simple.

Hex Enamel Menorah by Jonathan Adler. A spoonful of colour!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Designer Christmas

Stumbled across these - perfect for a designer Christmas - geeky, not gucci! Have a great weekend...oh and don't forget to enter my Christmas giveaway - you have til Tuesday - get posting...

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

How To: Vintage-looking rusted tin cans

How gorgeous do these tins look together? As you know I've been working on an incredibly exciting freelance project for the last few months - and these tins are one of the 'finishing touches'. I was looking for a way to bring some authentic vintage warmth and some greenery into the cafe. I stumbled across these great 'vintage' fruit tins in The Industrial Revolution in Armadale. I knew they'd be perfect for the greenery, but I still needed something in which to store the sugar sachets. I searched and couldn't find exactly what I needed. Then I realied I could make a 'vintage' tin myself which would fit perfectly with theme...and all for a few bucks. I'm really happy with the result - and it's so easy, here's how:

What you'll need:
• Tin can (I used small edgell creamed corn cans, but you can choose whatever size you like)
• Desolvent (to remove sticky residue) and an old rag
• Old newspaper and tray
• Disposable gloves
• Sponge brush (basically a sponge on a wooden stick)
• Porter's Paints Instant Rust (am quite sure there are spray version of instant rust available at big hardware stores too)

What to do:
• Gently peel off the paper label from the tin
• Spray or rub desolvent onto any areas where adhesive is left. Rub with cloth until surface is completely clean
• Once tin is dry, set up your tray with newspaper lining it. Instant Rust is highly chemical so you want to make sure everything is protected.
• Wearing gloves, apply a little of the Instant Rust onto the sponge brush and apply it all over the tin. Don't be shy!
• Allow to dry for three hours on the newspaper covered tray.
• Generally a second coat is necessary - but if you're happy with the result you can stop at one.
There you go. Easy!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Ahead of the bell curve...

Babylon Dreaming by Marc Freeman

Empire Promises by Marc Freeman

State of Fracture by Marc Freeman

These paintings by Melbourne artist Marc Freeman just blow me away. I love their organic shapes and subtle bursts of colour - but what i love most is that there could be something sinister lying just beneath the surface, like he's freeze-framed the shapes as they slowly morph into something else. But that's just me.

The other reason I love these paintings is because they signify Marc's rising star in the art world...and the fact my husband and myself were onto him years ago! Yep, for once in my life I believe I can honestly say I was ahead of the bell-curve. The story goes a little like this: A friend's parents had all these amazing paintings through their (stunningly contemporary) house. Every time we visited we were blown away by the  abstract brush strokes and use of colour. They bought a bit of life and nature into what was essentially (a beautiful) concrete box. When we got married we knew we wanted an artwork as a gift - something we would treasure forever - and we immediately knew who we wanted to commission - Marc. The result is below and I never tire of looking at it. 

You can visit Marc's current exhibition, From on High, at Nellie Castan Gallery, Level 1, 12 River Street, South Yarra. Until 17 December 2011.

Monday, 5 December 2011

5 Paper (Christmas) Ornament How Tos

Subtle and sophisticated origami stars

I seem to keep going on about how busy I've been lately. In the scheme of things it's probably not THAT busy - but with a 2.5 year-old to look after (every day I feel like I solve at least one United Nations crisis with the amount of negotiating that's involved), a baby growing bigger by the day in my tummy, one of the most exciting freelance jobs I've done just days away from launching... and it being THAT time of year, I've been feeling pretty flat-out.

All to say I haven't had much time to do my own Spoonful of Colour How Tos - so thought I'd share with you five of my favourite paper ornament How Tos from other bloggers (click on the captions to go to original stories). Some are definitely Christmassy, others are just beautiful objects that could easily be appropriated for the festive season - enjoy.

Oh, and don't forget to enter my Christmas giveaway - click on the link at the top right of the page! 

Modern and organic, perfect for a touch of the festive year-round

Lovely and colourful paper balls - would make a great centrepiece

Graphic six pointed snowflakes - intricate but not fussy

Love this spiky paper ball as an ornament on its own - but hung from the ceiling would work wonderfully for a touch of the festive

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Question: Can I win back your love with presents?

Ok, so I haven't exactly showed a great deal of respect for you, my readers, lately. Am pretty sure I'd have to repeat the year if I was to be graded on it... But I want to try and change that (admittedly at the eleventh hour!)...and think the best way to do it is through an extra special Spoonful of colour giveaway.

Just in time for Christmas I'm giving away three Spoonful of Colour signature creations: 

1. A4 'spoons' print, printed on archival matte paper, it will fit perfectly into an Ikea Ribba frame (as shown left).

2. Holiday cards x 3 - merry, joy and holidays!

3. Important things mobile - as seen in the Herald Sun Home magazine this is my personal favourite.

How do you win all three?
Either sign up to follow this blog or leave a comment on this post by 9pm (Australian EST) Monday 12 December 2011.

Winner will be drawn at random and posted on this blog Tuesday 13 December 2011.*

*This should guarantee delivery within Australia before Christmas Day but unfortunately I cannot guarantee the same for overseas readers.