Home Grown

Art Club Concept

Art Club Concept is a Melbourne based studio who make beautiful art and create fun and modern homeware pieces with them. I love their hand drawn feeling and subtle use of colour. I was recently able to ask Ben Lawrey, founder and Creative Director of Art Club Concept a few questions about his inspiration and vision.       

BEN LAWRY CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF ART CLUB CONCEPT

What drew you from fashion and into interiors/home decor? 

Truthfully, I felt a shift in where my interests were. I always had an  appreciate & love for art but instead fashion was the platform I used for my expression. But then I had a defining moment, it felt right & the time was right to move on from fashion & embark on a new adventure within the creative industry. 

What drives your designs? Do you find this is a constant inspiration or does it change and how often? 

Inspiration is fuelled by the desire to continuously innovate and produce product that resonates on an emotional level. In saying this we’re also inspired by colour themes for each season. For our current collection, Modern Muse, we have a Blush Pink, Soft Icy Grey, Navy & Monochromatic theme which inspired the designs. 

Who's work and their progression do you enjoy watching? 

Street Art ! It’s a forever-evolving canvas full of beauty & complexity. 

What is your favourite piece in this seasons range?

Divided Beauty Wall Art. (shown below, and I confess I think its my favourite too!)

Divided Beauty Wall Art, Art Club Concept

Images by HER Creative

Nic Owen Architects

Nic Owen Architects is a Melbourne based Architectural firm who says that they create "architecture that is a joy to inhabit through the treatment of space, form materials and light" I couldn't have said it better myself. Their work is light airy and brings the feeling of calm openness to what, in some cases, have begun as small and dark spaces. I love their use of lines, they draw your eye through the space and into otherwise overlooked areas of each room. HER

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Nic Owen Architects
Nic Owen Architects
Nic Owen Architects
Nic Owen Architects
Nic Owen Architects
Source: http://nicowenarchitects.com.au/

Pipkorn + Kilpatrick

I adore the warmth created within this minimal home designed by Anna Pipkorn and Jane Kilpatrick  of Melbourne based design firm, Pipkorn & Kilpatrick. The choice of timber and highlights of felt design touches add this warmth within the otherwise stark white home. I'm always in awe of how these simple choices can add such a homely and personal feeling within our homes, eliminating the need for over the top or obvious additions, allowing for more of "us" to be addedd . The design lines that have been created are so simple yet calming, practical and timeless.  HERx

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Pipkorn and Kilpatrick
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Pipkorn and Kilpatrick
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Pipkorn and Kilpatrick
Pipkorn and Kilpatrick

PHOTOGRAPHER: Christine Francis

Source: http://www.pipkornkilpatrick.com.au/#!bell...

Engaging Women

I was recently approached by the lovely Martine Harte from Engaging Women to feature my home on her inspirational site. To say I was flattered was an understatement, to be featured beside these women is a great highlight for me personally.

We had a fun time, often laughing at my overly dramatic and glamorous cat, while Martine made me aware of all of the unique and special pieces I have been lucky enough to collect in my home.

Please follow the link here to see all of the photos and the full interview. HER

Engaging Women - HER Creative

Photography by Tania Savage, Courtesy of Engaging Women

Source: http://engagingwomen.com.au/interiors-2/he...

Penney + Bennett

I recently discovered the gorgeous designs of New Zealand brand Penney and Bennett. They capture such beautiful organic lines on stunning fabrics. Their colour selections are also rich and earthy and lovely additions to any pallette. 

Black thatch linen pillowslip is simply stunning to touch and their quality of finishing is perfect. HERx

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  Penney + Bennett  black thatch linen pillowslip   Lumira  balinese ylang ylang candle   The Fifth Watches  all black watch

Penney + Bennett black thatch linen pillowslip

Lumira balinese ylang ylang candle

The Fifth Watches all black watch

Timber Depth by Studio Four

Designed by Studio Four, this gorgeously renovated Victorian home in Prahran is perfect. I have an absolute obsession with the shelves and ledges designed into each room, in my opinion you cannot have enough of these stunning lines that double into practical fixtures within your home. The timber has been so thoughtfully executed both within the fittings and the styling throughout the home. The depth created from the seamless timber floor boards, moving up onto the kitchen bench, chairs and the plant pots is just simply stunning.

Overall the captured light, the use of materials and the design pieces selected have created a peaceful, comfortable and luxurious home. HERx

For more from Studio Four click here.

Photography by Shannon McGrath.

Source: http://www.designhunter.net/wonderfully-se...

House of Suki

There is noting better than the knowledge that you have an incredibly special piece within your home, unique just to you. Add to that the feeling of history, drama and endless origin possibilities and you have House of Suki. Created and designed by the lovely Polly Cadden, each piece is hand made and created from vintage Japanese kimonos. The quality, texture and richness of the fabrics are simply stunning (photos will not do them justice). The combinations of fabrics on each piece is perfect, there is not one piece I've seen which doesn't fit together as though they were always intended for the other. With bedheads, throws through to cushions available the combinations are also endless. What makes them particularly magical to me is their possible origins, where were these fabrics worn? What event or location? Who wore them? Something as grand as a large ball or as simple as a magical evening where two people met for the first time, can keep the magic of these pieces alive forever. 

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Below are a few of my particular favourites currently on display in a pop-up on Glenferrie Road in Malvern. The colour palettes and prints are endless, make sure you view their site to see the full depth of the range. HERx

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Currently on display at 111 Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Melbourne until Thursday 27th November.

Photos by HER Creative. 

Support Local

One of my favourite things is discovering local businesses and their gorgeous products. The quality and creativity are always high and to a detail you just don't see from chain and bulk distributors. Although an old story, I've noticed that so many of the larger retailers are noticeably copying even more from the smaller retailers now that so many of us are supporting these independents. Please don't fall into this trap, support your locals and independent producers and put your money into better designs and higher quality merchandise from truly talented people. HER x

All photos by HER Creative 

I love linen

I've been crushing for a while now on everything from I love linen. Lauren's Range is modern, fun and made from beautiful quality fabrics that you just want in every room of you our home. My favourites are split between the pure linen quilt covers and the Turkish cotton blankets (Seriously, I can't decide which I want more!!)

To help with my indecision I have asked Lauren to not only share some of her favourites with you, but to also share what makes them so special. Her passion for her products really shines through, enjoy. HERx 

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Pure linen

I am literally in love with this French flax linen, if that's even possible! When I see it, I take a short breath as it makes me so happy imagining myself just completely switching off and enjoying the textural elegance that linen offers. My new collection comes in five very classic and understated colours, and are all beautiful in their own way. While linen is more of an investment compared to cotton sheets, once you switch to linen it's basically impossible to go back again. It's just a classy beautiful fabric and it really makes your whole bedroom feel a bit more luxurious. Linen evokes such a great feeling of relaxed classic style, and the way it drapes over your bed is just beautiful.

Turkish blankets

I work with a group of artisan Turkish weavers who make the most beautiful textiles. When my blankets arrived I was so excited, and these have been so popular. They're so soft and supple and I love the patterns and simple colour ways. They look absolutely incredible on a bed and I have nabbed a black one for myself!

Cushions

I have a bit of a cushion fetish, I am always changing the cushions on my couch and bed every few weeks. I love my new range, they all mix and match together brilliantly. These prints are some of my personal favourites.

Lauren x

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 Charcoal bed linen
 White Bed Linen
 Denim Bed Linen
 Checked Turkish Cotton Blanket
  Checked Turkish Cotton Blanket
  ZigZag Turkish Cotton Blanket
  ZigZag Turkish Cotton Blanket
 Aztec Monochrome Cushion
  J'Adore Cushion Cover
 The Love Club Cushion Cover
 Club Tropics Cushion Cover
 Denim Linen Bed Sheets
  Checked Turkish Cotton Blanket

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Source: http://www.ilovelinen.com.au

Sanders + King

This home in St. Kilda, Melbourne has such a beautiful feeling of openness, light and playfulness. Designed by Taimi Sanders and Elissa King of Sanders & King, they have brought a subtle touch of joy to each room without the cliche clutter and gaudiness. The bold colour change of the kitchen is unique and creates a clear and defined room without the need for any divisions and is a great way to break up the otherwise muted tones of the home. Another beautiful subtle touch is the combination of textured finishes used throughout the house. The variety of materials feel endless and yet fit together so perfectly you don't notice until closer inspection. HER

Source: http://estmagazine.com.au/sanders-king-ter...