bodha modern wellness

bodha modern wellness // NZ/USA - available online // as featured on Studio Home

Hi everyone! This is a rather fitting introduction to lead with for the brand new year! I’m always gunning for a new slate, new rituals and the intention to look after myself much better.

Bodha is a collection of modern wellness products designed to help you come back to yourself. Based on the belief that feeling connected is the key to happiness our line engages your senses through the power of ritual and aromatherapy.”

I would struggle to have introduced bodha any better than founder; Emily L’Ami does above. This beautiful collection of carefully thought out goods (for the soul and senses) have been created by this New Zealander while living in LA with her husband; Fredericus L’Ami, (also creative director of the brand). Some serious research has gone into the products as well as an international role call of designers and artisans!
Japanese linen is used for the aromatherapy eye pillows and the hand crafted brass incense holders have been made in a Japanese factory dating back 100 years. The Ritual Oil Diffuser has been designed by our own Jamie McLellan and crafted by local ceramic legend; Gidon Bing.

What I like about all this is the care taken in design and construction totally reflects the ethos of the products. Its about “quality time taken”.

Enjoy!

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Emily L’Ami outside her LA apartment
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bodha

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A wrap up

Design blogger Julia Atkinson of Studio Home est. 2008 // Creative people/brands/products and projects from New Zealand and Australia

Merry end of 2016!

Just a last check in before Studio Home has a wee gin and tonic in the sun while we turn the leaf for 2017.
Writing this reminds me a lot of the Christmas time family “newsletters” that used to whizz round ( both sides of my family are large!) – first by mail, then there were the fax years and finally, artfully put together as photo filled pdfs. You’d get a run down of each family members latest and to be honest…it was kind of nice! I don’t partake in this at all (except in my mothers own that she sends out) but at this time of year I always feel compelled to say “hi”, and “this is whats going on, on my end” to you, the eyes on the other end of what I share here and on my social channels.

This year has been a massive one for me! I’ve driven up and down the length of NZ 4 times, presented my social media workshop to over 250 small business owners and done my fair share of agonising over my own too! I’ve found the launch of Studio Home Biz Brains to be hugely rewarding with the opportunity to connect with people face to face, the type of people who reflect the hundreds I have written about over the years. It kind of felt like I got a glimpse of the “coal face” and I loved it.

I also called time on my Auckland existence and moved to Christchurch to discover a lifestyle I didn’t expect. Food, family, architecture, design, Banks Peninsula, food again and cohabitation! No complaints here except for the clothes that don’t fit me at the moment ha! (we’ll deal with that in the New Year ok?) This was all made better by finding the tiniest but coolest city pad to live in (which by the way is coming up for rent!). You can snoop by searching #studiohomehq on instagram or clicking here.

Studio Home has continued to tick along with new and existing TEAM.WORK collaborations circulating out there between NZ and Australia. There are more of these on the table too – I consider myself very bloody lucky to be able to work with such motivated, talented minds on these. I am certain/hoping it rubs off right?

It was also SUCH a relief to see an amazing person take the reins of Juniors Design Blog and run hard with what I started in 2014. Time (or the poor juggling of it) had meant that I couldn’t do it justice and the guilt of letting that project AND that amazing local industry of kids based products, art, clothing, furniture, food and brands drift away was killing me!
So cue the arrival of Rachel Thompson and the amazing refresh and relaunch of the site.
Please visit here! 

Studio Home HQ // Christchurch, New Zealand // NZ/AUS design blog since 2008 Studio Home HQ // Christchurch, New Zealand // NZ/AUS design blog since 2008 Studio Home HQ // Christchurch, New Zealand // NZ/AUS design blog since 2008

But what of 2017?

Well, first up will be the clock ticking over to mark 9 years of this blog and its resulting projects, communities and friendships. The internet is still very much stuck in fast forward, so I’ll admit, I am very proud that despite the immense amount of information presented to you daily, you have remained attached and engaged with the local introductions I bring you. Thank you so much!
As my ability to interview and shoot my own content has been impacted by the growth of other projects (much to my dismay, its my favourite thing…) I have sat back for a little while to watch, learn and consider the direction of Studio Home for the future.

Spurred on by the incredible stories shared by our down under photographers, writers and content creators on their own channels, I’ve decided that the 2017 will see an opening of the doors to allow more contributed stories to be shared here. However the focus will be as much on the storyteller as the story itself, to celebrate this part of our creative community who often are missed as they aren’t “making or selling” us anything.

Anyone interested is welcome to pop me an email and I will share with you the breakdown of this opportunity: hello@studiohome.co.nz

The Demystifying Guide to Facebook and Instagram for Small Business will be taken online alongside my Pinterest and Pitching to Media workshops. Right now this hurts my brain but will be a really gooooood move forward in allowing more people to access these classes. I’ll also be taking on more one-one-one clients as a sidekick to the growth of their own projects.

And lastly, 2017 will see me stepping back into my interior design shoes to take on a new build, residential project with my partner here in Christchurch. I’m really looking forward to sharing this process with you as well as the softer upgrades we will be doing to a lovely villa we’ll be moving into in January! Talk about old vs new!

I’d love to invite you to join me on these more personal projects via my instagram feed: @studiohome_ju.

NOW lets get you connected to some content you can browse from the archives!!! There are 9 years of them!

– Browse my favourite category “Art” here for NZ/Australian talent to the max.

– Looks like my own interviews will be disappearing into the background going forward to maybe you’d like to read the stories of those I have met over the last few years:
– Creative HQ – a peek inside homes and spaces.
– Fly the Coop – interviews I have done with kiwi and Aussie expats in Bali, Australia and New York.
– Store Front – inside the doors of some local stores.
– Locations – some personal travel stories that I plan to update with the Maldives soon!
– Real World – my personal favourite selection of interviews done by Studio Home sidekick; Sarah Allen. Sarah met with some industry go getters to glean advice and wisdom for all those of your out there trying to establish your own business/career.

– Take a trawl through those posts we listed as “emerging designers/artists”…these were people we felt we would most definitely watch rise above the rest.

– Explore out New Zealand or Australian posts separately to see what was featured this year (or ever!) from your area.

You can find the rest of the categories in the left hand sidebar PLUS search by year in the dropdown menu.
I hope you find a lazy shady tree to do this under OR not at all.
Taking a technology break is a good idea!

I’ll see you back here in January.

Cheers,
Ju xo

Design blogger Julia Atkinson of Studio Home est. 2008 // Creative people/brands/products and projects from New Zealand and Australia

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Prints by Joe Helmore

Print by Joe Helmore // New Zealand/Australia - available online // as featured on Studio Home

For less than a quarter of a second I wondered if you might be getting sick of the art based posts….then I thought, of course not, IMPOSSIBLE!

So, to keep the intro’s flowing, here is an exciting update from one of our “shared” (NZer living in Byron Bay) emerging talents!
I posted about Joe Helmore and his beautiful, layered largescale work earlier in the year. I’d definitely be considered a serious fan of his original works and one day I will surely arrive a “collector” status.
In the mean time, I can start with his brand new offering of beautiful limited edition prints!! This a tight, capsule collection printed at a variety of sizes (imagine the horse above at A0!!!) that will allow us all to jump on Joe’s fast moving track upward in the artworld.

Click through to explore all here and information for purchase.

Print by Joe Helmore // New Zealand/Australia - available online // as featured on Studio Home Print by Joe Helmore // New Zealand/Australia - available online // as featured on Studio Home Print by Joe Helmore // New Zealand/Australia - available online // as featured on Studio Home Print by Joe Helmore // New Zealand/Australia - available online // as featured on Studio Home

Imagery supplied by and used with permission of

Joe Helmore
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Bird Plus Bird

Print by Bird Plus Bird / Melissa Boardman - New Zealand. Available online // as featured on Studio Home

A month ago I received a submission that at first, felt pretty normal. Normal in the sense the work was great, but I wasn’t feeling “attached” to it (obviously I enforce a strict, scientific acceptance process!!) But on clicking, exploring and striking up further conversation with Melissa Boardman, I discovered she was fronting a truly beautiful body of work across so many different mediums. Under the guise of Bird Plus Bird, the Wellington based artists/designer/illustrator/maker produces prints, calendars, repeating pattern (which was GORGEOUS!) and to be honest….I imagine there is a WHOLE lot more to be revealed from her!

So I am very excited to present, what I feel is, the beginnings of Melissa Boardman’s creative offering and I sure hope anyone brand people out there recognise a visual talent that might be worth collaborating with!

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Melissa Boardman
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Fine Art Fundraiser and amazing chance to snap up local talent!

By Mickey Ross (Micimage) // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz
“Desert Boxes”
By Mickey Ross
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Its such a pleasure to introduce this project as it’s not only a bloody good cause, it is a bloody CRAZY good opportunity to snap up affordable photographic art from some of our regions best!

A Bit More Soul began as a series of photographic retreats and over the years has come to represent a community of photographers, artists, poets and creative forces all bonded by their time spent together and being dedicated to nurturing, improving and mastering their passion.
I was lucky enough to attend and speak at their D’Urville Island retreat at the end of last year, and still, even now feel the positive effects of being included in the shared discussion, connection and feedback the group very regularly takes part in online.

So when one of their pivotal attendees and founding speakers suffered a personal tragedy just a few weeks ago, the group leapt into action! And the result is this AMAZING body of donated work made available to you at incredibly rare pricing. Most of these contributors are top of their respective photographic fields, they are professionals….but the work you see below is outside of “work”. Much of it is shot on film via personal projects, travels and just their own point of view!
This group includes some personal photographic heroes and respected friends of mine – I purchased my first piece within 2 minutes of getting the “we are live” email….and don’t think I am quite finished!

Take some time to browse the small selection I pulled below and click on through to explore the complete collection PLUS the sites of the contributing artists. Then decide if the small/large version will look best in your space. (That’s not really a question…bigger is always better!)

Get purchases done online before December 19 for Christmas delivery and YES Australians and beyond, you can get involved and own too!

Support local and support a family sideswiped so close to Christmas.
EXPLORE HERE. 

By Maree Wilkonson // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Orchid”
By Maree Wilkinson

By Sam Stewart // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz
“Alpine Lake Italy” 
By Sam Stewart

 By Rachael Brown // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Wild Horses” 
By Rachael Brown

By Niki Boon // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Dandelion”
By Niki Boon

By Si Moore // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Open” 
By Si Moore

By Candy Capco // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Santa Monica”
By Candy Capco

By Ruth Brown // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Obsession”
By Ruth Brown

By Steph Killip // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Swimmer”
by Steph Killip

By Jo Currie // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Glasshouse”
By Jo Currie

By Emma Willets// New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Galle Sri Lanka”
By Emma Willets

By Kate McPherson // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Cacti”
By Kate McPherson

By Steph Killip // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Sunset Surf”
By Steph Killip

By Emily Adamson // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Milford”
By Emily Adamson

By Steph Killip // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Vegus” 
By Steph Killip

By Cassie Sullivan // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Crash”
By Cassie Sullivan

By Brydie Thompson // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Grasp”
By Brydie Thompson

By Sam Stewart // New Zealand photographers contributing to Fine Art Fundraiser hosted by A Bit More Soul // buy prints online www.abitmoresoulprints.co.nz “Lagodi Braies Italy”
By Sam Stewart
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Pan Pottery x Alchemy

Pan Pottery and Alchemy collaboration : handmade travel cup and naturally died bag // Australia - available online // as featured on Studio Home
Gifting something purely handmade is super special …. but I’m pretty keen on leaving the “actual making” to the experts!
In this case it would be two Australian makers with a passion for their natural environment and some skills to boot. Angus McDiarmid of Pan Pottery (based at Lake Weyba, Noosa Heads, QLD) used a traditional wood fire kiln, kick wheel and hand dug local clays for his work. Each pot, and in this instance, travel cup is completely unique as the clay and fire decide the finish. Angus has joined creative forces with textile artist; Belinda Evans. Entirely inspired by the flora and fauna of native Australia, Belinda completed the collaboration by dying the handmade, natural cotton/linen bag using natural plant based mordants and locally foraged Kangaroo Paw, a native plant.

The cups have been carefully thought out and provide a high quality alternative to other non disposable coffee mugs out there. They have a comfortable little thumb dimple, fit under modern coffee machines and their bag makes the easy to take with!

Strictly limited numbers of totally unique products can be found online here but I would urge you to explore the work of both of these talented makers. Support local ya’ll!

Pan Pottery and Alchemy collaboration : handmade travel cup and naturally died bag // Australia - available online // as featured on Studio Home   Pan Pottery and Alchemy collaboration : handmade travel cup and naturally died bag // Australia - available online // as featured on Studio Home Pan Pottery and Alchemy collaboration : handmade travel cup and naturally died bag // Australia - available online // as featured on Studio Home Pan Pottery and Alchemy collaboration : handmade travel cup and naturally died bag // Australia - available online // as featured on Studio Home Pan Pottery and Alchemy collaboration : handmade travel cup and naturally died bag // Australia - available online // as featured on Studio HomePan Pottery and Alchemy collaboration : handmade travel cup and naturally died bag // Australia - available online // as featured on Studio Home
Imagery supplied by and used with permission of Belinda Evans
Visit
Alchemy
Pan Pottery
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