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Welcome to the second in our series of three little posts to inspire your floral creativity!
Growing up my Mum always made sure we had a posie of cut flowers on the kitchen table and beside our beds – even now when I head home to visit there will be some little sweet smelling gaggle of flowers waiting for me in my room.
Spurred on by this memory and inspired by the awesome “Tilly at Home” geometric rose vase and bedroom building homeware I had discovered at Farmers, I challenged clever Lu Diamond to create a posie using flowers bought from the dairy down the road.
We chose to visit the closest dairy to Lucy’s studio which was on Ponsonby Road in Auckland. Having not always had the luxury of living in a place where masses of fresh cut flowers are available year round, I encourage you to hunt out what you have at your own finger tips – this posie could alternatively be leafier, greener and perhaps contain more foraged, one off blooms that peep over your neighbours fence!
The tips I learnt myself from watching Lucy work were:
I have ALWAYS tried to create posies by painstakingly attempting to mix all the flowers together evenly.
Lucy shuns this with beautiful results! Let colours block and different varieties sit together.
My obsession for a balanced perfectly, symmetrical floral symphony has also been put to rest with the realisation that off-centre arrangements look modern, romantic and imperfectly perfect.
CUT + TRIM AS YOU GO
I’ve always cut and trimmed the stems of my flowers to prepare them for arranging, however, while Lucy did clean up the stalks she left any decisions on length for later. She would hold clutches of blooms up against what she had already done, testing angles and placement before THEN trimming their length to sit perfectly.
Its not rocket science but it was a real Ohhhhhh moment.
GET DOWN AT THE SAME LEVEL
We were definitely striving to create an arrangement that could be viewed from all angles but I noticed that Lucy was constantly ducking and divine to get eye level with what she was working on which posed a good point!
This posie would have looked great on a kitchen table or sideboard in a living room, both of which have you suddenly dropping to view it at the same or sometimes even lower level.
Tilly at Home vase, and lamp
Duvet cover set and pillow by Sheridan
All from Farmers – Your Department Store
.…… Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
Floral genius by Lu Diamond Flowers This post was made in partnership with Farmers
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I’m pretty into go-getters … especially creative go-getters, which is why I jumped at the chance to check out the set up of an exciting 3 day pop up shop presenting the work of thirteen designers. As part of the AUT Shapeshifting Conference; Creative Common Occupation has taken over the terrific first floor space of the Cross Street Gallery in Newton (Auckland) to collectively share their work spanning from clothing and accessories to print, illustration and film. All high quality locally made products from designers at the bright beginning of their careers.
Despite capturing some of the team in the flurry of their set up, I could still sense the excitement of those involved and I for one was feeling it too!
I would highly recommend a visit if you are in Auckland over the next three days and ALL of you, despite location, would enjoy the insights into each designer on their Facebook page as well as this great styled shoot bringing together much of the work that is part of the event.
Scroll to bottom for poster of location and hours.All photography above by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
New on the scene in both the cool mainstreet of Kingsland, Auckland as well as the burgeoning online space down under, is the Tonic Room!
After purchasing the original health store on site as a going concern in 2012, 29 year old naturopath; Katherine Lonsdale-Cooper has finally realised her dream of a space that takes natural medicine out of the slightly “hippy” arena and presents it in a way that the mainstream can appreciate, understand and relish visiting!
Opening doors to her new and improved store just over a week ago, today it is also joined by an extensive site to match that offers an impressive and lush version of a modern apothecary! Online and instore she has worked hard to source the best natural treats for the mind and body. Beauty brands like Jacqueline Evans Skincare, Triumph and Disaster, Herbivore Botanicals plus so many more! Trust me….divine!
But this isn’t just all about pretty smells and covetable labelling! The Tonic Room is staffed by fully trained naturopaths and nutritionists, allowing for the ability to provide trustworthy advice to walk in – walk out customers. Upstairs is a wellness clinic with an impressive team of full time practitioners in residence. These include naturapaths, holistic nutritionists, massage therapists, pyscho therapists and an intergrative doctor that have access to the full dispensary in store.
All in all it’s exciting to see this fresh innovator moving into the natural health industry. Determined to do things right, Kat chose creatives at the top of their game to bring Tonic Room to life – the talented and experienced agency of Hardhat are the brains behind the overall identity and website which has been complimented by the allllllways fresh Material Creative who were charged with the interior fit out.
Well… this is how you re-launch a business people!All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
Its always exciting for me to see the progress of young, go getters that I have been lucky enough to meet so early in their creative endeavours. Georgia Jay is one of my favourites (a LOT to do with her magnetic, sparky personality!) and I am stoked to share some of her latest leather bags and purses with you.
All constructed with beautiful, supple leather and hide. All handmade at the Terrarium studio in Kingsland, Auckland. All awesome.
I’ve been spying on Tim Grocott of Taus Ceramic ever since stumbling across some of his beautiful early work at Douglas and Bec at Bloc. But I’ll be honest – it was while having a break from some solid Scottish dancing at a wedding recently that I thought I would love to have a wee cheeky hip flask of whiskey to whip out (you can judge me but its true) and at that moment the Taus hip flask flashed past my eyes (imprinted from spotting it on instagram).
So – here we are with a post about them now and my true intention to set myself up for the wedding dance floors of the future. I am even more sold on the concept after watching the great vid displaying its surprising robustness below.
Flasks cost $115 for plain or $120 for decorated. Currently they are stocked at Douglas and Bec in Auckland, Good as Gold in Wellington or you can email Taus directly via their website. Also check out some more work stocked online at Bon-Weekend.
You are getting the first heads up on this one peeps!
Henrietta Harris is just this morning releasing this beautiful fine art print; “Haven’t You Ever Looked Up?”
Now that she is very much dedicated to working on collections for shows and only offering originals, this is your chance to grab a print while you can. I am! For sure!
This is how:
Full colour print on 300gsm Hahnemuhle watercolour paper
Signed and numbered, limited edition of 100 $80 NZD plus $7 p&p (NZ) or $12 p&p (worldwide) – paypal or bank deposit accepted.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m a long time fan – check out the ongoing obsession here.