Colour makes me happy

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Linen House MendozaVoila! So thrilled to finally show you our bedroom that has come together over the past few months with thanks to Linen House and our local op shops and friends and family as well as some amazing local Australian artists.

The new super king bed we introduced in our Sleep Series posts needed a doona cover and it was a right challenge to find a fashion forward, eco fabric option for that size range. Ideally I would have sewn one but I had not the time. It made clear to me that there is an obvious opportunity for a market in print organics and we are very pleased to have a relationship with Linen House and opportunity to communicate to them that organic linen is important to us. If you want to see change, we believe you need to facilitate change with those in a position to make it happen broad scale as well as supporting amazing small production businesses like Geelong locals Kip n Co.  Linen House kindly gifted this amazing Mendoza Quilt Cover Set and I’m in love with it.

The thing about decorating a room is that you sort of need to decide the feature point. I love the Mendoza as our feature point because it is SO versatile but it leaves opportunity to play with colour and print in addition. I could have taken the room in so many directions. Colour does make me happy, so I chose to pull out the fresh summery vibe from this doona cover, but you could easily have taken it toward olive greens/more muted tones. The thing that is ace about this doona cover set is that I can keep my eye out for second hand cushions on Ebay/throws at the op shop/some gorgeous pillow that I just must have – and change the room up when I feel like it. I love both the soft and darker purple tones in the Mendoza and would love to go there in terms of colour with the room one day. Purple and olive?

Mendoza Linen HouseThat is my take on interior design for a family budget; decorate your core area with neutrals [note our neutral carpet/walls/blinds – things that are expensive to change] then accessorize to bring your space on trend. [Quickly while we mention carpet you should know that our carpet is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and we love it!] Using core areas in neutral colours also provides the opportunity to personalise things; adding a pop of your favourite colour, artwork from your own children, frame something small you have held onto that reminds of the beginnings of your relationship. Injecting yourself and what you love into your space is what makes it something special.

I wanted the place I sleep to be an uplifting space cultivating joy. I also meditate in this room often and wanted positive energy amplified. Whilst the space isn’t quiet in terms of colour, it matches my inner workings and needs at the moment. I knew that this space wanted for creativity and peace through art and I planned this frame gallery behind our wall to complement the direction of colour.

Art and Soul

Etsy Australian ArtworkIntroducing 5 Amazing Australian Artists:

{1} Mid Century Child with ‘Pod 3 Seed‘ and Neon Cockatoo

{2} Camille Javal with ‘The Island’ Mixed Media Print

{3} Aunty Cookie with ‘Granny Square

{4} Driftwood Interiors with ‘Seafern’ in Woodlawn

and Splice Abstract

{5} Bell Jar Interiors   with Abstract

It has been my absolute privilege and delight to gather a range of artworks from a selection of talented Australian artists who make their work available via Etsy. Etsy is an online marketplace for people to buy and sell unique goods and particularly artwork and even supplies. Whilst prices are in USD, don’t be put off – there are many, many Australians selling here and you can also search only Australian vendors using the Search Local function. However I have done the hard work for you, and I am more than confident that you will find some breathtaking pieces among the work of these 5 talents.

Receiving these artworks was such a heart-warming experience; many of the artists had left me hand-written notes of encouragement and thanks. I was actually in tears opening some of the images. Each piece speaks to me and each day I appreciate them and find peace admiring them. A framed piece of art from an Australian artist on Etsy would be an awesome birthday or Christmas gift; so unique and well priced! I encourage you to visit their Etsy stores. Opening each tube or envelope of artwork felt so delicate and inspiring and energizing.

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Click to read the notes I received from some of the beautiful artists we have featured xx Feel the love!

In terms of framing there are many options that are inexpensive; the best start is to visit your local op shop where there are MANY frames available for $1-$4. You can ask family and friends if they have any frames that are currently unused. Don’t forget that you can also paint used frames to fit them to your need. I found that for bigger images second hand frames were more difficult to find. We contacted Target and some others manufacturers about the wood used in their frames and this was the response from Target: “All of the wood mouldings that we supply exclusive to Target in the Portrait Solution range are supplied from Malaysian moulding manufacturers. Malaysian law requires that timbers from ONLY sustainable plantation sources are used. Rain Forest timbers, such as Ramin, thankfully are now banned not only in Malaysia, but also from being imported into Australia.” We did use 2 frames purchased at Target in this gallery; each were wooden and on sale for $4! We will have a whole post dedicated to how exactly DH got the frame gallery looking so ace, so stay tuned for those DIY/decorating tips. We also have a bunch of tips for decorating and home decor over at our Pinterest boards and of course you can sign up for our fortnightly newsletter to the right to keep up to date.

Hope that by sharing our space, you are inspired to create joy in your own home. You deserve it. You can do it. Enjoy!

Blessings to you and yours xx

Pippa Buxton Director at Little Eco Nest Eco Store

 

 

 

*We have included mentions of our sponsors in this post which we are very transparent about, it is the right balance of energy to acknowledge and be acknowledged for our support of something awesome. Most of our sponsors we have proactively approached after loving what they do. Opinions are always our own xx You can read our full official statement on this type of thing on our policies page.

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2 Responses to Colour makes me happy

  1. Jill November 9, 2013 at 3:13 am #

    Just beautiful! I love that it is relaxing but uplifting and refreshing as well. The artworks are all gorgeous and so well placed. Great work!

  2. Cara November 11, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    Love! Will definitely be checking out those artists on Etsy. We are moving into a new house soon and I can’t wait to decorate – looking forward to your DIY/decorating posts too!

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