A new bathroom can be eco-friendly!

I recently worked on a bathroom project and loved exploring material options that were either eco friendly or that were handmade, supporting artisans craftsmanship.

I’m currently exploring different options to achieve a ‘green’ design in all instances of design, which is fun! Below is my hand render of the concept for a main bathroom. The client wanted eclectic, old meets new with lots of colour, pattern and texture with the overall style to be ‘transitional’.

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I’m a huge fan of recycled furniture and loved the idea of a vintage/retro inspired timber vanity, because let’s face it the real vintage pieces are expens-ive and this family had a budget. So I decided to go with a custom made look-a-like one made from recycled timber.

All of the tiles in the bathroom, both wall and floor, are cement & handmade, sourced from Tiles of Ezra, an Australian tile supplier. I believe they are sourced from South America.  Absolutely love the idea of supporting artisans in their trade.

The other elements in the bathroom at this stage are new items, however for future projects I’m keen to look into scouring second hand stores and salvage yards for old tap ware, vanity mirrors, pendant lights & baths that can be re-purposed and used in residential design.

Would love to know your thoughts!

Jess  x

 

 

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Eco friendly homewares! Ft. One of my favourite suppliers.

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I’m loving EcoChic. They by far have the best range of homewares online which you can be confident are Fair Trade certified and that the materials used for making the products are derived from renewable resources. Eco conscious shopping here we come.

They have the perfect pieces to create that high/low, old/new look. Mix it up!

Do yourselves a favour and check out their range.

Jx

Please note this post is not sponsored or endorsed – I just love spreading the word about people who are doing the right thing by other people and our environment.

 

 

Some fashion faves! Inspiration for a socially conscious & sustainable wardrobe

I’ve been doing a lot of ‘window shopping’ online of late, I think it may be the fact that I haven’t bought a piece of clothing in almost 12 months! Half of the reason is because I’m a full time student with a mortgage, but also because the next time I wear something new I want to know where it’s come from, I don’t want to buy from some main stream store that is a part of ‘fast fashion’. I’m really motivated to make some shorts out of old jeans, source some blouses from an op shop and upcycle them into something a bit more on trend. Perhaps even embellish a jacket with some beads from my old collection. I don’t know exactly what my first little project will be but the combination of having no spare money for retail therapy and my newfound mission to wear only sustainable clothing means I will be making something with my poor unloved sewing machine very soon. I love fashion but not at the expense of others!  Below are some images to inspire me. *Watch this space*

 

Jx

Vietnam & Cambodia. A trip of a lifetime.

Last September, I travelled for 4 weeks through Vietnam and a short time through Cambodia with my mum and grandfather. It was such an amazing experience to do this with my grandfather who is 79! My mum and I have travelled quite a bit together in the past – UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Bali… I definitely got the travel bug gene from her.

Going on this trip was a once in a lifetime chance to say the least. Not only because of the sentimental family side of it but because of what we experienced. The beautiful people, the food, the culture, the history.

It’s the first time I’ve spent time in South-East Asia apart from Bali and a short 5 days in Thailand for a wedding and I absolutely loved it.

Firstly, Cambodia was a place that I feel is so underrated. The people here were even friendlier than the Vietnamese and so much more unaffected by tourism.

I cannot wait to go back and see more of Cambodia as we only spent 4 days here in Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat & in Phnom Penh.

Vietnam was amazing for the food, the scenery and also the textiles! We stumbled across some sellers at a market in Sapa who sell the traditional indigo fabrics and we shopped up a storm. Textile hunting was something I had long been looking forward to on the trip, except we found it so hard to find any artisans selling their traditional work. We were so lucky to find the sellers that we did.

Our itinerary for the holiday was Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Ho Chi  – Hanoi – Halong Bay – Sapa – Home. We packed a lot in!I could tell you about the whole trip but we did so much, it would take an essay!

The main reason for this post is that I wanted to share some of my travel pics (in no particular order…) One of my passions is travel photography and most of these were taken on my Samsung Galaxy phone.

I hope these images give you a feel for Vietnam & Cambodia, I encourage anyone thinking of going to either country to definitely do so. It’s a special part of the world and so inspiring for creative types.

 

 

If you’d like to know more about the trip, how we got from A-B, any travel hints or tips for Vietnam and Cambodia or anything else, feel free to comment below!

 

Jx

The Modern Barn House

New Zealand homes are amazing, I have been there twice now with my partner who is from there and each time I am obsessed with the houses! I think the Kiwi’s are really ahead in terms of design.

I am currently obsessed with the Modern Barn House and the New Zealanders do them well and they just cannot go wrong with that amazing scenery the country is renowned for!

We plan on moving over there in the near future for a few years and most likely build a small home and I think we’ll be using homes such as the below for inspiration.

 

 

 

The peaked ceilings, timber cladding, full height glass windows and doors. They are just stunning and ooze an open, spacious feeling that also looks comfortable and with the right furnishings, homely and warm.

This type of home is definitely on the wish list for our next house!

Jx

Image sources – Pinterest, Fearon Hay, Red Architecture, Cushla Thurston, Build Me Architecture, Case Ornsby, RTA Design

 

Eco Conscious & Cruelty Free Autumn Finds.

I am a lover of all things Interior Design, Textiles, Fashion and Beauty! Couple that with a keen interest in doing what I can to live a more conscious life and it’s led me to constantly be looking into brands and products that are more eco friendly (and affordable…) and in the way of beauty products – safe & animal cruelty free. I’ve put together a bit of a mood board below, of a few things I’ve currently got my eye on!

 

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Clockwise from left: Shirt from Asos, Lighting from Jasper & Eve, Beanbag from Koskela, Dress from Free People, Boots from Free People, Lipstick from Inika,  Kantha quilts from Eco Chic, Mules from Revolve Clothing, Grey rug and Floral weave rug from Armdadillo&Co

 

So here is a bit of background info on these companies.

One of my all time favourite online stores ASOS, now has a section on their website called Eco Edit which has a great range of sustainable products. Their fair trade label ASOS Made in Kenya, which was created in partnership with SOKO Kenya, also showcases some really cool clothing. I am so happy ASOS have delved into this – finally!! It’s hard to find affordable clothing these days that you can have confidence in, knowing that it’s been produced in an environmentally and socially conscious way.

In regards to shoes, I look for faux leather/suede and in particular Revolve Clothing always have an amazing range. To make things easier, online stores  Lulu’s and Free People  have a ‘Vegan’ section for shoes and while not always a huge range – they always have something I want!

I am now an avid user of organic, natural and cruelty free makeup. I’m dying to try Inika – I’ve heard they’re amazing and I’m keen to try the ‘Nude Pink’ lipstick. I currently use Arbonne & Eye of Horus (EOH have an amazing eyebrow pencil by the way…)  but want to broaden my makeup collection and try a few new things!

NOW, homewares… I find it really hard to find beautiful fair trade, eco friendly products! But alas, I have found a couple of Australian companies who offer a gorgeous range. Jasper & Eve are a small business and have partnered with Cambodia WTL International, an organisation helping Cambodian people and $1 from every purchase, they donate to this charity. Amazing! Another company is Eco Chic, this is where I found the Kantha Quilts (loooove).

Koskela & Armadillo & Co are two more well known Australian Homeware companies who have an amazing product range and are doing great things. Koskela supply sustainable products and 1% of all their product sales go back to Indigenous Australians who help make the products, to support their way of life and to enable them to continue their traditional practices. I particularly love the Willie Weston collaboration which the beanbag is part of. The Willie Weston fabrics are simply stunning!

Armadillo & Co supply hand woven rugs which are fair trade and sustainable and they have an amazing range, in particular I love the ‘Perennial’ collection.

I so wish there were more brands out there that were more eco friendly & socially aware. There are definitely already many who’s practice and ethos entail this, but the world needs more of them. It’s slowly getting there!

If you know of any amazing brands, products or companies, let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear about it.

Jx

 

 

 

A 1970’s kitchen renovation on a budget

As you may know from previous posts, we are renovating our 1975 built home in Perth, Western Australia.

We started work on the house in December 2014 and I feel that in just over 2 years, we have done quite a lot! It has been a full home reno, on a budget and while my partner and I have been working full time jobs – it’s been an experience to say the least. One of my favourite areas to refurb was the ug-lyyyy green and brown kitchen. Yep! It had green laminate bench tops, dark timber cabinetry and a brown brick feature wall with an arch characterised by the 70’s. We completed this kitchen project at just over $2,000 (AUD), which not only included the finishes but also a new range hood, oven, sink, tap ware and down lights!

Here are a couple of before and after photos:

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We painted all of the brickwork, painted the cabinetry in Dulux Monument Grey and used Rust-oleum Countertop Transformations for the bench tops.

There’s just one finishing touch yet to be completed – that is to find some beautiful old salvaged timber and make some shelves to go either side of the range hood and perhaps above the sink. It will break up the white and add some warmth to the colour scheme, plus  I’ll have somewhere for my cookbooks, some little plants and anything else I want to have on display.

I’m looking at these images for inspiration.

I’m not sure yet whether to have floating shelves or use brackets and whether to go for a rustic raw edge or a sleek/modern look.

Let me know what style you think would suit the kitchen best in the comments below!

Jx

Obsessed with One Kings Lane…

Sooo it’s currently Sunday night in Perth, it has been 38 degrees (celsius) today – which is super hot! All day I’v been in and out of the pool and doing bits and pieces on my computer  in the air con. Pretty cruisy day I must say.

At the moment I’m loving Olioboard for putting together mood boards for the rooms in our house (a.k.a full home renovation!).

Our bedroom only consists of a bed and one set of drawers, no curtains, no nightstands, no lamps, really not a lot. So I put together the below to get a feel for how I want to style it.

All of these items are from One Kings Lane (If you have never checked out their range, do so now!)

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Being that the room is quite small and has mid brown floorboards, I feel like a lighter coloured rug is actually better if I want to make the room feel bigger. Although I do have a  love affair with colourful Kilim rugs, I can instead introduce colour through the textiles and artwork.

design-communication-1-assignment-3-one-point-perspective-drawing_final-1This is the render I did recently for the bedroom, what do you think – light coloured rug or a colourful Kilim?

Let me know in the comments below!

P.s our budget kitchen renovation story & progress photos will be up soon!

Jx