Hello Florals!

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If you love florals and embrace nature, take a look at this stunning range by Imogen Heath. A surface pattern designer from the UK, Imogen celebrates the English summer and references childhood memories and nostalgia in her line of cushions.

She combines traditional artistry with modern digital techniques to produce a range that’s captivating and alluring. There are organic and geometric influences in her work, and her florals are fresh, vibrant and contemporary.

Her designs are so resolved you’d never guess her label was only established in 2011.

View her range at Yellow Front Door in Australia here: http://www.yellowfrontdoor.com.au/products/dahlia-cushion-cover

Imogen Heath cushions at Yellow Front Door

Introducing Leah Duncan!

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Yellow Front Door is excited to receive a new line of beautiful handmade pieces from by artist and designer Leah Duncan. Leah reflects on nature, culture and the environment to produce her pieces, using water-based inks, pigment inks and the finest quality linen and paper.

Leah lives in Austin, Texas, where she loves the food and sunshine, and it’s there that she really discovered her inner creativity and passion for design.

She specialises in cushions and prints, and her pieces are organic, delightful and quirky, often featuring the desert, animals, flowers and plants. The designs are contemporary and the colours fresh and natural.

See her cushions and artworks at Yellow Front Door here http://www.yellowfrontdoor.com.au/products/oslo-cushion-cover

Divine Artworks by Nynne Rosenvinge

We couldn’t resist getting in several artworks by the very talented Danish artist Nynne Rosenvinge. Her pieces have a beautiful, simple yet ethereal quality, and are extremely well priced.

She incorporates simple elements such kites, lanterns and water droplets into her work, and the moon and mountains are often represented. She mixes strong blacks with neutrals and pastel colours in her work, creating a fine balance and synergy.

Nynne Rosenvinge  nynne-art-on-wall.jpg

Below: Images of Nynne’s beautiful home in Copenhagen

Nynne Rosenvinge's home

 The neutral wall and floor work beautifully with the pops of colour in the rug and Nynne’s own painting. 

Below: Black Planet and Chinese Lamps prints available for $39 including delivery.

Buy Nynne’s wall art online at: www.yellowfrontdoor.com.au/wallartonline/

Black Planet print

Chinese lamps print

Songbirds, a New Collection at Yellow Front Door

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We’ve been inspired by the English countryside with these new products! Songbirds is a beautiful, detailed collection by award winning designer Lorna Syson. Now based in London, UK, she launched her first collection in 2009 with the help of the Princes Trust.

Lorna draws inspiration from the great British outdoors, nature, trees and birds. She also looks to her childhood memories growing up in the British countryside, remembering the birds that used to nest outside her window, picking wild berries with her father, and playing in the surrounding woods.

Her beautiful series “Songbirds” features the Willow Tit, Great Tit, Robin and Bullfinch birds, and her designs are applied to fabric, cushions, paper, wallpaper and lampshades.

She likes to use natural, sustainable materials such as nettle, wool and recycled card.

Yellow Front Door stocks her cushion covers and limited edition prints, but the wallaper and lampshades can be ordered as a special order by contacting kate@yellowfrontdoor.com.au.

Buy the beautiful Songbirds cushions online at: www.yellowfrontdoor.com.au/cushionsonline/

and buy Songbirds limited edition prints at: www.yellowfrontdoor.com.au/wallartonline/

Lorna Syson songbirds

 

The Best from DesignEx Sydney 2014

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There’s nothing like visiting a design expo to get inspired! DesignEx did just that for me a couple of weeks ago, at Sydney Exhibition Centre Darling Glebe Island.

Here’s a round-up of my favourite stalls and products.

ABOUT SPACE

Providing striking, high-end designer lighting. With their finger on the pulse they set rather than follow trends.

www.aboutspace.net.au/

DULUX

Dulux have put together some inspiring collections, making colour choice less over-whelming!

They’ve also made some colour forecasts for 2014, and my favourite is the Digital Nomads collection. Colours and inspiration come from exotic destinations such as Africa, India and Morocco. It’s a global aesthetic with a fusion of tribal patterns and colours.

The colours work well with the Yellow Front Door range by Tamasyn Gambell – Aztec Red, Aztec Blue, Textured Stripe and Abstract cushion covers available at www.yellowfrontdoor.com.au

HEART ETHICAL TEXTILES

A eco-friendly and ethical textiles and wallpaper company, based in NZ. The quirky, colourful and playful designs are printed onto hemp, Belgian linen and organic cotton. They use fabrics that are natural, recyclable and biodegradable, and digital printing processes that reduce waste. Patterns and  colours are designed to be customised. You may see a range of Heart Ethical pieces at Yellow Front Door in the near future….

www.heartethical.co.nz

NOMI

I’ve had my eye on their dining tables and chairs for a while, all hand-crafted in beautiful oak. The idea is that you customise the furniture to suit your style and space – choosing size, style, shape, material, colour.

https://nomi.com.au

SCANDINAVIAN WALLPAPER AND DECOR

This company saw the gap in the market for unique, quality, designer wallpapers, so set about importing them from overseas. They now specialise in digital and traditional wallpapers and murals, with a Scandinavian edge and many designs drawing on nature. You can also create your own unique wallpaper or mural.

www.wallpaperdecor.com.au/folio/

www.designex.info

Houzz comes to Australia

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Last week I attended a pretty exciting event – Open Houzz at furniture store Camerich in Sydney. For anyone unfamiliar with Houzz (www.houzz.com), it’s the absolute go-to for anything to do with interiors, architecture, design, landscaping, gardens, home renovations.

Houzz features great editorial, gorgeous photos, and lots of products. It’s very inspirational.

Up until now it’s been fairly US-oriented, but now that Houzz has launched in Australia, it will direct more Australian content, images and products to Australian viewers.

Check out Yellow Front Door’s profile and first product on Houzz

http://www.houzz.com/photos/12411870/Suzani-in-Aqua-beach-style-outdoor-pillows-sydney

New designs by Swedish Calligrapher Ylva Skarp

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Yellow Front Door is excited to announce it’s new range of products by Swedish calligraphy artist and designer Ylva Skarp. With brush in hand, Ylva creates beautiful calligraphy and brings letters to life. She also uses her creative energy to turn calligraphy into patterns, shapes and forms.

In her work, she mixes traditional Swedish craftmanship with contemporary ideas to create unique pieces for the home. Ylva’s range includes prints, cushions, cards, calendars and ceramics. Currently Yellow Front Door stocks two of her artworks -“It’s Cool to be Kind” print and “X” limited edition print, see below.

  

Yellow Front Door also stocks two cushion covers – “So Far” and “So Hard” – in stunning black calligraphy printed onto white cotton. They are extra large at 57cm x 57cm (suitable for a 60cm x 60cm insert) and look great on the sofa or bed. These two cushions coordinate well together, but also look great mixed and matched with cushions, particularly in black, white and muted greys.

 

Ylva was educated at Roehampton Institute in London, and worked for 15 years as a professional calligraphy artist and designer. She then decided to set up her own company, designing her own unique range of homewares. Her inspiration came from watching a Nobel Prize ceremony on TV – featuring diplomas in beautiful calligraphy. Ylva had her “calling” and immediately knew it was the profession for her.

Ylva lives in a former schoolhouse in the small town of Leksand with her husband and two sons. Having lived in a large city, she wanted her sons to grow up in wide open spaces, and to experience the peace and quiet of the countryside. Ylva and her husband renovated the former schoolhouse, tearing down ceilings, walls and floor coverings to reveal the original integrity of the building.

Ylva’s work in evident in the home, with her stunning calligraphy and designs gracing the walls, floors and sofas. They give character and soul to the predominantly black, white, beige and grey home – see below.

Above: white walls are off-set by a textured timber ceiling, pale wood floors, and soft greys and browns in the furnishings. The colour palette works well when limited to three colours.

Above: Bold yellow is juxtaposed against neutral colours, love the original Swedish fireplace.

Above: The dark wall works well against the pale floor. Note the bare windows to let in maximum light.

Ylva’s stunning home was featured in the March edition of Real Living magazine in Australia:

homes.ninemsn.com.au/real-living/

Ylva says-

“some elements may be a bit unexpected, but I can’t stand perfection – things need to be a little irregular”

“I like the thought of creating a striking image that also conveys a message”

Add beauty, personality and soul to your home – shop for Ylva Skarp’s cushions online and wall art online at Yellow Front Door. You’ll find unique and creative pieces you won’t find elsewhere.

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