A Little Obsession with Fine French Paper

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OK, while we are on the subject of France, how could a person not have an obsession with these stunning, delicate french postcards? Found at a market near the Arc de Triomphe, how could any person just walk past them?.

The question is, would you keep them all to yourself or would you send them to people you love? Hmmmm let’s think about that over a coffee and croissant…

Homeware Shopping in Melbourne

Oh for the joy of hunting and shopping for homewares!! I guess all women are equally crazy about this stuff. Well, stores in Melbourne keep some really stunning products – some contemporary and some funky too. It is a matter of your choice and mood as to what you might end up purchasing, but it is hard to go wrong at any of the many home décor stores. Some of them have the most exquisite and unique pieces.

Have you ever wondered why are there so many things to tempt us to part with our money? We can’t have them all, but wise buyers know exactly what to pick. Some really cute pieces have been spotted at After Store on Therry Street. They have a unique collection of handcrafted items collected from around the globe as well as sourced locally. There is a variety of houseware, jewellery, gifts and knick-knacks and furniture. Pan After on Franklin Street stores an excellent collection of internationally sourced homeware. They have exciting gift items too.

Have you ever popped into Rap on Little Collins Street? Oh my!! They have a fabulous collection of colour-coordinated homewares, aromatic candles, body products and eye catching linen in vibrant shades. Rap Products have contemporary household and lifestyle products. You just can’t stop admiring their beautifully fresh and lively colored items.

Do stop by Urban Attitude. They have really some practical kitchenware. You will flip out for their oh-so-cute egg warmers. Their oven mitts are cool too. Another interesting thing is the Dreamfarm Savel Food Saver. It totally makes sense to buy one. It keeps your cut fruits fresh and safe for next use. Don’t forget their stock of funky huggable pillows which will be a sure hit with kids.

Another store that was intriguing was Spoilt Gift and Homewares. Well, the gifts are not spoilt, but the store is all out to spoil and pamper you with their goods. They have 4 outlets in Melbourne and they keep everything under the sun, related to home and person. From accessories for fashion, travel, men, body care, etc. to gift books and stationery, they have it all. They have a fantastic collection of kids’ gifts ideas, food items, and sale items.

You simply must try their Ecoya aromatic candles. They are available in many perfumes like Vanilla Beans, Lotus flower, French Pear and Coconut-Elderflower. Their specialty is their soy wax candles, delicately poured in contemporary glass jars and beautifully packed in colorful boxes.

The glass jar holder renders them a burning life of almost 18 hours. In their kitchenware collection, you will also find the Index Advance Chopping board useful. It comes in a set of 4 different coloured boards with a holder and has each board marked for different use to avoid confusion. A firm favourite is that cute heart-shaped mini pan.

What a perfect way to say “I love you” to your dear ones at the breakfast table by serving them their favourite eggs in a heart shape! Spoilt Gifts and Homewares store have the sweetest collection of enamelware. Colourful and trendy forms make for a perfect home décor.

For the camera enthusiasts, there is the perfect gift in the form of Into Focus mug. This cleverly designed mug in the shape of a camera lens is every photographer’s delight. Don’t miss that colorful tree in metal craft from Urban Products. It makes an interesting wall piece.

So there you have it. Melbourne really is the place to have a homewares shopping spree.

Tiny House

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So many people currently have an obsession with tiny houses. Other than gypsy wagons, a tiny house is one of the coolest things on earth. Gypsy wagons just rock. Something like the tiny in this picture would be just fine for a single person or a couple- only the painting should be deep blue because that would look much cooler. Of course at the moment there aren’t many in Australia, but how amazing would it be to own one?

It would have a mini gourmet kitchen for those who love to cook. Nothing like the size of the one below, but definitely one of the inclusions should be a full length window splash back. In a small home, this would bring in so much light and allow for a beautiful view of nature outside the window.

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One design idea that is amazing is this one below. It is from a container home from New Zealand. The way she has put the bed below the lounge room in this is fantastic for those who don’t want a loft bed. What a super practical idea.

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Do you see how amazing this concept is? Both the lounge room and bedroom are two places that you are not standing up generally. Though in this design, she was easily able to stand in the lounge area. What you can’t see in this image fully is the long windows adorning each space. See a theme here? The amount of light this lets in to the area and the outlook it provides really sets this type of tiny home styling apart.

A bedroom is a place of absolute relaxation. It must contain a super high quality, latex mattress. If you have ever slept on one of these, you will know there is no substitute. And if you have ever travelled through Asia, you will know that their beds are insanely hard. So latex mattress – check. There is something many people can’t stand: bad quality, cheap bed linen. You know the type that scratches and pills? The current and fashionable sheet of choice at the moment seems to be high thread count cotton. The proper ones. They are available from www.1000threadcount-sheets.com.au online here in Australia and you can have them delivered to your door. As for a blanket, cheap and cheerful is groovy. Microfibre blankets do the job just fine and are easy to wash and wear.

To top off a tiny house, it would NEED an indoor bathroom – fully plumbed and working. A shower with decent water pressure and a working toilet. As far as bathroom design goes, this is kind of close to a bathroom that would work in a tiny house, obviously with a toilet next to the shower cubicle.

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As you can probably tell, the kind of modern styling in this article isn’t something you would normally see in a tiny house. Add to that beachy elements and you have a really cool style. Another style option is a beachy shabby chic look. Not quite as shabby as the original, but definitely reflecting a life by the ocean.