Hey fellas! Happy Monday.
Did you take part in the international instagram meetup weekend? Saw LOTS of folks out and about exploring their city and the wilderness. So jealous! And so bummed I couldn’t make it. That being said, I am planning an outting with some friends to make up for it. A couple of them are part of this post – Mr. Tomasz Wagner (ACE of the lens and maker of the photos on this post) and Mr Emanuel Smedbøl (ACE of the beard and instagram) – together we all explored a little bit of the Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver a couple weeks ago.
If you happen to hit the West Coast you should DEFINITELY add this hike to your itinerary. I know sometimes the word “hike” sounds daunting, but this is an easy one! Plus you can access the park by bus, car, of even bike (providing that you have hulk legs, ’cause it’s hilly around there).
Pack a few snacks, bring a cozy sweater, a camera, and let nature guide you!
There are lots of cliffs (easy to climb) and tidal pools where you can take THE BEST selfies or “puddlegrams”. This map shows you all the accessible areas and routes to explore.
It just felt good to leave the city for a bit, no email, no computer, no set schedule. I’ll – for sure – have more of these adventures coming to the blog so you can use them as a little guide for your Artful Travels of exploration!
All film photography: Tomasz Wagner
The final instalment of this OZ adventure is here! Learn about one of the Great Ocean Road best kept secrets and many other spots and tips. Take your passport and tag along
READ THE FULL STORY AFTER THE JUMP
Dudes! ok. brace yourselves. a giant wave of awesome stuff from down under is about to hit your screen. it’s gonna inundate your rss feed and any other places where i post my stuff. don’t fight it. just take it in, all in.
k, so i’m still working on my back-from-australia posts (holy shit, it takes a lot of time to select the perfect photos). so in the meantime, i’m gonna share with you artful things from the land where the ‘roos roam free. first off – the coolest of them all – the design files 2013 open house.
as you may know, the design files is one of australia’s most loved design blogs, i mean, how can you not love it, it’s bursting at the seams with colour, creativity, and beautiful photos. well, apparently, that’s not enough. so what’s the next logic step? bring all this radness into the real world with an open house where EVERYTHING you see in it is for sale. kind of a dream home that you can buy in pieces.
they started this project in melbourne (the coolest city on planet earth – sorry NYC, but it’s true) back in 2011 and obviously it was a total success. now, for the first time, they’re hosting two open houses! one in sydney and one in melbourne. like whoa.
all the products displayed in the house are carefully curated by the design files team, and they’re nothing short of amazing. they have people of the caliber of esther stewart (paintings above) who we all love – oh! and whose work I got to see in person!! gah! – there’s also established aussie talent like beci orpin and harvest textiles, and many other up and coming gems.
what i love about this is that they are promoting local talent, peeps down there are totally into supporting their own. just the way it should be!
i selected a few favourites for this feature, but feel free to peruse the full list of participants on the design files’ open house page. talk about inspiration! Are you lovin’ it?
art by kirra jamison
leather goods my mademeasure
neoprene tote by witu (i so wanted to get one but the store were i found them was closed, womp womp)
art by miranda skoczek
art by laura jones
lovely design by stampel
I don’t know if it’s because I’m sleep deprived or because if I could I would wear a copper body suit but this issue of Inside Out Magazine looks like a dream!
Seriously, Australia is killing it right now in regards to art, culture, and interior design. Have you noticed how many of many amazing homes are located in Melbourne? Or how many cool magazines based out of aussie-land? Yup, there most be something in the water in the southern hemisphere that makes them cool and design-y. And the styling! GAH. Insaneus maximus.
A main takeaway from this look: copper the shit out of your house. Seriously. It’s not that hard. Just go buy a few pipes, cut them up and use them around your house: as candle holders, vases, or simple decoration. Basically copper is the new antlers (remember when every single house used to have antlers on the wall?).
And hey if you need more ideas for interiors, check out this board.