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
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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.
Ok, what did I tell ya? I cannot be away from this blog too long eh? This is not a regular post though! You’ll see why in just a sec…
You know, life works in many miraculous ways, and I truly believe (and even mentioned it during my Blog Podium seminar) that if you keep pushing, good things will come to ya. Your efforts will be rewarded. Sometimes in ways that you never thought would be possible!
So, my friends, I have news. BIG NEWS. Ready? Ok.
You know the guys from Go Mighty, right? The ones that are amazingly skilled at helping you achieve life goals. Well, these awesome fellas have partnered with Tourism Australia and Air New Zealand to bring 10 bloggers Down Under for a lifetime adventure! All while fulfilling a series of Australia-inspired goals, of course. And guess who’s been invited!!? (insert Oprah voice). Yup. I am one of these 10 lucky bloggers! (I would use X100 exclamation marks, but I don’t want to break my keyboard, ’cause you know, I’ll need it to write updates on oz happenings).
If you’ve been to ‘roo land, please send me some tips! I’m already working on my goals but I’ll surely need help to find the best spots!
Can’t wait to share more details with ya! Oh and keep reading to find out how you could win an Australian adventure of your own!
If a trip Down Under is a dream you’ve had, be sure to check Tourism Australia’s site for all sorts of information about Australia; in addition, Tourism Australia, Air New Zealand and Go Mighty are running two additional campaigns to help make your dream come true in 2014: the first, Fill-A-Plane, where you can sign up to be one of 322 people to get a special discount on air travel for folks who take the pledge to travel to Australia next year; the second, “Win a Wild Card ticket to Australia,” for a chance to win a trip to Australia, by simply becoming a member of Go Mighty and adding your wildest Australia-based dreams. You can check out all the details here.
ART: Australian artist Emily Ferretti