Hi everyone! Long time no see! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year’s! Etc, etc! It’s been a relaxed time away from responsibilities and musts. But this is about to change! In just a couple of days, Jarryd and I are moving to our new apartment. We have been spending a lot of time planning the move and trying to figure out how we actually want to live. What are we bringing to the new place? What are we donating? What do we need to buy? Leaving a share house and getting our OWN home has made me think more about how I want my life to be and what I want. Let me show you what’s been occupying my mind lately!
One of the hardest things about moving from a house to an apartment is storage. We have also been quite unlucky and the only storage we have in the apartment is a small walk in closet. There’s no way we can fit everything in there, so my plan is to buy a cabinet where we can keep bed linen, pillows, towels, etc. I would definitely not mind a vintage cabinet with a lot of character and space. I found the Swedish Rocco Cabinet from the 18th-19th century and I love it. Unfortunately, I don’t have any spare $13,000 in my bank account, so this one is a no for me. I do however hope I can find an Australian (and cheaper) version of this one.
This is how I want to dress from now on! Airy, quality vintage clothes and a large straw hat to protect my face from the aggressive Australian sunlight. Even if this outfit looks a bit too warm for summer, it would be perfect for a cool, breezy winter day somewhere in the Sunshine Coast. The photo was taken by Max von Treu for the July issue of MADAME magazine.
One of the most exciting parts about moving to the apartment is that I’ll finally be able to have my own place for painting. I’m quite shy painting and writing in the absence of others. Also, there has always been a lack of light in the house which has made it difficult to paint. I’m really excited to finally bring out my painting equipment again. I saw this menu card designed by either Vanessa Bell or Duncan Grant (photo borrowed from Tate) and that idea has been stuck with me since then. I want to paint my own menus for a dinner party!
Speaking of dinner party, how beautiful isn’t this dinner party setting from the blog Lovely Life? I have unfortunately never had the chance to visit Gotland, but the mix of limestone, rustic wood and wild flowers is truly wonderful. You use what you have outside your doorstep, and it’s this simplicity I’m really fond of.
Ahhh, ceramics! I wouldn’t mind having a collection like this one. A few, locally produced ceramics. Until I can afford this, I’ll continue buying second hand glass and porcelain.
My old, second hand Acne jeans are soon about to give up since I’ve been using them too much at work and in the garden. When we are doing laps to Salvos, Vinnies and Red Cross, I’ll sneakily look for a pair like these.
I’m in need of a good size cutting board. This one is from H&M, but I don’t mind getting a second hand one.
2019 ended and 2020 began with the catastrophic fires here in Australia. Many people and animals have lost their lives, and homes and businesses have been destroyed. Fires are a natural part of Australia, but this time, nature’s powers are too great for us to handle. Australia is my second home and it breaks my heart to watch it burn.
I’m disappointed in the Australian Government. I’m disappointed in the people shutting their eyes to climate change. I’m extremely disappointed that Australia is ranked as the sixth-worst of 57 countries looking at national climate action across greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy, energy use and policy. Australia should be better than this and what we need are politicians who aren’t just focusing on short-term economical goals which will benefit their careers. As individuals and consumers, we have a great responsibility too. Change is irritating and inconvenient, but necessary.
2020 has had a really rough start, but let’s try making this world a better place for us and all living things.
One of the luxuries of living in beautiful Paddington is all the amount of antique, vintage and second hand shops you can find here. One of the shops I regularly visit is the Empire Revival (Paddington Antique Centre) on 167 Latrobe Terrace. The building is a heritage-listed cinema built in 1929. The atmosphere makes this place a spot for antiques and vintage. You can find anything from jewellery, fashion, furniture and homewares. Here are some photos of my favourites from my last visit!
This is probably my favourite section. 1920’s party dresses and a wide range of different jewellery and brick-a-brack. It also seems like the prices in this part are a little bit cheaper compared to the rest of the shop.
A lot of different kitchenware, glass, porcelain, chinaware, and so on. The prices can at times be a bit expensive, but I have managed to find reasonably priced tarte forms, crystal glasses and bowls, and chinaware.
I found a pair of candle holders, but unfortunately I do not have any space for these at home at the moment. If you are interested, these can be found in one of the kitchenware sections.
A great collection of old bottles and glass containers.
Beautiful fabrics and patterns!
Next visit, I will be looking for a new bedside lamp.
Women’s clothing section, a wide range of different styles from different eras.
Of course there is a Scandinavian design corner! I always spend a lot of time here, wishing I had more space at home and a very, very big wallet…
These photos are just showing a small fraction of the whole shop, so be prepared to spend at least one hour strolling around to really get the chance to find the vintage and second hand nuggets. Due to the location of the shop, it is very easy to access other vintage/second hand shops in the area by just continuing down Latrobe Terrace towards the city. Enjoy your shopping!
Before I can start this weekend with a good conscious, I have a confession to make. I do not have a great knowledge of Australian art or artists and I can count the number of visits to art galleries and exhibitions on the fingers of one hand. Although, this is about to change, because I have finally planned my next art exhibition field trip.
“Margaret Olley: A Generous Life” is a free exhibition at GOMA featuring more than 100 works by Margaret Olley who is one of Australia’s most loved artists. She had a love of travel and a passion for still life, interiors and portraiture. Olley moved to Brisbane in 1935 and “A Generous Life” highlights these formative years in the family home in Hill End.
I do feel a bit harsh saying this, but it is quite rare for me to feel a connection with Australia due to my Swedish heritage. I know this will eventually get better with time, but a part of me is scared of the fact that maybe I never will feel completely connected to this amazing country. However, when I saw Olley’s paintings featuring Brisbane, I did feel that fuzzy, embracing feeling of affiliation and familiarity. The art is soothing and warmly, just how you want your own home to feel like. And this is the second reason why I really enjoy her art. Every interior painting is like an inspiration picture on my vision board or Pinterest. The vintage carafes and cake stands, beautiful flower arrangements and handpicked fruit from the garden. Hopefully my Queenslander will look like one of Olley’s creations one day.
Do you have a favourite Australian artist? Who and why? Please share, I want all your tips!