I am currently taking time out to just be still in this beautiful part of the world.
Resting, recharging, living simply to reinvigorate my creativity for an exciting year ahead so please contact me here for design enquiries and I will get back to you by mid Jan at the latest when I return home and get back into the swing of things.
Thank you for your interest in my happy life and all the best for a new year filled with love, success and happiness!
Have you heard of Wabi Sabi style?
This year I signed up as a trend forecaster or became a “Trend Analyst” as is the wanky title they lured me in with, so I have been writing trend forecasts for the past few weeks as 2018 approaches and trying to pinpoint what I think will be the ‘next big thing in design’ here in Australia. No easy feat.
While madly researching the global trends of the past few seasons and inadvertently delving into the whole history of design over the decades I have come to notice that lots of the airy fairy interior magazines have recently jumped on board the good old (with an emphasis on old there) Japanese ‘wabi sabi’ way of living and touting this as the next big thing in homes. Now Wabi sabi is so far from new that I find it laughable that these design big wigs spout on about it being “the very latest home style to watch’ but that is what they are calling it and you can read 20 short articles in the space of 1 minute if you google “wabi sabi home trend’ or just check out these ones I found for you below:
My Domain …wabi sabi loving.
Elle Decor …more wabi sabi blabbing.
Homes to love …even more wabi sabi adoration.
See even Oprah loves wabi sabi!
As you will see EVERYONE is jumping on the bandwagon and all of this hype around it kind of annoys me as it has been a way of living for me nad many others for so long now without any fuss or fanfare, I have collected ceramics and stones and seashells for as long as I can recall, My home is full of hoarded fabrics and antique trinkets and I love nothing more than mismatched dining settings and roughsawn timber… yet I would never have thought to describe it as a ‘home style’ or use it to define my private interior spaces as it has been easier to fit my home into last years most fashionable interiors theme of “Eclectic boho’ (still a personal faveourite) but now I am torn between thinking ‘this is a gimmock’ and … ‘HANG ON just a minute – this will take off!’ and more importantly … I can claim this!
I think I am so all over this ‘style’ that if this is going to be described as a style trend now then I don’t need to do a damn thing to be one step ahead of the pack so I may as well milk it and start tagging in all the images of my perfectly imperfect, disheveled and beautiful collection of oddities and treasures and look Oh-so on-trend on instagram.
I really think Wabi Sabi will be popular as I have been telling anyone who listens or reads my published articles for most of this year that minimalism is D.O.N.E. done and that the focus needs to move away from a consumer driven love of mass produced crap and more towards an appreciation or art and for the handmade, the old, weathered or unique things in life so hopefully this will make people appreciate personal style more and become mainstream so that everyday mum and dad renovators start talking about it at the coffee shop and therefore placing value in it … Eventually shifting the trend well away from consumerism and mass produced crap that I cannot stand so that can only be a good thing.
I have tried to follow a zen way of living for many years now and follow Buddhist beliefs as the religion I have most associated myself with over the years, or that I try to align with for my own happiness and Wabi Sabi has many of the same elements so has also been something I live by as a kind of lifestyle choice, long before I even knew what it was or how to define something.
Basically described as “The Japanese philosophy of wabi–sabi advises accepting imperfection and focuses on embracing life. … Pared down to its essence, the philosophy celebrates elements that are weathered, worn or rusted. Wabi comes from the root “wa” which means harmony, peace, tranquility and balance. Sabi means “the bloom of time.
Essentially it is the art of finding beauty in the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete which I find so relevant as generally in the western world people are obsessed with perfection and are constantly driven by consumerism and wanting more, so what I love about wabi sabi is that you won’t find it in a project home or any shiny new build or in perfectly matching furniture, It can’t be bought – wabi sabi is innate … like I try to explain to people on my website about being a real designer or artist …it isn’t something you can be taught you have to feel it and have it inside your soul.
I think we could all do with a little more modesty, quiet taste and an acceptance of imperfection overall so for the new year let’s focus our attention on an appreciation of the Wabi Sabi humbleness and a love for nature and letting things just be.
I am now fully booked for the rest of the year for all Interior Design, Renovations and Project Management and taking bookings for late January and beyond now.
If you would like to go on a waiting list for any cancellations in the next month please send me an email with details of your project.
For styling or events I can still fit in some dates pre Christmas but appreciate as much notice as possible.
Thanks for stopping by my site!
You…my clients and friends asked for wallpaper and now I have it available to purchase not just for existing clients but for the everyday home renovator, Other Designers or Developers, Mums creating magical kiddy rooms, Business owners tarting up office spaces or any other DIY project or whatever else you can come up with because if I’m honest…I don’t care what you do with it once you purchase it from me, that is your business but here it is… “ask and you shall receive!”
I have a large collection of styles and colours available and am still working out the finer details of how exactly I will showcase the vastness that is the range that I have selected from, So for now please just send me an email with a description of what you want (or better yet…example images) or get in touch via the contact form and I will send you images of what I have and together I am sure we can come up with something to suit.
I have trawled through several several suppliers all over the world, testing the quality and comparing prices to ensure I have the very best that I can find at several price points from exquisite hand-drawn styles with 3d embellishments that are to become treasured artifacts (and are as dear as poison), To the pretty and whimsical, the weird and the wonderful, as well as the mainstream everyday run of the mill sorts of rolls that are as cheap as maccas chips and so easy to install that you can change your mind (and your walls now) monthly if you wish.
I also have a local (yes here in Darwin) company who can do very amazing custom things that are only limited by your imagination so keep in mind that if you can dream it up and you have a decent budget…the chances are that I make it happen for you.
Here is just a small example of some everyday affordable styles that I have floating around on my desktop. Hit me up and let’s collaborate!
I have come to realise over the past few busy months that I need to better market myself as the “designer of a different kind” that I really am. I am becoming tired of the day to day design jobs that I am asked to do such as kitchen and laundry renos or selecting furniture for a new home and more and more interested in doing consulting jobs that don’t have definite beginnings or ends and seem to spiral from just a few hours of creative direction into 4 or 5 weeks of work.
Whilst I have been booked for all sorts of jobs recently I guess that am finding that I always get more personal satisfaction from the more offbeat non specific jobs design projects that I do…the ones that start as a little “can you help me pick some colours for my brand and the next thing you know I am sourcing old glass bottles from antique stores and tying them on to the ceiling with rope from my dads old farm while ordering wallpaper from italy and sticking stamps from the op shop all over the wall and wondering how this job spiralled into a full blown creative collaboration between myself and my new found client friend.
I am also tired of trying to explain myself and the work that I do to people who have no creative soul. I get asked to pinpoint what is “my style” which I find such a frustrating and pointless query, usually made by people who have no style or concept of creativity at all.
Trying to explain my favourite style or what the theme of my home is, or even just to describe my work in 1 sentence when the work that I do and what I strive to achieve for clients is so varied that I struggle to accurately even describe my job when people ask what I do for a living.