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Trade Fair: It's a Wrap!

The annual Trade Fair in Melbourne is a wonderful boutique event showcasing emerging trends, brands and products that are on the cooler side of style and design! I literally walked for 5 days straight to hunt down the cream of the products and I am super pumped about what we have coming in store. Here is a little wrap up and review of what I saw (and my favourites).

Bringing the outdoors inside - succulent prints from Middle of Nowhere and new potted fake succulents that look so real it's crazy.

Lighting, cement and copper pendants from Indigo Love Collectors were the most exciting product at the fair for me. Also, bright wire lights from General Eclectic to mix and match with different coloured flex cords. There were some beautiful bedside lamps which will be on their way soon. Marquee lights for the wall and industrial lights. The anchor light sure got a lot of LOVE on our Instagram and will be in store soon!

Copper still seems to be the metal of choice - you will see it in lighting, coffee tables, artworks canisters. Watch this space.

Rugs - rag rugs in some new sizes, the durry rugs will be back and still the super fab price of $39.95. I found a new amazing rag rug in a geometric pattern, which should arrive soon.

Art, Ferwerda Art by Antoinette Murray. We managed to secure this artist and cannot wait for her pieces to arrive. Seriously talented.

Books, I'm most excited about The Whole Pantry by the inspiring Belle Gibson and Jason Grant's newest book. We also have books on gardening, craft, food and design.... all coming in soon. They really do make the most fab Christmas present! (aghhhh can't believe we are already talking about Christmas)!

Loads of great gift ideas for Christmas will be arriving daily from General Eclectic, Me and My Trend and our newest brand Habitat home that specializes in our fav thing....colour!


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Easter Tablescapes

The glorious Easter long weekend is nearly upon us and we are thinking about one thing... FOOD! And entertaining. With family and friends. We love to make our tables look amazing and have compiled some great inspirational pics of fun Easter (ish) themed tablescapes. Shop instore and online for our mix and match dinnerware - perfect for every occasion. And jazz up your table centre with our fun vases and faux flowers. Happy Easter!

Images from - green wedding shoes, pinterest, Jumbled, nicole hill, green wedding shoes,

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Meet Ali McNabney-Stevens

Ali McNabney-Stevens is a Melbourne based British artist who earned her Honours Degree in Design and History of Art from Edinburgh College of Art in 1991. She furthered her studies in London at a number of St Martin’s Fine Art Summer Schools where she developed her passion for painting.

Over the years Ali’s versatility of style and courage as a painter has grown along with her confidence. There is a definite sense of self emerging in every new artwork that she creates…she has now made the move to full time painting. 

You may recognise Ali's style, she has had her paintings featured on Offspring and The Block. Ali has also been profiled in some of the leading Interior and Design magazines in Australia.

We are thrilled to have some of her paintings in store and available to our customers. We sat down with Ali and asked her a few questions about painting and life and I think we fell even more in love with her after hearing her answers!

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Most recently and also if I am stuck I seem to sub consciously return to landscapes or images from my home in the UK. Industrial Harbour which is one of the images from my most recent limited edition print series was inspired by the Harland and Wolff ship building yard in Belfast. My most recent canvas Dee Street has come from the same place in my mind….big iconic yellow cranes and cold coloured concrete forms…. I am very very happy with them.

Do you like to surround yourself with certain things when you paint?

More often than not I don’t surround myself with anything other than the mess in my studio, I do however listen to ALOT of BBC Radio Four podcasts the most recent being ‘Great Lives’. The latest Great Life that I have been listening to has been John Steinbeck…. I lose myself in the radio and before I know it its lunch time and I have missed coffee.

What makes you happy?

The sense of achievement that I get from painting something that I am very proud of is happiness in the making but it doesn’t last long because I am onto the next painting and so on. Really good Tom Yum soup makes me very very happy too.

What is your best kept wardrobe secret?

I don’t know that I have one. I am forever trying things on and thinking ‘ why can’t that work with that’, those are too long, those are too tight, I must get a pair of those to work with that, I really need a bright pink one of those…so as you can see if someone has a good wardrobe secret I would like them to share it with me.

What's the thing you miss most about Britain?

Europe, London and easy access to my mother and friends.

Favourite song on your playlist at the moment?

Finlay Quaye/Beth Orton ‘Dice' and Kurt Vile ‘On Tour'

What do you consider your biggest creative achievement?

Biggest creative achievement has been to team up with my Manager Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors and realise my long term dream of having a career that involves my artwork and is a full time business.

 

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Instagram - What is all the fuss?

Instagram is the new buzz word - and if you have been sitting on the fence, and not sure how to get involved, then we're here to help! It's really a fantastic new tool to capture your favourite moments on your phone, (without having to think up loads of clever text to go with it!) You can decide to share your pictures with everyone in the whole wide world, or just family, or just for your own memories.

The thing we like about Instagram is that it's really easy to use and if you live away from family and friends, it just the perfect way to share special times.

Here we take a quick look at the way to set yourself up to enjoy the delights of Instagram - so you too can 'talk the talk!'

Step 1: Locate your mobile phone from the depths of your handbag. Throw out a few old dockets while you're at it.

Step 2: Click on the 'app store' icon on your screen - it's purple. Type into the search bar 'Instagram' and it will come up, with an picture of a camera - this is what you're looking for - and just press the 'free' button (we love it when apps are free!) Then click the 'install app' button.

Step 3: This is the tricky bit - you will need to know your password to your account. Safe yes, annoying yes.

Step 4: Now the Instagram app will appear somewhere on your screen. You will need a user name and password.

Step 4: The best tip - for quality - is to take photos using your actual phone camera (there is an option to take photos using the instagram camera, but we don't think the quality is as sharp.) So start snapping.

Step 5: Arrange all the tins, flowers, books, candles etc that you can put your hands on and take a photo with your camera.

Step 6: Take another 20 or so shots of the same thing (trust us, that's what you will end up doing!)

Step 7: These images will all be saved to your camera roll so now open up Instagram, click on the camera icon that's right down the bottom in the middle, and choose one of your images that are to the bottom left of the screen.

Step 8: Now it's time to get a little bit fancy (but we think keeping it simple is stylish) You can add filters - which change the colour of your image, the tone, the mood - actually it can make things appear totally different to the original picture. Kind of cool, but can be a bit overwhelming.

Step 9: When you are happy with your image (which may take hours to begin with) you can add a caption - which is to the right of your image. Keep it short and sweet because Instagram is all about the image, rather than the text.

Step 10: Hashtag it! Now hashtags are a whole new concept - we might save that for another day - but basically they are used to categorise images. So for example if you take lots of pictures of shoes, apart from other fashion items, then you might like to create hashtags to help identify your images, #cutepumps or #killerheels. The hashtag thing can also be quite hilarious with ones such as #ithinkimighpassoutifidontsitdownsoon.

Step 10: (Yes, there are 2 'step 10's' but we like even numbers) hit SHARE!

And like any great thing, this takes time to develop. So have fun with it. But Instagram should come with a clear warning - IT IS COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE. And we have it on good authority that women have resorted to checking their phones in the bathroom, so they don't get caught by their husband.

And be sure to follow us! Just click on the little star at the bottom left of the screen and type in jumbledonline and you're all set!

 

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Meet the Artist - Andrew Howells

Andrew Howells is the amazing artist behind our beloved Zebra, Elephant and Rhino profiles. Howells is an Australian illustrator who has fused Science and Art beautifully to create these incredibly, accurate masterpieces.

As a PhD canditate in Natural History Illustration at Newcastle University, Andrew spent countless years researching, sketching and observing the form of the animals he later transformed into pieces of art.

He spent many hours at Taronga Zoo in Sydney observing and photographing the elephants which in turn has allowed a thoughtful insight into not only their form but also their personalities.

"To have reproductive success here, and to watch the playfullness of the calves, and the natural instinct of the mum's, was really special," Andrew says.

His artworks are either:

Framed - printed on artist grade paper and framed using contemporary exhibition framing.

or

Canvas - printed on 100% cotton canvas, stretched and wrapped around a quality wooden frame.

We find the pieces so life-like and full of personality. Simple colours, elegant design and an emotional connection - the key ingredients for the perefect piece for any home.

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In Store at Jumbled

Last week we received lots of deliveries of new stock. We have been busy unpacking and stocking the shelves both in store and online.

We have lots of new books, bedding, ottomans, faux flowers, art and furniture.

If you are looking for something in particular or see it in store but not online, please contact us. We would be more than happy to send it to you. You can contact us in store by phoning (02) 6361 4447 or contact us via our contact form.

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New Artist: Land of Fig

We have a new artist at Jumbled, both in store and online - Meet The Land of Fig.
Inspired by daydreams, coloured fish, tall castles, magic mountains and all things whimsical, Nicole creates her work with various mediums, focusing on handmade.

Each work is carefully crafted with initial illustrations and then by hand-stitching the paper.

We are lucky enough to have three different works in store - Dream Catcher, Fishy Tales and Way Up There. Each one is beautiful and unique.

Images via The Land of Fig

 

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