The final company we would love to put a spotlight on from Life Instyle is the fabulous The Dharma Door.
They are wholesalers of an impressive range of fair trade and sustainable homewares from many developing countries. The range includes jute baskets and cushions through to bamboo bowls and bone in-lay mirrors. All items are hand-made by artisans to the highest quality and The Dharma Door’s practices to ensure better trading conditions for their producers, has earned them the Ethical Award at the Gift and Lifeinstyle Awards – GALA Awards.
I am completely smitten with the new woven tapestries that you can see in these pics from the trade fair, DIVINE!
Love them as much as me? Check out their Stockist list for your closest retail store.
It is easy to find awesome single bed linen for toddlers…even tweens, but finding something for a more mature teen can be a bit of a challenge.
This is why I love, love, love that Aura by Tracie Ellis has released a single bed version of their amazing quilts. Chevron, stripes, dots, triangles and crosses in the hottest colour combos of the moment. Made from pure cotton sateen with a 360 thread count this range of bed linen is pure quality at an affordable price.
My personal fave from the collection is the charcoal cross quilt with the orange piping, what a hot colour combination that is! You can also purchase matching pillows, throws and rugs so check out the Aura website to see more of this great range.
Continuing the Life Instyle assault on cuteness is The Macaron Family by The Bamboo Design.
How could you not love these guys?! The Macaron Family is a set of three bright, cheery characters that are also very useful.
Ted is a small square design perfect for holding toilet rolls or small tissue boxes, the paper feeds out of his mouth as required. Aroma is similar to Ted, but is designed to hold an air diffuser and has a hole at the top to allow the reeds to stick out like a spikey hair do (Um, ADORABLE!!) and Joy, the largest of the family, is built to hold a standard tissue box or paper towel. HOW CUTE ARE THEY!!!
Each design is created from MDF wood which is sealed with a high quality paint finish in your choice of 5 colour combinations. Prices range from only $49.95 – $59.95 each! Bargain!
Just putting it out there, these girls rock!
Fox and Beau were another of the teeny stands as you entered Life Instyle but boy, did they make an impact! Showcasing their range of fun and witty greeting cards they were inundated with people wanted to know more about them. I even witnessed them score their first NZ retailer to squeals of excitement! It was pretty fun to see the joy of success on their faces as their project went international!
The team at Fox and Beau actually supply a full design service. They sell the unique and quirky gift cards featured below, but also offer a bespoke service where they will design custom invitations, logos and any other graphic design solution which you may require.
Check out their website for the full range of products and services, and for more rad greeting cards!
Colour lovers pay attention!
Lifestyle brand Uimi create the most divine knitted products from top quality natural fibres right here in Australia! Based in Melbourne this small team designs and makes an impressive collection of homewares and fashion using a fun palette of colours and a great selection of patterns. I love the variations in the colour schemes for each design, they really have selected a great array to cover all tastes from pastels through to punchy brights.
Other than looking amazing, all of the Uimi products feel divine, testament to the difference quality materials can make in a piece. The blankets and pillows are made from super soft merino wool, they feel amazing and just beg to be snuggled! Trust me, I tried them out at Life Instyle!!
You can buy Uimi products in Australia and New Zealand from the following stockists.
Another of my fave Aussie Brands, Incy Interiors, has really upped the ante with their new collection by introducing a custom colour option! Imagine the possibilities!!
This beautiful new range of wooden furniture is called Jack, Penny, Lucy and Georgia and includes a cot, single bed, bookshelf, drawers and bedside tables. The style features a beautiful turned wood detail. But the best bit is that they are available in any Dulux colour your heart desires, that is a LOT of options!
Simply select the item you are after, the colour and finish (gloss or matt) and Incy will deliver your custom piece 3-4 weeks after the order is placed. Such a great idea to allow the customer to inject their own individualism onto the pieces, no run of the mill, cookie cutter stuff here. I envisage some super amazing nurseries and kids rooms popping up around the place in the near future!
I have also just learnt that Incy Interiors took out the Best in Furniture category at the Gala Gift and Life Instyle Awards! Congratulations to the team on the award and for creating yet another awesome collection, Winning!!