Saturday, April 28, 2012

diy 'dipped' vases...


I am loving the dipped look that is being seen in furniture and other homewares at the moment and thought I would give it a go with some plain white vases and scratched bowls that I had lying around.
 


The first step is to wipe clean the vases/ bowls and ensure they are dry before starting.  I bought some enamel paints from my local hobby/craft shop which included an enamel surface conditioner as well as a clear gloss glaze for a top coat.


I taped around my vases for a clean edge and then applied the enamel surface conditioner with a dry brush.  When air dried, I painted the bottom section of my vases with the enamel paint and left to dry overnight.  Then I removed the tape carefully and voila!  I skipped the top coat but if you are planning on using your painted items in a microwave or oven this step is a necessity.  I didn't bother as mine are solely for decorating purposes.


I am really happy with the result and they look so pretty on my hall table grouped together - I am using the bowl for my keys. Now I just need to resist painting all my other white objects as this is seriously addictive! 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Niki's house tour - part 2...

Time to show you some more from inside Niki's house - this time daughter Kayla's delightful and very personal bedroom. Nothing is too precious to be touched, used or played with, and everything has a wonderful story to tell.


Niki found the dollshouse on the side of the road and she and her daughter have had fun decorating it together.
Pretty cushions in favourite fabrics make for a comfortable bed.

Love the quilt Niki sewed using Liberty of London fabrics combined with vintage linens.

Niki's old Cabbage Patch Kid has survived the years to be handed down to her daughter. Vintage linens make pretty blankets.

Love this old chair with the handmade quilt and softie.

A mondocherry lampshade (coming to our website soon!) on an old desk found by Niki's friend Kelly on the side of the road. Pretty doily bunting too.

Niki searched for an old wooden box to paint up like an expensive antique she had once seen. To see what the box looked like before visit Niki's blog



So many gorgeous things - beautiful dress sewn by Kayla's Grandma on a driftwood hook, piles of old fabrics collected to use in free play (they make a great cubby, cape or dolly wrap), linen love embroidery hoop created by Niki, pretty bird hanging form the door handle gives a taste of what's inside, much loved soft toys dressed in hand knitted clothes by Grandma (one talented lady!), spray painted wire lampshade, close up of inside a room in the dollshouse, fabric play-stove with pretty button dials.

If you missed the first installment of Niki's beautiful home, read all about it here.




Tuesday, April 24, 2012

mondocherry in vogue living...





The photo above is a page from this month's Vogue Living - the two gorgeous girls are Michelle and Jacqui from Frankie and Swiss, the boutique textile company we use for our fabric designs.  The cushions, fabric drop and artwork forming the backdrop is all mondocherry....eeekkk! So incredibly exciting. We design our fabric range to complement our artworks and the girls do a wonderful job helping us get the colours just right and printing out samples to see what looks best. Congrats to Michelle and Jacqui for the feature in such a highly regarded magazine - we couldn't be happier for you and thanks so much for all your support.

Here is the artwork featured in Vogue Living. It is created from hundreds of tiny handcut hearts and it certainly packs a punch with its colour!  This artwork will be included in our next online collection coming soon. Email us for details in the meantime. We also make this design in other colourways, including white and black, all of which are equally eye-catching.



Our petal cushion in watermelon red. Click here to purchase... 


Other artworks from our carnival bights collection coming soon to our website...









Thursday, April 19, 2012

ta-da!


We are thrilled to announce that we have (finally!) launched our new website with some fresh new products and a brand new look. Our first collection (hedgerow collection) contains our very latest 3d vintage bouquet artwork as well as some co-ordinating favourites such as our Liberty of London button artworks and a 3d blossom heart artwork. All our designs are unified by their fresh white framing enabling them to stand alone or work together. We will be changing our collections regularly so don't wait too long as our artworks are all totally unique and when they're sold, they're sold!


Our 3d bouquet in reds and pinks was created especially for this collection - all petals and leaves were hand cut from the beautiful colours of original vintage papers...

Our cushions (printed here in Melbourne from our own sketched designs) are available too. Look out for new patterns and colourways coming soon...


Don't forget we also make custom artworks to order, so if you would like 3 similar artworks for above a bed or hall table, for example, or would like a particular design in a different colour or size, please email us to enquire.


Monday, April 16, 2012

IKEA hack - children's play shop



Our old Ikea change table has been gathering dust in our shed since my kids grew out of nappies and I have had the idea for quite some time of turning it into a play shop/ marketstall. On Sunday afternoon we finally got around to completing this little project which only took a couple of hours to create. My husband sawed off the legs of the changetable to ensure it was a suitable height and then whipped up a little frame for the canopy I had sewn.

My two children were super excited and quickly started filling the shop with all sort of goodies - felt flowers (which I had previously made) and various felt and wooden cakes, donuts, fruits and vegetables. I have visited their little shop quite frequently this morning! With big brother back at prep for the first day of term 2, unfortunately I am the only customer today!


Although this particular shop sells its cakes at quite a hefty price ( I just spent "$700" for a donut! ) it is certainly providing hours of entertainment.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ruby Olive...

There is nothing like a new piece of jewellery to brighten up an outfit that you have worn to death, and we love Skye Anderton's pieces for her label Ruby Olive. Inspired by a love of colour and texture, and by the beauty found outside her window (sounds just like us at mondocherry!), the Ruby Olive collections are named after fabulous destinations around the world. There's the riviera collection full of striking black, white and red pieces, the sicilian seaside collection with milk whites, blues and touches of warm reds, and the rio collection which showcases riotous colour to name just a few! All totally gorgeous and very wearable. Make sure you visit the Ruby Olive website or keep up to date via facebook.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

our Easter...


We've had such a lovely Easter day - early morning egg hunt with the kids, off to Church, and then a long lunch with the family (although we missed you Mum and Dad) with plenty of delicious salads to offset all that chocolate!

Clare's kids helped set the table using Easter decorations as napkin holders and Scrabble letters for place tags...



There are lots of A names in our family - luckily we have lots of extra Scrabble letters! What initial pops up the most in your family?


Feather wreaths Clare made years ago were lined along the table with bottles and delicate flowers picked from the garden...


More bottles and flowers - they always look so pretty lined up along a windowsill...


And how cute are these Easter cards that Joy's two kids made?


Love to you all this Easter.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Niki's house tour (part 1) - a home to inpsire...


Just recently I have met a wonderfully creative lady, Niki, who has a real flair for styling and decorating. What makes Niki's home extra special is that everything has a story: cherished items passed down from family, gorgeous handmade clothes, toys and artwork made by Niki, keepsakes from her travels, and furniture she has rescued from the roadside and added her special touch to. But don't think for a moment that it is like an old dusty museum or junk shop - far from it! Niki's home is fresh and breezy and grounded by a crisp white and neutral palate. From the moment you walk in the door, inspiration greets you round every corner and with so many gorgeous little vignettes and special touches you can see that it is a house that is lived in and loved. I wanted to stay all day!

Labelled vintage suitcases provide extra storage...


A friend found this magazine holder by the side of the road, and Niki painted it her favourite kelly green...


Niki and her husband designed this big sliding door to divide the living areas from the office. The large gallery wall is unified by the monochrome palette with the odd pop of colour and contains a mix of photos, momentoes and handmade items...


More vintage finds sit high on the office shelves...


Niki dyed old doilies in shades to match her artworks and they make a gorgeous display down the dining table and look just as pretty at night when lit with tea lights...



The comfortable living area looks both stylish and comfortable thanks to the restrained use of colours, combination of textures and plenty of greenery...



Niki revamped these second hand chairs and block printed the pretty aqua cushion herself..


Niki's serene main bedroom...


This big chest of drawers in the annex off the bedroom stores all Niki's craft supplies...


A pretty and personal vignette...


The doily in the frame belonged to Niki's grandmother and looks stunning in its simplicity...


The good news if you are a fellow Melbournite, is that Niki offers a service where she will come into your home and style up a creative storm using many of the things that you already own to give your house a fresh new look with personality. If you would like to know more, contact Niki on 0423 945 672, or visit her website at stylemyhome.net.au.

Next week we will post photos from Niki's childrens' rooms - they are gorgeous!