Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A collection of pinterest home inspiration....

Ok, its lazy post day. But some days you just need images and the words, not so much. Here is a collection of Pinterest home inspiration featuring natural, muted tones and materials.

For more inspiration you can visit Chamomile and Peppermint at Pinterest here - follow my boards for updates or leave me a little message. I would love to hear from you!



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog Home inspiration - dusty muted colours and natural materials - wood concrete vintage industrial

❥ Reclaimed timber stairs from Fresh Home
❥ Industrial vintage kitchen storage from Soujourner
❥ Tree in basket from Show Home Netherlands
❥ Dusty grey and pink bedroom from Vogue Living
❥ Concrete bath and lime washed walls (original source unknown)


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Modern Geometric Art by Studio Cockatoo

On a recent trip to Noosa, I discovered a darling little shop on Hastings Street called Lamington, which stocks an imaginative collection of quirky Australian design goodies such as the innovative flat-pack Zaishu stools, stunningly tactile Mud ceramics, bright and cheerful Kip & Co. bed linen and gorgeous chunky polymer necklaces by Emily Green. I could have snapped the whole shop up! But it was these prints by a Sunshine Coast couple who combine their photography and sketch artistry skills that really caught my eye. Inspired by animals and nature, with a colourful modern, geometric twist, this clever and creative couple have combined their talents to form Studio Cockatoo. I could definately put a few of these on my Christmas list this year! (and if you aren't anywhere near Noosa, you can buy their prints online with free shipping in Australia, Bonus!)


Emma xxx



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Modern Geometric Art by Studio Cockatoo - Deer Head 2013



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Modern Geometric Art by Studio Cockatoo - Frida Kahlo 2013



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Modern Geometric Art by Studio Cockatoo -  budgie print



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Modern Geometric Art by Studio Cockatoo -  souston art print



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Modern Geometric Art by Studio Cockatoo -  cockatoo print



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Modern Geometric Art by Studio Cockatoo -  pineapple print



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Modern Geometric Art by Studio Cockatoo -  owl print



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Modern Geometric Art by Studio Cockatoo -  fox print



Sunday, November 17, 2013

Get Your Knickers In a Knot...Australian Boutique Lingerie Designers

There is nothing girlier that gorgeous lingerie, and there is so much gorgeous girliness happening at the moment in the world of womens unmentionables. 

 Don't you think its funny that men think we wear nice underwear for their benefit,  when really we do it for us? If you are having a bad day but put your cutest knickers on, you immediately feel invincible, and they are totally invisible to the outside world! The female secret weapon. So get your man to pop a few of these into your Christmas stocking this year, and let him think its a gift for him, he doesn't need to know ;) Or even better, just treat yourself, because I dare say you deserve it.

All of the labels showcased below are by Australian designers (well Lonely Hearts are from NZ but its pretty much the same thing, isn't it?). What amazing talent we have in our backyard and should try to support our local industries where we can. Which is your favourite?


Emma xxx


Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Australian Designer Lingerie - Hatsumi's Laundry
Hatsumi's Laundry

Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Australian Designer Lingerie - Hatsumi's Laundry
Hatsumi's Laundry

Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Sally Jones Australian Boutique Designer Lingerie
Sally Jones




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Australian Lingerie Designers - Lonely Hearts
Lonely Hearts


Lonely Hearts




Chamomile and Peppermint blog - light years lingerie
Light Years






Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Australian Lingerie Designers  - Sass and Bide
Sass & Bide

Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Australian Lingerie Designers - Elle McPherson Intimates
Elle McPherson Intimates













Friday, November 15, 2013

Best 9 Christmas DIY ideas for 2013

It has crept up on us again - just over a month now until Christmas and time to get making, if that's what takes your fancy! I don't know about anyone else, but the stuff available in the shops is either really crap or really expensive. There is something about these handmade treasures that have a homely feel to them and you can do something a bit different each year. Here are nine of the best I've discovered in my latest Pinterest hunt. Hope they get you into the spirit!


Emma xxx



1. Leaf plaster ornaments - www.myhouseofideas.blogspot.com.au
3. Clay white and gold feather ornaments - www.kellimurray.com
4. Rosemary Wreath - www.theprettyblog.com
5. Christmas bells - www.tyylijakoti.fi
6. Terracotta candle holders - www.2lovely.tumblr.com
7. Clay antler ornament - www.thistinder.blogspot.fi
8. Washi tape christmas letters - www.sewwoodsy.com
9. Paper bag advent calendar www.designconundrum.com


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Darling Collection of Vintage and Japanese Children's Illustrations

I had a pinterest field day with these vintage and japanese childrens illustrations I came across recently. Aren't they just darling? 

I wonder what I could do with some of these, have them printed and framed? Make them into cards? Transfers for t-shirts?

I love pinterest for the discovery of things I was once not aware of. You find one picture, google the artist/illustrator and discover a whole lot more. 

Which ones do you like? 

If you want to follow Chamomile & Peppermint on pinterest you can find us here - http://www.pinterest.com/emmakimoo




Emma xxx



A Darling Collection of Vintage and Japanese Children's Illustrations - Henriette Willebeek Le Mair
Henriette Willebeek Le Mair





A Darling Collection of Vintage and Japanese Children's Illustrations - Henriette Willebeek Le Mair
Henriette Willebeek Le Mair



A Darling Collection of Vintage and Japanese Children's Illustrations - yubiko
Yubiko





Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - A Darling Collection of Vintage and Japanese Children's Illustrations
Unknown Illustrator




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - A Darling Collection of Vintage and Japanese Children's Illustrations
Yoko Furusho



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - A Darling Collection of Vintage and Japanese Children's Illustrations
Yoko Furusho


Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - A Darling Collection of Vintage and Japanese Children's Illustrations
Felicia Hoshino




Sunday, November 10, 2013

DIY Nautical Cushion From A Tea-Towel



I saw these oversized nautical tea-towels in Lincraft for $2 each and quickly snapped up all 13 of them for the possibilities they held in store.

With the edges already sewn, they are perfect for quick, easy and neat cushion cases, just add a zip and insert and the job is done!



Emma xxx

  What you will need - 



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - DIY Nautical Cushion from a Tea-towel

        • An oversized tea-towel 
        • A sewing machine 
        • A zippper 
        • A cushion insert





The Easy Cushion from a Tea-Towel 

Tutorial


Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - DIY Nautical Cushion from a Tea-towel



Firstly attach the zipper to the shorted edge, leaving some overhang so that the zipper is not visible once the cushion is finished. Using a zipper foot, I attach the first edge with the zipper closed then open the zipper to attach it to the other side.





Next we need to sew the edges closed. I turn the cushion the right way in and follow the existing stitching at the edges. This takes about 2 seconds. 




And thats that! Fill with a cushion insert and you're stylin'.

The grand total cost? (I always love this bit)

Tea-towel = $2
Zip = $1
Cushion Insert = $4

Total = $7 



I also made some in blue.


Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - DIY Nautical Cushion from a Tea-towel

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Before & After - Simple $5 chair make over

I love a bargain and to be able to look at one persons trash and see treasure.

I was in the market for some new dining chairs - the type that are comfortable enough to sit back in for hours after dinner to converse with friends - but as usual my budget didn't allow for luxe.

I found these old cane and velvet numbers (x4) at the local tender-centre with a hideous black-tinted glass top table and got the lot for $20. I left the table there to be re-tendered and received $10 for it, so lets say each chair ended up being $2.50.

They are quite large and I can only fit 3 round my existing table comfortably so the 4th one has gone out on the verandah, ready to be bought in when we need it.

I had grand plans to spray the chairs white and cover the cushions in a mustard accented fabric which hasn't happened yet as I haven't found the right fabric, so in the meantime I chucked an old vintage pillow slip I bought for 50c at the op-shop, whipped up a nautical cushion from an oversized tea-towel bought on sale at Lincraft for $2 and voila!

Looks much better, and now I am undecided as to whether to paint the others white of to keep the timber and decide on a similar fabric. What do you think? Bargain of the century? And everyone who sits in one comments on the comfort factor!

Emma xxx



revamped recycled before and after make over furniture chair DIY cheap





revamped recycled before and after make over furniture chair DIY cheap