New York, I love you. (part 2)

Hi lovelies! We’re back with a second post about our recent trip to New York. Today it’s all about the city’s retail delights.

New York is shopping heaven. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it somewhere among the city’s many shopping precincts. Fifth Avenue is the go-to location for high end designer wares along with many of the major high street fashion chains  (H&M, ZARA, Topshop and the like) or…. Pop down to Soho for a more eclectic shopping experience along smaller cobbled streets or…. take a wander around the West Village for a chic but chilled out shop.

There are two shops that we really want to tell you about today.

Jonathan Adler
We’d so been looking forward to visiting Jonathan Adler’s flagship Soho store (53 Greene Street, Soho) and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Upon entering the store you really can’t help feeling happy. His furniture and homewares are just so fun, colourful and irreverent, yet somehow manage to maintain the chic. Design Nerd Alert: He also supports Australian artists – we spied several of Leila Jeffreys’ magnificent photographs for sale in store.

Jonathan Adler's flagship Soho Store

Jonathan Adler’s flagship Soho Store

 

Anthropologie
Sigh. Anthropologie has that effortless ‘cool girl’ vibe that has us wishing we could completely makeover our wardrobe. We’ll have one of those, and one of those, and two of those. You get the drift. We visited the Rockefeller Center store (50 Rockefeller Center) and while there are several others throughout New York (and beyond), it still manages to achieve more of a boutique look and feel. So many pretty things…it was a shame we’d already shopped up a storm earlier in the week. They also stock a fabulous range of decorating goodies and kitchenware. We picked up a super cute 2014 calendar by Rifle Paper Co which is now on our kitchen wall. FYI: Anthropologie ships to Australia. Thank us later.

Rifle Paper Co

Rifle Paper Co – Travel America Calendar

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed these New York posts and that you all get there one day, if you haven’t been already. It’s everything you could imagine, and more.

Have a lovely night. x

 

New kids on the block

Hi there lovelies! Last weekend we took a trip up to the new Pottery Barn and West Elm stores in Bondi Junction. LOVE! Finally, some new and affordable furniture and homewares stores just made for wintry weekend’s browsing (and in our case, buying). While these stores have been around for a number of years in the States, they have only just now made their way down under.

We were (very) pleasantly surprised by the prices. You know the drill lovelies, your fave international store finally open on Aussie shores only to slap us with hugely marked up prices… not so at West Elm and Pottery Barn (as well as Pottery Barn Kids and Williams-Sonoma). While the costs are probably a little up on US counterparts, it’s not by much. Encompassing two floors each, the shops are jam packed with lots of gorgeous goodies for your home – furniture, rugs, bedding, decor and more. Anything that’s not on display in the store can be bought online and delivered anywhere in Australia.

We purchased the super pretty Leah Durner serving tray in pink and orange, which is now taking pride of place on our dining table. Here’s how we’ve styled it.

West Elm - Leah Durner Tray

 

If your home needs a little pick-me-up then you definitely need to take a look around West Elm and Pottery Barn – either in store or online.

Have a lovely afternoon. X.

How a vignette can transform your home…

Good afternoon lovelies! Lately we’ve found ourselves very into creating vignette’s around our home. ‘What on earth is a vignette?’, we hear you ask. A vignette is just a fancy pants word for a small collection of items that are lovingly arranged to help bring a space to life. Think flowers, trinkets, books, artwork and more. In fact, the more personal and outside-the-box your vignette is, the better it will look. This is an excellent way to experiment with different looks on the cheap, so chop-chop lovelies… have a go!

We’re always on the lookout for little bits and pieces that we can dot around the house, or include in a vignette. You never know where you might find something really beautiful. Take for instance the copper goblets in the first two pictures below. We found these in our local St Vinnies – $8 for the pair. Used as tealight candle holders they cast a gorgeous warm glow in any space. Plus, copper and rose gold tones are going to be big in homewares this season, providing a softer look than silver or yellow gold.

Here are a few snaps of some of our own vintage vignettes.

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Have a lovely afternoon. x.

Sweet wedding style

Hello there lovelies! We recently had the pleasure of creating a lolly bar for a beautiful beach side wedding. Our brief was simple. It had to be pretty, romantic and of course, delicious.

In keeping with the couple’s chic white and gold theme we carefully selected an assortment of goodies like Ferrero Rochers, jersey caramels, milky bars and homemade golden shortbreads to tickle the tastebuds of guests, young and old. Fresh flowers added softness and romance, especially the baby pink peonies we lovingly chose earlier that morning at the Sydney Flower Markets.

It’s such an honour to be asked to be part of a couple’s big day, and we were as pleased as punch to find a completely devoured lolly bar when we turned up the next morning to dismantle the display.

the lovely co.  would love to create a customised lolly bar for your wedding, birthday or celebration event. Please drop us a line to talk about all things sweet, sayhellolovely@gmail.com

Customised wedding lolly bar - white and gold theme.

Bags of style.

Hello there lovelies. Have you noticed some of the fabulous summer handbags that are making their way into the shops? So many bright colours and fun finishes. We’re loving it.

Here’s our philosophy on handbags: treasure one or two neutral-coloured, superior quality leather bags (we have Oroton, Saba and Cellini)… then fill up your accessories cupboard with affordable on-trend totes, clutches, messengers and more. Yes, they may only last a season or two before they start looking a little ratty, but don’t be too worried. You will definitely have had your wear out of them.

Here’s our latest picks from some of your favourite high street stores.

Colette by Colette Hayman – Oversized Structured Tote $49.95

 

Sussan – Lauren Clutch $59.95

Target – Coral Three Tone Bag $30

Forever New – The Holiday Bag $89.95

Have a lovely night. x

 

 

Home makeover…grown up glamour.

Good afternoon lovelies! A couple of weeks ago we created a brand new living and dining room space for a very special styling client. The brief was to develop a grown-up, but fun room that was functional and also appealed to the apartment’s art deco architecture. Our client had already purchased a couple of pieces that she was keen to hang onto – a creamy white leather couch, neutral shag rug and a chocolate brown shelving unit.

There were two (small) catches. Firstly, because this was a rental apartment we weren’t able to removed the pale pink and white swirly wallpaper that covered several walls. We had to find a way to complement and detract from it instead. Secondly, our client was on a limited budget of around $1,500, so maximum bang for buck was required.

We embarked on a major shopping expedition (both online and bricks ‘n’ mortar) with our client and hit up a range of retailers including Aura by Tracie Ellis, IKEA, Kas Australia, Vintage Venus, Oz Design, Domayne and more, to put together the perfect look that she can add to over time. Take a look at the before and after shots below. A transformation… and one very happy client!

Need help overhauling your home? Email us at sayhellolovely@gmail.com for a quote.

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Have a lovely night. X.