ALEX AND TRAHANAS

ALEX AND TRAHANAS a lifestyle project, celebrated through curated fashion and entertaining pieces.

Created by Alexandra Heard and Heleena Trahanas, the online lifestyle store/design studio is the result of the duos fascination with how we undertake life’s everyday and special ceremonies. ALEX AND TRAHANAS thinks about how these moments can be elevated through quality timeless design.

ALEX AND TRAHANAS will release garments and entertaining pieces sporadically as their travels to Europe and beyond take them to source the nest of fabrics, materials and production methods. Their rst collection titled ‘Aperitivo Hour’ of Italian linen dresses and Puglian hand painted ceramics captures the warm hospitality and summer of Southern Italy.

These pieces, like many to come, are designed to be enjoyed over an aperitivo with good friends.

The debut collection includes a collection of re ned Italian linen shift dresses, made in Australia. With a focus on quality, wearability and ease ALEX AND TRAHANAS sourced their premium garza crepe linen fabric from one of oldest and prestigious mills in Italy. Designed to take you from day to night, available in two styles, a clean silhouette short sleeve dress and a sleeveless shift dress, and available in three classic colours white, navy and forest green, they make the perfect spring/summer dress.

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Photos Adrian Price

Sarah Ellison The New Wave

My Buddy Sarah Ellison has just released her first (awesome) collection of furniture and objects all with a coastal luxe vibe available here

Dinosaur Designs Atmosphere

Atmosphere is the latest collection from Dinosaur Designs

I love visiting their Sydney Studio where everything is created, its a creative, inspiring, magical space and I always leave feeling inspired. Their latest collection is online and in store now click here to shop

Photography Jason Loucas Styling Vanessa Austin

Bassike Paddington

 

The bassike Paddington terrace Store has undergone its first transformation since opening in 2009. The store design reflects the bassike evolution having grown from the original organic cotton jersey collection to including women’s & men’s ready to wear, japan made denim, accessories & fine jewellery, and bassike mini collections.

Bassike’s Deborah Sams & Mary Lou Ryan have partnered with Akin Creative on the store design which elevates the spatial experience through contemporary furnishings & premium design details.

On the ground floor a blending of materials sees hand-selected silver travertine worked across point of sale bench tops, soft grey Italian leather upholstered display plinths, and flax linen fitting rooms carpeted with sisal and finished with artek stools. A central staircase in powder coated steel leads to the lower ground which is anchored by tonal woven rug and Hans Wegner occasional chairs which open out onto a quiet rear courtyard with a teddy-bear magnolia tree & a circular steel planter framed by white concrete plinth stools, cultivating a relaxing environment for shoppers.

“We’ve enjoyed creating the new space in which we have continued to evolve with the brand. Each of our stores have subtle points of difference while always feeling familiar and true to the bassike DNA.” – Deborah Sams, co-founder & director – bassike.

“Redesigning bassike Paddington has allowed us to align the Paddington flagship with the bassike brand as it stands today, but also how we envisage the brand growing over the coming years.” – Mary Lou Ryan, co-founder & director – bassike.

 

bassike Paddington
26 Glenmore Road, Paddington NSW 2026
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Fenton and Fenton – Home away from home Sydney event

Fenton and Fenton have travelled from Melbourne to Sydney for a week long exhibition/showcase of their furniture and some of their favourite artists, including Jai Vasicek, Emma Gale, Arly Williams, Dianna Miller, Louise Kyriakou, Dion Horstmans, Stan Piechaczekand Billie Justice Thomson,Its an interiors lovers dream! and the best part everything on display is for sale . This one off event is on until next Sunday at ‘The Studio’ 2/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery, NSW October 20th – October 29th, 2017

Photography Jason Grant

 

Design Made Event

Mud Australia

Stylecraft Home Paperclip Collection

Tom Skeehan Hoshi Collection

Marz Designs from Catapult Design

 

Here is something new for fans of original design, the team behind Authentic Design Alliance and Factory Design District have announced  DESIGN-MADE a there day event celebrating Australian design and will span over three days from October 27–29 and focus on original, accessible and sustainable design pieces.

Cor o-founders Kobe Johns and Anne-Maree Sargeant, the market has been some time in the making. They have each been in the sustainable design scene for years, both in various capacities. Johns is the one-woman show behind Factory Design District, a three-day exhibition of new and established Aussie designers which has formed the basis of DESIGN-MADE  Sargeant, a designer herself, has been attending and curating design events since 1987. In her position as director of the Authentic Design Alliance, she’s a strong advocate for originality in design and the ADA is also attempting to outlaw the grossly prevalent counterfeit trade that is hamstringing the Aussie furniture design scene.

The event will be held across two venues — SUNSTUDIOS and the Fisher and Paykel Experience Centre — and is more than just a market. While the phrase ‘a celebration of Australian design’ is a little cheesy, it’s probably more accurate. You can expect educational talks, book signings, workshops, installations and ‘meet the maker’ forums. Of course, there will also be craft beer, organic wine, yum cha and food trucks to fuel your browsing.

Exhibitors include: CULT, Dinosaur Designs, Hava Studio, MUD Australia, Spence & Lyda, Archer Objects, Fresh Prince, Ilanel, Jonathan West, Tom Fereday and Tom Skeehan, along with installations from LOCAL DESIGN and Interpretations V, a design collective created by Andrew Simpson featuring eight leading Australian designers.

Over the three days there are numerous workshops ands I am excited to announce my Instagram master class where I will share all my tips and tricks for what works for me on my favourite social media platform

Instagram hacks workshop Sunday  29 October 2017 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm click here for tickets 

Bedroom styling for King Living

Recently I created four different bedrooms looks for King Living with bedlinen by In The Sac to showcase the King Living bed collection and to show how these beds can work in any style of home.

We created these four looks in the King Living studio in Sydney with photographer Felix Forest my goal was to create lived in and inspirational bedrooms to inspire.

What I like best about the beds we selected from King Living is they are all classic designs, that really do work in any space (and you can select from vast range of fabrics). One of the fun parts about working with King on this project is I get to actually choose the fabrics the beds are upholstered in.

Plus I enjoyed working with In The Sac sheets, quilts and pillow cases. All items are 100% pure Belgium linen so their luxurious look combined with an ‘on trend’ colour palette perfectly complimented each bed style.

  1. New York Monotone

This look featuring the slimline Neo bed, with its sleek , simple and low to the ground design.  I kept things tonal and I used lots of shades of grey for this bedroom (bedlinen and upholstery choices). Grey is an easy colour and works with everything and in just about any space, perfect as a foundation. When it came to decorating, I chose more masculine undertones and kept the decoration to a minimum.  Sometimes things in the interiors world can have a slight tendency to be a little more feminine ! I kept things minimal, neat and understated in a classic and timeless style.

Style notes

Neo Bed by King Living

Dark Charcoal sheet set and quilt set by In The Sac

Vases from Top 3 by design

  1. New York Luxe lots of shades of grey for this bedroom (bedlinen and upholstery choices). Grey is an easy colour and works with everything and in just about any space, perfect as a foundation. When it came to decorating, I chose more masculine undertones and kept the decoration to a minimum.  Sometimes things in the interiors world can have a slight tendency to be a little more feminine ! I kept things minimal, neat and understated in a classic and timeless style.Style notesNeo Bed by King LivingDark Charcoal sheet set and quilt set by In The SacVases from Top 3 by design
    1. New York Luxe

    In this bedroom, we were inspired by New York, but created a feel that could be in London, Paris or LA too. I wanted it to feel chic, injecting colour with the art work and occasional furniture for a lived in luxe feel. Everyone wants a super luxe bedroom so we used the dramatic wingback Symphony bed headboard (how great is this upholstered bed head!)  I love this bedhead its a real statement piece. And, the charcoal quilt adds instant sophistication. How about this green velvet in the occasional chair and cushions that I love too !

    Style notes

    Symphony Storage Bed by King Living

    Dark Charcoal quilt and sheet set by In The Sac

    Blanket from Opus

    Art Work Kerry Armstrong from Becker Minty

    1. Bowral

    For this bedroom we injected some modern, country feels with some pretty pinks, complemented perfectly by In the Sac’s beautiful Musk linen quilt. Featuring the Promenade Storage Bed – I am obsessed with this natural linen fabric we upholstered the bed in. (I think this is my favourite bed).   The design is simple with no fuss and nice and low to the ground. The look is designed to for a feeling of escape, taking us away from the city for a weekend just like the perfect country getaway!

    Style notes

    Promenade Storage Bed by King Living

    Musk quilt and white sheet set by In The Sac

    Blossom from The Flowedrum

    Throw from MJG store

     

    1. Bondi

    This bedroom was all about relaxed coastal vibes – Just my style!  No need to guess my inspiration….. Bondi is my home ! This room is just like me, never far from the sea, lots of crisp white, with tan leather and chambray blues, this chambray Serenade quilted bed head is like your favourite pair of jeans it will go with anything…..consider it a neutral ! And probably my favourite look of the four !

     

    Style notes

    Serenade Soft Storage Bed by King Living

    Silt quilt set and white sheet set by In The Sac

    Print – Aquabumps

    Orchid  – The Flower Drum

    Blanket on bed – MJG Store

     

    All additional occasional furniture from King Living

    All Lighting from Euroluce

    All rugs from Bayliss

    All bedlinen from In The Sac

    All candles from King Living

    Flowers The Flower Drum Holly Hipwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty in pink new Jardan Sydney Store

Jardan have unveiled their brand (rather impressive) new Sydney showroom designed by If Architecture
As you can see the centre of the store is amass of blush sculptural shapes within the central staircase.
Jardan new store now open 42 Oxford St Paddington NSW 2021

Photo Jason Grant

Charlie Green Studio

Im loving these designed and made in Australia precision cut, watercolour illustrations of botanical greenery set inside a transparent custom frames from Charlie Green Studio

Stylist Montana Valich / Photographer Jem Cresswell

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country road aw17 open house

Last week Country Road took over an entire house in Gordon’s Bay – with stunning ocean views (trust me) to showcase their AW178 collection ( in store soon) The open house for a media preview  displayed each room of the home ( kitchen, bathroom, living and dining) all styled up with their latest merchandise – creating a lived in experience – its always good to see things in situ!

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