Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Designed & made in Melbourne, the Alchemy range delivers a beautifully curated selection of handmade jewellery, objects & aromatherapy products.

Talented Alchemy maker & designer, Belinda draws on her background in environmental sustainability to craft thoughtfully designed pieces from high quality, raw, sustainable materials with the intention of bringing joy & beauty to everyday life. So inspiring!

Belinda is also very kindly popping a free chocolate lip balm in with all orders over $50 while stocks last. YUM!

Follow Belinda's daily inspirations & work via Instagram (IamAlchemy) & her lovely blog Elements of Alchemy. Hooked!

Images: Alchemy Online

Monday, January 28, 2013


Laura Blythman has got it going on! Independent designer, illustrator & creative director, Laura is also one half of the talented duo behind the popular online city guide 'Oh! Hello Geelong'

For those unfamiliar with the Oh!HG phenomenon, Laura & Penny Phipps share their retail discoveries & happy adventures on their cute blog, keeping us informed of emerging talents & cool happenings in the Geelong area as it grows. An absolute must read for locals & visitors! 

Blogging aside, Laura is also an incredibly talented graphic designer & illustrator. Her whimsy, sweet illustrations have fashioned stationary packaging & clothing as well as the lovely layout of Oh!HG blog. Most recently, Laura showcased her work in the 'Love, Lyrics, Neon' exhibition at Kaleidoscope Gallery in Geelong & has just released a collection of hand drawn & hand stitched prints through her online studio. Amazing!

This week we are giving away one of Laura's beautiful artworks...'Feathered Fox' pictured above. An original hand drawn illustration & paper collaged A3 giclee print signed by the artist! WOOP!

Simply leave a comment on this post before 5pm on Friday 1st February (Melbourne time) & one LUCKY reader will be drawn at random & notified by email. Good luck! 

Friday, January 25, 2013


Wowsers. What a week!

We were extremely chuffed (more like ecstatic) to see our home featured on The Design Files this Wednesday. MAJOR excitement! We have been longtime fans & daily subscribers to TDF! 

The lovely & talented Lucy Feagins posted a very kind article on our family along with a series of beautiful photographs taken by the equally talented (& lovely) Brooke Holm

The response has been overwhelming. We are very grateful to Lucy for sharing our space & to those who left kind words of encouragement. You can view the full home tour on TDF here

Hope you like. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 24, 2013


It was on a recent trip to Barwon Heads & a quick drop into Bambolotta that we discovered uimi. What a FIND! 

uimi is a fantastic Melbourne based lifestyle brand specialising in eco-friendly knitwear products. Their products are also designed & manufactured locally (in Melbourne) which is super impressive!

Made exclusively from natural fibres with an eclectic range of colourful, geometric design combinations, it wasn't easy to pick a favourite...Eventually, M settled on the organic cotton Indiana Blanket in Tang (as above). Über cute choice!

Tick! Tick! Tick!

Images: uimi online

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


In preparation for our next USA trip, I'm compiling an epic list of new spaces to visit & old favourites that need re-visiting. Top of my retail list is...General Store (Venice Beach & San Francisco). 

Both stores are expertly curated with an interesting selection of vintage wares & hand made goods from local artisans. Plus the interior fit outs look amaaazing!? 

It's going to be difficult to leave without a plant purchase...dang customs restrictions!

Any other places I should be visiting?

Monday, January 21, 2013


Mieke Verbiljen takes lovely photographs of lovely things. 

Based in Antwerp, Belgium, Mieke documents eclectic apartment interiors, photographing talismans & workspaces, pets & plant life. Simple & beautiful. 

Photographic talent aside, Mieke also has an distinctive knack for decorating. See her recent apartment tour on Design*Sponge. Amazing!!!

To see more of Mieke's work, look here

Images: Mieke Verbiljen

Thursday, January 10, 2013


It won't surprise you to see more of Caroline Gomez' work featured here...she is one of my favourite artists!

Drawn to her simplistic & functional art pieces, her craftsmanship exudes a natural elegance, full of colour & light. Caroline's photography is also a constant source of inspiration & contentment not to be missed.  

Check her blog pronto! 

Images via Caroline Gomez

Friday, January 4, 2013


Reality Studio | Berlin

Made by Portugese artisans, the 'Souvenir' footwear collection designed by Svenja Specht, fuses contemporary design asethetic with raw, natural materials to create the perfect cork flat. 


Images via itfashion

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Happy New Year! 

BIG thanks to everyone who visited this space in 2012 & for keeping me motivated. 

It's been amazing watching the OTIS & OTTO audience grow!!! I am sooo looking forward to sharing more creative stories with you all in 2013! 

Today's NYD post features the work of UK based illustrator Jane Foster. Jane has a knack for collecting vintage fabrics & screenprinting scandi inspired designs. The end result...extremely cute softies for snoodling.

Looky at Jane's work & Etsy store here

Meow Meow!

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