Category Archives: interior design

Urban Walls + Xmas Giveaway!

From making babies to making wall art. Working mum Danielle Hardy chats to Bluecaravan about her commitment to being a stay at home mum, and how she built successful business Urban Walls around a busy family life.

I made two super-cute babies and was working my butt off as a graphic and web designer to be able to work from home. I TOTALLY didn’t see myself doing this full-time but I am SO thankful that it grew and organically happened for me to be able to be mom and business lady 🙂

The turning point came when my maternity leave was up… I couldn’t justify going to work and putting my babies in daycare when I was capable of working from home. It’s definitely not easy to balance and I have a ton of late nights/early mornings but I am so thankful with the choice that I made to take a leap of faith and believe that I could do this from home and it be successful.

My advice to other young designers is to network with other people in the field, make great connections, believe in yourself and your creativity, don’t be afraid to take risks!!!

When I’m not working… it’s not very glamorous! Lots of diapers, walks to the park, endless amounts of laundry, and making gentlemen out of my boys takes up the majority of my time

My husband would describe me as Ambitious, Sarcastic, Persistent, Adventurous, Loyal

I couldn’t live without my family – our last name is Hardy so I refer to the all of them as my “Hardyboys”. I couldn’t survive without them.

Right now I’m listening to Adele.

My top three blogs are: http://cupcakesandcashmere.com/, http://whippedstyle.com/, http://marcusdesigninc.blogspot.com/. Can I say my own? LOL uwdecals.com

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//  GIVEAWAY ! // 

A fabulous giveaway just in time for Christmas!

Danielle Hardy and Urban Walls are giving you the opportunity to win a $75 voucher to spend on ANY of the decals in their Bluecaravan store.

HOW TO ENTER

1 entry = First head over to Urban Walls then leave a comment here on the Blog telling us which decal is your fave. So easy!

2 entries = For a double dip just head over to our Facebook page and say ‘Hi’…

  

GOOD LUCK!

Meet Mariana Garcia-Katz + GIVEAWAY

Inspired by both the natural and urban environment, graphic designer and photogapher Mariana Garcia-Katz has created m2matiz, a range of homewares, jewellery and stationery that is as edgy as is it beautiful. This week we had a chat to Mariana about her motivations in developing a business built on design…

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Photography has always been important to me and by around 2007 it developed into a real passion. The camera was with me, everywhere I went. Through the eye of the camera, there is a moment of beauty in almost anything. Commercial and corporate work was becoming a bit stifling, so I decided to find a way to make my passion viable. Using my skills in graphic design, a range of gifts started to develop. By 2009, the m2matiz range was born, including cards, stationary, jewellery, the t.lighthaus® and lumierebox.

The more I photograph, the more I see, the more I want to create. I’d have to say Mother Nature and our environment is my greatest inspirations. The flora and fauna of our country, is truly spectacular. We are also extremely lucky with the technology we have available today. The digital world allows me to experiment and bring my ideas to fruition, almost instantly.

The aesthetic of m2matiz is unique, minimal and elegant. The quality and feel of something hand crafted is also a very important part of what I do.

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Wherever possible I reduce, reuse and in most cases use recycled materials. All our products are printed in Melbourne and hand crafted by me, from hand cutting to folding, to wrapping and tying with string. I am very conscious of the strain we have put on mother earth.

There is always such a great response to m2matiz, but ultimately, my images are the point of difference and are the essence of my range. I believe I have something that appeals to just about everyone. A particular image will grab someone’s attention. The boys love the luMierebox, the girls love the jewellery and people of all persuasions are inspired by the t.lighthaus.

Before starting m2matiz I used to freelance as a graphic artist/designer and more recently studied Interior Decoration and Design at RMIT.

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The best advice I can offer to young designers is to keep doing what you love, follow your passion and your heart. If you can afford a website or if you can create your own, I’d recommend it. I believe my website has truly been one of the best tools for me yet.

When I’m not working I’m out and about taking photos! Raising two beautiful teenagers, tending to our chickens, cat, dog and veggie garden. Reading interior design mags and café hopping!

My family would describe me as creative, perfectionist, generous, honest, stubborn.

I’m listening to The Vaudeville Smash – Check them out if you can! They’re an amazingly talented and entertaining band. Truth is, I have a crush on Marc…

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There are so many fabulous blogs I visit regularly but I peruse these three on pretty much a daily basis:

The Design Files: http://thedesignfiles.net,       Roost – a simple life: http://www.roostblog.com/,     Kinfolk – A Guide for Small Gatherings: http://www.kinfolkmag.com/journal

The last ethical product I bought was a resin ring from Milkwood Design just this weekend. We were both selling our creations at the Maribynong Maker’s Market on Sunday. I couldn’t resist the gorgeous hot pink ring. I wear black for the most part, so I love the ring for its pop of colour and beautiful organic shape.

Way too hard to pick just one favorite other BC seller! Let’s just say I’ve purchased little treasures from Snowfawn, Milkwood and Little Viking Girl. All of which I love for their quality work, customer service and of course their products are very pleasing to my eye.

Our future plans? Given that m2matiz evolved very organically and really without planning, I think I’ll continue on that path! I’ll keep doing what I love and wait to see where it takes me. I’ve always been one to take life a day at a time; you can be guaranteed surprises that way. Somewhat humbling I think.

 //  GIVEAWAY x 2 //

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                          We are totally in love with both of these giveaways!

Marianna and m2matiz are giving you the opportunity to win one of her beautiful products: the t.lighthaus© is a photographic translucent lantern designed to house a tealight candle (choose any photographic insert from Mariana’s range), and the ‘hello my love’ necklace (image insert as seen here) is part of the claudia range.
We will randomly choose a winner for each…

HOW TO ENTER

***ENTRIES NOW CLOSED***

1 entry = Just leave a comment here on the blog telling us which one: tealight or necklace?

2 entries = plus head over to our Facebook page say ‘Hi’…

3 entries = Head over to the m2matiz Facebook page, and let them know that we sent you.

GOOD LUCK!

Industrial Design // GIVEAWAY

Meet Leigh Cavallin of Cavallin Design 

Industrial and interior designer Leigh Cavallin of Cavallin Design talks to us about his motivations in product development, his take on design, and his future aspirations as a young designer…

Cavallin Design is a multifarious studio where our design emphasis is to generate and develop creative and technical solutions for a space, product, concept or design. We provide a high level of personal collaboration and consultancy for our clients.

We create identities and aesthetics through interior and exterior design, branding and signage solutions, design consultancy and product design.

Cavallin Design is minimalist and futuristic creating pieces that will stand out and be a talking point in a room.

My design background stems from VCE (Art, Graphics and Design & Construction), which lead me into further interior design studies.

Design helps us express our image through what we find aesthetically pleasing. The style and period of designs we align with show our influences – and more broadly the evolution of design is the answer to yesterday’s problem.

Cavallin Designs products are ethical in that they are handmade or locally manufactured supporting local trades and using quality components. Everything is ‘in house’ and we try to build and create products that are sustainable in energy consumption and through the materials and manufacturing processes we use.

I endeavour to design things that people haven’t seen before. Through the use of the materials we use and the combinations and applications of the finished products, we ensure that our pieces maintain a point of difference within the market.

I’m also a renderer.  I love the outdoors, being on the tools and working physically. It balances my love for being in a studio designing and creating concepts.

My advice to other emerging designers is to never give up – do what you want. The internet is your best friend and you can never know enough people.

My girlfriend would describe me as… energetic, creative, prompt, happy and… detailed.

I couldn’t live without… my family and friends, without a doubt.

I’m listening to… Lupe Fiasco and Mac Miller at the moment.

My favourite design blogs… would be http://www.qmulative.blogspot.com because of the diverse range of entries as well as being one of the first blog to accept my submission. Also http://www.yankodeisgn.com and http://www.mocoloco.com

In the future… I would like to see Cavallin Design create products that are recognised and remembered.

// GIVEAWAY  //

To celebrate the launch of their latest product, Cavallin Design is giving away a set of their new Rota Coasters.

Made from perspex and designed to be arranged into various formats, these beautiful coasters could be yours…

  To enter, just leave us a comment here…

Another entry? Like our FACEBOOK page, and come back here to let us know you have.

Too easy!

*Good luck*

Meet Shannon Sheedy (Dharma Door) + GIVEAWAY!

After living and working in Nepal for a year, Shannon and her partner started fair trade homewares label The Dharma Door. By designing the majority of their beautiful products, Shannon is bridging the gap between ethics and contemporary design.


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// GIVEAWAY //

How I’d love to be the owner of these gorgeous handwoven baskets (you can see them being made in the photo above).

Shannon has generously given us both the Jute Magazine Basket and Jute bowl (in either black or red stripe) to give away.

Just leave a comment here telling us which one you’d like to call your own, and you’re in the draw.

GOOD LUCK!

***ENTRIES NOW CLOSED***

interview // me and amber// giveaway

Karen and Amber are joined at the hip. They worked together, studied together, travelled together and eventually started me and amber together. It’s their bold and simple style that has caught the eye of the creative community, and has allowed them the luxury of a creative life in a successful business….

 

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// GIVEAWAY //

How I love the giveaways!

This week Karen and Amber have given us a set of screen-printed artworks for one of our lucky readers to win. If weather in the Byron Bay Hinterland is anything to go by, the theme is perfect!

Just leave a comment here to be in the draw.

Good luck!

***ENTRIES NOW CLOSED***

A project… or two.

There’s a new site I’m drooling over called Pinterest.  How did it take me this long to find it?! While I *should* have been doing something else, I found these great little projects to share instead. The potential for distraction at this treasure trove of ‘things people like’ is severe and I’ll be creating my own pin-board over there pronto!

[Megan Hamer via Paul Rosenblatt] The original caption with this photo asks if it is ‘recycling’ or if it’s ‘destruction’. I would say that depends. Lets just imagine they are all… say… David Hasselhoff records.

[Marine Loiseau via Lisa Russo] Just a bit of love to a pallet from the back lane and… voila!

[Sarah Hannevik]  The difficulty rating has just dramatically escalated, but these are amazing!


[Marine Loiseau via Monica Smith] Who could have thought you could do that with toilet rolls? Me, personally, I don’t know if I could come at adorning my home with them, but you must admit…

 


Beautiful Blue Caravans…

I couldn’t resist any longer! Maybe it should have been my very first post?

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