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T_design + Valentine GIVEAWAY

Design student Tania Gnecchi has recently launched her new label T_design. We spoke to Tania about her beautiful range of stationery, jewellery and homewares that is sure to delight all lovers of simple, evocative design…

T_design is a brand new Australian company which prides itself on designing and making unique, beautiful and handmade products. Tdesign’s innovative collections are a mix of graphic, ceramic and jewellery design. Each item is designed and handmade with love and care in my small Sydney studio.

If I had to sum up what I do, I’d say it’s all about simple, understated, unique and beautiful design. I aim to make things that are true to who I am. I want them to reflect my values and beliefs and this has been no easy task but has definately been a great learning experience. I am someone that needs to explore all the options before choosing – this has resulted in many many different designs and projects.

I am still a full time Design student and also work as a graphic designer – so my life has just become a bit busier, something that I didn’t think was possible before now!

Even when I was miles away from home, travelling around Europe, I still somehow found a way to make things along the way. There wasn’t really a turning point that brought about T_design –  It just happened. I suppose I have a need to create things. T_design is really an extension of me, my life and my passion to create. I think it was bound to happen.

My advice to other young designer? Go for it, don’t be afraid! It is scary when you start your own business, when something becomes more than a hobby, but everyone has to start somewhere. There are bound to be many bumps along the way and I know I still have a lot to learn but it’s all such an enriching experience. Trust in yourself and your product – and don’t ever stop trying!

When I’m not working I’m eating way too many cookies!!! I simply adore them!

I guess my friends would desribe me as determined, fair, loving, caring and maybe sometimes a little stubborn…

In the future… I hope to see Tdesign grow into something really special. It would be amazing to really get the brand out there and have a big following. There are also so many gorgeous stores that I would love to approach to sell my designs. But essentially I want to develop a strong brand identity and a range of beautiful timeless pieces. Sometimes the simplest things are the most beautiful.

Visit T_design

// GIVEAWAY //

Tania Gnechhi and T_design are giving you the opportunity to win a gorgeous collection of cards just in time for Valentines Day. The pack includes 2 each of the cards pictured.

*Giveaway drawn this Friday the 10th February*

HOW TO ENTER

1 entry = Head over to our Facebook and say ‘Hi’ – how easy is that?!

2 MORE entries = While you are there – be sure to hit the ‘share’ button on the Facebook giveaway post for triple the chance to win….

  

GOOD LUCK!

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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!

State of Design Festival 2011 – on now.

One week left to go! Established in 2004, the State of Design Festival (Victoria) is the largest and most innovative design event in Australia and the heart of design thinking and design activity…

The Festival increases the awareness of the value of design and showcases how design generates innovation, promotes sustainability and adds value to business and society.

It’s an exciting event, and with Design:Made:Trade already done and dusted, you can have a look at a round up with some great images over at The Design Files.

To check out the remaining events, just head to The State of Design.

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….

 

visit me and amber

// 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!

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Crochet love.

Inspired by a post over at Calico & Co, I’ve been loving the way a beautiful object can be transformed into a different kind of loveliness… with just a little crochet.

Have a great weekend. jx

crocheted pebbles by knitalatte

crocheted pebbles by knitalatte

joana vasconcelos via design boom

crocheted pinecones via calico & co

crocheted pinecones via calico & co

crochet-chair-designed-by-marcel-wanders

marcel wanders crochet chair via stylewithanna

crocheted rocks via designsponge

crocheted rocks via designsponge