Friday, September 16, 2011

Have a colour filled weekend!

Here is my beautiful Humphrey - wishing you a colour filled weekend!

My Humphrey - the sunshine in my days!  Photo taken this morning by me :o)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Guest Post: Arcadian Lighting - A Pop of Colour!

Today's guest post is from Susi, a writer for Arcadian Lighting. Founded in 2002, Arcadian Lighting started selling decorative home light fixtures and lamps online, and has become one of the top Internet retailers for home lighting products. Visit their website and cool blog for more information. Enjoy.

Color adds so much to a room's design. Not only does a pop of color break up a neutral palette, bursts of contrasting (or complementary) colors create a dynamic tension that adds interest. Adding just a pop of color in an accessory, accent wall, textiles or area rug will change the look and feel of the room. Check out these chic examples of pops of color throughout the house.
Orange Headboard
Sandra Espinet via
Just a pop of color really brings this bedroom to life. Using the orange headboard as the jumping off point, orange trim adds a pop of color to the white linens.
Orange & Turquoise Bedroom
DecorPad via
Another bedroom that uses pops of orange to liven up the space. This orange chair, with aqua painted legs, adds a burst of warm color in this cream and aqua bedroom.
Colorful Living Room Furniture
Traditional Home via
A neutral palette of cream and pale green gets a pop of contrasting color in the form of red pillows. The red is even more striking against the green and white chevron stripe wingback chairs.
Home Accessories
Real Simple via
Accessories are the perfect place for a pop of color. These Fu dogs pop in rich turquoise against the grey, black and white decor. The brilliant color catches the eye even with the stunning lamps and Venetian mirror vying for attention in the space.
Blue and Yellow Living Room
Pinterest via
White and light neutrals in wall color and the sofa let the blue accent rug and occasional chairs pop in this room. The complementary yellow pillow really pops against the blue.
White Kitchen
Pawley's Island Posh via
The trend in white kitchens sets the stage for colorful kitchen accessories to add pops of color. Tea towels, counter-top appliances and other accessories can add easy pops of color to a neutral kitchen.
Red Vanity
Better Homes and Gardens via
A single piece of brightly painted furniture really pops in a neutral room. Painting a vanity red in the bathroom is unexpected but very stylish.
Chandelier in Kitchen
That's Chic via
Fresh flowers are a wonderful way to add a temporary pop of color to a room. Flowers are inexpensive and colorful and a great addition to any room. Love that unexpected light fixture of an ornate chandelier in the kitchen beyond. Even so, the flowers still hold the center of attention.

Content provided by Arcadian Lighting, a site that specializes in top quality lighting fixtures at extremely affordable prices. If you like this post, be sure to stop by the Arcadian Lighting blog and say hello!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Raine & Sage Giveaway!

The gorgeous Sonia from Raine & Sage is having a little giveaway to celebrate her 1 year blog-a-ver-sary!

Luna Turquoise Cushion - image by Raine & Sage

Head on over to her beautiful blog and go in the draw to win one of our stunning Luna Turquoise cushions.  If you win you will be one of the first in Australia to have your hands on this little pretty - they are only hitting stores this week.

Sonia is moving to Darwin soon, I shall miss her, she lives not far from our warehouse but I've made her promise that she has to open a beautiful homewares store up there in the north end and take some Brisbane style with her!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Elephant & Tiger

Elephant & Tiger Savita Napkins and Tablelcoth
Styling and Images by Sharnel Dollar Designs
I have been missing in action again, so much happening behind the scenes at The Brown Trading Co.  We exhibited at Life in Style trade fair in Melbourne last month which was a huge success and so much fun - we love trade fairs.  Although they are so much work before, during and after we always have a brilliant time and love seeing our trade fair friends, catching up with our current customers and meeting new ones.

One of the things we have been busy with is design and production of our new hand block printed collection - Elephant & Tiger.  We work with a village in Rajasthan in the north of India to produce our beautiful textiles and it's so encouraging to know that our business relationship enables the village to access better health and education facilities - this is what it's all about - helping others!  Being an ex-teacher I find this relationship so rewarding on so many levels, it makes my heart sing working with these talented artisans.

Introducing our first two Elephant & Tiger designs in tablecloths, napkins and cushions - hitting stores in October!

Elephant & Tiger Maya Tablecloth and Napkins
Styling and Images by Sharnel Dollar Designs
Elephant & Tiger Maya & Savita Cushions in 50 x 50 and 60 x 40
Styling and Images by Sharnel Dollar Designs
A huge thank you to my beautiful (not to mention most talented) friend Sharnel Dollar of Sharnel Dollar Designs for not only lending me her stunning home again but for styling and actually shooting these are the best BFF and I love travelling the fun road with you always.

We will be adding new designs and products to the Elephant & Tiger range over time - this is such an exciting launch for us.

Have a colour filled weekend!