Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Ship Song Project

As a little girl I was always in awe of the Sydney Opera House and hoped that one day I would get to see it in real life.  When I was in 11 my Mum gave me a Christmas Card with my gift that said 'Sydney here we come!'  We stayed in an apartment for 2 weeks and every day I woke up the Opera House was glistening in the sunshine.  I felt like I was in heaven and for me it might as well have been New York or London.

I've flown over many cities over the years but there really is nothing quite like flying over Sydney and the Opera House and her majestic sails.  Every time I visit Sydney now I have a special spot that I visit right down on the harbour, it's almost like you are sitting on the water with the Harbour Bridge above to the left and the iconic Opera House to the right.  It's my little history.

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Nick Cave's 'The Ship Song' has long been a powerful moving song that I have loved for many years.  This morning I discovered 'The Ship Song Project' - 100 artists, 1 million tiles, 1 year in the making and it's a love song to The Opera House using Nick Cave's legendary music.  You will be moved beyond words.

Performed by Neil Finn, Kev Carmody and The Australian Ballet, Sarah Blasko, John Bell, Angus and Julia Stone, Paul Kelly and Bangarra Dance Theatre, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Opera Australia, Martha Wainwright, Katie Noonan and The Sydney Symphony, The Temper Trap, Daniel Johns and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

I cannot get enough of this powerful moving ballad.

Make a little history...


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Shop Online With Us!

Over the past few years we have had countless requests to open an online store where customers can access all of our designs in the one place.  This is especially wonderful for our customers who don't live near or have access to any of our gorgeous retailers across Australia. So here it is.  We can now ship Australia wide with a Flat Shipping Rate of $12.00.

Online retailing is actually where we began at the beginning of 2008 so for us this is a natural progression and we are excited to be offering this service.

Shop Online with The Brown Trading Co

The keren brown and Elephant & Tiger collections will be released at Life in Style in Melbourne next month.  Both of our new collections are designed in Australia by us and produced in collaboration with traditional artisans in India.  We hope you love them as much as we do - a little sneak peek tomorrow.

Shop and enjoy :o)


Monday, July 18, 2011

Home Beautiful

Several months ago the lovely Angela Steyn of Wicker & Stitch contacted me regarding writing an article about The Brown Trading Co for Home Beautiful Magazine.  I was so thrilled!  The August issue is out now and the article Angela wrote is wonderful (thank you so much Angela).  The whole process was so much fun and every single person I came in contact with at Home Beautiful was just delightful.  So here it is.....

Home Beautiful August Edition Cover

Home Beautiful Article written by Angela Steyn of Wicker & Stitch

What I am also loving about this issue is the purple cover!  Like most little girls I loved pink and still do but I have always had a soft spot for purple too.  It's a very under rated colour and I believe it should be given much more credit.  Our Bungalow collection features some stunning purples in cushions and quilts.

Bungalow Dahlia Purple Quilt, Nalini Purple and Dahlia Purple Cushions

Clearly we are on to something with purple because even the gorgeous Kate Middleton was recently seen frocking up in Canada in purple!

Kate Middleton frocked up in purple Issa image via 
And how fabulous is this chair in a rich purple velvet?

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And who doesn't love purple Hydrangeas?

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Here in Brisbane come November this is what we see, masses and masses, street upon street of perfectly pretty Jacaranda trees.

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Think shades of amethyst, eggplant, plum, violet and wine.  Purple is associated with luxury, royalty and spirituality and can boost imagination and creativity.  I think it's high time purple was given some street cred.  Thanks again Home Beautiful for the lovely article on us and the wonderful splash of purple.