Firstly congrats to our Facebook prize winner which was announced yesterday on Facebook , Leh-A-h. She was very excited to win the prize and has actually been a long time follower of our page..so a big congrats to you.
I finally had a chance yesterday to take a few snaps of the Indian summer in the navy and taupe colour way. Here are the first pics.
You might remember that we have had the alternate colour combination in the greys and minty greens available for a while now and first featured them here if you haven’t seen it.
And we also previously looked at the trend for teepees in kids spaces here.
All items are now listed and available to order now in my etsy shop.
And if you looking for even more teepee and indian styling inspiration you can always head over to my teepee pinterest board here
I feel like we just had one..but here we are with a new milestone of 4000 likes on Facebook and over 1000 on Instagram within the last week.
So to celebrate and say thank you for your interest and support I’m holding a giveaway of the Tee pee geometric cot quilt and arrow cushion cover you see pictured here. I have a couple available for sale still but we have news of the new range and we will be getting this print in a fab combo featuring green and mint..and good news..it will come in a single bed quilt cover too. More news soon of time frames etc.
So all you have to do to enter is answer our question on Facebook enquiring about what product or colours you would like us to make for you in the future.
Winner will be announced next monday at midday ETA. Free Aussie shipping .
Just wanted to give you a quick update to let you know where I’m at. I have made up a new 1014 version of the yellow and grey elephant quilt and am now taking orders here. I know many of you have been waiting on this.
I do also have some small yellow chevron on its way so it will also be incorporated into the quilt. I’m sorry its taken me so long but I’ve been feeling frustrated and anxious this month waiting for people to deliver on promises made in regards to fabric supply and samples for our new ranges. I am just so keen to get them all out there to you . But this has to be a lesson in patience I guess..something I’m not that great at.
So I will continue to keep you up to date with things as soon as I know things are actually happening..aahh!!
I did make you this little board to show you the quilt patterns.. And some cute items for a yellow and grey nursery.
1. Alphabet Monkey Elephant quilt
2. Incy Interiors Harry Cot , they also have it in yellow.
Today I’m so happy to introduce you to Melbourne based designer/ illustrator Pete Cromer . Pete has recently quit the security of working for big name companies and is out living the dream of working for himself. And it looks like things are going pretty well so far with one his prints featuring on the Design Files last week.
I discovered Pete last year on instagram , and one of his sketches convinced me that he was the right person to redesign our brand logos aka particularly Maxie the Monkey. He did such a great job and understood just what I was after. And Pete has also contributed some illustrations to be featured in some of our upcoming ranges this year which I just can’t wait to share with you.
I bought for my studio the one above..’Love Ya Guts ‘ it is called. So funny. I was just taken by the feeling of love that is portrayed through these little blobs. All prints are limited edition signed prints and available through his website here.
I love the fun and freedom of his illustrations and I also feel that many would be brilliant additions to a nursery or children’s room. I have used the print below as a starting point for a nursery. I think these works are so great in that they totally can suit someone of any age and they will be able to grow with your child because they aren’t too babyish. What do you think??
With it being Valentines Day and all I thought that todays’ Pinterest Pick would obviously need to have a dash of red.
When I first began Alphabet Monkey in 2010 I used a lot of red. Nowadays I don’t really use much at all. I think that other colours are more in the spotlight these days as far as interior trends go however red really is a staple of boys nurseries and bedrooms. For that reason , it is usually a key part of most stores offerings when it comes to boys, along with navy blue.
I even used this combination for Campbells’ room at one stage cause I just loved the Sprout fabrics. (Unfortunately they are no longer in production)
I must say that these two nurseries do it so well by adding just that splash of red with the cots and pairing with greys and patterns that are very contemporary.
PS if you are after a red cot I did see a very cool sneak peek from Incy Interiors at the Life Instyle trade show . So head your enquiries that way.
You can find these pictures and their sources as well as more cool nurseries on my pinterest boards.
I am seeing scandi inspired crosses everywhere these days. And particularly the blankets.
I thought I’d do a bit of digging to find out a bit more about these blankets and also find out where you can snap one up.
They are the work of swedish designer Pia Wallen who is best known for her high quality felt products and in particular her Crux blanket featuring the cross.
The cross is a symbol of hope in the Swedish folk arts traditions and so it seems fitting that the blanket has become a symbol of all things scandinavian.
It was first introduced in 1991 and is made by a small swedish mill where they use traditional weaving and felting techniques along with the highest quality wools.
The ‘Crux’ blanket is 100% wool and was both expensive , limited and highly sought after.
In response to this, Wallen released the ‘Cross ‘ blanket in 2011. It was created to offer a more accessible version but maintaining the design integrity of the original. This version is 100% cotton and made from ecological cotton from Peru. The main visual difference is that the cross is slightly smaller. This may explain its’ renewed popularity.
Although we are talking of this as a trend it really has a much more enduring quality as a symbol of scandinavian design..so if you do pay out the big bucks for the Crux you can be sure it will never really go out of date, especially if you are a scandi design junkie.
You may remember that I shared this gorgeous picture of Jaggers’ creative birth announcement with you back in October. Well since then it has been picked up from my pinterest boards I think…and shared and shared again and featured on lots of blogs due to this . So due to this surge of interest I thought you might like to see a bit more of the lovely work of new mum Erin Michael, the lady behind this lovely pic.
Erin ( pictured above) may look a bit familiar to our Aussie readers because she was a contestant on ‘The Block’ renovation series. Since then she has been styling for magazines and is now running her own interior and food styling business. Check out her website here.
Erin has showcased the growing trend for black and white in nurseries in her own simply styled nursery which she has allowed us to share here.
I am totally a fan of black and white nurseries.. considering once the baby in born they have so many colourful toys and items I think it is a lovely base for a fun, contemporary nursery.
This scandinavian look is growing in popularity and I think it is also quite popular in Australia as we seem to like the simple minimalistic styles here too. I think American nurseries seem to prefer a lot more soft furnishings and have their own distinct look which we will look another day.