B&W

bathroom small & simple

I am a lover of white – I do love the clean, fresh feel it gives any room.

However, I do tend to veer towards a darker companion for a white canvas…
I have found this interesting bathroom quite appealing. The small bath is perfect for kids and to double as a shower. I’m not sure it’s not as practical as I romanticise it to be but hey its a winner none the less.
Seen via The Design Files homes.

Ozzie LOVE – Part1

Hello friends. This post is of great honor because it shows the houses that the BEST blog ever has shared. The reason I would like to share with you is because it inspires me no doubt to be me and to love creative spaces and homes. I look forward to Lucy‘s posts every day and I picked a few snaps of the spaces that inspired me most at this time. I am sure you all follow The Design Files already!!?? Though, if you missed a few inspiring places, here are some of my best picked Ozzie spaces… I love Oz, especially because my 2 best mates now share that beautiful creative and awesome place ♥

colour usage

cushione and layout of couch

cute idea

 

kitchen onto deck example

lounge relaxed

open plan

outdoor dining

photo framed

pictures above couch

space

verandah

white walls and wooden floors-colour

white with wooden floors

 

Linen Love

Happy Monday friends. How are you? How was your weekend? I had a lovely weekend. My husband and kids are slowly getting better but I guess anything beats the last weekend I had with 3 sick’ies to look after. This weekend was better and more relaxed.

Well I read through some blogs briefly this morning while logging on to work mode and I saw these AWESOME linen designs on my all time favourite blog The Design Files.

I had to share with you these cool ideas and am totally in love with the YELLOW – best kid ever – design. I want one!!

bolog

Go read Lucy’s post here. It’s deliciously lovely and makes me want to shape-up the kids room pronto. Dont you just love the ice cream duvet cover? Go check out Sack Me for more great creative designs.

bolog3

bolog2

Interview with Lucy Feagins

 

You know when there is someone out there that you never met in person but they react to you as if you have? Well you about to meet one of those people.  When asking Lucy if she would be interested in sharing about her creative self, I had no idea that she had shifted careers from set dresser in the film industry and interior stylist to a full-time blogger! Being an avid follower of her blog, I was interested in the person behind the creative and super interesting platform and not just the blog itself. I enjoy Lucy’s way of writing, her choice of subjects as well as her natural and beautiful sense of humour. I knew she had met many creative’s and I wanted to share a bit about her as I find her quite inspirational. So you must know that when I read her answers and found out that she is in fact blogging full-time, I was blown away by her humble and kind attitude to it all.

One day, when I’m in Ozzie visiting my best mate I would love to meet Lucy for a coffee and a chinwag about creativity, people, blogging and simply just life. So this interview has spontaneously taken a turn from the person behind film and interior styling to a fantastic blog and the Australian writer behind it. I hope you enjoy reading more about Lucy.

Before the end of 2010, Lucy gathered up some super talented illustrators and released TDF’s very own 2011 calendar! I was so bummed I never managed to get one! I cannot wait for what she might have planned for 2012? hint hint…

Without further ado, here are some questions.

What is it about what you do (blogging / career) that makes you smile? To be honest, lately my blog has become my career!  It makes me smile to know I have built my own little business from nothing, and can now earn a living doing what I love and being my own boss. Tell us a bit about who you are and what you do? I started writing The Design Files blog in early 2008.  At that time I was also working as a set dresser in the film industry and also doing freelance interiors styling for photo shoots, TV commercials and a couple of magazines.  In the 3.5 years that has passed since I started the blog, it’s gradually developed from a side project into a little business – these days it’s my number one focus (and my main source of income) and for the first time I am prioritising TDF instead of squeezing it around a ‘day job’.  I’m really trying to make it the best it can be. You obviously love meeting new people, tell us what it is about people who you love? That is a hard question!  I guess I find that being around creative people in particular really energizes me and gets me motivated about my own creative output… creative energy and genuine enthusiasm really is contagious. What inspires you to do what you do? I am inspired by so many brilliant designers and creative people who give me something to write about every day on the blog!  I am inspired by beauty in all things – a beautiful home, a beautiful untouched natural environment… a beautifully designed product or pattern or fabric or artwork. Outside of creative inspiration, I am motivated by a desire to create my own path, to work for myself, to build a little business that stands on its own and commands respect and doesn’t have anyone to answer to, except my lovely loyal readers. Can you name 1 or 5 of your most creative people you have met so far…or would that be unfair? YES of course!  So many favourites.  Megan MortonLiane RosslerDavid BromleyKat MacleodJoost Bakker. Do you have a hobby? Oh sadly the blog is all-consuming – it’s my hobby but it’s also my job and kind of my obsession.  Outside of The Design Files I would say I like COOKING and EATING!  Where is your ‘happy place’? On my brand new couch!  First grown-up furniture purchase ever.  I LOVE it. Do you have advice for anyone wanting to start blogging? I guess there are so many things that make a good blog, but here are a few lessons I have learnt along the way – Firstly, just get started.  Don’t worry so much about thinking up a concept or what it ‘should’ be or how it ‘should’ sound.   Stop thinking, just start somewhere. Secondly, make a commitment to post regularly – at least once or twice a week, on regular days.  The more readers come to rely on regular posts, the more they will visit and connect with your site. Thirdly – think about creating original content as much as possible.  I do love the Pinterest and Tumblr and all those image bookmarking sites too…. But in the end, I think the blogs that really stand out are the ones with truly original content. What makes TDF what it is? (In your opinion) It’s hyper-local focus.  It’s personal and genuine voice.  It’s readers!  What do you love about the country you live in? I love the relaxed attitude that is part of Australian culture, the easy lifestyle, the encouraging and supportive environment for small business and start-ups.  Is there a place you would fly to in a second? New York City!

Lucy ventures out and sources loads of inspirational information, there is never a dull moment in her collaboration of design info that’s for sure.  From crafts

to textiles

from Architecture ….

to shopping guides!…

Lucy’s choices:

Red or blue? Red

Old or new? It’s not very fashionable to say this but I’m going with NEW!

 Jeans or trousers? Jeans

Ice-cream or chocolate cake? Ice-cream!

Mountains or ocean? Ocean

Hair up or down? Always up.

Skirts or dresses? Neither! Always jeans.

Prints or paintings? I’ll say paintings – nothing beats at original!

Polka dots or stripes? Stripes

In Lucy’s world:

If I was an animal I would be……. Deb I cannot think of a single answer to this question!  My boyfriend suggested Koala!?  But he didn’t tell me why!?

Today is…… busy!

Design*Sponge at Home (nearly out!)….will be a great book to read.

I always wondered why…… girls go for guys with money. What’s with that!?  Make your own fortune ladies!

My home is…… tiny.

My boyfriend Gordon…..is my babyHe would KILL me if he read that.

Running a little friendly office with a few lovely staff ……is where I want to be one day.

Working from my dining table ……is where I am today.

Creativity is……… universal.

One of Lucy’s fabulous features are Australian Homes. Personally I think Australians are super funky and have fabulous taste, so I just cant wait to get introduced to these homes in and around the land of Oz! I had quite a hard time choosing a photograph of all these beaut homes…so you are going to have to wiz over and visit Lucy at her blog and check the rest for yourself..  (if you have not already ;))

i love the colours of this home….

simple and stunning home above

one of my favourite homes Lucy had shared about above

 

 another beauty of a home

I have so many more questions that stem from this interview…perhaps another post in the future…who knows!?! I get so encouraged by the fact that there are so many of us in this world and believe sooooo many are talented, I just hope that you all know what your gifts, dreams and desires are so that when you start reaching them or seeing them surface you will realise what an amazing accomplishment or blessing it all is. THAT is what I love about meeting different people and getting to know their creative side…because it’s all in us waiting to burst out or keep being expressed!

Lucy, thank you SO much for sharing about what you do and what you love about what you do! Your journey in the industry that is growing more and more and which is your hobby has motivated and encouraged me to no end. You have always been kind, helpful and yourself and the one thing that I noticed about you is no matter how big or small or who or what is communicating with you, you alway have time for other people.You are a pure gem and an inspirational enthusiast for all things creative!

 
 

1 year at CS – Thank you!

Good morning everyone, for those overseas – good evening to you! There is one post that I have wanted to do for sometime now and I thought the perfect time to do so was at Creative Stream’s 1st birthday! I wanted to share with you the 3 top inspirations that have kept my blogging in tow. Never had I thought that blogging would become such a big part of my life, where it has slowly grown over the years and become such a brilliant passion. I’m sorry I never started earlier. This March 2011 Creative Stream would be running for a year! My failures of blogs prior Creative Stream seems like primary school….and now I look  forward to getting my degree and hopefully move right up to my masters and doctrine in blogging!! ha ha. Who would have thought the blogosphere would be my respite, but it is and I love it!

It’s extremely hard to say I have a top 5 rank of blogs, as there are SO many great ones out there, but I have always held 3 close to heart because they were the 1st three blogs that helped filled my passion of blogging.

  

This was the 1st blog I ever followed. I think this inspiring women is fun, honest, out-there-friendly and super talented. She will probably strangle me for putting her picture up, but I did ask to use some! She has a background in design and a social calendar like no one else! I am yet to meet her (nearly did when I won one of her competitions on AskAshe) but she has always given me tips and made me feel like part of the blogging community, probably without even realising who I am or what she has done. She is Nicole Ashe author and creator of AskAshe – a girl about Durban. I look forward to her updates on what is happening around my city, what’s hot and what’s not around the world, whatever she feels like sharing and she makes me laugh which is always the best medicine. She loves white decor and knows just about everything about anything and if she doesn’t I get the feeling she will do her best to know so she can share with us! Following AskAshe is like being social and around what’s happening without actually attending it all. She is definitely a vibrant and stunning woman! It’s simple – she rocks! Go check out her blog. You will be sorry if you don’t. I hope to meet her soon.

 

  Holly Becker is a freelance journalist and design consultant. What an inspiration to read her blog, it’s not only a good looking blog but has excellent information and inspiring news, ideas and depth. I am dying to do her e-course and hope to do the next one she does. I would enjoy it so much to put her face to her name and one day get a chance to reflect on this blogging world with her over a nice cuppa. She remains humble and sincere and I love that about anyone who has had to face a change in eminence. Do yourselves a favour and go check out her blog. You will love it. You will also find her at Haus Maus where Holly expresses about her life as an American living in Germany. Her new book Decorate can be bought here – so go on, go buy one. I am!

 

Now the 3rd stunning blogger is Lucy Feagins. The brains and talent behind The Design Files, based in Melbourne she is a set dresser/stylist and a fantastic blogger! I love the display of her bog, the content, the photographs and the interesting and creative people she always introduces me to. I believe she is humble and fun and here too is a lady I would love to have a coffee with and reflect on all the wonderful people and places blogging has taken her. I loved her response when I asked her if I could use her pictures for this post and others. I appreciated her quick reply and made me respect her even more. She also launched The Design Files 2011  calendar and the 1st ever The Design File Film! Go check it out.

Well, I could go on and on about more fab blogs, but I think these 3 deserve some credit as they truly have edged me on to make a dream come true without even having met me! I Love that! Thank you!

Something else I wanted to say is a  big Thank you to my loyal subscribers! Without you my views don’t increase and without you Creative Stream is just any blog and without you I don’t get encouraged! So thank you for listening to what I say or for looking at what I post, even if you skim over on a busy day, you are supportive and I appreciate and love that so. Thank you!