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Archive: Sep 2012

  1. MY HOME :: loving Freedom


    Since moving house and making a fresh start earlier this year the decorating process has been an ongoing one. You can see a couple of previous posts here and here. I’ve always had a clear vision for my new space and a definite budget which has meant splurging on a few things and finding some real bargains as well.

    I’m now at the stage where I’m adding the finishing touches and as the budget is beyond stretched I’m trying not to be lured by shiny new things! So I was excited when Freedom asked me if I’d like a store voucher to shop their new collection. Yes please!

    I had a good think about what I need and what would work in my space. My style is generally pretty eclectic and what I genuinely love about Freedom is that their range of furniture and homewares is on trend but also has enough breadth to work with different tastes and styles. I love that they don’t do ‘cookie cutter’ products.

    One thing that I really needed was a bookshelf in my bedroom. I have a lot of books. I’m trying to keep my apartment uncluttered and I was struggling to find a solution. Cue the Spine bookshelf.


    What I love about the Spine is that it it turns your books into a sculpture. It’s tall and elegant with a tiny footprint and allows my beautiful books to be the star. It’s holding 102 books – can you believe it? And they are super easy to access as there are numerous divider shelves. Priced at $299, it’s such a stylish and affordable alternative to the norm. [Spine currently isn’t online, but it is in store.]

    The amazing painting is by Tiel Seivl-Keevers. The chartreuse sofa is Freedom’s Frenchie which I bought earlier this year as soon as it was released because I loved it and had to have it. Yes, I have a sofa in my bedroom – it’s actually bigger than the living room!

    Next, in my living room I was in need of a floor lamp. For me lighting is often the element I have the most trouble deciding on but when I saw the Studio I knew it was the one. I love it’s tripod legs and utilitarian simplicity and at only $149 I would have bought it even without the gift voucher.

    On to my verandah… I’d made some cushion covers for my outdoor seating, but the sun had faded them and they were looking a bit tired. I saw and loved Freedom’s range of outdoor cushions then I discovered they are UV fade resistant, water resistant. Perfect. They work well with my vintage quilt, and in store they were styled with contemporary outdoor furniture and they also looked fab.

    I had so much fun browsing around Freedom with my $500 gift voucher. I wanted to make it stretch so I could solve a few remaining decorating issues rather than buy a single item, and that was easy to do. I did go slightly over my $500 budget, but I needed all 4 cushions. As you know I only accept sponsored posts if I genuinely love and would use the product, and as you probably also know I do shop at Freedom – no incentive needed.

    If I wasn’t already sorted for outdoor furniture I would have definitely bought these Weekender chairs. Love. What do you think? Freedom also has a large range of beautiful baskets which caught my eye. I think I need one at the front door as a catch-all for shoes and also a laundry hamper. Are you currently on the lookout for any home wares?

    Image above: Freedom
    All other images Lisa Tilse for the red thread blog

     Edit: thank you for your lovely comments about my home and style… unfortunately when I made the switch to WordPress and my new domain none of my comments transferred. I’m hoping they may be reinstated soon.


  2. LOVING :: Nancybird

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    Have you taken a look at the lovely offerings from Melbourne based accessories label Nancybird lately? Made from beautiful leathers and natural materials, the  Nancybird range has a very of-the-moment feel with it’s quirky graphics and distinctive colour palette. So many things to love.


    If you’re a fan of Offspring you will have noticed Nina accessorising with  Nancybird wallets and bags, and with Patrick under her Nancybird bed linen.


    All images: Nancybird.


  3. Wee Birdy in New Zealand: a different view of Christchurch

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    For a glimpse of the ‘old’ Christchurch, the one relatively untouched by the devastation of the 2011 earthquake, head to the Botanic Gardens. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic by the Avon River, which puts on a floral spectacle of daffodils, bluebells and snowdrops throughout early spring. We crossed the river to walk along the Hagley Park side, which was a great opportunity to stretch our legs while Harry slept in the pram. It’s amazing how much this part of Christchurch reminded me of England. There are more sculptures to discover along this walk – keep an eye out for the giant daffodil and the hummingbird in mid-flight.

    We headed back to the historic Antigua Boat Sheds for lunch, before taking a punting tour on the Avon river. It was a rather frosty winter’s day in Christchurch and rain clouds were gathering, but we were surprisingly cosy under the complimentary woollen blankets and hot-water bottles. Harry promptly fell asleep, cocooned under layers of blankets and lulled by the gentle rocking of the boat.

    It’s a relaxing, peaceful journey and offered another view of Christchurch from the river: one teaming with water wildlife, flowers and blossoming trees. I can only imagine how different it would look in summer, with the green of the weeping willows reflected in the water. Our friendly punter was also extremely knowledgeable about the local wildlife and history of the area. And I highly recommend his services as a baby whisperer. The man has magic powers.

    Punting on the Avon at Antigua Boat Sheds
    2 Cambridge Terrace
    Christchurch, NZ
    Tel. +64 3 366 0337

    Wee Birdy travelled to Christchurch courtesy of the good folks at Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand. Head to www.newzealand.com for more information about visiting New Zealand.

    Click here to read my post about Re:Start in Christchurch, including my top six shops.
    Click here to read about The General Store at Re:Start in Christchurch.

    Click here to read about HAPA at Re:Start in Christchurch.
    Click here to read about Johnson’s Grocers at Re:Start in Christchurch.
    Click here to read about Primo Cafe in Methven.

  4. A Wee Birdy week – in pictures

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    According to Instagram, this is what the past week in my life looked like:

    • I found the world’s prettiest babycinno at Flood Street Carousel in Leichhardt, a superb toddler-friendly cafe in Sydney. Books, toys, a magnetic alphabet wall and a retro Space Invaders arcade table – fun for kids big and small.
    • I attended the launch of Iconic Kids at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and discovered the sweetest Spring collection by Bebe by Minihaha (shirring, ruffles and vintage-inspired floral prints for baby girls), as well a very cute mum-and-bub gorilla. So pleased to find that many of the zoo’s original buildings and structures are still around, including the heritage-listed Indian elephant temple, which was built in 1916.
    • I loved Napoleon Perdis‘ new collection of hand-poured candles, available exclusively from his Life.Style homewares store in Sydney’s Woollahra. That’s the limited-edition Fig candle on my bathroom window sill.
    • I spent Sunday morning making miniature play-dough hats for Harry’s animal figurines. How awesome is play-dough, and having an excuse to play with it as an adult? I’m going to make my own batch of play-dough this week using this awesome no-cook recipe.

    What have you been up to? Do you love Instagram? I’m addicted – I love scrolling through the lives of Wee Birdy readers around the world. Find me on Instagram – I’m @WeeBirdy.

  5. NEW :: Karen Walker Home

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    While browsing the shops over the weekend I discovered fashion designer Karen Walker‘s home wares range – Karen Walker Home – which is exclusive to Myer. The colours and random dots on the Happy bed linen are so good… my obsession with polka dots continues.

    Image Source: Top image taken by Lisa Tilse for the red thread blog, bottom images Myer.