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You know when you find a home wares brand and you just love everything, like absolutely everything, and you know you could easily take any, or all of their pieces home and they would fit right in?
Yeah that …
Well, that’s how I feel about the current eb&ive Loveshack range.

Carmel Cushion | eb&ive
Carmel Cushion | eb&ive

I just had to find out more about the talented gal behind this range, I was sure she must be my sister from another mister!
So, let’s meet Nicky …

Tell us a little bit about yourself Nicky?

I have a very colourful background! I began my career with a fashion course at Tafe when I was 18, after completing this I then went into retail sales and eventually became a sale rep for a swimwear company which I loved.
I was then really lucky and had an opportunity to work for a toy company which was pretty crazy! I travelled around Japan /Germany and Hawaii doing shows and assisting retailers in Sales. It was an unbelievable experience at such a young age! I then came back into retail and opened outlet stores around NSW for a then large surf brand. After this I decided on a change of path and entered the promotional marketing world, where I worked for 10 years, I gathered lots of experience in importing and sourcing, which I gather then lead me down the path I am now. I work with my amazing hubby who puts up with all kinds of things! I am very lucky to share our lives with my husband’s two beautiful children, which I am so fortunate for, I like to claim them as my own from time to time.

What inspired you to establish eb&ive back in 2008?

My best friend Julie and I had a dream as they say… we both had day jobs but loved being creative and wanted something of our own so eb&ive was born and actually it was born a lot earlier than 2008 – this was our relaunch!!
We started making jewellery and having home style parties at our individual houses , we were also lucky enough to make a small collection for Rebecca Davies runway show who was a popular designer of the time . However working day jobs and then making jewellery until late finally took its toll and we decided to give it a rest. We went back to our regular jobs until we thought the timing was right and we had some income behind us.
In 2008 we thought lets really give the business a go! We locked in a trade show, thinking if we make our money back let’s keep going, and we did. We were blessed as this is what happened, we have built a business that I love and affords me the opportunity to travel and experience amazing people and places.

Fiore Wall Hanging | eb&ive
Fiore Wall Hanging | eb&ive

The eb&ive business started with a jewellery range and has since grown to a lifestyle brand with fashion, accessories and a home collection. I’m sure my interiors obsessed readers will be excited by your Love Shack furniture and home wares. Tell us what to expect from Love Shack for winter 2016?

This season our home collection is inspired by the warmth and rich tones of brass, we have accented various home pieces with this feel, wooden bowls with brass trim, serving spoons with brass finishing. I wanted the collection to bring a sense of warm and style to the home over the cooler months , rich accents of colour and pattern bring a relaxed feel to the home. The fabrics we create, use age old techniques of block print / hand stamp and shibori fabrics for our bedding and cushion collection, these classic techniques are timeless and showcase the artisans true craft. I am truly excited for AW16 as we have been working for a year to create and launch our first eb&ive soy wax candle range finished in marble effect vessel, we have created 6 timeless unique scents, which everyone is loving.

Boheme Boards | eb&ive
Boheme Boards | eb&ive

I particularly love your extensive range of storage baskets, they can be used in a multitude of ways in every room of the house. What’s your favourite way to use baskets around your home?

The storage baskets are really beautiful and versitile, they can be used in multiple ways. I use them for towels and rugs, pretty much anything! They are a great way to store household items stylishly, the samari basket sets can even be flipped over and used as a low rise table.

Caravan Basket Set | eb&ive
Caravan Basket Set | eb&ive

Do you have a favourite piece, or is that like asking a mother which is her favourite child?

To be honest this is a tricky question. I have moments of really loving things and then after seeing it for a really long time I can sometimes get over it! I am very fortunate that I get to change things up each season!
Having said that I am really loving our Luxe facet Candles at the moment. It is a first for us to embark on a candle range and I really love what we have created ! Hopefully you guys will love it too.

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Luxe Faceted Candle | eb&ive

What does the future hold for eb&ive?

I don’t like to predict too much, things can change any day! I truly see eb&ive growing from strength to strength. I love creating our unique collections which have an affinity with our customer that are affordable, loved by all with no limits to who, how old or where they live.

Describe your personal interiors style?

Laid back sophistication, I love colour, texture, prints and anything that will make a room stand out. One of my favourite prints this season is Shibori, each piece is handmade and has a random print effect due to the techniques used to make the shibori designs, no two are alike making each unique.

The Keys Cushions | eb&ive
The Keys Cushions | eb&ive

What is currently on your homeware wishlist?

There’s too many to count! However on the top of my list from eb&ive would have to be our new luxe facet candles, there are 6 unique scents, and they smell divine.

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Nicky sent me a couple of items to try out in my own home before I gave you guys the thumbs-up.
I always like to to touch, feel and smell things before I recommend them. I would never be happy recommending a product that I don’t love or wouldn’t be thrilled to have in my own home.
I know, it’s a tough gig but somebody has to do it!

The verdict …

The Caravan baskets in washed blue.
They are a true washed blue, like they have gently faded in the sunlight over years, they have a real coastal charm to them. The pom poms and tassels are such a fun embellishment that really makes them stand out from the crowd of baskets available these days. They come as a set of two, the large comfortably fits and couple of cushions and a throw rug to give you an idea of size.
I can see them in your bedroom with pillows and blankets, in your living area with cushions, throws and magazines, by the door for shoes and hats and in your bathroom for spare towels and toiletries or just pop a plant in them.

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The Luxe Facetted candle.
With it’s facetted concrete vessel and marble effect concrete lid this candle makes a statement. It is available in 6 gorgeous colours with 6 different scents, I have the Orange & Clove and it smells amazing!

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Mezza bowl and board.
The woodgrain paired with brass or copper trim is stylish and tactile. They bring an element of warmth to your table, or can be used for decorating, perfect for winter. I currently have a small collection of shells in mine. Big love!

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And here’s what next on my wish list …
The Mezza Pots in brass, available in 2 sizes, aren’t they stunning!

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And something from the Samari range, oh those colours!

Samari Pillow | eb&ive
Samari Pillow | eb&ive

Did something catch your eye? I highly recommend you grab a cup of coffee (and maybe a Tim Tam) and pop over to the eb&ive website for some online therapy. Oh, and they have clothes and accessories too!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

Gloria Linen and Home

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At Gloria Linen and Home they believe in superior quality, classic style and timeless pieces. They take joy in helping you create a beautiful home with simple pleasures and little luxuries.

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Their product selection is simply stunning and I would proudly have any one of their items in my home. It is fabulous to find an online store where I have the confidence to order any piece without seeing or touching it, but knowing that the quality will be lovely, because Gloria Linen and Home puts exquisite craftsmanship, function and style at the heart of their brand.

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Here are a few of my favourite pieces …

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The Grande Events drinks tub is essential for keeping champagne cool at your summer soirees, it holds up to a dozen bottles and looks super stylish doing it! I have this one in my own home. It has featured in table settings for birthdays, dinner parties and New Years Eve,  and FYI – It is equally as beautiful displaying potted flowers.

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The New Bliss coverlet in white. Beautiful as a coverlet or casually draped at the end of your bed, the perfect weight for summer or an extra layer in winter, this coverlet ticks all the boxes.

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The Ming pumpkin jar, Hello, it’s blue and white … no further explanation needed.

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The Versailles range of glassware by La Rochere in pressed glass is classic, timeless and beautiful. I also have these tall glasses in my collection,  I love setting the table with them, they add a lovely textured element with their decorative design inspired by the Palace of Versailles.  I do love having a little bit of France at my table.

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The Amelia Table Cloth, 8/10 seater. I have a big dining table, at 270cm long I find it near impossible to find table linen. Gloria Linen and Home has the best range of gorgeous table linens I’ve found, this one is particularly pretty in a blue and white floral.

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Did somebody say high tea? The Ritz serving stand is perfect for any occasion, but I can see it piled high with petit fours and macarons, ohhhhh!

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Who knew doing laundry could be so luxurious! The Laundress range from New York is colour-safe, eco-friendly and not tested on animals. There is a range of products for laundry and housekeeping. And can we just talk about that packaging, too gorgeous to put away, leave it out on display!

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 I was lucky enough to grab a coffee with one half of the super stylish faces behind Gloria Linen and Home, and even though she’s a little shy, I was able to find out a little bit more about Gloria Linen and Home.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you started Gloria Linen and Home? 

I have always been a design obsessive, and I’d sooner buy a new throw or cushion than a pair of shoes!

It frustrated me that it was so difficult to find beautiful, classic homewares in Australia where we seem to see the largely same thing everywhere. I wanted to create a beautiful online emporium that truly delights our customers with an ever-evolving range.

To that end, we source our products from all over the world and I absolutely love being able to share my finds with our customers.

Why the name Gloria?

I named the business after my Grandmother who was the epitome of style and sophistication. She was a woman ahead of her time who exuded elegance and grace in every sense. These are the hallmarks of the philosophy behind everything we do here at Gloria.

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You have such a beautifully curated selection of products. Do you source and select them yourself?

Yes, I source and select the entire product range. I’m always looking for special pieces that are timeless, classic and have a stylish edge. I love finding unique pieces that you don’t see everywhere. I am ever mindful of the expectations of our customers to showcase products that inspire and delight.

Do you have a favourite piece from your range?

Oooh, it’s difficult to choose, but I’d have to say I adore the French range of table linens by Olivades. The quality and weight of the fabrics and the provincial style prints are truly exquisite. The ‘Aurun’ vintage table cloth in Navy with the oversized paisley motif is my firm favourite, particularly for breezy outdoor Summer entertaining.

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Aurun Vintage table cloth by Olivades

What is your design style in your own home?

I’ve always preferred classic over contemporary and a calming neutral colour palette. Classic architectural features such as timber joinery, natural flooring and stone bench tops provide a strong visual framework in any interior. It is worth taking the time to get this right as it anchors every other element in a room.

What is your latest interior décor crush?

I would have to say that I’m obsessed with trays of all shapes and sizes for different purposes. A simple glass or chrome tray is a lovely way to organise and display chic desk accessories, and is equally at home on the bathroom vanity for perfume, jewellery and a small vase of fresh flowers.

I love the resurgence of the retro sideboard display of barware with a classic mirrored tray, chic glassware and a traditional ice bucket. Our ‘Chicago’ range channels a sophisticated ‘Gatsby’ style and looks divine paired with our ‘Round mirrored tray’.

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Do you like to stick with the classics or follow trends?

As soon as something becomes a trend, it instantly loses appeal! I have an aversion to mass production of any kind. Artisnal, unique and timeless pieces that are beautifully crafted never lose their lustre and transcend passing fads. This philosophy holds true in fashion and interiors alike.

What’s next for Gloria Linen and Home?

We will be expanding our range in 2016 to include furniture, rugs, mirrors and a much broader selection of beautiful decorative accents and bed linens. Stay tuned!

What’s on your current wish list?

Our Soiree drinks tub filled to the brim with French champagne! The Soiree has become a firm favourite in my circle of friends as a stylish and unique gift ‘for him’ instead of the standard issue socks, books and CD’s.

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Soiree drinks tub

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And you better believe that the shy face behind Gloria Linen and Home is super stylish herself. Her own home is a dreamy space of timeless style and I’ll be sharing it with you in the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait to show y’all!

In the meantime, pop over to Gloria Linen and Home and select some special pieces to create some classic beauty in your own home. If you join their mailing list you can get 10% off your next order too.

Oh, and show me what you bought, I’m nosey like that!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

OMG, OMG, OMG … It’s here!!!

Yes, I am a little bit excited! Pottery Barn, PB Kids and West Elm are in my hood, Squeeee!!!!

Three of the world’s most successful and stylish furniture and home wares stores have moved in to a fabulous big retail space in Brisbane’s hip James Street.

If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of them, let me introduce you.

Pottery Barn is a global retailer of high quality products for your home. Their range is primarily based around comfort, quality and style. I have been a huge fan of Pottery Barn since I discovered it on our travels back in 2005, I remember hearing about this place called ‘Pottery Barn’ on the TV sitcom ‘Friends’ and when I saw a store in Los Angeles I ventured in out of curiosity. Oh my, it was filled with gorgeous glass lanterns, shiny silver table ware, plush sofas and the most beautiful bed linens I had ever seen (that I could actually afford). And so it began, my love affair with Pottery Barn. From that day on every time we travelled I spent hours oohing and aahing in every Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids we came across. I would buy anything that I could fit in my suitcase, and sometimes more than would fit, I have had to purchase an extra suitcase a couple of times!

More recently I have discovered West Elm. I feel it is a bit younger, a bit hip and it moves with the times. I love it for buying on trend items. Currently they have a great range of brass, marble and beautiful linen bedding, the price point is very affordable and the quality is great!

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek with the media launch before opening time. There was red carpet, coffee, croissants, cookies and a ribbon cutting ceremony. But more exciting than that was the feeling in the air, the feeling that PB wasn’t just moving into our city, but moving into our community. They have utilised the skills of our local talent for the front of the counter in the West Elm store. It was hand made by local, Kylie from Paper Boat Press, you really must check it out next time your there, it is incredible. West Elm have also put the call out to local handcrafted creators to take their wares to the Brisbane store on October the 10th (this Saturday) to be reviewed and get a chance at being part of their monthly pop up stores. I love that they are supporting our little and local talent!

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Source: Paper Boat Press FB

I also really enjoyed the styling sessions they had running in store. I felt inspired after watching Kara Rosenlund work her magic styling a coffee table. She made it look so simple!

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I snapped these shots for you to get an idea of the incredible range of goodies, but truly, I would break my website if I tried to upload all the beautiful furniture and home decor they have to offer. You really must pop in when you have a chance! It’s worth a look just to see the beautiful styling, the room displays and little vignettes everywhere you turn. The shop fit-out is absolutely incredible too, just wait till you see the giant set of barn doors when you walk into the Pottery Barn entry. Grab a girlfriend, or take your Mum and make a day of it!

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Pottery Barn Cortona furniture, Tenny Tile quilt cover and Belgian linen diamond quilt.
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Pottery Barn Antique Silver collection with Cambria dinnerware.
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Pottery Barn wall of goodies, check out those Wood Paddle Pedestals.
Pottery Barn Rope Outdoor dinnerware.
Pottery Barn Rope Outdoor dinnerware with Coral melamine accent plate.
West Elm Fishs Eddy range.
West Elm Fishs Eddy range.
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West Elm Organic Shaped dinnerware with metallic rim and Gold Cutlery.

If you don’t live close to a store, don’t worry, you can shop online at Pottery Barn here, Pottery Barn Kids here and West Elm here.

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x