Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pick of the week!

This girl's bedroom really appeals to me. As soon as I saw it I fell in love with it. I wonder what lucky girl sleeps here? Is she very young or is she a tween? The room certainly suits a wide age range, which in my opinion, is very clever decorating.

I love the mix of traditional and modern styles. I also love the colour scheme -  the vibrant pink and green accents are fun and cheery and they really "pop" against the white backdrop.

As soon as I saw this image I thought our Cherry Cupcake canvas print with satin ribbon trim and embroidered hundreds and thousands beading would look absolutely perfect in this room.

What do you think?

Visit us at Magnolia Square Sydney

Royal Randwick Racecourse
Alison Rd

 Thursday 19 November - Saturday 21 November 2009

Sorry our postings have been few and far between this week. We've been so so busy getting all our lovely new products ready for Magnolia Square (19-21 November in Sydney).

We can't wait to be a part of this beautiful boutique shopping event with 90+ designers, artists and creative types selling their homewares, accessories, fashion, craft and paper goods. It's a must to attend with Christmas fast approaching.

If you're planning on dropping in be sure to pop by our stall. We'd love to say hello.

See you there!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Article for Style Collective

A little while ago I was asked to write an article on decorating children's rooms for the very stylish online magazine, Style Collective. I thought I would share it with you here. So here it is. If you would prefer to see the more stylish version please visit Style Collective.

My Favourite Girl's Room!

Decorating tips for your little miss - Author Vanessa O'Sullivan (Gelati Art)

I’m thrilled to have been asked to write a piece for Junior Style about a few of my favourite d├ęcor items for children’s rooms along with some decorating ideas. I thought I would share with you my favourite room of the moment – my friend’s daughter’s new bedroom. My friend has recently finished building her dream home and I can honestly say it is every bit as stylish as she is. It’s a classic Queenslander with a modern aesthetic. She’s decked it out with everything new so her daughter - Lucky Miss 7 - is now sleeping in the most delicious bedroom a girl could wish for, a room that is brimming with personality and individuality – just like her!

What I love about Miss 7’s new room is that although it is fun and playful it also feels serene. This is due to the fact that the foundation of the room is white – it has white painted walls, white timber furniture and white plantation shutters on her beautiful bay window. White is a perfect base from which to start when decorating any child or baby’s room. It’s fresh, practical and most importantly versatile. With white as your base you can easily update your child’s room as your child grows and as their tastes change. As a colour trend, white is increasing in popularity and the experts say it will continue to be fashionable for a long time to come. Everything looks good against white and, in my opinion, you simply can’t have enough of it in a child’s room.

I absolutely I adore the bed linen my friend chose for her daughter (pictured above). It’s a new Neapolitan colour scheme that combines spots and stripes from Red Plum Linen. The chocolate, caramel and pink colour palette is such a nice change from the pink and green we have seen so much of for girls in recent times. The spots and stripes are such simple patterns but it’s this simplicity that gives them their timeless appeal. I especially love the retro feel of the dots and the gros grain chocolate ribbon trim on the doona cover – such lovely detail. And check out the tassels on the candy polka dot cushion – what little girl wouldn’t love that – so glamorous!
I love that the lamp shade is in a different fabric to the bed linen and incorporates a new pattern – florals. It works with the colours on the bed but it doesn’t match exactly. I’m not a big fan of having everything fully co-ordinated and themed in a child’s room. I think it can look a bit contrived and overdone. Instead, I much prefer a room that is layered with different patterns and with a personality all of its own.

As a finishing touch to an already stunning room I’m going to give Miss 7 some artwork for her walls. We’ve selected a large statement piece to go above her bed (Gelati Art Cute Winking Girl canvas print with ric-rac trim), which co-ordinates with the overall colour scheme in the room.
Artwork is a perfect way to add a personal and fun touch to a child’s room and these days we are so lucky to have so much choice in this area.

I’m also going to give Lucky Miss 7 a co-ordinating set of Gelati Art Play, Laugh, Dream canvases to inspire her to live life to the full! I hope she likes them and I can’t wait to see them hanging up in her room. By using white as a base and combining it with a pretty colour palette my friend has created a room that is a perfect balance of playfulness and serenity for her daughter.
Vanessa’s Tips for Decorating Children’s Rooms

1.Use white as your starting point – walls and furniture painted white are practical, versatile, fresh and serene.

2.Develop a colour palette from a significant source in the room – generally your child’s bed linen.

3.Choose simple patterns for bed linen and accessories such as spots, stripes and florals as they never go out of style.

4.Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns – mixing, matching and layering will give the room personality.

5.Don’t over-theme or over coordinate a child’s room. You and your child will tire of it quickly.

6.Use artwork to personalise and add fun to a room.

7.To achieve a perfect balance of playfulness and serenity in a child’s room use white as your base and a combine it with splashes of colour on the bed, walls and floor.

Pick of the week!

When it comes to boys' bedrooms you can't beat a classic navy and white theme. I'm totally in love with this bedroom. I just love the simplicity of it, which I believe is important in decorating children's rooms. I imagine it would inspire a boy's adventurous's certainly got me dreaming of far off places.

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love white timber furniture in children's rooms and this room definitely ticks that box. I also love natural rugs - especially for boys. Tick again. I don't know if I would be brave enough to wallpaper but I think it certainly gives this room its personality. It adds a sophisticated and slightly nautical touch to the room, don't you think?

When my little boy gets too old for spots (which I also adore) I think I will do his room just like this. It's definitely a room that I would never tire of. Until then, perhaps I will try it in our guest room or perhaps even in my own room...

Image via Swish and Swanky

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Win This!


Our Play, Laugh, Dream red/navy set of three 25cmx25cm canvases would have to be one of our all time best sellers. It's so popular we decided to make it available in a few other colourways. You can now find it in: white/red, red/light blue, white/pastel blue (this one's popular as a gift for baby boys), white/vibrant pink and white/neapolitan pink (this one's popular as a gift for baby girls but big girls love it too).

If you would like to win a set of Play, Laugh, Dream canvases for your child's room visit Swish and Swanky to enter.

Monday, October 12, 2009

More Fabulous!

And our Speedy Motorbike also made it into Style magazine. Looks like it is flavour of the month! Thanks Style x. 

How Fabulous!

Our Speedy Motorbike is getting lots of press lately. We were thrilled to see it featured in this month's issue of Inside Out magazine. How totally fabulous! Thanks Inside Out x.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Vintage Pink Mini

I'm loving a bit of vintage right now. So I thought I would share this gorgeous vintage pink Mini with you to follow on from yesterday's post. I came across it recently on annechovie. It's a giclee print of an original gouache/ink painting by the very talented artist Anne Harwell. Super cute! Thanks Anne!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Pink Mini Cooper

A customer recently contacted me to see if we would customise our Red Racer design for her daughter, Arianna. Of course we were only too happy to oblige. She wanted the racer to be pink and personalised with her daughter's name on the numberplate. My customer had owned a Mini Cooper prior to having Arianna but sadly had to sell it for a larger car to accommodate her growing family. We hope her new Gelati Art canvas print will be a lovely reminder of her beloved car.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

More Summer Colour

I was excited today to receive Seed's latest email showing their new 2009 Spring/Summer childrenswear range. As always, they don't disappoint. Check out these new yummy is the candy necklet? Irrersistable!!

Summer Colour

One of my favourite brands and stores is Seed. I absolutely adore their creations. Especially their range for girls and especially their accessories. Fortunately my daughter also shares my passion so we always have loads of fun shopping for her new season clothes. I think their tangerine, pink and yellow range is my all time favourite - it's simply the perfect palette for Summer.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Visit Us at Mathilda's Market

We're very excited to have been invited to participate in the next Mathilda's Market in Brisbane on 1 November. This will be our second Mathilda's and if it's anything like the last one it will be totally fabulous!

With Christmas only around the corner it's the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping. I know I will be. We've been busily putting together some lovely new products for the market so stay tuned to find out more about these...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

We're Back

Well school holidays are drawing to an end and what a jam-packed couple of weeks it's been what with a heap of orders to send out, play dates galore, a trip to the theatre, swimming at the beach, and even a spot of whale watching! You couldn't really ask for a better holiday!

We're feeling refreshed and rejuvenated to take on the next few months which are going to be extremely busy. Lots going on and lots of exciting new things for Gelati Art. Stay tuned!

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