We're loving our Christmas Santa sack's, feather wreaths from Down to the Woods. Down to the Woods was established in 2009 by Amber Clohesy, always designed well, mostly hand made and ethically manufactured. I'll be putting three of these gorgeous Santa sack's aside, can't wait to see the grandkids faces Christmas morning, just fill it now.
Recently Nives Zalokar had her work in Eastern Riverina Arts window and now we have it at Feather & Willow. Make sure you pop down to the shop to see the beautiful work. Nives is a local artist living in Wagga originally from Slovenia and has been a part of the weaving group in Wagga where she learnt many weaving techniques from local Aboriginal Aunties. Her work is colourful and joyful and is all about appreciating and celebrating cultural diversity. What a wonderful thing to think about at Christmas time.
Love the customers we meet at F&W. A few months ago a lovely Melburnian, Natalie Doherty popped into Feather & Willow & we instantly connected. Natalie has her very own dog walking business, Melbourne Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun. We are very excited to see Natalie's house on one of the most respected blogs in Australia, The Design Files. Natalie & her sister Mardi, form Doherty Design Studio & Anthony from Chan Architecture renovated this 3 bedroom Victorian home creating an amazing space for Nat & her partner Grant. Our Mr Black Cockatoo is the superstar in the living room, with a mention of, "purchased at Feather & Willow”. This is most exciting as we do love Mr Black Cockatoo & are very, very happy he is proudly perched on The Design Files.
Big thanks to one of our local customer for sending us in this gorgeous pic of Mr Black Cockatoo. This 1970's home was very cleverly renovated, a truly incredible reno and not far from our local lake in Wagga Wagga with MR Black Cockatoo happily perched in the living room above this beautiful Armadillo Rug.
Karen McCartney is a truly inspirational figure in the interior world. In her latest book Perfect Imperfect McCartney looks closely at the art of Wabi Sabi. If you don't know what Wabi Sabi is, its' the Japanese art of imperfection. It is everything that sleek is not. Natural materials and textures, imperfections are all Wabi Sabi. It is about slowing down, relaxing, appreciation rather than perfecting. An object will have character, dents, it will have a history. Wabi Sabi is the 'perfect' way to bring a relaxed approach to living, giving your home a mood which is easy to live with. Much easier to live with than the sleek. Feather & Willow base much of its philosophy on the earthy, the natural and the handmade. Its about using found objects to bring a sense of authenticity and history to your home.
This book is presented oh so well. Karen is the founding editor of Inside Out magazine and has a colossal amount of knowledge in all things beautiful. One of our favourite books at the moment.
Another great read we have and always in stock is the mag Dumbo Feather. Full of stories about extraordinary people, and I mean extraordinary, from all around the world. This months issue covers Rose Rwabuhihi from Rwanda, Dr Norman Doidge making revolutionary advances in neuroplasticity, Dr Susan Carland, and Dr Catherine Cook helping hospitalised children cope through the use of music therapy. Inspirational stories that are truly out of the ordinary! This mag has a conscience and holds community right up there. Take a few hours, have a great read, get inspired and relax.
I just love living where I live and in December my passion for the region grew even more so when we took part in the most beautiful wedding shoot organised by Soul Collective. This wonderful collective has brought so much to the region, specialising in weddings, corporate events and the community. They love to create beautiful and enjoyable events from meditation gatherings to the very successful Cork & Fork Fest. We are so pleased to have such a talented bunch in Wagga.
I also love meeting new people and it is even more enjoyable when you meet people who have similar passions and all of the contributors were fantastic to work with. Here are just a few images from the day.
I'd like to acknowledge: Soul Collective (of course, planning & styling), Pie Design (photography), Jillian Franklin Designs (bridal gown), Beclectica (head piece) Booted Out (groom attire), Chelsea Minter Hairdressing & Makeup Artistry (hair & makeup), Harans Patisserie (cake), The Concept Store (stationery), Lauren Brill & Nathan Angel (models) and Nugent & Andrea Jewellers (Jewellery). Some very talented people in our region.
PS. We're all so excited that my gorgeous boy Matt has asked the most beautiful Em to marry him! We're all so looking forward to the big day! Congratulations to a wonderful couple and how fitting considering this week is all about Wedding Bliss! XX