Author: Aisha

ipse ipsa ipsum | Weaving Artistry, Tradition and Innovation into Sustainable Design

 

“Transform ordinary living spaces into extraordinary places.”

 

When I first arrived in Singapore, my quest for innovative design techniques led me to explore suppliers and manufacturers, searching for like-minded collaborators who shared my values and vision.

 

One of the standouts was ipse ipsa ipsum. Through visits and conversations with the founder, Saurabh Mangla, know as Sam, I have not only commissioned stunning custom pieces for clients (stay tuned for the reveal) and ventured into designing my own multifunctional piece of furniture from recycled materials.

 

Sam’s rich background in design, coupled with the company’s values, commitment to innovation in manufacturing using upcycled and recycled materials, and support for traditional crafting techniques, has left a lasting impression. I just had to share. 

 

“We truly aim to craft better lives – for our community of artisans, clients and all stakeholders. We do this by using upcycled and recycled materials; by providing affordable and accessible pricing for customised and distinctive products.”

 

I am excited about creating more timeless pieces that not only minimise environmental impact but also support local artisans, spreading joy in every creation along the way. 

Join me in celebrating the fusion of artistry, tradition, and sustainable innovation with ipse ipsa ipsum.

 

A little about ipse ipsa ipsum:

 

Reflecting a tapestry of individuals, artisans, and designers, ipse ipsa ipsum creates unique pieces that transform ordinary living spaces. Translating to “himself, herself, itself,” the brand celebrates the people and talent behind its success, preserving tradition to inspire a lifestyle less ordinary.

We celebrate the people behind the brand, preserve the craft, leveraging on unique materials to create social impact and sustainable futures. We engage in responsible manufacturing and commit to protecting the welfare of the diverse artisans we work with. 

We persevere to preserve the rich, traditional customs and crafts passed down within the artisan families we work with and bring back dignity to their craft. 

We focus on quality and longevity of our products and not on quantity liberating our design collaborators from designing for mass production. We keep our supply chains transparent. 

We work with natural biodegradable materials and ensure to use our waste in design. We bring the materiality of our pieces onto our website with our AR tool, providing Omni channel experience.”

 

Focusing on alternative materials:

 

“We initiated the exploration of alternative materials a decade ago and it started by using reclaimed timber into our ecosystem. Over time, we expanded our material portfolio. During COVID, when the prices of the raw materials hit highs, we appointed a waste manager and started to look at the scrap we had at our scrapyard. We tried to recover as many materials as we can from it. 

Striving for sustainability, we focused on recovering and repurposing materials. Slowly we progressed to do what is right for the earth as well as to what gives us a competitive advantage in our business.”

ipse ipsa ipsum selection of sustainable materials includes:

  • Bamboo
  • Rice husks
  • Cow dung paper
  • Reclaimed wood
  • Aluminium 
  • Leather offcuts
  • Natural stones
  • Computer waste
  • Coca Cola cans
  • Organic cotton/materials
  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

 

The Henderson self watering plant side table is part of a series of sustainable designs that uses off-cuts to create a unique pattern. Not only does it reduce our total output, it is also fitted with our self-watering Aqua Orb, the fuss-free solution to introduce greenery into your home.

I am enjoying the process of bringing together some of these glorious materials and textures to create a piece that is truly unique with a beautiful story.

 

 

 

 

A community of craftsman:

 

“At ipse ipsa ipsum we engage in responsible manufacturing and commit to protecting the welfare of the artisans we work with. Whether it is providing them with necessary tools to continue their craft, facility to do their making or training to upskill – we persevere to work with the artisans and bring back dignity to their craft.

Through our relationships with our community of craftsman in India, we are proud to help preserve time-honored traditions and skills that have been passed down through generations in every piece of craft we make. By working closely with

our artisans, we are providing meaningful income opportunities for individuals, their families and the communities.

Our processes allow for Social inclusion and create social equity for the artisans involved in making / hand craft. Our team in Singapore fosters an offline connection for customers and artisans and takes customers on a post-sale customer engagement journey where the customer is repeatedly engaged with the maker and the making process.”

 

 

Upcycling retired A-380 parts (circular economy):

 

“The Upcycled collection project with the Singapore Airlines (SIA) used the retired parts of A-380 for aviation enthusiasts. Use of waste (e.g. Airline Parts ) means less landfill, second life to materials and less usage of new materials. 

This collection is all about repurposing the various parts of the aircraft and converting them into unique and exclusive pieces of furniture. From Business Class seats to overhead compartments of the retired A-380 planes, these once-magnificent cabin components are upcycled to more meaningful, reimagined into beautiful items that are built to last.

The Towkay Chair from the collection is an award-winning Singapore Airlines Business Class seat ,which was introduced into the airline’s fleet back in 2006. Fresh life is breathed into the spacious yet luxurious recliner chair upholstered with new leather. The sides have also been incorporated with our brand’s very own unique peranakan-inspired handcrafted bone in-lay, to make the piece a conversation starter.

We helped the global aviation enthusiasts to customise their own pieces and express their creativity through this process. We provided the platform for the community of artisans to be involved with the team at Singapore airlines and the global aviation enthusiasts. It gave the artisans the sense of fulfilment to be attached with a prestigious brand, which they would have not got a chance to work with. It also gave Singapore Airlines an opportunity to show their commitment towards sustainability and work with the local creative community.

Collaborating with a strong brand like Singapore Airlines has helped a small store like ours to gain global visibility. The collection was very well received and we have shipped our pieces to aviation enthusiasts in Hong Kong, Japan and beyond, leading to successful international shipments.”

 

Here is a Youtube video with Sam talking to the craftsman and the Singapore Airlines collaboration.

 

Are there trade-offs when designing with sustainable materials? 

 

“Certainly, there are trade-offs involved. We need to learn about the materials and acquire knowledge about their techniques. Also we must train the actual end-user on proper usage and maintenance of the pieces designed using these materials. This learning curve is an integral part of working with these materials.

We find people are now more open to use sustainable or renewable materials to reduce environmental impacts. They opt for biophilic or circular product designs to enhance their connection with the environment.”

 

Creating beauty out of waste – mindful consumption:

 

“We unveil 4 new collections every year. We launch them at international trade shows and we design our pieces around the different personas which shop at ipse. Over the last few years, we have noticed a growing demand for customisation because people desire to have something unique and personalised.

For example the sustainable luxe collection came about after looking at the significant amounts of off -cut leather we had and which were not being used. So by creatively repurposing this material, we crafted beautiful furniture pieces leading to the launch of the sustainable luxe  collection.”

 

Starting 2024 with a bang:

 

“We are doing some work in one of the prestigious shows in Singapore in February. March we are launching in China.We are going to have our first opening at Chongqing. We also have few sustainability themed events lined up in Singapore and across the world for the following months.”

 

I’m personally captivated by ipse ipsa ipsum’s ongoing journey and am eager to stay informed about their latest developments.

Bringing my clients to the showroom to explore diverse materials, immerse in their unique stories, and collaboratively design a stunning piece of furniture tailored to their lifestyle is an extraordinary process. The joy it instills, coupled with the gratifying sense of contributing to environmental sustainability, is truly beautiful.

Sam, thank you for your unwavering commitment to making a positive impact and for generously addressing my multitude of questions and curiosity.

If you’re aspiring to craft something truly exceptional from sustainable materials, don’t hesitate to reach out. I am here to help you bring your vision to life.

 

Big love,

Aisha xox

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KittaColin - Limited Edition $990.00

Living Small, Living Smart: Unveiling the Magic of Multifunctional Furniture

In the quest for sustainable living and the art of thriving in modest spaces, exploring the realm of multifunctional furniture has become a little quest for me. I am delving into the world of transformative design, seeking not only functional pieces but tangible solutions to our modern space challenges.

 

Unlocking the Potential of Small Spaces

Small spaces are not constraints; they’re canvases waiting to be adorned with ingenious designs. Multifunctional furniture can be the joy of space optimisation. It’s about more than just aesthetics; it’s a revolutionary approach to harmonising our living spaces.

 

The Multifaceted Magic of Transformative Furniture

 

Here are just a few designs I have discovered that I think are rather fabulous;

 

  • Australian-made KittaParts Modular Shelving: These versatile shelves are not just storage; they are dynamic spatial sculptures. Crafted from durable timber, the KittaParts system can be easily assembled and reconfigured, empowering you to adapt your space effortlessly. The beauty lies not just in their simple aesthetics appeal but in the different ways they cater for your ever-changing storage needs be it shelves, console, bench, phonebench, for your vinyl, standing desk etc. (Check out all the different adaptable ways here). Also the fab pic on our cover, KittaColin – Limited Edition
    $990.00 🙂

 

  • Caramella Counter Sofa: Beyond being a gorgeous minimal couch, the Caramella Counter Sofa is a design brainwave. It seamlessly functions as a desk, a dining area, and even a place to hold storage. The natural wood texture elevates it from mere furniture to a calming, Japandi statement piece, powering a new lifestyle that prioritises upgraded functionality and quality. (Discover it here). For the DIYs, here is a simple sofa bed system that you can do at home.

 

  • Murphy Beds: An oldie but a goodie, these beds are not merely places to sleep; they are guardians of space, that recently have had a gorgeous refresh. By folding up against the wall, Murphy beds liberate precious living areas, offering spacious environments in small homes or apartments. Their genius lies in the fusion of comfort and space efficiency, a perfect marriage for those valuing every inch of their living space. (Check this one out – super cool).

 

  • Wall-Mounted Tables/Desks: Aesthetic appeal meets practicality with foldable furniture. Wall-mounted tables are not just stylish; they are functional artistry. Maximising dining areas while minimising visual clutter, these innovative pieces add a touch of elegance to limited living spaces. The foldaway wall desk, in particular, is a clever space-saving solution, allowing for an ergonomically sound workspace that seamlessly integrates with your home. (See examples here).

 

  • Multifunctional Desk/Table/Trolley: Born out of the necessity of remote work, these pieces are not mere workstations; they are adaptive allies in the evolution of your home office. Responding to the challenges of a changing work landscape, these multifunctional designs cater to your dynamic needs, ensuring that your workspace is as flexible as you are. Check out Fem with Fyra – Multifunctional desk for any space here.

 

Beyond the Usual: Exploring Innovative Designs

 

  • Island-Table Hybrid: This design innovation is not just a kitchen essential; it’s a space-saving piece. Integrating kitchen functionality with dining versatility, these pieces defy the sacrifice of a kitchen island in small spaces. Its extendable feature adds an extra layer of practicality, making it indispensable for those who love to entertain without compromising daily space.

  • Hybrid Chair by Studio Lorier: More than a chair, this lounger is a testament to adaptability. It transforms effortlessly into a desk chair, aligning itself with the ebb and flow of your day. Studio Lorier’s creation is not just furniture; it’s an embodiment of the dynamic needs of contemporary living.
  • Bookshelf Room Divider: This is not merely a bookshelf; it’s a spatial storyteller. Acting as both storage and a room divider, this multifunctional piece offers a versatile and functional solution for dividing spaces while providing ample storage. Its shelves, reaching from floor to ceiling, not only maximise space utilisation but also add aesthetic value, making it an ideal choice for open-plan living or studio apartments. (More here).

 

A Sustainable Future, One Design at a Time

In a world pulsating with urban challenges, the power of design to transform lives cannot be overstated. Multifunctional furniture emerges not only as a solution to spatial constraints but as a testament to our commitment to a sustainable future. It’s an ode to versatility, adaptability, and the limitless potential that lies within our smaller living spaces.

 

What are the Possibilities for the Next 5 Years?

So what are the possibilities? A great friend, and pretty talented futurist of mine, James, Insight and Foresight, wrote about how smart robots can redefine domestic space usage and I was pretty blown away.

Check it out here to get your brain juices flowing.

 

Last But Not Least – Small Footprint – A Never Too Small Limited Series

By 2050, seven in ten people will live in a city. Will they be happy?

Cities. Overcrowded concrete jungles, damaging to us and to our planet. By 2050, seven in ten people will live in a city, but will they be happy? Innovators, architects, urban planners, and designers believe they can b

e. They see urban life as an asset, a chance for community and wellbeing driven by smart design.

At the forefront, in Australia, architects Nicholas Gurney and Brad Swartz are rewriting the rules for an ideal home by repurposing existing small homes and apartments. Planners and academics Rob Adams and Jefa Greenaway fight to change the face of our cities for the better. All in support of a unique idea, that our cities can be the happiest, healthiest places on earth.

Across six 10-minute episodes, they will explore the philosophies and meet the thinkers, planners, and designers that are shaping the future of our cities. Definitely worth the watch here.

 

Have you seen any fabulous pieces worth sharing?

As I continue this exploration into the realms of sustainable living, I invite you to join, share your discoveries, your favourite designs, and your challenges. Let’s build a community passionate about smart and considered living.

Here’s to living small, living smart, and making a world of difference—one multifunctional piece at a time. ✨

Big love,

Aisha xox

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Rethinking Interiors: A Sustainable Future with Renewable Materials

In the ever-evolving narrative of our world, each decision holds the potential to sculpt a future we can be proud of. The domain of interior and furniture design is no exception to this rule.

2024 marks my deep dive into the realm of renewable materials, exploring their multifaceted potential, boundless versatility and the unequivocal positive impact they can have on our living spaces and environment. From avant-garde furniture to resilient flooring, and the artisans who master these materials, I’m on a quest to champion a greener, more sustainable aesthetic. Every small change we make can be a seismic shift towards a healthier planet. Join me on this journey and let’s redefine interiors with purpose and sustainability.

The Versatility of Renewable Materials in Interior Design

Renewable materials are often unfairly pigeonholed into a natural or rustic aesthetic, but the truth is far more exciting. From sleek modern designs to traditional warmth, renewable materials can seamlessly integrate into any interior style. Take bamboo, for example – a chameleon material that effortlessly transforms into furniture, flooring and captivating decorative accents.

I’m on a personal adventure, creating a stunning and versatile piece of furniture from recycled materials. Stay tuned as my 3-in-1 bench journey unfolds – a nod to the Hills & West philosophy, where functionality meets luxury.

Exploring Renewable Materials for Furniture

Furniture is a pivotal player in crafting sustainable interiors. By opting for renewable alternatives like reclaimed wood or cork instead of traditional materials, we not only reduce our environmental footprint but also infuse our spaces with unique character.

My upcoming bench will be a testament to this philosophy – crafted from old cans, reclaimed wood, recycled fabrics, and imaginative offcuts.

Sustainable Flooring Options

Flooring, often overlooked in the sustainability conversation, can be both durable and aesthetically pleasing with renewable options. Cork flooring, for example, not only aligns with eco-friendly principles but also boasts excellent insulation and easy maintenance. Bamboo for instance is a fast-growing grass that can be harvested for flooring. It is durable, versatile, and has a unique visual appeal. The fact that it grows so fast makes it highly sustainable and it is harder than many hardwoods, ensuring durability.

Bringing Nature Indoors

Incorporating renewable materials is more than a mere choice—it’s an invitation to weave the essence of nature into the fabric of our living spaces. Natural fibres like jute or hemp adorning your floors and windows, impart a touch of cozy and earthy ambiance to any corner. Also, the transformative power of plants, beyond their aesthetic, play a vital role in enhancing air quality, breathing life into any space they inhabit. By introducing a collection of vibrant, air-purifying plants suddenly your living space transforms into a sanctuary—a harmonious blend of natural elements that not only elevates your home’s aesthetics but also contributes to your well-being.

In embracing the green revolution within our living spaces, we not only make eco-conscious choices but also foster a connection with the great outdoors. After all, when sustainability aligns with serenity, it’s a design philosophy that’s not only good for the environment but also for the soul. So, go green, I’ve always said, but when it is not just an aesthetic choice but a wellness boost too, it becomes a no-brainer.

The Story Behind Each Piece

One of the remarkable perks of using renewable materials is the narrative embedded in each piece. Unlike mass-produced items, these materials often come with a unique history – reclaimed wood from an old building or hand-woven textiles from a local artisan. These pieces don’t just occupy space; they tell a story, adding depth and character to our surroundings.

Reclaimed wood is one of my favourites. I love the idea of having an old railway tread with its historical charm, or an old basketball floor with lots of scuff marks and character. Love how this supports the recycling and repurposing mission but also is a wonderful conversation starter.

Supporting Local Communities

Choosing renewable materials is a dual win – it’s not just about environmental responsibility but also supporting local communities. Purchasing products from local artisans or using sustainable materials sourced nearby aids in sustaining traditional crafts and businesses.

Longer Lifespan, Less Waste

Renewable materials shine in durability, contributing to their ideal role in furniture and interior design. With proper care, these items can endure for years, reducing the need for frequent replacements. This not only cuts costs but also minimises waste, aligning with our commitment to environmental stewardship.

Innovative Designs

The use of renewable materials fuels creativity and innovation in furniture and interior design. Designers, ever-pioneering, find ingenious ways to incorporate sustainable materials into their pieces. From furniture crafted from recycled plastics to lighting fixtures using bamboo, the boundaries of design are being pushed, proving that sustainability can indeed be stylish. I can’t wait to chat to the makers who are championing new innovative designs from renewable, recycled and reused materials.

Inspiring Change

Choosing renewable materials isn’t just a personal decision; it’s a catalyst for inspiring change. As friends and family witness the beauty and functionality of these items, they too may be nudged towards more conscious choices in their purchases. This creates a ripple effect, fostering a broader demand for renewable materials and instigating positive change within the industry.

The use of renewable materials is a stride towards a greener, more sustainable future. By supporting sustainable practices and reducing reliance on non-renewable resources, we actively participate in preserving the planet for generations to come. Each piece of furniture or decor made from renewable materials is a small yet impactful contribution to a sustainable future. Be the change you want to see.

And so…

Incorporating renewable materials into our furniture and interior design isn’t just an environmental choice; it adds intrinsic value to our homes and lives. It allows us to express our unique style while positively impacting the world around us.

So, the next time you’re on the hunt for furniture or styling your home, consider choosing renewable materials. Weaving considered pieces amongst your most loved pieces in your home will just adds to your daily joy. Trust me.

Let’s be part of the movement towards a more sustainable future, inspiring change and creating a greener world, one thoughtfully chosen piece of furniture, fitting or fixture, at a time.

**Thanks Freepik for the images!

 

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Photographs for Peace

Photographs for Peace: Leading Female Photographers Unite for Humanitarian Impact

In the face of global atrocities, a group of compassionate photographers and organisations have come together to create a tangible impact for the most vulnerable victims—women and children. As we bear witness to the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Photographs for Peace emerges as a little beacon of hope.

 

Agender unites Médecins Sans Frontières and Save the Children, collaborating with over 30 artists who generously lend their talents to this meaningful cause. It represents a beautiful and active response to some of the insurmountable atrocities witnessed worldwide over the last year.

In the midst of global turmoil, I often find myself feeling powerless and exercise great caution in voicing opinions to support causes whose intricacies I don’t fully understand. However, with Photographs for Peace—a project led by individuals I deeply admire—the mission is clear: extending a helping hand to women and children profoundly affected by these horrific events.

 

“I feel completely helpless in the face of such large scale suffering and destruction for the Palestinian people in both Gaza and the West Bank – this feels like a small gesture of solidarity and support as I sit here in safety and comfort, witnessing the most abhorrent and brutal attacks on a population comprised of 50% children and babies” shares photographer Amy Woodward.

 

From January 19 to February 2, 2024, every dollar raised above basic print costs and processing fees directly supports these organisations. Preview the powerful artworks here, with each archival-quality open edition print available for $70 + shipping.

 

“The war in Gaza is harrowing,” expresses photographer Alex Vaughan. “Our work as photographers and artists aims to contribute, even in some small way, to two organisations working tirelessly on the front lines.”

 

This initiative extends beyond fundraising; it seeks to foster solidarity and shared responsibility in a time of overwhelming hopelessness.

Your support matters. Purchase a print, donate, or share this message to make a meaningful impact during these deeply disturbing times.

 

Sign up for the launch here and be part of this compassionate movement.

 

Photographs for Peace, Cara O'Dowd

Photographs for Peace, Cara O’Dowd

Participating photographers include:

Alex Vaughan, Amy Woodward, Ana Suntay-Tañedo, Bec Lorrimer, BriƩ Murphy, Cara O’Dowd, Cybele Malinowski, Elise Hassey, Emily May, Grace Costa, Lilli Waters, Lisa Maree Williams, Liz Ham, Lucy Alcorn, Michele Aboud, Ming Nomchong, Natalie Finney, Penny Lane, Petrina Tinslay, Sally Ann, Sian Fay, Sim Kaur, Stephanie Cammarano, Stephanie Pedersen, Stephanie Simcox, Tanja Bruckner, Tess Lehman, Yasmin Mund and Yasmin Suteja.

 

 

Angela, co-founder Agender, is a dear friend of mine and when she reached out to me I wanted to know more. Here are some of Angela’s responses to my personal questions around how this initiative came about.

 

Why are you driving this fundraiser?

I couldn’t sit on my hands any longer. I had already been on a self-imposed extended maternity leave ever since my daughter was born 2.5 years ago. As news of the atrocities in Gaza kept coming, I found myself unable to process any of it.

I came across this quote on Insta – something like: “Every time I tuck my child into bed, I think of a mother in Palestine who is holding her child for the last time.” It absolutely wrecked me, and I couldn’t shake it.

I felt so powerless; but if there’s one thing I can do, it’s organise. So I thought I would utilise Agender – which has also been on hiatus – to rally some photographers together and see what we could do.

 

When did you think of ‘Photography for Peace’ and how did you make it all happen?

I had been thinking about it ever since October, but finally put everything into action in early December. I started by emailing the Agender family photographers who had exhibited in our 2019 International Women’s Day exhibition. I then extended the list by messaging photographers on Instagram, followed by reaching out to get the official involvement of Médecins Sans Frontières and Save the Children, and finally finding an excellent print partner in Lucent Imaging.

I am trying not to put pressure on myself with respect to the results of this campaign, as it is literally my “toe-dip” back into working on something after being a full time mum. However ultimately, I just want us to be able to make a difference, however big or small. It’s incredible to see everyone’s compassion turning into tangible action. Every single dollar raised will be a dollar more than zero.

 

Any future plans for Agender and driving awareness for female photographers?

In the past, we’ve held International Women’s Day exhibitions, hosted or taken part in panel talks, made efforts to build connections between emerging and established photographers/directors, and worked on commercial or pro bono shoots where we try our best to employ all-female crew; all while telling stories that go beyond a typical brand shoot – and these stories often end up highlighting diversity in ethnicity, ability and demographics as well as gender. 

Both Cybele (Agender co-founder) and I have been on hiatus for some time, with multiple babies, work and nurturing the self taking priority. We would love to pick up where we left off, with even more focus and intention in 2024. Photographs for Peace is a beautiful way to start.

 

Angela, I love your passion and drive and I am always here to help or support where possible. It is people like you that make a difference, one small, kind action at a time.

 

Thank you to everyone involved in Photographs for Peace and I hope we all, united together, can make a small difference to the people in need.

Big love 

Aisha xox

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Thank you for the Magic 2023!

As we bid farewell to the wonderful of 2023, I wanted to share my deepest gratitude & love to our phenomenal clients, suppliers, artisans, trades & our remarkable team. Your unwavering support, trust & creativity have been such an important part of our journey, so we say a massive thank you.

Embracing Change

This year was a whirlwind of change! From new projects & partnerships to relocating studios & venturing into Singapore, exploring the rich tapestry of Asia’s artisans, we’re excited for what 2024 holds. Your continued support means the world & we hope to enrich your lives a little with our discoveries.

8 Years of Hills & West Lifestyle Accessories

After eight remarkable years of championing Australian artisans, we’ve hit pause on our new collections to focus on @hillsandwestinteriors. Your overwhelming support in our sale nearly sold out all our stock! We’re grateful & will continue with creating small handmade batches of our best sellers (email us hello@hillsandwest.com to join the waitlist) & by staying true to our passion for supporting local talent, especially with our interiors business.

Hills & West Interiors

Our journey in Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast & now Singapore has been incredible. We’re on a quest for unique, quality-crafted, multifunctional products that bring your spaces to life. We are delving deeper into longlife, recycled, repurposed & adaptive furniture for 2024. Enhancing how people live, work & connect is our passion & we have exciting partnerships & opportunities unfolding in the new year.

2024: Being Better

In reflecting on last year’s focus of ‘Adventure,’ I feel incredibly fortunate to have had a year filled with new experiences, travels & discoveries. Life has taught me the invaluable lesson of cherishing every moment that we experience & to have an open mind & arms to new opportunities.

So, my focus for this year is clear: to strive for improvement. I aim to better not only my own fam’s daily life but also the experiences of my clients & partnerships. Most importantly, I commit to nurturing our environment. This year, I’m dedicated to seeking innovative solutions, more durable, versatile & sustainable products, forging partnerships with mindful suppliers & guiding my clients towards better choices. It’s about reducing our environmental impact while fostering kindness & connections.

Let’s strive for another exceptional year, built on gratitude & a firm commitment to creating positive change.

Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous festive season filled with love, laughter & yummy food.

Here’s to sharing more Hills & West magic with you in 2024.Big love,

Aisha xox

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Embracing Change: Hills & West Interiors’ Singapore Journey

Ten months ago, an unexpected shift beckoned my husband across the globe, swapping the bustling streets of Sydney for the vibrant energy of Singapore. Initially, the plan was for me to shuttle back and forth, but somehow my husband seemed to miss me, let’s be honest, our beloved pup, thus, it didn’t take long for the decision to relocate both our lives, and consequently, Hills & West Interiors, to Singapore.

Ultimately the move totally resonates with our lust for new adventures and opens up all the exciting opportunities that Singapore and Asia hold. A fusion of cultures, a hub of innovation, and a vibrant canvas for food and island exploration await us.

Now settled in and with “Hills & West Interiors Singapore” all registered and ready to go, I’m very eager to collaborate with new artisans and furniture makers, with a huge focus on seeking the intersection where innovation and sustainability converge in furniture design. Exploring ways to extend the life of discarded pieces, upcycling, recycling, revamping and reusing, all to minimise our impact on the earth. Something I have been very passionate about for years now. Just think back to my Hills & West bag collection in 2019, upcycling offcuts for my Crescent Clutches collection and in 2021 my A-Tote Collection made from apple’s by products that would usually go to landfill.

Our journey in Singapore is about enriching lives – whether it’s helping newcomers settle into their homes (just like us) or enhancing the essence of existing spaces. The people I’ve met here have been nothing short of inspiring, contributing to a tapestry of opportunities and crafting beautiful, purposeful pieces.

While venturing into new territories, rest assured that our roots in Australia remain strong. Jana’s nurturing hand in Melbourne, overseeing exciting home renovation projects, and Bec’s meticulous care in Brisbane and the Gold Coast reaffirms our commitment to excellence.

For those in Sydney, fret not! I’ll be returning every three months, ensuring our clients continue to experience the magic we weave into their homes. Our fab team back in Sydney is geared up to bring your dreams to life. Moreover, this exchange of insights between Singapore and Australia is set to elevate our craft even further. We’re excited to infuse the Hills & West magic into homes across borders, amalgamating the best of both worlds.

So, let’s set sail into 2024, brimming with anticipation and zest. Stay tuned as we embark on this joyous journey, spreading Hills & West magic to enrich homes and hearts.

Big love

Aisha xox

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Rug 101 | Laying down the basics

Revamping your space? A swift update to your floor coverings can wield an IMMENSE impact. One common query we encounter from clients is, “Which rug would best suit my space? What type, size, or style should I choose? Can I go bold or plush?” The questions—and choices—seem endless. So, I’ve crafted a little RUG 101 to guide you through this labyrinth.

Let’s dive in.

Topics We’ll Explore:

1. Loop Pile vs. Cut Pile vs. Weave
2. Different Wool Mixes
3. Choosing the Right Rug for Your Space

One fabulous thing to note is the choice is wonderfully endless.

An array of opulent and magnificent options exists across various budgets. Aesthetics, warmth, convenience, sustainability, wellness impact, acoustic insulation, durability, and maintenance ease—all factors to contemplate.

Virtually all rugs and carpets fall into two categories: Machine-made and handcrafted. While machine-made creations are gaining traction due to advanced techniques yielding more luxurious versions, we still hold a preference for traditional handcrafting. Nothing quite matches the allure of artisanal practices and the sheer uniqueness and beauty each piece possesses.

Breaking it down

1/ Loop Pile: A rug with a loop pile retains fibers that ARE NOT CUT. This type of carpet, constructed from several loops of carpet fiber, maintains its woven shape. Variations in loop fiber height can also form a patterned loop.

The appeal of a loop pile lies in its ability to obscure vacuum lines and footprints while being slightly less soft/plush underfoot. Berber and sisal stand out as two of the most popular varieties within the loop pile category.

Source: Pinterest [Berber/Boucle rug]


Source: Pinterest [Sisal rug]

2/ Cut pile: In cut pile carpets, the fiber loops are precisely CUT. This process exposes the ends of the carpet fiber, resulting in an upright pile. Cut pile rugs are generally softer than loop pile varieties and boast an array of lengths and thicknesses. Among the most favored cut pile styles are Saxony and Frieze.

Saxony cut piles are known for their plush and uniform appearance, ideal for areas with low traffic due to their susceptibility to showing footprints and vacuum marks. On the other hand, Frieze cut piles flaunt a more textured and casual appearance, their twisted fibers rendering them more resilient against matting and crushing.

Source: Pinterest [Saxony rug]

Source: Pinterest [Frieze rug]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/ Weave: Woven carpets represent a premium product predominantly crafted from wool or a wool-based blend. Adopting a traditional rug-making method, these carpets are meticulously woven using a loom. The individual carpet strands are tightly woven into the backing, resulting in a sturdy and long-lasting piece. The durability of its structure means that a woven carpet can endure up to three times longer than a tufted carpet, making it a remarkable investment for long-term use.

The intricate weaving process grants woven carpets their exceptional strength and resilience, making them well-suited for areas with high foot traffic. Their remarkable endurance and classic appearance make woven carpets an elegant and enduring addition to any space.

For centuries, wool carpets have maintained a stellar reputation for their exceptional quality and resilience. Even in contemporary times, they remain a popular choice not only for residential spaces but also in the construction and hospitality industries due to their inherent luxuriousness. Wool, being a robust natural fiber, possesses remarkable aesthetic appeal and retention qualities. With proper care, wool carpets exhibit impressive durability, making them a worthwhile investment when considering an upgrade for your flooring.

Wool carpets typically come in two primary types: 100% wool carpets and those comprising an 80/20 wool mix. Both variations offer versatility in their usage, adaptable as either area rugs or in the broadloom style, which extends seamlessly from wall to wall. The flexibility in configuration allows for tailored solutions, catering to diverse preferences and functional requirements in various spaces.

Source: nuLoom

100% Wool Carpet:
100% wool carpet, often referred to as natural or New Zealand wool, distinguishes itself by its softness and lighter shade, particularly suitable for neutral or lighter color schemes. In contrast, British wool is denser, sturdier, and possesses a unique texture. Merino wool sourced from New Zealand is widely regarded for its superior quality. Apart from sheep wool, natural wool carpets can be crafted from various animals with similarly textured coats like llamas, alpacas, goats, and camels.

80/20 Wool Carpet / Wool Mix Carpet:
While wool inherently exhibits strength and performance, in certain scenarios, manufacturers blend it with other fibers, commonly synthetics, resulting in 80/20 wool carpets or wool blends. These blends are preferred to enhance fiber flexibility, stain resistance, and durability. They also simplify dyeing and printing processes. The combination of 80% wool with 20% synthetic fibers, such as nylon or polyester, has gained popularity due to the enhanced qualities it brings to wool-based carpets.

New Addition: Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles are small swatches of broadloom carpet, designed to be laid and combined in diverse artistic arrangements. Often termed “modular carpets” or “carpet squares,” these tiles typically come in square shapes, including sizes like 48×48, 50×50, 60×60, and 96x96cm. Additionally, some manufacturers offer rectangular planks, providing a range of creative options.

In recent times, carpets have emerged as prominent elements in distinctive interior designs, gaining popularity for their ability to introduce color, comfort, and warmth. While modern designs often lean towards hard surfaces and sleek tiles, carpets offer designers extensive creative liberty. Carpet tiles, bridging this gap, amalgamate versatility in design and ease of installation, striking a balance between aesthetics and practicality.

Source: Flor

Breaking it down by space

For the Living Room
The living room stands as the heart of a home. When selecting a rug for this space, multiple elements should intertwine to express your individuality, infuse character into the space, and cater to the daily love the floor receives.

Choosing According to Design Style

Area rugs wield the power to completely transform a living space, setting the tone for furniture, artwork, and decor. They greatly influence the room’s formality and style, serving as a foundational piece.

Color and Materials

Consider the practicality of rug colors and materials. Darker hues and resilient fibers like wool are advisable for homes with pets or young children, offering durability and easy maintenance. For comfort enthusiasts, opt for luxuriant bamboo silk or the velvety richness of silk rugs, providing a sumptuous underfoot experience. Hosting frequent gatherings? Prioritize easy-to-clean materials to alleviate post-party stress.

Size and Functionality

The size of the rug plays a pivotal role. A small rug may diminish in significance amidst other décor, while an excessively large one might engulf the space, causing it to feel cramped. To strike a balance, let furniture guide your decision-making process. Alternatively, allowing the rug to end a few inches before the sofa can create a proportional and spacious feel. An ideal-sized and colored rug can become a captivating focal point, sparking conversations effortlessly.

Textures and Maintenance

While a plush velvet or shaggy rug might appeal aesthetically, they are better suited for spaces with minimal foot traffic, requiring additional care and upkeep. Consider the rug’s interaction with lighting; for instance, viscose material reflects light differently, altering its appearance based on natural and internal lighting. Its sheen may vary depending on the light, adding dynamic visual depth to your living space.

 

Source: Nordic knots

 

Rugs for dining

In many modern homes featuring open-plan layouts, the absence of a distinct dining room necessitates a clear demarcation of this space.

The ideal dining room rug serves a multifaceted purpose. Not only does it safeguard the flooring, but it also acts as an anchor, defining the dining area and contributing significantly to the desired aesthetic—be it formal, relaxed, or a bold statement piece.

Opt for rugs that make a bold impact while considering the functionality of the space. Pale-colored rugs might not be the most practical choice for areas prone to spills or messes, so it’s crucial to balance aesthetic appeal with practicality and usability in a dining setting.

 

Size of the Rug in Relation to Room Dimensions
In the dining room, the central feature is undoubtedly the dining table. Hence, accurately measuring the table becomes crucial before selecting a suitable rug.

To ensure a well-balanced and visually appealing setting, leave an even space on each side of the table, preferably around 65-70 cm larger than the table’s perimeter. For more spacious dining areas with ample room between furniture and walls, opting for a larger rug is advisable. Ideally, every furniture leg should rest on the rug to create a cohesive look. Additionally, selecting a rug that mirrors the shape of your dining table—whether round, oval, or rectangular—can further enhance the aesthetic appeal of the space.

Materials
Considering the substantial weight of furniture, frequent chair movement, and daily use, dining room rugs demand robust and durable materials. Opt for materials like wool—a resilient and sturdy natural fiber that is well-suited to endure the demands of this high-traffic area. Though durable rugs might have a higher initial cost, they are indeed a long-term investment that ensures longevity and reliability for years to come.


Source: RA’N interior design                                                                           Source: The house of silver lining

 

Rugs for the Bedroom: A Comforting Touch

Selecting a rug for your bedroom is more than a decorative choice; it’s an integral part of creating a cozy and inviting space where comfort meets aesthetics. The rug in your bedroom should be a reflection of your personal style while also providing functionality and warmth.

Begin with Precision in Measurements:

The starting point for finding the perfect bedroom rug is accurate measurement. Consider measuring the size of your bed to determine the ideal rug dimensions. Allow around 60-70 centimeters of space on either side of the bed, extending beyond the bed’s edges, to maintain proportion and balance in the room.

Embrace Size for Impact:

Considering the size of the bedroom itself is crucial. Interior designers often recommend having the rug extend approximately 25 centimeters off each wall, accentuating the room’s spaciousness and adding an inviting allure.

When in Doubt, Opt for Larger:

If unsure about sizing, it’s better to choose a larger rug. A larger rug creates a sense of luxury and coziness, complementing the room’s ambiance. An adequately sized rug envelops the space, enhancing the overall aesthetics and functionality of the room.

Functionality Matters:

In a bedroom, functionality intertwines with style. For a child’s bedroom, consider a rug with a greater surface area, providing a plush and soft surface. Is the rug intended to cover an existing floor you’re not fond of? In that case, opt for a size that adequately conceals the flooring you wish to downplay.

Placement is Key:

The rug’s placement in the bedroom is pivotal. Placing the rug perpendicular to the bed is a classic approach that frames the furniture and creates a focal point. It should feel like a natural extension of the room rather than just an add-on.

Adapting to Different Floor Types:

For bedrooms with hardwood floors, a strategically placed smaller rug can provide a soft landing for your feet as you get in and out of bed. The intention here is to add warmth and comfort without overpowering the room.

The bedroom rug serves as more than just a floor covering; it’s a foundational element that ties the room together, offering comfort, style, and a touch of luxury to your personal sanctuary.


Source: Pinterest

 

Rug Placement Tips

Living Room: The placement of a rug in the living room often depends on the room’s size and furniture arrangement. In smaller spaces, a larger rug that accommodates all furniture can create a unifying effect, positioned to float within the furniture arrangement, possibly under the coffee table. Conversely, larger rooms benefit from a larger rug that frames the space. Using multiple rugs can define distinct sections within the room, offering a unique touch and breaking up the space creatively.

Dining Room: Rug placement in the dining room primarily caters to the dining experience. Ensure the rug is sufficiently large to encompass all chairs comfortably around the dining table, even when pulled out for seating. It’s crucial to avoid chairs straddling the rug’s edge when pulled out. To ensure a perfect fit, measure the area once the chairs are moved away from the table.

Bedroom: The bed’s size determines the optimal placement of a rug in the bedroom. One common method is to partially tuck the rug under the bed, aligning it parallel to the bed’s frame and sliding it underneath, stopping just short of the nightstands. This positioning places roughly half the rug under the bed, with the bed centrally aligned. When positioning rugs in any room, take advantage of their ability to create visual illusions that enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of the space.

 

Each room’s unique layout and furniture arrangement offer opportunities to use rugs to define areas, add visual interest, and complement the overall design. Tailoring the rug placement to suit the function of each room optimizes the space while adding comfort and style.

Source: Fengshui by Bridget

 

Few elements within a home possess the decor-enhancing capabilities of a rug. It holds the unmatched potential to infuse a space with intrigue, charm, and personality, whether it serves as the room’s focal point, the final flourish, or as a spatial divider.

When seeking the perfect rug, consider its intended use, anticipated foot traffic, the appropriate size, suitable materials, and whether investing a bit more for durability and stain resistance is worthwhile. Your choice will undoubtedly impact the room’s ambiance and practicality.

We hope this information has offered some clarity. Stay tuned for the second part of this blog, where we delve into rugs for various spaces and explore effective maintenance tips.

 

Enjoy your rug journey.

 

Big love,

Aisha xox

Source: Good house keeping

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Part 2 | Some Easy Tips to Get Your Feng Shui Qi On

Designing individual rooms with Feng Shui

As the new year brings in new possibilities and dreams, I throw the question out there…. who would love some more balance, flow, space and quiet moments in 2023?

 

I can comfortably say, I WOULD LOVE MORE PLEASE!

 

So, I thought now was a great time to share part 2, a deeper dive into Feng Shui, to help us start creating more balance and harmony in our homes.

 

It’s not difficult and with just a few simple changes we can attempt to start 2023 with a deeper, slower and calmer, B R E A T H …

 

BTW, if you want to recap on where Feng Shui comes from and how it works, read our Part 1 – Feng Shui : What it means and it’s adaptation in everyday spaces here.

Source : Stone mountain and casting

The flow of energies is one of the fundamental principles of Feng Shui. Each room has a different function and has different rules around flow.

 

This Chinese art of living emphasises certain basic rules in terms of layout, color selection, and material selection for a more serene environment. The key is to find contentment and to create a life oriented on well-being!

 

Let’s get right into it…

For the living room

A square or rectangle is the ideal Feng Shui layout for a living room, however these principles can be used in unusual or L-shaped living room arrangements.

 

Qi (good energy) will inherently be present in nooks. They are therefore perfect for activities that require slower, more relaxed energy. For nooks, having a reading corner with an armchair is ideal. Or it could be a perfect place to have a little desk for work, to slow down and focus.

 

When arranging the room, start with the biggest piece of furniture (typically a sofa), place it against a wall, ideally the one farthest from the entry, facing a door or other opening, and leave at least 10cm space between it and the wall. If you have extra pieces, like lounger or occasional chairs, place it so it promotes conversation. Avoid cramming the area. The intention is to encourage energy flow. Avoid choosing a coffee table with sharp angles. Simply contrast the shapes in the smaller elements if a circle or oval feels too out of balance with the rest of your furnishings.

Source : Peter Molick

For the bedroom

According to Feng Shui, some colours encourage calm feelings and deep sleep in the bedroom. We all want that. Select subdued colours like off-white, cream and taupe. Another excellent technique to encourage calm in your bedroom is to rearrange the layout of the space. 

 

According to Feng Shui, pairings foster a loving, harmonious spirit. Choose pairs if at all possible. That means having two nightstands, pillows, lamps, etc. To assist you to decide what should be in your environment to evoke the five senses, consult a Bagua map. Smell with lavendar essential oils, touch with soft bedding, earth tones through imagery, art or wallpaper. You can go for all five with lemon water for taste and calming white noise for sound.

 

Start with your bed and position it far from the doorway but not immediately facing it, just as you would in the living room. Avoid placing too many electrical devices close to where you sleep.

 

Avoid placing a television in your personal space if feasible. This frequently becomes the center of attention in the space, which lessens the relaxing energy. Combine masculine and feminine details, pick soft-coloured linens if your bed frame is made of metal or wood. Put comfy furnishings in your bedroom to entice a peaceful, calming spirit. This balance can be enhanced by the use of green and blue colours.

Source : Mind Body Green

Bathroom tips

The bathroom has more purposes than just performing everyday cleaning and preparation tasks. When decorated Feng Shui-style, it can assist in expelling negative energy and receiving good Qi. The bathroom receives strong energy in addition to your bedroom and kitchen, which can improve your wellbeing.

 

Regardless of where the bathroom is located, there are various solutions if you’re concerned that it will clog the energy drain. To start, green, green, green, bring in those plants and let the positive, cleansing energy flow. Next, not a very used technique, but it works, you can raise the Qi by hanging a mirror from the ceiling over the toilet. Next, to stop that energy from leaking into the rest of your house, always keep the bathroom door closed. Finally, you can take steps to maintain the bathroom’s functionality as well as its ongoing cleanliness, freshness, and organisation.

Source : DBS Bathroom

Kitchen Qi tips

The kitchen in your home symbolises the Feng Shui element of fire due to the stove. A kitchen in the middle of the house represents a fire at the home’s heart, which might attract unfavourable energy and luck. Don’t fear we have some tips to help increase the Qi coming up.

 

Just for reference, a favourable Feng Shui position places the kitchen in the north or northeast, as well as the south or southwest corner of the home. Now I know we can’t move the kitchen in our home but we can definitely set it up for the best Feng Shui possible.

 

Deep-clean your appliances, clear the countertops and make sure everything has a place in storage to get it ready for favourable Feng Shui. To keep everything clear and out of the way, use concealed storage options like pantry storage boxes, cabinet door hooks and drawer organisers. You know we love a storage solution and organiser. Keep blades sharpened and replace any crockery, cooking utensils or other objects that are cracked or non-functional.

 

The earth element’s yellows and beiges, which are connected to health and relationships, are the best paint colours to integrate into this space according to Feng Shui.

Source : KRB Kitchen and design

Positivity, balance and flow are captured by knowing how to provide harmony, serenity with your Qi.

 

You want your home to feel welcoming, comfortable and a safe place to live your best life in.

 

Decluttering is always is such a great start to get the positive energy flowing and a new year. Look around and see if you can make a few tweaks to get you started.

 

Although Feng Shui is definitely not our speciality, we do continue to try and learn and integrate it into the homes we curate.

 

We are always here to help you get your Feng Shui on, so book a consult if you would like some more zen, flow and organisation in your life.

Big love,

Aisha xox

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7 Home Office Organisational Tips

Post COVID we live and work differently. For some it is a welcomed reality, for others it is a nightmare as we merge our two worlds.

 

The WFH (work from home) way of life is much more the norm and perceptions that you are less productive at home have shifted. However… there are ways to help set you up for success in your home work space, no matter what the size.

 

We can help make you ‘work zone’ into a productive, organised zen. How does that sound?

 

So now, with a new year approaching, it’s time to clear the clutter and curate a work space that you have dreamed of and been pinning from Pinterest.

 

Also, if your desk is already clutter-free, we are sure there is still the existence of that stack of papers without a home, that cupboard with a missmatch of office nicknacks that you just don’t know what to do with.

 

A welcoming and organised desk will not only improve the look of your home but will also inspire you to work more diligently and quickly, clear desk = productive mind.

 

We’ve compiled 7 easy organisation tips to help keep on top of your to-do list and set you up for success for 2023.

 

Happy reading and we bet you won’t be able to wait to sort your space!

1. 10 minutes a day

Give yourself either 10 minutes at the end of your day or the start (whatever will get you motivated) to declutter, clear your space and computer. 

 

Disable all notifications, move your phone to a separate location (or simply turn it over) and close all unwanted web browsers. Plan for the day ahead and start your day with one key task before looking or doing anything else. With a clear desk, cleared computer and one task achieved, how can you not feel motivated 🙂

 

Have a place for all your paper trail, good old trays still work if you are not all digitised yet. The best way to control your space is to control what enters your house and workstation and deal with it straight away before it becomes clutter.

 

Key tip – always have a home for your office items. It helps organise and declutter and saves time as you are never wondering where things are.

Pic: Pinterest

2. Let's get organised 

Next, the best way to set you up for success is to get the tools. You can go to Ikea, Officeworks, Kmart, Target, Myer, Temple & Webster and if you want to go down a rabbit hole, check out Etsy, so many fabulous storage ideas.

 

Add to the list; storage for paperwork, open cabinets for books and work memorabilia, compartmentalised drawers for storing some basic stationery, pen holders, cord holders, storage baskets and boxes.

Sorting the workspace with these basic items is a start to getting your workspace looking good and organised. 

 

Key tip – make a list of items you want to store (and then a list of the items to store them in) and get Googling. Choose a retailer, write your list of items then go in and conquer. Always have a list cause if you don’t you will get distracted and it will be hours lost.

 

Source: Tumblr 

3. Ways to store ​

Some storage suggestions…

 

a. Open/closed shelving 

* Temple & Webster – Mesh 2 door storage

 

b. Storage cabinet and files do not need to be boring check out;

* Mustard Made

* Hay – lots of fabulous desk storage

* Design Stuff – for storage caddies and more

 

c. File organisers

* Ikea – lots of file organisers and storage solutions

 

d. Plastic bins 

* Hay shade bins are fab 

 

e. Storage baskets or boxes

* Storage Box for Plugs/Cables/Wires

 

f. Draw sorters

* Kmart – lots of home office suggestions

 

g. Colour coding filing system / label makers

4. Working the wellness

Now you have an organised and decluttered desk here are some easy steps to get you into your flow.

 

1. Are you in a space that stimulates your creativity or productivity? For me it’s absolute silence but for others it could be classical music (baroque is meant to help you with your focus) or easy listening tunes.

 

2. Are you surrounded with oxygen giving, air cleaning, green loving plants? Fill your space with greenery as it not only looks beautiful but serves a wellness function too.

 

3. Light, are you near a good light source? Is your screen facing it so you don’t have glare? Open those blinds and windows and take in the natural light and air and connect with nature.

 

4. It’s commonly known that smell is the most rapid-acting of all the senses, accessing brain receptors before the other senses kick in. So make sure your work environment is stimulating your mind.

 

Based on what researchers found, here are some scientifically proven scents that can be infused into a workspace to help improve productivity:
* Lavender.
* Lemon.
* Sandalwood.
* Jasmine.
* Peppermint.
* Rosemary.

 

Key tip – if it fosters productivity improvement and burnout reduction then why not!!! Cater to your senses and see the joy blossom.

Source : Instagram 

5. Creating happy homes for your things

When everything has a home there are a few different benefits, firstly, you know where to find it and can save your precious time during the day, secondly, when items have a home they are less likely to get damaged and it is important to treat our ‘things’ with respect and care to ensure they will serve their purpose for as long as possible.

 

Have a destination for the items you use everyday. Also have a draw, cupboard or shelf for the items that don’t have a home, at least then you know where to always start your search.

 

Labelling and organising according to your personal logic is always best. Your workstation will run much more efficiently if it caters to your lifestyle and ways of working.

Source: A beautiful mess

6 Workspace lighting 

It’s time to get the task light you used in high school back, however it can be much more stylish 🙂

 

We cannot emphasise enough the importance of including good, effective lighting to amplify the workspace and help you concentrate on your activity, let alone keeping your eyes less strained.

 

Here are some of the ones we like/love from some different price points:

* Beacon Lighting – minimal, stylish and cost effective – $40

* Temple and Webster – cost effective and super functional – RRP $45

* Matt Blatt – simple and minimal – $134

* Temple and Webster – a little more contemporary – $119

* Design Italy – if you want to go a little more unusual – $350

And now for my very, personal favourites:

* Muuto Tip Table Lamp – as pictured here – $400

* Anglepoise – Type 75 Paul Smith Edition Four – if you want to brighten up your space – $575

* &Tradition – Flowerpot VP3 table lamp – Just puts a smile on my face every time – $675

* &Tradition – Tripod table lamp is a favourite – $800

* Louis Poulsen – AJ Table Light – the colour choices are fabulous – $2150

 

Ah… I could go on forever with my faves.

Source: Mutto 

7  Control your schedule and to-do lists.

How do you remember to go to your meetings, assignments, and other commitments? Are you old-school analogue paper and pen, or have you switched to a digital calendar, but are still using sticky notes to keep track of deadlines and crucial dates?

 

Choose a strategy that you can stick with. All of your significant reminders can be stored on your mobile or other personal device if you choose to go paperless. This covers all of your due dates, appointments, meetings and to-do lists.

 

Throw away all of your previous to-do lists on paper. So that you always know where you need to go, sync your phone’s calendar with the one on your computer.

 

Another option is to remain with a more traditional structure, such as a memo board. The best way to keep track of all your significant monthly events is to use a magnetic, write-on, or calendar-style board. Maintain it up to date and hang it directly over your workstation.

 

For your to-do lists, I really find it helpful to block out time in the calendar. I have weekly project update sessions, weekly catch-ups with my team, no meeting days and design days. If I have consistency (well try to) in my weeks that helps me organise my life a little 😉

 

Key tip – whatever you do, just make sure it is all in the one place, this way you will never miss out on a date or ‘action’ item.

Source: Crate & Barrel 

These little organisational suggestions can assist you in creating a plan to structure your everyday work/life space in a much more balanced and joyful way. Start small and try and make consistent, little changes, everyday that help you de-stress and more productive.

 

We love decluttering, organising and sorting. Just love it. If you enjoyed reading our blog, stay tuned on our socials to catch a glimpse of some behind-the-scenes de-cluttering in the home workplace. If it’s all too much and you want some help kick-starting your work space, we’re just a call away!

Book in a call here and we can get you started.

Big love

Aisha xox

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Moving Smoothly Team

Moving Smoothly | Insiders Tip

Moving Smoothly Team

We all know how stressful moving house can be. I have moved house 6 times (including interstate) in the last 6 years. You always have a lot more than you imagine and finding the right people to move with or help make the process easier, stress-free, is no easy feat. 

 

The last 3 (home and studio) moves I have endured were made so much easier with the team at Moving Smoothly. And, as my purpose in life is to bring more joy, make life simpler and help people find or settle into their ideal home space, have to introduce you to the Moving Smoothly difference.

As we all know moving house can be an overwhelming experience – so much to do and organise and often with very little time.

 

Operating for more than ten years, the Moving Smoothly team has packed, moved, de-cluttered and unpacked 1000’s of homes all across Sydney and know exactly what is required when moving house. I can definitely vouch for the speed and efficiency!

 

The owner, Alison has carefully selected her incredible lovely team to ensure they all have practical, caring compassionate natures and will take pride in helping you when you need it most. Trained to pack and unpack to professional standards, you can feel confident knowing that our staff can be trusted with your most valuable possessions – treating them as if they were their own.

 

They understand that no two homes (or owners) are the same, that’s why they visit you at the outset (in person or virtually) to assess your requirements and provide you with a personalised, obligation-free quote.

 

From packing and unpacking, organising removalists to de-cluttering, cleaning and even setting up your utilities, Moving Smoothly can take care of your entire move, leaving you free to get on with your busy life.

 

Knowing that their team can be trusted with your most priceless items, gives someone like me peace of mind, especially with all my moments, art and objects that I have carefully curated over the years.

 

Moving Smoothly can handle every aspect of your relocation, freeing you up to get on with your busy life. 

Moving Smoothly offer a plethora of services including, calmly, efficiently and quickly;

 

  • Decluttering 
  • Packing / Unpacking 
  • Home organizing 
  • Removals
  • Rubbish removal 
  • Really anything you need!

 

I would highly recommend the team and I have even partnered with the team on a few big jobs as you can always do with a set of extra professional and friendly hands.


You know where to look at to satisfy your interior needs with efficient moving. Reach out to us to plan house interiors and we’ll guide you in the best way possible. 

– Aisha xoxo

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