A good friend of mine and fellow creator, Louisa de Hass of Louisarose and Co, was recently travelling in Europe and alerted me to a British Vogue Magazine article that greatly excited me.
‘These Four Walls’, written by Fiona Golfar, explored the move away from “pared-back minimalism” to a spirit of “mix ‘n’ maximalism.”
As you can see in this pic of the article, the words ‘piece by piece’ were even used! Clearly the article is not directly about me and my Bowral-based business, but I must admit its contents did give me a sense of indirect endorsement for the approach I take with my own home and fashion and my PieceByPieceHome creative design process.
I fill my walls with an eclectic mix of original art, photographs and vintage mirrors. My soft furnishings are often colourful and incorporate a play on patterns. Vintage and modern pieces sit side-by-side. I find the hunting and gathering and the curating of an eclectic mix of pieces exciting, fun and challenging. The end result is a home (and wardrobe) full of things I love. I am driven by beauty, not price point. I have found things for a couple of dollars at an op shop and they are displayed alongside pieces that cost much, much more. It’s about what works together.
When I design my one-off fashion & home décor pieces for PieceByPieceHome I aim to bring to life true one-offs that will offer some joy and excitement to the owner. I like to be a little playful at times too in my bespoke concepts and only use the best materials and embellishments sourced from around the world.
It may be a super luxe fabric that looks like the ocean to me….so I’ll find a beautifully complimentary, vintage brooch to affix to a clutch so it looks as if the fish is swimming freely in the water.
Texture, colour and pattern match, hard-to-find added extras….are all details that I love to consider and incorporate when I assemble each piece. Vintage tapestry combines with velvet, millinery leaves will appear on a quilt or throw…anything can happen!
“I think people want more personality in their homes.” Atelier Arhoj as quoted by Fiona Golfar.
So thank you British Vogue for giving me a ‘shot in the arm’ for my piece by piece creative approach, lots of love from a designer from a regional town in Australia who is currently completely unknown to you.
Pictures of pages from British Vogue Nov 2017 edition, all other images by PieceByPieceHome.