Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hello Baby/Bebe

Here is a little dose of nursery decoration inspiration from the pages of Marie Claire Maison magazine. Just the right amount of sweetness I think!
If you are in Sydney this weekend, make sure you pop into the Hiccups Babies display at the Baby & Toddler Show for many more great nursery decoration ideas!

Monday, September 27, 2010

A precocious peacock

 This morning I headed off to the beautiful artist's colony Montsalvat with a couple of the girls from the Linen House design studio to scout out a photography location. 
Montsalvat was built in the late 1930's in a mixture of architectural styles including French Provincial and Medieval English by the artist Justus Jorgensen, and is located in leafy Eltham in Melbourne's north eastern suburbs.
 In direct competition to all of the beautiful architecture on display at Montsalvat was this rather dandy fellow who was quite happy to put on a performance for anyone with a camera.

 Here he is again, having not yet spotted his two paramours pecking at the grass just a few metres away.

 There they are, and the mating courtship extravaganza begins!

 Shake your tail-feather!

 C'mon ladies!

 The disappearing act...
 The chase continues.....
 A tight squeeze
No luck today......

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Spotlight on Little Bubble and Tree!

Kelly Parrish is the creator of the children's wear label Little Bubble and Tree.
I first met Kelly when she came to work in the Linen House design studio as a stylist for the Hiccups and Linen House bed linen range. A few years have passed since then, and now Kelly is the proud mother of two sons and a baby daughter (Marli was born just three months ago). 
Kelly's company Little Bubble and Tree is inspired by her love of printed and embroidered Indian textiles, and consists of a collection of playground wearable and harsh Australian summer sun friendly cotton clothing items and decorative accessories.

Kelly creates her necklace and decorative accessories collection when the kids have gone to bed!

In just a few years, the Little Bubble and Tree label has grown from a small collection of Kelly's signature children's kaftans, to a much larger offer that includes cotton dresses and pants, necklaces, and these gorgeous applique cushions which have been beautifully hand-crafted in India.

I love that hot pink peacock cushion!

Little Bubble and Tree products are now stocked widely in both brick and mortar stores around Australia, and in many online retailers around the world. 
Kelly is also a regular exhibitor at the burgeoning market scene in Australia - you can find her beautiful wares at the Magnolia Square markets which are regularly held in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
 A couple of months ago (with a newborn baby) Kelly manned a stand at the very gorgeous Life In Style exhibition at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Take a look at her blog post here.
The photos in this post are a sneak peek of the new Little Bubble and Tree collection, beautifully photographed by Kelly's friend Pru from Little Bird Photography. I am sure you will agree that Kelly has a great eye for colour - those colourful cushions definitely put a smile on my face!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Baby and Toddler Show in Sydney

The Hiccups Babies collection will be on display at this year's edition of the Sydney Baby and Toddler Show. The show is held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour, and begins next Friday the 1st of October. The show is a one stop shop for all things Baby - showcasing the latest products for babies and toddlers, and providing essential advice from leading parenting experts. Be sure to drop on by the Hiccups Babies stand where Michele and Vanessa will be on hand to help you create a beautiful nursery!
Hiccups Babies 'Night Owl' collection

Monday, September 20, 2010

Poodling around

Yesterday I was out and about looking at a few locations for our next photography shoot, and had the pleasure of meeting this lovely poodle looking very glamourous in her hot pink coat.
And perfectly co-ordinating with the new Hiccups design 'Sunnyside'.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Up & Away

Our paper hot air balloons were featured in the Herald Sun Home Magazine 'Spring Fling' decorating section.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Belgium Family Style

The lovely Japanese publisher Editions Paumes have documented the creative homes and lifestyles of 17 Belgian families in their latest book release Belgium Family Style. ( I have just noticed another Family Style book is also scheduled to hit the bookshops in the next few weeks - the next location is London).

Vintage treasures and contemporary design form a happy melange of family friendly interiors.

And as a pleasant surprise, the home of one of my favourite French singers Francoiz Breut (also a talented illustrator and painter) makes an appearance.

Belgium Family Style is available from Amazon Japan, and can also be purchased on the Paumes website.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A favourite illlustrator

Melbourne based illustrator Anna Walker's lovely children's picture books have been capturing my attention in the local bookshops of late.
I love the soft watercolour technique that Anna employs in her published works. And I have just discovered her new blog - take a look here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hiccups on display

Pictured here is our stylist and visual merchandiser Danielle creating a display of the Hiccups accessories for boys on location in Bali. A happy coincidence of a coordinating outfit - nice one Danielle!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hiccups Summer 10-11 collection now on-line!

Justin has just uploaded the brand new Hiccups collection for boys and girls onto our website - check it out at

A project with RMIT Textile Design students

Each year Linen House runs an industry project with the second year Textile Design students at RMIT.
This year we decided to do something a little different and gave the students a children's bed linen design brief, with the final design to be hand-painted. (Nice to see that computers haven't totally taken over the design world just yet!) 
The students had the choice of two themes to work with - 'Tell me a Story' and 'Kinder Haus'. After lots of market research - both on the web and in retail, as well as a visit to the Linen House Design Studio and showroom, the students had to come up with an original children's printed bed linen design complete with co-ordinating cushions and wall stickers.
Yesterday I viewed the finished results, and it was fantastic to see so many great concepts, beautiful drawing and painting skills, and fresh colour palettes.

And now its time to choose a winning design..... a tough decision!
The winners will be announced on Monday.