INSPIRATION?

Anyone who knows the slightest thing about me knows that I bloody love a good inspirational quote!

I can't say exactly why, I think it's finding something that reflects exactly what I'm feeling or the encouragement I need to hear is reassuring to me. It's like a confirmation that I'm not crazy (questionable? ha!)

I share a lot of quote on my Instagram, and to be honest most of them are just what I need to hear on that day. I figure if I appreciate it and it inspires me to get my A into G, then someone else may need to hear it too? 

Or not. Either way is ok with me! 

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LIVING SMALL

The reality for most of us who enjoy inner-city living these days is that spaces are getting smaller and smaller. While there are still those who choose to live further away in order for the budget to stretch further, some of us just can't give up being able to walk right out into the hustle and bustle and have the all important morning coffee basically on our doorstep! 


Anyone who has been to Hong Kong knows that some of the apartments there, really take compact living to the next level. One couple, decided to renovate their two bedroom 33 square-meter apartment to become a bright and flexible living space. To do this, they actually did-away with the second bedroom and installed some insanely practical and sleek cabinetry. 

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SCANDI X BOHO EDIT

I submitted a scandi x boho style edit for Adore Magazine's intern search on the off chance, I entered with a 'you gotta be in it to win it' attitude and... I was selected!!!

For two weeks I'll be spending 8-10hours per week sourcing products and content or whatever is needed for upcoming issues. I absolutely love finding new things and spend hours scouring Instagram/Pintrest just for fun so this insanely exciting for me - I have never been so excited to do something for free! ha 

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HOUSE CRUSH

I saw this house while deep diving on Instagram and LOVED the relaxed and organic look of it. The fitout and styling of it is in keeping with the style of the building with modern elements added. Nothing ticks boxes more for me than a well executed renovation that respects the original building while bringing it into current times!

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SUPER FRONT

After seeing amazing cabinetry on various Swedish Instagram's for quite some time, I have finally found their source and I can't believe it.

The manufacturer is Super Front They are a Swedish company that design and manufacture fronts, tops, sides, handles and feet to fit IKEA furniture - Including kitchens. Say it with me.. Genius!! 

The fronts come in a variety of simple and chic patterns and the colour options are beautiful and refined, as Swedish design always is. This with the handle and feet options allow you to create truly unique pieces suited to your taste at a fraction of the price of custom. 

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STUDIO DAVID THULSTRUP: PETER'S HOUSE

After coming across the amazing bedroom with it's thick oak panelling and tonal colour palette in 'Peter's House' a few days ago on Instagram I found the talented creators behind stunning bedroom - Studio David Thulstrup. An architecture, interior and design practice based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The private residence was commission by photographer, Peter Krasilnikoff. "The design is focused around a central mirror-clad atrium, which floods all three floors of the residence with natural light. The atrium is lush with specially selected grasses, plants and a feature tree which is visible from all floors - creating a central and bright oasis."

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FRAMED

Matte black is most certainly having its moment in the spotlight, whether its tap-ware or home accessories we can't seem to get enough of it! 

I am always looking for ideas for when I eventually build/design my own home and black panelled windows are at the forefront of my mind. They are the ideal divider between rooms in small spaces as they don't visually divide the space or block any light, in larger spaces they provide a feeling of grandness. They give a hint of industrialism but with a more modern and clean edge.

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SMALL SPACES

The general feeling may be that the bigger the better when it comes to our homes, but these apartments prove that the size of your home doesn't have to limit the feeling or style.

What these apartments lack in size they make up for in personality! 

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COMING UNDONE

Todays post is about unmade beds. Not the kind you leave while your rushing out the door to work, the kind that is intentionally ruffled and carefully planned to portray a cosy and inviting look.

Personally, I'm not a fan of this look in everyday life, although the below images may just change my mind.. for photography purposes only that is.

You be the judge.. 

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MILK & SUGAR: A/W 2017

Milk and Sugar have released their 2017 Autumn/Winter collection (Hooray!).

It's a different direction to their previous collections, in that it has darker colours and is a bit more moody. It still has the signature freshness we love so much, that has become expected from all Milk & Sugar products.

I am especially loving the Bottled Green coloured items, but as you'll see in my fave picks below - I can never turn down grey!! 

Get your home cosy for the cooler months at Milk & Sugar

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THE HOME OF HAILEY & GLENN

You'll all be familiar with the amazing label H&G Designs which I have featured multiple times on Harlow and Willow, but you may not know that it's owners - Hailey and Glenn designed and built their epic home in Queensland. I saw a photo posted on their Instagram a few weeks a go and immediately emailed Hailey asking if I could feature their home.

This is what home goals are made of!

"We built the home ourselves from scratch on the Sunshine Coast. 
The block was a small 220m2 which was quiet a challenge to fit everything we wanted into it. Build 260m2
We wanted the small block to feel large and spacious so we made sure we used high ceilings wherever we could and also tall door frames.

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NATHAN + JAC AVANI

The trio at Nathan + Jac have done it again with their latest curated collection 'AVANI', the perfect mixture of earthy tones and monochrome classics.

Check out the concept and lust-worthy images from their campaign shoot below, as well as my top six picks from the collection!

"AVANI, MEANING ‘EARTH’ IN SANSKRIT, BRINGS US BACK TO OUR ROOTS. DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM OUR CONNECTION WITH NATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT AROUND US, AVANI OFFERS A RELAXED AND UNDERSTATED LOOK WITH DEPTH AND WARMTH.

AVANI’s earthy palette is inspired by nature; with tones of sage, forest, washed bronze, black, moss, seafoam, navy, taupe and washed charcoal. Soft textural elements are washed, worn or raw, with polished accents in black for a bold and contemporary contrast. This curated collection favours authenticity and imperfection in equal measures".

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KATE & KATE: EXHALE

This season Kate & Kate has been inspired by a shared desire to pause, reflect and forge a considered path forward. Exhale is a collection of gradient greys, nuanced pinks and blues, free-form shapes and luxurious natural fibres - brought to life in Kate & Kate's signature Blankets, Linen Throws, Napkins, Cushions and Towels.  

Exhale’s reflective mood is expressed not only in design, but also in a fine hand-stitched finish, superior quality materials, and for the first time, an exciting exploration of luxurious Alpaca wool. 

Shop the new collection here

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MILK & SUGAR: NEW SEASON

I'm very excited to be sharing Milk & Sugar's new season collection with you all!

Some products are available in store now, and others will be coming throughout the year. You can view them all and get your fix here!

"This season we placed a huge emphasis on simplicity and colour. Our whole range was based around a colour palette that we carefully selected and while there are some more colourful and fun printed items in our range – there is also an equal focus on creating pieces in a restrained manner.

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HABBOT X EMMA LIPSCOMBE

This feature is something a bit different for Harlow & Willow, it is a coming together of art and fashion.

habbot x Emma Lipscombe is a collaboration between Australian Shoe fashion designer Annie Abbott of habbot and WA artist Emma Lipscombe.

Emma Lipscombe (featured artist of The Design Files Open House, Artist Open House Freemantle, and celebrated in Australia’s leading publications) was invited to collaborate with Annie Abbott, Australian Shoe designer to launch a limited capsule collection which celebrates the coming together of inspiring creative women succeeding within the design/fashion landscape.

I interviewed Annie Abbott of Habbot Studios about the collaboration!

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H&G DESIGNS: ELEMENTS METAL RANGE

H&G Designs are back with a new range and I have no doubt it will be another cult favourite!

Get ready Instagram, your about to get taken over yet again by their unique and functional products, this time focusing on the home office.

"This range was created with a beautiful and functional home office in mind. Sticking to our minimalist scandi look we introduced a metal element for this latest range". - Hailey

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PENNEY + BENNETT

I bring to you another beautiful New Zealand brand, Penney + Bennett!

They are 'devoted to creating simplicity, materiality and questioning the conventional in contemporary textile livingware'. 

The lovely women behind this label are Loren and Sarah, based in Auckland and studio-mates at fine art college, the pair decided to fulfil a gap they found in the market by utilising their individual skills to create beauty in simplicity and quality.

They use only high-end international fabrics as the base for various traditional painting, drawing, photography and digital techniques. All products are then hand-made in New Zealand.

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DESIGNSTUFF

Designstuff is an online store that is an absolute haven for all things Scandinavian. The founder, Christina Fedders grew up in Copenhagen and has curated a seriously stylish and extensive collection of products. Initially coming from a background in fashion, she decided to turn her focus to homewares and interiors in 2012.

As Christina is a mother herself, there is a large range of beautiful baby + child products - If you have children yourself and struggle to find stylish products do yourself a favour and click here (you can thank me later).

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NOD

Lauren at NOD creates stunning hand made and hand painted headboards from balsa wood. Not only does the range include beautiful colours in geometric patterns, it's also flexible. As you affix the wall tiles yourself, you can determine the height to make the most of your purchase! As well as being environmentally friendly - What more could you ask for?!

Headboards are no longer the chunky sidekick to your bed frame, Now you too can be 'No Ordinary Dreamer'! Statement headboards without a large dent in your wallet? CHECK!

Lauren is based in Manly Beach, Sydney. She has a creative mind and a passion for interior design and the environment. Not to mention a serious passion for sleeping! Her mission is to "inspire beautiful dreams and creative living".

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NATHAN + JAC

Have you ever looked through magazines and wished you could have the complete look in your own home?

The majority of people have no issues choosing individual items they like and have an idea of the style they are after, but struggle to put it together to create complete and resolved look.

 

At Nathan + Jac they have curated not only a beautiful range of products to be purchased individually, they have also put together collections in either accessory packs, or complete room packs. These packs are the final layer of decorating and ensure a cohesive look is achieved.

  

I hadn't heard of this service prior to finding Nathan + Jac a couple of weeks ago, it's the perfect solution for someone who wants a resolved and beautiful room without struggling to collate items yourself. They have various styles in their catalogue ranging from beautiful Scandinavian styled collections such as the Wild-Heart; or Wonderland' packs, to the seriously-stylish bachelor pad in the 'Zachari' pack.

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