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Hi there, I know I promised to regularly update my blog (and my website for that matter), but as tends to happen, I have been bogged down in life in the store and on the farm and before I knew it, almost 12 months passed by with little to no updates, for this I am sorry. But this post isn't about 'picking the best colour for your nursery' (a very topical point in our home at the moment), this post is a little more personal! I was well aware of the drought when I moved to the farm and while we had no significant rains last year, Hamish produced; from what I could see, a reasonable yield on his crops, expanded the farm into livestock and to my knowledge, has successfully run a small feedlot. Something that cropped up in conversation a lot as the feedlot grew, was the price of stock being sold north of us...because of the drought. I understood it was pretty dire, but ignorantly assumed that it was just marginally worse than what we were experiencing, and so continued on with my farm life. When I opened the doors to the store, and had a feeling I would appeal to the wives and girlfriends of farmers or those whose livelihood is reliant upon the land rather than the people living in town and wasn't wrong in my assumptions. I started talking about rain in the same way I use to talk about the daily work commute in Sydney...you know the question you ask but you already know the answer to; 'shit house'. I have made a point of stocking and supplying Australian made products, or those that are ethically sourced or manufactured by small business owners to capitalise on the market I was targeting and despite being extremely juvenile in this regional retail field and the fact I am by no means setting the world on fire I have managed to establish wonderful relationships with many farming families, all the while being aware of the drought that surrounds me and not doing anything to acknowledge it or support it. As the partner of a farmer, on a farm in regional NSW, about to introduce a new generation of farmers to life on the land I am fortunate enough to be located in the 2% of NSW that is currently not in drought; not yet that is. I have the means to be able to make people aware of the state of the State and I feel obliged to give back to the community that has so far supported me. You may not be aware as the daily news fails to adequately highlight the issues affecting rural Australia; but 100's of 1000's of livestock are dying or being killed on a daily bases across eastern Australia. Water supplies are at critical levels and the cost of buying and supplying feed is more than most farmers can afford. Inability to cope with these conditions has led to an increase in what is an already disturbingly high number of farming related suicides and it breaks my heart to see young children living without proper food or water because their families have no means to support them. I am guilty of the out of sight, out of mind mentality but this is a crisis, it should be considered a natural disaster and whether you know it or not, it does affect people far from the regional communities living through this. For the month of August I will be setting up the physical and online store with some new products, including some original artworks and prints, locally made timber wares and a range of other goods to then host a drought relief fundraiser on the first weekend in September. I know its a seemly small gesture or one that is mutually beneficial but my aim is not to personally profit, it is to encourage people to sit up and take note, to give a little back to the industry that directly or indirectly has supported so many of us. If you are not good with computers or don't live within a 500km radius of Echuca, but want to help anyway jump on this site https://www.ruralaid.org.au and make a donation. I will keep you all updated over the next 4 weeks and of course let you know what contribution is made in September. XX
- The Colour White...
I am your quintessential minimalist when it comes to colour. While I appreciate a pop of colour, I rarely use it and rarely wear it (except on my lips...always wearing red lippy!) However as a 10 year old I was given the choice to re-paint my room as a birthday gift from my parents. I could pick ANY colour and style I wanted and my dad and I would get decorating! I am embarrassed to admit this now but I perused over the paint sample books for weeks; looking at styles, colours and new techniques to work out what I really wanted to do before deciding (as was the trend at the time) to create a sponge affect on the walls...not just any sponge affect a pale blue base with a pastel yellow overlay. I know, I know OH MY WHAT WAS I THINKING????? In my desperate attempt to defend myself, I was 10, it was trendy (trust me) and I did think we did a wonderful job of painting so kudos to us! But since that design faux par my colour palette has softened dramatically and I have learned to use colour as an accent rather than the main feature. Actually the ever talent, master of mixing patterns and colours, Anna Spiro has adopted the same ethos when it comes to painting, the blanker the canvas, the better. What do I mean? Its all about the whites! My store is the perfect example of this, I have white wall and white timber flooring and not a day goes by where people don't comment on how well it showcases the products, or how lovely and effective it is. There is absolutely no reason you cannot introduce colour as a feature wall in a paint or wallpaper, add bold artworks, textiles or rugs to a space to give it that extra 'oomph' but the beauty of whites are that they can take on any trend, any style and movement and compliment it. White has the ability to open up a space, maker it feel cleaner and clearer, make ceilings feel higher and can feel both warm and cool. Whether a modernist, minimalist, a lover of Scandinavian style, or someone who loves tradition and antiques; it will help create the perfect base for your style. But whites are not all the same, its important when picking a white for you to consider the amount of natural light, the purpose of the space, the style of the accents and how it will be used in order to pick the right white! The base material will greatly affect the way the colour appears, timber, masonry, plasters, gyprock etc as well as the initial base colour will greatly affect how the white takes to walls and space. My suggestion is to take 2-3 sample pots with you and paint a square on your wall; from day to night you will see how the colour appears, if its got a grey undertone, a pink, yellow or cream. Paint each sample in a different place and not too close together so you are not put off or overwhelmed looking at them side by side. Sit on it for a week or two and look at them at different points in the day and you'll often be surprised how different they are, or how the white you thought was perfect may be too cool or too warm for the space. Its much easier to change your accents if too bold than it is to change a wall so put your energy into creating a space that reflects you, your style and the rooms functionality and save your self the heartache of repainting later! So if you are stuck on what is a good white here are some of my personal favs;
- Design original and original designs.
I am sure at some point, in some way on the website I have touched on my love of natural products.I could be accused of using the phrase 'design integrity' a lot but it is truly what draws me to a product. In having a small business, more over a small business that is regionally based it can be a really tricky thing to manage because I know people are both loyal to their existing local stores and wary of their spending. I was and am still very conscious of this in setting up the store, in selecting products and in pricing my ranges and I WISH I could compromise and find 'average' products from 'average' suppliers and be content...but if I feel something is poorly made, has no originality, is made through poorly managed businesses or is a complete fabrication of a design or product then I struggle to bring myself to support the label. I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of regional support I have had on my quest to bring unique, bespoke products and labels to the area. Constantly humbled by the amount of people; who like me are aware of brands and labels and are willing to pay a little more to support quality Australian importers or manufactures. I guess the biggest benefit of social media is having the ability to reach people all over the country and the world; conversely for those people to be able to research and acquire a sound understanding of styles, products, designs and designers making my job of marketing and selling such goods that much easier. Something that I cannot understand and something that has become increasingly apparent to me particularly in the past few months is the number of Australian designers either claiming their designs as originals, or naming, shaming and discrediting other designers in order to promote themselves. They do say copying someone is the highest form of flattery, and as a designer I know that it is flattering but also frustrating because you work hard to develop and manufacture your designs so seeing someone else copying them is more upsetting than flattering, but in a world of technology and few original designs I guess it becomes a case of the chicken and the egg...who designed it first? I can understand the frustration when your entire collection is copied, because regardless of its origin and originality curating a range IS unique, it is what creates a brand, but copying a chair, ladder, hook or bassinet is hardly worth singling out another brand to discredit them. I have found a number of Australian labels who will refuse to supply me because they look at some other labels I support and see them as un-origional and manufacturing direct knock offs of their products. I think it is a terrible shame they are not confident enough in their brand, design and marketing that they can't just focus on what they are trying to achieve. As designers and manufactures we all go to the same fairs, we see the same products, we know the original designs and follow the trends so if someone else happens to have the same styles or products as you, prove you are the bigger person by promoting your range better, target the clients you want to support you and build on the relationships you already have. I buy from people I enjoy dealing with, who make beautiful products I am proud to use and sell. I love when a brand has a great story, or the manufacturer has an obvious passion for what they do; it is for these reasons I select what I do for the store and for people's homes. My store is a bespoke emporium of a variety of products, it is also a reflection of me, my style, my taste and my mentality towards design in all its forms. SO check back in 12 months, but my hope is that I can continue to find a range of product that meets the above criteria, that I don't waiver from my desire to be unique and that I can encourage more and more people to shop small, shop local and support the Aussie brands I am passionate about promoting!! Note: At Hunt Co we are always excited to see or hear of fabulous new Aussie labels, if you know of one, or are yourself a designer or artisan and you want to get your range into the store drop us an email, we are always keen to find new labels to support!
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Millie Blight Jul 30, 2018 #thankafarmerforyournextmeal Hi there, I know I promised to regularly update my blog (and my website for that matter), but as tends to happen, I have been bogged down... By Millie Blight Mar 10, 2018 The Colour White... I am your quintessential minimalist when it comes to colour. While I appreciate a pop of colour, I rarely use it and rarely wear it (exce... By Millie Blight Mar 3, 2018 Design original and original designs. I am sure at some point, in some way on the website I have touched on my love of natural products.I could be accused of using the phrase ... By Millie Blight Dec 11, 2017 ONE: Festive decorating basics on a budget. Having worked in product design here, the US and UK for the past 8 years I have spent enough time in and around retail stores to get a pr... By Millie Blight Nov 29, 2017 The Shopkeeper I know I promised regular updates, then a few months went by and ops nothing!! But to be fair its been a busy few months and here we are ... By Millie Blight Aug 2, 2017 Who stole the melting moments from the melting moment jar? It has taken me a while to write this post...partly because I have bugger all internet, but mainly because I have been...as Hamish would ... Featured Posts Nov 29, 2017 The Shopkeeper Recent Posts #thankafarmerforyournextmeal Jul 30, 2018 The Colour White... Mar 10, 2018 Design original and original designs. Mar 3, 2018 ONE: Festive decorating basics on a budget. Dec 11, 2017 The Shopkeeper Nov 29, 2017 Who stole the melting moments from the melting moment jar? Aug 2, 2017 Archive July 2018 (1) March 2018 (2) December 2017 (1) November 2017 (1) August 2017 (1) Search By Tags country country life country living drought relief entertaining farming home cooking interior designer life in the country support small businesses Follow Us
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Colour Consulting EXTERIOR COLOUR CONSULTING: Settling on a colour scheme for your exterior can be a complex and stressful undertaking. Upon reviewing your project we put together some concepts to suit your style and surrounds. This can be as basic as paint colour selections or inclusive of all materials from roofing to bricks, render or weatherboards, lighting and layout. DOMESTIC $350.00 + Mood Boards and Swatch Samples. Includes; An in home (or SKYPE) consultation Concept design brief Mood board and samples For Project Management, Ongoing Consultation or Builders Schedule a charge of $40/hour applies , billed in 8 hour blocks. COMMERCIAL $1800.00 + Mood Boards, Swatch Samples and . Includes; An in home (or SKYPE) consultation Concept design brief Mood board and samples For Project Management, Ongoing Consultation an agreed fixed fee applies. INTERIOR COLOUR CONSULTING: As with the exterior, settling on the right colour palette for your interior spaces can be stressful and challenging. Different textures, materials and differing light can completely change the look or effect of different colours...even whites can take on different tones one room to the next. We work through room by room, surface by surface to help select the right scheme to suit your home, style and aesthetic. DOMESTIC $350.00 + Mood Boards and Swatch Samples. Includes; An in home (or SKYPE) consultation Mood board and samples For Project Management, Ongoing Consultation or Builders Schedule a charge of $40/hour applies, billed in 8 hour blocks. COMMERCIAL CALCULATED ON A PROJECT BY PROJECT BASES MAKE AN ENQUIRY HOMEWARES LIFESTYLING HUNT.Co Interior Design II Bespoke Decorating Service II Home Decor and Soft Furnishings II Furniture