GETTING FESTIVE WITH ETSY

The Christmas tree is up, we have put fairy lights around the banisters and I am officially in the festive mood. I wanted to spread my love for Christmas by not only showing you how I will be wrapping my gifts this year and my table setting theme for Christmas with my girlfriends but more importantly spreading the love for my favourite local creators. 

I have teamed up with Etsy Australia to show you how you can support small Australian business this year. Not only are you able to give your loved one (or yourself) a unique gift but you also make someone's December (if not year) with your orders. 


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COLOUR SCHEME

Personally I like to have a little fun with my table settings. Just because it is Christmas it doesn't mean you have to stick to the typical Red & Green or White & Gold colour scheme. 

I knew I wanted to use a few of my pink pieces in my cupboard while still bringing a hint of Christmas in without it being too obvious. So I found this striped linen fabric on Etsy which was perfect. It is a slightly muted red and the stripe brought in a pattern to break up the other colour.

Drinks allowed me to add more colour to really bring the table to life. A hint of greenery with some Rosemary (you could also tie some rosemary into the DIY bonbons) then a hint of orange by adding passionfruit in a bowl and orange slice to the drinks. The orange also tied in perfectly with the gold cutlery (shop similar here). 

GIFT IDEAS


DIY NAPKIN BONBONS

Why have a napkin, a present and a bon bon with a terrible joke inside when you can combine them all?! This is the perfect way to give each of your guests a little something special, while giving them a napkin while taking your table setting to the next level. 

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED

- Toilet Rolls or make a cylinder from card
- Table Napkins or Fabric of your choice
- Confetti/Glitter/Sequins Filler (optional)
- String/Twine/Ribbon
- Scissors

STEP ONE 

- If you are using fabric, cut it to approximately 30 x 30 cm. 

STEP 2

Simply place your gift inside the toilet roll then roll the fabric around it.

No need to secure the napkin/fabric to the roll, the end ties will hold it all in place.

STEP 3

Secure one end by tying a knot where the roll inside finishes.

Fill the bon bon with confetti of choice then secure the opposite end. 

 


Hope this post not only inspired your Christmas table setting but also inspired you to shop local this Christmas & find something truly unique for your loved ones.

Jasmine x

This post was created in collaboration With Etsy Australia. 

 

ON THE BENCH

A few months back we renewed our lease on our home for another year. I'm sure if you're also renting you might have felt the same that the house wasn't going to be something permanent so you never really made it a home. When I first moved out of home I bought the basics, I didn't want to go crazy pinterest style because I didn't know what I wanted or needed and looking back I am so glad I didn't. Instead in the last few months we have been slowly adding pieces that we felt were missing and making decisions that felt the most like us. We picked up two mid-century chairs which are the most comfortable things I have ever sat on. We have my brother building us a minimal bed frame & I have switched out impulse clothes shopping for impulse plant shopping. 

The latest piece we have added is our bench. I live with a minimalist so we wanted something that could be versatile. For us it was the perfect piece of furniture that could chameleon as a tv stand, a coffee table, seating or for an artwork/art book display. Then I found the perfect one by Ethnicraft via Retrojan. It is a beautiful timber and has thick legs which can be positioned in multiple ways under the bench top. 

So I thought I would dedicate a post to my new love & style it up in new ways that don't include its usual purpose - seating. I hope this inspires you look at your versatile pieces and how styling can breathe new life into them. 

First up, the ACCESSORY Bench. 

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Notes; Bench via Retrojan, Marble Tray (similar here) Peace Print & Stay You Print
Details; Le Labo Fragrance, Palm Beach Candle, Posse Sandals (Blush), Gingham Sandals (on sale here) Lack of Colour Hats (shop here)

This concept would be stunning either in a entry way or your bedroom. Line up your hats along the wall (3M hooks will be your friend if you're renting), add some of your favourite prints, your perfumes, candles and even some of your favourite shoes and use them as decor. 


SEcondly, the bench bed head. 

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Notes; Bench via Retrojan, Marble Tray (similar here) Fingers Crossed Print, Bed Threads Linen Duvet
Details; Aesop Face Mist, Palm Beach Candle, Lack of Colour Hat (shop here), Nespresso Espresso Cup & Saucer, Old issues of RUSSH.

No bed-side table? No worries. Place a bench at either the head or the foot of your bed to store your bedroom details. A candle, a face mist, an espresso, books to flick through in the morning, what more do you need? I love that the feet of the bench and set in from the edge so that the piece of timber almost looks floating when you add your pillows in front. 


GO-TO PRODUCTS FOR AN INSTANT STYLE UPDATE

 BRASS TRAY

BRASS TRAY

 
 SLY CANDLE

SLY CANDLE

 LINEN CUSHION

LINEN CUSHION


In the next few weeks I will be switching my studio room around to avoid the summer heat so let me know if you like these types of blog posts and I can shoot the studio next. 

Lastly, a huge thank you to Retrojan for working on this post with me

Jasmine x 

DINING WITH ETSY

Linen Napkins / Pink Porcelain Plate / Brass Cutlery / Moonscape Plate (similar here 22cm) / Vintage Glassware (similar listing)

As a small business myself, I know how important it is to shop & support other local small businesses. Today I wanted to spread the love for some of my favourite Australian Home & Living sellers on Etsy Australia. I was able to source everything for my table setting from hand crafted ceramics, linens to even vintage glassware. Not only did I pick up beautiful pieces that no department store could top, but I also was able to support the seller's dream of creating. 

So let's talk table settings..

Pick a colour to add to your neutral. I always keep the base very neutral with my dinnerware so that I can add colour and mix up my side plates, bowls & glasses. This is the easiest way to amplify your minimalistic all white table setting. I chose pink/peach tones because I am predictable. 

Mix materials. The next step in adding depth to your dinnerware is playing with textures and materials. Add in some brass or silver cutlery, some linen napkins, some moon-like textured plates.

Pattern. Don't be scared. Add something subtle like a grey/white stripe linen napkin, or a speckled plate. Keep it the neutral colour of your dinnerware base.

Don't take it too seriously. Have fun with it, play with different size plates/bowls. Mix & stack them. Add flowers or herbs to the table setting. 


SHOP MY ETSY FAVOURITES

Linen Napkins / Pink Porcelain Plate / Brass Cutlery / Moonscape Plate (27cm) / Vintage Glassware (similar listing)

I hope this post has inspired you not only to get creative with your dinnerware but also to support your local creatives and their amazing craft.
Ps. You can have a look through Etsy Australia's current favourite of Home & Living sellers and products here for more inspo.

jasmine x


This post was created in collaboration with Etsy Australia. 

BRINGING COLOUR BACK

Shot & Styled by Jasmine Dowling

Last month I worked once again with one of my favourite bedding brands Sheridan to update my bedroom. After looking through the look book I realised straight away that I needed to (like other areas of my life) ditch the monochromatic for some colour. I couldn't resist the blush as my base and from there I couldn't be stopped. 

I have written a piece on bringing colour back into your bedroom over on Sheridan Life, along with my tips of how to dip your toes into colour or go all out like I have. 

I'd love to know if any of you have cheated on the monochromatic trend and what colours made you turn?

Read the full piece here. 

jasmine x 

CREATING YOUR OWN WORKSPACE

 
 

WHAT IS YOUR 'STUFF'

The first step is to look at what you are doing at that workspace & what stuff you need around you to make it functional. Of course we could keep all this 'stuff' in cabinets and feel very #minimalist but I know my truth. My truth is that I will not put this stuff away every day after I use it. So my best advice is to look at what is on your desk after a busy day. Take away the coffee cups (yes, plural) and rubbish and that is your stuff. 

Note that I have two desks. This is my creative desk, the other desk is for packaging and keeping parcels etc but since I do most of my work here I thought this would be the best example.
My Stuff is...
- MacBook Pro + Mouse
- Headphones
- Ink + Brushes
- Multiple Memory Cards / Hard Drives
- Planners/Diaries of the moment
- Pens, Pencils and other writing equipment
- All of my business receipts
Not so Instagram worthy right?

YOU NEED PLACES FOR THAT STUFF

You need to organise this stuff as much as you can. Look at the things that are smaller but their are lots of. Like receipts, cards, stationery, pens. Collect these into piles then find a storage solution to fit. This is where being a girl and having 50 candles/vases comes into play. Finish a candle? That is your pen holder (or brush in my case). Have a vase? That is your new receipt vase, less pretty than flowers but will save your butt come tax time. Have a ring plate? Memory cards are pretty much the same size.

 LOVESTAR VASE

LOVESTAR VASE

 CANDLES

CANDLES

 RING TRAY

RING TRAY

USE HIEGHT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

I love to add height to my workspace so that I can see everything. When everything is on the same level it can be hard to see everything when sitting. I create levels by stacking some of my favourite books, favourite packaging (Mecca I am looking at you) & by using some wire fencing for a Pin board of sorts. This way you can pin up important notes so that they are at your eye level or put important memory cards away from where ink could (would) be split.  

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH #INSPO

This is where the vertical organising really comes into play. Stacking your favourite books on your desk makes it more likely for you to pick them up when you're having [insert profession here] block. It is like having the Facebook tab on your browser, but a lot more useful. I also love to switch up my board a lot, either with my work or things I have seen in magazines. They normally are not literal but for some reason I am drawn to them. This also is a point you can bring colour in if you like, or keep it monochromatic if you feel that way. 

FIND WHAT ORGANISATIONAL SYSTEMS WORK BEST FOR YOU 

This may take a little while but eventually you will find which ways of organising really suit your personality and your business. I love a physical daily planner for all my small jobs throughout the day as well as a diary for date details and a wall calendar for big scheme organising. 

 MONTHLY CALENDAR

MONTHLY CALENDAR

    2017 MIGOALS DIARY

 

2017 MIGOALS DIARY

 YEARLY CALENDAR

YEARLY CALENDAR

 

ps. MiGoals is giving readers 15% off with the code Jasmine17 at checkout until Nov 30.

ADD LIFE & ART

This saves the workspace in my opinion. I can be super messy as long as I add life back in with flowers/plants/art. To be honest Plants & Art are probably a better bet if you aren't going to Flower Lovers every week like I am, but whatever floats your boat. I have been able to keep Monstera, Fiddle Leaf & my Bird of Paradise alive for over a year so I feel like they must be very easy to manage. Art can add so much warmth and personality to the space but hey I might be a touch bias.  

 FLOURISH A3 PRINT

FLOURISH A3 PRINT

 I MUST HAVE.. A3 PRINT

I MUST HAVE.. A3 PRINT

 DO WHAT YOU F*CKING LOVE A3 PRINT

DO WHAT YOU F*CKING LOVE A3 PRINT

This is my first of many posts I have planned based around working for yourself & working from home. If there are any topics though that you really want me to cover that I haven't already in the Becoming Jasmine series. Let me know in the comments below! 

jasmine x