Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Everyone needs a 'favourite chair'. That one chair that brings a room together, ages beautifully and is made to be lounged in. Our new leather Sling and Butterfly chairs are just that for us, a lifetime favourite.
We thought we'd celebrate the arrival of our new leather friends with a bit of styling inspiration, fresh from pinterest and f&f. There's so many ways to style a leather chair, whether it's the hero of a lounging nook, part of a Scandinavian inspired lounge room or your designated reading chair next to a sunny window.
We think playing with a natural/raw theme for winter is a great way to turn a leather chair into a hero. Team with different timbers, textural cushions and throws and complimentary rugs.
Our Butterfly Chair comes in Tan or Natural leather with either a black or white frame and our Sling Chair comes in Tan or Natural leather with a gorgeous light teak frame.
Lovin' that leather.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Today is the last day to take advantage of our free-shipping on rugs offer - including all pre-orders!
We have a huge range of rugs and something to suit everyone. Whether you LOVE colour like we do or like things a bit softer in palette & neutral. Whether you think the busier the better or want a simple, classic pattern we have something for you.
Our rugs are an instant way to inject life & texture into a space.
Have a look at our range here!
Monday, June 29, 2015
Nothing could start our week off better than receiving a new delivery of gorgeous artworks from Megan Weston.... And, these ones are stunning!
Friday, June 26, 2015
There are plenty of ways to stay warm during winter, namely constant eating and tea drinking + fire places, steamy baths and hot chocolate but our favourite would have to be adding another layer to the bed. It's all about making the most of those grey, winter mornings spent in bed!
We have a range of layers to be added too, whether you want a cotton quilt, a thicker jersey quilt (with heavenly velvet detailing!) a herringbone throw just to add a touch of warmth or colour or a one of a kind Kantha quilt.
Here's some of our favourite quilt styling shots and tips from over the years!
One of our Navy Block Quilts
featured in a shoot styled by Julia Green, finished off with an Indian Ikat Quilt. These 100% cotton double sided Block Quilts are perfect to add colour and texture to your bedroom plus they're a layer you'll use in Winter and in Summer.
Our gorgeous chevron hand stitched quilt
styled in-store with a lilac herringbone throw. These are very similar to the Block Quilt, both are 100% cotton and a light but warm extra layer. View the full colour range here
. We love having them folded over to expose the stitching on the other side!
Flashback to when we had a gorgeous Jai Vasicek bedhead in-store! Seen here with one of our one off Indian Kantha Quilts,
made lovingly from Sari's and available in a range of sizes. We have some gorgeous thick, large styles at the moment big enough for a queen bed! Such a gorgeous, unique layer to add to your bed, and if your styling changes, he can go on the sofa!
Another one from our quilt shoot with Julia Green. There's something about Red and Pink. We just love it! This 100% Cotton Block Quilt snuggles up perfectly with our Jai Vasicek Skulls and Roses Cushion
. This is a bed we want to dive into. Team with some soft linen from Bedouin Societe
and we don't think you'll ever leave!
Introducing our new winter star, the Suzani Quilt
. Luscious bedding at it's absolute best. Available in Queen and King size, the Suzani is gorgeous as your extra (warm warm) layer or folded back to show off it's double sided beauty. So SO soft.
A team favourite from our quilt shoot, featuring our gorgeous yellow Block Quilt plus an Indian Ikat quilt. Team this look back with linen sheets in Ink or varied shades of grey and you have a bed that keeps winter bright and bold!
Finally, our Herringbone Throw
s. The pretty factor + the cozy factor all in one extremely soft throw. We love these on the end of any bed! Matching to your pillowcases or a special cushion is always a great way to tie it all together. We just received a fresh drop of throws too, so we're stocked up and ready to get you rugged up with a book!
We love quilts!!
Shop f&f bedding here
and throws here.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
We've been in a whirlwind of change here at f&f! It's exciting times ahead and joining the team to ride the wave with us is our new Store Manager Ciarra! Many of you may have already seen this smiley face in-store, she comes to us with a whole lotta' knowledge and a whole lotta' energy!
We got the low down on Ciarra and some of her f&f faves.
I've had a few variations of Ciarra over the years, however close friends and family call me Moo or Rah Rah!
2. Colour of the moment?
Defiantly green, but I’m not going to lie, i've been totally lusting over pink hues over the past few months, which I have never been drawn to before! So many gorgeous pink things in-store right now, maybe that's it!
3. Favourite time of the year and why.
WINTER… chunky scarfs, home made pies, open fires and an extra coffee in the afternoon. Im a born and bread Tasmanian.. need I say more?
4. Describe your style at home.
Eclectic in a nut shell, however after the birth of my baby girl, I would definitely say I've gotten in touch with my feminine side, dabbling in softer colour palettes, beech timbers and different textures throughout my soft furnishings.
5. Top five Fenton picks?
-Bedoin Societe Linen in Ink
-Velvet Suzani Quilt
-1950’s Houndstooth Vintage Chairs
-Mr Fenton Rug in Kaleidoscope Black/Metallic Thread
6. What Blogs/Instagram accounts are you currently loving?
You can’t go past The Design Files for starters, Apartment Therapy and on Instagram I'm loving @Acoma_photography & @bonnie_hislop.
7. Best thing about working at f&f?
The creative flow, my entire team are a wealth of creative energy, from graphic and interior designers to marketing gurus and amazing interior stylists.. its a very inspiring place to work!
8. ‘If I could sum up my personality in one hashtag it would be..
Monday, June 15, 2015
Because it's winter and we all need a bit of cheering up we have decided to have a....
40% off Mr Fenton's Towels SALE!
So, head to our towel section here and enter TOWEL40 at the checkout and grab yourself some towels!
Stock is limited so best to get in quick.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Adding art to a space is perhaps one of the most personal and rewarding aspects of creating a home, which is perhaps why it can be tough to decide on colour, style, size and well, everything! Going with your gut has to be the most important thing when it comes to choosing art, but there's also a few other handy hints worth sharing, and who better to share them than Lucy Fenton.
So how does Lucy choose art? This is how...
Firstly let's go back to going with your gut.
"My number 1 tip is buy art you fall in love with."
Lucy always reinforces not to worry so much about size, if the piece resonates with you then you should go for it and worry about where to put it later. "This philosophy has ended up with me having some pieces that are oversized for my walls but I don’t let that bother me… maybe one day I will have some bigger walls to house the pieces I love."
Which leads us to size!
"If the artwork is too small for your wall then look at grouping a selection of smaller works together"
This is a method we love to use in-store! Mixing it up with different pieces is a bold way to add height, fill in empty space and inject personality into your space. Add a Jai Vasicek ceramic cross, a collection of hooks or a vintage letter, and don't be scared to mix antique with modern. The main thing here is to make sure colour's work in harmony with each other, not against each other. Take into consideration your surroundings, and what you want to stand out.
Collecting art over time is also one of Lucy's art advice gems.
"..this way it will have meaning to you and remind you of different stages and events in your life."
This is where research comes into play. Start following your favourite artists on social media, look into artists your favourite stylists are following, visit galleries, read art and design blogs and start to get a grasp of what you look for in art and what makes you excited! Don't limit yourself to just one style either. There are so many factors that can draw you into a piece of art! Just go with it, and have fun with it!
Once you've chosen your art, hanging it is key to making the most of it!
"As a general rule, art should be hung so the centre is viewed at eye level."
Putting tape on the wall and stepping back to make sure you're putting your piece in the right spot before you start hammerin' and drillin' is always helpful, this is also a great trick when you're looking at art and are unsure if the size is right!
We currently have some amazing art available here at f&f.
View all of our current art here and feel free to call us or pop in to chat art anytime, we love to chat art!
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
We've decided to turn your Wednesday aka
your hump day into bit of an Instagram day by sharing some of the teams favourite snaps from our f&f followers. We love nothing more than to see our pieces amongst new surrounds, in new homes (especially if there's a pooch involved!)
Big hump day high fives to those who have used the fentonandfenton hashtag! You're a clever bunch!
Follow us on Instagram @fenton_and_fenton
and #fentonandfenton with all your post shopping style snaps. So much colour and inspiration here-we love it!
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
We are currently having some technical issues with our phone line here at Fenton & Fenton. If you are trying to contact us please do so by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
for the time being. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope to have the issue resolved shortly.
Friday, June 05, 2015
Putting together a children's bedroom is the ultimate labour of love, you want it to be a magical space full of character and personality for your favourite little people to grow, learn and feel inspired in! With our latest Incy Interiors bed additions we thought there was no better time to talk kids bedrooms!
Made from strong metal with simple curves, these beds are classical and timeless, and we love them!
Throwing yourself into styling a child's bedroom should be huge amounts of fun, whether it be for a boy, a girl or a newborn! We have a few of our tried and tested tips to share with you! Check them out below, and check out the full Incy Interiors bed range here
(the adult versions are just as fun!)
The 'Ellie' Cot is our pick of the bunch, rose gold is the perfect neutral baby option for those metallic minded (like us) it's a bit special! Steer clear of themes when styling your nursery and instead opt for more items that will transition into babies next room. Or even better, try to buy items that your child can have forever - one of our bone inlay commodes
definitely fits this bill.
Choosing shapes is a wonderful and fun way to encourage learning with decor too! A star shaped cushion
and a few bug hook
s become engaging tools that they'll love looking and learning more about! A round rug
is a great option for a nursery or child's room. They have a softer look and mixing up shapes not only looks fantastic but will encourage floor play time too - what child wouldn't want to play on one of Mr Fenton's bright, colourful and fun designs!
Just as with baby, steering clear of themes for your boys and girls rooms is the way forward. They may love cowboys now, but next week it's most likely going to be dinosaurs! Choosing items to work with a palette is a much better idea and you will find that the items you choose will have longevity. Like any room, choosing neutrals for the main and more expensive items and adding personality and colour through the cheaper soft furnishings and decorating pieces is a great idea. The 'Oscar' bed in gorgeous dark brown is a brilliant boys bed, team it with different tones of blue and even a few pops of gold and you've got a room to last through the phases!
Include some fun items like an Abigail Ahern dog lamp
, some animal book ends
and some notch hooks!
Finally, the little ladies. There are some amazing colours available for the girls in our new Incy bed range from a sunshine yellow to a powder pink, but there's something about the 'Miller'
and it's teal green that grabbed us!
Team it with fuchsia pinks for a room as sweet as watermelon! We love our Harlequin design as a round rug
, it is another perfect option to transition through the ages and is basically made to sit underneath this bed! A bone inlay bedside
is the perfect bedside storage option, and wide enough for books, a lamp and a favourite toy!
Play with lighting by opting for a floor lamp instead of a pendant, we love our Italian made giant lightbulbs! They project a gorgeous warm light too, that's perfect as a nightlight. Our Ashwood Stencil Lamp
is also a great choice for a child's room and being LED they don't get hot which makes them nice and safe.
The room should feel unique to your child and be a space that your child can call their own. A vintage letter is a fun way to add some personality to your child's room, we have a few available here
. Rugs and floor cushions will help create a cosy room that they will enjoy being in.
We have plenty more tips up our sleeve when it comes to kids room, call us anytime or pop into store for an explore!
Shop all Incy beds here
Thursday, June 04, 2015
Because we love the Queen as much as anyone else, we will be closed Monday the 8th of June to help her celebrate. Wishing you all a great Queen's Birthday filled with tea, scones & jam and all things English.
See you in store Tuesday!
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Calling all enthusiastic, flexible, highly motivated sales gurus!
We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join the fenton&fenton team as a casual sales consultant.
We are looking for someone who has a savvy eye for interiors, a proven background in customer service in a retail environment and someone who knows their way around a mac.
We need someone who is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the flexibility to pick up extra work when required.
Email your CV to email@example.com
to be considered.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
There has never been a better time to invest in one of Mr Fenton’s flat weave dhurries! Not only because we are currently offering free shipping for the month of June (yippee!) but also because we have a brand new Sales and Design consultant!
Katie joined the fenton family last week and is here to be your new rug saviour!
We know choosing a rug can be overwhelming, especially if you love them all like we do, so we sat down with Katie and put together a lil’ list of check points to tick off before you commit!
It's just clocked over to winter too, which for us is the season for adding warmth and texture!
Check point #1
Size is key in making the most of your rug, and your room. The general rule with flat weave's is the bigger the better! So treat your rug as your anchor. If your space permits, have all your furniture on your rug we say! It does of course depend on the room though. Mapping the space you see your rug sitting with tape and stepping back or taking a photo is a great way of making sure you get your dimensions right, or if you're in Melbourne why not take advantage of our 24 hour appro service and take a couple home!
Check point #2
Here's where things can get tricky. You love colour but you're scared of putting it on the floor or you already have a lot of colour in the room and need something to compliment. The first thing to do is to take into consideration your surrounds. What colour/texture is your floor, is there any artwork in the room, is there anything else you want the rug to work with. From here you can decide if you want your rug to be the hero or tie in with existing features.
Understanding which colours you love and how they make you feel is also very important in this step. You want to feel at home, at ease but also a little excited as soon as you see that rug on the floor!
Check point #3
Design is another very subjective part of the process.
Choosing a design that again compliments your style and the rest of your home is important, continuity is key. Here at f&f we have quite the range, from simple (and customisable) designs to more complex and colourful options to limited edition designs that really are pieces of art for your floor! We like to think there's a design for every space though and we're here to help you make sure the design you decide on works in with everything you've already got going on.
Check point #5
Choosing the material is the easy part, mainly because you can't really go wrong!
All of our rugs can be made in either cotton, wool or viscose with additions of chenille or recycled Indian sari. The most common question is always regarding durability and cleaning, especially with kids or animals around, which is where we normally jump in and suggest cotton. It's easy to spot clean, vacuum and look after in general. Viscose has a more 'floppy' look and is a little softer under foot and wool looks a little darker and heavier.
All of our dhurries are flat weaves and therefore reversible and all of them are durable.
Cotton does have a 'canvas' look about it though, where adding in chenille or viscose can be helpful. Plus it's that extra textual element we love to see in a rug!
Right, that’s it! Time to tick some boxes and invest in a piece of artwork for your floor! We’re here to answer your questions via email or phone plus don’t forget to follow Mr. Fenton on Instagram
for a constant stream of inspiration!
Shop rugs online here
Friday, May 29, 2015
Jacob Jon is the latest artist to have us swooning over colour and it's possibilities here at f&f. His geometric, high impact pieces on canvas are inspired very much by his surroundings and experiences and have had us dying to know more about the creative mind behind them since they arrived.
So we interviewed him!
Here's a bit more about Jacob Jon.
P.S Jacob Jon-whatta' name!
1. We love how your graphic design background shines through in your work. Tell us a bit about the path from graphic design to what you’re doing now?
Graphic design was my official start in the creative industries and from the onset I definitely enjoyed the creative process that was involved. Once the initial excitement of being involved in design passed, I started to feel a little bit smothered creatively. Meeting the brief became the priority and more important then creating something you were truly satisfied with. I realised to fulfil my creative desire, I had to work with no boundaries and that's exactly what I did. I started painting for friends and myself. Experimenting with every style and medium possible until I found my groove. Moving away from a digital platform was exciting and challenging. I still wanted to create bold full colour works with clean sharp lines and through refining my methods and process over the past ten years I'm finally there.
2. We’re sensing a ‘Mexico’ influence in your works, are they based on travels and experiences or interests? Tell us a bit more about your inspiration.
Mexican traditions feature quite heavily in the tattoo world and this is where I first came across works that I felt a strong connection to. Mexican traditions along with many others have definitely shaped my work. The bold colours and the meanings behind them are just fascinating.
As far as the subject for my recent works, my inspiration comes from the beauty, detail and complexity that the natural environment offers. I find it captivating and I'm constantly surprised at the amazing Intricate details that our seemingly simple natural surroundings possess. It's these bold unique features I like to showcase and bring attention to in my work.
3. Colour is obviously important to you, is this reflected in your own home? We would love to hear about your ideal space.
My home is an eclectic colourful space. Each room is a practical layered space filled with items that inspire, evoke emotion and complement each other. The bones of the home are based on an earthy neutral pallet with classic timber pieces contrasting and complementing more modern contemporary items. Having this neutral platform to work from, it gives us plenty of room to play around with colour where we want it. As you could imagine, there is no shortage of options available there with plenty of large bright artworks ready to hang!
For me It's all about balance and contrast. Balance not only with texture and colour, but visual and sensory harmony also.
4. Tell us a bit more about your creative process. Is each piece pre planned?
Even though there can be a fair bit of planning that goes into a piece or subject, each one is done in a very organic fashion with the end result most of the time being a surprise to even me. Most of the planning is based around balance, form and colour experimentation, however, when it comes down to putting paint to canvas, the painting takes control of the process from there on. It's not an easy thing to explain how and why, although I can say that it happens naturally for me. At times I just sit back and look at the work for as long as it takes, almost waiting to be told what colour to put down or how far to work that section. I call it active meditation and I'm totally involved with a piece once I get started. I have lost count the amount of times I have told my wife I'll be in for dinner in ten minutes and next thing you know I'm sneaking into bed at 3am!
100cm x 100cm
33cm x 43cm x 4cm
52cm x 62cm x 4cm
5. What’s next for you? What would be your dream project this year?
A solo exhibition is definitely next on my list. There is nothing that would please me more then to have my mind and spirit on show at a solo exhibition.
View all of Jacob's art works here
or pop into store for viewing anytime!
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
With the rain replacing the sun, you may be starting to feel like your light and bright summer themed courtyard is kind of mocking you.
There’s no need to turn against your garden flamingos though, every space needs a winter reshuffle and this month at f&f that’s exactly what we’ve done. With the help of some stunning new furniture from Tait, Herringbone throws straight from Italy and some fenton favourites, we have transformed our courtyard into bit of a winter wonderland, and trust us, if you are lucky enough to have an undercover outdoor space, we think you’ll want to reshuffle too!
Our new collection of Tait furniture is not only beautifully designed and made in Melbourne but it is also what we consider to be the furniture equivalent of the incredible hulk, with superhuman (or ‘superfurniture’) abilities to conquer all of it’s enemies including rain, UV and rust. Our new range comprises of elements that include zinc plated steel, galvanised steel and spotted gum or Accoya. Style with a herringbone throw, a cluster of cushions and an antler or two and you've got yourself a nook ready for hibernation.
Next up; adding texture, and we're smitten with our new Icelandic sheepskin hides
as your winter textual element. There really is nothing like snuggling into a sheepskin on the sofa or your favourite chair, so why not add one to your outdoor space? They can be styled to fit in with Scandinavian, Bohemian or more modern inspired spaces and add a snuggle factor that is comforting all year round. New hides are in-store now, they’re all different and all gorgeous!
Last but not least, don’t forget your foliage friends, we’ve got plenty of new pots to add or compliment colour. We've decided to go quite monochrome in our winter courtyard, with pops of mustard and dusty pink and feature corners of concrete and gold. We've also changed up our foliage to match, using more ivy, wire-like trees and ornamental Kale.
See you in the courtyard, we’ll be snuggled up with a hide and a cup of tea under the outdoor heater!
Shop winter taxidermy
Friday, May 22, 2015
Melbourne certainly turned on the chill last night for the opening of Megan Weston's latest exhibition Icelandia. We were thrilled to open the doors on this exhibition, a collection of works inspired by all of the north of the globe's natural beauty, capturing it's icy blues, deep emerald greens and bright pops of pink and purple.
The night couldn't have been possible without our event partners Terindah Estate
as well as our new brew buddies from Moo Brew
A big thank you to all who braved the cold to come inside Icelandia.
Icelandia will be running until June 4 here at fenton&fenton.
Here's some photos from the night.....
A few more!
And, a few more (we couldn't resist!)....
To view the full range of exhibition pieces check out Megan Weston's artwork section here!
Thursday, May 21, 2015
ICELANDIA - A MEGAN WESTON EXHIBITION
MAY 21 - JUNE 4
OPENING NIGHT MAY 21, 6-8PM
Icelandia has arrived and is in store & online at fentonandfenton.com.au!
The smaller pieces are now available for purchase online and the larger items are available for purchase by phone or in store.
We hope to see you at the opening tonight from 6-8pm
We look forward to seeing you.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Just a heads up that we will be closed Wednesday 20th May to set-up for Megan Weston's exhibition Icelandia
We apologise for the inconvenience but remember our online store is always open.
If you haven't already heard about Megan's exhibition then check it out on our events page here
. We would love for you to come along!
Monday, May 11, 2015
Potheads rejoice! The day we have all been pining after whilst daydreaming about which colour to get next has finally arrived - Pop & Scott pots are back in stock (including brand new tribal styles!)
Let's get straight to the point here, we received small & larges today, and the mediums are due next month. Shop online or in store now!
We know the cooler months are now upon us, but these pots are not only for outdoors - they are a great way to bring colour & life into your home. Pop one on a sideboard with a maidenhair fern, on the floor with a towering fiddle leaf fig or add some green to your bathroom with a succulent or cactus. Plus have you seen the new mustard colour?! Hello retro. We're in love.
If you're more for outdoor that suits us too, we can't think of anything better than looking outside on a grungy grey day to a brightly coloured pot with a luscious plant thriving from the winter rain! Order online and we will send it to your door, you'll hardly even have to step outdoors-easy!
Like we said, hurry, they always fly out the door!
Thursday, May 07, 2015
This weekend we are partnering with CARE to help Earthquake survivors in Nepal by donating 10% of all sales.
The death toll is currently more than 5,000, with hundreds of thousands having lost their homes. CARE staff are on the ground providing people with temporary shelter, food and water purification. Their emergency specialists from around the globe are now in Nepal assisting with these most immediate needs.
You can read more about CARE and the wonderful humans they are here
We thank you for your support this weekend.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
We are proud to introduce Icelandia
, the second Megan Weston exhibition to be hosted by fenton&fenton following the great success of her sell-out show, Altitude.
True to Megan's style, Icelandia features topographical portraits working predominantly with her favoured medium of resin. This time focussing on the far north of the globe as her inspiration and subject. Glacial icy blues, deep emerald greens and colours found in flowers from the wildest of terrains have been masterly combined to create Megan's version of Icelandia.
We take great pleasure in welcoming you to attend the opening night and celebrating with us by sharing a glass of sparkling from our friends at Terindah Estate or a cool beer by Moo Brew. If you would love to come along then please RSVP on our Events Page
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The works will be able to be viewed online from 5pm on Wednesday May 20 and available for purchase by phone or in store by 10am Thursday May 21.
To get you all warmed up for Icelandia we got Megan to answer a few questions on what to expect and what to be very excited about!
1. Megan! How time flies, feels like we just held your last exhibition so we are thrilled your next one has rolled around so quickly! What can we expect from this upcoming collection of works?
You might think of Icelandia as an adventure to the Nordic region. Iceland, and its surrounding territories, has an enormous hold on our collective conscious, not least for their design aesthetics, their progressive social politics and their social problems, but I’ve decided to explore this realm from a slightly different perspective. You’ll still see my round portal canvasses and works in resin, but I’m also introducing works on mirror in this show! For me, this is indicative of the maxim ‘as above, so below’, as represented by The Magician in tarot. It speaks about continuity across all planes of life and how we relate to ourselves and to the environment. Working with resin intensifies this reflective effect. The great unchartered territories of the far north, their silences and their challenging conditions, all enable–or enforce, a type of self-reflection that we tend to avoid in busier spaces.
2. You’ve had another incredible year of countless editorial, a front cover on GT Mag and more Block craziness. Has there been a highlight for you?
It’s been an immensely valuable year for me as a person and an artist. I love talking to people, so editorial is always fun because I get to communicate about the work instead of just being in the studio. The cover of GT Mag was such a compliment because the publication is such a staple in our community–and my kids loved it! The Block is always such a learning curve for me, the amount of work that goes into producing a show of that calibre, the collaborative aspects and the passion of the people involved makes it a truly magical experience.
3. Can we expect to see predominant colours in your upcoming exhibition or are you keeping that one a secret?
The combination of mirror and resin means there's definitely going to be some surprises for the spectator! You can expect to see some very icy blues and greens, soft pale tones and aquamarines.
4. Can you sum up a classic start to finish experience with one of your works?
Because most artworks are a balance between unconscious processes and technical control, it’s hard to exactly plot out the start to finish of a work. Somehow it begins with who you are as a person and what your passions, drives and influences are. Then by the time I get to the studio, I have some idea of what’s going to happen. I’m always open to the present and trusting my ability with the medium. If it’s over planned, it becomes rigid and inauthentic. When is an artwork finished? Leonardo da Vinci said ‘Art is never finished, only abandoned.’ But maybe you abandon something when you feel it can stand for itself.
5. What’s the most exciting part of an exhibition for you?
By the time I’ve put together an exhibition, I’ve been living every moment of it for so long that I just can’t wait to get them out into the world. It’s like they need some sun of their faces and some fresh air to breathe! I love to see the works in new light and see people respond to them. Art brings people together in a way that nothing else can. It doesn’t have an agenda of its own. So I’m most excited for the part of the journey that is unknown.
Monday, May 04, 2015
It's no secret that our love for bone inlay runs deeper than the Indus River (a little Indian river reference for you there). Handcrafted in the Udaipur region of India using primarily camel bone and resin and adopting technique passed down through generations these unique pieces of furniture are made to fall in love with.
As seen in this month's Inside Out Magazine.
We've just received our latest shipment of bone inlay at f&f and thought there was no better time to break down just what we have to offer in our bone inlay range.
Commode; A spectacular chest that can be ordered in four or seven drawers, ample storage makes it the perfect bedroom centrepiece.
Console; As much a piece of sculpture as a piece of furniture. Three drawers and slender sideboard design make it the perfect addition to any hallway or living space. A spot for storage and styling. We like that.
Large Bedside Table; What bedside dreams are made of, drawer + cupboard + plenty of space for all your bedside necessities to sit on top too.
Small Bedside; For those with less room to work with, not quite as high or as wide but still comprising two deep drawers and just as much charm.
Trays; Available in two sizes and in a rectangle or a hexagon they really are the perfect table top feature.
Dyed Bone; Currently only available as a commode, our dyed bone is simply that, dyed bone instead of resin that gives another layer of softer colour and in the process intensifies the pattern. Rather rare and ridiculously amazing. A wonderful hero piece.
We currently have various bone inlay pieces available for purchase, and are also taking orders for our June/July shipment (filling up fast folks!) You are able to order our bone pieces in any of the colour/design combinations you see on our website and we can provide you with a lead time on enquiry.
Visit us in-store if you're into love at first sight or view our bone inlay furniture online here.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Mother's Day is fast approaching, which of course means it's time to get your I Love Mum
T-Shirt out, and if that's not an option, it's time to pay attention to our Mother's Day shopping list, it's a goody.
This is what we'll be getting our Mum's.
Because, GO MUM!
1. Herringbone Throw
(for the reading in bed kinda Mum)
2. Bedouin Societe Linen
(for the luxurious kinda Mum)
(for any kinda Mum!)
4. Ivy Muse Pot Stand
(For the on trend kinda Mum)
5. Rough Cut Indian Diamond R
ings (for the ohlala kinda Mum)
There's plenty more for Mum in-store and online, or you can shop gift vouchers here
Monday, April 27, 2015
Mr Fenton is looking for a rug enthusiast to join the fenton&fenton team on a full-time basis.
We need an experienced, creative and highly motivated sales person to assist with sales and ordering for Mr Fenton’s rugs.
Responsibilities of the role include:
· consulting with clients from the initial rug enquiry right through to the delivery of the finished product
· processing transactions, generating invoices and compiling customer orders using Lightspeed POS
· creating visual mock ups for client orders
· visual merchandising of the rug room
· meeting sales targets and generating new client files
The successful applicant will have:
· strong retail experience
· strong verbal and written communication skills
· a passion for interiors
· proficiency with Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator
· the ability to work autonomously and as part of a vibrant team
We need someone who is available Tuesday – Saturday. Email us your CV to be considered, email@example.com
Thanks, Mr. Fenton.
Monday, April 27, 2015
We are looking for highly motivated and passionate individual to be part of the fenton&fenton team. We need a highly organised administrator to support the sales and management team.
Responsibilities of the role include:
· Assisting with all administrative duties
· Invoice processing, management and collation
· Monitoring stock levels, placing orders & liaising with suppliers
· Acting as a liaison between the sales team and back office team
The successful applicant will have:
· Previous admin experience within a fast-paced organization
· Bookkeeping experience
· High proficiency with Apple Macs including Word and Excel
· Strong communication, time management and organisation skills
Experience with the Lightspeed sales system or similar will be very highly regarded.
We need someone who is available part time, 3 days a week. Email us your CV to be considered, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 24, 2015
Kerry Armstrong has been part of the f&f family for some time now, based in Melbourne we're always excited to see Kerry with canvas in hand come through the f&f archway!
Styling by Bree Leech. Photo courtesy of Chris Daile - Hell Studios
Her work has been described as 'emotionally honest', and for this reason is constantly evolving. Her latest series see's layers upon layers of colour and vibrancy project a beautiful sense of calm, and we think when you see the photo of Kerry's garden that inspired the series you'll know why! (Kerry, we're coming over for a dose of 'zen' pronto!)
Working with acrylics, gouache, metallics and Ink as primary mediums on beautiful Italian Linen, Kerry creates texture, depth and always personality.
Kerry's work slots perfectly into the fenton landscape and we are thrilled to be able to share more about this gorgeous artist with you!
1. How would you describe your work, especially your current series hanging at f&f?
My work is simply an account of what's happening in our life and the consequences of that just flow out spontaneously onto the linen! I never set out to create a certain piece or particular palette, it chooses me. The current series "In Water" - Evening is a outburst of anticipation and excitement regarding the new (old) home we have just purchased. The home is laden with character with a gorgeous big almost jungle like garden where my new studio lies (eeeeeek!) see, I'm excited!
In Water #2
94cm x 125cm
Acrylics and gouache on silk polyester, framed in hand stained solid Australian Oak.
In Water, Evening #5
128cm x 163cm
Acrylics and gouache on silk polyester, framed in ebony hand stained solid Australian Oak.
2. Have you always been an abstract artist? What lead you to this form of painting?
I have been a professional Abstract Artist for two years, before that a long corporate life. Abstract art to me is so beautifully magical and provides me with the freedom of expression nothing else ever could. My burning passion to create art was, for a long time, my little secret. One year I challenged myself on my goals list to actually sell a piece, for no particular reason. I'm afraid once that happened something ignited inside me and just took over! I was also quite unwell with a brain tumour at that time (I have just had it removed successfully). The tumour gave me much more than it took as it made me slow down, reconsider my life with regards to my busy corporate career and be brave enough to consider what would previously have been a ludicrous idea!!
3. We love how spontaneous your work is, can you take us through how you start and finish a painting and where you draw inspiration from?
When a new series is coming through I will hear words and see (and feel) in my mind flashes of colour, and here's the tricky part to explain but it's laced together musically with emotion as it gains speed and a more defined rhythm . This also comes together in my sleep and starts to bind together and make me itchy to start! When I find myself rummaging through my paints and making super quick choices re palette, there's never any doubt at this stage I'm close to it starting...if my hand grabs that paint it's time to play! If I touch the wrong colour I actually get a sick feeling in my tummy! I have to be very well stocked in materials, it's quite urgent once it gets moving and I often scare the loveły girls at the art shop with my painterly attire and unmade up face searching frantically for 'that orange!!' Music plays a massive role once painting and again like choosing the paint it's very urgent and obvious when the wrong track plays! Headphones keep me in that space without distraction.
Once complete (and that to me is always very clear) I sit with the piece, sometimes for hours and take it all in, it's like a download of what the piece is trying to tell me. We're both exhausted by then! At this stage I'm sometimes compelled to write a verse which is a really beautiful experience for me and sums up the entire process so well.
To me the piece can speak to a million things I could never say and the verse just sums up in words my side of the story.
4. How would you describe your personal style when it comes to home styling, are you bit of an art collector yourself?
Our new home keeps me awake with anticipation, it will be styled with a touch of Regency Glamour meets old Masters style. We love restrained opulence and beautiful technology free spaces to relax in. There will naturally be massive art pieces and the space we're most excited about is around the open fire, can't wait to move in soon!
Jungle Baby #1
5. Any hints on what’s next for Kerry?
53cm x 53cm
Acrylics on silk polyester, framed in hand stained ebony solid Australian Oak.
A big year ahead, we have another international exhibition and a couple in Australia, a fellowship for young Aussie artists, bespoke fabrics to play with and a few close to heart philanthropic events that we're super excited about!
We're super excited too!
Now as promised, here's that studio with a view!
Now that's what we call inspiration.
Kerry's garden as seen from her Melbourne Studio.
View all of Kerry Armstrong's works here
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
One of our ongoing obsessions here at f&f would have to be reupholstered vintage chairs and sofa's. Whether it be a 60's love seat, a velvet french chase or a pair of houndstooth arm chairs, we have hand picked vintage gems in all shapes and sizes, that will become a keepsake before they've even be sat on, which is a bit special.
Adding vintage pieces to your home doesn't mean you have to stick to all vintage everything either, they can just as easily and beautifully be slotted into modern settings, and make a wonderful hero piece. The trick is to find a connection with the rest of your home, whether this be through colour, era or fabric is up to you!
A colour connection is usually the easiest way, so pairing your vintage one off with artwork and other homewares with combinations of pattern, but similar hue.
When introducing vintage pieces the key word is restraint, that is assuming of course that you're not going for the antique-shop look! Vintage on vintage on vintage can very easily become "old-wordly" very quick so the key factor is balance. Team your vintage pieces with ultra-modern bits and bobs to create a good mix of time & genre.
Reupholstery is a great way to add some new life to grandma's old wingback chair if it's looking a bit tired and worn. Chose a fabric that will compliment what you are trying to achieve with your space. Whether this may be a neutral, gorgeous grey wool that's timeless or a contemporary digital pattern to create a chair that pulls the eye to it & screams "look at me, I'm old and I'm fabulous"! Vintage pieces can be a great way to have some fun with your space.
Vintage pieces, especially furniture, come with history embedded into their core. When included in interiors it is an easy way to add personality & charm to a space and creates the perfect balance of past & present in your home.
Very rarely will you ever find a photoshoot or setting in-store at f&f that doesn't feature vintage pieces of furniture. We just can't get enough. Plus, did anyone say "comfort"?! That ol' saying, they don't make them like they used to certainly applies to vintage furniture.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
We've decided to take the winter blues quite literally this year, and we don't mean by crying into our woollen scarves, we mean by focusing on the colour blue, which just so happens to be one of the easiest, and calmest colours to introduce into your home.
We're here to take your winter blues to a whole new level, no tears we promise.
For winter, whatever shades of blue you decide to incorporate, whether it be bold and bright or soft and subtle, ashy greys and charcoals pair back perfectly. We are loving an indigo/charcoal combination, styled with marble, warm lighting and of course a cosy reindeer hide (they're back!) but there's so many options when it comes to blue, so get excited, because you pretty much can't go wrong!
Starting with staples, like linen and cushions is always less daunting, not to mention loads of fun!
Our new linen from Bedouin Societe is designed to be mixed and matched, so you can mix your blues with greys and then finish with a super soft herringbone throw, and a crash landing of cushions of course!
Or if you're ready to embrace the winter blues in a big way, why not look at adding in bigger pieces like a pair of vintage arm chairs, a dhurrie from Mr Fenton or a signature piece of art.
Choosing an artwork, or piece of furniture with blue as the dominant colour allows you to take your blue colour scheme to the next level, you can now tie in your staples, creating continuity and we predict a feeling of calm and tranquility. And don't forget that blue has been proven to encourage productivity, just a little 'fenton fact' for your Wednesday!
We feel more productive just doing this blue blog post!
Our final winter blues must-have is a candle from Damselfly.
Warmth and humour, two things we can't do without!
Love them moody blues!
Monday, April 13, 2015
So last week for us here at f&f was pretty exciting, we had new artworks from Megan Weston, Vanessa Oter, Helen McCullagh and Kerry Armstrong go up, our bed is now a sea of lilac linen, the new Ivy Muse plant stands came in, and in some of our favourite limited edition colours yet plus (super duper) sparkly new pave diamond rings landed in our jewellery cabinet, and our day dreams for that matter, they are spectacular!
With so much new goodness we think it's absolutely necessary you come in for a visit and a 'diamond drool' and if that's not possible head to our online store immediately!
We love shiny new things!
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The title of our current Haymes colour forecast focus is 'New Skin'
, which sounds pretty inviting considering it's the start of a new season, and almost time for that transition into Winter.
Featuring a cool, tranquil palette that focuses on denim colours and textures, New Skin
is all about easy living and providing a sense of relaxation and tranquillity in a space. Imagine mineral pastels moving through to deep blues and greys. With this palette Haymes are illustrating the erosion that comes with overuse-just like your favourite pair of jeans!
Our New Skin interpretation has come to life in our current window using 'Stormy Blue'
and with a focus on linen, concrete and vintage one offs!
We've decided this look is perfect for the bedroom! Bring New Skin
vibes into your bedroom firstly with lashings of linen, and by lashings we mean layers of greys and blues! Mix and match the colours of your flat sheet, pillow cases and dovet cover and finish with a reindeer hide or a herringbone throw for amped up tranquility and calm.
There's Industrial elements to New Skin
too. For us, bringing in an aspect of industrial can be done subtly with a concrete pendant, our Incy four poster bed and one of our Iron + Brass floor lamps, or simply by sticking to a predominately mineral, grey palette.
Keeping the focus on blues and greys, choose a rug that ties back with your linen, throw and/or artwork. Our picks from Mr Fenton's rug shop are the 3across
, the Prefab Grey
in wool and the Reinjez
(featured in the window in all it's blue and grey glory!) A dhurie not only adds warmth to a space but also adds a textural element that will amp up the tranquility like nothing else.
Finally, mix in vintage and antique pieces to tie back with that theme of erosion, and also because they will give your room personality and charm! We love our Antique Indian Truck Sign and think our cheeky concrete monkeys look pretty cute hanging by our favourite Incy Interiors Bed!
Time to give your bedroom a New Skin we say!
View the full Haymes 2015 Colour Forecast here.
Friday, March 27, 2015
We are big, big fans of the talented glass blowing Amanda Dziedzic. Her hand blown Glass Domes and Yumimeru can and have been described as elegant, sculptural and eye catching, but mostly we think they're just plain gorgeous. Designed and made in Melbourne, they are such a beautiful way to bring colour into your home.
We pulled Amanda away from her blow torch for a quick chat about her success, her background, her dream following advice and well, her blow torch!
1. You had a massive 2014, and pumped out a whole lotta glass! From collabs with Gorman to Dinosaur Designs to TDF Open House and countless features, you must be on cloud nine! It’s all so well deserved and we love having your beautiful pieces at f&f! Can you sum up what you’ve learnt from 2014, a highlight and a few words of advice for
those looking to follow their dreams like you did?
Oh, thank you very much! Last year was amazing for me, it was the year I turned pro. (Or at least that was my mantra for the year) I decided to make the jump and commit 100% to glass which meant saying good bye to my part time job and potentially to a steady pay check. I’m pretty stoked that I did, I worked really hard and one thing kind of seemed to lead to the next. While terrified at the prospect of not having a steady income, saying yes to my practice meant I could say yes to every amazing opportunity that came my way. This meant saying yes to people like Dinosaur Designs and Jardan. My meeting and collaborating with Lisa Gorman was a definite highlight. I feel really strongly about working with Australian makers and designers and have been honoured to work with ones of such high calibre. 2014 was definitely the year of self belief and the year for taking risks. I learnt so many lessons last year and continue to do so with every job I take on. This I guess leads to my advice for other creatives chasing their goals, don’t see a failure or difficulty as a loss, see it as a lesson. It’s just a lesson to make you stronger next time. Trust me, I ‘learn’ something everyday!
2. We probably should have started with your background and how you came to be a glass blower! What exactly IS glass blowing, and what path led you to it?
I started blowing glass way back as an elective as apart of a visual arts degree at Uni SA in Adelaide. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that I would study full time when I moved to Melbourne and did a bachelor of fine arts in glass at Monash. After I graduated I was lucky enough to be accepted into the associate program in Adelaide at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design. It was really here that I learnt how to blow glass. It was both the hardest and most rewarding thing I have ever done. I worked fulltime, long hours probably six days a week most weeks for two years. I came out the other end exhausted but a glass blower.
3. We’d love to hear more about your home, we have clocked onto your love of colour, is this reflected throughout your home?
Last year we were lucky enough to buy our very first home. We have only been in about four months actually! As a total colour fiend it is so exciting to finally be able to paint a wall!! I am really looking forward to this easter where we are going to get it together and paint!! My colour palette that I a working on is grey, turquoise, chartruse and peach. This is blended in with lots of natural elements like plant life and wood elements. We are also a sucker for Danish style furniture. One of my first purchases for the house was an amazing vintage Danish armchair in deep turquoise. I am in love with it! It also goes with out saying that I have a pretty banging collection of glass at home. Most of my own works are more neutral in beautiful brown and amber tones, where as my other pieces from my glassy friends and quite bright. We also have a good collection of art on our walls. My favourite piece is by painter Joe Sorren and it’s called ‘Bull with parasol’. We also have three beautiful owls by Darren Henderson. Another job for easter is putting up shelving to home my collection of goblets and cook book collection!
4. Is there a set process involved in what you do, where do you start?
I usually start with deciding the colours I want to work with. I think knowing which colours work together is a valuable talent and one of my favourite things to work on. I also like the glass to kind of be able to speak for itself. Rather than get hung up on getting the glass to do something, I like to work more fluidly and work with the glass rather than against it. For example with my Yumemiru works its nice to be able to get a feel for how the glass wants to be shaped and have the freedom to make different shapes. Not everyone has to be identical.
5. Hot torches look pretty fun to us, what are you currently experimenting with?
Working with a hot torch is super fun. This is how I make my sculptural work and this year I am looking to create a new body of work which revolves around botanical markers. Iv’e applied to take a class with flame worker Amber Cowan in the states and I’m really hoping I get in! I think it could have the potential to be a big jump for my practice.
6. Any hints as to what’s to come for you in 2015?
This year I have a couple of collaborations in the pipe line but you are going to have to wait and see for those ones! What I can tell you is currently I’m working on developing a range of lighting that I am really excited about. It’s going to be all about the colour and I think they have the potential to be some really gorgeous works. Keep your eyes peeled!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
We're not going to lie, we still get the warm fuzzies when we see hand selected f&f pieces on TV, especially when they are some of our favourites and from one of our favourite block couples, Ayden and Jess! The challenge on last night's episode of The Block (in case you missed it) was to create a clever one-bedder and pitch it for sale to potential buyers, and A&J nailed it. Such a liveable, happy space and how gorgeous does that MSG Urn look in the bedroom!
Well Done Ayden & Jess!
Shop the look below!
4. Bone Hexagon Tray (enquire in-store)
5. Blooming Cushion
6. Indian Pressed Metal Ceiling Screen Printed Cushion (enquire in-store)
Monday, March 23, 2015
We get a lot of hungry eyes lusting after our plants here at f&f, so we thought it was about time we let you in on a few expert gardening tips from our resident expert, who just so happens to be Lucy Fenton's lovely (and very clever) Mum, Angela. You can find Angela pottering around f&f with a watering can most days, she's got an eye for all things fenton but in particular adding foliage inside, and maintaining it outside.
Here's Ang's best advice for going green + a preview of the new Tribal collection from Pop and Scott, coming very soon to f&f!!
1. For those just starting to add foliage inside their home, what are some of your top tips?
Choose the correct plant for the spot you're wanting to fill, the best people to help you out here are right there at your nursery! A spot that receives a decent amount of filtered sunlight is usually perfect for most plants but there's also plants that can survive in your dark corners! Make sure you water them correctly and always read about your plants to find out what they require. Most indoor plants should only be watered once a month! Lastly, don't forget to pop a tray underneath your pot!
2. Thoughts on fake plants?
Fake can be great but can also be tacky so you have to be careful. There's some great rubber plants around, we love the stall at the South Melbourne Market for a no maintenance plants at fenton! We have a couple of beauties hanging in Small Town knotted baskets next to the bed in-store. Also, succulents can often be just as good as fake, they're easy to look after, can grow from a snipping and normally don't require drainage!
3. Favourite Nurseries?
So many! Can highly recommend Glasshaus in Richmond, wonderful selection of indoor plants and great staff! We are also big fans of Loose Leaf here at f&f and have some beautiful hanging baskets from them in our courtyard. Also worth a visit is Dragonfly on Chapel street, Garden of Eden in Albert Park and don't forget about Camberwell Market on Sunday's!
4. Onto nurturing. Give us a quick run down of how to get the most out of your garden.
If you have lots of pots you will get great results. The main thing is watering and paying attention to changes. People think if it rains, that's all a plant needs. Outdoor plants need care all year round. Indoor plants can be temperamental and may not like being moved around, or they may liked to be moved to where the sun is which will change depending on the day and the season. Make sure your plants are suited to their environment is basically the key rule and keep them clean, so wipe dust off them and make sure they are free from bugs and other enemies!
There you have it green thumbs! Now we all know you can't have plants without pots, and we think the new tribal collection from the clever bunch at Pop&Scott are our favourite to date! If you're not on the wishlist to hear about these, give us a call!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Autumn to us is an extra layer on the bed, a (slightly) toned down palette and loads of cups of tea! It's that lead up to winter that makes us want to bring the cosy factor back into our home styling-and we've got loads of goodies in-store now to help you get there!
We've decided, here at f&f, that Autumn is a reshuffle of colour, not a vanishing of colour. We are loving pairing back charcoals and softer greys with earthy colours, and we think the perfect refresh can be done with a combination of the following:
-a new rug
-a few new cushions
-a new artwork
We are loving our new linen, and think 'saffron' is the perfect earthy colour to bring Autumn into your bedroom. Style with dark and light greys and deep greens via indoor plants. Add texture with a throw on the end of the bed, or our personal favourite, a Reindeer Hide.
Carry this blissful earthiness through the rest of your living areas with leather/timber combo's like our criss cross range of leather strapping chairs or stools, a cow hide + subtle splashes of Amber (hint, hint-our new range of Amanda Dziedzic hand blown glass Yumimeru are perfect!!)
OR start again by building from the floor up, you've got two options with your autumn rug: warm colours that team well with autumn greys or a neutral palette of greys and un-dyed yarn for total calm. We can help you with either or both, and don't forget you can customise your own rug!
And finally, if you've got art on the brain, a change in season can be a great time to explore new artists! We have beautiful new works from Michael Bond
, Vanessa Oter
and Jai Vasicek
that fit perfectly into any Autumn palette.
P.S Autumn Pots alert! The new Pop and Scott Tribal range, set to hit us here at f&f very soon ties in with everything above very, very nicely. Loving that mustard yellow. Call us now to make sure you're on the wish list.
Autumn's awesome, let's face it.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
When it comes to rugs you may as well call us 'rugaholics', we want them everywhere from the hallway to under the dining table. They are your piece of artwork for the floor and Mr Fenton's passion and we can't believe we haven't interviewed him sooner!
With no further ado, here's Mr Fenton talking rugs, or dhurries if you want to show off.
1.Where did your desire to design rugs come from, is design something you’ve always
had a flare for?
Well... we all begin life as creative little monkeys and I was no different, however I veered towards the sciences in my youth. During a prolonged sojourn away from normality I realised that creativity is an inherent aspect of consciousness and those who are good at it have merely learned how not to stand in the way of their own light, or to borrow your metaphor, they know how to allow themselves to 'shine'. The most common response to the style of work I produced at that time was that it appeared to be computer generated, and my current obsession with geometry is surely an extension of that. I like to think that I am working in a space where mathematics and creativity meet. So, not to get too deep and meaningful, I would say that my drive to create comes from a desire for truth. After all, mathematics is simply a glorified paintbrush that human beings use to interpret and represent the universe in terms that our minds can understand. The Mona Lisa and E=mc² both symbolise equally valid versions of the truth.
2. Can you tell us a bit more about the dhurrie and it’s heritage.
The art of dhurrie weaving has been around for at least 2000 years, so it's difficult to be precise as to its origins. However, the dhurrie exists in an evolutionary position between flat woven grass matting, the purpose of which is more protective than decorative, and pile carpets which are almost purely decorative. Their portability made them more suited to the nomadic lives of ancient trading civilizations in the areas around what are now Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India. There is certainly evidence to suggest that one of the first uses of the dhurrie was as a protective underlay beneath the carpets of Mughal Emperors, and for outdoor ceremonial purposes, or as the floor coverings of their tents while they were travelling.
3. We know you’ve travelled to India to see your rugs being woven and meet the makers, what’s it like watching your designs being made and come to life?
It's a mixture of equal parts anxiety and excitement, love and hate, fear and wonder. Nothing ever goes 100% according to plan, but mostly the end result is very satisfying.
4.Top rug choosing tips, give us three!
The advice I would give for selecting a rug relates in a way to the manner in which I design them. Many of the designs I produce appeal to a narrow audience. I try not to allow the little voice of 'broad public appeal' in my head to get in the way of my creative process. For the client who's rug needs are quite specific or who may want something a bit daring, or that makes a statement, I believe Mr Fenton is well positioned to provide a solution. In short:
1. Be adventurous
2. Back your own judgement
3. Understand the space you need to fill
5.Your favourite design so far?
Tough question! I am particularly fond of Blooming and Entity - hexagons seem to be a recurring theme in my design life. However my favourite design is probably one that we haven't seen yet... which leads me to your next question...
6. Mr.Fenton’s rug shop just keeps on growing, what’s next?
As always, be on the lookout for fresh new designs as I am obsessed with constantly expanding the range of options available to our rug clients. I am also currently working with our supplier on producing our designs in handknotted carpets in viscose, wool and pure silk. Not only will all of our designs soon be available to order as carpets, but I am also developing a range of designs specifically as carpets. In addition to new dimensions of design possibilities, they will add a new level of luxury to the Mr Fenton offering.
Explore rugs here
or come visit us in the rug shop!
Friday, March 06, 2015
If you consider yourself more of a minimalist when it comes to your home, love the 'shining stone' that is marble and look to Scandinavian style then we think (ok, we know) Harpers Project is going to get you very, very excited.
New to f&f, Harper's Project live by the Scandinavian mantra, 'Buy Once, Buy Well'. Clean, raw timber meets marble to create timeless pieces that work just as well together as they do on their own, and the best part? Designs are explored, born and created in Melbourne and hand crafted by carpenters, no mass production here folks.
It's no wonder the Greek named marble 'the shining stone', it really does bring elegance and beauty to wherever it's placed. We thought we'd share some of our own top tips on incorporating marble into your home, by breaking down each HP piece.
1. The Dining Table
You can't help but feel a little grand sitting at a marble dining table. In the words of Harpers Project themselves, "The white marble bullnose polish finish makes this product a versatile styling dream."
We think a marble dining table should be the hero, and styled with this in mind. A bone hexagon tray and some fresh flowers should just about do it we think.
2. The Coffee Table
One of our favourites, the low coffee table. Designed by Harpers Project with the versatile intention to be styled as the statement in the room with nothing on it at all or just as elegantly with a bowl, coasters or fresh flowers.
3. The stool
We love this stool. If you should opt to have these at your kitchen bench, why not create continuity by using one as feature in a separate space, either as a stand for a pot or vase or to marry an empty corner. Alternatively, these can be purchased for just that, as a feature piece to showcase a gorgeous indoor plant, a favourite piece of ceramic or nothing at all!
4. The side table
A marble side table is a wonderful way to instantly create elegance to any space. Prop it next to your favourite chair piled with books, next to your bed with a lamp or next to a matching stool as a means of displaying some of your favourites. We love the way green pops against this clean, white marble so adding foliage is always going to be a winner in our eyes!
Marvel at marble now online or in-store.
We are currently taking orders for Harpers Project, feel free to call us with any queries!
Monday, March 02, 2015
It’s such a blissful feeling to find an artist who’s work makes you feel instantly Zen, which is exactly what Helen’s vibrant oil paintings evoke. F&F's newest artist Helen McCullagh was just recently selected as a finalist in the prestigious Muswellbrook Art prize, her still life works internationally sought after for their texture, modern interpretation and technique. Interviewing Helen was just as peaceful as her paintings, here’s what she had to say from up in her treehouse.
We love the texture and colour in your work, it really does have a serene effect that make’s us want to slow down and smell the roses, so to speak! How else do you want people to feel when they look at your paintings?
Mainly I just like my paintings to feel happy, but I also like them to evoke emotion. Many of my paintings are colourful and bursting with flowers which I hope create joy to the viewer, others are slightly deeper and speak to my more emotive side. I think there is something timelessly beautiful about a still life and I like to reproduce this genre in a modern context.
Tell us a bit about the road to fine art for you, where did you start?
I've been drawing and painting since I was a child. I studied art in secondary school and went on to do a Bachelor of Fine Art at University. It sounds cliched but after meeting my fiancé my work and style has completely changed and I think it's reflective of how happy I am in life.
How would you describe your style and how has it changed over the years?
I majored in painting at uni, however my style has completely evolved since then. Initially my work was figurative based and quite embedded with emotion. However, we moved to a gorgeous tree house in Northern NSW a year ago and what I've produced since has been full of vibrant colours and painterly techniques. I paint surrounded by greenery so the reinterpretation of the space just flows out. I LOVE oil paint and the silky layers it can create.
We imagine your home to be full of sunshine and always in full bloom, what does your ultimate space consist of?
We are very lucky to have a beautiful home. I live with my partner and two dogs Rosie and Tank, on 20 acres overlooking Mt Warning. Our house is full of colour, art and antiques. Our walls are covered in Australian art. My ultimate space would be walls and walls of art! I'm definitely not minimalist - I love organised chaos and clashing patterns, textures and fabrics.
You’re a teacher as well! Tell us a bit about how you balance this and your personal work.
At the moment I'm focussing on my art as that takes up the majority of my time. I love to do a couple of days casual teaching every now and then however my art is turning into a full time job - which I love.
Do you have any key influencers?
I love the modern interpretation of the still life genre by Craig Waddell, Bridgette McNab and Robert Malherbe - just beautiful. I also like the modernist artists like Matisse and Degas. I feel like there's a real renaissance for beautiful art at the moment.
Career highlight so far?
There have been so many wonderful things happening at the moment it's hard to pinpoint one - however I'm stoked to have my work at Fenton & Fenton!
When are you happiest?
I'm happiest when I'm painting, listening to the radio with the dogs at my feet.
You can have a closer look at Helen's available works here
or call in-store to arrange viewing.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Well it's that time of year again, our annual f&f warehouse sale has kicked off at it's new (and very yellow) location on Garden Street in South Yarra and what a first day it has been! Thank you to all who joined us at our warehouse wonderland today, and fear not there's still plenty more f&f finds to be found! The warehouse is bursting with bargains, sneak a peek below, we hope to see you all there this weekend!
48 Garden Street
Saturday 28/2 10AM-5:30 PM
Monday, February 23, 2015
Lucky Melbournites, this is your chance to win our version of a golden ticket to the fenton&fenton annual warehouse sale! The sale kicks off this Friday through to Sunday and to celebrate the madness that awaits us we're giving away 10 x VIP passes, entitling the winner to a full hour of shopping before the doors open officially to the public!
1. Follow and Tag @fenton_and_fenton
2. Regram the image
- VIP tickets are transferable (so if you cannot make it you can give it to a friend to shop on your behalf)
- Each winner can bring 1 friend - Winners will be allowed to enter the sale on Friday 27th of February at 9am
- Winners will be announced at 7pm on Thursday 26th of February AEST
See you all on the weekend for our best sale yet and don't forget to get gramming for a chance at a cheeky head start!
Friday, February 20, 2015
We love talking about our favourite place in the world (excluding exotic islands and other holiday lands) the one and only 'bed', which is why when our new 100% linen bedding arrived from bedouin societe we thought what better time to chat bedding on the blog.
There's so much to talk about when it comes to bedding, so get comfortable, because you'll never want to leave the fenton bed.
Let's start with the basics. We're talking your fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillow cases and douvet cover. We're going to be controversial here, because we can never choose just one colour, and say these do not have to match! The bedouin societe is based around this philosophy also, with collections designed to work together or stand apart. We love that.
Speaking of bedoin societe, we're also going to aim to convert you all to linen bedding. Not only does it feel amazing to sleep in (like, arr-mazing) it also gets softer with each wash, breaths like nothing else because it's a natural fibre and looks relaxed and oh-so-comfortable.
Ok, here's where we give you a red hot fenton tip. For that layered, draped 'fenton' look try two flat sheets instead of a doona cover. So one underneath your quilt and one on top. Go for a size larger than your bed too, that way your dovet or sheets drape right to floor.
Here's one we prepared earlier..
Here comes the fun part. Mixing in pattern, texture and a little extra padding. Yes, we're taking you to cushion town.
Our block quilts are a great way to add a splash of colour and a versatile layer. They can act as that extra layer in winter or your one and only in summer. 100% cotton, super soft and handmade in India. Use the colour to act as your base for your throw and cushions, tie in with an artwork or feature in the room or to compliment your basic bedding. There's no rules! Choosing a colour palette is always the best way to achieve an inviting space though.
Next up, throws. That end of the bed addition for when you want to curl up with a book on a Sunday afternoon without getting under all the covers, or just get your bed looking fresh outta Vogue. We love a throw. Our favourite being Kantha quilts, which are a beautiful way to add in both texture and pattern, and are light as can be so can easily rotate from bed to sofa! Tie this in with your block quilt or cushions for fenton perfection.
Pictured: Lucy Fenton's Beach House in Anglesea, Victoria.
Onto cushions. Adding cushions is essential in our eyes. It's the plush effect and it makes your bed all the more cosy. Plus there's so many amazing cushions out there to play with! We say if you have the space for them get some European pillows in the back and some smaller, quirkier patterns in front of your pillows. Again, tie these in either with your block quilt and throw, your basic bedding colours or a feature in the room, like an artwork.
Now, let's never get out of bed!
All bedding is available in-store or online here
(oops we mean xx, fell asleep for a minute!)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
We've got a case of the blues (and the purples) here at f&f, but not in a bad way, in a very very good way! Our new 'Windy Peak
' and 'Ravinia
' walls courtesy of our friends at Haymes Paint
are just the change we needed.
It always helps when you have an antique Caravaggio inspired painted wooden panel straight from your Indian travels!
Straying from traditional wall colours can be intimidating, especially when you want to style it with predominantly what you already have. That's why light, pastel-like options can be the perfect option. These subtle blues and purples team perfectly with metallics, greys and even bold colours like pinks, blues and teals!
You know what they say, a change is as good as a holiday!
Shop our two new looks below!
1. Helen McCullagh 'Hydrangeas In Full Bloom'
2. Abigail Ahern Pineapple Sconce
3.Abigail Ahern Bulldog Lamp
4. Skull Apothecary Bottle Candle
5. Bone Inlay Commode
1. Genu Floor Lamp
2. Laelie Berzon 'Bare'
3. Wing Book ends
4. Wire Spindle Cactus
5. Finn Retro Desk
Stay tuned for more from f&f and Haymes!
Saturday, February 14, 2015
The newest artist to colour us excited here at f&f is Brisbane based abstract artist Michael Bond. Michael is self taught and super talented and his bold and engaging pieces have that capability to make any room come to life, and become a great starting point for styling your space. We had to know more about Michaels striking style and what gets him painting, here's what we chatted about!
1. Tell us a little bit about your background and the road that led you to becoming a fine artist.
I'm a hairdresser by trade but have painted for as long as I remember. My art is my drug. When I paint I am totally immersed... there is nothing else! Last year I was struck by the idea of seeing where my artwork could go, so I turned to social media and started posting for all the world to see.
2. How would you describe your work?
My work would be described as abstract, sometimes abstract / landscape. My work captures captures my feelings, memories and emotions, all displayed on the canvas.
My early days of painting I painted realistic landscapes, but turned to abstract and found it to be a more expressive way to be able to display these feelings.
3. Do you have a set process or is each piece a different journey? Do you always work with acrylic and gallery linen?
Michael Bond North By Northwest
122cm x 122cm
Acrylic on gallery linen
Michael Bond Breaker
122cm x 122cm
Acrylic on gallery linen
There really is no set process with my work, each piece is a different journey. Just like in everyday life, it comes with some highs and also some lows.. Usually the early stages of my work give no indication to the end product. My early days painting I tended to use oils, but choose acrylic these days because of the faster drying time (I'm a tad impatient), and since an artist friend persuaded me to try linen, I'm now hooked on the finish and the texture it's gives.
4. We love your bold use of colour, do you know what colours you’re going to use before you start painting or is this part of the process?
Usually I have a colour or colour combination in mind before I start.
Sometime the colour or combination will be inspired by something that I have recently seen or sometimes (as some say) by the mood that I am in!!
Sometimes my palette consists of calmer more neutral tones with a pop of colour to add interest just as it is, in my home
Michael Bond 3AM
122cm x 122cm
Acrylic on gallery linen
Michael Bond Back Paddock
122cm x 122cm
Acrylic on gallery linen
5. Can you share a few of your key influencers with us? Where or who do you turn to for inspiration?
There are many, many artists who influence me, one in particular is Jo Davenport. Her use of colour and emotive brushstrokes is devine!
Also, I have come to realise that my work is strongly inspired by the beauty of nature, the colours and textures that surround us everyday.
A lot of the influence of my work comes from memories or images that may pop into my head from time to time. Whether these memories are from my childhood or as early as yesterday, they are stored away into the filing system we call our brain, waiting to be created into a visual glimpse or snapshot into my thoughts and emotions.
6. Lastly, wise words from the artist for those thinking of purchasing your work?
Michael Bond's work can be viewed here
or you can call us in-store to arrange viewing.
Monday, February 09, 2015
We're all loved up here at f&f, because Valentines Day is coming up and we think it's a bit nice to tell someone, anyone or everyone that you love them! And if you get into the spirit of giving like we do, we've got a few tricks up our sleeve to share with you.
Check out our love list below.
Saturday, February 07, 2015
We took a moment to talk Summer lovin' with one of our favourite courtyard brands Basil Bangs. Half of Basil Bangs Kirsta Huebner gave us the low down on personal favourites, the true awesomeness of the beach umbrella, and Frosty Fruits!
Photo Credit: Maree Homer
Describe your ultimate Summer’s day in Australia.
It would have to be surrounded by our favourite people, by the water and with some very good looking shade...lounging of course on an abundance of cushions and Love Rugs!! We've been lucky to enjoy some glorious days recently which started with early morning swims and ended with long lunches in the backyard and nude babies playing in buckets. Quite idyllic really!
What's not to love about an Aussie summer though: Frosty Fruits, salty skin, burning your feet running across the sand, jumping into the pool in the afternoon, the feeling of "holidays" in the air, heading off for a beach swim at 7pm on a Tuesday after work (thanking you, Mr daylight savings), walking the neighbourhood and smelling all the gorgeous flowers... (clearly my words here, not mike's!), and generally how happy people are.
Perfect picnic spread on a love rug?
We come from families of foodies (Mike's dad is an old-school Italian deli owner) so there's always oodles of antipasto, meats and cheeses in our picnic basket, plus crunchy sourdough, cool drinks (the good ol' G&T is our tipple of choice this summer, coconut water is our toddler's favourite), and some kind of amazing salad creation ala Ottolenghi...and maybe some perfect peaches and dark chocolate for dessert. Lindt's dark chocolate, salted caramel to be specific. Though I also have a soft spot for choc chip cookies, so they might also make the cut if I'm in the mood to bake.
Beach Umbrella’s, break it down for us, why are they so awesome?
They rock, quite simply, because they behave as well as they look! That is, they're easy to put up and put down, they're easy on the eye and very transportable. We choose the highest grade materials and processes available in our manufacturing to ensure the umbrellas are robust and age gracefully.
If you had to pair two of your outdoor cushion prints together what would they be?
That's like asking us to choose between our children! Hm. We like mixing them up, but a favourite combo is The Shrubbery and Kaleidoscope. We also like Fanatic and Splice. I also love mixing our striped umbrellas up with the cushion prints. Partly Cloudy looks great with Chaplin, and Awareness with Marigold. So. many. options.
Who would be your ultimate artist to collaborate with for a Basil Bangs print?
In no particular order, and not really worrying about mortality: Warhol. Rothko. Yayoi Kusama. Damian Hirst.
But that's a hard question. There are so many great artists practicing at the moment who we admire and would love to work with.
Shop Basil Bangs here
and make the most of summer!
Who feels like a Frosty Fruit?
Friday, January 30, 2015
Maria of Melbourne born and based Say Hola
is one Latina lady we couldn't wait to learn more about! Her unique palm prints are currently gracing the fenton walls, each individual print reminding us on the daily that we all have our own path to discover. We just love these, and all they represent!
We took a 'minuto' to get to know Maria, aka Say Hola
Firstly, Say Hola, best name. Tell us a bit about your background and where this came from?
Oh gracias! The name ‘Say Hola’ is about staying close to my roots. I’m a Latina and even though I’ve lived here most of my life, mid-sentence I forget a word in English, so I say it in Spanish and sometimes I throw it in just for fun. 'Spanglish' is my lingo and I’m just having fun playing with words which is a trend often seen my work. It’s also a simple and positive message which encourages people to connect and I like that.
We can’t help but feel happy when we look at your hand prints. Tell us more about the palm and it’s story.
I see hands as the givers and the takers, the nurturers, the healers....they are also my tools to create so it’s natural that I use them to tell my story in a graphic, positive and straight up way. I am drawn to the Hand of Fatima, which is a Middle Eastern symbol used for protection and guidance, so each hand I create embraces this intention. In my work I celebrate our unique life paths, with geometric patterns that are connected to the paper flags/papel picado that hang at any Latin celebration. Often you will read a message in a quirky font within the hands, like a tattoo, it’s a reminder of something beyond the experience.
We can only imagine how gorgeous your home is, do you have any stand out tips when it comes to home styling?
Our humble rainbow casa is perfect, we love it here….everything in it was chosen by us, for us. Keeping in mind that I also work from my home based studio, I wanted both living and work spaces to flow but be able to disconnect from my everyday house stuff when I needed to. When styling our home, I didn’t follow any rules or stick to any design principals, it was enjoyable and intuitive, I knew what was right for us and our two chicas.
My first tip is to be yourself, define how you want to feel when you walk into your own space, this will create a framework for you to begin. Choose pieces that express your personality and individuality. I wanted our home to feel relaxed, inspiring and playful so I chose bright colours, tribal patterns and spontaneous accessories.
Keep indoor plants…something I learnt from my mama growing up was that plants = life and plus green balances all other colours (in my book at least) and it’s a good colour for the soul, for its healing and calming properties. Be brave and hang them from the ceiling in a sunny corner, place them in a wire pot stand or in a patterned pot on the floor. Plants are like friends, the more the merrier!
Choose awesome artwork (ehemmmm). Art is a conversation starter or stopper! Choose carefully but don’t be scared of the experience - be prepared with size, light, mood you want to create etc. Once you’ve chosen the right piece, hang it and watch the rest of the room sing in harmony.
Where does your main source of inspiration come from?
There are a few things that spark my desire to do what I do. Firstly, I’m influenced by different cultures and traditions particularly Latin (of course) Indian and Moroccan. Their aesthetics share a spontaneous, crafty, colourful and busy characteristic - I create with this theory in mind. I’m also fascinated with the craft of palm reading, hence the name of my last exhibition – “Chiromancy”. I’m intrigued that every line, dot or mark on our palm tells a story, just like reading code. Lastly, I love fashion, I’m obsessed with Balmain and Mara Hoffman at the moment, their pieces make a statement with their bold and detailed patterns – it’s my weakness!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
There is an exciting opportunity to join the fenton&fenton team as a full time Store Manager.
We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic person who is passionate about interiors with retail experience in a management position.
The successful applicant will have:
An ability to coach, manage and motivate retail assistants in a high volume, fast paced business.
Have a hands on approach and lead by example.
An ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with customers and their team.
A commitment to maintaining company policy, both for yourself and with team members.
Leadership and excellent communication skills.
Strong Visual Merchandising standards.
To be successful in this role, you will need a proven record in successful retail management and be able to provide insights from previous leadership experience.
Experience with the Lightspeed sales system or similar will be highly regarded.
We need someone who is available to work full time from Tuesday - Saturday. Email us your CV to be considered, email@example.com
Thursday, January 22, 2015
So the inflatable swan no longer lives in the window with all the other colour that was our summer holidays window, instead we have worked with our clever friends at Haymes to bring you a beautifully blissful and neutral window reflecting one of Haymes key 2015 colour forecast themes, Raw
explores the notion of detoxification-cutting out the clutter-and redefining what is important through a process of natural selection. The palette is made up of neutral, soft tones creating a calm environment. Providing a subdued and ethereal aesthetic, warm browns and creams form the perfect base for any interior styling.
We are feeling so inspired to start the new year with less clutter, so this couldn't be a more perfect window to start 2015 with! Big thank you to Haymes, who helped us decide on two feature colours for our windows "Smoky Silhouette' and 'Refuge 1'.
Looking to go Raw? Here's some of our tips, think stripped back Scandinavian, the old 'less is more' and light and bright beach house additions.
TIP #1-COLOUR, ADD A COAT OF PAINT!
We may as well start with paint colour, because without these beautiful walls this look would be nowhere. Adding a new coat of paint to tired walls can do absolute wonders, and is a great way to get you inspired for a brand new look. The neutral tones we've used from Haymes are both peaceful and easy to work with when it comes to styling. We've chosen 'Smoky Silhouette' and 'Refuge 1'
TIP#2-MATERIALS, IT'S ALL ABOUT ADDING TEXTURE.
TIP #3-CHOOSE KEY ITEMS/SCALE BACK!
Lighter timbers such as beech look amazing against neutral tones, and really play up that Scandinavian Raw look. Experiment with different textures and materials by white washing a coffee table or sideboard (if you're game!) painting the end of natural antlers with a complementary colour (or just white) and adding in a few collectables, ambient lighting and twigs and branches bunched together as a feature.
1. Cushions are the perfect way to tie everything together. Our basketweave cushion sits perfectly amongst raw colours, and if you're lucky in a Byron Bay hanging chair!
2. Taxidermy is a love or hate, if it's a love then our deer head is a key item worth thinking about. It's something you'll have and adore forever.
Our new concrete pendants
are perfect for scaled back styling, whats more raw than raw concrete? Hang them in groups to create a gorgeous corner of ambient light.
4. Getting rid of the clutter doesn't mean there's no room for some key smaller items, adding shells or sea urchins in a woven bowl is such a simple yet effective way of adding texture and a little colour. Our sea urchins are available for purchase in-store.
5. Finally, our favourite, the Byron Bay hanging chair. Oh how we dream of having one of these in every room. The Dark Rattan really compliments the Haymes Raw story, we basically want to live in the window. Call us in-store to enquire about our hanging chairs.
TIP#4-SIDEBOARD STYLING WILL SAVE THE DAY.
Welcoming an elegant sideboard into your life is always a good idea, trust us. One, they're a perfect way to hide the clutter and two they are a great canvas for styling. A fresh sideboard accessorise can make your room look a million bucks! For this look we're all about natural antlers, feature lighting and taxidermy.
Our new Ashwood 'Genu' floor lamp
is just perfect for a scaled back lounge look, with it's linen shade and ultra light frame, it's the hero in the room without stealing all the attention.
Isn't he divine. We have one taxidermy Tawny Frog Mouth Owl available to purchase in-store. This is how to add character and charm.
Natural Antlers. We can't get enough. You just can't go wrong, with just one or a few overlapping. Available in-store.
Finally our danish designed 'Finn' sideboard
in beech timber. So elegant, so perfect.
TIP#5-COW HIDES TO ADD TEXTURE INSTEAD OF PATTERN
Adding a cow hide to the floor is a beautiful way to create warmth and texture, without getting patterns involved. Get some tan leather and a feather head dress involved for maximum calm and comfort.
Adding a clean, white pendant creates a brightness that not all lights can achieve. It's not safe, it's classic. We love our Ashwood pendants
We had to include our Zebra cushion
. The perfect way to compliment neutral colours with a splash of yellow!
The best thing about this look is how transitional and functional it is. Come winter all you have to do is add a reindeer hide for instant warmth!
Art doesn't necessarily have to be a canvas or framed print, try a feather headdress, a weaving or some African baskets to create art in the room, what better pieces to tie together the raw, nature inspired room you've created. And the best thing about this, is often you can find things to pop on the wall that are inexpensive!
Finally, don't forget a desk lamp. Our Ashwood stencil lamp
is so gorgeous against a freshly painted wall because you can see through to the colour!
The Haymes 2015 colour forecast is definitely worth a look if you're feeling a change brewing at your abode! You can see more on Raw here
, and the full forecast here
Head into store for a closer look!
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Because we love Australia as much as you do, we will be closed on Monday 26th of Jan to celebrate Australia Day. Whether you're spending the day at the beach (with your Mr. Fenton's round beach towel
, of course!), enjoying a cold one over a BBQ with mates or enjoying the Australian Open we hope it's a ripper!
If you're packing the car & heading off to the beach, sitting poolside or entertaining friends at home we have you covered. We have put together our Top 10 Australia Day essentials list which also doubles as the perfect top 10 summer essentials list, too!
Here it is.....
1. Basil Bangs Miss Marigold Umbrella, 2. Mr Fenton's Six Degrees Pixagon Beach Towel, 3. Basil Bangs Jungle Fever Love Rug
, 4. Inflatable Flamingo
, 5. Merfins
our Trays Excellente Trays
, 7. Tait Jak Chair
. our Mr Fenton's Beach Towels
, 9. Outdoor Watermelon Cushion
our favourite, the Hanging Chair!
Summers looking like a beauty! Happy Australia Day, Australia!
Monday, January 19, 2015
Whether it's pendant, floor or desk, the way you choose to light a room is pretty much make or break in terms of vibe. Sounds dramatic, but it's true. Good lighting=good vibes!
We're pretty excited about all the new lighting we have to share with you. There's a bit of retro, a bit of concrete, a bit of LED and well pretty much a bit of everything. So whatever space you're wanting to light up, alas it's right here. We'll light the way!
How cute are our Ashwood lamps? Choosing between the LED stencil or the fabric shade is the hard part. The floor lamps are the perfect way to light up a corner and provide ambient lighting while the desk lamp can provide task lighting or even highlight an artwork sitting above a sideboard.
Modern meets retro, these block colour pendant lamps might just be our favourite. These can be placed anywhere in your house for functional or decorative lighting. We vote on kitchen though!
The concrete pendant comes in small and large and clustered together look incredibly classy. Concrete chic even.
And finally, our copper pendant. As seen above our heads at the fenton counter. Bow down. Copper is here to stay. These look stunning paired or in a row but would also make amazing bedside pendants.
There's so much more to see in-store and online
if you're in lighting mode.
Until next time, let there be light!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
We were so in love with the piece Vanessa Oter submitted for our recent Peace Of Art exhibition that we had to see more!
We are just about to receive three new works from Vanessa so what better time to get to know the artist behind these mesmerising abstracts we can't stop staring at!
Vanessa's path towards fine art has been just as bold and colourful as her work. The mood and raw emotion she uses as inspiration to create a connection with her artwork is beautiful and we feel very lucky to have them! She truly is one of those artists we just had to know more about, and here's what we found out!
1. There's so much to talk about with your art! The texture, the colours, the words! How would you describe your work?
I've been an artist since I was a child. Born with a paint brush in hand my mum reckons! My work is so personal, like a diary, an inner landscape of my thoughts. My painting is something that I use to document my emotional territory. I use words and paint with a huge emphasis on surface texture and a variety of mark making combined with spontaneous impulses to create art that is unique and autobiographical.
2. Tell us a bit about Vanessa's path to fine art. What is it that first drew you to abstract and how has your work evolved?
I went to a strict Catholic School that did not promote the arts... I used to draw in class , every class, dreaming of just being free..at the end of year 12 I had a body of work I made at home and went off to art school (RMIT) and it all got better from there.. After art school I travelled around Europe and decided to go to NY.. I bought a one way ticket to NYC and spent 5/6 years living there , painting.. Living. I worked alongside the legendary Alfred Leslie (Beat Generation/film maker, painter) teaching drawing at Boston University, travelling to and from NY and Boston weekly.
I painted. I had 5 exhibitions in NYC with one show having some press in New York Times in 2000. I came home to Australia after missing my family.. Did my honours at RMIT in painting which helped me develop my ideas.. ( so many ideas ) further..
Apart from pure painting I also make sewing installations.. I've just bought a huge round hay bale as I now live in country Vic and I love using multi media to develop my relationship I have with the landscape...
'Putt Putt' 60cm x 60cm, Oil and mixed media on canvas
'Landscape Dwelling' 150cm x 200cm, Oil and mixed media on canvas
3. We imagine your studio space to be quirky and fun, what sort of working environment gets your brush going the most and what does a typical painting day involve?
My studio is messy actually.. But I like it to be ventilated because I use heavy mediums, oils and turps.
I had my garage purposely transformed for my work. I put a wall down the middle of the space so one side I can keep work free of flying paint. .. My work day in studio usually starts with coffee after I madly get my son off to school and walk the dog. I try to clean up a bit after each painting session and I have beautiful views everywhere I look I can sometimes ( weather depending ) walk down the road and paint en plein air! It's a dream.. Really stunning.
4. Who or what is creatively inspiring you at the moment?
I am very in touch with the various textures and colours of the landscape..my paintings are influenced by the layers and movements of it. I use my mood/emotion to get a work going.. A painting is often the result of many factors! I like to think of my work as a physical part of my thoughts and internal processes.. I'm influenced by many artists.. Joan Mitchell is a big one..
'Urban Country' 150cm x 150cm, Oil and mixed media on canvas
5. What was your proudest moment of 2014?
Being asked to be a part of a Peace of Art! I was so happy to help a charitable cause! It was such a great feeling to know my painting helped contribute to children's education in Eithopia! We have so much here in Australia.. Great to give!
6. It was an amazing exhibition, we're so happy you could be a part of it! And what's to come in 2015? Any hints?
I hope to be painting full time.. An exhibition would be great! I am hoping to take another overseas trip this year too.. It's been way too long and my son is now old enough to remember a holiday of a lifetime!
We are thrilled to have three new pieces of Vanessa's story at fenton&fenton from Thursday January 22nd. For any enquiries feel free to call us in-store on (03)9533 2323 or you can view the works here.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
From Real Living to Yen magazine plus countless exhibitions around the globe, oh and an Archibald Prize nomination last year, Mia Oatley is making colourful waves with her stand-out style and really is one of the most exciting young artists to watch right now.
Mia Oatley's budgies are the latest works to light up the fenton walls, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have them.
We took a minute to get to know this talented lady, and her feathered friends.
1. We love the budgie love going on at fenton&fenton right now! Have your feathered friends always been a part of your creative journey?
Oh thanks so much! I started adding big bright birds like macaws into my figurative work about 3 years ago, and that took me in a new direction. I enjoyed painting the the birds so much, all the amazing colour combinations that I could create with them, and their little personalities, that my love of painting feathered friends grew from there!
2. Do you have a favourite colour combination?
While I'm always getting enthusiastic about new ways to evolve my palette, I am currently a little in love with teal, with gelato pink, bold orange, or lemon yellow!
3. You’ve exhibited all over the world! Where has been your favourite place so far?
Definitely Paris. My family flew over for the exhibition so it was very special to me.
4. Your work is so bold and vivid, do you have a New Years resolution to match?
Yes I do! totally changing my whole diet to be more healthy, getting fit, and I can tell you that I am truly unfit after my first session at the pool today!
Welcome to f&f Mia Oatley! You can view Mia's works here or visit us in-store for the close up.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
What a year!
The team at Fenton & Fenton wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a happy New Year! We would also like to thank you for all of your support in 2014.
We will be closed from Christmas Day and reopening Saturday 3rd of January 2015. Our online store is open during this time but all new orders will be dispatched from Monday 5th of January.
We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2015!
Love, f&f x
Saturday, December 20, 2014
If a Megan Weston artwork is at the very top of your Christmas wish-list then you are in luck!
We have received our final drop of artwork for the year. Megan has been busy working on these pieces for months and they are gorgeous! Check out all the available artwork here
Ps. how cool are the Gillie & Marc 'Dogman' & 'Rabbitgirl' polyresin sculptures?! We have just received a really, really, really
big bright pink 'Dogman' - check him out in store!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Those of you on our 'wish-list' should have received an email today to let you know that....
the pots are back in stock for the last time this year!
We have received some of P&S's new 'beach-house' range which couldn't be more perfect for summer. Along with the 'gold' range and of course, our favourites, the 'classics'!
Pop into store or call us on 03 9533 2323 to check on availability. Be quick though, we estimate that they won't last long!
The 'Beach-house' range & the 'gold' range. Photos curtesy of Pop & Scott.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Counting down to Christmas as an adult without a choccy advent calendar, and a headache instead of a sugar rush is never a good time. Which is why we're very pleased to remind you, you can shop for everyone here at f&f!
Here's some inspiration for Christmas gifting.
Still stuck? Just get towels, trust us.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Thursday, December 11, 2014
We recently joined our friends at Haymes for some colour forecasting, teaming a bunch of our fenton favourites with their amazing 2015 paint colours. Take a peek.
Heads up, it's a ripper.
Whether you want to make 2015 about simplicity, earthy everything, foliage and all things green and gold or big punches of retro colour there is something to help you find inspiration in the Haymes digital magazine.
Here's a few of our favourites, ready for their close up.
Tim Webber, Duffle Ottoman.
Copper Candy Skull.
Node Wire Bowl. Available in 10 colours!
Tait Wall Planter.
F&F fishscale bone inlay tray.
F&F Block Quilt in grey.
View the magazine here
and get excited about all that can come from a fresh coat of paint!
Monday, December 08, 2014
Well we officially wrapped up our Peace Of Art Exhibition on Thursday evening in fine fenton fashion with a glass (or five) of Terindah Estate sparkling 'Methode Traditionelle' and great company, for a great cause.
Together with our 73 amazingly talented and generous artists and bidders we raised $107,500 for Schools A Gift! All of which will be going directly to Ethiopia to help build an entire secondary school! Chuffed is an understatement, team fenton are THRILLED!
Big thanks again to our event partner Terindah Estate who very kindly kept the sparkling flowing for the evening. This stuff is special, trust us, and if you're looking for a Christmas gift to impress this is it.
Shop Terindah Estate here.
View all the photos from Peace Of Art, closing night here
Thursday, December 04, 2014
PEACE OF ART CLOSES TONIGHT!
Today is the very last day of Peace of Art. Don't forget to place your bids before 9pm on Galabid/Peaceofart!
This will be your very last chance to snap up an artwork for yourself - and remember, all proceeds go towards building schools in remote Ethiopia so dig deep!
Here is the link to the auction - http://galabid.com/auction/peaceofart
- JOIN US -
We would also love for you to join us tonight from 6-8pm for the official closing party at Fenton&Fenton.
It's going to be great fun and we will be auctioning live three incredible artworks by Leila Jeffreys, Miranda Skoczek and Megan Weston!!!
There will also be $2,000 worth of prizes to be won from Pop & Scott, Basil Bangs, Design Twins, Ivy Muse, KeepResin, Happy Place Terrariums, Spider+Lily, Gili Homewares and Words with Heart
We are looking forward to sharing a glass of sparkling with you thanks to Terindah Estate.
So come along - there's so much to make it in for!
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
We thought you may like to know about the Megan Weston artworks we currently have available.
At F&F HQ we have 'Aegean Sea 2' - you can view this on our website here.
Megan Weston has kindly donated 'Crete' to the Peace of Art exhibition which is still up & running and closes this Thursday at 9pm. If you haven't already heard about Peace of Art then you should check it out on our website here.
We also want to give you the heads up that we will be auctioning a Megan Weston artwork live at the Peace of Art closing night! We would love for you to join us for a celebratory drink this Thursday 4th December from 6-8pm at Fenton&Fenton. It's going to be a great night with prizes to be won and three live auctioned artworks including Megan Weston, Leila Jeffreys and Miranda Skoczek!
We hope to see you there!
PS. If you would like to go on our Megan Weston mailing list to be the first to know when we receive more artworks then please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, November 28, 2014
It's wall to wall talent right now at f&f. Peace Of Art
continues in-store, with 73 pieces up for auction and all proceeds going towards education and schooling in Ethiopia via School A Gift, a fabulous charity we are so very proud and humbled to support.
If you haven't popped into store yet to check it out, well we think you should and if you haven't rsvp'd to our closing event December 4th well we think you should do that too! You can rsvp now at email@example.com
The bidding continues online here.
Good luck and see you all for a glass of Terindah Estate
sparkling on December 4th!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
We have been busy bee's here at f&f preparing for our Peace of Art
Exhibition, fluttering around filling the walls with amazing pieces from 70 amazing artists and finally we can say
'Let the bidding begin!'
Peace of Art
will be exhibited at fenton&fenton both in store and on our online store, with bidding all online here
, until December 4th. Here we'll be wrapping up bidding whilst also throwing bit of a closing party from 6pm (yippee!)
All artworks have been kindly donated, with money raised going towards School's A Gift
, a fabulous charity behind building schools and fuelling education for children in Ethiopia.
We are so very proud of this exhibition and all the artists involved and can't wait for you to be a part of it! Remember, you can pop into f&f and view the works in person but all bidding is online here
You can read more about School's A Gift here
and please don't hesitate to call us in-store with any questions!
, ADRIANE STRAMPP
, AKLILU TEMESGEN
, ALI MCNABNEY-STEVENS
, ANNA MULCAHY
, ANNIE EVERINGHAM
, ANTOINETTE FERWERDA
, ANYA BROCK
, ASTRAT GELETA
, BARBARA KITALLIDES
, BELYNDA HENRY
, BILLIE JUSTICE THOMSON
, BRENT ROSENBERG
, CANDICE MCGAW
, CARLEY CORNELISSEN
, CAT LEE
, CHIEF & KEWPIE
, CLAIRE FALKINER JACKETT (MERCI PERCI)
, CLARE O’DONOGHUE
, DAN CASSIDY
, DAVID BROMLEY
, DION HORTSMANS
, ELLIE MALIN
, EMILY BESSER
, EMILY GREEN
, EMMA CLEINE (LUMIERE ART + CO)
, EMMA LIPSCOMBE
, ENEMIES YAY (LAURA BLYTHMAN & PETE CROMER)
, ERIN FLANNERY
, GABRIJELA IVA POLIC
, GEOFFREY CARRAN
, GEORGINA LAMPE, GILLIE & MARC SCHATTNER
, GRACE LEE
, JACQUI DORAN
, JAI VASICEK, JENNIFER TYERS
, JESSIE BREAKWELL
, KATE DORROUGH
, KAREENA ZEREFOS
, KATIE MCKINNON
, KERRY ARMSTRONG
, KEZ HUGHES
, KIRRA JAMISON
, KRISTINA SOSTARKO & JASON ODD (INALUXE
), KRISTINA SOSTARKO
, LAELIE BERZON
, LARA SCOLARI
, LISA LAPOINTE
, LIZ PAYNE
, LOUISE BLYTON
, LUCY HEARN & LILY DALEY(PEACHES & KEEN)
, LUISA ROSSITTO
, MADELEINE STAMER
, MARIA FLORES (SAY HOLA)
, MARYANNE MOODIE
, MATT STEWART
, MAURICE GOLOTTA
, MEGAN WESTON
, MIA OATLEY
, MICHAEL BOND
, PIA BLAIR (LAND OF PIA)
, PRUDENCE CAROLINE
, RONA GREEN
, ROWENA MARTINICH
, SARAH HANKINSON
, SARAH HENDY
, SARAH PARKES (SMALLTOWN)
, TANE OZLU
, TESFAYE GASHE
, VANESSA OTER
, YOSI MESSIAH
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Deep breaths everyone, Christmas is coming and you haven't started shopping yet have you? Rather than get all flustered and grinch-like, get excited and santa-like because we've made a list. A list of team fenton's top picks for Christmas.
Just call us Santa's little helpers.
First up, bug hooks, bookends, candles and colourful wire sculptures-that's what we're about this Christmas. PLUS we also now have the wonderfully vibrant city guides from Wallpaper, the perfect little extra something something to add to your gifts.
Next, we think our new quote candles from Damselfly are just about the easiest, cutest and best smelling present you can give.
If you're looking to go bigger, but not too big, we vote trays or towels (or both!) Team together different colours and sizes for a gift that screams summer entertaining.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, FRUITCAKES!
f&f (aka Santa's little helpers)
Monday, November 17, 2014
Due to Peace of Art
opening this Thursday (cue excited screams) we still have A LOT to do at F&F HQ (cue nervous screams...). This means that we will have to unfortunately close Mr. Fenton's Rug Shop Tuesday 18th November & the whole of Fenton&Fenton on Wednesday 19th of November.
We apologise for the inconvenience but remember that the online store
is always open - & newly stocked up with great Christmas gifts! (stay tuned for our Christmas gift tip off later in the week). We promise the shop will be looking fab come Thursday filled with the amazing artwork of the 70 super rad & very generous artists who have donated to Peace of Art
We can't wait to show you all - stay tuned!
Love, F&F and School's A Gift x
PS. For a sneak peak at just some of the artwork in Peace of Art click here!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Melbourne lifestyle and fashion blogger, and friend of fenton Rebecca Judd is tonight launching Mr.Fenton's new (and ar-mazing) towel collection in a big way, a giveaway in fact! For your chance to win one of two Mr Fenton's towel packs valued at $285 all you have to do is head to Rebecca Judd Loves,
post your favourite photo to Instagram and follow and tag @fentonandfenton
Here's a little peak from us, to choose your favourite head over to RJL here.
fenton&fenton are releasing their inaugural towel range this summer, just in time for Christmas. Designed by Mr Fenton, they are luxuriously thick, double-sided and made from 100% cotton. Bring some of the characteristic fenton&fenton colour and flair to your bathroom or beach this summer! Due to arrive in store at the end of November, but we are taking pre-orders online or in store now. B
ut first, it's time to get 'gramming folks!
P.S Love the paint colours? So do we! We used Haymes in 'Inner Depth' for our dark wall, 'The Royal Flair' for that brilliant blue and probably our favourite the pink 'Raspberry Sorbet'!
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Roll up, roll up we're on the hunt for a couple of superstars. We have a Christmas casual and Warehouse Assistant role to be filled. Here's what you need to know.
Join the fenton&fenton team in a casual position in the lead up to Christmas! We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic person who is passionate about interiors with retail experience. Must be proficient with a Mac. We need someone who is available to work on Monday / Thursday / Friday and potentially weekends and extra week days when needed! Approximately 20 hours a week. Immediate start and must be able to work up until Christmas. Email us your CV to be considered, firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please make sure you clearly state your availability in your application.
We are on the hunt for a fit and well-presented Jack-of-all-trades. The role is on a casual basis for 3-5 days a week and will involve helping to maintain and organise both our warehouse space in Oakleigh and store in Prahran. This will include moving furniture, unloading containers, cleaning, painting, deliveries and repairs. Furniture restoration and / or renovation experience is a bonus.If you think you fit the bill, or you know someone who does please let us know. Please email us at email@example.com or call us on 9533-2323. Successful applicant could start immediately.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
We thought our new courtyard deserved a launch party, so we threw one on Saturday and partnered with Seven Seeds coffee, Mountain Goat Brewery and Capi to make sure there was free coffee, cider and yummy sparkling mineral water all day long!
Thank you to all who joined us in our new summer oasis, amongst all the colour and handcrafted goodness from Basil Bangs, Tait, Keep Resin and Pop&Scott. There really is everything you need for creating the ultimate outdoor space here, and we can't wait to help you create it!
Special thanks goes out to Loose Leaf
too for completing our courtyard with their divine hanging baskets.
See you in the courtyard!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Colour is very important to us (had you noticed?) so teaming up with the gorgeous gang at Haymes Paint
for ongoing colour stories is all very exciting!
Haymes played a big role in creating Jai Vasicek's island paradise for his current f&f exhibition 'MALACHI', with Jai actually choosing Blushing Peach
as one of the colours gracing our windows. Jai wanted a colour that was reminiscent of summer fruits, and their bright pigment, from which he also drew a lot of inspiration from for his current works.
Along side Blushing Peach
, and deeply contrasting, is Inner Depth
. This is your go-to dramatic wall colour, and we love how much it makes Jai's pieces pop.
You can see Haymes beautiful walls and 'MALACHI' in-store now for a limited time.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Talulah Mahana, Anika Fleur, Melea, Serena Mahana and all the rest of Jai's ladies set the scene on Thursday evening for Jai Vasicek's second exhibition with us 'MALACHI', and by ladies we mean his latest stunning artworks based on Jai's childhood sailing the sea's with his family, lapping up what can only be imagined by us as Paradise.
The store was transformed into a lush jungle of colour, for a night of wonderful company set amongst amazing works from Jai, which also included floor cushions, hand painted concrete bowls and handcrafted tables.
And with sparkling Methode Traditionalle flowing from our ever so lovely event partners Terindah Estate why wouldn't it be incredible!
Huge congratulations goes out to Jai Vasicek (applause, applause!) and huge thank you's to Mountain Goat and Capri, Haymes for our beautiful 'Blushing Peach' and 'Inner Depth' walls (more to come on them this week!) and Bright Young Things for the wonderful service.
Thank you to all who joined us!
You can still snatch up a piece of 'MALACHI', view the works here
and call us in-store or pop in to purchase.
What a night!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Jai has officially swanned through the f&f doors, ready for his second exhibition with us and we could not be more excited!
'MALACHI' by Jai Vasicek has had Jai completely consumed re-visiting his childhood, which between boat life from Brazil to Africa, tropical fruits and treasure chest surrounds sounds like a movie script in the making! We took a minute to pull this busy bee aside and ask him a few questions before opening night this Thursday the 16th of October.
1. We’re so excited for your upcoming exhibition, and we LOVE the name! Where did ‘MALACHI' come from?
'MALACHI' is the name of my Dad's boat, and the boat I spent 15 years of my life on! This exhibition is collective of all the places I've been, so there's a strong island influence. My Dad is from Papua New Guinea and a big influence, along with my sister who actually dresses a lot like the girls I have painted for MALACHI! I used to paint these girls when I was younger, they are more of a representation of places and the feminine beauty that inspired me rather than actual people.
2. How would you describe the pieces you’re working on?
Probably the best way to sum them up is a playful and vibrant mix of different
cultures I've been influenced by during my childhood travels.
3. Do you have a favourite?
I actually do, and it's the main piece 'Malachi'.
4. What’s the process like preparing for an exhibition?
Long! I have been hand making frames for the last year with my Dad, they are moulded from the hatch of Dad's boat, so in a way each painting is a real little piece of 'MALACHI', which is pretty special. My Dad was a boat builder, and these frames really are an 'imprint' of my childhood. Apart from that it's been amazing re-visiting that part of my life, which has included spending time with my Dad in Port Douglas. I think the time lapse I did really shows the process the best!
5. Finally, any requests for the playlist opening night?
'Hang On Little Tomato' by Pink Martini. It's got a tiki lounge vibe, you'll love it!
'MALACHI' by Jai Vasicek opens this Thursday the 16th of October at 6pm. Jai's works will be available for viewing on our website this Wednesday at 6pm. Please call or visit us in-store from 10am on Thursday to purchase any of the works.
We look forward to seeing you at the exhibition!
f&f and Jai!
Monday, October 13, 2014
It's true, we now have an amazing Pop&Scott swing in our beautiful bright courtyard which is officially open and bursting with summer goodness!
From inflatable swans to beach umbrellas and love rugs to light and bright outdoor lighting plus (Australian) weather proof outdoor furniture from Melbourne's own Tait and plenty of gorgeous ways to display your plants no matter what size your outdoor space-there really is everything you need to create an outdoor oasis.
So come on down and get excited about the great outdoors with us!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
We are super proud (and excited!) to announce we will be hosting MALACHI an exhibition by Jai Vasicek.
If you know anything about fenton&fenton you will know that we absolutely adore Jai and we couldn't be more thrilled to be hosting his second fenton&fenton exhibition.
MALACHI will be filled with inspiration from Jai's childhood & youth. Jai spent a lot of his childhood aboard his fathers boat, Malachi, the namesake of the exhibition. Sailing through tropic islands and travelling through colourful lands. His work in this exhibition has a very island and paradise feel which works as an extension from a few artworks he touched on in his last exhibition, Paradiso.
Expect bold colours, tropical motifs and ladies draped in vibrant textiles and jewellery - and that's just the artwork! In true Jai fashion, he has worked on a multitude of items for his artwork which include gorgeous bowls, fabulous cushions and even the jewellery as seen on the ladies in his artwork have been made into a reality.
We can't wait! If you would like to come along to the opening night, then please send us through your RSVP including the number of attendees to firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you can make it & we look forward to sharing a glass of champagne with you on the night.
Watch Jai at work in the video below!
Monday, September 29, 2014
As if the sunshine wasn't enough, there is now a whole lot more to look forward to this spring! We are feeling incredibly fortunate to be teaming up with some of our favourite designers to create a courtyard oasis packed to the brim with outdoor must-haves.
If you haven't heard of Tait, you can thank us later. Melbourne based, these guys know design and clever craftsmanship and not just that, they are also strong believers in sustainability and make sure this is incorporated in all of their designs. Big tick Tait. We will be stocking a bunch of Tait's clever and colourful outdoor furniture, with the option to customise your colours. Perfect for creating the ultimate outdoor summer space!
Basil Bangs will also be joining the gang, keeping things shady with their incredible premium umbrellas! They're also bringing love rugs and outdoor cushions to the party, all signature patterns made with only the best fabrications. Another brilliant Australian company we are thrilled to be working with.
Ok ok, time for the sneak peek.
Along with these exciting outdoor must-have's we'll also have a bunch of pretty special lighting and accessories.
Be sure to follow us on Instagram to find out when the doors will finally open to our lovely little courtyard!
Friday, September 26, 2014
Our latest range of School's A Gift cushions are now available, in all their velvet glory, exclusively online. There's so much to love about guilt free purchases, and with 100% of profits made on these cushions going toward building schools for underprivileged children in Ethiopia, we think that's a guilt free purchase you can feel really, really good about.
Put simply, School's A Gift is a not-for-profit organisation helping children access education-what is more important than that! With an aim of increasing enrolment and attendance in deprived areas and an emphasis on creating equal opportunities for boys and girls, we couldn't be more proud to be a part of this ongoing project.
These vibrant velvet cushions are feather filled and only available online.
to view the range!
Monday, September 22, 2014
We're so glad the Design Twins got together and started brewing up concrete creations in their kitchen because we can't get enough of these clever planters, bowls and cups!
What started as two creatives from Byron Bay and Tamworth playing with paint, plants and concrete has transformed into a wonderfully fun business with everything handmade with love out of their beachside Sydney workshop.
Don't go changin' Design Twins!
View the full range in-store now and get ready for some extra special pots encrusted with crystals!
Friday, September 19, 2014
We love our workshops with Julia Green, not just because we get to drink our favourite Methode Traditionelle from Terindah Estate and talk about our favourite colours but also because it gives us a chance to help inspire like minded people, who like us love styling and interiors!
Last night's round two of our part two workshop covered all the important stuff including bedrooms, bathrooms and shelving and was a wonderful night that even got us inspired to switch things up!
Big thank you to Julia and her team and also as always to our lovely event wine partners Terindah Estate.
Look forward to more workshops soon!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
If the arrival of sunshine has you busting to convert to colour, we have a feeling our new range of powder coated trays, wire sculptures and ceramic coasters will have you in a spring spin.
Above: Bold and Pastel trays available in extra small, small, medium and large. Wire Balls also available in small, medium and large and cute ceramic coasters available in blue, orange, grey and green.
Below: Wire spindle cactus's available in dark green, bright green and mint.
We think these guys will make fantastic jewellery hangers!
Our new range is currently only available in-store.
Monday, September 15, 2014
You know you're onto a good thing when art works sell before they've been hung. This has been the case for Laelie Berzon, her first two pieces for fenton&fenton already have new homes but don't fret we are expecting more from this clever and colourful lady very soon.
Laelie Berzon is a visual artist living in Melbourne. Her work, like many artists, is a mash up of emotions, experiences and reflections. We just love her use of vivid colour and exaggerated texture. Created using oil, acrylic and soft pastel on canvas, these pieces really are even more mesmerising in the flesh!
Feel free to call us on (03) 9533 2323 with any questions or to be put on Laelie Berzon's wishlist.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Our favourite stylist and speaker of all things gorgeous for the home is back for part two of our styling workshop series. Here's the deal, Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors will fill your mind with inspiration and we'll fill your glass with champagne! Along with learning Julia's basic 'how to's' it's also a wonderful chance to pick up some priceless tricks of the trade plus ask Julia styling questions one on one.
Content for part two will include bedrooms (both adult and kids), vignettes and shelving, bathrooms and much more. There are limited spaces left so be quick! For more information and to purchase tickets click here or feel free to give us a call on 9533 2323.
And in case you need another reason to join us, we will be offering 15% off storewide on the evening (excluding artwork) plus a sneaky giveaway!
See you there!
Monday, August 11, 2014
Bringing the outside in, we're all for it! There's plenty of way's to display your foliage inside, here we have one fiddle leaf fig, three ways.
Our felt baskets
are a beautiful way of displaying greenery!
P.S Also a very handy storage solution.
You can't go wrong with a Pop&Scott Pot
. He can be moved outside for summer and indoors for winter, too perfect. Give us a call to go on our current pot waiting list (they are super popular!)
The easiest way to cover the pot he comes in and add cuteness and colour. We love our canvas bags. Available in small, medium and large. In-store only.
One fiddle leaf, three ways!
Monday, August 11, 2014
It's no secret that here at f&f we believe the rug, or the Dhurrie if you want to impress, to be the heart of any room. It creates comfort under foot, adds texture AND colour and also has the ability to shape or segregate a space. We're not into rules but if you're looking for our top tips when choosing a rug, here they are!
For a living room, typically the 'rule' is that your rug should extend underneath the furniture. To break-it-down, the bigger the better! Having your furniture sitting either half or all the way on your rug will not only give the illusion of space but will also frame the space, creating an 'area'. Too small and you will visually shrink the room.
Having a rug under your dining table is a great way of lifting (or covering!) harsh surfaces as well as adding a form of art, and the #1 for dining table rugs is that the rug should extend past the dining chairs when they are pulled out. This generally means a further 70cm around the edge of the table. There is nothing worse than chairs becoming hooked on the edge of your rug! Our Dhurrie rugs make fantastic under table rugs as they can be completely wet washed at a professional rug cleaners, so you can stress less about that glass of red that flew out of your hand! They are also double sided, meaning double the wear!
Onto the bedroom, where our top tip is that you don’t necessarily have to have the bedsides on the rug. The rug can go up to the bedsides, under the bedsides or even towards the end of the bed. However, the rug should extend far enough from the sides of the bed that you have room to enjoy it and walk on it. Also, a round rug in a nursery or kid's room can be a bit softer and a great way to play with shapes.
We hope you've enjoyed our rug run down! Feel free to pop into store and see us in the rug shop or you can play on our online rug builder here.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Recently we sat down for a cuppa with Megan Weston and asked her some questions on art, kids & life!
1. Your recent exhibition with us was extremely successful, what was the highlight for you?
As an artist you spend a lot of time in the studio alone, working to bring a vision to fruition. Like a journey, it has it's ups and downs and you never really know what the outcome will be. So the highlight for me was when I saw the works installed at Fenton and I knew we'd got it right. It was brilliant being able to work in a collaborative team with Fenton where the end result enhanced the process for everyone involved.
I was honoured to have Mr Darren Palmer open the show because he has an incredible energy and an uncanny feel for contemporary detail.
I was so excited to meet new and existing clients. people I've been in touch with with Instagram suddenly came to life and it was lovely to have that real connection. Everyone looked so gorgeous and it was 100% no-filter!
2. We love that your pieces resemble various aerial landscapes, where does this fit into the creative process? Do you decide on places before you begin?
It's funny, even though my pieces are aerial landscapes, there's many different ways to look at aerial landscapes. I'll study a variety of forms - it's like being an aesthetic explorer. I go flying with my pilot friends, I use satellite-based software, I look at printed materials - anything I can get my hands on. When something takes my breath away I want to be able to communicate that response in colour and form. So, yes, I always decide on location before i start, but that's more a point of departure than a point of arrival. Our experince of place is always emotional and I hope to be able to capture some of that in my work.
3. What's the most challenging part about your work?
There's a quote attributed to Leonardo da Vinci: 'Art is never finished, only abandoned'. I don't like abandoning things! I'm a perfectionist so i'll be with a piece until I'm completely happy with it. By extension, I'm a procrastinator. Once you start, you're there for the long haul so it can be a slow dance. My work has to live up to my my expectations otherwise what's the point it wouldn't be my work.
4. Your children are adorable! Are they blessed with your creative flair?
I have two kids: Sunny, 8, and Iluka, 4. They definitely have it going on, but whatever it is it's entirely their thing! Sunny loves building things and creating various science projects with whatever he can get his hands on. Iluka has a flair for the dramatic arts. She's a great assistant, if somewhat stubborn at times! She's definitely determined. Her painting is quite amazing and she loves it. There's non of that self-questioning yet...
5. What would be your advice to people thinking of purchasing one of your pieces in terms of choosing colour and size.
Be open to the impression you receive from the work and the state of mind it elicits, rather than any sets of rules. However, I would say that it is important to let the art breathe, so larger is better if you have the space for it. In this way the artwork can be both an organic part of your world and a portal to another world.
In terms of colour, it's best to choose what speaks to you first. A lot of people get caught up in a scenario where it's 'a little bit of this, a little bit of that' but then you have too many competing demands and it's easy to get overwhelmed. Where possible, I think it is important to choose art and the floors first before you decide on anything else in the room. It's surprising how easy it is to make the other decisions once you've decided on the defining features, so you've automatically made life easier for yourself.
6. We were blown away that you also made cushions, resin vessels and platters for your recent exhibition! Is this something we can expect to see more of? What is next for Megan?
I have an insatiable desire to create anything, everything and anywhere in between! In making homewares, you get a different sense of satisfaction to making art. I'll continue the vessels, the cushions, the platters because I love being able to make everyday objects that are both beautiful and useful. The possibilities are endless and that's the amazing thing about creativity. I've got a few surprises in store and I'm always listening to the gods.
We are eagerly awaiting our next drop of Megan's fabulous artworks to the store - we are hooked!
If you would like to be contacted when we receive more of Megan's artwork through then please give us a call on 03 9533 2323 or email us at email@example.com to be added to our wait list.
Monday, August 04, 2014
Raise your hand if you’re guilty of purchasing little bits and pieces that end up in hiding in cupboards because you have no way of displaying them all?
Enter the bone inlay tray.
Our tray’s are the ideal solution, or frame if you will, for your favourite pieces to sit together. Pile your coffee table books up and top them with a pot or vase, scatter knick knacks from your travels amongst candles or store coasters and glasses. The options are endless!
Beautiful as a dining table centre piece, sitting on the end of the sofa or even outside in summer by the pool as spied at the lovely Rebecca Judd's Melbourne home.
Shop bone inlay tray's here or visit us in-store. Another Indian treasure we believe.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Lighting is the key to creating harmony in any room and the best lighting schemes, as broken down by one of our favourite designers and lighting nuts Abigail Ahern, is layered lighting. “The trick is to blend, mesh together and harmonise both so you get this enchantingly lit beautifully glowing spaces”
We thought we would break it down five ways. Hero lighting, clusters of light, lamps, highlighting and statement lights.
Hero Lighting. This almost becomes your ‘piece of art’ in the room. Think grand. Think Chandeliers. Our wire chandeliers come in three sizes and are a great way of adding mood, atmosphere and balance to a hallway, bedroom or dining area. Plus, you can customise the colour to suit the space. Hint: Softer is better, no florescent energy saver globes!
Cluster of lights. Grouping lighting together is a great way to practically and creatively light a space. We think our cage lights are perfect for this method of lighting, choose different coloured cages and cords to add personality and vibrance!
Lamps. We are all for lamps, as in put them everywhere (well not everywhere, but you get what we mean!) One of our life rules is where possible you should have lamps on, main lights off! Part of making your house a home is with lamps, choose lamps that reflect your personality and style and fit the space. Bedside lamps don't have to match, desk lamps don't have to be for the desk. Have fun with lamps!
Highlighting. Highlighting objects, artworks or indoor plants adds another dimension to whatever it is you're showing off, and why wouldn't you! We are all for using lamps for highlighting.
Statement lights. These are lights that do exactly that, make a statement. There is no better example than our star lights. Statement lights are a great way to add light to large spaces.
Visit us in-store to chat lighting anytime or shop here
Friday, July 25, 2014
Last night we hosted the Julia Green Workshop Part 2 which we can assure you was just as fun as the first with lots of yummy champagne (thanks Terindah Estate
, your champagne rocks!!!).
This time we learnt more about Julia's background before coming the styling superstar that she is. We bet you didn't know that she was a drug dealer (well...the legal kind) and had a full fledged career in pharmaceuticals before she realised that she had a knack for putting just the right combo of things together that make us all swoon.
Here's a few pic's from the night......
She uncovered all the secrets of what makes a great bedroom - both adults & childrens (remember, no theming please!). She told us where we should spend our money in the bed room and the benefits of a padded bed head (yes, there was a demonstration....).
Julia even did some live shelf styling - if only we could style a shelf that quick in our own homes! Then she briefly touched on hallways - that dreaded area which happens to be the first place you see & seems to be the hardest to style - and how to make it a great entrance & welcoming area to your home.
Thanks Julia - we are all off to rearrange our homes!
Monday, July 21, 2014
Friend of Fenton Felicity Lea of Creating Beautiful recently styled this whimsical, nature inspired wedding setting and we just love it. Groups of roughly cut flowers and vines sticking out of our colourful polymer planters, portholes as placemats and a beautiful wire chandelier centrepiece. What's not to love!
Wedding planners take note.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Ahh bedtime, it’s the best part of the day let’s face it. There’s nothing like falling onto layers of soft linen and feather stuffed pillows after a day in the cold, which is why we’re going to show you how to make the bed, Fenton style.
(Baby Pepa not included)
Firstly, there’s nothing wrong with creating a pillow paradise. You may not sleep with them all but adding cushions to your bed amps up the comfort factor and is the perfect way of linking your bedroom elements, whether it be artwork, a lamp or a throw on the end of the bed, these little pops of colour or pattern are often the missing link trust us- we love cushions!
Next, we begin layering. Our handmade Indian block quilts are a divine way to add colour, texture and balance to your bedroom. They are reversible, warm and super doper soft. Play around with having them folded to reveal the opposite side as well as your dovet cover.
Next, add a throw. Whether it be a kantha quilt, an Indian ikat quilt or one of Jai Vasichek’s jersey throw’s we think adding this last layer is the all important final punch of personality to your bed.
Browse the best of bedding here, or visit us in-store!
Now, is it time for bed yet? Well baby Pepa, is it?
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Here comes the bride, and here comes the best way to get exactly what you've had your eye on at fenton&fenton! It's as simple as choosing a selection of items or one special piece you've been lusting after and we'll do the rest, including sending you out a registry card to include with your invitations.
Click here for all the details. Meanwhile here's some food for thought!
From left to right:
-Why not choose or customise one of Mr. Fenton's rugs
together? Starting from the floor up in your home is always a great place to start.
are often something hard to splurge on, so why not let the one's you love do it with Megan Weston's beautiful feather filled cushions.
-Our bone inlay trays are a must have for every home in our eyes. So versatile and such a great way to shape displays in your home.
is key. These cage lights from duckfat come in a range of cord/cage combo's, choose one for him and one for her.
-Our resin and marble banana fruit bowls
, cast from a real bunch of bananas are a fun and practical addition to your registry, who wouldn't want to receive this!
And finally you of course have the option to choose a piece of artwork
together, and what a beautiful present for your favourite people to get together and give you as newlyweds.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Made to touch, these hand knitted woollen cacti from ZOZO Handmade are such a cute way to brighten up a space, plus they make a beautiful gift!
Planted with pebbles just like the real deal, these friendly cacti are available in small, medium and large in a range of colours and shapes.
Knitting is no longer just for Nanna's! Feeling very inspired at f&f!
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
What better way to bring nature and warmth into your home this winter (or anytime!) than with Greg Hatton's furniture. New to fenton&fenton and sourced from reclaimed materials, found objects and fallen trees, Greg's pieces are as much art as they are practical pieces of furniture.
Greg's respect for his materials and giving tree's 'another life' is as clear as day in these beautifully handcrafted pieces.
We have a lot of requests for square 8-seater dining tables as well, so we are thrilled to have Greg's stunning Victorian Ash dining table gracing our floors, and how amazing are those carved Beetle Track Stools! We have them in white, black or for a pop of colour fluro pink, sitting along side a mushroom stool-just perfect!
Pop in and have a look at our range of Greg Hatton's furniture.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Our favourite pot heads over at Pop&Scott have been very busy hand painting their latest collection of fibreglass gold pots, and we couldn't be happier to see our green plant friends looking better than ever against hues of teal, peach and vibrant gold!
We have a small selection of large gold pots in-store now and will receive our small and medium shipment very soon, and all we can say is be quick because these gold glamours won't last long! To secure your pot visit us in-store or call us on (03) 9533 2323 to place an order.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Did you know we've passed the shortest day of the year and are officially on the way to longer, sunnier days? It doesn't feel like it but it's true! With this in mind, we thought it was the perfect time to share Inside Out magazine's latest feature on Lucy and Josh's holiday house in Angelsea,Victoria. Some sunnier days inspiration or a means of escaping the grey!
A mix of old and new, Lucy and Josh have decked out their shack with vintage pieces as well as a collection of their fenton&fenton favourites. "We don't think too hard about our home's style, rather surround ourselves with things we love, you can't go wrong if that's where you decorate from" says Lucy.
Meanwhile, desperately wishing this was us right now, hanging by the sea. *Sigh.
You can see the rest of Lucy's tips for decorating your beach house here
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
New to the fenton&fenton family, Gold Coast artist Erin Flannery draws inspiration from fashion blogs and street style + some secret hipster watching on the side!
Drips, solid paint, washes of colour, aerosol and sections of stencil all on linen are just some of the details that make Erin Flannery's pieces so interesting and beautiful to look at.
A lover of all things black, white, weird and wonderful we are humbled to have Erin Flannery's work hanging on our walls. Please feel free to contact us here with any enquires on Erin's work or pop in for a closer look!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Mr Fenton has done it again. We have some amazing new rug designs we are very excited to share with you! Here's a sneak peek at our personal favourite 'shirty'. This design also features chenille, making it extra soft.
Don't forget to follow Mr.Fenton on Instagram to get the low down on all that is new at the rug shop!
Monday, June 23, 2014
Bring a little bit of Indonesia meets Byron Bay into your home with these hand painted wooden oars by the clever and crafty Jai Vasicek. These have been selling fast since their arrival so you'll have to row your boat in quickly to snatch one of the last few up, but don't fret we will be getting plenty more!
The best part? They are all different making them another unique way to add texture, character and colour to your home. They look amazing hung together, laying on a mantel to compliment artwork or resting next to a sideboard, fireplace or wherever you see fit!
Ahoy! See you in-store.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
This months edition of Adore Home featuring our own Lucy Fenton's styling and interview is live and bursting with tips on styling your home for selling + a brief background on fenton&fenton and humble beginnings.
Thanks Adore, we heart you right back!
Lucy had the joy of styling her friends home from scratch ready for sale, and with almost all of the pieces from fenton&fenton it's a great way to get a gage of how to style our products at home!
View the full article here, and check out some of Lucy's loves to get the look below.
1. 'Sicilia' Poster by Melbourne artist Maurice Golotta. Hand finished with gold leaf, the perfect way to use neon.
2. Hounds Tooth Featherstone style chair. Only one pair available, these with add a touch of the 1950's in a very modern way. (In-store only)
6. Wire Reindeer.Great as a point of interest in a nursery as seen in Adore. (In-store only)
Monday, June 16, 2014
As our events are becoming more regular and anticipated we thought it was time we got ourselves an event partner and Terindah Estate, located on the Bellarine Peninsula, is just that, our new event partner!
Surrounded by rows of grapevines, fig trees and countryside, Terindah Estate boasts some of the most breathtaking views in Victoria, which is probably why it has become renowned as a perfect picturesque wedding location. Along with the views comes the food, hailed by Gourmet Traveller WINE as the best in Geelong, and along side that some of the most beautiful wine and sparkling we’ve ever tasted.
We shared our first event with Terindah Estate just recently with the opening of Megan Weston’s exhibition ALTITUDE. The 'Methode Traditionelle' sparkling was flowing for what was an elegant evening with wonderful company.
A huge welcome to Terindah Estate, we think it’s a match made in heaven!
You can contact Terindah Estate here for information on wedding venue hire options, and speaking of weddings don’t forget we have a gift registry here at f&f!
Friday, June 13, 2014
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Creating a space for baby is a very special time, and here at f&f we love helping parents to-be fill their baby space with love. Here's some inspiration from the fenton&fenton walls, shelves and floors.
Our main tip? Don't be afraid of a colour explosion!
As seen above:
-Create light with fun shapes, we love our star lamps from Duckfat!
-Fill walls with art that lasts. Pictured above is this fabulous piece by Sean Herbert. Made entirely of (vintage) pencils, each one strategically placed to create something unique that will be loved well beyond the baby stage.
-Dino Planters. Cute and colourful-tick!
-Pom Poms. The perfect way to add colour and texture. Hang over artwork or across babies first sleeping spot.
Plenty more for baby in-store and online plus don't forget to follow us on Instagram
to see baby Pepa's favourite's!
Monday, June 02, 2014
We are constantly harping on about the impact colour can have on a space, and on your mood, so it was only a matter of time before we had fellow colour enthusiast and glass artist Amanda Dziedzic's glass pieces
join the fenton family.
And what pieces they are.
Hand blown, delicate and sophisticated Amanda's clean and simple designs are a combination of her love of Japanese aesthetics, nature and of course colour.
We love them grouped just as they are.
You can find Amanda Dziedzic's glass yumemiru and display dome's at fenton&fenton now and online shortly.
They really do look magical against Megan Weston's latest pieces too!