Broadsheet has tipped Frosé to be the ‘it’ drink for
summer and we can see why. It’s exactly what it sounds like – a frozen rosé or slushy of sorts. The team at Cookes Catering & Events whipped ours up in slushy machines, but we’ve also sourced a recipe so you can make them at home this
-A heaped cup of sweet strawberries cut into pieces.
-¼ to 1/2 cup sugar (depends how sweet you like it)
-Juice of 2 lemons
-½ cup water
Also have a container suitable for the freezer on hand, large enough to hold the liquid.
-You’ll need to get started at least 6-8 hours before the party starts
-Pour the rosé into a container or baking dish and freeze until almost solid (it won’t completely solidify due to alcohol), at least 6 hours
-Meanwhile, bring sugar and ½ cup water to the boil in a medium saucepan; cook, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves, about 2-3 mins. Add
the strawberries, remove from the heat and let them sit in the syrup for at least 30 mins to infuse with flavor. Mush them in a bit and then strain
through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl, cover and chill until cold (about 30 mins), discarding the solids
-Remove the frozen rosé from the freezer and scrape into a blender or bullet. Add lemon juice and strawberry syrup and 1 cup of crushed ice, pulsing
-Sit back, enjoy and don’t forget to Instagram and tag us!
There are other recipes that are a bit more complicated, but this one did the trick for us.
Last Saturday we threw a Garden Party to launch Melissa Mladin-Lowgren’s whimsical solo show ‘A Tale for Emmy Jean’.
The weather decided not to cooperate but thankfully our guests did! They filled the courtyard and got into Garden Party spirit, enjoying a line-up
of summery treats in our cosy little undercover courtyard, dressed with a seriously stunning floral canopy and posies galore by the clever girls at
The morning started with Pressed Juices serving feel-good and taste-fantastic refreshments
in-store and our friends from CAPI ensured their sparkling water and punchy flavoured mineral waters
were on ice all day.
At 2pm we turned up the music and Cookes Catering & Events served delicious
Frosés (aka frozen Rosé) adorned with pretty edible flowers whilst Popstic Ice Cream set
up a sweet little cart and treated us to three delicious flavours of ice cream and sorbet made with heart – think G&T on a stick, choc mousse and
coconut sorbet with nasturtiums. Amaze!
We were fortunate enough to have Sydney artist Melissa Mladin join us for the official launch of her magical 12-piece collection. For those of you
who couldn’t join us the works will be exhibited in-store until 4th November and online too. There’s still a selection available, some of
which are our faves. Check them out here or drop by the store.
Everyone who attended the event also went in the draw to win some goodies from the Fenton & Fenton summer collection. And, today we’re announcing
the three lucky winners. They can each enjoy a set of beach towels by Mr Fenton, a Sunnylife inflatable and 6 x Fenton & Fenton coasters for summer
entertaining. If the weather ever decides to warm up!
At Fenton & Fenton we believe sunny days call for the impromptu gathering of friends. Be it a casual intimate affair or fancy garden soiree, we’ve
got you covered. From cocktail carts to tablescaping, here’s some of our hottest tips to entertain outdoors.
At Fenton & Fenton we love a good collaboration, particularly when it results in a party. And next Sat 22nd October, we are celebrating
everything we love about Summer by throwing a Garden Party in our courtyard and a solo art show by Melissa Mladin instore! You’re all invited. Just
make sure you RSVP by clicking here.
Our feature artist Melissa Mladin will be onsite between 2pm and 5pm and the Frosés and treats are on us! We’re thrilled to introduce you to our summery
line up of event partners who will also be joining us throughout the day. Here they share their background story and their go-to tips on how to be
party ready as the days get longer and the sun gets warmer.
Come and meet the artists herself! Melissa will be at The Garden Party between 2 and 5pm.
Q. Tell us how you became an artist? A. I think we’re all born with an artist of sorts in us, and from a young age I have always been creating. I began full time painting more recently
as a way to move through mental health challenges and to chase that dream I have long held.
Q. Share your core inspiration behind the show ‘A tale for Emmy Jean’? A. To inspire young ladies like Emmy Jean and the young ladies still residing within us older ladies too, to create and to explore. It doesn’t need
to be hard or technical or correct, simply use materials you have and make marks.
Q. What is Emmy Jean’s fave piece from the body of work? A. Emmy hasn’t seen the entire collection yet, but I think her favourite will be Ghost Friend Jan, after all that was the piece I was instructed to
Q. Any tips for selecting art as the season’s change? A. Art should always be chosen because you love it, so change around the smaller ticketed items in the same space to make your pieces work for any
Q. Any tips for easy outdoor entertaining this Summer? A. Simple strings of fairy lights sing magic, as does champagne…..plus a beautiful fresh dessert like a raw macadamia lime cheesecake. Yum!
Find out more about Melissa on her website and follow her beautiful creations on her
HiPetal! will be filling our shop gallery and courtyard with beautiful blooms and selling the prettiest summer posies all day long (or at least until they run out).
Q. Tell us how your business came about? A. Hi Petal was born from my nature loving background growing up on a farm in South Australia and having BIG love for all things colour and styling.
Making people feel good with our gorgeous posies is an additional bonus to my business, I love giving and who doesn’t love seeing people happy
Q. Where can people normally find you? A. When I’m not at the flower markets or teaching in a classroom you can find me at our local beach in Elwood - rain, hail or shine - I’m there
with our dog!
Q. What are your fave flower combo’s / seasonal faves? A. My fave flower seasons are Spring and Summer. I love any bold bright combo's with lush foliage and a mix of great flower textures and trailing.
Hydrangea, poppies and dahlias are my all-time FAVOURITE blooms.
Q. Any tips for easy outdoor entertaining this Summer? A. Yes, float your flowers! If you’re hosting an outdoor party this Summer season get any vessel out, pick whatever blooms or herbs you have in
your garden and float them! It’s a super sweet touch to styling your tables. Another tip is, bring the picnic rugs out and create a relaxed party
vibe station on your lawn. On my wish list is Fenton & Fenton’s Basil Bangs Love Rugs - they’re amazing and look so pretty on lawns.
To check out Hi Petal's daily posies visit the website here- or check them out on Instagram @hipetalposies _____________________________________________________________________________________
Pressed Juices will be serving feel-good refreshments and offering nutritional advice instore on the day of the Garden Party between 10am and 1pm (or until they run out of juice)!
Q. Tell us how your business came about? A. Leo Pegoli, our founder saw a gap in the Australian market for convenient products that were not compromised in quality. Cold pressed juicing
was an integral part of Leo’s lifestyle overseas and unable to find the equivalent genuine and authentic cold pressed juice products in Australia,
he began The Pressed Juices movement in Melbourne. Our first store opened in February 2013 in Armadale, Victoria. We have now expanded to 20 stores
Australia wide and are producing not only cold pressed juices but delicious smoothies, nut based mylks and wholesome raw food.
Q. Where can people normally find you? A. We have stores Australia wide and also in Hong Kong. Australian stores are in New South Wales, Victoria, Brisbane and Hobart. You can also
order juices, smoothies and mylks at our online store. (pressedjuices.com.au)
Q. What are your nutrition tips for the warmer weather ahead? A. With the warmer weather approaching it’s a great time to boost your consumption of fruits and vegetables to get you feeling and looking great.
Increasing your greens (our Greens 4 is very popular) not only gives you energy but has nutrients including Vitamin C and Silica to improve the
look of hair, skin and nails. Hydration is key for spring and summer, consuming natural coconut water and vegetables such as cucumber will hydrate
you from the inside out, leaving your skin glowing.
Q. Any tips for easy outdoor entertaining this Summer? A. Our favourite part about the warmer weather is eating and drinking outdoors! A beautifully decorated table always adds a little something.
Be creative with a fabulous cheese platter (we like to go beyond the normal cheese and crackers by introducing beautiful stone fruits, nuts and
a little dark chocolate). Chilled Rosé is a must and of course colourful fresh juice on hand! At dusk make sure you have a little flicker of light
to add to the mood, either fairy lights or some candles.
Find your nearest Pressed Juice on their website and follow their delicious blends on Instagram
Popstic Ice Cream
There’ll be a sweet pop-up by Popstic Ice Cream in our courtyard serving delicious frozen treats, including their famous G&T heart shaped sorbet on a stick from 2pm.
Q. Tell us how your business came about? A. Coming from a food service background servicing beautiful restaurants I knew our product resonated strongly with Chefs. This gave us the
confidence to enter the retail market. Our aim is to give the everyday person the same opportunity to experience a beautifully crafted product.
Something they never quite expected or imagined.
Popstic was the perfect name. Fun at heart, approachable and behind it all, product focused. We make our ice cream in Melbourne supporting
Q. What are your favourite Popstic flavours this summer? A. Customers trying our sorbets for the first time are now converts. Texturally sorbets are harder to achieve because of the residual sugars,
lack of fat and high water content from fruit. We've been able to produce a product which is super clean, creamy, punchy, balanced and refreshing.
All the while remaining dairy free and vegan.
Must tries include Mandarin & Cumquat, Coconut with a squeeze of fresh lime juice, Passionfruit and Raspberry Sorbets.
In terms of ice cream...I can't go past Cookies and Cream. We use a French vanilla base with biscuits folded through. Customers love it as
well as the Chocolate Mousse ice cream...which we’ll be serving at The Garden Party! The most satisfying part of what we do is having kids
and the young at heart coming back to say thank you.
Q. Where can people normally find you? A. We have a sweet little Ice Cream Bar at Riverland Fed Square, in the old bank vaults of Melbourne. Upstairs we operate a Pop Up ice cream
cart at Fed Square near the Visitors Centre. We love doing festivals, foodie events & private functions and we've been so well received
by our Melbourne audience and from our interstate and overseas visitors.
Q. Any tips for easy outdoor entertaining this Summer? A. Keep it simple with beautiful fresh produce, icy cold drinks and a few special details that will make your guests feel welcome. A sparkling
drinks tray, a small vase of fresh flowers or delicious food won't be forgotten. You don't have to go big on everything just select one or
two heroes that your guests will remember.
We offer Popstics for private parties & events, small and large ice cream carts and bespoke flavours. Handmade alcohol based Popstics
are perfect for the season. Think Sauvignon Blanc Passionfruit, Brown Brothers Moscato, Gin and Tonic Sorbet and Watermelon and Mint Granita.
Our friends at CAPI just love a party and generously support many of our events. A Garden Party wouldn’t be complete without their sparkling water and punchy flavoured mineral waters. CAPI will be on ice all day long.
Q. Tell us how the CAPI business came about? A. The CAPI brand was born from a simple idea to produce clean, natural carbonated refreshments. In a world full of mass-production, CAPI wanted
to defy the norm through its craftsmanship, quality ingredients and outstanding drinks.
Taking on the sourcing and blending responsibilities ourselves we have secured the finest natural extracts and botanicals; working with latitudes,
climates, seasonality and exotic locations. Our commitment extends to our blending and manufacturing practices where we don’t use preservatives.
By keeping our mixers pure and clean, you have the ability to taste the true profile of the spirit and ultimately can enjoy a better finished
Q. Where can people normally find your drinks? A. The best place to find our full range is at Dan Murphy’s. A selected range is stocked in Coles and Woolworths, quality provedores and independent
grocers in Australia.
You will also find our range stocked in some of the best restaurants and cafés, high end hotels and bars in Australia.
Q.What are your fave flavour combo’s for the warmer weather ahead? A. During summer you can’t go wrong with a simple gin and tonic. CAPI has you covered with both its Tonic and Dry Tonic, which contains 30%
less sugar exemplifying the flavour and hit of gin. All you need is quality gin, ice and either a CAPI Tonic or Dry Tonic. The perfect thing
to sip on a spring arvo.
If you’re entertaining we’d definitely recommend a summer jug to keep things light and fresh!
Our Grapefruit, Mint and Watermelon Jug is a guaranteed hit. This entertaining jug plays on the freshness of the watermelon, aroma of mint
and the naturally tart taste of CAPI Grapefruit to make a beautifully balanced beverage. Overload your jug with fruit and mint to make sure
each guest gets their share of the action.
All you need is: -12 Watermelon wedges
-8 Slices of fresh lime
-12 Mint leaves
-2 CAPI Grapefruit sodas (250ml)
-1 CAPI Mineral Water (250ml)
Method: -Place watermelon, mint and lime in a jug and muddle.Half fill with block ice.
-Fill with 2 CAPI Grapefruit Sodas.
-Fill the rest of the jug with ice.
-Top with CAPI Mineral Water.
-Garnish your serving vessels with watermelon and mint.
Q: Any tips for easy outdoor entertaining this Summer? A: Here at CAPI we believe in the simple pleasures in life. Summer is all about family, friends and relaxation. In terms of drinks, CAPI has done
all the hard work for you. All you need is quality spirits, garnishes, ice and CAPI mixers to make bar-grade drinks that your guests will be impressed
97 Australian Artists come together to help children living in poverty receive a quality education
Fenton & Fenton is back again this year with Peace of Art – a celebration of Australian art, with 100% of proceeds benefiting ‘School’s-A-Gift’.
Art lovers looking to add to your collection or take the plunge with your very first purchase, get ready for an Art Event that you won’t want to miss.
Fenton & Fenton is proudly hosting ‘Peace of Art’ 2016 – a biennial online art auction showcasing the works of 97 of Australia’s most coveted and
emerging artists, donating the entire proceeds to ‘School’s-A-Gift’ – an Australian not-for-profit
organisation that helps children living in poverty by working towards building schools in remote parts of Ethiopia.
In 2014 Peace of Art raised just over $100,000 for ‘School’s-A-Gift’. The funds have since
been used to construct a new secondary school in a remote region where previously no secondary schools have existed.
Founder of School’s a Gift, Georgina Fenton, along with the help of her sister Lucy, tells us that so
far the charity has managed to enable over 1,500 children access a secondary education, with at least half of them being girls. This year we aim to
surpass the figure raised from the last event which will enable School’s A Gift to continue their work in improving the livelihoods of children living
in rural Ethiopia.
We are super excited and grateful to announce and introduce you to our line-up of Australian artists for Peace of Art 2016. Without them this project
would not be possible.
For now, enjoy a flashback to Peace of Art 2014.
So, if you are in the market for a new piece of art and would like to support students in less advantaged parts of the world, register your interest
in participating in our online auction when it goes live in November here.
And, make sure you RSVP to our gala night and wrap party on 24th November.
Fenton & Fenton is in the mood for Summer and celebrating with a Garden Party and whimsical solo art show – ‘A Tale for Emmy Jean’ by talented
Sydney visual artist and storyteller Melissa Mladin-Lowgren of Kishikaa.
Held on Saturday 22nd October in store and extending to our courtyard garden at 471 High Street, Prahran; the exhibition will take you on
a whimsical journey through summer, with flowers-a-bloom, music, giveaways and line up of complimentary, fun refreshments all day.
Melissa brings her search for beauty and grace to the canvas via delicate veils of ethereal colour, intended to feed all the senses. This body of work
has been imaginatively created with a mixed medium of materials including oil paint (applied via brush, knife and fingers), oil wax sticks, pencils,
pantone markers and biro. Painted for her 13 year-old niece to inspire her to dream, imagine, play, dance and create; it's intended to encourage her
and others to pick up their pencils, their textas, their paints and to explore one’s imagination and just create.
The work itself is magical, almost fairytale like which is the inspiration for our studio and courtyard transformation preluding Summer. To celebrate
both the Fenton & Fenton Summer Collection and Melissa Mladin’s imaginative journey, we will be hosting a Summer Garden Party in true Fenton &
Garden Party runs all day Sat 22nd October. Come along and enjoy a line-up of summery treats and everything we love about Summer, including:
Feel-good refreshments and nutritional advice for the new season by Pressed Juices between 10am and 1pm.
Chilled glasses of the ‘it’ drink for Summer - Frosé (aka frozen Rosé) between 2pm and 5pm.
A sweet pop-up by Popstic Ice Cream in our courtyard serving delicious frozen treats, including their famous G&T heart shaped sorbet on a stick.
A colourful pop-up of the prettiest summer posies and a Garden Party install by event planner and flower enthusiast Hi Petal!
Soulful tunes to get you in the mood for Summer.
Giveaways and lucky door prizes throughout the day.
All RSVP’s and attendees go in the draw to win a Summer Prize Pack of our favourite pieces for Summer living and entertaining.
At Fenton & Fenton we love attending and ogling weddings online, especially when there is a Pinterest board involved and never ending flowers! To celebrate
the launch of our new Bridal Registry webpage, we thought we would
let you in on a few of our hot wedding tip-offs.
We love helping our brides put together the perfect registry and watching them compile the list of their dreams. Working with so many brides, we have
had many of you ask what are our top event organising tip offs, so... we have put together a list from our little black book for you to get inspired
The Decorations: For gorgeous decorations, event inspiration and hire, get in touch with Lenzo to create your perfect hens day or wedding.
The Flowers: There is nothing better than the perfect bunch. Hi Petal work with local and
seasonal botanic flowers to produce the most beautiful styled posies for any occasion. We loved watching what they put together for this amazing hens
day, and their vibrant colours worked perfectly with our Sebel Pink Velvet Chair.
The Food: Catering for the hens or wedding? We love the team at Cookes Catering and Events.
They use seasonal, local and sustainable food, bringing farm to table and restaurant quality results to clients and events. They also have the best
looking and delcious tasting desserts!
The Photographer: We adore wedding photographer Oli Sansom.
Oli is one of Melbourne's most sought after photographers for a reason, his images are magical. We love going through his imaginative and artistic
collection on his website.
The Celebrant: Whether you are eloping, getting married, renewing your vows or having a civil commitment ceremony, we adore celebrant
Lara Williams. Lara is a no-nonsense kind of lady. She has a natural gift of public
speaking, using humour, language and style to perfectly hold the day together. Her attention to detail is exceptional.
The Presents:We are so happy to launch our new
Bridal Registry page! At Fenton & Fenton we offer the most incredible collection that couples can choose from for their special day. From artwork
to homewares and many lifestyle products, you can pick lots of things or a few stand out pieces to mark the occasion. Our team at Fenton and Fenton
offer an incredible service to make your registry experience fun and easy. With beautiful registry cards, a personalised webpage and a dedicated
staff member to assist you, we can't wait to help you compile your dream list.
If you have an enquiry about starting a bridal registry, please visit our bridal registry page or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t be afraid to mix to the max this Spring and create a look that is entirely yours. At Fenton & Fenton we love pattern. We especially love mixing
pattern on pattern; pairing shiny new pieces with vintage glamour, combining geometric prints with florals, brights with neutrals and feminine colours
with masculine shapes. Offbeat combinations that draw your attention to a space get our tick.
1. Single out one colour to match and pull your look together, like we have done here with Watermelon Pink.
2. Play around with tonal variations of similar colours. We’re loving shades of blue, mauve and purple this Spring, accented with
our favourite neutral, nude.
3. Have fun with scale and size. Here, we’ve mixed a bold large print to anchor the space, and layered it with a softer smaller print.
The palette ties it all together.
4. Mix Stripes with Prints. At Fenton & Fenton we see a stripe as pretty much a neutral. Recreate a look like this with different
stripes mixed with bold patterns and contrasting colours.
5. Mix an earthy palette with brights. If the base of your room is neutral and earthy, don’t be afraid to contrast this with a key
piece of art or rug to make your room sing.
6. Layer your Art. Never try to make your art too matchy-matchy. We love mixing different styles, like abstract with still life, and
positioning the pieces at different heights and depths. Don’t be afraid to put plants or decorative objects in front of your art for added interest.
Last night on the The Block Fenton and Fenton's resident artist Megan Weston's
artwork wowed judges with a feature piece in Julia and Sasha's room. Fenton & Fenton pieces have been featured across some marvellous rooms
the last few weeks , get the recap on the judges thoughts last night and the look below!
Tensions ran high yesterday as the show reached the halfway mark on renovations. Dan and Carleen wowed judges by creating a contemporary art deco-styled
living room with large open spaces. Using their bonus points the couple secured victory and a $10,00 prize for their budget, well done team!
"It's not the living/dining space I expected from Dan and Carleen," judge Neale Whitaker said. "It's got a very different vibe. It's actually
feeling quite luxe and glamorous. They've taken the deco theme and turned up the dial. If you're a young professional and a very design savvy
buyer then you're going to appreciate this.... to think just a few weeks ago I was criticising them for styling choices but look at this, even the
candle is just right."
Despite disagreements, Julia and Sasha finished second place and would have tied if Dan and Carleen had they not used their bonus points. The
highlight for us was Julia and Sasha's dining room and the grand resin and mirror artwork by the incredible Megan Weston.
"I wanted to see an apartment that had references to art deco that was still a contemporary and luxurious apartment. I feel like I'm standing in that
apartment now." The couple's city views through an expanded window, which came at the expense of compromising with their neighbours Kim and Chris,
also didn't go unnoticed. "That big view that puts a whole new perspective on this space," Whitaker said.
Brighten up your room with one of these incredible Megan Weston pieces...
Welcome spring with vibrant colour in geometric patterned rugs, silk carpets and towels lovingly created by Mr Fenton. These looks will instantly
refresh bathrooms and living areas alike. Make the most of quirky, non-essential but delightful pieces in unlikely pockets of your home. Replicate
these looks by creating a sunny nook in front of a window or consider a hallway, hidden corner or in front of a book-shelf. Our Afrika pendants teamed
with Rattan Bar Cart have us in the mood for sundowners on the front porch. Don’t be afraid to mix to the max and create a look that is entirely
yours. We love mixing pattern on pattern, vintage with new, geometric with floral, brights and neutrals and feminine colours with masculine shapes.
Offbeat combinations that draw your attention to a space get our tick. Replicate this look by anchoring a space with two strong statement rugs.
Here is the inside word on spring decorating! Spring has sprung and we have a new collection to brighten your home.
From a muted take on brights to bold hues, this season’s colour mantra is clear – the brighter, the better. Fenton & Fenton warmly welcomes Spring
with a new collection of furniture, soft furnishings, rugs, lighting and art, designed to remind us of the joy that Spring brings. The collection plays
homage to the changing of the seasons through a vibrant palette and mix of materials, promising that warmer days are near.
In the transformative spirit of Spring we welcome fresh hues, modernist forms, saturated colours, natural textures, bold patterns, imaginative accessories
and lively art by Australian talent Megan Grant, Kristen Daniels, Carly Williams & Helen McCullagh gracing our walls.
Geometric patterned rugs, silk carpets and towels lovingly created by Mr Fenton will instantly refresh bathrooms and living areas alike, and
the stunning Woodrow collection of furniture and Afrika lighting have been designed to add interest to your existing look.
“The Spring edit is both elegant and playful, designed to help you enjoy a colourful, expressive life”, says Lucy Fenton. There’s intentionally a lot
of colour, pattern and texture this Spring, designed to help you create powerful and invigorating living spaces that will take you from season to season.
Lucy Fenton established Fenton & Fenton inspired by her experiences backpacking around the globe. During her travels, Lucy was immersed in a wide variety
of aesthetics which she brought home with her and reinterpreted through the filter of years surrounded by classical antiques and contemporary Australian
style. Her adventures in the interiors’ space are an extension of her real world adventures, and the culmination of a rich and colourful journey through
cultures home and abroad. We chat to Lucy about her most incredible travel moments and why travel is so important to her.
Why is travel important to you? I tend to get bogged down in the every day grind when I am at home Life is busy with work and kids so it’s
important to stop and realise there is a whole world around us living very different lives to us, which is fascinating and presents so many opportunities
for learning if approached with an open heart. Whenever I travel, no matter where I go, I find inspiration. Getting away from the madness and having
time to think is so invigorating. I always come back from any trip bursting with new ideas.
What is the most underrated part of travel?
Being able to experience the best parts of other countries. Travel helps us appreciate how good life is at home. I have travelled all over the world and
there is always something so comforting about coming home (despite the unpacking and washing). I am yet to find a city I would prefer to live in than
What are some of your go-to destinations for styie inspiration?
India is always my #1, the colours, culture and craftsmanship is amazing and even though it has its pitfalls and can be very difficult at times I always
find my self wanting more. Morocco is a very close 2nd, the landscapes & textiles are breath taking and if it was a tad closer to Australia I would
definitely visit more frequently!
What's your best travel memory?
This is a tough question...it’s a toss up between trekking through the foothills of the Himalayas, being proposed to in the Sahara Desert...but it is hard
to go past our wedding in Bali. It was a small intimate wedding but it was spread over a few days nestled in the rice paddies of Cunggu and being in
such a tranquil setting just made for a wonderfully relaxed vibe with our best friends!
If you could only travel to one country for the rest of your life, which country and why?
An even harder question... but I would have to choose India. If it was not for India I probably never would have opened F&F and the people over there
have contributed so much to what we do!
What's your best advice for travelling in style?
Be organized: book accommodation, transportation and flights well in advance so you can really enjoy the trip. I am a big advocate for
researching my accommodation as much as possible. It does not have to be the most expensive hotel, you just want something in a good location, with character
and good service. Accommodation can make or break a trip, often a recommendation from a friend is best!
With the emergence of home renovation shows like The Block, House Rules and Grand Designs, buyers’ expectations are higher than ever! We recently styled
this super cute Victorian terrace in Elm Grove, Richmond and worked with the client’s existing pieces to get the home ready for sale.
The Fenton & Fenton process differs from most styling companies. We recognise that buying a home is an emotional process for people because your
home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make!
Our style aims to inspire buyers, making the house feel liveable and wonderful. To bring the same sense of wonder to your own property here are our
top 5 tips for styling a property to wow buyers.
1. Freshen up the walls. A fresh coat of paint can really work wonders in a tired space. It not only looks crisp and clean but it will give your house a nice new paint smell.
Once freshly painted we can add some colour and life using artwork and rugs!
2. Bathroom bliss! Always display fresh clean towels; Mr Fenton’s designer towels will add some colour and spunk to any bathroom, even if it is a bit outdated. Make sure
everything is sparkly clean, you may even want to consider re-grouting old tiles.
3. Declutter. Your buyers will go through every nook and cranny, including through your cupboards, wardrobes, garages etc. Make sure they are not overflowing, make
the effort to do a thorough clean out both inside and out. The opp shop will be your best friend by the time your campaign kicks off!
4. Fresh flowers. Get green! Pot plants, fresh flowers and indoor plants are particularly good as you won’t have to replace them each week. Also don't forget to get
your outdoor area looking tip top. Mow the lawns, trim the hedges and hose down all areas.
5. Get F&F on board. If preparing your home for sale is just all too overwhelming and your furniture is a bit all over the shop, give us a call and we can make a time to
come and meet you and discuss your needs. We will be happy to work with your existing furniture wherever possible and then introduce some of our signature
pieces to give your property the wow factor you need to get your buyers’ attention both online and in real life. Once we’ve worked our magic your house
will be looking its best and you will have saved yourself a lot of stress. Styling your property well is proven to boost your sale price on auction
day, so make sure you give your property the best chance.
See more photos from the newly styled property and how to get the look below:
The Prism Exhibition showcasing Australian talent Jai Vasicek, Megan Weston and lighting by Christopher Boots; officially opened last Thursday night.
With an evening of live music by the vibrant duo Tobi Music, from Rutherford entertainment & bubbles by Bird in Hand, it was an excellent way to usher in the start of spring. The store looked incredible with Christopher's
geometric lighting, Megan's bold new works inspired by minerals and natural elements and Jai's new abstract collection.
The launch was an overwhelming success so we thought we'd share some photos from the night....
Tobi Music from Rutherford Entertainment pumped out the enchanting tunes. The guitarist & double base duo created an incredible vibe in store.
We wish we could have them in store everyday! For those who want to hear one of our favourite pieces listen to it below:
We recently styled this stunning Victorian residence in Balaclava, we worked with a combination of the clients existing pieces & a selection from our
current range. With the addition of some of our signature texture and colour next to original features including marble open fireplaces, ornate ceiling
roses and stained glass windows, the residence now has a new found modern elegance.
Property styling before selling your home is essential. With the right furniture, artwork and of course layout any room can become a desirable space. We
are happy to work with you and give advice on what should stay and what should go for the campaign.
By injecting some Fenton & Fenton style in this home we were able to accentuate the house’s incredible period features.
Here are our 3 top styling tips for the week:
- Don’t be afraid of colour
- Make sure the furniture is the right proportion for the space
- Add some life to the room, use a plant, flowers or some foliage from the garden
On a studio visit to Barwon Heads we check in with Megan Weston while she has been creating her highly anticipated new collection. Megan has been exhibiting
with Fenton & Fenton since 2014 and this year will be featuring in the PRISM exhibition.
Working predominantly with ink and resin on timber, we chat to Megan about her change in look for the upcoming exhibition and get to know a little
more about the renowned Australian artist.
Photo: Styling - Julia Green, Photo - Armelle Habib
Who are your art inspirations? Do you look to other artists or movements for support or inspiration during your process? I adore Miranda Scozeck and the minimalist works of Rothko at the moment. I don't tend to look to any other artists for my own work but as an art lover
first and foremost, I am able to appreciate the creativity of my friends and contemporaries.
Who do you follow on Instagram? Apart from artists are there any digital influencers you admire? I love the fun of American photographer Gray Malin and sculptor Chris LaBrooy at the moment.
Many of your works are named after incredible places around the world. Have you travelled to these places, where in the world have you travelled that has been the most inspiring for your work?
Rather than specific places, I feel that my work is often inspired by the feeling that stays with me after I leave and comes through in my work. That said,
New York City is always a favourite. The sensory overload there always triggers inspiration and creativity. It's the energy that stays with you and
I try to harness when I work.
Photo:Nikole Ramsay featured in InsideOut magazine
You live on the beautiful Bellerine Peninsula, what is the sense of community and lifestyle like in Barwon Heads?
It's a very village like atmosphere with great beaches, walking tracks and fab for kids to grow up. Cute little shops and a ten-minute walk down the Main
Street for coffee is more like a social event than a chore which is nice.
What are your thoughts on the art community in Australia? Do emerging artists in Australia get the support they need?
I think the art community is in disarray, I don't see the talented artists getting the recognition they deserve unfortunately. I definitely think there
has to be more education involved. it's too easy for people to call themselves an artist and it can devalue the time, cost and commitment to produce.
There is such talent and diversity in our industry currently so that is very exciting for the future.
You are known mostly for your ink and resin artwork, when did you start this style and why were you compelled to make “ink bleed”?
I started over 15 years ago with resin and ink, and what a turn of events that whole 'resin art' movement has been. I wanted the ink to travel and experience
movement across the canvas surface. There is obviously a lot of new players in the game now adopting these techniques as well so the popularity of
this style was somewhat of a double edged sword. With this in mind, I've evolved my techniques and the new PRISM exhibition is the first release of
this evolution into the world!
Do you find yourself experimenting with mediums? Why resin and ink?
Yes I work with any medium.. In fact a lot of my early works were painted in oils always abstract though. Resin and ink translates particularly well for
me and my storytelling so it has become my go-to medium.
Where has been the most incredible place you have seen one of your artworks?
Too many to say! Jen Hawkins home, Megan Gales and The Block have all been highlights. In all honestly, I get a thrill when I see my work hanging in any
client's home and that I have found a place in their lives. It's very special to me.
Photo: Images styled by Heather Nette King, Haymes Paint. Photography by Armelle Habib.
What is your main inspiration behind your pieces for ‘Prism’? Crystals, lots of crystals. True to my topographical style, I dived into the depths of our planet in search of the beauty hidden beneath and beyond.
Rocks, minerals and the natural elements that form our planet are the inspiration behind the latest colourful body of works. Optical density and a
play on light are interpreted through different forms and signature to this beautiful PRISM collection.
If we where to get into your headspace and try and paint like Megan Weston, when would we paint and what music would we be listening to?
I usually paint at my studio, early in the morning or mid afternoon, this is when I'm at my best. My playlist really depends what mood I’m in but if I
was to list my top ti, it would be:
1. Dime Store Diamond- Gossip
2. Blood on the Leaves - Kanye
3. MTV Nirvana Unplugged Album- Nirvana
4. Blank Face - Schoolboy Q (this is on repeat for the table tennis tournaments that are happening in break times…)
5. Desperado - Rhianna
Megan’s artworks will be featured in the upcoming exhibition PRISM.
Opening night will be held in store on Thursday September 1 and the exhibition will then continue in store until the September 15. For more information
and to RSVP visit our event page.
Jai Vasicek is renowned for his vibrant colour, layers of pattern and exotic adornments. Recently inspired by facets, stones, flaura and fauna from Northern
Australia, we are thrilled that Jai is featuring in Fenton & Fenton’s latest exhibition PRISM. We sat down with Jai and asked him what music keeps
him going at 3am, who have been his artistic inspirations and his future creative aspirations.
What is your main inspiration behind your pieces for ‘Prism’?
I have been inspired by endless journeys to the far north east coast of Australia with my father. My abstract work is an interpretation of the fascinating
Australian landscape, as the light changes from day to night and back from night to day. My time spent trekking uncharted terrain, exploring hidden
caves and sailing to Australia’s indigenous lands between the Daintree and Cape Flattery is elegantly and abstractly brought to life in my colourful
Tell us about your painting process. When do you do it and what are you listening to when creating your masterpieces?
I work best at night and it’s the time that I enjoy to paint the most. At night is when I feel the world is at rest, I don’t hear traffic near my studio
and it’s often quiet, so I paint. I generally will paint after dinner and sometimes until 2am or I will get up at 3am and paint till 10am. It’s amazing
what you can get done in those obscure hours of the day. When I’m painting, I will pump the music up crazy in my earphones. Typically, I would be listening
-Moby- Hotel Ambient (if I need to calm down, detach from the day, get into a meditative state and paint for hours)
-Portishead (For something old school. Her voice inspires me and has an effect on how I get in touch with my emotions to express into
- Beyoncé - Lemonade (the occasional guilty pleasure. If I’m feeling down, she always gets me back up. Listening to her makes
me think I have to work as hard as her. That lemonade album gets me painting quick!)
- SIA – (Her older albums. They make me feel nostalgic and remind me of my high school days)
-Adele – (For when I’m feeling heartbroken.. haha)
Who are your art inspirations? Do you look to other artists or movements for support or inspiration during your process?
I generally don’t look for inspirations, I rather admire. I like to experiment and take on my own angle in my work to stay true to myself. I appreciate
all the masters like Picasso and Matisse, however I’m also a huge fan of Miranda Skoczek, Craig Ruddy and Laura Jones. I have been loving Laura Jones
lately, the way she captures light with her "still lifes" and her colours are out of this world. I’m a sucker for botanical art.
Who do you follow on Instagram? Apart from artists are there any digital influencers you admire?
I love following Sibella Court and Lisa Messenger from The Collective, she is very inspiring for anyone embarking on entrepreneurship. Everyday I follow
her daily reflections and I can identify with her path.
You have an incredible tale of spending your childhood upon your family’s boat Malachi. What was the longest you spent at sea, and what places did you travel to?
I think the longest sail was 4 days at sea.... my favourite stretch is in wintertime from the Whitsundays to Lizard Island! Amazing.
Your vibrant, colourful and bold works exude the brightness of some of the places you have travelled. Have there been any communities around the world you have admired or been inspired by in particular?
Although everywhere I have travelled to is reflected in my work, I think Brazil would be one of the most amazing colourful and vibrant places I have been!
You live in beautiful Byron Bay, what is the sense of community and lifestyle like there?
In Byron, everyone embraces everyone and that’s why I love it here. No matter what you are doing people are very open about expressing what their vision
or path in life is.
What are your thoughts on the art community in Australia? Do emerging artists in Australia get the support they need?
All eyes are on Australia because we are an emerging country and pushing boundaries as such a creative nation. With technological advances and so many
social platforms, emerging artists haven’t been restricted by borders and have been able to become globally recognised easier than before.
You experiment with many mediums and techniques is anything you are drawn back to or want to work with you haven’t got your hands on already?
It’s an aspiration of mine to work with fashion and art, I will get there one day..
Where has been the most incredible place you have seen one of your artworks?
At Fenton & Fenton of course. But also one of my friends has an incredible home in Sydney and it hangs with pride in their entrance way. I’m just amazed
they chose my work to sit on that very predominant wall!
Jai's artworks will be featured in the upcoming exhibition PRISM.
Opening night will be held in store on Thursday September 1 and the exhibition will then continue in store until the September 15. For more information
and to RSVP visit our event page.
We are looking for a skilled Maintenance Team Member to jump on board and participate in our warehouse and in store operations in a full time position.
Maintenance Team Member responsibilities include but are not limited to, supporting the warehouse day-to-day operations, furniture maintenance and
repair, supporting the merchandising team with in-store installations of furniture and artwork and customer deliveries.
-Prepare and complete orders for delivery or pick up according to schedule
-Receive and process warehouse stock products (unload, label, store)
-Assist in the overall maintenance of the store space
-Operate and maintain warehouse vehicles and equipment
-Assist in store change-overs and installations of art work
-Assist with Hire and Consultation installations on request
-Follow quality service standards and comply with procedures, rules and regulations at all times
THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT WILL HAVE:
-Great organisational and time management skills
-Ability to assist in heavy lifting
-Familiarity with common warehouse practices
-1 year proven experience in a maintenance/warehouse team member roll.
-Experience in painting, art installation, and furniture repair will be highly regarded but not essential
If you think you fit the bill apply now email@example.com.
Calling all enthusiastic and determined sales gurus. We are looking for a full time sales consultant to join our team. The ideal candidate for this
role has a proven history in sales, ideally in the homewares and furniture industry. You thrive in a fast paced environment, with the ability to quickly
establish client relationships and have a genuine eye for interior decoration. If you want to inspire people to express themselves through their homes
then this is the job for you.
THE LOW DOWN
Fenton & Fenton is home to a colourful and decorative collection of home wares and furniture, offering a unique shopping experience both in-store
and online. With an eye for the bright, the beautiful and the exotic, we love to think outside the box and inspire others to do the same. 8 years on,
we are committed to doing things that stand out and giving our customers fresh home wares, decorating ideas and brand experiences.
We are home to a dynamic, creative and collaborative bunch. We work hard to ensure our liaisons are as much about the experience as the purchase. As
our business expands and takes us in all sorts of directions, we are looking for a full time Sales Consultant for our High Street Prahran store.
-Delivering a professional and unique standard of customer experience
-Coordinating the sales process as part of a team from initial enquiry to delivery
-Prioritising clients and collaborating with team members to reach store targets and deliver the best instore experience
-Ensuring visual merchandising standards are met to continue sales growth
-Administration including quoting and processing orders.
THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT WILL HAVE:
-The ability to multi task and problem solve
-Proven sales experience preferably in the furniture and homewares industry
-Excellent communication skills
-Strong attention to detail
-Computer literacy in particular with Mac operating systems, with experience in the use of Adobe CS an advantage.
-An interest interior design and decoration
-An energetic, motivated and proactive approach to their work.
Successful applicants must include a CV, summary of achievements relating to this job description and a cover letter.
Please email Ciarra at firstname.lastname@example.org
One of our favourite undertakings at Fenton&Fenton is the challenge of styling real homes of all different shapes, sizes, styles & eras. We always
relish the opportunity to work with the character of the home & inject some Fenton&Fenton style along the way.
We recently styled this impeccably renovated double fronted home in Carnegie and we thought we'd share these shots of the stunning 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom
home, complete with high ceilings, patterned wall paper and graphic tiles.
And what kind of friends would we be if we didn't also share some insider tips on how to get the look!
We took full advantage of the bold graphic tiled splash back in the kitchen, which reminded us of our Geometric Bone Inlay pattern!). It worked perfectly with the black barstools & pendants, contrasting with the super white high
ceilings. We carried this strong graphic theme into the living space with the choice of our black & white chevron TV unit.
Creating a homely and lived-in feeling is easily done by adding layers of texture. Throw a natural hide or cosy blanket over the sofa along with pops
of colour in the cushions to add warmth & a sense of comfort. You’ll be amazed at what some flora & foliage can do to a space! Hitting our
senses in all the right ways, it's a great way to instantly add appeal to a room.
This home has a gorgeous red brick fireplace as a feature in the second sitting room. We chose to work with this as the starting point of our palette
in this space and continued with warm tones & natural elements.
We had some stunning wallpaper to work with in the master bedroom. The easiest way to create a cohesive look when working with detailed patterns or
strong artwork, is to isolate one colour to repeat throughout the space. In this case we pulled the blue hues from the wallpaper and teamed it with
Mr Fenton’s ‘Geometric’ dhurrie and the Maurice Golotta 'Aqua Urn' artwork to create a space that works.
Winter Group Show officially opened last Thursday night with an evening of cocktails, soulful tunes and of course gorgeous art!
Jai Vasicek, Tara Pearce, Annie Everingham and Laelie Berzon were all here to open the show and welcome our guests in out of the cold as the weather played
its part bringing a wintery chill. The store was brimming with live music and the drinks were definitely flowing. Our walls have never looked so good
with a perfect mix of artwork by our four artists and offset by deep, moody & wintery Haymescolours.
We absolutely loved the opening night & thought we'd share some photos from the night....
The music by Cocoa Noire from Rutherford Entertainment was amazing & created
such a stunning, soulful vibe. We all instantly fell in love with the duo & wish we could have them in store with us everyday. If you haven't heard
their music then it's definitely worth checking out! Here's a quick video of Cocoa Noire to help set the scene for those who didn't make it along to the
Capi & the Melbourne Gin Company were on board serving the most delicious winter cocktail - the MGC’s take on the classic Tom Collins. They call it the Collins St and for those of
you who, like us, can't get the cocktail out of your head we've hunted down the recipe:
30mL MGC Gin
30mL Grapefruit infused sugar syrup
Served over ice in a rocks glass
Topped with Capi Soda Water
Garnished with a maraschino cherry, thai basil leaf and sprig of rosemary...
FENTON & FENTON DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA MANAGER
THE LOW DOWN
Fenton & Fenton is home to a colourful and decorative collection of home wares and furniture, offering a unique shopping experience both in-store
and online. With an eye for the bright, the beautiful and the exotic, we love to think outside the box and inspire others to do the same.
8 years on, we are committed to doing things that stand out and giving our customers fresh home wares, decorating ideas and brand experiences. We
are home to a dynamic, creative and collaborative bunch. We work hard to ensure our liaisons are as much about the experience as the purchase.
As our business expands and takes us in all sorts of directions, we are looking for a
DIGITAL MARKETING and MEDIA MANAGER to help us grow our online business.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Someone to take the lead on all things digital marketing and media related. You will define, implement and drive our e-commerce and media relations’
strategy, development roadmap and deliver sales growth
Your core role will be to create marketing strategies that align brand, PR and digital to help drive qualified leads to our website, optimise site
experience and improve conversion rates. You will also look at how well the products on the website are performing and market them as best you can
to maximise our sales.
We are looking for someone with experience in identifying target audiences and devising digital campaigns that engage, inform and motivate; coupled
with experience in SEO/SEM, retargeting, email marketing and display advertising.
You will be someone who is ready for a challenge, wants to make a difference and take our online sales and customer experience to another level. You
are practical, hard working, and love getting stuff done in a dynamic and creative environment.
It’s all about enthusiasm and a willingness to help us grow. Below is a list of our preferred technical skills and know how. However, we are more
about finding the right creative fit, so don’t worry if you haven’t put all these skills into practice just yet.
/ 3 to 5 years experience in a digital marketing role within the retail or online industry;
/ Demonstrated success in delivering online sales growth and exceeding targets;
/ Strong tech knowledge and understanding of e-commerce platforms and the Adobe Creative Suite, with basic graphic design and a keen eye for detail;
/ Experience in driving cost effective conversions though a host of digital channels, including SEM and SEO, EDM’s and Social Media, KPI’s, conversion
rates, visitor numbers and cart abandonment strategies;
/ Strong people, project management, analytical and interpersonal skills;
/ Self motivated, a willingness to tackle new challenges, and an action oriented approach.
/ A passion for interiors and home wares or the ability to help write content advantageous, but not essential.
/ The ability to chip in when needed.
This is a permanent full time role based in our showroom on High St, Prahran. If you think you can help us grow our online business and would like
to grow with us, we’d love to hear from you.
Successful applicants must include a CV, summary of achievements relating to this job description and a cover letter that answers the following:
/ What retail websites get you motivated and inspired?
/ What retail brands do you see taking an experiential approach to online marketing?
Winter Group Show is open in store and online (and has brought the winter weather with it!).
The official opening is tonight between 6pm - 8.30pm. Join the artists and us for an evening of soulful music by Cocoa Noire duo via Rutherford Entertainment and
winter cocktails by CAPI and The Melbourne Gin Company.
We hope to see you tonight!
'Atibaia' by Jai Vasicek in the front window
'An Assembly of Patterns II' and 'An Abstraction of Patchwork Terrain' by Annie Everingham
Detail of 'Awakening' by Laelie Berzon
Jai Vasicek's 'Gypsy Portholes' and 'Hopeless Lovers' by Laelie Berzon
We are proud to introduce Winter Group Show, a group exhibition by Australian talent Laelie Berzon, Jai Vasicek, Annie Everingham & Tara Pearce; celebrating
the changing of the seasons.
What better way to kick off the cooler months than with a cosy & soulful art event! To officially open the show, we will be holding an Opening
Night, 6-8.30pm on the 26th of May.
We will have live music by the vibrant duo Cocoa Noire, with Fran on vocals and Jackson DJ/Looping. CAPI & the Melbourne Gin Company have
joined forces and are bringing their signature winter cocktail to warm up our souls. Enjoy a colourful art talk by Jai Vasicek. Be inspired with
fresh ways to display art within your home, dress your walls, your floors and little nooks. And, to make things even more fun - there will be lucky
door prizes throughout the evening.
The Fall Collection at Fenton & Fenton sees works from new Australian talents Annie Everingham, Diana Miller and Megan Grant gracing walls imbued
with rich Haymes colours. We celebrate the comfort and intimacy our homes provide as the days shorten and the sun sinks in the sky. The floors
are adorned with luxurious pure Merino wool and Bengali silk carpets painstakingly designed and developed by Mr Fenton and appearing now for the first
time. Complementing it all are a variety of new products designed in house or commissioned exclusively for fenton&fenton echoing Deco and
The Fall Collection sees us playing with deep charcoals with inky undertones mixed with soft pinks and roses. We chose HaymesLights Off and Aleaha Rose to offset our collection. A limited colour palette with layers of the same colour in different shades works well this fall. We don't tend to stick
to 'design rules' here at F&F, but this season sees the 60, 30, 10 colour rule shining through.
For materials it's all about leather in tan and natural teamed with textural velvets & gorgeous wools and marble in all shades. Brass and copper
are still great highlights and hints of metal in glossy black to give it some depth.
This Fall, we have played homage to the Mid-Century aesthetic and designed some of our newest pieces in a Deco style. The Marble X Frame Console is
one of our newbies to fenton&fenton. Teamed with our I Love Lamp brass range, you have a duo set to shine.
Moving through to the bedroom, sees us weaving the same threads as the living spaces. Layers of Bedouin Societé linen in white, pale grey, soft pinks
and inky blue & charcoal continue the colour palette. Leather, timber and wool also continue through bringing warmth and a sense of cosiness.
Fenton& Fenton are proud to be invited to exhibit for the National Gallery of Victoria's charity gala dinner coming up next month.
Best of the Best is an exhibition of high glamour and inspirational style, taking the concept of table art to a new dimension. From the whimsical to
the avante garde, the tables will be conceived and created by some of Australia’s leading artists, decorators, galleries, interior designers, stylists,
couturiers and florists, limited only by their imaginations.
This is something we participated in with a 'Day of the Dead' theme in 2013 (see below for photos!). This year we have something special up our sleeves
and can't wait to show you.
Previously held at St Kilda Town Hall in 2013, Best of the Best 2016 will be installed at The Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria in May
2016. All funds raised will be contributed directly towards the acquisition of artworks for the NGV.
Another Curious Tea Party, Image courtesy of the artist Kate Bergin and Mossgreen Gallery
Others invited to exhibit include: AFL • Atticus & Milo • Steve Cordony for Belle Magazine • Brownlow Interior Design • Burch&Purchese
Sweet Studio • Charlotte Coote for Coote & Co • Christian Wagstaff for CPS • Christine Barro • Christopher Boots Studio • Dale Hardiman for NGV
• David Hicks • Diane Bergeron (The Mercer School) • Fenton & Fenton • Flack Studio & Marsha Golemac • Flowers Vasette • Franque • Georgeous
• Georgie Seccull • Gewürzhaus Herb & Spice Merchants • Gregory Ladner • Hill of Content • Hotham Street Ladies • Jud Wimhurst for MARS Gallery
• Julia deVille • Louis Vuitton • Mark Douglass Design • Megan Hess for Wedgwood • Melissa Jackson Milliner & Stasia Raft • Michael Strownix /
Where The Grass is Green • Minimax • Mud Australia • Paul Bangay for Elliott Clarke • Peony Melbourne Haute Parfumerie • Peter Rowland Catering • Russell&George
• Sarah Scout Presents • Shareen Joel & Tarryn Joyce • Tessa Blazey & Alexi Freeman for Karen Woodbury Gallery • The Australian Ballet • Turner
and Lane •
We can't wait to see what everyone does!
Here's a few pic's from our 'Day of the Dead' inspired table in 2013!
Whether your mum is a black & white kind of gal or loves things a little more colourful, we have created The Mother's Day edit to help you find her
a little something to celebrate her day - whatever her style!
Here at F&F, we love nothing better than to see our products in a home setting. We recently styled this Victorian fronted & extensively renovated
two bedroom, two bathroom home. We went for a clean but colourful look, incorporating Fenton&Fenton furniture, art & homewares in with
the clients own and loved the way it turned out!
We couldn't help but share the photos of this gorgeous home and have included some mood boards to make it easy for you to get the look!
If you are selling a house or apartment and have decided that your décor is looking a little tired, or you’d just like to have someone else worry
about how best to present your interiors to the public our highly trained and professional team of stylists who have experience in Real Estate
are here to help you. Read about our Styling Services we offer (here) and
get in touch - we'd love to help!
Our friends over at Haymes Paint recently discussed Colour in 2016 with Wendy Rennie - we loved it, so we thought we would share too!
HAYMES - WHAT COLOUR DIRECTIONS DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE IN 2016?
WR - The direction of colour this year is very diverse, and we will see many unexpected colours paired together. Dark colours were very popular
in 2015, and will remain strong. Their popularity is due to how they help to define living areas, highlight architectural features, and add a sense of
depth and warmth to homes. Especially homes with an eclectic feel, they have a great way of bringing together personal pieces that have been collected
Coloured featured above is Inner Depth. Photography by Martina Gemmola and styling by Ruth Welsby.
Blue remains a popular tone, but the range has become varied, not only dark navy blues like Haymes Stormy Blue, but also bolder bright blues are starting to dominate, like Haymes Reef Oasis.
There is still a love of coral, however earthier tones like terracotta are returning. These earthy tones are great as they provide a sense of warmth
to a space and add nice relaxed vibe perfect for entertaining in. A renaissance on reds featuring deep wine reds, such as Haymes Rich Red, are popular choices.
Our Leather Butterfly Chair in Natural and White Frame
Photography by Martina Gemmola and styling by Ruth Welsby.
Although many of the dark and earthy tones are popular, there are still many bright colours making their way through. Haymes Autumn Gold, is a rich golden green colour and a great addition to any colour combination. Colours like this help to lift
heavier palettes, and when paired with a relaxed style, leaves a holiday oasis feel.
Photography by Nikole Ramsay and styling by Emma Omeara.
The neutrals this year will continue to reference warm greys, while starting to introduce some warmer tan tones. It’s the use of the neutrals that
balance out the darker tones and bring together sophisticated palettes that are now coming through with a really new and fresh feel to them, it’s a
certain kind of confidence I think people have found when it comes to using colour.
Photography by Martina Gemmola and styling by Ruth Welsby.
HAYMES - WHAT DID WE SEE IN 2015 THAT WILL STILL BE REFERENCED THIS YEAR
WR - There are many trends that have carried through to this year, predominately pastels still remain very popular. Blush and sultry pinks such
as Haymes Condare and Aleaha Rose are some of our more popular pastels.
I also can't go past mentioning dark greens, these lush greens have been popular for a while now, and they will continue to carry through this year.
They bring with them an organic and earthy jungle charm.
Photography by Martina Gemmola and styling by Ruth Welsby.
Overall the most enduring trend, is the love of colour that has developed over the last few years. Colour has been embraced and seen as a solution
for homes, and now often preferred over a white on white approach. It's becoming more recognised that colour can enhance a home, and set the tone for
the spaces we live in. Another exciting shift is that a 'trends' are beginning to slowly become less aspired to, it's more about experimentation, learning
and adapting to meet the needs of the individual, their lifestyle and preferred style choices
We've just received some gorgeous Megan Weston artworks here in store and they've got us feeling blue - the colour not the mood!
We're digging her dark inks mixed with the aqua blues - teamed with white & soft greys makes for the perfect colour combination. Blue is a
very versatile colour in interiors. It goes well with most other colours and has a fabulous calming affect. Not to mention, everyone loves blue!
Here's a few artworks that have just arrived (plus a few photo's from the archives that we couldn't resist revisiting!).
Fraser Island, 120cm x 120cm Lady Elliot, 92cm diameter
Torres Strait, 140cm x 200cm
From the archives, Icelandia Exhibition photo shoot (both SOLD). In-situ images styled by Ruth Welsby, photographed by Mike Baker.
A Megan Weston piece can be the final touch in a stylish bedroom. Try mixing it with our Bedouin Societé linen in Ink, Dusk Blue, Oasis and a touch of Wysteria for good measure and you've got yourself a winner bedroom. A casual sitting room looks great with
a Megan Weston artwork and a simple hanging chair. Our FAVE Peanut Chair in White has just arrived back into stock, so look out for it's reappearance
To view Megan's full available collection, have a look at her catalogue here.
You may not know this, but here at fenton&fenton we offer property styling services!
We recently styled this gorgeous Prahran home for sale. The client had some great key pieces which we incorporated in with our products. We have a huge
variety of furniture, homewares, art & everything needed to suit all spaces and more than enough for complete fit-outs. We can come out & discuss
everything with you - easy as pie!
If you have something you want to chat to us about or want more information on our services & how we can help you, then please get in touch with
us at email@example.com We can go from there!
Ever wondered what Lucy Fenton's home might look like? Well, wonder no longer because today Lucy has decided to share a sneak peak inside her home
which she shares with her husband Josh (AKA Mr Fenton) and their two children, Pepa & Woody in St Kilda East.
Since purchasing it a few years ago Lucy has made some alterations to the solid c1910 Edwardian she calls home and then transformed it in her trademark
fashion with intelligent layering of colour, light and texture.
Although it has so much to offer in terms of location and an inviting synergy between indoor and outdoor living which has lead to the occasional one-too-many
drinks with friends on the deck, Lucy's first home is now on the market for anyone interested.
Blush really is the perfect shade, staying well clear of being too pink but with a bit more warmth than beige can offer. Below are some of our
favourite BLUSH pieces in store.....
1. Pop & Scott 'Modernist' range. Pop & Scott have nailed their latest range & have us dreaming of the 1950's. Earthy terracottas & gorgeous blushes are the best colour
combo for creating a slightly retro vibe, now where is that fondue...
2. Jai Vasicek Crosses. Jai's crosses have become his trademark & we couldn't love his latest drop in store any more than we do! The best thing about these is that they
can be a never-ending collection, see one you love - no problem add it to the others!
In-situ image (above) styled by Fenton&Fenton and photographed by Tara Pearce. In-situ image (below) styled by Beck Simon and photographed by Lisa Cohen.
4. "Blushing" by Tara Pearce. Photographs are a great way to incorporate a sense of travel & wanderlust into your home. Aptly named for this edit, "Blushing" is a crowd favourite
amongst us here at F&F HQ. Tara's photographs are available as prints or can be timber framed.
7. 'Desert Flower' by Kristen Daniels. One of our great finds last year was Kristen Daniels & her gorgeous artworks. With a good dose of blush, the colour combo in this one has us
8. Wireframe Triangle in a Triangle. One of the newest members to our wireframe family. Perfect for that bookshelf or sideboard that just needs a little something something. (Not online
yet, but soon to be!).
Who doesn't want to spend the summer lounging around on a beanbag next to a pool full of inflatables? Our new gold & bronze beanbags are suitable
for both indoor and outdoor use and it’s no dramas if you spill your drinks on them over the silly season! $120
I love everything Basil Bangs do but my hot tip is the Love rug. They are the best picnic rug ever made - great at the park, beach or even in the
backyard. These are perfect for mums and bubs and of course lovers who like prolonged PDAs around the park! $155
If you're really in the doghouse or you feel like spoiling a special someone, think of the points you could earn gifting one of Megan’s artworks!
We have a selection of beautiful small round pieces starting at $250. They are an investment that you will enjoy forever $260 - $4000++
Buy this for your boyfriend/girlfriend/hubby/wife/spoilt pet and that way you will be able to enjoy it too!!! Featuring beautiful, clean Scandi design
they work in any room and enjoy the leather as it just gets better with age. $890
We have plenty more ideas up our sleeves. Pop into store, give us a call or visit us online!
Be a trend setter this year by arranging these up, in and around your Christmas tree!
A great gift idea for the people in your life who love to style - a scattering of funky pyramids, cubes and dodecahedra on shelves, coffee tables
and bookcases just screams 'Christmas'!
The perfect Kris Kringle gift at $25. Let's face it, a house can never have too many hooks.
Handy for hats, keys and dog leads in an entrance way, towels in a bathroom, or as a touch of quirky decca climbing up the walls in the kids' room.
I'm not just saying this because I have to, but these are my top pick for most versatile pressie. Whether it's a hand towel for your aunt, a beach
towel for your bestie or a whole set for Mum - you really can't go wrong! $35 - $250
Forget the 'Favourites' - Inflatables are the thing to bring when you're told not to bring a thing to the barbie by your friends who you like more
so because they have a pool.
These are great collectibles to fill the pool with on Christmas day for that post-lunch pool party... but remember - wait half an hour after you've
eaten before you go swimming. We also recommend you grab a cheap pump to save your lungs. $39 - $149.95
Candles with attitude with a quote to tickle everyone's pickle. Grab one before your kids learn to read or buy your morose, rebellious teenager one.
Whoever the recipient, they are certain to think of you as it flickers away on their mantlepiece.
As round as our Trays Excellente are excellent, these are brand new this season and just in time for Christmas. Not only round, but super cool and
practical for festive season dips, chips and other delights. Guaranteed to impress your guests with their roundness. $40 - $120
As the name suggests, their simplicity is their strength. My personal favourite is the Trivet, the ultimate entertainer and the perfect spot upon
which to rest a wheel of cheese and some grapes. $70 - $270
Father Christmas does not like an unruly book shelf, but he does enjoy a laugh given the whole "Ho Ho Ho" thing he's incorporated into his branding.
Those two facts make our animal inspired bookends a Father Christmas favourite! $80
We all know Father Christmas enjoys a drink. It used to be a glass of beer or whiskey left on the hearth, but now it's milk thanks to the AMA. Why
not jazz up your softies with a set of our bone inlay or ceramic coasters? Add a bottle of Scotch for the old man and you've got the perfect gift.
The now ubiquitous painted planter from the likes of Pop & Scott or On The Side is a must have for every household.
Our Fiddle-leaf Fig loves his. I know of cacti who won't grow in anything less. It's not about you, it's about your plants - they want to look handsome
too. $90 - $320
That's our Christmas edit starting at under $100! We reckon there's something there for the whole family.
Once again, we head into the most magical time of the year and thanks to Jai Vasicek we are now even more excited! His beautiful trademark crosses have
just landed in store including some from the Cahaya series. Cahaya means "light" and they certainly are glittering with gold!
Last Thursday saw the opening of Summer Group Show, an exhibition by four talented Australian artists; Helen McCullagh, Laelie Berzon, Michael Bond and
The artwork complimented each other perfectly in a palette of summer and we loved every single piece. See below for some photos of the exhibition in store
and a little info on our artists and what they each brought to the show.
Laelie Berzon is a Visual Artist, living and working in Melbourne. She paints to understand her life as she’s living it, piece by piece, blending the dramatic
influences of her Eastern European heritage with her modern perspectives to create a visual and emotional unfolding through the textural interchange
of painting, collage and mixed media.
Widely travelled, Laelie Berzon draws inspiration from a mosaic of rich and diverse influences and paints with a unique voice. Her work through this exhibition
is vibrant, textural and absolutely gorgeous.
Thick Skin by Laelie Berzon taking pride of place in the front window.
You Am I hanging out with our Monkey Lamp in store.
Helen McCullagh is best known for her bright, contemporary and aesthetically beautiful still life oil paintings. She paints daily, inspired by life and
the beauty of her environment. Drawing her inspiration from both beautiful floral arrangements in her studio and images found in online media, Helen
describes her artworks as a “dialogue between social realities with images chosen through social media feeds and reproduced in a new context to distort
the distinctions of time and place.” Helen reinterprets the still life genre in a modern context.
In this exhibition we saw her trademark abstract floral arrangements and also the new inclusion of retro furniture.
Two lovely Helen McCullagh pieces, Mariana and Rita accompanied
by some Lealie Berzon artworks.
Brisbane based abstract artist, Michael Bond, is passionate about exploring new techniques and styles. Michael embraces vibrant colours on both large and
smaller scales. For this exhibition Michael worked with a soft palette of pastels and brought in some stronger & darker colour with his Night Bloom
Above & below, Cahaya by Micahel Bond. A crowd favourite here at F&F.
Hari Indah which means 'beautiful day' hanging in store.
Skye Jefferys is a Melbourne born, Singapore-based artist and the newest member to the F&F family. Skye works predominantly with large abstract paintings,
her practice is concerned with limitations, whether real or imagined, and how we respond to these.
Her work for this exhibition was a palette of blues, olives & emerald greens, corals & magentas and had us completely mesmerised.
Whether the bold, geometric & colourful designs of Pop & Scott make your heart flutter or the industrial, clean & simple style of On The Side
concrete pots tick your box, they both look great with the Ivy Muse plant stands. Try a pot on the ground next to a pot on a stand to vary height and
create some interest. Fab for outdoors or in that corner you don't know what to do with.
Spring is for fresh herbs and beautiful kitchen accessories. The latest range of Marble Basics has just arrived and is just as gorgeous as the last
collection. This time the clever sister-duo have added a gorgeous milk jug & sugar bowl (complete with copper-coloured spoon!) which are perfect
for enjoying those Spring morning coffees in the sun.
The subject matter of Helen McCullagh couldn't not be more in tune with the season. Helen McCullagh is best known for her bright, contemporary and aesthetically
beautiful still life oil paintings, drawing her inspiration from both beautiful floral arrangements in her studio and images found in online media.
Her application of paint is initially thick, with more luscious glazes layered upon these solid foundations. Helen reinterprets the still life genre
in a modern context and brings the flowers in her paintings to life with her medium.
Following the success of our mini Jai Vasicek exhibition 'Aura' we have a few of his feather crosses available. We are expecting some more of these
feathered beauties in the next week so signup to Jai's waitlist to be the first to hear when they arrive!
Last but not least, is linen! There is nothing better than refreshing the palette on the bed for the new season. For spring we love light colours.
Try combinatins of White, Wysteria, Lilac, Dusk Blue and Oasis for a gorgeous spring palette.
The Garden State exhibition has fully blossomed in store and is an abundance of Spring flowers, colours & aromas! With the gorgeous Spring weather
we are having today we are all in love!
With this collection of artworks, Megan takes on a tour with her interpretation of her home state, Victoria.
For those of you too far to come into store to view the Garden State exhibition we have put together some images for you to see what we have created with
Megan Weston's stunning collection.
Royal Botanical Gardens hanging proud in the front window. It wouldn't be a spring exhibition without the inclusion of a Pop & Scott Pot!
We are running very low on these at the moment, but preorders will be able to be made for the October delivery in the coming days!
Above, artworks from the Lakes Entrance, Macedon Ranges, Cape Bridge Water and Wypefeld National Park series.
Pale pinks, deep aubergines and soft duck egg blues and been masterly combined to create the Lakes Entrance series (pictured above).
The pale pinks continue in the Macedon Ranges (below) series teamed with strong magenta and barely-there-yellows.
Above & below, artworks from the Great Dividing Range series.
We think this writeup by Peta Mayer sums up the mood perfectly!
"After the heavy slumber of winter, Garden State re-presents Victoria through the soft focus of the Spring muse. Leaving behind the dull grey landscapes that accompanied our lowered expectations of the colder months, Weston opens the door to a world transformed by sun and light. In her aerial dialects, outer layers are discarded, the sky expands and days grow longer. Like the blush in lovers’ cheeks and the first buds of jasmine, Weston’s Garden State celebrates the hope and possibility of the fairer months in her home state. With a spring palette featuring fairy-floss pink, dusky spearmint, apple green, smoky mauve and her signature aquamarine, Weston blends home life with holiday. The result is an enchanting dance through our towns, ranges and coastlines" - Peta Mayer.
GARDEN STATE BY MEGAN WESTON SEPTEMBER 9 - SEPTEMBER 20
Garden State by Megan Weston has begun!
After the heavy slumber of winter, Garden State re-presents Victoria through the soft focus of the Spring muse. Leaving behind the dull grey landscapes that accompanied our lowered expectations of the colder months, Weston opens the door to a world transformed by sun and light. In her aerial dialects, outer layers are discarded, the sky expands and days grow longer. Like the blush in lovers’ cheeks and the first buds of jasmine, Weston’s Garden State celebrates the hope and possibility of the fairer months in her home state. With a spring palette featuring fairy-floss pink, dusky spearmint, apple green, smoky mauve and her signature aquamarine, Weston blends home life with holiday. The result is an enchanting dance through our towns, ranges and coastlines.
The Spring inspired artworks are able to be viewed & purchased on our website now or in-store tomorrow by 10am.
Gillie & Marc and their Rabbitgirl & Dogman's have been gracing our store stylishly for a while now so we thought it was high time to interview
them and find out a little more about the creative pair.
1. Hi guys! To start off, what are you working on at the moment?
MARC: Right now we are working on the sculptures by the sea sculpture and we’re really excited about it. It’s going to be one
of our largest sculptures we’ve made and it will be five metres in height and we’ve been told it will be the largest sculpture at this year’s show.
We’re attempting to make a five and a half metre flying fish that is held to the ground by a rope so when you’re standing there looking at it,
it will be on the cliffs of Bondi and this huge fish that will be flying will look like it’s going off the cliffs and into the sea with a rope
around it and being held to the ground. It will be in bronze, it’s a lot of work but it’s something that we’ve been working at for the last six
months and are really passionate about it and so excited to see it finished.
2. That sounds incredible! Run us through a typical studio day for you two. What does the day involve?
Everyday has to start with our coffee, so that’s the first thing we do in the morning. Then after that we will sit down together
with our coffees and do a brainstorming session. We will throw ideas at each other, run through any commissions or anything that needs to be done
and we’ll talk about our plan for the day and what we’re going to achieve.
If that is going to be a painting for instance we will discuss what we’re going to paint and then we will draw it up. We will work out all the
colours because obviously we’re doing this with two people so we do have to have quite a bit of discussion about it so we both know where we’re
at. Once we totally have it all planned we will go set up the canvas, normally it’s quite a large canvas we work on so we’ll set it up in our studio.
Then we will collect all the paints and then we’ll both sit either side of the canvas and we’ll start painting. Normally we’ll have music on and
we go into sort of a meditation mode with the music and just start painting.
We can be painting for a few hours without really talking and then we might switch sides and move around a bit. There’s quite a few stages to our
paintings so normally we can work on a few at a time just because there are drying processes in between each stage. We’ll have lunch together then
in the afternoon we make sure we walk our dog Indie, she’s our muse for quite a lot of our paintings and a lot of our sculptures. After that we’ll
sit back, we might carry on and do a bit of painting or work on some sculpture ideas or discuss things we’ll be doing tomorrow. Generally it’s
a pretty busy, intense day and we do try and achieve quite a lot.
3. We love our Dogman & Rabbit girl’s in store. They are so unusual & unique. Tell us a bit about them….
MARC: The dogman and rabbit girl are the alter egos of us. So Marc is the dogman and Gillie is the rabbit girl. Dogman and rabbit girl travel the
world and spread a message of equality and diversity and the idea behind that is that in the wild a dog would in fact attack and maybe even eat
a rabbit. But in the wold of possibilities and the world we want to be a part of a dog and a rabbit are best friends and in fact lovers and together
there is no stopping them.
Gillie & Marc's contribution to Peace of Art exhibition hosted by F&F 2014.
4. We’ve seen your artworks popping up in public spaces. What excites you about public art?
MARC: We love public art because it is so accessible. Art in galleries and where it is removed from people tends to be too elitist for us. When
art is out there in the street it means everyone can touch it and engage with it, can sit on it and play with it and that is so rewarding for us
because we feel like it’s able to inspire people where they are rather than them having to go to a gallery as such.
Public art also works in with the environment so it changes the spaces and what we aim to do is actually enhance the space make it more fun and
make people so of think about it but most importantly is that we’re able to be there and have our artwork really engage and really inspire.
It's a Beautiful Day Installed permanently outside the front
of The Sydney Children’s Hospital. The Wave Riders exhibited as part of The Harbour Sculpture Prize July 30 – August 9, 2015 Deckhouse &
Clarkes Point Reserve, Woolwich.
5. We love that you are a husband & wife duo. What’s the best thing about working together?
GILLIE: I think the most amazing thing about working with your husband is that you get to be with him all the time. Honestly when I’m not with
him I miss him and I don’t know that’s because we spend so much time together [or that] I’m just used to having him around, I’m not sure. It is
amazing to have my husband all the time and to be able to work with him on something that we both love so much.
I feel like we are both on the same path, going on the same journey, there is never a second where we aren’t talking about art. I’ve never had
a moment when there has been nothing to say, we always have so much to talk about and so much to discuss and it feel very exciting it always feels
like we’ve got new projects on the go. It’s wonderful that not only have we been able bring up our two beautiful children together and look after
our dog together that we can also do our art together and be best friends. It’s really truly incredible.
6. And lastly, we love hearing about our artists homes. Tell us a little about your home style….
MARC: Our home is filled with art and it’s the art on the walls and the floors and even the ceilings that makes us feel excited. We are constantly
bringing in new artworks, some that we’ve painted but a lot that we’ve collected from new artists that we meet and friends of us. We place them
on the wall and we get such enjoyment from looking at them.
We like bringing different colours in and we like bring objects in, so we call it ‘furna-art’ - furniture that’s also in an art form. We love the
idea that you can sit on art and you can touch art and you can play with it, and we’re constantly seeing our home as a gallery where we just like
mixing it up. Sometimes we’ll take a painting and just put it on the floor for a while, sometimes we’ll move things around in the middle of the
day just to give us a different form of inspiration. So we’re constantly seeing our style as something that is changing and evolving and we like
the fact that it’s a home that is always different and surprising and you’re able to do that just by moving things around continuously. So if you
want to put a name to it we would call it the ‘gallery home that is ever changing.’
Shop our artwork section for Gillie & Marc Dogman & Rabbitgirl sculptures and vases.
The latest InsideOut magazine came out yesterday and we were excited to see Megan Weston's home featured!
Megan shares her home with her husband Dan, her two children Sonny & Iluka and Johnny the long-haired alsatian. Their home is nestled in the gorgeous
seaside town Barwon Heads on the Bellarine Peninsula. Their style has an industrial edge with polished concrete floors, dark walls (even the living room
ceiling is dark!) juxtaposed with splashes of intense colour and evenly balanced with monochromes.
Having been an artist here at F&F for a while now, Megan has been collected lots of F&F goodies over the years so it is great to see how she
styles the pieces at home.
To make things easier for you, we've broken it down so you can shop Megan's look!
THE LIVING ROOM
Megan has a very open plan living, dining and kitchen. A custom built timber wall hides all of the things you don't want to see from view and her Sean
Herbert artwork made entirely from pencils looks like it was made for this wall. Her Esquelet Chandelier is her hero light piece in the room blending
harmoniously with her dark walls & ceiling creating the right amount of impact and not appearing too large in the space.
Sonny & Iluka share their space and can exercise their own creativity with double wardrobes covered in blackboard. Megan has chosen a Mr Fenton's
Dhurrie, and Metallic Star Cushion and our Ashwood Stencil Lamp. These are the perfect lamp for any children's space as the LED's don't get hot
so the lamp is super safe.
Understated & simple with clean lines and a cool palette. Mr Fenton's Blooming towels are a perfect fit hanging simply on a gold bug hook. The
Blooming towel range are all sold out but watch this space for Mr Fenton's 2015 towel collection coming soon!
Megan's outdoor area is mainly made up of monochrome bits & pieces which works fabulously with her warm timber decking, her gorgeous green grass
& bright yellow front door. There is enough colour going on elsewhere that the pieces she has chosen tie it altogether.
If you've ever searched through our Mr Fenton's Rugs section on our website then no doubt you've come across the
Build Your Own which up until now has been "coming soon".... Well, the good news is - it is now live and we couldn't be more excited!!!
Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, should your mind suddenly and unexpectedly turns to rugs and you just have to know what a teal and orange
zigzag might look like with a fenton & fenton twist, you no longer need to wait to find out.
To celebrate this we are giving away a rug - keep reading to see how to win!
Our brand new rug builder is a new & improved version of our last one (for those of you who remember it, it's so long ago that we barely do!).
This time with the room view function which allows you to see the rug in-situ. If you've ever read our blogs on rugs before you will know that
we are the biggest advocates for a good rug and and how transformative they are to a space. When styling a room we often work from the floor up,
choosing a rug first then going from there. A Mr Fenton Rug can often be the biggest and brightest piece in a room so beginning here can be a good
There are plenty of patterns to play with in rectangle, round & runner and a multitude of sizes. Whether you are colour lovers (like we are!)
or like things a little more subdued you can now have a hand in the design process.
To make things even more fun and to celebrate the launch of our new rug builder we are giving away a Mr Fenton custom made rug to the value of
$1000 in the colour & design of your choice!
What you WIN: 1 x $1000 towards the custom made rug of your choice.
Entries close: Sunday 30th of August at 7.30pm AEST.
The lucky winner will be announced on the @fenton_and_fenton instagram Sunday 30th of August
at 8pm AEST.
Enter as many times as you like! This competition is open to all followers worldwide.
Photo credits: Styling - Ruth Welsby. Photo - Mike Baker.
Laelie Berzon has been one of F&F faves for a long time now and we are baffled to why we haven't interviewed her sooner. We thought with the new arrival of her latest piece, As You Are, it was a great opportunity to sit down with Laelie & hear all about her painting style and European heritage.
1. We always love hearing about our artists childhood’s and how they started painting. Has your Eastern European heritage played part in you becoming an artist and developing your own style?
My inspiration is drawn from a mosaic of rich and diverse influences. Influenced by childhood recollections of the portraits and illustrations of my Latvian Grandfather and the paintings, murals and sculpture collected by my parents, I turn to painting as both a release and a healing platform; expressing my inner thoughts and emotions, epiphanies and reflections through abstract visual language.
I was a reticent and curious child, yet full of ambition. I developed an aptitude for colour, attention to detail and thinking outside the square at an early age. Growing up, nearly every page of my notebooks at primary school had a doodle on them or even a little story spreading over multiple pages. My childhood influences coupled with my love affair for Design & architecture, fashion and textiles, the arts and nature have played an integral role in forming and enriching my own style, whilst also nourishing me with intoxicating knowledge.
I blend the dramatic influences of my Eastern European heritage with modern perspectives to create a visual and emotional unfolding through the textural interchange of painting and mixed media.
2. The colour and texture in your pieces is obviously one of the first things people are drawn to with your works. How would you describe your pieces, apart from being vivid in colour and texture.
It’s a raw and spontaneous process, I allow my creative intuition to guide me, conveying on canvas what I feel at that specific moment in time. I’m a free spirit with no artistic inhibitions. Painting gives me a sense of unity and balance. It’s about the connection between the overt and subconscious feelings, which elicit emotive responses from the viewer.
Vehement brushwork and exaggerated texture, vivid colour, a blend of mediums and other disruptions on the surface are key to the essence of my body of work. I sweep through a broad palette of hues; my potent brushstrokes are imbued with passion and evoking movement.
3. Take us through a day in the life of Laelie, are you a morning painter or a night painter? An all day painter?
I love painting early in the morning and very late at night when the studio is completely empty. This is when I’m at my strongest and in my element. It depends on the status of the painting, and this usually determines if I require natural or artificial light. Natural light is paramount. My paintings come to life in natural light. The way you light your art studio can be one of the most cost effective ways of improving your painting and your colour mixing.
4. Do you listen to music while you paint? Favourites?
I try to stay clear of music in the background at the outset of an artwork, as it disrupts my concentration and thought process. I enjoy painting in silence. However, in the latter stages nearing completion of a work I’m a tad more flexible and love listening to an assortment of tunes from the likes of musically and artistically precocious artists Sia and Bjork. Florence and the Machine, Massive Attack, Chet Faker, Dusty Springfield and Janis Joplin are also some of my favourites.
5. We love hearing about our artists homes and style. Do you have a favourite piece of furniture or art in your home? How would you describe your perfect space.
I love the eclectic juxtaposition of the old and the new. I would depict my perfect space as one that is simple, refined and exudes an understated elegance. I believe a home that is embellished with historical and emotional significance is a home that is distinctly and beautifully yours. I allow my living space to evolve over time rather than locking it into a specific era or decorating gender. A home filled with artworks, oversized sculptures, nature and most importantly soul is always a winner in my eyes…it’s all about that individual freedom!
My apartment has an assortment of Scandinavian furniture pieces by designers Arne Jacobson, Carl Hansen and Kasper Salto. Being the co-founder of Australian furniture label Something Beginning With does help a little, as my place is infused with pieces from our gorgeous collection.
Laelie's contribution to the Peace Of Art exhibition F&F hosted for School's A Gift in 2014 to raise funds to build primary schools in remote Ethiopia.
6. What’s next? Any hints on future works or projects?
I’m currently working on a new body of work titled ‘Thick Skin’, and without giving too much away these works will be compelling, candid and intriguing, and will be painted with a unique voice.
New to f&f with her simply mesmerising photography is Melbourne convert Jessica Tremp. We didn't think we could be any more mesmerised, until we interviewed her and caught a glimpse of her life, loves and spirit. We are so thrilled to welcome this very clever photographic artist to fenton&fenton.
1. Jessica we are so excited to have your beautiful photographs at f&f!
Can you tell us a bit about your background and what drew you to photography.
Thank you so much for having me!
I grew up in Switzerland and moved to Melbourne during my rebellious teen years.
My love for nature and being immersed in it, in a type of wonderland adventure way, is definitely
something I’ve taken with me from childhood, along with a love for theatrics and drama.
I’ve always had a need to express myself creatively. When I was younger, this could be hours
and hours locked away in my room with my pencils and fresh pads of drawing paper.
I’ve studied dancing full-time and written songs, though I generally only sing in private and wish I could paint better.
Photography is the single one medium that has been by my side the most consistently.
It just linked arms with me one day and hasn’t let go.
Half a Mossy Rock(above) and Hassock (below) 50x75cms edition of 5
Framed right up to image in Fini Frames, natural crafted from locally sourced and sustainable Australian timbers
60x90cms edition of 5
Framed right up to image in Fini Frames, natural crafted from locally sourced and sustainable Australian timbers
2. Your inspirations range from blues music to Italian food, what
other people or avenues do you look to for inspiration?
Themes seem to develop without my direct steering of them, but a touch
of melancholy is mostly evident. Often what is driving it, is a desire to convey an urge to be cradled
by something quite extraordinary, intimacy and connections to other people
or precisely the lack thereof. I find it really hard to explain
or talk about, hence I photograph instead of writing. I like to be guided or inspired
by what is around me.
Nature therefore is a great muse and she often leads the way.
Self Place #15
50x75cms edition of 5
Framed right up to image in Fini Frames, natural crafted from locally sourced and sustainable Australian timbers
3. What’s the best part about taking a photo?
The element of surprise, even with a planned piece. Images very rarely work out exactly as I see them in my mind. Sometimes they turn out better or worse, but chance, movement and emotion can't always be precisely predicted and these are some of the key factors in various mediums of artworks that can cause the heart to skip a beat.
60x90cms edition of 5
Framed right up to image in Fini Frames, natural crafted from locally sourced and sustainable Australian timbers
4. Who would you say your idols are?
There are so many people doing brilliant things, but I really respect and love Sally Mann. Her work has guts, rawness, mood, brilliance and finds beauty in the imperfections and everyday.
5. Tell us about your home, what’s the best part about it?
We live an hour out of Melbourne in the Macedon Ranges. As ex city dwellers, this area is still fairly new to us, but lack of traffic and misty, moody mornings definitely have their charm. Our little cottage, though a bit of a 'fixer upper', gives us the space and home for Syd, our son and Soda, our dog, to run around in plus Michael's ever growing collection of guitars and records, paintings and knick knacks collected over the years. We're also in the middle of converting our garage into a beautiful studio space for our creative pursuits to have a bit of breathing room.
Photo credit left Tara Pearce
6. What else do you have planned this year and what do you hope to
A few creative projects beckon over these cold months while I wait for baby number two to arrive in Spring.
7. Lastly, back to Italian food! Pizza or Pasta?
I love a carbohydrate that acts as a carrier for all the sun ripened goodies such as eggplants, tomatoes and zucchinis! You also can't beat salty treats like anchovies and olives, milky dollops of mozzarella or bitey Parmigiano Reggiano, so both have a place in my heart, though I can't surpass the comfort of a bowl of pasta after a long day.
All Jessica's works are limited edition prints on archival Art Rag paper.
Shop Jessica's gorgeous works online or in-store.
All of us here at F&F have been counting down the days til the start of our first ever mini exhibition & it's finally nearly here! Aura opens online on our website at 5pm today and in-store from 10am tomorrow.
From the archives, Jai Vasicek in his studio photographed by Alicia Taylor
For all F&F followers you will all know Jai Vasicek who has been a long-time artist here. We first fell in love with Jai when we discovered his handmade pieces way-back-when and it has been an absolute love affair ever since. We have hosted two of Jai's exhibitions here at F&F, first Paradiso and then more recently Malachi. Both exhibitions were true to Jai's style and referenced his love of travel and were laden in cultural history. You can check out the photos of his past exhibitions here.
Through Jai's artistic career his crosses have become his trademark and a must-have for collectors of objet d’art. For this exhibition, Jai has used contrasting arrangements of feather and metal frames to add dramatic impact to his creations. The juxtaposition of media around each piece is an embodiment of the energy Jai has drawn from the influence of various people and places he has experienced throughout his travels.
These crosses are true works of art in their own right.
Growing up on his fathers boat (called Malachi, the namesake of Jai's 2nd F&F exhibition), Jai had a very cultural upbringing spending time on exotic lands and lighting a fire for the passion to travel which he has continued to do through his adulthood. This has heavily influenced his artwork where you will see the colours of Brazil, the natural beauty of Papua New Guinea and touches of the pacific all resulting in Jai's truly unique style. These 50 artefacts have all been inspired from the shores of Polynesia and all feature Polynesian names.
View the limited collection of 50 artefacts in Jai's section on our website here from 5pm today or if you can pop into store to see it all until the 9th of August.
We are hosting a mini exhibition of Jai Vasicek's crosses! All individually handcrafted with contrasting arrangements of feather and metal frames making these some of his most exciting crosses to date.
Have a read on our events tab here to get all the deet's and register your interest.
If you've done your Fenton & Fenton homework you'll know that F&F came about via Lucy Fenton's love of travel and collecting. Her travel finds are still very evident in her styling and buying for the store and her latest gems from her recent trip to Indonesia have got us in a travel spin!
Giant clam shells, friendly house protectors and amazing shell necklaces are amongst the current Fenton finds available now in-store and online. Adding in pieces with history and character from different cultures amongst your more modern and practical pieces create a point of difference and we think a feeling of personality, plus they make you look supremely well travelled!
A good tip when styling a room is to add something a little bit unusual. It creates some interest in a space and makes you look twice. If everything makes sense it can be a little boring to the eye, so adding in something that little bit unexpected can really lift a room and take it to the next level. Not to mention it will instantly inject personality - win!
We can't go past sharing some F&F history either! Rarely you will find a photo of F&F without some kind of travel memoir juxtaposed in the image somewhere. Styled below in early F&F photoshoots is various travel trinkets, Ethiopian Crosses will always remain a Fenton favourite!
So much to make you wish you were on a tropical island or shopping the Indonesian markets right now! Head into store or jump online. We've made it even easier, shop the One of a Kind section here. It's full of Indian treasures, Guatemalan goodies, Indo finds, old French pieces and gorgeous handmade textiles from various exotic destinations.
This year we've been working with the colour experts over at Haymes Paint to recreate their key colour forecast themes ala Fenton. Each theme has seen new colour injected into our windows and throughout the store and we've been loving it! The latest injection is no different, 'Exotic Botanic' is made up of dusty pinks, smokey greys and warm copper.
Exotic Botanic takes us back to our roots, provoking a reawakening of the senses, returning to nature and exploring the vibrant beauty it has to offer.
We chose to feature two different looks from the Exotic Botanic colour forecast in our windows.
Here they are....
EXOTIC BOTANIC LOOK ONE
Inspiration image from the Haymes forecast, styled by Ruth Welsby.
We chose "Kendall Rose" for the walls in our first look. This is a gorgeous dusty pink colour with the right amount of vibrancy without moving too far into the pastel zone. We teamed this with our Incy Eden single bed and Newton copper pendants for a copper hit. The artworks by Helen McCullagh are the perfect pieces to add to this botanic look & fresh flowers were a must for this take on the theme.
Inspiration image from the Haymes forecast, styled by Wendy Rennie
For this look we chose "Boulder Grey" as our wall colour and base. This grey really is the perfect grey, not too light but definitely not too dark either which means colours pop but darks stand out too. All the artwork is by Eva Frengstad, a brand new artist to the F&F family of artists. With her smokey greys & dusty palette we couldn't go past her artworks for this look. The Harpers Project armchair fits perfectly and brings in the classic look. Rather than florals for this look we chose unruly greens and teamed them with Pop & Scott pots in Sangria. These are the perfect pop of pink that we were looking for and are a really similar colour to "Horizon Glow" from the Haymes colour forecast.
These are some of the items we chose for look two...
We have so many products that suit this colour palette, so if you love it as much as we do then we have made it really easy for you.... Click here to SHOP THE LOOK
Well that's our F&F interpretation on Exotic Botanic in two looks. One etherial in pink & laden in copper and the other smokey in neutrals with pops of colour. In the hustle and bustle of the world today, it’s important to take a moment to reconnect. The hypnotic colour palette of this theme creates depth and opulence, revitalising even the simplest of spaces.
Do your senses feel revitalised yet? Our's do!
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.
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.
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 Throws. 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.
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..
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!
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!
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.
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 hooks 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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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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!
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!
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!
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!
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 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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!
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
53cm x 53cm
Acrylics on silk polyester, framed in hand stained ebony solid Australian Oak.
5. Any hints on what’s next for Kerry?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
What's really king this Autumn though is texture. Our top three ways of adding texture are with a throw, either on the sofa or the end of the bed (or both!) with cushions, go for velvet for added texture, and with indoor foliage (of course!)
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
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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.