Thursday, August 25, 2016
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.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
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.
Monday, August 15, 2016
FENTON & FENTON MAINTENANCE TEAM MEMBER
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your interest
Friday, August 05, 2016
FENTON & FENTON FULL TIME SALES CONSULTANT
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 email@example.com
Thanks for your interest
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
We've just updated our website with gorgeous Michael Bond artworks which are set to arrive in-store next week.
Head to Michael Bond in the artwork section to view the selection before they
hit the store!
'Shadowland' by Michael Bond
Thursday, June 09, 2016
We will be open this coming Monday for the Queen's Birthday. Opening hours are 12 to 4pm.
We hope to see you in store!
Friday, June 03, 2016
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!
Jai Vasicek Cross (in-store only) | Leather Strapping Dining Chairs in Teak & White | Finn Dining (out of stock) | Jacob Jon 'Earth #1' Artwork | Bone Inlay Hexagon Tray
This home is currently up for sale! Head to the listing here to check it out at www.woodards.com.au
Tara Pearce Photographic Prints | Bone Inlay TV Unit | Mr Fenton's Grid Dhurrie | Mahal Coffee Table in White with White Marble | other small decorating pieces
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.
Pencil Artwork by Sean Herbert (in-store only) | Ink Roses & Mr Fenton's Turkish Pepa Cushions | Reindeer Hide
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.
Leather Sling Chair in Teak & Black | Cow Hide | Concrete Tulip Pendant | Pressed Metal Ceiling (in-store only) & Metallic Star Cushions | House Protectors
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.
Mr Fenton's Geometric Dhurrie | various cushions |
I Love Desk Lamp | Maurice Golotta's 'Aqua Urn' Artwork | Bone Inlay Bedsides
Bone Inlay Commode | Abigail Ahern Poodle Lamp | Mr Fenton's Black Pepa Dhurrie
Pots | Outdoor Cushions | Outdoor Malibu Dining Table & Breeze Chairs
Don't forget to head to the listing here www.woodards.com.au to check it out. If you would like to look through some other homes that we've styled, then head to our Property Styling Gallery.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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 Haymes
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
& 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...
et voila! Winter in a glass.
Together with the artists, we would love to thank Capi
, the Melbourne Gin Company
, Haymes Paint
, Cocoa Noire via Rutherford Entertainment
and all our lovely clients who braved the wintery weather to celebrate with us.
There is still a selection of artwork available (some of our personal favourites!) so make sure you check out the Winter Group Show catalogue
There's plenty more photos of the evening, view them all in the gallery
Drinks by Capi & the Melbourne Gin Company, service by Cookes Catering & Events, music by Cocoa Noire from Rutherford Entertainment, paint colours by Haymes Paint & event photography by Simon Shiff.
Friday, May 27, 2016
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?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 10th June. Thanks for your interest
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Fenton & Fenton will be closed today to set up for Winter Group Show. We apologise for any inconveniences and hope to see you all in store tomorrow.
Tonight at 5pm, the artworks will be online and the exhibition starts in store tomorrow at 10am. If you haven't already and plan to come to the opening
night then head to our events tab and RSVP.
Here are a selection of gorgeous Gypsy Portholes by Jai Vasicek as a teaser of just some of what he is bringing to the show!
'Gypsy Portholes' by Jai Vasicek for Winter Group Show
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
It's busy times for our four artists who are exhibiting in our Winter Group Show. There's a lot of work to do before the exhibition opens next Thursday
The ever clever Jai Vasicek sent us through sneak peak video of him creating some of his incredible artworks. We loved it, so thought we would
For more info on our Winter Group Show or to RSVP, head to our 'Events' page.
Image styled by Heather Nette King & photographed by Armelle Habib
Thursday, May 12, 2016
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.
We will be hosting the exhibition in our store from 26 May - 9 June.
For more information & to RSVP, head to our events tab!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Images styled by Heather Nette King with Fenton & Fenton products and Haymes Paint. Photography by Armelle Habib. Event supported by The Melbourne Gin Company and CAPI.
Friday, May 06, 2016
Fenton&Fenton welcomes you to Fall!
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
I Love Floor Lamp | Original Fler 3-Seater Sofa | Velvet Cushion in Grape (in-store only) | Cakebread Large Scale Weave Cushion | Knot Cushion in Pink | Cake Bread Pile High Cushion | Kristen Daniels "The Dreamer" Artwork | Bone Inlay 'Cuban' Deco Side Table | Mr Fenton's 'Fractural' Bengali Silk Carpet
The Fall Collection sees us playing with deep charcoals with inky undertones mixed with soft pinks and roses. We chose Haymes Lights 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.
Matilda Sofa | Annie Everingham artwork (for the Winter Group Show, later this month!) | "Krank" by Diana Miller | Cakebread Pile High Cushion | Pink Velvet 'Hessian" Cushion (in-store only) | I Love Desk Lamp | Mahal Side Table in White Marble | Mr Fenton's 'The Sign' Bengali Silk Carpet | Leather Footstool in Natural
Mr Fenton's Negative Entity Bengali Silk Carpet | Leather Tomi Chair | Leather Marlboro Footstool | Icelandic Sheepskin | Lisa Lapointe Soothsayer Cushion (in-store only) | Fossilised Stump Stool (in-store only) | "Knowing The Uncertain" by Diana Miller | "A Time To Reflect" by Michael Bond (sold) | Matilda Sofa | Cakebread Large Scale Cushion | Mr Fenton's Negative Entity Cushion | Knot Cushion in Green
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.
Mr Fenton's Negative Entity Bengali Silk Carpet | Marble X Frame Console Table | I Love Desk Lamp | "Amazon 2" by Megan Weston
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.
"Pink Door" by Tara Pearce |
I Love Desk Lamp | Esquelet Chandelier in Haymes Impact | Bedouin Societé Linen | Lisa Lapointe Cushion (in-store only) | Leather Cushion in Natural | Leather Strapping Bedhead in Natural | Cubebot | Teak Side Table | Knot Cushion in Brown
Leather Strapping Bench in Tan |
Pom Pom Wool Blanket | Bedouin Societé Linen | Ivy Muse Plant Stand & On The Side Pot | Knot Cushion in Yellow | Leather Cushion in Tan | Taxidermy Deer Head | Tim Webber Apex Shelf | I Love Desk Lamp in Copper | Fossilised
Stump Stool (in store only) | Leather Ottoman |
The full Fall Collection is in store and online now. For more information on any of our products, please pop into store or call us on 03 9533 2323.
Also, we are offering 5 lucky readers a styling consult with our F&F in-house decorators. Head to our events page to find out more!
Welcome to Fall!
Friday, April 29, 2016
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.
Head to the NGV website to book! www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program-series/best-of-the-best/
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!
Images by Sarah Wood Photography
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
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!
This house is currently for sale, have a look at the listing here
Leather Strapping Dining Chair,
Mr Fenton's Star Dhurrie,
I Love Lamp range, Laelie Berzon artwork (this piece is sold), Ceremonial Wedding Statue, Bone Tray,
Tara Pearce Photographs
Crosses by Jai Vasicek (out of stock), "Blushing" Photographic Print by Tara Pearce, I Love Lamp range,
Leather Strapping Dining Chair,
Ink Roses Cushion,
I Love Lamp range, "The Otherside 8" by Kristen Daniels, Cakebread Pile High Cushion & Cakebread Throw,
Bedouin Societe Linen, Harlequin Cushion
Jennifer + Smith Cushions, Sangria Petal Pop & Scott Pot, On The Side Pots,
Basil Bangs Modernist Cushion (Exterior image courtesy of Hocking Stuart)
Don't forget to check out the listing here!
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!
Thursday, April 07, 2016
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?
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.
Our Mahal Marble Side Table
Photography by Martina Gemmola and styling by Ruth Welsby.
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
Monday, March 28, 2016
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!).
From the archives, Anacortes, 120cm x 120cm (SOLD)
Megan's artwork looks great teamed with our Leather Strapping Dining Chairs in Teak & White with a Marble Dining Table for a sleek Scandinavian style. Throw a deep navy Mr Fenton's Rug in to ground the look.
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.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
We will be taking a few days off over Easter however will be open on Saturday. Pop in & say hello - you're more than welcome to bring in some Easter
eggs, we won't mind! ;)
The online store is always open. All online orders placed over the long weekend will be shipped from Tuesday.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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.
All the details are available online here:
Living room details - Above: Esquelet Chandelier in Haymes Impact,
Mahal Coffee Table, cowhide,
cubebot & various other vintage pieces all
from Fenton & Fenton. Hare artwork by Adriane Strampp.
Below: Artwork by Laelie Berzon, Harpers Project 2.5 Seater Sofa,
various cushions, stencil lamp,
wire accessories designed by & exclusive to Fenton & Fenton.
Sling Chairs in teak & natural,
reindeer hide (over back of chair), Abigail Ahern Greyhound Lamp all available
from Fenton & Fenton.
Master bedroom details - Artwork & feathered cross by Jai Vasicek,
Bedouin Societé linen, throw & cushions by Cakebread and bedside tables and lamps all available from Fenton & Fenton.
Pepa's bedroom details - Above: Bedouin Societé linen,
Monkey Lamp, Loha side table & vintage striped
chair all from Fenton & Fenton. Artwork by Rachel Castle & Emma Gale.
Below: Bone Inlay Commode, Black Pepa Dhurrie by Mr Fenton,
the Palm Hanging Chair & throw & various cushions.
Woody's bedroom details - Spot Rope Rug, geometric artwork
by Louise DeWeger, skull artwork by Jacob Jon, round artwork by Megan Weston.
Bathroom details - Towels by Mr Fenton in Bunting design & fossil wood stool.
Styling - Lucy Fenton. Photography - Armelle Habib.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Whether the swan floats your boat or the watermelon tickles your pickle, now is your last chance to grab one of this summer's most wanted essentials.
Shop the inflatable range now for 20% off - while stocks last!
Pop into store or jump online - but be quick, stock
Monday, January 11, 2016
2016 has got us crushing on blush!
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!
3. Dining Chair in Natural Leather & Teak.
The newest member to our leather dining chair collection. Not only are these the most comfortable dining chair ever they have super-style-appeal too
- we love!
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.
5. Leather Sling Chair in Natural Leather & Teak.
The perfect chair! Introduce one or two of these into your home and wallah! all the good Scandi vibes.
6. Leather Foot Stool in Natural Leather & Teak.
Not necessarily just for the Sling Chair... Try mixing one of these with your sofa to pop your feet up or a perfect little stool for a dressing
room while you put on those dancing shoes.
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!).
9. Ivy Muse 'Nest' Stand in Peach & Copper.
Okay.... this is a lot more blush than it looks here. The inside of this cute little flower pot is a soft peach! See.... we're not going mad.
These are just a few of our favourite blush pieces, pop into store or shop online!
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
We LOVE Christmas here at F&F, so much so that we have put together the ultimate top 10 gift ideas! And what's even better, they all start at under
Without further ado, here they are.....
1. Wire sculptures.
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'!
2. Bug Hooks.
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.
3. Mr Fenton's designer towels.
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
5. Damselfly Quote candle.
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.
6. Trays Rond
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
7. Marble Basics.
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.
Shop online or in store!
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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!
Visit us in store or online to shop the range.
They won't last long!
Monday, November 16, 2015
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.
A selection of Laelie's artwork. Shop Laelie Berzon here.
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.
Sage's Chair hanging in the front window.
Sundays Sun sitting above our Mondo Bench upholstered in a Lisa Lapointe fabric.
A selection of Helen's artwork above. Shop Helen McCullagh here.
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.
A selection of Michael's artwork. Shop Michael Bond here.
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.
October Opals above the mantle in store.
Above, detail of Skye Jefferys' Good Vibes.
A selection of Skye's artwork. Shop Skye Jefferys here.
Below, some images of the exhibition which runs in store until November 26th, pop in if you can - we love it!
There are still some artworks available - all of them gorgeous! Head to the Summer Group Show category in the
artwork section to check them out!
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Congratulations to our lucky winner of our biggest ever giveaway! Cath Chugg has won a Harpers Project Marble Dining Table and a print of her choice by
amazing photographer, Tara Pearce! Woohoo!
Thank you to all that entered our instagram giveaway, it was a biggie!
Photos by Tara Pearce
Monday, November 02, 2015
Fenton& Fenton will be closed Tuesday 3rd November to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day!
The online store will be open otherwise see you in store Wednesday!
Photo by Lisa Cohen & styled by Heather Nette King.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Now is the time to get your favourite Fenton & Fenton quilt, take advantage of our 40% off flash sale!!!
The sale is on selected styles and stock is very limited so get in quick!
You may be thinking it's almost summer and not quilt weather, but don't be fooled. Our quilts are amazing in the warmer months with just a linen sheet.
Trust us, a fave combo here at F&F!
There are some gorgeous kantha's, ikat and Ahoy throws on sale too. Head to our bedding section here to shop!
Images styled by Julia Green and photographed by Armelle Habib.
Friday, September 25, 2015
With the daffodils blooming and the lighter evenings we can definitely feel Spring in the air! We have picked out our favourite items for getting us excited
about Spring and the warmer months to come.
Here are our Top 10 Spring picks!
1. Ivy Muse Plant Stands.
It wouldn't be Spring without fresh flowers & new leaves. Ivy Muse have just released their new range Calypso & we love!
SHOP IVY MUSE
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.
3. Amanda Dziedzic glass.
The colour palette of Amanda's glass screams Spring. Try grouping on a coffee table or mantle for an injection of colours.The Yumemiru glass vases are
the perfect vase for those fresh flowers.
SHOP AMANDA DZIEDZIC
4. Marble Basics
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.
SHOP MARBLE BASICS
5. Helen McCullagh artwork.
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.
SHOP HELEN MCCULLAGH
5. Floral textiles.
We have a variety of Spring inspired cushions in store to had that botanical look into your home.
7. Taxidermy Birds
If you've ever seen a fenton&fenton photoshoot you will know that we love our birds & animals. The taxidermy birds are always a fave. We have some
gorgeous ones in stock at the moment.
8. Feathered Crosses by Jai Vasicek
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!
9. Bug Hooks
The only bugs allowed in the house, perfect for hanging your towels in the bathroom, your jewellery in the bedroom.
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.
That's our Top 10 picks for Spring!
Enjoy the sun!
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
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.
Moving into the Otways region sees Megan use strong ultramarine, sky blue and pure white. Reminiscent of the Spring skies we've been lucky
enough to have over the last few days.
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.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
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.
Shop the Garden State collection here!
The mini exhibition runs until September 20, so make sure you pop into store to view - they are all absolutely stunning.
Monday, September 07, 2015
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.
Friday, September 04, 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015
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.
1. Mr Fenton's Negative Entity Dhurrie. 2. Esquelet Large Chandeliers in Haymes Impact.
3. Megan Weston Cushions
1. Basket Weave Cushion. 2. Teak & Leather Chair
(in-store only). 3. I Love Floor Lamp.
4. Megan Weston Tray on Stand (coming back soon!).
SONNY & ILUKA'S ROOM
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.
1. Ashwood Stencil Table Lamp. 2. Metallic Star Cushion. 3. Mr Fenton's Saq Dhurrie.
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!
1. Amanda Dziedzic Yumemiru Glass Sculptures. 2. Gold Bug Hooks. 3. Mr Fenton's Blooming Towels (sold out, new collection coming soon!)
THE MASTER BEDROOM
Megan has chosen a warm colour palette filled with gorgeous pinks, oranges, yellows and pops of golds. The Abigail Ahern Pineapple Wall Sconce works
well and adds a hint of whimsy.
1. Megan Weston New Mexico Painting (sold). 2. Abigail Ahern Pineapple Wall Sconce.
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.
1. Basil Bangs Chaplin Stripe Umbrella. 2. Pop & Scott Aztec Pot in Charcoal. 3. Ike Chair in Black & White.
That's it! We hope you have enjoyed seeing Megan's house as much as we have. We also have some exciting news about Megan Weston so stay tuned &
we will announce something next week!
All images curtesy of InsideOut magazine. Styled by Julia Green and photographed by Armelle Habib.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
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.
Laelie Berzon As You Are, 160cm x 180cm
Friday, August 07, 2015
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.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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.
Check Jai Vasicek's section in our artwork category here!
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
We have exciting news....
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.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
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!
Small House Protector
s in front of a gorgeous Bagus Rai painting titled Bottle Top Woman.
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.
All of us here at F&F LOVE this section!
Friday, July 10, 2015
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.
These are the items we chose for look one....
Helen McCullagh artwork, Newton Copper Pendant, Mr Fenton's Cha Chi Dhurrie in grey & white, Eden Single Bed, Harlequin Cushion.
To shop more products that fit the Exotic Botanic forecast click here!
EXOTIC BOTANIC LOOK TWO
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...
Esquelet Chandelier in Haymes Impact
, "Trolleheimen" by Eva Frengstad
, Harpers Project Armchair
, Pop & Scott Petal Pot in Sangria
, small artworks on linen by Eva Frengstad.
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!
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Everyone needs a 'favourite chair'. That one chair that brings a room together, ages beautifully and is made to be lounged in. Our new leather Sling and Butterfly chairs are just that for us, a lifetime favourite.
We thought we'd celebrate the arrival of our new leather friends with a bit of styling inspiration, fresh from pinterest and f&f. There's so many ways to style a leather chair, whether it's the hero of a lounging nook, part of a Scandinavian inspired lounge room or your designated reading chair next to a sunny window.
We think playing with a natural/raw theme for winter is a great way to turn a leather chair into a hero. Team with different timbers, textural cushions and throws and complimentary rugs.
Our Butterfly Chair comes in Tan or Natural leather with either a black or white frame and our Sling Chair comes in Tan or Natural leather with a gorgeous light teak frame.
Lovin' that leather.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Today is the last day to take advantage of our free-shipping on rugs offer - including all pre-orders!
We have a huge range of rugs and something to suit everyone. Whether you LOVE colour like we do or like things a bit softer in palette & neutral. Whether you think the busier the better or want a simple, classic pattern we have something for you.
Our rugs are an instant way to inject life & texture into a space.
Have a look at our range here!
Monday, June 29, 2015
Nothing could start our week off better than receiving a new delivery of gorgeous artworks from Megan Weston.... And, these ones are stunning!
Friday, June 26, 2015
There are plenty of ways to stay warm during winter, namely constant eating and tea drinking + fire places, steamy baths and hot chocolate but our favourite would have to be adding another layer to the bed. It's all about making the most of those grey, winter mornings spent in bed!
We have a range of layers to be added too, whether you want a cotton quilt, a thicker jersey quilt (with heavenly velvet detailing!) a herringbone throw just to add a touch of warmth or colour or a one of a kind Kantha quilt.
Here's some of our favourite quilt styling shots and tips from over the years!
One of our Navy Block Quilts
featured in a shoot styled by Julia Green, finished off with an Indian Ikat Quilt. These 100% cotton double sided Block Quilts are perfect to add colour and texture to your bedroom plus they're a layer you'll use in Winter and in Summer.
Our gorgeous chevron hand stitched quilt
styled in-store with a lilac herringbone throw. These are very similar to the Block Quilt, both are 100% cotton and a light but warm extra layer. View the full colour range here
. We love having them folded over to expose the stitching on the other side!
Flashback to when we had a gorgeous Jai Vasicek bedhead in-store! Seen here with one of our one off Indian Kantha Quilts,
made lovingly from Sari's and available in a range of sizes. We have some gorgeous thick, large styles at the moment big enough for a queen bed! Such a gorgeous, unique layer to add to your bed, and if your styling changes, he can go on the sofa!
Another one from our quilt shoot with Julia Green. There's something about Red and Pink. We just love it! This 100% Cotton Block Quilt snuggles up perfectly with our Jai Vasicek Skulls and Roses Cushion
. This is a bed we want to dive into. Team with some soft linen from Bedouin Societe
and we don't think you'll ever leave!
Introducing our new winter star, the Suzani Quilt
. Luscious bedding at it's absolute best. Available in Queen and King size, the Suzani is gorgeous as your extra (warm warm) layer or folded back to show off it's double sided beauty. So SO soft.
A team favourite from our quilt shoot, featuring our gorgeous yellow Block Quilt plus an Indian Ikat quilt. Team this look back with linen sheets in Ink or varied shades of grey and you have a bed that keeps winter bright and bold!
Finally, our Herringbone Throw
s. The pretty factor + the cozy factor all in one extremely soft throw. We love these on the end of any bed! Matching to your pillowcases or a special cushion is always a great way to tie it all together. We just received a fresh drop of throws too, so we're stocked up and ready to get you rugged up with a book!
We love quilts!!
Shop f&f bedding here
and throws here.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
We've been in a whirlwind of change here at f&f! It's exciting times ahead and joining the team to ride the wave with us is our new Store Manager Ciarra! Many of you may have already seen this smiley face in-store, she comes to us with a whole lotta' knowledge and a whole lotta' energy!
We got the low down on Ciarra and some of her f&f faves.
I've had a few variations of Ciarra over the years, however close friends and family call me Moo or Rah Rah!
2. Colour of the moment?
Defiantly green, but I’m not going to lie, i've been totally lusting over pink hues over the past few months, which I have never been drawn to before! So many gorgeous pink things in-store right now, maybe that's it!
3. Favourite time of the year and why.
WINTER… chunky scarfs, home made pies, open fires and an extra coffee in the afternoon. Im a born and bread Tasmanian.. need I say more?
4. Describe your style at home.
Eclectic in a nut shell, however after the birth of my baby girl, I would definitely say I've gotten in touch with my feminine side, dabbling in softer colour palettes, beech timbers and different textures throughout my soft furnishings.
5. Top five Fenton picks?
-Bedoin Societe Linen in Ink
-Velvet Suzani Quilt
-1950’s Houndstooth Vintage Chairs
-Mr Fenton Rug in Kaleidoscope Black/Metallic Thread
6. What Blogs/Instagram accounts are you currently loving?
You can’t go past The Design Files for starters, Apartment Therapy and on Instagram I'm loving @Acoma_photography & @bonnie_hislop.
7. Best thing about working at f&f?
The creative flow, my entire team are a wealth of creative energy, from graphic and interior designers to marketing gurus and amazing interior stylists.. its a very inspiring place to work!
8. ‘If I could sum up my personality in one hashtag it would be..
Monday, June 15, 2015
Because it's winter and we all need a bit of cheering up we have decided to have a....
40% off Mr Fenton's Towels SALE!
So, head to our towel section here and enter TOWEL40 at the checkout and grab yourself some towels!
Stock is limited so best to get in quick.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Adding art to a space is perhaps one of the most personal and rewarding aspects of creating a home, which is perhaps why it can be tough to decide on colour, style, size and well, everything! Going with your gut has to be the most important thing when it comes to choosing art, but there's also a few other handy hints worth sharing, and who better to share them than Lucy Fenton.
So how does Lucy choose art? This is how...
Firstly let's go back to going with your gut.
"My number 1 tip is buy art you fall in love with."
Lucy always reinforces not to worry so much about size, if the piece resonates with you then you should go for it and worry about where to put it later. "This philosophy has ended up with me having some pieces that are oversized for my walls but I don’t let that bother me… maybe one day I will have some bigger walls to house the pieces I love."
Which leads us to size!
"If the artwork is too small for your wall then look at grouping a selection of smaller works together"
This is a method we love to use in-store! Mixing it up with different pieces is a bold way to add height, fill in empty space and inject personality into your space. Add a Jai Vasicek ceramic cross, a collection of hooks or a vintage letter, and don't be scared to mix antique with modern. The main thing here is to make sure colour's work in harmony with each other, not against each other. Take into consideration your surroundings, and what you want to stand out.
Collecting art over time is also one of Lucy's art advice gems.
"..this way it will have meaning to you and remind you of different stages and events in your life."
This is where research comes into play. Start following your favourite artists on social media, look into artists your favourite stylists are following, visit galleries, read art and design blogs and start to get a grasp of what you look for in art and what makes you excited! Don't limit yourself to just one style either. There are so many factors that can draw you into a piece of art! Just go with it, and have fun with it!
Once you've chosen your art, hanging it is key to making the most of it!
"As a general rule, art should be hung so the centre is viewed at eye level."
Putting tape on the wall and stepping back to make sure you're putting your piece in the right spot before you start hammerin' and drillin' is always helpful, this is also a great trick when you're looking at art and are unsure if the size is right!
We currently have some amazing art available here at f&f.
View all of our current art here and feel free to call us or pop in to chat art anytime, we love to chat art!
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
We've decided to turn your Wednesday aka
your hump day into bit of an Instagram day by sharing some of the teams favourite snaps from our f&f followers. We love nothing more than to see our pieces amongst new surrounds, in new homes (especially if there's a pooch involved!)
Big hump day high fives to those who have used the fentonandfenton hashtag! You're a clever bunch!
Follow us on Instagram @fenton_and_fenton
and #fentonandfenton with all your post shopping style snaps. So much colour and inspiration here-we love it!
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
We are currently having some technical issues with our phone line here at Fenton & Fenton. If you are trying to contact us please do so by emailing us at email@example.com
for the time being. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope to have the issue resolved shortly.
Friday, June 05, 2015
Putting together a children's bedroom is the ultimate labour of love, you want it to be a magical space full of character and personality for your favourite little people to grow, learn and feel inspired in! With our latest Incy Interiors bed additions we thought there was no better time to talk kids bedrooms!
Made from strong metal with simple curves, these beds are classical and timeless, and we love them!
Throwing yourself into styling a child's bedroom should be huge amounts of fun, whether it be for a boy, a girl or a newborn! We have a few of our tried and tested tips to share with you! Check them out below, and check out the full Incy Interiors bed range here
(the adult versions are just as fun!)
The 'Ellie' Cot is our pick of the bunch, rose gold is the perfect neutral baby option for those metallic minded (like us) it's a bit special! Steer clear of themes when styling your nursery and instead opt for more items that will transition into babies next room. Or even better, try to buy items that your child can have forever - one of our bone inlay commodes
definitely fits this bill.
Choosing shapes is a wonderful and fun way to encourage learning with decor too! A star shaped cushion
and a few bug hook
s become engaging tools that they'll love looking and learning more about! A round rug
is a great option for a nursery or child's room. They have a softer look and mixing up shapes not only looks fantastic but will encourage floor play time too - what child wouldn't want to play on one of Mr Fenton's bright, colourful and fun designs!
Just as with baby, steering clear of themes for your boys and girls rooms is the way forward. They may love cowboys now, but next week it's most likely going to be dinosaurs! Choosing items to work with a palette is a much better idea and you will find that the items you choose will have longevity. Like any room, choosing neutrals for the main and more expensive items and adding personality and colour through the cheaper soft furnishings and decorating pieces is a great idea. The 'Oscar' bed in gorgeous dark brown is a brilliant boys bed, team it with different tones of blue and even a few pops of gold and you've got a room to last through the phases!
Include some fun items like an Abigail Ahern dog lamp
, some animal book ends
and some notch hooks!
Finally, the little ladies. There are some amazing colours available for the girls in our new Incy bed range from a sunshine yellow to a powder pink, but there's something about the 'Miller'
and it's teal green that grabbed us!
Team it with fuchsia pinks for a room as sweet as watermelon! We love our Harlequin design as a round rug
, it is another perfect option to transition through the ages and is basically made to sit underneath this bed! A bone inlay bedside
is the perfect bedside storage option, and wide enough for books, a lamp and a favourite toy!
Play with lighting by opting for a floor lamp instead of a pendant, we love our Italian made giant lightbulbs! They project a gorgeous warm light too, that's perfect as a nightlight. Our Ashwood Stencil Lamp
is also a great choice for a child's room and being LED they don't get hot which makes them nice and safe.
The room should feel unique to your child and be a space that your child can call their own. A vintage letter is a fun way to add some personality to your child's room, we have a few available here
. Rugs and floor cushions will help create a cosy room that they will enjoy being in.
We have plenty more tips up our sleeve when it comes to kids room, call us anytime or pop into store for an explore!
Shop all Incy beds here
Thursday, June 04, 2015
Because we love the Queen as much as anyone else, we will be closed Monday the 8th of June to help her celebrate. Wishing you all a great Queen's Birthday filled with tea, scones & jam and all things English.
See you in store Tuesday!
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Calling all enthusiastic, flexible, highly motivated sales gurus!
We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join the fenton&fenton team as a casual sales consultant.
We are looking for someone who has a savvy eye for interiors, a proven background in customer service in a retail environment and someone who knows their way around a mac.
We need someone who is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the flexibility to pick up extra work when required.
Email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
to be considered.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
There has never been a better time to invest in one of Mr Fenton’s flat weave dhurries! Not only because we are currently offering free shipping for the month of June (yippee!) but also because we have a brand new Sales and Design consultant!
Katie joined the fenton family last week and is here to be your new rug saviour!
We know choosing a rug can be overwhelming, especially if you love them all like we do, so we sat down with Katie and put together a lil’ list of check points to tick off before you commit!
It's just clocked over to winter too, which for us is the season for adding warmth and texture!
Check point #1
Size is key in making the most of your rug, and your room. The general rule with flat weave's is the bigger the better! So treat your rug as your anchor. If your space permits, have all your furniture on your rug we say! It does of course depend on the room though. Mapping the space you see your rug sitting with tape and stepping back or taking a photo is a great way of making sure you get your dimensions right, or if you're in Melbourne why not take advantage of our 24 hour appro service and take a couple home!
Check point #2
Here's where things can get tricky. You love colour but you're scared of putting it on the floor or you already have a lot of colour in the room and need something to compliment. The first thing to do is to take into consideration your surrounds. What colour/texture is your floor, is there any artwork in the room, is there anything else you want the rug to work with. From here you can decide if you want your rug to be the hero or tie in with existing features.
Understanding which colours you love and how they make you feel is also very important in this step. You want to feel at home, at ease but also a little excited as soon as you see that rug on the floor!
Check point #3
Design is another very subjective part of the process.
Choosing a design that again compliments your style and the rest of your home is important, continuity is key. Here at f&f we have quite the range, from simple (and customisable) designs to more complex and colourful options to limited edition designs that really are pieces of art for your floor! We like to think there's a design for every space though and we're here to help you make sure the design you decide on works in with everything you've already got going on.
Check point #5
Choosing the material is the easy part, mainly because you can't really go wrong!
All of our rugs can be made in either cotton, wool or viscose with additions of chenille or recycled Indian sari. The most common question is always regarding durability and cleaning, especially with kids or animals around, which is where we normally jump in and suggest cotton. It's easy to spot clean, vacuum and look after in general. Viscose has a more 'floppy' look and is a little softer under foot and wool looks a little darker and heavier.
All of our dhurries are flat weaves and therefore reversible and all of them are durable.
Cotton does have a 'canvas' look about it though, where adding in chenille or viscose can be helpful. Plus it's that extra textual element we love to see in a rug!
Right, that’s it! Time to tick some boxes and invest in a piece of artwork for your floor! We’re here to answer your questions via email or phone plus don’t forget to follow Mr. Fenton on Instagram
for a constant stream of inspiration!
Shop rugs online here
Friday, May 29, 2015
Jacob Jon is the latest artist to have us swooning over colour and it's possibilities here at f&f. His geometric, high impact pieces on canvas are inspired very much by his surroundings and experiences and have had us dying to know more about the creative mind behind them since they arrived.
So we interviewed him!
Here's a bit more about Jacob Jon.
P.S Jacob Jon-whatta' name!
1. We love how your graphic design background shines through in your work. Tell us a bit about the path from graphic design to what you’re doing now?
Graphic design was my official start in the creative industries and from the onset I definitely enjoyed the creative process that was involved. Once the initial excitement of being involved in design passed, I started to feel a little bit smothered creatively. Meeting the brief became the priority and more important then creating something you were truly satisfied with. I realised to fulfil my creative desire, I had to work with no boundaries and that's exactly what I did. I started painting for friends and myself. Experimenting with every style and medium possible until I found my groove. Moving away from a digital platform was exciting and challenging. I still wanted to create bold full colour works with clean sharp lines and through refining my methods and process over the past ten years I'm finally there.
2. We’re sensing a ‘Mexico’ influence in your works, are they based on travels and experiences or interests? Tell us a bit more about your inspiration.
Mexican traditions feature quite heavily in the tattoo world and this is where I first came across works that I felt a strong connection to. Mexican traditions along with many others have definitely shaped my work. The bold colours and the meanings behind them are just fascinating.
As far as the subject for my recent works, my inspiration comes from the beauty, detail and complexity that the natural environment offers. I find it captivating and I'm constantly surprised at the amazing Intricate details that our seemingly simple natural surroundings possess. It's these bold unique features I like to showcase and bring attention to in my work.
3. Colour is obviously important to you, is this reflected in your own home? We would love to hear about your ideal space.
My home is an eclectic colourful space. Each room is a practical layered space filled with items that inspire, evoke emotion and complement each other. The bones of the home are based on an earthy neutral pallet with classic timber pieces contrasting and complementing more modern contemporary items. Having this neutral platform to work from, it gives us plenty of room to play around with colour where we want it. As you could imagine, there is no shortage of options available there with plenty of large bright artworks ready to hang!
For me It's all about balance and contrast. Balance not only with texture and colour, but visual and sensory harmony also.
4. Tell us a bit more about your creative process. Is each piece pre planned?
Even though there can be a fair bit of planning that goes into a piece or subject, each one is done in a very organic fashion with the end result most of the time being a surprise to even me. Most of the planning is based around balance, form and colour experimentation, however, when it comes down to putting paint to canvas, the painting takes control of the process from there on. It's not an easy thing to explain how and why, although I can say that it happens naturally for me. At times I just sit back and look at the work for as long as it takes, almost waiting to be told what colour to put down or how far to work that section. I call it active meditation and I'm totally involved with a piece once I get started. I have lost count the amount of times I have told my wife I'll be in for dinner in ten minutes and next thing you know I'm sneaking into bed at 3am!
100cm x 100cm
33cm x 43cm x 4cm
52cm x 62cm x 4cm
5. What’s next for you? What would be your dream project this year?
A solo exhibition is definitely next on my list. There is nothing that would please me more then to have my mind and spirit on show at a solo exhibition.
View all of Jacob's art works here
or pop into store for viewing anytime!
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
With the rain replacing the sun, you may be starting to feel like your light and bright summer themed courtyard is kind of mocking you.
There’s no need to turn against your garden flamingos though, every space needs a winter reshuffle and this month at f&f that’s exactly what we’ve done. With the help of some stunning new furniture from Tait, Herringbone throws straight from Italy and some fenton favourites, we have transformed our courtyard into bit of a winter wonderland, and trust us, if you are lucky enough to have an undercover outdoor space, we think you’ll want to reshuffle too!
Our new collection of Tait furniture is not only beautifully designed and made in Melbourne but it is also what we consider to be the furniture equivalent of the incredible hulk, with superhuman (or ‘superfurniture’) abilities to conquer all of it’s enemies including rain, UV and rust. Our new range comprises of elements that include zinc plated steel, galvanised steel and spotted gum or Accoya. Style with a herringbone throw, a cluster of cushions and an antler or two and you've got yourself a nook ready for hibernation.
Next up; adding texture, and we're smitten with our new Icelandic sheepskin hides
as your winter textual element. There really is nothing like snuggling into a sheepskin on the sofa or your favourite chair, so why not add one to your outdoor space? They can be styled to fit in with Scandinavian, Bohemian or more modern inspired spaces and add a snuggle factor that is comforting all year round. New hides are in-store now, they’re all different and all gorgeous!
Last but not least, don’t forget your foliage friends, we’ve got plenty of new pots to add or compliment colour. We've decided to go quite monochrome in our winter courtyard, with pops of mustard and dusty pink and feature corners of concrete and gold. We've also changed up our foliage to match, using more ivy, wire-like trees and ornamental Kale.
See you in the courtyard, we’ll be snuggled up with a hide and a cup of tea under the outdoor heater!
Shop winter taxidermy
Friday, May 22, 2015
Melbourne certainly turned on the chill last night for the opening of Megan Weston's latest exhibition Icelandia. We were thrilled to open the doors on this exhibition, a collection of works inspired by all of the north of the globe's natural beauty, capturing it's icy blues, deep emerald greens and bright pops of pink and purple.
The night couldn't have been possible without our event partners Terindah Estate
as well as our new brew buddies from Moo Brew
A big thank you to all who braved the cold to come inside Icelandia.
Icelandia will be running until June 4 here at fenton&fenton.
Here's some photos from the night.....
A few more!
And, a few more (we couldn't resist!)....
To view the full range of exhibition pieces check out Megan Weston's artwork section here!
Thursday, May 21, 2015
ICELANDIA - A MEGAN WESTON EXHIBITION
MAY 21 - JUNE 4
OPENING NIGHT MAY 21, 6-8PM
Icelandia has arrived and is in store & online at fentonandfenton.com.au!
The smaller pieces are now available for purchase online and the larger items are available for purchase by phone or in store.
We hope to see you at the opening tonight from 6-8pm
We look forward to seeing you.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Just a heads up that we will be closed Wednesday 20th May to set-up for Megan Weston's exhibition Icelandia
We apologise for the inconvenience but remember our online store is always open.
If you haven't already heard about Megan's exhibition then check it out on our events page here
. We would love for you to come along!
Monday, May 11, 2015
Potheads rejoice! The day we have all been pining after whilst daydreaming about which colour to get next has finally arrived - Pop & Scott pots are back in stock (including brand new tribal styles!)
Let's get straight to the point here, we received small & larges today, and the mediums are due next month. Shop online or in store now!
We know the cooler months are now upon us, but these pots are not only for outdoors - they are a great way to bring colour & life into your home. Pop one on a sideboard with a maidenhair fern, on the floor with a towering fiddle leaf fig or add some green to your bathroom with a succulent or cactus. Plus have you seen the new mustard colour?! Hello retro. We're in love.
If you're more for outdoor that suits us too, we can't think of anything better than looking outside on a grungy grey day to a brightly coloured pot with a luscious plant thriving from the winter rain! Order online and we will send it to your door, you'll hardly even have to step outdoors-easy!
Like we said, hurry, they always fly out the door!
Thursday, May 07, 2015
This weekend we are partnering with CARE to help Earthquake survivors in Nepal by donating 10% of all sales.
The death toll is currently more than 5,000, with hundreds of thousands having lost their homes. CARE staff are on the ground providing people with temporary shelter, food and water purification. Their emergency specialists from around the globe are now in Nepal assisting with these most immediate needs.
You can read more about CARE and the wonderful humans they are here
We thank you for your support this weekend.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
We are proud to introduce Icelandia
, the second Megan Weston exhibition to be hosted by fenton&fenton following the great success of her sell-out show, Altitude.
True to Megan's style, Icelandia features topographical portraits working predominantly with her favoured medium of resin. This time focussing on the far north of the globe as her inspiration and subject. Glacial icy blues, deep emerald greens and colours found in flowers from the wildest of terrains have been masterly combined to create Megan's version of Icelandia.
We take great pleasure in welcoming you to attend the opening night and celebrating with us by sharing a glass of sparkling from our friends at Terindah Estate or a cool beer by Moo Brew. If you would love to come along then please RSVP on our Events Page
or email us at 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.
Monday, May 04, 2015
It's no secret that our love for bone inlay runs deeper than the Indus River (a little Indian river reference for you there). Handcrafted in the Udaipur region of India using primarily camel bone and resin and adopting technique passed down through generations these unique pieces of furniture are made to fall in love with.
As seen in this month's Inside Out Magazine.
We've just received our latest shipment of bone inlay at f&f and thought there was no better time to break down just what we have to offer in our bone inlay range.
Commode; A spectacular chest that can be ordered in four or seven drawers, ample storage makes it the perfect bedroom centrepiece.
Console; As much a piece of sculpture as a piece of furniture. Three drawers and slender sideboard design make it the perfect addition to any hallway or living space. A spot for storage and styling. We like that.
Large Bedside Table; What bedside dreams are made of, drawer + cupboard + plenty of space for all your bedside necessities to sit on top too.
Small Bedside; For those with less room to work with, not quite as high or as wide but still comprising two deep drawers and just as much charm.
Trays; Available in two sizes and in a rectangle or a hexagon they really are the perfect table top feature.
Dyed Bone; Currently only available as a commode, our dyed bone is simply that, dyed bone instead of resin that gives another layer of softer colour and in the process intensifies the pattern. Rather rare and ridiculously amazing. A wonderful hero piece.
We currently have various bone inlay pieces available for purchase, and are also taking orders for our June/July shipment (filling up fast folks!) You are able to order our bone pieces in any of the colour/design combinations you see on our website and we can provide you with a lead time on enquiry.
Visit us in-store if you're into love at first sight or view our bone inlay furniture online here.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Mother's Day is fast approaching, which of course means it's time to get your I Love Mum
T-Shirt out, and if that's not an option, it's time to pay attention to our Mother's Day shopping list, it's a goody.
This is what we'll be getting our Mum's.
Because, GO MUM!
1. Herringbone Throw
(for the reading in bed kinda Mum)
2. Bedouin Societe Linen
(for the luxurious kinda Mum)
(for any kinda Mum!)
4. Ivy Muse Pot Stand
(For the on trend kinda Mum)
5. Rough Cut Indian Diamond R
ings (for the ohlala kinda Mum)
There's plenty more for Mum in-store and online, or you can shop gift vouchers here
Monday, April 27, 2015
Mr Fenton is looking for a rug enthusiast to join the fenton&fenton team on a full-time basis.
We need an experienced, creative and highly motivated sales person to assist with sales and ordering for Mr Fenton’s rugs.
Responsibilities of the role include:
· consulting with clients from the initial rug enquiry right through to the delivery of the finished product
· processing transactions, generating invoices and compiling customer orders using Lightspeed POS
· creating visual mock ups for client orders
· visual merchandising of the rug room
· meeting sales targets and generating new client files
The successful applicant will have:
· strong retail experience
· strong verbal and written communication skills
· a passion for interiors
· proficiency with Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator
· the ability to work autonomously and as part of a vibrant team
We need someone who is available Tuesday – Saturday. Email us your CV to be considered, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, Mr. Fenton.
Monday, April 27, 2015
We are looking for highly motivated and passionate individual to be part of the fenton&fenton team. We need a highly organised administrator to support the sales and management team.
Responsibilities of the role include:
· Assisting with all administrative duties
· Invoice processing, management and collation
· Monitoring stock levels, placing orders & liaising with suppliers
· Acting as a liaison between the sales team and back office team
The successful applicant will have:
· Previous admin experience within a fast-paced organization
· Bookkeeping experience
· High proficiency with Apple Macs including Word and Excel
· Strong communication, time management and organisation skills
Experience with the Lightspeed sales system or similar will be very highly regarded.
We need someone who is available part time, 3 days a week. Email us your CV to be considered, email@example.com
Friday, April 24, 2015
Kerry Armstrong has been part of the f&f family for some time now, based in Melbourne we're always excited to see Kerry with canvas in hand come through the f&f archway!
Styling by Bree Leech. Photo courtesy of Chris Daile - Hell Studios
Her work has been described as 'emotionally honest', and for this reason is constantly evolving. Her latest series see's layers upon layers of colour and vibrancy project a beautiful sense of calm, and we think when you see the photo of Kerry's garden that inspired the series you'll know why! (Kerry, we're coming over for a dose of 'zen' pronto!)
Working with acrylics, gouache, metallics and Ink as primary mediums on beautiful Italian Linen, Kerry creates texture, depth and always personality.
Kerry's work slots perfectly into the fenton landscape and we are thrilled to be able to share more about this gorgeous artist with you!
1. How would you describe your work, especially your current series hanging at f&f?
My work is simply an account of what's happening in our life and the consequences of that just flow out spontaneously onto the linen! I never set out to create a certain piece or particular palette, it chooses me. The current series "In Water" - Evening is a outburst of anticipation and excitement regarding the new (old) home we have just purchased. The home is laden with character with a gorgeous big almost jungle like garden where my new studio lies (eeeeeek!) see, I'm excited!
In Water #2
94cm x 125cm
Acrylics and gouache on silk polyester, framed in hand stained solid Australian Oak.
In Water, Evening #5
128cm x 163cm
Acrylics and gouache on silk polyester, framed in ebony hand stained solid Australian Oak.
2. Have you always been an abstract artist? What lead you to this form of painting?
I have been a professional Abstract Artist for two years, before that a long corporate life. Abstract art to me is so beautifully magical and provides me with the freedom of expression nothing else ever could. My burning passion to create art was, for a long time, my little secret. One year I challenged myself on my goals list to actually sell a piece, for no particular reason. I'm afraid once that happened something ignited inside me and just took over! I was also quite unwell with a brain tumour at that time (I have just had it removed successfully). The tumour gave me much more than it took as it made me slow down, reconsider my life with regards to my busy corporate career and be brave enough to consider what would previously have been a ludicrous idea!!
3. We love how spontaneous your work is, can you take us through how you start and finish a painting and where you draw inspiration from?
When a new series is coming through I will hear words and see (and feel) in my mind flashes of colour, and here's the tricky part to explain but it's laced together musically with emotion as it gains speed and a more defined rhythm . This also comes together in my sleep and starts to bind together and make me itchy to start! When I find myself rummaging through my paints and making super quick choices re palette, there's never any doubt at this stage I'm close to it starting...if my hand grabs that paint it's time to play! If I touch the wrong colour I actually get a sick feeling in my tummy! I have to be very well stocked in materials, it's quite urgent once it gets moving and I often scare the loveły girls at the art shop with my painterly attire and unmade up face searching frantically for 'that orange!!' Music plays a massive role once painting and again like choosing the paint it's very urgent and obvious when the wrong track plays! Headphones keep me in that space without distraction.
Once complete (and that to me is always very clear) I sit with the piece, sometimes for hours and take it all in, it's like a download of what the piece is trying to tell me. We're both exhausted by then! At this stage I'm sometimes compelled to write a verse which is a really beautiful experience for me and sums up the entire process so well.
To me the piece can speak to a million things I could never say and the verse just sums up in words my side of the story.
4. How would you describe your personal style when it comes to home styling, are you bit of an art collector yourself?
Our new home keeps me awake with anticipation, it will be styled with a touch of Regency Glamour meets old Masters style. We love restrained opulence and beautiful technology free spaces to relax in. There will naturally be massive art pieces and the space we're most excited about is around the open fire, can't wait to move in soon!
Jungle Baby #1
5. Any hints on what’s next for Kerry?
53cm x 53cm
Acrylics on silk polyester, framed in hand stained ebony solid Australian Oak.
A big year ahead, we have another international exhibition and a couple in Australia, a fellowship for young Aussie artists, bespoke fabrics to play with and a few close to heart philanthropic events that we're super excited about!
We're super excited too!
Now as promised, here's that studio with a view!
Now that's what we call inspiration.
Kerry's garden as seen from her Melbourne Studio.
View all of Kerry Armstrong's works here
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
One of our ongoing obsessions here at f&f would have to be reupholstered vintage chairs and sofa's. Whether it be a 60's love seat, a velvet french chase or a pair of houndstooth arm chairs, we have hand picked vintage gems in all shapes and sizes, that will become a keepsake before they've even be sat on, which is a bit special.
Adding vintage pieces to your home doesn't mean you have to stick to all vintage everything either, they can just as easily and beautifully be slotted into modern settings, and make a wonderful hero piece. The trick is to find a connection with the rest of your home, whether this be through colour, era or fabric is up to you!
A colour connection is usually the easiest way, so pairing your vintage one off with artwork and other homewares with combinations of pattern, but similar hue.
When introducing vintage pieces the key word is restraint, that is assuming of course that you're not going for the antique-shop look! Vintage on vintage on vintage can very easily become "old-wordly" very quick so the key factor is balance. Team your vintage pieces with ultra-modern bits and bobs to create a good mix of time & genre.
Reupholstery is a great way to add some new life to grandma's old wingback chair if it's looking a bit tired and worn. Chose a fabric that will compliment what you are trying to achieve with your space. Whether this may be a neutral, gorgeous grey wool that's timeless or a contemporary digital pattern to create a chair that pulls the eye to it & screams "look at me, I'm old and I'm fabulous"! Vintage pieces can be a great way to have some fun with your space.
Vintage pieces, especially furniture, come with history embedded into their core. When included in interiors it is an easy way to add personality & charm to a space and creates the perfect balance of past & present in your home.
Very rarely will you ever find a photoshoot or setting in-store at f&f that doesn't feature vintage pieces of furniture. We just can't get enough. Plus, did anyone say "comfort"?! That ol' saying, they don't make them like they used to certainly applies to vintage furniture.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
We've decided to take the winter blues quite literally this year, and we don't mean by crying into our woollen scarves, we mean by focusing on the colour blue, which just so happens to be one of the easiest, and calmest colours to introduce into your home.
We're here to take your winter blues to a whole new level, no tears we promise.
For winter, whatever shades of blue you decide to incorporate, whether it be bold and bright or soft and subtle, ashy greys and charcoals pair back perfectly. We are loving an indigo/charcoal combination, styled with marble, warm lighting and of course a cosy reindeer hide (they're back!) but there's so many options when it comes to blue, so get excited, because you pretty much can't go wrong!
Starting with staples, like linen and cushions is always less daunting, not to mention loads of fun!
Our new linen from Bedouin Societe is designed to be mixed and matched, so you can mix your blues with greys and then finish with a super soft herringbone throw, and a crash landing of cushions of course!
Or if you're ready to embrace the winter blues in a big way, why not look at adding in bigger pieces like a pair of vintage arm chairs, a dhurrie from Mr Fenton or a signature piece of art.
Choosing an artwork, or piece of furniture with blue as the dominant colour allows you to take your blue colour scheme to the next level, you can now tie in your staples, creating continuity and we predict a feeling of calm and tranquility. And don't forget that blue has been proven to encourage productivity, just a little 'fenton fact' for your Wednesday!
We feel more productive just doing this blue blog post!
Our final winter blues must-have is a candle from Damselfly.
Warmth and humour, two things we can't do without!
Love them moody blues!
Monday, April 13, 2015
So last week for us here at f&f was pretty exciting, we had new artworks from Megan Weston, Vanessa Oter, Helen McCullagh and Kerry Armstrong go up, our bed is now a sea of lilac linen, the new Ivy Muse plant stands came in, and in some of our favourite limited edition colours yet plus (super duper) sparkly new pave diamond rings landed in our jewellery cabinet, and our day dreams for that matter, they are spectacular!
With so much new goodness we think it's absolutely necessary you come in for a visit and a 'diamond drool' and if that's not possible head to our online store immediately!
We love shiny new things!
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The title of our current Haymes colour forecast focus is 'New Skin'
, which sounds pretty inviting considering it's the start of a new season, and almost time for that transition into Winter.
Featuring a cool, tranquil palette that focuses on denim colours and textures, New Skin
is all about easy living and providing a sense of relaxation and tranquillity in a space. Imagine mineral pastels moving through to deep blues and greys. With this palette Haymes are illustrating the erosion that comes with overuse-just like your favourite pair of jeans!
Our New Skin interpretation has come to life in our current window using 'Stormy Blue'
and with a focus on linen, concrete and vintage one offs!
We've decided this look is perfect for the bedroom! Bring New Skin
vibes into your bedroom firstly with lashings of linen, and by lashings we mean layers of greys and blues! Mix and match the colours of your flat sheet, pillow cases and dovet cover and finish with a reindeer hide or a herringbone throw for amped up tranquility and calm.
There's Industrial elements to New Skin
too. For us, bringing in an aspect of industrial can be done subtly with a concrete pendant, our Incy four poster bed and one of our Iron + Brass floor lamps, or simply by sticking to a predominately mineral, grey palette.
Keeping the focus on blues and greys, choose a rug that ties back with your linen, throw and/or artwork. Our picks from Mr Fenton's rug shop are the 3across
, the Prefab Grey
in wool and the Reinjez
(featured in the window in all it's blue and grey glory!) A dhurie not only adds warmth to a space but also adds a textural element that will amp up the tranquility like nothing else.
Finally, mix in vintage and antique pieces to tie back with that theme of erosion, and also because they will give your room personality and charm! We love our Antique Indian Truck Sign and think our cheeky concrete monkeys look pretty cute hanging by our favourite Incy Interiors Bed!
Time to give your bedroom a New Skin we say!
View the full Haymes 2015 Colour Forecast here.
Friday, March 27, 2015
We are big, big fans of the talented glass blowing Amanda Dziedzic. Her hand blown Glass Domes and Yumimeru can and have been described as elegant, sculptural and eye catching, but mostly we think they're just plain gorgeous. Designed and made in Melbourne, they are such a beautiful way to bring colour into your home.
We pulled Amanda away from her blow torch for a quick chat about her success, her background, her dream following advice and well, her blow torch!
1. You had a massive 2014, and pumped out a whole lotta glass! From collabs with Gorman to Dinosaur Designs to TDF Open House and countless features, you must be on cloud nine! It’s all so well deserved and we love having your beautiful pieces at f&f! Can you sum up what you’ve learnt from 2014, a highlight and a few words of advice for
those looking to follow their dreams like you did?
Oh, thank you very much! Last year was amazing for me, it was the year I turned pro. (Or at least that was my mantra for the year) I decided to make the jump and commit 100% to glass which meant saying good bye to my part time job and potentially to a steady pay check. I’m pretty stoked that I did, I worked really hard and one thing kind of seemed to lead to the next. While terrified at the prospect of not having a steady income, saying yes to my practice meant I could say yes to every amazing opportunity that came my way. This meant saying yes to people like Dinosaur Designs and Jardan. My meeting and collaborating with Lisa Gorman was a definite highlight. I feel really strongly about working with Australian makers and designers and have been honoured to work with ones of such high calibre. 2014 was definitely the year of self belief and the year for taking risks. I learnt so many lessons last year and continue to do so with every job I take on. This I guess leads to my advice for other creatives chasing their goals, don’t see a failure or difficulty as a loss, see it as a lesson. It’s just a lesson to make you stronger next time. Trust me, I ‘learn’ something everyday!
2. We probably should have started with your background and how you came to be a glass blower! What exactly IS glass blowing, and what path led you to it?
I started blowing glass way back as an elective as apart of a visual arts degree at Uni SA in Adelaide. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that I would study full time when I moved to Melbourne and did a bachelor of fine arts in glass at Monash. After I graduated I was lucky enough to be accepted into the associate program in Adelaide at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design. It was really here that I learnt how to blow glass. It was both the hardest and most rewarding thing I have ever done. I worked fulltime, long hours probably six days a week most weeks for two years. I came out the other end exhausted but a glass blower.
3. We’d love to hear more about your home, we have clocked onto your love of colour, is this reflected throughout your home?
Last year we were lucky enough to buy our very first home. We have only been in about four months actually! As a total colour fiend it is so exciting to finally be able to paint a wall!! I am really looking forward to this easter where we are going to get it together and paint!! My colour palette that I a working on is grey, turquoise, chartruse and peach. This is blended in with lots of natural elements like plant life and wood elements. We are also a sucker for Danish style furniture. One of my first purchases for the house was an amazing vintage Danish armchair in deep turquoise. I am in love with it! It also goes with out saying that I have a pretty banging collection of glass at home. Most of my own works are more neutral in beautiful brown and amber tones, where as my other pieces from my glassy friends and quite bright. We also have a good collection of art on our walls. My favourite piece is by painter Joe Sorren and it’s called ‘Bull with parasol’. We also have three beautiful owls by Darren Henderson. Another job for easter is putting up shelving to home my collection of goblets and cook book collection!
4. Is there a set process involved in what you do, where do you start?
I usually start with deciding the colours I want to work with. I think knowing which colours work together is a valuable talent and one of my favourite things to work on. I also like the glass to kind of be able to speak for itself. Rather than get hung up on getting the glass to do something, I like to work more fluidly and work with the glass rather than against it. For example with my Yumemiru works its nice to be able to get a feel for how the glass wants to be shaped and have the freedom to make different shapes. Not everyone has to be identical.
5. Hot torches look pretty fun to us, what are you currently experimenting with?
Working with a hot torch is super fun. This is how I make my sculptural work and this year I am looking to create a new body of work which revolves around botanical markers. Iv’e applied to take a class with flame worker Amber Cowan in the states and I’m really hoping I get in! I think it could have the potential to be a big jump for my practice.
6. Any hints as to what’s to come for you in 2015?
This year I have a couple of collaborations in the pipe line but you are going to have to wait and see for those ones! What I can tell you is currently I’m working on developing a range of lighting that I am really excited about. It’s going to be all about the colour and I think they have the potential to be some really gorgeous works. Keep your eyes peeled!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
We're not going to lie, we still get the warm fuzzies when we see hand selected f&f pieces on TV, especially when they are some of our favourites and from one of our favourite block couples, Ayden and Jess! The challenge on last night's episode of The Block (in case you missed it) was to create a clever one-bedder and pitch it for sale to potential buyers, and A&J nailed it. Such a liveable, happy space and how gorgeous does that MSG Urn look in the bedroom!
Well Done Ayden & Jess!
Shop the look below!
4. Bone Hexagon Tray (enquire in-store)
5. Blooming Cushion
6. Indian Pressed Metal Ceiling Screen Printed Cushion (enquire in-store)
Monday, March 23, 2015
We get a lot of hungry eyes lusting after our plants here at f&f, so we thought it was about time we let you in on a few expert gardening tips from our resident expert, who just so happens to be Lucy Fenton's lovely (and very clever) Mum, Angela. You can find Angela pottering around f&f with a watering can most days, she's got an eye for all things fenton but in particular adding foliage inside, and maintaining it outside.
Here's Ang's best advice for going green + a preview of the new Tribal collection from Pop and Scott, coming very soon to f&f!!
1. For those just starting to add foliage inside their home, what are some of your top tips?
Choose the correct plant for the spot you're wanting to fill, the best people to help you out here are right there at your nursery! A spot that receives a decent amount of filtered sunlight is usually perfect for most plants but there's also plants that can survive in your dark corners! Make sure you water them correctly and always read about your plants to find out what they require. Most indoor plants should only be watered once a month! Lastly, don't forget to pop a tray underneath your pot!
2. Thoughts on fake plants?
Fake can be great but can also be tacky so you have to be careful. There's some great rubber plants around, we love the stall at the South Melbourne Market for a no maintenance plants at fenton! We have a couple of beauties hanging in Small Town knotted baskets next to the bed in-store. Also, succulents can often be just as good as fake, they're easy to look after, can grow from a snipping and normally don't require drainage!
3. Favourite Nurseries?
So many! Can highly recommend Glasshaus in Richmond, wonderful selection of indoor plants and great staff! We are also big fans of Loose Leaf here at f&f and have some beautiful hanging baskets from them in our courtyard. Also worth a visit is Dragonfly on Chapel street, Garden of Eden in Albert Park and don't forget about Camberwell Market on Sunday's!
4. Onto nurturing. Give us a quick run down of how to get the most out of your garden.
If you have lots of pots you will get great results. The main thing is watering and paying attention to changes. People think if it rains, that's all a plant needs. Outdoor plants need care all year round. Indoor plants can be temperamental and may not like being moved around, or they may liked to be moved to where the sun is which will change depending on the day and the season. Make sure your plants are suited to their environment is basically the key rule and keep them clean, so wipe dust off them and make sure they are free from bugs and other enemies!
There you have it green thumbs! Now we all know you can't have plants without pots, and we think the new tribal collection from the clever bunch at Pop&Scott are our favourite to date! If you're not on the wishlist to hear about these, give us a call!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Autumn to us is an extra layer on the bed, a (slightly) toned down palette and loads of cups of tea! It's that lead up to winter that makes us want to bring the cosy factor back into our home styling-and we've got loads of goodies in-store now to help you get there!
We've decided, here at f&f, that Autumn is a reshuffle of colour, not a vanishing of colour. We are loving pairing back charcoals and softer greys with earthy colours, and we think the perfect refresh can be done with a combination of the following:
-a new rug
-a few new cushions
-a new artwork
We are loving our new linen, and think 'saffron' is the perfect earthy colour to bring Autumn into your bedroom. Style with dark and light greys and deep greens via indoor plants. Add texture with a throw on the end of the bed, or our personal favourite, a Reindeer Hide.
Carry this blissful earthiness through the rest of your living areas with leather/timber combo's like our criss cross range of leather strapping chairs or stools, a cow hide + subtle splashes of Amber (hint, hint-our new range of Amanda Dziedzic hand blown glass Yumimeru are perfect!!)
OR start again by building from the floor up, you've got two options with your autumn rug: warm colours that team well with autumn greys or a neutral palette of greys and un-dyed yarn for total calm. We can help you with either or both, and don't forget you can customise your own rug!
And finally, if you've got art on the brain, a change in season can be a great time to explore new artists! We have beautiful new works from Michael Bond
, Vanessa Oter
and Jai Vasicek
that fit perfectly into any Autumn palette.
P.S Autumn Pots alert! The new Pop and Scott Tribal range, set to hit us here at f&f very soon ties in with everything above very, very nicely. Loving that mustard yellow. Call us now to make sure you're on the wish list.
Autumn's awesome, let's face it.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
When it comes to rugs you may as well call us 'rugaholics', we want them everywhere from the hallway to under the dining table. They are your piece of artwork for the floor and Mr Fenton's passion and we can't believe we haven't interviewed him sooner!
With no further ado, here's Mr Fenton talking rugs, or dhurries if you want to show off.
1.Where did your desire to design rugs come from, is design something you’ve always
had a flare for?
Well... we all begin life as creative little monkeys and I was no different, however I veered towards the sciences in my youth. During a prolonged sojourn away from normality I realised that creativity is an inherent aspect of consciousness and those who are good at it have merely learned how not to stand in the way of their own light, or to borrow your metaphor, they know how to allow themselves to 'shine'. The most common response to the style of work I produced at that time was that it appeared to be computer generated, and my current obsession with geometry is surely an extension of that. I like to think that I am working in a space where mathematics and creativity meet. So, not to get too deep and meaningful, I would say that my drive to create comes from a desire for truth. After all, mathematics is simply a glorified paintbrush that human beings use to interpret and represent the universe in terms that our minds can understand. The Mona Lisa and E=mc² both symbolise equally valid versions of the truth.
2. Can you tell us a bit more about the dhurrie and it’s heritage.
The art of dhurrie weaving has been around for at least 2000 years, so it's difficult to be precise as to its origins. However, the dhurrie exists in an evolutionary position between flat woven grass matting, the purpose of which is more protective than decorative, and pile carpets which are almost purely decorative. Their portability made them more suited to the nomadic lives of ancient trading civilizations in the areas around what are now Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India. There is certainly evidence to suggest that one of the first uses of the dhurrie was as a protective underlay beneath the carpets of Mughal Emperors, and for outdoor ceremonial purposes, or as the floor coverings of their tents while they were travelling.
3. We know you’ve travelled to India to see your rugs being woven and meet the makers, what’s it like watching your designs being made and come to life?
It's a mixture of equal parts anxiety and excitement, love and hate, fear and wonder. Nothing ever goes 100% according to plan, but mostly the end result is very satisfying.
4.Top rug choosing tips, give us three!
The advice I would give for selecting a rug relates in a way to the manner in which I design them. Many of the designs I produce appeal to a narrow audience. I try not to allow the little voice of 'broad public appeal' in my head to get in the way of my creative process. For the client who's rug needs are quite specific or who may want something a bit daring, or that makes a statement, I believe Mr Fenton is well positioned to provide a solution. In short:
1. Be adventurous
2. Back your own judgement
3. Understand the space you need to fill
5.Your favourite design so far?
Tough question! I am particularly fond of Blooming and Entity - hexagons seem to be a recurring theme in my design life. However my favourite design is probably one that we haven't seen yet... which leads me to your next question...
6. Mr.Fenton’s rug shop just keeps on growing, what’s next?
As always, be on the lookout for fresh new designs as I am obsessed with constantly expanding the range of options available to our rug clients. I am also currently working with our supplier on producing our designs in handknotted carpets in viscose, wool and pure silk. Not only will all of our designs soon be available to order as carpets, but I am also developing a range of designs specifically as carpets. In addition to new dimensions of design possibilities, they will add a new level of luxury to the Mr Fenton offering.
Explore rugs here
or come visit us in the rug shop!
Friday, March 06, 2015
If you consider yourself more of a minimalist when it comes to your home, love the 'shining stone' that is marble and look to Scandinavian style then we think (ok, we know) Harpers Project is going to get you very, very excited.
New to f&f, Harper's Project live by the Scandinavian mantra, 'Buy Once, Buy Well'. Clean, raw timber meets marble to create timeless pieces that work just as well together as they do on their own, and the best part? Designs are explored, born and created in Melbourne and hand crafted by carpenters, no mass production here folks.
It's no wonder the Greek named marble 'the shining stone', it really does bring elegance and beauty to wherever it's placed. We thought we'd share some of our own top tips on incorporating marble into your home, by breaking down each HP piece.
1. The Dining Table
You can't help but feel a little grand sitting at a marble dining table. In the words of Harpers Project themselves, "The white marble bullnose polish finish makes this product a versatile styling dream."
We think a marble dining table should be the hero, and styled with this in mind. A bone hexagon tray and some fresh flowers should just about do it we think.
2. The Coffee Table
One of our favourites, the low coffee table. Designed by Harpers Project with the versatile intention to be styled as the statement in the room with nothing on it at all or just as elegantly with a bowl, coasters or fresh flowers.
3. The stool
We love this stool. If you should opt to have these at your kitchen bench, why not create continuity by using one as feature in a separate space, either as a stand for a pot or vase or to marry an empty corner. Alternatively, these can be purchased for just that, as a feature piece to showcase a gorgeous indoor plant, a favourite piece of ceramic or nothing at all!
4. The side table
A marble side table is a wonderful way to instantly create elegance to any space. Prop it next to your favourite chair piled with books, next to your bed with a lamp or next to a matching stool as a means of displaying some of your favourites. We love the way green pops against this clean, white marble so adding foliage is always going to be a winner in our eyes!
Marvel at marble now online or in-store.
We are currently taking orders for Harpers Project, feel free to call us with any queries!
Monday, March 02, 2015
It’s such a blissful feeling to find an artist who’s work makes you feel instantly Zen, which is exactly what Helen’s vibrant oil paintings evoke. F&F's newest artist Helen McCullagh was just recently selected as a finalist in the prestigious Muswellbrook Art prize, her still life works internationally sought after for their texture, modern interpretation and technique. Interviewing Helen was just as peaceful as her paintings, here’s what she had to say from up in her treehouse.
We love the texture and colour in your work, it really does have a serene effect that make’s us want to slow down and smell the roses, so to speak! How else do you want people to feel when they look at your paintings?
Mainly I just like my paintings to feel happy, but I also like them to evoke emotion. Many of my paintings are colourful and bursting with flowers which I hope create joy to the viewer, others are slightly deeper and speak to my more emotive side. I think there is something timelessly beautiful about a still life and I like to reproduce this genre in a modern context.
Tell us a bit about the road to fine art for you, where did you start?
I've been drawing and painting since I was a child. I studied art in secondary school and went on to do a Bachelor of Fine Art at University. It sounds cliched but after meeting my fiancé my work and style has completely changed and I think it's reflective of how happy I am in life.
How would you describe your style and how has it changed over the years?
I majored in painting at uni, however my style has completely evolved since then. Initially my work was figurative based and quite embedded with emotion. However, we moved to a gorgeous tree house in Northern NSW a year ago and what I've produced since has been full of vibrant colours and painterly techniques. I paint surrounded by greenery so the reinterpretation of the space just flows out. I LOVE oil paint and the silky layers it can create.
We imagine your home to be full of sunshine and always in full bloom, what does your ultimate space consist of?
We are very lucky to have a beautiful home. I live with my partner and two dogs Rosie and Tank, on 20 acres overlooking Mt Warning. Our house is full of colour, art and antiques. Our walls are covered in Australian art. My ultimate space would be walls and walls of art! I'm definitely not minimalist - I love organised chaos and clashing patterns, textures and fabrics.
You’re a teacher as well! Tell us a bit about how you balance this and your personal work.
At the moment I'm focussing on my art as that takes up the majority of my time. I love to do a couple of days casual teaching every now and then however my art is turning into a full time job - which I love.
Do you have any key influencers?
I love the modern interpretation of the still life genre by Craig Waddell, Bridgette McNab and Robert Malherbe - just beautiful. I also like the modernist artists like Matisse and Degas. I feel like there's a real renaissance for beautiful art at the moment.
Career highlight so far?
There have been so many wonderful things happening at the moment it's hard to pinpoint one - however I'm stoked to have my work at Fenton & Fenton!
When are you happiest?
I'm happiest when I'm painting, listening to the radio with the dogs at my feet.
You can have a closer look at Helen's available works here
or call in-store to arrange viewing.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Well it's that time of year again, our annual f&f warehouse sale has kicked off at it's new (and very yellow) location on Garden Street in South Yarra and what a first day it has been! Thank you to all who joined us at our warehouse wonderland today, and fear not there's still plenty more f&f finds to be found! The warehouse is bursting with bargains, sneak a peek below, we hope to see you all there this weekend!
48 Garden Street
Saturday 28/2 10AM-5:30 PM
Monday, February 23, 2015
Lucky Melbournites, this is your chance to win our version of a golden ticket to the fenton&fenton annual warehouse sale! The sale kicks off this Friday through to Sunday and to celebrate the madness that awaits us we're giving away 10 x VIP passes, entitling the winner to a full hour of shopping before the doors open officially to the public!
1. Follow and Tag @fenton_and_fenton
2. Regram the image
- VIP tickets are transferable (so if you cannot make it you can give it to a friend to shop on your behalf)
- Each winner can bring 1 friend - Winners will be allowed to enter the sale on Friday 27th of February at 9am
- Winners will be announced at 7pm on Thursday 26th of February AEST
See you all on the weekend for our best sale yet and don't forget to get gramming for a chance at a cheeky head start!
Friday, February 20, 2015
We love talking about our favourite place in the world (excluding exotic islands and other holiday lands) the one and only 'bed', which is why when our new 100% linen bedding arrived from bedouin societe we thought what better time to chat bedding on the blog.
There's so much to talk about when it comes to bedding, so get comfortable, because you'll never want to leave the fenton bed.
Let's start with the basics. We're talking your fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillow cases and douvet cover. We're going to be controversial here, because we can never choose just one colour, and say these do not have to match! The bedouin societe is based around this philosophy also, with collections designed to work together or stand apart. We love that.
Speaking of bedoin societe, we're also going to aim to convert you all to linen bedding. Not only does it feel amazing to sleep in (like, arr-mazing) it also gets softer with each wash, breaths like nothing else because it's a natural fibre and looks relaxed and oh-so-comfortable.
Ok, here's where we give you a red hot fenton tip. For that layered, draped 'fenton' look try two flat sheets instead of a doona cover. So one underneath your quilt and one on top. Go for a size larger than your bed too, that way your dovet or sheets drape right to floor.
Here's one we prepared earlier..
Here comes the fun part. Mixing in pattern, texture and a little extra padding. Yes, we're taking you to cushion town.
Our block quilts are a great way to add a splash of colour and a versatile layer. They can act as that extra layer in winter or your one and only in summer. 100% cotton, super soft and handmade in India. Use the colour to act as your base for your throw and cushions, tie in with an artwork or feature in the room or to compliment your basic bedding. There's no rules! Choosing a colour palette is always the best way to achieve an inviting space though.
Next up, throws. That end of the bed addition for when you want to curl up with a book on a Sunday afternoon without getting under all the covers, or just get your bed looking fresh outta Vogue. We love a throw. Our favourite being Kantha quilts, which are a beautiful way to add in both texture and pattern, and are light as can be so can easily rotate from bed to sofa! Tie this in with your block quilt or cushions for fenton perfection.
Pictured: Lucy Fenton's Beach House in Anglesea, Victoria.
Onto cushions. Adding cushions is essential in our eyes. It's the plush effect and it makes your bed all the more cosy. Plus there's so many amazing cushions out there to play with! We say if you have the space for them get some European pillows in the back and some smaller, quirkier patterns in front of your pillows. Again, tie these in either with your block quilt and throw, your basic bedding colours or a feature in the room, like an artwork.
Now, let's never get out of bed!
All bedding is available in-store or online here
(oops we mean xx, fell asleep for a minute!)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
We've got a case of the blues (and the purples) here at f&f, but not in a bad way, in a very very good way! Our new 'Windy Peak
' and 'Ravinia
' walls courtesy of our friends at Haymes Paint
are just the change we needed.
It always helps when you have an antique Caravaggio inspired painted wooden panel straight from your Indian travels!
Straying from traditional wall colours can be intimidating, especially when you want to style it with predominantly what you already have. That's why light, pastel-like options can be the perfect option. These subtle blues and purples team perfectly with metallics, greys and even bold colours like pinks, blues and teals!
You know what they say, a change is as good as a holiday!
Shop our two new looks below!
1. Helen McCullagh 'Hydrangeas In Full Bloom'
2. Abigail Ahern Pineapple Sconce
3.Abigail Ahern Bulldog Lamp
4. Skull Apothecary Bottle Candle
5. Bone Inlay Commode
1. Genu Floor Lamp
2. Laelie Berzon 'Bare'
3. Wing Book ends
4. Wire Spindle Cactus
5. Finn Retro Desk
Stay tuned for more from f&f and Haymes!
Saturday, February 14, 2015
The newest artist to colour us excited here at f&f is Brisbane based abstract artist Michael Bond. Michael is self taught and super talented and his bold and engaging pieces have that capability to make any room come to life, and become a great starting point for styling your space. We had to know more about Michaels striking style and what gets him painting, here's what we chatted about!
1. Tell us a little bit about your background and the road that led you to becoming a fine artist.
I'm a hairdresser by trade but have painted for as long as I remember. My art is my drug. When I paint I am totally immersed... there is nothing else! Last year I was struck by the idea of seeing where my artwork could go, so I turned to social media and started posting for all the world to see.
2. How would you describe your work?
My work would be described as abstract, sometimes abstract / landscape. My work captures captures my feelings, memories and emotions, all displayed on the canvas.
My early days of painting I painted realistic landscapes, but turned to abstract and found it to be a more expressive way to be able to display these feelings.
3. Do you have a set process or is each piece a different journey? Do you always work with acrylic and gallery linen?
Michael Bond North By Northwest
122cm x 122cm
Acrylic on gallery linen
Michael Bond Breaker
122cm x 122cm
Acrylic on gallery linen
There really is no set process with my work, each piece is a different journey. Just like in everyday life, it comes with some highs and also some lows.. Usually the early stages of my work give no indication to the end product. My early days painting I tended to use oils, but choose acrylic these days because of the faster drying time (I'm a tad impatient), and since an artist friend persuaded me to try linen, I'm now hooked on the finish and the texture it's gives.
4. We love your bold use of colour, do you know what colours you’re going to use before you start painting or is this part of the process?
Usually I have a colour or colour combination in mind before I start.
Sometime the colour or combination will be inspired by something that I have recently seen or sometimes (as some say) by the mood that I am in!!
Sometimes my palette consists of calmer more neutral tones with a pop of colour to add interest just as it is, in my home
Michael Bond 3AM
122cm x 122cm
Acrylic on gallery linen
Michael Bond Back Paddock
122cm x 122cm
Acrylic on gallery linen
5. Can you share a few of your key influencers with us? Where or who do you turn to for inspiration?
There are many, many artists who influence me, one in particular is Jo Davenport. Her use of colour and emotive brushstrokes is devine!
Also, I have come to realise that my work is strongly inspired by the beauty of nature, the colours and textures that surround us everyday.
A lot of the influence of my work comes from memories or images that may pop into my head from time to time. Whether these memories are from my childhood or as early as yesterday, they are stored away into the filing system we call our brain, waiting to be created into a visual glimpse or snapshot into my thoughts and emotions.
6. Lastly, wise words from the artist for those thinking of purchasing your work?
Michael Bond's work can be viewed here
or you can call us in-store to arrange viewing.
Monday, February 09, 2015
We're all loved up here at f&f, because Valentines Day is coming up and we think it's a bit nice to tell someone, anyone or everyone that you love them! And if you get into the spirit of giving like we do, we've got a few tricks up our sleeve to share with you.
Check out our love list below.
Saturday, February 07, 2015
We took a moment to talk Summer lovin' with one of our favourite courtyard brands Basil Bangs. Half of Basil Bangs Kirsta Huebner gave us the low down on personal favourites, the true awesomeness of the beach umbrella, and Frosty Fruits!
Photo Credit: Maree Homer
Describe your ultimate Summer’s day in Australia.
It would have to be surrounded by our favourite people, by the water and with some very good looking shade...lounging of course on an abundance of cushions and Love Rugs!! We've been lucky to enjoy some glorious days recently which started with early morning swims and ended with long lunches in the backyard and nude babies playing in buckets. Quite idyllic really!
What's not to love about an Aussie summer though: Frosty Fruits, salty skin, burning your feet running across the sand, jumping into the pool in the afternoon, the feeling of "holidays" in the air, heading off for a beach swim at 7pm on a Tuesday after work (thanking you, Mr daylight savings), walking the neighbourhood and smelling all the gorgeous flowers... (clearly my words here, not mike's!), and generally how happy people are.
Perfect picnic spread on a love rug?
We come from families of foodies (Mike's dad is an old-school Italian deli owner) so there's always oodles of antipasto, meats and cheeses in our picnic basket, plus crunchy sourdough, cool drinks (the good ol' G&T is our tipple of choice this summer, coconut water is our toddler's favourite), and some kind of amazing salad creation ala Ottolenghi...and maybe some perfect peaches and dark chocolate for dessert. Lindt's dark chocolate, salted caramel to be specific. Though I also have a soft spot for choc chip cookies, so they might also make the cut if I'm in the mood to bake.
Beach Umbrella’s, break it down for us, why are they so awesome?
They rock, quite simply, because they behave as well as they look! That is, they're easy to put up and put down, they're easy on the eye and very transportable. We choose the highest grade materials and processes available in our manufacturing to ensure the umbrellas are robust and age gracefully.
If you had to pair two of your outdoor cushion prints together what would they be?
That's like asking us to choose between our children! Hm. We like mixing them up, but a favourite combo is The Shrubbery and Kaleidoscope. We also like Fanatic and Splice. I also love mixing our striped umbrellas up with the cushion prints. Partly Cloudy looks great with Chaplin, and Awareness with Marigold. So. many. options.
Who would be your ultimate artist to collaborate with for a Basil Bangs print?
In no particular order, and not really worrying about mortality: Warhol. Rothko. Yayoi Kusama. Damian Hirst.
But that's a hard question. There are so many great artists practicing at the moment who we admire and would love to work with.
Shop Basil Bangs here
and make the most of summer!
Who feels like a Frosty Fruit?
Friday, January 30, 2015
Maria of Melbourne born and based Say Hola
is one Latina lady we couldn't wait to learn more about! Her unique palm prints are currently gracing the fenton walls, each individual print reminding us on the daily that we all have our own path to discover. We just love these, and all they represent!
We took a 'minuto' to get to know Maria, aka Say Hola
Firstly, Say Hola, best name. Tell us a bit about your background and where this came from?
Oh gracias! The name ‘Say Hola’ is about staying close to my roots. I’m a Latina and even though I’ve lived here most of my life, mid-sentence I forget a word in English, so I say it in Spanish and sometimes I throw it in just for fun. 'Spanglish' is my lingo and I’m just having fun playing with words which is a trend often seen my work. It’s also a simple and positive message which encourages people to connect and I like that.
We can’t help but feel happy when we look at your hand prints. Tell us more about the palm and it’s story.
I see hands as the givers and the takers, the nurturers, the healers....they are also my tools to create so it’s natural that I use them to tell my story in a graphic, positive and straight up way. I am drawn to the Hand of Fatima, which is a Middle Eastern symbol used for protection and guidance, so each hand I create embraces this intention. In my work I celebrate our unique life paths, with geometric patterns that are connected to the paper flags/papel picado that hang at any Latin celebration. Often you will read a message in a quirky font within the hands, like a tattoo, it’s a reminder of something beyond the experience.
We can only imagine how gorgeous your home is, do you have any stand out tips when it comes to home styling?
Our humble rainbow casa is perfect, we love it here….everything in it was chosen by us, for us. Keeping in mind that I also work from my home based studio, I wanted both living and work spaces to flow but be able to disconnect from my everyday house stuff when I needed to. When styling our home, I didn’t follow any rules or stick to any design principals, it was enjoyable and intuitive, I knew what was right for us and our two chicas.
My first tip is to be yourself, define how you want to feel when you walk into your own space, this will create a framework for you to begin. Choose pieces that express your personality and individuality. I wanted our home to feel relaxed, inspiring and playful so I chose bright colours, tribal patterns and spontaneous accessories.
Keep indoor plants…something I learnt from my mama growing up was that plants = life and plus green balances all other colours (in my book at least) and it’s a good colour for the soul, for its healing and calming properties. Be brave and hang them from the ceiling in a sunny corner, place them in a wire pot stand or in a patterned pot on the floor. Plants are like friends, the more the merrier!
Choose awesome artwork (ehemmmm). Art is a conversation starter or stopper! Choose carefully but don’t be scared of the experience - be prepared with size, light, mood you want to create etc. Once you’ve chosen the right piece, hang it and watch the rest of the room sing in harmony.
Where does your main source of inspiration come from?
There are a few things that spark my desire to do what I do. Firstly, I’m influenced by different cultures and traditions particularly Latin (of course) Indian and Moroccan. Their aesthetics share a spontaneous, crafty, colourful and busy characteristic - I create with this theory in mind. I’m also fascinated with the craft of palm reading, hence the name of my last exhibition – “Chiromancy”. I’m intrigued that every line, dot or mark on our palm tells a story, just like reading code. Lastly, I love fashion, I’m obsessed with Balmain and Mara Hoffman at the moment, their pieces make a statement with their bold and detailed patterns – it’s my weakness!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
There is an exciting opportunity to join the fenton&fenton team as a full time Store Manager.
We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic person who is passionate about interiors with retail experience in a management position.
The successful applicant will have:
An ability to coach, manage and motivate retail assistants in a high volume, fast paced business.
Have a hands on approach and lead by example.
An ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with customers and their team.
A commitment to maintaining company policy, both for yourself and with team members.
Leadership and excellent communication skills.
Strong Visual Merchandising standards.
To be successful in this role, you will need a proven record in successful retail management and be able to provide insights from previous leadership experience.
Experience with the Lightspeed sales system or similar will be highly regarded.
We need someone who is available to work full time from Tuesday - Saturday. Email us your CV to be considered, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, January 22, 2015
So the inflatable swan no longer lives in the window with all the other colour that was our summer holidays window, instead we have worked with our clever friends at Haymes to bring you a beautifully blissful and neutral window reflecting one of Haymes key 2015 colour forecast themes, Raw
explores the notion of detoxification-cutting out the clutter-and redefining what is important through a process of natural selection. The palette is made up of neutral, soft tones creating a calm environment. Providing a subdued and ethereal aesthetic, warm browns and creams form the perfect base for any interior styling.
We are feeling so inspired to start the new year with less clutter, so this couldn't be a more perfect window to start 2015 with! Big thank you to Haymes, who helped us decide on two feature colours for our windows "Smoky Silhouette' and 'Refuge 1'.
Looking to go Raw? Here's some of our tips, think stripped back Scandinavian, the old 'less is more' and light and bright beach house additions.
TIP #1-COLOUR, ADD A COAT OF PAINT!
We may as well start with paint colour, because without these beautiful walls this look would be nowhere. Adding a new coat of paint to tired walls can do absolute wonders, and is a great way to get you inspired for a brand new look. The neutral tones we've used from Haymes are both peaceful and easy to work with when it comes to styling. We've chosen 'Smoky Silhouette' and 'Refuge 1'
TIP#2-MATERIALS, IT'S ALL ABOUT ADDING TEXTURE.
TIP #3-CHOOSE KEY ITEMS/SCALE BACK!
Lighter timbers such as beech look amazing against neutral tones, and really play up that Scandinavian Raw look. Experiment with different textures and materials by white washing a coffee table or sideboard (if you're game!) painting the end of natural antlers with a complementary colour (or just white) and adding in a few collectables, ambient lighting and twigs and branches bunched together as a feature.
1. Cushions are the perfect way to tie everything together. Our basketweave cushion sits perfectly amongst raw colours, and if you're lucky in a Byron Bay hanging chair!
2. Taxidermy is a love or hate, if it's a love then our deer head is a key item worth thinking about. It's something you'll have and adore forever.
Our new concrete pendants
are perfect for scaled back styling, whats more raw than raw concrete? Hang them in groups to create a gorgeous corner of ambient light.
4. Getting rid of the clutter doesn't mean there's no room for some key smaller items, adding shells or sea urchins in a woven bowl is such a simple yet effective way of adding texture and a little colour. Our sea urchins are available for purchase in-store.
5. Finally, our favourite, the Byron Bay hanging chair. Oh how we dream of having one of these in every room. The Dark Rattan really compliments the Haymes Raw story, we basically want to live in the window. Call us in-store to enquire about our hanging chairs.
TIP#4-SIDEBOARD STYLING WILL SAVE THE DAY.
Welcoming an elegant sideboard into your life is always a good idea, trust us. One, they're a perfect way to hide the clutter and two they are a great canvas for styling. A fresh sideboard accessorise can make your room look a million bucks! For this look we're all about natural antlers, feature lighting and taxidermy.
Our new Ashwood 'Genu' floor lamp
is just perfect for a scaled back lounge look, with it's linen shade and ultra light frame, it's the hero in the room without stealing all the attention.
Isn't he divine. We have one taxidermy Tawny Frog Mouth Owl available to purchase in-store. This is how to add character and charm.
Natural Antlers. We can't get enough. You just can't go wrong, with just one or a few overlapping. Available in-store.
Finally our danish designed 'Finn' sideboard
in beech timber. So elegant, so perfect.
TIP#5-COW HIDES TO ADD TEXTURE INSTEAD OF PATTERN
Adding a cow hide to the floor is a beautiful way to create warmth and texture, without getting patterns involved. Get some tan leather and a feather head dress involved for maximum calm and comfort.
Adding a clean, white pendant creates a brightness that not all lights can achieve. It's not safe, it's classic. We love our Ashwood pendants
We had to include our Zebra cushion
. The perfect way to compliment neutral colours with a splash of yellow!
The best thing about this look is how transitional and functional it is. Come winter all you have to do is add a reindeer hide for instant warmth!
Art doesn't necessarily have to be a canvas or framed print, try a feather headdress, a weaving or some African baskets to create art in the room, what better pieces to tie together the raw, nature inspired room you've created. And the best thing about this, is often you can find things to pop on the wall that are inexpensive!
Finally, don't forget a desk lamp. Our Ashwood stencil lamp
is so gorgeous against a freshly painted wall because you can see through to the colour!
The Haymes 2015 colour forecast is definitely worth a look if you're feeling a change brewing at your abode! You can see more on Raw here
, and the full forecast here
Head into store for a closer look!
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Because we love Australia as much as you do, we will be closed on Monday 26th of Jan to celebrate Australia Day. Whether you're spending the day at the beach (with your Mr. Fenton's round beach towel
, of course!), enjoying a cold one over a BBQ with mates or enjoying the Australian Open we hope it's a ripper!
If you're packing the car & heading off to the beach, sitting poolside or entertaining friends at home we have you covered. We have put together our Top 10 Australia Day essentials list which also doubles as the perfect top 10 summer essentials list, too!
Here it is.....
1. Basil Bangs Miss Marigold Umbrella, 2. Mr Fenton's Six Degrees Pixagon Beach Towel, 3. Basil Bangs Jungle Fever Love Rug
, 4. Inflatable Flamingo
, 5. Merfins
our Trays Excellente Trays
, 7. Tait Jak Chair
. our Mr Fenton's Beach Towels
, 9. Outdoor Watermelon Cushion
our favourite, the Hanging Chair!
Summers looking like a beauty! Happy Australia Day, Australia!
Monday, January 19, 2015
Whether it's pendant, floor or desk, the way you choose to light a room is pretty much make or break in terms of vibe. Sounds dramatic, but it's true. Good lighting=good vibes!
We're pretty excited about all the new lighting we have to share with you. There's a bit of retro, a bit of concrete, a bit of LED and well pretty much a bit of everything. So whatever space you're wanting to light up, alas it's right here. We'll light the way!
How cute are our Ashwood lamps? Choosing between the LED stencil or the fabric shade is the hard part. The floor lamps are the perfect way to light up a corner and provide ambient lighting while the desk lamp can provide task lighting or even highlight an artwork sitting above a sideboard.
Modern meets retro, these block colour pendant lamps might just be our favourite. These can be placed anywhere in your house for functional or decorative lighting. We vote on kitchen though!
The concrete pendant comes in small and large and clustered together look incredibly classy. Concrete chic even.
And finally, our copper pendant. As seen above our heads at the fenton counter. Bow down. Copper is here to stay. These look stunning paired or in a row but would also make amazing bedside pendants.
There's so much more to see in-store and online
if you're in lighting mode.
Until next time, let there be light!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
We were so in love with the piece Vanessa Oter submitted for our recent Peace Of Art exhibition that we had to see more!
We are just about to receive three new works from Vanessa so what better time to get to know the artist behind these mesmerising abstracts we can't stop staring at!
Vanessa's path towards fine art has been just as bold and colourful as her work. The mood and raw emotion she uses as inspiration to create a connection with her artwork is beautiful and we feel very lucky to have them! She truly is one of those artists we just had to know more about, and here's what we found out!
1. There's so much to talk about with your art! The texture, the colours, the words! How would you describe your work?
I've been an artist since I was a child. Born with a paint brush in hand my mum reckons! My work is so personal, like a diary, an inner landscape of my thoughts. My painting is something that I use to document my emotional territory. I use words and paint with a huge emphasis on surface texture and a variety of mark making combined with spontaneous impulses to create art that is unique and autobiographical.
2. Tell us a bit about Vanessa's path to fine art. What is it that first drew you to abstract and how has your work evolved?
I went to a strict Catholic School that did not promote the arts... I used to draw in class , every class, dreaming of just being free..at the end of year 12 I had a body of work I made at home and went off to art school (RMIT) and it all got better from there.. After art school I travelled around Europe and decided to go to NY.. I bought a one way ticket to NYC and spent 5/6 years living there , painting.. Living. I worked alongside the legendary Alfred Leslie (Beat Generation/film maker, painter) teaching drawing at Boston University, travelling to and from NY and Boston weekly.
I painted. I had 5 exhibitions in NYC with one show having some press in New York Times in 2000. I came home to Australia after missing my family.. Did my honours at RMIT in painting which helped me develop my ideas.. ( so many ideas ) further..
Apart from pure painting I also make sewing installations.. I've just bought a huge round hay bale as I now live in country Vic and I love using multi media to develop my relationship I have with the landscape...
'Putt Putt' 60cm x 60cm, Oil and mixed media on canvas
'Landscape Dwelling' 150cm x 200cm, Oil and mixed media on canvas
3. We imagine your studio space to be quirky and fun, what sort of working environment gets your brush going the most and what does a typical painting day involve?
My studio is messy actually.. But I like it to be ventilated because I use heavy mediums, oils and turps.
I had my garage purposely transformed for my work. I put a wall down the middle of the space so one side I can keep work free of flying paint. .. My work day in studio usually starts with coffee after I madly get my son off to school and walk the dog. I try to clean up a bit after each painting session and I have beautiful views everywhere I look I can sometimes ( weather depending ) walk down the road and paint en plein air! It's a dream.. Really stunning.
4. Who or what is creatively inspiring you at the moment?
I am very in touch with the various textures and colours of the landscape..my paintings are influenced by the layers and movements of it. I use my mood/emotion to get a work going.. A painting is often the result of many factors! I like to think of my work as a physical part of my thoughts and internal processes.. I'm influenced by many artists.. Joan Mitchell is a big one..
'Urban Country' 150cm x 150cm, Oil and mixed media on canvas
5. What was your proudest moment of 2014?
Being asked to be a part of a Peace of Art! I was so happy to help a charitable cause! It was such a great feeling to know my painting helped contribute to children's education in Eithopia! We have so much here in Australia.. Great to give!
6. It was an amazing exhibition, we're so happy you could be a part of it! And what's to come in 2015? Any hints?
I hope to be painting full time.. An exhibition would be great! I am hoping to take another overseas trip this year too.. It's been way too long and my son is now old enough to remember a holiday of a lifetime!
We are thrilled to have three new pieces of Vanessa's story at fenton&fenton from Thursday January 22nd. For any enquiries feel free to call us in-store on (03)9533 2323 or you can view the works here.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
From Real Living to Yen magazine plus countless exhibitions around the globe, oh and an Archibald Prize nomination last year, Mia Oatley is making colourful waves with her stand-out style and really is one of the most exciting young artists to watch right now.
Mia Oatley's budgies are the latest works to light up the fenton walls, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have them.
We took a minute to get to know this talented lady, and her feathered friends.
1. We love the budgie love going on at fenton&fenton right now! Have your feathered friends always been a part of your creative journey?
Oh thanks so much! I started adding big bright birds like macaws into my figurative work about 3 years ago, and that took me in a new direction. I enjoyed painting the the birds so much, all the amazing colour combinations that I could create with them, and their little personalities, that my love of painting feathered friends grew from there!
2. Do you have a favourite colour combination?
While I'm always getting enthusiastic about new ways to evolve my palette, I am currently a little in love with teal, with gelato pink, bold orange, or lemon yellow!
3. You’ve exhibited all over the world! Where has been your favourite place so far?
Definitely Paris. My family flew over for the exhibition so it was very special to me.
4. Your work is so bold and vivid, do you have a New Years resolution to match?
Yes I do! totally changing my whole diet to be more healthy, getting fit, and I can tell you that I am truly unfit after my first session at the pool today!
Welcome to f&f Mia Oatley! You can view Mia's works here or visit us in-store for the close up.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
What a year!
The team at Fenton & Fenton wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a happy New Year! We would also like to thank you for all of your support in 2014.
We will be closed from Christmas Day and reopening Saturday 3rd of January 2015. Our online store is open during this time but all new orders will be dispatched from Monday 5th of January.
We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2015!
Love, f&f x
Saturday, December 20, 2014
If a Megan Weston artwork is at the very top of your Christmas wish-list then you are in luck!
We have received our final drop of artwork for the year. Megan has been busy working on these pieces for months and they are gorgeous! Check out all the available artwork here
Ps. how cool are the Gillie & Marc 'Dogman' & 'Rabbitgirl' polyresin sculptures?! We have just received a really, really, really
big bright pink 'Dogman' - check him out in store!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Those of you on our 'wish-list' should have received an email today to let you know that....
the pots are back in stock for the last time this year!
We have received some of P&S's new 'beach-house' range which couldn't be more perfect for summer. Along with the 'gold' range and of course, our favourites, the 'classics'!
Pop into store or call us on 03 9533 2323 to check on availability. Be quick though, we estimate that they won't last long!
The 'Beach-house' range & the 'gold' range. Photos curtesy of Pop & Scott.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Counting down to Christmas as an adult without a choccy advent calendar, and a headache instead of a sugar rush is never a good time. Which is why we're very pleased to remind you, you can shop for everyone here at f&f!
Here's some inspiration for Christmas gifting.
Still stuck? Just get towels, trust us.
Merry Christmas everyone!