Friday, May 26, 2017

Warm up your whites with inky or charcoal hues. Here, Bedouin white is paired with ink, kohl and wisteria. Teamed with our leather strapping bedhead and cushion, further complimented with a Tara Pearce piece photographic print and walls in the prettiest of pinks, Aleaha Rose, by Haymes Paint.

Cooler weather calls for moody vibes. Recreate a look like this with a palette of lead, aegean and white. Teamed with our flat leather bedhead and bench, a pom pom throw, petrified wood stump and enhanced with the depth of ‘Lights Off’ on the walls, by Haymes Paint.

Brighten your winter mornings with a palette of musk pink, white and accents of black and grey. Here, our Cakebread puff & tuft quilt, white strapping leather bedhead, bone inlay side tables, colourful and textured cushions and fabulous artwork by Jai Vasicek, Michael Bond and Maryanne Moody guarantee that waking up will be fun.

For a clean and elegant Autumn look, try a warm palette of oil, turmeric and off-white, paired with our flat leather bedhead and hourglass stump stool. Enhance this look with a vibrant piece of art by Megan Grant.

Freshen up your bedroom with a new colour duvet (or just pillow cases) and introduce even more colour via a rug. Pair lilac with shades of aubergine and accent with tones of pink and yellow with a Bengali silk carpet by Mr Fenton. Here, we finished this look with our woodrow bedside table.

A palette of lilac, oasis, violet and Haymes Stormy Blue will have you set for Sunday sleep-ins. Teamed with our hanging chair, cowhide, artwork by Helen McCullagh and textiles by Cakebread.


Styled to sell

Friday, May 26, 2017

We recently styled this edgy townhouse in a beautiful restored historic building in Glen Huntly, and the good news is it’s for sale! Our clients wanted some key pieces and artwork to mix with their existing selection. In we came with some artwork, furniture, plants, decor and she’s come up all sparkly.


Choosing the right sofa

Monday, May 15, 2017

Arguably, one of the most important pieces of furniture in the house – the sofa!

Choosing the right sofa helps create spaces to relax, read, cuddle, laze, chat and connect. From making a style statement to defining a zone, a sofa is a home’s best friend. Whether you are looking to create a family space to sprawl, a cosy nook to relax or a space to bring friends together; the perfect sofa can transform your space in a flash.

From our experience working with our clients, we know that choosing the right size, design, fabric and colour can be a tad daunting. Read on for tips and inspiration that tackle some of the questions we so often get asked.

A small sofa in a small room can make a room appear even smaller. So, don’t be afraid to pop a larger sofa in a small room, as it almost always makes it feel bigger. You don’t want it so large that you can’t move about, but do go for the biggest sofa the room can accommodate.

Several sofas and pieces in a larger room help liven up the space, creating little pockets and bringing warmth and togetherness. If the space allows, sofa’s placed face-to-face (with an ottoman or coffee table and a rug in between) get the Fenton & Fenton tick for creating spaces for people to chat.

Neutral furniture in shades of tan, grey, white and black are forever popular, and almost always bought to life with colour and pattern underneath. At Fenton & Fenton rugs are our room heroes. They can refresh and add wow to a space immediately without doing anything else. And, they help create zones within the spaces they sit.

As much as we are about aesthetics at F&F, we also believe in quality craftsmanship that stands the test of time. The better quality the frame, the longer the sofa will last, so if you are after that forever piece, choose hardwood timbers with steel sprung and rail support every time. This is the structure behind our fave locally designed and manufactured sofa, The Matilda.

Sofa’s are made for kicking your shoes off and relaxing, so comfort is king. Think luxury wrapped cushions, feather / fibre back support and duck feather scatter cushions for that dreamy spot you won’t want to leave. It’s like buying a bed, sit in it to make sure you love the feel before choosing your finishes. You’ll always find a Matilda Sofa on our floor to test things out.

Linen or leather? Wool or boucle? Denim or Washed Cotton? Firstly, it’s got to fit with the needs of your family. A finish with a bit of texture is often best suited to families with young children as they are more forgiving with wear and tear. Keep things classic with a herringbone wool to create a mid-century vibe, elevate the everyday with velvet in deep or vibrant shades or create that relaxed beach-side vibe with linen or denim in sultry shades.

At Fenton & Fenton we’re not about playing it safe. Bold patterns, vibrant colours and rich textures are what takes a room to the next level. Colour, pattern and texture are integral to the Fenton & Fenton look and we love creating layers in spaces for extra oomph.

We’ll often choose a timeless base and then accessorise with absolute abandon. Think patterned rugs, textured cushions, eclectic patterns and side tables and accessories that add quirk and personality.

Our Melbourne designed and custom made Matilda is now available to personalise in various sizes and fabric options. Think velvet, linen, leather, wool or boucle.

Available in almost any size and finish, from single armchairs, through to a 3.5 seater with chaise, we will happily tailor the right sofa for your space.

Our in-house stylists are here to help you make the right choice and can guide you through the selection process, from getting the size, fabric and finish right through to accessorising your room to take it to the next level.

Pop in to the store to have a friendly chat or make an appointment for a home consult today.


Friday, May 12, 2017

We love working with our clients to present their homes for sale. We recently styled this urban townhouse in Prahran, and the good news is, it’s for sale!

Click here to view all the styled photos from the shoot here in our styling gallery.

Check out the property page via Jellis Craig


How to make an Autumn Gin Sling by Four Pillars

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Our friends at Four Pillars got us into party mood at the Autumn Group Show last week with this delicious cocktail, inspired by lazy Autumn nights in.

30ml Four Pillars rare dry gin
15ml Bickfords pomegranate juice or fresh pomegranate
100mls of Capi ginger ale
1 wedge of lime

Squeeze lime into glass.
Add the gin and the pomegranate juice and fill the glass with ice.
Add the Capi Ginger ale.

Garnish with a fresh slice of orange and a generous slice of ginger.

Put on some tunes and enjoy x


Thanks for joining us at the Autumn Group Show

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Together with our artists we’d like to thank everyone who came along and celebrated with us last Thursday night at the official opening of our Autumn Group Show.

The store was alive with colour with stunning new works by Carly Williams, Kristen Daniels, Maryanne Moodie, Megan Grant and Michael Bond.

A big shout out to our fabulous event partners and party peeps Four Pillars Gin, Rutherford Entertainment, Pam Wachira, DJ Eddy Mac, CAPI and Cookes Entertaining and Events for giving the night the buzz it deserved.

And, a special mention to Haymes Paint for transforming our walls with their vibrant hues. We are firm believers that paint has the power to lift and make a space.

We were fortunate enough that all of the artists joined us, as well as many friends of Fenton & Fenton to celebrate.

Chelsea from Tiny Disco captured the night, buzz, artists and works on film beautifully. Above is a little piece she created summing it all up.



Wednesday, May 03, 2017

We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Four Pillars to create an Autumn inspired gin cocktail at the launch of our Autumn Group Show this Thursday, 4th May.

In true party spirit, they will be serving a Four Pillars Gin Sling, dressed with pomegranate and citrus fruits. We’ll share the recipe with you after the event.

Want to learn more about this boutique Australian gin maker producing world-class gin?
Just read on.

1. How would you describe FOUR PILLARS in one sentence?
Four Pillars is a small gin distillery based in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, producing a world-class, award-winning, modern Australian style of gin.

2. Tell us a little about the gin you kindly donated for our Autumn Group Art Show this year?
Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is our flagship gin – our first labour of love – launched in late 2013. The Rare Dry Gin captures Asian spice, Mediterranean citrus and some native Australian botanicals. We use fresh oranges in the distillation, which gives the gin a distinct citrus note. This combined with powerful flavours and an incredibly clean spirit makes for a unique and memorable gin.

3. What will you be serving as your beverage of choice this Autumn / Winter?
Negronis! The ultimate winter gin cocktail. Equal parts Four Pillars Gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, stirred down and garnished with an orange twist – perfection!
4. Any tips to creating the perfect G&T or cocktail bar cart for easy entertaining?
The perfect G&T is simple – you just need to get the basics right! Pour 45ml of good quality gin (such as Four Pillars) into an old-fashioned glass. Fill the glass up with plenty of ice, and then top up with a good quality tonic water such as CAPI. Using a good tonic water makes a huge difference! Finally, garnish with an orange wedge, and enjoy!

5. Where can people find your gin?
Our gin is available in Dan Murphy’s stores across Australia, as well as most good independent bottle shops. If you wander into your local cocktail bar and peruse their gin selection, you should be able to spot a bottle of Four Pillars there too.

Thanks Four Pillars. We look forward to your Gin Slings tomorrow night.

Discover Four Pillars @fourpillars and at


A guide to choosing art this Autumn

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Richly hued and layered artwork gets our tick this Autumn. Whether you are looking to brighten up a minimalist look or compliment a bold and colourful space, our latest curated collection will not only dress your walls but lift your space, and mood.

The intense hues and arresting detail in Megan Grant’s delicious oil paintings
add the right blend of sophistication and fun to a space.

Take things up a notch or two with a split painted wall in equally
vibrant hues to ensure your walls are anything but boring.

Patio - Megan Grant

Prickly Pear - Megan Grant

Blue Hideaway - Megan Grant

Dress your walls with statement shapes and a bold palette
with stunning new pieces from Carly Williams.

These pieces work equally well in feminine and masculine spaces. Team with shades of ink and navy for a more masculine look or hues of pink, rust and gold for a feminine touch.

The Better Street - Carly Williams

Love Soldiers - Carly Williams  

There’s just something unique with the way a Michael Bond artwork
explodes at you and makes a statement in any space.

His vibrant use of colour will take centre stage in your space whether large or smaller scale works.  We love working Michael’s pieces into dark and moody rooms for a dramatic result or clean and contemporary spaces that need a lift.

What Lies Ahead - Michael Bond

Exotica - Michael Bond

Exotica by Day - Michael Bond

Refashion your home with these richly textured treasures by Maryanne Moodie.
The tactile nature of these pieces instantly soften a space and are a fun way to add visual interest at eye level.

Home #2 - Maryanne Moodie

Doors & Windows #2 - Maryanne Moodie

Doors & Windows #1 - Maryanne Moodie

Kristen’s artwork brings a real vigour to the spaces they complete.
Her intensely layered use of colour adds magic to a space in an almost ethereal way. We think her large-scale statement pieces look striking on a bold background, and her smaller vibrant works on perspex are perfect for contemporising a space and adding the right amount of wow.

Lemon Myrtle - Kristen Daniels

Outside #5- Kristen Daniels

This new collection, curated by Lucy Fenton features 70 new pieces from 5 established Australian artists. The exhibition is in-store between May 4th – 17th and online from 5pm today.

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