Occasional furniture: No occasion required

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Beautifully considered, locally hand crafted occasional furniture.

Perfect for your home, everyday.

From native tree to treasured table, we take pride in every methodical step along the way. Each piece begins as a unique slice of Australian timber with a history of its own.

Hidden in plain sight is a little bit of furniture-making history in every piece. The hand turned legs in our stools and coffee tables are joined with a visible peg. This is a tried and tested method of wood crafting that requires meticulous effort from a talented craftsman.

While it looks like our standard lamp (and hat stand) comes apart in two, the join you see is a faithful nod to the days of early lamp making in Melbourne, where they simply could not be wired as one piece. No longer a necessity, more a nuance appreciated by southwood and furniture lovers alike.

After all the hard work is done, we retain the tactile nature of timber at its best with a subtle satin treatex finish that truly highlights the natural grain.

See the range here

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Going with the Flow- how to add a little softness

 How do I achieve a soft and effortlessly luxurious look in my bedroom?

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Start with your bed. An expertly upholstered bed frame is a modern way of bringing an instant sense of softness to the bedroom. The southwood Flow bed’s rounded curves have been wrapped beautifully in felted wool, perfect for winter. Come spring time a lovely linen will do the trick.

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Next stop- invest in a floor rug. Look around for a soft, textured rug. Not sure how big to go? A 2 x 3m rug works really well under a King or Queen size bed.

If that is stretching the budget too far, a 1.7 x 2.4m rug will do the trick under a Queen or Double bed. Just bring the rug further down, so it starts about half way down your bed. The soft, braided wool in the Sierra rug from Armadillo&co is undeniably hard to go past!

Get layering. Your choice of colours & textures, layered generously, adds to the impact in an entirely effortless way.

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Sheet + blanket + throw = too easy.  The key to successful layering is having some contrast between your layers in order to get the full effect.

Adding a quilted layer to a knitted layer or a pattern on top of a solid colour will help to generate a sense of built up softness and layered luxury.

Add a couple of textured cushions and you’re done! We’ve made it easy for you on our website. Shop the look here!

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Designer Series: Spaces by Diana

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Interior designers are such clever folk! We have the pleasure of working alongside many such vibrant, creative designers. We thought it only fair that we share with you some of the many little tricks, tips and sources of inspiration they share with us!

We would proudly like to introduce to you our first of many in our Designer Series, the creative behind this gorgeous children’s bedroom.

The Designer:  Diana Scully of Spaces by Diana 

Style: Eclectic, textural & relaxed.

Favourite magazine: Vogue living- interiors, travel & shopping!

Best tip for designing a kids room? Don’t be conservative! Express personality like your child does! A beautiful rug with gorgeous colour and pattern is always a great foundation for a child’s room.

The Brief: Create a modern, bright & exciting space for a weekly sleepover with twin grandchildren, that would work in the clients period style home. This new bedroom would need to reflect the individual personalities & interests of the 5 year old twins. Read: Pink, fairies & princesses for the little lady and robots & the colour blue for the little gent!

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The inspiration: Diana found inspiration in the kids vibrant personalities. Their playfulness and endless smiles they brought to the faces of her client and her husband inspired a joyful room using plenty of colour and pattern. Blessed with lovely high ceilings, she took the opportunity to add some detail to the walls and use lighting as a feature.

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The Result: The key to this room is the clever use of both children’s favourite colours in an Armadillo & co. customised floor rug. It seamlessly blends together the two sides of the room, keeping it feeling unified while still expressing the uniqueness of the twins.

Layered wool blankets from uimi, Bemboka & St Albans allow the children to layer up as needed from summer through winter.  Choosing blankets in both colourful prints and neutral base colours will allow the room to grow up as they do.

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The best part? The children absolutely love it! Sleepovers have never been more fun.

Love the look?! Shop it here!

Photographs by Martina Gemmola, Styling by Diana from Spaces by Design.

 

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Neutral Delights

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A few things spring to mind when we think about delicate neutrals…

Timeless? Yes!

Understated? Absolutely!

Exciting?  Well……

From a distance the perfectly selected tones certainly are gorgeous.

But the real excitement kicks in when you get up close and touch. This is a subtle sensory experience and Bemboka has it so right.

This is all about layers. This is about quality. Most of all, this is about luxury 

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Our pick for the peak of winter is the chunky rib throw- Supremely soft angora & fine Australian merino wool, knitted in New Zealand. Charmingly soft and unbelievably lightweight.

Of course saving the best ’till last, the biggest luxury here is convenience.

Machine wash and tumble dry you say?

Well now, that IS exciting!

Shop it all here!

All images styled by Paige Anderson & photographed by Martina Gemmola

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Happy Birthday to us!

Tomorrow marks our 2nd Birthday in Fitzroy! With never-ending inspiration; wonderful neighbours, amazing cafe’s & the odd cheeky bar nearby- who wouldn’t love it here!

We want to share with you our favourite things; things that delight us, things that inspire us and things that make us, us!

We hope you enjoy! Pop by over the weekend and celebrate with us!

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Some of our favourites things: Heather Nette Kings backyard (shot by Alicia Taylor), Armadillo&co Latitude rugs, Amy Sia cushions, southwood Recycled Messmate Curve table & bench, Armadillo&co Marigold rug, southwood upholstered Flow bed, St Albans Herringbone throws, southwood Lazenby chair, fresh fruit & veg AND Finch birds! LOVE!

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Happy feet

Need an incentive to get out of bed in the morning? We think landing sleepy feet onto a sublime, soft rug is a pretty good step in the right direction.
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A look favoured by stylists, a rug strategically placed under a bed helps to ground your bed, creating an overall sense of cosiness that is hard to beat- especially in the cooler months.

How to choose? For winter, the softer the better. Think plush, deep pile rugs or delicate weaves in soft wool.  Due to the position of the rug, you can get away with using rugs that would not be suitable in high traffic areas- The new Armadillo & co Sierra weave, pictured above, is the perfect example.

Email us at mail@southwoodhome.com.au to get on the wait list!

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Small bedroom? Try adding a round rug- just enough for your feet to land softly out of bed (and add a much appreciated boost of colour.) Our favourite is a pure New Zealand wool reef rug- delightfully plush & available right now! Getting out of bed won’t seem so hard, after all.

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Check out the rest of ours rugs at southwoodhome.com.au

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Queens of Cushions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Like you, we love cushions! We pride ourselves on having a huge range at southwood. With 7 brands and over 150 styles to choose from, we can safely say there is a cushion here for everyone.

From Bonnie & Neil’s famed eclectic designs to the thoroughly modern abstract prints from UK cushion maker Amy Sia, the bases are all covered. We fill each cushion with a duck feather inner for optimum comfort and shape.

If you aren’t sure where to start, come in and see us and we’ll do the ‘cushion dance’ with you!

cushionsTop from left: southwood velvet cushion in Peony, Bonnie & Neil Garden Floral cushion in pink, Amy Sia cushion in Flamingo.

 Middle from left: Bonnie & Neil Yellow cockatoo cushion, Uimi Riley cushion in Saffron, Imogen Heath Meadow cushion in lime.

Bottom from left: Uimi Ava cushion in teal, Ample Rocks cushion in blue, Amy Sia cushion in Sea of glass.

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Berry Beautiful

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 We are all about layers of luscious colour as we dive deeper into winter. From a swirl of rich raspberry to a touch of strawberry pink, berry colours are simply lovely in the bedroom.

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The clever folk at Design Seeds have inspired us this week to offset these girlish hues with a classic strike of navy and a calming base of dove grey.

Major Minor are all over this beautiful, yet unexpected combination with their pure linen pillowcases in pink & navy.

Simply add a St Alban’s Mohair throw and a plush wool southwood Reef rug and relax into the cooler nights. mosaic3

Our selection of delicious berry toned homewares are available at southwoodhome.com.au.

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Fun with Felt!

Now is the perfect time to brighten up the house and get it feeling really cosy.  Felt accessories in vivid, pop colours are our latest obsession, and they do just that!

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 We have a rainbow worthy selection of cushions in felt, with a colour to suit every room.

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We are so excited to have a new delivery of colourful storage pots from felt experts Hey Sign! They are perfect for storing all the kids toys & blankets.

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Protect your furniture with fun felt coasters from Hey Sign. We love these flower coasters!

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Felt pots add such a great pop of colour to a living room and provide an excellent place to store all those little bits & pieces.

Come in and check out the full colour range in-store or check out the whole range of felt at www.southwoodhome.com.au

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Chic Charcoal

Blog headerDusky tones of charcoal set the scene for a sophisticated bedroom. Get the look as styled by our friend, the talented Heather Nett King and beautifully photographed by Lisa Cohen.

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Top row left to right: Bemboka linen euro pillowcase in charcoal, Hey Sign felt wool pot in charcoal, Armadillo&co herringbone rug in charcoal/limestone

Middle row left to right: southwood velvet cushion in peony, southwood grid cushion in dove grey, Bemboka filled quilt in charcoal

Bottom row left to right: St Albans herringbone throw in slate, Robert Gordon ceramic studio vessel in charcoal, southwood Ebb bedside table in blackwood.

All available from southwood. Follow the link here for our selection or let us help you select your style in-store.

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