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ARTIST IN FOCUS…SHARON PEARSON

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As our collaboration with Manyung Gallery draws to a close we have ONE more window display…and we intend to finish with style! Our final display, happening from this Saturday the 1st november will be showcasing our final artist Sharon Pearson!

Sharon Pearson’s art explores the edges of our dream world. Pearson’s work grew from a desire to bring to expression emotions that have no words. Her work is abstract, and filled with persistent themes of dark and light, passion and peace. Her work promises revelation without disclosing their truths fully. We want to peer into the work to see its hidden stories.

Born in Kent England, Pearson began experimenting with shapes and contrasts as an escape from her often analytical mind. She paints in a studio in her home, often working with three canvases in rotation, the stories emerging over several sittings until fully realised. Her work is designed to provide a safe harbour for unsaid emotions.

Sharon’s work becomes the room. The colours that emerge bring any room to life and give a somewhat subtle space a feeling of deep emotion and form. 

Artist in residence…

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Work on display…

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WEEK #1, 2 & 3…

MG week in review

Come join me and the fabulous team from  Manyung Gallery this Sunday 2nd November and experience the works for yourself. Teamed with a collection of beautifully manufactured furniture pieces from Boyd Blue and breathtaking floral arrangements by the talented team at ‘Ivy & Eve’ you will be inspired to put the heart back into your home!

 

NEW YORK!…HERE WE (ALMOST) COME!

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We are SOO excited about our upcoming trip to New York! (Yes, we are counting the sleeps (13!) and randomly calling each other with conversations starting with squealing!!) New York is my favourite city. It is the city of lights. I love its vibrancy, the embracing of colour and the possibilities the city presents.

We are embarking on a new adventure. I can’t reveal too much now, but let’s just say ‘it’s time’! You know that feeling you get just before you step out in faith. It’s a combination of butterflies (…bordering on elephants at this point!) and great excitement! Well we are right there! There has been little to NO sleep happening and I am filled with anticipation.

Travelling to New York is ALL part of the ‘big picture’. We are staying in Brooklyn and we are hopeful that the creative vibe, being harboured in this vibrant village, will rub off on us. BUT I’m getting ahead of myself… (Stay tuned for more dets!)

MANYUNG GALLERY – Have you had a chance to drop into Manyung Gallery as yet? (Viewing and shopping also available online!) We are enjoying taking over their shop front window and showing how art can be integrated beautifully into the family home, injecting emotion and delight.

Tomorrow marks the start of a NEW window. New colours, new flower displays (by none other than the fabulous Jess, from Ivy&Eve). New furniture from the wonderful team at BOYDBLUE and a new artist in focus for the coming week.

ALL ARE WELCOME…Come join me Saturday as we chat about abstract art over a cool drink. Bring the kids…the family pet and your questions!

Have a productive Thursday!!

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P.S. We will be blogging ALL our fabulous finds in Brooklyn so sign up to our newsletter to receive info on where to stay, shop and eat !

 

ARTIST IN FOCUS FROM SATURDAY 25TH OCTOBER.

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The spotlight is on…LOLA SANTIAGO

“Working in my studio, and surrounds, what can I say, I never want to leave…it feels like home. I prefer to create my art, at night when all people are sleeping and creatures come out at night, with some nice background music, and the sounds of the night, the frogs, the critters and me”.

 “My art is inspired naively I have to say, with good feelings and stirred emotions. I am inspires by some of the world’s most loved artists, Klee, Chagall and Miró”.

 “All of my life my art has been inspired by nature, music, and organic shapes. My early work has changed so much…I feel as I have just started fresh”.

Lola’s work has movement, and a visual depth that changes when teamed with different furniture and objects. We love having Lola’s’ work on our wall at home. It makes for a fabulous talking piece…and never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Lola homeLolaLola’s work is sprinkled through each of the collections, however from 25th it will all be about Lola in the front display window! Come enjoy a cool drink with me between 1-3pm on the 25th! Manyung Gallery Malvern

ARTIST IN FOCUS FOR WEEK #2 @MANYUNG GALLERY

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Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. ~Stella Adler

Jane Mogensen was born in Gippsland, Australia in 1967. Upon completing Fine Arts in Year 12 she studied Design at RMIT, Melbourne. Following a professional career in Fashion Design, Jane chose to pursue her love of painting under the guidance of renowned contemporary artist Terrence J. Hadler. Previously Jane was awarded Best in Show judged by James Makin of James Makin Gallery and more recently was a finalist in the St Michaels Exhibition and Archangel Prize and Casella Art Prize for Contemporary Landscape.

Through her skilful use of palette knife and brushwork Jane scrapes and layers the paintings, to achieve the same understated transcendence in all of her work.

Where does your inspiration come from? I am greatly influenced by my surroundings having lived on the Mornington Peninsula for the past 10 years.

How would you explain your paintings? Subtle and lush with colour that engages the imagination and conveys a weight of emotional connection to atmospheres and places.

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Come join us this SUNDAY 19th October as we continue to celebrate the place of ART within the HOME. I will be there between 1-3pm and ready to offer you a cool drink. Have a fabulous week! Bronnie

Manyung Gallery Malvern – 8 Claremont Avenue

STEPHANIE MEW…ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT!

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Three years ago we began our art collection with a stunning piece by the talented Stephanie Mew. I remember I was on my morning walk down Glenferrie road, and there in the Manyung Gallery window (-they have since moved to 8 Claremont Ave Malvern) was the piece that would begin our love for the abstract artworks.

Stephanie draws inspiration from the varied and spectacular Australian landscape. Using a mixture of media she creates personal pictographs and hieroglyphs, questioning is it humans that shape the land or the landscape, that ultimately shapes us?

Stephanie has been exhibiting for over ten years around Australia, in galleries and cultural establishments. She has also worked on numerous community projects, including the Gabo Island Project through Parks Victoria and a mural project with Research Primary.

Whether you are contemplating your first purchase of art or you are an avid collector, I encourage you to come join us this Saturday 11th October as we celebrate the joy of art within the HOME environment.

Look forward to seeing you here!

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Stephanie Mew

Manyung Galley Group -8 Claremont Ave, Malvern  1-3pm

Together we are PUTTING THE HEART BACK INTO HOME!

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We are only days away from the opening day of MANYUNG gallery and the BMDC teams putting the heart back into home collaboration! Excitement is in the air as we finalise the artwork, furniture selection and floral arrangements. (squeal!!)

Thank you to the fabulous team at the ‘Brisbane Square Library’ for hosting us yesterday. We so enjoyed meeting all the beautiful ladies and hopefully filling their ‘inspiration tank’…It is amazing what can happen when we take time out to refresh our minds and step back from our circumstances to revisit the BIG picture. I’m looking forward to hearing ALL the wonderful results!

Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we investigate the world of ART. We have been chatting to all the artists involved in the Manyung Gallery Group project and we are excited to share their journeys.

Have an awesome week – and why not do a little something for you this week?…When our inspiration tank is full we can better share with others.

Chat soon.

Manyung

PREPARING FOR THE WARMER WEATHER

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I find that come the warmer, longer days my energy levels slow down…some days to a grinding halt! It is common knowledge that I am a lover of gray days – cloudy skies and a cool breeze make my heart sing.

In preparation for the warmer months I like to not only invest time in doing the ‘Spring clean’ but also de-cluttering the home making evening and weekend clean-ups fuss free. Blankets are washed and put away from the elements. We relocate the beach towels for easy access on swim days and I tweak the open shelves within the kitchen area to accommodate all the items we need at arms length for family dinnertime and entertaining summer style.

Along with the obvious above mentioned housekeeping tips I also like to move the furniture around, allowing more open spaces for flow through areas. The oversized ottoman, come coffee table has been relocated off to the side so we can all sit on the large sofa and extend our legs. The scattering of occasional tables have also been repositioned to the outer areas, again increasing the general flow of the space.

Outside areas are next on the list. ALL cushions and upholstery get a brushing, followed by a wipe down and a fresh batch of outdoor candles are purchased and positioned ready for balmy summer evenings under the stars.

By making the time now, before the real heat sets in I find it allows me the time to ease into summer while enjoying my home.

Enjoy a fabulous week!

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P.S. We would love to see you at the ‘Brisbane Square Library’ this Sunday 5th October! We are doing a ‘before & after’ slideshow…Inspiration is only days away!! Come down and have a chat.

P.S.S. Come join us over on instagram (bronniemasefau) this week for visual inspiration! (…and find out how you can get your hands on a beautiful BM tote!)

A RETURN TO FLORAL…

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I am a Cath Kidston girl through and through…Floral ALL the way! So, it has been refreshing to see floral take centre stage, in both fashion and decor once again. (Well, for some of us they’ve always been in the spotlight!)

I love how new twists are placed on old favourites within the design world. Bold floral is being teamed back with even bolder floral making an eye catching statement. Fabrics, wallpaper’s, vases, rugs and artwork have not gone untouched by this fresh pop of colour and zing – we are certainly getting more confident with showcasing our personal styles within our homes! Further more, I am so excited that all colour combos are being explored. Mustard with dusty pink, Navy with all shades of blue – teamed with a pop of red…WOW we are entering a fun season!

So how do we introduce floral into a more contemporary home? – You may well be wondering – Begin with fresh flowers! Gather a selection of flowers and experiment with different colour combinations. Once you have a combination and flower type you enjoy, set about sorting some fabric through a designer or fabric house that you can have made into a cushion or upholstered into something more substantial.

We have a delightful Italian designer chair being re-upholstered for a client at present that will accompany some existing contemporary square framed chairs. The floral design we have settled on has a large repeat (Meaning the pattern design [in this case flowers] are large in size) the background colour is strong and the flowers are simple in design and minimal in colour, creating a fuss-free designer look.

Be inspired, as we head into the warming months by simply taking a stroll through a flower market or visiting your local florist. Nothing invigorates the soul more than the simplicity of flowers – reminding us with each petal just how magnificent nature is.

Have a playful week!

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WELCOME to all our new friends! THANK YOU for joining the BM community and for your support. Remember to come visit us on INSTAGRAM (bronniemasefau) for some mid-week visual inspiration!

WEAVING IN THE GOOD STUFF…

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Good Monday morning! As I sat and did my daily reading this morning, zoning out from all my commitments for a couple of minutes, I felt restored after a somewhat full weekend. I must confess to feeling a little overwhelmed as we step into spring today. The year seems to be racing along and I am feeling like I am running to keep up!

I am off to Brisbane this week. We are commencing another new project (-so grateful for faithful clients returning with their new dwellings!) speaking at libraries, doing some interviews and speaking at the ‘Elevation INC.’ SPRING event. (Check out their cool promo – Elevation Spring event)…What fills your week? I find that purpose is my energizer. When I fill my week with the busyness of life I arrive at Friday evening feeling sapped. However when I start my Monday focused on my purpose and action this a little each day I arrive at Friday – perhaps physically weary – but, mentally excited about the possibilities.

Enjoy the week ahead. Purposely weave in the good stuff and get excited about the road ahead.

Bronnie

MY INSPIRATION for the ‘Elevation’ spring event!

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CHOOSING YOUR FIRST PIECE OF ART…

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Great artwork changes the vibe in a room. We started investing in artwork a couple of years back and I can’t express how much we enjoy each piece. It is quite remarkable how new artwork blends seamlessly with the existing creating a body of works that we truly enjoy.

Before we made that first investment it was hard to lock in what we loved. We had hoped to overtime collect artwork however felt a little uneducated to step into an independent gallery. We began our journey at the National art gallery. We walked around the gallery and took note of the artists that had a style that spoke to us, also looking for both colour and pattern. It became quite obvious that we had a soft spot for the abstract.

Driving past a couple of privately owned galleries we took down their details and started looking at artwork online from the comfort of our living room. Once we found an artist or two we liked we took the brave first step, walking into a local gallery. They were delightful, making the experience one of enjoyment.

My tips for beginning your journey: Look through magazines and books, galleries and pinterest to establish firstly the style you enjoy. Next start enquiring at your local art gallery, putting your name down to be notified for upcoming exhibitions is always a good way to stay in tune with what is available. Ask lots of questions!…We asked for full bio’s on all our preferred artists, we wanted to make sure we were bringing healthy artwork into our home. (We always ask the reason behind the title).

Now,  just ENJOY the journey!

Art Gallery 03art galleriesart gallery 02For a little mid-week inspiration come join us over on our instagram page! bronniemasefau

 

WHAT ARE ECLECTIC & TRADITIONAL DESIGN STYLES?

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Earlier this week I started the conversation about design styles. We talked about contemporary & modern in my previous blog now let’s chat about eclectic & traditional styles.

Eclectic: – The style of eclecticism is a borrowing of a variety of styles from different sources and the art of combining them in a harmonious way. The eclectic style is one of the hardest to pull off well. Looking on, many may be mistaken to think its just a whole lot of stuff thrown together, however when you look into it deeper you will find that even though it is, as first stated a combination of different styles from many varying sources, there is indeed a thread that beautifully binds each piece to the next. This combining glue could be in an emotion in which each item was purchased, a colour palette, or a body of works. This I confess is one of my favourite styles.

Traditional: – this style celebrates simple elegance, through the use of classic shapes. Evidence of the traditional style are showcased with carved mouldings, fine woodwork, graceful lines and sumptuous sofas, normally overstuffed with a combination of feather and down. Also present in a traditional setting are window coverings, elegant fabric selections and detailed curtains with or without pelmets.

Hope these simple compressed style outlines have given you a little heads up for your next project.

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Traditional style

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CHECKING IN ON STYLES…

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If you have engaged the services of an Interior Designer or started talking to friends about a new renovation or build, I am sure throughout your conversations you’ve heard them make mention of styles such as Contemporary, Modern, Eclectic and Traditional to name a few…Have you been left wondering what in the world they are talking about? Following I’m going to demystify the designer lingo…Yep, keeping it plain and simple. Today’s blog will cover contemporary & modern and then please tune into my next blog for details on eclectic & traditional styles. Happy reading!

 Contemporary: – Means of the moment, present – living or existing at the same time as others. Contemporary spaces are always evolving with a collaboration of the new and old. Contemporary rooms are layered over time and whilst they might incorporate a vintage chair or traditional twist into the mix they are generally identified by their relationship to what is happening around them in the present day. Hence the phrase “Today’s contemporary is tomorrows vintage!”

 Modern: – Mid- 20th Century, roughly 1933 – 1965 – Modern refers to architecture, furniture, art and design that broke with tradition, offering a contrast to the ornate décor of earlier periods. Main colour palette is within the Neutrals range, white walls and pops of colour through art and the occasional chair. The palette was kept neutral to highlight the love of art throughout this period. Modern design is characterized by low, long furniture and natural materials like linen & leather upholstery and teak wood.

CONTEMPORARY

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CONTEMPORARY with a traditional twist.

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MODERN

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MODERN with elements of contemporary.todaymodern

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