THE BEST COAST IS THE WEST COAST

Apparently, according to the Jenner girls anyway…!

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So following on from my last post, we visited the West Coast of the US with our stay in California in West Hollywood and Seattle. Let me tell you right now, Seattle is like Melbourne – all four seasons in one day and rain in summer (at least we’re not the only ones who have to deal with this nonsense), BUT the place itself, the views and the incredible lush-ness makes it all worth it!

In West Hollywood (or WeHo as the locals call it) we stayed at The Mondrian. It’s like the best hotel EVER. The rooms are amazing, the pool is amazing and the Skybar is…AMAZING! We ate dinner at Nobu (get there during their happy hour if you can!), frequented Robertsons Boulevard often and of course did a spot of shopping on Rodeo Drive.

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We also visited Malibu, which is like the most amazing beach town. It has everything I love in the one spot – the ocean, great shopping, amazing restaurants and stunning views. When in LA, you have to make a visit to Malibu, trust me on that! We did a little hike, ate at a delicious local restaurant and had a wonderful time.

Our last night in LA was spent with wonderful friends on the roof top of Petit Hermitage, which I highly recommended. The dinner was fantastic and featured an array of local produce and delicious cocktails (the espresso martini was as good as one from Melbourne).

Then we jetted off to Seattle (on a 6am flight with 2 hours sleep – definitely NOT RECOMMENDED!), and we arrived into a city which felt a lot like home. Our first few nights were spent at Bellevue and the rest in Woodinville – a cute little town where we made our dreams come true (more about that later..!).

So things to do in Seattle?

  1. Shop (obviously)
  2. Visit the Starbucks Roastery (so cool)
  3. Visit Capitol Hill
  4. Drink coffee – it’s pretty good here
  5. Go hiking (we didn’t make it to Mount Rainier, but you can see it from the city and it’s stunning)
  6. Enjoy the scenery, it’s truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited

R x

USA trippin’

It’s no surprise that I love to travel – well maybe it is. I caught the bug after I went on my honeymoon and since then my husband has a hard time limiting my planning. I often hear “we can’t go on another holiday this year“, “do not book those tickets” and “you’re crazy”.

Let’s be honest… he’s probably right! But, we did get to travel to the USA a couple of weeks ago (you may have noticed this if you’re following my instagram @RochelleCurrie_) and we flew there with my favourite airline, Qantas.

If you’re ever planning on getting on a plane, don’t think twice – just book Qantas. Their service is beyond incredible, the food is delicious and the trip itself is always a pleasant one (aaaaand the on-board entertainment is so good!). The staff go out of their way to make sure you feel comfortable and you feel very well looked after. Plus, they have a great frequent flyer point system which you can use to purchase upgrades, products and holidays!

We flew the direct flight from Melbourne – LA and although it is a long flight, it certainly felt quick. The key is to pick a flight at the right time, our flight left at 5pm which meant we fell asleep and by the time we landed in LA at 3pm we’d had a great sleep and were very much awake and not jet-lagged (for the first time ever…totally different story coming home haha!), and obviously fly Qantas (I hear they have a little LA sale on at the moment..!).

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Here I am fresh-faced (not really) in LAX! How cute are my Samsonite Cosmolite twins?

Oh how I wish to be back on that Qantas 747, flying somewhere exciting…soon I hope!

Okay, next post I’ll cover LA, Seattle and Vancouver…New York deserves its own post!

R x

Sundays

Sunday is my favourite day of the week, it’s the day to pause and reflect.

My favourite Sundays are those spent with loved ones, filled with conversation, accompanied by food, featuring a little bit of adventure, and finished with rest.

This week I experienced all of that and more, and now I’m ready to face the week ahead (even with the yucky flu I’ve managed to catch!).

Sometimes the best way to unwind is to do so in the company of others, not always but just sometimes. Loved ones can give you the boost you need to conquer the week ahead.

How do you spend your Sundays? x

Outfit: Equipment Shirt. Rag & Bone Pants, Celine Bag and Wittner Shoes.

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Write, Write, Write.

I love nothing more than the hand-written word.

Whether it be discovering new instruments that invite ink to paper so eloquently or writing personalised little notes to loved ones, writing is something I love to do.

I discovered my love for word-art not so long ago through the popular medium of Instagram, and have had the desire to create my own little pieces ever since.

So I did.

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I’ve created 4 limited edition prints that are available for you to purchase! They took a long time to create and were produced using the highest quality of ink and paper – to ensure they last a lifetime.

You can shop the prints here, and there’s even 20% off until 1 May 2015 just to celebrate!

Love x

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Hawaii Reminiscing – Maui

If you’re following me on Instagram (if you’re not, go do it! @rochellecurrie_), you may have noticed that a few weeks ago, I was breathing in the Hawaiian air and holidaying in the 50th State.

I first visited Hawaii on my honeymoon back in 2012, and to say I fell in love with the place would be an understatement. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the pleasure to visit, and going back for a second time didn’t change my perspective – if anything it just reminded me of how much I loved it in the first place.

We visited Maui first and stayed at the most beautiful hotel on the Island (maybe I’m biased, but it’s the truth!), The Fairmont Kea Lani. The hospitality of the staff, the atmosphere, the views, the room, the bed (so heavenly), everything was simply amazing. We visited Maui with our friends, and we had so much fun – The Fairmont Kea Lani has an area just for over 18’s which includes a gorgeous pool, hammock, tranquil area (it’s a quiet zone…took me a while to get used to that one!), bar and massage area.

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The hotel has a car (by car, I mean a Cadillac) that will drive you around the local area, which is super handy if you want to pop out for lunch, go shopping or visit the golf course. Although, you don’t really have to leave the hotel – it has everything! Restaurants (yes that’s plural), supermarket, spa, beach access, swimming pool, water slide (so much fun), boutiques, amazing room service and impeccable views.

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On our last day in Maui, I got a little sick and the team at The Fairmont were so accommodating! They gave us extra time to check out (which we so needed) and helped us with our bags and getting us to the airport.

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If you’re planning a trip to Maui, I definitely recommend The Fairmont Kea Lani, our stay there was perfect!

Now, below are my top 8 things to do in Maui – trust me, it’s worth the visit!

  1. Stay at The Fairmont Kea Lani!
  2. Go snorkeling at Kapalua Bay – I am the BIGGEST scared-y cat but this was an AMAZING experience, the water is crystal clear, and we swam with the turtles it was so cool!
  3. Experience a Luau on the beach – you’ll get to enjoy traditional Hawaiian food, watch a gorgeous performance and see the Maui sunset.
  4. Monkey Pod – it’s yum, definitely worth a visit, especially for their truffle fries!
  5. Drive around the Island – there is so much beauty to see, so if you’re comfortable driving on the other side of the road definitely hire a car, otherwise book a tour.
  6. Enjoy a traditional Hawaiian massage with hot stones.
  7. Eat as much seafood as possible, the fish is so fresh and tastes divine.
  8. RELAX. It’s one of the most beautiful places to do so, so make the most of it and wind down.

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And that’s the stunning view at Kapalua Bay! Next week, I’ll post about Oahu! x

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A moment with Rebecca Judd

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Rebecca Judd pictured with her design, Gelato.

Following on from my interview with Katie McKinnon, this week I got to chat with Rebecca Judd about her beautiful collaboration with The Rug Collection for their Art Series.

Hi Bec – firstly, thank you so much for taking the time to chat to me about your beautiful collaboration with The Rug Collection – I know you are one super busy woman (with two of the most gorgeous little ones!), so thank you for your time!
My pleasure!

I am such a big fan of your blog and your knack for interior design and would love to know, what inspires your styling? Do you start with one statement piece or a colour, or even a vision for an entire space, or something completely different?
It really depends on each situation, but generally speaking I have a vision for an entire space. I start with ideas for my colour scheme and then go from there.

Of course, this can sometimes change as I fall in love with different statement pieces along the way, and alter my ideas and concepts based on the piece.

I see interior styling as a great creative outlet, one that reflects my own personal style, while remaining functional. Functionality is an important consideration, especially with a young family using the space.

The rugs you created for the Art Series Rug Collection are absolutely stunning, and I feel they evoke a sense of peace and happiness. I would love to know, where did the inspiration come from for these pieces?
I wanted my designs to be focused on texture. I love how texture can create a warm and cosy atmosphere in an interior.

So you’ve created two stunning pieces for the collection – Gelato and Deep Sea, which I feel are both stunning, how did the creative process begin for these pieces?
I knew that I wanted the rugs to be versatile, and I asked myself what I look for in a rug. For me, texture is very important and I love the chunky wool that was used in the rugs, as it creates warmth and atmosphere to a room.

The pastel colour scheme of Gelato, incorporates this year’s hottest hues (pastels are everywhere this season, including fashion and interiors) so this was an important element for my design!

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Rebecca Judd pictured with her design, Deep Sea.

I have to say, I love the chunky wool factor in your rugs! Do you have any advice for people wanting to add artwork (either in the form of a rug or something for their wall) into their space, but not sure how to go about doing so?
Find a piece that you love and go from there. Ask yourself if it will work with your existing pieces, or if you plan on giving the entire space a makeover, based on this investment piece.

Artwork and rugs are both wonderful ways to transform an entire room, with just one piece, and I am so happy to have been involved in designing Art Series, where artwork is taken from the wall and showcased in an entirely new and unique way. Plus, they feel great underfoot!

I would love to know what was your favourite thing about seeing these pieces come to life? I for one would love Deep Sea in my living room – those blue hues are incredibly striking!
Thank you! I had a ball creating them and seeing my designs turn into reality- it has been such a thrill. Deep Sea will add such a great pop of colour to a space and is very versatile.

I am especially proud to have worked alongside some incredibly talented artists and designers including Home-Work, Beastman, Katie McKinnon and Pony Rider.

Interiors are so personal and I can’t wait to see the different ways that people style Gelato and Deep Sea in their homes.

Thanks so much for your time Bec, looking forward to speaking to you again soon!
Thank you Rochelle, lovely to chat to you as well!

Art Series will be available for purchase online from shop.therugcollection.com.au
For more information on Art Series contact The Rug Collection on (03) 9421 5133.

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Interview with Katie McKinnon

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Katie McKinnon pictured with her piece Moonlighter and Coral.

This week, I was lucky enough to interview the incredibly talented Katie McKinnon, about her beautiful collaboration with The Rug Collection for their Art Series.

RC: Hi Katie – firstly, thank you so much for taking the time to chat to me about your beautiful collaboration with The Rug Collection.
K: My pleasure, Rochelle! Thank you for having me. I love your blog!

RC: I am such a big fan of your work and I would love to know, what inspires your artwork and how do you start a piece? Like does it start with one colour or seeing something etc.?
K: Oh thank you, Rochelle! I am very inspired by the natural world and enjoy frequent trips to the Melbourne Aquarium and watching nature documentaries with my boys, observing fish, rays and their environments. I find the push-pull of currents, the way colour plays on coral, and the submarine light from sunlight to midnight ocean zones. I work with acrylic paint and a range of inks to build up multiple layers on canvas and I often work on several pieces at once. I want to create the feeling of an underwater paradise for my clients.

RC: Your artwork is often inspired by the ocean (please correct me if I’m wrong!) I would love to know the reason behind this and how it has influenced your work.
K: Absolutely! I lived in Switzerland for over a decade, which was amazing, but I did always long for the wide, open skies and surf beaches of home. I became increasingly interested in painting the Australian beach landscape and what lies beneath the waves. My underwater gardens are abstract expressions. I try to create a sense of the ever-changing currents, the intensity of colour, the way light plays on coral and marine plants, how the light changes according to the depth of the ocean from the sunlight to midnight zones, and the quiet strength of the waves. I am happiest swimming in or playing near the ocean, with my family.

RC: So you’ve created two stunning pieces for the collection – Moonlighter and Coral and Parrotfish and Coral, which I feel are a beautiful celebration of colour and evoke a sense of calamity, how did the creative process begin for these pieces?
K: Thank you, Rochelle!

The first of my two designs for Art Series by The Rug Collection, Parrotfish and Coral, is inspired by an original, abstract work on canvas inspired by the magical underwater gardens of Osprey Reef, located off Cairns in the Coral Sea. The parrotfish is drawn to turquoise ribbon reefs with pristine blush pink coral gardens. The second design, Moonlighter and Coral, is also based on a painting, inspired by the shy, reef dwelling Moonlighter fish swimming in the aquamarine waters of Greens Pool in William National Park, Western Australia.

I was seeking to reference these magical places in my rug designs. I spent time working closely with The Rug Collection team to learn about the elements of design that transfer successfully into a woven rug, and considered different designs and how they would translate. I am so pleased with the results – The Rug Collection has done an amazing job!

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by Katie McKinnon for The Rug Collection Art Series

RC: They’re both quite different – but have your signature style, I have to know, is there a favourite piece for you? Or are they Iike your children, and equally as special.
K. As a mother, I couldn’t possibly choose! ;)

RC: Do you have any advice for people wanting to add artwork into their space, but not sure how to go about doing so?
K: Adding an element of art in the form of a rug is very fresh and unexpected. I would personally always choose pieces that make you happy and improve the energy in your home.

RC: Finally, I would love to know what was your favourite thing about seeing your art come to life in the form of a rug and can we expect to see more rugs from you in the future?
K: The beautiful softness of the NZ wool blend and art silk gives my designs a third dimension, and I would love to explore that tactile aspect further with a more extensive range.

I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the design journey, especially the colour selection process from hundreds of coloured poms! I am currently working on new textile designs which incorporate geometric elements representing reefs, oceanic shelves and seamounts, which could make for some pretty interesting rugs!

RC: Thanks so much for your time, I for one would love one of your pieces in my home!
K: Thank YOU. It was such a pleasure to speak with you, Rochelle. Best wishes! x

Art Series will be available for purchase online from shop.therugcollection.com.au
For more information on Art Series contact The Rug Collection on (03) 9421 5133.