Mr Pinterest

Architecture student and man about town John Ellway

John Ellway in his West End neighbourhood.

John Ellway in his West End neighbourhood. Photo: Susan Schwartz for www.styletribeonline.com

 

John Ellway is often referred to as “Mr Pinterest” by those who know him. And it’s no wonder. John, who is studying for his masters in architecture at The University of Queensland, has a loyal Pinterest following that is nudging an incredible quarter of a million.

“Mr Pinterest?” yeah, I get that a bit,” John says. “It’s a great example of how you should just do something for yourself, and if someone discovers it then that’s great.”

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Merry Christmas

Gingerbread stars

Home-made gingerbread cookies are a tradition in our household. I love adding fresh ginger for an extra zing!

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of StyleTribe since we launched just a few months ago.

I hope you’re enjoying reading the posts as much as I’m enjoying writing them.

If there’s anything you think I should be including please drop me a line! I’d love to hear from you.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

Doily Dust-Off: A New Life for Vintage Lace

Creative Workspace:Kim Wallace Ceramics

Pieces from the Vintage Lace collection. Perfect for this time of year as they kind of remind me of (very stylish) snowflakes. Photo: Susan Schwartz for www.styletribeonline.com

Pieces from the Vintage Lace collection. Perfect for this time of year as they kind of remind me of (very stylish) snowflakes. Photo: Susan Schwartz for www.styletribeonline.com

 

My grandma and Aunt Amelia may have loved doilies, spreading them over every polished surface in their homes. But doilies fell out of favour somewhere in the early 80s, along with fake flowers and potpourri – long regarded as dag items better left to gather dust at the back of the cupboard.

Now the crocheted whatnots have been given a stylistic resurrection thanks to Sunshine Coast ceramic artist Kim Wallace who discovered a discarded box of doilies at her local St Vinnies op shop.

A glaze is painted over the coloured pieces and then they are fired

A glaze is painted over the coloured pieces and then they are fired. Photo: Susan Schwartz for www.styletribeonline.com

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Designer to the Stars: Kelly Hoppen

Kelly Hoppen's London loft was once a 19th century school. It was the space which helped push her career into the realm of decorating royalty.

Kelly Hoppen’s former London loft was once a 19th century school. It was the space which helped push her career into the realm of decorating royalty.

 

When I last spoke with Kelly Hoppen, she was tearing through the streets of Shanghai in the back of a taxi. It may seem an unlikely place for design maven Kelly Hoppen to conduct a reasonably quiet conversation. But at the time, that’s all the “Queen of Taupe,” could hope for.

After a whirlwind week, launching a home fragrance in Paris, wallpaper in Britain and a furniture collection in Hong Kong and China, Hoppen still managed to sound hyped for this interview.

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