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My Creative Space… Zed & Bee in Madison!

March 20th, 2013

How chuffed were we to be asked to open our creative space up recently to Madison Magazine!

It was a wonderfully relaxed afternoon talking all things creative and being made up by the lovely, supremely professional Madison team. We were very lucky to have Bee able to attend the shoot, being just days from birthing her handsome baby boy Hunter. We chanced a sunny afternoon which presented the paper decorated walls of our pretty studio well. And we enjoyed a rare opportunity to be primped and preened.

Pick up a copy of the April Issue out now.

Thank you Madison for including us x

Adventures in Babysitting

October 25th, 2012

Amazing what you find when you’re not really looking!

When juggling a baby and two small businesses with your partner, so good at negotiating you become. Every hour of every day is bargained back and forth to ensure we meet our sons needs and our work gets done. Yesterday I had ‘Leon & Mummy’ time scheduled between 12 and 4 pm and decided an excurison was in order to celebrate the warm weather and pristine beaches right at my doorstep. Avalon was calling me.

Between my comforting takeaway coffee from Franks Bar and a consistently awesome mini Almond Croissant from La Banette, I stumbled upon tiny boutique Tiny Bird and began mentally redesigning my bedroom based on the goods that I found there. For instance, I have the perfect place for a Snowpuppe Pendant Light, the right outfit to complement a Lucy Folk Necklace and a bare wall waiting for a snedker°studio Marbled Print. Infact if I had more money than God and lived in Denmark, I’d cover an entire wall in their Marbelous Wood.

Inspired by the perfect palette at Tiny Bird, I moved on to Mark Tuckey. home. to revisit my wish to own a one of a kind Bengali Quilt  A brilliant orange and yellow version caught my eye, and the pretty purple reversed side of a more feminine personality provides a refreshing alternative.

I left with pics only to aid the ‘we need’ conversation I planned for my husband upon my return.

Image 1. Lucy Folk Necklace ($375) from Tiny Bird. Image 2. Snowpuppe Pendant Lights ($129) from Tiny BirdImage 3. Jacqueline Evans Skincare from Tiny BirdImage 4. Vintage Bengali Quilt ($365) from Mark Tuckey. home. Image 5. Edenborough Evans Stamp Yourself Jewellery ($59 & $79) from Tiny Bird. Image 6. Range of  La Cerise sur le Gâteau children’s goods from I Am Kidz. Image 7. snedker°studio print ($790) from Tiny Bird.

Tiny Bird – Shop 9, 20 Avalon Parade, Avalon (02) 9918 0214
Mark Tuckey. home. –  Shop 11, 20 Avalon Parade, Avalon (02) 9918 0250
I Am Kidz – Shop 1, 55 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon (02) 9973 4544

Bee’s Honeymoon Highlights – Petersham Nurseries, Richmond UK

April 17th, 2012

After visiting 4 countries in just 4 weeks, I have returned to the land of Zed & Bee.

I’m well rested, feeling very inspired but perhaps a little wider round the middle, thanks to all the delicious food we ate along the way. As promised in my blog Trick Travel Essentials, over the following weeks I will be blogging about some of the amazing and unusual things my husband and I unearthed whilst meandering about.

Kicking it off with our first destination, London, we were lucky enough to secure a booking at the One Michelin Star Restaurant, Petersham Nurseries Cafe thanks to a nifty connection, also known as a family friends of ours.

Set in an actual garden nursery on the grounds of Petersham Park on the River Thames (20 mins outside of London), this cafe come french antique adorned greenhouse is quite possibly the most beautiful place I have ever set foot in. Words nor photos can express just how elegantly relaxed and unpretentious this setting truly is. Hopefully my amateur photos give a rough indication.

Petersham Nurseries sell a gorgeous array of unique plants, designer tools, antiques and giftware, sourced from many exotic locations around the world. The Cafe, within the nursery, is headed up by talented Australian chef, Greg Malouf, and offers a lunch only menu of delicate dishes with Middle Eastern flavours. The Seared Scallops (photographed) is one of several dishes I sampled, washed down with my wine of choice for the trips entirety, a Rosé from Provence in France,
as you do!

For anyone travelling to London in the near future, I recommend visiting Petersham Nurseries… and booking well in advance! If unable to secure your seat, you can always eat at The Teahouse connected to the Cafe, for light refreshments while you contemplate your purchases.

x Bee

Billie Elliott ‘The Ceremony’

January 11th, 2012

We made the decision in 2012 for no more apologies. It would be a waste of time to mention that Zoe and I moved houses. You wouldn’t believe that we simultaneously moved studio. And you couldn’t comprehend that I somehow found the time to get married… in Noosa… at Christmas! Yep, no need to mention my juggling act of late, as pictures speak a thousand words and my smile says it all. An epic 2011 leading into my biggest adventure to date, wedded bliss!

Today launches an onslaught of photographic coverage depicting Elliott and my time away.
There was the careful construction of Family Heirloom Bunting (as seen on my Matron of Honour, Sunday Collector‘s blog), Red Velvet Cupcake cooking in the lead up to a Welcome Picnic on the The Sound and Miniature Pineapple picking at Yandina Markets, our quirky Hinterland styling.

Then came the day itself, so magical that it lends itself to numerous posts. I’ve begun with the Ceremony, a custom built deck overlooking my mother’s manicured garden oasis, unstructured vintage blooms, shimmering Tolix chairs, bow ties and braces for boys and a transitional palette of summery hues and soft gathering for girls. The highlight, my husband, how he looked and what he said.

Images courtesy of Carine Thevenau.

Greetings From Over The Bridge

November 7th, 2011

The excuse for an embarrassing lapse in recent blogging is our happily overwhelming work load. Further distraction has been the selling and buying of our homes and most recently the lease of a seriously cute new studio in Lilyfield (already painted yellow, a good sign).

That said, I’ve managed to squeeze in a little adventuring over the bridge to unearth the gems of my new stomping ground, the northern Northern Beaches.

Broken into suburbs, heading north…

Mona Vale is my preference when food shopping with no budget in mind. With, some would argue, ’Northern Beaches best coffee’ in hand (2kf), I do Bungan Street, buying chic cheese (Morgans), fabulous fruit (Ripe Grocer) and posh meat (Penny’s). Then for absolutely no reason,
I finish at Little Paper Lane quite simply because I love anything paper related and this little shopfront is a celebration of nothing but.

Avalon is my favourite suburb in Sydney, and my intended future home when I no longer care about The Bridge’s happening other side. Reason being, the organic cafe fare, lovely little shops, beautifully backwards cinema and general laid back’ness. I can’t go past The Healthy Chef and am always prepared wait for table to devour food that quite simply tastes too good to be healthy. As this buzzy cafe is as good for you as the name suggests, I feel guilt free visiting La Banette for pastries that rival those I enjoyed in Paris. In fact, I remember one Christmas standing in line
for rationed French Sticks, one per customer, then back to the end of the queue for another.

Newport is coming into it’s own and is a far cry from the quiet little suburb I remember in my youth. After polishing off ‘Roadkill’, my parents pet name for the seriously tasty Spatchcock at Lucky’s & Pep’s, I like to go next door to Mark Tuckey to fantasise about owning a house cool enough to house one of his custom, recycled timber Day Beds. His Homewares store can be found tucked down an alleyway in Avalon and I’ve already mentally purchased colourful, mismatched bed linens for my future home.

Lee Matthews is nestled along the Newport strip, housing breezy fabrics, effortless silhouettes, delicate embellishment and endlessly inspired store styling.

Lastly, ‘Palmy’ or Palm Beach certainly needs no introduction. It is difficult to unearth much in this beloved suburb but I cannot not mention The Boathouse and my pilgrimages there for a bucket of fresh tiger prawns, beer battered flathead and chips, washed down with anything crisp and cold. Positioned right on Pittwater, jetty attached, is is no wonder this institution doubles as a wedding venue for the lucky few. One can pass the time contemplating purchasing deli goods, seasonal fruit, potted succulents and fresh floral blooms while waiting for a table.

Equally pretty and on-par food wise is The Boathouse’s sister cafe The Armchair Collective on Mona Vale Beach.

There are several boutiques in Palmy but perhaps the most eclectic is Love Loans + Linen, offering ‘simply, meaningful design for home, events and everyday’. Zed & Bee has carefully selected props for previous shoots at this hole in the wall shopfront.

Image Credits. Images of The Boathouse and Lee Matthews by Katie Quinn Davies.

My Recent Reconnaissance to Noosa

May 31st, 2011

If you have ever been to Noosa, you will understand why Zed and I hold it so dear. If you haven’t, I suggest you pay Noosa, in fact the entire Sunshine Coast, a visit as it is undeniably magical.

On a recent recconaisance there, in preparation for my up and coming nuptials, along with revisiting our favourite haunts, my Beyoncé (aka fiancé) and I uncovered a few wonderful places I’d like to share.

When most people think of Noosa, they only consider the main strip that runs along the beach, Hastings Street, or what I like to call ‘Double Bay of the Sunshine Coast’. Although always buzzy, with a plethora of places to eat, some find this popular stretch of coastline a bit of a tourist trap. Since our parents bought a plot of land in the Noosa Hinterland, Zed and I have discovered another side of Greater Noosa.

If you are foodies like us, some restaurants are an absolute must. If you fancy making a short trip into the Hinterland, have lunch at Spirit House in Yandina. A piece of Thailand in the tropical country side, Spirit House is a great place to spend an afternoon eating Thai cuisine made from local produce grown in the restaurant’s own organic garden. The tables are arranged around an oversized pond which is overrun by Water Monitors that will visit your table in search of food. Heed the staff’s warning and don’t feed them or be stuck with the colony for the rest of your meal.

Generally, as eating goes, you’ll be spoilt for choice in and around Noosa, particularly if you are prepared to meander around Gympie Terrace, Noosa Sound, Noosaville and Sunshine Beach.
A couple of restaurants definitely worth visiting for lunch or dinner are Humid, River Cottage, newly opened Tempo and Ricky’s River Bar + Restaurant (where Zed had her reception).

For something a little more low key after a swim at the beach, you can’t go wrong with a pub lunch and cold beer deck-side at the Sunshine Beach Surf Club. Apparently there is a new chef worth checking out.

A popular pastime for travelers and locals alike is a visit to Eumundi Markets. While I certainly understand the appeal of a bustling market selling every handicraft imaginable, my suggestion is to hit up the highlights, the Eumundi Flower Lady, the Gympie Cheese Man and any of the hippy masseuses, and spend your time at other markets instead. Yandina Markets is a well-kept secret and the bearer of brilliant bargains. A noticeably less organised market of make shift stalls with organic vegies, plants and ‘Garage Sale’ Nik Naks, there is something to be said for filling your wheel barrow with produce, the country’s take on the green shopping bag.

On Sunday, head to the Noosa Farmers Market between 7 am and 12 pm. Showcasing the finest and freshest produce from the region, the Farmers Markets is the perfect place to stock up at the start of a holiday.

If you are like me and love to do a spot of shopping when on holidays, there are a couple of cutting edge stores that you should visit. The Romantics, a new homewares come fashion concept store in Peregian Beach Shopping Square is top of my list. Margot the owner, originally from Sydney, has a unique range of products perfect for people that have everything, like myself but somehow I never leave empty handed. They also have the best coffee in Peregian. A worthy pit-stop when visiting the Hinterland is Twig & Grace, a florist and cafe full of tasty treats, that also offers an eclectic mix of old antiques and local hand made home-wares. Dezley, the owner will be lending her expertise to create whimsical floral arrangements for my wedding.

Lastly when it rains, and it often does in the afternoons, one can while away an afternoon climbing The Blackall Range (in a car) to visit a succession of quaint towns Maleny, Montville and Mapleton for sumptuous afternoon tea and spectacular views.

Who Am I? A Nut.

March 15th, 2011

While choosing an assortment of blooms for the studio, I stumbled upon this, what claims to be, an 80 year old French Lucky Dip. A sucker for star signs with a belief in fate and tendency to find meaning in everyday situations, I decided the contents of this box would mean something very specific to me. An Oprah ‘Aha Moment’ of sorts.

I purchased this delightfully packaged surprise and prepared myself for it’s unveiling and…
inside I found a nut! An 80 year old almond. Sums me up I guess?

Lovely (but bizarre) French Luck Dips can be bought at Jodie McGregor Flowers.

The Zed & Bee Ski Trip – ‘Change Is Good As A Holiday’ 2011 Stationery Collection Is In Production

August 4th, 2010

There is no better way to gain clarity than by sitting on a snow covered mountain, breathing deeply and admiring the view. We know, we have done just that, with a cold beer in hand and the world at our feet… literally!

Away for our beloved studio and exciting projects (pressing deadlines) Zed & Bee were able to assess the last three months and where we hope to be in the next three. Since our website launch we have alluded to a Stationery Collection and corresponding launch party. We are happy to say production has commenced and we are beyond inspired to produce 12 Invitations under 4 cool, quirky themes along with a small selection of  Greeting Cards and Giftwrap in time for Christmas.

Our mailing list and supporters will be invited to celebrate our 2011 Stationery Collection release in November and will be contacted with details nearer the time.

Onwards and upwards, happy days!

Image Credit – Sebastiaan Bremer

Hello world!

April 29th, 2010

What a daunting prospect starting your first blog is. We ask ourselves, when one endlessly trawls the riveting thoughts and screen grabs of seasoned bloggers the world over, what do we bring to the table?

It will be impossible not to relay others inspiration in our own blog from time to time. However, the aim of this blog is to primarily document our own personal creative adventures as we launch our beloved business. In the quest to cement our point of difference (by being different), we plan to physically unearth inspiration from our own backyard and document the process. We will road trip far, wide or just around the corner, exploring, sourcing and meeting the locals.

As diverse as our clients will be our missions, as we endeavour to find the perfect idea for our one of a kind invitations.

An unconventional blog for sure, with no fingers doing the walking.