Posted on April 16, 2015
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in my not-very-extensive existence of 32 years, it’s that things generally don’t go as planned. I’m not saying that there is no plan, because most certainly with the eye of hindsight I can see that all things, the highest of highs and the deepest of heartaches, have brought me here. Past tragedies, although at times too too heavy to shoulder, have also been essential in shaping my heart and mind.
They say a problem shared is a problem halved. Thank you my dear friends for the ever appreciated kind words and heartfelt encouragement. In ways beyond my imagination, this here blog has led us into the paths of so many outstandingly awesome individuals and our lives have been enriched and invigorated, and our hearts expanded because of you.
Thank you all, you wonderful people!
Posted on April 13, 2015
Of late, I’ve noticed myself walking into department stores or big chain stores and leaving empty handed. No matter how much I like the look of something, the feel of a garment, the colour of an item, there’s something missing. And the more I analyse it, the more I come to understand that what’s missing is a deeper connection to a place, the story behind the products – the feeling that what you’re buying meant something to its maker or curator and that they actually loved making it or selecting it before presenting it to you to take into your own life. Rows and rows of uniformly made objects blur into anonymity as we search for something more “special” that strikes a chord within us.
On entering Little Leaf Co, you are immediately welcomed into Tonia’s not-so-secret secret garden. She loves and adores the space and the plants and pots that inhabit it, you feel her pride, passion and perfectionism as soon as the place envelopes you.
Little Leaf Co sprang into life last December and very quickly caught our eye, drawing us like magpies to shiny whatnots. Having always been a gifted gardener, Tonia decided after working for 18 years with her husband in their still operating construction company to follow her heart and, of course, her green thumbs.
The space is just a dream. A high lofty ceiling with oodles of sunshine houses perfectly imperfect fiddle leaf figs, gnarly monsteras, and highly sought after zebra plants and succulents. It has already in its short life played host to the Perth Creatives’ Summer Table as well as a number of workshops, including handlettering with The Articulate and the art of shibori with Old Grey House.
You’ll find wonderful Angus & Celeste pots and planters to grace your newly purchased greenery (for you will leave with a new pet plant in tow, I guarantee it), and if you’re feeling extra fancy Tonia also has a range of beautiful wire plant stands from Ivy Muse and macrame plant hangers by Mac and More. Little Leaf Co is also one of the few exclusive stockists of Annie Sloan chalk paint should you be in the mood for giving a piece of furniture (or almost anything!) a new lease of life with a lick of this incredible matte paint.
For a new house plant that comes with personalised specialist advice and an extra serving of heart, come to Little Leaf Co! We absolutely adored chatting to Tonia, and our home and lives have been enriched by our meeting.
Little Leaf Co / Shop 4, 496 Marmion St Melville / Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm / IG @littleleafco / firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on April 10, 2015
Like a curious and inexorable infection of awesomeness and colour, PUBLIC 2015 is underway. We’ve already seen early signs of it out in the state’s peripheries in the Wheatbelt and Pilbara regions with splashes of colour and strange creatures being painted on walls and giant wheat silos, now get set to see over 50 international and local artists once again transform walls around our city into vibrant works of art, bringing creativity and inspiration out into the community.
Metropolitan locations will include Victoria Park, Leederville, Fremantle, Claremont, Northbridge, and Perth CBD where you can get the opportunity to see artists at work. Download the artwork location map and stay tuned for daily updates via FORM’s Facebook page to find out where and when you can witness creations in the making and even chat to the artists during breaks. We’ll be trying to get to as many as possible but amongst all the faces we’d love to see are local whizzes Stormie Mills, Kyle Hughes Odgers, Hayley Welsh, James Giddy, Anya Brock, Amok Island, and interstate/international greats Phlegm, Beastman, Vans the Omega, and Hense. If last year’s reimagining of places like Wolf Lane and Murray St is anything to go by, Perth you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Occurring concurrently and equally as excitement-inducing is the PUBLIC Symposium where a number of creative leaders who have impacted their own communities around the world through arts, architecture, urban planning and philanthropy will be coming to share their wealth of knowledge, ideas and experiences to stimulate conversation, collaboration and the collective fire in our bellies to shape and positively influence our own streets, neighbourhoods, cities and countries through art and creativity.
Click on the links to be part of the experience. We’ll be seeing you there!
PUBLIC Symposium / April 15-17 2015 / State Theatre Centre WA