Art, Décor, Food, Fashion, Photography + much more from the life of Matt.

Good Day, Good Finds!

Yesterday I ventured to North Adelaide to meet up with my fellow friend and thrifting buddy, Kristal.

We went Muratti Cakes & Gateaux, this gorgeous little cake cafe on Prospect Road. It is filled to the brim with all things delicious. I secretly wanted to try one of everything, but I limited myself to two macarons and a veggie pasty.

(Photo not by me, but this is just a sample of the amazing goodies they have)

My watermelon macaron and veggie pasty. The macaron was perfection. Exactly how a macaron should be.

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We stayed there a while chatting with our friend, Nicole, and then headed off for an op-shop adventure. But because we had left it so late, we only had two hours to shop before everything shut. We managed to go to some great places though.

I picked up this tray ($5) and decanter ($4) in a small Vinnies store. I couldn’t resist these beauties.

Details of the tray. It was made in Japan, perfect!

Another book for my collection ($1), and a candle I got from Target earlier that day (clearance for $3, clean linen fragrance. Mmmm)

And last, but not least, I found this in an AMAZING* Red Cross store for $10. This bedside table/cabinet is clearly a handmade school project, but it’ll be perfect for me to paint white and shabby-chic to death (which I’m sure I will blog about when I eventually get to it.)

*amazing because it was the biggest and most wonderful op-shop I’ve ever been in. I can’t believe we hadn’t discovered it earlier. Unfortunately we only had 20 minutes to shop there before it closed, but I’m so excited to return to this place, as is Kristal!

Old Book Love

Few of you may know of the odd things I collect. Like cinema tickets and old keys.

Old/antique books is my most recent collection obsession, and here I present to you my precious selection so far.

A Christian book, dictionary, Wuthering Heights, and two children’s books.

The more wear and tear = the better.

The Twilight Hour is a Christian book dating back to 1860. It’s so delicate and beautiful. I love the handwriting on the opening page.

Tomorrow I plan to go op-shopping with my dear friend and fellow thrift-lover, Kristal. So here’s hoping I find more gorgeous books to add to my pile!

April 2012 inspiration

These glorious ASOS chinos will soon be mine…

So excited.

Photography: ‘Erudite’ shoot with Bridget

This photo is the next installment to my Divergent series. A fantasy photo series inspired by the factions in the book, Divergent, by Veronica Roth.

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It represents Erudite, the intelligent and knowledgable faction (which you can read about here.)

I had a lot of fun with this shoot, and I was lucky enough to have my good friend, Kristal, help out with hair and makeup. It’s always great to have an extra creative individual to aid my vision of a shoot. Particularly themed shoots like this.

Go team!

  

All my “studio” shoots take place in my teeny-weeny garage. No need for professional equipment and space!

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I’m so happy with how the shoot went. Kristal did an amazing job with hair and makeup - especially considering it’s just a hobby of hers. And Bridget pulled off the look I was after exceedingly well.

For the text “tattoos” on her skin, I photographed a page from the Divergent book where the protagonist of the story visits Erudite headquarters for the first time, and applied various lines to her skin with Photoshop. This was merely an experiment as I thought it would not look good at all, but I’m pleased with the results, and I think the image would not be as striking without it.

I’ve been learning a lot about photo retouching and editing lately and I was glad I could put these new skills to use. It had been too long since my last shoot, I was itching to get creative!

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Please stay tuned for more Divergent shoots soon. I have the last three pictures all planned, just gotta get them done now!

For the time being, please visit my website if you’re interested in seeing more of my work. And if you’re on Facebook, visit my fanpage and click like!

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Climbing Mt. Fuji in 2009

In 2009, while I was in Japan, I climbed Mt. Fuji with my good friend, Michael.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this holiday so I decided to share with you a video Michael put together of our hike up the mountain.

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hungry4danish said: Man, I love those boxes too! I've picked my 3 up at local thrift stores with each being less than $2.50. I love them, I now collect them and I don't care if they are massed produced somewhere because they're awesome little carved wooden boxes, not a plastic something from IKEA. Each one is unique.

Awesome! And I agree, at least these have character - unlike a lot of boring plain modern garbage.

I found another one!

Yesterday I went to my local Salvos store for a quick browse and found another wooden box very similar to the one in my last post.

I’m starting to think these aren’t so special, especially since my friend, Megan, said she bought one very similar in an op-shop. But they’re still gorgeous, in my opinion.

As you can see, they have very similar carvings. I currently have one on my desk and one of my bedside table, I’m yet to find a spot to place them both together.

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Antique Bargain

A few weeks ago I ventured to Magill Rd, which is home to a lovely array of Antique shops and gift shops.

I can’t remember which shop I was in when I found this little beauty, but I was surprised when I turned it over to see $7 on the price sticker. It obviously doesn’t have much value, but I thought it was quite pretty nonetheless!

It’s a small wooden box/chest with lovely carvings. I a now using it to store my jewellery/accessories.

(accessories from ASOS.com, my new favourite website for clothes/accessory shopping)

I had a lot of fun perusing all the luscious antiques, and I even went into one of the piano shops on Magill Rd, where I played several grand pianos. It was my first time playing on a grand and it was so beautiful! I nearly cried haha.

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Sorry I have not posted in so long, I’ve been rather stressed lately and haven’t been in the right state of mind to blog. But I have some other things I’ve been wanting to post about, so expect more from me in the near future!

xx

interiorstyledesign:

A deep, cased archway provides a gracious transition from the dining room to the colorful kitchen. The small peninsula serves as a bar area, complete with undercounter beverage chillers and a pullout liquor cabinet.
(via Ultimate Storage-Packed Kitchens - Better Homes and Gardens - BHG.com)

Such a stunning kitchen! The shade of green is beautiful (it’s my favourite colour).
I’m not really a fan of the silver/metallic decor on the bench, but I would quite happily take this kitchen any day. 

interiorstyledesign:

A deep, cased archway provides a gracious transition from the dining room to the colorful kitchen. The small peninsula serves as a bar area, complete with undercounter beverage chillers and a pullout liquor cabinet.

(via Ultimate Storage-Packed Kitchens - Better Homes and Gardens - BHG.com)

Such a stunning kitchen! The shade of green is beautiful (it’s my favourite colour).

I’m not really a fan of the silver/metallic decor on the bench, but I would quite happily take this kitchen any day.