Butterick 6019 dress

Another vintage style dress pattern, inspired by the famed Alfred-Shaheen.  This project was a major construction job (42 steps just for the bodice!) with a fair amount of tweaking to get the, er, bodice right, but well worth the investment of time. It’s incredibly comfortable and I feel pretty special sashaying around pretending I’m on Hawaiian vacation! […]

The Kiosk Fremantle & Floreat

The Kiosk websites

Hey, there’s a new Kiosk on the southerner’s side of the river! We refreshed the original Kiosk Floreat Beach website & launched the new Freo site just a couple of days ago. Thanks to the OM4 guys for taking my ordered-but-mad design and making it work. Congrats & good luck to Jaqii & Stefano.

Iwanoff Sell-off

It’s the modernist dream house nonpareil. Where my love of cocktails, midcentury mod, architecture & swimming pool swanning meet in complete accord. The Paganin House on the Boulevarde, Floreat, is up for Auction – one of the stand-out examples of Iwan Iwanoff’s work. Also for sale, the Iwanoff Dianella House (Shannon Rd), a later construction, with […]

Josh Agle aka SHAG in Floreat Perth

Shag in Perth

Hey, Shag was in our house! So Shag – aka Josh Agle – is back in Australia, jetsetting into Perth’s Outré Gallery for his exhibition opening last Friday night. We caught up with Josh & Martin on Sunday  for a beachside breakfast at The Kiosk – with champagne, naturellement – followed by a tour of the modernist enclave of Floreat […]

Guy Grey Smith book

Guy Grey Smith book

Yippitee! I won the Rob Frith giveaway of the limited edition biography of Guy Grey Smith by Andrew Gaynor, photos by Rob Frith, Acorn Photography . I happened to know the answer to an obscure question about Rob & Andrew’s short-lived foray into the mad world of Rock & Roll  Country & Western, as Tragic. (Apparently the band inspired […]

Tracy Graffin CIT critique

Central Briefs

Hello CIT operatives! (I hope it’s OK that I swiped your photo from yesterday’s debriefing?) Yesterday I offered considered opinions & a few ill-considered puns to the students of Room 259 in the CIT Bunker. Thanks for your attention & your warm welcome via the Area57 Newsletter! Looking forward to seeing the results of your hard […]

Moo Luxe Business cards

MooLuxe Business Cards

Just received my MooLuxe business cards – chunky triplexed cards for a startlingly good price. They are digitally printed on beautiful Mohawk Superfine paper, with a colour layer in-between. Think TimTam, Monte Carlo or Tina wafer biscuits. Yummy! You can feature a different image on the reverse of every single card. And they arrive in […]

Excelsior Deli

Everything’s happenin’ in the Shenton Park precinct!Just down the road from OM4 & a stone’s throw from RedTiki, the Suite & the Little Pantry, is the minimally chic Excelsior Deli. Concrete blocks, blonde timbers, happy-face cakes and lovely Linda make it worth a (daily) visit.