Green is Gold. Inspired by the rich green and gold of Audrey T Welch‘s oil paintings, a velvet sofa was shipped over from Melbourne by Arthur G to showcase their new Stanley curved sofa. The curve of the sofa was accentuated by the oval shape of the Over the Falls coffee table by Nathan Day Design. Photography Jody D’Arcy.
Artwork (to left of surfboard) Pink Gums paintings, $820 each, Oil on canvass, Jo Darvall. Top right artwork: What the fig tree Said (45 x 45), $913, Audrey T Welch. Art work (bottom right) Forrest blue (31 x 31cm), $820, Jo Darvall. Stanley 3 seater sofa upholstered in Zepel Lux Velvet in bottle green, $5094; Max Chair upholstered in Febrik Summit in Stream, $2862, both Arthur G. Surfboard, $4,000, Ben Kovacsy. Milk and Sugar Block rug, $495; Crusade pot by The Design Twins, $140, Cranmore Home. Over the Falls coffee table, $1375, Nathan Day. Storm and sun cushions by Netty Ratti, $110, Texture Tone Design. Cotton Odyssey throw, $153, St Albans. Diamond crush cushion, 50 x 50, $134.10; Luna cushion, 50 x 50, $134.10, both Langdon. On table: Inlay Pencils, $20 each; Cubic sculpture, $500, both Ben Kovacsy. Small pebble vase, $ 40, Stephanie Hammill
THE STYLED HOUSE……
by Jo Carmichael
A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to style and create a complete house for Artist Open House Fremantle. It was a fabulous collaboration between AOHF and my Design practice Texture Tone Design. I emptied out a small terraced house in Fremantle, painted and decorated it and filled it with many of my favourite things, all within three days!
Each area of the house was inspired by the artwork that was to be placed within that space. The green velvet sofa captured the stunning work of Audrey Tulimiero Welch; strong charcoal, ochre and pink bedroom was created for Jo Darvall‘s work; indigo cushions and floaty lights were selected for Betty Poulson’s silk banners; and the calm tranquil work of Sally Lee Anderson was hung in the pastel and linen bedroom.
It was a huge success with 4,000 or more people coming through the door and loving what they saw. I was lucky enough, through the crazy set up, that Jody D’Arcy captured these beautiful images of the space before the doors opened. Something that I am so grateful she did as it all was packed up again only three days later.
A big thank you to all that were involved in the set up and to those that braved the heat and visited us. We couldn’t have made this event possible without you.
You can contact me here if you have any queries on the items featured. If you contact the suppliers direct please let them know that you saw them here so they know the value of this event.
A Glimpse of the Styled House as the doors opened. The atrium of this Brian Klopper designed house was dominated by the floaty Belux Frank Ghery Cloud light, POA, Lightwerk . Large plant sculptures, $700 and staghorns on discs, $120, Botanica Naturalis. Photography Jody D’Arcy
The patterns of these cushions by Netty Ratti depict different stages of a storm in their delicate embroidered gold thread and sequins on tencil denim.
Embroidered Storm and sun cushions, $110, Texture Tone Design. Stanley 3 seater sofa upholstered in Zepel Lux Velvet in bottle green, $5094, Arthur G Furniture. Diamond crush cushion, 50 x 50, $134.10; Luna cushion, 50 x 50, $134.10, both Langdon. Photography Jody D’Arcy
Geometrics and fine wood inlays by Ben Kovacsy played a major part in the style of the house. We also show cased the new book by bird Photographer Leila Jeffreys
Milk and Sugar Block rug, $495, Cranmore Home. Over the Falls coffee table, $1375, Nathan Day. Inlay Pencils, $20 each; Cubic sculpture, $500, both Ben Kovacsy. Photography Jody D’Arcy
Selected artworks adorned painted walls by Murobond paints and highlighted the work of Audrey Tulimiero Welch, Jo Darvall and Sally Lee Anderson
Art work top right: ‘Crying Ceiling’, Acrylic Collage on board 40 x 50cm, $440, Sally Lee Anderson.
Top centre: ‘Chrysos’, Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45cm, $913. Audrey Tulimiero Welch.
Top left: ‘Forest Blue #1′, oil on canvas, 31x31cm, $820, Jo Darvall.
Top middle (next to light and mezzanine): ‘Tidal navigation’ and ‘What the Fig Tree said’, Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45, both Audrey Tulimiero Welch.
Centre: ‘Come in Make yourself comfortable (with window)’, Acrylic and oil on board, 30 x 60cm, Sally Lee Anderson.
Bottom left: ‘Forrest Blue #2′, oil on canvas, 31x 31cm, Jo Darvall.
centre bottom and right: ‘Stasis’ and ‘Cicadian Rythm’ Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45, $913, both Audrey Tulimiero Welch.
Belux Frank Ghery Cloud light, POA, Lightwerk .
Photography Jody D’Arcy
Silk banners whisked around the stairs and showed the delicate hand stitching and Shibori work of local artist Betty Poulson.’Untitled 9′ (120 x 70cm), silk copper and cotton, $400 and ‘Untitled 7′ (200 x 100cm), silk copper and cotton, $590, Betty Poulson
Belux Frank Ghery Cloud light, POA, Lightwerk .
Photography Jody D’Arcy
Colours from Jo Darvall
‘s painting was transferred to bold graphic textiles and colours for one of the bedrooms. The upholstered felt bed was launched by Square Peg Home
and highlighted his fine craftsmanship for Danish style Design.
The bedlinen from The Vallentine Project
was also being seen for the first time in Australia. It’s Hand printed and delicately embroidered with gold threads on a soft linen base, complimented with miss-matched pillowcases in graphic circles. Photography Jody D’Arcy
Artwork: ‘Woodland #3 2015′ oil on canvas, 100 x 152cm, $5200, Jo Darvall. BD1 bed in American white oak and felt upholstery, Queen, $5,164, Square Peg Home
. Wonton side table in American oak, D36 x H45, $640 each, Nathan Day Design
. Wilbur table lamp in slate by Milk + Honey, $179, Cranmore Home
. Queen linen Dooner cover, $575; linen pillowcase, $69 each, The Vallentine Project
. Hale and Mercantile Crushed linen grey throw, $ 275; Kip and Co tasseled throw in mustard, $279, both Cranmore Home
. Chevron cushion, black, gold thread and peach canvass, 65 x 65, $169; Chevron rug, 2 x 3m, now $1000, both Langdon
The tassels! Kip and Co tasseled throw in mustard, $279, both Cranmore Home.
Detail of the leg style of the beautifully crafted BD1 queen bed in American white oak ,$5,164, Square Peg Home
. Chevron rug, 2 x 3m, now $1000, Langdon
. Queen linen Dooner cover, $575, The Vallentine Project.
Photography Jody D’Arcy
A great solution for kids and dining room floor coverings, a brace board floor rug was designed by me and cut by Raw Edge Furniture
. It was inspired by the colours of Jo Darvall
‘s set of artworks and the front of Raw Edge Furniture
‘s entertainment unit and painted with Murobond
paint.Artwork: Wandering forest, oil on canvas, 93 x 190cm, $4,800 for the pair, Jo Darvall
. Yui cabinet, American oak, 200 x 39x 50cm, $2650, Raw Edge Furniture
. Wonton stools in American oak, $640 each, Nathan Day Design
. T2 Table in American oak, 220 x 90x 73, $4345, Square Peg Home
. Inlay bin, $385 and Inlay cube, $500, both Ben Kovacsy
. Geo copper pouch, $45.95, Leaf street
. Various vases, from $40, Stephanie Hammill
. Ceramic bowls and jugs from, $42, Pilar Rojas
. Photography Jody D’Arcy
Cube shelving, $165 each, by Raw Edge Furniture was stacked to display my favourite accessories by Pilar Rojas
, Stephanie Hammill
and Leaf street
.Two tone vases, from $40, Stephanie Hammill
. small pouches, $22; Large Geo pouches, $49.95, both Leaf st
. Bone china bowls and bottle vases, from $40, Pilar Rojas
. Hanging planter Hammered leatherworks planter, $49, Cranmore Home
. Stacked bowls, $50, Yuniko.
Photography Jody D’Arcy
The outside spaces weren’t without an uplift with steelworks by Forma
. There was a selection of pots from Cranmore Home
and Pop and Scot pots supplied by Solta Homewares
and colourful Geo pots by Leaf street.
On wall: Circle series sculpture, fabricated steel and powdercoated, $500; Metal Flags, $190 set of 3, both Forma
. From left: Copper Boyd pot in small, $135, Solta Homewares
. Geo regular pouch, $39.95; Geo pouch in large, $49.95, both Leaf street
. Black Diamonds pot by The Design Twins, $190, Cranmore Home.
Photography Jody D’Arcy
This delicate and romantic bedroom was influenced by the soft and romantic works by Sally Lee Anderson
. The bed was dressed with the best linens upholstered headboard all available from Cranmore Home
.Artwork: from left: ‘Unfolding her room’, ‘Blinded room landscape’ and This was that way (leaning), Acrylic on board, all Sally Lee Anderson
. Hammered leatherworks side table, $185; Coda basket, $125; Fenwick Queen Headboard in felt, $1100; Hale and Mercantile Stella European cases, $175 each; Hale and Mercantile Flocca standard pillocase in Sable, $69; Hale and Mercantile Flocca flat sheet in Floss, $395; Hale and Mercantile Flocca Queen duvet in Sable, $550; Hale and Mercantile crushed throw, $275, Nova Kilim rug, $499, all available at Cranmore Home
. Geo black plant pouch, $34.95, Leaf street.
Small pebble vase, $ 40, Stephanie Hammill
Photography Jody D’Arcy
Playing around with geometric wall patterns I created this with Murobond
paints in Salt 50%. Leather hooks were cut on sight by the talented Hammered leatherworks, $45 each for Cranmore home
and to show off the new cotton throws from $135, by St Albans
.Thank you for this image from That Interior Blog
Getting ready for the Artists Open house Fremantle. Photography Jody D’Arcy. Produced by Jo Carmichael
Hand cut paper artwork by Bianca Chang. Photography Jody D’Arcy. Produced by Jo Carmichael
Cathrina unwrapping work by Paul Moncrieff which is being installed at 8 Chester Street. Photography Jody D’Arcy. Produced by Jo Carmichael
Yesterday we sneaked a quick preview of the upcoming event ‘Artists Open House‘ based down here in Freo. We felt very privileged to see a buzz of unwrapping and discussion for the exhibition, casually meeting some of the home owners and artists that are participating.
Five fabulous homes, close together are showing over 25 artists work this weekend and next. Print this map and plan your experience as there are some beautiful artworks to see and buy, the homes are walking distance from each other so ditch the car and make this a relaxing day trip full of inspiration and fun. Each place has been carefully considered and work has been hung to compliment both the pieces and space. The artwork is for sale so this is a great opportunity to snap up some original ceramics and art.
Founder Cathrina Read says ‘the idea of having an Open House came about because I felt people wanted art in their homes, but didn’t know how to access it’.
‘Many people may feel intimidated by galleries, or may not be able to visualise the art in their house, and this event tries to break down those barriers and let people see art in a real home, in a context that is familiar to them’. says Cathrina.
This exhibition is for two weekends only, starting today Saturday 8th November at 10am.
Perth Open house
8th-9th November, 15th & 16th November, 10am- 4pm
Cathrina with Paul Moncrieff work. Photography Jody D’Arcy. Produced by Jo Carmichael
Alessandra Rossi with her own work in her home studio in SOuth Freo. Photography Jody D’Arcy. Produced by Jo Carmichael
Founder Cathrina Read in the studio of Alessandra Rossi. Photography Jody D’Arcy. Produced by Jo Carmichael
Installer Tom Freeman with his own work (he’s an artist and an installer!) going up in Alessandra’s house in South Freo. Photography Jody D’Arcy. Produced by Jo Carmichael
Ceramics by Dana Russell-Brown being unwrapped. Photography Jody D’Arcy. Produced by Jo Carmichael
Penny Coss‘ work in the house belonging to Soraya and Eamon Broderick, South Freo. The house was an old crayfisherman’s warehouse. Photography Jody D’Arcy. Produced by Jo Carmichael
colourful works by Kate Jarman. Photography Jody D’Arcy. Produced by Jo Carmichael
Big artwork by Caspar Fairhall in the warehouse conversion by belonging to Soraya and Eamon Broderick, South Freo, Photography Jody D’Arcy. Produced by Jo Carmichael
Artwork by Becky Blair. Photography Jody D’Arcy. Produced by Jo Carmichael
painting by Kate Jarman. Photography Jody D’Arcy. Produced by Jo Carmichael
A snapshot of the type of food and beautiful style that Me & Mabel creates for her basket picnics, along with rustic napkins and vintage doilies. Produced by Jo Carmichael, Photography by Jody D’Arcy
A selection of Wendy’s generous collection of picnic baskets that are filled with fresh organic produce and food made from scratch. Produced by Jo Carmichael, Photography by Jody D’Arcy
The gorgeous Mabel, a great helper and inspiration for Wendy in the creation of Me & Mabel. She’s holding a jar of Freshly made pickled carrots that is one of the many foods that Wendy creates for her baskets. Produced by Jo Carmichael, Photography by Jody D’Arcy
Finally it’s starting to look like Summer is coming and with it comes outside entertaining and, of course, the wedding season starts hotting up again. I love a good outdoor event and the scene here in Perth is becoming more and more excitingly inventive. On the list of memorable factors for a successful occasion is beautiful visuals, memorable fun and delicious good food, Wendy Marinich of Me & Mabel has all three of these covered and in a very delightful way.
Picnics are a relaxed and less formal way of entertaining and they also capture the impulse of nostalgia and romance, however the work and props that go into making it a special experience is a big task. With these notions Wendy of Me & Mabel took on this simple idea and thought she would make a catering company based on the vintage hamper. A collection of beautiful baskets, plaid blankets and yummy recipes later and she had it under wraps.
We discovered Me & Mabel through a mention in a post last month on Kay Crowhurst of Maminkwink (feature link here) and after some investigation thought it would make a great blog post along with showing you a stunning garden in City Beach by Naturescape Creative, some clever landscape designers we work with. As anticipated it was the perfect setting to see and taste first hand what Me & Mabel offers. We got to try some of her favourites like Caramelised onion and goats cheese tart, pickled carrots with orange and fennel salad “fennel is an addiction of mine, to the point that its tattooed on my arm” says Wendy “Any dessert would follow this nicely but my absolute favourite would be our dark chocolate pots using Bahen &Co Brazilian 70%, so yum”
Wendy has added a distinctive touch to her work as each basket is personally packed with string wrapped containers and jars that are labelled of its contents with handwritten tags and doilies. Most of the food is made from scratch and homemade by Wendy herself. The baskets can also be catered with individual culinary needs and tastes and labelled specifically for them. It’s a real visual feast when all the baskets are laid out on rustic tables for guests to collect and carry to spread out vintage blankets. Adds an element of surprise to the function and I can imagine that the guests are more social together as they have no seating plans to abide to and can interact with the fun element of unpacking the picnic.
So todays post is a delicious one as we tasted some scrumptious food and Jody captured some stunning pictures of the event. Mabel helped us set it all out and we experienced first hand what a great little helper and an even bigger inspiration she is to Wendy…….
Can you tell us a little about your background?
I have been cooking for about 15 years or so. I’m self-taught through cook books, cooking shows and have an all round obsessive behaviour for them.
What made you decide to create Me & Mabel?
I wanted to start a career in food. I spoke to some chef friends who suggested catering was a better option than a food stall as the wastage could be quite high. The tricky thing about catering is one person can only make so much. This led me to a style of catering that would be specific and feasible. A picnic wedding was something I had wanted to do for friend’s weddings and my own wedding but it hadn’t happened that way, so now I get to do them for the masses!
Where does the name come from?
My daughters name is Mabel and apart from loving the name and it having the right kind of vintage feel I go for, there’s also a little story behind it.
Just before I found out I was pregnant with Mabel I had decided it was time to start a career in food. A week later I came down with a serious case of morning sickness that was to last 20+ weeks and food couldn’t be further from my mind. It’s kind of been a running joke that it’s Me & Mabel because without her I may not have actually taken that step, it’s when you have something taken away that you realise how much you want it.
Tell us a little about the types of yummy food you produce?
Everything at Me & Mabel is made from scratch, from the mayo in our slaw to the pâté and terrines that are lovingly prepared with ethically treated produce, its very important to us. We use fresh ingredients to create traditional picnic dishes and some not so traditional like our maple roast pumpkin and brown rice salad with maple soy hazelnuts (gosh that’s a long name, worth it though). We have sourced some awesome produce suppliers like Spencer’s Brook Farm Pork and Blackwood Valley Beef as well as the only two components that are bought in: our bread is from the absolutely insanely good Wild Bakery and local cheese comes from Cambray and Dellendale. Being a small business that supports other small business is a great feeling.
Delicious picnic food. Orange Fennel salad with Free range chicken liver pate. Produced by Jo Carmichael, Photography by Jody D’Arcy
Vintage blankets and overlaid with laced tablecloths creates another element of Me & Mabels catering style. Feature produced by Jo Carmichael and photography by Jody D’Arcy
Hand printed and sewn napkins for her picnic baskets were created by Wendy’s friend Kay Crowhurst of Maminkwink. Disposable plant based plates add a recycled ease to her picnics. Feature produced by Jo Carmichael and photography by Jody D’Arcy
What type of events have your catered for?
Weddings would definitely be the most common events we do as well as hen’s days and parties but, as much as I love being there to supply deliciousness for our client’s most special days, it’s the beer events that have my heart. I am an avid fan of craft beer and here in WA we are spoilt for choice. We have hosted 3 Beer & Baskets events in the last year where we matched our food with amazing local and international beers. We worked with 5 Brewers for WA Beer Week last year: True South and Boneyard (from Melbs), Colonial, Monk and Last Drop Brewery which is where the event was held. Then another event during the summer at Feral Brewery on both occasions the brewers were there to discuss their beers with guests. I love these events because it brings both men and women together in a comfortable environment to discuss and enjoy craft beer and of course good food. Being a member of Pink Boots Society, getting women involved and comfortable within this industry is very important to me.
What are your favourite event places?
Oooh this is a hard one I love the Swan Valley and Down South but the wedding we hosted and styled with Maminkwink at Kidogo Gallery in Fremantle was pretty special. Kay from Maminkwink created the most amazing paper daisy installation and the guests sat on rugs on astroturf as well as tabletop picnics, which was so sweet.
Where’s your favourite place that you found your baskets and vintage pieces?
All my baskets are second hand and have been found in op shops around town but I had the most exciting bounty find of antique spoons in this crazy vintage shop in Moonee Ponds near Melbourne, I got shivers.
Who and what blogs inspire you?
I’d like to say I get lots of time to read blogs but that’s not true, people I do read are Girl+Beer, Pia is great, fresh and honest beer writing without the snobbery. I have been inspired by many bloggers instagram shots like Blue Apocalypse whose pic of ramen resulted in me obsessively making noodles from scratch. As far as inspiration in beer matching I look no further than Mitch Mitchell from Beersine who is amazing, inventive and takes things to a new level. He is a great friend who has given me more help in the kitchen just through phone calls then anyone I know. For straight food inspiration, I am in a crazy lucky position that Sam Ward from el Publico in Highgate has taken me under his wing for work experience and life lessons, for want of a better word I look to him as a mentor and for this I will forever be indebted to him.
Where do you get your ideas for your recipes?
Recipe ideas can come from seeing a picture, stepping in a grocer, exploring the web, reading a menu, one little conversation, I guess its like any passion really you get inspiration to create constantly and simply best thing is when it all comes together. The best thing about food is when this happens you get to eat something delicious!
Do you have a favourite place in WA that you love visiting?
Balingup without question, the Blackwood Valley is full of the most amazing producers and is just stunning.
Do you have any plans to move into other ventures?
The grand plan is to open my own place where food and beer will feature as the heroes…
For bookings you can contact Wendy via their facebook page www.facebook.com/MeandMabelfood
Cartons are decorated with doilies and wrapped in twine with a label of it’s contents. Feature produced by Jo Carmichael and photography by Jody D’Arcy