Simply arty... painterly pieces and gorgeous getaways

I promised more holiday highlights, but I've also got a bit of catching up to do with sharing my latest creations and some other promising developments in my Simply Phoebe world.  Working all weekend at The Rocks before Christmas has thrown my already questionable time management out even further (and since Christmas there has also been the small matter of an addiction to The Wire that is interfering with work and sleep thanks to Mr D giving me the DVDs as a present).

So with this post I'm combining business and pleasure.  Business first... 

Whilst wandering around Surry Hills late last year I dropped into Tessuti Fabrics.  It is one of my favourite fabric stores, but unfortunately the prices are usually too high to justify me buying anything for my Simply Camille pieces.  However this time I lucked out and found this gorgeous fabric above with a painterly print at a half price because it was a remnant (end of the roll).  

Simply Camille Brushstrokes & Black, Medium Graduated - SOLD

It's a nice sturdy fabric so it sits really well and the bright colours really pop without being too much.  Seeing I only had a little amount I decided to do a series of one-offs, each with a different complementary colour.  All but one have been snapped up already, but the orange piece below is still up for grabs.  It isn't up on my Etsy store just yet, but I will try and get them up tomorrow, otherwise on Monday if they don't sell over the weekend.  If you want to put dibs on it, just let me know.

Simply Camille Brushstrokes & Orange Large Graduated - $70

I had a feeling it would be a winner.  From the response I have had I think I was right, particularly because of one pretty exciting little development.  While Mr D and I were out doing some last minute shopping in Melbourne's wonderful CBD on Christmas Eve (and just generally soaking up lovely Melbourne life), we dropped into Journal for a spot of lunch.  As we sat down at one of the communal tables, I spotted the singer Sia sitting by the door (check out her website and hear her music here).

Simply Camille Brushstrokes & Yellow Small Graduated - SOLD

Apart from feeling extra-Melbourne-cool for being in the same place, I didn't think much else of it, until... as we left I passed her and she stopped me to tell me she loved my necklace, which was the same as the yellow Brushstrokes piece above!  I gushed thanks and something about making it myself before walking out the door.  Once outside I gathered myself quickly and poked my head back in to give her one of my cards.  I've since been in touch with her via Twitter (who'd have thunk it?) after she put out a call for designers interested in collaborating/ dressing her and she is very excited about the prospect of me making a piece especially for her!  Stay tuned for progress.

Simply Camille Brushstrokes & Teal, Medium Graduated - SOLD

Now for the leisure & pleasure...

A couple of months ago I heard about a very cool new hotel in Melbourne called The Cullen, via The Design Files (one of the first blogs I got into reading regularly and still one of my favourites) and Lady Melbourne, which sounded very cool, so I snapped up a night's stay on their opening deal for while we were in town.  It's the first in a boutique hotel concept called Art Series, where the hotels are named after and completely based around a well known artist.  This one is based on Adam Cullen, once an "enfant terrible" of the art world and recent winner of the Archibald with his portrait of David Wenham.   

Ned Kelly watching over

I am happy to say it more than lived up to expectations.  The art was fabulous, the interiors were very cool, the service was superb (you could tell everyone genuinely liked working there), and there lots of little details that really make the difference....

... from the art set each guest is given on arrival to paint your own "Cullen Cow"...

... to the stack of art books in the room...

... and the custom "do not disturb" signs.

The location was perfect for an inner city escape.  We generally spend most of our time in Melbourne with family and/or friends in the inner north and west, so this was like a little south-side getaway. The Prahran Market is right across the road for fresh produce and gourmet deli delights, Greville St is just around the corner for the uber-cool shopping, Chapel St just up the way.

I was more likely to steal the cushions than a bathrobe at this place.

Room with a view

Almost every wall in the place holds an Adam Cullen original or print.

My cow masterpiece, which my almost-two year old friend called a piggy... fair enough.

Mr D took a much more considered approach to his piece.

I could bang on and on more (did I mention some of Melbourne's best coffee nearby and the dumpling bar that is part of the hotel?), but I think I have simply said enough for today.  

More creations, holiday highlights and news tidbits coming soon.

Simply yours,

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