That Seventies House

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Hi all, Jess here. Happy New Year to you! I thought I would kick off 2017 on the blog by showing you corners of my home featured in the current Issue 87 of Yen magazine. Enjoy! 

We have called this place our home for just over three years now but it feels like we have been here for an age, in the best way possible. It was built in the seventies by an owner builder and we bought it from the very same man. The home has obviously been looked after over the decades. All we have done so far is rip up the carpet, paint and add some custom shelving – the bathrooms and kitchen, though dated, have been perfectly maintained (hello avocado green toilet!).

Our house is filled with second-hand finds, from all decades, as well as lots of art, books and plants. It beams warmth and sunshine and since we are only a few streets away from the water, we feel like we are on holiday every day. Read More

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Alana Wilson, Ceramicist

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Reknowned Sydney ceramicist Alana Wilson was not only kind enough to let us into her home, but she showed off her beautiful studio space as well.  It’s tucked away in a little unassuming garage across the road from Tamarama beach that acts as both studio and simple retail space; not unlike the working ateliers you come across in the quiet streets of artistic hubs in Paris or the like.  *I loved learning that because it is in an old garage, where the floors are uneven, everything had to be meticulously levelled upon setting up, from the tables and shelves to the kiln.  There is something about the rigid and mathematical nature of this, that to me make the delicate and beautiful qualities of her objects even more impressive.

Her studio is not even 5 minutes’ walking distance from her home, set in a simultaneously bustling yet tranquil spot.  Aside from the odd car driving past, you can hear the ocean rolling in the background; not a bad soundtrack for work.  Being a water lover, something tells me the choice of where to spend her days creating was not merely a fluke… Read More

Inspired by: Jean-Luc Godard.

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Hello all!  I hope you all enjoyed some lovely holidays at home or away. We stayed close to home over here and had a ball; beaching, napping, eating, drinking, chatting, debating…and watching movies, lots of French ones, beaucoup.  With my heart rate turned down nice and slow, I felt really inspired by what I saw and took in from the few Jean-Luc Godard films we watched.  Aside from the beautiful women, stunning locales and overall romantic ‘Frenchiness’ (je ne sais quoi?), I was completely allured by the colours.  Each frame in his work paints the prettiest picture; you can tell Godard has a love for colour.  From my observation, his favourite combination is blue and red; a strong orangey red next to royal or powder blue.  My eyes were dancing from picture to picture, it’s a wonder I followed any of the stories at all.  *We watched Le Mépris and Pierrot le Fou, with Masculin Féminin, Une Femme est Une Femme and Le Chinoisérie waiting in the ranks.

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This has got me really excited to create my own pretty pictures this year (and soon!) as well as watch more of his films (or stay awake for more movies in general) and also to bring what I see from my everyday into my work.  I walk around all the time using my eyes as a camera, capturing bits of inspiration in my travels…don’t we all?  I want to make something of that this year – to somehow share what I see with all of you.

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I’ve got those New Year’s feels, have you?  The ball is rolling…

À demain mes amis!

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So long, 2016.

little-nicki_alana-wilson_by_luisa-brimble-307I had another post lined up for this week, but I’ve decided I’m EXHAUSTED. Mama needs a break, so I’m calling it a year.  Thank you to all who have followed along with The Transcontinental Affair.  I look forward to sharing many more beautiful posts with you in the new year.  We will be taking a two week break, then be back second week of 2017!!  Best wishes to all of you and your families.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS and lots of love xoxo

 

Photo: Luisa Brimble  Location: Alana Wilson  Production & Styling: Nicole Valentine Don