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Tag: Kara Rosenlund stylist

Wedding

©Kara Rosenlund I’m currently banging this post out in my hotel room in Hobart… I quickly dashed back from Tasmania to the Sunshine Coast last week to style a beautiful clients wedding. I couldn’t wait to share these quick shots with you from the weekend at Yandina Station on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Because I love circles so much I came up with this idea to have an oversized wreath behind the bride and groom…. both as a symbol of love and also as a floral eye catcher….   … … I asked Twig and Grace to create this incredible feast for the eyes…. roses, hydrangeas, magnolia leaf, pepper berry …. the list goes on…. so many beautiful floral fragrant notes in one room… very heady indeed….     … lots of personal touches were added everywhere throughout the ceremony and reception, like these name banners by Lulu Lucky to make every guest, both family and friend, feel very special and loved…. Ah, weddings, you sure do make me gush! K x  

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2014 Workshop Announcement

©Kara Rosenlund New 2014 ‘Vignette’ workshop dates to announce. For those who would like to know how I build my vignettes; for home, play or work… come along… I share all my tips and tricks … I have even concentrated down my approach to 5 secret steps to help you build beautiful vignettes. To book visit Megan Morton’s The School. Tasmania; you are the first cab off the rank… can’t wait! Spaces are limited, I would run, not walk $120 per person. K x :: Tasmania – 26th February 2014 6.30pm til 9pm at The Drill Hall Emporium :: Brisbane – 21st May 2014 10.00am til 12.30pm at Toby Scott’s Studio :: Brisbane – 21st May 2014 6.30pm til 9pm at Toby Scott’s Studio :: Adelaide – 8th June 2014 6.30pm til 9pm Location TBC

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Finders Keeper THIS Weekend

©Kara Rosenlund Big things planned for this weekend…. the two day Finders Keepers market will be unfolding… Frankie the caravan is getting packed as we speak…. very much looking forward to getting amongst it over the weekend…. Lots of new found pieces will be on the trestle tables too…. come along if you are in Brisbane. Saturday and Sunday at the Old Museum; corner of Bowen Bridge Road and Gregory Terrace at Herston from 10am til 4pm both days! K x

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Weekend in Pictures

©Kara Rosenlund Weekend… where did you go?… gone so fast…come back…. this weekend was very laid-back and chilled… Timothy O and I decided to head to Byron for half of the weekend to have a swim and take in the good weather…. … I don’t think there is a happier place for me than by the sea…. even when the hot sand burns your feet, I love it…. I especially enjoy Tallow Beach… always long for a dip here…. … Back at home, Sunday morning started off slow, just playing some vinyl… this is one of my all time favourite albums – St Germain, Tourist….. I remember seeing this Parisian man and his band play about ten years ago… he didn’t speak a word of English to the crowd for the whole set- only French…. amazing… one of the best gigs I have ever been to…. … I had a bunch of lemon myrtle left over from a recent shoot, so I decided to dry it out to make tea… I’ll let you know how I go with the tea…. interesting times in the kitchen… … It was lunch time before I knew and it had become so hot with a thunderstorm about to roll in… so we had a lazy lunch of fresh prawns on the back deck as the rain pelted down on our old tin roof…. sounded spectacular and such a welcomed sound after so long without rain… … decided to get an early start on dinner clearly I was very hungry on Sunday, I have just noticed everything is about food …. … I had made a pine nut encrusted lamb dish, however something happened, or maybe it rather didn’t happen and I somehow ruined the lamb, eeeek…. so we had to have dessert for dinner…. I most certainly lost some wife points Sunday evening… ohwell…. it happens Hope you had a great weekend! K x

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Westfield Florals

©Kara Rosenlund The past few days have been an absolute floral frenzy around here (ha)… there has been bright colours pops and petals ahoy everywhere I look…. I have been working with Westfield and Urban Art Projects on this enormous floral mobile to celebrate spring… ring a ding ding…. Bring on the flower season… … the mobile is made up with over 500 flowers, both faux flowers and fresh flowers and light reflecting metal branches and disks… suspended from the huge ceiling…. … it’s like a floral chandelier when the natural light pours in, it is just magic… it even gently rotates in a circular motion…. if you are in and around Carindale Westfield you should pop in and see it. Hello Spring! Kx … the real stuff…some behind the scenes shots of the mobile being hoisted and installed….  the things that go on in shopping centres in the wee hours of the morning…..  

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Modern Day Martha – Elle Decoration UK

©Kara Rosenlund Some rather big things have been happening around here lately; one of the MOST exciting things would have to be being featured in my most loved interiors magazine Elle Decoration UK and being named ‘A Modern Day Martha Stewart’. To be featured in the pages of this magazine has filled me with so much joy and such an incredible sense of achievement… then to be named ‘A Modern Day Martha’… well, I have no words…. Martha has given so much of herself and shared her lifestyle over the years to help us all create a better understanding of what a sense of home is. When I was renting and long before such image sharing websites such as pinterest was even thought up, I would save up my money it’s not a cheap magazine in Australia, for the latest air freight copy of Elle Decoration, straight off the hot London presses…. I would hightail it across a few suburbs to the ‘larger / posher‘ newsagent who carried such worldly titles…. I would come back home, turn the radio off and sit in silence in my dining room, being careful not to crease the cover…. I would inhale the London air which I convinced myself was trapped in the pages of the magazine and I would be transported…. I would read the print off the pages, absorbing the high calibre articles and seeing for the first time interior photographs of far off places; putting little pieces of paper in the pages, bookmarking my favourites, dreaming of one day being able to have a house to call home and to be able to decorate it and make it mine. I feel so privileged and grateful to be able to share what I do here on the blog and also in the other aspects of my business; I just wanted to say a very big and heartfelt thank you to all of you who come by to visit the blog and who I hope leave with something too. Kara xxx   aka Kartha ha

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Weekend in Pictures

©Kara Rosenlund Weekend in Pictures…. How was your weekend? Mine was crazy! I think I am better in Spring, much more motivated. There was a lot to do around the house as I haven’t been home a lot lately on weekends, so it was nice to get my hands dirty and get into it…. … I got up early to feed the chickens and let them out of their pen my daily routine.… and also to make some tea… I was surprised by how strong the light was beaming through the windows at 5.45am… magical… ….  made some toast, rather burnt some toast …. … to make soldiers for boiled eggs on toast with the girls fresh eggs for Timothy O and I Timothy O likes hard boiled, I prefer mine soft and gooey…. the chickens have just started laying again for the season, so they are really hungry all the time now they are using more energy…. still totally in love with the crocheted egg cozies of the girls…. they always make me giggle… … I decided to paint the old hutch I picked up a while back a dark grey colour it was a yellow colour previously… it lives on the back deck with crockery piled high… so I unpacked all the crockery to paint it and I think I ended up adding more when I refilled it …. plus a cake for fun…. … came across this old English soda syphon….  a past utilitarian object with so much beauty… why can’t they make everyday objects with such beauty and quality materials… … Saturday sheet washing day…. linen hanging on the hills hoist out the back…. … freshly made bed… nothing beats it…. …. Timothy O is part of an ‘heirloom seed club’, so we planted some seeds which arrived in the mail in these little old seedling pots….. hopefully chamomile will shoot up soon…. It’s so incredible that the world depends on seeds; no seeds no food….. …. I woke up early on Sunday to do the same chicken routine and to go to a local farmers market to pick up some more ‘established’ seedlings for the veggie patch…. the chickens have destroyed most of the plants we had planted… they don’t so much eat the plants, they just end up sitting on them and squashing them… ha….. … the seedlings awaiting the veggie patch…. … the passionfruit vine is growing so fast which fills me with so much joy… we are making the vines into a canopy above the oven…. I am in love with green right now…. I have always liked green in the past, though it has been no love affair between us, though right now I am finding green really soothing and inspiring… I’m going to paint this area where the oven is and the sink (two shots above) a green colour soon… am I taking green too far?? … …. and the wisteria is out again… our front garden smells like sweet sherbet has exploded in a lolly shop…. … debuted my new hat…. a cross between a sunhat and a panama, hello, best looking hat ever…. …. and one more of the finished hutch… she sure did take some paint…. K xx

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Tasmania in Pictures

 ©Kara Rosenlund Hello… this post has been in the making for a few weeks, ever since I came back from my ‘Vignette Workshop‘ in Tasmania…. I think I still have ‘Tasmanian Fever’ from all the beauty that was had whilst on our ‘working holiday’ in the Apple Isle. What an incredible piece of Australia Tasmania is… yup, would you believe I had never visited… now I can’t wait to go back….  … Timothy O and I flew in to Launceston and then hired a car and drove out to the east coast and shacked up in this little cottage for a few days by the sea…. … seashells on the cottage’s window sill…. knew it was my sort of place from the moment I saw these beauties lined up…. … this was literally on our doorstep…. wild grasses and fresh sea air…. … Timothy O had the fire going quick smart… it was warm during the day, though everything is always better with a fire isn’t it…. plus the temperature went down pretty fast come dusk…. … our passageway down to the isolated beach… literally never saw another person on the beach for the whole time we were here…. … Timothy O going for a bit of an exploration through the grasses… .. it was so quiet… I sat in this spot daily, just watching and listening to the water lap and the birds play….. as time passed…. what a complete indulgence… … I didn’t expect water so blue and so clear… … beautiful seashells washed up on the beach…. I may have snuck a few home with me… … gull tracks in the sand…. now, talk about the good life, they have it good there…. … the view from the top of a nearby rocky cliff… … just magic… I want to move to Tasmania…. … so does Timothy O … he found this old felt hat in Launceston…. it has become a firm favourite….. … I had a sun drenched afternoon kip in amongst the wild grasses as they danced around in the wind… … and before we knew it, it was time to hit the road and get to Hobart for the Vignette Workshop… … The beautiful old community hall at Battery Point was the venue for ‘The School’s Tasmanian Roadshow’ and where my workshop was held… Such lovely window light and high ceilings… thank you so much to everyone who came to the class; it was such a special evening. … blossom was in bloom all over Tasmania…. We left Hobart and headed to the Derwent Valley to spend a day at Rodney and Severine Dunn’s sustainable farm-based cooking school The Agrarian Kitchen. A visit here had been on my ‘to do’ list for such a long time, I had to pinch myself many a time through out the day…. On their abundant 5 acre farm you are encouraged to get your hands dirty and dig up vegetables, milk goats and collect eggs from the chickens and more….. Our group of new friends all made a wonderful meal together under the direction of Rodney in the kitchen, learning new tricks and tips…. … rows of drying corn hang from the high ceiling… getting ready to be ground into polenta… … details from the mantle in the kitchen…. … a small selection of The Agrarian Kitchen’s larder…. wish mine looked like that… … Rodney with the pheasants, they had been hanging for a few days to increase the flavour of the meat…. more than ever it is extremely important to understand and appreciate where ‘what we eat’ comes from…. and not to take it for granted or be naive about it…. … when you appreciate exactly where ‘lunch’ comes from then there is a greater understanding to consume only what you need and not to waste…. … Timothy O was my partner from the group of course and we made the entree ‘Twice Cooked Souffle with Truffle Oil’… I have no words… no words which would come close to describing not only this entree but the whole lunch…the whole day for that matter…. it was such a wonderful humbling day…. …. then we drove to the airport…. Ah Australia… I […]

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Oil on Board

©Kara Rosenlund I just came across this beautiful oil on board of ‘Snapdragons’ which I have fallen hard for. Snapdragons remind me of my mother’s garden growing up, always full of colour. I used to love squeezing their ‘mouths’ to make them talk to each other. I collect a lot of art like this; unframed, just as it was painted, bare on board or on canvas. Even if I do come across them framed I crack the frame off; the frames’ moulding is the one element which will always date. I love how you can place these pieces on mantles or shelves instead of having to hang them on the walls. Ah, art, you are good for the soul. K x

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Weekend in Pictures

Good Morning! Boy, has it been rainy and cold here in Brisbane. This shot was from early Saturday morning and I don’t think I have seen an inch of blue since…. Timothy O and I quickly snuck in some planting on top of the hen house before the rain came down…the whole ‘roof top’ thing is coming along really well… we then got ourselves organised to go camping out of town with our group of friends…. I made a simple chocolate cake in hope to take camping… however the cake turned into a ‘pudding’ which is was meant to do according to the Elizabeth David recipe gosh I love her recipes … so I decided it wasn’t a ‘traveller’ and it stayed at home… This is Speckles…. Speckles lives on the farm we stayed at… don’t tell our feathery girls who we left at home…. they might get jealous…. love Speckles feathers… she was a good ‘cuddler‘ too…. Farm life… One of the many sheds on the property…. love an old shed… you never know what you will  find…. Fire… oh how you lift the spirits on a cold and wet afternoon….. … we brought along a jaffle iron… nothing beats a warm toasted sandwich on an open fire… Timothy O and I hit Pearl Cafe Sunday for a lovely long lunch…. on Sundays Pearl have a set roast and dessert bundled menu which was delicious… highly recommend it…   … there really were more people here for lunch… we were just the last ones to leave…   …. back at home I prepared stock for this weekends coming market – we are going to be at The Finders Keepers Market on Saturday and Sunday! Yeh – how cool is that! The Old Museum on Gregory Terrace from 10am both days. More to come through the week! It will be special! K x

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Weekend in Pictures

©Kara Rosenlund Hello Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was a bit unexpected…. what I was expecting to do was to be able to catch up on some work; all my travels lately means I’m a bit behind on a few things…. however come Saturday I seemed to have forgotten about that plan…. I gathered a whole bunch of eucalyptus around the corner, I was meant to be exercising, however I took my secateurs just incase and came home with armfuls of foliage – still counts as exercise I’m sure….. … the washing machine got a bit of a workout, boring, but a necessity  after consecutive days of overcast weather the sun finally came out and with it big blue winter skies… … I went sourcing and came across this collection of old horn spoons…. love the organic patterns on them… … I also came across a few old and weathered emu eggs…. I’m more of an ostrich egg fan myself, however I couldn’t resist how rough and worn this trio of eggs were….. … Timothy O and I discovered by accidents, there were squeals of fright that we have a little furry freeloader living in our basket on the deck… For the past few weeks I had been collecting household paper in the basket on the hook to help start our fire…. obviously a basket filled with paper also means a great little warm spot for a possum to take up residency… the possum is inside the paper bag, inside the basket…. yup, total sleuth this possum… … came across part of a hornet’s nest on the ground while out and about….picked it up and now it’s in an old bottle being appreciated…. … I found this old tray used to bake ‘Caneles de Bordeaux’, little french cakes… I bought all the ingredients and was about to start baking when I actually read the method that helps sometimes Kara – refrigerate batter for 24 hours….eeekkk…. so, the batter is in the fridge right now, I will bake these for the blog this week and share the recipe….. if it all goes to plan of course… … Come the afternoon Timothy O and I found some new records… Ahmad Jamal, such a cool dude and an amazing jazz pianist….Bobbie Gentry, this particular album was actually a dud, sorry Bobbie… and some Muddy Waters &.Howlin’ Wolf, gold, complete gold…. love Howlin’ Wolf…. the film Cadillac Records helps fill in some gaps if you are interested in old American blues…. ….. Timothy O filled the ute with a load full of firewood from out of town… he then had to chop it up all weekend into smaller pieces….. sore arms today I think… …. while out in the country he also picked up some pine needles to use in his new smoker for our backyard wood oven….. … so we cranked up the wood oven and placed the smoker in and smoked a chicken… not one of ours, a freerange one from the butcher…. … Come Sunday we discovered a salvaged shop had just opened near where we live….. so we thought we should pop by and see what’s kicking…. as soon as we walked in I was completely taken with this pair of old arched windows…..I love architectural salvage…. so what was planned as a quick swing by trip, ended up taking a little longer…. then the rest of Sunday was taken up by Timothy O apart from chopping wood and I moving this pair of great big oversized windows from room to room and rearranging furniture  completely trashing each room as we went until finally they seemed to work in the bedroom…..house is still a bomb…. Hope you had a great weekend. K x

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Weekend in Pictures

©Kara Rosenlund Ah, the weekend feels like it was forever ago now, however this is what we got up to… Saturday morning clocked around and I made boiled eggs for Timothy O and I using our new egg cosies, pure joy… our girls aren’t laying right now as they are still molting – you can’t lay and regrow feathers at the same time they tell me… cheeky free loaders…. I had the ‘Trixie’ cosy…. After breakfast we couldn’t find the chickens anywhere in the yard…. sheer panic….. as I was hightailing it out the front to see if they had escaped onto to the street through the garden I heard a little ‘cluck’ from the sofa…. they had snuck upstairs, down the hallway and were all bundled in the living room together…. never trust a chicken…. they are sneaky… ha… I filled up this new piece of furniture which I recently picked up on my travels down rural Victoria…. it doesn’t fit inside, oops. so it is happily on the back deck…. … I found some amazing blue and natural nautical rope… … and then I worked late into the evening on a project I hope to share with you soon… Sunday was a bit random actually. There is a house two doors up which is being demolished. An elderly lady who I used to wave hello to passed away about two years ago. She lived alone and would seldom receive any visits from family or friends, except the ‘meals on wheels’ people who would deliver her meals through a tiny hole in the wall. Her large family house has been vacant for some time, so when I saw the demolisher people on Sunday I asked if I could have a last look inside…. … an old bar which I’m sure saw some laughs and good times back in the day… … the family room upstairs… … bedroom… … must admit I felt a bit sad after I left the house…. I just wanted to piece the story together in my head… people’s spirit and joy really are the most important elements when it comes to a home… if you don’t have that the home will always feel empty… … so I came home and backed a cake…. a Madeira cake…. I love how the top splits right down the middle… recipe tomorrow. … then packed a few days worth of bits into my bag and I hit the road again… I shall be back for this weekend’s market at the Powerhouse. K x    

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Kara Rosenlund is an Australian photographer, stylist, storyteller, adventurer and author.

Her love for authenticity and adventure is celebrated through her photography. She is passionate about Australia and how we all live within its vast landscape. Kara photographs and shares her visual stories from her adventures, inspired by the everyday people and landscapes she encounters.

Her first hardcover interiors book, Shelter - How Australians Live, will be published in October, 2015.

Above all else Kara is a lover of all things real. She shares her humble life through her blog, Facebook and Instagram.

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