Saturday 30 January 2016

Meditation Chairs...

My house is not big enough for any more furniture, I am even contemplating selling my beloved Peacock Chair as, although it may be beautiful, I never sit on it.... I have a thing about sitting crossed leg and I just can't do that on my vintage rattan wonder...

....however if I did have a house bigger than a matchbox and I could squeeze in just one more piece of furniture, it would be a meditation chair.... in fact it would be the rattan one in the top picture by Gaiam. Slightly resembling a dog bed (lets be honest) this chair has a thick cushioned seat and looks super comfy. It has recently been improved and now has a super high back, which is great for lanky ladies like me.... and of course it has been designed to sit crossed legged on.. perfect!

Below are some other beautiful examples I have found including the meditation area in the home of Oroboros Marini Burini, that has two meditation chairs facing her altar.... What a dream!

Seagrass meditation chair

Carved Meditation Chair
Mediation area in the Home of Oroboro's Marina Burini

Friday 29 January 2016

My Nest... Rachel's Waldorf Inspired Home in the Adelaide Hills

The 'My Nest' series took a bit of a break for a while but it is back..... on Moon to Moon I am extremely excited and happy to introduce Rachel, one half of The Silk Road and her fabulous Waldorf Inspired home in the Australian hills... Light, roomy and full to the brim with happy house plants and stunning finds from her travels across the globe I have been drooling over Rachel's pad for some time..... so was mega excited when she agreed to share her home on Moon to Moon and Answer a few questions....

1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live?
I am 33, married to my soulmate Gawaine and a mum to two incredible girls, Zaala Zahara and Luna Indigo. I am a registered nurse specialised in Emergency & Intensive Care and I am also a remote area nurse for the indigenous communities of remote Australia. That said, at the moment I’m taking extended maternity leave from nursing to enjoy the bliss of being at home with my girls in the Adelaide Hills, Australia. I am also co-founder of The Silk Road, an online shop with artisan made items collected on our travels across the globe.  

 2) How did you find this beautiful home and how long have you lived in it?
We have been extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to live in the home that my husband grew up in. It’s an incredibly quirky home that has had a beautiful history; his family filled it with music, house concerts, visitors from all walks of life from around the world and lots of love. For many years it was THE meeting place and I’d hazard to guess that almost everyone in our community has a beautiful memory tucked away of their time spent in this house. We moved in two years ago and although it's much quieter these days, it is very much home for us. 

3) Your husband must have really fond memories of the place. Have you altered it much since you moved in? 
The amazing energy that came with this home and the memories of the space was still fresh in everyone’s mind when we moved in. It could have proven to be a challenge to make the shift in making it our own space whilst being respectful to what the home once was; and give our family time to adjust to the changes we brought. Luckily, our family were 100% supportive and encouraging to change it up and make it our own. 

4) What are your favourite things about living in this area? 
Our close circle and wider network is thanks, in large part, to my husband and his family. He was part of an incredible community-centered school and through it I have formed an amazing circle of friends who I love. Like other Waldorf communities around the world, his network has carried through into adulthood and our daughter has now started her journey here. It is rich in heart and generosity, encourages mindful and slow living, growing your own food etc. I definitely miss my lifelong friends in Queensland that I've known forever but although we sometimes dream of living back in the tropics, we know our little town in the hills is definitely now home. 

5) Every item in your house is absolutely stunning. Could you pick 3 objects with a history and tell us about them?
Many of the pieces in our home have been collected on our travels over the years. We have had some incredible opportunities when it comes to travel and found ourselves in some fairly remote corners of the world. One of the hardest things we have had to transport home was a wooden carving of a Fulani lady carrying her child on her back. She is over a meter tall and we found her in the amazing city of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. We still had over a month in West Africa before going home but we couldn’t leave her behind! So we cut up a foam mattress from the local market to place her in a soft protected casing and then she took up residence in Gawaine's backpack as we travelled onward through Mali and Ghana. 

I also love to collect handmade textiles. My favourite piece is an old heavily embroidered young mans jacket I found in Kachchh, Gujurat. This amazing area in western India is home to the Rabari, a semi-nomadic group of pastoralists and anyone who has a thing for Indian textiles knows that Kachchh is renowned for its incredible artisans. This colourful jacket is actually the piece that inspired the creation of TheSilk Road. 

Another special piece is an old silver round amulet I found in the centuries old Esfahan bazaar in central Iran. Historically, the Esfahan bazaar was an significant place of trade on the Silk Road. The amulet was made by the Kuchi peoples of Afghanistan which borders Iran, and it is such a symbolic piece to me of our journey with The Silk Road. 

6) Do you have a favourite place in your home?
The bay windows in our kitchen and living room are such a glorious source of natural light and are integral to our day to day movements in our home. Everything we do revolves in and around these beautiful bay windows. They are huge, with the added benefit of being north facing which is perfect for our southern hemisphere seasonal changes. There is also an old rambling grape vine that twists and winds its way along the entire northern aspect of the house, just about the windows. In the summer months the grape shades the sun with its expansive green vinery, and in the cooler months the leaves turn a rich shade of auburn before falling off. The winter sun then streams in and warms the entire downstairs living spaces. The downstairs of the house has been built with rammed earth which encourages minimal fluctuations in temperature year round; the thick walls of compacted earth stay cool in summer and the sun warms the walls in winter. 

7) What are you currently listening too
Loren Kate, an Australian award winning musician who I have the immense pleasure of calling a friend. She is a remarkable human and story teller. Her music never fails to leave me with goose bumps or in tears. 

8) What are you currently reading?
We have a great collection of books, mostly non-fiction and generally anything related to worldwide cultures, world issues or stories exploring the lives of people who create change in the world. I would love to say I was actually currently reading something of that vein, but I just looked over to my bedside table and there is a very dog-eared copy of the India Lonely Planet. I re-read sections of it before I go to bed each night. India is my heartland, a country that has left such an imprint on me....Plus we have two little people tucked up in bed with us so I don’t read big books the way I used to.

9) If you could travel either back in time or to a far off land to grab some interior items where would you go?
I feel that our home is full to the brim with so many things, and although I love each and every piece that has found its way to us, I feel like we have everything we could ever need and at the end of the day it’s just stuff. As I grow older, I now would be much happier to work and learn alongside NGO’s who are committed to working with artisans to protect their traditional knowledge of crafts or provide skills, a safe place of work and income to marginalised or minority groups. This is what we have always been passionate about at The Silk Road and this year we intend to make a strong shift in this direction.

10) You opened The Silk Road nearly two years ago, how did that project come about?
The Silk Road was born out of a love of wrapping our global wanderings around us. Lou and I wanted to have small collections, sourced fairly and respectfully by us on our travels. We have been committed to sourcing from artisans and we have grown steadily in the past two years. This is in large part thanks to Instagram and the incredible people who have supported our journey. We feel that many of our followers ‘know' us, they have watched us travel around the world with our husbands and daughters and we think (we hope!) they trust that we always source with integrity. We intend to now use our small platform to bring awareness to issues that we feel passionate about and share these stories with those who wish to give back alongside us. We will still be artisan based, but with an emphasis on supporting individuals and communities who are at risk or marginalised.

11) Whats next for you in 2016?
Fortunately The Silk Road has always tied in perfectly with our personal plans, the two are very interwoven and symbiotic. As a family we will be travelling to Cambodia early in the year and then back to India in the second half of the year. We love our home, but we are happiest when learning and living out in the world. 

Thank You so Much to Rachel for taking the time to share her Nest.
You can find The Silk Road shop online or visit their Instagram here

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Organic Raw Chocolate from Launette....

Through blogging I have 'met' some truly awesome and inspiring people, and I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support I have received from people I have never met..

... one of these lovely people is Launette, full time mum to 6 month old twin boys, part time DJ, and raw Choclatier.. phew....what a woman!!!

I have been feeling a little run down over the last few months and recognizing a fellow mum in need launette sent me some of her yummy Organic Raw chocolate...

"Hand crafted organic raw chocolate.... made with Ecuadorian beans, Stone ground for 2 days, Sweetened with Mesquite, a Peruvian pod - naturally low GI and Mineral rich.... "

.... is it good? ... Well it didn't last a minute after this photo was taken... so yes, absolutely!!!

If you are needing a gift for a loved one or a little pick me up for yourself I totally recommend

Launette is on Instagram here

You can also check out her 2012 home tour on Moon to Moon here

Tuesday 26 January 2016

The Home of..... Artist Donjo

This beautiful hand built bohemian home is part of an Artists community in Buenos Aires

 This beautiful Buenos Aires oasis is the home of Artist Donjo. The home, made from pallets and boards took him only one month to construct and is such a perfect example of what can be done with passion and a small budget. Apart form the bed and sofa which used to be his grandmothers, Donjo has also made most of the furniture..

The beautiful huge round windows mean there is plenty of natural light for house plants, and the addition of another circular window in the roof mean Donjo can lie in bed and look at the stars!

Donjo's cozy house is located in an artists community in Buenos Aires where 12 other artists have workshops and homes. I have to say this sounds like an absolute dream doesnt it?

 To check out more of the home visit Casa Chaucha

Sunday 24 January 2016

The Home of.... Moon Juice's Amanda Chantal Bacon

 I don't know how many years ago it was that I heard of Moon Juice, but I am pretty sure it was via Prism of Threads Instagram. Of course the name Moon Juice is what initially caught my eye.

Suffering from really bad depression in my 20's, following a Brain Tumor diagnosis (now gone) I had decided to take matters into my own hands and trust the mantra 'You are what you eat' and became a firm believer the power of Healthy Eating, with juices and smoothies becoming part of my daily routine, but Whereas I thought having a carrot, apple and ginger juice was the height of healthiness, Amanda and her Moon Juice team had crazy ass juices made from Turmeric (Golden Tonic) and Aloe (Enzymatic Aloe Tonic) and as sadly they didn't ship to the UK I became inspired to make my own.

Moon Juice: Anfibio leather sofa

 Amanda Chantal Bacon is the founder of Moon Juice, an ever growing business that started In Venice, California as a juice bar but now sells Juices, Moon milks, tonics, Zen Bunni Incense, and apothecary and has numerous shops and an online store. Amanda herself is a radiant young single mother from New York who moved to LA to work in the food business,  then as a Food and Wine assistant editor for The Los Angeles Times.

 Amanda decided to return to the hands on world of food and Opened Moon Juice in January 2012, four days before she found out she was pregnant... though hard work and passion Moon Juice has become a huge success however her beautiful home is still humble and unfancy (although that is an $8,000 Anfibio sofa).

I love the huge windows looking out onto the slightly wild garden and high ceilings. This is a really beautiful natural home. Although painted white, there are just enough pops of colour and organic textures to keep the place feeling warm and homely..


Moon Juice Tonics
Images via Mother Mag, How you glow , Into The Gloss  and My Domain