Friday, 1 July 2016

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Pinterest Inspiration… how we love you!


A bunch of flowers to get you through the day…. head to our Pinterest boards for more inspiration.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Stylish gender neutral nurseries


Moms who want the baby’s gender to remain a surprise until the stork arrives are often plagued by mind-boggling dilemmas when it comes to the nursery look. Fret not! There is a simple solution to this interior designing woe: by outfitting your little one’s room with gender-neutral furnishings and accessories, you will stay on the safe and stylish side of nursery décor without breaking the bank. Executing the nursery in a neutral palette is simple if you know your colour wheel and styles – and if you do not, you can pick a few useful cues here on how to achieve a charming kid’s room that will work for both girls and boys.

Etched on white: A gender-neutral classic


White walls will create a perfect backdrop for a gender-neutral nursery. A monochromatic colour scheme inspired by minimalism will render a clean, cosy feel to the room and expand the space visually, but if you want to add a bit more hue to the nursery, you can use tones such as brown, grey, beige, and olive green as accents. These hues will work well with both genders and they allow you to keep updating the décor with more grown-up pieces as time goes by. Carefully selected secondary and tertiary tones will add a touch of classic elegance to the room – just use dark hues sparingly to avoid excessive contrast and potentially gloomy feel!

A classic nursery: Vintage furnishings for comfort


Vintage furnishings such as armoires, cots, armchairs, and nightstands will not look out of place in a nursery: in fact, they will add a note of old-school nostalgia to the room and create a sense of classic ambiance for your bundle of joy. Oversized storage chests, rocking chairs, closed-back shelving crafted from solid wood are both durable and elegant, so your child will be able to use them when they grow up. In addition to visual appeal, vintage pieces can be paired with gender-marked accessories such as bed linens, pillows, as well as curtains, area rugs, and sofa throws in a range of pink or blue nuances.

Something old, something new: Dare to be different


If you do not have enough furnishings to execute the nursery in comprehensive vintage, you can try experimenting with old-and-new furniture combos. An old-fashioned brown armoire will pair nicely with dusty muted bed linens, while a minimalist writing desk will look at home next to a retro kid’s bed with elaborately engraved headboard. Similarly, the battered toy chest from your childhood days will add a quaint, playful feel to the modern nursery décor, and so will an old-fashioned cot from your family heirloom or a convertible wooden high chair-come-walker. Additionally, you can pair some playful vintage curtains, with carefully chosen custom blinds and shades to get that perfect combo of old and new that will be the perfect fit for your nursery.

Playful and fun: Add a personal touch to the nursery



Author bio:
Zoe Clark is a journalist, freelance stylist and blogger. She is a visual storyteller and aesthetician by heart who often writes about decorating and DIY ideas. She loves sparking creativity in people and giving them ideas for their own space.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Love Mae Mother’s Day Comp


As much as we love the idea that Mother’s Day is the one day a year where we can relax over brekkie in bed (that someone else cooked!) to the scent of freshly cut flowers, really we know life’s not all perfectly poached eggs and roses.

There’s the kids who mistake the hot sauce for relish and the toddler who thinks egg shells are a great garnish. These are those meal moments that remind us that we’re always the mum, even on Mother’s Day.

As they say it’s all about the journey, not just the destination. So we want to see your most memorable meal moments - from who got to lick the beaters first and who forgot to wipe the milk moustache off before school, to who left that trail of flour foot prints down the hall.

Share your favourite mealtime moment with us and you could be getting your hands on two of our Love Mae fruit and vege posters, a 5 Piece Eat Your Greens Bamboo Dinnerset, PLUS two editions of our favourite quarterly mag, Lunch Lady (with copies for two friends as well!). And there’s 2 packs up for grabs!

To be in the running:

  • Upload your favourite meal moment pic to Instagram
  • Follow and Tag both @lovemaestudio and @hellolunchlady
  • Tag two of your fellow mum’s
  • And #lovemaemealtime

Easy as pie!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Birthday Sale



Every year we celebrate our Birthday Month of May with a bang! 2016 is no exception.

Join in a month of fun competitions and flash giveaways- The presents are on us! - so keep an eye on our Instagram, Facebook and the Love Mae Blog for more fun goings on.

Let's start things off by giving you 20% off on our website in our Big Birthday Sale! 

HURRY SALE ENDS MIDNIGHT MAY 3

* Sale excludes pre sale items

New Desktop Calendar for May

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Delightful dinnerware designed for duration

I recently stumbled upon a great blog post about bamboo dinnerware and instantly wanted to share it with everyone. I love that the beautiful Holly allowed me to repost this. (A huge thanks to Leotie Lovely Blog!) 

If feels like there are so many decisions to make as we navigate through the emotional pathway of parenthood. I personally subscribe to the theory that if we are able to make an educated choice, we should concentrate on that and think if it as a win… and not dwell on the stuff that you don’t have a choice about. I can’t see that it is worth the anguish.

Holly’s post is about delightful dishware, its manufacturing and impact environmentally at the end of its life… from cradle to grave. 


Delightful Dishware Designed for Duration

By Leotie Lovely

I will not be the first, nor the last, to decimate a dish through excited expressiveness or wildabeast-esc washing techniques. It hasn't been often that I've thought about the true ramifications of my actions, from cradle to grave of the smashed something.

There is very little available online covering the impact of ceramic plates, but I did find one study in which they were comparing the use of traditional ceramic plates with biodegradable dishware for use in the University's cafeteria.

In their study they didn't include the energy consumption and impacts on the earth from the recovery of raw materials (in their case kaolin, feldspar and quartz).


CRADLE IMPACT


To understand the impact of these raw materials, I looked at the mining practices behind each of the minerals used in ceramics and their individual environmental impacts.

[KAOLIN] Kaolin is located by drilling holes in the earth which can range up to 200 feet in depth. To extract Kaolin, companies have to drill 50-100 holes per 100 acres to find the mineral in abundance and make the extraction. The mining of kaolin is acknowledged to have a negative impact on the environment. According to M.I.T, "[The] environmental hazards are present during every step of the open-pit mining process. Hardrock mining exposes rock that has lain unexposed for geological eras. When crushed, these rocks expose radioactive elements, asbestos-like minerals, and metallic dust. During separation, residual rock slurries, which are mixtures of pulverized rock and liquid, are produced as tailings, toxic and radioactive elements from these liquids can leak into bedrock if not properly contained."

[FELDSPAR] Feldspar, like koalin, is acquired though what is called 'Open Pit Mining'. As M.I.T described above there are toxic and radioactive elements from this mineral which can leak into the bedrock during this process. With fedspar, the primary pollutant of concern is pariculate matter (PM) which is emitted during the processing, crushing, grinding, screening, drying, material handling and transfer operations.

[QUARTZ] Quartz shares the same mining processes as kaolin and feldspere but has the added negative impact on miners themselves as the dust produced during drilling, blasting and shovelling omits toxic gasses and sut which may cause lung cancers and development of chronic silicosis.

PRODUCTION IMPACT STORY

In ceramic dishware production, once the minerals are extracted, they're mixed with water to prepare the dough, which is then casted, moulded and pressed using machines and fired in a kiln at 1260˚C. It is then given a coat of glaze (which is made up of chemicals itself and has its own negative impacts in its production) and fired once again in the kiln. The finished dinnerware is then packed in corrugated cardboard boxes and transported. This process overall uses a huge amount of electricity pulling further from the earths resources, on top of that, approximately 1050ml of water was consumed to create a 9"commercial dinner plate, amounting to a magnitude of environmental impacts surpassed that of biodgradable plates across all impact categories: carcinogens, respiratory organics and inorganics, climate change, radiation, ozone layer, ecotoxicity, acidification/eutrophication, land use, minerals, fossil fuels.

GRAVE IMPACT STORY

(from the ceramic sustainability study) Ceramic ware is usually discarded when it is damaged to such an extent that it can no longer be used. As ceramic plates are subjected to very high temperatures while firing and glazing, meaning they are heat resistant. Therefore, they can't be broken down by an incinerator (which is good in some ways as they won't omit emissions in that process) but will find themselves living the rest of their lives in the landfill.

[OPTION 1: ENAMELWARE]

This style of tableware brings visions of cowboys drinking coffee on the open range but this style of creation was developed by the ancient Egyptians and will last you multiple lifetimes for sure.

[OPTION 2: BAMBOO]

Bamboo can be grown organically and harvested from wild groves (not farmed plantations) and is a sustainable natural resource.Once you're finished with it (and this may take a while) it will break down cleanly when buried.

[OPTION 3: HUSK]

Another amazing alternative, Husk is made from natural rice husks which would otherwise be burned or discarded. They're dishwasher safe and completely biodegradable and they break down cleanly when buried at the end of their lifetime (they're great for the compost).

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Lunch Lady Magazine

‘There is plenty of reasons to get the latest Lunch Lady magazine… Were voting it the only magazine we actually read. But until you order your copy we couldn’t deny you peak of the advertisement we have in its glossy pages’

Love… Mae xx



Saturday, 16 April 2016

Love Mae Love Your Walls - by Petit & Small


By Helena Casanovason
Petit & Small



Spring in the Northern Hemisphere is here, and with it comes the urge for to clean and redecorate your child’s room (and the rest of the house, of course!). You’d be surprised by how easy it is to refresh a room with just a few simple tweaks. One of my favourites is changing the walls. You can paint them in bright white, add some wallstickers or hang a poster; and, voila, you have a new room!

Spring is here, and with it comes the urge for to clean and redecorate your child’s room (and the rest of the house, of course!). You’d be surprised by how easy it is to refresh a room with just a few simple tweaks. One of my favourites is changing the walls. You can paint them in bright white, add some wallstickers or hang a poster; and, voila, you have a new room!

Dinosaurs, fruits, and clouds. They’re some of the motifs you can find at Love Mae. It’s an Australian company that designs delightful fabric wall decals, kids’ bamboo dinner sets, wallpaper and prints for the young and the young at heart. Its products are lovingly designed with the finer details in mind.




You can find lots of animal patterns at Love Mae, from sweet deers or colourful birds to stylish tigers. These wall decorations will bring a burst of nature to your kids room. If you want to make your child super happy, create an accent wall with a large vinyl or a wallpaper with his/her favourite creature.



Changing the wall art is another good option to update a room. Take a look at the latest additions to Love Mae, the canvas prints. They include hand-crafted timber frame (top & bottom) and a string, so they’re ready for hanging !








Although this brand has lots of colourful wall stickers, you can also find black & white motifs. For monochrome lovers, small patterns in grey and black are the best choice.



Do you want to create a cheerful nursery? Then, you can opt for adding colourful motifs on your walls. Now it’s simple to find bright wall art for kids in pastel or primary colours. The hard thing is picking only one of them!



Do you want to create a cheerful nursery? Then, you can opt for adding colourful motifs on your walls. Now it’s simple to find bright wall art for kids in pastel or primary colours. The hard thing is picking only one of them!

Read more at the Petit & Small Blog on how to Spring up your baby room...

Friday, 1 April 2016