GHIFY NEWS & UPDATES
If you're looking for Cool Funky Stylish Eye Frames - make sure you check out Martine Brinsdon Optometrist in Murwillumbah! They've seriously got the funkiest range of 1-of-a-kind eyewear that you can find! We loved playing with their Custom Colour selections they selected for the "Once Upon A Queenslander" buffet & console for their newly decorated store. Isn't it AWESOME??
And what do they & their customers make of the Once Upon A Queenslander range??
If you love Nina Proudman's gorgeous Retro home on Channel 10's "Offspring" series, you will love this blog by Emma from Living Thrifty who shares her awesome tips & finds on how you can create the funky, country, retro-industrial look for yourself! And yes, our Recycled Bedside Table from the "Once Upon A Queenslander" collection is featured! Pick up yours from http://ghify.com/collections/once-upon-a-queenslander Visit Emma's lovely blog on http://www.livingthriftyaustralia.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/get-that-look.html to read her "Get The Look" inspiration!
We would love for you to #ghify on Instagram or Twitter to share any of your GHIFY photos with us. Like this awesome shot from Misfortunateone from Instagram of our lovely deck chairs at Post Office Square for the Brisbane City Council! Chillin' outdoors at lunch time in the city just got a lot more comfortable!
Thanks to Brisbane Times for this lovely photo of Brisbane Councillor Vicki Howard and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk sitting on our very own GHIFY deck chairs at Post Office Square! Read Katherine Feeney's article here on http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/city-hall-brings-a-slice-of-the-big-apple-to-post-office-square-20130618-2ofy5.html#ixzz2XD489AXt & support the Lord Mayor's "Chair2Share" efforts!
"Sounds like a lot more fun than the furniture in most glossy magazines ..."
That's according to the Eco Warriors, Tracey Hordern & the Team at Eco Citizen Australia when they saw our collection of Recycled furniture here @ GHIFY! Passionate about all things ECO, this brilliant team scour the world looking for all the ways & means of supporting the masses here in Australia who want to put into effect sustainable living in their lives. And that's how they stumbled on our lil' store and featured it in this article http://www.ecocitizenaustralia.com.au/ghify-recycled-wooden-furniture/
And that marked the beginning of our "Once Upon A Queenslander" collection. Inspired by this beautiful Australian icon, the Queenslander Home, we have so many happy memories of growing up surrounded by the warm timber floors, VJ walls and staring up at the ceiling battens on hot summer nights. For those of us who still remember it or are still lucky to be living in these beloved homesteads, you'll know what we're talking about. A rummage around a scrapyard one day found us staring at piles and piles of beautiful worn floorboards, ceiling beams and battens, still with some of their original paintwork, and the holes left by the nails embedded in them through the years. Some of the timber told of fires and the harsh Queensland sun beating down on them as they sheltered the families within. We just couldn't walk away. Salvaging as much of these old torn down Queenslander homes, we got back to the workshop and got really busy resurrecting these discarded timber into something we love - Furniture!
The result is a range of fun, beautiful and functional furniture that has been given a new lease of life in the form of dressing tables, chairs, sideboards, entertainment units, hall tables and more! Retaining as much of the original timber as possible with only a few splashes of colour, not only does this range need no maintenance, being solid timber, it will last for generations to come. A good thing because who would want to throw these babies out??
Best part about it, we can build other pieces to go with this range to suit your decor, or make them in any colour you like... Afterall, we are Furniture Makers, the Heart & Craft of it all :)
To see more of this extensive collection, visit http://ghify.com/collections/once-upon-a-queenslander
We also get asked by the skeptics, "Really?? Is this style [Author's Note: Actually they didn't say style but a 4 letter word starting with "S"] back again???"
Setting aside my hurt ego, the answer came perfectly in the form of this image below which I stumbled onto while searching for a holiday place to take the family which is:
- Close to the beach
- Pet-Friendly so the Head of GHIFY Security "Blues" doesn't have to be stuck in the Pet Motels which is only a step up from the Bates Motel if you ever ask your 4 Legged Friends
- Kids Friendly which really just translates to enough indoor and outdoor space for everyone so we don't get cabin fever
- Affordable! Coz' it's no fun eating SPAM in a CAN because you've had to cut into the food budget to go on this holiday
And that's how I came across this photo!
The owners of this gorgeous 2 Bedroom Beach Shack on the Sunshine Coast have decorated one of the living rooms completely in a Modern Retro style. Although ALL the furniture are in the Retro Style, they've beautifully encapsulated the traditional clean lines of 1950s style furniture with a modern splash of colour & decorations, creating an inviting & warm living room you want to come and hang out in.
So in answer to one of our most popularly asked questions? Nope, you CANNOT have too much Retro Furniture provided that you follow the decorating rules applied in the interior above:
(1) Don't overcrowd the space. Ensure there's a lot of flow so that each piece can have a share of the stage too. Cluttering them all together just creates confusion and chaos. Let it breathe.
(2) Don't sit on the fence - Pick A Colour. If you're intending to decorate your entire room with Retro furniture, pick a singular colour of timber to use or as close as you can possibly find. The above interior works so well because all the furniture are of a very similar shade of timber. It doesn't matter if they are not identical because... if you had observed Rule # 1 above (ahhemm), the pieces are apart from one another and you won't see the slight variations. Secondly, remember the furniture is but one segment to creating your FINAL, desired Modern Retro interior.
(3) Finishing Touches! This is where you can really have FUN picking out the finishing touch that will define your space as well as reflect your lifestyle and personality. The finishing touches like the lampshade, the rugs, wall decorations, colours, vases & plants are the things that will bring to life your interior and add the modern touches. For a more masculine Retro interior, why not got for River Stone, Rustic Iron or Worn Leather finishes? Think Sexy Cigar Den without the smoke. For a more homely Retro interior, pick fun, light and refreshing colours with dashes of gorgeous prints. Think Grace Kelly in her Summerhouse with a touch of Martha Stewart in the Hamptons.
If you would like to recreate your own 1950s Modern Retro Interior, check out our gorgeous range of Modern Danish furniture here http://ghify.com/collections/modern-danish and if you would like to find out where you can rent this lovely Beach Shack for your next holidays, visit http://www.stayz.com.au/133163
Happy Decorating!! xox