images @Ness Lockyer 2015
Me & country style go way back. I have long loved country style the style and Country Style the magazine, for many, many years. Actually, since I was very small. I used to draw houses that have the same facade as Our Old Lady has now. It’s always been in me and the love it grew even stronger as I grew up and moved into my own space.
The simple, un-fussed over look suited me to a T. The thought that I could put ticking and check together with linens, old stoneware alongside new ceramics was a wonderful concept in my eyes. I’ve always wanted to have a home where you can feel like you belong there, like part of our family. Country style allowed that sense of freedom.
I can’t pin point any one certain style to say “this is what I follow”. I have never been a follower and I seem to gravitate always to timeless pieces, palettes and pieces. Never following trends. I collect what I love and add it to the ongoing mix. It seems to work. Industrial, Provincial, relaxed, modern country, Hampton’s and farm house are terms that come to mind of what I love…but it’s elements from these that I take, not a whole collection…you know?
Australian Country Style helped me in the early days. Fresh out of my parent’s home, Mic and I moved into a three bedroom granny flat and it was this magazine, along with the now ceased American “Country Home”, that became my go to’s. I have every issue I bought and loved the lifestyle they both depicted within their pages. I could get lost among the stories, always wanted my own country life, adding post-it note bookmarks to the pages for reference.
So when I was first asked by Country Style to be in their magazine, I was blown away…completely! Ever since that first story in the June 2012 issue, Marley & Lockyer has popped up in various pages and editorials since then and I am humbled to have such amazing support from them.
This months issue is a stunning Christmas issue with lots of people I know and respect and admire. I was asked to make a ceramic and porcelain wreath for this issue. It’s on page 66 alongside some incredibly talented Women from various creative styles…you must check it out!
I was even more surprised when I flicked a few more pages along a found one of my French Embroidered Plates featured in a recipe…that’s it with the cake on it.
This is definitely another issue to save for sure.
I’m super proud of my ceramic and porcelain wreath – The Forever Wreath…
I had a little play about with it in our kitchen the other day, to try out this years ‘look’. I’m going for a more natural theme this year…ticking, linen and natural colours…with lot’s of white, of course.
Easy, casual, light and airy. I’m making a wreath for us to keep…which is rare that I ever get a real piece of my work, just the duds that don’t make it- ha!. I’m thinking i’m going to add sprigs of green and a big satin bow…or I might keep it simple like this one. What do you think?
If you would like one of your own Forever Wreath, please visit shop.marleyandlockyer.com
…it’s not just for Christmas.