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Friday finds: Aura, Mini Grandi Artist, Liquorice Moon Studios & Little Papeterie

We’re constantly discovering new local makers, designers and small business owners ā€” far too many to feature individually so from time to time, we’ll be sharing quick snippets of new businesses we discover in a Friday finds round up!

Here are 4 things that caught our eye this month!

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Aura bathroom towels

New season AURA

AURA by Tracie Ellis has been impressing us, season after season, with their oh-so-stylish bed linen, homewares and rugs… although this Kami bath range takes our love for the brand to a whole new level!

Our winter 2016 collection combines a tonal pastel palette with geometric shapes and stripes, from bed linen, cushions and throws to bath towels and our new ceramics, this collection works effortlessly together to ensure a seamless transition as you move through your home.

The Kami bath range is a nod to the ancient art of folding paper. Jacquard woven in luxuriously soft and super absorbent pure cotton, combined with the sublime colours and patterns, this range has definitely made it onto our lust list!

Explore AURA’s range online

Bath mat

Sophie Melville (formerly Mini Grandi Artist)

Don’t you love it when you get lost on Instagram, going down a path of one amazing account to another? This is how we discovered talented New Zealand artist Sophie Melville.

I am somewhat an unconventional watercolourist, often using dried grasses for a brush as well as wide brushes and preferring to experiment and challenge myself every time I enter my studio.

She offers both prints and original fine art (and private commissions), making her works affordable and accessible. Her artwork is inspired by her environment ā€” mountains, forests, lakes and beaches surrounding Wanaka ā€” and is definitely worth checking out!

Explore Sophie’s art online

Mini Grandi artist
Mini Grandi Artist original art

Liquorice Moon Studios

The organic shapes and patterns of Eve Simmons’ Liquorice Moon Studios ceramics make our hearts skip a beat!

I lovingly hand make all ceramics in my little home studio, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Each piece is born on the pottery wheel, built carefully by hand or cast from a handmade mold.

From blue and gold mermaid cups to monochromatic tumblers, plates with pops of gold and dark stoneware hanging planters, we think you’ll love this lady’s work as much as we do.

Explore the Liquorice Moon collection online

Black and white ceramics
Gold mug

Little Papeterie

An online stationery and lifestyle store, there’s nothing we don’t LOVE about Little Papeterie!

We started as a stationery store but through our journey realised there are a lot of beautiful and quality products out there that are not mass-produced and made by people like us. That’s why we decided to expand and stock products we’ve fallen in love with alongside our own labels.

…And boy are we glad they did! Apologies in advance if introducing you to this online store makes a significant dint in your credit card šŸ˜‰

Update: Little Papeterie has since closed.

Little Papeterie
Tea towel

What new maker or online store have you discovered recently? We’d love you to share them in the comments below so we can check them out!

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    1. What a great new feature and I adore all the products you shared, especially the ceramics and artwork. I recently discovered Leo and Bella which is an online store that has lots of homewares and baby stuff too, only problem is they seem to sell out of things quickly http://leoandbella.com.au/ šŸ™‚

      • Yay, glad you like the new feature, Sarah! Ohhh and huge thanks for sharing the Leo & Bella shop, isn’t their stuff ah-mazing?!!


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