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Spring Floral Tips with Petal Post

This week we teamed up with our friends Petal Post to show you how to make the perfect floral arrangement this spring.

Petal Post are a Sydney based florist who send out a box of flowers straight to you with tips and tricks on making your own arrangement. So if you like what you see here and what to get creative with flowers every week, we highly suggest checking out Petal Post!

STEP 1: THE PERFECT FLOWER SELECTION

  1. Choose flowers that you love and that make you happy.  Consider what colours would suit the space you intend them for.
  2. Don’t forget the foliage!  Foliage adds volume & structure to your arrangement.
  3. Have a variety of textures, by choosing softer flowers as well as nuts or berries.  Choose different flower shapes and sizes for interest.
  4. Don’t choose too many flowers!  Sticking to a few favourites will make the arranging process simpler and more enjoyable.

The flowers we’ve chosen are: local Snapdragons, local Roses, Berzellia, Wax Flower, Sun Fern in fresh whites and greens –  all Australian grown, of course!

STEP 2: THE PERFECT VASE

A good tip to remember is the height of your flowers should be around 2/3 whilst the vase itself just 1/3.  A cylindrical vase is very versatile as it provides supports for the taller stems, whilst the generous neck allows room for the flowers to fall in place without being too compacted together.  We’ve chosen the Zakkia Aqua Vase for this reason.

Always use a clean vase with fresh clean water.

STEP 3: PREP YOUR FLOWERS

It’s a good idea to get your flowers into water straight away, give their stems a decent snip on an angle and pop them in some fresh water.  This will let them rehydrate whilst you prepare your vase. Always strip off any leaves that may fall below the water line of your vase.

ROSE TIPS: Usually when you receive Roses their thorns have been removed, if any remain gently snap them off with your thumb before you begin working with them.  Often the ‘guard petals’ have been left on, some may be bruised or marked as they protect the Rose during transit.  You can remove them gently by pulling the petal off, or leave them as they are – they’ll only add to the beauty of the Rose as it opens.

STEP 4: BUILD YOUR ARRANGEMENT

As you take each stem, snip it to the perfect height to suit your vase.

Start with the foliage, place the stems on an angle crossing each other, providing support for the other flowers when placed.

Add the Berzellia in a cluster to one side.  Then create a cluster of roses on the other side of the arrangement. Take the tallest stemmed Rose and pop it toward the back, working your way forward with the other Rose stems, snipping them shorter toward the front.

The Snapdragons can be popped in at the back of the arrangement for height.

Add detail and prettiness by using the Wax to fill in all the gaps.

 

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Hello Spring!

Can you believe it? We survived another Winter!

Here at ZAKKIA we love Spring. The lead up to summer gets us excited for warmer weather, long picnics in the sun, freckled shoulders, fresh fruit, and flowers in full bloom. We are also excited for a spring clean and taking care of our gardens that might have taken a beating during the cooler months.

It also means the relaunch of our blog posts. This season we will be bring you Spring inspo, giveaways, interviews, and a special events. Kicking off we created a Spring inspo Pinterest board – check it out below.

We hope you have a lovely Spring season!

We are loving pinks and oranges this season, as well as glass to show off our flower market finds. Luckily we have this colour palette covered for you.

Click through to see the rest of our Spring picks!

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How to Make Your House a Home – A Chat with Bupa

Bupa wanted to sit down and chat with us about what little things we do to make our house a home. Read about our tips below!

Cosy home feeling featuring our Dimple Tray, Speckle Plate + Tab series


Pay Attention to the Details to Make Your House a Home

The design pieces you choose to adorn your home with can make all the difference between it feeling like a home as opposed to merely a house. Decorating your home is not about having huge, expensive pieces of art everywhere; rather, it is the small details that can have the largest impact.

At ZAKKIA, we have embraced the Swedish aesthetic of form and simplicity in our designs. The products we create are beautifully handcrafted, fully embracing the natural materials and letting the true beauty of each shine through. Pay tribute to your living space by decorating it only with pieces you truly love, ones that show your character.

Group Your Favourite Things Together

We often find that grouping decorative objects together is a great way to create an interesting story in the home, and it allows you to get creative and experiment with different heights, textures and materials. This was just one of the tips we offered Bupa Life Insurance for their recent article on ‘How to Make Your House a Home‘. But there are many other ways you can make your living space feel more homey.

Ceramic + Concrete pots grouped together to create an indoor garden


Use the Rule of Threes

When placing decorative pieces around your home, try arranging them in groups of three. This will allow you to create a flow and tell a story through your decor. Be sure to mix and match various colours, textures and sizes within each grouping to make it truly eye-catching. Don’t worry if the pieces don’t match together exactly. The goal is to find a common thread that ties them together, not to perfectly coordinate them.

Play Around with Textures

Here at ZAKKIA, we take inspiration with the natural materials available to us in Australia. We don’t try to force anything to be something it’s not, instead working with the natural beauty of each material to create pieces that are truly unique. Our aesthetic is not about bold statements, focussing instead on what makes each material uniquely beautiful in its own right. When the natural colours and textures are allowed to show through, we can create pieces with timeless aesthetic appeal.

Don’t Neglect the Display Base

It can often be easy to get so caught up in choosing the decorative items themselves that you can completely forget about what those items will be displayed upon. The display venue is just as important as the piece itself, so devote just as much attention to choosing this as well. In many cases, you’ll want to choose something neutral to allow the piece to speak for itself, but sometimes, a strategically placed statement piece, like an ornate tray, can become the focal point of the room and a talking point among guests to your home.

For us it’s the small details that really make a house a home. Growing up in Sweden we called this feeling ‘mys’, which loosely translates to that cosy feeling of being in a comfortable, well-designed space that is designed for enjoyment with family and friends.

Don’t forget about the hallway with Terrazzo Hooks, Vases + Dimple Trays

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New collection edit by Kara Demmrich

Kara Demmrich terrazzo hook woven bag

This week Kara Demmrich, one half of professional renovating duo Kyal & Kara, edits our new 2017: Collection 01, choosing her favourite products for their coastal home.

Z: Tell us a little about your background and how you have landed where you are now?

K: I actually studied physiotherapy at university whilst Kyal completed a carpentry apprenticeship, and went on to obtain his builders license. Kyal and I have always loved renovating and it’s always been a dream of ours to renovate full time.

We purchased our first home together when we were 20 and spent evenings after work and weekends transforming a tiny shack into a gorgeous family home (more pics our journal at kyalandkara.com). When The Block auditions opened in 2013, we saw it as an opportunity to do something we love full time for three months. Little did we know how much this would change our lives. Four years later plus A LOT of hard work, we’ve completed over 25 renovations and we’re now renovating for ourselves full time. In this time, we established a building business ‘Diverse Design & Construct.’ We’re also brand ambassadors for some amazing companies such as Beaumont Tiles and Bisley Workwear and work on Network Ten’s ‘The Living Room’ completing their Design Challenges.

Kyal and Kara

Z: Tell us about your favourite project?

K: There’s something we love about every project we do. Our first home was such a labour of love, so it will always be special to us. Producing an online series for our latest renovation ‘Toowoon Bay Reno’ was a whole new experience and we’re looking forward to doing it all over again – sharing our current project ‘Long Jetty Reno.’

Grey Fade Bud Vases featured in Kyal and Kara's home

Large Handle Pot White & Bud Vases in Grey Fade

Z: You work with a lot of ceramics in the houses you renovate, what do you like about working with these products?

K: I adore ceramics in white, sandy and natural colours. They are such a great way to add warmth and texture to a space, they work well with our relaxed coastal style.

Sage Dimple Tray & Speckle Container

Dimple Tray – Large Sage, Speckle Container – White and Brass Muddling Spoon

Z: What do you love about your top picks from our latest collection?

K: I love the sage colour of the Dimple Tray. It works so beautifully paired with native foliage, and complements the coastal colours in our home. I also love the subtle pattern in the snow Terrazzo Hooks – the bonus is, they’re practical!

Keep up to date with the rest of Kyal and Kara’s world at kyalandkara.com, on Instagram and Facebook.

Coastal beachside home by Kyal and Kara

Dimple Tray – Large Sage and Speckle Container – White

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ZAKKIA’S new 2016 Collection 02

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We are very pleased to introduce you to the new ZAKKIA 2016 Collection 02! Our new range of handmade homewares presents a versatile collection of objects to be enjoyed over a lifetime. 

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In this collection we have worked with new materials like terrazzo stone, sustainable woods and iron to add texture to ZAKKIA’S iconic clean shapes. We collaborated with our makers to source unique natural materials that highlight each design and bring to life the special quality of the handmade process.

1602 raw

We have extended our Raw cermamic designs to include rounded vases and pouring bottles. The raw finish is a specialty of our maker in northern Vietnam, where their family has been handcrafting ceramics for over 900 years. The glossy internal glaze in contrast to the raw outer is what gives the Raw collection it’s distinctive tactile quality.

Explore more Raw designs here.

1602 concrete

Updates to the Concrete collection include larger size trays and pots. View products.

1602 speckle

The organically patterned finish on our Speckle ceramics is the result of the natural reaction to the clay in the kilning process. We work with a traditional cubed kiln which allows for more heat variation during firing , and it’s really because of this variation that each handcrafted piece is like no other. In 2016:02 we have introduced a striking Bottle and Jug along with three sizes of Speckle Serving Platters.

Take a closer look.

1602 boards

Raw bottles, wooden boards, metal bowls and more.

 

1602 birch

Birch boards illustrated by Meeri Quinn.

1602 can

The minimalist’s watering can available in Black iron or solid Brass.

1602 brass jars

Brass bathroom or kitchen storage accessories.

1602 block

EXPLORE THE WHOLE RANGE HERE.