Apr 15, 2014

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Katie McKinnon is a local Melbourne abstract expressionist and contemporary landscape artist who I adore and whose art features in my house as part of the upcoming The Style School series.

Katie’s latest series of mixed media on canvas artworks, Marine Life, are flowing, abstract expressions exploring the fierce beauty and quiet strength of the sea, and the native fish and marine plant species of coastal Australia.

Elk in the Wood was founded in 2012 by Melbourne girl Sarah Kerr, while on maternity leave with her baby boy. Seeking a creative outlet and looking to bring individuality and a bespoke edge to her own home, Sarah started designing and making cushions. Fast-forward 18 months and Elk in the Wood cushions are still proudly designed and handmade in Melbourne, but can now be found online and in speciality homewares retailers across Australia, in Singapore and Sweden, and shipped worldwide. The cushions have a distinctive bold style and feature Swiss cross and deer silhouettes, contrasting prints and shades, playful pompoms, and pops of colour on a beautiful linen/cotton blend. Inserts are made from environmentally friendly recycled polyester.

Elk in the Wood love to collaborate with talented local artisans and Sarah crossed paths one fine day with artist Katie McKinnon. From this meeting an idea was born – transforming Katie’s beautiful artwork into cushions, providing “affordable art” soft furnishings. The first Katie McKinnon x Elk in the Wood collaboration range of cushions was an immediate sell-out. The duo, who are big believers in the transformative power of artwork and cushions in a space, are currently working on a second range showcasing Katie’s Marine Life series. The cushions will be backed with soft leathers and velvets for an added touch of luxury – available in May 2014.

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Elk in the Wood is also proud to be the exclusive online stockist for Geelong-based graphic artist Kimmy Hogan. The range of beautiful prints and cushions includes Kimmy’s much-loved Dachshund sleep study sketch, Fragments of Watercolour and Confetti prints.

Katie and Sarah have teamed up with photographer Derek Swalwell and stylist Bee Czarnota to produce these beautiful images, which could help you win RJL’s huge Easter Giveaway!

The RJL Katie McKinnon X Elk in the Wood Easter giveaway (pictured below) comprises:

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1 x Katie McKinnon for Meïzai painting, acrylic and ink on canvas, 40x40cm, framed in an American oak shadow box

1 x Katie McKinnon X Elk in the Wood girl deer cushion

1 x Katie McKinnon X Elk in the Wood boy deer cushion

2 x Elk in the Wood new season cushions – apricot zebra and grey Swiss cross

1 x Kimmy Hogan for Elk in the Wood A3 framed graphic print

Total prize value $1500

For your chance to win, repost your favourite of the Katie McKinnon X Elk in the Wood images above on instagram, follow and tag @katiemckinnon_art and @elkinthewoodmelb and hashtag #rebeccajuddloves.

Enter as many times as you like. Competition closes 23.4.14.
Free delivery within Australia to the prize winner. The tan leather saddle chair pictured is not included in the giveaway but can be purchased at meizai.com.au

Elk in the Wood is also offering a special 10% discount for RJL readers online at

www.elkinthewood.net code at checkout: BECJUDDELK14

Discount code valid until the end of April 2014.
Visit katiemckinnon.com.au for stockists.

Apr 13, 2014

Melbourne fashion label Steele hark back to their traditional design roots by embracing loser silhouettes paired with pretty prints and sporty mesh for their Winter collection- Euphoria. Inject a splash of embossed gold croc and leather and you have your winter wardrobe covered.

Personal faves of mine from the collection (which I have been wearing to death) include the Cheshina dress in white mesh and the Elfin dress (make sure you’re wearing appropriate underwear as a wind gust in the wrong direction… well, you get the picture. I speak from experience ha!).

Shop the look here

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