It only makes sense for my first 'A Touch of Colour' post to start with a beautiful home in Sydney draped in Navy and White. While colour can sometimes feel intimidating, there is no denying it usually both elevates and changes the energy of the room. I recognise that there is an art to how we use colour in our lives, and that is why I look forward to sharing homes from those who do it best.
For quite some time I've known the magic of Navy, although it wasn't until I worked as an in house designer at one of Australia's largest homeware retailers, that I realised how much it was a "core colour" in so many homes. Sitting along side cream, black and white in the home, navy is highly commercial, classic and often timeless. I have shared a few of my favourite images below from a home with navy and white incorporated throughout. I hope this both inspires and delights.
Seaside Rustic Modern by Interior Designer Lynda Kerry
"Seaside Rustic Modern" Designed by Lynda Kerry
Perched high above Sydney Harbour with views to the heads, this home is a modern synthesis of rustic and refined elements with polished American charm. Interior Designer Lynda Kerry explains the interiors of the home convey warmth through woods, natural materials and an earthy colour palate which reflects the sky, the water and the earth.
For me, I love how this home has navy added in ways that are non permanent, cushions and ceramics are great for this - with only a few walls painted throughout the home. When you use colour this way, you can easily change it up at a later date. In my opinion, this home is a great ode to west indie's interiors, with a touch of classic chinoiserie style. To see the full home and to view Lynda's work, click here.
I thought I would link to a few of my navy and white textiles, printed onto organic linen and made right here in Australia. There are so many ways you can add a touch of colour to your home. What is your colour of choice? Do you have a few? Please leave me a comment.. I would love to know! Lots of love, Britt xo
Shop navy organic linen
our first look at MACq01
pre ceremony photos in Battery Point
ceremony at Sefano Lubiana Wines
reception at Stefano Lubiana Wines
britt la spina organic linen pistachio geo napkins
My husband and I met nearly nine years ago. I think for some time we weren't sure what our wedding would look like. After the proposal, everything was clear. We would have a micro wedding, in Tasmania. We wanted to share one of our favourite places with our family and friends.
We stayed at Macq01 in Hobart, where we would get ready and have our first look photographs. We decided to see each other the morning of our wedding day and separate just before the ceremony. We strolled through the beautiful little suburb of Battery Point, stopping past our favourite places for a few photos before we headed to our micro wedding of fifty guests.
We got married on the same day as my grandparents, it would have been their fifty fifth wedding anniversary. The date was a coincidence, which meant more to me than I let on. We had a simple ceremony on the lawn, backing on to the river Derwent. Followed by oysters, champagne and then our intimate dinner inside to the Osteria. The fire place was on all night, with candles lit. I used my own organic linen napkins for the guests. Which coordinated with the seasonal Tassie flowers.
My husband mentioned each guest in his wedding speech.
It was the Tuscan wedding we had always dreamed of, but in Tasmania.
Bride ~ Dress: Ralph Lauren | Rings/Bracelet: Hardy Brothers | Earrings: Vintage Tanzanites borrowed from my Nanna
Groom ~ Suit: Custom P Johnson Tailors | Watch/Ring: Rolex and Hardy Brothers | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
Venue ~ Location: Stefano Lubiana Wines and Osteria, Tasmania | Hotel: Macq01 Hobart, Tasmania
Vendors ~ Photographer: Jon Gazzingnato | Flowers: The Romantics | Celebrant: Married By Dan | Napkins: Pistachio Geo
Hope is in action, big and small 💗
My heart goes out to everyone that has been affected by the Australian bushfires. It has been very powerful to see the country come together during this time. We are proud to have donated to the @wildlifeconservationfund (via the ZAA Rescue and Rehabilitation Wildlife Appeal) who are coordinating a collaborative response to the emerging needs of affected wildlife.
The total funds raised will be allocated by the Wildlife Conservation Committee to focus on:
The rescue and rehabilitation of drought and fire-affected Australian native wildlife, with the specific end-goal of returning healthy animals back to the wildlife.
Science and research geared toward reassessing species status, habitat regeneration and other science projects.
Activities that continue to support or help establish federal and/or state endorsed, targeted breed for release conservation activities.
If this is something that you would like to contribute towards and you have the capacity to do so, I have provided the link below:
Thank you and much love 💗
I am thrilled to announce that after five years of designing textiles, I am finally launching my own product line!
Over the past year I have been working on a bespoke range of organic linen homewares, featuring my designs. All of the prints are hand painted and illustrated by me, with a careful amount of consideration!
While the colours and designs may have changed during the twelve month sampling phase, one thing that didn’t was my desire to do things sustainably. Each piece is hand made in Australia and printed on organic linen. Deciding to have my designs printed onto natural fabric was an easy decision.
Even though the cost is much higher for me working this way, it is much lower for our planet. Purchasing organic linen isn’t just better for the world, the water ways, the air, or for you and your skin, it’s a choice towards what sort of consumer you want to be.
While I am no saint, over the years I have begun to develop a heightened consciousness, which draws me to question many choices I make in my adult life as a consumer and product producer. I am often stuck in the middle of two mindsets. Two different people, the person I am and the person I want to be.
Through my journey of Textile Design over the past 5 years, I have learnt a lot about the product design industry. It drew me closer to producing ethical products made with natural fibres and durability. I do what I can to be conscious in my decision-making and still love the spaces around me whilst doing it. I think there is an art in the possessions we collect, in the person we strive to be.
I am so proud of every single piece in this range. Purchasing Britt Laspina products is choosing to support Australian made, natural fabrics, designed exclusively with the passionate, on-trend woman in mind.
I hope you like my debut range, please let me know what you think and which piece has your heart!
I’m at a point in my life where I am going through a lot of changes. I am about to get married, about to launch a new business idea, about to start a new project, about to consider buying my first house.
There is a lot going on, and personally, there are a lot of moments where I think
“Once I achieve x, then I will live my best life, then I will be happy, then I will be content, then I will relax”
It got me thinking, at what point do we stop and realise that our personal fulfilment through goal chasing never truly ends?
We are constantly setting new goals for ourselves - and the journey of pursing those goals, is often the place where we find true growth.
We can't grow and develop as humans when we have everything we desire. A huge part of growth is not having what we want, not being where we want to be.
I’ve personally found that I tend to say “When I launch my new project, then I will do this, then I will do that” I tend to pull the blanket over my head and work, work, work, and neglect the things that are meant to be apart of the process. I won’t eat right, I won't exercise properly, I won't dress creatively, because I’m working from home, in a dark room, trying to bring my project to life. I tell myself that once I have worked hard enough at my project, then I will start living my best life.
Why do we put off the person that we truly want to be? Why do we let goal chasing define our inner peace?
Because in order to start living, we are waiting for something to happen first.
I think it’s really important to act and live as if everything you want and are working towards is happening. To think and always remember, that you are achieving, and you are going to achieve. To feel that, to believe that.
I hope you can realise that we need to be happy in the now, that everything you want to happen is happening, it’s ours, we just don't have it in this moment.
So, join the gym, cook the home made pasta, drive to the beach with your dogs. Live that dream life you have always longed for, even if you think you don't deserve it yet!
People say that what is meant for you will always be.. and to some degree I believe that.
Perhaps our calling finds a way to us?
I can tell you that a lot of people have found their calling by mistake. For instance, how many times have you heard someone saying that they just tried something, or someone asked them to come along to something, perhaps they were even dragged to something against their will- and it turns out, that they are amazing at that particular thing.
Or, you know how sometimes you get an inkling that you want to do something, and then you shrug it off? Or, maybe there is one thing that you have really been wanting to do, and life keeps getting in the way. Those are the little things in between you and your hidden talent.
If you don’t take action, for whatever the variables are, you may miss out on huge opportunity. We know this to be true for many principals in life, yet.. did you ever consider passing thoughts as clues for your life's divine plan?
For me personally, one day I had the nudge to go to an Art Shop I always drove past. I did art in high school, yet to tell you the truth I wasn't very good at it. I think in high school you tend to compare yourself to a lot of people, so I never thought that day my decision could lead to a career in design.
I also never knew about Textile Design, so of course I never thought it could be a career. So, given all of this, why did I even go? What was I hoping to achieve? All I knew was that I needed a hobby, like most things though I would probably give up.
The day came and I took my brother with me, we were both still living at home at the time. When I asked him if he would come, he looked back at me with a puzzled look on his face, and for the effort of killing time, he agreed.
I sped home. I actually got a speeding ticket - which is funny, because I was obviously SO excited. I had no idea what I was going to paint. I knew I had to create something, something had to come out, something had to happen.
My point is, I didn't have to go to the art store that day, I could have let self doubt get in the way, used some old materials that I had at home, yet - it was a split second decision based off an inkling, that, today was the day I was going to do something different. That decision ended up leading to a 7 year career in Textile Design.
I also reflect on the fact that If I hadn't of posted the photos of my paintings on Instagram I wouldn't have been contacted by the companies that gave me my first shot, and, so the cycle continues. If I hadn't of taken that one photo, that one day, of that one drawing.
So where is this going?
It’s so easy to dismiss thoughts. It’s so easy to put things off, or to not try new things. I think if you don't know what you passion is, you have to try a thousand things, you don't get the luxury of being dismissive with passing thoughts and inklings.
For once, don’t ignore those tiny, erratic voices in the back of your head.
In the early stages of my painting it was still never an option for me to be a full time Textile Artist, I went to university and studied a Bachelor of Business Degree, majoring in Human Resources and Integrated Marketing Communications.
The moment I was employed as a commercial designer, earning a steady salary with super, paying of my university debt, having had bought an Audi, all through my designs was the very moment I thought back to that day, where I realised that driving to the West End Art Shed was just the beginning.
Again, for me, it was going to the Art Shop, but obviously it’s going to be something different for you.
James Franco took an acting class to impress a girl.
How will your story begin?
Everyone knows that Linen has a great reputation. Chances are, if you wear it regularly, you are making a conscious effort to be the best version of yourself. Yet, if you aren't quite convinced; maybe you know it's amazing but you don't own much of it.. Here are some of key reasons you need to know about it.
1. It can be worn a million different ways
What I love about linen is that is has no bounds. Most people think of linen as the perfect casual/ lounge wear, but it is so much more than that.
I can actually say, that for the first time in my life I witnessed a linen wedding dress. Yes, most likely the most formal occasion you could think of. So, basically, you can dress your linen up and down, high and low, Mary Kate and Ashley.
2. It's not killing the planet
Linen is considered a premium fabric, meaning it can be expensive, so people tend to steer away from it, but have you thought about at what cost? We must remember that not all fabrics are created equal.
Linen is a plant-based fabric made from flax, which can be grown on terrain that’s unsuitable for food production. When grown through traditional techniques, linen actually consumes very little water or pesticides, leaving quite a small environmental footprint. Linen is naturally biodegradable, which means you won’t be adding to landfill or poisoning the soil.
3. It breathes, so you'll sweat less
Linen has amazing temperature regulating properties. People who wear linen clothes perspire 1.5 times less than people who wear cotton and twice than those who dress in viscose.
It is the perfect attire for a hot climate, and is a long wearing fabric, twice as long as cotton. It is also less likely to cling to your skin, so it blows, dry's and becomes cool again.
4. It's gets better with wear
Linen gets better as you wear and wash it. According to Vogue, one way you can both ensure your linen bedding lasts the distance is by ditching the iron. Linen will naturally become softer and more comfy with every wash. Another reason to ditch the iron is to make those natural crumples and texture do their thing, giving it that look book, Pinterest aesthetic.
5. It gives you an effortlessly cool vibe
Aside from all of the obvious reasons why linen is amazing, everyone who wears it generally feels more confident in some way. For example.. Oh this Tea Towel? Oh, these Cushions? Thanks, they are linen.
A word from Britt,
Welcome to my blog! I am a Textile Artist from Australia who loves the very tasteful use of colour and print!
I plan to write content here that is meaningful to me and compliments my lifestyle of mindful, passionate living.
I look forward to sharing many of my thoughts with you all, as well as add my drop of oil into this big diffuser we call life!
Have you seen our linen CUSHIONS?