Mag Square

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

the love affair continues...

Our love affair with our feathered friends coninues to grow with the discovery of these heavenly birdhouses from Tamar Mogendorff.

Born and raised in Israel, Tamar's artistic instincts were encouraged by her highly creative family. She especially loved to make gifts by hand, crafting animals whose hand-stitched descendants make up her body of work today.

Tamar's dolls are peerlessly beautiful and radiate extraordinary purity. They are hand-stitched from linens, mohair wool, cotton, vintage fabrics, tweed, antique embroidery, pashmina and other fabrics, and incorporate antique and vintage buttons, beads, silver thread and old ribbons.

Collection available through kindergallery.

a hand with the washing up....

Tea towels and door snakes aren't normally the things dreams are made of - but these gorgeous creations are certainly a stylish take on an otherwise dull household essential.

Memi Designs is the initiative of Melanie Hayes, a Melbourne-based designer with a background in fine arts and design. The current collection was inspired by the tree top silhouettes through the Melbourne streets. All Memi products are made from natural materials, mainly linen and cotton. The fabrics are printed by hand, using traditional silkscreen methods and are produced locally to ensure quality standards and a commitment to ethical productions are maintained.

Visit Mimi at Magnolia Square in May where she is offering shoppers 2 botanically inspired teatowels for $40 or visit them at

loving liberty....

These sweet liberty headbands are one of the many divine children's accessories available from And Me Too.

And Me Too will again be showing at Magnolia Square or purchases can be made online. Headbands priced at $14

Monday, May 26, 2008

its in the bag...

Dorina Strugnell from Promenade Bags has combined her sense of style and love of beautiful textiles to create a unique range of handmade bags. The pieces are timeless with a slick modern edge and made totally in Australia from high quality fabrics and leather.

The Retro Red City Satchel is our choice for fabulous colour and texture but find your favourite at Magnolia Square or at

g for gorgeous....

G for George will be making their debut appearance at Magnolia Square in May. They bring with them a stylish and functional range of frames, magnets and children's postcards and invites.

G for George came about quite by chance when Diana Tennant made a 'one off' gift for a friend. She has since joined business partner Natalie Kelly and together they have expanded the range and are passionate about producing fabulous products.

The girls will be offering great packages at the fair. A large frame, large magnet and card will retail for $65.00. You can also view online.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

time to unwind....

Experience the positive aspects of aromatherapy with the Lemon Verbena Soy wax candle from Cosse, beautifully packaged and with 50 hours burning time.

Annie Campbell creates beautiful handmade olive oil soap pods and natural products blended with essential oils as part of her Cossé range. As a nurse, she understands the importance of nurturing, and started Cossé to combine her instincts with her passion for essential oils and natural body products. Take time to pamper yourself in heavenly aromas with Cossé's lotions, scrubs, mists and indulgent massage oils.

See Annie and Magnolia Square in May or learn more about the range on our signature retailers page.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

stunning in silver....

The latest offering from Klei has quickly been added to our most wanted. Inspired by the explosion of a spoor this sterling silver ring is quite a departure from the previous collections of Klei jewellery in it's femininity.

Priced from $129 and available at Magnolia Square in May. View other pieces in the collection by visiting the Klei blog.

Friday, May 23, 2008

warm as toast....

Ellka is a Melbourne based design studio specialising in modern handcrafted knitted and crocheted accessories and textile design. Luxurious yarns and a strong colour palette create a look that is both super stylish and ultra comfy.

We have picked out this cosy water bottle cover as a favourite - priced at $39.95 it just begs for a snuggle!

Danielle will be introducing Magnolia Square customers to her 2008 winter collection of unique lambswool caps, berets and scarves in May or visit her online.

a bird in the hand....

A pattern seems to be emerging with our love of all things bird!

Moonmum ( AKA Belinda Moon) occupies a corner of the Etsy world filled with beautiful papers, preloved buttons, a well travelled sewing machine and whimsical critters waiting to be created!

We adore the ‘quartet of birds’ card set but there are so many more delightful designs to chose from. Framed, these would make a gorgeous alternative to canvas art. Pop into her Etsy store to see her soon to be released notebooks and bookmarks or have something custom made.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

from Paris with love....

Two French Girls in Sydney are the sole importers of the very exciting range of costume jewellery by Zoe Bonbon. The latest in design, colours and materials all the way from Paris. Beautiful resin pieces and exquisite bracelets and necklaces decorated with mother of pearl are stand out features of the collection.

The girls are also launching a boutique collection of bags by Vietnamese designer Christina Yu. Christina combines an exceptional eye for design with superb craftsmanship of traditional artisans to create a range of stylish bags and wallets. The result is a beautiful blend of rich textures and fabrics mixed with her personal style of edgy glamour.

Meet the girls at Magnolia Square or visit them online.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

meet doris....

In a world filled with mass produced imported toys, comes a family of lovingly crafted, natural-fibre Australian dolls, designed by Katie Graham. Raggidy Rag Dolls are created to be passed down through generations of children, these gorgeous hand made dolls make a fabulous and timeless keep sake.

Doris is the most recent member of the Raddigy Rag Doll clan and is a delight in her fifties style apron and headscarf. As with all Katie's dolls, she is made completely and lovingly from hand so no two dolls will ever be the same.

Katie is also launching a long sleeve version of her very popular rag doll tees as well as hoodies for boys and girls. Come and meet the family at May Magnolia Square or purchase online at

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

skip lightly ...

How could you resist taking this little skipping girl home? Little Light House specializes in creating delightful children’s lamps. Stray away from the contrived look of the fully co-ordinated child's bedroom, and introduce some originality in your decorating style by choosing one of these beautiful lampshades, which will complement most existing decors.

The ‘skipping girls’ collection is particularly appealing with fabric from Sprout Design inspired by a 1970’s Pamela Walker design. We love that the fabric is completely made and designed in Australia. $64.95 available from

Monday, May 19, 2008

eats and treats ...

Experience the scrumptious sights and delights at ‘Eats and Treats’- a dedicated food space launching at May Magnolia Square. A heaven for foodies and cooks alike, ‘Eats and Treats’ will showcase the very finest in all things yummy.

Start the tour with Michels Fine Biscuit Co. Michel bakes the finest handmade goodies with oodles of passion. YUM!

Time to visit Cunliffe Waters where you will delight in the choice of handmade preserves, jams, and old fashioned meringues. All made in small batches in order to capture the essence of natural, quality ingredients.

Next stop on the food trail has to be Ricci’s Bikkies. Ricki continues to bake only preservative free hand made biscuits with top notch ingredients.

Now it’s time to graze past Nicolas Olive Estate where the family follows traditional methods with organically grown olives to produce extra virgin olive oil of the finest flavour and distinction. Hungry?

On the way out grab some Yarra Valley Pasta. The deluxe range of artisan pasta includes a range of freshly cut pasta, house made sauces, snap frozen filled ravioli, gnocchi & cannelloni and readymade lasagna. That’s dinner done!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

inspired by the gods...

Flora and Ceres was founded in 2004 by Andrea Beaumont. Her range of monogrammed products are inspired by the colours and form of her local landscape and the Roman Goddesses Flora And Ceres.

Based in the provincial township of Ceres in the Barrabool Hills of Victoria, Flora and Ceres is committed to timeless, quality products that represent decorative expression and functional simplicity.

From classic linen aprons to refined monogrammed buttons, you can be assured that each item has been selected with an eye for beauty and classic design. See the range at Magnolia Square in May or shop online at

Saturday, May 17, 2008

happy days....

Happy Canvas' beautifully designed modern artwork will transform your child’s nursery, playroom or bedroom into a colourful and creative space. Children love art and Happy Canvas is passionate about providing the hippest kids artwork around for both boys and girls.

Designer Lynette Franks creates each artwork using a process that begins with an original acrylic painting and, after being merged with a digital design eventuates into a bright, playful canvas print. Designs can be custom made to include a name and to accommodate the space available. Our favourites are the muted toned safari inspired pieces but there are a myriad of designs to select from.

Lynette is pleased to be launching a new collection at Magnolia Square in May. Prices begin at $55.00 and can be seen on her website

you've got mail....

Designed, printed and handcrafted by graphic designer and mum, Imprintables invitations share the joy of receiving something that is handcrafted and yet, oh so stylish.

"In the digital age of emails, I wanted to restore the excitment of recieving something stylish in your letterbox" says Nathalie.

The Imprintables range focuses on children's birthday invitations that stray away from tiresome themes of fairies and cartoon characters. The collection also includes occasional notes, thank you and correspondence cards, partyware, and a custom design facility to ensure each customer gets the chance to work with Nathalie to create their own unique line of stationery. We are loving the newly launched range of gorgeous personalised stamps.

Imprintables stationary can be found at Amity Child in Dural or shop online at You may even find Nathalie at Magnolia Square in the future…

Friday, May 16, 2008

mini me....

Vintage inspired fabrics, old shiny buttons and wooly felts are worked by the clever hands of Danni Townsend-O’Neil at Red Wagon to create vintage inspired works of art. Danni devotes hours to lovingly fashion these charming little soft folk, all with a personality entirely of their own. Part of the attraction to their quirky look is the fabulous fabric, which on mass looks to be a patchwork quilt.

We love that these cute little dolls can be individualised to reflect the personality and look of the little person in your life. Select their hair and skin colour, clothing colourway and name ready to be given as a gift to be cherished forever. See the range of softie dolls and other vintage inspired gifts at Magnolia Square or on line at

everything old is new again...

Morgan Wills is a Melbourne based boutique design label established in 2006. One of the first and most successful products in this design range was the eco friendly wearable Castoffs scarves.

These colourful scarves, crafted from 100% recycled woollen jumpers are a divine mixture of pre-loved favourites and designer labels. The classic and unique nature of this product has seen it rise to a ‘must have’ Melbourne winter fashion accessory.

In 2007 Cast off was expanded to include the Petite range of scarves, the baby bunny blankets and the aptly named Botanical kilt pins. New for this coming winter, Morgan Wills will release two new designs in Cast offs scarves, and her eagerly anticipated children’s range, 'Play with me'. Morgan Wills will present their range at Magnolia Square in May or take a browse at .

Thursday, May 15, 2008

all things nice ...

For a gorgeous winter wardrobe essential, you can't go past this divine embellished cardie from And Me Too. Embellished with spots and dots of delicate liberty fabric, this cotton cardigan is one of our favourites.
Team with a beautifully girly string of grosgrain beads and a liberty gypsy top for a look that’s as pretty as can be. $69.95 Available in pink, navy and blue online at
Even better, visit them at Magnolia Square to see the entire range of french inspired boys and girls clothing and take advantage of this fabulous offer; Buy 1 polo dress and receive the next at 50% off the RRP or for your little man; choose a shirt of your choice (excluding knitwear) at 50% off the RRP when you purchase a pair of carpenter pants.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

best dressed beds ...

For a bedroom that is all about you look no further than a Heatherly Design custom made bedhead. Founder Georgie Leckey believes that ensemble beds demand a final layer of comfort. "A bed head not only gives a feeling of luxury but can help tie colour schemes together and balance the proportions in your bedroom”. Georgie brings a wealth of industry experience and a passion for soft furnishings to her homegrown business.

There are 3 designs to choose from and a wide range of fabrics for adults and children. If you feel overwhelmed Georgie will provide you with a complimentary consultation on the texture and colour of the fabric for your bedhead. Pricing ranges from $475 for a single size bedhead to $690 for a king size bed.

See the Heatherly Design Range and talk to Georgie at Magnolia Square in May. Do your homework by heading to the website at

sleep tight ...

Melbourne designer Simone Marshall has developed a unique winter range of children’s clothing after last year’s successful launch at Magnolia Square. The all new winter range is Australian made from the finest quality Australian fabrics and manufactured here in Melbourne.

This stylish new collection by Little Squirts displays a sophisticated colour palette for children ages 3-10yrs. The entire range of sleepwear, leisurewear and beachwear is super comfy, stylish and just a little bit grown up!

Visit Simone at Magnolia Square in May and ask her about her fab pyjama offer – buy two pairs of full priced pyjamas and receive a dressing gown at 50% of RRP. Visit the website for a full list of products and prices.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

the May retailer gallery is on the way ...

For a full listing of the retailers you will see at Magnolia Square at the end of this month please check our website. We are adding to this list everyday .... there will be around 60 retailers all up. Very exciting!

Malvern Town Hall - cnr Glenferrie Rd & High St Malvern

Thursday 29 May 9am-9pm
Friday 30 May 9am-9pm
Saturday 31 May 10am-4pm