Unless you have been under a rock for the last month, you will know that I have been blogging about the Kreo Home ‘Local is the new Black’ campaign.


Let me tell you a little bit more……

It all started about 8 weeks ago when Maggie Pana, the brains behind this fabulous giveaway, posted just a few words on her business page on IG….’Local is the new Black’ …little did she know what was about to unfold! I just popped my hand up and said ‘I will help where I can’…..wow…what a month it’s been!

The whole idea was to give local creatives a chance to get their name ‘out there’ through the power of social media and to be part of a huge giveaway promoting local businesses! The response was nothing Maggie & I could have ever imagined!


I think I could hear the ‘Oh my god’s’ and ‘No Way’s’ from Maggie’s home across town!

She was soon answering emails and receiving products week after week…until she realised that she was going to have to split up all the donated prizes , over 70+ of them….into a series of giveaways spanning over 4 weeks totalling approx. $5000 …how fantastic! I have also blogged about each business, what a creative bunch they were!

She wanted to use her business as a platform to promote ‘Buy Local’……. What a great idea, we all have to start somewhere don’t we! She had her own stockists donating goods for the giveaway, as well as people she had never heard of before!


Now a bit about Maggie’s business….Kreo Home! (www.kreohome.com.au)

It’s an online homewares and lifestyle store run by Maggie and her husband Chris Pana. Both of them share a keen eye for fun, quirky, edgy, eclectic & hard to find homewares & lifestyle products. (There’s that word again …eclectic!) She has a huge passion for buying local design, but also loves a lot of talent from across the shores.


They founded ‘Kreo Home’, just over 2 years ago, out of a want to showcase local talent, and in particular wares that are not mass produced.


She was sick of seeing the same old cr#p in stores over and over……

They source their products by visiting local design markets, trade fairs, by word of mouth, and of course spending hours upon hours on the internet and social media channels.


We have had many conversations of late discussing how much we would love local handmade products to take over the spotlight from bigger retailers & manufacturers.

It will take time, but together we can make a difference! I personally love visiting the design markets, meeting the makers and talking about the process of how their goods are made.

We as consumers now have so much choice, and I think it’s always great to buy something a bit different don’t you?



Where she can, Maggie likes to stock items with an ‘eco & sustainable focus’. Nowadays, we are all a lot more aware of the ongoing impact of these factors on the environment and the future for our kids.

I was going to ask Maggie what her favourite ‘piece’ in her store was…..but I think that’s just asking for trouble! Firstly, I’d be here for hours writing down all the suppliers, we all know that if they are on her store, she loves them all!

These pictures featured are just a few of my favourites….


Maggie likes to decorate her home in a bit of an ‘eclectic meets contemporary’ look. She likes to mix patterns, texture and pops of colour…Maggie is a rule breaker when it comes to homewares and styling.


She photographs most of the stock for the store where she can, and is luckily enough to manage it from her home. She has 2 divine little kidlets, who have certainly been keeping her busy of late with lots of ‘Xmas’ concerts and bringing their proud mother to tears. She loves to spend time at the beach as much as she can, to get away from the hustle & bustle of busy city life….bring on the holidays I say!


Maggie to me is a relatively new friend, but one I feel as though I have had for a long long time! We are on the same page on so many levels, have a slightly crazy nature, a little OCD when it comes to Interiors and Homewares and like a Vodka lime & Soda or two! We are both extremely passionate about our businesses, family and my god is she super loyal!


Thanks Maggie…..I am so happy to have been involved in this giveaway with you! XX

I know that I will be talking on behalf of all the suppliers involved in this incredible giveaway, the original and the best #localisthenewblack….THANK YOU! 

I know I will look with interest to the future collaborations from the connections you’ve helped make possible, you’ve all been incredible!

Thanks to Chris and the girls for letting ‘mummy’ do something she is so passionate about…..I can’t wait to see what unfolds next for Kreo Home & ‘Local is the new Black 2015’!


 (all pics via Kreo Home and goodies available of her online store.)


Meraki By Design & Meraki Body – Kreo Home ‘Local is the new black ‘ giveaway!

Sami Shanks is the creative woman behind ‘Meraki By Design + Meraki Body’.

She has had a love of all things handmade for a long time…something we have in common!

After visiting her local handmade markets week after week, she decided to take the plunge and get involved in some handmade loveliness herself!

She has two divisions for her business….

Meraki By Design – This is where Sami specialises in creating handmade concrete pots, planters and candle holders. Available in many different, sizes, textures & colours her range is fabulous.  She has always had an interest is making her ‘house’ a ‘home’,  these stunning creations do just that!


Meraki Body is all about beautiful body, beauty and fashion products. Nail polish, scrubs, hair care and beauty products, this little obsession started whilst she was training to be a nail technician and beauty therapist. There is something about having your nails painted, fresh feeling skin and gorgeous soft hair.

I love a good slat scrub, especially at this time of year, aren’t these fabulous! The fact that they are handmade, and made in small batches is something I love!



Thanks for being part of the Kreo Home #localisthenewblack giveaway

You can visit her stores here …

www.etsy.com/au/shop/MerakiBody1 & www.etsy.com/au/shop/MerakiByDesign






Scented Tonics – Kreo Home ‘Local is the new black’ giveaway!

Steph Johnson is the woman behind Scented Tonics!

Scented soy candle tonics – made to inspire you to feel…real life remedies to fill your home with calmness, freedom, happiness and wellness. They are Eco friendly & hand poured in Cottesloe, Western Australia.
Her soy wax candle tonics are blended using premium ingredients and hand poured into unique re-usable glass containers…..aren’t they divine!



Each candle tonic is created using blended aromatic and pure essential oils to produce stylishly scented remedies.  The candles are eco-friendly, free-from additives and thoughtfully handmade with love and kindness in small batches to achieve a luxurious and gentle scent-throw throughout the entire life of the candle.
They believe the candles you burn in your home should only have three ingredients; wax, wick and a scent with no unnecessary additives. 



They have chosen to make their candles with soy wax; pure, 100% natural soybean oil farmed from U.S. crops. They are free from any chemical additives or stabilisers and guaranteed to be free-from GMOs, added paraffin, palm oil, vybar, stearic acid, UV stabilisers, preservatives, phthalates, styrene and colour dyes.
Our medicinal Scented Tonics are not massed produced… every candle will be a little different!


Thanks for being part of the Kreo Home #localisthenewblack giveaway …..Your candles look amazing!

Check out the range at www.scentedtonics.bigcartel.com


Rosalee’s Room – Kreo Home ‘Local is the new black’ giveaway!

Kerri Burnell began ‘Rosalee’s Room’ in August 2013 and has enjoyed meeting like-minded creative Mum’s who work from home ever since!


‘Rosalee’s Room’ came about quite by accident when her close, and pregnant friend Tori, couldn’t find what she wanted for her nursery. Kerri helped her research some ‘looks’, and found it so hard to find exactly what she wanted, so they began working on designs that Kerri could make for her. In the end, she ended up making her friend a cot sized quilt, sheets, cushions and a floor pouf for her nursery. Once set up, her friend Tori said thoughtfully “Hey, you could totally sell this stuff…”…absolutely!

 With the support of local Mum’s, she began to custom make cushions, sheets and a few quilts here and there.


Rosalee’s Room is all about high quality, 100% handmade nursery décor. It has grown organically and morphed into what it is today.  About 6 months ago, Kerri began to focus her attention on custom quilts, both cot size and bassinet, offering a few designs & colours.


I just love a custom quilt! I was a crazy quilting woman when my kids were young, and I find the process incredibly relaxing, and still have a massive stash of fabric tucked away…oops!

She loves providing another avenue for consumers to buy a locally handmade product. She is also grateful that by running her small business from home she still gets to spend a lot of time with her family!


In 2015 she plans to limit her custom requests to approx. eight per month and has a focus on creating “stock” for her new website (launching soon).

Thanks for being part of the Kreo Home #localisthenewblack giveaway!

Check out her Facebook page www.facebook.com/rosaleesroom & etsy store www.rosaleesroom.etsy.com & IG page @rosaleesroom


Crashmat – Kreo Home ‘Local is the new black’ giveaway.

‘Crashmat’ is a fantastic range of Indoor / Outdoor beanbags & Lifestyle products that are available in the ‘gift and homewares’ market.  I have been a big fan of ‘Crashmat’ for a while now and first came across their products at a friend’s house last year, and wanted to know where her huge outdoor bean bag was from…such fun!



They are known for their wonderful range of prints and stripes in a variety of bold and beautiful colours. Once you see a ‘Crashmat’ you won’t forget it, trust me!

Maggie from Kreo Home loves a good pop of colour  around her home too!red-CM-black-white-zz-bubble


‘Crashmat’ is also known for their fabulous packaging and the fabric is water replant, as most are made from 100% cotton canvas.



They have also recently introduced a ‘pure outdoor range’ which can be left outside as it’s mildew resistant. I have one of everything please! We love being outdoors with the family , and this range gives you more of a reason to stay outdoors for longer, but now in comfort!


 A great Xmas idea is the ‘Crashmat bubble’ a perfect mini beanbag to rest your book or iPad and is $49.  (above)




They also have the family pooch covered with a ‘Crashmat woof’, as well as a fabulous storage box range, cushions … the list goes on!


You can see the full range at www.crashmatstore.com


x Kelly

Emma J Hand – Kreo Home ‘Local is the new Black’ giveaway.

After being a ‘traditional artist’ for more than 15 years Emma Hand discovered resin about 4 years ago, and hasn’t looked back!

Creating Resin Artwork is now her passion, her love and her sanity! I think we all need a release form the everyday hustle and bustle of life, and for Emma, it’s creating amazing resin art pieces!


 She eats, breathes and sleeps Resin…..much to her children’s despair! 


You can tell she has a true passion and love for every artwork she creates. Each one of her pieces is an origional…never to be repeated! Most of you know by now I love a custom art piece, these are just fabulous!

There are a few resin artists I follow at the moment, I love all their work, but the thing I love about Emma’s is that she experiments with different shapes and  textures.



She welcomes commissions and is very flexible is the shape and size of the works she can produce.  Her portfolio ranges from 10cm pieces to 2 & 3 metre artworks, and more recently resin letters which are just fabulous!



Thanks for being part of the Kreo Home #localisthenewblack giveaway!

 Please make sure you pop over and check out her website www.emmajhand.com.au

Koki Desgns – Kreo Home ‘Local is the new Black’ giveaway!

‘Koki Designs’ is a collection of uniquely handcrafted clay jewellery designed and made in Queensland.

Bright, colourful & stunning designs…..I just LOVE them! Kreo Home is so happy to have them part of the week 4 #localisthenewblack giveaway!


All of the pieces have a rustic, earthy feel while also adding a splash of colour to brighten your day.

Each bead is hand rolled, cut, shaped and moulded by hand making the entire designs one of a kind.


Neen Hicks, started ‘Koki Designs’ in 2013. She was a stay at home mum to her beautiful children, Molly & Frankie, and wasn’t quite ready to head back into the workforce, so she started making the jewellery to sell at markets….and the rest is history! She has a great eye for colour and design in her creations as you can see, I love adding a splash of colour to an outfit!

She has a fantastic, easy to navigate website which youy must visit. On the website you can choose a design & selecting your colour you would like it in. With a huge range to choose from you are sure to find something to go with that favorite outfit….it’s just great!


Her online store has been keeping her very busy, and she now supplies a few boutique shops in Queensland.

This will be a brand you will want to remember….trust me! 

Website : http://www.kokidesigns.com.au

IG : @kokidesigns

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/KokiDesigns