The Red Thread.

Our May Style Editor is delightful designer Lisa from clever clogs craft site, The Red Thread. Lisa fills us in on what's tickling her fancy of late!

About Lisa:
From a very early age I knew that I wanted to “do something to do with art” when I grew up. As soon as I realised graphic design was a profession I had no doubt that’s what I’d do… and I did.

I’m the mother of 10-year-old Roxy, who I just adore. Last year we spent a month in Scandinavia together, just the two of us, and she was the perfect travel companion. She loves going to galleries, wandering around and exploring cities, hanging out in lovely parks, checking out shops, and walking, walking, walking. Just like me.

Creativity is what makes me tick. If I’m not making something, I’m thinking about making something! I love and am inspired by all crafts, design and architecture. 

Tell us about your blog.
I’ve been blogging for six years now. It started because I loved reading blogs and I thought it would be a great way to record the things I was creating and things that inspired me. I treated it as a bit of a scrapbook or pinboard – long before Pinterest was a thing. I’ve never blogged to grow an audience and earn an income – that’s just come along as a bonus – to me it’s always been about a sense of community and connection.

I love that I can spend every day being creative - apart from the inevitable boring admin stuff that goes along with running your own business!  I enjoy new creative challenges and get bored doing the same thing over and over again so variety is key for me.  I am excited have recently published issue one of my digital magazine called ‘Scout’. 

The raison d’etre of my blog, the red thread, is ‘Create. Inspire. Share.’ That pretty much sums me up too.

Favourite online sources of inspiration?
Currently (and in no particular order), I am enjoying: SF Girl by Bay – Victoria has a great eye and I pretty much love everything she posts! I also love Etsy – it’s great to see the things that people are making and to support hand-made! Home Exchange is amazing - we’ve done a couple of exchanges in the past – in Shanghai and London – and I love looking through the listings and seeing other people’s homes. It’s a great experience, saves a lot of money, and it’s a good way to be more like a local when you travel. Oh, and Zinio – for purchasing international mags for my iPad!

Favourite travel destinations?
Japan and Scandinavia. I love both for their traditions based in design simplicity. 
At the other extreme I love small coastal towns in NSW, little cottages and unspoiled, uncrowded beautiful beaches.

Your six ultimate dinner party guests.
This is a crazy and random mix… Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Danielle La Porte, Tavi Gevisnon, Steve Jobs, my mum.  The conversation would never be dull!

My favourite products:

Mercer + Reid Water Colour Garden Cockatoo Cushion
This cushion is so quirky and Australian without a trace of kitsch, and it’s a bit of fun to throw in amongst the more ‘serious’ cushions to liven things up. We had it on the lounge, but somehow it’s ended up on Roxy’s bed… hmmm….

Home Republic Vintage Washed Sheet Sets
These sheets! They are seriously the best sheets I’ve ever owned. The feeling of sleeping in linen is so good that I’m not even rotating them with my usual cotton sheets. They’re in the wash and back on the bed within the day. Being autumn the Sydney nights have fluctuated between warm and pretty cool, and linen seems to be perfect for either. They’re cool on warm nights and cosy when the temperature drops. They are an investment no doubt, but so worth it, and they say linen only gets better with age. I can’t imagine how they can get better, but I’m looking forward to it!

Mercer + Reid Aroma Wash Linen Spray
To be honest I’ve never thought of using a linen spray before, but this isone of thos things that you experience and there’s no turning back. I’m now a devotee. I’ve been giving our sheets a little spray when they’re freshly washed, but I also spray it directly on our pillows some nights. The essential oils smell just lovely and have a calming and relaxing effect.

Adairs Comfort Washable Wool Quilt
I got this quilt for my daughter’s bed, although we’ve snuggled under it on the lounge a couple of nights. I love that it’s completely washable and consists of only natural fibers (wool in a cotton casing). Roxy suffers from asthma so being able to wash the quilt in addition to airing it out is an important feature for us. It’s very light and warm – not too heavy for summer, but cosy and warm for the winter. 


For more from Lisa and The Red Thread, check out her blog, or  find her on Facebook and Instagram!

Alison D.'s picture
I agree,Lisa - the Home Republic Vintage Washed Linen range is exceptional! Once you sleep on pure linen you simply can't go back to anything else. I am so in love with this range I recently bought a second quilt cover and cases. Thank you for a lovely snippet into your life. Young Roxy sounds like a treasure!
lisa tilse's picture
Hey Alison, how good are they?! I confess I just bought a second set of the sheets too. Thanks for your lovely comment, yes I'm blessed to be Roxy's mum!
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