We talk all things design with Pamela Davidson

 

When designing your children’s bedroom, we like to say— just go for it! Don’t be afraid to add a splash of colour or throw in a couple of statement pieces. After all, your kid’s bedroom is a great little space to explore your imagination and express your creativity; its the perfect excuse to be as bold or as whimsical you want.

Here at One Two Tree, we never fail to be inspired by the very many ways that our lovely customers choose to put their own personal touch to our products. So, when we saw how Pamela (@pamela__davidson) chose to style our Australian Treasure Board as a statement piece that fit in wonderfully with her little one’s nursery, we knew that we had to pick her brains about all things design.

 

Australian Treasure Board fits in perfectly with any existing children's decor

 

What stood out about the Australian Treasure Board?

As soon as I saw the Australia Treasure board I knew I wanted to include it in Theo’s room. I fell in love with its unique design; it is very original and unlike anything else I had ever seen, which is a rarity these days. I also loved the natural timber construction— not only does it look good, but it would go with anything I decided to style it with.

I knew it was perfect for our family as it is a piece we will keep forever, and it pays homage to the beautiful country we are lucky to call home.

How did you decide to dress up your Australian Treasure Board?

I had a handful of special items and gifts that were getting lost amongst the endless amount of toys that have accumulated for Theo. The Australian Treasure Board is the perfect place to display these special pieces. All of the items on display are ‘firsts’ for Theo. The matryoshka doll set is the very first toy I bought Theo, before he was even born. I love seeing it all on display everyday.

 

What are some features that you look out for when choosing decor for your children’s rooms?

First and foremost I love investing in good quality pieces that will stand the test of time. It needs to be constructed well, and made of high quality, natural materials. With kids, this is so important as they have a tendency of getting into everything!

I love choosing decor that can also double as a toy, so if they are left out after playtime they still look great, and provide the room with different dimensions and textures, from soft knitted toys to timber blocks.

 

Do you have any general styling tips to share with our readers who are preparing their children’s rooms/ nurseries?

Books help to add a pop of colour in your kid's bedroom

Start with a neutral base, this will set the tone when establishing the foundations of your room or nursery. Big-ticket items such as cots, drawers and shelving are timeless in hues of white, grey or a natural timber, providing you with the perfect blank canvas.

You can then begin to add pops of colour once you have your key items in place. Along with prints and linen, I find books to be a really effective way to liven up a room. Not only are they great for a child’s development, but the book covers themselves are mini works of art that look so good on display. It is also easy to change up the style of the room by swapping around your books, whether it be going all monochrome, a rainbow of colours or focusing on one particular hue.

Unlike other spaces in your home, when it comes to children’s rooms and play areas, more is more! Don’t be afraid to place prints over the top of wallpaper or have an abundance of books on display. And most importantly, have fun with it all!

 

 

 

Hiya Melbourne, catch us at the Big Design Market!

One Two Trees participating in the Big Design Market Melbourne

 

Y’know here at One Two Tree, we take all things Christmas very seriously; and so when we heard that there was a three-day market dedicated to all things Christmas, you bet that we jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it!

 

 

Hailed as the ultimate Christmas shopping destination, the Big Design Market has continually brings together the best independent designers from both Australia and overseas. With over 230 brands, including Magpie Goose, Kester Black, Marc Martin, Leah Jackson, Erin Lightfoot, Bridget Bodenham taking part in this year’s event, walking away empty-handed will not be an option. What’s more, you can be sure that all the gifts you pick up here will not only be unique, but also ethically and sustainably manufactured— how’s that for checking all the right boxes?

Held just in time for Christmas, the Big Design Market is famous for drawing exceptionally large crowds each year, with more than 50,000 shoppers turning up at the Melbourne event last year. So if you love Christmas as much as we do, get in early and come have a chat. We hope to see you there!

Address:
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens

Event Dates:
Friday 1 December 2017, 10am – 9pm
Saturday 2 December 2017, 10am – 7pm
Sunday 3 December 2017, 10am – 5pm

Introducing our new Wooden Open/ Closed Signs

 

If you were a fan of our Message Boards, have we got something for you— introducing our new Open/ Closed signs! As you all know, we’ve recently relocated to Precinct 75; and with our new studio now able to accomodate walk-in customers, we realised how necessary it was to have to have a sign that clearly stated whether or not we were open.

 

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Our Open/ Closed Signs are designed with both convenience and style in mind. With the plaques carved with ‘Open’ and ‘Closed’ on either side, they can be easily flipped to display whichever word suits. It also comes with a optional woven rope, giving you the option to either hang the sign up on your storefront, or have it sit pretty on the counter of your business. Like all our other products, these signs are sustainable and lovingly handcrafted in Australia using only premium Australian hoop pine plywood.

In terms of style, we wanted to stick to our roots and keep it simple. We specifically designed our Open/ Closed signs with a minimalist aesthetic, so that it’ll be sure to fit in with any existing decor. Whether you’re running a cutesy artisan store, a tranquil yoga studio, or even a modern hairdressing salon, our Open/ Closed signs will be a superb display piece.

We’re also thinking of designing a ‘Back in 15’ sign, so if this is something that you’d be interested in, give us a shout— we’d love to hear from you!

You’re invited to Precinct 75 Summer Pop-Up

Precinct 75 Summer Pop Up

 

Nothing says summer like taking a breezy stroll down a weekend market— sun on your face, sangria in hand, live music playing in the background. If this sounds like your ideal day out, then we’ve got you covered.

Over two weekends in November and December, the grounds of Precinct 75 will transform into a festival-style summer pop-up event. A full stomach makes a happy heart, and with lots of food and drink from local tastemakers like Rice PantryButtercream BakerySample Roasters, and the one and only Urban Winery, you’ll have enough grub to keep you grinning and satisfied.

There will also be designer workshops running throughout the summer pop-up. Never able to keep your cacti alive? Well, The Plant Society will be going through the ABCs of caring for your indoor plants. There will also be makeup tutorials by Mecca Cosmetica and book-signings by no other than Mr Jason Grant himself. And we’ve not forgotten about entertainment for the youngins. Think, a huge bouncy castle and endless face painting sessions to keep them well and truly occupied.

 

One Two Tree Studio 5.01, summer design pop up

 

However, the cherry on top is perhaps the vast array of artisan designers that will be participating in this spectacular summer pop-up. One Two Tree will set up shop at suite 5.01, alongside a raft of homeware and fashion brands, including Uashmama, Flash CampDesign Twins, InartisanPony Rider, Bird and Knoll, Bobbie DogsByron Bay Hanging ChairsMajor MinorBondi WashMJG by Mr Jason Grant and Addition Studio.

With Christmas just around the corner, the summer pop-up is the perfect opportunity to come down and pick up some unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones. There will also be lots of entertainment and good vibes all round, so don’t hesitate to bring the whole family along and make a day of it!

See you there!

Details for the Summer Pop-up:

Where?
Precinct 75
75 Mary St.
St. Peters, NSW 2044

When?
November
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th, 10am – 5pm

 

 

 

 

Easy as One Two Tree with Mikaela from @mowgliandthebear_

Mowgliandthebear chats about how she loves her Playhouse Treasure Board

Our Playhouse Treasure Board is one of the most loved items from our collection, and what’s there not to love about it? Beautifully cut into the shape of a modern house, it acts as the perfect blank canvas for your youngin’s imagination to fill.

Despite how sophisticated the finished product looks, you won’t believe how effortless it is to assemble. With just a few slips and slides, the pieces of plywood will easily fit together to become your very own Treasure Board— no power tools required! We love that the simplicity of the assembly not only means that it’ll leave you with heaps of time to decorate your Playhouse Treasure Board to your heart’s content, but it also means that you will be able get your whole family involved for a little fuss-free DIY project!

Playhouse Treasure Board is as easy to fix as one two tree

We caught up with Mikaela, better known as @mowgliandthebear_, to find out how she chose to style her Playhouse Treasure Board.

What stood out about the Playhouse Treasure Board? Why did you think it best suited your family?

I have been looking for a shelf for Omri’s room for some time.  I love the playful and fun nature of the playhouse treasure board.  I particularly love that it can be styled and restyled again and again and change as Omri grows, which is why I chose it over a piece of art.  I can imagine that the board will be a space where he can express his interests; that it may one day hold dinosaurs or diggers. I also am thinking I will create an event calendar with the board for the boys to count down to Christmas.

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Tell us about the assembly of the product— was it difficult to do? 

I loved how simple the Treasure Board was to put together. I usually have to wait for my hubby to put things together, but this board required no tools and was almost like a jigsaw.  I was able to put it together myself with Kemba handing me each piece easily.

What did you think about the quality of the product? 

The Playhouse Treasure Board is very good quality, each piece fits together perfectly.  The shelves are stable and each join is neat. It will be a piece that will remain with the boys for their entire childhood.

Playhouse Treasure Board fits in easily with any children's decor

How did you choose where to place the Treasure Board in your children’s bedroom and how to dress it up?

Omri’s room is quite small so there were only two real spots that would work for placing the treasure board. I got my husband to hold the board up in both places, and we finally decided on its location alongside the other shelving as we felt that it really fit that space well.

Decorate your Playhouse Treasure Board with all your little knick knacks

Could you share some styling tips with our readers?

At the moment I have styled the treasure board with wooden toys in natural and muted tones that match with the décor and feel of Omri’s room (A combination of pinch toys, captain cash cacti and love tildy). I prefer simple styles of items with similar tones, and empty space rather than crowding.

New Location at Precinct 75

One Two Tree's new location at Precinct 75

Well the time has finally come for us to fledge The Nest. It has been an amazing two years building One Two Tree up in an area so full of creative energy and such community spirit. However, its time to close that chapter as we move onto greener pastures; a new location with a bigger space that is able to accomodate our growing demands— how exciting!

Moving forward from retailing solely online, we were after an open space where we could welcome our lovely customers. We wanted to be able to provide them with a physical store where they could freely browse and get a feel of just how our decor would be able to brighten any given area; and the Precinct 75 ticked all our boxes.

Located at St. Peters, this incredible, light-filled warehouse is a short walk from the station and will allow you to conveniently pop in and say hi.

Our new location holds monthly markets

The grounds of Precinct 75 also transforms into a lively market on the third Saturday of every month; and we are looking forward to being part of a market that curates a selection of stalls that specialise in handmade, local and quality products.

With over 70 other creative businesses— including brands like Inartisan, Design TwinsThe Society Inc., and Uashmama operating within Precinct 75, we know that you’ll fall head over heels in love with our new location as quickly as we did!

Find us today at:

The Precinct 75 | Suite 5.01 (located alongside Uashmama)
75 Mary St
St. Peter’s NSW 2044
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New Zealand a Treasure Board to call your own!

Following the success of our Australian-shaped Treasure Board, we started receiving loads of requests from customers all over the world, pleading with us to create various Treasure Boards unique to their homeland. But amongst the heap of requests, one country especially stood out to us…

Well New Zealand, you asked and we listened— we’re proud to introduce the latest Treasure Board to our One Two Tree family, in none other than the shape of New Zealand! Aside from the fact that you guys were probably the most passionate in your pleas, it also felt right to expand our Treasure Board series with a country close to our hearts.

From its rugged coastlines to its glistening snow-capped mountains, we were inspired by how New Zealand was known and absolutely adored for its breathtaking sceneries and vast landscapes; and we wanted to encapsulate these striking physical features in our Treasure Board. Although it took a bit of tinkering around with the design to get completely perfect, we were finally able to recreate New Zealand’s unique shape by differentiating each of its three main islands!

New Zealand treasure board

 

New Zealand treasure board

Personally, I think that the most exciting stage about developing a new product is seeing the very many ways that our lovely customers choose to display our pieces around their homes. With endless options as to how to style and fill the shelves of our NZ Treasure Board, I can’t wait to get inspired by the creativity of each and every one you!

 

 

New Zealand treasure board

 

 

Specs:

Height: 82cm. Width: 23cm. Shelf lengths from 9 to 14cm long. Depth of Shelf: 6cm. 9mm Australian Plywood— Natural Finish. Weight: 1kg. Arrives flat packed with assembly instructions and hardware.

*All orders placed for New Zealand will be custom made within 1-2 weeks and we ship worldwide with Express International Couriers.

Afterpay is also now available, just in time for Christmas!

 

 

Christmas is Coming again with One Two Tree

Just quietly it’s the 1st of August. Can I be the first to say Christmas is coming! Well it is for us. Just so you know we are getting ready to produce another Eco Friendly Forrest of Christmas Trees for you and your families to enjoy this Christmas. Hooray! Including all of our hand made, hand painted, Australian, sustainable wooden decorations. They are apart of our Christmas Collection and they are the kind of keepsake decorations that you will treasure and proudly bring out year after year. Then one day when your children are older and beginning families of their own they will absolutely cherish these Christmas decorations as they are the very symbolic icon of their Christmas memoirs.

Our Wooden Christmas Baubles are available with sit on dowel prongs (especially made for our Christmas Tree) or in a hanging variation as pictured for all Christmas Trees.

Christmas is Coming, celebrate with our wooden baubles

Don’t limit your Christmas gifts with a budget

Are you someone’s Secret Santa with a strict budget? Or are you simply finding the perfect gift for someone without breaking the bank? One Two Tree can help you pick out a gift according to your budget but without compromising on quality. Check out below for some ideas!

$50 and under

For a budget of under $50 you can get one or two of our adorable wooden pieces from the Little Aussie Treasures collection. They would go great on any of our Treasure Boards or just something to lighten up any desk or shelf. If Australia’s native furry friends aren’t working for you, we’ve also got our popular Pastel Rainbow Set for only $46! They look amazing stacked together or apart for all ages, big or small.  

 

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Pastel rainbow - Gift idea

 

$150 and under

Don’t forget that we’re not just about wood – we’ve got an awesome range of colourful linen prints, too. Our prints are made of high quality Lismore Linen with water-based non-toxic inks. Starting at $89, we’ve got the alphabet Linen print banners in either monochrome tones or colourful goodness. For a little bit more, we’ve also got our Linen Banner Nautical for $115. With many different colours suited for everyone, it adds a quirky sensibility into the home. The beautiful linen prints will also fit perfectly into our Art Hanger (from $35) for an easy display option.

 

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$250 and under

With a budget of $250 and under, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t spend it on one of our Treasure Boards. Our boards are unique in terms of its shape and size and whoever receives it will thank you forever. The Treasure Boards starts at $189 with the Dream Cloud shape, to $199 with the Wombat, Australia, Play House and The Circle to $210 with the Rainy Cloud.

 

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$500 and under

You will have plenty of options with this budget, so we suggest to go big or go home! Get that special someone one of our Message Boards, which starts from our 12×1 size at $120 to our largest at 7×6 size at $349. They’re not complete without the Custom Wooden Tiles ($7.50 each), so you can create a personalised message, and an optional Stand to support the board on a tabletop surface.

 

Message board - Gift idea

 

Decorations for the perfect Christmas Tree

Yay! You’ve finally got your Christmas Tree from us. Now, it’s time to brighten it up with some of our beautifully crafted decorations that we’ve made this year.

It’s been a long time coming but we finally came around to making our very own ornaments. They sit neatly and perfectly on the top of each branch of your One Two Tree Christmas Tree. It’s just the ultimate pairing!

 

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Star tree top - Xmas decorations

 

We’ve got a range of wooden decorations made from our sustainable Hoop pine and Tasmanian oak to adorn your Christmas Tree. Get the whole fam to have some fun and decorate the trees with our cute wooden decorations. We have two cute decoration sets appropriate for the festive season: Santa and Bauble

 

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Our popular Bauble Set is available in seven Australian-themed shades. While our Santa Set is available as a set of Red Santa Hats, Mocha Reindeers, White Angels. Each wooden decoration set includes three large and two small sizes or available as mixed packs of 20, 50 and 70 pieces – suited to your Christmas Tree decorating style.

Apart from our unique dowel prong decorations, we also have traditional hanging baubles available to order as well.
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Hold on, your tree isn’t complete just yet! It isn’t a Christmas tree without an angel perched up at the top. Finish off your beloved Christmas Tree with our Tree Top Angel with its clean and crisp minimalist design. If angels aren’t your thing, we’ve also got an adorable Tree Top Star in a refreshing lemon shade.

These decorations also work well as an awesome gift for your friends and family. Whether you like your Christmas Tree lined up or splayed apart, the wooden decorations are a sure-fire way to embellish your tree just in time for the festive season.

 

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Rebecca Judd features One Two Tree in The Style School

We have super exciting news to share! One Two Tree has recently collaborated with Etsy Australia and lifestyle/fashion blogger Rebecca Judd for her blog, The Style School.

Etsy kindly flew us down to Melbourne to be a part of an episode of The Style School. The blog has done a series of interior design blog posts/episodes and we were lucky enough to be featured in one.

 

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In one of their latest episodes titled Etsy Kids Bedroom, a few of our products can be seen. This particular episode shows viewers on how to decorate children’s bedrooms with some amazing locally made products from Etsy Australia (including us!).

The adorable wombat, crocodile and kangaroo from our Little Aussie Treasures collection made an appearance in the episode. Our animal friends were also joined by our Rainbow Set, which shared the spotlight with other beautiful products from Etsy.

 

Rebecca Judd feature One Two Tree

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Also featured in the episode was our Message Board. Rebecca had her 9×3 board customised with her own message: ‘Where the cool kids are’. Of course, you can personalise it anyway you want for your kids but who can argue with that one?

 

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Rebecca’s stylist Aimee Tarulli suggested that by having a specific colour theme makes it harder for kids to enjoy their rooms as they get older. So having our Little Aussie Treasures in its natural wooden shade, like in the episode, is perfect for any age.

Another tip from the episode was to style the room an age bracket up. It keeps the room interesting, as it’s not too young or too cutesy. Keep your kiddo’s room young and fresh for years to come by having these cute ‘toys’ and decorations up on display.

 

Check out the original blog post and video below:

Etsy Kids Bedroom – Ep 6 – The Style School

 

 

 

Celebrating a creative and sustainable Christmas

The festive season always gets us reminiscing about where we first started. Four years ago, we made our first family Christmas tree out of leftover hardwood and the seeds of One Two Tree were sown. We realised we had created something wonderfully unique: an eco-friendly, sustainable, stylish and quality handmade alternative to the throw-away traditional tree. Unlike the plastic ones, we made something that would last a lifetime. One of the perks of this job is seeing all the beautifully creative ways the One Two Tree Christmas Tree can be decorated and re-decorated every year.
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We’re constantly conscientious about the impact we have on the planet and the purchasing decisions we make. As a result, we’re inspired by quality natural materials, movers & shakers of handmade craft and honest design. We’ve always stuck to our roots of creating beautifully finished handmade objects and simple design solutions for the home. Our products are made from sustainable woods right here in Australia. Staying mindful is the key – and this time of year should be no different. Here are some of our our tips for decorating and celebrating Christmas in a creative and conscious fashion:

  • Buy quality items to last
  • Shop locally: support your local community, local craftspeople, designers and small businesses!
  • Shop second hand for vintage / unique kitsch decorations
  • Use your hands and get hand-crafting: there are stacks of tutorials and templates you can find online to get you started. See our previous blogposts for inspiration.
  • Research sustainable products and materials: involve natural materials for that rustic / fresh feel – think sustainable woods, clay, yarn, organic fabrics, sea shells, pine cones, native plants and flowers
  • If you have kids, get them involved for a fun crafternoon activity
  • Up cycle
  • Incorporate decorations from previous years for a fresh feel
  • Refresh decorations from previous years by giving them a little facelift: a fresh lick of paint, watercolours or adding some glitter
  • Energy efficient LED lighting
  • Limit plastic, packaging and cheap disposables
  • Recycle and redecorate wrapping paper / packaging / gift boxes
  • Simplicity: less is more

This Christmas, remember to watch the waste – everything we use, buy and discard everyday makes an impact. ‘Tis the season for giving, so give a little back to the Earth what you have taketh during this year’s passed. We hope these tips get you inspired this season.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and festive season, from the One Two Tree family to yours.

Gifts for everyone this Christmas

It’s that time of year again: a time to stress out on what to give your loved ones this Christmas! Fret no more because we got you covered – the suggestions we have for you below will surely put a huge grin on their faces as they unravel their presents on Christmas Day. Why get your loved ones generic presents from department shop giftoriums when you can shop with us? Because there’s simply nothing better than giving 100% Aussie made sustainable gifts for the ones you love.

 

Gifts for dad

Dad will always hold a special place in your heart, but is often the trickiest to buy for. One Two Tree’s Large Christmas Tree would be the perfect treat for dad. We recently added The Large Christmas Tree, which now stands at 150cm tall and would be a great addition to the family living room for many festive seasons to come. We think he will definitely appreciate its minimalistic and timeless design.

 

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Gifts for mum

To complement mum’s gift to dad’s (like how they complement each other), try getting her our wooden Christmas tree ornaments. The adorable decorations come in the Bauble Set or the Santa Set in different sizes and packs. Our signature Christmas Tree will stay on-trend with the help of mum’s decorating skills.

 

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Gifts for the brother

Our linen prints are a fun addition to any room and we think any brother would appreciate the nautical ones. The nautical linen prints are perfect to hang above the bed or simply on the wall to add a nice a naval feel. They’re available in a variety of colours and prints for every kind of brother out there!

 

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Gifts for the sister

The latest Treasure Boards range could not be a better gift for the sister. These fantastic Treasure Boards are available in different shapes and sizes: Play House, Wally Wombat, Dream Cloud, Rain Cloud, The Circle and Australia. All of the Treasure Boards come with shelf inserts that cleverly (and safely) locks together so she can conveniently display all her delicate trinkets.  

 

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Gifts for the bestie

Besties aren’t necessarily family but they are the family you choose and for that, they deserve a special gift. We suggest you get her one of our wooden Message Boards; it’s simple and easy to personalise with our Custom Wooden Letters. Like our famous Christmas Tree, the Message Boards are 100% Aussie made and environmentally friendly. What more could one want from a gift?

 

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Gifts for the little one

For the last but definitely not the least! The littlest one needs a pressie too and we got just the perfect thing. Treat your little one to some (or all) of our furry friends from the Little Aussie Treasures collection. It ranges from our native Kangaroo to the Koala to even a Rainbow and they are super cute available in an array of pastel shades. If you like to keep it simple, they’re also available in their natural wooden shade. Bonus tip: this collection of wooden goodies goes hand-in-hand with the Australia Treasure Board!

 

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TuBu Kids styles One Two Tree in kids bedroom makeover

One Two Tree is thrilled to be featured in Tubu Kids latest kids bedroom makeover. Bobby’s bedroom went from dull and lifeless to bright and playful with the incredible kids style vision of Catherine McGowan.

Standing out on the wall is our original My Treasure Board – Australia. We can honestly say it looks awesome up there with a fab custom print beside it. And that gorgeous recycled denim patchwork bean bag below.

Tubu Kids has clearly created a vibrant sanctuary and a delightful man cave for little boys alike. Our My Treasure Board fits right in with the array of colourful Australian made children’s decor. Together, it creates a fun and harmonious blend of Australian and Scandinavian styling.

We hope Bobby enjoy’s his cool new space and loves displaying all his trinkets and knick knacks up on our My Treasure Board – Australia!

To see all the before and after pictures of Bobby’s bedroom makeover visit the Tubu Kids blog right here:
http://www.tubukids.com.au/boys-bedroom-makeover/

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Returning to Life Instyle this August

 

One Two Tree participating in Life Instyle

We’re super excited for our return to Life Instyle this August. It was great to meet and partner with so many wonderful Australian Stockists in 2015. We can’t wait to do the same again this year!

We are thrilled to continue showing off our beloved Christmas Tree, Message Boards, and other Australian made products at Life Instyle this year! It was a pleasure to meet so many people who shared our passion for sustainability and locally made goods. Although it hasn’t been easy, we definitely know that we’ve made the right choice being an all-Australian business. We thank you for your support!

At this year’s Life Instyle, we are also pleased to be introducing our new range of Treasure Boards and Little Aussie Treasures in person! As well as some other goodies that are yet to be announced! All Made from 100 % sustainable Australian plywood, of course.

We’ve had such fun designing and creating this year and hope you’ll enjoy meeting our little Aussie creations as much as we’ve enjoyed making them!

Looking forward to meeting you upstairs at Life Instyle, stand 2157 from the 4th – 7th of August!

 

One Two Tree collaborates with Bonnesoeurs

We are excited to share with you the images of our latest collaboration with styling team Bonneseurs for their magazine “Les Enfants du Design”. It’s now online for you to lust all over the delightful children spaces created.

Featuring our Letter M from our Alpha Art Print range and below our V2 Nautical Linen flag. Both collections are proudly now stocked in Paris at the gorgeous online boutique Les Enfants du design.

For further investigation peruse Bonnesoeurs’ Instagram:

@bonnesoeurs_thelissa@bonnesoeurs_lelia and @lesenfantsdudesign and Facebook at Bonnesoeurs and  Les Enfants du Design – Le Blog.

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Plywood care & maintenance

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Recently we were asked by a customer to share some tips on plywood care for our Christmas Tree. We leave most of our timber products unfinished for a gorgeous raw and natural aesthetic. Raw timber develops character over time and ages beautifully if treated with the right care. However you do need to be mindful when it comes to care and maintenance.

Please take note of the our tips in order to keep your timber looking fab and in it’s best condition.

Tips for care & maintenance:

  • Avoid leaving the timber in direct sunlight for long periods, as exposure will slowly tan the timber over time. Our products are suited to UV filtered light. In order to maintain the plywood in it’s natural original tone, you may want to consider applying a UV timber finish.
  • Be mindful of moisture and exposure to the elements. When not in use, store the product in a dry, cool place.
  • Natural oils will stain the plywood, e.g. Blu-Tack, oily/moisturised hands, foods, flowers etc.
  • Be cautious with the raw timber around liquids. Do not leave spills to sit on the surface. Any spilt liquids will leave a watermark. Use a dry cloth to absorb spills immediately.
  • Our products require minimal cleaning – the only maintenance required is dusting. Use a dry dusting cloth to remove dust and dirt.
  • Avoid contact with heat and take care when placing abrasive objects on the timber.
  • If any scratches or nicks appear, gently sand the area with a fine grit sandpaper.
  • You can lightly sand the surfaces with a fine grit sandpaper to refresh the timber’s appearance. This should be done minimally, e.g. once every couple of years.

Our recommended finishes:

If you would like a more finished look you may add a finish to the timber. We recommend the following products which are available from your local hardware store:

  • Beeswax
  • Intergram Exterior UltraClear UV Timber Finish in Satin

Please note that when you are applying a wax or satin, it will enhance the wood a shade darker.

We do not recommend applying a lacquer finish to our products as it will marginally increase the thickness of the wood and therefore may affect how certain elements of the product interact.

Alternative Finishes:

  • Whitewashing (diluted white paint), for a faded washed out look
  • Coloured timber stains (water based only)
  • Linseed Oil, for an enriched warmer look

*Always conduct a test patch on a separate piece of timber to ensure you are happy with the desired effect.

If finishing a product with multiple parts (e.g. the One Two Tree or My Treasure Board), each part will need to be treated individually. Allow adequate time for drying/curing before reassembling the product.

We recommend and encourage the use of water-based finishes, products that are non-toxic and are free of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Always check the materials and safety data sheet (MSDS) for detailed information on any hazardous chemicals present.

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Little treasures in the making

Currently in the One Two Tree studio, we are in the midst of a very exciting project. The type of project that gets our blood pumping, and our hearts in a little flutter. We’ll give you a few clues: it involves hand-crafting, some plywood (sustainably sourced, of course), and our signature touch of Australiana. Yes, we’ve got some Little Aussie Treasures in development!

We love our Aussie Treasure Board so much that we’ve decided to design some furry friends to perch upon it. Our beautiful country of Australia has some of the most unique animals in the world, and we’d like to share them with you. Meet the Wombat, Kangaroo, Echidna, the Koala that sits in the Gum Trees. And a rainbow ‘cos Australia is just our pot of gold.

We’re still in the prototyping phase, but they are already looking so darn cute! We just couldn’t keep them to ourselves! Here’s a sneak peak of how the little tackers are shaping up so far:

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Stay tuned for more adorable updates coming soon.

Creativity + Motherhood with Child Magazine

Thank you to Jenna from Child Magazine for interviewing and featuring us in their blog under Creativity + Motherhood. This is definitely a humbling moment for One Two Tree. And also perfect time to stop and reflect on our journey thus far. We’re feeling inspired and motivated to get cracking into the new year. Read below for the interview titled ‘Sustainable Family Home Décor’ with our Creative Director, Lucy McNamara and Child Magazine.

 

Jenna Templeton, a lover of all things handmade and Australiana, spotted One Two Tree’s Aussie treasure boards on Instagram and interior mags and had to find out about the people behind these beauties. Today, she chats to co-creator and business owner Lucy McNamara about her sustainable and Australian-crafted home décor and about raising a family in Bondi Beach.

 

 

One Two Tree all started when we began looking for our first Christmas tree. It was going to be our first Christmas as a family with our son Ziggy and we were looking for beautifully designed, well-crafted goods that would endure many Christmases to come. Chopping down a plantation tree for such a short time didn’t appeal and neither did the cheap plastic versions. We were looking for something more environmentally friendly, when it occurred to us that we could make it ourselves! So, we created our first tree using leftover hardwood from my husband’s landscaping contracts, tweaked the design and incorporated sustainable wood. Once we were finished, we realised we’d created a unique, eco-friendly, stylish alternative to the traditional Christmas tree.

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We feature many of our products around our own home in Bondi Beach. My boys absolutely love helping to set up the Christmas tree each year and refused to let us take it down for weeks. Being a mother has inspired me to create good quality, sustainably-made products that kids can enjoy and decorate their rooms with, in particular the Treasure Board and Alpha Prints.

 

All of our products have a natural feel and are sustainably made in Australia using sustainable hoop pine sourced from Queensland. We have an amazing manufacturer based in Melbourne who produces all of our plywood goods. Our linen prints are all hand-sewn (with 100 percent linen) archival prints and printed using acid-free inks. The ceramics are all handmade using earthenware clay at our studio in Alexandria, NSW.

My background is in fine arts, film and television, sculpture, leather and fashion. After becoming a mum, since starting One Two Tree, I can now add product designer to the list. Creativity was always encouraged by my parents growing up, especially by my mum. She used to say I was a creative little thing, as I started handcrafting and designing things from a young age.

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My kids inspire my work and the love of running my own business also keeps me inspired. I have a strong passion for design and creating beautiful interiors – beautiful objects for homes and for children. Having a broad range of customers but focusing on the children’s audience and seeing gaps in the market keeps me motivated.

A typical work day for me involves the alarm clocks going off at 6am, followed by getting the kids dressed, fed and bags packed for day care and if I’m lucky, breakfast for myself. I’m in the studio part-time – Antony and I decided to get the kids into day care after having baby Rhodes, so I could have three days to just focus on my work. The rest of the week, I’m home as a mum. There’s no typical day in the office for me. I work on everything from the design process to organising couriers, or replying to email enquiries. One day we can be crafting ceramics, or doing photo shoots – everyday is different.

 

Our studio is part of The Nest Creative Space, a communal creative space for artists, designers and small businesses. Everyone here is so hard-working and dedicated to their craft. It’s a very encouraging space and we’re so fortunate to be around such talented and delightful people – it’s a beautiful place to come to work.

The creative process for us is like a journey where things just sort of fall in to place. It’s a very organic process. We start off with an idea, research it, the design process goes back and forth and various iterations occur. When I have an idea I have to see things from start to finish. Sometimes they happen very quickly, but sometimes they take months and months.

In 2016, we’re working on a set of Australiana-themed wooden toys and trinkets for our Treasure Board. Storage solutions and shelving designs are also on the cards for the year ahead.

I love being Creative Director and watching the journey of each product from concept to where they are now. One of the perks of the job is when customers share the pictures of our products in their home – knowing we’re designing sustainable products that people enjoy and want to decorate their homes with. Time management, running every single facet of the business and staying organised are still challenges for me. In saying that, I enjoy the freedom of having flexibility in the days I work and it works well with family as well. It’s hectic but I love it!

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People often say parenthood changed them. Do you feel that’s true for you? Absolutely, it’s made me work harder and it’s changed my perspective on life. You kind of go around with blinkers on before having kids and I think being a mother’s made me become much more patient, considerate and aware of everything around me. My favourite project to have worked on is being a mother – raising my two boys in conjunction with Ants.

We’re all about celebrating Australian motherhood and creativity on child mags blog. What does it mean to you to be an Australian creative, who’s also a mother?
I feel like I’m a part of a very creative team of Australian mothers who are fearless, fierce and not afraid of doing the hard work – we get in there and get it done! There’s amazing and inspiring things happening on Instagram at the moment – a huge community that’s full of homeware designers and talented Australian designers.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with other mums who may be trying to combine their lives as creatives and caretakers?
There’s no rush! Take things in baby steps and somehow find a harmony and balance between being creative, being a beautiful mother and focusing on your children. Set yourself small goals, you definitely can achieve it!

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Lucy McNamara, 35, is Creative Director and co-business owner of Australian sustainable product design brand One Two Tree, with her husband Antony. She’s mum to boys Ziggy, 4, and Rhodes, 2. They live in Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW, and love sharing their daily life via Instagram. You can see their latest handcrafted collection via the One Two Tree website, blog and shop.

Interview: Jenna Templeton

Hanging with art

With the arrival of our new 30cm Art Hanger, we thought we’d share our favourite wall hangings to inspire you with some visual goodness. Now available in three sizes: 30cm, 50cm and 70cm! You’re bound to find one that is the perfect fit for your art hanging needs.

Hang anything from your linen tea towels, wall weaves, kids masterpieces. From collages to photographic prints and more. The plywood and natural tan leather string provides the perfect canvas for showcasing your art in a clean and minimal style.

With the larger 50cm and 70cm Art Hangers, a fab trick we love is hanging two smaller pieces side by side. A great idea for collating your kid’s artworks or a mini-series of artworks.

It is oh so simple to swap and change artworks on a regular basis for a refreshed feel. The Art Hanger – simple in design, but so genius in nature.

Care instructions:
Here’s a little tip for framing a precious paper piece of art. Cut one strip of paper or card, fold in it half and sandwich the original between them, then place it inside the Art Hanger. Firstly, this protects the corners of the original and secondly, it provides a better grip for any of your lighter weight papers. This is also a good idea if you are framing any pastel work, or anything that could smudge the Art Hanger. Our Art Hangers are raw and naturally unstained. Therefore, it needs a little bit of care and attention.

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30cm Art Hanger holding a weave by Staple & Seed.

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50cm Art Hanger holding a print by EggPicnic.

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70cm Art Hanger holding two paintings by Claire Johnson.

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30cm Art Hanger holding a poster by Claire Johnson.

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50cm Art Hanger (Top Left), 30cm Art Hanger (Bottom Right) holding kids masterpieces.

Tinitrader pop up market, Sydney!

Tinitrader POP-UP

We have an exciting announcement! One Two Tree will be exhibiting at the TiniTrader Pop Up. TiniTrader is an online market place to buy and sell any new or pre-loved product for your baby, toddler or kids.

Coming to life in Sydney later this month, the pop up market will showcase the very best in children’s interior styling ideas and products – and we’re pretty chuffed to be featured in the line-up. The beautifully styled rooms and nursery spaces will inspire you. And best of all, everything on show is available for purchase.

Our Arrow Wooden Tiles made from sustainably sourced Australian hoop pine, have been selected to be part of an exclusive baby bundle deal. This is in collaboration with some of our favourite baby brands, too.

Filled with over $270 worth of gorgeous products, the baby bundle is bursting with great value at just $49. Head to (https://www.tinitrader.com.au/blog/baby-bundle) for more information.

The details:

TiniTrader Pop Up

55 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery, 2018

Friday 19 February: 10am – 9pm

Saturday 20 February: 10am – 4pm

Sunday 20 February: 10am – 4pm

Little Treasure

My Treasure Board

A little over a year ago I began developing ideas for things to decorate my son’s room with. I ended up designing what is now known as the My Treasure Board. It was named ‘treasure’ after all the little trinkets and prized possessions you could display upon it. But also as an ode to our beautiful island nation.

Where else in the world can you find such wide-open landscapes displaying such a contrast of rich colours and textures? Our land is one of a unique mixture of luscious bushland, sunburnt plains and white sandy beaches. Home to many animals that are found nowhere else in the world. And home to people of many different backgrounds, cultures, religions and histories.

Let’s never forget to protect our natural environments – on-land, and under the sea. Let’s never forget to respect and be kind to one another. This Australia Day, and every other day, let’s never forget to continually discover, appreciate and enjoy the simple pleasures and beauties of this treasured land.

DIY paper stars by Minieco

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If you’re looking for a more personal touch to your Christmas decorations and ornaments, look no further than Minieco! At http://www.minieco.co.uk you’ll find loads of cute and colourful creations to craft out of paper card.

After much deliberation, we decided on trying our luck at the Cut-And-Fold Paper Stars. We chose a pearlescent cream card, downloaded the free template and got to it.

You will need:

    • – Cutting mat
    • – Scissors
    • – Blade
    • – Ruler
    • – Hole punch
    • – Adhesive
    • – Paint brush
    • – Minieco template printed on the paper of your choice
    • – String

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  1. Step 1. Carefully cut out each template
  2. Step 2. Using the ruler as a guide, gently score along each line
  3. Step 3. Fold along each line that you have just scored
  4. Step 4. Punch a hole at the indicated spot in the middle of the template
  5. Step 5. Cut a piece of string about 30cm long, loop through the hole and tie a small knot on the inside of the star
  6. Step 6. Brush on a small amount of adhesive to each of the smaller tabs and stick together (it may be a little bit easier to stick one tab at a time)
  7. Step 7. Decorate your OneTwoTree Christmas tree!

Happy crafting!

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A merry one two tree christmas

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There really is just something about Christmas…

Whether it’s time off with your loved ones, delicious feasting and community spirit or pressies given and received, we love it through and through.

Anyone who’s familiar with the One Two Tree story would know that it’s this wonderful time of year that inspired our journey into the small business world. We’re never ones for plantation chop-downs and cheap plastic destined for land fill. So we found ourselves stumped when searching for a beautifully designed, utilitarian and most of all eco friendly tree option for our first family Christmas. We donned our hard hats and decided to build our own, and have kept on building them ever since!

Minimal, sophisticated, neutral and luxe. The One Two Tree Christmas Tree has been our signature, Australian designed and made product for 4 years now.

That said, not a year has gone by without numerous requests for a large tree addition to the One Two Tree family. So, in 2015, those wishes have all come true!

This year at One Two Tree we present you with two gorgeous, sustainable wooden Christmas tree’s. Weighing in at 85cm and 150cm high, if you find you can’t choose, why not bring home both! We’ve built them to last you a life-time. Also to bring love and light to any corner of any room each and every Christmas season.

Stay tuned for more Christmas offerings from us! And whatever you do, we hope you give a little love to our planet this silly season. Whether it’s investing in well-made pieces and shunning plastic nasties, or recycling wrapping and shopping locally. Nothing’s ever too small to make an impact.

One Two Tree bigger & bolder than ever!

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 Let it never be said that we at One Two Tree fail to heed the cries of our beloved friends and customers.

Who knows how many emails, comments and friendly phone calls we’ve received requesting our signature eco-friendly Christmas tree in a larger, more traditional size. We have finally buckled down and built the damn thing! And now we must thank you, you persistent people. What we’ve created is something bigger, bolder and just so so beautiful. Right in time for your 2015 Christmas celebrations!

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Standing at a glorious 150cm and weighing in at almost 15kg – our Large One Two Tree is an absolute beauty. All-Australian designed and made to last you and your family a happy lifetime. Let us banish those plastic, land-filling nasties from your home, office or retail space once and for all.

 

finalists for the etsy design awards

Back before the .com revolution we were humble little craft sellers on Etsy. We’ve continued to showcase our One Two Tree range on this platform for clever, crafty creatives. We receive many enquires world wide through Etsy and truly treasure our place in its super supportive community.

Nothing could make us prouder to be nominated as a finalist for the 2015 Etsy Design Awards! Not to mention the prize – a trip for two to NYC with a bit of cash on the side! We’re passionate about spreading the sustainable-living love that is One Two Tree far and wide, and see cheap plastic trees banished from land fill. So if it isn’t too much trouble, click the image below and vote for us! To help bring our dreams to life.

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alpha prints launching at Life Instyle

We’ve been working overtime around here to get something brand new, fresh, up and running. And the big shock – it’s not wood-related at all! With a background in screen-printing and textiles, I loved the idea of developing a range of One Two Tree wall art. With the Life Instyle trade fair coming up, it was the perfect time to produce some work of our own to display with our popular Art Hanger. We managed to turn this project around in record time purely due to the incredible talent and hard work of our graphic design intern, James. And now, here we are! The new range is all about two of our biggest loves – alphabets and letters, and fun nautical vibes.

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I’m sure it’s clear by now how much we love our letters. As sign-making aficionados, we thought it only appropriate to do a range of gorgeously graphic alphabet prints and textiles. We’ve done A, B and C in a range of contrasting colours on the highest quality linen or 220GSM matt paper. PLUS the entire alphabet in a few striking colour-ways, so you can get a custom Alpha paper print.

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We’ve always been a pretty nautical-loving bunch in my household, often decorating with nautical accents for a fun, beachside-living look. Plus, with three boys in the house, sailors and pirates and captains are all the rage around here. We have this gorgeous vintage nautical flag at home that hangs in pride of place, which inspired our re-imagining of the nautical alphabet, bringing in the contemporary aesthetic of One Two Tree. Available on high quality linen or 230GSM matt paper, we’ve put together eight designs to suit everyone. From the monochrome modernist to the colour-pop contemporary. All with those ‘fun nautical vibes’ I mentioned. So, welcome to the family, brand-new wall candy. We hope you love it all, but might I say, we’re feeling pretty chuffed!

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Next week we’re taking one of the biggest leaps we’ve ever taken since starting our little Aussie company. We’re exhibiting at Life Instyle in Melbourne, and boy has it been a crazy few weeks of prep for the big show!

We make no secret of how proud we are to be an all-Australian company. Sourcing sustainably grown Australian plywood, and manufacturing locally in Sydney and Melbourne. Anyone who’s ever navigated the tricky terrain of an Australian-made business will know what we mean when we say it’s not always easy going. Costs are high for our gorgeous wood products, and making them viable for wholesale is tricky. But with the support we’ve had from a few key stockists around Australia, we’ve built up the confidence to make the investment, and exhibit in a trade fair. After all, we’ve been making our beloved Christmas tree for three years now, and haven’t done it the justice of showing it off properly!

Not to mention, we’re super excited about this next chapter for One Two Tree. With our expanded product range including brand new paper and textile wall art, the Art Hanger, our popular Message Boards and everything else between.

We can’t wait to meet and (hopefully) partner with unique Australian stockists who share our passion for sustainability and Australian-made products. Come and see us upstairs at Stand 2157 and let’s make some magic happen!

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the accidental hero, the art hanger

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One of the biggest pleasures of the work we do is being able to connect with other talented Australian designers and makers. Most recently, my friend Jo of Bondi-based paper and textile studio Laikonik came to me for a plywood product to display her hand silk-screened tea towels.

I was happy to help, of course, but I didn’t realise just how much I would come to love the product we created. Also how much the market needed a product like this.

Introducing the Art Hanger. Simple in design but so genius in nature. This beauty can hang anything from your macramé wall hangings and kids kindergarten masterpieces. To even your too-good-to-use printed tea towels, art prints and wall hangings. Hang anything you like in the kids room, nursery, kitchen, office, wherever! Easily swap and change your wall art to get a fresh feel with the littlest effort possible.

We’ve barely had time to dream up all the wonderful possibilities for using this product. So we hope you will help do a bit of dreaming for us. We can’t wait to see what you hang!

 

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New product – my treasure board

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I don’t know how often you stop to think about it, but there’s a definite beauty and aesthetic to the shape of our beloved land of Australia. I had never really considered it, until in a vintage store I came across an old teaspoon rack shaped in the same way. The silhouette really struck me.

I’d been looking for things to put up in my son’s room. A boy’s bedroom is a bit tricky, I think, when you don’t want to just overdose on prints. I figured an Australia shelf would fit him perfectly, and he could display his most cherished toys. You know, action heroes, matchbox cars and the like.

So I began to develop the My Treasure Board. ‘Treasure’ because of the prized possessions you’d display upon it, but also the idea of ‘national treasure’. I was building a love letter to our sunburnt country, One Two Tree style!

It took serious time to get it right. There’s a reason not many of those teaspoon racks included Tasmania, or used chains to do so! I wanted to include it without any added hardware, only wood. Also to be able to flat pack it and give the user a build-my-own experience, so it couldn’t get too complex. Eventually we got the shelves interlocking just right, so no one needs to feel left out.

Now I love that Ziggy knows what his birth country looks like, and he can easily point to Sydney, where we live. The natural wood grain finish is a beautiful backdrop to his colourful prized possessions, and his boys room wall candy is all sorted!

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Custom projects welcomed with One Two Tree

Custom Projects Welcomes at One Two Tree

Since building our Message Me Board range, we’ve been approached for large-scale signage for retail spaces. Most of these are in consult with interior architects and we’d love to do more! Most recently, we’ve had a custom project to build signage for Uashmama’s new Bondi Beach boutique. We’ve also got more custom projects currently in the works around Australia.

It doesn’t matter the size or location of your project. We’re passionate about building ties in the design community. We’re open to any collaborations you can dream up, be it for the home, interior or business space.

Contact us and let’s make some magic.

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The Message Me Boards. Where to begin on these babies?

I was pregnant with Rhodes, our second boy, and looking for something to seriously sink my teeth into. I’ve always loved the nostalgic, artisan beauty of traditional signwriting. So, fancying myself a future tradie (haha), I found a signwriting course and enrolled. Three days a week for seven months and pregnant. I could do this.

Getting inspired along the way by old school baseball scoreboards, I started experimenting with different typographies in plywood tiles and hooking them onto boards as signs. It didn’t have the sleek aesthetic I wanted, and I modified the design to have the letters slide into place. We continued refining, modifying the letter type to be just right. Staining the tile faces black, mimicking the score tiles.

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And just like that, its 2015, and we’ve been making the Message Me boards for almost a year now! We’re experimenting with sizes, uses, and capabilities. I’m so proud of what we’ve created – something nostalgic but modern, versatile but bold, a timeless product with the quality and craftsmanship to last the distance. Made in Australia from Australian plywood, what’s not to love?

Of course, by the time I’d finished with the boards, my mind was already on to the next thing – Alphabet sets and Sandwich Boards.

Sticking to my guns on the signwriting dream (sort of), the Alpha Set was born. It’s a business’ one-stop shop for affordable, bespoke, and completely customizable signage, when partnered with any of our boards. Packed with multiple letters, numbers and symbols, the Alpha Set lets you spell out anything you can dream up. That’s right, anything. 

The Sandwich Board was an obvious next step after perfecting our Message Me Boards. Also, the letter sets to match. We saw a definite gap in the market for a bespoke, up market interpretation of this classic and time tested retail sign concept. So we replaced the tacky steel and plastic construction with our hand crafted, One Two Tree aesthetic. Building something to stop a passersby in their tracks with beautiful design and customiseable commentary.

The One Two Tree Sandwich Board is a statement piece, and an investment for any business. Every component is separately cut, checked and finished before being assembled. Combine this process with the individually CNC routed letter tiles. The One Two Tree Sandwich Board is a mighty piece of work, that gives back 100%. All it needs is an Alpha Set, and you’re off…

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Though my initial focus was always on businesses and larger scale signage, interest soon came from individuals wanting smaller signs for their homes, offices and studios. So we created smaller, double and single row boards and the Beta Set. It’s a more affordable option, filled just with letters, so individuals could have customizable signage at home. Because why not, right?

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And so grows our One Two Tree family.

 

meet the family

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Hello again! It’s been pretty quiet in this corner of the blogosphere, and we’re here to make amends.

Since our last little blog update, we’ve welcomed into the world the newest member of our family, Rhodes. We’ve been through all that life, world and brain re-adjusting one does when a new baby comes home with you! He’s now fourteen months and owning life, of course.

But we’re here today to say we’re back on track! We have (you may have noticed) some fresh new products, new collaborations, and even more to come. Keep your eye on One Two Tree, 2015 has been big so far and it doesn’t look like slowing down!

mini honeycomb tissue balls by poppies for grace

mini honeycomb tissue balls

“Where do you get those beautiful paper baubles from?”. This has been a popular question for many of our customers. The answer is: Poppies for Grace

They are called the mini honeycomb tissue balls and they come in every colour under the rainbow. They also come with little a white tie string so you could easily hang them on your One Two Tree branches too. We decided to lose the string and just causally place them on top of each branch in a spiral formation of colour and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

Poppies for Grace is the work of besties Alana and Sara. Their business is quite simply a celebration of colour and paper. So if you are celebrating they have you covered with an array of beautiful paper decorations. Their range has it all from lolly bags to stationary, from confetti to wedding invites. It’s a well orchestrated collection of everything you need to soiree in style.

We will be stocking their honeycomb tissue ball very soon, but in the meantime check their website out. Both Alana and Sara are ever so helpful and will literally bend over backwards to help you out.

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crystal pyramid poms – decorations now instore

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If you’re loving the decorations you see in the picture above well so do we. So much so we are now stocking the Crystal Pyramid Poms online in our shop right now for you to purchase.

Made by the talented artistic duo Dear Plastic they come in a DIY pack of four with easy to follow instructions and beautiful twine string to hang them straight onto your One Two Tree.

We discovered Dear Plastic online and instantly fell in love with their colourful creative ways. Handmade with a watercolor finish each POM is truly captivating and so vibrant and they truly complement our One Two Tree.

We asked Yumi and Taki from Dear Plastic five quick questions

1. How did Dear Plastic form? Dear Plastic started organically. Just the two of us creating and developing ideas together and making things for friends. I guess 3 years ago we decided that we wanted to develop it further and work on our ideas full time.

2. Is this a full time career for you both? Yes.

3. How does sustainability and the environment play a role in your work? The environment and nature is a big influence on our work. We both have a strong connection with Shinto belief and the idea that everything has a Spirit or God. This respect for everything around us leads to sustainable ideas. I guess that keeps us always thinking of ways of creating ideas that have the least impact on the environment.

4. What does POM stand for? POM is the sound of fireworks exploding in Japanese! Our POM’s turn from 2D to 3D over and over again by pulling a string and we think it similar to fireworks going off!

5. What’s next for dear plastic, new products? exhibitions? We are working on a window installation for Pieces of Eight gallery in Melbourne at the moment. That will open on the 3rd of Dec. We will have a stall at the upcoming  Markit at Fed Square in Melbourne and then at Finders Keepers in Sydney. We’re really interested in collaborating and working on larger spaces for installations.

We hope you like them as much as we do.

 

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swing tags styling with your one two tree

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Here we have a lovely minimalist look with our One Two Tree slightly open from it’s flat facing stand. We found these lovely metal swing tags! We thought how nice it would be to write the names of our family members on each one. If you were thinking how can you DIY this look yourself, try finding some beautiful coloured paper cards. Then make a similar swing tag template then hand cut them to size. Hole punch and thread a contrast ribbon through and voila! So easy.

 

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feedback from a beautiful customer in Italy

This morning we received some lovely honest feedback from one of our International customers in Italy which we thought we would share with you all. We literally posted this tree to Italy less than 48hrs ago. Bravo DHL! We’re very impressed with your international express shipping service. We’re just so happy to receive customer feedback about our One Two Tree. We encourage any of our customers to email us with their feedback and or send in pictures of their decorated One Two Trees. We hope this feedback helps with any of our discerning buyers.

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Hey, the courier just rang at our door and delivered our one two tree!

Our one two tree looks as great as I had it pictured when I ordered it, but feels even better once put together.

Whatever sealer was used on it (if any at all), it’s matte, not glossy, so it looks and feels more natural.

Another point that was not to be taken for granted: with both screws positively tightened, it’s sound and firm, no wobble, no swing, no play, you’d say solid as a tree.

The beauty of its proportions belies the fact that this won’t tilt (your worry #1 in terms of product liability, when something is of interest to kids). And, though not my case here, I doubt even the most adventurous toddlers will dare climbing it!

Only pity, in my view, is that the one two tree logo is stamped not on the visible side of the base plate, but on its underside: of course we’ll tell everyone what this is, what its name is, who does it and where to find it… but the idea is so bright that it deserved to show its brand in full glory, so you could pride yourselves from the distance each time one looked at it.

Hope you’ll sell tons of these, anyone who’ll buy it will fall in love with it, and with the idea behind it. It’s one of those things where each and every buyer would feel like “had I had this idea myself, I would have marketed it exactly this way”, from name to brand, from video to visual communication… even the music background to the video is right!

This will keep us going for ages.
Hope the one two tree business will do the same for you, too.

Wholehearted compliments,

Daniele

one two tree and sculptures by the sea

With Sculptures by the Sea in the air of Bondi we thought we’d inspire you all with a little coastal decorating. We sourced the Starfish and Sea Urchin decorations from The Society Inc shop down in Paddington. However, don’t be afraid to get your creative DIY juices flowing and make your own. A glue gun, good quality ribbon and some pretty sea shells or organic beach treasures would look just as fabulous.

For sourcing your own a coastal look try searching on Ebay and Etsy. We also discovered that Simply Shells has a great range online too.

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diy : mini paper medallion decorations by Minieco

one two tree paper flower 22We can’t take full credit for these beautiful paper medallions. We discovered them on the amazing website http://www.minieco.co.uk filled with so much paper crafting eye candy. You can easily spend hours perusing over all of the many DIY creations.

The medallions looked like an achievable start for me. I downloaded the free template and printed it on some coloured paper purchased from my local office supply store. I spent a good afternoon and evening cutting, folding and sewing together these beautiful little flowers.

Minieco has step by step directions and lists everything you will need to make them! She also provides you with templates to all of her many craft creations.

We made about 25 flowers and stuck them to our One Two Tree with blue-tak. You can easily tie little ribbons or string to the flowers and hang them in a spiral formation.

I hope our pictures inspire you. Happy paper crafting.

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diy : rainbow wrapped ceramic stars

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Making your own Christmas decorations is not only rewarding. It’s also fun and it gives your One Two Tree a really lovely home made feel. With a little creativity and a bit of motivation you can easily make our rainbow wrapped ceramic stars. Not only do they look beautiful, they’re a simple craft activity perfect for the kids to join in too.

You will need: star shaped cookie cutters, a rolling pin, rainbow string or wool and air drying modelling clay. DAS modelling clay would be our choice if you were going to go for the prepacked stuff which you can easily purchase from any craft shop. We used some recycled clay from a friends ceramic studio which we had to fire in a kiln. Obviously we don’t all have access to a kiln and a potters studio, so this is where the air drying stuff comes in very handy.

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Just like if you were making cookies, you roll out your clay flat to just under a 1cm thick. Best to do it either on a breadboard or cutting mat. Then you simply press your star cutters into the clay and transfer your perfect shaped stars onto a tray to air dry. Leave them to dry for 24hrs. If they feel a little uneven or rough get a wet sponge and lightly rub the clay smooth. We left our stars without a tiny hole in them as we wanted to wrapped them in rainbow string. If you wanted to leave them plain you could pierce the top of the stars before they are completely air dried with a drinking straw to create an even hole. That way you can easily loop them with the string and tie a knot.

Once your stars are air dried and hard to touch cut off roughly 30cm of string. Then experiment with wrapping and knotting different combinations around your stars. Then cut roughly 12cm of string so you can tie a loop and place the stars at the ends of your tree branches. Attach your loop string by threading it through the wrapped design and tie off the ends.

Other ideas. We left our stars plain white but you could easily get creative and start painting them with acrylic paints or drawing on designs. You can use Posca paint pens, two toning them with spray paint or stenciling on a design. Apply gold leaf, add glitter, glue on plastic gems or beads. Raid your local craft store. There are so many options. When your stars are still soft you can embossed them with buttons, shells, stamp designs and scribe in words or letters. Another idea is to mosaic them with the prepacked and pre cut tiny squares you can buy from spotlight. So many choices and so many ways to sparkle up your One Two Tree this Christmas. Stay tuned for more DIY’s to come. If you have any questions please feel free to get in contact with us. Happy Crafting!

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show us your baubles

Nothing beats a beautiful shiny bauble on your Christmas Tree. We styled our One Two Tree using two boxes of baubles purchased from David Jones. Even better yet would be some your your Grans hand me downs with that lovely vintage patina. We spiraled the branches so they where evenly spaced and twisted them in three perfect full circles. Choosing branches and colours at random, we spaced the baubles so that they wrapped around from top to bottom.

One Two Tree is a very convenient size for most houses or apartments. Here, we showed how lovely it can look placed by the fireplace, by the window or even the kitchen bench.

blaxland riverside park

I know we’ve just only cottoned on to time we go we will definitely be taking advantage of all it has to offer.

Things to do at Blaxland Riverside Park

– Explore the tunnel slides, embankment slides, climbing nets, flying foxes, swings, sand pits, climbing walls and the incredible 12m high tree house
– Enjoy a picnic on the grassy banks overlooking the river
– Have your own sausage sizzle on the free BBQ, perfect spot for kids parties
– Hire a bike from the information office in the historic gateway to the Armory
– Visit the Armory Gallery
– Visit the Armory Wharf Cafe with riverside views or the Tonkin Zulaikha Greer designed kiosk
– Splash about with your kids in the water play area with jets and fountains galore
– Walk, run, cycle along the shared pathways, bring your dog even (on-leash at all times in this Park)
– Admire the wharf cranes that now form an illuminated artwork
– Ride the Heritage Train and learn about the sites fascinating history

 

simple styling for your Christmas Tree

No creative skills required just a large hole punch sized 1’3/4″ from Spotlight, fluorescent shades of cardboard and some double sided sticky tape, both can be found at Officeworks. Simply paper punch the cardboard, add the double sided tape on the back and press firmly on a branch. We have styled our One Two Tree in a simple flat A frame shape. As always the possibilities are endless with styling your One Two Tree.

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one two tree will be for sale at the cool hunters first ever pop-up store

We are very happy to announce that One Two tree will be for sale at hood. It’s going to be an extraordinary design event and I highly recommend you making the effort and popping on down there. It kicks off in Melbourne on the 29th of November.

How amazing does the Rokeby studio look!

The incredible views from the exclusive Penthouse display suite at Pacific Bondi Beach.

one two tree branding by mark trzopek

 

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We couldn’t be happier with the way our One Two Tree branding turned out and we owe all of our good looks to Mark Trzopek. We’re lucky enough to personally know Mark and were familiar with some of his previous works so we knew we could expect something exceptional. We are not sure Mark had any idea of what sort of trouble he was getting himself into when he took on the One Two Tree brief because as far as clients go we are extremely fussy. Luckily for us he is just as dedicated to perfectionism as we are. Mark really took the reins on the brand design. In keeping with our green ethos, he delivered a smart and environmentally conscious product. We asked Mark a few questions about One Two Tree.

Can you sum up how you tackled the project and your thoughts behind the imagery?

This project sought its solution from the need for packaging that functioned and suited its purpose. The packaging needed to hold a heavy and bulky wooden product that could be re-used, shipped internationally, whilst also having retail appeal/presence. The branding solution originated through the business/product name and the ethos of simplicity and ease. The triangle device represents not only the primary material for the products, woods/trees, but also the easy and simple assembly, as evidenced through the 3 sided shape and its relationship with the wording One Two Tree. One side of the packaging makes use of a  axe silhouette, which is a nostalgic play on the old tradition of going out to fell the families Xmas tree. This brings an element of playfulness and tradition to a new and modern Christmas tree alternative.

What inspires and influences you as a graphic designer?

Well thought out ideas and execution. Less is always more. Art and museums. Surfing and beach culture. as well as making things outside the field of graphic design.

Describe your style as a whole?

I try not have a style in my commercial projects, but adapt what is suitable for the individual product/company and their objectives.

What will you be working on in the next coming months?

– More packaging/branding.
– Annual program for a Sydney based arts & dance organisation.
– E-book branding.
– Branding/rollout for a new cafe/bar coming to Sydneys Northern Beaches.

And hopefully lots more unexpected projects in the new year.

You can email Mark at marktrzopek@gmail.com with any web, design or branding enquiries.

styling your very own one two tree

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One Two Tree is not only quick and easy to assemble, its design is versatile. Meaning you could essentially update your One Two Tree look daily, weekly and most certainly yearly. We hope our inspirational story board will help excite you with your One Two Tree styling this Christmas.

Tips for tree styling:

A handy tip before you start styling/shaping your tree is to loosen the top screw by half a turn or so making the branches easier to rotate. This way they are much easier to move and can be easily spun and positioned into your desired form. Once your design is finalised then tighten the real pokies online top screw which will more securely hold your tree into position.

Another tip when tree styling is not to forget about rotating your small spacer blocks in between your branches. Sometimes we line ours up with the bigger branches for a more uniform look or maybe we might offset them with the bigger branches for contrast and form. The possibilities are plenty.

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Another great idea for decorating your One Two Tree is a nontraditional one but a creative one. We styled our tree in an “X” formation and using two different colours of chord string we threaded and knotted through the holes of each branch.

To start with you need to cut two lengths of the pink chord string at 200cm and four lengths of the green chord one at 200cm. Knotting one end of the pink string you thread up from one corner of the bottom branches first, threading through the hole of each branch directly above. Work your way up to the top and then follow down the opposing side till you reach the bottom. Tie off the pink string keeping the line fairly tight but not too tight. Repeat this step on the other side, they will overlap at the very top.

With the green chord string you start at the very top of one of the four branches. Thread the green string through the top branch hole so that roulette online it evenly halves and you have two ends, one in each hand. Simply cross and tie the string like you are tying a shoe lace and thread one end through the next branch hole. Repeat the cross over tie and work your way down the branches one at a time tying off at the end. Again keep the string fairly tight but not too tight. Do this four times on each side. If the end of your chord string is fraying use a match flame to burn and melt the end so that it can be easily threaded.

You can easily experiment and do several different combinations. This is just one idea – imagine what else can be done. We will share another tied up idea with you very soon.

 

a small fyi update on our sustainable products

Just a little FYI update! One Two tree was designed with sustainable ethics in mind. We contacted an industrial designer first up to help us tweak our design so we could cut the most amount of trees without wasting an inch of plywood. Our Trees are CNC routed for a perfectly cut finish by our exclusive craftsmen Neil. He then carefully hand bevels the edge of each individual piece to ensure they are of the highest quality standard. The trees are then carefully packed into our recyclable environmentally friendly boxes. They are packed along with all the instructions and hardware ready to be wrapped up and shipped to you.

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tin soldiers stand tall

Tin Soldiers

A great idea for decorating your One Two Tree is to either hang or place tin soldiers at either end of your branches. We have just slightly twisted our branches in pair’s to form a partial spiral. Without over crowding the tree we have placed a soldier on every second branch. The possibilities are endless. By the way we found our wooden Tin Soldiers at David Jones in the city for $7.99 each.

our story

one two tree – our story from One Two Tree on Vimeo.

We made this little video to introduce ourselves and to tell you about our One Two Tree story. Shot and edited by the talented Trevor King. A big special thank you to Sammy, Jackie and Aaron, without their kindness we wouldn’t have been able to make this video. We hope you like it.