Thursday, 28 March 2013

Statement Jewellery....Italian style

Chunky statement jewellery has been big for years and seems set to be in trend for sometime to come. These days its easy to grab an inexpensive chunky necklace from Diva or Collette to go with your everyday outfit but if you want something special for a grand gala, wouldn't you prefer to choose quality craftsmanship that makes you feel a million bucks. I know I would.

Have you trawled the shops looking for that piece that not only compliments but finishes off your dream outfit . Have you experienced the absolute disaster of seeing a girl on the next table wearing the same dress or has she styled her jewellery that much better than sucks I know. I have the answer for you and it comes all the way from Italy to Australia's shores. Elma Venezia is an Italian jewellery house whose designs are timeless, colours are in trend and are all handmade. The benefit of a handmade piece of jewellery over a Asian factory made piece is that it falls under the umbrella of Artisan Jewellery. The quality and attention to detail will be high and the workmanship 100 times better than cheap metal. In fact Elma Venezia uses very little metal in their jewellery which makes it lighter than the Asian replicas.

The jewellery house creates its masterpieces from Murano glass and each bead is handmade and hand strung all in Venice. Should you select a gold or silver piece of jewellery, you will be buying 24 carat gold or silver (956) spun into the molten glass to give you the perfect metallic shine that looks real because it is real.

Available at, you will find the full Australian range to purchase with delivery times of approximately a week. However, if you have your heart set of something from the International catalogue, we can arrange to have it made to order and sent to you in approximately 6 weeks. The Zavara shop also features some of the International range and states the delivery times accordingly.

Cant find the exact colour to match your dress? We can work with our Italian designers and have your very own piece designed just for you. To arrange a custom made piece of Elma Venezia, please contact Melanie at

So without further a due, please enjoy the viewing pleasure of some of the Australian range currently available from our online store

    Dorata Chain Necklace in 24ct Gold Glass - $529AUD

    Athena Necklace in 24ct Gold and Silver Glass - $399AUD
    Isadora Necklace in Green and Silver Glass - $549AUD
    Sofia Loren Necklace in Silver - $699AUD

    Atlantis Earrings and Bracelet - $249AUD / $279AUD

    Water Drop Earings - $139AUD

     Isadora Earings in Green and Silver - $179AUD

Friday, 22 March 2013

Welcome back 2013 - Wedding trends

Hello my lovelies,

I have had a massive break this year from the blog and have run out of excuses now, so I am back with lots of great new projects to talk to you about and of course take you on a journey of design, event styling and wedding planning. This year the blog will have a bigger focus on wedding plans and styling as my wedding is now booked in for July 2014. Please share comments with me on what you want to see more of, less of or your wedding plans too.

To get things started, here is a snapshot for the things im loving in the wedding scene at the moment. Check out my pinterest page for more....

Back soon :)


Bridesmaid Skirts.... what are you thoughts? certainly more wearable after the wedding


Rustic lace....

Patterns on patterns.....

The braid in all shapes and sizes....

Roaring twenties.....

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Zavara's 12th Deal of Christmas

Deal 12 - Available Now!


Cushions, wall stickers, oil & vinegar bottles, decanters, water jugs, jewellery, clutch purses, serving bowls, salad bowls, coloured glassware, quirky tea towels, kids blankets, wine racks, kids furniture, salt and pepper shakers plus more!

Brands include:
Ferm Living, Denmark
Blomus, Germany
Mint & Co, NY
Milk & Sugar, Australia
The Print Society, Australia
Delica, Spain
Po:Design, Denmark
Elma Venezia, Italy

Available from today to January 7th 2013 at our Zavara Shop. Please use the following coupon code to redeem your free $30 discount storewide


Delica Otto Bottle Holder, Spain
Blomus Delta Decanter, Germany
Ferm Living Spring Candle Holder, Denmark
Ferm Living Owl Kids Blanket, Denmark
Ferm Living Owl Music Mobile, Denmark

Milk and Sugar Smoke Low Ball Glasses, Australia

Delica Foldable Dish Rack, Spain

The Print Society Collective Cushions, Australia

Blomus Aqua Water Jug, Germany

PO: Design Pencil Salt and Pepper Grinders, Denmark

Ferm living Suitcases Wall Stickers, Denmark

Whats on your shopping list this Christmas and New Year?

Happy Christmas and I will see you back here in 2013.

Mel Jones

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Zavara's 12 Deals of Christmas - Deal 9

Deal 9 - Available Now!

Available for 3 days only at our Zavara Shop. Please use the following coupon code to redeem your 30% off the Ferm Living cushion range.


Friday, 14 December 2012

Rustic Christmas decorating ideas

Christmas has to be one of my all time favourite times of the year. I love decorating the Christmas tree each year with a different theme or style. 

I spent last Christmas in Italy with my extended family and missed out on decorating the house and tree for December, not that I would complain about spending Christmas in romantic Tuscany, Venice and the Italian Alps (now I'm bragging). While travelling I collected a few cute Scandinavian decorations which gave me the inspiration for a rustic Christmas this year. 

The easiest way to decorate with a rustic feel is to select as much natural products as possible like pine cones, hessian fabric, lots of fresh greenery, church style candles, natural woods and recycled jars etc. Splash the neutral with a single colour such as red i.e. my Scandinavian style decorations or perhaps some blue if you are spending Christmas at a beach summer house. 

The great thing about a rustic look is that you can make things yourself and DIY is inexpensive, which is perfect when these days Christmas is always a tight time of the year. Little things like cutting ribbon or strips of hessian fabric and tying them to the branches of your Christmas tree, is all it takes to bring out the rustic country feel for your Christmas tree.

Check out these Christmas ideas, for inspiration for your next Christmas theme.

Merry Christmas to all my beautiful followers and please comment below on what your theme is this year for Christmas.