I've been an admirer of Bridget Bodenham's work for a long time. I first saw her pieces at a Finders Keepers market in Melbourne. There was a huge crowd hovering around her stand and for good reason - her handmade pieces are works of art that have gained a cult following.
I have always loved antique furniture, although still living in the family home, I’ve never had a reason to purchase any of it. As soon as I had decided on the space for The Sweet Meadow I knew vintage furniture was the way to go. Modern tables and chairs would just look out of place in the 1920s cottage. Sourcing furniture found in salvage yards, vintage dealers and flea markets also minimises the environmental impact of the store’s creation and ties in with the brand's sustainability values.
I had a lot of fun setting up a photo shoot recently for The Sweet Meadow. I take a lot of photos of my food, but I realised I didn't have any print-worthy photos of people sharing food together, which is essentially what this business is all about.
Colour has a powerful effect on our perception of the world around us.
I started thinking about a colour palette forThe Sweet Meadowmonths before I had anything ready to design. This would extend not only to the design elements of the brand but also the colour of the plates, cutlery, walls, napkins, benches, coffee machine (seriously) - everything!