Tuesday, August 30, 2016


William Morris

Some images that are inspiring me right now - I am seeing flowers everywhere and I just love what Gucci have been up to - amazing pattern and colour all over! Link to all these images can be found on my Inspiration Board on Pinterest.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Art Collecting...

Artwork in our living room

A mixture of originals, vintage and prints

Artwork by Ali McNabney Stevens and Sweet William Prints
Sweet William prints

Slowly but surely we are putting our new home together, piece by piece. One of the things I love the most about our Edwardian home, is the height of the ceilings. While this gives our home a sense of grandeur and space, it has given us new challenges with regards to our art collection. Over the years we have picked up pieces of original artwork from places we have visited and from people that have inspired us. These pieces, mixed in with my artwork and the work of dear friends, has created a lovely eclectic art collection that we our proud of. While it would have been wonderful to have continued to fill our walls with original artwork, unfortunately our budget has not allowed for that! Therefore we were very pleased to come across these beautiful big vintage botanical prints from erstwhile and feel they have pulled together our collection beautifully in the lounge room. I am now on the lookout for more beautiful art prints that come in larger sizes and will continue to balance that with smaller original pieces. There are so many place to buy art from online, some of the sites I have found handy are: etsy, erstwhile.co and invaluable.com. Happy collecting everyone!

On that note, I have just listed two pieces of original artwork in my etsy shop. They are both acrylic on canvas and set in beautiful Tasmanian Oak box frames. You can view them here and here.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Next Event for Sweet William...Trade Show in Melbourne!

Introducing 'Boutique Street', an unmissable three day trade-only event showcasing fifty quality lifestyle and kidsbrands. Held in a beautifully styled venue, Boutique Street will offer a feast for the eyes, ears, taste-buds and imagination. Register to visit and be a part of this exciting movement right where it begins...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

Phone Cover Designs

Sweet William has a range of phone cover designs over at thedairy.com under my name, Paula Mills in collections. I think they have come out beautifully!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Brand new work!

Sweet William has a brand new range of art prints now available online - here . I have had lots of fun putting this range together - enjoying pattern, colour, texture and an inky illustrative style. If you live in Melbourne, pop in and see this new work at Markit on Sunday the 8th of May.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

Our New Home in North Melbourne

Entrance way when we first bought our home.
Beautiful old red brick revealed under cracking plaster.
My girls outside our entrance.
We hired painters to help patch up walls and refresh the paint job.

We have wonderful Art Deco lead light windows.

As it looked when we bought it.
Beautiful textures on the old walls.
Original Edwardian tiles
The successful  auction day!
Move in day. 

Finding places for all our things in our new space.

After many happy years of living in semi-rural, beautiful Warrandyte (24 km east of Melbourne CBD see previous post here). Where our primary school aged kids benefitted from a tire swing in the yard and the Australian bush, we decided on a complete change. With our three girls growing up, recognising their need for independence and wanting to embrace all that Melbourne has to offer as one of the most 'livable cities in the world', we set our plan to move in, in motion.
We chose a very good co-ed state run high school and started looking for a family sized home in the zone. Not an easy task. We marched through poky, little dark houses, clambered up and down stairs of modern town houses. Sighed over beautiful homes way out of our price range and bumped shoulders with the throngs of eager buyers at live auctions. One Saturday morning, just as we walked away from another auction that we were unable to bid on, we discovered 'Milverton' on Errol Street. Being on a busy corner it was almost scratched from our inspection list but as we stepped into the entranceway, the busyness of the city subsided. The high ceilings and grand proportions of this crumbling, red brick Edwardian stopped us in our tracks. The traffic noise became a quiet hum and we found our inner city sanctuary.

Our new home is a work in progress, we plan to bring it back to it's former glory bit by bit. Although, actually, I think it is rather glorious just as it is.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Original Works on Paper now available

I am very pleased to announce that my original work on paper is being offered for sale for the very first time over in our etsy shop - here. I am moving home in a few months time which has led me to sorting out my studio and I thought it would be a good time to sell some of my original works on paper that I tend to hang onto and feel quite attached to. Each piece is a one of a kind, painted either on watercolor or canvas paper, predominantly in watercolor, ink and acrylic paint, which will be signed and dated by the artist - me, Paula Mills!  Please check each listing for sizes and price. I will keep adding to this section as I continue to sort out my studio and make room for lots of new work!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Keep on learning

My still life acrylic paint exercise in tone and self portrait painted in oils
Studio in Fitzroy showing the work of Adriane Strampp
My Morandi inspired still life
Self portrait working from a reference by Anne-Sophie Tschiegg

Adriane's work bench in the Fitzroy Studio
Detail of my self portrait in acrylic paint.
Beautiful Fitzroy Studio
Although I am fairly comfortable with a pen or pencil in my hand, I get a little scared and a little nervous when I hold a paint brush.  I did my training in a commercial art environment, I studied graphic design many moons ago and later on trained in illustration and drawing.  I have pretty much taught myself any skills I have picked up, when it comes to the fine arts.

With all that in mind I decided to have a go at learning a little more about painting. Once a week I have been going to a painting course in Fitzroy through www.fitzroypainting.com run by Adriane Stramp. The environment is wonderful - a big, beautiful old studio at the top of winding stairs in an Edwardian building on Brunswick Street,  in Melbourne. So far I have learnt so much about mixing paints, colour themes, tones and shades. I have had a go at painting a few still life set ups and a self portrait in acrylic and for the next chapter I think I am going to learn to work in oils which feels so far out of my comfort zone but I am loving it! Learning is so exciting.