Outside the Frame

Outside the Frame

Glassware. It’s a fragile staple that I find most homes have. I believe glassware has a lot to say about someone’s style. That sounds extreme, I know. In all honesty though there are so many styles of glassware- it’s so individualistic. A simple piece with minimal detail and shape or the most random texture and shape. The sets that I cherish the most are the crystal sets passed from my grandmother and mum to me. I love that they tell a story. When I have people over for dinner there is a part of me that is proud knowing not only is this serving my friends and I, but it has also been preloved for two generations. While I have those amazing pieces, there hasn’t quite been any glassware that I was drawn to to buy myself… until today. I was surfing social media for longer than I would like to admit when I found a Melbourne based company that has a glass that’s ‘me’. I am in heaven. From tumblers, cocktail glasses, drink mixers to wine glasses, they have it all. I am an absolute lover of small businesses. Where I can, I always aim to spend my pennies with them. Stellar Gifting has it all https://stellargifting.com. They have the most beautiful homewares and beauty products that they allow you to customise and purchase as a gift pack or treat yourself. 

Unrefined Beauty

Unrefined Beauty

Image Credit: Aylin Çobanoğlu 

My name is Jacqueline. I have recently moved to a new town and have only my hobbies and university to keep me sane. With little to no money to create spaces of my own I thought that I could share my love online of design. I am a lover of anything alternative. I love expression through design. The earliest memory I have of design was when my family moved into our ‘forever home’, which it wasn’t but, that was the intent. My dad asked me how I would like to paint my bedroom walls instead of keeping the dreadful smiley face yellow. I mean every wall was… yellow. At the ripe old age of 10, I said I wanted to paint my walls white with a really bright rainbow feature wall. Apparently, that doesn’t age well according to dad. Back to the drawing board. Alternatively, I picked a pearl-gold colour, and we plastered my walls with a suede finish. I loved it. That wall was my creative outlet, my little pop of texture, it was weird, and I loved it. I loved that it made me happy. While, since leaving that house, some 12 years later, I have developed a somewhat more refined love and taste for design. I still chase that feeling. The idea of having something that was me. A space that I could love. While feeling somewhat directionless at 23 years old I figured I might bight the bullet and have some confidence to share my passion. While I am also ever evolving my style, I’d like to share any ideas, hacks or simply beautiful things that I think someone else might love. 

The name Green Picket Fences stems from the age-old term white picket fence. In my mind ‘white picket fence’ is the big home, green lawns, the pets on the lawn and the white picket fence. I can fully empathise with that. While it is amazing and beautiful it’s not my specific style. I love alternative- the tiny homes, the shed houses, the handmade, imperfect, colour and texture and maybe a not so white picket fence. 

Big hugs to anyone reading this, 

Jacqueline Smith