Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hello blogging friends.....hope you are enjoying the festive season.
Believe it or not we attended carols by candle light at STM this time last week!   Our 12th and final one as our baby leaves primary school and another chapter of our lives ends.   Sad, but glad in a way, it will mean only one speech night, carols etc etc etc....

Things have also been hectic at ecoco, lots of wrapping and unpacking...and orders for curtains, blinds and paint.  Nothing like a deadline to motivate!  And we are celebrating our first birthday, which is on the 21st, but so happy are we to have made it through our first year that we are kicking things off now.  Below is our recent newsletter, if you would like to receive it, you can subscribe through our website

Pop the evening of the 21st into your diary, we are having late night shopping for all those last minute gifts, champagne and a few surprises.....will keep you posted.  x

Thursday, November 24, 2011

chalkboard kit

Looking for interesting gifts for friends or family?

We have just received a number of  Murobond Chalkboard Kits.  The kit comes in all of the 12 chalkboard colours : By the Yard, Chalk SI, Cherry Nose, Cicada, Dragonfly, Farrier, Oceania, Paper Bag, Patternmaker, Pirate Black, Ship Chandler and Whalebone.

Each kit comprises:

500ml pot of chalkboard paint
Paint brush
1 stick of chalk
Chalkboard Duster

Some ideas:
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...hours and hours of entertainment in a chalkboard kit!!!  Get santa to slip one into the santa bag and let imaginations run wild!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Hello all....can not believe another week has passed, where has this year gone?  Christmas is creeping into ecoco and that also means we are nearing our first birthday!  wow!!!  amazing I know, but still loving every day, especially so when local artisans arrive at our door with their works of art, like the
 beautiful driftwood christmas tree that has found its way into our current window display.

and the minature version on the table amongst the wonki ware, which reminds me....our next shipment of wonki ware is leaving South Africa on Thursday and will be here early December.  More jugs, small, medium and large salad bowls, pasta and pudding bowls, platters, new mugs and a few new colours and designs as well! 

The beauty of handmade wonki ware and recycled glass from TADE...

Unfortunately the large glass grape light has been discontinued, but we have managed to secure one of the remaining ones, we have also just received the small grape light.

Every day we have new products and old favourites arriving.   The giant tea bag for the bath from Page Thirty Three smells divine and is a popular gift and the little recycled glass spice jars from TADE are a perennial favourite.

Handmade blockprinted paper good enough to frame...
new lamps

Pony Rider cushions and quilts.

Don't forget our giveaway....all you have to do is follow the link at the top of the blog page to facebook and like or share our page or post...winner drawn this Friday.
Good Luck!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

creative tasmanian homes

Nestled on the banks of the Tamar River near Launceston is a little cottage, home to one of my lovely customers and her young family.   Slightly distracted by the many treasures, I did finally manage some measuring of windows!  But not before I captured a few happy snaps...
Painted predominantly white with light timber floors, the spaces are brought to life with colour and pattern.... like the David Bromley wall hanging, zigzag patterned quilt and mustard coloured pillow cases in one of the bedrooms......

and the gorgeous cocky cushion from Bonnie & Neil on the sofa in a living space which looks out across the river.

an interesting collection of bottles, candles, paper flowers and brushes are displayed on a mantel...

and from ecoco the round recycled tyre mirror, laundry hamper, the small reclaimed printed floorboard box and the picture frame look fabulous arranged around this vintage chest of drawers. 


Friday, November 11, 2011

pick of the week

The joy we feel when those very special people walk into our store with their gorgeous handcrafted literally is like christmas!   Our favourite locally made product this week are the lovely driftwood christmas trees.

From Melbourne designers Bonnie & Neil, the flower mats made from reclaimed timber and printed with the robin design look fab in the centre of the table....

Hope you have a lovely weekend x

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

new competition

Follow these simple instructions for your chance to win:

1.  Visit the ecoco Launceston facebook page and share our latest albums with your friends

2. Let us know you have shared ecoco launceston with your friends by posting "shared" on our facebook page

3.  Competition closes 5pm November 16.  If your name is selected as the winner you can choose from the items pictured in this blog..... Good Luck  xx    Happy Sharing!!!

fair trade organic cotton....Kow Tow

Blink.....wall clock

Monday, October 31, 2011

and the winner is....

Congratulations....Kristy Cullen
Call in to ecoco and collect your set of Bonnie & Neil placemats
See you soon x

another beautiful tasmanian home

It's easy to see why tourists and people looking to relocate come to Northern Tasmania when you take a drive from Launceston to Bridport with beautiful vineyards dotted across the hills and equally stunning houses to live in!
This beautiful georgian home has been given a new lease of life over the past few years, with extensive renovations and the addition of two new wings.   The lucky family living here get the best of both worlds with the seamless blend of old and new.

Skylights flood the home with natural light....
Contemporary furniture and art mixed with rustic antiques and pulled together with works!
The new wings and the original part of the home are linked by this glass atrium.
Typical of georgian architecture is the fan light over the front door.
The structured formal garden links the new wings to the back of the original homestead.

You will be able to see more of this beautiful home in a new book of Tasmanian Homes of which I will post the details soon.  And thank you to the lovely and talented lady of the home for allowing me to snap a few shots!  xx

Monday, October 24, 2011

In store today......

well yes, we were closed but we have extended our trading hours so that all of our lovely loyal customers have more time to pop in for a chat!   Friday last week, a customer who was a regular when I first opened but who hadn't been into the store for a while came lovely it was to see her again, it was like catching up with an old friend.  It really is nice to see familiar faces... and new ones too of course.
We also appreciate the time that you take to follow this blog and thanks heaps if you have liked our facebook page, ecoco launceston, it's a great way to keep informed about what's happening on a daily basis, if you need to know!!!
If you haven't seen us lately, we have a new window display complete with some beautiful new cushions from Bonnie & Neil, one of our favourite Aussie designers.  The cornflour blue floral adds a splash of colour to the window.....what do you think?

There has been a steady stream of christmas stock arriving over the last few we have heaps and heaps of gift ideas and more to come.

We are waiting on some more recycled glass grape lights and round tyre frame mirrors....hoping they'll be here soon. 
On a final note well done to the committee who organised the cancer council breakfast in Launceston this morning for 200 people, hope you raised heaps! xx

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bailey's new book

We have the Bailey's new book in store.  This couple have the most amazing talent in making extraordinary out of the most ordinary objects.   Hope you have a lovely weekend.  xx

Sunday, October 16, 2011

creative tasmanian homes

This is the first in our series of creative tasmanian homes.  Today we are featuring a fabulously creative, newly painted (in Murobond's Society Inc chalkboard paint, colour farrier)

Already a gorgeous kitchen, this one has been given a dramatic makeover with some black magic.   It's not just the bold paint job that gives this kitchen its magic however, it's the creative touches such as art on the walls,  interesting displays of food, books, flowers and crockery.   Also the mix of vintage and modern, fixed joinery and freestanding pieces of furniture give this kitchen a personality of its own. 

Love it...x