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Bringing some colour back in to the Outside!!

Today I am having a chat with Terri from Moteef.. she brings some colour to your outdoor and in actual fact of late she is bringing divine smells and some monochromes for those who like it that way :)

HOW DID YOU START YOUR BUSINESS?
I’m a trained graphic designer so I’m no stranger to creative business. After taking and abstracting photos for fun for at least a year, a chance conversation with my sister in 2012, inspired me to look into how I could develop my digital patterns into a collection of outdoor scatter cushions. Finding the right fabric base, having it printed in specific colours and then lab testing them for durability and colour stability was a journey over 1 year as I slowly learned about the processes involved - as well as marketing, social media promotion and ecommerce. I was finally ready to officially launch my first collection in September 2014. 
    
A year later I launched my Luxe outdoor candle range which I’m very proud of too. I teamed up with Self Organics, in Perth, to create 3 unique, hand poured soy wax candles, using our collaborative blend of essential and fragrance oils known for their insect repelling properties. The cherry on the top was the gorgeous vessel we had custom made for the project – a reusable double walled coffee glass with a snug bamboo lid. The packaging incorporates 3 signature patterns I designed for the project.




WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
I love all my designs but ‘Circles’ is very close to my heart. In 2013 we discovered, the hard way, that my young daughter Lauren, who was then 3, suffered anaphylaxis to some tree nuts. This diagnosis very quickly brought to the family's attention that research into new treatments and cures for allergy and other immune diseases, as well as community education and improved access to care, was urgently needed.

So, as a family commitment to raising funds and awareness, I digitalised a design that my son Ben painted and that our family loves and we now donate $5 from the sale of every Circles outdoor cushion as part of our CUSHION FOR A CURE initiative to help fund medical research into allergy and immune diseases through the efforts of The Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA). Of course, Ben also gets a royalty for the use of his artwork with every sale – something that the now 9 year old is very proud of.



WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
I absolutely adore a donut! Nothing fancy, just a fresh, unfilled traditional glazed! Shhhh!!

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I’m drawn to bold abstract art, 70’s Op art and modern, mid century influenced furniture. I’m particularly inspired by the decorative arts of Africa, the Middle East and South America - I love their textured, painted urban decay and their tendency towards striking colour and pattern. I try to draw on these things when I create my designs.

WHAT DO YOU WISH PEOPLE CARED MORE ABOUT? 

Conversation starters - It sounds like a joke answer but it’s not.

There’s so much information that we can graze on daily that it’s hard to find the time to digest it all, discuss our findings and grow ourselves and our own ideas. I imagine a world where people are supportive, in-touch, considerate and curious. They share their food, experiences and knowledge, enriching each others lives with challenging ideas, fun experiences, humour and culture. 

I design so people are inspired to relax, share food and really connect in comfort all year round.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE BOOK? 
Paulo Cohelo’s The Alchemist. I’m not a spiritual person but this book has a very simple message – the importance of having a dream, going after it and never giving up. It’s a simple book that you finish and instinctively “know” what the story means to you.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE RECENT PURCHASE? 
In early December my family holidayed in Queensland. While in Noosa, I bought myself a delicate, silver ring with an ‘XO’ stamped into the top of it - I’m my own worst critic and I wear it daily to be reminded to be kind to myself. It’s working too!

WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW? 
I have extremely eclectic taste so I tend to pick music for the situation.

Designing – I prefer music with few words, ‘cos I’m easily distracted, so I listen to any kind of trip hop/chillout music that I generally stream online.

Chores – Something high energy. I’m fond of Sia and David Guetta at the moment.

In the car – Nova, on the radio (gotta stay up to date with my kids!) Faves we’re enjoying at the moment include Birds of Tokyo, Rudimental and Maroon 5.  

Sunday morning breakky on the Patio - usually a mixture of oldies including Cat Stevens, Bread, Joan Armatrading and Bob Seger. (A nod to my upbringing!)








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