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Hello lovely beautiful and bizarre folk,

Since many of us are still in lockdown due to COVID, and others have transitioned to working from home permanently, creating a safe and inspiring space for ourselves, that expresses who we are, what we love, and what is important to us has become a priority. Hence, I thought I would take the initiative and share my ‘Lust Haves’ list with you each month. A list of 10 wonderful things I have found on the internet and Instagram [physical shopping is not possible in my location – we are in full lock down currently], which I would personally love to own. As you know the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine brand encompasses: Art, Culture, Couture. So these lists will of course include visual art, some of which I have recently added to my collection, and some which I would love to acquire, plus fashion, jewellery, ceramics, home wares, garden and pet related goodies, music, books and whatever else is on my ‘Lust Haves’ list at the time.

I hope you find some inspiration from my list to create your own sanctuary, which expresses your unique individual tastes – that inspires you each day, gives you comfort, and brings you joy. I personally advocate for shopping local where possible both for environmental reasons, and of course to support local makers and brands. However my lists will include both Australian and international brands to cater to our special international community.

I will be collecting all my ‘Lust Haves’ ideas via my personal Instagram account @danijelakrhapurssey, so please join me there, and feel free to suggest some amazing products via my Instagram account.

Exciting! Take a peek at my August 2021 ‘Lust Haves’ below.

Much love xo

Danijela Krha Purssey // Editor-in-Chief, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine

Editor’s Lust Haves

I have been lusting after these fabulous goth/witchy glasses by Adele Mildred for ages now! I love what she has written in her Instagram bio – “Esoteric eyewear and art by Adele Mildred. Ethical fashions for weirdos.” The weirdos are my people!

I recently acquired this stunning mixed media artwork by Andi Soto, from the exhibition ‘Lucid Dreaming’, that I curated on behalf of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine earlier this year at Copro Gallery in LA. This work is absolutely incredible in the reals – Im clearly a maximalist at heart!

I am so proud to own one of Andi’s works, she now has pride of place in my living room.

“Fever Dreams”, 2021. Ink, graphite, watercolor, color pencils, polymer and acrylic on Arches 300gsm paper, 12.6” x 18.2” 

As I have gotten older, I have become a huge fan of florals, and these dresses by Australian brand Saloon are just gorgeous, and really need to come and live in my wardrobe.

“SALOON for the wild and the wise. Limited edition hand made pieces featuring the finest fabrics from Liberty London.”

Sculpture is my favourite medium, and I have been collecting more and more over the years. I was so very honoured, and absolutely thrilled to have received this incredible handmade black porcelain crown by amazing Australia ceramicist Ebony Russell, as a birthday gift this year. The best birthday present ever!!

My husband and I recently bought a federation, period cottage built in the late 1800’s, in regional NSW. We are so in love with our new home, and feel so very grateful to have a house of our own! Excitingly I can finally get some new furniture that will suit the style and age of the home. YAY shopping! These gorgeous french provincial style chairs are already on order and I hope they are delivered soon. The rattan back and the peacock blue velvet upholstery are giving me life! Provincial Home Living is currently my favourite furniture retailer – I want all the things.

Speaking of new homes, I have been busy in the garden when not working on Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. Gardening is one of my loves, it feeds my soul. I get to step away from my screens, get outside and into the sunshine, get my hands dirty, and give my body some much needed exercise. I recently planted lots of new roses in our garden and this is one of them, ‘Red Riding Hood’ from Australian rose nursery Treloar Roses. I adore the old world feel of these blowsy blooms. From Spring to Autumn I will have roses in most rooms of my home, plus of course throughout my garden. I cant wait to see them grow!

I adore quirky female voices and singer/song writers. Australian musician Kate Miller-Heidke is on of my favourites. I have even had the pleasure of seeing her live – it was such a thrill! I was definitely fan-girling. She released a new album not long ago ‘CHILD IN REVERSE’, above is a small part of one of the songs from this album that really speaks to my soul – ‘DELUDED’.

I purchased another artwork from the recent Beautiful Bizarre Magazine exhibition at Copro Gallery. What can I say, as the curator it is way too hard to resist! This exquisite painting by artist Marc Burckhardt is glorious in person. I am so very honoured to have one of his beautiful paintings in my collection. She now has pride of place in my living room by my fireplace.

“The Dream”, 2021. Acrylic & oil on wood panel, 9.25″ x 7.5″

More florals, but this time in picnic rug form. As you can imagine I am very much looking forward to Spring! It has been a long cold winter here, some nights have gotten down to -5 degrees celsius [23 fahrenheit]. I have promised myself that this year I will take my husband and my precious Golden Retriever ‘Monty’ on a picnic to some of the wonderful wild locations here in Regional NSW.

These gorgeous picnic rugs are by Australian brand Wandering Folk. Their range of rugs, cushions, throws etc are all so beautiful!

Speaking of ceramics, I am obsessed! Both sculptural and functional. I recently purchased the little one on the left in the pic above. The texture and the fun shapes that Nadia Robertson incorporates into her handmade pottery makes me happy! My ceramics collection is growing – YAY!

I hope you enjoyed this little journey into my personal aesthetic. Stay tuned, my next ‘Lust Haves’ list will be published in September. xox

About Author

Danijela Krha Purssey is an entrepreneur, and the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Australian based international contemporary art magazine, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. She is deeply passionate and committed to her vision to help shift the paradigm in the global contemporary arts industry regarding what is defined and accepted as contemporary art.

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