Take a seat…

New from Canary Home are these fabulous Recycled Canvas Floor Cushions. Take them anywhere…beach, deck, boat, outdoor cinema, picnic, camping…tough on the ground and comfy on your behind!



‘Orange Cross’…perfect for the relaxed but orderly playroom.


‘Green Fern’…the ideal partner for vintage cane and hanging baskets.


‘Charcoal Deer’…throw some Scandi style in the mix.


‘X’ marks the perfect spot!


One cool line-up for the smartest deck in Cottesloe!

Three cool designs…Orange Cross, Green Fern and Charcoal Deer. Check out the Canary Shop to grab your favourites or email us your order at info@canaryhome.com.au

Also stocked at the fabulous ‘Tamara Yoga Shop’…just behind ClaremontQuarter, and across the river at the treasure trove in George St, East Freo… ‘Willow and the Bowerbird’.

RRP $110.00ea

Hunters & Collectors….a Mid-Century Feast!

We are mighty excited about todays post…this bloke is a bit of an enigma around Perth, so when he invited us into his home to photograph his personal collection we were rather chuffed! Ian runs the well-known Interior business ‘Hunters & Collectors’, in Mosman Park, along with his fabulous business partner Alicia. Many of our Perth readers will be well and truly familiar with ‘Hunters & Collectors’. If you’ve spent any time at the traffic lights on Stirling Hwy and Glyde St, then no doubt the amazing window display has caught your eye! Both Ian and Alicia are gifted with a talent for visual merchandising, and it shows in the ever-changing window…a feast of Mid-Century goodness and design perfection.

IMG_6941 Three ‘Eames House Birds’ peer out the front window.

IMG_7008 This impressive wall unit/room divider is by Franco Albini 1957, in Walnut and Brass. The blue arm chair is an American Mid-Century original- fully restored.

IMG_6905 The impressive walnut wall unit is an American Mid-Century piece. Original Jielde double arm floor lamp.  ‘American Beauty’ custom-made sofa exclusive to ‘Hunters and Collectors’, the design was inspired by American mid-century modern design and architecture, and can be made to order.  The oak and cane chairs (1 of a pair) are the rare, out of production model, CH27 by Hans Wegner c.1953 (100hrs of re-caning went into these!!)

x4i Catherine Holm bowls on display. Italian floor lamp with 6 arms in brass, in original condition and unused since 1950′s.  The yellow is a mid-centry American original by Paul McCobb c.1950.  Elegant English teak rocker. Collection of sculptures from local artist Theo Koning.

IMG_6918 A beautifully restored teak 8-seater dining setting, collection of candelabras, ceramics and Danish abstract artwork.

Ian Webber and Alicia Valenti started ‘Hunters and Collectors’ in 2008, in the narrow squeeze of a showroom next door (it now holds many of their un-restored pieces). Their focus on creating interesting window displays certainly worked as a great marketing tool. They always attracted plenty of attention from passing traffic, and it was only recently that they began advertising.  Originally pieces were sourced locally and from the East Coast, however, they soon realised that majority of good quality pieces were to be found overseas. Numerous trips to Europe and the US have seen them bring back an incredible collection, and in doing so the showroom quickly spread into the vacant shop next door, giving them twice the amount of space to display their treasures. Over the years they have built a strong and loyal client base, both locally in Perth and over east, regularly shipping to depots in Sydney and Melbourne. It comes as no surprise that many collectors continue to source pieces through Ian, his knowledge about each piece, it’s designer, origin, and and history roll off the tongue…his passion for furniture is mesmerising!! It makes you want to relax back in that Hans Wegner armchair, grab a vino and fire questions at him about design houses and their proteges!!

Ian is certainly no amateur when it comes to the furniture industry….growing up in the Webber family, founders of Webber furniture in WA, furniture and design are in his blood. Ian first met Alicia when her sister married into the Webber family, and the two found they shared a common interest in design. After a long stint over east and living in Hong Kong, Alicia returned to Perth, and it was their shared passion for the Mid-Century design period that would ultimately wind them up in a business together. It is really refreshing to meet two very passionate and successful people, who are not motivated by money, but rather an appreciation for quality design and practicality.

IMG_6949 The intriguing window display with 1950′s walnut credenza by Martinville, original armchair, and mid-century ceramic-ware by Bitossi of Italy.

IMG_6978 x4h ‘Back of shop’- where all the restoration takes place. Rory hard at work breathing new life into old pieces.

If you love your Mid-Century design like we do then the showroom is absolute heaven, but it was a visit to Ian’s home that truly exposed his passion. Surprisingly it was not all Mid-century, but rather a fusion of everyday pieces with vintage classics, modern Italian designs, indigenous artworks, German ceramics, 60′s enamel, and tribal wood work. His personal collection has come together from all around the globe, which keeps it intriguing and impressive. You get the sense each piece deserves it’s place in this house, and each one has a story behind it. Ian is an extremely knowledgeable dude, he certainly does not need a sales pitch because he oozes genuine passion!

IMG_6776 The living room of Ian’s place with walnut credenza, original Eames armchair, and impressive collection of artwork and sculptures.

IMG_6785 Glass top coffee table with odd curios and small sculptural works.

x4c A Featherston ‘Eleanor’ chair in lime green leaps off the white floor. The staircase landing makes a great spot for sculpture and artwork. An intimate collection of curios from travel abroad behind glass doors.

IMG_6821  A once drab courtyard is now lined with cacti and succulents- the perfect accompaniment to a stacked stone wall.

IMG_6851 The Danish ‘Vedel’ birds perched on the ledge.

This is a carefully orchestrated collection, as Ian is a strong believer in obtaining pieces that ‘are meant to be used’. Ian only keeps what is useful to him, it is not just the design aspect he covets but it’s practicality too… ‘If you buy collectable cookware then you absolutely should cook with it whenever possible.’ Same goes for leather chairs, wool covered sofas, and walnut dining tables…it is there to serve a purpose and we should embrace that, after all it is impossible to live in a museum!  The backdrop of this home is simple and clean, white walls, concrete floors topped with white pavement paint and just the odd hint of it’s passed- kitsch 70′s tiles and the odd arched doorway. It is the furniture that steals the show though, and every room draws oohs and aaahhs…we probably over stayed our welcome but it was hard to leave without revisiting each room in case we’d missed something. The question had to be asked…’what would you grab if the house was burning down and you only had 30 seconds…???’ For Ian it was the blue cat sculpture on the sideboard by Gio Ponti. For us…. how to get a large wall unit out the door in a hurry?… or the Featherston?….or the Meadmore?….oh the torture! x4f The Australian designed ‘Kone’ chair by Roger McLay. How’s the stare?? That amazing Mid-Century English armchair with fine steel legs is most definitely the cats!  An unusual collection of ‘brutalist’ metal work lamps.

IMG_6855 I know…fabulous isn’t it?? This stunning German Rosewood wall-unit boasts an impressive cocktail bar with mirrored interior.

IMG_6876 The dining room is an elegant mix of styles and eras, with vintage rustic table, Italian leather chairs, Mid-Century blackbean wall panels by Dario Zoureff, and a Clement Meadmore ‘Sling’ chair.

You can find Ian and Alicia at ‘Hunters & Collectors’ 614 Stirling Hwy, Mosman park WA. Ph- (08) 6101 4004   E- huntercollector@optusnet.com.au   W- www.huntersandcollectorsinteriors.com.au

Photographs by Kate Collingwood

Interviews by Ursula Howell

Canary travel notes from Scandinavia & Europe…

Ursula recently took a trip to Scandinavia and Europe, and came home with a swag of inspirational ideas, and a scrap book full of the latest colour trends and key pieces.

Hot on the ‘must-have’ list would have to be quirky timber objects and curios, glass domes are still going strong – be bold with displays of ocean crustaceans, botanic arrangements, old childhood games and curios.

Soft dusty pinks stole the show for 2014, especially in hero pieces like the fabulous ‘Ro Chair’, also seen in luxurious velvets.

All things ‘Peacock’ are the way forward…feathers, cushions, and flamboyant padded bedheads. ‘Radiant Orchid’ is the pantone colour of 2014, pair this back with yellow trim and be confident with your application!

She saw lots of pastels with geometric patterns and dark greys….very Scandi… love it!! For those who need a bit of ‘bling’ it’s time to embrace metallics… copper and rose gold pendants were hugely popular.

Here are some ideas that Kate’s pulled out of Ursula’s scrap book to get you started….



Proud Peacock…

Jewel tones are back again! Taking inspiration from the latest catwalk trends…’it’s as opulent as ever, including peacock feathers, velvet furnishings, wallpaper and coloured glassware.’




Powder Puff…

We are loving the feminine rose pinks, with muted violet and hints of metallic, it all creates a relaxed opulence that oozes charm and eloquence.


‘Ro’ chair (a new take on the iconic Hans Wegner  ’Papa Bear’ chair) available from ‘Design Farm’ Perth CBD.

Find similar vintage pendants from ‘Hunters & Collectors’, Mosman Park.



Purple Haze with a pop of Canary Yellow…

Strong daring colours are dominating the catwalk and the home this year. If you have been playing it safe with natural materials and soft greys, then you have the perfect backdrop for a serious injection of colour. Be brave!


If you are hunting for coloured glassware and vintage wall sconces…check out the unique treasures at ‘Ginger Morris’ in Sth Freo.


Geometric Gems…

Geometric prints still everywhere in all colours- taking their inspiration from the 50′s. Ursula saw a lot of geo patterns, paired back with solid block colours.






We love the pastel hues, especially in the ‘Hay’ rug…devine! Available from ‘Design Farm’. For similar mid-century armchair or sideboard try ‘Hunters & Collectors’ Mosman Park.

Collected Timber Objects and Curios…

Canary Lookbook 1

Torn page from scrapbook- we love our cactus!


Beautiful ‘Hay’ wooden hands- available from ‘Design Farm’. Timber boards in Mist, Sherbert, & Storm available from ‘Canary Home’. Collection of vintage boards and shackles…for similar try ‘Ginger Morris’ in Sth Freo.


About Us

Canary Home is an evolving project for us. It’s about getting off the High St and snooping around the little laneways, asking questions and listening to stories, ferreting around quirky stores and admiring great talents. With our backgrounds in creative arts, interior design, styling and photographing we are both passionate about great design with an Australian stamp. If you love a snoop and a sticky beak as much as we do then hang around!