Ultra and Aqua

What a month, two glimpses of humanity, one that everyone has an equal right to bind themselves in love and a small window of choice in Victoria for those whose life’s journey is run. On a more selfish note it was also, my 60th birthday.

To celebrate and I mean celebrate, my family and I went to Noosa. No depression for me, just a great overwhelming feeling that 60 is my time to shine. Arrived in the rain then in the twinkle of an eye out came the sub tropical sun.

Journeyed to Rainbow beach (very fitting don’t you think) and there it was, golden sand, crystal clear water and you guessed it every shade of Ultra and Aquamarine. The Australian summer in all its glory, simply an overload of visual wonder. As I stood at the sea edge, the breeze blew the last tried threads of 50 clean away.

Did not go swimming at the beach. This is migratory whale time on this coast and to be honest, I feared setting of the Whale Strand Surf Rescue Team. Note to self: remember to book dietitian!!!!

Instead I just soaked the colour into my soul. As an imported Aussie I can say with my hand on heart this is indeed the lucky country. Bring out all the blues, the green blues the turquoise, the deep aqua, the pool party, summer time, even storm skies, just go with the flow of summer at its very best.  Plus with Coloufied paint so safe, friendly to humans and the world, you can create the mood with a completely clear conscience.

Go on, live a little.



White light

Everyone wants a safe home, but for some among us, behind closed doors there is actually a lot of darkness. That darkness takes the form of family violence and in particular violence against women. Forget the stereotypes, this issue may well be found in areas of social deprivation but make no mistake, it is also there in the smartest suburbs around.

On an extremely personal note, my first husband used to boast and I quote, “that I abuse you everyday but because I do it with words, nobody can see what I do.” So believe me when I say, that even in the most painful of times, there is light waiting to be found and hope at the end of the tunnel. That is why for me, the fact that White Ribbon day is represented by a white ribbon, is so important.   www.whiteribbon.org.au

I love white, it is the colour of purity, healing and hope. White light contains within its beautiful spectrum all the colours of the world. Cool whites and warm whites, from polar bears to angel wings, the expression of white in decor is simply endless in its possibilities. It can form a blank canvas on which to express your individuality or create a serene space to hold your new born child.

At Colourfied, we wish everyone can find their way to let the white light in.


Horsing Around

Many readily available paints can be dangerous to animals because they contain toxic chemicals which include heavy metals and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). These paints emit toxic gases, which can ‘off gas’ from the paint for many years to follow. The smell maybe gone after a few days but do not be fooled, the air pollution does not stop.

Many pets these days are indoor pets, so this is becoming a major problem in animal welfare. Unfortunately not only are they inhaling the gases in their environment, they are often ingesting the harmful toxins by chewing, licking, and eating the surfaces that are painted. If you love your fur children, please decorate with their safety and happiness in mind.

Here is an interesting fact on Melbourne Cup Day.
Horses are particularly susceptible to the negative effects of allergic respiratory disease. Poor or polluted air quality can cause, or exacerbate, respiratory disorders ranging from a condition known as ‘Heavies” or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) through to an inflammatory condition known as “Small Airway Disease.” Both conditions are allergic reactions believed to be triggered by irritants in the horse’s environment. To provide a horse with an air safe and stall safe environment it is essential to use the correct paint products.

Colourfied’s paint products are all Baby safe, furry safe, feathery safe and horse safe.

Power of persuasion.

The other day I was watching television, while ironing, as one does, and I was witness to a new advert by a large paint company. The advert consisted of a well known interior stylist personality, wearing a rather strange cocktail dress, telling everyone, unfortunate enough to be watching, to buy this particular paint brand.

It really made me think, is this the level society has dropped to ? Do we now believe so strongly in the cult of personality that just hearing the “right person” instruct us how to choose, will have us running lemming like to our nearest paint store?  What I wondered, would happen if, said expert, was offered twice as much to do the same job for Brand Y instead of Brand X? Or would their views and choice change, if given the sack as Brand X’s ambassador ?

Past use of personality Brand promotion has not always gone so well. Remember the Malboro Man, sitting on his horse, smoking those must have cigarettes. Unfortunately for the brand, he died of lung cancer. Or British Paint having Rolf Harris telling you “sure can”,  probably enough said!

At Colourfied we would rather be endorsed by real people who have actually used our products. Good reviews spread organically are not only great, but fill us with pride. Maybe it will take longer to get the message out there but at least it is honest.

Paint it black

Alright, it is Halloween again. You may not know, but this was the original Scottish New Year. It marked the end of summer and the start of winter. On that night, all the souls of those departed could roam the earth to seek connection or revenge with the living. Not such a warm fuzzy thought.

That is were the disguises come in to play. Some believed, if you dressed up as something else, you could avoid being found by the souls out looking for you.  The less generous theory was, that the custom came, from people dressing up to scare their neighbours. These terrified victims would gladly pay some money, or give goods to make the demons go away.  Worth remembering, when the local kids come knocking, that it is actually an age old protection racket. Not so much “Trick or Treat” but more “if you know what is best for you!”

We are not superstitious like that now, I hear you say. Then explain why it is, that all the black cats get left behind at the rescue shelters? It is a well excepted fact, that it is very hard to re-home them. I have a black rescue cat called Sabi and so far no terrible doom has befallen my family. He is also very handy if one gets the urge to whip up a few spells or curses.

As for huge orange pumpkins, what a joke, I can assure you there are no pumpkins in Scotland. Honestly, Americans can make anything Hollywood. What was so wrong with  a skull with a burning candle in it, to ward of evil? So for me, Halloween is not an orange but very much a black affair. Black does not have to be Gothic or dull, it can be elegant, dramatic, enclosing, womb like, lustrous and wonderful. Combined with other strong colours, it is a very smart look, even for little people.

Spring is springing

How lovely, its spring in Melbourne. However that means more of us are racing to find the anti-histamines and inhalers than racing to the Spring Carnival. Blossoms, flowers, grass and shedding animal fur, can for some of us, seem a high cost for nature’s renewal. Ask yourself, what  colour of spring outfit to choose, to match red eyes and a dripping nose?

It got me thinking about hyper sensitive individuals. They suffer feeling like this, not just for a short time come spring, but all the time. This is way beyond a case of irritation, it can be at times, a life threatening condition. The modern world is over flowing with chemicals, scents, solvents and other air borne horrors. This means some people have no choice but to live a very restricted life. They just cannot cope, with the toxic overload. We probably know about the “Boy in a Bubble” but not all the others who suffer like this.

It is worth remembering that Melbourne is the asthma capital of the world.The air we breath outside and even more importantly indoors, is all we have to sustain us and our health. Anything we can do to keep it clean and toxin free, is a vital contribution for all living creatures. At https://www.colourfied.com our safe paint, is a small way we try to help.


Rosie’s room.

The time comes in every little one’s life, when the baby room, just does not cut it anymore. Rosie, now three years old, wanted a proper girls room and of course it had to be pink. The problem was, Mum and Dad could not stand the idea of a paint fumed house. Not to mention the agony of Rosie being out of her space and routine, perhaps for days. The answer came when they selected to use Cherish Fairy Floss by Colourfied. Due to the fact that it is 100 % solvent free, non toxic and low odour, all the issues just melted away.

In fact, Rosie played happily in her room as John painted and Belinda could be busy getting on with other things. With her room finished that afternoon, Rosie slept in her big girls bed, in her new pink room, that very night. As we all know a happy child means happy parents. Not so much Fairy Floss but real the magic of choosing the right product.