Merci Perci ... since 2014, the creative outlet of Claire Falkiner and her gorgeous rabbit ‘Perci’.
Claire is a self confessed lover of all things SHINY, HAPPY, SPARKLES, COLOUR & FUN….“life is way to short to take things too seriously, so inject fun where you can” she says….. and I whole heartedly agree!
After years of working in the fashion industry, with a creative background of textile and fashion design….Claire re-discovered her LOVE of drawing and realised that she had the urge to design ‘What she wanted…when she wanted’…enter new career choice and working for yourself! After a life of ‘corporate’ she now loves being her own boss, it also makes her ‘work / life balance’ of being home with her new baby all the more special, balanced … and mostly calm!
Painting one day, then making jewellery the next, she loves to ‘mix it up’ so she never gets bored. Her creative disciplines include drawing, collage, jewellery making, painting and designing gorgeous cushions / textiles … to name a few…what a creative soul!
If you haven’t seen these yet, hold onto our indoor plants as they will start talking…you’re going to LOVE THEM! In keeping with Claire’s love of all things ‘shiny and fun’…enter the Merci Perci BUBBLE POTS! Available in 4 sizes and 3 colours (chrome, gold and copper) these are perfect for interior spaces by adding balance and another textural element to a space, they are divine! …I have a feeling I will be needing one or five of these in my new home very soon!
New projects for ‘Merci Perci’ …..well there is something on the horizon for the ‘Mum’s and bubs’ market soon…so watch his space.
Claire enjoys being part of this wonderful Australian creative industry, and loves how everyone is so supportive of each other. She is also lucky enough to be represented by Greenhouse Interiors, founded by Julia Green, lover of all things colour! She loves that fact that the creative community, of mostly small business mum’s , almost ‘bubbles under the surface of mainstream, commercial homewares businesses through social media. It’s amazing to see how much influence our little businesses have on the bigger commercial businesses.’
Keeping ‘on top’ of her her designs is really important, she tries to look at the positive side of things if she sees a ‘similar‘ design of her’s mass produced & delivered to the market … “it’s almost a complement that we are looked at us as trend setters”, I have to agree with Claire there!
Claire’s tips for business success is …“Stay true to what you love. Stay true to your ideas and your own ‘handwriting’… This way you will feel happy and fulfilled.”
A ‘quick 6’ with Merci Perci :
The best day of the week is ….
Saturdays are always fun. I love that we can spend the whole weekend as a family. We usually go out for Breakfast and a nice walk together.
My dream holiday destination is ….
I have always wanted to go to St Regis Bora Bora or St Regis in the Maldives. They look like heaven on earth….I’m with you there Claire !
My biggest ‘pinch me’ moment has been ….
I have been fortunate to have had a few…. It would probably have to be the very first time I was told that Fenton and Fenton loved my work and wanted to stock it. I couldn’t believe that my hobby and creative outlet was something that other people wanted in their homes, let alone being stocked in one of Australia’s best homewares stores!
The best advice I have ever received is….
It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of you …. Alleluia to that sista!
What I’m reading is….
Mostly baby books!! Pretty boring but as a new mum I’m always readying up on the different stages of my little one’s life. We are going through the 4-month developmental leap at the moment and she’s changing dramatically every day.
My ultimate indulgence is….
I dream about going to bed early and not being woken for feeds, then I think it would have to be laying on a beach with the perfect warm breeze drifting in and out of sleep and being waited on.
Thanks for the chat Claire & sharing your beautiful story and images with the KJ tribe!
COMMENT & WIN !
To WIN your own set of Merci Perci earrings……in a sentence or two…tell me why you need some sparkles in your life! Winner announced Thursday 18th August here!
K J DISCOUNT OFFER !
Until Sunday 14th August, use the code ‘KJSPARKLES‘ in the Merci Perci online store to get 15% off the entire earring range!
Check out the full Merci Perci range at her online store here.
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Styling Noel Coughlan NC Interiors for Greenhouse Interiors, Photography Annette O’Brien