{Creatives’ Spaces} Shani Nottingham from Rare Pear Studio

collage butterflies womanI’ve decided it is time to pay tribute to the wonderful woman in my life that not only encourage me creativity, but inspire me on a daily basis with their talent and creative interior styling. Today’s creative space belongs to  Shani Nottingham from Rare Pear Studio.

australian artistI had been following Shani for a little while on Instagram, before I approached her about photographing her home for Central West Lifestyle Magazine. Her IG feed is a visual feast, bursting with creativity and colour, so I was confident her home would be equally as interesting, and i wasn’t disappointed!cosy reading nookShani is a collector, gatherer and curator. Her home is both warm and fascinating. Everywhere you look there is a conversation starter, which is why I spent 5hrs visiting her home…..we talked and talked and talked. It was astounding how much we had in common and I left that day knowing I had made a good friend.

collector coloured glassShani’s collects glass with a passion and it is displayed lovingly throughout her home, adding a rainbow of colour where ever you look. Her pottery collected from op shops and secondhand stores, sit proudly on display atop thrifted or gifted cupboards. There is an abundance of eclectic objects that you don’t expect to be grouped in one room, but it works, and you feel some understanding of how Shani thinks – like a little glimpse into how her mind works.

collection of german potteryKill that Man! The painting over the fireplace was a gift from her husband, before they were married,  and has been to every home they have lived in. It’s large, blue and proudly takes pride of place in the centre of the room.
pop art blueThis painted beauty is an original Rare Pear Studio piece, that ties in effortlessly with the rest of the room.
rare pear studio original artAnd she paints, draws, makes collages and excels in photography. So much talent wrapped up in one lady! She is allergic to mushrooms, but she is fascinated with them and has mastered capturing them in pencil, ink or paint.
mushrooms art on book pagesShe blogs at Rare Pear Studio Blogspot. There you can enjoy her varied and entertaining posts. Trust me, you won’t get bored. You can follow her Facebook page if you prefer.

nest drawingHer photography is unique and moving……subjects captured with so much care. You can follow her beautifully captured images on Instagram.
succulent photographyI must say though, it’s her collages that get me! Right in the heart! They are perfectly composed and visually intriguing, so much so that you can’t look away. This one is called Enchanted Forest. And some exciting news – Shani has just launched her website www.rarepearstudio.com.au Pop over for a visit, it’s definitely worth it. xo

paper collage forest art



  1. December 4, 2014 / 6:50 pm

    I was enthralled by this post! So nice to know a little more about this wonderful woman Shani! Such a lovely post Amanda! x

    • December 4, 2014 / 7:16 pm

      Thanks Jill. Shani is even more interesting in real life than she is on social media….and kind, sweet and generous. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  2. December 4, 2014 / 11:55 pm

    OMG!!! you are making my eyes leak watery stuff!!! I am so so so gobsmacked. i need a cup of tea. THANK YOU, sweet lady. You have made my day…which was pretty flat..suddnly turn merry. I will go to bed with a little smile in my heart x One of my highlights of 2014…meeting you x

    • December 5, 2014 / 9:53 am

      YOU are one of my highlights of 2014! It’s been a great year for connecting with like-minded creatives and I can’t wait for 2015! Thanks for being my first girl crush. Xo

  3. December 5, 2014 / 10:19 am

    Thanks for sharing a bit more about Shani. Her posts on IG inspire me to and her home is so amazing. Great post Mandy, thank you.
    Yvette xo

  4. December 5, 2014 / 11:17 am

    Hi Yvette! There really is much much more to Shani than you can see on social media. I totally adore her!

  5. February 7, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    Girl crush on both you lovely ladies. Happy to have met you both once and again xx

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