Oh yes… the rumours are true. My little baby, this little blog of ours is TWO years old today. Hip hip – HOORAY! Man oh man, they grow up so fast, don’t they?

I almost don’t know what to say, yet there is so much welling up inside me and I feel like I could talk and write for hours. But I won’t. I do have to thank you all again for the trust you put in me by visiting these pages every day. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – I do not take this responsibility lightly and I feel privileged that so many of you turn your attention to yellowtrace as part of your daily routine. What an incredible honour this is and the trust you guys continue to place in me has made me a better, stronger and more confident person. So THANK YOU for being here when I wrote my , when we celebrated our , and for still being here today…

Last year has been huge for yellowtrace, with traffic and readership increasing by nearly 200% – crazy talk or what!! So now I feel like the time has come to turn to you for a little bit of help. I am super duper excited to be hosting this very special event for the next few days and I sincerely hope that you will take a moment to complete our first ever  for a chance to win some awesome prizes. How awesome you ask…? Well, pretty awesome actually.

For this special event, yellowtrace has partnered with 6 fantastic local companies (, , , ,  & ) who are offering you a chance to win 12 gorgeous prizes with a total value of $6,500 AUD!! I KNOW – holy guacamole!!! Please join me in thanking them for their generous support and let’s take a closer look at the prizes, shall we?


// Medium Float Light (RRP $1,100) courtesy of .

The Float Light Pendant is a collaboration between Scandinavian lighting manufacturer & Tradition and designer, .Float pendant lights are hand turned using traditional wood working techniques from large agglomerate cork blocks. Cork is one of the few forms of packaging that is completely environmentally friendly – it is renewable, fully recyclable, biodegradable and totally natural. When illuminated, the reflected light within the shade produces a warming natural glow emphasised by the colouration of the cork.


// Marblewood Candelabra in Black & White (RRP $2,039) courtesy of .

The Marblewood Candelabra, designed by Todd Bracher for , is part of a collection of interchangeable, handmade components in ethically traded Jaipur marble and Indian hardwood.

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// Fix’d 2010 Tag (RRP $220) & Ring (RRP $410), available exclusively at and .

Inspired by the fixing mechanisms of old and new roadsters, Slot, Torx, Hex, Phil and Bob form the basis for an innovative suite of designer jewellery for the adventurous individual. Crafted in sterling silver, each piece is hand-made and finished in Sydney, Australia by the skillful team of craftspeople at Metalab. The Fix’d range of wearable objects presents the first collaborative project by Cinnamon Lee & Cesar Cueva for . [Photos by John Lee.]


// One of FIVE fun and fabulous art prints of your choice up to the value of $399 (total RRP value $1,995) courtesy of .

You can choose from nearly 200 artworks that have been created and curated by the design team at I Need Nice Things. The collection includes photography, graphics, illustration and typography, available in a range of sizes on a variety of archive grade stocks. The concept is simple, you choose the artwork you like. The size and material you like. And then we pop it in a poster tube and send it to you, wherever you are in the world, to instantly brighten up your home or workspace. And your day, of course.


// Wall mounted Tree coat stand by Swedese (RRP $1,100) courtesy of .

This beautiful coat stand was designed by Michael Young and Katrin Olina for Swedese. It is 194cm tall and is part of the Tree family consisting of wall and freestanding versions. MDF finish in white lacquer.


// One of TWO cushions from the Durrmu collection – RRP $259 (total value $518), courtesy of .

Renowned indigenous artist  and Koskela have collaborated to create a range of fabric designs, Durrmumeaning designs that were traditionally painted on the ground or body. Wilson has created three specific designs, wargardi (dilly bag), syaw (fish net), ngan’gi (message sticks) that were developed with Koskela into a dynamic, contemporary line printed on linen and silks. As well as the fabrics a range of furnishings including cushions and throws have been produced. The two designs we are giving away are wargardi and syaw.

Like I said – AWESOME, right! This means you have 12 chances to pick up a rad prize. So what are you waiting for – ! Thank you all again – I really value your time and your feedback. Here’s to another fantastic year together and best of luck with the giveaway!

Conditions of entry //

+ You have until midnight (AEST) on Friday 9th December 2011 to complete the survey. Your comments on this post are welcomed as always, but note that they will not be counted as an entry into the giveaway. You totally need to complete the survey in order to be eligible to win, ok?

+ Winners will be drawn at random after the survey closes at midnight (AEST) on Friday 9th December 2011 and notified via e-mail. If winners do not respond within one week of being notified, the prize(s) will be redrawn.

+ Please submit only one survey answer per person. Any duplicate entries by the same person will be disqualified. However, I encourage you to rope in your mates and colleagues to participate, provided they actually read the blog. Coolio?

+ All readers are eligible to enter (yes, that includes you too mum) regardless of their place of residence. However please note that shipping cost will only be covered for Australian residents. Overseas readers are asked to cover the cost of shipping for their winning item.

[Top + banner image background – Photo © Ikunori Yamamoto. Crop and graphic overlay by yellowtrace.]

About The Author

Dana Tomić Hughes
Founder & Editor

Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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    sal pickering

    Have a Wonderful 2nd Birthday Yellowtrace…. and may you have many, many more!

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    I’ve filled out the survey & just wanted to add some more favourite websites:
    Table tonic
    A cup of Jo
    Oh joy
    Women in business
    More design please


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    Happy 2nd Birthday Dana…you’ve done a wonderful job. Awesome giveaways to be had! I’ve filled out the survey so now just have to cross fingers xx

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    Happy Blog Birthday Dana! Yellowtrace is magnificent. Thank you for all the time you put into it to make it so enjoyable for the rest of us. xoxo


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