Saturday, February 27, 2010

Greeting cards as art

It was my boyfriend’s birthday yesterday so I found myself in Dymocks choosing him a birthday card.  I also ended up buying a couple for myself... to frame and hang in my home office.

I bought a card with Alexander Girard’s International Love Heart print in pink and white.
 
And a card by Vogue with an image from their November 1965 issue titled New Time, New Tempo.
 

The description on the back reads:

‘Vogue’s “Young Idea” backs the Boss look for parties!  It’s simple geometry in stunning black and white.  It’s simple and slinky.  It’s swirling whirling circles of silk and stylised flowers.’
November 1965
Photograph by Ronald Traeger

The card with a picture of a girl with a big pink bow and a bird on her shoulder is from Typo.  I bought this card while recently visiting Melbourne.

Do you have greeting cards or other unconventional art hanging in your home?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Design For Use

I have decided on the Sticky Lamp designed for Droog by Chris Kabel for our bedside lighting.
 

I was searching online today for an Australian stockist and I came across this great website, Design For Use, with a store in Melbourne called Design Dispensary.  They don’t have an online store, but they do take mail orders and even ship internationally.

This discovery has caused my wish list to grow a little...

This silicon lampshade would be very striking against the black damask tiled feature wall in our new bathroom (when it’s eventually done).
 
With its mirrored finish and little shelf, this glamorous lamp could work well in our front entryway.
 
This cardboard stool (which amazingly has a weight bearing capacity of up to 200kg) would be very cute in our informal living room, carrying on the music theme next to my antique pianola, my boyfriend’s guitar and our collection of every SingStar game for PlayStation.
 

I could make use of these handy little ‘tiles’ in many spaces within my home.  There are more designs available than those shown below and they come in lots of great colours.
 

Have you discovered any interesting design shops lately?  I would love to hear all about them... have I mentioned that I’m a little bit of a shopaholic.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Colour feature: Orange

If there is one colour that represents fun, it is orange!  Orange combines the energy of red with the happiness of yellow.  Orange also promotes communication and creativity, so use it in a living room to encourage conversation or in a home office/studio to get the ideas flowing.

Orange is a great fashion colour to warm up your Autumn/Winter wardrobe.


Images (from left to right): Kate Spade, Oroton and Valentino at Neiman Marcus

Orange is also a great accent colour to liven up any room in your home.
 

Images (from left to right): Florence Broadhurst rugs, Trendir magazine and Missoni at Spence & Lyda

Add a little orange to your home, with these bright and cheerful finds:
 

  1. Husque bowl from Top3 by Design
  2. Various cushions from Bholu
  3. Fillsta table lamp from IKEA
  4. Dowel barstool from Spence & Lyda
  5. Wooden sign from Lyrics and Quotes on Etsy
  6. Popular Penguins available form various bookstores
  7. Missoni Hector throw from Spence & Lyda
  8. Fink jug from Peter's of Kensington
  9. Decorative clipboard from Box 64 Studios on Etsy

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Etsy finds: black, white & grey

Here are some of my latest favourite finds on Etsy, in black, white & grey.  Have I mentioned previously how much I love this site?


    1.  Scrabble LOVE tile coasters from Terrill’s Tiles
    2.  GRACE print from Sandra Suy
    3.  His and Hers illustration set from Sepia Smiles
    4.  XOXO pillow from Alexandra Ferguson
    5.  Fabric magnets from Pretty Originals
    6.  Tiny bird vase from Pretty Random Objects
    7.  Organic linen pillow cover from Dear Pony

Monday, February 15, 2010

Inspiration board

Inspired by this lovely inspiration board created by Viv from Ish & Chi, I decided to create one of my own over the weekend.

It includes images and items that relate to the topics I am likely to blog about - interior design, home renovation, fashion, travel.

Here is a picture of the entire board.


A couple of close-ups.


And my little helpers.


It is a little more busy and colourful than what I envisioned before I started.  I might give it another go next weekend.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

My first sale on Etsy

In December I blogged about my first purchase from Etsy and I have featured a few items from Etsy in my posts since then.  I love the variety of items available and the fact that they are all handmade (or vintage) and from all around the globe.

I was inspired to get creative and set myself up with a little shop on Etsy.  I listed my first item for sale a couple of weeks ago and I have since built up my stock to 22 print designs.  Last night I made my first sale.  Thank you very much to my buyer from the USA.  These are the designs that she bought:

 

 

Monday, February 8, 2010

Coming soon... new blog design

I designed a new look for my blog over the weekend.  Here’s the mock-up.


Now we’ll just have to wait and see how close the finished product ends up compared to the image above.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Upstairs window: before and after

I had a very productive weekend at home.  Or maybe I should say my Dad had a very productive weekend, while I helped with measuring, holding, gluing and painting (I can’t use a drop saw or electric drill, so my Dad did all the hard stuff).  Thanks Dad... and Mum (she painted the inside of the upstairs room while Dad and I did the window).  Don’t I have fantastic parents.

Anyway, here are before and after shots of the upstairs window at the front of the house.


 

The window frame and outside wall were rotten, so we had to replace it all.  We modelled the decoration on a picture from a book on restoring old Aussie houses (lent to us by one of our lovely neighbours).  Apparently this is called a dormer window and our house is Victorian Italianate.
 
The window is not finished yet (we still need to add fancy timber along the bottom and paint it with the main coat colours), but I’m so excited about how much better it looks already that I had to post a picture now.  I’ll post another one when it’s all done and the scaffolding is out of the way.