How breathtakingly gorgeous are these embroidered book covers by Jillian Tamaki? She made them for Penguin Books, and rumor has it that they'll be available this fall. So beautiful. I'm sure Jane Austen would have wholeheartedly approved. I love Emma's little freckles! But I think my favourite might be the Secret Garden. The whole thing makes me want to go swoop up dozens of books right now!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Ta-da! Aren't these marvelous? They are called fascinators and they are a British thing. When you have the occasion to wear a hat, which seems quite often across the pond, and aren't quite feeling an entire hat, you can wear a fascinator as a brilliant alternative! They can be made up on a number of things, (feather, tulle, ribbon, etc..) but I just LOVE this one and I have the perfect occasion to wear it! -The Royal Wedding, of course!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
That's right the latest episode of my new favourite show that I've never seen. Secrets from a Stylist with Emily Henderson. The best show so far as vicariously watched through images on Emily's blog, is a mix of mid-century modern and playful colour texture and a hint of girliness. Exactly the same styles I am working with. I am so inspired. So what an amazing coincidence that I love this episode and to top it off, it happens to be the house of one of my favourite blogs- Oh Joy! For your viewing pleasure-
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Just found a cute little video about books, colours and thought I would share it with you. I remember a few friends giving me a hard time when I tried to organize our books by colour. Even the Prof. claimed I wouldn't be able to find anything. But I did, I remember most books by their cover anyway. Who says we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover? Regardless, I changed them back and the librarians and archivists were pleased. Ha!
Wow! I even figured out all by myself how to attach a video with the embed code! Yay!
Monday, March 21, 2011
This little number combines two of my favourite things! Baking cupcakes and typography! In January, I mentioned that I have a few goals for the year. Well, one of them is to make a delicious batch of cupcakes once a month. Last month I made Classic Cherry Chip cupcakes. Complete with heart sprinkles. This month, I plan on tackling Hi Hats! I can't wait, I have never attempted a "dipped" cupcake before, so I hope it isn't a total disaster. But if you'd like to bake alongside with me. Here is the recipe and a picture! Always helpful!!! In the meantime, we can be inspired by the adorable poster available here from Etsy. Of course!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I put together a quick design board for our guest room and my design space. I have a few plans to paint the bedframe black. Get a new mod rug, and match it with a few fun retro pieces like the old rotary phone and the vintage metal map waste bin. We'll leave the current colour on the walls, a very light blue, and cover the walls in fabulous art and fluffy light green bedding.
**Post Update: I've just ordered the Breakfast Club Poster and the Bubble painting. They were to great to pass up!**
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Can you guess all of the ensembles without looking at the list on the bottom of the print? Don't cheat. I only got four correct. And the Beatles weren't one of them, if you can believe that. I don't know about this Kanye guy, but his outfit looked like Pee Wee to me! Just sayin'. I think Jim Morrison's ensemble is the coolest. Kurt Cobain is a very close second!
Print by Moxy (my new design crush.)
**Post Update: Here are the answers in case the print is too small to read. (Left to right) Jim Morrison, Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain, Kiss, Chet Baker, Michael Jackson, Run DMC, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Prince, Kayne West, Marvin Gaye, The Ramones, Andre 3000, Farrell Williams, Brandon Flowers, Pete Doherty, The Beatles, Miles Davis.**
Sunday, March 13, 2011
A few weeks back I was asked to help out with colours and a plan for my in-laws kitchen. They have pre-existing deep green cutains they'd like to keep and lovely wooden cabinetry. They are inspired by tuscan or earth tone colours. Although they might only be interested in painting the walls and adding a few meaningful and well-placed coordinating kitchen items, I figured I would go through my inspiration files and see what I could come up with. So, take a look, you may not like the particular plan, but pull out little details, colours, materials, lamps, hardware, etc. that you like and tell me about it! Enjoy! Anyone else have any ideas? Do share!
This one I found to be the key piece to my ideas. White it is mostly white, what caught my eye was the brown-ish grey backspash, which would be a beautiful compliment to your dark green curtains. The copper pots brings in nice warm tones and the texture from the wood stools could all be translated nicely into your kitchen! That tile colour might even work as a nice wall colour, with bright white trim rather than white cabinetry. Just need to use the palette as inspiration, and put the colours in more usable space in your own space!
This one is so playful, a perfect example of how to coordinate so many textures.
A generally neutral palette with a splash of bright red-orange! A feast for the eyes!
Pay close attention to the lamp, chair fabric and rug! A brilliant combo.
A quiet version of the earth tone palette, I love how the wood is working here.
Look how that sofa pops, and with so much pattern to compete with it still looks deep and relaxing.
One of my favourites for your inspiration, look how well the two wall colours work so well together. An easy transition for say, a kitchen area to your living room?
Fabulous texture and mixing of styles as seen in the ornate table matched with the pared down chairs. I love a little competition between mis-matched styles. And those rust side chairs are to die for!
This is the colour - but for your living room, would work amazingly well with your fireplace.
Muted tones, more masculine furniture, but I love it just the same, see the hint of pattern in the pillows, the browns, olive, and rust! Oh my!
These last two have it all, particularly this above one, the rug, wood, modern and classic, and even a touch of purple to throw off the whole palette!
Again here, I love the eclectic impression here. All brilliant inspiration!
So, how'd we do? Have you been sufficiently inspired? Did I miss anything? Hopefully I didn't get to off track! I just love the inspiration files. Enjoy!
Do you have any ideas for an inspiration board? I would love the challenge of putting one together for you!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
That's right. More fonts! I have been day-dreaming about script fonts for weeks now. These swash-bucklers all have high contrast weights in common. Not to mention the beautiful swash and curl that makes each one unique. These three would be fabulous to add to any collection.
Zaner Pro which can be found here.
Memoriam which may be found here.
It was originally designed specifically for the Time Magazine annual last issue dedicated to those folks that passed away that had an impact on our lives. But it is such a happy curly font. I cannot resist but love it!
And the elusive bonus font! I will award a prize (really, I would!) if someone could tell me where I could purchase this font. It is used by Mr. Boddington's Studio, they refer to it as "Henry", it is possible that it is a in-house handletter-based font. If you can find a viable option I would love to buy it!
What do you think?
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
You all know how much I love J.Crew. But as I mentioned in this post, I have been thinking about colour and finding inspiration in unusual places. Taken from the "Can this outfit be turned into a room?" column in the beloved Domino Magazine. So using the same basic principals of this old column I came up with a few J.Crew palette rooms.
Domino shares a few tips…
If you’re a Jackie O
If you’re a Kate Hudson
If you’re a Julianne Moore