Let your kids go crazy...

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Now I can imagine, people either love or hate this idea but I have to say I rather like it. Pamela Bell, a former partner in Kate Spade, let her three kids run riot on her sofa with fabric markers and this is the end result.

It could be a great option if your kids have 'accidentally' drawn on the sofa too!

Inspired by Mrs Bell, Judy and her daughter Jane Aldridge set to work on this chair, which is perhaps a more liveable option. I think it would be such a nice memento to have of your children, or perhaps even visiting guests?

This one still looks funky, but I have to say I think it works better with a more defined, classical frame.

Images: article and images NY times, NY times, via ohdeehdoh.com, unknown

Guest blogger: Bonny

Monday, 26 July 2010

Packaging designer Amy Moss of Eat.Drink.Chic designed this gorgeous packaging for McFancy, a luxurious temporary store of McDonald's, which was to be launched at fashion weeks around the world in London, New York, Paris, Milan, Sydney and Hong Kong.

I'm not a big fan of fast food, but they just look so much more appealing in their high-end outfits! The photo-shoots are incredibly styled as well (photographer: Marija Ivkovic).
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Fountains and roses

Friday, 23 July 2010

Thank you so much for all the kind comments from my last Chelsea Flower show post, and here are some more photos! The David Austin stand was stunning and the perfumed smell absolutely intoxicating - hard to describe just how heady it was.

My favourite - dog roses, at another stand in the marquee.

Guest blogger: Helen

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Recently I went to a design festival in Shoreditch called Futurising. It was a great opportunity for creative graduates to find out about the design industry.

From the presentation of the event you could tell that creative people set it up. The chill out area outside was an array of colour and decoration, which felt very summery with bunting, balloons and deck-chairs.

As part of the event there was a wall where you could write in speech bubbles anything you liked. Bonny and I thought the concept was great. It was amazing to see all the different ways people responded, whether to illustrate inside or write something inspirational. I think this concept would be great in a cafe or shop, as it's an inspirational way of creating decoration in an interior space whilst also communicating ideas to the public.

Bonny's addition to the wall was very cool, and was inspired by a recent stall, which sold pants for poverty, just one of creative businesses that was part of the festival promoting fair-trade for clothing.

Off to work...

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

A couple more cool cars I wish I was driving to work in..
Can you imagine? These are so over the top, it would be pretty funny.


Monday, 19 July 2010

I seem to have found myself painting a fair bit recently. On my search for pictures to work from, it's funny all the things I came across.
This stunning photograph by Jean-Loup Sieff,

a lace fence found via the randominspiration blog,

a lace tile (sorry I don't know who this is by but I found it via the designersblock blog),

a lace bridge, and then finally the Anzu black lace dress card.


Sunday, 18 July 2010

My goodness has another week gone by and I haven't posted a thing? I have rather too many things on at once at the moment, but promise to be better next week!
On a separate note, some kind person left a comment saying our cards would be nice for their shop, but now I can't find the comment. Please would you mind leaving another one?

Sherlock Holmes

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Sitting with a cup of tea and listening to Sherlock Holmes whilst drawing the latest collections. Pleasure!

Chelsea Flower show - part 1

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Now I've finally worked out a way of having bigger images on my blog I wanted to post some of my Chelsea Flower show pictures. The gardens were great, but what I found most exciting was the tent with all the specialist plant growers, whether it be chrysanthemums or cucumbers!

Guest blogger: Bonny

Monday, 5 July 2010

I was in Paris last weekend, with gorgeous sunshine and 30+C heat. I was craving for ice-cream and when I stepped out of the Pompidou centre I saw this great gelato place! The bottom image is me tucking in!

They are famous for these crafty flower cones, made out of however many kinds of flavours you like! A friend of mine brought me to this one shop in Soho London a week ago (Amorino, 41 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 6HF), and I absolutely loved it. But apparently in Paris they are everywhere.

Who could resist the joy that ice-cream brings!

An Icon

Friday, 2 July 2010

I seem to have come across lots of reinterpreted Chanel no. 5 images recently. Love this one from Squint - so opposite to the Chanel.

A stunning inked illustration by Marcela Guttierez
Unfortunately I don't know who this is by, but it was part of an exhibition last year in Kuwait.

Kuwait Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah invited 25 artists and industrial designers to retranslate the iconic Chanel no.5 bottle in an exhibition entitled 5.5 Icon meets Icons! The above piece is by Joost van Bleiswijk

I find this one quite amusing!