Monday, 24 June 2013

Retro colours at Mini Moderns

Love these Darjeeling wallpapers from the new Buddha of Suburbia range from Mini Moderns.

And the gorgeous colours in their environmentally responsible paint range:

There's something I really love about Mini Moderns. Their designs are obviously great, capturing the essence of mid-century styles but also wonderfully original and totally modern. But beyond that, their branding is awesome, with descriptions like 'Reclaimed, responsible, resplendent' and a strapline like 'Made in the UK by nice people', they are one of those companies that not only do I want to buy from, but want to work for!

Plus the styling of their images, simply done, just with key, relevant furniture, is always spot on for me. Totally sells me the whole lifestyle and shows me how their products fit. Find cushions, mugs, fabric, wallpaper, paint and more here.

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Friday, 14 June 2013

Virtual Stationery: Jonathan Adler at Paperless Post

As a stationery junkie, I always prefer to pick up a pen and send something lovely in the post. However, Paperless Post do a great job at bridging the gap between email and snail mail, with their gorgeous virtual designs - though for the stubborn, they do a range of real paper stationery too.

They've just launched a new range designed by Jonathan Adler. With these beautiful patterns, I could be tempted...

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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

I Made That: Kind of... Baby Stuff for Other Colour Lovin' Mothers

So it's "Kind of..." in the title, because I can not claim to have entirely made these items. Let's just say, I enhanced that. And I started the other one (and my Mum finished it).

image: Simple Sewing for Baby by Lotta Jansdotter
So with a new baby, it's time to restock the muslin drawer. And as number one child is somewhat attached to his cloth, I had to do something to identify them as different. So I bought these muslins from Marks & Spencer (the softest in the shops FYI*) and, inspired by Lotta Jansdotter's burp rags in her Simple Sewing for Baby book, decided to edge them.
I dug out some fabric I had in the cupboard, strips from a quilting jelly roll (I believe it was by Moda, definitely bought from this lovely shop on Columbia Road), which meant that while they are not the same, they all match thematically and in colour scheme. Then I cut the edges off the muslins - you wouldn't need to do this if you didn't want to, but I didn't want the edges super thick once I had re-edged them. Finally, I ironed and pinned the strips and whipped them under the sewing machine.

You may be asking why would you bother, when essentially these items are for wiping up dribble, snot and who knows what? Well, if I have to live with these for at least the next two years, why not?

And now we know whose cloth belongs to whom. Not that it stops Max stealing the new soft cloths that have appeared in the house.

The second thing that I made, well I half made, is this nursing pillow cover:

image: Simple Sewing for Baby by Lotta Jansdotter
Nursing pillows are so useful, especially this one, as it is so firm, holding the baby so high up, you can basically feed it hands free - and definitely helps your posture. Again, I was inspired by Lotta Jansdotter's pattern for a nursing pillow in the same book. Her pattern actually makes the whole pillow, but I already owned this one, so I made a new cover for it using Lotta's Choma and Lena fabric. Well, I cut out the fabric, and my Mum stitched it up including zip. Hence, "Kind of..."

*Before I had Max, I asked my sister where to buy the best muslins for my new baby. Her response was "It depends how attached you want your child to get to it" She was right. Ikea muslins: funky patterns, but quite rough, even after 2 years of washing, and not a snuggling favourite. M&S: soft as clouds and hard to pry from Max's sleeping hands. He doesn't mind us taking it away to wash it, but if he sees it in the wash basket he will still take it out to give it a quick snug, even if it is sopping wet. I'm sure there are others, equally good, in different shops, but that's my tuppence worth.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Lyrical Artworks

Other people's lyrics sometimes say things better than we can. LyricalArtworks takes them and makes them visual, and not always with the obvious choice.
Brown Eyed Girl / Van Morrison Standing in the sunlight laughing
 Into The Ocean / Blue October Let the rain of what I feel right now come down
 Waterfalls / TLC Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to
I Can't Drive 55 / Sammy Hagar Go on and write me up for 125
Instant Karma / John Lennon We all shine on   

Loser / Beck Soy un perdedor

And some unlikely prints for the nursery? 

 Big Pimpin / Jay Z I'll be forever mackin'
Enter Sandman / Metallica Off to never-never land

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Bright Geometric Prints from Mengsel

Visiting the V&A last week I picked up this cushion for Ren's new bedroom from their gift shop (I believe it's illegal to leave that shop without having spent money. Or at the very least against my religion). I love the simple graphic shapes used to create the waves, and who wouldn't fall for a whale in love?

The cushions are by a company called Mengsel, and I checked out their other online offerings when I got home.

Mengsel is the brand name for the colourful prints of Luzelle van der Westhuizen, a South African living in London - Mengsel means mixture in Afrikaans and Dutch. Having originally studied jewellery design in Cape Town, Luzelle took a printmaking course in London and started making these Scandinavian and geometry inspired prints. Stocked by various shops, I'm surprised these haven't caught my eye elsewhere. Many of these are available in other colours too, so well worth checking out her site for prints and textiles.
Bigger Boat giclee print - available in other colourways
Graphic LOVE print in duck egg blue
Personalised Robot Print....Note to self...Wedding Anniversary...
Coral Toucans