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Totally Type A!

Now this is totally type A! ByALEX, a British design company based in London, wrote in recently about their A-frame furniture and I found it so cool I had to write up a little post. I appreciate playful design, don’t you? Though I must highlight that this design is all about form and function — not only does the A-frame give the furniture strength but it reflects their passion for typography in a creative, playful way. No doubt type-junkie customers will love it too! Here is the stool AND the lamp…

ByALEX

What do you think? To see more products from ByALEX check them out online here.

(image: byalex)

Posted in design on May 03, 2012

Flower Power

I love flowers but seriously, who doesn’t and how can you not? I’ve been playing with them all week at home doing arrangements and particularly am fond of the big French tulips I found yesterday at the Wednesday farmers’ market. They are to die for! While thinking about flowers and dreaming of ideas for arranging them a little differently at home, I came across the new issue of online magazine, Styled, and found these two spreads particularly inspiring to my process.

Styled Magazine

Styled Magazine

You can see the entire issue here for loads of flower power loveliness. Congrats, Victoria on Issue No. 6!

(images: styled magazine)

Posted in inspiration on May 03, 2012

Mineheart

I know, I know. I was just saying how I liked my colors moody and now I’m back to bright white but you know what, this lighting, the pleasantly over-the-top cowhide and these lovely realistic wallpapers are also on my radar this week too and all are from Mineheart… I adore the idea of wooden planks or paneled walls but c’mon! How can most of us accomplish that on a budget? The answer is to go faux and I’m liking the idea because sometimes if you can’t make it then your only choices are to either save up or in decorating at least – to fake it!

Mineheart

Mineheart

Mineheart

Mineheart

Mineheart

Mineheart is basked in the UK and was launched a few years ago by Brendan Young and Vanessa Battaglia, the two designers behind Studiomold and Young & Battaglia in Cambridgeshire. I love their style and edgy vibe – cool, creative, forward… The pendant light with the painting on the bottom is something I would definitely consider owning. I think though that lots of their papers and lights would be amazing in a cafe or retail space. I can see it now…

If you like what you see above you can view more in their online store here.

(images: mineheart)

Posted in walls on May 03, 2012

Moody Colors Make Me Happy

Something about these rose-patterned pillows entices me, especially the moody charcoal gray. I’ve been drawn toward a moody palette lately more and more (it started towards the beginning of 2011) and I’m not quite sure where my new leaning has spawned from but I’m willing to guess it all began at Liberty in London back in February of last year. I remember walking around that store all alone and suddenly ‘getting’ why I loved it in there so much – because it felt cozy and edgy while still being floral and colorful. Plus Liberty has amazing natural light and shadows during the day, the vibe in that shop really sets my creative wheels turning! Sadly, magazines haven’t inspired me lately but restaurants and retail spaces have so I’ve been out and about a lot with my inspiration radar set to ON.

Moody Colors

For some reason this Spring, I’m really feeling more moody, muddy, dark colors with bursts of energetic hues. I’m not so keen on only brights lately, they feel a bit hyped BUT I do like them mixed into a moody palette but not so much on their own. I know, this is coming from the queen of color and white! In fact, I’m going to paint my living room wall a very dark gray soon, it’s begging me to and I’m going to listen. For instance, check out that very grown up gray rose pillow above (which I would love for my sofa!)… I’d make drapes for my living room in the same pattern and use a neon pink curtain rod to add some energy. Fun! The pillows are from a Swedish creative studio called G. Bruce Design and the collection is Purété Blanc inspired by the French countryside. The motif began as a watercolor painting by graphic designer Gunilla Bruce and then printed onto linen. I think it’s really pretty!

Moody Colors

I really like this styled shot above from Gunilla’s website. Again, moody, imperfect, lovely. I’m loving this look!

(image: gunilla bruce)

Posted in textiles on May 03, 2012

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