I am currently looking for a series of art prints to hang on the short hallway that leads to my son’s nursery. I am leaning towards 3 medium size art prints that would fit into the 20-inch RIBBBA shadow box frames or a 20-inch tall RIBBA frame. But whatever I do, I need at least one frame of this size.
Another solution would be to showcase 2 medium prints and a series of three 5×7 prints. I got this idea after I saw the kids prints realized by San Francisco Bay area designer and illustrator Hillary Bird. If I was going with this plan, I would be together the the Expedition, the Crystal Lake, and the Teatime. I also like the warmth of the Rescue. Then, the question becomes what to put next to those. One reason that I hesitate to commit at this time is that I would prefer that the main character was a boy with the bear.
+ Hillary Bird’s Prints $15 USD for 5×7 on Etsy
I don’t know about you, but those cheesy “inspirational” posters found in offices haven’t ever helped in the motivation department. I’d much rather use one of these charming Mini Goal Chalkboards to capture all of my “must dos” and “want to dos”.
Each chalkboard is made from real slate and whimsically decorated with bright hand painted lettering and illustrations by Portland-based artist Mary Kate McDevitt. They come ready to hang with personalized packaging, mini goals chalk and a mini goals eraser for about $45 USD.
I particularly like the combination chalkboard/clock to help keep you on track to meeting your goal – or in the case of the one shown below, celebrating a job well done.
Check out Mary Kay McDevitt’s for more designs or to order a custom piece.
+ Mary Kate McDevitt Etsy Shop
Calendars have come a long way in recent years. Gorgeous illustrations, typography and innovative printing techniques have elevated this ho-hum household necessity to affordable, alternative artwork.
Practical yet stylish, they also make a wonderful gifting option for recipients you may have overlooked. The recipient is sure to think of you with each new month!
Just don’t wait until the new year to start your search: the great ones will be long gone. Here are five faves that have me wishing for more months in the year.
+ For the kitchen: Avril Loreti bold and graphic 2011 calendar tea towel, $27 USD
+ For a kid’s room: Paper Source 3D zoo calendar, $24.95
+ For a pocket or purse: Inkello letterpress matchbook calendar, $7.95
+ For the office: Eco-friendly desktop calendar by Modern Motive $20
+ For the living room: Gold foil and grey letterpress calendar by Seesaw Letterpress, $32
One thing that is fun when you visit New York City is to admire the wonderfully styled window displays. One that caught my eye is Hermes’ store windows on Madison and 62nd Street. Their agency, Twoseven Inc. asked Fred Harper, who was a comic book artist in early 1990s, to create the drawings.
The illustrations captures the spirit of Hermes. I like it! I was glad that I got my camera with me. There were not many pedestrians on Madison when we passed by last night but almost everyone stopped by to admire the store windows.
+ Fred Harper Illustration
I spotted those thanks to @weddingchicks. I am impressed with the illustrations of the wine labels for a Chicago wedding. They are the best I have seen so far. And you would not regret to have a peak at the rest of the wedding pictures.
Update: As Jennifer commented below, the wine labels were designed by Alicia Potter with b.loved designs. Check out the Save the Date Character magnet she did for Jessica and John.
+ photos by Jennifer Eileen Photography
It’s no secret that I am a fan of Modern-Twist. I eat almost every day on their soft and durable placemats. Since my last visit to the site, they added the Kidz Box and new patterns to their kids placemat collection.
You always had the option to color and draw on the Modern-Twist mats. What they did with Kidz Box was to assemble a gift box with marker colors that will please the design-savvy parents. A mat and 6 non toxic washable markers come in every Kidz Box. Day at the Pond and City Kids are the drawings currently available.
Like I said, you can color with markers on all Modern-Twist mats. Carrying two mats take the same space as one. I recommend Hide & Seek (best for a little girl), Major Damage (I’m banana…) and Kat in the City for coloring.
Cute and Practical
You first notice the refined illustrations on the silky food-grade, hand silk-screened silicone mats. Later, you discover that they are the best mats you ever own. You can roll your Modern-Twist mats or fold them for months and they will never show a crack, a crease or any sign that they did not lay flat. I know, I did it. I believe that it is a worry-free carry-on option for when you eat at a restaurant, visit friends without children and when you travel.
I bet that if you arrive with a Kidz Box at a kid birthday, both the kid and the parents will adore your gift. I think that they are so cute that I might get a kit just for myself.
+ Kidz Box $26 USD
+ Kids Placemats $18
+ Store locator with the Modern-Twist collection
Brighten your kitchen with a dash of yellow. You can start with a few accessories.
You can grab and nicely display the napkins and tea towels by Heather Moore of Skinnylaminx. This illustrator and designer from Cape Town, South Africa, makes beautiful table linens. Her gray and yellow look sophisticated when put together. The mix feels soft.
For a twist, use her 13.5 x 13.5 inch napkins as placemats for a dessert course or a simple breakfast. The plant and flower yellow pattern is printed on 100% cotton hopsack using water-based ink.
Heather owned cool plates and mugs. I would like to find similar, so keep me inform if you know a source in Canada or the USA.
The plates may lead to a new venture. Heather decorated these plates for the South Africa House! exhibit. She transferred 3 of her design on ceramic dinnerware. Each place setting is different and devised from one color palette. Check the rest on her collection on her blog. The patterns are all superb.
Buy online: Specimens yellow table napkin – starts at $6.50 USD each
Buy online: Specimens pale grey table napkin by skinnylaminx – starts at $6.50 USD each
Buy online: Mugs in gooseberry tea towel by shinnylaminx – price: $12 USD
Learn more: Mountain Garden [Skinny laMinx]
If you can read French, I suggest you take a peek at IDEAT, a magazine about design, architecture and trends made in France. It is one of my favorite magazines.
Paolo Mariotto has a column in IDEAT. Every month, he draws an illustration. He captures the spirit of a trend from somewhere around the globe. In fact, Paolo’s Touch is the first thing I explored when I grabbed my latest issue.
Paolo Mariotto is an illustrator and correspondent for the Brazilian Vogue in Paris, amongst other things.
I wish looking at his drawings will inspire you to host a cocktail or a dinner party this week-end. In the meantime, enjoy the views.
Learn more: Web site of Paolo Mariotto
Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. When we visited Toronto last week, I found this stylishly hip greeting card collection in a shop on Queen Street.
The minute I saw the romantic couple on the rug I knew I have to give it to his birthday. Just to prove how much I like it, I already bought him a cool couple greeting card the week before. Chut! (This is an exclamation in French that in this case refer to the fact that I said too much and I should keep it a secret).
Going back to the work of Nila Aye, her blank card collection for Beaumonde addresses over a dozen of occasions. The look spins around a fashionable and fun party mood. These cards are designed with the urban crowd in mind.
Nila Aye created nice illustrations that celebrate a Happy birthday, a new born, a new home, an engagement or a wedding. The Get Well Soon, Good Luck and Congratulations models are amazing.
About the card illustrator
Nila Aye was born in Burma in 1972. She moved with her family to England in 1975. Each one of her stylishly chic cards feature a silver foil detail that add something out of the ordinary. The cards are printed on high quality board and they come with a premium color envelop.
An ode to the blank cards
Whenever you want to send a card to someone, try to opt for blank cards. People appreciate blank cards more because you must make an effort to write your message. In this email and Web epoch, this is something that people value very much. With Nila’s cards you get a cool look and the personal touch.
Illustrator: Web site of Nila Aye
Learn more: Nila Aye’s greeting card collection for Beaumonde
For retailers: International distributors of Beaumonde
This week edition is a split between retro style and home decor. After a few iterations, I think I have finally found the right name for my Friday’s column. My goal after all with this weekly column is to showcase 3 to 4 posts from bloggers.
Letterpress coasters are popping every day. I discovered these via retro chic at hello! Lucky published on Hostess with the Mostess. Stock up the Hostess with the Most Coasters as they make original hostess gifts. A Set of 8 assorted coasters is sold for $10 USD.
Dressing up your wall with the cute collage: krista peel mod art prints. Sold at etsy, each 6 x 6 inches art print is only $7 USD. Thanks to Cuteable to introduce me to the cute modern art of Krista Peel. Other drawings are displayed at her etsy shop.
Mix the art prints and the coasters to create instantly an affordable party theme. Check out the Hello! Lucky retro theme party invitations and you will have everything under control for a fun night with your friends.
Rachel from Black Eiffel shared her Chalkboard fantasies with us. Painting a chalkboard wall in the kitchen is one of my fantasies too. I want one even more since I read this comment. This reader named Alyssa wrote that:
I painted the back of our front door and my hubby and I leave love notes and little reminders on it every day … because really it’s the best place to be reminded to take the dry cleaning and tell someone you love them!
Before the end of summer, the Swedish blog INREDNINGSBLOGGEN presented us the Cone torches designed by Pernille Vea. Cone is made of frosted glass and top of brushed metal. This outdoor torch can be filled with standard lamp oil and burns with a cotton wick. Use a few pairs of Cone to make a great entrance for a party. A pair costs $84 USD.
Buy online: Hello Lucky Hostess with the Most Coasters
Buy online: Krista Peel prints on etsy
Buy online: Cone torch designed by Pernille Vea at ScandinavianDesignCenter.com