Wednesday, July 28, 2010

no. 2's

Gosh, talk about an eye for detail.  Dalton Ghetti is a sculpturer who's medium is the thin cylinder of graphite that runs through No. 2 pencils.  He has the amazing ability to sculpt letters, animals, catherdrals and even Elvis Presley in the skinny graphite still embedded in the original pencils.  Wowsers.

C x

Photo credits: Paper Tastebuds, Something Beautiful, Captain Pang

Monday, July 26, 2010

double trouble.

I have twin brothers that are 5 years younger than me.  Although I love them, it is because of them that I would never wish twin boys upon anyone.  It may sound great in theory to have twins and achieve two birds with one stone, but I learnt first-hand how hard it is!

I remember my mum could never get out of the supermarket checkout because the double pram wouldn't fit through.  Everything difficult about a newborn baby TIMES TWO.  If one cried in the night, the other would wake up and cry.  My dad would pack the two hysterical boys into the car in the wee hours of the night and literally drive for hours to calm them down and make them sleep.  And my poor mum had to feed them both simultaneously for months.  They may have been cute, but they were a handful alright.

Because they are the same age (4 minutes apart to be exact) it has been double trouble as infants, as toddlers, as children and now double trouble as teens.  On the upside, if you do happen to pop out a set of twins, at least you can rest assured that there are super cute twin clothing sets and storage solutions like this!

TOT-a-LOT makes clothes exclusively for twins which brings on interesting environmental aspects too (everything comes in pairs, but are packaged together).  Designed by Spanish studio WESEMUA.

“TOT-a-LOT is a brand dedicated to design clothes for twins. After designing the brand, we devised a packaging that conveys the idea of twins and also thought to be reused in the form of drawers for clothes. Having two babies at the same time takes effort and money. TOT-a-LOT is very responsible with the environment so all materials and inks used in their clothes are eco-friendly, so we designed a simple but impressive packaging focusing on the tone of voice of the brand. Did not need anything else to do it so appealing. The boxes are personalized with the names of babies and parents can begin putting their first clothes each in its corresponding drawer.”

C x

Photo credits: #1-#4 Lovely Package, #5-#6 The Dieline

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


The newest love in my life, the original 50's Bitossi vase (that I swapped for my decidedly too-small boots from Fat).

C x

Photo credits:  SCP

sweet bloody sunday.

One of my favourite things to do on a lazy Sunday morning (when I don't have a killer hangover) is to spend it with my Mum, browsing Camberwell Market, before grabbing breakie or just a coffee at one of the nearby cafés.  I will admit, this market isn't what it once was.  I find it's getting overpriced, with to much junk.  But sometimes the junk is beautiful junk.  Here are some quick pics I took a few weeks ago on a cold Wintery Sunday that may help explain why I love it so much.

C x

Monday, July 19, 2010

sarah and her supermarket.

There are three reasons why I am about to post about Sarah.  Firstly, I love how she decided to throw in her corporate career to achieve her dreams.  People like this prove that it's never to late too change your direction in life.  Secondly, she has an amazing home (see pictures below).  And thirdly, Supermarket Sarah is the amazing website she gave her job in for to create.  Overflowing with treasures, the premise of the site is that you get to actually buy art, clothing and objects right out of Sarah's (and her Boyfriend, designer Henrik Delehag's) London home!  Very cool.

C x
"[artwork above the mantle:  The small paintings of Swedish sauna scenes are by the Swedish artist Ann-Christine Jensmar, the two moustache characters and mason portrait are from Brighton.  The Reward poster is made by Henrik Delehag
He lost his sketchbook that he had been working on for years full of beautiful typography spelling my name ‘Sarah’.
We were so sad when he lost it. We managed to hunt it down eventually after we fly postered Broadway Market with this £300 reward poster.]"
Image and Article Credits: Design Sponge
Photographer: James Gardiner
Stylist: Elkie Brown

Friday, July 16, 2010

kelly smith.

I'll admit it.  I have a few vices that get me every time.  Including Trolli sour worms, exxy cosmetics, massages, boots (I have already bought 5 pairs this Winter eek!) and beautiful Australian artwork...

So my Kelly Smith addiction may be getting a little out of hand...  BUT I feel that I can justify spending some hard earned cashola on stunning, original illustrations that I will hold onto forever.  I have already got three originals of hers, but then yesterday whilst browsing her store, I came across 'The Fledgeling', which happens to be my all-time favourite of Kelly's and the very first illo of hers that I ever stumbled across in Vogue Australia back in 2008!

Not only is Kelly truly lovely and totally humble, she is so freaking talented it hurts!  The detail in her work is incredible.  It makes me think, in my next life I pray to possess the following talents; to fly, to sing and to draw!  Instead I have been given the undeinably envious talent of being able to fold my tongue in three.  Don't think there's really a career in that (other than a traveling freakshow) though unfortunately.  Wah.

Anyway, Kelly is forever being featured in magazines and countless blogs.  Speaking of blogs, Her blog is always lovely and inspiring to have a browse at too.  I just can't wait to hang this bad boy on my wall with my others!  I'm definitely going to need more wall space at the rate I'm going.

C x


The latest Chanel couture show (Fall/Winter 10/11) at the Grand Palais  has literally blown my tiny mind.  Quite incredible how and why this magnificent 12-meter golden lion was created.  The iconic lion took 4-5 months to create after Mr. Lagerfeld himself "dreamt" up the idea one night (many of Lagerfeld's set ideas come to him in dreams).  But why a lion?  The lion served as a modest homage to Coco herself; her zodiac sign was Leo, and this is a replica of the lion that stood in her own living room.

As the lion had to viewed from all angels for the show, the lion had to be absolutely flawless.  Interesting how it was created though;  30 sculptures were given a segment of the lion to replicate on a large scale, so each sculpture was left with quite an abstract piece until they put them all together in the end.

Pretty amazing stuff, no?

C x
 Photo Credits: Fashion Magazine

Thursday, July 15, 2010

sass & bide summer '10.

New summer '10 stock in Sass & Bide stores now!

C x

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

next stop, homebase.

I just love this advert by Homebase.  For their campaign back in March, they did a total guerrilla makeover of Carlisle station... Check it out!  (I love the look of the passengers faces as they get off the train!)

C x

knock knock, who's there.

I remember back when I was in Primary School, our Mandarin teacher told us the story of a town in ancient China who had a problem.  Every year, a dragon would visit the town and eat all of the children.  So the town came up with an idea.  Each house painted their front door red to scare the dragon off and keep their children safe.  And it worked.

I told my mum this story after school and the following day I came home to find our own front door painted bright fire engine red.  Thus, my love for coloured doors began.

C x
 Photo credits: #1, #2, #4, #5, #6 Apartment Therapy, Cherise Pink, #3 House Dressing Redesign and Home Staging, #7 Attic 24

Monday, July 12, 2010

louis reith.

Louis Reith is a Dutch illustrator who creates the most amazing graphics using pages of aged books.  I love the contrast of the aged pages against the bold, almost tribal abstraction of typographic forms.  You can purchase a limited edition print for only $35 from Little Paper Planes...  I know I plan to.

C x
Image Credits: Via Trendland
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