Coming from a background in fine arts and a career in graphic design, you’d think i’d have plenty of awesome art on my walls. The truth is I struggle with having my own art on our walls. I do have a few paintings up from my past, but in all honesty I only have them up there so I don’t have to put them in storage. I’d rather have some unique illustrations or typographic prints. There’s something kind of sad about having paintings on my walls from 2005, which is probably the last time I picked up a paintbrush. I’ve been trying to find unique graphic prints for our walls and I recently came across Minted. They have art prints created by independent artists, so it’s pretty awesome to be able to get something unique! Check them out: Limited Edition Art Prints
Hopefully I can find something to put in our bathroom to replace some images I ripped out of an old magazine. Having real art would be nice.
Here’s a few prints i’d had my eye on, but there’s so many to choose from it’s hard to figure out what I want.
Feathered Arrows by Pistols, To the Ski Slopes by b.wise papers, Paris Street Shop 3 by The Lovely Letters, Little Houses on a Hillside by The Lovely Letters
For Amy’s bridal shower, I created a table runner from old romance novels. Below, i’ll walk you through the steps to create your own for any event.
Roll out your ikea paper to the length you want your table runner to be. This will be the base of your project. I found it easier to have something to glue the pages to instead of trying to glue the pages to themselves. You’re then going to carefully remove the pages from your books and lay them onto the paper glueing as you go. They don’t need much glue, you can go back after and glue down the areas that stick out. It’s pretty straight forward. It really looks best if you find a book that has pages that are more of an older yellow tone, it gives more of a vintage vibe.
For my friends bridal shower, I wanted to create a simple and useable party favour. I purchased some tiny glass bottles from Michaels and filled them with Japanese Roasted Rice Tea. Then I designed and printed small labels to hang on the bottles with string from the dollar store. The photos explain it further.
I wanted to share with you an Ikea limited edition textile collection called NÄTVIDE.
The Designers are Anna Efverlund and Maria Vinka. They definitely brought in some bohemian and ethnic inspiration, it all feels very worldly. You can find all these beautiful patterns in Canada, starting August 1st, 2012. They are so amazing for Fall!
I really love a good deal on home decor. Your home doesn’t have to look like you’re living on a budget, it’s all about mixing new with old and a few DIY projects, to create personality and warmth.
I love finding affordable items at HomeSense. They have great deals on current trend setting items for your home. I’ve found the same styles at high end boutiques, but for way less. Today I stopped by on my lunch break and found a few cute spring trends I wanted to share.
Blanket by Rockett St George, Necklace by depeapa, Terrarium by Score and Solder, Pillows by muovo, Cutting Board and Headboard by Brooklyn to West
I’ve started to notice that movie end credits are becoming more and more awesome. In some cases they are even better than the movie itself, leaving me secretly wishing the entire movie was done in the same style as the end credits.
They usually have way more character and remind me of cartoons from when I was a child. These days everything is 3D, shiny and so perfect. I miss things being a little rough around the edges.
Tangled: Animated by Shiyoon Kim
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
I recently came across some vintage ads that would pretty much be impossible to use in 2011. Check them out:
Last month I submitted a poster design to a contest for a Vancouver bicycle event, Velopalooza.ca. I recently found out that my design wasn’t picked, but I thought i’d share with you what I created.
You can check out my submission and others at The Brixton Cafe 212 E. Georgia St. this Saturday, January 29th.
This was the chosen design:
Pantone annouced the colour of the year this morning. With much anticipation, every designer was trying to guess what it would be, on facebook and twitter. While I wasn’t too surprised with the choice, I was thinking it would be more of a rich red instead of being on the pink side of things. For now I honestly can’t stand the colour, but maybe it’ll start to grow on me as the year moves along.
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