Release the Kraken

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The store has been undergoing some changes recently.  I’ve added quite a few new and exciting products which I highlight in the coming days.  My current favourite are these cute sea monster shower curtains. The designs are modified and expanded on from my Lurker illustration print.  Nothing says morning shower like a sea monster, right?

But how would you possibly design around something so bold. I see a myriad of possibilities.  My favourite way would be in a black and white bathroom with accent colours picking up the shower curtains.  Any of these would make a great home for a sea monster:

 

The shower curtains are 71″ x 74″. They are Poly printed with 12 button holes for hook placement.

Acquired Taste

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Continuing with Pantone’s colour palettes for 2017 is my new collection of pillows.  Acquired Taste is certainly that. An Acquired Taste. Definitely my least favourite of the nine palettes.  This palette features colours not normally seen together such as Brandied Melon, Mulberry, Pale Gold, and Orange Chiffon. The full list of items used in this Polyvore set can be found here.

 

Though I don’t love this combination of colours, the image below is stunning.  Pantone claims the palette is “subtly  luxurious” and I think the way this room was decorated proves the point.  

While the room below is pleasant enough and done well I can see how this combination of colours could get out hand quickly.

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Florabundant

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Florabundant is one of the new nine colour palettes from Pantone. This palette is all about flowers in rich reds and pinks with some golds and greens. While large floral patterns are predicted to be a hit this year, I’ve kept my designs in the florabundant palette geometric. That being said, watch this space. There very well could be flowers in the near future.

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Here is my take on the palette featuring my pillows courtesy of Polyvore :

Here are some stunning rooms using the florabundant palette found on pinterest. Brit + Co has a great post about the nine colour palettes here.

Black & White

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From horizontal stripes to graphic tile, the classic B&W colour combo makes any room feel timeless and sophisticated. Recently I created five new pillows in black and white after realising I didn’t have any in my collection!  A bit shocking seeing how my own living room is black and white.

 

As always I’ve taken to polyvore to show off some of my pillows.  This time I’ve gone with more of a mood board vibe than a vignette.  Complete list of items used here

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There is no shortage of amazing black and white designs. A quick search of Google and Pinterest yields at least a gazillion results.  Here are just a few I liked.

The tile is gorgeous!

I really love the light wood and greenery with all that black and white.

What a great work space. The desk is fantastic with the industrial vibe it has going on.

Greenery

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A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate. ~ Pantone

Greenery has been my personal favourite colour for about a year and half now. My coffee cups, phone case and ipad cover are all this colour. So, imagine my delight when Pantone named Greenery as the Color of the Year for 2017.  I use it quite a lot in my designs but after it was announced, of course, I had to make a new set of pillows to celebrate.

Polyvore recently had a contest to feature the colour. Here is my submission using my designs. As always, the complete list of products can be found here

More lovely green inspiration from pinterest:

This gorgeous chair is the Tiffany Damask Chair by Haute House

Make A Wish

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Young girls commonly used dandelions in the 1800s for romantic and oracular purposes. It was believed that if you blew on a dandelion and all the seeds flew away, your loved one returned the feelings; if any seeds remained, they might have reservations or no feelings at all. Children would blow on these flowers while thinking hard about the objects of their affection. Eventually this tradition spread to encompass all wishing, romantic or otherwise. ~ mental_floss

Recently, I created this charming nod to a childhood favourite activity.  It has so much potential in a variety of settings.  I styled this using Polyvore while incorporating a couple of my throw pillow designs from the Buddha and Moon Kitty collections. The full list of items used can be found following the Polyvore link.

This print would also look great in an office or kitchen (photos found on Pinterest)

Pop It

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Pop art employs aspects of mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane cultural objects. One of its aims is to use images of popular (as opposed to elitist) culture in art, emphasizing the banal or kitschy elements of any culture, most often through the use of irony.[2] It is also associated with the artists’ use of mechanical means of reproduction or rendering techniques. -Wikipedia

Pop art in a room is a bold move. It is often bright, fun and quirky. It certainly isn’t for everyone but done well pop art themed rooms can look fantastic.

Recently I’ve been inspired by those around me that have a love of comic books.  And this is what I came up with:

 

A couple of coordinating pillows makes for a very vibrant room indeed. The complete list of items can be found on Polyvore

Here are a couple more wonderful examples of pop art themed rooms.

 

Morocco Collection I

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Moroccan design has been a favourite of mine for as long as I’ve known what it was. Moroccan design roots are in Moorish architecture with arches, domes and gorgeous tiles. The textiles are rich and vibrant and the lamps…oh, the lamps!

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I’ve called this collection Morocco Collection I because there will no doubt be many more art prints and designs influenced and inspired by all things Moroccan.

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Here is another vignette I’ve created with Polyvore.  This contemporary look is one way to add Moroccan flair without going over the top. The complete list of items used can be found here

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And more lovely photos found on Pinterest for inspiration.

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Good Night

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Designers get inspiration from everywhere. For a case in point I was browsing some vintage photos and happened across some studio portraits of people sitting on paper moons.  And with that my Good Night collection was born.

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We think the paper moon is perfect for a bedroom or nursery.  This look was styled using our Polyvore account. Because the original inspiration came from photos taken in the 20s and 30s a couple of art deco pieces were added as well.

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Some of the additional items in this set:

  • Ethan Allen
  • Nordstrom.com
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  • chairish.com
  • popman.com

A complete list of items can be found here. Digging through Pinterest I found some wonderful nurseries. Either of these would suit the Good Night Collection quite well.

 

 

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Who said a nursery had to be pastel?  I adore the gold dots with the stripes and chevron.

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This astronomy themed nursery is out of this world. Again, a wonderful mix of print and pattern. Our print would look great with this gallery collection.

British Summer

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While it may be fast approaching winter in Great Britain that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a little British summer of our own.  With our British Summer collection we can enjoy a bit of the seaside year ’round. We have all the quintessential seaside things in this collection:  ice lollies, beach huts, dots , checks and (implied) pebbly beaches.

 

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There are loads of ways to style such cute pillows. I created this little vignette with our new Polyvore account.

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The options are limitless. Here are a few of our favourite ideas. Wouldn’t our pillows look great in any of these settings? We think so too!

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