Posts Tagged ‘colorful’

Ever looked for a new desktop wallpaper and only been able to find wavy gradient designs or landscape photography?

So did Tom Watson, so he created Simple Desktops, a curated collection of fun, bold wallpapers.

Ice cream stack

Paper Plane



Eames chair

Brown Paper Packages


Head over there to get your new desktop – guaranteed gradient-free.


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Pick & Choose

Pick & Choose - photo albums
1. Paperchase goes fun and floral.  2. There’s a Kolo in every colour.  3. Edna Mae makes it easy with a ring-binder and refills.  4&5. Paper Source has something for very taste.  6. From Smiggle, the masters of cheap’n’cheerful.  7. Classic red leather from Profile8. Amazing craftsmanship, appealing colour combos and unusual imagery makes Grimm a winner.  9. Modern Australian classics by Corban & Blair.

Post-wedding and -honeymoon I’ve got photos on the brain (and the to-do list). With so many options these days, I want to know what you prefer. Do you like the couldn’t-be-easier pocket inserts, the timeless look of dry mount or the layout flexibility plus protection offered by peel & stick film?

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I am taking some time off my regular blogging schedule during the final days before my wedding and while I’m on my honeymoon. Since you will be at home while I am having the time of my life, I have pre-posted some fun links and great guest posts to keep you entertained.

fabric and branch bird mobile

It’s projects like this that make me wish I could sew. If you’re handier with a needle and thread thean me, head over to Spool and download the free pattern and show us amateurs how it’s done.

I think this would look particularly adorable in a nursery, but let your imagination run wild, like these creative poeple.

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Atypical Type A - Obsess & Inspire Inaluxe

You should know by now that I’m a sucker for brightly coloured retro patterns, so it should come as no surprise that I was immediately taken by the work of Inaluxe. Founded in Melbourne in 2006 by Kristina Sostarko, Inaluxe produces mixed-media collages to make into art prints and stationery.

It’s enough to make me want to dust off my gouache set.

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Show & Tell

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The venue for The Man’s and my upcoming wedding, The State Library of South Australia, is one of a row of beautiful historical buildings on Adelaide’s main cultural boulevard (and my favourite part of the city). Nearby are some gorgeous old they-don’t-make-’em-like-they-used-to street lamps.

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In keeping with the venue’s era and the literary theme, I took inspiration from the highly ornamental and typographical advertising posters of the Victorian age. I had fun playing around with a ridiculous variety of typefaces.

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The poster-style invitation was folded and wrapped in a belly band that I screenprinted onto the same lovely textured paper of the envelopes. I lined the envelopes with vintage book pages as an added touch to the theme.

The venue is also home to some of the state’s archives. Imagine my luck finding this etching of the original part of the library made just after its construction – perfect for our RSVP postcards.

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I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t too keen on our wedding invitations being stamped with a History of Corrugated Iron or Footballers of the Year, so it was off to eBay to find some pretty vintage stamps. DIY calligraphy completed the evelope.

It’s safe to say I’ve never been so excited about a design job than the stationery for my own wedding. Sometimes, though, designers can be their own worst client, so I made sure I began the process with plenty of time for exploring ideas and changing my mind. As it turned out, my concerns proved unnecessary as the concept was established fairly early on – although this left me with way too much time to refine, refine, refine and of course at some point you have to step away and say ‘I’m done’. But done they are, and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.

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The dessert buffet trend has been around for a few years now, but it’s not going anywhere soon since they are always such a hit with guests. The options for styling are endless, so they can work with any theme, from carnival brights to vintage romance.

From top: Red Ribbon Studio | Petals Events | Cynthia Martyn Events | The Inspired Bride | Amy Atlas

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A collection of pretty meets practical ideas to inspire a happier home

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