Ikea paper shop

Ikea paper shop

I saw a preview of the Ikea paper shop on the Decor8 Blog the other day. Needless to say I’m pretty excited and I  hopehopehope HOPE it comes downunder. Surely it has to. Right? So far it is available in the UK + Sweden.

There are some great colour and patterns in the range. I don’t even know where to start with what I want. I’m a bit reluctant with getting non-original washi tape (I’ve had some bad experience with them not sticking nicely in the past), but I’d definitely check out the rest of their stationery. I’ve been told I have enough, but really, when is enough ever enough.

Here are some bits and pieces that I thought were particularly noteworthy. The paper shop spans notebooks, gift wrapping, note paper, ribbons and more!

Ikea paper shop

Please tell me I’m not the only crazy stationery freak out here?

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Helveticat

Helveticat

I’m trying hard been catching up on emails and blog reading where I can this past week. I have a long list of topics to blog about with eye candy to match. I suppose it is a case of sitting down and writing it all up and editing photos. Oh to have more hours in the day!

Anyway. Being a girl I love anything cute. The designer in me loves typography, so when I came across Helveticat (buy it here), I knew I had to share it. If I were more of a cat person, this would be perfect on my future office wall. But, turns out I don’t like cats as much (read: I’m seemingly allergic to them).

Helveticat

Random fact: I discovered I was allergic last year when I babysat my friend’s cat, and started getting red eyes, sneezing, and really itchy. Boo.

Pop Danthology 2012

Pop Danthology 2012

I hope everyone is staying dry this wet n’ wild autumn morning! I took out the Burberry trench specifically for today hoping it would stave off the chilly wind.

Anyway. I’m a sucker for a good song mash up. Of course they’ve been around for ages, but Glee started popularising mash ups, featuring it regularly in episodes with two different songs. Then I noticed it on Pitch Perfect in that scene where all the different groups have a show down in the pool.

I came across this one by Danthology the other day. He’s beeen doing one every year since 2010. It is just seamless. I’ve been listening to it non stop since I discovered it.

Foldable.me mania

Foldable.me mania

I first found out about Foldable.me’s via a couple of the design blogs I follow. I was intrigued but hadn’t really considered purchasing any until the other week when I was struggling to find a birthday present for my brother.  He’s the typical person who buys everything he wants, so it is basically impossible to find him something. These little block heads can be customised to look like practically anybody!

Foldable Me

You use their online creator to make your own likeness (or those of others). You hit order and they print it out on laminated cardboard, and pop it out and assemble (no glue or scissors required). I made four of them and received the end result in no time.

foldable.me

They ship flat and are well protected during transit. Assembly is a cinch, it really is just fold and join with the slots and tabs that are already perforated throughout the different parts.

foldable.meHopefully my brother will get a kick out of them!

 

Crystal bulbs

Crystal bulbs

I’ve been lurking around interior design blogs lately. Not because I’m redecorating anything in particular, but perusing out of general interest. I find myself getting more and more excited about home wares (sounds a bit wrong), but I guess it is a sign of my age!

I’m beginning to easily spot things I do like out of things that I don’t like. Sounds simple enough, but if you know me, I umm and ahh over certain decisions in my life. I’m into grey rooms with a splash of a feature colour. At the moment anyway. I also and absolutely in love with feature lights. They can add so much to a room in my opinion.

I spied this crystal bulb the other day whilst browsing my feeds. I adore the simplicity of this design. It just makes it an extra bit fancy. Lee Broom is the designer behind this lead-cut crystal bulb. Each one is individually hand blown by Cumbria Crystal (which is the last producer of handmade English full lead crystal).

The bulbs fit any standard E27 fitting, and can be purchased on its own ($175) or with a brushed brass pendant ($275). Buy it here.
crystal bulbsDesigner: Lee Broom
Size: 3.5″ w x 5.5″ h
Details: Average life expectancy: 45,000 hours; Dimmable.
Material: Hand-cut lead crystal

crystal bulbs

crystal bulbs