Got Mantra? Say it with BXXLGHT!

How is your Easter weekend going? Ours has been FAB. Not only have we finally had the time to blog, we’ve also been able to see family+friends, wander outside for some fresh air, and eat delicious home-cooked food by Mother. YUM.

We’ve been trying to think of different ways to decorate our walls – of course, being a print/antique documents fiend, there’s barely any wall space left, but one can never have too many wall-hangings!? The challenge is in making sure that the hangings aren’t too samey same, which is why BXXLGHT was quite an exciting find.

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Bxxlght is a company that designs plexiglass light boxes which you can customise with changeable letters. The company is only about 1+ years old, and was founded by Daniela Upmark after a trip to NYC.

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On that trip, Daniela fell in love with the signs she spotted in the city; at the same time she was in the process of moving to a new apartment and in her frustration of trying but failing to find an art piece for a her home that was personal and different, she came up with the idea of Bxxlght.

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We like Bxxlght, because it definitely fits in the “different” category: it functions as a lamp and a display piece, while simultaneously being customisable to communicate your mood of the day.

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Bxxlght is currently available online (you can play around with the customisation as we did above!) and in Selfridges (in the UK).

How do you decorate your walls? What would you put on your Bxxlght box if you owned one?

For more, visit: http://www.bxxlght.com.

Images: BXXLGHT

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So pretty, you’ll want it all…

It’s Christmas eve! Today is officially the start of the Christmas celebration – as a family, we watch The Snowman, Father Christmas, and A Christmas Carol together, before adding the remaining presents to the pile of gifts under the tree that had been growing steadily over the past week. We also eat more family Christmas cake, play some silly games, and spend plenty of time laughing lots in preparation for more fun and festivity the next day. After all, it’s not every day you get to remember the birth of Christ! What are some of your traditions?

Thinking of Christmas reminds us of the Magi – the wise men of the Orient who brought three gifts to the baby Jesus in his manger – and in turn reminds us of talented gift-makers, Birch & Goldberry. The company, which we first discovered on Design Love Fest, makes limited edition collections of hand painted wrapping paper, colourful soaps, fragrant soy candles, and small greeting+holiday cards. We adore the whimsy, invigorating mix of colours and swirls in their products.BundleExample_o

Birch & Goldberry is Elizabeth Burnham, Hillaree Hamblin & Stephanie Hamblin. They all studied Painting at the University of Houston, where they bonded over shared styles and visions; in Sept. 2013, the triplet launched the company, and have since taken part in pop up shops and markets.

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Image above: Bri Emergy, Design Love Fest

We love that Birch & Goldberry products are a labour of love. As all three founders have creative backgrounds and formal training in fine art, the packaging and design of the collections are well thought out and diligently created, including the rolls and rolls of hand-painted wrapping paper!

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We can’t get enough of the vivid colours and bold pattern in Birch & Goldberry products. To be honest, we’re not sure we’d want to wrap anything in their wrapping paper – would feel far too decadent to do so!

Have a happy Christmas eve; may you have a wonderful time with your loved ones and your festive traditions.

For more Birch & Goldberry goodness, see them at: http://cargocollective.com/birchandgoldberry.

 

Images: Birch & Goldberry (unless otherwise stated)

Real Homes: We think you might love this home…

This morning was far too dark… does anyone else think so? I woke up and thought “oh yes, it’s mid-September, alright.” Summer is too soon gone… but we are excited about the broodiness of autumn, and the wind of hope that the crisp air brings. New beginnings, we’ve said to each other.

In keeping with that spirit, it’s time for another inspiring round, as we swing by the home of Brandy Schuman. Brandy runs A Sensible Habit – lifestyle, interiors, stationery, all-round pretty store. She hand paints linen, designs, quirky rubber stamps, and comes up with great supplies for your party. Amazing. If you like pretty, colours, DIY, homewares, you have to drop by A Sensible Habit. And tell us what you think! Let’s see what her home is like now…

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Brandy: “Our home is colorful and very FULL. I’m envious of homes that are more minimalist, but I’m accepting the fact that I’m a hoarder who loves color and pattern.

“There is a mix of old and new and lots of little things that don’t look like much, but are a memory trigger for me. A blue ball jar that belonged to my grandfather, a kitchen utensil that belonged to my grandmother, or a jar of sea glass from Italy.

“I like having little things around that remind me of certain place or time.”

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“I recently invested in linen bedding from AREA and I’m in love. The bedroom has been the last room to come together and I really wanted to have a bed that I looked forward to crawling into. We still need a few pieces like a bedside table, but the crispy white linen sheets are my favorite.”

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I want a lived-in, comfy home, where everything is out of place, but also right where it belongs. Our home was built in 1940 so with an older home the house dictates the flow and some decor. There are quirky layouts and small spaces that you have to work around.”

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“I think about a relaxed environment for entertaining friends when decorating the house. Music is also very important. We have a vintage record player in the living room (shown under my painting near the front door).

“Apparently, I love chairs! We have several vintage chairs and everytime I thrift I usually see a chair that I want. I need a bigger home for all of my chairs. My boyfriend showed up the other day with 3 vintage metal chairs (pink, blue, and an orange one) and they are my new favorite. We recently put in a patio out back, and they are the perfect pop of color. He earned some major points.”

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“Everyday life (inspires me), I suppose. There is color and pattern everywhere we look. I like to take a blanket to the park or go for for a hike. I love boating with my dad… Anything where my brain gets a chance to stop racing.

“Travel is always good for a recharge. As far as what inspires me in decorating the home… I guess I would have to say entertaining with friends, and the slew of gorgeous homes on pinterest. I like vintage shopping and finding colorful unique items. Bright Copco pans, vintage platters and glasses.”

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“I like a lot of Midcentury modern, but also a kind of southern cozy home… big quilts, relaxed and inviting linen fabrics or a little floral pattern.”

“The wood bowls hanging in my dining room from Montes Doggett. They have display hooks on the back so I can store them up out of the way and take them down when needed. I also just got a new wood serving board from Star Provisions at a great price. I like that these items are functional and also work on display.”

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“Glasses and bar accessories are (other) items I hoard. I could never have too many vintage glasses or specialty cocktail glasses!

“We also (have) a custom stereo cabinet that was built locally by South of Urban – it houses a record player, stereo, and cassette tape player. It’s definitely a favorite item in the house.”

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Styling tips? “Vintage thrifted finds are a must. We have a few little shops here in Atlanta that are my go to spots. West Elm‘s recent midcentury collection was a great way to find a bed frame and rugs that work well with the look of our vintage pieces.

“Oh, and treat yourself with fresh flowers around the house!”

We think so too! Thanks so much for that gorgeous tour, Brandy!

 

For more of Brandy’s vintage-modern blend style, visit A Sensible Habit at http://www.asensiblehabit.com.

 

Images: Brandy Schuman

Best kept papercutting secret… Part II

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Hello! Thanks for stopping by, hope your week is coming along nicely! We’re back again with our next favourite papercutting artist… Ant Design! We love the quotes on both her print and papercut designs, which are great for marking special occasions with..

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Kashmira Jhaveri is the creative mind behind Ant Design. Growing up in Hong Kong, she was influenced by the art of Chinese paper cutting. Although she spent years in the hospitality and catering business, Kashmira knew that her passions lay with designing and creating, and so when she moved to London and started a family, took the chance to train in graphic design.

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These beautiful paper cuts are excellent commemorative pieces – for weddings, births, birthdays… our favourite has got to be the above on that sisters are the perfect best friend! So true.

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For more Ant Design, visit http://www.antdesigngifts.co.uk/.

 

Images: Ant Design