Pastel Stationery: Berinmade

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Yup, it’s just about wedding season! My photographer friends are missing (“sorry hun, first free weekend end August?” – well, either they are working or trying to avoid me…), the New Covent Garden Flower Market is extra busy, Coast dresses are flying of the racks… We don’t have many weddings to go to this year, although we know someone who as about 7 in a row to go to. Yikes!

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In that spirit, I thought we could spend some time being inspired by the gorgeous wedding stationery of the lovely Berinmade. Having just got back from rural Dordogne, I am very much in countryside, floral and greenery mode.

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Aren’t the pastels and shades of pink so refreshing? I hope you aren’t too bored of peonies yet, by the way – social media is undoubtedly filled with images of fluffy pink/white ones? In any case, the colour palette of the invitations above could be inspiring when choosing wedding outfits, if  like me, you have not gotten them yet… Alternatively, wouldn’t chalk or wall paint in those colours be great? Hmmm. I can feel some upcycling ideas coming up!

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Images: Lucy Davenport for Berinmade

Friday Inspiration: Cakes So Gorgeous, You Won’t Be Able to Look Away

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Hello Friday! It’s felt like a long week even though we were on holiday Monday – Tuesday, but jet-lag is pretty vicious! We thought a bit of Friday inspiration for your next party might be in order. It is beginning to dawn on us that there is a lot of talent in Canada which we haven’t yet discovered (remember Confetti  & Co.?)… and Jenna Rae Cakes is another one to add to our little black book.

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No one does pretty better than Jenna Rae Cakes. It’s hard to imagine that Jenna Rae is a self-taught baker and cake designer, given that her cakes and biscuits are stunning works of art and oh-so-stylish! Unsurprsingly, Jenna Rae quickly built a name for herself after she launched Jenna Rae Cakes in 2010 in Winnipeg – her custom celebration cakes are widely sought after by brides/grooms, event stylists, even local celebrities.

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Ashley Nicole, Jenna Rae’s twin sister, joined shortly after, bringing her graphic design eye to the business. It’s incredible how much good taste these two sisters have, not just for good food but also for styling, packaging, and cake design!

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Just last year, Jenna Rae opened a boutique bakery making her beautiful baked designs, typically only custom made for special events, available every day. Expect to find macarons and gem-shaped chocolate-covered cakes in gorgeous, delicate colours, adorned with gold flakes and in interesting flavours.

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We cannot get enough of Jenna Rae Cakes! Make sure you follow them on Instagram for all the eye candy you could possibly need. Thanks for having us!

Jenna Rae Cakes
http://jennaraecakes.com/
580 Academy Road, Winnipeg, Canada

Images: Jenna Rae Cakes

Snuggle down with Twig…

Now that the clocks have (finally!) gone back, the dark comes much sooner than before. When I was younger, I used to really dislike shorter days – a weird sense of futility and of things ending before their time would fill me, and I would find myself unable to be enthusiastic about anything (to be fair, I was fairly energised by the thought of coffee with friends, less so by the prospect of a 4.30pm lecture…). Now, however, I love the nights drawing in so much that I almost spend half of early autumn wishing time away.

On that point, I was delighted to discover Twig – not only did I win a ticket to Kirstie Allsop’s Handmade Fair off them, I got to meet founder/owner Sue Lacey at the Fair, and play with the cosy Twig throws. THEY ARE SO SOFT! Mmmm.

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Since 2010, textile designer, Susan Lacey has been creating cushions, throws and home accessories for Twig. Sue combines natural fabrics (all of Twig’s products are 100% lambswool, made in the UK) with contemporary design and soft tones, so it really does feel and look like sinking into a cloud (or cotton candy) when you flop down on those cushions or snuggle down into a billowy throw. Perfect for winter.

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At the Handmade Fair, we learned from Sue that Twig had been running mainly as a wholesale business, but now, she was taking the leap to becoming a retail, direct to consumer business! Hurrah! Good news for us all.

Follow us on Twitter or Instagram for a 10% discount code on Twig UK (courtesy of Twig)!

Visit Twig at http://www.twiguk.co.uk for more inspiration and to get your hands on some cuddly lambswool goodness.

 

Images: Twig UK

Stylephiles: 3 Tips for Displaying Your Books

We had a terrible case of the Monday Blues today 😦 But what really cheered us up were these beautiful photos by Merve Bayar of @bibliophie90. We found Merve as we were featuring Emily Quinton’s home, and thought we’d share our top tips on displaying your book collection, and get Merve to show you  what it looks like in practice. You can use these tips on a coffee table or your desk or wherever you have piles of books…

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If your home is anything like Courage & Dash HQ, it will feature stacks upon book shelves upon stacks of books. There’s very little better than the smell and feel of a good old book (we love the Kindle too, but the book… ahhhh…)!

So, Tip 1) While it might make sense to alphabetise or use the Dewey Decimal System for organising your books, when displaying them, you might want to group them according to colour. Do you have a colour of the moment? Or some flowers that you already have on show? Those are good starting points to get your first group of books going. Merve had some lovely pink roses, and she thought a minty green would be perfect with the roses.

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Tip 2) Think of clever ways to blend the books with the flowers – rose bookmark? Why not! Book stack with flowers interspersed? Sure! Feel free to use individual stems, or clusters of flowers. You can go for a casual yet elegant look by pairing blooms with your favourite texts. Pair colours or go for a myriad of shades. It will look like you’ve been out reading under a tree and picked some flowers on the way in!

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Tip 3) Add stems in containers – use jam jars, bud vases, tea cups, etc. – glass tends to add a touch of glamour. Steer yourself away from the comfort of the vase – if you want some inspiration, take a look at a guest post we did here where we shared some ideas on styling flowers with everyday containers.

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There you have it, a stylishly arranged desk or coffee table, showing off pretty colours and flowers that will brighten up your room!

Thanks Merve – for more of her beautiful pictures, visit her on instagram @bibliophile90.

 

Images: Merve Bayar