Stationery heaven…

I don’t even know where to begin, but Mac & Murphy is a stationery shop to die for. I mean…!!!! No words. Their paper goodies are absolutely delightful and so invigorating.

But first, the bad news: Mac & Murphy is in South Carolina (~4,068 miles from London) 😦 The good news is, however, that there is this wonderful thing called the Internet and all her related social media feeds. You’ll be fine. We hope.

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Mac & Murphy is located in the historic Cannonbourogh neighbourhood of Charleston, SC. Most of my favourite American interiors-related imports are from Charleston, so I’m really not surprised at all that M&M is also a local to that fantastic city. There is something of a Southern trendy vibe going on there – it’s most certainly not hipster, and it combines my two loves – olden charm and modern design. Stationery is, to my mind, a quick and easy way of injecting colour and style into your home – a jar of multi-coloured pencils/pens on the desk, a clever print on the wall, a stack of notebooks on the shelf, and your home looks magazine fresh!

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M&M stock some of the coolest stationery designers ever, so you won’t be surprised to see Rifle Paper Co. tucked amongst the beautiful merchandise displays (check out our favourite Rifle Paper Co. products here, btw). There are also plenty of locally sourced prints, wrapping papers, cards…

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One of my favourite things about M&M is the playful sense of enjoyment and mischief the store (and the owners) manages to have – even the online store on the website captures that same quirky and fun feel. Will make you smile while browsing.

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If you are a bit of a stationery fiend (like us), M&M have a monthly card club where you get 3 greeting cards delivered to you each month – cards includ occasions like birthdays, thank yous, and something sweet or witty. Hop on over to their site to have a look!

Visit Mac & Murphy at http://www.macandmurphy.com/.

74.5 CANNON STREET
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
29407
USA

 

Images: Ashley Warnock via Mac & Murphy

 

Meet Mleko: Eye-candy for your walls!

Hello and happy Monday! Don’t worry if you have the Monday blues – before you know it, Friday will be here! We are so glad the weather has calmed down and is decidedly cooler, although we were in Brighton just the other day (as was the whole of London) and adored the sunshine.

Today we bring you one of our favourite print artists, Mleko. If you are wondering what to adorn your walls with, or are still trying to figure out how to add colour to your home this summer, look no further…

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Mleko is the brainchild of London-based artist, Ania Newland, whose bright and quirky personality is no doubt infused in her work. The  colour and sense of fun is incredibly energetic – we love the jewel tones and humour of the cat person print below!

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One thing we love about Mleko is the mix of grown up contemporary and playful kawaii (Japanese for cute, the only way we can think to describe some of the prints). Find different prints for different rooms – monochrome geometrics for the study or hallway, and funky, neon-colours shapes and characters for the bedrooms or kitchen.

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Look at this dog below on the skateboard? Can just feel the Monday blues melting away (and really want to eat some fairy sticks or fizzy sherbert now…) to be replaced by the feel of glowing sunshine and a spring in my step (or a skateboard under my feet).

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Mleko prints are designed and produced by Ania in her little, creative studio based in West London. Using museum grade papers and archival, fade resistant inks, she creates giclée images that are boldly coloured, rich in texture and tones. If well taken care off, they can last about 75 years, Mleko says!

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Ahhh, so fun. Aren’t they delicious to look at? We just also love how Ania has styled the prints with the background and accessories. You can have Mleko prints on your wall, or leaning against the wall, propped on a table or shelf. Instant trendiness.

We can’t wait to get our hands on a couple of them! They most certainly put a grin on our faces. Which is your favourite? Where do you think you might display your Mleko print?

For more Mleko goodness, visit http://www.mleko.co.uk

 

Images: Ania Newland (Mleko)

The Curious Shop: Unlimited

Brighton never fails to delight – especially when the sun is blazing, the ice cream trucks are out, and the sea breeze is merrily blowing along. So it was no surprise when we first discovered Unlimited nestled in the pages of June’s ELLE Decoration. The bright colours and crisp white interiors leapt out, and we knew that we had to take a peek.

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Unlimited is an independent design shop, gallery and studio based in artsy Brighton. The design studio was founded in 2008 by husband and wife team Patrick and Sara Morrissey. In 2010, they decided to showcase the work 
of a collective of contemporary illustrators, designers and printmakers from their weekly ‘pop-up’ studio shop.

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Last spring Unlimited were selected to exhibit at Pick Me Up 2013 (the UK’s most prestigious annual Graphic Arts event held at Somerset House, London) which was a huge success, and as such were asked to show again in Spring 2014 at which they proved an even bigger hit! 

They opened their new design gallery & shop in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine to the public in August 2013.

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“The gallery & shop has grown organically as a reaction to this. As such we hope it feels more ‘honest’ than engineered – filling a need rather than foisting another venture onto the market,” Sara says. Patrick and Sara continue to work closely alongside each other; Patrick runs the Unlimited design studio, whilst Sara focuses her energies on the shop & gallery – where they continue to sell works from an expanding collective of designers.

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Looks like such a fun shop! Do pop in for a visit and tell us what treasures you find.
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10 Church St, Brighton BN1 1US

Meet the Maker: Wallography

It is such a treat having a landlady who is happy for us to do whatever we want to her flat while we are living in it. Obviously, it was because she could tell what impeccable taste we have and knew any changes we made to her flat would only be for the better…

Only joking.

One of the first few things that we did in Courage & Dash HQ was to deck the walls with our favourite prints and pieces of art. Some of you will know that I love old things, and one of my favourite wall hangings is an original newspaper from 11th November 1918 (not a great photo below because our walls in the stairwell are two stories tall, and I’m like, 5’2″).

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Which is why we were pleased to discover Wallography! Firstly, the name sort of reminds me of Wall-E, that film with the super cute robot who makes a Mac startup sound when fully solar charged. Adorable. Secondly, and more importantly, Wallography perfectly combines colourful old prints with clever display. WIN.

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Wallography are no strangers to the world of old things. Their love for vintage things has seen them rummaging across Europe for special finds, but the thing that really captured their heart was an old, educational chart they saw hanging on a wall.

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Wall hangings are such a quick and easy way of making a rented home feel very much your own. Your personality and taste are so evident in the images you select, and how you choose to display them.

“We currently have a pine wall chart above our bed,” founder Neil Kidd says. His favourite use of their old prints in a modern setting, though, is hanging a blue whale print (above) in a boy’s bedroom.

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The great thing about these antique educational prints is the level of detail involved. If you think about it, pre-colour film/television/internet/Instagram/etc., the only way people knew about the wider world was through illustrated representations. The colours and the drawings had to be accurate and contain all the relevant details of whatever was being shown.

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“It’s just mind blowing,” Neil enthuses. “These amazing pieces were used in classrooms to teach children about the workings of plants and animals.” His passion is so evident in the way he discusses how these charts were used.
“The thought of turning to class to learn about a butterfly with one of these as an aid is just fantastic.”

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Very different to the Youtube videos that might be found in today’s classroom. Wallography’s collection is deeply satisfying because it has emerged from the team’s obsession with visual communication, illustration and scientific discovery. The original lithographic plate is used to recreate the image on paper, before the paper is mounted on canvas and completed with black wooden rods on either end.

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As if it couldn’t get better, Wallography are teaming up with Sarah Moore Vintage to create some new designs featuring British floral design! Yes, you heard it here first! We can’t wait.

Wallography have also launched a series featuring aeronautical blue prints – our current favourite because we just caught Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises (by Miyuzaki, maker of the famous Spirited Away; both films well worth a watch!).

Visit Wallography here.

All images (apart from the first) thanks to Wallography