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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Real Studios: Inspiration from Holly Booth Photography’s quirky studio

Most of you probably already know the wonderful Holly Booth – one part stylist, one part photographer, one part quite lovely and talented. If you are a small creative business you need to get Holly on speed dial!

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Holly is a commercial photographer, who pretty much specialises in product shots for businesses. Her style is distinctive, which was what led us to want to see her studio. Holly started her photography business in 2010, and has since been featured in various magazines, including Mollie Makes.

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Beautiful Derby is the setting for the studio, and is where Holly lives, with her fiancé, Pete, their French bulldog boy, Remi and a tiny, mischievous housecat called Juno. She’s a self-professed fan of documentaries, exploring antique shops in search of treasure (we do too!) and “pretty much anything to do with David Bowie.” Haha! Doesn’t she sound delightful?

We have been kindly allowed to snoop around Holly Booth Photography’s studio, and we really liked spotting quirky items (like the Japanese lucky cat!) that show off Holly’s style and vintage love – inspiring interiors with a dose of fun. Enjoy!

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Thanks for having us!

For more Holly Booth Photography inspiration and information about services, visit http://www.hollybooth.com.

Images: Holly Booth

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

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