a touch of whimsy

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As I’m still in the process of outfitting my studio with clever prints, I am constantly on the lookout for the perfect amount whimsy balanced with the right dose of wit. lordampersand.pins

Now wouldn’t these be a wise choice?

one | My Cape by Garance Doré
two | Mr Ampersand by Quill and Fox {or}
three | Bobby Pins by Rifle Paper Co.

Which one do you like best?

T.

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And as usual, some office posts you may have missed out on:
{gift guide #01} for the friend that has a penchant for beautiful stationery
+ geometry
+ in the office: pencils
+ in the office: business cards

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postcards for ants

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And for today, just a small treasure to share whilst I’m still running behind in so many projects, something whimsical and sweet – beautiful creations in the most minute size ever, all by the talented Lorraine Loots.

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-T.

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Images: cape wheel | pinecones | hat | cape wagtail (by Lorraine Loots via a pair of pears)

Other posts you may have missed:
christine lim
pippa jenkings
+ a bit of science
+ art by angela mitchell
inspiration: dip dye
all the fine gentlemen

A bit of science

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Today, let us begin with a bit of inspiration of the scientific sorts. Majestic antlers, paper thin feathers, sparkling gems and delicate butterflies. These posters by Jessica Rose of Vol. 25 are simply lovely and would be perfect on my walls.

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Wishing you a lovely day and hope that you had a relaxing weekend.

-T.

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Other art and design posts you may have missed:
+ anna walker
miso
+ swim
Andrew Christie – A Good Looking Man
+ Yuniko Studio

Fika – a beautiful cookbook

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On a small expedition to Ikea to browse through the latest additions to their collections, I came across the most beautifully styled cookbook I’d seen in a long time. Each ingredient used in the recipe is carefully laid out with exact precision, each clove identical to its neighbour and every piece of chocolate positioned with the greatest care. The work of photographer Carl Kleiner and stylist Evelina Bratell has resulted in this exquisite book where everything is broken down to its simplest form and yet is so aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Perhaps this will encourage me to dust off the cake tins and whip up a bit of magic in the kitchen.

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-T.

Recent food & drink posts:
+ peanut butter
+ fortysevenkirwanstreet
+ ice cream
gin

Create Your Own Wall Gallery

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What could be a better way to display your photos of those precious moments or to exhibit someone’s proud artwork than to lay them out on a wide span of space and create your own gallery wall. Or as the image above shows, you don’t even need to have many images for the gallery walls – inspirational quotes work just as well. Perhaps this would be a fun weekend project for the family. For some tips on how to create your own gallery wall (such as consistency in frames or perhaps even a colour that runs the artwork), do head over to Design Crush. It is quite a good read for those who are up to the project.

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(I love how the gallery is not all hung up but instead sits on the shelves or leans against the wall)

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Hope you’re having a delightful day.

-T.

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |

Some links you may have missed:

Happy Weekend

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Happy weekend everyone! Have any big plans? Today, J and I had a lovely stroll through Hyde Park and spotted these beautiful swans and their little ones. Isn’t it nice to just pause and marvel at the beauty around us, even if it’s as simple as the warmth of the afternoon sun on a cold and chilly day? As usual, here a few links for you weekend:

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DesignCrush.BrittanySchall

DesignMilk.BottleCandleHolder

GaranceDore.Book

DesignedForLife.Office

one: free iPhone wallpapers | Eat Drink Chic
two: beautiful artwork Hair Studies by Brittany Schalls | Design Crush
three: the coolest candle holders ever |Design Milk
four: Garance Doré is writing a book! So excited to see what she will come up with | Garance Doré
five: lovely office inspiration

Anna Walker

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Loving these whimsical illustrations by Melbourne illustrator Anna Walker. I first spotted her work as I was taking a student back to their class from a piano lesson, a beautiful poster hung up on the library wall, ignored by many who passed by. But not me. Making a mental note, I finally have the chance to look through her folio, from the quaint little illustrations to her clever books. For more information, please do visit her website.

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Do you know of any other illustrators? If you have any in mind, do let me know. I’d be very interested to look into them.

-The Fine Duchess

All image credits go to Anna Walker.

And some posts you may have missed:

Miso

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…am absolutely loving the simplicity of the works by Melbourne artist, Miso, as a part of her exhibition Everywhere I Have Been. The exhibition features works on paper which have been pin pricked to result in a beautiful image.

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With everything stripped back to the bare minimum, it is so delicate and calm, allowing us a glimpse into what the artist may have perceived at the time of the event or inspiration.

For more details, visit Miso’s site or perhaps even read an interview with her.

All images by MiCK Gallery

Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond

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On a cloudy afternoon, the Duke and I finally took a trip to the Art Gallery of WA and paid a visit to fantastic exhibition in town, Van Gogh, Dalí and Beyond. These were a few of our favourites:

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Pierre Roy: Daylight Savings Time

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Salvador Dalí: Illuminated Pleasures

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Salvador Dalí: Debris of an Automobile, Giving Birth To A Blind Horse Biting a Telephone

The last work by Dalí really is something, isn’t it. And the title is quite the mouthful too! I’m rather fascinated at how so many things are occurring all at the same time and yet they all work well together. What do you think? Maybe a bit too dark to sit in the living room?

Hope you’re having a good start to the new week.

-The Fine Duchess

Some posts you may have missed:

Happy weekend

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…though it may be more appropriate to welcome the new week. My my, how the weekend went by so fast. But before the week begins again, may I indulge you with a few lovely sketches from architect and artist Richard Seedorf. And as usual, a few links from around the world.

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Images via sprk and can be purchased here.

Design: a vase that accepts a flower’s death and celebrates its beauty | design milk
Photography: polar bears performing water ballet | first seen on Design Crush
Wedding: beautiful travel inspired airmail wedding invitations
Encouragement: some uplifting words | oh, hello friend
DIY: super fun projects if you have a moment to spare | Poppytalk