a touch of whimsy

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?


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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


A quick hello






Amidst small bursts of work here and there, a drive this evening for some star gazing, and coffee, always freshly ground coffee, just a quick hello from me to you before we start the weekend. Following this week, posts will hopefully jump back onto the road of design, but for now, a little bit of romance and a touch of sparkle. Whoever said that we can’t indulge a bit?


Images: office | quote | jacket | calligraphy | chanel

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Other inspiration posts you may have missed:
+ dip dye
+ calligraphy
+ in the office: scandinavian inspiration
+ spring
+ pink

In the Office: Pencils

Sideshow.canoecase1Canoe Pencil Case with Message Pencils

Being a piano teacher-conductor-pianist, I have to go through music on a daily basis, whether it is writing in performance indications, which fingers to use or simply writing in enormous big capital letters to play a certain note (or at times, what note not to play). And what tool would I use most often to do the most humble but important jobs? The pencil of course. And so below, I present to you four lovely pencils (or sets of pencils) that any piano teacher would be delightful to be owner of.


one | two | three | four 

And to keep your pencils always on hand instead of all over your desk, here are a few nifty cases:


five | six | seven | eight 

Happy Monday!


PS. The legendary Blackwing Palomino Pencils can be locally purchased from Studio Bomba

Some In The Office posts and a few others you may have missed:

Saturday’s Child


…works hard for a living. She gets up early in the morning and is always the first one at the office. Amidst office meetings, correspondence of mail and researching for inspiration, she always makes a quick dash for coffee (a long macchiato, of course) at two o’clock in the afternoon at the corner cafe – a chance for some fresh air away from the stress of the office. Saturday’s child works late into the evening, is always last to leave the office, but on the weekends, indulges just the slightest bit with a visit to the local jazz bar after work.





Models: Karlie Kloss, Constance Jablonski, Hilary Rhoda (and Daphne Groeneveld)
Photographer: Venetia Scott
Issue: Self Service Fall-Winter 2012

-The Fine Duchess

In the Office: Letter Openers


Clockwise, beginning from the top left hand corner: 1. Brass Squirrel by Jonathan Adler 2. Ruled Letter Opener by Izola 3. Zeus! by Greece Is For Lovers 4. Birdie by Een Nieuw Avontuur

Just the other day, I received a large amount of mail, so much that prying them open with my bare hands was not exactly the best option. So as I opened my kitchen drawer in search of a small knife, it occurred to me that perhaps it is time to purchase a letter opener. Sure, you may say that a knife will do the job just fine, but a pretty (or comical) letter opener is a much more inviting option.

Which one would you like?

-The Fine Duchess

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