Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Decorating the outdoors

Who says wallpaper are only meant for decorating interior spaces? Check out these outdoor wallpaper designs by award winning designer Susan Bradley. Made of materials ranging from wood and metals to acylic and mirrored surfaces, these designs are perfect as screening devices or for adorning an external wall.

Susan's passion for bringing beautiful and unusual work to outdoor spaces is also evident in these unique decorative mirrors created for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2005

{all images from Susan Bradley's website}

Monday, March 19, 2007

Little Field of Flowers

Look what happens when you combine the design prowess of Tord Boontje and the ultra hip Spanish rug company Nanimarquina! You get a Little Field of Flowers!

Nanimarquina is well known for their colourful hand tufted, loomed and knotted rugs. Tord, on the other hand, is well known for his many beautiful creations inspired by nature. His playful "Until Dawn Curtains" (pictured below) is one of my many favourite pieces.

Lorena Siminovich

Really love these whimsical children illustrations from Lorena Siminovich. Her collages make use of interesting materials such as street maps, letters, achitectural plans and musical scores. Pretty and inspiring!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Cool Kuler!

Ever felt overwhelmed by what colour goes well with what and cannot decide? Kuler by Abobe Labs may be able to help you. You can view the most popular or most highly rated colour schemes and even post your own colour scheme for other users to download. Signup is also free. Kuul!

{image from Kuler's Watermelon colour scheme}

Wedding Ideas

I have a couple of good friends and relatives getting married in the upcoming months so I thought I would do a post on weddings. I had lots of fun planning for my own wedding although I must admit that the whole process can be quite stressful and overwhelming, especially since most people do it for the first time. I found it quite helpful to look at images to find out what I like and to get inspired. There are just so much resources out there. When I have the time, I will compile a list of resources and put them on my blog for your easy reference.

For now, some images and ideas from Cox & Cox. For inspiration only.


Inspiration 1: Nothing beats making your guests feel special then to handwrite their names on a placecard to reserve their seat.

Inspiration 2: Everyone is giving candles as wedding favours. Why not be different and give matchsticks in personalised boxes?

Inspiration 3: Use paper (could be printed with your wedding music score, love letter or your favourite poem) to make containers for your wedding confetti

Inspiration 4: Make tea light containers like this from old glass containers you have at home. All you need are some wires to make the handles.

Inspiration 5: Why not give a plant or some seeds to your guest as a wedding favour especially if you are having a garden party and encourage them to grow it?


Friday, March 16, 2007

Tokujin Yoshika

The Japanese are amazing with transforming simple materials such a paper and concrete into works of art that can actually be used. Check out Tokujin Yoshika's "Honey Pop" chair made from glassine paper sheets (i.e tissue paper).

Yoshika also did a renovation room for Muji that have sliding doors that can hide away all the rooms. An idea for those who can't stand clutter.

La Maison Douce

This is the place I am going to the next time I need to recharge. La Maison Dounce in France! Recommended by guides such as Michelin, Routard and Le Figaro, breakfast here is apparently served till 2pm! Perfect timing for me! Prices start at 125 Euros (approx SGD $280)

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Jamie Hayon

There is just so much talent out there but I think my favourite designer at the moment has got to be Jamie Hayon. Don't you just love this chair above from his BD Showtime collection? I really like the mix of organic and classical forms and the unique combination of leather and plastic in this design.

His bathroom collection, AQHayon, for Artquitect is also my all time favourite. Drooling...(again)

{images from Jamie Hayon}

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


I love tags! If I could, I would tag everything I have. Check out these tags from everyjotandtittle.

For Inspiration Only

Sorry, can't remember where I got this pic from...

Louis Pop Chair

ok, I admit...I am a chair addict too. Check out this Louis Pop Chair, a mix of modern and classic style.

Available in yummy disco colours at Maisons Du Monde for 139 Euros (SGD$ 283)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pink Loves Brown

If you are a paper addict (like me) and like pink + brown (like me), then you must absolutely adore Pink Loves Brown. This website features paper goods with gorgeous colour combinations and little stuff like magnets and pins by Nicole Balch.

Nicole also owns Smart & Lovely, where she offers web and graphic design services. She is also the designer for the advertising co-op Indie Finds, the blogger behind Making it Lovely, and founder of the business resource Oh, Honestly.... Does this girl sleep at all?

Jen Stark

Wow…incredible stuff here. Paper artist Jen Stark has taken the use of the scissors to an entirely different level! Her sculptures and sketchbook are deeply inspiring. I just love what she did with the sea-grape leaf. Absolutely beautiful work of art. It's like the creation of an artist insect!
And the colours and doodles in her sketchbook just look amazing. I love seeing the process behind an artist's work - the raw "unfinished" stuff that is so free and boundless.
[all images from Jen Stark]

Monday, March 12, 2007

Re-thinking kitsch

I just love anything by Phillip Starck but these Mademoiselle chairs are on a different league altogether!

Designed by Starck for Kartell, this clever design for an arm chair is perhaps one of the first-ever to combine two aesthetic qualities: materiality and transparency. The transparent polycarbonate structure offers a sturdy support for a comfy seat in yummy fabric-covered expanded polyurethane. Available at Lifestorey.

Saturday, March 10, 2007


For sure, wall decals are hot! A wonderful wall to spruce up a room especially if you are on a low budget and are looking for something quick. These are some of my favourites from Winkplay.

And why stop at images? Check out these cool prose decals and ideas from wonderfulgraffiti.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Nicolette Brunklaus

I have always had a soft spot for subversive designs that challenge the norm. Like these lighting designs by dutch designer Nicolette Brunklaus. A painted chandelier and an inverted lampshade. Nice!