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D.I.Y. Vintage Writing Desk

5 Jun

There is an upside to midnight baby feeding – you get the scour the internet for fabulous design projects 🙂

Last night I stumbled upon this very cute writing desk makeover by Greer Clayton(painter, artist and keen traveller). A playful statement piece perfect for a bachelorette pad, tween room, nursery or office. It was made over using a polka dot stencil by Cutting edge stencils. Get busy this long weekend 🙂

Before shot vintage writing desk

After polka dot stencil



Alternative name signs for your child’s room

14 Apr

Sick of the wooden letters? So am I. Here are some great DIY projects for something different for your child’s room.

Button Letter Nursery Artwork



Click here for the full tutorial from the very clever Modern Mommyhood.

Printer’s Type Wood Blocks

I love reusing materials. These blocks make very cool, industrial style artworks for your child’s room. A child’s room doesn’t have to be “babyish” at all – you can design a space to last…

I bought these blocks for my son for under $50!

Mosaic Signs

I love mosaic – not the pre-cut, ready to apply patterns that are now popular but the hand cut, artisan craft that’s been around for thousands of years.

A large mosaic letter for something different…











Saw this amazing olive tree displayed in an art exhibition in Ravenna.

Contact me via Facebook for custom mosaic orders to suit your nursery or child’s room.

Fridays with Words: Domenico Dolce

2 Jun

I hunt around for words and quotes that inspire me. This morning during my breakfast date with Swide, I spotted a very raw and honest post about quotes that motivate Mr Dolce himself…. which happen to include all of my favourite things… Sicily, corsets, figs and the sea. Happy Friday!

How to Design the Life you Love

5 Apr

Stop moping. Turn that frown upside down. Grab a coffee or a more cleansing equivalent and sit. This is worth reading.

Project: Design the Life you Love, New York (Birsel + Seck)

Birsel + Seck are product designers who solve problems and bring innovative solutions and award-winning designs to the office, home, bath, retail and automotive sectors. Like many design firms, the GFC hit them hard forcing them to innovate with strategies to create opportunities (a blessing in disguise?). What initially began as a project to ride the economic downturn, has turned out to shake the way the non-design world embrace design strategies to D-I-Y a more rewarding life.

Birsel + Seck developed a design process, Deconstruction and Reconstruction, as a tool to help you create the life you want to live.  Their dynamic workshops enable participants (designers and non-designers) to think creatively and systemically about their lives and unlock their potential.

The workshops are facilitated in New York through the Academi of Life, so unless you can squeeze in a “Personal Development” trip, put aside some “me time” and actually work through the activity below. It may be just what you need.

Click here for the How to Design the Life you Love” Recipe

You’ll need the following ingredients:

* Your life
* Some paper and favorite pen or pencil
* Some of your heroes, mentors and other things that inspire you
* Some metaphors
* Optimism and playfulness
* A cup of coffee or tea (or perhaps something a tad stronger)
* Some music, if desired

Be sure to share your experiences and thoughts once you’ve completed your ‘homework’.

Not only is ‘sharing cool’, you’ll probably find like-minded people in the same boat!

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