Hello and happy weekend. Today is my me-day, which you might have noticed already on my IG feed earlier. It’s really hot here in Amsterdam, so I wanted to go to the beach. However, I changed my mind, as I didn’t want to lay on the beach like packed sardines. You have to know that in Amsterdam, as soon as there is sun, 90% of the population heads to the seaside. I get it. It’s normal, but you also need to know that in The Netherlands everything is tiny, so is the space on the beach. Thus, I figured I stay in the boiling city in my garden, which can provide me summer feeling too, but has enough space to turn. I have to say that I occasionally felt the need to sit in the fridge. Thankfully, my previously frozen watermelon popsicles saved my day.
So I was doing some research on patterns and guess what I found? Not any kind of pattern inspiration, but the real deal. Meet Elma de Jonge, designer, artist, blogger, sucker for stationery, fashion addict and color fanatic. Well, that’s how she describes herself and I’m pretty sure that the latest pantone color of the year announcement is something you can wake her up in the middle of the night. Ink is what floats through her veins and ends up in her art journals. She just recently ran a #100DAYSOFARTJOURNALING challenge, which includes amazing pattern and color inspirations. I can’t wait to doodle around with similar colors. Today, I want to share with you some of her creations.
Besides, her work as designer and artist, she works as a product designer and content manager at Studio Stationery, a happy and colorful wholesale shop which will make the stationary lover cut capers. Take a look yourself.
You can follow Elma on her colorful instagram or on pinterest. If you are interested in wholesale, go to Studio Stationery for more information. I also recommend their pinterest account.
Source: Elma de Jonge
A rainy and grey day encouraged me to browse for the necessary portion of happiness. And I was lucky. While searching for inspiration for a next blog post, I came across the HappyMakersBlog in my bookmarks under ‘important‘. The first time I learned about this lovely blog was, when I went to a creative workshop at Galerie Lucie that I was telling you about a few weeks ago. I sat next to Monique, the owner of HappyMakersBlog and whilst enthusiastically glueing our paper envelopes we talked about our blogs. I really like her approach to slow blogging. She posts only when she is really convinced and satisfied about the content, which I can very much identify with. We both tried posting every day in the past, but you only end up with a blog burn-out, which I’m sure no one really would appreciate here. Am I right? Quality goes over quantity and because of that, you will only find beautiful and carefully curated content on Monique’s HappyMakersBlog. Therefore, I was not very much surprised when I saw another great post about the creative collaboration between Monique, a bunch of talented Dutch illustrators and Tiny from Letterpers.nl, who together developed 8 handwritten gifttags that give any gift the instant eye-appeal. If you are still looking for inspiration for mother’s day gift wrapping, then you are at the right place. Explore the many lovely ways how to style the gifttags.
Find below an overview of all designers who participated: Geertje (Geertjeaalders.nl), Janneke (Jansontwerpfabriek.nl), Karen (Karenweening.nl), Karin (Paperfuel.nl), Marloes (Marloesdevries.com), Marthe (Whisperingpaper.com), Tiny (Letterpers.nl) en Viktor (Chalkboard.nl).
And as it’s not only my lucky day, but also your’s, the gifttags are not only nice to look at, but you can also buy them here.
Source: HappyMakersBlog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest
Hello folks. After a blogging break for a month or so, I’m back with a tour through Lauren Blythman’s neon dream house, located in Melbourne, Australia. You might know Laura from her colorful, bright neon watercolor collages and fun illustrations that circulate around on Pinterest. So it comes with no surprise that her home is full of color, playful patterns and eclectic styling, exactly as her designs.
The first time I found Laura Blythman art was on Pinterest. I was immediately excited and amazed how perfectly she includes my favorite colors in her art. I have a weakness for neon colors, especially peachy and minty hues. I love the way how Laura combines these intense colors so that it doesn’t seem overloaded. I added some prints which I think show her work the best.
I did not have the pleasure to walk through this jaw-dropping home, but I do think that when seeing the photos there are three things you notice: color in all corners of the home, brightness and coziness. The lovely big windows allow the sun to shine through and emphasize the colors in Laura’s designs and give the home a warm, inviting look and feel. Also, using a lot of greens make the house look more vivid and welcoming.
You can follow Laura on Instagram for inspiration.
Sources: Apartment Therapy | Laura Blythman