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colourful posters from desenio

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stay weird print from desenio

art prints ℅ desenio

whatever your style of decor, i always believe it’s a good idea to have art in your home. of course, as an artist/illustrator myself, i am biased here, but i still firmly believe this. even if it’s a little postcard, or a huge print. something super minimal, or a colourful maximalist piece. one piece, or a whole gallery wall.

most illustrators and visual creators i know have a mix of their own and other peoples art on their walls (or, on a moodboard or similar). always good to have inspiration in as many forms as you can take it. also, if you have horrible textured wallpaper like me, you’ll cover up as much of it as you can, ha!

floral collage and pink abstract prints from desenio

what’s your style when it comes to art in your home? do you like to keep it traditional or more modern? do you like to mix up styles and sizes, or keep one style throughout your household?

as you can see, i’m definitely more of the ‘mix it up’ type. i just find it too limiting to stick to one style when there’s so many things i enjoy, but i do try and group things if they fit together.

botanical posters with birds

minimal ampersand poster

so, where are all these cool posters from? the swedish site desenio. i actually first heard of them though the wonderful molly. since then i’ve kept a firm eye on the site. i particularly enjoy their bold, graphic prints but am also very much swooning over their botanical pieces too. i even managed to find a floral AND collage poster (above) to my utter joy!

if you have a look around the site and decide you want a print or two, wait a moment because i have a discount for you. score! if you want 25% off, type cardboardcities25 at checkout. please note, this discount is only available until this thursday (6th april) and is valid on all posters except ones marked ‘handpicked’ – so get on it if you want to take advantage of that. i would love to see your choices if you decide to. there really is something for everyone!

office furniture for your creative space

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side table with plant

wooden geometric lamp

disclosure: collaborative post. all words, opinions and images my own.

whatever your line of work – but especially if you work from home – how your office space looks and feels is going to be important. if it feels good, generally you’re going to be much more likely to want to stay in there instead of getting distracted by daily life.

ideally you don’t want to be working from a kitchen table, your lap on the sofa or anything like that. sometimes it’s unavoidable due to lack of space or funds, but if you can or do have a dedicated office space, i’d say the most important thing there (other than lots of natural light and a nice view if possible!) is going to be furniture.

desks, chairs, storage ..pretty much everyone needs those things. you want your workspace to be productive, but most people will want it to look good too. if you’re a creative, you want your space to reflect your creativity too, right? my ideal would be a mix of mid-century pieces, and modern-contemporary. good quality and well designed furniture with the main pieces being mostly white to allow colour to be added elsewhere in the room.

there’s lots of places both online and with physical shops, and furniture at work™ are one such place where you can find basic, sturdy, functionable desks, and other things such as chairs and storage.

orla kiely plant pots as stationery storage

what else is important in an office space for you?

i currently don’t actually have a desk, but do have good seating and enough storage (for now). other than that, i’d say good lighting, personal touches like prints and photos, a space where i can lay things out for photos, somewhere to store collages and illustrations and of course plenty of plants.

do you have your own dedicated office space? if you’ve written a post about it or shared on instagram i’d love to see! how about dream office or working spaces? i have a home decor and studio board on pinterest for things i’d love to include in a future home.

easy ways to bring colour into your home

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easy ways to bring colour into your home | i-D postcards

easy ways to bring colour into your home | i-D postcard

everyone that knows me or reads this blog knows i love a bit of colour. well, okay, a lot of colour. but i know a lot of people aren’t so keen on it as i am, so i thought i’d write a post about some easy ways to bring colour into your home for spring (and in general) to hopefully give you some ideas.

art

art in various forms is a fantastic way to bring colour into your home. it can be a minimal print with a tiny bit of colour, or something more vibrant to contrast against otherwise monochrome surroundings. lately i’ve been loving displaying postcards around the flat as a quick and fun way of showing art, photography and typography. this would be particularly good if you didn’t want to commit to framing prints or taping things to your walls.

easy ways to bring colour into your home | mint storage tin

easy ways to bring colour into your home | giraffe toy and plants

storage

whether you’re an organised person or like to shove things into a box to be out of your sight, storage options are another easy way to bring colour into your home. instead of standard clear boxes or plain woven baskets, how about something with a nice pastelly hue or a pretty print? or, if you’re feeling a bit more creative perhaps you could snazz up a lovely wooden crate or try to dip dye something?

personally i LOVE tins and utilise them a lot for random bits and bobs, pens and stationery, keepsakes, food and sweets, and much more. charity shops are a great place for tins, or anywhere that sells things like biscuits and chocolates (m&s is a winner here, they often have wonderful illustrated ones). keep an eye out for interesting designs!

food display

got some fancy colourful food like pink himalayan sea salt, colourful pasta or sweets and treats? how about keeping them in clear containers for the things you have out of the cupboards more often? functional and colourful! i think things like this, storage and other necessary home accessories are a good way to bring colour into items that might otherwise be plain or drab.

plants and flowers

providing you know how to take care of them, plants and flowers are one of my favourite ways to spread colour around. even if that colour is just green! i have a mixture of succulents and other plants, and occasionally buy some flowers to display. sometimes i might bring home something collected from my walks like some daisies or lavender. also, you get a sense of achievement and happiness seeing your little plant babies flourish!

easy ways to bring colour into your home | pink sea salt

easy ways to bring colour into your home | bee print tea towel

easy ways to bring colour into your home | jane foster mug

accessories, china and cutlery

tea towels, plates, cups and cutlery are all easy ways to bring a bit of colour into your home. they’re also things that can be put away if you don’t want too much clutter about, but want little bursts of colour here and there. again, functional items can be fun too!

if you have any ideas for easy ways to bring colour into your home, be that obvious or unusal i’d love to hear. also, if you’re more the minimalist monochrome type – but still want a little colour in your home, how do you go about doing so? do you do any of the above or do you prefer to keep it hidden away?

postcards, storage, pink sea salt, tea towel and cup ℅ homesense