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!


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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.


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snapshots of my week | 31st march

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camellia and book page

magnolia and tree branches

a year or two ago, missing out on a few ‘snapshots’ posts would have annoyed me a bit. i always enjoy putting them together, as i love taking photos throughout the week, and even if all i say for some time comes across as negative and whingey – it’s nice to have a place where i can do that. i do try and have a good balance of positive and happy here, and realness too ..which, yes, can mean showing my pessimistic side as well as just generally being upfront about how i’m feeling, or have felt.

pink blossom and blue skies

red spotted leaves

to be fair, life has not been particularly good so far this year. i mean, it could be worse but ..yeah. struggling. i had a year very similar to this a couple of years back and i just about made it through that, so if this year continues along that line, at least i know i can make it through in one piece. or, in pieces that can be put back together.

trying my hardest to make good things happen, to be proactive and work hard. that can be hard enough at the best of times actually, but if nothing else i am a strong person. even if i don’t feel that way at times, ha!

am i rambling? i feel like i’m rambling.

oh! i actually have a video this week. i love making them and making little improvements in my learning and editing process each time, but you know how life gets on top of you and you have to let some things slide for a bit. there’s so many bits i feel like i should have put in from the past couple of months, but i decided it better to cut my losses and start afresh. basically what i mean is i’ve just used some more recent clips, and won’t worry about the older stuff.

it helps to lose those bits of baggage that keep you down. even if that is just video clips that no one but me cares about.



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