judging a book by its cover

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alexander girard book

erwin blumenfeld book

buy these: alexander girard | erwin blumenfeld: blumenfeld studio

artist, illustrator, photographer, designer, or just a person that appreciates visual stimulus ..we all do it. judging books by their covers. i mean this in a literal sense, not the metaphorical line about judging people and situations. it can be looked down upon, but i say embrace it!

have you ever taken time to study book covers? the art or photography on them. the lettering or choice of type. the colour combinations and the type of paper. are they bold and minimal or dark and overwhelming? does it have any imagery at all, or just custom type? who designed them? what sort of process goes into making a book cover? a lot of people might just look at a well designed cover and say ‘oh that’s nice!’ (nothing wrong with that by the way) but i really genuinely enjoy looking at book covers – both to get a sense of what’s inside, and on a level that just pleases me aesthetically.

great britain in colour book

botanicum book

buy these: great britain in colour | botanicum

most of my books are art or illustrated ones, hence why i took images of this kind of book for the post, but my point remains with written fiction and non fiction books too. infact, there are some excellent blogs/blog posts and instagram accounts featuring fantastic book covers, or trends in book cover design.

for example: the casual optimist, perfect bound, simon & schuster art works, book cover archive ..and many more.

do you have any particular favourite book covers (and do they also belong to your favourite book)? do you like any particular style of book cover design? or do you not care at all and just want to get stuck into reading/looking at the contents?

buy the below: vera: the art and life of an icon | olle eksell | sara midda’s south of france

vera: the art and life of an icon book

olle eksell book

sara midda's south of france book


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sunday links | 53

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pink leaf at roath park

· this alex norris comic is so true.

· as a person that is pretty much always ill in some form, this ‘still ill’ pin from darling distraction is a must have.

· love this post showing people making globes by hand. fascinating!

· fantastic post on engaging with brands on instagram.

· talking of instagram, this post is a must read for colour lovers looking for the best colour related hashtags!


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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 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


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


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