My top 5 wallpapers in films

My top 5 wallpapers in films

Now, I don’t want to exaggerate here but wallpaper may be most gorgeous thing you could cover a surface with! It instantly adds visual interest, contrast and depth, pulling you into a space or image. I really wish I wasn’t a renter and could pop some on my walls! I also unfortunately have never had the chance to work with wallpaper on any design projects but boy-oh-boy, when I do, I’ll be taking cues from these films! (Don’t worry, no spoilers!)

Like this? Want more? Check out my top 6 floral moments in film!

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1. The King’s Speech – It’s famous for that gorgeous peeling-paint wall in Lionel Logue’s office but in my opinion, The King’s Speech also features some of the most gorgeous vintage wallpaper prints ever to grace our movies screens! The fading, dated art deco fans and floral motifs in Lionel’s home not only perfectly capture the aesthetic of post-depression pre-war Britain but create a richly textured, albeit slighty shabby and fading, world which strongly contrasts with the austere environments King George inhabits.

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2. The Royal Tenembaums – This fabulous design, originally created in 1945 by Scalamandre for Gino Circiello’s New York Italian restaurant, covers the walls of Margot’s bedroom in the Tenenbaum family home. (more…)

Happy Monday! #6

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Good morning and happy Monday everybody! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Mine was filled with sunshine, dinners and lunches with friends and, as always, lots of craft and busyness. This week, I’m quoting Henri Matisse, my most favourite artist! I think it’s easy to get caught up in all the hard work that goes into pursuing creativity that we forget to take the time to realise we’re actually be brave and MAKING AMAZING THINGS! So congratulations everyone for being so courageous!

And on that note, here’s some links to get your week off on the right foot.

– Love this hand-drawn rug.
– Here’s 10 stupid questions you’d be used to if you work in the arts/freelance.
– On the topic of creative courage, I love this post from Blog Society about giving yourself permission to do that thing you’ve always wanted to do!
– And here’s another great one from Love Grows Design about doing your own thing and not comparing or competing!
– Oh, this is getting a bit serious. Here’s a puppy playing in a fountain.

Also, did you know I have a newsletter now? It’s very exciting! Sign up here and you’ll get a weekly roundup of posts + other exciting news delivered straight to your inbox!

Have a great week!
Much love,
LM.

(Image via Wiki Commons, type by yours truly!)

Having a blast at Work-shop’s Fashion Illustration class!

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This Tuesday, I was lucky enough to attend Work-shop’s Fashion Illustration class with Rose of ‘Wolfgang and Rose’ and I think it’s safe to say it was the HIGHLIGHT of my week! Maybe even of my September, although there’s still a week left so the jury’s still out.  But unless I come into a lot of cash (or cake) or pat a lot of puppies next week, I’m think I’m going to have to call it early! Highlight of my September!

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Walking into Work-shop’s Redfern HQ is one of those moments that makes me feel like a tourist in my own city, kicking myself that I hadn’t discovered this obviously awesome set-up earlier! Offering short-courses spanning from card making and resin craft to 80s Jazzercise and even a butter masterclasses (a class on BUTTER? I’m there!), Work-shop definitely has something for everyone. And apart from offering inspiring classes they also support local artists, host community events and talks and even sell handmade goods at the Makery! These guys are seriously doing good work!

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Settling into to the class, I was a little nervous as I’ve never really had much luck with faces and portraits. But Rose was such a fantastic teacher, guiding us gently through the process and providing tid-bits and advice along the way. Her explanation of contour lines and shadows blew my mind! (more…)

Make it! Button Hoop Art DIY

Button Hoop Art DIY

I have absolutely LOVED embroidery for as long as I can remember, it’s one of my favourite ways to spruce up craft and sewing projects. What I’ve put together here is a super simple but adorable hoop art project which combines embroidery and vintage buttons. It’s perfect for any newbies wanting to learn some new stitches and also a great quick project for those with a bit more experience!

Want more craft and DIYs? Check these out!

Button Hoop Art DIYNow, this button hoop art DIY calls for two embroidery stitches – backstitch and lazy daisy. These are both super easy, as you can for my little gif. above! But if this all seems a bit much, don’t worry, I’m going to guide you through it all! First up, materials!

Button Hoop Art DIY

Materials:
– An embroidery hoop
– Cotton or linen homespun fabric (natural fibres have a nice rustic look and are a bit thicker than cotton-poly blends)
– 6-ply embroidery thread
– Embroidery needle
– Scissors
– Vintage buttons (most op-shops sell gorgeous old buttons. Otherwise just buy some cute new ones!)
– (Optional) PVA glue

Time: 1 hour (more…)

In the Bag – Myself!

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Hello and welcome to the very first ‘In The Bag’, a new feature where I take a sneak-peek into the handbags/totes/man-bags of creative people.

This feature was inspired in part by those ‘ a look in the handbag of’ celebrity interviews you sometimes see in magazines (they were always my favourite, I think I’m a bit of a voyeur!) and my little sister. We were having lunch a few months back and when I came back from ordering I found her going through my handbag, pulling out all the weird things in there which at the time included a screwdriver. Other than pointing out I needed to clean out my bag, this made me realise that the things people carry around with them can be a great insight into their individual creative process!

So, without further ado, here’s the first ‘In The Bag’ featuring me! The watercolour illustration is also by yours truly; it’s cuter than a photo and it gave me an excuse to paint! Hooray!

- Status Anxiety Purse - This gorgeous leather purse was a birthday gift from my sister two years ago and since receiving it, I haven’t looked back! I love the ‘CLICK’ of the metal clasp and there’s just something about carrying around a purse that makes you feel like a lady!

- Windsor & Newton Watercolour set - As you can see, I’m a bit of an amateur painter. After a painting-outing, my 12-pan watercolour set ended up in my handbag and just kind of stayed there. It’s the perfect travel size and easy to pull out and do a quick doodle with on the train!

- Scissors - Oh my goodness, I feel like I spend half my life looking for scissors! They seem to be one of those items, like pens and Tupperware, that people just don’t seem to mind stealing from you! So this little pair has taken up permanent residence in my bag although it’s probably only a matter of time until I loose them as well! (more…)

Happy Monday #5!

Happy Monday

Good morning everybody! I hope this happy Monday finds you well and rested after a wonderful weekend! I started mine with a walk around Sydney’s Botanic Gardens which, if you follow me on instagram, you would have noticed from all my Sydney Harbour and flower-pics spam! I just couldn’t resist, it’s so beautiful at this time of year! So beautiful, in fact, I went back for a second time over the weekend for an impromptu picnic with my sisters. Lying on the grass in the sunshine eating sweets and cakes = bliss!

I’ve also got some exciting things planned for the blog this week, including an embroidery DIY and a new feature which I’m very excited about! So stick around, it’s going to be fun!

And, as always, here are some links for you Monday!

Writer Ingrid Sundbery has put together a colour-theasaurus of descriptive words for countless hues. It’s fun going through her list and seeing which ones resonate and which just sound wrong!
– I think I’ve got to make myself one of these distressed wood backgrounds, they look gorg!
– I saw Boyhood on the weekend and would love to know what you thought of it!
– I heard this amazing cover of this amazing song and now really want to see Wish I Was Here!
– I got a haircut on the weekend and an considering going even short next time! This pinterest board is helping (and confusing) me!

Much love,
LM.

Make It! DIY Paperclip Flags

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If you’re anything like me then you’re probably a sucker for a good notebook filled with LISTS! I have so many lists; ones for work, my blog, craft ideas, films to watch, new years resolutions, mid-year resolutions – the list (ha!) is endless. With so many lists and scrawlings happening at once, it is way too easy to loose track of things and I found myself wanting a way to quickly find my most important and current musings. Enter DIY paperclip flags!

Like this DIY and want to see more? Check out the rest of my ‘Make It!’ feature!

Now, I know those little flag post-its already exist but these DIY paperclip flags are much cuter, quick and easy to make and are a great way to spruce up some paperclips you already have and delve into your washi tape collection (or maybe start one?)! And they look gorgeous peeking out of your notebook!

Materials:
– Paper clips
– Washi tape
– Scissors
Time: 5 minutes

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The steps are super simple! (more…)

Design Review – Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

I know, I know, I’m on a bit of a Coen Brothers fix at the moment but that’s kind of my thing – if I enjoy a film/show, I go back and watch the entire back-catalogue in one big hit! I did with Wes Anderson’s films, Mad Men, 30 Rock and I’m doing it again! However, in this case, I was lucky enough to see ‘Inside Llewyn Davis at the cinema in Berlin while I was traveling over the summer. I recently gave it a re-watch and remembered how much I loved it’s narrative and visuals. Cue a design review!

(If you’re planning to watch the film, there are a few spoilers below! So give it a watch and then come right back, k?)

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ follows a meandering, sometimes dream-like narrative centred around one week in the life of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a musician trying to make it in the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961. This film certainly isn’t a musical but performances and folk music drive the narrative and it’s from this music that Production Designer Jess Gonchor took his cues. In an interview with Below the Line, he explains how folk music ‘is a few instruments and a few chords so the scenery needed to match that tempo’. This meant scouting locations across New York that weren’t ‘visually noisy’ and instead could serve as blank canvases which period design elements could be subtly added to (in particular, keep an eye out for some SERIOUSLY gorgeous vintage-style type and signs!).

Inside Llewyn Davis

This idea of removing visual noise is continued in the colour palette. There’s no pure, bright pops of colour and instead everything feels as though it’s been hit by a cloud of dust. This of course is helped by a stunning colour grade and some gorgeous grain but none the less, the film’s palette is made of slightly grubby dark blues, greens and dusty reds and browns. This not only creates a slightly sepia-toned sense nostalgia but reflects Llewyn’s down-and-out character and the folk-music scene he lives in, which is a little unkempt.

Inside Llewyn Davis

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Happy Monday #4

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Mornin’ and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I spent my weekend soaking up some rays although unfortunately, not a the beach. But I hope to get there super soon!

PLUS this weekend, I put together a newsletter! So if getting a weekly roundup of the happenings on this here blog sounds like a good idea to you, sign up! I’ll also be adding some newsletter-only bonus things soon so stay posted!

As always, here are some links to get you through the day!
– I only just discovered Vogue’s 73 question series and I LOVE it! Take a look!
– This DIY phone case is TO DIE FOR!
– This look Swiss Cottage Design’s process is gorgeous!
– This ghostwriting application pokes fun at bloggers. It’s good for a chuckle!

(Image from Nantucket Historical Society via flickr commons, type by ME!)

Make It! How to Press Flowers

How to Press Flowers

Spring has officially started here in Sydney and the weather is finally getting a bit less malicious! To celebrate, I bought myself some daisies over the weekend. Rather than let the blooms go to waste, I saved a few in my new-old press! It was such a success that I’d just had to share my newly-learnt tips on how to press flowers!

I was lucky to find this darling flower press while having a rummage at a school-fete a few weeks ago. But do not fear, if you don’t have a flower press you can easily use a large book!

Time: 10 minutes
Materials:
– Flower press or large book
– Flowers
– Grease-proof paper (or just regular paper)
– Scissors

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First, take your flowers and trim off their stalks. Then lay them carefully on the paper, face down, making sure the petals are lying flat. I used the paper that came with the press but grease-proof paper works well, as does regular copy-paper. Just make sure you don’t use anything with a print as if could make it’s way onto the flowers! (more…)