30MarOff

(Just Lovely) Pretty Portobello Type

Happy Friday lovelies!

This weekend I am london town, working on Friday and geeking out at exhibitions and partying the rest of it, oh the life of a designer ain't all that bad huh?

So I thought I would share a little of what's to come next week...I snapped some examples of different type as I wandered down Portobello Road last week {the first one, the copperplate type is just as you turn onto Portobello} and the diversity was just incredible, here are just a few of my favourites {for very different reasons}...type really is everywhere.

Enjoy. AML xx

29MarOff

{Just Lovely} Melodies Graphiques

Voila!

Here are the spoils that i picked up from Melodies Graphiques...

A beautiful embossed anchor bookmark

Laser cut name tags

A screen printed alphabet card

And {my heart literally skipped a beat} a gold gilted and embossed rose correspondence card from 1952.

I cannot describe my love for this little bit of parisian history.

Melodies Graphiques is some serious paper and print lovers shop. What are you waiting for?

AML xx

29MarOff

{Just Lovely} Paris Part Two Rue du Pont Louis Philippe

One of the highlights of my recent {and latest, oh yeah} trip to Paris was a trip to rue du Pont Louis Philippe, which is a tiny street that runs from the rue de Rivoli to the Seine, a distance of about 200 yards.

Because it is so tiny, and because it is located {quietly} between the very popular Marais and the equally inundated Ile St.-Louis, this street gets very little press, which is great for locally owned businesses that have been pushed out by international chains from the two other locations. And it is also great for visitors who want to explore a {little} bit off the beaten path, without going too far astray.

So what is so special about rue du Pont Louis Philippe? 

Well my dear lovely friend it is because its is totally packed with local artisans and designers..a fabulous variety of shops that feature high-quality, well-designed, locally made goods.

The first shop you’ll run into is Pierre Boisset, the perfect place to find a designer handbag made in France that costs just a fraction of the internationally known brands and is considerably more original. Farther along, at No. 16, is the C&P gallery, with a constantly changing collection of wearable art. Across the street, at No. 19, PCF Art et Societé was once the home of the neighborhood’s communist party but is now an art gallery with original works on paper.

As you continue along, there are a handful of jewelry stores selling very original pieces, some of them made from simple, affordable materials like wood, while other shops specialize in true jewels, with diamonds gracing their elegant displays.

But, as lovely as these other shops are, what I {and by proxy, mum} were seeking out were the stationery stores, the most uniquely French being Melodies Graphiques, at No. 10. With its tempting selection of sophisticated papers and quill pens, this Paris shop is a treasure trove of writing pleasures. Closely followed by Papier+ and then Calligrane.

I was in heaven. Parisian Paper Heaven.

More to come on Melodies Graphiques.

Back soon, AML xx

28MarOff

{Wedding Paper Parlour} Totally Smitten

So simple, but so in love with this post by the fabulous Smitten on Paper..
{Obv. in the UK the salad plate also twins as side plate}
Loving the inspiration imagery too.
AML xx
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27MarOff

Type of Your Life {Lego Letterpress}

genius. absolute genius.

letterpress printing with Lego

I am soooo giving this a go.

AML xx

27MarOff

{Just Lovely} Bluebellgray

Looking for something new to add a bit if chutz-pah to your little castle this summer then look no further then Bluebellgray.

A truly gorgeous mix of cushions, totes, fabric and prints..

So what do they say about themselves?

"Bluebellgray is an exciting, young, Scottish textile design company specialising in the home interiors market. Influenced by a love of colour and all things floral, the designs are something unique and special, each design is painted by hand in the Bluebellgray studio before being printing onto natural cottons and linens using state of the art printing technology. The printing methods used by Bluebellgray enable every brushstroke and colour to be captured enhancing the feel of the hand painted design. The pieces have a sense of provenance and the designer behind the product, adding to the feeling of exclusivity.

Having gained fantastic experience working as head designer for a leading fabric company and with help along the way from the NESTA progrmme Fi Douglas has now set up her own company with a clear vision and style. Fi is a graduate of the prestigious Glasgow School of Art.

Bluebellgray was shortlisted for an Elle Decoration Design award at the end of 2010 and Bluebellgray products have been featured in many leading magazines with House & Garden, Country living and Vogue being just some examples.

New designs will be released throughout the year meaning people can add to their own Bluebellgray collection. The design philosophy behind the brand adheres to the ‘eclectic mix’ school of thought, encouraging the designs to sit beside flea market finds and family heirlooms.

As Fiona says ‘it’s ok when things don’t match, if you love it- go with it!’ The designs are aimed at people looking for something unique and individual for their home, an antidote to mass production."

Ahh music to my ears, great design and savvy owner. Love, love, love.

AML xx

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25MarOff

{Lounge Lover} The French Connection

Afternoon!

Hope it is bright and sunny and gorgeous and lovely wherever you may be.

I am sat in my garden, catching up on emails and blogs, primarily my own, but enough of my workload woes...

Say hello to French Connection Home.

What? FCUK are DOING interiors?

Well, Well, Well.

I will reserve judgement until the launch, having only seen the sneak peek on the site..

Enough said.

Have a lovely Sunday.

AML xx

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23MarOff

{Just Lovely} Pick Me Up

Good evening lovelies,

Well I am tired but totally excited about next week, for lots of reasons, but one {or should that be two} big fat reasons are that I get to go to not one, but two exhibitions next weekend...which I will review for you {naturally}, but are any of you fellow design and paper junkies heading off to Pick me Up?

I cannot wait...

Find out more here..

Have a lovely weekend.

AML xx

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22MarOff

{Just Lovely} How to typeset a poster

How fabulous is this visual how-to?

You can view the series here...on Imprint.

As Imprint say

"Bowne & Co., Stationers at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York frequently produces beautiful letterpress keepsakes. This one from 1989, "Nineteenth Century Job Printing Display - The Poster" is a delightful little guide to the dos and don'ts. Using their enviable stock of metal types, 200 copies were printed on a Vandercook Universal I. the text was adapted from "The Letter-Preess Printer: A Complete Guide to the Art of Printing; Containing Practical Instructions for Learners at Case, Press and Machine" (London, 1881)."

Enjoy. AML xx

20MarOff

{Just Lovely} Paris Part One

Good morning and Happy Tuesday.

Why so cheerful say you? not sure really...maybe just because the sun is shining? or could it be memories of Paris are still only a few weeks old and i can still taste the coffee, croissants, cheese, champagne {anything else beginning with c?} So without further ado Paris Part One...and it is dedicated entirely to MERCI {bear with the site, the link wasn't working earlier today}.

Welcome to MERCI, a store which is lovely, lovable and loving, dreamed up by Marie-France and Bernard Cohen (who created, and later sold, Bonpoint) on Boulevard Beaumarchais, it is probably the perfect one-stop shop. It’s located in a majestic, sun-lit loft where you can browse from room to room just like in a real house, all artfully displayed amidst the sundrenched interlinking loft-style spaces..

Stop and look through an old-fashioned trunk spilling over with beautiful creations and finally find that little dress nobody else has yet to wear! Not forgetting to buy a tiny bunch of roses at the flower shop or cuddle up on a sofa in the book corner as you check out the latest literary sensation and sip a well-earned {homemade with mint} lemonade.

Before we sat down to a gorgeous lunch {mushroom and onion tartlet with rocket} my basket was already crammed with beautiful old-school notepads, stripy tea towels, a Bowie tour vest, pencil sharpeners, and a handbag-size scent-BLISS by Annick Goutal (the late sister of Marie-France Cohen). I left with a long list in my head for next time - perfect plates (plain white china with a silver rim), a desk, bedlinen. Maybe what I really want is a flat in Paris? Everything feels one of a kind (even when it’s not), service is with a smile, and I could easily have whiled away the entire day between the bookstore and the café.

Annick Goutal’s legendary perfumes are sold here in simple glass bottles, not the usual ornate flasks. Bring your own bottle for refills of your favourite (40 per cent off) scent.

Some pieces are vintage, some spanking new, but all are donated by designers (Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant ), willing to wave their profits for Merci’s commerce -fuelled causes. So, there are bargains aplenty, plus the happy karmic knowledge that Merci donates 100 per cent of its profits to charity. (Girls’ education in Madagascar is Madame Cohen’s labour of love).

Look out for the pieces exclusive to Merci, such as the iconic YSL safari jacket, reissued here in khaki and white - and specially selected vintage treasures.

So a heavenly place with a philanthropic vocation? so I can shop and leave the store feeling good knowing i have done good…perfect.

MERCI, 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais - 3rd
Tel : 00 33 1 42 77 00 33
Open daily Monday to Saturday 10am-8pm
Metro Saint Sébastien Froissard 

Have you been to Merci? Let me know if you loved it too.

AML xx

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20MarOff

{Type of your Life} Sudtipos

So yesterday I was introduced to Sudtipos An Argentinian based font design and download site....

Go check it out if you love browsing fonts.

If you are looking for bespoke work, you can contact the talented team directly here. 

Happy Tuesday, AML xx

16MarOff

{Just Lovely} Fit for a Wedding

Well hello Friday.

To keep in with the theme of fashion on a Friday, as a bit of change from celebrating all things in the world of high end fashion luxe, I thought I would share with you my outfit for Wedding Numero Uno this weekend In-The-North.

I'm very excited about it, I can't quite say why..is it because Spring is here {or it feels like it} or just that I get to dress up for the day? not sure, but anyway, taa daa...here is my outfit {high street {well online high street} with the exception of The Bag}..

Soft pastels and killer heels..

Anyway gotta run as off to be waxed, sprayed, glued, gel-ed, dyed and chopped.

Dress from ASOS

Shoes from Zara 

Clutch from Anya Hindmarch

Grey Nails Dior 

Pale Pink Pomander The Knot

Pink and Gold Wedding Invitation from Rifle Paper Co. 

Grey Envelope with Calligraphy PA Scribe

Have a lovely weekend.

AML xx

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