Starting, finishing and enjoying a homemade crafty project is such a satisfying way to use your spare time (this is part of the reason why I love cooking). I recently stumbled upon this fabulously creative blog. It’s full of easy-to-do crafty DIY ideas, like these paint-dipped picnic bottles above. Visit Oh So Beautiful Paper, and prepare to be whisked away into a delightfully distracting DIY world.
2. Peg Board
I’m often on the look out for handy storage solutions for small spaces – especially tiny kitchens – so I was immediately drawn to this wooden peg board by the Human | Crafted design team. Just the right amount of classic design, modern aesthetic, and usefulness! Read more about the peg board design here.
Storage inspiration continues! I’m definitely someone who works best when I can mix my workspace up. Whether it’s a change of scene from my desk to the couch for a bit, or a spot of sunshine on the deck, I try to move around. This adjustable workspace (the Your Position office is designed by Not Just Chairs) could be used in a home office or a workspace environment. I love that you can sit or stand to use the desk space.
Paris is notorious for its summer closures, when the city shuts up shop and goes on holiday, for basically the entire month of August. Although thanks to Paris By Mouth, you can browse this guide to find out which restaurants are staying open (and surprisingly it’s a lot more than previous years). And the Paris By Mouth newsletter is a lovely round-up of all things Parisian, too.
One of my online discoveries this month was the ‘Subjective’ fashion documentary interview series. Illustrious photographer and director Nick Knight interviews some very famous faces (from Alek Wek to Kate Moss) in the video series. The project reveals some intriguing insights behind-the-scenes of some of the fashion world’s most iconic shoots (note: some of the fashion shoots featured are NSFW).
7. Astier de Villatte short film
I always seem to find something interesting on the It’s Nice That feed, and this little short film is no exception. My set of Astier de Villatte ceramic plates are some of my most prized possessions in my kitchen, and I am so impressed by the craftsmanship and attention to detail. Have a look at this sneak peek into this quirky and creative French atelier (film by creative agency North Sea Air). Can’t wait for the full length film release. And a petite heads up: this film will have you itching to buy a Eurostar ticket to Paris immediately!
I love all things design, and this tube map guide to board games caught my eye. Looking forward to checking out Draughts, London’s first board game cafe in Hackney.
House of Illustration, located in King’s Cross, presents a wonderful retrospective of Quentin Blake’s work. You’ll recognise some familiar faces from his work with Roald Dahl (from Danny the Champion of the World to the weirdly wicked world of The Twits), and the exhibition also showcases Blake’s own personal work, and some amazing drafts and preliminary sketches. I’m always fascinated how illustrators start their creative process, and this is a unique look behind-the-scenes. You’ll find exhibition and location details here (it’s running until November 2).
This is a brilliant idea (you might have spotted it via my Monday musings blog post). A desk designed to double up as a backpack to carry school books for children in impoverished communities in India, the Help Desk project brings together the best elements of sustainability, community engagement and design. Find out more here.