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Tutti-frutti posters

Hello everyone,
Summer is just around the corner and we want colours, freshness and vitality!
I’m very happy to present you my latest collection of watercolor posters called “Tutti-Frutti”.
The fruits are very trendy lately and I couldn’t resist working on this vibrant theme.

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Shop here Watermelon  |  Lemon  |  Pears  |  Star fruit
Poster size: 29.7x42cm (A3)
Illustration size: 20x29cm (A4)
Printed on uncoated 140gr recycled paper

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It is also the occasion to talk about the different ways to display an illustration, here is a little selection from our Pinterest board Hang it.

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Shopping tips!
- Wooden poster hangers and clipboards can be purchased at Ferm living ( free tax and delivery to Hong Kong)
- A cheaper and local alternative for poster hangers here and clipboards for only HK$9.5 here !

Image sources from Pinterest: Charlotte love’s styling | heartfishpress_etsy |pourmesjolismomes.com | stilinspiration.blogspot.se

 


More green!

We need more green and the 2015 trends confirm this!
Shelves, trolleys, lighting fixtures, random objects or even bathtubs… To my delight, plants are everywhere.
Plants represent for me an endless source of inspiration and you may find them in my designs. They have the ability to immediately brighten up and bring life to any space.Use them, with excess! It’s never enough.

I have included below a selection of pictures that inspired me. More to be found on our Pinterest board “green”

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by Loose Leaf in collaboration with The Planthunter - Trouvé sur thedesignfiles-net
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Image sources: loose leaf & Planthunter on designfiles.net, monroseechoes.tumblr.com, lapetitecabochonne.tumblr.com, ELLE Decoration, Happyinteriorblog.com, Palm by studiopepe on trendland.com


DIY – green wall

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Today I will show you how to do a green wall in a couple of hours! This tutorial is  great for those who don’t have a green thumb but who nonetheless would like to enjoy a bit of greenery in their homes.
First and foremost, you need to let go of your preconceptions about artificial plants. If they are well chosen, they can make out a very satisfying visual. Using artificial plants allows us to avoid many hassles: no creepy bugs, no need for sunlight or water. And you can go on vacation with peace of mind: your plants will look the same when you come back!

What you will need for this project:
- wire mesh (as much as needed to cover your wall – leaving a 15 cm space on each side)
- Brackets/wooden planks (not larger than a baseboard)
- Staple gun
- Silicone gun and white color silicone
- Double-sided tape
- Several batches of artificial plants, for a 40x40cm square foresee 8 pieces of plants
- Wire and wire cutters

STEP1, Mounting the wire mesh panel
Begin by gluing two wooden planks to the wall, 15cm from the ceiling and 15 cm from the bottom of the wall.
- Apply the double-sided tape and the silicone all over the upper plank then place it on the wall (remember to place it 15cm away from the ceiling)
- Do the same for the lower plank (again placing it 15cm away from the base of the wall)
- Allow 45min for the silicone to dry, then you can staple the wire mesh to the wooden planks (If you don’t want to use silicone, you could simply drill holes and screw the planks to the wall).

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STEP 2, Arranging the plants
- For better results, try to find at least seven kinds of artificial plants (different sizes, colors and textures), which you will place following an irregular pattern as you can see on the sketch below.
- I suggest using plants with large leafs at the bottom of the panel and the ones with longer and more narrow leafs at the top.
- Place the plants on the panel and tie them with wire if needed.
- Open up the leaves of your plants to cover all  the wire mesh.

And there you go!

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The green wall you can see in the pictures below is located in our bathroom, which is like a corridor. It’s a long and narrow space.
In order to bring life to the back wall, I had designed a “planter closet” with storage in the bottom and a box for plants in the upper part. I did not want to use the whole wall to put my plants because I still needed storage space in the bathroom. half a wall was more than enough for my indoor fake garden. Plus, all the plants reflect on the mirror facing them which makes the space seem deeper and the plants more abundant.

My dream would be to have one day a bathroom that opens up on a garden. In the meantime, I really enjoy this little wall which I can even see it from my bedroom.
Nature (even fake!) can really upgrade a space. Use it without moderation!

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Here an other realisation using the same process (office in Chai Wan) :
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Wall storage

Hello hello!

It has been a while since I have last published an article about my latest inspirations or any post for that matter! The past days have been rather hectic. I have been working on several projects and already making plans for September. It is going to be very special! I will tell you more about it very soon…

Before we dive into today’s inspiration board, a quick feedback on the sale we organized last week. Thank you so much to everybody who made it (or has tried to ^^). We have been able to raise enough funds to finance two large deliveries. I had not organized a sale in a long time and it was so much fun to move out of the e-shop format and get to meet people. You can check out pictures of the day on our Facebook page.

Well, today I want to talk to you about wall storage and how it can be creative and functional at the same time. From a simple shelf to an unusual object, the options are endless.

Here is a little selection that I hope will inspire you:

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Creative design is at its best when everyday objects serve other purposes. And that’s how milk crates, pipes and even wire baskets can be used as wall storage. When recycling meets creative design…
For even more inspiring pictures, take a moment to visit our “wall storage” board on Pinterest.
Have a great week end!

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Photo sources:101woonideen.nl, keltainentalorannalla.blogspot, homelife.com.au, mariemersier.com, fromscandinaviawithlove.tumblr.com, newzelanddesignblog.com, suitupordie.com, bleubirdblog.com


In love with…

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1. Note books – from HK$80 - über tunique
2&3 . Ecological paint (100ml) – HK$80 , Ref Dragibus color - 513 paint shop
4. Neon sign sold per letter – HK$398 per letter (+ HK$650 for the 12letters transformer / HK$320 for the 3 letters transformer) – Mr Blacksmith
5. Wrapping paper 57x44cm – HK$20 über tunique
6. Red pendant light (available in green color too) – HK$720 - Homeless
7. Black rubber bucket for storage, painting… – HK$8 !!! - local paint shop on Lee Chung street, Chai Wan

 


DIY – tone on tone frame wall

Here is a Do-It-Yourself wall project that I thought I would share with you guys. This tone on tone frame wall will have lots of impact on walls located in hallways, staircases and entrances. It is easy to achieve and personalize.

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I actually made it in my workshop because I wanted to create a display to showcase our latest products and inspirations. Because it was mounted on a wall located by a window, I did not hesitate to use a rich color, the well-named “flamingo” by Dulux.

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I like to mix and match frames of different sizes and shapes. Another fun trick is to integrate objects to add volume to the mural. And the secret to a lively composition is to overflow the frames and vary the media. In addition to or instead of using pictures, you could showcase drawings, papers, or pieces of fabric.
For more inspiration, visit our pinterest board “FRAMES”.

In order to do this project, you will need:
- Paint (for a similar wall, count 1 liter)

– Brushes of different sizes and a paint roller
– Primer to hide any small imperfections
– Frames (here an Ikea frame Söndrum 26x35cm)
- Wooden board (here 40x50cm) and a drawing clip

– A compass for the round poster
– A silicone gun + silicone
– Nails, screws, drill
– A pack of white modeling clay  to make the flowers
– Primer paint to paint the frames and decor items

STEP 1, Prep work
- Protect your floors, baseboards and surrounding walls with a plastic tarp and masking tape.
- Apply primer to damaged areas of the wall if necessary.
- Trace the contour of the frames with a pencil on the wall to make sure your display works well in the space.
- Use a black marker to identify the spots where you will place your nails/screws.
- Shape the flowers (here we made peonies) with the modeling clay  and let them dry for a night.

TIPS: To arrange your display, you can set up all your different elements on the floor and play with different combinations until you find the one that you like best. Another way to do this is to cut out the contours of the frames on kraft paper. You can then tape the different pieces on the wall and switch them around easily!
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STEP 2, Painting
- Start by painting the 4 edges of the wall with a paint brush.
- Then you can use the paint roller to fill the inside of the wall (2-3 layers will be necessary).
- Don’t forget to keep marking the spots where you’ll place your nails in between layers of paint so they won’t disappear.
- Paint the frames and decor elements in the same color as the wall.

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TIPS: Apply a coat of primer on your frames and decor elements to ensure a better adherence of the paint and long-lasting results.

STEP 3, The assembly
- Create a finishing contrast by adding a glossy and transparent sticker to the background (available in our e-boutique). The contrast with the matte paint will bring light and volume to the wall while the use of tone on tone ensures the homogeneity of the overall look of this display of various shapes, media and finishing touches.
- Now it’s time to raise your hammers, drills and guns and place the different elements on the wall.

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TIPS:

- Add a piece of double-sided adhesive tape to the center of the flower and then surround it by a layer of silicone. The tape will maintain the flower on the wall while the silicone dries out, which typically takes a few hours.
– Wait 24 to 48 hours in-between the painting and the installation of the glossy sticker.

STEP 4, Final touches
- Add touches of paint around the nails, screws and the silicone for a cleaner look.
- And for those not afraid to try, make your drawings spill out of their frames by scribbling on the wall!
And there you go ^^
Over to you and don’t forget to send us pictures of your display!

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Photo sources: Marguerite & Gribouilli – centsationalgirl.com via pinterest


A hint of black

Throughout all my projects, I have often noticed the parents’ reluctance to use black in their children’s room.

Black is usually associated with mourning, bad luck and other somber themes but it is also the color of profoundness, elegance, simplicity and eternal chic.

This color has the ability to instantly give a sense of order and a graphic aspect to any space.

Hints of black won’t disturb the cheerfulness of a child’s room. It will rather add a breath of fresh air to these rooms, often saturated with colors found in toys, drawings, etc.

Here is a selection of pictures that I found quite inspiring. I hope it will reconcile some of you with this color. Keep it in mind next time you decorate for your kids!

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More pictures on our pinterest board.

Photo sources: INdieMoon, ForeverLove.com, verycoolphotoblog.com, Deco Peques, Kotipalapeli, everything emily, pinterest, Marguerite&Gribouilli


Tips: Half painted walls

Painting a wall half way up is sometimes the best way to bring a touch of color in a room, without jeopardizing the space. Especially in HK where the size of the rooms can be an issue…

Fully committing to a color on all four walls of a small room can definitely make it look…well….even smaller. Whereas, half painted walls will open up the space and give you more perspective while introducing the little touch of color that your room needs.  It will also highlight your furniture as it adds a great color contrast.

There are many ways to do it, but the golden rule is to avoid painting exactly down the middle of the wall! It just does not look really good. In fact, it is the height of your ceiling that will help you determine the separation line. The higher the ceiling, the larger the painted area could be. And why not having fun with stickers, frames or garlands. The choices are endless.

Below, a few options I really like:

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sources: hey yellow cat, plenty colour.com, cubic refugee tumblr, vtwonem, deco-cool, war by parker class trip pinterest.