Tuesday, 16 July 2019

The Wild & the Tame

I recently got chatting to the lovely Chantelle of independant luxury baby brand
'The Wild & the Tame' and she wanted to let me know about a new limited edition collection they've just released featuring the Paper & Cloth 'Meadow Safari' fabric I designed for Dashwood Studio!

Centred around the two safari themed prints in the collection, Chantelle has handcrafted cot blankets, teething rings and bibs...and they look amazing!


“The imminent return of the Lion King to the big screens will no doubt create a nostalgic draw towards jungle themes for new Mums and Dads, who themselves grew up watching the 1990s classic. 

Animal names and sounds are often some of the first words that toddlers learn, and our safari collection introduces exotic and endangered animals into their little worlds and fast developing vocabularies.”
- Chantelle Laker -


(images above 'Meadow Safari' by Paper & Cloth for Dashwood Studio)

The two safari prints are the latest in a series of nature-inspired fabrics carefully chosen by Chantelle, and follows last year’s prominent woodland animals trend,
which was reflected in The Wild and The Tame’s bestselling prints of 2018. 





Since launching the brand in summer 2018, the product range has expanded to include cot and moses basket blankets, swaddle blankets, milestone blankets, bibs, teething rings, cushions, framed prints and greeting cards, with much more to come.
New limited edition fabrics are selected and released every few months, ranging from subtle gender neutral prints to bold statement designs.
“I spend a lot of time researching and sourcing stunning fabrics, to provide parents seeking products to complete their baby's nursery,
and those looking for unique and thoughtful gifts,
with special items that they can really fall in love with."
- Chantelle Laker -





Chantelle launched The Wild and The Tame whilst pregnant with her second son, searching for a better work-family life balance and keen to rekindle the creativity she had harnessed during a furniture and product design degree years earlier.
Struggling to find blankets and baby accessories in the specific style she was looking for on the high street – delicate, nature-inspired designs that aren't too garish or childish yet not bland either – she set out to create them herself, and now handmakes all of The Wild and The Tame’s products from her home studio in the Kent countryside.




(images above 'Meadow Safari' by Paper & Cloth for Dashwood Studio)

Whilst minimalism is still popular in children’s interiors, there is an increasing shift away from paired back spaces to a more eclectic ‘boho chic’ style, combining neutral tones with pops of colour, playful patterns and mixed textures.
The Wild and The Tame’s products are the perfect way to add striking focal points and statement pieces to baby and toddler nurseries, playrooms and wardrobes.

You can follow The Wild & the Tame on instagram here.
(photography by Foxstar Photography)

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Friday, 5 July 2019

Friday Freebie!

A nice little Friday freebie for you today...


Click here to download desktop wallpaper

(image above © Louise | Love Print Studio)

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Tuesday, 2 July 2019

tara lilly...

Tara Lilly creates the most beautiful gouache paintings and illustrations, full of gorgeous florals and whimsical, charming animals and birds.
Based in Northern California, Tara has always had a love for nature and it's one of her biggest inspirations aswell as folk art, antique textiles and mid century deign.
She loves exploring colour and her designs always have wonderful attention grabbing palettes to 'ooh' and 'ahh' over.
Taras work has been used on products in Anthropologie, Hallmark and MudPuppy, amongst others.
Here are a few current favourites, but be sure to check out more over on her instagram account.











(images above © Tara Lilly)

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Creative Quarters...Dora Cuenca

The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Dora Cuenca.



Dora Cuenca is a Costa Rican illustrator, muralist & print designer currently based in New Jersey.

She is a graphic designer by trade but when she moved to the states she discovered surface design, and she fell in love.
She has spent years experimenting and growing her artistic voice, while raising three little ones. Needles to say motherhood and it’s many aspects are woven into her creative process. 

Drawing & painting provide her with time for reflection as well as act as a release from the day to day.
With reflection comes gratitude/joy and with releasing comes empowerment.
Her narrative illustrations and playful patterns cultivate these emotions, with the use of watercolours, gouache, pens, digital techniques and always a dose of tropical vibes from her native Costa Rica.

Surface design also opened the door for mural commissions.
She has painted murals for Mission Taqueria, Freedom Apothecary in Philadelphia and has been commissioned for a couple of other exciting mural projects this summer. 

She’s currently working on some personal projects, developing a fabric collection and art prints that will be available online soon. 

Dora is available for custom murals and illustrations and would love to connect with other creatives or brands for commissions or collaborations.

Instagram: @dora_cuenca


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I hope you've enjoyed reading a little about Dora,
and seeing a selection of her work.

If youre interested in working with Dora,
or want to get in touch, please visit the links above.

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Friday, 14 June 2019

Colour Crush...

Right, the weather in the UK this week has been beyond awful.
Literally rain, all day, every damn day, urgh.
So, if anything's going to encourage the sun to make a much needed appearance, surely its the last of this weeks colour crush posts.
Here goes...


(image credits clockwise from top left)

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Colour crush...

I'm still loving these peach and apricot tones. They never get old do they?
Just gorgeous combined with soft aqua, teals and a hint of ochre.


(image credits clockwise from top left)

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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Monday, 10 June 2019

A celebration of colour!

I felt it was about time for another full week of colour crush posts.
First up is this lovely little number...
Beautiful sugary pastels. Perfect as we head into warmer weather, dreaming of ice creams and sunny days.


(image credits clockwise from top left)

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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Thursday, 6 June 2019

The Bandit Queen...

The Bandit Queen by Natalia and Lauren O'Hara is a beautiful follow up to their first book 'Hortense and the Shadow'.
The illustrations alone are worth the purchase of this book, with gorgeous detail to be found on every page.
The imaginative story focuses around a group of unruly bandits who take and adopt a little orphan girl and make her their Queen, showering her with all the material things she could want.
But sometimes a little girl needs something more...








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Friday, 24 May 2019

Something for the weekend...

These tasty little morsels can be found over on the Browned Butter Blondie blog.
Oh so good Toffee Chocolate Chunk Cookies full of naughtiness, but what the heck, its the weekend!


(image above ©Browned Butter Blondie)

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Colour crush...

We’ve been having some lovely sun filled days here in the UK lately.
Hopefully todays colour crush post will encourage it to stick around for the bank holiday weekend!



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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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Monday, 20 May 2019

Paper & Cloth at Blueprint...

Its showtime again for Paper & Cloth!
Blueprint kicks off today, and the lovely Laura and Chloe will be there with the SS20 portfolio.
If you're heading to the show...enjoy!


(image above ©Paper & Cloth Design Studio)

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Thursday, 9 May 2019

Kristina Kemenikova...

Kristina Kemenikova is a self taught illustrator based in Slovakia. Using both digital techniques and traditional methods, her work very often features her personal loves, plants and greenhouses.
There are so many lovely little details in Kristinas work, especially in her recent series of greenhouse illustrations on instagram. They're just beautiful! Many of which are available as art prints in her etsy shop.









(images above © Kristina Kemenikova)

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Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Cannonball Coralie...

Cannonball Coralie and the Lion written and illustrated by Grace Easton is just a delight of a book!
Coralie longs to join the circus but the very bossy, unimpressed man in the big hat says her tricks aren't good enough.
A carnival of colour and celebrations, each page is beautifully illustrated, and tells the story of Coralie and her blossoming friendship with her pal, the wonderful lion, who helps her realise she's perfect, just the way she is.











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