Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A fashionable French fairytale

Could these photographs of Kenzo's Spring / Summer 2009 collection for children possibly be any more beautiful? These dreamy scenes evoke magical fairy-tale favourites such as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and The Secret Garden.

Photographed by Mario Sorrenti.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Feathering the nest

Some more lovely and inspiring bird themed custom wallpapers from UK company Wonder Walls.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hiccups in the Domayne Winter Homewares catalogue

A great double page packed with Hiccups products appeared in the latest Domayne homewares catalogue.

'Retro Robots' quilt cover set, coverlet and accessories, 'Train Tracks' flannelette, and 'Hoopla Circus' flannelette.

'The Circus is in Town' quilt cover set.

Dutch Door Press from Chronicle Books

I have a couple of lovely letterpress prints from the talented designers of Dutch Door Press, so I'm happy to hear that they have expanded their range into stationery items such as this Birthday Book and Labels & Stickers collection, published by Chronicle Books

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Sandberg Tapeter's gorgeous Georg bird print as seen on Design Mom's excellent blog. You can also see this post at Mahers Drygoods blog, a great place for all things hand crafted for children.

Vintage wallpapers

Softly coloured vintage hand-printed wallpapers from UK company Hamilton Weston.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Liberty & Co in the Fifties and Sixties

Liberty and Co. in the Fifties and Sixties: A Taste for Design by Anna Buruma is a treasure trove of the wonderful Liberty fabric designs from this era. Boldly coloured, exotic, and avant garde - many of the top designers of the period such as Lucienne Day, Colleen Farr, Jacqueline Groag and Robert Stewart were commissioned by Liberty & Co. to create cutting edge designs for furnishing and fashion fabrics.
This book gives a great insight into a less well-recognised moment in the history of Liberty & Co, a moment filled with riotous Carnaby Street patterns as well as the colourful revivals of Art Nouveau, Orientalism and Art Deco styles.

'Mirabelle' designed by Gillian Farr for Liberty & Co. 1962

'Prunella' designed in 1965

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Marie Claire Maison - wallpaper love

Cockatoos, Cacato├Ęs....(how ever you may say it) this is a gorgeous design!

Bon Ton Paris

Lovely images from the chic Parisian shop for kids - BonTon.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Decorating with birds

'Georg' is an exquisite hand printed fabric design from Swedish company Sandberg Tapeter.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Go Fetch!

A new fleece throw starring three of our favourite 'Kennel Club' dogs.

Hiccups in Sunday Life Magazine - The Age and Sydney Morning Herald!

Here is the Hiccups advertisement which appeared in the Sunday Life magazine in Melbourne and Sydney on the weekend.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Leo Lionni

I love the fact that so many classic children's picture books from the 50's and 60's are being re-issued for a whole new generation of children (and designers!) to enjoy.
Leo Lionni is a fine example of an author and illustrator whose work is now enjoying a resurgence of interest. Lionni (1910-1999) wrote and illustrated more than 40 children's books from 1959 onwards, including Swimmy, Frederick, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, and An Extraordinary Egg. He was a four-time Caldecott Honor winner and recipient of the American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal.
Tico and the Golden Wings (1964) is one of my favourite Lionni titles, and is illustrated in a wonderful dot and stroke painterly effect. Learn more about Lionni's picture books at the Random House Kids website.

Robots on the wall

Robots, robots, robots. These re-positional wall stickers create a fun space for boys. And don't forget Harris and Steve, our wacky robot novelty cushions!

Mocchi Mocchi - Japanese prints

After purchasing a couple of gorgeous Mocchi Mocchi cards from Woodmasterne, I wandered onto the Mocchi Mocchi website to find these lovely hand silk-screened post cards for sale. I received my order last week, and these artworks are even more beautiful in real life; printed onto hand-made rice paper and wrapped in layers of tissue paper. I have just dropped them into the local framers - I can't wait to hang them on my lounge room wall.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Muchacha clothing for girls

Kooky and fun designs for girls from Japanese company Muchacha. Great website too!

And a little more pink, turquoise and red...

....the new Hiccups 'Fairytale Toadstool' cushion.

Turquoise, red and pink

I love these fresh colours for a little girl's bedroom.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy St Patrick's Day!


A favourite design by William Morris, beautifully styled for the 21st century by Swedish Stylist Catherine Ekstrom.

'Trellis' (1864) was the first wallpaper designed by William Morris. View the William Morris & Co. collection of fabrics and wallpapers here.

Hoopla Circus

'Hoopla Circus' is our new cosy flannelette design for Winter 09: jam-packed with traditional circus goodness.

Here is the design in process...

And the finished result!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Greetings 70's style

Birthday cards, greeting cards, thank-you cards: I realised on the weekend that I have collected and kept pretty much every item of decorative card that has ever come my way! My collection includes sickly sweet Strawberry Shortcake scented birthday cards, Holly Hobbie-orama, painted kitties and puppies, 80's girls listening to the latest tapes (Now you are a teenager!), and many hazy water colour garden scenes, irises being particularly represented. None of these seem to have the same appeal as the stash of engagement and wedding cards belonging to my parents and recently 're-found'. Here are a few of my favourite 1970's engagement cards.

Tractor action

Here is our 'Field Days' bed linen design for boys, available now from the Pillowtalk website. 

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Le Cadeaux des Parisiens

Bon Jour! Les cadeaux des Parisiens is another of my recent Amazon Japan birthday purchases, and is a lovely little insight into gift giving and chic living, Parisian style. It also includes a great shopping guide to Paris. 
The star of this book can be seen at the lovely French blog Octobre Rose.