Marble

28th October 2014

Do you know where marble comes from?

No, neither did I until I watched this short film by Italian film maker, Yuri Ancarani.

‘Il Capo’ (The Chief) shows the boss of a marble quarry in the Italian Apuan Alps, directing diggers as they free ginormous slabs of marble from the mountains. It’s mesmerising and beautiful.

(Thanks Dad. via Nowness)

Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar 2015

27th October 2014

cats let nothing darken their roar 2015 Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar 2015

It’s that time of year again guys. The 2015 Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar calendar is on sale.

They’re doing a special price for October which is even more incentive to get organised for next year.

Have a look at the new version here.

PS. I’m halfway through designing a BringMeJoy calendar for 2015 also. If it’s finished in time I’ll show you how it turns out…

Something Peach

27th October 2014

something peach blog free diy wrapping paper Something Peach

I stumbled across Jinny Park’s blog, Something Peach a couple of weeks ago and have been meaning to share it with you guys since.

This Melbourne based designer has all kinds of sweet things on her site, including these awesome wrapping paper designs to download.

Lovely.

Uimi

24th October 2014

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I’ve been having a bit of thing for knitted things recently (which is slightly bad timing seeing as we’re heading into 6 months of 30• Cape Town summer days and nights) but that’s ok. I can still look and well, knitted cushions are good all year round, right?

Uimi is a Melbourne based knit studio and I am absolutely loving the colours and patterns on their homeware collection.

Their online store is set to open soon and in the meantime you can find other online stockists of Uimi here.

Hong Kong

1st October 2014

hong kong umbrella revolution Hong Kong

Today I am supporting Hong Kong in the struggle for democracy.

I am so proud of its students, its people and the power a peaceful and passionate protest can have.

So wish I could be there to show my support in person.

#UmbrellaRevolution #OccupyCentral #StayStrongHongKong

The Dog Street

1st October 2014

the dog street collars leads waterproof The Dog Street

I’m so excited to share this post with you guys today! It’s been a long time in the making but one of my most favourite projects to date is now up and running!

The Dog Street is a serious labour of love by one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met – a kiwi girl called Margot. Some people would say she has a bit of a thing for dogs (to give you a small idea the tables at her wedding where named after dogs which I designed and made graphics for…!) and she really does.

While living in Hong Kong she took home 2 rescue dogs, Stanley and Rosy, and when her family moved back to New Zealand last year she thought nothing of taking them with her. Sadly Rosy is now in doggy heaven, but Stanley Keegan (General Dogsbody at The Dog Street and the inspiration behind the brand) is alive and well, if not a little grumpy in his old age.

Yesterday was the official launch of www.thedogstreet.com.

Margot and Stanley’s online store sells stylish but functional dog collars and leads and the WET DOG™ Collection is a waterproof, stinkproof range for all the cool dogs out there. Margot’s passion for dog rescue is tied into the Forever Home design, as well as through their promise to pay $1 from every collar sold to a monthly dog rescue charity.

I’m really rooting for this little startup and I hope you guys can spread the word to any dog owners out there. These collars aren’t just colourful and fun, they’re also super practical and the $1 for a collar campaign is awesome. PLUS they ship to anywhere in the world.

Because dog’s are for life. Not until they get too big, you have to move house, or you have a human baby.

Check out The Dog Street here and if you want to see what Stanley’s up to, you can follow his mutt-erings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Kim Keever

26th September 2014

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I’ll leave you with these beautiful images over the weekend.

Kim Keever’s Abstract series is just divine.

I would absolutely love one for our wall.

(via It’s Complicated)

Super Green Smoothies

25th September 2014

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Here’s a little shout out and congratulations to the lovely Maha on the launch of her and her sister’s new book!

Maha and her sister Sally Obermeder, founder of awesome Aussie blog swiish have just released their e-book, Super Green Smoothies. It’s full of colourful photos and yummy sounding recipes, and after buying a copy this afternoon I’m so excited to try them all out.

These 2 gorgeous ladies have somehow managed to make kale, spinach and brussel sprout smoothies sound sexy. I’m impressed!

Buy your own copy here.

 

Rankin

25th September 2014

rankin french weightwatches Rankin

I have a bit of a thing for images of mouths by Rankin so I was happy to find these (2012) ads for French WeightWatchers.

So stylish, sexy and French. Although they make me want to eat sweets so I’m not sure how convincing they work as advertising.

DIY Emoji Balloons

22nd September 2014

diy emoji balloons DIY Emoji Balloons

Here’s a happy start to Monday morning. DIY Emoji Balloons. Aren’t they amazing?

Check out the cutest tutorial ever on Studio DIY on how to make your own.

I love that Kelly (the founder of Studio DIY) is so obsessed about these little guys that they’re now living in her car because her better half Jeff won’t let them back in the house! Awww!

(via StudioDIY)

Until the Kingdom Comes

18th September 2014

until the kingdom comes Until the Kingdom Comes

These images by Simen Johan from his Until the Kingdom Comes series have left me breathless.

It seems this work has been around for a while and the Scandanavian born, New Yorker actually exhibited this series last year, but like everything internet related it’s come around again and I’m so pleased it has!

His attention to detail and his image manipulation is divine and I can’t wait to receive his book that I just ordered.

Until the Kingdom Comes was published this year with a limited run of 750. If you’re feeling flush, shell out for the special edition, 75 copies, signed and boxed.

(via Fubiz)

Ollie Lucas

16th September 2014

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Don’t you think this painting by Australian artist Ollie Lucas is very Between the Neon and the Sea?

Check out more of his work here.

Suzelle DIY

15th September 2014

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I heart Suzelle!

I found one of Suzelle’s DIY videos this afternoon and I haven’t been able to stop watching her.

Her DIY tips are funny, inspiring and (somewhat surprisingly) useful. I’ve been laughing all afternoon!

One of my favourites – How to peel a lot of apples.

Love it.

Happy Friday

12th September 2014

gif dance party Happy Friday

Build your own GIF Dance Floor #speechless

What a way to end the week! Thank you Alex (aka Fuzzy Wobble) for building such a weird and awesome site.

Check out my dance floor here.

(Thanks Justin)

Picassos in the Park

12th September 2014

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Back in July my amazing BFF Laura and one of her lovely friends Chloe, organised and ran a 4 week art course every Saturday morning in London’s Kennington Park.

Picassos in the Park is aimed at 5 – 10 year olds and inspires the budding little artists to get creative through painting, drawing and collage. Each week focuses on a new artist and so far they’ve explored Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet and of course, Picasso.

The first course was so successful they’re running a second course beginning tomorrow. If you’d like more information check out their Facebook page or send them an email … and to see some of the cute artworks from July’s course have a look at Laura’s blog – Cellandia at home.

The thought of learning about art for the first time and experiencing the excitement of creating a masterpiece makes me wish I was 5 years old again!

Good luck with your new course girls! x

Dion Horstmans

11th September 2014

dion horstman Dion Horstmans

I meant to write about Australian sculptor and artist Dion Horstmans a long time ago but at usual, got distracted somewhere along the way…

The good news is however, that yesterday one of my all time favourite websites The Design Files featured Dion’s home and reminded me to show you guys how awesome his work is. I absolutely love his geometric sculptures and the fact that are a lot of them are neon is an added bonus!

If you have a minute take a look at Dion’s work (Bub, I’m thinking 3rd year anniversary art…?!) and be sure to check out the amazing stuff happening over at The Design Files. The designers, brands, products and homes they feature are the ultimate in design inspiration.

Bib&Sola

9th September 2014

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I’ve had a bit of a thing for carafé sets recently, after picking up an amazing little vintage set while we were in France.

This Ash set in white by London store Bib&Sola is also pretty special.

Nana x Pichulik

8th September 2014

pichulik south africa Nana x Pichulik

On the 18th of August my Nana turned 90 years old. I can’t even imagine being 50, let alone 90.

For her birthday we sent her this Pichulik Brass Braid necklace. I thought if any 90 year old could pull off a necklace made of brass and yachting rope it would be Nana. She’s the second oldest person I know but still one of the most stylish.

I’m so happy we finally had an excuse to buy one of these local Cape Town necklaces, but more importantly that she loved it. Cool huh?

Subterranean London

5th September 2014

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I thought these images from a new book called Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital were too amazing not to share, so I’ve finally come out of my blogging hibernation. Hello friends!

London is an amazing enough city above ground and although I knew of old tube stations and lines no longer in use, this book shows a beautiful insight into the city’s underground world. The work on the new Cross Rail system is also fascinating to see, as well as the old advertising that is still found in some of the stations.

Written by Bradley Garrett with a forward by Will Self, you can purchase a copy here.

(via BuzzFeed)

Hong Kong • July 1st Protest

3rd July 2014

This timelapse of protesters in Hong Kong on Tuesday is really something else.

It’s strangely beautiful and very inspiring.

(Thanks Mum)

It’s been a while…

9th May 2014

holy moly Its been a while...

So it seems like I’m apologising once more for being a terrible blogger. Oh dear.

There are a bunch of excuses I could use – some relevant (I’ve been crazy busy with work), some not so much (I’ve been away / I’m actually quite a lazy person / I haven’t been feeling inspired to blog) and they’re all true.

Arriving home from Hong Kong earlier this week I found myself super busy with work again, but I also realised that I need to give my personal design stuff a bit more time, love and energy…because you should live what you love, right? My mantraband reminds me of it every day.

So, I know BTN needs a serious update both in design and content, and that’s next on my list. Perhaps it can be the first thing I cross off my List33? Which I’ll explain about later…

Stay tuned my neon friends (and thanks for sticking around ♥)

erin x

BigKid

11th February 2014

big kid wall plaques cape town BigKid

Last week I discovered Durban designer BigKid. These awesome wall plaques are handmade from Jesmonite and sprayed in eco-friendly paint.

How cooooool are they?

Check out BigKid on Etsy to see the rest of the collection and if you live in Cape Town, Loop Street’s cool new store Stable also stocks them.

Rankin

6th February 2014

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Here’s a bit of Rankin love on a Thursday afternoon.

Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)

5th February 2014

venice pulpo venitian cookbook Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)

In the new year we spent a night in Venice and oh my god, wow. It was breathtaking and I fell in love. With only 24 hours we walked and ate, and walked and drank espresso, and walked and ate gelato and walked and walked and walked. And took a million photos.

So Polpo is essentially a Venetian bàcaro but in London, with locations in Soho, Covent Garden and Smithfields. We visit the Smithfields one every time we’re in town and the sexy decor, combined with food to die for makes it one of our favourite places.

Anyway – I thought it would be a good idea to get Si the Polpo recipe book for Christmas, which turned out to be a great idea actually. He cooked from it on Saturday night and everything was delicious. The book itself is not only beautiful: printed on gorgeous paper with a lovely chain bound spine … it includes all of the recipes we love too. Hooray!

It also has a whole section on awesome cafes in Venice which we unfortunately didn’t realise while we were there. Oh well. We can reminisce over Arancini and Pork and Fennel Meatballs at home instead ;)

Check it out here.

Robin Hammond

4th February 2014

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Today I wanted to tell you about our friend Robin Hammond. A photo journalist whose work focuses on humanitarian and human rights issues, Robin has recently had two books published…

Zimbabwe: Your wounds will be named silence

This book is filled with photographs and stories of Zimbabwe’s displaced families, war torn countryside and collapsed farms and industries. The hauntingly beautiful images filled me equally with horror and awe, and emphasised just how much the savagery of Mugabe’s reign has all but destroyed what was once one of Africa’s most influential countries.

This work has also featured in National Geographic, won him the prestigious Carmignac Foundation Award and was selected by Time Magazine as one of the best photobooks of 2013.

Buy it here.

Condemmed – Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis

Photographed over seven years across nine African countries, this book shows a disturbing view of the mentally ill in Africa while giving voices to some of the most powerless people in the world. By buying a copy of Condemned and suggesting a person or company for it to be sent to, you can also help raise awareness of this alarmingly neglected issue.

Buy it here.

Both of these books are now on our bookshelf and I would like to gently encourage you guys to share them with as many people as possible. It takes someone special like Robin to capture these images but we can all help play a part in raising awareness, by passing on his photographs and their stories.