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February 2015

Garden, Projects

Green Dreams

February 28, 2015
Garden Mood

One of the highlights of my year when I lived in England was the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The perfect rectangles of paradise that are the show gardens are nothing but inspirational, and I was lucky enough to have a proper English garden of my own in which to put this inspiration into practice. No such luck here in Australia. Until now. I finally have my very own patch of, well, frankly it’s brown at the moment, but it’s a blank canvas onto which I will paint my ideas over the coming months and years. First task is clearing away the builders’ rubble and adding delicious topsoil, before laying irrigation and rolling out the emerald turf I’ve been dreaming about for most of the recently finished build.

And while Australian native plants are drought and frost tolerant (vital in Canberra) I’ve never really veered from my favourite Mediterranean plants in my vision for this patch. I’ve picked snow pears as my tree of choice, with sandstone pavers, off white walls and copper/rusted steel edging, so all that remains is the planting plan. This mood board represents my idea for a silver, green & purple scheme that will feature a mix of structured balls of green with the loose purple spires of salvia and lavender, russet and blue grasses and heavily scented herbs such as purple sage and rosemary.

Photos of progress will follow when there’s anything more than brown to show…

Branding, Packaging

Split Personality

February 28, 2015
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The innovative graphic design team at La Tortillería in Mexico have completed a branding project for Tamarindo, an architect owned & run café in Spain. The venue has two functions – by day, a snack destination and by night, a tapas bar. The split brand design represents this dual function, but it is the simplicity of design and the subtlety of colour (selected to reflect relaxed afternoons and warm vibrant evenings) which makes this brand stand out to me. The branding can be seen across the signage, packaging and menus, right down to receipts and coasters, giving a truly consistent visual message, and a standout one at that.

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Branding, Colour, Projects

In the Mood

February 4, 2015

Here’s the mood board for a brochure I’m working on. The brand words are feminine, natural, contemporary and textural. This has led me on a search of relevant images (thanks to all the fabulous designers and photographers who constantly make the internet such a rich source of inspiration). The result is a combination of hand-finished, collaged and water coloured designs, big landscapes and soft contrasts with a small touch of industrial. The colour palette has organically stemmed from these images to include pastels that aren’t too powdery and moody greys with a strong dash of charcoal and coral to add substance.

Design, Packaging

Tea’s Shirt

February 1, 2015

I’ve been doing a lot of packaging research lately, and sometimes a simple box can stop me in my tracks. The Seventh Duchess, an Australian company that sells tea, candles, beauty products and more claims to believe in the “art of quality”. Well, I definitely believe in the quality of their art, because three of their tea products have packaging that captures the perfect atmosphere. Great product photography too.