Archive for ‘inspiration’

This year we’re starting a new feature on the blog showcasing some of our favorite local shops, eateries, and spots in both San Francisco and London. We’re kicking off with a unique vintage shop in Cole Valley called Tantrum. From the moment we first saw the circus themed window display and sign, to the precious stop-motion video of their shop, it’s definitely a new favorite. Tantrum, located on 858 Cole Street, has a sweet collection of mid-century and vintage items for kids of all ages.

They not only carry awesome kids stuff, but one-of-a-kind housewares for moms and dads too! We’re really digging all the rich colors in this photo.

We fell in love with them once we saw the sneak peek on Modern Kiddo, then when we saw co-owners Amanda and Michelle in these vintage get-ups and it kept getting better. They gave a fabulous Q & A and we can’t wait to get our hands on some of their goodies.

Check out this stop-motion video of the space!


Tantrum from Paul Trillo on Vimeo.

They must have such a good time working together. Check out Tantrum at 858 Cole Street in San Francisco!

It’s getting colder and the days are getting shorter, meaning we’re gearing up for the winter months ahead. Snow is falling in many parts of the world creating a gorgeous white backdrop for our favorite winter weddings. There’s something very romantic about a winter ceremony, whether it’s the peacefulness of the seasons or that friends and family slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite Pins from Pinterest in a Winter Wedding Roundup. Getting engaged this season? Winter is a beautiful time to say “I do,” so take a peek at these images for inspiration for 2013.

Photo Credits: Winter Bouquet / Paramount D’Orsays HeelsVintage Lace Letterpress Wedding Invitation / Papineau Calligraphy / Favor Wraps / Elie Saab Dress / Lace Bunting / Cake

This romantic garden wedding has inspired us in many ways. From the delicate florals and the gorgeous scenery provided by Bear Flag Farm, to the subtle hues of pink and sage, we’ve found ourselves captivated by every last detail. Melissa and Jay truly executed a marvelous event and we feel fortunate to have been a part of it. Their wedding stationery inspired us to create the Midsummer wedding suite, a simple yet elegant floral design perfect for the modern bride and groom. You can read more about this wedding over at wedding Elizabeth Anne Designs and see more lovely photos by Lisa Lefkowitz.

Pictured here is the original letterpress printed invitation for Melissa and Jay, now called Midsummer. The classic champagne and charcoal ink colors create a for a delicate,  contemporary design.

What a picture perfect day. Complete with olive oil favors and a night of dancing, we’d say this wedding is one to remember. Congratulations Melissa and Jay!

Photography by Lisa Lefkowitz

These lovely illustrations by London based artist Charlotte Trounce have us giddy with design envy. The whimsical, hand-painted illustrations are definitely up our alley, and we’re crazy about her compositions and bold color palettes. Plus, they embody some of our favorite things about Hello!Lucky’s second home.

Charlotte created this alphabet in honor of the 2012 London Olympics. Hilarious! To see more of her work, head over to

Agesandages – No Nostalgia from Philippe Tytgat on Vimeo.
Is there a new genre brewing in the design world? It seems the art of chalk lettering has become quite the trend, so we’re unofficially crowning this video the king of the unofficial genre “Chalkography.” The music video for Agesandages called No Nostalgia has to be one of the most inspiring typography videos we’ve seen lately. French artist Philippe Tytgat hand lettered the lyrics to No Nostalgia making for a totally original and compelling visual story.

But don’t take our word for it, watch and see for yourself!

Found via Molly Jacques Illustration

Has everyone been introduced to Darling Clementine‘s new collection Harvest? If not, we’re delighted to do the honors. We’ve been huge fans of Darling Clementine since long before they agreed to be a guest designer for our 2011 Holiday Collection, and were thrilled when they wanted to work with our team. Harvest, a collection of prints, cards, gift wrap (and more!) is a perfect way to welcome the fall and winter seasons. The pairing of cool blues and grays with warm reds and pinks makes us melt with design envy. Check out the Harvest collection right here!

Set of 8 single greeting cards

Harvest gift wrap

Harvest poster

Set of 6 greeting cards

Harvest 2013 Calendar


Never thought you’d have a sweet tooth for art, would you? Modern pastry chefs are breaking ground with painterly wedding cakes. We can’t think of a better way to express yourself on your big day than with a work of art on your dessert table. It’s amazing what food coloring can accomplish these days, and with stunners like this rosy wonder (shown above, by Amelie’s House), it’s clear these chefs can do anything.

This dramatic ombre style by Charm City Cakes (found via Design Sponge) tops the charts. Duff and Co. certainly know how to have fun with their tasty treats, but this four-tiered beauty is – in all seriousness – beautiful.

It’s true we may favorite the soft florals and vintage style, but this graphic silhouette cake by My Sweet and Saucy would be perfect for a bold and whimsical wedding.

Of course the team at Martha Stewart Weddings has a spot on our list, impressing us again with this french silk ribbon cake. It is retro and modern, with a subtle ikat texture, and would dazzle the dessert table at any occasion. All of these cakes are found in our Wedding Cake board on Pinterest. Check it out here for more cake love!

Wedding season may be coming to an end soon, but we know how important it is to plan ahead. Seasonal trends will come and go but once you’ve chosen your wedding invitations it’s easy to create a complete look. We’re still busy pinning inspiration around some of our most popular wedding invitation designs. Our Pinterest Wedding Inspiration Boards are a great way to develop a look without aimlessly scrolling through image after image. Whether you’re having a bright modern wedding or a rustic, natural wedding, our inspiration boards have lots to offer. Above is a mini collage of our favorite images from our Big Day Inspiration Board. This wedding invitation speaks loudly to our fans, and with the whimsical wording and bold typeface it’s a shoe-in for a splashy event.

Photo credits clockwise from top left: Drink Straws / Favor Bags / Wedding Shoes / Big Day Wedding Invitation + Save the Date / Heart Programs

Our Lavender Harvest wedding invitation has all the sweet and delicate details that make a rustic wedding look elegant. Designed by Shelley Laband, its colorful illustrations make coordinating wedding details a cinch. Check out the Lavender Harvest Inspiration Board for more matching decor ideas and lovely photos.

Photo credits clockwise from top left: Lavender Harvest wedding suite / Lavender Boutonniers / Wedding Photo / Lavender Cake / Lavender Lemonade 

As parents and adults, we encourage creativity and imagination for kids. One of the most treasured activities we remember growing up is building forts. Nothing brought more joy than gathering blankets, pillows, towels, cushions, and any item that could turn the bedroom into a private fortress, much to our parents chagrin. The mess was a handful, but the end product always made great memories. Now our favorite childhood pastime has turned into a sophisticated and trendy home accessory. These talented bloggers and parents have shared images of their own indoor tents and they’re pitching a frenzy among crafty moms around the web. The tent above takes teepee to a whole new level. Found via Black Eiffel from Frank Features, those stars are a fun addition to any kids room.

This A-frame tent made by Rubyellen of My Cakies is a simple DIY and can easily be broken down and stored. With elastic bands sewn to the corners and washable fabrics, this tent makes parent playtime a cinch and kids playtime a dream come true.

Tifanie of Noddyboom used thrift store found sweaters and textiles for her whimsical teepee style tent.

This photo of Eva’a red striped tent (found via Spearmint Baby via Happiness is Eva) takes the cake. The structured foundation, the bold stripes, the velcro fasteners, it’s all tent perfection. You can get your own tent over at An Angel at my Table.

It’s officially Fashion Week and we’re gearing up for some major trend watching. Although we may not be hitting the runways any time soon, we’re constantly gathering inspiration from all the exotic textiles and handmade garments. With Fashion Week comes a wave of fashion focused blog posts and images. We’re really digging the tasteful and whimsical illustrations by artist Samantha Hahn. As a New York native, Samantha sees new fashion trends everywhere she goes. Her couture illustrations give a nod to the groundbreaking designers but keep within her own aesthetic and we’re loving her painterly style.

To view more of Samantha’s work, head over to her website and be sure to read her blog Maquette for insider designs and inspiration.

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