S.Valentine’s Special | THIS MODERN LOVE (SONGS)

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve got a treat for you today, a great selection of love tunes courtesy of Regina of The Five Ws Of, a blog about music discoveries which has a very cool formula to get to know up and coming artists.

You know those songs whose lyrics speak to you, whose words immediately resonate and sound so true?  Which song/s would you pick if you had to describe L-O-V-E? Have a listen to the tunes Regina has chosen for you, and read why you should put them on on this special day. Moving, heartfelt, upbeat, catchy, delicate, soothing, there’s a very good chance you’ll fall in love with them. XoXo Ines

Click on each song or listen to the full playlist on Spotify.
Music selection and text by The Five Ws Of, graphics by me.

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LOVE MORE WORRY LESS by BIPOLAR SUNSHINE

Love is that comforting feeling in knowing you can always count on that special person to be there for you, no matter what, so that you can love more and worry less.

Amore è sapere che ci sarà sempre quel qualcuno a sostenerti nelle difficoltà della vita così che potrai amare di più e preoccuparti di meno.

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PLACES WE’VE ROAMED by DANCING YEARS

Love is feeling like explorers wanting to share together this adventure called life.  

Amore è sentirsi degli esploratori e decidere di dividere l’avventura chiamata vita con la persona che ami.

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YOUNG FOLKS by PETER BJORN AND JOHN

Love is not having a care in the world as long as you and the person you love are together. Who cares if the world won’t accept or understand you? That special one will and that’s all you need and wish for.

Amore è vedere il mondo sparire intorno a te. Solo tu e la persona che ami. Che importa se gli altri non ti capiscono o accettano? Sai che quella persona speciale lo farà ed è tutto quello che importa e di cui hai bisogno.

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LAST WORDS by ISAAC GRACIE

Love is realising that what you were looking for was right in front of you.

Amore è capire che quello che stavi cercando era proprio sotto i tuoi occhi.THIS MODERN LOVE (SONGS) | inesness

YOU by KEATON HENSON

Love is you.

Amore sei tu.

 

COLOUR LOVE | RED + PINK

COLOR LOVE: RED + PINK | inesnessLa festa di San Valentino si avvicina, e io comincio a vedere rosso. Rosso nei diy e nei post delle altre blogger e su Instagram, come da tradizione. Il rosso è il colore dell’amore, della passione e via discorrendo. Beh, io il rosso non l’ho mai capito. In parte è la mia timidezza nei confronti dei colori troppo forti e accesi (spiccare in mezzo alla folla per via di un cappotto rosso pop? aiuto!), in parte è la pigrizia di considerarlo un colore “difficile” da portare e da gestire nell’home decor. E invece.. proprio il colore rosso mi ha colpito in questa pubblicità, e il suo abbinamento con il rosa. Vuoi vedere che questa accoppiata funziona? Ho cercato conferma su Pinterest e.. sì! Mi piace proprio. Rosso e rosa è una bella combinazione, mi sono ricreduta. La vedrei bene persino nell’arredamento. Date un’occhiata alle immagini che seguono e poi ditemi che non ha conquistato anche voi (tanto per restare in tema)! ;)

Ps. Le immagini che seguono (e molte altre) sono raccolte in questa bacheca Pinterest.

Love is in the air.. It’s almost Valentine’s day and you’ve probably seen lots of reds and pinks pop up in other bloggers’ posts and slowly crawling in on Instagram.

How do you feel about it? I used to have mixed feelings about the colour red. Fashion-wise, I liked it on tops, blouses and dresses (those, I would wear), but I wasn’t sure about it in home decor. I thought red was too heavy, too dark, too flashy. Until.. I found the perfect pairing, red and (you guessed it) pink! 

I came across this color combo while writing last week’s post and stumbling upon this blanket. Couple days later, I spotted it in a fashion commercial and from there it just grew on me. I’m now totally on board, give me all the reds and pinks! For your viewing pleasure, I’ve put together an extended moodboard of inspiring visuals featuring the lovers’ color pairing. What do you think? Do you feel the love (for this color combination)? ;)

Ps. Find all the pictures below (and more) with their sources on this Pinterest board.
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ARRO HOME

ARRO HOME | inesnessAlzi la mano chi è stanco del grigio e bigio inverno! Yep, me too. In attesa della primavera, mi sono trasferita virtualmente in Paesi più caldi, e in Australia ho scovato alcuni brand ideali per scaldare la casa con i loro coloratissimi (e pastellosi) accessori.

Il primo che vi presento è ARRO HOME. Lanciato nel 2014, è già conosciuto e apprezzato a livello internazionale (ne hanno parlato Decor8, Bloesem Living, Miss Moss e, ovviamente, The Design Files, il sito per eccellenza sulle tendenze del design australiano).

Would you live in a veeery colorful house? I would, if it looked anything like the pictures below. It looks like a place that welcomes you and puts you in a good mood, even after a long and rough workday, doesn’t it? Well, it’s all thanks to Australian design label ARRO HOME‘s colorful homewares. 

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Fondato dalla designer Beci Orpin (ps. I love her) e da Adam Rogers, realizza tessili e accessori per la casa originali e colorati, alcuni decisamente particolari (come il cuscino Pretzel), altri più classici e versatili, rendendo facile servirsi di questi ultimi come tela neutra su cui sovrapporre gli accessori più stravaganti. Buona immersione nel mondo multicolor di ARRO HOME e non perdetevi una importantisssima comunicazione in fondo al post!

Founded in 2014 by Beci Orpin and Adam Rogers, this brand has already gained international praise (read bloggers Decor8, Bloesem Living, Miss Moss) and is certainly loved by its customers. Their goods range from rugs to bedding, kitchen accessories and ceramics, throws and cushions; some are very bold, playful and quirky, others more classical and versatile. 

ARRO HOME makes most of their design in-house, but they have recently reached out to collaborate with designers like mother and daughter design duo Rae e Sunday Ganim and US designer Ashley Goldberg (ps. Love her too). If you want to find out more about these creative collaborations and, like me, are eager to learn about the creative process that undergoes a new design you can do so here and here, and on the ARRO HOME Blog where they’ve shared a little behind-the-scenes of their second collection. ARRO HOME | inesness

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Ultimo ma non ultimo, la scintilla che ha ispirato questo post! ARRO HOME ha da poco lanciato un concorso aperto a livello internazionale per disegnare un cuscino, con la possibilità di vincere 1000$ e di vedere il prodotto realizzato ed incluso nella loro collezione!! Non occorre essere un textile designer per partecipare, l’immagine scelta può anche essere uno schizzo, uno scarabocchio, un disegno naive, un collage.. l’importante è che sia una vostra grafica originale e che sprizzi creatività! Trovate maggiori informazioni qui (as usual, se avete bisogni di traduzioni dall’inglese, chiedetemi pure). Il concorso è aperto fino al 26 Febbraio 2016 ore 5 PM AEST.

Psssssss. ARRO HOME is currently running a Cushion Design Competition and it’s open to international entries! Entries don’t necessarily have to be production-ready graphics: they can be doodles, collages, sketches, you name it, as long as they show off your creativity and are an original design. The prize is 1000$ to fund your creative pursuits and the chance to see your cushion included in the ARRO HOME products range. Click here to find out all details. The competition closes at 5 PM AEST 26 February 2016.

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All pictures taken from the ARRO HOME website and Instagram, collaged with Canva.

DIY | Quick Office Supplies Makeover

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Just a quick post to show you what I’ve been up to, DIY-wise. They say a fresh coat of paint can do miracles, and it’s true! I needed new office supplies.. rather, I have tons, but they don’t match each other or are covered in colours and patterns: not the good kind, the “what-was-I-even-thinking” kind.

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In under an hour (who’s got time these days?) I made-over a few items I will now be happy to use. By the way, above is my current absolutely most favourite colour palette. I have to admit in the end I did not use the blush pink, but I’ve kept it in the pictures because it’s like Parmigiano, goes well with everything!

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The back of a picture frame (no idea where the front might be) was repurposed to display images that are inspiring me at the moment. I painted half of it in icy blue and glued a bulldog clip.

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Decisions decisions.. With or without background? Good thing it’s so easy to switch things up!

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Cute tin pencil case.. for a 5 years old (ok, I think I was using it in high school). I was going to spray paint it but then I decided to go with this – what would you call it? – “Black Terrazzo” contact paper from TIGER.

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DIY | Quick Office Supplies Makeover | inesness

DIY | Quick Office Supplies Makeover | inesness

I’ve drawn inspiration from Hay’s Kaleido Trays to make over this catch-all. This blue is amazing! I’m going to look for similar trays, paint them all and build a small collection.

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DIY | Quick Office Supplies Makeover | inesness

With this last and slightly more focused picture (practice makes perfect? I hope it will, eventually..) I wish you a good week, thank you so much for stopping by!

All patterned papers (XOs, Dots, Grid, Lines, ecc) are from A Beautiful Mess Messy Boxes (They had a big end of year sale and I snatched not one, not two, but THREE Messy Boxes and I LOVE each and every one of them!)

7 Free Printables To GET.STUFF.DONE!

Hey everyone! How’s the New Year going? I hope yours is rocking so far!

Are you sticking to those Resolutions? Keeping up with birthdays, anniversaries and dentist’s appointments? Ticking off daily To Dos?

I know that if I don’t write all this stuff down I am sure to 1. forget it 2. suddenly remember days later 3. sheepishly send belated birthday greetings or reschedule appointments.

SO! This should be another Resolution, to be more organized in 2016, write stuff down and actually LOOK back at that calendar, To Do List, ecc. If you’re on the same boat, today is as good as any other day to start getting.stuff.done! You may find some of the printables below very helpful (it doesn’t hurt that they’re impeccably designed too).

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First up, a New Year’s Resolutions cheat sheet by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper. Short and sweet, fill it in and put in a small frame on your desk, tape it to the wall or on the inside cover of your journal.

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Creativity is quite messy indeed – the good kind! Still, sometimes it can be too much. That’s why Jake and Jamie of A Pair Of Pears have designed this weekly list to jot down your house cleaning routine. Or, if you are a messy maker to the core, it’s also great for planning your crafts and projects (get supplies, photoshoot, etc).

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These three beautiful printables are by Nat of Papel & Co, a super cute design and calligraphy studio. She also has a lovely Instagram, if you’re into pink and pretty hand lettering!

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You guys, this has seriously changed my life. Up until now, I had never realized you can basically make anything into a sticker simply by printing it on self adhesive paper. Such a Duh! moment. That’s exactly how these stickers work. Stephanie of Make and Tell designed the hand lettered ones above for Craftsposure and here you can download a more colorful set (succulents! donuts! pencils! flamingos!).

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Love the font on this Things To Do List by Maria Harmuth! I think it would be perfect in A5 size or even smaller.

Last but not least, I’ve found 2 calendars for you. The first one is by graphic designer, hand letterer, art director and overall awesome creative Cocorrina, the second one is a favourite of mine for its clean and sleek design. I present you the Get Shit Done Calendar by Love Aesthetics which you can download in two versions, my favourite here and the second one here.7 Free Printables To GET.STUFF.DONE! | inesness7 Free Printables To GET.STUFF.DONE! | inesnessMore and more cool printables keep popping up every day all around the web, and since I cannot post every single one of them here (although I’d love to), I invite you to have a look at my Freebies Pinterest Board, you’ll find even more calendars and other printables of all kinds (desktop and phone wallpapers, greeting cards, posters, wrapping paper..).

All printables created by their respective authors, while starry, grid and squiggly backgrounds are by yours truly.