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My Little Maison: Anastasia Christou of Anastasia Drawing & Dreaming

After a long hiatus from blogging, I am so pleased to return with my favorite series, My Little Maison!  This time around, I am featuring the lovely Anastasia Christou from Anastasia Drawing & Dreaming.  Her blog is a visual medley of ethereal images and crafty paper projects that she sells in her shop.   A bit more about this Sydney, Australia native here below.  Her blog is just dreamy!

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Tell us about yourself and your inspiration behind starting the blog? 

I started my blog after discovering ‘Illustration Friday’ so once I started drawing and doing the weekly challenges I got right into the blogging community –I discovered the craft blogs, design blogs, lifestyle blogs!! Blogging made my day! I was hooked!

How often do you post and what is the majority of your content about?

I try to post at least three times a week but Ive done many ‘post every day for a month’ challenges too!  Most of my content is about my inspirations, Food, Creativity, Décor and handmade and I love to throw in some Vintage Style posts too!  I try to make it all pretty and visual!

What are your future plans for the blog? 

To keep blogging and being part of the blogging community.  I’d like to start some new blog series, I have a few ideas brewing and I hope to find more time to share more craft tutorials too!  I think id like to do more guest blog posts on other blogs as well!

I asked Anastasia to share 3 of her favorite things from her home.   I love the Domino Book too!

Anastasia Christou(1) My bedroom – I love to rescue pretty little plates from thrift stores, they are perfect for my jewelry so I have a few on my on my dresser. Also on my bedside table is the Domino Decorating book – one of my favorites decorating books!  I took the photo on my crochet bedspread which is something else I love dearly, it was handmade by my mother, it took her so long and its so beautiful! I will treasure it forever!

Anastasia Christou(2) This is my new desk! I guess that’s why its so clean and tidy.  We changed our house around a little so my work space and crafty supplies are now in our family ‘hangout’ room so its great to have two family spaces – I look forward to getting creative and messy, the only way to create!

(3) My Garden – I wish I had a green thumb but sadly I need a low maintenance garden and ours is just that!!  I love to hang out in the garden, watch my boys play or just sit on the back steps and have my morning tea…

Finally, I asked Anastasia to share a favorite spot in her Little Maison.  “My Kitchen!  It got a makeover a couple of years ago and its still my favorite place to be, I enjoy baking and cooking, making tea or getting my boys some after school snacks so I’m hanging out in my kitchen often!”

Anastasia ChristouDon’t forget to stop in Anastasia’s blog to say hello!

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My Little Maison: 3BadMice

In the second installment of the new series, My Little Maison, I am happy to introduce the lovely ladies of 3BadMice! This trio of sisters blog across the miles from London to Hong Kong about everything from fashion to food to their travels together and apart.  Natalie, Melissa and Alice are the three best friends every girl wishes for with style, sass and a bit of humor (check out their cute blog header and you’ll know what I mean).  3BadMice is a wonderful daily read and since London is on my ‘travel list’ I already started bookmarking some of their wonderful recommendations!

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Tell us about yourselves and your inspiration behind starting the blog?  We’re three sisters who has always been incredibly close and the very best of friends (bar the odd argument about who was going to get to marry Mark Owen and a little later in life, who spilt red wine down whose new dress).

In 2009, Natalie moved to Hong Kong with work while Melissa & Alice stayed in London.  All of a sudden we were 5995 miles apart and trying to squeeze phone calls and BBM chats around the time difference to keep track of each other’s boyfriends, nights out and latest purchases.  Emails were constantly flying backwards and forwards with links to things we thought the others would like, reporting back on adventures to far flung corners of the globe and places we’d eaten, downed cocktails and danced.

Late last year we came up with the idea of setting up a blog as a place to share all our latest favorite things with each other.  We all love writing and photography, so it seemed the perfect way to keep each other up to date.  And so Three Bad Mice was born, a sort of sisters’ scrapbook/ little black book on everything from the songs that we can’t get out of our heads to our favorite looks from Fashion Week.  We’ve been going for just over two months now and we’ve loved every second of it.

How often do you post and what is the majority of your content about?  We blog one post a day, usually taking it in turns to write.  3BM is a general lifestyle blog but we’re all a bit style and shopping crazy so its probably slightly fashion skewed.  We write about anything and everything that we’re currently obsessing over whether that’s a new brunch spot we’ve discovered, a favorite artist, an amazing boutique hotel we’ve stayed in or a pair of perilously high heels that we’re lusting over.

What are your future plans for the blog?  We’re really still finding our feet and are just amazed at the number of daily hits that we get!

Next, I asked the 3BadMice to share 3 of favorite items in their home.  First up are the London Mice, Melissa & Alice.

((1)) A rustic aqua picture frame from the beautiful Osprey Home, a charming lifestyle store nestled in the countryside of Hertfordshire. The frame holds a snap of a sweet little Spanish car taken on a recent 3BadMice summer holiday in Vejer. The frame hangs in pride of place in our London flat, it’s one of our most unusual gems and always receives lots of compliments.  ((2)) A contemporary ceramic vase from Manchester based store, Moth – where homeware dreams come true! We love the 3D geometric unusual design and it’s ability to look super with or without flowers. When we visited this sweet shop last year, we fell in love with practically everything from the gorgeous white-washed floorboards, the bespoke jewellery, quirky wooden carved coat stands to the over-sized ornate mirrors propped up against walls. If we could have bought the whole shop we would have!  ((3)) Four minimalist industrial style statement stacking chairs from Magis – a little uncomfortable to sit on for long periods of time and results in the worst basket bum ever but hey sitting in style is worth the pain! We fell in love with these chairs after seeing one in Topshop, Oxford Street and then spent months and months searching the internet trying to track them down! We did eventually and are now proud owners – we only had to sell our car to purchase them!!
 

Next, Natalie shares her 3 favorite items from her Hong Kong home!

((1)) These are my most treasured possessions.  Our Mum was an artist and this pen and ink drawing is one of her pieces.  It’s particularly special because its a drawing of me when I was a toddler.  The jewellery are my two absolute favorite pieces.  They go with everything and look just as good with a beachy maxi dress as with a little black dress.  The cocktail ring was our Mum’s and the necklace was our Granny’s (our Granny drew for Vogue and had the most amazing jewellery box that has yielded so many timeless treasures that the three of us still wear decades after she bought them).  ((2)) This photo includes a couple of my major obsessions.  I love anything with a fig fragrance and Diptyque Figuier candles are in my opinion the very best fig candles.  They’re pricey but definitely worth the splurge; a little luxury to make everyday feel a bit special.  The wooden key is by Rob Ryan, one of my absolute favorite artists.  Rob Ryan specializes in paper cutting and screen printing.  I just love his work and have everything from a gorgeous print to a lasercut paper cut to printed tiles.  I think this key is so special, I adore everything about it from its crookedness to its sweet inscription.  Finally the teacup and saucer are from Goods of Desire (G.O.D.), a Hong Kong home and lifestyle store.  The London Mice have its other half in their flat in London – its sort of like one of those broken heart necklaces with a little teabag twist!  ((3)) My shoes!  These are a few of my favorite pairs.  I’m a bit addicted to very high heels.  I’m only 5″4 so I wear heels pretty much everywhere but the beach!  My highest pair is 7 inches which still leaves me 6 inches shorter than my boyfriend!  My favorite shoe designers are Christian Louboutin, Miu Miu and Camilla Skovgaard but I also love Zara and Topshop for cheap fashion fixes.  The bright pink platform pumps are Kandee.  They reminded me a bit of the Charlotte Olympia Polly pumps and I love that they can give a real color pop to an otherwise dull outfit.  I shot my shoes in my apartment block’s swimming pool – it’s due to be filled for summer any day soon but don’t worry my pride and joy are safely back in their shoe boxes now.

Finally, I asked the ladies of 3BadMice to share a favorite spot in their Little Maison. 

London Mice (left):  On our balcony, our tranquil Oasis; G&T in hand, wind chime tinkling, reclining in style on our bamboo deck chairs from the one and only Sunday marketplace, Columbia Road.   Hong Kong (right):  In my dressing room – which sounds so glam but the reality is that as I live in a shoebox proportioned flat I had to use the second bedroom as a wardrobe… getting ready in here in the mornings surrounded by all my favorite things makes me super happy and definitely sets me up for the day.
Thanks again ladies – it was lovely to spend some time with you :)

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Read All About It

Recently, I was asked by the lovely Kerrie More to do a Q&A on The Art of Reading. I was honored and excited to share some of my favorite books with her readers. Please stop in HERE to see the post. For those who are book lovers like me, you’ll find yourself returning to her blog quite often!

If you’re looking for a good book to read this weekend, check out my post HERE about Karen Wheeler. I am currently reading her third book, Tout Soul.

Happy Reading!

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My Little Maison: Kelsey Cronkhite of Pinegate Road

I am so pleased to announce a new series today called My Little Maison  This Q&A concept will be an introduction, in words and pictures, to some of the lovely people I’ve met during my blogging adventure.

The first feature of the series is Kelsey Cronkhite, whose blog Pinegate Road is a treat for the eyes.  Kelsey’s graphic design background definitely inspires an exhilarating mix of style finds, art, photography and even the occasional calligraphy note.   In short, Kelsey is simply charming and Pinegate Road is a must read.

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Tell us about yourself and your inspiration behind starting the blog? When I started working my junior year of undergrad, my fellow design-mates and I became obsessed with scouring the internet for inspiration on blogs, etc. As these obsessions expanded (and my google reader grew) I wanted a little piece of the action. I started my blog the fall after I graduated undergrad, when I moved to Savannah to start my MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design. After a year passed, I’d had about twelve posts, and wasn’t feeling very fulfilled by the blogging process. Then August came, and I don’t know what it was, but I decided to get really serious about it. I wanted a place where I could start a vision, and really document the process of my design life. As I continued on in the MFA program, I decided on a thesis topic: self-curation. This is when I started to use my blog as a source of practice and research to inspire my studies, and vice versa. Pinegate Road, much like it’s name, is a constant journey through my practice as a creative.

How often do you post and what is the majority of your content about? I try to post about twice daily during the weekdays, and once daily on the weekends. As I work part-time, and am a full-time grad student, you can imagine this doesn’t always happen. A girl can dream, right? My content focuses on my interests in design, art, fashion, and food. I have a variety of weekly columns (like color studies, outfittings, and les choses — I’m a wannabe francophile), as well as interspersed inspirations.

What are your future plans for the blog? I really hope that this blog can continue on the track of research for my thesis (which I’ll be completing a year from now), and that it can serve as a source of inspiration for others. I don’t have any specific goals, but as it’s been growing, I’ve been loving the opportunities to connect with other bloggers and readers. I’ve even been in closer contact with friends and family through the blog — they like to comment and interject about content here and there, it’s been a great way to keep a link to them.  The blog has also served as a kind of motivation to keep my life inspired — I really like this idea. You can get lazy as a creative, and Pinegate Road keeps me on my feet both professionally and in my life in general.

I asked Kelsey to share three favorite items from her home.  I adore her selections!

I’ve had this beaded pouch for a couple years; it was my grandmothers. I’ve saved the contents just as I received it, two decorated bobby pins, and a necklace. Every time I pull this pouch out, I am inspired by the beauty of items from the past, and am also reminded of my grandmother.
This was made for a project last year, and represents my inspiration as a graphic designer. I have it hung on my wall, and love the way it looks on a sunny day. It keeps me smiling. (click photo to see Kelsey’s project)
In my very small kitchen, I keep shoe racks against one wall that house all of my dishes. Each one of the items were given to me by my mother, who is obsessed with kitchen trinkets. I love that even while I’m in grad school and have very little free-time, I have the necessities to host almost any kind of food-related gathering.

Finally, I asked Kelsey to share a favorite spot in her Little Maison.  The one word she used to describe it:  REFLECTIVE.

My desk is where I spend almost all my awake hours at home. I sit and bounce around on my little yoga ball and I type, click, and draw all day long. I have a wall of inspiration above my desk, filled with some of my photography, art prints, and other small paper items. They are lined up, but decorated with washi tape in a haphazard way. I like to think of design like that…it’s structured with thought, history, and meaning, but also can be quirky and unexpected when done right. These lined up collages are something I’ve done since I moved away from home for the first time many moons ago, and I quite like them.

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I can’t thank Kelsey enough for sharing her Little Maison!  Don’t forget to stop by Pinegate Road!

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Blog Artistique: JoliCassoulet

"Loves me, loves me not, loves me, loves me not… Loves me !
I knew it anyways."

If you are looking for a witty french blog infused with fashion and art, look no further than JoliCassoulet.

The lovely Laure and Claire teamed up to share their creations weekly on JoliCassoulet, which quite honestly, makes me smile.  Their aesthetic for fashion is superb and showcased regularly with their collage illustrations.   The witty French quotes are translated into English but the French handwriting makes each piece even more chic.  J’adore JoliCassoulet!

Names: Laure and Claire
Occupation: Sorbonne University Students
Hometown & Current City of Residence:  Paris, France

- Darling, what are you thinking about?
-Peace on earth…

How would you describe your work?     Illustrations of elegant, slightly brainless and extremely frivolous girls.  JoliCassoulet captures their profound and philosophical discussions on manicures, fashion trends and men.  Because whether we like to admit it or not, we’ve all shared their thoughts at one point or another!

We try to render their Parisian spirit with a touch of humor, class and eroticism.

These are not meant to be taken too seriously of course, just to enlighten your day.  All we need to do this are pens that we both use in different ways:  Laure writes, Claire draws, and here comes JoliCassoulet!

"Do you think it’s a sign God might be testing me? He’s small, unattractive and completely broke…and yet I’m falling for him."

What is your favorite place in Paris?:   Saint-Germain-des-Près.  Sipping red wine at “La Palette“.

Name your top three current obsessions:

  1. Mixing prints.  New trend this summer that we find very inspiring.
  1. LEBANON:  Love everything about the country: the amazing landscapes and historical sites, the hybrid and chaotic atmosphere in Beirut, the nightlife at Skybar and B018.
  1. Don Draper:  Do we need to explain why … ?  We’re so excited for Season 5!
"Was he looking at my legs or my poodle? We have talked about this Kiki, I love you but you are not allowed to outshine me."

We asked Claire from JoliCassolet- What is your favorite spot in your Little Maison:  My wardrobe.  But recently it has become Patrick’s favorite spot.  We share a common interest for fashion – he is the brains behind each outfit I put together.

Check out how cozy Patrick looks below and don’t forget to stop by the blog HERE and LIKE JoliCassoulet HERE on facebook.

All Artwork © 2012 JoliCassoulet

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