Tuesday 26 November 2013

My new design crush

I love a good print. I have an obsession with stationary and just love the chance to wander around Paperchase, taking in all the fun designs and beautiful notebooks, photo albums and other nic naks. I'm infamous for buying new diaries mid-year 'just because' and I. Always looking for a pretty pattern to add colour into an area of my life.

So, the other day, I was doing a spot of online window shopping and came across the brilliant and bold prints of Irish designer Orla Kiely. I had seen some of her work before, at a friend's house who had various jars and tins in her kitchen with perhaps her most iconic print to date, the multi stem, on them. I loved her use of colour and the retro feel to the pattern repeat.

In particular, I was looking for a funky new cover for my iPhone 5 and my ipad mini and when I saw that Orla has just brought out some new designs, I knew I had to get a matching set of covers.

After much deliberation and research on Pinterest, I decided on the new multi stem pattern. I fell in love with the vibrant, slightly mustard yellow focal colour - which is one of my favourite shades of the season - and the design of the cases looked great.
They're even better in the flesh, as the lining is a soft fabric but outside it has a waxed, protective finish.  The print looks a little more muted than the photos online but in my opinion, it looks better. I love the matching cases, which will look great on my desk when I go back to work in January. They also look great with my Paperchase organiser, although they'd also look great with this amazing Filofax I saw over at Mum Wife Girl, which has been shot so beautifully that I was drooling over it when I first saw it. But no, I don't need another diary! 

I'm now a little bit hooked and have been stalking some of Orla's other designs, including previous seasons' designs. I now have my eye on a purse, although in reality I don't see myself every spending so much on a purse, but I do think her designs are lovely...

A much cheaper way to buy yourself a piece of Orla Kiely is to snap up one of these fab limited edition shoppers from Tesco - I already have these beauties in the bag (sorry for the pun!)... 

Be it bags, scarves or clothing, her multi stem pattern or geometric designs, Orla Kiely is a print lover's dream.

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