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We head to the small town of Ascoli Piceno, Italy to explore artist lOll3's adorable studio in her bedroom.


"The thing about my room that I love the most is surely my loft bed. As cats do, I love to sleep in high places, and this was the best refuge to dream or read a book in total serenity…"




Tell us about your space?
My old House has a pretty strange structure: there is a spooky long hallway with many rooms on the sides…mine is one of these rooms… a little pink cube of 16 m². I've equipped my room with a big working table with all the tools for painting, or drawing, making plushies, tees, cloths etc… 

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I designed the blueprint for my room when I was about 21 years old and my dad, who is really good at DIY, built what I drew…like the loft bed, the desk, the shelfs. I painted the pink walls by myself and my mom (who is a good seamstress) sewed the pillows, the awning and the blankets. I've tried to fill up my room with all the stuff that I love the most like books, fairytales, my old toys, my new toys, my dolls, barbies, illustration books, comic books, plushies, posters and all the stuff for painting, creating, and making amazing stuff. 

How do you keep organized?
I'm the most messy person in the world, so I've a personal idea of the organization of a room… but I've helped myself with a lot of boxes, containers, drawers etc. 

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I'm not the right person for giving this type of tip… I can say just one word: boxes boxes boxes! 

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I think that my favorite possession are my childhood toys, like my beloved doll camilla, my polly pockets, and my barbies… but I'm particularly attached to my self-made plushies, like the sparkling bear, the pink totoro and even my funny bats.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I take inspiration from everything that surround me, like people, magazines, books, movies, internet, tv etc… I've a folder in my pc where I save all the inspiration pics that I find … and I also use pinterest to share the things that inspire my art… I also have a small collection of illustrations and art books with my fav artist.

Where do you look for inspiration?
Mostly on the internet, it's a big window for peeking at the world and taking ideas, incitements and inspiration!

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
I have nearly moved in a new apartment with my boyfriend so this is not my room anymore… in the new home there is not enough space, so I'm working on my dinner table =?='' i don't have three wishes, but only one: to one day have  a studio for just me, a little place where i can keep all that is necessary to do all the things that I love the most, like drawing, painting, making plushies, and dreaming! ^_^

This week Chloe from Of North recreates the look of the classic silver screen starlet Ginger Rogers:

Ginger Rogers generally wore close fitting dresses and gowns, rather than full skirts, however these ensembles were embellished with whimsical hats and accessories. Fred Astaire nicknamed Ginger "Feathers" after the extravagant dress she wore for the "Cheek to Cheek" number in Top Hat (1935). When dressing more casual, Ginger can be seen sporting boy-ish numbers, such as wide legged pants or tap shorts with collared blouses or scarves tied gaily around her neck. Her clothes were never too constricting, as she needed to be able to move freely without them moving around too much. Ginger wore her hair in waves and pinned close to her head to keep it in place while she danced. Perfect red lips were a given. Ginger abstained from alcohol and kept her bar stocked with ice cream instead! Her favorite drink was an ice cream soda, though ice cream in any form did the trick!



Outfit details:

  • Dress - Vintage
  • Headband - Little Kate Designs
  • Shoes - Vintage Whites Market

DIY Vintage Shift:

Recreate the look with Tiffany's vintage shift tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

My style is very eclectic & comfortable. I do wear jeans daily & you will rarely ever find me not in heels. I love vintage pieces. I don't have one style. I am me. My style often evokes my mood. Texture, cut, color & tone are very important to me when choosing what I buy. I also feel like I'm never totally put together. Ever! :) C'est la vie. 

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My two favorite pieces in my wardrobe -at this moment- This amazing scarf that was a lucky snag at Target. -I really need to grocery shop somewhere else- The second is the Pasha Woven Weekender bag from Anthropologie.

Who are your style icons?

I think true style comes from within and is enhanced and inspired by others. I have alway loved black and white films. I would say Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Katherine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly are people who I have alway found to have flawless style & taste. I love Ali MacGraws, Natalie Wood & style. I do LOVE Marion Cotillard, Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightly & Nicole Richie. For men Carry Grant, James Dean, Young hot Elvis, Paul Newman, Ryan O'neal, James Marsden, Clark Gable, Rock Hudson, Hugh Jackman, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, Timothy Dalton, Michael Fassbender, I could really go on but this seems to be turning into a great list of hot guys. lol!

Do you have any favourite designers?

Favorite Designers.. Yes! Where do I start. I love Vera Wang, Coco Chanel, Dior, Alexander Mcqueen and many, many designers who are not known at all. I love new designers, small shops & people who recycle clothing. 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I have made a robe for my husband. A few things here & there. Nothing serious. I customize a lot of vintage pieces I find but would LOVE to make my own.

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?

I think personalizing outfits starts with knowing & being confident in who you are. How we dress is an expression of how we feel. In short be yourself & if you feel lost try what you like to look at. 

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

Garance Dore


Jason Little is the author of the Xeric-winning Jack's Luck Runs Out, the double-Ignatz-winning Shutterbug Follies, and Eisner-finalist Motel Art Improvement Service. In 2015 Uncivilized Books will publish Borb, the slapstick misfortunes of a severely alcoholic homeless man. When not at the drawing board, Jason teaches cartooning at the School of Visual Arts.

(drawing of Jason Little by T. Motley)



We head to Tulsa, Oklahoma to go behind the scenes at A Prudent Life and explore Melissa's super organized craft space.


"It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but I love that everything has a designated place. It’s so much easier to complete projects when you know what materials you have on hand and where they are located."




Tell us about your space?
I took over one of our upstairs bedrooms as my craft space. In addition to serving as a craft room, the space is also a guest bedroom for occasional overnight guests. One of my big challenges was blending the two areas together. I didn't want my craft space to feel like an afterthought in a bedroom, and I didn't want guests to feel like they were invading my craft space. I'm lucky enough to have a separate home office, so editing pictures and writing posts generally happens in the office. The craft room is used most often for home decor DIY/craft projects. Lots of gluing, painting, and experimenting happens in that space! 

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
Making the space beautiful and inspiring was important to me, for my own enjoyment and for the benefit of house guests. I used a cohesive color palette between the areas that had bright accents, but was still calming. I love that we were able to include a small reading corner to encourage relaxing. Creating a gallery wall that incorporates art and supplies together was another one of the ways I made the space beautiful.

How do you keep organized?
I stay organized by using lots of bins and labels. When supplies have a labeled home, they are much more likely to be put up when I am done with them. Also, when a space is pretty, I want to keep it that way. So even though adding art and decor items doesn't contribute to the function of the space, it adds to my incentive to keep the room clean.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
It’s a tricky balance between having items in plain view so you don’t forget about them, and having them tucked away so everything looks neat and tidy. My biggest tip is to make sure you are using appropriately sized bins. I used to think buying bigger bins was better, but the opposite is true. For example, the drawer unit I had before was a mess because the drawers were large enough for me to keep shoving unrelated items in them together. Now inside each drawer there are smaller sections for designated supplies. It's so much easier to keep smaller sections organized. A bin within a bin always wins. 

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
In this room, my favorite possessions are definitely the three paintings by my husband’s granny. It is great to be inspired by prior generations in your craft space! The favorite piece I created for the room is the turquoise bird lamp. I found the ceramic bird and clear lamp at separate stores and combined them together into a custom piece of functional art.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I'm not sure I've perfected this yet! My process while I'm at home is a small notebook that I jot future project ideas in. If I'm out and about, I also tend to take photos with my phone that serve as inspiration. OR if I have an idea, but there isn't a picture involved, I use the Google Keep app to list the idea. I probably should make everything electronic, but I still love writing things in my notebook! 

Where do you look for inspiration?
All around me! I love giving boring products new life, like the plastic popcorn tub I turned into an herb garden. Reading other blogs can bring new ideas – bloggers as a group are the most creative people I've ever seen. I love that we can all build on each other’s ideas to make something completely new. Of course, magazine, catalogs, and fashion are always great jumping off points for ideas as well. 

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
Oh, fun question! 

1) I’d have a GIANT counter-height island in the middle of the room for big projects.

2) I'd have a separate beautiful gift wrapping station.

3) I'd have really tall ceilings and a gorgeous crystal girly chandelier for the light fixture. Was that 
cheating? It's kind of two things :)

This week Katy from Sugarlaws recreates the bohemian style of actress Blake Lively:

Blake Lively's Boho-Glam style makes her one of the most gorgeous celebs out there -- but in a relaxed, low-key way that's easily achievable at home. From her long beach waves to her ability to go glam at the drop of a hat, she's a style chameleon who can pull off just about any look!



Outfit details:

  • Vintage Jacket - Thrifted
  • Dress - ebay
  • Shorts - ebay
  • Sneakers - Spirit
  • Hoodie - Daichu in Harajuku, Japan
  • Bag - Varusteleka.fi
  • Bag accessories - secondhand

DIY Punk Bag & Teru Teru Bozu

Recreate the look with Lara's punk bag and teru teru bozu tutorials:




How would you describe your style?

I don't take fashion seriously at all - I wear what I want. I don't dress age-appropriate and won't do ;). I wear a lot of vintage and thrifted items.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

Only one? Okay, a Godzilla print tee.

Who are your style icons?

I don't imitate anyone, but I like how David Bowie dressed when he was young, I also like Freddie Mercury's style. And Vivienne Westwood's personal looks. Also ordinary people on the street and style bloggers are great for style spotting.

Do you have any favourite designers?

I'm not so much into designer stuff (I like to go for random and secondhand items), but I do appreciate strange and fun art, especially as prints and as accessories. For example Shiroi Neko team, Simone Legno of Tokidoki, and Junko Mizuno are awesome.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

Secondhand and charity shops! Ebay is good too. Harajuku in Japan is awesomeness for granted.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I customize a lot, I would make too but at the moment I don't have space for the sewing machine!

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

Forget about style rules, pick random pieces from your wardrobe and mix them together - you might end up liking the result. Play dress up like you might have done as a kid, with an open mind and have fun!

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

There are lots of them, but Hel Looks (street style from Helsinki) and Harajuku Street style offer loads of creative looks.
Melbourne, Australia •

The best thing about living in Melbourne is its’ diverse multiculturalism. Melbourne is also known to be the fashion capital of Australia (Sydney tries to lay claim). People flock from all over to the famous Bridge Road in Richmond (on the outskirts of the city centre), which is a major shopping strip as well with its’ heritage pubs, cafes with trendy hipster fashionistas who frequent it.




We head to Northern Ireland to go behind the scenes at Heart Handmade UK to tour Claire's lovely craft room.


"Honestly, my favourite thing is the amount of natural light that I have. My craft room was previously in a little room right beside my current craft room but it was located at the back of the house which is in a row of terraced houses and was totally dark and grey and rather stiffling creativly!"




Tell us about your space?
My craft room is in my house. It is about 4mx3m and it's a craft room/home office/cat bedroom and greenhouse (it gets all the best light so my plants live in there). It is also my workspace, and the crafting I do most in this room would probably be art journalling or project life. 

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I like to add vintage touches within all the new furniture and I try to change the items on the wall and rearrange the 'stuff' on my big ikea expedit case with each season. I find having seasonal colours and images surrounding me really helps to get the creative juices flowing.

How do you keep organized?
I tend to give the illusion of organisation. I have a large wicker basket in the bottom of my large basket, inside I have acrylic pen pots that fit the basket perfectly and in there I have all of my pens, pencils, lettering markers and excess office supplies. I use a decorative lolly pop maker to store my paint brushes in the one place and I use little ikea drawers and acrylic drawers to group all of my items together. I have an entire (Moppe) drawer full of glue sticks, one full of versafine ink pads, another full of unmouted rubber stamps and another full of embossing powders!
I used old yougurt pots and hot glued them together to create drawer organisers and I store all my little bits and bobs in those. I had a bit of a sequin accident over christmas, so there are suprise sequins in all the little pots. A nice little sparkly suprise!

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
All of the above! I love my food cans covered in decorative paper for storing my most used pens and pencils and craft knives. I use pretty jam jars to store small spools of decorative thread and I try to have a place for everything. Athough, everything is not always in its place.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
Yes I have lots of my own little decorative items on display. My favourite thing to do is art journalling so I keep those old journals grouped together in a large basket and I have a little 'mini albums' basket so that if I'm feeling nostalgic I can look through them all. I have lots of decorative frames and handmade cushions and crochet blankets of my own that are on display all through my home.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I use both art journals and pinterest.

Where do you look for inspiration?
Usually pinterest.It's probably my favourite online social media site. I've always been a very visual learner and images have always evoked certain emotions and inspiration in me so I love it!

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
These are going to be quite sad. Quite honestly; remove the damp in the walls, insulate the outer wall better and find somewhere to put a tiny/comfy couch!


This week Amy from The Amy Loo Blog recreates the iconic 20's look of the leading ladies in The Great Gatsby:

The women of Gatsby, from major characters to walk-on roles, have managed to bring to life a style as dramatic as the story line itself. The posh and glamorous "glad rags" of these women certainly don't fail to dazzle, whether they're at one of Mr. Gatsby's wild parties or enjoying the company of a few friends during a quiet evening at home.



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