29 June 2012

It's All About the Dipped Furniture...

We just purchased a great retro look, vintage table which is just the perfect coffee table we have been searching high and low for. Now however, is the time to decide how to spruce it up, up-cycle it and make it look as fab as all the coffee table books which shall adorn it!

We have noticed the trend of dipped paint for the home - whether it's dipping mason jars for vases, tin cans for desk organisers or wooden kitchen utensils to match your colour scheme! There are also plenty of ways to apply this to furniture too! You can use the dipped effect to leave some of the original wood showing or perhaps use two colour opposites such as white with neon.

Here are some of our favourite inspirations for the dipped furniture look and we will continue to ponder our
many ideas for our coffee table makeover...

Our Dipped Furniture Finds:
1. Styles-files.com
2. Apartment Therapy
3. Design Sponge
4. Charlotte Lovey
5. Miss Moss
6. Design Love Fest
7. SF Girl By Bay
8. Apartment Therapy

27 June 2012

Little Star Nursery Inspiration...

Using the nursery rhyme, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, we worked up a concept for a neutral coloured nursery
and even a matching Itty Bitty & Bijou print!

A big beautiful white wooden crib, an antique dresser & the stunning french look arm chair make perfect pieces
for the nursery room. We added some gold with the lovely star lantern, antique frames and the fab star mirror too.

You could easily work other colours into this concept if you wanted, for example baby blue, pale pastel green,
a touch of lemon or go crazy with some coral!

Sources for the Little Star nursery concept:
1. Print by Itty Bitty & Bijou
2. Mirror by Zinc Door
3. Crib bumper by Serena & Lily
4. Light via Shannon Darby Design
5. Crib via Jelanie Shop
6. Star cushions by Colette Bream
7. Chevron Throw by Dwell
8. Armchair & Stool by Oly Studio
9. Dresser via Pinterest

14 June 2012

Woodland Friends Nursery Concept...

We had such a great response after posting our cute cloud nursery concept in May and we have plenty more nursery inspirations and decor ideas to bring to you! We've even been asked to create a hot air balloon theme nursery concept inspired by our cute cloud concept!

Today we have our Woodland Friends Nursery Concept board...

With beautiful white owl figurines and matching swallow bird wall plaques, a modern wooden squirrel wall clock 
and some super cute prints by Loxly Hollow featuring beautiful little bunny rabbits - we have the walls covered, 
almost literally! 

We then found a danish style retro dresser-sideboard from Shabby Maggie, which has been upcycled and re-styled to include a chevron paint effect. This and the grey & white colours matched our scheme perfectly and it looks great as a stylish changing table with good storage! We added a bit more colour with some comfortable chevron printed pillows and also wonderful woodland friends such as the lovely felt fox by Manomine. We are currently obsessed with Manomine so expect to see more of them in some of our future nursery concepts and fab finds!

Woodland Friends Nursery Inspiration Board by Itty Bitty & Bijou
(click on the image for a larger view)

Sources for our Woodland Friends Nursery Concept are:
Prints (x3) all by Loxly Hollow
Chevron Pillows from The Lacey Placey
Felt Fox by Manomine
Mid Century Grey Dresser from Shabby Maggie Design Studio
White Swallow Wall Plaques from Pirdy
White Owl Figurine Family from Pirdy
Felt Sleepy Owl by For My Darling
Wooden Squirrel Clock from Decoy Lab

13 June 2012

Follow Itty Bitty & Bijou on Bloglovin...

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This means you will be updated when we post. There are other places you can find us too - we are on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

We do share a lot of fab finds, updates and inspirations on our Facebook page, especially beautiful work by international Photographers as well as interesting features and posts we come across on our favourite blogs too.
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11 June 2012

Our Sequin and Sparkle Shower Concept...

We have been working on a couple of concepts for Bridal Showers and our first to share with you is our Sequin & Sparkle Shower! First we have our inspirations for the decor and details, working with gold and pink colours and plenty of sequins and sparkle! Then we looked at creating a dress code for guests and ideas of what to wear and a further element of this which would be to have someone at the shower to paint guests nails to match the theme!
Finally we have some cute designs for the invitations...

The theme is set with some seriously sparkly decor such as...
Gold leaf and pink macaroons, gold sequin star drink stirrers, paper garlands made from 
gold and pink circles to emulate sequins and of course a very glitzy sparkly gold tablecloth!

By setting sequins and sparkle as a dress code it will be a very girly and glittery gathering and would really 
compliment the decor and theme of the shower. Our 'what to wear' inspiration board shows the fun 
guests could have with this on trend look without particularly dressing from head to toe in it! 
Even just some sparkly accessories would look great!

We thought another little thing for the shower guests to enjoy would be someone there to do 
manicures so that each person at the shower gets involved and it's your official pass into the party!

Finally, don't forget to include the theme in your shower invitations. Here are our own 
designs which include the theme of the Sequin & Sparkle shower as well as the dress code! 

Sequin and Sparkle Bridal Shower concept and invitation designs by Itty Bitty & Bijou.

10 June 2012

Pale Pink with Green Wedding Inspiration...

With a pretty English country garden wedding in mind and some Spring/Summer sunshine, we came up with
some lovely ideas and inspirations with a colour scheme of pastel pink and pale green...

Antique books and potted herbs create interesting centerpieces and this is followed on with old sheets of music paper or alternatively pages from old books which make confetti cones filled with pastel pink petals.

We loved this Jane Eyre book we came across which fit perfectly with both the colours and the English country garden elements. It would be great fun to create silhouettes of the Bride, Groom and wedding party just like the book cover. We actually make these and they can be used within invitations, menu designs and so on too.

Finally hear are some fab favour packaging finds to match this theme - using pretty muslin bags which can contain any number of favour ideas from biscuits or sweets to soaps or seeds! Stamp each bag with ink matching your wedding colours and pop a co-ordinating frame next to your favours with a Thank You message to your guests. 
We found beautiful personalised calligraphy stamps by Paper Sushi!

Where to find our finds...
Muslin bags £19.93 for 25 from Hobble Creek Designs
Personalised Calligraphy Stamp £24.58 from Paper Sushi
Pink Wooden Frame £13 from John Lewis

Prices are correct at the time of publishing as some are converted into Sterling


1 June 2012

A Touch of Turquoise Inspiration...

Following on from our posts in recent weeks we have looked at the use of turquoise for weddings, working it in with pastel peach and now we have a totally turquoise board with summer weddings in mind!

Firstly inspired by the photography of Elizabeth Messina we built up a concept around her images...
Vintage urns with tall stem flowers, handmade candles as favours with fabric and labels which match the decor, antique frames repainted to match the colour scheme can be used as signs, menus and so on...

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