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Styling the Seasons – Stationery Heaven

September 1, 2014

It’s 1st September and Autumn has made its first appearance. Hello to my favourite month. I was wondering why September is my favourite month? It’s always full of hope after the summer. It’s new beginnings, many design shows and the weather is cool, especially if we have an Indian summer.

As I launch my new project this month I’m full of hope and new beginnings. Not long until I can reveal it all.

So when I got asked to help launch ‘Styling the Seasons’, I jumped at the opportunity. Refresh, rework, re-style. The lovely Katy from Apartment Apothecary has teamed up with Charlotte from Lotts and Lots for this monthly series.

I opted to style my wooden key holder cabinet that came from a university in North London. As a designer and creative I very much believe in creative chaos. Enough to stimulate my senses but with some sort of order too. You minimalists out there (you know who you are), don’t be alarmed. There is a point to this creative clutter.

OK, as I’m leaving this post up for a week I thought it might be fun to list most of the items on show with links where you can get them. If you’re a stationery freak like me, pay attention.

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The full monty!

Styling the Seasons - Colourliving
From left: novelty stickers Paperchase | City Clips – London Skyline by Another Studio | Protractor Present & Correct | Marilyn Print Stanley Chow Illustration | Green clip holding print Present & Correct | Midori Brass number clips Luiban | 2013/2014 The Visionnaire Papier Tigre | Paintbrush holder Labour and Wait | Various paintbrushes Cass Arts | Winsor & Newton Cotman Aquarelles

Styling the Seasons - Colourliving
From left: Neon rubber bands R.S.V.P | Small measuring cup Pitfield London | Inside measuring cup: round paper clips – moon clips R.S.V.P | Fine black safety pins Ray Stitch | Extra small gem paper clips Choosing Keeping | Gold pet recycled milk carton – bought many years ago | Small sample paints Abigail Ahern

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From left: Midori Cotton Notebook The Journal Shop | Artefact Cards | Yellow map of Britain | Animal mailing labels Lollipop | Yellow vase bought for £1 | 4-way rubber bands (in yellow vase) Lollipop | Storage jar with copper lid Petersham Nurseries | Inside storage jar: Wallace and Sewell Ribbons Ray Stitch | Green Gorilla eraser Twenty Twentyone | Black Gorilla Safari calendar Katsumi Tamura

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Left to right: Kaweco fountain pens and pencil Choosing Keeping | Miniature coloured pencils bought years ago | Staplers with coloured staples bought years ago in Gemany | Chinese stapless stapler Manufactum | Midori MD Notebook The Journal Shop | Felt numbers on notebook La Droguerie | Travel Winsor & Newton Coleman watercolour set Cornelissen

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Styling the Seasons - Colourliving
Sequin ribbon Inkkit |Handmade superheroes keyrings Souvenir Gallery | Yellow leather piece – colour for my to be ordered Eames EA217 Soft Pad chair

Styling the Seasons - Colourliving
From left: Novelty stickers | Bicycle clips and Number paper clips bought years ago | Gold number stickers Present & Correct | Red stickers – inside diary of Moleskine | Fox string holder Volpe and Volpe | East of India No.4 office clips bought years ago

Phew, I don’t know about you but I’m exhausted now. I hope you enjoy browsing and maybe a little shopping. Apart from Paperchase, who I don’t rate much these days, everyone else is firmly in my black book and I enjoy supporting them wholeheartedly.

There will be no post on Thursday. I see you back here next Monday. Have a fantastic first week of September.

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  • Reply Katy at Apartment Apothecary September 1, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    This is the most amazing feast for the eyes, Tina! I love all of your stickers and stationery and I NEED that cupboard in my life 😉 Can’t wait to hear more about your new project, sounds very exciting. I hope September is a great month for you xx

    • Reply tina September 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Ah, thank you!! Hehe, I’m slightly obsessed with that cupboard too. You know when you find this incredible one-off piece. I had no idea where to put it or what to use it for.
      I just knew I can’t pass up that opportunity. So glad I did buy it!!

      I’m sitting here thinking I should be freaking out more, but I’m suspiciously calm. It’s either my age (you get less frantic) or it’s the Camomile Tea I have been drinking:-))
      Not long now.

      Like you, love September. An Indian summer would top it all..
      Really enjoyed joining the #StylingTheSeasons xx

  • Reply Emma September 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I confess I do lean towards the minimalist camp, but most of my creative friends have a penchant for clutter and also how to display it, so I’m learning to appreciate it! I love the cupboard and all of your bits, I can see that it must be inspirational. Like Katy I’m looking forward to hearing your news too. Emma x

    • Reply tina September 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Ha. Knew it! You’ve been uncovered….:-))

      I can see how it’s difficult for minimalists to appreciate so much stuff (clutter). It literally hurts your eyes, right?
      I think it’s good to be challenged at all times, so glad your friends are doing that.

      Thank you Emma. Looking forward to sharing my news.
      Glad you are finally part of the LBG. Had no idea you weren’t yet a member. xx

  • Reply Holly September 2, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks for letting us peek into your stationary fun Tina! This is a really nice styling and good topic, especially for September, since it is a month I will always associate with new beginnings because of the school year. The smell of fresh new notebooks and sharpened pencils springs to mind 😀 Yum!

    And on the topic of clutter vs clean – I came across a study this morning about the advantages of a messy desk:

    As you said above, “creative clutter” – it’s quite the perfekt term then.


    • Reply tina September 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Haha. Stationery fun or Stationery Shop???
      Who doesn’t love ‘fresh new notebooks and sharpened pencils’… so many memories!

      This is such a cool article. Thank you. Love it!
      Thanks Holly. Sending hugs from London xx

  • Reply Charlotte @ LottsandLots September 3, 2014 at 10:44 am

    This is fab Tina, is like a dream stationery shop. I’ve looked at this post about three times and see something different to love with each visit – I’m particularly taken with the neon rubber bands!

    Thanks so much for joining in Styling The Seasons xx

    • Reply tina September 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Hello Charlotte. Ha. That’s cool. ‘A dream stationery shop’. I could call it: Colourliving’s Dream Stationery Store… hmmm.

      I even forgot to list the 4-ways rubber bands because got overwhelmed myself:-))
      Yeah, those neon pink ones are really cool, but delicate.

      It was a real pleasure to join your fab new series xx

  • Reply Giova Brusa September 4, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Totally up my ally. Love the cupboard so much, and all the goodies inside!!
    Not a fan of september though, maybe because I didn’t like going back to school one bit 😉
    Have a lovely week!

    • Reply tina September 5, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Ha. No surprise there:-)
      Yeah, it’s fun displaying different things…

      I can see why September isn’t for everyone. It does spell the end of summer and I can imagine that sun worshippers and beach bunnies might not like it….. and then there is the beginning of school!

      Thank you. You too….

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine September 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Haha no you’re not a minimalist, and neither am I 🙂 I see a lot of nice goodies, but the Marilyn print is my favourite. Can’t wait for you to reveal your new project. Anticipating something big 😉

    • Reply tina September 5, 2014 at 9:15 am


      I do love the MM print. I think Stan is very talented.
      Thanks, Louise. Not sure it’s big. It’s just what I’ve dreamt about for a long time…
      Stay tuned x

  • Reply Anya Jensen September 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Hey Tina, love your treasure cabinet for sure – I’m still SOOO fond of the quirky little key rings – I need me Mr. T ha ha 🙂
    My desk is (un)organised mess – you know what I mean. Can’t wait to see the new project – HAPPY weekend lovely, hoping for a London trip soon, it’s been ages.

    • Reply tina September 8, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Oh yes, me too. Love the key rings. Must get you a Mr T:-))

      Hope you are well and having sunshine just like us xx

  • Reply Catherine@farmhousehome September 6, 2014 at 1:10 am

    This is organised creative clutter. I know in my house nothing would make it back onto the hooks and there would be mess everywhere. I lean on the clutter side myself but Nick can’t stand it and I’m becoming the same way. Since we sold the house I’ve been throwing things out left, right and centre. I now need minimalism to stay sane. Love your cabinet and stationery, such a fun collection. Enjoy September and Autumn. xx

    • Reply tina September 8, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Haha. It is organised, although it looks like clutter. I do like it that way.

      I think you’re becoming that way because you got the house ready for sales AND because at the moment you’re not blogging much etc. You know it’s more difficult being clutter free when doing creative projects.
      Happy minimalism darling. Long may it like:-))

      Thank you. Hope you’re enjoying spring xx

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey September 7, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I’m struggling to find any order in your creative chaos and creative clutter. There’s a lot happening in there 😉 That Chinese Stapler tho is gorgeous!


    • Reply tina September 8, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Haha. Mr Walnut Grey’s nightmare….
      Yes, the Chinese Stapler is beautiful and interesting.
      Sorry to hurt your eyes:-) x

  • Reply Sarah~Lou September 9, 2014 at 10:08 am

    A lovely way to peek into a creative mind! Look forward to hearing your news soon :0) x

    • Reply tina September 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Hi Sarah-Lou, thank you:-0
      Can’t wait to share… hope you’re well x

  • Reply Doris September 14, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    You are definately not a minimalist, I guess I’d say I’m somewhere in between. I love your little key holder and all that you hold in it. I now get your reference to the Eames chair you are looking to order from our conversation the other day. I love the yellow leather! xD

    • Reply tina September 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Most definitely not! :-))
      I know a bit mad, right?
      Ha. It all makes sense now. I have to still order my Eames Chair. Birthday and Christmas put together.

  • Reply Alison Sye September 16, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Oh I love this – all lush. Oh Tina, those numbered key hooks – beautiful

    • Reply tina September 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Haha, glad you also think it’s lush:-))

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