Saturday, July 20, 2013

I'm moving! Care to join me?

If you haven't already been bombarded with my updates on Instagram and Facebook, I just thought I'd pop in to let you know that I will no longer be posting on Act on Inspiration. Recently I started a little business venture (which I hope to share with you in the coming months - hope being the operative word!) therefore decided it was time for a social media overhaul. I will no longer be using Act on Inspiration (AoI) or any of it's associated media, instead posting and sharing all the beautiful and inspiring content I come across on my new blog, Crave by Lust Creative and my new Facebook, Twittertumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram pages. Everything you see, hear and read will be exactly the same as it was before, just with a fresh new look. I hope you like it, and would love to hear any feed back you may have.
Thank you to those who choose to continue traveling with me on my evolving journey as a designer and blogger, and I hope you enjoyed my last post here on Act on Inspiration, Winter decadence - I certainly thought it was a lovely post to finish up on. Ashleigh xxoo

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Winter decadence

I first spotted this wedding on The Lane and instantly fell in love with the detail, decadence and personality it had. That and the glamours wintry vibe; I knew I had to share it and knew it had to be smack bang in the middle of winter, to remind us that as cold and gloomy that winter may be, it can be just as magical as any mid summers night. 
This wedding, of Dave and Olivia, took place in Auckland, New Zealand and was "a little quirky, (with) a touch of glamour, and a little elegant rock and roll". Shot by Danelle Bohane of Danelle Bohane Photography/Facebook, the dove grey, navy, white, gold, and black colour palette was carried out beautifully from the stationery suite through to the ribbons on the bouquets. I especially loved Olivia's wedding gown and the fact that she chose to wear something that she adored and that suited her stye and personality, which is essential with every aspect of your wedding day.

And for something a little different in this months wedding post, I've included an infographic from Wedding Paper Divas; two things I love - infographcs and stationery (can you tell I'm a graphic designer?!) Hope you like it =)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Moody Tuesdays

This week's mood board comes from Southern Weddings Magazine and is titled Southern Gothic, as it was designed in honour of Halloween. But I think  it has a gorgeous wintry sophistication to it.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Designer ice cream

I've been doing a bit of logo and branding work lately, and I always love when I come across amazing brand identity work - the kind that makes you buy something, or go somewhere, or use something simply because it is packaged, marketed and/or designed well. I am a marketers dream customer; I have on many occasions been swayed to buy something simply because I like the design of the label, or it is packaged well or I liked the advertising campaign. Much like this identity work that I am sharing today; in simple terms the store is an ice cream shop, but through the naming, branding, store design, stationery and packaging, the customer experience becomes so much more involved.
Creative agency Manic in Singapore, created this customer experince for an up-market gelateria and cafe in China, Shovel & Bell. From the simple, sophisticated logo to the sleek stationery and packaging, the experience is luxurious and succinct, which continues through to the in store design and finishes, as well as the employee uniforms, complete with bow tie. On top of all this, I adore beautiful branding photography (something which I mention a lot) and the images below are just stunning. I hope I get to enjoy the Shovel & Bell experience one day, and be swayed by the beautiful packaging and instore design into eating far too much ice cream!

Images via Manic and Identity Designed

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Moody Tuesdays

This week's mood board comes from Colors of Honey and features simple, rustic styling with striking details; such as big beautiful blooms and an eye catching cake.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Style mix

This Brooklyn home caught my eye the other day as it's colour palette is currently very me; black and white paired with neutrals finished with pops of colour throughout. It also helps that those pops of colour are turquoise, hot pink and bright red. It also has a very cool architecture style after recently being remodelled. Appearing on Design*Sponge and designed by interior designer Jessica Helgerson, I love how ultra modern elements have been mixed with second hand pieces, items picked up or sourced from overseas, as well as vintage elements. For example in the bedroom; the head board and bench are new and ultra modern, the colourful bed pillows are made with remnants of the sofa upholstery which was made with 18 vintage Peruvian blankets, and the floorboards are herringbone, a style which to me is instantly historic. A perfect example of how you can mix styles, eras and tastes for a unique, personalised look.

Images via Design*Sponge

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Moody Tuesdays

This week's mood board comes from Camille Styles and is titled Stormy Blue, a perfect reflection of Melbourne in July. I'm a huge fan of rich blue colourings too, especially when paired with creams and golds.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Artistic awe

When it comes to being an artist I am very much a straight down the line graphic designer; I cannot paint, I cannot sculpt and I most certainly cannot sew - not that I haven't tried all of these things, they just aren't my calling ;-) So anyone who has artistic talents where I am challenged I am in awe of. 
When I first came across the work of Laura Amiss I fell in love - with the colours, shapes and most of all, the subject matter. Laura is an English born textile artist living in Amsterdam, who hand makes canvases - many of which are printed then finished with free hand machine embroidery. Her subject matter varies from everyday objects and still life pieces, to my favourite, vibrant cityscapes. On her etsy site she says "My two passions are textiles and illustration, I have endeavoured to combine the two in my work." Which I think she has done quite nicely. Below are a few of my favourite pieces, but you can view more of her work both on her website and etsy site.

Images via Laura Amiss

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Moody Tuesdays

This week's mood board comes from Design Happens, and rather than having a trending theme or colour inspiration, it's focus is on one of my favourite motifs; the flamingo. 

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