Colour-Coded Inspiration: Mint & Coral

By Marica

Wow, we haven’t done a Colour-Coded Inspiration in ages – about high time!

The following beautiful colour combo has been trending for almost two years now, and we have been dying to use it in a colour-coded post. Unfortunately, the South African retail market is rather sluggish in introducing these amazing colours into our local décor and homeware stores. Even today I struggled to find local product in these colourways (seriously retail people   wakey-wakey)! So, in order share this delicious combo with you I sourced all the products from Etsy!

Mint is a soft pale green with a tiny touch of blue – in other words it is not a lemony green. I have seen quite a few misinterpretations of the true colour of Mint. Just for the record – Mint should always be more green than blue, Mint is not a light Aqua. If you are ever in doubt go to the shops and buy yourself a tub of mint chocolate chip ice cream – now that is the right colour!

Coral is a pinkish-orange colour, however you get a variety of different shades of coral. For example, where Coral is a more orange than pink, Coral Pink is more pink than orange. There is also Light Coral (think deep peach or salmon) and Coral Red which is a bright red-orange.

Mint is fresh and cool, Coral is warm and lively – this is what makes this colour pairing so perfect. It reminds me of a cool spring day!

Coral & Mint ǀ Colour-Coded Inspiration ǀ The Design Tabloid

Featured Image via COCOCOZY. From top right:  Origami Pendant Light – nellianna | Coral Crocheted Lampshade – MadeByMo | Burst Bowl – upintheairsomewhere | Retro Chair – Kitschdecors | Coral Pillow Set – ElemenOPillows | Mint Ferris Wheel Cushion – CarolineKollektart | Porcelain Cups – villarrealceramics | Mint Ampersand – ThePineNuts | Coral Wall Clock – DesignAtelierArticle

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Sunshine Lemons

By Marica

I was browsing through Etsy searching for some Easter inspiration when I stumbled upon these adorable digital designs by Sunshine Lemons (adorable name too)! The brainchild of Louise Sanders, Sunshine Lemons specializes in digital scrapbooking paper sets and party printables that range anything from labels, gift tags and greeting cards, to cake toppers, coaster designs and paper bunting (you just need a little imagination).

Super pretty Shabby Chic bunting printables! This set can be purchased through the Sunshine Lemons' Etsy shop.

This is an excellent resource if you are one of those crafty DIY humans. Furthermore, the extreme cuteness-factor in Louise’s designs makes for perfect kids party decorations and invites.

Another exciting little fact about Sunshine Lemons – she’s from Durban. And you know how I LOVE to find new South African creatives – especially on Etsy!

You can also download this awesome digital Easter freebie (below) from Sunshine Lemons’ website: here… Boy, I love freebies!

You can download this adorable Easter printable from Sunshine Lemons' website...

As inspiration and to wish you all a happy Easter, here is some of Sunshine Lemons’ beautiful digital designs – all available for purchase on her Etsy shop: here

Rose and I love this Babushka digital scrapbook paper set. So beautiful... wonder if Louise added the "ya ya" part as a Kate Bush tribute? This set can be purchased through the Sunshine Lemons Etsy shop.
Easter printable set. This set can be purchased through the Sunshine Lemons Etsy shop.
Easter bunnies! This set can be purchased through the Sunshine Lemons Etsy shop.
A little bit of Vintage Paris! This set can be purchased through the Sunshine Lemons Etsy shop.
Gorgeous rainbow themed party printables for a baby shower. So clever! This set can be purchased through the Sunshine Lemons Etsy shop.
Cute Easter printable set - I almost feel inspired to make my own Easter greeting cards! This set can be purchased through the Sunshine Lemons Etsy shop.

Do check out Sunshine Lemons’ website and Etsy shop for more adorable digital printables. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy Easter everyone! Have an awesome long weekend!

Love  Rose & Marica xxx

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Celebrating The British Royal Wedding

We are all obviously aware of the “Royal Wedding Fever” that has gripped most of the world, including a great number of us in South Africa. The anticipation is now reaching fever pitch, with Royals Wedding get-togethers being arranged by most I know, including moi. Snacks – cucumber sandwiches, followed by Bangers and Mash. All things Brit tomorrow. But oh, how I wish I could be there – in London, the place I have a passion for, just to be part of their wedding “gees”.

No matter though, after having watched as many of the Royal Wedding episodes on the BBC Knowledge channel as I could, scoured through the videos on Yahoo, read through the headlines of our counterpart tabloids in Britain, I can now say that I am well and truly prepared for this big event and have enough gees for all.

Although we as Design Monarchy were sadly not included on the guest list as international monarchs, we thought we would nevertheless tip our crown to the British Monarchy in celebration of their Royal Wedding, by displaying cool, quirky, creative British decor goodies.

Now for a titbit of tabloid skinny – (unlike a number of the British tabloids, we pride ourselves in bringing news of a positive nature, inspiring – take a lesson The Sun!)

Princess Diana was responsible for major shifts in the way the British monarchy interact with the public – which we all know and sincerely appreciate that she brought the Crown to the People. Although it came at huge emotional cost to her, she managed to serve the people of Britain with warmth that had been lacking for so long. Thereafter the Windsors managed to shake off their cold, stuffy image by becoming a “welfare monarchy” – dedicated to charitable work.

William in the spirit of his mom, together with his new wife Kate is driving that shift further forward. They are the Modern Monarchs that dare to organise a full disco party for their friends on the night of their wedding in none other than Buckingham Palace. I would say that could be a first. Hats off to the Queen for opening the doors of the Palace for this party and taking herself and the Duke off to Windsor Castle for the night. May she sleep tight while the Royal Wedding rocks on!

According to historian Dominic Sandbrook, price William might have chose his commoner wife for romantic reasons, that is obvious I would think, but he also picked a perfect candidate “to show that the royal family is ready to embrace a more democratic century”. An era that many Brits would welcome I would imagine.

So, in closing, Design Monarchy wishes Prince William and Kate Middleton a wonderful wedding day. And, like we say to each other, “looking forward to see the pics”.

Celebrate and enjoy this wedding in royal style wherever you find yourself.