Kerbisher & Malt – our new local

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Over the last 6 months, I’ve been working on Kerbisher & Malt’s branding and print/web design, directly with one of the owners, Nick Crossley. Nick & Saul Reuben opened their first shop in Brook Green in May 2011, with the aim of creating simple, fresh and tasty fish and chips. All the fish they use are from sustainable sources. Chips are twice-cooked and salads, mushy peas and batters are all handmade without preservatives. They offer a great selection of beers and coffees, environmentally friendly packaging and a nice place to sit down.

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Since then, they have opened some more shops in Ealing Broadway, Mortlake/Sheen and in May, Clapham – each with their own style. My husband and I went down to the recent opening of the über stylish Mortlake/Sheen restaurant, where we not only enjoyed a fantastic meal (go the Fillet of Fish Burger!!!)…

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…but got to see some of my recent work in action, including menus, postcards, leaflets, signage and mirror graphics which we designed to capture a vintage French bistro feel, featuring some of K&M’s most popular dishes…

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It’s really enjoyable working on such a contemporary brand with such a strong identity. We’ve refreshed the logo ever so slightly, with the introduction of a bespoke ampersand that subtly resembles a fish hook…

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… and we’ve revamped the look of the website, with all the focus being on their beautiful imagery and the many, many great reviews they have received from prestigious people and publications!

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Photography by Tom Bowles

Gluten-free evening at Hummus Bros, Exmouth Market

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Hummus Bros put on a lovely evening last night, bringing together the gluten intolerant and coeliac community with some super GF suppliers over a selection of great food! 

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(I designed that….)

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(and I ate that….) Personally I LOVE that Hummus Bros hummus is garlic free – you can add this option after if you’re a garlic lover, but I think it’s nice to have the choice. Their offering is largely gluten-free and super delicious (chocolate brownie is RIDICULOUSLY good. As a non-sufferer of such intolerances, I would never have known it was GF)! Check out the menus here. 

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The Exmouth Market store was packed and emanating a friendly and vibrant atmosphere, plus we got a fantastic goodie bag crammed with samples and info from suppliers including Crate of NothingIntolerant LondonDrossaGluten Free DelicesB TemptedEat Natural and Alara.

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In other Hummus Bros news, the exmouth market branch are now serving breakfast, and offer a BYO booze service in the evenings.

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If you’re interesting in attending one of these evenings, or have any ideas and suggestions for future evenings contact the MD at jon@hbros.co.uk

New year walk to Petersham Nurseries in Richmond

Had a lovely crisp walk this morning in Richmond and came upon Petersham Nurseries down by the river. Been meaning to go here for a while as it has a lovely teahouse with some stunning looking food and a warm and snuggly greenhouse setting for eating and drinking. 

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There is plenty for the shoppers with many delightful homeware trinkets as well as high end interior/exterior pieces. For the fine diners, the highly regarded cafe looks like a great place for a special lunch or dinner… Michelin star rated I believe!

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Definitely worth a visit any time of the year!

 

Autumn leaves

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Lindsay and Wade’s save the dates just arrived – right on season! They are getting married at St Andrews church in Niagara and asked me to create a sketch of the actual church with a few trees and falling leaves as an introduction to their autumnal themed wedding. We printed 100 save the date postcards which they sent out to their guests and I also supplied them with an image to personalise their wedding in the same style.

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1st Anniversary – Paper

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Having designed Pete and Laura’s wedding invitations one year ago, Laura contacted me about creating a special print for their first anniversary – perfect as traditionally the first year anniversary you should be a gift of paper. Laura wanted her vows designed in the same style as their invitations. Lovely touch!

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Kind words from a client….

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Hi Bridget,

I want to extend our thanks for the amazing work you did for us around our wedding.

You were of course our first port of call when it came to designing our wedding stationery, given the fantastic work you have previously carried out for us with the business branding and logo design, business stationery and work portfolios etc. But you offered us more than fantastic designs for our wedding stationery. You encouraged us to consider the bigger picture and make decisions on styling which in turn led to the direction for our stationery. You gave us invaluable advice about elements we might not have otherwise thought of and offered creative ways we might link our stationery back to other items which were to be included in our wedding.

You were very thoughtful in your approach to our initial brief and managed to interpret our thinking perfectly. Your designs were spot on and excitingly, we could have chosen from any of the initial designs presented. Throughout each stage you were extremely timely and delivered exactly as promised. Your advice was always considered and you were attentive at every turn. You made the whole process so easy for us.

During our early planning stages, I don’t think we understood how important well designed stationery would be to the over all look and feel of our wedding celebration. Working with you to pull together all the elements for our wedding was certainly a fun part of the process and it was undoubtedly worth every effort when we saw the overall outcome on the day.

Thank you again and we look forward to working with you in the future, Anna & Fletcher.

Calligraphy & Cotton

Here are the gorgeous professional photos of Dani and Tom Cotton’s incredibly stylish cotton themed wedding. These were taken by the clearly talented and very friendly photographer Jay Rowden.

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Dani, Tom and I worked together to bring their vision of understated, stylish and romantic stationery to life. A calligraphic font with trailing swashes, reminiscent of cotton thread, combined with the modern and crisp chevron pattern, used in moderation, tastefully complimented their very elegant theme.

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This was a lovely touch I’d not come across before – handkerchiefs were provided to the guests at the ceremony. We put these in little A7 envelopes which we then decorated with ‘happy tears’ stickers….

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This was a very unique alternative to the typical table plan!  There are so many clever and cost effective ways to do this – a great source of inspiration is right here.

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Absolutely love the little cotton ball touch on the place setting!

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Eat, drink and be married… in Taupo!

Anna and Fletcher tied the knot at the edge of beautiful Lake Taupo on a typical blazingly hot February day in NZ. We were fortunate to attend as Anna and Fletcher are good friends of ours, so it was an added bonus to see this stationery in action! Their colours were largely led by the nature of the setting and the flowers – leafy green, white, cream and grey as an accent colour which kept things fresh and modern. Anna was particularly keen on the style of the typographic Barn Style stationery I had designed for another couple, so we personalised this with new fonts and colours and rolled it out across signage, favour tags and all other stationery elements.

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Some pics are my own, but some below were taken by the couples photographer Jessica Mouatt who is based in Taupo, NZ. The couple recommend her highly – her photos are clearly fantastic!

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We designed this type and printed it onto an A3 sheet of card which Anna then hand cut out so they could spray paint the stencil onto the wooden sign. Very rustic and a cost effect solution to stylish signage!

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We were very impressed by the awesome car and how it was used as a mobile bar down by the lake side after the ceremony.

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As the ceremony was held in Anna’s parents Taupo home, we created signs for the bathrooms, gift table and cake, tying all these elements together in the same style.

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Anna bought these frames from Paperchase in London which went beautifully with the white roses in her flowers. I love how the style of the frames varied but were consistent in their colouring.

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Anna’s Mum and Sister in law made jams and chutneys which we labels with ‘Spread the Love’ tags as favours for the guests. I took two…

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Another creative solution for the table plan – Anna’s mum strung up the cards we designed on a gorgeous old wooden ladder. Such a nice touch, especially with the Maori table numbers. Keeping it Kiwi!

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If you’re newly engaged, a save the date around a year or so prior to your wedding is a great way to lock in your guests, especially those from overseas, and give them a sneak peak of what they can look forward to. I can design you something that can be emailed to save on print costs, or send out a simple post card with print costs starting at only £29.90 for up to x100 A6 cards.

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Truck Stop – Canary Wharf 4.7.13

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What a great Thursday surprise to welcome in this heat wave! My husband booked us tickets this morning, for only a tenner (which you get back in Truck Stop dollars to spend on drinks), to pop-up event Truck Stop, where we enjoyed the best that London food trucks have to offer, amongst the suited and booted Canary Wharfies. An impossible choice made easy; gourmet hotdogs, burgers, spicy fried chicken or fancy mac’n’cheese? Go for all 4. Fresh and funky cocktails complimented the tastes and the temperature, and the beats weren’t too shabby either. It’s on again tomorrow night and the first Thursday and Friday nights of August and September. Do it. It’s fun and yum.

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French lavender wedding stationery

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This is Rebecca and Alistair’s full range of stationery in action! You may remember the save the date designed a fair while back (just below), well from this point we went on to create the full stationery suite, further expanding on themes of travel, France, Italy, The Mudbrick Cafe and lavender.

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The invitations were printed using letterpress with a fresh sprig of lavender tied with twine. We simplified the main wedding logo and created a wooden stamp (bottom left of invitation) using only the element of the lavender sprig and ampersand (which worked also as a bow) and just the letters R and A. The wooden stamp was then used on the place cards, table plan and thank you cards. Not only was this a lovely way to roll out and retain the styling of the stationery but it kept design and printing costs down!

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The order of service was a simple folded A4 page featuring the wedding logo and a lovely quote by Hugh Prather.

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The look and feel of the stationery was charming because of the mixture of elements – the watercolour from the save the date was used for the table names (all Alistair and Bex’s favourite travel destinations), fresh sprigs of  lavender with twine bound the menu together, and Bex used the wooden stamp for the place cards, then hand wrote the names.

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Wooden stamps are a great way to ‘brand’ your wedding – it creates something memorable and iconic that can be used on many elements in many ways. From sweet bags to envelopes to your wedding photo album… I like to use The English Stamp Company.

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For full pricing info or to order click here.