I visited Home and Top Drawer on Monday, the trade show for design-led products and went to visit the stand of one of my favourite British brands ever, Anorak. Laurie’s famous ‘kissing animals’ prints adorned bedding, homewares and accessories displayed on a bunkbed, chest of drawers and shelving that have been transformed with wood grain effect drawn with black and light grey marker (me thinks something like a Sharpie).
These high impact pieces of furniture which all look like they’re from Ikea, are wonderful, individualised statement pieces achieved on a budget with a bit of patience. Practice on paper first (or with a pencil on the furniture) and aim for organic shapes – lots of distorted ovals and circles plus wavy lines. The grey shading adds depth. If in doubt, I had a quick search on how to draw wood grain so try eHow (not sure about her jagged drawing but otherwise useful!) and Dragoart, or take a flick though one of your child’s books for further inspiration. Also check out Lu’s feature on woodland themed ideas for kids rooms for more inspiration plus Roddy & Ginger do divine woodland wallpaper for a feature wall.
And yes, they are towels that you can see hanging up – swoon! They’re due out this spring!
Thanks to Anorak for providing images!