28 March 2011


2011 ADDY Award Winning Designs

The 2011 ADDY Awards were presented on Feb. 24 and we are thrilled to have received three ADDY Awards for pieces of work from our art & design studio.

[pictured: Tatine Seasons of Enchantment candle packaging, Tatine Ambient candle packaging, and The Invisible Chef Bed & Breakfast Favorites gourmet pancake & waffle mix packaging]

And we are overjoyed to have received a 4th award at the event ceremony: a prestigious Judges Award for our package designs for The Invisible Chef. A true honour, indeed!

02 April 2010

2010 HOW International Design Annual

The 2010 HOW International Design Competition honors à la mode designs with an award for the Garden + Forest Infusions package design created for tatine.

02 February 2010

à la mode designs is an 2010 ADDY winner!

à la mode designs art & design studio has been honored with two Addy Awards! Package designs for tatine Garden + Forest Infusions and tatine Bistro Cubes {both pictured below} were chosen and both awarded an Addy by the American Advertising Federation. What delight!

11 September 2009

be•lov•ed sea•son

I am in love. Autumn is by far my most favorite time of year. I anticipate and so look forward to this season and I am amazed each year how it swoons me. Everything about it captures my heart. Everything.

01 August 2009

flea mar•ket score

I admit - I am a bit of a flea market junkie. Well, let's be honest, it's more than a bit! I LOVE waking early, loading up the car with what I'll need for the day for me and Emma (my almost one year old baby girl), swinging by my mom's house to pick her up, and then heading out to the flea market. There is something about it that is just good for the soul.

I'll pass on furniture from a store all shiny with a new varnish. No, thanks. Give me the rough, tumbled, weathered, and used and I will repurpose it for my home or studio. Like these industrial metal crates I scored on my excursion today. I can't wait to put these babies to use!

01 May 2009


We are so thrilled for one of our beloved clients, Tatine, whose amazing handcrafted PURE BEESWAX rustique Tapers & rustique Bistro Cube candles are now being sold in Anthropologie stores nationwide and online. We loved helping create these package designs which are letterpressed on an industrial kraft paper that is created from renewable hydro electric energy and printed with pure vegetable based ink.

Every candle from Tatine is carefully and lovingly made by hand in their ar'tis•an•al Chicago studio. Each candle is truly unique and truly beautiful.

(images: anthropologie)

21 April 2009

font frol•ic

I am crazy about fonts. A bit obsessed actually.

I can spot Helvetica from a mile away or swoon in the land of Bickham Script. From sans serif and serif to handwritten and calligraphy to vintage typewriter styles, I lavish in the uniqueness of the glyphs and curvatures. Each stroke of line that forms each solitary shape so purposeful. And don't even get me started about numbers. Oh, how I doth love each digit!

Whether a typeface is used to create an identity and brand a company or form the sentences of the chapters of your favorite novel that you lose yourself in, fonts are such a integral part of design.

And they sure make me happy.