Welcome to my tiny apartment in Oakland, California! I really enjoyed the studio tour I put together for you last year and thought I would do the same with a more personal space of mine, my living room. It’s not much but I sure do love it ( …and hate it at times, lets be honest ) I share the apartment with my husband, our 2 bikes, and my business. See that open door to the right of me? That’s my current at home office. Although, that will changing ( again ) soon, as I just found another studio space I’ll be moving into. yay! More on that later, I’m sure.
We’ve been through many ups and downs over the last 2 years here — stolen plants, block-parties, crazy neighbors, oakland protests, new restaurants, leaky roofs, evening walks, new friends… The main takeaway ( besides Calif. is awesome! ) has been to live as minimally as possible. There is such little storage that we physically can’t own much – there’s no arguing it. At first it annoyed the hell out of me but now I welcome the challenge. I consider all of my purchases, down to how many rolls of toilet paper we can store, ha.
One thought that always leaves me feeling excited and grounded at the same time, is that we’ll have many other homes throughout our lives, outside of this little space. I love to remind myself this when I get frustrated or complacent about my current situation. It inspires me to live more in the now and enjoy what I have today, which can be very difficult at times.
+ Enjoy the look around!
Bubba and I made our coffee table in a few hours one afternoon — it was super simple. We don’t have a dining room or any kind of kitchen table so we spend a lot of time at it — all of our meals, drinks, chats with friends, movies, email-sessions… everything!
Our new couch ( I’m obsessed ) is the Atwood Sofa by Gus Modern – via Smart Furniture! As you can imagine, we needed something that was nice to look at AND comfortable. The walnut base and button-tufted upholstery sold me. It’s an excellent option for a clean modern living room!
+ Frey II by Albert Frey ( …what dreams are made of )
I’m so excited to announce that I am apart of this years PS Mod Squad! We’re headed to Palm Springs in a few weeks to cover everything Modernism Week has to offer. We’ll be attending modern architecture tours, design events, and parties all in celebration of the warm, eclectic city in the desert. I’m especially excited to hear Todd Oldham’s lecture on his love for Alexander Girard.
You can follow along on my profile and with #PSModSquad and #ModernismWeek
The 2015 Mod Squad
I’ll be in great company!
Jessie Webster @JessieWebster
Jonathan Lo @happymundane
Eva Goicochea @EvaGoicochea
Jamie Derringer @designmilk
Emma Robertson @emmadime
Lindsay Stetson @mstetsondesign
Jeff Mindell @JeffMindell
Kelly Mindell @StudioDIY
Kelly Lee @KellyGolightly
Amanda Dawbarn @100_LayerCake
Sal Camarena @StylistSalvador
Check out a couple of projects that really caught my eye this week! When I saw them, I had that “oh wow!!” moment, ya know?? The one that leaves you feeling like you should rush back to work so you can create something just as amazing!
…and while I’m on the topic of work, can we ( I’m talking to anyone with a desk job ) please talk about how much it SUCKS to sit at a desk all day. I’ve been putting in longer days this month, trying to get to a good stopping place before the holidays — my legs, back, and neck are not happy! I try my best to take regular breaks but that involves heating up my coffee or… checking to see if the mail has come. I’ll get a casual bike ride or yoga session in but surely this is not enough to balance out how much time I sit, perfectly still, at my computer. After reading way too many articles and officially freaking myself out, I rigged my desk so that I could stand at it ( envision lots of boxes and stacked books, ha ). I stood for an entire day and it felt amazing. It was slightly exhausting but I did feel better. I’m convinced I need to set up a more permanent standing work station! You?
+ Notebooks II by Deutsche & Japaner
+ Hellstrøm Juleaquavit by Olssøn Barbieri
+ The Image is Found by GoForth Creative
+ This fan installation by RAW color
Chelsea and I are so excited about todays post! It’s been a while since we’ve invited someone to be apart of our Traveling Stamp series so we decided to take it back into our own hands and create something new. As the holiday season is upon is, it seemed fitting to explore wrapping paper.
Growing up, my mother always took gift-giving very seriously — the presentation and un-wrapping experience was just as important as the gift! She put a lot of time and effort into it, making Christmas morning such a visual and enjoyable time. One year, every present was wrapped in this perfect glitter paper. By the end of the morning, we were all covered head to toe in sparkles! ( mom, does this roll of black paper look familiar? ) I still have a lot of shopping to do before I can start wrapping and shipping out treats, but I’m definitely excited to get the process started.
Next Up: We’ll be designing a new stamp for 2015 and handing it off to Amanda Jane Jones!
I also wanted to show off my new Artifact Uprising cards! I’m so impressed with this 3-in-1 design. It’s a greeting card, a photo print and a gift tag all in one. With perforated seams, these cards can be repurposed by the friends and loved-ones you send them to! I decided to pair one of our new black & white wedding photos with this bold design. Check out their other design options here.
→ Artifact Uprising has kindly offered up 25 cards to one lucky winner!!
To enter: Fill out this form
Giveaway ends on: December 8th — Goodluck!
Check out Chelsea’s wrapping paper right here!
I was working a little bit over the weekend and stumbled across these incredible vintage matchbox illustrations — I had to share! The simplicity was what struck me the most, then the color! I love how graphic and artistic they are. I don’t think I could pick a favorite! You?
+ You can find some of them here, here, and here.
I’m so excited to be apart of 5 Questions for 100 Designers – a mini project organized by Yevgeny Yermakov. He asks participants the same 5 questions in an attempt to provide short-and-sweet answers to very important topics. I got sucked in and basically read all of them, ha.
A few of my favorite interviews include /
+ Roanne Adams
+ Verena Michelitsch
+ Leta Sobierajski
+ Lotta Nieminen
The 5th question inquires about book recommendations, I’m anxious to check these out /
+ 79 Short Essays on Design by Michael Bierut
+ How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer by Debbie Millman
+ Video: The Inbox Zero System
For as long as I can remember, my morning routine has consisted of waking up, getting dressed, making some coffee, and “warming up” to all of my favorite blogs. There’s interesting content, it gets my competitive blood pumping, sometimes it sends me down a distracting rabbit hole of links but hey, why not? It has always been a fun way to start the day! I’ve recently decided to shift gears and turn all of my early morning attention towards designers and studios.
For me, a productive day starts with more of a design focused mindset — instead of reading about how to “set the perfect thanksgiving table” or where to “download new custom desktop” ( note: I love me a good blog post, I’m just trying to be more intentional about WHEN I consume this kind of information ). In an attempt to provide a more design focused morning for you ( or afternoon / evening – whenever you personally dive into blogs ), I thought I would share some work that really made an impression on me. Such inspiration! Enjoy +
+ Web Press by OfAnother
+ Black Visual Archive by Five Thousand Fingers
+ The Vine by Blok Design
+ We Are The Rhoads by Hum Creative
+ Mast Books by High Tide
+ Kay Li by We Are Branch
I have to admit, I am very very excited about the design-momentum I’ve got going right now! So much so, that I thought I’d share my roster of upcoming projects with you. Working with people that are as passionate and as talented as these entrepreneurs is all a designer can ask for!
01. Max Wanger – Los Angeles based photographer extraordinaire
02. Sonnet James – The queen of the play dress
03. Jennifer Emerling – Los Angeles based photographer ( she shot our wedding! )
04. Priscilla Gragg – Bay area based photographer
Oh, and I expanded the Oakland Surf Club Mini brand a tiny bit more.
I can’t help myself – they’ve got such great content to work with!
+ Happy Thursday!
+ See all of the Insta-Discoveries here.
01. Maddy Nye – Graphic Designer Extraordinaire
02. Leigh Savage – Designer & Art Director
03. Tara Firma – Freelance producer + Creative
04. David Kitz – Artist
I’m excited to share a little bit about my recent trip to Palm Springs for Designer Vaca ( this was my third time to attend! ) Each retreat has been uniquely different, due to the fact that I am constantly evolving as a designer – but also because the headcount grows immensely every year. This time around, my experience was incredibly driven by friendships – old and new. Yes, I’m always excited to learn new things – aka: new photo editing apps, ways to stay organized, etc etc… but I let myself push all of that aside and just focus on having fun! I had this huge urge to just play. So I did.
The trip started off by driving to Los Angeles with Bri Scarff & Chelsey Dyer – two graphic designer friends that live here in the bay. We chatted about what we’re currently working on and listened to music via an old school boom box. We then met up with the crazy cool Brooke Baker and hit up the Venice Beach area! …even though none of these spots are new to me, it’s crazy how foreign they felt when explored with a fresh set of buddies!!
+ Video by Ellay Films
+ All photos by Brooke Baker
Below is a booth-tribute to panama hats, big smiles, and pool hair.
A look that everyone seemed to be adopting that weekend!
I love reading other gals posts!
Everyone seems to have a different experience and perspective.
Check out some favs:
+ Noirve – Designer Vaca 2014
+ Becky Murphy – Vaca Resources
+ Kathleen – Power Lady Posse
+ The Fresh Exchange – A Guide to Palm Springs & Joshua Tree
+ Nubby Twiglet – Fun & Sun
+ Jane Reaction – Salvation
Tomorrow, I am heading South for an evening in Los Angeles – with a final destination of Palm Springs! I’ll be attending Designer Vaca, a retreat of sorts for female graphic and web designers from all over the country. We chill by the pool, collaborate, share experiences, and learn from each other. The environment has a relaxed anti-conference feel allowing space for creative-growth and new relationships. Some of my best designer friends were made at this retreat… so it’s also a chance to nourish our long-distance friendships in the flesh – via beer, scooters, tacos, and design!
This is my 3rd year to attend – I am obviously a fan. There is usually a little bit of overlap each year in the content that we discuss but I have ALWAYS come away from the trip with new and fresh ideas. Also, with a full 12 months in between these sessions, I experience so much growth. I am eager to talk through that with my peers and hear about their year of change.
+ Follow along via #designervaca
+ See more photos from previous years!
I’m excited to announce that Solly Baby launched their new website today – alongside the FW14 collection! After working on their product packaging a few years ago, I was ecstatic when Elle asked me to be apart of their web revamp. She is enthusiastic, driven and easy-going – everything a designer could ask for! Is it weird that I want to buy a wrap even though I don’t have a baby? I could use it as a scarf or something right, ha. Congrats Elle**
+ Photography by Max Wanger
+ Shop FW14