It’s very hard for me to resist a color palette that conjures up a bright summer day at the beach (especially when you’re stuck in Seattle’s winter gloom!)  These acrylic sculptures from Phillip Low are the perfect antidote to my current battle against gray skies and rain.  For me, art is something I instantly turn to when I want to remedy a bad mood!  I hope this post brightens your day right up too, wherever you may be.

    Art by Phillip Low

  2. Inspired by polar opposites



    Black and white is my go to “color” combination. No matter what it is, if it’s black and white I can guarantee you I have pinned it on Pinterest or thought about pinning it but restrained myself. Pinterest has proven to be a great tool for myself when it comes to figuring out what trends, design, colors, etc that I’m drawn to. Within your own pin boards you start to see reoccurring themes and I’ve used that gained knowledge to tailor my design style

    These are just a few of the many images that have been inspiring me. What else (besides Pinterest) do you use to gather inspiration?

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  3. recreate it / 18

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    I thought this spread from Ink Magazine was intensely cool. Focusing on shaking things up with repetition + typography, aren’t we!? Sure, the designer could have simply had “Mikkat Market” centered on the right side with plenty of white space. But you know what? They didn’t! A little fun was thrown in … I mean, how often do you see a full page of repeated text like this?

    I had a blast with my example of typography repetition on the bottom and decided to take it a step further by overlapping my text on top of the image. It added a little extra dimension for kicks. Go have fun and repeat things like crazy, folks!

    Ink Magazine / photograph / knockout / blogged by breanna rose



  4. Lived in



    I spend entirely too much time searching the internet for inspiring home interiors. Interiors have nothing to do with my day job, no my freelance jobs, but I’m always making time to keep looking (maybe it’s because I don’t spend my days living and breathing interiors as a “interior designer”  or “stylist” would. Whatever the reason, I love it…and I especially love to see a beautifully photographed home that isn’t stage/styled. It’s nice to see the untouched signs of everyday life ( unperfect stacks of books, scribbles on a wall,  or even a grumpy face).

    This finland family home is the perfect combination of beautiful photography (by Riikka Kantinkoski) and a lived in concept (concepted by Mirja Karjula)

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    Toast has recently released their new spring items and boy are they good. I love all the natural materials, quality construction and of course their use of bright colors here and there. If you haven’t already, I’d go check out the site and see what items you’re drawn to. So much good stuff it’s hard not to “add all to cart”. The above images are just a few of my favorite items.


  6. An Early Spring Thing


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    As a designer/creative person, I am constantly on the look out for things that will inspire me and bookmarking them for later. Pinterest has been a really great tool to aid in the process, but at some point you have to pick through the weeds to find inspiration for a particular project. My process is usually like this…

    Step 1: Find some tunes that fit your current mood or the mood of the project you’re working on. (in this case: Coeurs De Pirate, Berceuse)

    Step 2: Sift through all your gathered images/resources/links and pull out the ones that fit nicely with your concept or tone.

    Step 3: Organize your findings neatly to help you tell your story

    * Look for more of my mood boards in the future.

  7. Mr. Sullivan’s Polaroids


    I’m a recent following of Mister Sullivan’s photography. I believe I first came across one of his horse photos via tumblr and I’ve been in love ever since. He shoots in many different camera formats, with my favorite being his Polaroid work. Michael Sullivan is a designer/photographer living in Wales, UK. He’s pretty darn talented guys! View HIS PORTFOLIO & FLICKR pages here!

  8. Friday Finds & Favorites // 56

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    1. This is a really beautiful photo series documenting bring Baby Alba into the world, via Miss Moss.

    2. It’s What I’m Into is my fav blog of the week. Very inspiring posts about culture, fashion, interiors.

    3. The Sally Richardson Melbourne Home featured on The Design Files is just gorgeous. I love all the artsy details throughout.

    4. Land & Shape has an amazing portfolio featuring quirky illustrations

    5. Look at these illustrations by Ericka Olson Gross. I just love her style.

    6. Check out this rag pillow pouf DIY. If I knew how to crochet, I’d do it!

    7. This hotel looks like a fun stay. Has the Ace Hotel vibe, but in Texas!

    8. I love everything about this No-Stree cafe. What a great idea.

    9. And look at this itty bitty moble coffee cart. Such a cutie isn’t it?

    10. Very well done publications from the men’s store OEN.

    Happy Weekend!

  9. Simple Living via Milk Magazine


    One of my favorite sources on interior inspiration is Milk Magazine. This home was recently featured and that you can live with kids and without the mass of primary colors that come along with them. Melanie Ireland, the designer for Simple Kids visited this home several times before making it her own. She fell in love with the homes well preserved old details such as the old mirrors, wooden floors, high ceilings and large windows.

    Read this article here–>