A New Pair of Glasses

If you're a graphic designer, programmer or really most any kind of job where you sit in front of a computer all day, and you're anywhere north of millenial age, you might notice that sometimes things seem a little, uh, blurry.

Taking care of your eyesight is super important, and long gone are the days of eyeglasses as a detriment to style.  I feel grateful I get to wear glasses, it's just one more accessory option in my sartorial arsenal.  So I'm on the hunt for a new pair, and I ran across these babies.

Chicago-based company Drift Eyewear makes eyeglasses out of eco-friendly materials like reclaimed wood.   If you're looking for a unique style statement with a minimal eco footprint, check them out here!


24 Karat

So what with the U.S. Dow closing at a record-breaking 20k+ yesterday, many Americans are feeling particularly flush.  Are we in for another decade of excess like the 80s?  If so, I'm all for a resurgence of the music (best music ever IMO) though maybe not the big hair (and don't you know hairspray is full of CFCs anyway!).  But I ran across these amazing images on Behance from Marjorie Lapointe-Aubert, an amazing Québécoise photographer, who does gold right.  I love her out of the box images not to mention this is one of my favorite color combos (black and gold).  Her eye for the inspiration in everyday objects is amazing, you can check out all of her amazing work right here.


Type Mix

As a graphic designer, of course I am pretty much obsessed with typography.   Maybe some designers just go along their merry way popping in a Futura Book or Classic Grotesque (or if they really want to splash out, Scriptina, the hands-down most overused script font in the world if you ask me), but I am super picky about type.  I spend hours combing font sites and looking for new fonts, particularly ones that you don't see everywhere, and I love any kind of typography collage or inspiration board.

The new trend these days seems to be handwritten or hand-drawn fonts, which is awesome if you're a true fine artist, but I'm actually not so I'm pretty reliant upon manipulating existing fonts and using Illustrator or Photoshop brushes to get that hand-drawn look that is featured in some of these photos.  I have a huge collection of hand-drawn typography on my Pinterest board here so if you're looking for some inspiration of the edgy boho script type, feel free to check it out, just a few samples above.

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Greenery Reboot

I guess all designers heard that Greenery is the new Pantone Color of the Year.  I have to say I was a little disappointed in this as I feel like Greenery was the color I was using back in 2010, along with greek key and Imperial Trellis patterns.  But, who am I to contradict Pantone?!  Since I'm sort of over this color I created an inspiration board that is really Greenery Rebooted, or 2.0, a more modern, organic interpretation of bright green.  I'd love to hear your thoughts, and if you're looking for more color inspiration please feel free to check out my Pinterest board here.  Happiest of Holidays!


All Black Er'Thing

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If you've followed my own blog for any period of time, you'll know that I am a huge, huge fan of matte black.  It's my personal dream to have black walls, black furniture, all black er'thing.  But living in sunny South Florida, black is not really in the cards for me right now, you can't really have 12 hour a day sun (I know this makes you Brits jealous) and an all-black room.  But until I can snag that second home in the New England countryside, I have to content myself with virtual decorating.  So here are a few tips for interior decorating with black:

  1.  If you're going to paint a wall black, it pretty much needs to be perfect (both the wall condition and the paint job itself).  Dark paint colors aren't really suitable for old buildings with uneven walls, plaster and moulding, the dark colors tend to show imperfections.  It can be done but just be sure to thoroughly prep your walls in advance.
  2. To really achieve a full matte look, get liberal with the furniture painting.  A black room is actually a great spot to unload all of that extra furniture you might have sitting around and filling up space, or in storage.  Or you can thrift it, the point is, you're going to paint it black.  Yep!  Just like the Rolling Stones said, paint it black.  If you do matte walls I like a high-gloss black for the furniture, it makes a really nice contrast.  And black is actually easy to paint, it covers well and if you use a thick, glossy latex, you won't have to do many coats.
  3. As far as accents go, this is where you can really express your personality.  If, after painting the walls and furniture the room is too dark for you, try a few light decorative accents like silk orchids or a light metallic print for any upholstery.  Throw pillows are also an easy way to change up the look of a room quickly and easily (don't have a sofa? Try throw pillows on dining chairs).
  4. Lighting is key here.  Definitely don't use overhead lighting (I mean actually don't ever use overhead lighting, ever).  But particularly in a dark room, low, well-placed lamps are key.  You also might consider portrait lights over any artwork, this can add a nice glow to the room.

And those are just some quick pointers, I'd love to know how you go with it! And also you can view all of my matte black inspiration on my Pinterest board here!


Inspired By: Kuba Cloth

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I’ve recently been feeling inspired by African crafting and patterns (because my company serves clients from all over the world I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some African clients, and I’d really like to go someday).  There are a lot of gorgeous colors in African patterns and art, but I tend to prefer the neutrals, like Juju hats (you might like my post on juju hats here) and Kuba cloth.  Throw in some gorgeous Pampa rugs from Argentina (different continent, similar look!) to round out the effect.

Kuba textiles are made primarily in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), and they’re made with raffia palm in a piled texture to look like velvet (and who doesn’t like velvet?!).  I love them because they’re a great neutral base but with loads of visual interest.  So if you’re struggling with a neutral interior, try some of these natural patterns to incorporate a pop of global chic into your decor, and please feel free to enjoy (and share!) my graphic inspiration below!

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