|Photo by Derek Fagerstrom via Movable Type|
I am seeing some pretty patterns in our new apartment--especially the more abstract ones. Maybe I'll try DIYing some bold art. That sounds like a fun weekend project to me. I did read decorating with big oversized things like artwork and rugs in smaller apartments make the room seem larger. Have you heard anything like that?
|Velveteen endpaper VELVETEEN RABBIT (1922) William Nicholson via Fox on the Run|
|Mauve Splashes by Eloise Rapp|
|Floral Explosion by Amy Sia|
|Knit in the Sun by Schumacher|
Look what I found this week, a kerning game! Ok maybe that's a little nerdy, but it's actually a lot of fun. The website gives you a word and then you move around the letters until you think it is properly kerned. Then it compares yours to the correct one and gives you a score. You can play it here
One of the coolest things about Jake working on Who Knew is that he learns a lot of random, cool facts about anything and everything. Today the episode is about flag trivia. You won't believe this but California's flag (which currently has a bear on it) was supposed to instead have a pear on it!!! The designer misread bear as pear when we was making it. Can you believe that? It seems we were meant for each other. Who knew? I guess back then there was no such thing as a revision process.
|Photo by Brian Wilkins|
|The Hungry Workshop|
|Studio on Fire|
|Oh So Beautiful Paper|
|Universal Phone Dock from Jonathan Adler|
When Jake and I decided we would start our married life together in Los Angeles, we always had it in the back of our minds that when we wanted to have kids or buy a house, we would move out of California (or at least Los Angeles). It wasn't until about a month ago that I really started loving California. I heard that it takes a person about 6 months to adjust to a new city. It took me a little over a year and a half. Don't get me wrong, it has beautiful weather and is a wonderful place to live. It just didn't have that homey feel that I grew up with. I kind of felt like an outsider. Now when I come back from a trip, the city feels familiar. It feels like home. I might just want to stay here forever. LA, I never thought I'd say this, but I love you.
|City Print by Judy Kaufmann|
I don't know if I mentioned it, but Jake and I are planing on moving in the next few months. We want to be a little closer to our friends Jake & Erika who are getting married in July! We aren't moving too far, but let's face it, 3 miles in LA can take over 30 minutes to drive sometimes. Because of this I have kind of put a halt on doing any of the bigger DIY projects. We don't know what kind of place we will be living and if the stuff we make will even work in the new place. Yes, it's a lame excuse. I just feel like I'm done making this apartment our home and anymore time decorating it is a waste. That hasn't kept me from hoarding DIY inspiration though! Since I'm probably not going to make this stuff until we move, I thought I could at least show you what projects I've been swooning over lately. Who knows, maybe you'll want to make a thing or two.
If there was one thing I could be better at, I would want it to be hand lettering. It's so beautiful and organic. I think that's part of my problem though. When I try drawing my own type, I tend to only see its faults, when in reality it's the slight inconsistencies that make it beautiful.
Sorry this post is coming so late in the day. I had some stuff I had to take care of for work this morning.
Today I want to share something with you that is really important to me. You might have seen it on the news or posted around the internet this past week. It's the Kony 2012 film by Invisible Children. Way back when I was a freshman in College (ok not wayyyy back, but a few years ago) Invisible Children came and spoke to our school about the war in Uganda; a war that has been going on since before I was born. Their first film was very moving and very effective to start the process of ending the war. However the rebel leader Joseph Kony is still out there abducting innocent children and forcing them to be soldiers. Through their work, Invisible Children have made the Ugandan child visible to the world, but Joseph Kony is a name still unknown to many. The goal of this project (Kony 2012) is to make Joseph Kony famous. Not in a good way, but as a way to raise awareness about who he is and the atrocities he is committing. It's time this war was put to an end. So watch the video, become aware and share it with a friend.
Yesterday was all about CMYK. Let's switch it up and do Pantone today. French Food designer, Emilie de Griottes put together these dessert tarts that resemble Pantone color swatches. It's color you can eat right up!
The key to any great party is a good theme. I would say Rebekah and David have the theme of all themes. What could be better than a CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) wedding? It really is perfect for any design couple who wants to show their inner art nerd. They applied the theme in such fun and clever ways too!
Yesterday I found a great video explaining the history of one of my favorite WWII propaganda posters. I could go into more detail about it, but the video tells you all you need to know!
Quill & Fox never disappoints. Their Easter line is as cute as can be. They always use the best color combinations too! I'm not sure who I would send an easter card or invitation to, but I sure want to buy one even if it's just to hang above my desk for inspiration.
Designer, Anneke Short took the words right out of my mouth. Her Confessions of a Designer poster series consist of quotes I think all designers experience or think about at some point in their career. It's kind of like a right of passage. Although I do think the 8 year old girl is a little too old to still be using Comic Sans. You've got to correct poor behavior while they're young, right?