bits of inspiration – #100.

Valentine’s Day is coming up next week and if you don’t have any special plans (or even if you do) you should check out the Handmade Valentine Exchange project. The exchange encourages people from all over the world to participate in creating and sending handmade valentines to strangers across the globe. The project was started by photographer and art director, Julia Parris, in 2011 and has been going strong since. I love a good craft project and I also really love the nostalgia of creating and receiving valentines like grade-school children (an aside: do kids still do this?). This would be a perfect girls’ night or snow day activity. Some of my favorite featured valentines are below. Enjoy!

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refinery29 graphic artists & the women’s march.

header image by Hanna Barczyk

This Saturday, women in cities all over the country will march in protest of hate, intolerance and acts of violence on the inaugural weekend of the 45th president. While I will personally be participating in the Boston march, the largest and most prominent of these demonstrations will occur on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. Inspired by the Women’s March, Refinery29’s creative department has created a series of graphic compositions which speak to the spirit and mission of these demonstrations. I’ve shared just a few of my favorites below but I highly recommend checking out the entire body of work here.

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Marylou Faure


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Lauren-Rolwing


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Anna Sudit


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Alex Marino


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Bailey Sullivan

rooms with herringbone floors.

My latest interiors obsession is herringbone patterned floor design. This design element compliments both contemporary and traditional spaces and adds a dimension of texture and movement to every room it occupies. I think my favorite examples are those in hardwood flooring where the tone of floor boards vary throughout (see the first example below). That being said, herringbone patterns have also been popping up in tile and brick flooring and the results are really impressive.

Below I’ve compiled some of my favorite examples of rooms with herringbone flooring. Happy Friday and enjoy!

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my unfinished home


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apartment therapy


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Bo Bedre


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Carla Aston


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desire to inspire


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Design Meet Style


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Emily Henderson


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Fashion Squad


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Gravity Home


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Honestly WTF


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My Domaine


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My Domaine


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Small Design Ideas

bits of inspiration – #99.

I’m very fortunate to work for a company with a lot of employee benefits – including free daily lunch. For this reason I rarely feel any pangs of jealousy when hearing about other company’s office perks. However, seeing photos from DropBox’s San Fransisco headquarters and their beautiful cafeteria, I have to say, made me a little bit envious of the people that get to enjoy that space every day. The 5,000 sq. ft dining hall was designed by NYC firm, AvroKo. Here’s what they have to say about the project:

“Taking inspiration from one of the company’s mottos, ‘sweat the details,’ the design focuses on small features and individually crafted furniture and lighting to transform moods and create a flexible space.”

Check out some of my favorite images below.

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Photography by Garrett Rowland


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Photography by Garrett Rowland


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Photography by Garrett Rowland

bits of inspiration – #98.

Finally getting back to the blog after a long holiday break from posting. This first post of 2017 features a truly unique home in Southern Utah being auctioned later this month. The Utah Cliff House is, as the name suggests, built into a cliff in the Utah desert near Arches National Park. The 2,100 square foot residence includes an additional 12 acres of property and comes equipped with modern amenities despite its remote location. The original architects and owners of the home are looking to auction their remarkable property to a buyer who shares their passion for the land and history of the site.

While I don’t think I’d be the right buyer, I have to say that seeing these images has made me nostalgic for the trip I took last year to Arches National Park. Check out the video below for a tour of the home and its surrounding property. Enjoy!

 

bits of inspiration – #97.

I have this reoccurring issue where every time I try to do my holiday shopping for friends and family, all I can seem to find are gifts that I would like to receive. I was searching the internet this week for some unconventional subscription services that might make good presents and came across Papirmass, a subscription model which delivers exclusive art prints by up-and-coming artists to its subscribers. I love how this business seeks to lift up its artists while simulataneously enriching the homes of its subsribers. If I didn’t already own more art than can fit on the walls of my apartment I would absolutely be enrolling myself in this service.

Papirmass also hosts a blog on its website where you can see more work from artists and read about new features to the subscription service. Below I’ve included some of my favorite pieces from Papirmass’ December featured artists, Matt Harrison Clough. You can read an interview with the artist here.

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image courtesy of Papirmass and Matt Harrison Clough


mattharrison4image courtesy of Papirmass and Matt Harrison Clough


mattharrison3image courtesy of Papirmass and Matt Harrison Clough


mattharrison2image courtesy of Papirmass and Matt Harrison Clough