bits of inspiration – #101.

This morning’s sunrise  from the Mass Ave bridge…

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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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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 – #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


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mattharrison3image courtesy of Papirmass and Matt Harrison Clough


mattharrison2image courtesy of Papirmass and Matt Harrison Clough

bits of inspiration – #96.

Sharing a slightly different kind of home tour today.. A cookie company in London has created what is arguably the most incredible gingerbread house of all time. The gingerbread architects as Biscuiteers Baking Company spent 500 hours creating  this 6ft-tall edible mansion, inspired by the the real-life Waddesdon Manor in the U.K. Watch the video below to see some of the work that went into this project, along with some really remarkable comparisons to the actual mansion.


video courtesy of Biscuiteers Baking Company


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photo via @biscuiteersltd


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photo via @biscuiteersltd

bits of inspiration – #94.

If you don’t currently subscribe to Feature Shoot‘s email newsletter you should sign up right now. Last week the site featured a collection of images shot using drone cameras. I personally have mixed opinions about drones. I once lived in an apartment building where one of my neighbors regularly flew his drone just outside the windows of the building and it always made me nervous that he was spying on me. That being said, I’ve recently seen some really incredible photos and videos that have been shot using drone cameras and it’s hard to argue with the beauty of the results. Below are some of my favorites from the Feature Shoot post. Check out the full collection here.

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Azurite Pond, 2016, © Michael B. Rasmussen


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Coogee beach, Sydney, Australia, © Aaron and Tom of the Vertical Project


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Shortcut, © Robert Work


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Image © Zane Isaac