Studio Plants : A Gathered Guide to Happy Indoor Flora

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Woo! It’s been a while, yes? We’re house hunting, painting, completing phase 1 of our fab condo renovation, & social marathoning galore! Crazy days over here, so thanks for keeping in touch.
Lately, as spring grows near, I keep unearthing my love for plants – & all the new green fluffy leaves to come! I so enjoy the crisp, fresh neon, almost fluorescent green spring leaves around Colorado, that I wish I knew how to keep that magic alive all year in my sunny studio. Enter, a full-force of designerly indoor plant guides to help brown thumbs {like me} enjoy leafy terrain in their creative spaces throughout the seasons.
Side Note : Did you know, research suggests having plants in your workplace can give you magical powers? “Powers” of increased retention, productivity, concentration, + overall happiness! Check out this article from FastCompany »

1. All pictures above gathered from this article via the amazing Domaine’s THE BEST LOW LIGHT PLANTS FOR YOUR DESK » A guide including the ZZ Plant, Snake Plant, Pothos, Jade, & Peperomia. 

guide62. Another post I’ve loved lately is this guest post for DesignLoveFest on HOUSE PLANTS 101 » Including the Fern, Calathea, Rubber Tree, Succulent, & Fiddle Leaf Fig. Plant care guide by: mehreen qudosi – see more floral posts here! Photography by: sheila gim

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3. & lastly, a quick version from Justina Blakeney. An illustrated guide of happy plants, 9-ways to bring nature indoors for brown thumbs. Check out her quick synopsis on the Jade Plant, Eternity Plant, Spider Plant, Billy Balls, Bamboo, Snake Plant, Heartleaf Philodendron, Eucalyptus Branches, & A Fishhook Succulent. 

Enjoy & Cheers,
Court

Designer Loves : Hally’s in Parsons Green

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Looking for some light-hearted interior design inspiration? I just fell in love with this little cafe/diner/hangout, Hally’s in Parsons Green. The look and feel completely embodies California, what a bright, airy, uplifting joy for such a rainy area! It’s such a quirky, fun little bistro. I’m stoked about the mixed media baths, dip-painted chairs, & the curiosities that hop along the shelves. All images found via their beautiful site »
Cheers,
Court

Happy Weekend & Happy Adventures via Tiny Atlas

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I’ve just discovered {+ instantly followed} Tiny Atlas’ Instagram feed. I’m thrilled!
If you have any sort of wanderlust like me, this round-up of adventurers from around the world will be absolutely intoxicating. Via this Instagram journey, you can start your day off in the Italian bazaars for breakfast, gaze over the beach horses in Barbados for lunch, & then catch a light-studded stroll in Hong Kong – after a luxurious dinner in Paris, of course. It’s mesmerizing, & exactly the day dream I could hope for while enduring the last hurrah of winter in Colorado.
All images above found via @tinyatlasquarterly
Enjoy, & happy weekend, everyone!

5 Fave Hot Teas for Creatives

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I drink my weight in tea every day. Every new design starts with a new cup, it’s my ritual! So I wanted to quickly share 5 I’m loving right now, for all phases of my creative day. I won’t say they’re a cure-all, but they’re definitely a great companion for the happy artistic mind.
P.S. They’re also a great antioxidant for winos!

1. Tazo’s Cucumber White Tea is the most delicious, relaxing, luxurious tea! I love it when I’m cruising along on designs & crave a spa-like retreat of White Tea, Real Cucumber and Lime flavor to keep rollin’. It’s also great when you need to recover from bad vibes of some sort. It’s like teleportation tea! When I first discovered the tea, they had me by the box :
Where do cucumbers go to unwind? A spa carved in the crevice of an iceberg, with blue cooling pools, white tea saunas and a swim-up bar lined with lime peel mugs filled with piping hot tea.

2. Celestial Seasonings is Boulder, Colorado’s very own! Blaise and I have taken the tour of their tea factory, & love the story of their hippie roots picking herbs in the Boulder foothills during the 60’s. For days when creative ideas aren’t flowing as freely, I can’t LIVE without this green tea. It helps to keep me energized without going sky-high, & boosts happiness to help get me through a long day of designing.

3. Don’t let the crazy creative world get the best of you! Information overload? As a Pair of Pears says, does your brain have too many tabs open? Perhaps your latest design proposal was cut in half and burned at critique? This is a time for a loving, nurturing cup of Lavender and Chamomile Tea from Traditional Medicinals. It won’t put you to sleep, but it will calm + gently rock away the negativity & tension to usher in peaceful feelings. Great for meditation, too!

4. All out of creativity-whack? Creatives know the days in the studio where we’re simply “OFF”. I usually long for a cup of this Yogi Detox Tea when I can’t focus on my designs, I’m struggling with designer’s block, or if everything I design is looking like “designer doo-doo”. It’s my go-to, all-powerful cleanser when I need to start fresh, & think like a champion. It’s also wonderful when combined with yoga after too much wine the night before (wink, wink).

5. Most designers reading this will have had a cup of coffee {or two}  by now. Most of us also know there are days when morning & afternoon coffee just won’t cut it. That’s when black tea shall save us all! The high from black tea is a little more easy-going than strong coffee to me, but it’s very high-electricity. I love many bold black teas for that reason, but one of my faves lately has been Golden Chai by Numi Organic Teas. It’s very spicy and I LOVE that kick when I need a huge dose of get-up-&-go!

Which teas are your faves for creative energies? Lemme know, I’d love to try!
Cheers,
Court

Designer Loves : Fave Pins Lately

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Definitely caught spring dreaming in this lovely palette. It’s been a little crazy ’round here, but hoping to catch up and bring you some stellar posts soon! ‘Til then, I’d love you to follow me on Pinterest, it’s one of my most-loved designer utopias. Click here to find the pins for all of these happy images »
Cheers, y’all!
Court

February’s Wisdom via Jim Elliot

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During what I like to call the “dog days of winter,” along with my entire family visiting Blaise & me in Colorado, these words are ringing so true this month! I wish I could send you to the original artist, but all I can find is this…
Go forth, friends – laugh, love, listen, be allllll there.
Cheers!

Scratch & Sniff Guide to Wine by Richard Betts

“Wine is a grocery, not a luxury.” —Richard Betts

One of my amazing friends gave me this Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert and I can’t put it down! I have happily read & sampled wines with it about 10 times since, so I thought it could be ‘wine-derful’ to share it with y’all. The most important thing I adore about this book is that Richard Betts completely eliminates the snooty feeling of wine tasting. I’ve been on this wine discovery hitch for about a year now, & it’s amazing to me that so many wine lovers are so damn serious. It’s wine – relax! The best part about the relaxed feel is that he’s actually from my very own Boulder, Colorado. I can definitely grasp our Boulder-esque vibes all the way through his non-technical wine lingo.
Here’s me, absolutely amazed (ha!) by my detection of blackberry notes (btw – I’m trying to find a perfect blue/teal for our dining room, hence the swatches & more on our home renovation later…)!

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& here’s a look at the inside of the book. It’s full of fun, perky illustrative spreads that take you through each sip, scratch, & sniff to help develop your palate:

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As a surprise in the back of the book, he’s tucked in The Whole Wine World! OOooooh, AAaaaaaahh…

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Here’s a glowing review :

Richard Betts is one of fewer than two hundred master sommeliers in the world, but he’s no wine snob and he hates wine-speak. In the first book of its kind, he helps readers scratch and sniff their way to expertise by introducing the basic components of wine—the fruits, the wood, the earth—enabling anyone to discover the difference between a Syrah and a Sangiovese and get the glass they love every time. Humorously illustrated, with 16 scents, this irresistible gift puts the fun back in wine fundamentals.

My beloved friend found this playful book at Urban Outfitters, but you can also find it at Indie Bound! If you love the idea of a refreshing non-snobbery take on wine, you’ll probably love his perfect concoctions, my ESSENTIAL Red my ESSENTIAL Rosé, too! He also has a trio of Saint Glinglin wines for you french white lovers as well. You can find more fun info right here »
Enjoy, & cheers!

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