Studio Plants : A Gathered Guide to Happy Indoor Flora


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,

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 »

Pantone Home Colors : Navy & Indigo

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Ever since I discovered the Pantone Universe at Lowe’s, I’ve been thinking of the rest of my world in coated and uncoated swatches. What’s that? You do too!!? Let’s party sometime.

Recently, Blaise and I have made the {somewhat happy, somewhat melancholy} decision to stay in our Boulder condo for a little longer before moving into our dream home in Denver. I’m making the most of it, and tossing some color around to give the place a few accents & polish (SO excited!). My first hue I’ve been dreaming of while creating our home’s color palette is navy, more so indigo – but of a very rich night-skyish hue.
The first image is my absolute favorite, somewhere between navy and purple – the perfect energetic indigo.  The middle is a little wacky, but bright and crisp. You gotta love the pop of hot pink and coral orange against the deep blue. The last is a warmer navy accented with gold, and {hooray} chi mirrors! I’m thinking that exact thing, to bring my chi mirrors in for a glow against the blue to keep it light and prismatic.

You can find all these images and many more on my Pinterest board Pantone Home : Home Color Palettes »
Enjoy, & cheers!

Gift Ideas for Designers


Hello! It’s been a while. I’ve missed my little blog. Even in the midst of an insanely busy season, I wanted to be sure to capture some inspirations here for one of my most favorite times of year – gifting season!

I hear it incredibly often, that designers are quirky beings and we’re terribly hard to shop for. But here’s a little guide that makes it easy – we’re actually lots of fun to gift! Here are some ideas that I’d love to give my designer pals . . .

1. We’re geeks about our pens, pencils, & office supplies. This Desk Organizer (from this amazing Etsy shop) fits our good lookin’ – yet functional bill.
2. Every designer needs this Instant Party Snow Globe for the deskscape. Trust me on this one. »
3. We also love simplicity, especially when it mixes texture & composition in a stunning way. These Clic Wooden iPhone Cases come in many colors, & will rock a designer’s world »
4. These scissors are so dang cool, it looks like they’ve come from another planet. Believe me when I say, “Yes, we really would get crazy excited about a pair of marvelous scissors.” Great stocking stuffer for designers »
5. There’s something wildly ironic about this reverse wall calendar. The leading is too tight, and the margins are all outta’ whack – but it’s sooooooo gooood. This is probably a graphic moment that only design-minded people and typography dorks would appreciate. It’s a winner »
6. These Pattern Postcards are a wonderful source of inspiration for whimsical designers. We’ll probably pin a few of our faves on our studio mood board, changing them out with the seasons. Plus – we can send you a little hello from all the places we travel to while exploring for our exotic projects »
7. Mousepad you say? Get this – our smart mice lasers don’t dance well on our polished lacquer or glass desks. Go figure! So yep, we may need a mousepad from time to time, & this one is one of the best looking ones I’ve found »
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8. We LOVE HELVETICA. Sorry, there’s no explaining it. We’d just love anything graced with its name & perfect letter forms – so this type study tote is a big score »
9. Another thing all designers love is plants. Sometimes when we’re “in the zone” on a deep project, it’s nice to know there’s something alive (whilst being very zen), to keep us company. For everyone’s safety, it’s great to surround ourselves with plants we can’t kill, in a beautifully designed planter – so this succulent planter trio is right on the money »
10. Designers drink coffee. Lots. & lots. Of coffee. This set of Pantone mugs is exciting to me, in that it combines our love of the Pantone color system, & carries the sweet media that fuels us »
11. We have a love for our Mac that is not to be rivaled. And the designer who loves bold & bright graphics, will swoon over this Mac Keyboard Cover from Kate Spade Saturday »
12. I need not say more, you could choose anything from the House Industries store & you’ll get an enormous thank you. Plus, we’re bound to cherish it forevah’. We LOVE these type geniuses. »
13. No designer should ever write or sketch with an ordinary pencil. These Blackwing pencils are PHENOMENAL & look so damn slick, too »