Category Archives: Design

San Francisco

This video by Daniel Peters is absolutely stunning. I used to watch videos like this all of the time showing Seattle and I remember watching them and being like “Wow, this is my city. This is home.” And now, I kind of get to feel that way about a new place. Though I don’t live in San Francisco, I spend a lot of my time there. Eventually, when I feel like leaving South Bay, I may even move up there. It’s something that I think about often and it really isn’t a tough sell. It’s such a beautiful place with so much to do and so much life. It’s hard to believe, but after being here for almost two years, I feel like I call both these cities home.

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A Visit to the Heath Factory

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Even though Mandi and I have been living in the Bay Area for almost two years now, there is still so much for us to explore so we typically save some time on the weekends for us to get together to do things that we love to do like hipster wedding expos, for example! This trip, however, was a very special one. Heath Ceramics was something that I learned about from my former manager when I first started working in California and a thing that I now find I should be working towards saving my money for! They are some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen! Since Mandi is newly engaged and planning every aspect and detail of her wedding, we sort of decided (or I suggested) that she should DEFINITELY be putting these on her registry. There’s really no better time to be asking for these. We decided though that we needed to take a closer look though so we signed up for a free tour so that we could learn more about Heath and see the factory for ourselves.

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2 Kinds of People

When I first landed on this post, I didn’t read any of it. Instead, I did the wrong thing and went through the illustrations done by @inoffensive and tried to figure out which illustration I identified with the most. I was hoping that as I went on further, I would be able to figure out what this was all about and I didn’t so I had to go all the way back to the beginning. This Tumblr of images basically shows people that we typically do choose one thing over the other and by doing so, this shows us what kind of people we are. To view all of the illustrations, click here.

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Chunky Knits by Anna Mo

No one loves a chunky knit more than I do! When I spotted the chunkiest of chunky knits designed by Anna Mo, Istarted to imagine how wonderful it would be to just OWN one of these.

To knit these mammoth material works the Ukraine-based Mo not only uses extremely thick sections of wool, but also XXL needles to produce her three-inch-thick stitches.

These photographs can be silly, but I like seeing how they can be used as a blanket or even as an accessory piece to furniture.

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Instagram’s Redesign

Instagram's Redesign

Oh my goodness, Instagram rolled out a redesign of user profiles this week and it is gorgeous. I love how clean and simplified everything looks like now along with the rounded profile pictures which are popping up everywhere! This is a huge upgrade from what it looked like before because now the photos are larger and more of a focus. It’s funny how excited I got about this, but I think a lot of that excitement has come from me working in tech now.

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Five Favorite Pins: Happy National Donut Day!

Happy National Donut Day y’all! More importantly though, why aren’t we celebrating donuts every day? When I was growing up, my parents would always surprise my friends and I with donuts the next day if we had a sleepover at my house and it was the best treat. I’m a huge fan of the generic chocolate and allover sugar donuts, but these days, donuts are starting to look a lot prettier. Almost too pretty to eat… Here are 5 of my favorite looking donuts. I don’t always know what they taste like, but they sure are nice to look at!

Lemon poppy seed donuts w/ vanilla glaze [Comfort of Cooking]

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Non-Profit Stirs Convo About Abuse w/ Emojis

Swedish non-profit, BRIS, recently released a new app that includes this set of emojis dispalyed above to shed more awareness on abuse and allow kids to express themselves to others using an emoji when they aren’t able to speak up.

“A lot of kids feel really awful for all kinds of different reasons, and [these emoji] are easily understood symbols for some of those different issues,” BRIS spokeswoman Silvia Ernhagen told The FADER. “Many children have difficulties in putting words to their problems, so this is a way to help them to express themselves as well as encouraging them to actually speak about their feelings and ask for help when necessary.”

When we think of how we use emojis we’re used to displaying really cute and funny images, but it’s so interesting to see these painted in another light. Seeing these cause us to look at some of the most common emojis we typically use in a worse way. I’m hoping that these emojis strike a more positive response and are of use to others in need through the non-profit’s work.

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Avocado Love Wool Sculpture

In case you haven’t had your daily dose of cutness yet… how sweet are these wool avocados?! They were designed by Hanna Dovahan and they’re precious.

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A Collection Part 42

For the first time, we are publishing an “A Collection” post and starting the next one immediately. Hopefully, this means that we can have another one posted within the next six months. These are Veronica’s favorite posts and I even texted her this morning to let her know that she could expect it this evening. These posts are so interesting to me because there is usually little to no content. Instead, it’s a post of 50+ images that I’ve collected over 6 months that evoke something out of me. There’s no rhyme or reason. I can’t go through each photo and say why I chose each one. I just know that it’s important to me, that it means something and resonates with me in some way or another. I’ve never actually talked to Veronica about this, but while this doesn’t hold much content, I almost feel like she probably knows what I’m thinking or how I’m feeling through a collection of images. Maybe you all do! You tell me. :)

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Blog Roundup

– 50 Incredible hotels to stay at in your lifetime [Business Insider]

– “Why I gave up a 95K job to move to an island” [Cosmopolitan]

– Getty Images is giving out 30K grants to Instagrammers [High Snobiety]

– Justin Rosenstein (co-founder of Asana) shares his tips for increasing productivity [Quora]

– Whoa, Bestie Row? [Lighter Side of Real Estate]

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Five Favorite Pins:

When I first moved into my place, I was completely set on building myself a little frame wall. After all, I had saved up these pins on Pinterest just waiting to do this and putting my ideas to work. When I lived in my studio, I had experimented with all sorts of decorating ideas. My first year, I was really into paper. I had put up a quote that I had seen once and cut the letters out of paper and taped them straight onto the wall. Straight elementary school. I think friends of mine thought it was a little bit weird, but I was completely excited about it because I had never decorated my own place or room before! The second year, I cut out a bunch of black cardstock that I was going to use as frames for photos, but then thought – let me see if I can do this alternatively and instead hung string over them and used clothes pins to hang photos over the cardstock. See what I did there? I had doublesided taped those cardstock pieces to my wall and when I moved out and took them down they ripped the paint off. Happy to say that I’ve upgraded now and am hopefully smarter at decorating! I’m working on adding to my frame wall tomorrow after my trip to West Elm so this post comes at a good time. Yes, I’ll be nailing things into the wall and I’m terrified, but here are some other ideas that I’m considering in the future if this current idea just doesn’t work out.

1. Shelving [Enter the Loft]

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Breather

When I drive up to San Francisco, I usually spend my entire day there. The upside to this is that I get to make plans and see everyone I want to see. The downside? When there are lulls between plans and I have nowhere to go during this time. Sure, I could linger at a park or a coffee shop during the downtime, but what I really wish I had is a comfortable space to unwind for a bit – kind of like a living space like my own home. I know what you’re thinking. Why don’t you just move to SF?! Yeah, I’ve thought about that too. I recently discovered this new thing in San Francisco though called “Breather.” It does exactly what I’m looking for! Basically, Breather hosts space all around the city that you can rent for any amount of time and you can use it to unwind (like I am!) or as a working space with other people. I also learned that a team that I work with has used Breather in the city before too and had nothing, but great things to say.

Have any of you ever tried it? Would you? If I do, I’ll let you all know!

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Doug McKenzie’s Tricks

I’m going to let you all in on a really nerdy secret of mine. I totally have a thing for magic tricks. Don’t get it twisted – I don’t find David Blaine attractive or other magicians, but if you can do magic tricks – I will watch you for hours. I was completely captivated by this video of Doug McKenzie though who has now started to incorporate technology and personal belongings like our phones into his latest tricks.

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Waffles & Honey – Mother’s Day Boxes

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I wish I could say that when it came to presents for my mother, I was always nailing it. The truth is this – she loves the Tieks and that’s a sure thing, always! This year though, I’d like to get a little bit more creative with my gifts so I’ve been doing some research and came across these three lovely Mother’s Day Boxes from Waffles & Honey. Now, she won’t really love this as much as I would getting these as a gift, but in case anyone is looking I still thought it was worth the post. These boxed type gifts have been what everyone is talking about lately and I think it’s just because people in general love getting packages with lots of little things inside. Pictured above is the Spa Day Mother’s Day Gift Box and here’s what it includes:

Each box contains:

  • The initial letter necklace of your choice, to represent the ones she holds most dear (Add additional letters using the drop down menu below ‘Add to Cart’ button). We are currently sold out of the heart and “x” charms.
  • An individually hand-poured candle made with pure soy wax and a wooden wick.
  • Hand-crafted Himalayan sea salt and grapefruit body scrub.
  • Artisan chocolate covered Brazilian espresso beans.
  • A relaxing bundle of dried lavender.
  • Our handmade Mother’s Day quote.
  • A note card for you to enclose your message.

Super sweet, right?! We are loving this idea by Waffles & Honey. Would you purchase this for your mom this Mother’s Day?!

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