A few months ago I started a Pinterest board to collect inspiration for my dream office. I always try to create a workspace that inspires me. Since I am at my desk and on my computer a lot, I need the space around me to be stimulating. So I was pinning away and realized that almost every image had a little pop of pink in it! I have never been that into pink but I guess now I am?!
My office is also my front entry room so I’m always looking for furniture and storage with dual purposes and flexibility. In my pins, I was also drawn to white walls which could really open up my space! You can check out all of my dream office inspiration here and in the descriptions I tell you why I like each idea for my office.
This board was created for a BHG Insiders Pinterest contest and it just so happens that I won! As the winner, I was not required to write a blog post, I just wanted to share my inspiration! I had so much fun making the board. All images are pinned from BHG.com and are linked through my Pinterest board.
Amelie G Magazine got its start in 2009 as an online fashion magazine and printed its first issue in the fall of 2010. If you’ve been around for a while, you may remember me attending the launch party. I posted this project to my portfolio, but I realized I never wrote about it here on the blog. Amelie G is a quarterly style magazine based in New Orleans featuring emerging artists and designers, and distributed throughout the United States. It covers international fashion, art and design from the Gulf Coast perspective and is the only full-gloss style magazine in New Orleans. I worked side by side with the Amelie G team from 2010 through 2012 to design and produce their first five issues.
Love this font! Naïve is a handwritten serif font designed by Fanny Coulez and Julien Saurin from the french foundry La Goupil Paris. The three weights of this new parisian typography can be enhanced with three weights of two alternates fancy glyphs for each letter, the “Fantaisies”, to improve your designs and bring a more poetic and unusual feeling. They also designed an inline bicolor version of this typeface, Naive Inline. Annnnd, this beautiful font is 50% off right now! There are also lots of other great fonts on sale right now at MyFonts.
For our last night in Palm Springs we decided to switch it up and I’m SO glad we did. The Saguaro was beautiful, but the Parker Palm Springs… best. place. ever. In 2003 it was purchased by hotelier Jack Parker, who hired designer Jonathan Adler to give the space a $27-million facelift. The property re-opened in 2004 as Le Parker Méridien, or Parker Palm Springs as it is better known.
From the moment we drove up it was like being whisked away into a tropical fairy tail of secret gardens. Such a unique and eclectic ambiance that is hard to describe. We relaxed in our amazing room for a while before heading out to the pool and for drinks at their outdoor cafe, The Lemonade Stand. Right before sunset we went back to the room to change and have some pre dinner drinks in our hammock! On our way to dinner, we explored some of the 13-acre property, including fire pits, desert gardens and croquet courts. We were bummed that Mister Parker’s was closed the night we were there but Norma’s, the other restaurant at the Parker did not disappoint! We ended up making friends with the table next to us and had a great early night since our flight was the next morning! If you head to Palm Springs, I recommend checking out the Parker Palm Springs or having dinner there, even if you don’t book a room!
A HUGE thanks to Parker Palm Springs for hooking us up with a room discount and upgrade! I can’t believe we almost didn’t stay here! Although we received a discount, all opinions are my own, I absolutely adore the Parker Palm Springs!
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During our week in Palm Springs we stayed at The Saguaro for six of our seven nights. The actual rooms were nothing special but the beautiful pool area totally made up for this! In 2011, architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat were brought in to infuse local color into the property. The team, known for their bold use of color, advocated recreating The Saguaro around a palette of 14 vibrant tones found in native desert wildflowers. The brilliant colors now adorn each balcony and patio and anchor the guest rooms, while also enlivening the indoor and outdoor public spaces. The color set follows the light spectrum, which in turn creates different perspectives of the hotel according to the time of day. Truthfully, this hotel is what swayed our final decision to choose Palm Springs for our vacation destination! After seeing all of the photos on Pinterest we had to stay there!
Both of the restaurants by Iron Chef Jose Garces at the hotel were really good! At Tinto, Garces presents his modern approach to traditional Basque tapas, and a deep selection of the area’s premier wines and native cocktails. El Jefe is a more casual spot featuring the cuisine and culture of Mexico City.
Our first day in Palm Springs we took it slow, relaxed by the The Saguaro pool and explored the grounds. I LOVED this hotel, the view of the mountains from the pool mixed with the rainbow of colors on the patios was breathtaking.
I hope everyone had a great 4th of July yesterday! I went to a BBQ at my parents house for lunch and then Zander made pizza for dinner! I’m here today with a new design to freshen up your desktop and iphone! I know sometimes during the summer it’s easy to get distracted with fun in the sun, so I just want to give you a little reminder to make time to create! The new designs are available for download over on WhimseyBox’s blog! Hope y’all enjoy this new design!
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Salvation Mountain is an art installation covering a hill near Slab City, California and just several miles from the Salton Sea. It is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of paint. It was created by local resident Leonard Knight, and encompasses numerous murals and areas painted with Christian sayings and Bible verses.
It is one of the coolest, and most bizarre, works of art I have ever seen. It was in the middle of nowhere and took a very eerie drive to get there. It was not on the way to anything else we were planning, but I’m so glad we took the time to check it out! It was such a cool experience to be there. I tried to capture the feeling, but if you are ever in the area, I would definitely visit the work of art because I know my photographs can’t do it justice!
Next up will be photos from our architecture tour, The Saguaro, Mount San Jacinto State Park, The Parker and some of our other favorites from the trip! In the meantime you can check out ACE Hotel & King’s Highway Diner and our instagrams here.
This is just a quick reminder that Google Reader is shutting down in 5 days. Many of you use Google Reader to follow this blog and unless you transfer to a new method, you will no longer be subscribed, and that is no good!
In my post about getting your name out there, I mention giving your readers options for following, so I want to make it easy for y’all and give you those options right here! I’m so grateful for those of you who have chosen to subscribe through Google Reader, and I hope you’ll stick with me because I love you and don’t want to lose you!
P.S. I have been using Feedly since March and I am in love! It’s so well designed and the iPhone app is awesome too! Right now Feedly syncs with Google Reader, but they have already planned a smooth transition for when Google Reader shuts down.