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beautiful maps... 6 Jun 2013

Masako Kubo
Masako Kubo
Masako Kubo


Masako Kubo

Masako Kubo

Even though I never use maps in real life (and heavily rely on my car's GPS to get around), I've been obsessed with maps lately and the different ways that they can be presented. I'm loving the work of illustrator Masako Kubo. The way she draws maps make me want to wander around whatever city or area she's capturing.

rx art... 12 Mar 2013

Rx Art

Rx Art

Rx Art

Rx Art

Rx Art

I love discovering organizations that are doing something really special and unique to improve the lives of others. The other day, my friend Beth told me about Rx Art, a non-profit dedicated to placing original fine art in hospitals and healthcare facilities. If you've ever stayed in a hospital (especially for an extended period of time), you know that any dose of color and life can make your time there that much better. So I'm a big fan of Rx Art's mission to improve otherwise sterile environments through contemporary art, promote healing, and inspire hope in patients, families and staff.

It could even inspire you to create a piece of art and donate it to your local hospital!

{Photos by Rx Art}

broad strokes of color... 25 Feb 2013

 Judith Geher

 Judith Geher

 Judith Geher

I'm in a bit of an Impressionist phase lately, so I'm loving the work of artist Judith Geher. The mix of modern portrait with Impressionist-like brush strokes...gorgeous...

a pretty amazing image... 15 Feb 2013

Marcin Ryczek Photography

Marcin Ryczek Photography

The contrast, the texture, the story...so beautiful...

{Photo by Marcin Ryczek}

a dreamy print shop... 6 Dec 2012

Max Wanger Print Shop

Max Wanger Print Shop

Max Wanger Print Shop

One of my favorite photographers, Max Wanger, just launched a brand-new shop today filled with gorgeous prints of some of his favorite images captured over the past year. Max's signature composition style and whimsy are apparent in every photo, and I love that you can choose the size of the prints, as some would be amazing really large over your couch, while others would be perfect as small prints right above your desk. They'd make a pretty awesome gift for that art lover in your life.

P.S. Max is offering a holiday special for 15% off through January 1st. Simply enter PINECONE at checkout.

{Photos by Max Wanger}

wish i had thought of that... 9 Oct 2012

I get so inspired by seeing some of the crazy-creative solutions that people come up with. Here are a few wonderfully cool things I've been loving lately...


Del Popolo, a mobile pizzeria in San Francisco, specializes in rustic Neapolitan-inspired pizza (my favorite kind!). It's pretty much the coolest food truck I've ever seen and wishing I could go get some right now. The ingredients change daily so they're always offering up new pizza flavors baked up on the spot in 60 seconds.


Sian Zeng's magnetic wallpaper makes for an interactive surface for kids to play with and create scenes and stories of their very own with these beautiful animal magnets.


Finally, the already funded Instant Lab by The Impossible Project lets you turn your iPhone photos into real polaroids. While I love the instant nature of capturing a moment on-the-spot with a Polaroid camera, it can get pricey when the photos just don't turn out. With the cost of Polaroid film being so pricey, I love the idea of being able to print only the best photos of moments that seem to so often get captured on your phone.

What else have you guys seen lately that's blowing your mind with creativity?

love these... 2 Aug 2012



...such a great take on city prints {I love the patterns and use of negative space} by J.Hill Design... — Joy

family fun... 25 Jul 2012



I've been a longtime fan of Famille Summerbelle for their gorgeous city paper cuts. And now, they're coming out with a book next month full of projects for the whole family. I love seeing peeks into their family life too and how their home is reflected in their signature paper cut style. — Joy

{Be Creative with Famille Summerbelle, edited and published by Edition Paumes, photos by Hisashi Tokuyoshi}

ice cream makes me smile... 23 Jul 2012




...whether it's conversational ice cream cones with faces, whimsical drawings of people with "Vanilla Ice" hair on the side of ice cream cups, or beautifully styled photos of ice cream, it all makes me really happy for some reason... — Joy

{illustrations by Klas Fahlen and photos by Stacy Newgent for Jeni's Ice Cream.}

a little bit of flora... 11 Jul 2012



I just about died when I came across these images by photographer Chaunté Vaughn. The series of test images that Chaunté shot for her portfolio features beautiful little Kayla rocking some amazing floral headpieces. The entire thing is just stunning and looks like it could be pulled right from the pages of a magazine...  — Joy

ps. This is a great example of something I always encourage creatives to do—make self-initiated work that you feel passionate about as it's the best way to grow your portfolio and show clients what you can do {if you're not already doing it!}.

{Kayla photographed by Chaunté Vaughn, florals, hair, and makeup by Jessi Butterfield.}


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