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clusters of things... 20 Nov 2013

Zebra balloons at The Land of Nod

Lawn flamingos clustered on a wall at The Land of Nod

Last week, while at a spring preview event for the Land of Nod, I was really inspired by how they used lots of simple objects in clusters for the decor. They'd make great party or room decor any time of year. How cute are these lawn flamingos grouped together on the wall? And those zebra balloons are just pure whimsy...

{iPhone photos by Oh Joy}

some fall things... 12 Nov 2013

painted leaves

salted pumpkin caramels


Happily Grey

I'm home in Philly this week visiting family, so it finally feels like fall. I've missed the colorful leaves, the brisk weather, and the layering action that we don't get during this time of year in L.A. Here are just a few fall things around the web I'm loving...

Sources: painted leaves from Emily Isabella Journal, salted pumpkin caramels from PBS, parrot wallpaper via AB Chao, and cozy leopard from Happily Grey.

paper to petal... 12 Aug 2013

Paper to Petal by Thuss Farrell

Paper to Petal by Thuss Farrell

Paper to Petal by Thuss Farrell

I've long been a fan of Thuss + Farrell, an amazing husband and wife duo who design, style, photograph, and art direct. Their their newest book, Paper to Petal, is like eye candy full of the coolest projects showing how to make amazingly gorgeous flowers simply from paper. Here's a peek at some of my favorite projects from their new book which is now available for pre-order...

{Photos by Thuss + Farrell}

{field trip} hedley & bennett studio... 7 Aug 2013

Field Trip with Hedley & Bennett | photos by Bonnie Tsang

Field Trip with Hedley & Bennett | photos by Bonnie Tsang

Recently, I've gotten to know Ellen Bennett, a talented chef who recently started her own apron-making business called Hedley & Bennett. And despite being in business for just a year, Ellen's aprons are now worn by some of the top chefs in L.A. and across the country. I spotted her work at Poketo a couple months ago and loved that her aprons combine function with a style that both men and women can wear. So Ruby and I went on a little field trip to the Hedley & Bennett studio to check out Ellen's process and to have a couple aprons made just for us!

Field Trip with Hedley & Bennett | photos by Bonnie Tsang

We talked about our favorite fabrics, what kind of pockets we like, and Ruby pretty much went to ribbon heaven with all the supplies in Ellen's studio. And, we started dreaming up what our aprons would look like...


colors... 5 Aug 2013




I think in color, I dream in color, and my brain gets inspired by color. Just a few color palettes that are really doing it for me lately...

P.S. more color...

{Photo sources: Kristen Grove's bedroom via Rue MagazineKenzo Spring 2011, Swedish pancakes by Linda Lomelino.}

{field trip} marimekko store in beverly hills... 3 Jul 2013




Sometimes I get so tied to my desk—I get in the work zone and forget to leave my office all day. So, a few weeks ago, I decided that on Friday mornings, I'd start to make a habit of going to visit a shop, showroom, or other inspiring location that I've had on my "must-visit" list. It's a way of forcing me to get away from the computer screen and get inspired by real things in real life. And after two of my friends, Bri and Amy, mentioned loving the new Marimekko store in Beverly Hills, it was time to pay a visit....


clusters of things... 28 Mar 2013





Maybe it's because I have a hard time choosing just one thing, but I find myself loving items arranged in clusters. From florals to prints to lighting—I just think they look so good in multiples. Here are a few of my favorites found around the web right now.

What types of things do you guys like arranging in groups?

{Sources, top to bottom: art wall via The Design Files, test tube chandelier by Gang DesignMera Brasserie in Poland, Yasmine Floral Design}

a few things i'm loving... 29 Jan 2013






Whenever I start a big new design project, I flood myself with as much inspiration as possible to get my creative juices flowing and make myself start thinking outside my norm. For this new project, I even started drawing on paper again! It's been so long since I've done that—I usually go straight to the computer to design. As I was doing research for my project, here are just a few things I came across online that I had to share with you...

{Top to bottom: 1. Vrindavan by Katrin Korfmann,2. Oh My Deer X Pennyweight print, 3. floor-to-wall tiled bathroom by Studio Too Good,  4. Powder photos by Marcel Christ, 5. Typographical moss by Hayli Alyce.}

practice makes... 13 Dec 2012


For the last couple nights I've been watching the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Have you guys seen it? I originally thought it was going to be mostly beautiful images of one of my favorite foods—and though I walked away craving sushi like no one's business, I was even more inspired by Jiro's process and way of thinking. The 85-year-old Michelin-awarded sushi chef and his sons talk about how important it is to spend time learning your craft, and how skills are developed over time. They emphasize that there's no fast and easy path to being successful or rich, but that with hard work and dedication, you can become really good at something you're passionate about.



The documentary also features the vendors that Jiro works with (the rice dealer, the shrimp dealer, the tuna dealer), all of whom know their specialties to a tee—but all of whom also strive to improve and learn more every day. With our world being so fast and focused on instant gratification, I love the reminder that sometimes the best things and the best rewards in life do take time and love to grow and mature...

{Movie stills via Magnolia Pictures}

totally obsessed... 17 Nov 2012


...with pattern-on-pattern by Gorman + Rhys Lee. Because blending into your wall (à la Garden State) just seems so fun...


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