Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Week In Pictures: 10.31.14 | Happy Halloween!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Do you have any fun plans? This year, I’ll probably slip on a pair of sparkly ears and call it good. I’ve been prepping all week for my big move tomorrow so honestly, my mind has been elsewhere. I’m not really focused on dressing up so much as…dressing up my new office!

There’s a lot to do — small things like art have shown up but I’m still waiting on a big piece of furniture to arrive and Joey is building out custom shelving so the space is going to be at a very in-between stage for the next week or so. Isn’t that how moving always goes?

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Moving Day

I’ll be sharing much more as things progress and you can also follow along on the Branchstagram. Have a great Halloween (and weekend)!

Link Love: 10.30.14

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: World Cup Stamps

• If you read just one thing this week, make it this: Kate quit social media cold turkey for a full week. Here’s what happened.

• How should you deal with clients that you’re not keen on working with any longer? Amanda has some helpful scripts.

• I’m the boss. I’m not bossy. TRUTH.

• Sian lays it on the line when it comes to escaping the death spiral of consumption and I love her handy chart.

• Really, what does it mean to be constantly busy? Why does our society place such a high value on it?

• I love this New York Times piece about folks in their 80s who refuse to retire — in fact, they’re at the top of their game.

• 3 ways to define what your blog is about.

• Marketing authenticity: when branding gets personal.

• 10 ways to answer the dreaded, “Can I pick your brain?” question.

• So cool: famous album covers come alive!

• What happens when you’re labeled an “It Girl” by the media? It’s impossible to live up to it and a completely unfair marker.

• Sure, I have a pet squirrel. But, a pet lion?! That’s on another level.

• I really hope someone awesome buys up this ghost town and restores it!

• It’s hard to imagine how one man actually counterfeited more than $200 million in U.S. currency.

• When Sheila E. met Prince: I stared up at the poster and told him, “I’m gonna meet you one day.” And then, it actually happened.


Image: World Cup Stamps.

Anatomy Of An Office #1: The Vision and Goals

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #1: The Vision and Goals

Welcome to my brand new column, Anatomy Of An Office! This series is dedicated to pulling together a functional yet stylish workspace and over the next few weeks, I have some fun stuff planned including resources to find great (yet affordable) artwork as well as a simple shelving DIY.

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #1: The Vision and Goals

Things got real last Thursday when I signed the lease on Branch’s new space and was handed the key. With a little over a week until our move-in date, I felt the pressure to pull together the look of the space fast. Because this is a design studio, the space has to be highly functional — but at the same time, with friends and clients stopping by, it has to feel pulled together. Accomplishing both is a delicate balance!

When thinking about the space, I had a few thoughts / goals:

1. Avoid useless clutter. Everything needs a purpose. Candles, plants and artwork? Awesome. Random items taking up valuable surface space just because they look great? Not so much.

2. Invest in key statement pieces. While I’m definitely working on a budget and have some extra furniture that will work well in the space, I don’t want to run out and buy cheap, disposable items to fill any gaps. The thought of taking shortcuts only to have to throw away a lot of stuff in a few years doesn’t feel good. I’m using a desk, computer and chairs I already own but decided to splurge on a nice credenza to hold books and supplies.

3. Matching office supplies are worth it. While not a necessity, having nice sets of items you use every day (pens, stationery, coffee mugs, dishes, etc.) feels very grown-up and orderly. I love it. Because of this, I ordered some orange goodies from Poppin. I already use their yellow set-up in my home office and their stuff is fantastic.

4. Infuse your personal style within the style of your business. The aesthetic of Branch is very midcentury modern with clean lines and pops of citrus hues while my personal style (splashed across Nubby Twiglet) is more black and white with an avant garde flair. It’s important to mix in a dash of my personal style (Branch is my business, after all) so it feels welcoming — there’s nothing worse than opening the doors to a space you own and going, “Who is this? Who am I?!!”

5. Accept the imperfections. The brick walls in my new space are really rough. The rafters are unpainted. And, the room isn’t a perfect square. And you know what? I LOVE IT. I love it because it doesn’t feel like a replica of my home office, it feels like a completely new space. The thought of leaving my home office every morning to go into an exact replica of it at work just feels pointless. The imperfections of my new space? They’re what make it unique.

Thanks for coming along on this exciting new journey with me!

Item resources: Alba credenza, For Like Ever print, succulents, Nelson eye clock, Bertoia side chair, Poppin scissors, marble board, Parsons desk, wire basket, rolling table, Union rug, Chad Wys print, Poppin pens and lacquer tray.


On the hunt for even more office tips and tricks? Check out Anatomy Of An Office!

The Week In Pictures: 10.24.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hey, did you have a good week? Mine was great — some friends from LA (hi, Alex, Joanna and Joanne!) unexpectedly showed up so we went out for dinner at Pok Pok and dessert at Salt & Straw (which resulted in us tasting about 10 flavors each). Good times with lovely, creative ladies.

Yesterday, I picked up the keys for my new office. Move-in day is November 1st and there’s a lot to get done before then! I’m going to be mostly working with what I already have on hand but there’s some art and one new piece of furniture I’m thinking about ordering — I’ll be sharing more office updates next week. Thanks for all your sweet comments, they really made my day.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Over the weekend, I met up with Branch client Angela of Goldenrod Pastries at the Ace in Portland and we had a nice little chat about life and business — I wasn’t sure if I should take the leap into my own space but after talking it over with her, I was convinced. It’s great to have clients that become friends and I can’t wait to see how her new brand comes together (we’re hard at work on it now!)

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Kenny & Zuke’s has the cutest window — I love how they always have their drinks on display.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Fall is in the air — our mornings are now overcast, cool and damp.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Joey and I just found a quaint little midcentury modern neighborhood in Portland we’re obsessed with so we’ve been walking over there every weekend. This coffee cup my mom surprised me with has been getting a serious workout!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Client thank you cards and fancy hand cream for the win!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It doesn’t matter what my to-do list looks like…when my grandparents are in town, I have to see them! We went out to Edgefield which I’ve been visiting since I was a kid and a bunch of my extended family joined us.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

By the end of the night, we were circled around a bonfire near the Edgefield golf course, doing a big cheers to all the strangers sitting with us in the moonlight. My uncle shouted, “Cheers to the fire family!” We clanked our glasses and suddenly, I had a whole lot more relatives. Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I haven’t picked up any pumpkins or Halloween decor yet, have you? With the upcoming office move, I think I’m going to have to settle on some more succulents housed in ceramic pumpkin planters and call it good.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 10.23.14

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Cocolia

• Behold the motherlode of free assets! This site is packed with sources for stock images, videos and vectors!

• I love that NARS isn’t just using models for his makeup campaigns — Tilda Swinton looks so beautiful here.

• The secret to bouncing back stronger after failure.

• Someone strapped a GoPro camera onto an eagle flying over Paris and here’s the video!

• Kathleen shares how to build your creative tribe.

• Emma shares money lessons she learned in her 20s and they’re worth a read at any age!

• 10 Skillshare classes for bloggers.

• This tutorial on how to create a watercolor effect logo is really great.

• Lisa explains why turning off comments on her blog was a good decision for her.

• I miss the days of personalized letterhead. It’s so cool seeing what styles celebrities used.

• 5 tips for the soon-to-be self-employed.

• The 50 best book to movie adaptations.


Photo: Cocolia.
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In The Beginning: A Studio Space Is In The Works!

Nubby Twiglet |  In The Beginning: A Studio Space Is In The Works!

Maybe finding the perfect studio is the equivalent to finding yourself in a great relationship….the best ones come around when you’re not actively looking!

I’d always imagined Branch moving out of my home office and into a dedicated space but it felt a little risky — and it’s always smart to play it safe and keep overhead low in the first year of starting a new business.

Well, the time has come! The studio of my dreams quite literally fell into my lap with one chance meeting at a neighborhood party. Now, I’m making plans for Branch to move into its very own space in early November. It’s a space full of other makers and though our office isn’t quite finished (that’s the way it currently looks above — real talk!), in the next few weeks, it’s going to slowly transform.

I wanted to share this news with you in real time because you’re going to be coming along on this journey with me — from sourcing decor to making the space functional on a budget. This is the first real space outside of home I’ve ever had and it feels like a necessary big step forward after celebrating Branch’s one year anniversary a few weeks ago.

I’ve always said that when things are going good, you can never get too comfortable — it’s time to shake things up a bit. In the new year, there will be a lot more changes happening with Branch but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Let’s get the space decorated first. 😉

More soon!