This week blossomed into something completely unexpected but beautiful. I threw out my to-do list and took a last-minute trip to Seattle to meet up with some clients. Even though Iâ€™d been there at least a dozen times before, it had been a few years since Iâ€™d properly explored the city. Joey lived there 10 years before moving to Portland so having a local show me around completely changed my perspective â€” the little bits of design and architecture Iâ€™d never noticed, the smell of the ocean, the adorable cafes and the best design-focused bookstore Iâ€™ve ever seen all added to the awesomeness. Walking around the Space Needle every morning instead of my same old neighborhood path was so inspiring â€” it reminded me of my childhood when weâ€™d visit Seattle every summer and always leave with the best memories.
Backing up a bit, over the weekend, my dad took me to a store heâ€™d been raving about for months called Fox Trot Vintage which had amazing stuff at even more amazing prices. I walked out with this tiny vase that says City Of London which I promptly planted a tiny cactus in.
Also, I thought Iâ€™d give you a little Chubs update since everyone always asks how heâ€™s doing. Heâ€™s still loving his house (completed with front steps!) and eating everything in sight from avocados to Brazil nuts. Heâ€™s a big, happy boy.
A little selfie action in my favorite room before hitting the road.
Ah, Seattle. I missed you.
This was a super quick trip (less than 48 hours total!) but I squeezed in a few fun things like hanging out at Mamaâ€™s which is a well-known restaurant with touches of Elvis decor but sadly, it will be closing down soon.
There was so much great typography in Seattle. The amount of signs and displays I stopped to photograph was bordering on ridiculous.
I always walk past the first-ever Starbucks in Pike Place when I’m in town — to me, it’s a reminder that big things can grow out of small, humble beginnings.
One side effect of having the best clients around â€” they gift you with things youâ€™ve designed! This is the You Are Loved box set Branch did a few months back for Olivine â€” and you can also find it at Anthropologie.
When the opportunity first arose to go to Seattle, I started falling into the old routine of wondering if I should because I was afraid of falling behind with work. And then, I asked myself which was more rewarding: sitting in my office and toiling away or getting up, getting out of my routine and meeting two clients face-to-face while getting inspired by a different city? When I reframed the situation, it became much more clear that shutting down the computer was the way to go.
Routines are meant to keep us on trackâ€¦but theyâ€™re also meant to be broken. On that note, I’ll leave you with this quote:
â€œAfter all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.â€ â€”Sophia Loren
Have a great weekend, everyone!