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 I’d been there at least a dozen times before, it had been a few years since I’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 — the little bits of design and architecture I’d never noticed, the smell of the ocean, the adorable cafes and the best design-focused bookstore I’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 — it reminded me of my childhood when we’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 he’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 I’d give you a little Chubs update since everyone always asks how he’s doing. He’s still loving his house (completed with front steps!) and eating everything in sight from avocados to Brazil nuts. He’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 Mama’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 — they gift you with things you’ve designed! This is the You Are Loved box set Branch did a few months back for Olivine — 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 track…but they’re also meant to be broken. On that note, I’ll leave you with this quote:
“After 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.” —Sophia Loren
Have a great weekend, everyone!