Category Archives: In the Mood

In The Mood #3: Mod Madness

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I couldn’t stay away from the mod trend for long! Every magazine I open up these days is jam-packed with stripes, op art patterns and I can’t get enough. I pulled those happenin’ shoes in the top left out of the newest Anthropologie catalog. And though I didn’t have enough room to include it, did you see J. Crew’s interpretation of graphic black and white patterns on their newest swimsuit collection? So good!

In The Mood

In The Mood

In The Mood

Shoes-wise, I included my Michael Kors Firebird wedges from 2004. You might remember them from my old blog header and business cards as well. Those Opal candies sitting on the very top are one of the goodies I brought back from Iceland. And the Ace room card is from my stay at the Design Life retreat last year. It’s so much fun mixing in all these bits and pieces from life, travels and magazines.

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In The Mood #2: Blush

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This week’s In The Mood is a few weeks late for Valentine’s Day but I just love the color combo of red and pink. Over the weekend, I was flipping through Bazaar and noticed the hooded photo of Audrey Hepburn along with photos of the Spring 2013 Prada collection. The board quickly came together around those key elements.

In The Mood

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Then, I dug out a series of Moleskine monthly planners from a few years ago to add to the mix. I know I’ve said this in the past but it’s so nice to have an excuse to get away from the computer and work with my hands. Putting this series together is definitely a highlight of my week and I’m already looking forward to the next!

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In The Mood #1: Citrus & Sunshine!

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I’ve been thinking of new columns to add to the blog, especially after writing the first Blog Log article last week about developing features. Columns come and go and mine are often inspired by other bloggers.

When I spotted fellow designer Emma Robertson’s new column, Moody which revolves around real life mood boards she creates, I had a lightbulb moment. One of the best times I had last year was making mood boards for this DIY project.

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As much as I love Pinterest and appreciate the way it helps me organize client projects, I still find great solace in magazines. No matter how big the stacks of unread magazines get in my office, I won’t give up my subscriptions. For me, it’s important to keep a connection with the tactile and collect visual research in different ways, including flipping through those pages.

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In this new column, I’ll be putting together real life mood boards around a theme. Right now, warm citrus hues are on my mind (obviously the Portland doom and gloom is getting to me!) Interestingly enough, these colors took center stage last year in a Latest & Greatest column. Some things never change!

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I’m having a great time pulling together “real life” inspiration and am already plotting out the second installment of this series! Have you came up with any new columns lately?


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