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Happy Birthday, Chubs.

Nubby Twiglet | Happy Birthday, Chubs!

No, you aren’t imagining things. Squirrels in mini party hats really do exist.

Yesterday, Chubs turned one year old. We don’t actually know the real date of his birth but last August, he tumbled from his nest down our chimney and came very close to death as he landed 30 feet below in our furnace.

The irony was strong — I’d never planned on having children and quite suddenly, I was thrust into the world of bottle feeding and spending my days “squirrel sitting” as he took up shelter in my office, slowly gaining strength.

That little squirrel baby who barely had a pulse when he was rescued by my husband Joey is now thriving. Chubs and our dog Rocky are best friends and he loves cuddling, kale, organic unsalted almonds and terrorizing our plants.

Having a squirrel “move in” was the last thing I expected from life…and looking back over the last year, though it hasn’t always been easy, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Nubby Twiglet | Happy Birthday, Chubs!

Happy Birthday, Chubs. Here’s to many more.

Interested in reading more about Chubs? Check out Squirrel Life and The Unexpected Visitor.

What’s Black, White and Green All Over? My New Hangout! Plus, An Uncommon Goods Givewaway!

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

When it comes to decor, I love a good “before and after” story and this is a really fun one — but even better, there’s an Uncommon Goods giveaway at the end to help you decorate your own space so don’t miss out!

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

The Backstory: Nearly six years ago when I moved into my house, the spare room across from my bedroom became my office. At the time, I was still freelancing at studios around town so it was the ideal spot to spend nights and weekends working on projects. That all changed as Branch grew and working from home began to hold me back from expanding. Six months ago, I moved my design studio into a designated office space and that left me with a barren room which no longer served a purpose. Here’s what the room looked like before I moved my office out:

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

I hate leaving anything unfinished in my life — it’s a Virgo thing. I appreciate organization and order more than anything else. We already had a guest room in the basement and no plans of moving any roommates in (because let’s face it, Chubs already did that last year). Then, I started pinning ideas to a board titled Dream Hangout with visions of this room becoming my go-to relaxation spot.

Over the next few months, I pulled items into the space, arranging and rearranging until it felt like me. For the first time, I had a room that was very personal — it wasn’t the color palette of Branch or Blogcademy but rather, just my taste. I’d loved “Crayola crayon green” since I was four so I used that as an accent to offset the more expected black and white.

Then, I spent what felt like forever trying to add the so-called finishing touches so I could mentally check it off as done. But as you know, real life rarely has such clean, defined barriers. It never really felt 100% finished and I soon realized I was using that as an excuse to not share the space with you. So, here it is — some things will shift as time goes on but you know what? Good enough is good enough!

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

IKEA has stepped up their lighting in a big way — I have two of these floor lamps and they add a lot of style to a barren corner!

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

I can’t stand clutter but rooms need a play of both dimension and scale to really come to life. I tend to lean on things that have a useful quality to them like books, mirrors and plants versus random knick-knacks that collect dust.

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

To keep the room from veering too far into kitschy, overly colorful territory, I anchored it with a lot of black and white accents like IKEA pillows and the Pia Wallen cross blanket. If you’re thinking of ordering this, I should mention that this is the small version and works better for accent purposes like draping over the arm of a chair.

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

On my coffee table, I have a mix of personal items contained in a mirrored tray. Trays are great because they lend a sense of order to even the most random collection of objects.

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

Nubby Twiglet | New Room
I’m not super big on taxidermy but my brother showed up on my doorstep years ago with this beauty he’d found at a thrift store and I held onto it for him. When we first rescued Chubs, he would crawl up it and hang from the antlers!

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

I wanted to tell you about this loveseat because it has a really great feature: the cover is removable. The downside is that it doesn’t stay perfectly tight and shows wrinkles but the upside is that if you have pets, babies or constantly knock over your glass of red wine, you can just buy a new one! This is also a great solution for the commitment-phobic since the covers come in a bunch of different colors.


In the far corner of my room, I have an inspiration board dedicated to my favorite vacation spot, Palm Springs. This room is dedicated to relaxation, after all. 😉


I’ve had this Phillipe Starck gnome table for nearly 15 years and it happens to match the couch perfectly!

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

Here’s the view of the room from the couch — there’s a bookshelf to the left that holds my fashion magazine collection which is so much better than having it jammed inside the closet.

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

You know how a lot of older houses have tons of built-in cabinets and shelving? I had a set of doors that opened to storage right here but hated the way they looked. In my old office, I had this area blocked off with artwork. The thing is, I needed a spot to put my TV and Joey had the idea to remove the doors, mount it inside and then paint it black so it popped against the white exterior walls. It turned out to be a great space-saving solution that looks really customized.

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

Adding an element of life is really important when decorating a room so I have tons of low-maintenance succulents and cacti.


My long-standing addiction: magazines.


I looked all over the place for a bar cart but nothing I came across was affordable — then I found this basic one on Overstock for a great deal. It’s perfect for holding cosmetics and all sorts of odds and ends.

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

Doesn’t everybody coordinate their coffee table books to match their couch? 😉

Room Decor Sources

Loveseat: IKEA Klippan in Vissle Green
Rug: IKEA Sillerup
Pillows: Various, all from IKEA
Cross blanket: Pia Wallen (mine is black)
Vogue print: CoolPoster
Astral wall hangings: Uncommon Goods
Cockatoo makeup brush holder: UncommonGoods
Acrylic coffee table: CB2
Floor lamp: IKEA Ranarp
Head planter set: Membil
Mirrored tray (on table): West Elm
Gnome table:
Atilla by Phillipe Starck
Plants: Various, all from IKEA and Trader Joe’s
Books: Kate Spade, Richard Avedon, Rudi Gernreich
Round mirror: West Elm
Bar cart: Overstock
Rolling bookshelf: West Elm (mine is a shorter version)
Candle: Dyptique Baies
White coral and hand sculpture: Home Goods


UncommonGoods Giveaway

For this giveaway, I’ve partnered up with UncommonGoods, an amazing online store with a focus on supporting artisans and giving back to the community. I love everything they stand for and now, it’s your turn to put the finishing touches on YOUR space, whether it’s your kitchen, office or somewhere else! One lucky reader will win a $100.00 voucher and you can spend it on whatever you’d like on their site!

To enter the giveaway:

1. Like UncommonGoods on Facebook.
2. Like Nubby Twiglet on Facebook.
3. Leave a comment below letting me know which room you’d like to redecorate and why!

The fine print: Contest is open to everyone over the age of 18 worldwide. You have until 11:59pm PST on Friday, May 15th, 2015 to enter. Please include your email address so I can contact you! One winner will be chosen at random. Once contacted, you will have one week to respond and claim your prize. The prize may not be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered. Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties. My decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No purchase necessary.

Good luck and thanks for joining me on this tour!

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

Special thanks to Uncommon Goods for sponsoring this giveaway. All photos and opinions are my own.

Looking Back at 2014: The Year In Review

Nubby Twiglet | Looking Back at 2014: The Year In Review

Before you can move forward, it’s healthy to take a look back.

At the end of every year, I love spending a day taking in everything that happened and deciding what I want more of, what I want less of and what I want to change. Days fly by and it can be hard to remember what even happened in the course of a year.

My 2014 had 10 standout themes / moments:

Nubby Twiglet | Looking Back at 2014: The Year In Review

1. Traveling. A lot of it.

All those times I sat at various desks thankful I had a job but secretly wishing I could get out of the damn office and explore the world exploded into a blur of planes, trains, trams and rental cars this year. It went something like this:

Los Angeles. Palm Springs. San Francisco. Chicago. Los Angeles again. Palm Springs again. Vancouver. Calgary. London. Berlin. Amsterdam. New York. Los Angeles again. Palm Springs again (are you sensing a trend here? Haha.) Washington, D.C. New York yet again. Los Angeles again. Palm Springs again (What can I say? I’m a creature of habit!) Sydney. Melbourne. Auckland.

Oh man, was it fun. And stressful. And amazing. I most definitely:

• Missed flights.
• Hung out in a basement speakeasy on Wall Street until the wee hours before catching a flight to LA.
• Got busted in Vancouver alongside Gala and Kat….for leaving approximately five glitter stars in our apartment.
• Took my first train ride up the east coast to Penn Station.
• Had a very bad Air bnb experience in Melbourne involving a black leather bed and no wifi.
• Lost my luggage on the way home from Canada.
• Visited the rental car place in LA so many times that they started recognizing me.
• Waited at the wrong baggage carousel with Kat and Gala in New Zealand for close to an hour (LOL).
• Took my first ever flight on Emirates and all I have to say is….walnut toilet seats.

Nubby Twiglet | Looking Back at 2014: The Year In Review

2. Moving out of my comfort zone (literally).

While I loved the safe cocoon of my home office, I started to feel like the daily Dr. Phil sessions and absolutely no separation from work and home life were getting the best of me. And then, literally out of a conversation at my neighbor’s party over the summer, the most perfect office fell into my lap. It was:

• Close to home.
• Affordable (!!!).
• Full of creative makers and doers.
• Managed by the most awesome landlords.

I’d say that it was too good to be true….but I’m sitting here right now typing this and it’s most definitely all true. Getting my first real office felt very grown up and as soon as I settled in, things really went into overdrive work-wise.

Nubby Twiglet | Looking Back at 2014: The Year In Review

3. Facing fears.

I know that for some of you, public speaking is no big deal…but it was a new realm for me. Hitting the road with The Blogcademy across 13 classes (one of which was filmed live!) on 3 continents in 2014 really forced me out of my normally introverted comfort zone and I wouldn’t change it for anything — I met so many amazing women in the process, many who became clients and friends. And now, I’m helping a handful launch their new businesses.

Nubby Twiglet | Looking Back at 2014: The Year In Review

4. Trying out new creative mediums.

Digital products were something that had always escaped my grasp. I had a million ideas (actually, they’re all taped to my wall behind me right now) but my client, travel and blogging schedules were so demanding that the time was never there to explore what I actually wanted to release. That all changed with Blogcademy Home School. We released bite-sized modules of business and blogging topics and they took off big time. We’ve now sold thousands and it made me realize that your first time creating an offering won’t be perfect because there are so many unknowns….but you shouldn’t ever hold yourself back. Your knowledge and skills are valuable.

Nubby Twiglet | Looking Back at 2014: The Year In Review

5. A new (furry) bundle of joy.

We had a baby squirrel. Wait, what?! Well, technically, we didn’t invite him into our house…he chose us. Over the summer, I was standing in the customs line at JFK when Joey called to tell me that he’d found a newborn squirrel in the bottom of our furnace. I don’t know how he’d managed to survive the 30 foot fall from the top of our chimney! We named him Chubs because he had a cute little belly….and now he’s thriving. He plays with Rocky, he just had his first Christmas stocking and even though he drives us crazy burying nuts under our rugs and in my hair, he’s part of our family and I love the little guy very much.


6. Working (way too much).

I’m working (haha) on another post about what this year has been like to post next week over on the Branch blog but all I have to say is that a lot can happen when you show up, roll up your sleeves and give it your all every day. In 2014, I:

• Designed a line of fragrances, lotions and hair mists that are now sold at Anthropologie.
• Created a logo for my aunt’s art studio (we’ve been close since I was a baby so it’s nice to give something back!)
• Designed a book for a fine art photographer….and spent the day at her beautiful Malibu compound.
• Designed a boatload of tote bags, digital courses and two new websites for The Blogcademy.
• Developed media kits for some of my favorite humans on the planet.
• My work was featured on The Dieline twice.
• And now….I’m working on the branding and website for a real-life princess.

All in all, I opened nearly 100 separate projects. It’s all been a bit surreal.

Nubby Twiglet | Looking Back at 2014: The Year In Review

7. A small fortune spent on photo booths.

It’s one of my guilty pleasures and hey, it’s not as bad of a vice as some others I could have! I pulled every friend into my photo booth shenanigans from coast to coast and in return, ended up with many calls from my mom who does my bookkeeping: “What are all these random $4.00 charges in a row from?!” No comment.

Nubby Twiglet | Looking Back at 2014: The Year In Review

8. Having the best day ever in New York.

When I ended up with one free day in New York over the Summer, Gala and I set a challenge: how much could we cram into it? Highlights included a visit to the Big Gay Ice Cream shop, a stroll through Central Park, dinner at the one and only Michael Jordan Steakhouse and a party at a mansion where the fireplace was overflowing with gleaming disco balls. Only in New York.

Nubby Twiglet | Looking Back at 2014: The Year In Review

9. Realization: my home away from home is Palm Springs.

It’s such a close jaunt from Portland but so dramatically different. And, that’s why I love it. The pace of life creeps by so slowly. The sun is always out. There are palm trees everywhere. The midcentury modern housing is plentiful. The locals are some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met (one even delightfully gave me a tour of his condo!) I’m setting some big goals this year so I can spend more time there in the future…and maybe you’ll come visit me? Just not all at once! That would be intense! 😉

Nubby Twiglet | Looking Back at 2014: The Year In Review

10. Feeling content doing my own thing.

I know that statement sounds a bit vague but what I mean is that I’m not afraid of doing things my way anymore. All that time I spent showing up to jobs I didn’t really like because I was scared of breaking the sense of routine, of not being able to pay my bills and of letting people down was good because now I appreciate my current way of life a lot more. The little, unspoken luxuries of saying no to things I don’t want to do, taking lunch when I want, listening to whatever music I want (trust me, my musical choices got turned off in the offices I worked at more times than I can count!) is priceless.

Freedom is a beautiful thing and though it brings a whole new level or responsibilities along with it, I’m more than up for the challenge. If your goal is to break out of your old job / routine / life in 2015, I hope I can inspire you in some way to take the leap because it’s entirely possible. I’ll be over here, cheering you on.

Nubby Twiglet | Looking Back at 2014: The Year In Review

Don’t you just love the feeling of a fresh start that a new year holds? I’ve got my #create necklace on, I’m listening to a great Spotify playlist and I’m ready….to let go, live out loud and take all these dreams I have scribbled on sheets of paper and make them a reality. Have an amazing New Year’s, everyone. Stay safe….and I’ll see you back here soon!

Photos: Diane + Mike, Shell De Mar and Made U Look.

40 Blog Posts Of 2014: My Top Picks


Thanks for hanging out with me this year! I’m signing off until the end of the year to spend some time with my family but before I hang up my blogging hat, I wanted to share my top 40 posts of 2014 with you. Enjoy and have a happy holiday! -Shauna

Nubby Twiglet | Goodbye, 2014: My Top 40 Blog Posts

Design Tips and Tricks

1. 10 Tips To Get Your Work Noticed (and Land a Job!)

2. Prove You’re Capable Of Greatness Through Self-Initiated Projects

3. Search Out And Define Your Niche

4. Spice Up Your Blog With Photoshop Actions

5. One Year Of Running A Design Studio Plus 5 Tips For New Business Owners

6. Walking The Fine Line Between Inspiration and Imitation

7. Embrace Those Quiet Times…and 10 Ideas To Drum Up Business

8. My Game Changing, All-In-One Camera

Nubby Twiglet | Goodbye, 2014: My Top 40 Blog Posts


9. The Key To Building an Engaged Audience Plus 30 Ideas For Fresh Content

10. Successfully Selling Yourself Without Traditional Advertising

11. Create A Blog Manifesto

12. Keep Your Blog Files Organized

Nubby Twiglet | Goodbye, 2014: My Top 40 Blog Posts

Travel (Both Near and Far)

13. 15 Things To Do in New York City In One Day

14. Living It Up In San Francisco At The Haunted Mansion

15. McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

16. A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

17. The Venice Canals

18. The Ultimate WTF Moment in The Netherlands


Life Advice

19. What’s Your Personal Mission Statement?

20. Stop Playing It Safe

21. Can You Sum Up Your Focus For the New Year In One Word?

22. The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change

23. The Comparison Trap: Your Life Isn’t A Highlight Reel

24. Fight The Fear

25. Stop Overthinking It

26. Say No For The Right Reasons

Nubby Twiglet | Goodbye, 2014: My Top 40 Blog Posts

Personal Style

27. A Casual Weekend In Venice

28. The Golden Hour

29. Black On Black

30. Tropical Stripes

31. Poolside In Palm Springs

32. Face-Off In San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | Goodbye, 2014: My Top 40 Blog Posts


33. 5 Benefits Of Having A Creative Workspace Outside Of Your Home

34. 15 Awesome Artists To Cover Your Walls

35. Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars

36. The 2015 Day Planner Roundup

37. Build Your Own Inspiration Board

Nubby Twiglet | Goodbye, 2014: My Top 40 Blog Posts

And….The Best For Last

38. The Bathroom Saga

39. The Unexpected House Guest

40. A Studio Space Is In The Works

The Week In Pictures: 12.19.14 | Happy Holidays!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Welcome to the very last Week in Pictures of the year!

Like many of you, I’m in a sprint to the finish line to wrap up lots of projects and obligations…and then take a major break. My holiday party is tomorrow night and I’m looking forward to catching up with family and friends and also sampling Joey’s famous boozy fruit punch. He changes the recipe slightly every year so it’s always bit of a surprise.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

We’ve put our tree and stockings up and in case you were wondering, Chubs has a stocking, too! So far, he’s just asked Santa for a big stash of nuts. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week, there were a lot of photos taken in my office…because I spent most of my time there. It’s all good, though because I’m wrapping up three branding projects and sites for super savvy, inspiring women (and hey, I met them all in San Francisco! Holla!) that launch on the 1st of 2015 and watching my clients step into new lives (literally quitting jobs, going out on their own, giving it everything they’ve got) is inspiring me big time. I still remember that same scared / excited / adrenaline-pumping feeling I had when I launched Branch a year and a half ago. It feels good to be in this spot on the other side now, cheering them on. I can’t wait to share all these new projects with you (and the women behind them!)

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’m always flipping through my magazine subscriptions (these days, it’s W, Elle, Lucky, Bazaar and Marie Claire) and looking for fresh inspiration. Since I spend my days designing, I try to look in different sources like fashion and skate / surf magazines. Without fail, fashion magazines usually lead me down the rabbit hole of shoes and more shoes. Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My suitcase home from Australia was stuffed to the brim with packaging references like this beautiful bottle from Greene St. Juice which is doubling as a fabulous vase now.


Rocky is all ready for Santa! Happy holidays and thanks for (virtually) hanging out with me this year. It’s been awesome getting to know so many of you both here and in person at The Blogcademy. Thank you for all of your comments, emails, tweets and being the best audience in the known universe. Sending lots of love your way!