Link Love: 11.6.2014

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Brian

• Jessica Hische shares some thoughts on productivity and creating the ultra-schedule.

• What’s the best way to get through resistance and take action?

• Cassie just shared a roundup of valuable resources for freelancers.

• 25 famous women discuss getting older.

• The amazing history of the to-do list…and better yet, how to make one that actually works!

• A look back at The Berlin Wall, 25 years after the fall.

• Kathleen has some fantastic advice on how to feel like a creative expert.

• The 10 greatest changes of the last 1,000 years.

• Buffer openly shares its formula for calculating employee salaries. So refreshing for a company to be this transparent!

• Your business is a reflection of you.

• We all deal with the dreaded time crunch but Mandi decided to step back and reevaluate her priorities.

• Three rules for a happy designer.

Image: Brian “Doc” Reed.

Anatomy Of An Office #2: 15 Awesome Artists To Cover Your Walls!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #2: 15 Awesome Artists To Cover Your Walls!

Welcome to Anatomy Of An Office. This series is dedicated to pulling together a functional yet stylish workspace with plenty of budget-friendly tips!

It’s important to set the tone of your surroundings and art definitely helps with that. I searched high and low to find the perfect mix and wanted to share 15 of my favorite artists with you. Better yet, I want to hear who you love as well since I still have some blank wall space. Please let me know who you’re obsessed with in the comments!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #2: 15 Awesome Artists To Cover Your Walls!

15 Awesome Artists To Cover Your Walls

1. Chad Wys: I have a few of Chad’s pieces and I love how he takes classical sculptures and oil paintings and gives them a modern spin with bold splashes of color and geometric shapes.

2. RK Design: This artist focuses on a mostly black and white palette with organic shapes. A personal favorite of mine is the cross print.

3. Max Wanger: The reigning king of negative space, Max excels at highlighting the beauty of everyday moments, from the beach to the city.

4. Replace Face: I am completely obsessed with this artist — anyone that creates old-world style portraits of celebrities ranging from Michael Jackson to Mickey Rourke is a god in my book.

5. Andy Warhol: When I want some Warhol, I know that I can depend on to deliver his best known pieces at a really affordable price.

6. Sealoe: If fashion editorial-inspired prints are more your jam, this site is loaded with tons of options from black and white photos to fantastic typography.

7. House Industries: One of the best type foundries around also creates killer hand-screened prints. I actually have two of their pieces in my bedroom and LOVE them.

8. Ciara Phelan: Isn’t her illustration style great? Ciara’s Bird Head series is a personal favorite of mine.

9. Slim Aarons: A well known photographer of American jet-setters from the 1950s through the 1980s, Slim made a living out of capturing the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

10. Gray Malin: While he’s best known for his captivating beach scenes, I’m enamored with Gray’s portrait of black and white llamas covered in balloons.

11. Georgina Paraschiv: Bright paintings of fruit, abstract patterns and landscapes fill Georgina’s work. She has a seemingly bottomless archive of awesome prints.

12. Honey Lake Studio: The simplicity of photos Honey Lake creates really shines — this palm print captures the most beautiful light.

13. Malika Favre: A true master of the human form, she’s able to create intriguing art out of the most simple shapes.

14. Sharon Montrose: If you want to display a portrait of your favorite animal, Sharon’s print shop has you covered. She’s managed to photograph even the most obscure creatures!

15. Super Rural: You’ve probably spotted their famous For Like Ever print in the houses of the who’s who over the last decade. I’m excited to finally have a yellow version of my own on the way.

It’s so exciting picking out new art — next week, I’ll show you what’s arrived and how I’m displaying it in my new space!

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

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!