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.

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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. 😉

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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.

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My long-standing addiction: magazines.

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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

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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.

Project Spotlight: Olivine Atelier

Nubby Twiglet | Project Spotlight: Olivine Atelier

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Branch wrapped up two new products with Olivine Atelier that would make great gifts. I love Olivine because their products always have a positive message — I’ll pick up any beauty item that lists Unconditional Love as an ingredient! Check out even more project details right here.

And on a more personal note, I’ve been in the throes of wrapping up a pile of projects on top of planning two back-to-back trips on opposite sides of the world (it’s always all or nothing around here!) so I’m taking a little breather and returning on Monday with regularly scheduled content.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

The Week In Pictures: 5.2.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? Mine was nuts….in the best way possible. Hey, I’ll take excitement over boredom any day — the real fun happens when life keeps you on your toes!

A few things that have been happening over here: I’ve been working on some really cool new projects including two e-books, yesterday was my intern’s first day (hi, Samantha!) and this morning, I was photographed by a magazine I’ve subscribed to for years. Surreal and nerve-wracking.

Here are some snapshots from the last week — thanks for tuning in!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Whenever I have someone coming in for meetings or work, I always do a pastry run and try to have fresh flowers around. When you think about the best places you ever worked, it probably had a lot to do with small, thoughtful gestures.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Chubs is as wild and crazy as ever. Trust me, there were a solid 20 outtakes of a blurred tail flying through the air before this shot!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

When I moved into my house six years ago, I took a chance and painted my room matte black. A paint color (or lack thereof!) is one of those things that’s hard to gauge until you live with it for a bit…but I’m still loving it! My room is super simple with no TV, colors or excess furniture and it’s so much more relaxing that way.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’m adding more bits and pieces to the Branch wall, dreaming and visualizing and figuring out what’s next. New collateral, an updated portfolio and a rebuilt website will roll out later this summer.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’m a bit obsessed with this orange bench I found on Overstock. They have some amazing midcentury modern furniture reproductions and if you sign up, the coupons are awesome. It’s my new favorite place to shop for house stuff because the product reviews are really comprehensive and the shipping is lightning fast. #winning

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This morning, I drove downtown to get photographed for an upcoming issue of one of my favorite fashion magazines. It comes out in August and I figured a little neon was more exciting than my usual head-to-toe black. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It was nice to have an excuse to dress up and I met some wonderful Portland ladies at the shoot. Lately, I’ve been working on getting out more, reaching out to old friends and contacts and setting up coffee dates. It’s been nice for a change. Like many of you, I often end up in a very regimented routine and that leads to the same old view, commute and meals day after day. It’s when you veer away from the expected that the magic happens. On that note, I’ll leave you with this quote:

“I not only inherited an aversion to the nine-to-five routine, but the sense from my parents that being bored and boring is the worst thing that you can be.” —Christian Bale

See you next week!

Link Love: 4.30.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love

• What happens when you take a break from email? Life goes on!

• If you’re looking for the perfect website domain name, use Agile Domain Search.

9 great books for creative entrepreneurs.

• If you’re having a hard week / month / year, ask yourself these things before giving up.

• 20 career tips from top female entrepreneurs.

• If you’re a blogger, you probably have a lot of “oops, I meant to do that” moments.

• Wow, there are some really strange beauty products out there!

• It’s so interesting watching an animated time lapse of New York City’s growing skyline from the 1500s through today.

• Have lots of jewelry? Here are 10 quirky storage ideas.

• These days, every blogger is wondering how much they should post and ProBlogger has some answers!

• Noon Pacific releases a new mix tape of great tunes every week.

• Here’s how the American home has grown in size over the last 40 years. Damn, who needs that much space?!


Image: A Poster A Day.
Check out even more Link Love columns here.

Project Spotlight: Luke Copping

Nubby Twiglet | Project Spotlight: Luke Copping

Branch recently wrapped up a bundle of new projects with Luke Copping including a print promo set, branded rubber stamp and thank you cards. Luke was one of the first freelance clients I began working with six years ago and we are still experimenting and trying out new ideas all the time, collaborating on everything from magazines to newspapers to wedding invites! You can see the full outcome of Luke’s new projects here.

What I Wore: Beach Goth

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

What’s your take on wearing all black to the beach?

I say the more, the merrier! Since I wear head-to-toe black on a near daily basis, it might as well cross over to my fun, games and vacation, too. Why all the black? It’s classic, it never goes out of style and truthfully, when you take long trips like I do, it’s nice to open your suitcase and not be faced with a pile of clashing colors and patterns that don’t work together (which I used to fall victim to more times than I’d like to admit).

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

Some of you long-time readers might be nodding at the familiarity of this neoprene dress — that’s because it’s the long-lost relative of good ol’ Zipper Hips, an old-school favorite that still lurks in my closet. The neoprene makes it beach-ready but the accentuated silhouette adds a bit of drama, which I know you fellow beach goths love!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

Get the look: 1. neoprene dress, 2. zip-front maillot, 3. mesh midi cover up, 4. mesh rashguard (I own this and the fit is awesome), 5. straw boat hat, 6. cage bikini top, 7. lost weekend shades and knee-high sandal.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

This photo sums up the way I feel every time I’m in LA. Hey, beach goths can be happy, too! 😉


Photos: Made U Look.
I Wore: Nasty Gal dress, Crown and Glory ears and Dries Van Noten sunglasses.
Check out more What I Wore posts here.

Let’s Party! A Colorful Explosion of Fun and Learning at Blogcademy Auckland.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Depending on how you look at it, one of the downsides of being a graphic designer is that it can be a very solitary existence. Like many creative fields, there’s a lot of time spent in front of a computer, on the phone and doing research — alone.

Looking back at the nearly 30 Blogcademy workshops we’ve taught around the world, the one thing that’s stuck with me most are the relationships. Getting out of my office and into the classroom has allowed me to meet women from all walks of life and I’m so glad to now call many of them friends. While forming relationships and learning online is great, nothing can replicate the energy that a face-to-face meeting brings and that’s why I love our live events so much.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

When you’re teaching in a live setting, not every event runs smoothly but this one was a perfect example of the magic that can happen when all the variables line up. From the venue to the decor to the high energy, I kind of didn’t want it to end.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

We taught at Biz Dojo and if you’re in Auckland and on the lookout for a co-working space, this place is awesome. It’s super stylish with the friendliest staff.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Without a doubt, this class tied with San Francisco as being our most colorful. This group of women had the most fabulous style, from candy-colored sneakers to beautifully embroidered caftans.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

One of the most exciting parts of this class was having the opportunity to meet ladies I’d known online for years including Steff Metal. Though she’s legally blind, she’s written several books, officiates alternative weddings and runs a successful blog. I have one word to describe her: inspiring.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

You know what makes me smile? Great decor. And Wink sure delivered. I mean, how can you go wrong with mini silver balloons spelling out B L O G and faux polaroids (including a snapshot of Chubs!) lining the walls?

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Smiles! Palm Trees! Confetti!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Okay Auckland, you’d already won us over but you weren’t quite done yet! One of our lovely ladies in attendance, Te Kiira stood up at the end of class and sang us a song — we stood there, smiling from ear to ear as she belted it out. There’s a first for everything! New Zealand, I seriously love you. I’ve never felt so at home while being so far away from home.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Upcoming In-Person Classes

Since we aren’t doing as many in-person classes this year, make sure you don’t miss out! Next up is London in June at the beautiful Curtain Road Studios and it would be amazing to see you there. You can also grab tickets to San Francisco, New York City, Melbourne and Sydney.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Win a Copy of Blogcademy Online

That’s not all, folks! Right now, we’re running an Instagram contest for 5 lucky participants to win their very own copy of Blogcademy Online! To enter, just upload a photo of the place you blog / work from (could be your bed, office or favorite coffee shop) and tag it with #theblogcademy by this Wednesday, April 29th. Check out examples here to get inspired. Woohoo!


Photos: Bubblerock.
Venue: Biz Dojo.
Decor: Wink.