When it comes to collections, I dream of having a handful of Fornasetti plates scattered across my living room wall someday. While plate collections had always seemed a bit antiquated to me, my mind was quickly changed two years ago when I spotted the plate-covered wall at The Viceroy, designed by Kelly Wearstler.
I’ve long admired the endless expressions of Fornasetti’s signature plates. Over his lifetime, founder Piero Fornasetti created an astounding 11,000 items, many of which featured the face of opera singer Lina Cavalieri. To date, over 350 of her expressions have covered the world-famous plates!
Fornasetti’s designs are instantly recognizable because they most commonly feature black and white motifs, the sun and time themes. Here are a few of my current favorites, all available through Barneys:
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Viceroy photo by Made U Look.
Another week down! I’m definitely feeling the calm before the storm. There are so many little things to knock out before I hit the road for two weeks — I am looking forward to spending next weekend in New York teaching with The Blogcademy and the following in Minneapolis (thanks for all your wonderful recommendations, by the way. They’ve been immensely helpful!) Judging from past trips, I’m never quite prepared and end up lugging loads of work with me on the road. I’m determined to change my ways and make this time around different. I want to soak up every moment with my friends in one of my favorite cities and really, really take it all in.
Last night wasn’t about work though…I spent a few hours out on the back patio of the Doug Fir with my friend Joey, indulging in comfort food and catching up on life.
I’m working on more projects than I thought humanly possible right now but it’s all stuff I am very much enjoying. I’ll talk about it all soon. I’m stockpiling everything as it wraps right now in preparation for another project but once that launches, it will all flow out. Sorry for being so cryptic!
I spotted this perfectly restored minty VW Bug a few days ago and swooned. I’m pretty practical when it comes to an everyday vehicle but someday it would be awesome to have a few classics. My dad has a garage full of classic cars and his enthusiasm has rubbed off on me over the years!
The one place I find solace in no matter what is thankfully close to home: my back yard. I’ll be doing the full reveal soon — each weekend, Joey chips away and we’re already beginning to enjoy it. I’m glad I married a guy who enjoys yard work because that’s not on my list of attributes at all.
I love this little sticker on my Zara order that just showed up. Inspiration is everywhere. Always.
In other news, I finally, finally got a haircut (it had seriously been at least 6 months since my last) and if you’re in S.E. Portland, check out Salon Mojo! The name is rad, the decor is cool and the ladies that run it are super fun. My haircutter Rachel was amazing and I’m not afraid of haircuts anymore.
I hope you have a relaxing weekend — I’m hoping to see my dad and grandpa for Father’s Day in between packing and projects. Do you have any Father’s Day plans?
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“While magazines are mainly seen as colorful things with loads of pictures, they are actually the best living example of the marriage between image and text.” —Luis Mendo, TypoMag
They say that you should never judge a book by its cover but I’ll admit that what first drew me to TypoMag was just that. In 2010, it seemed to be popping up everywhere and I was definitely intrigued by the simplicity of the design.
TypoMag painstakingly documents the role of typography in magazines, most which are on the obscure side (and even a few which are now sadly out of print). The primary goal of the book is to focus on covering magazines that are dedicated to creating their own identity through typography.
While I found the visuals to be wonderful, the Annex section in the very back is especially valuable because it includes a directory of both typography blogs and magazines.
I’m on the lookout for more books with a focus on editorial design — any recommendations?
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One of my biggest weaknesses by far is office supplies. Everyone has their triggers and when it comes to accouterments to decorate my space, there’s never enough. I tell myself that it doesn’t matter because these are things I use and therefore, somehow practical (excuses, excuses).
With that mindset, I picked up this hand cup last week. And with that, an Instagram shot of the said hand last night produced a hilarious roundup of one-liners. It’s been great for holding pens, makeup brushes and so much more. And even better, the end is magnetic for those stray paper clips and bobby pins!
Beyond that, I also stopped into Canoe for the first time ever last week. I know, I know…how had I never made it into this store?! A minimalist haven of perfectly curated everyday items, it very much reminded me of the MoMA gift shop. I walked away with a beautiful Ogami notebook comprised of pages made of stone that also happen to be waterproof. And, a very gigantic eraser. It’s so large it’ll easily double as a paperweight.
How many office supplies are too much? I haven’t quite figured that out yet but I need to get my addiction in check before Hoarders comes calling.
On the hunt for something special for your workspace? These are a few of my favorite things: 1. Ogami Notebook, 2. Poppin Scissors, 3. Hand Pen Holder, 4. Acrylic Tape Dispenser, 5. Stainless Photo Frame, 6. Mini Binder, 7. Milan Gigante Eraser, 8. Hay Box Set, 9. Acrylic Pencil Holder, 10. Mini Binder, 11. Identity Suite.
Have you made any cool additions to your workspace lately?
At the very end of this month, I’ll be heading to Minneapolis for the first time ever with The Blogcademy. Joey is from Minneapolis and has been going on for years about what an awesome city it is so I can’t wait to finally see it for myself! Before our class, we’re going to have an open day on our hands for exploring.
So, I want to know: what are the must sees? What restaurants should we absolutely not miss? What shops do you love most? Let me in on your secrets!
I love that anticipation of summer and the impending sense of adventure that goes along with it. Every day this week I felt like I was on a mini expedition around my city, soaking up details both big and small. The highlight of my week though was dogsitting Raleigh. Rocky and him have been BFF’s since he was a baby and his all black exterior and cute little underbite win me over every time.
Raleigh and Rocky = Ebony + Ivory. They spent most of the weekend lying around my office like this.
The view from my couch. I’ve been trying to chill out more but all these impending travel plans are making it hard to just relax.
On the weekends, we love taking walks around the Reed College campus. It’s so beautiful and picturesque.
Our backyard is almost complete, 40 bags of river rock later. Finally, it’s feeling like more of an oasis than a dumping ground and I can’t wait to show you the final results!
My weekend accessories: red glasses and lipstick.
A few days ago, I met a goat named Bambi. Just 3 months old, she was a tiny little thing. We became fast friends but I let my guard down a little too soon. Before I knew it, she was chomping down on my Rick Owens jacket! Haha.
Have a great weekend, everyone! xo