The Week In Pictures: 12.6.13

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’m sitting at my desk sipping coffee out of an insulated mug while peeking out of my office window, watching the snow come down. It doesn’t snow very often in Portland (maybe once or twice a year) and it rarely happens this early!

This December has been a nice change of pace. In past years, I felt like I was too busy to even think straight but now that I work for myself full-time, I’m able to fully enjoy little pockets of quiet and really take in and process what I want to do next. For the last few years, one of my biggest weaknesses was focusing on the here and now when it came to getting things done but I had difficulty looking at the big picture of what I wanted to accomplish next. I felt like I was always scrambling and that if I could just get enough little things done, I’d actually have time to focus on the big picture but we all know that it never quite happens like that — something else always pops up.

As this year wraps up, I’ve been trying to be more conscious. Mi Goals gifted me with a stack of notebooks, one of which is simply titled Goals and the prompts have really been helping me. It actually forces you to list what you want your life to look like in 5 years. And, for each goal you list, you have to first do a brainstorm, then list how you’re going to make it happen, then create a to-do list and finally, list the outcome once it’s finished. Serious accountability. That’s what I need. So I’ve slowly been chipping away at what I want those goals to be and more importantly, how I’m actually going to make them happen. It’s time to make time for these things.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week, I also pulled down all the inspiration I had pinned up in my office and started with a clean slate. December has been all about clearing my mind, cleaning up my surroundings and wrapping up loose ends. I want to make sure 2014 is all that I want it to be.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Over the weekend, after a heavy dose of holiday shopping, my dad took me to Kelly’s Olympian. A Portland staple since 1902, about a dozen vintage motorcycles are hung from the ceiling and old gas station signs cover the rest of the surface. It’s one of those places I’d been meaning to visit my entire adulthood…but never got around to. If you’re visiting Portland, add it to your must-see list. I’m sorry I waited so long, it completely lived up to the hype.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

One of the most important parts of being a designer is staying inspired creatively. I’m always on the lookout for that next hit of inspiration (yes, it’s like a drug!) It’s my job to stay on top of trends for clients and I do a lot of that these days on Pinterest. But I also scour a lot of print sources, too. My new favorite is the UK version of Elle — after visiting London twice this year and grabbing a few magazines each time for the plane, I was hooked. Their editorial design team is one of the best I’ve ever seen — they pay attention to the tiniest details.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

In the five years since I moved into my house (we refer to it as Wolfgang Manor), I’ve never thrown a proper party. When you buy an old house (ours was built in 1928), there’s an endless stream of renovation projects that never seem to get finished and as you homeowners know, it gets completely overwhelming. Thanks to Joey putting his foot down, we’re having a proper holiday party this year! I stayed up until midnight designing invites and ordered actual postcards a few nights ago. Legit! We’ve been busy pulling together serving stuff and barware and adding some Christmas decorations. I really can’t wait — this year, maybe I’ll finally feel like a proper adult. 😉

Are you getting into the holiday spirit?
Making progress on your holiday shopping list?
Getting your decorations up?

Designer Wish List #2: Creative Minimalist

Nubby Twiglet | Designer Wish List

This wish list is dedicated to that design minimalist in your life that’s obsessed with black, white and of course, great typography. But let’s be totally honest here — this is basically my dream shopping list so it wasn’t very difficult to gather up 18 swoon-worthy items!

1. Braun Alarm Clock, 2. Ghost Chair, 3. Imogene + Willie Candle, 4. Stedig 2014 Calendar, 5. Glass Dome, 6. Pantone iPhone 5 Case, 7. Eames House Bird, 8. Pattern Society Rug, 9. Sebastian Bergne Ring Calendar, 10. Ivory + Mason Glasses, 11. George Nelson Asterisk Clock, 12. House Industries for Heath Ceramics Numbers, 13. BKR Heart Water Bottle, 14. House Industries Flour Sack Towel, 15. Crushed Bowl, 16. Vitra Toolbox, 17. Hay Tower Block and 18. Binchotan Toothbrushes.

Link Love: 12.5.13



• Tired of the same old Yule Log? Impress your holiday guests with Yule Log 2.0!

• Feeling social media burnout? Maybe it’s time to bring in a robot to mimic you.

• What are you supposed to do when your life is a beige pointless hellscape?!

• Learn how to make peppermint marshmallows.

• This man stepped up and saved an independent bookstore.

• Will your online identities live on after you die?

• Are you being watched at work? Welcome to the world of human analytics.

• Complaining does not work as a strategy!

• This Paris Hilton interview has a few unexpected twists.

• As a small business owner, are you having issues conveying your value to clients? A process sheet can help.

• Joan Didion’s thoughts…on everything.

• If you’re self employed, when should you promote yourself?

• Roundups of the best photos of 2013 are rolling in!

• Is the internet dying? Maybe it’s time to go pick out a tombstone.

• Behold badass lady creatives! I love how everything’s nicely organized in this Pinterest account.

Image: Jean Patchett of Nina Leen.
Check out even more Link Love columns here.

Designer Wish List #1: Style Savvy With A Pop Of Color


Creatives can be a hard bunch to shop for. Notoriously picky and detail-oriented, they are a difficult group to please! Over the next two weeks, I’ve put together a series of four gift guides that will hopefully alleviate some of your shopping stress. First up: a collection of twelve items that are perfect for that friend who is style-savvy, strives to keep an orderly desk and welcomes a pop of color.

1. Kaleido Trays, 2. Eames Side Chair, 3. Graphic Notebook, 4. Le Mouton Noir & Co. Mug, 5. Nesting Boxes, 6. Echo Flash Drives, 7. Silk Pantone Pillow, 8. Uten.Silo Small, 9. Cosmos 4-Port Travel Charger, 10. Pantone Espresso Maker, 11. Nelson Ball Clock and 12. CMYK Necklace.

Cyber Monday Sales: Design Edition!

Nubby Twiglet | Cyber Monday

I’m a little late posting today but hopefully you can still make the deadlines for some of these amazing design-related sales! So much good stuff at deep discounts:

• In need of business cards, stickers or postcards? Moo is offering 25% off their printed products including the awesome Luxe line!

• Fab is offering 30% off site wide and is the perfect one-stop-shop for those art and design lovers in your life.

• Spruce up your desk with new supplies from Poppin. Use the code CYBER30 to save 30% off any orders of 60 dollars or more.

• Overnight Prints is running their biggest sale of the year. Get in that order of promotional postcards quick!

• You Work For Them has hundreds of fonts on sale!

• Theme Trust is offering 30% off all of their WordPress themes. Just enter the code CYBER at checkout.

A Mid-century Modern Dream in Surfers Paradise: QT Gold Coast

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

I’ve done my fair share of traveling. I’ve stayed at Holiday Inns in the midwest and luxury resorts in the Greek Islands. I’ve slept at the high end, the low end and everywhere in-between. But hands-down, my favorite hotel experience of all time goes to the QT Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

If mid-century modern stylings with a heavy dose of color is your thing, look no further: you’ve found your mecca. But don’t be fooled — the QT isn’t all style and no substance. They have hospitality down to an art form. Warm and welcoming, the staff, dazzling in their custom retro-inspired uniforms make you feel right at home. And the lemonade stand that greets you at the entrance doesn’t hurt, either. If lemonade isn’t up your alley, that’s okay; a table of sweets in every color of the rainbow is wheeled out mid-afternoon.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

I could have sat in the lobby all day and been perfectly happy. After all, it’s spacious enough to have a few dozen friends along for the ride and still have enough seating.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

But best of all is the disc-covered corner which sports a cherry red espresso machine tucked inside a coffee bar on one side and a view of the pool on the other.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

I was already having a design-gasm just from the grand entrance. Nothing could come close to topping the experience. Or, so I thought.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

As I made my way up to my room, I cracked open the door to be met with a striped shower (!!!) in the bathroom. I felt like the QT had crawled inside my brain and secretly pulled all my favorite design elements together for my arrival. Everything was spot-on.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

Kitschy barware and an in-room suite to concoct my own brew of lemonade was tucked alongside the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

The bathroom featured not one but two mirrors (the more the merrier, I say).

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

Hung along the wall were netted beach-ready bags, perfect for shaking all the sand out of Surfers Paradise explorations.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

As I sat on the bed and flipped through the menus, I realized that all the print materials were just as immaculately designed as the rooms.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

A striped bedskirt?! Yes, please.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

Pin-up girls covered the surfaces of menus, elevators and more. I kept this set of awesome postcards.

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

As we exited the QT for a bike ride along Surfer’s Paradise (they’ve thought of everything and there are a gaggle of bikes in their lobby), we were met with this vintage car in a shade of Blogcademy turquoise. It couldn’t get much more perfect than that, I thought. Little did I know that we had another QT experience waiting for us a few days later in Port Douglas…

Nubby Twiglet | QT Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

Complimentary lemonade.
Service with a smile.
Style for days.
QT Gold Coast made a lifelong fan of me in one day flat.

Special thanks to Tourism and Events Queensland for making this post possible.
Photos: Janneke Storm and Shauna Haider.

Giving Thanks

Nubby Twiglet | Giving Thanks

It’s been a hectic day as I put together last-minute client presentations and wrapped up some loose ends before taking some time off for the long holiday weekend. I’m looking forward to the annual tradition of heading up to my grandparents’ cabin tomorrow to celebrate Thanksgiving. My grandma already asked me what flavor of pie I wanted so I know it’s going to be a good day. 😉

I actually got to kick off the holiday spirit last Friday when my grandparents came down from the mountains and joined me for some bar-hopping around S.E. Portland. Neither use canes and both are as sharp as tacks. My friends are always blown away when they meet them! When my 85 year old grandpa showed up in this swanky vintage Pendleton jacket, I did a double-take. “Grandpa, do you know how hip and in style that jacket is?!” He was surprised, nonchalantly mentioning that it’s been hanging in the back of his closet for a few decades.

My grandpa, Sharkey is a special man. So quiet and sweet and sentimental, he offsets my fiery grandma, Betty. Over dinner, she entertained my brother and I with stories of bar brawls and the time she almost got kicked out of Mexico. It’s never a dull moment with those two and I am thankful for every time I get to see them.

I’m thankful for a lot of things this year: family that I honestly look forward to being around, a husband who supports my wacky ideas and lets me blabber about business on our morning walks, my cuddle buddy Rocky, business partners I can spend three weeks straight with and still call BFFs, a new design studio that makes me excited to get out of bed every day for, the opportunity to spend a decent chunk of my time traveling the world and for YOU. Thank you for the constant encouragement, advice and support you’ve given me over the last six years. It means the world to me.

Happy Thanksgiving and I’ll see you back here on Monday!