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Archive for March, 2009

business card birdies


This bird bath dish would make a lovely business card holder, no? I’m thinking I might order it for our studio…

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fresh prints for spring


I love these floral print scarves from Forever 21 – each is under $10! I think I might have to get the yellow one…

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outdoor updates

Our humble little house has a few great features, and one of my absolute favorites is our front deck. It’s large, gets TONS of sun, and is a great spot to take advantage of gorgeous Seattle summers. Now that it’s finally spring (yay!) we’re trying to think of ways to make our deck more card-playing, dinner eating, wine-sipping friendly.

I’d like to get a table, four chairs, a couple of planters, and some warm accessories. For the color scheme, I’m thinking warm yellow, gray-blue, and pops of orange. In a couple of planters I’d like to plant some bright orange flowers, and in a couple of other planters we’ll keep some herbs.

We are definitely on a budget, so this first board is completely out of the realm of possibility. BUT if money was no object this is totally what we’d like to do with our deck. The second board is far more budget-friendly, keeping some of the more expensive splurges (like the bullet planters) combined with some inexpensive but still stylish furniture.


Silver Dining Table, available at DWR: 1600. | Hip Haven Retro Bullet Planter, available at Velocity: 160. each | Neutra House Numbers, available at DWR: 48. each | Marais A Chairs, available at DWR: 250. each | Crate & Barrel “bristol” pillows (made of all-weather Sunbrella fabric): 40. each | Pro Bocce Set, available at DWR: 200.

total 3376. (yeah, right. in our dreams.)


Ikea Kvarno Table: 129. | Hip Haven Retro Bullet Planter, available at Velocity: 160. each | Neutra House Numbers, available at DWR: 48. each | Ikea Lacko Chair (they come in white, but we’d likely spray-paint them): 20. each | Crate & Barrel “bristol” pillows (made of all-weather Sunbrella fabric): 40. each | Eddie Bauer Bocce Set, available at Target: 55.

total 840.


wooly artistic expression

This is a little off-topic, but it’s too cool.


rethinking the studio

I’ve been rethinking our studio recently – I think it is due for some new, fresh changes. I’m thinking lots of white (combined with the some of the dark brown furniture we already have), clear acrylic accessories, succulents, and some new storage.


left to right, top to bottom:

ikea docksta table | succulents photo from | cb2 lumiere pillar holders | west elm scoopback chair | cb2 sidecar high dining table | west elm canvas storage bins | cb2 beaker glass pitcher | cb2 zombie tumblers | cb2 format tray


another summer sneak peek


Here is another sneak peek for another custom wedding invitation order we’ve been working on, this time in shades of purple, grass green, and bright white. The invitation is foil-embossed on metallic purple paper and is absolutely stunning in person (the photos don’t do it justice!) The additional pieces are offset printed in deep purple ink on thick white cardstock and the entire set is packaged nicely in a grassy green inner envelope.

More photos to follow later, but for now, here’s a taste!


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summer invitations sneak peek


I finally got around to taking some photos this week of some recent work, so I will be posting a few little peeks of what we’ve been up to this week!

This invitation suite is so much fun! The invitations won’t go out to their guests for another couple of months, so I can’t post too much yet. But those of you who follow us on twitter might remember me tweeting about an invitation suite in gray, canary yellow, and aqua. This is that set – and it’s so cute and fresh – I can hardly wait for those to be mailed out!



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october 2008 real wedding :: katie and andrew


I have been so excited to share this beautiful event! Katie and Andrew came to us with some beautiful and stylish ideas and we had so much fun turning their ideas into reality!


One of their biggest needs was to make sure their guests – both locals and out-of-towners – could get around easily. Most guests needed to be able to navigate ferry schedules as well as driving directions, so the invitation turned into a “travel packet” of sorts – all necessary information was included in a pocket style invite that was then tucked in a handy, organized folio pocket.



Katie and Andrew worked with us on their day-of items as well, including unique accordion-style programs, table numbers, and escort cards. The escort cards were black with white print, and were arranged on a bed of white hydrangeas – stunning!


The wedding and related events were beautifully styled by Stacy Kvam of SK Wedding and Event Design, who was right there with Katie and Andrew through every step of their planning. All of these gorgeous photos were shot by Kim and Adam Bamberg of La Vie Photography (thank you Kim, for sharing these photos with us!)


prints for tots


numbers numbers letterpress print | pearl and marmalade

I was originally going to title this post “design for tots,” but as I started going through all of the great items I’d bookmarked, I realized there are way too many well-designed kiddie items out there to feature in one post. So I’ve narrowed it down to a few of my favorite prints for the little ones out there. These are so much fun – I’m actually considering getting the Pearl & Marmalade numbers print shown above just for the house (even though we don’t have any kiddos!)


letterpress seal print | animal a-z print | ink+wit


alphabet poster | numbers poster | sycamore street press

alphabet letterpress card | sweetbeets

laugh dream love print | orange beautiful


animal alphabet poster | petit collage

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the ink initiative + operation nice


Our good (online) friend¬† and fellow designer Keith Bowman of The Design Bureau of Amerika is starting a project for charity he is calling The Ink Initiative. His concept for his new endeavor, in his own words, is to “Make Posters. Sell Posters. Give Profits to Charities”.

One of his first projects (see above) was inspired by another online friend Mel from Operation Nice. In this piece all the art, typography and screen printing is done by Keith himself –¬† done in what I am sure were Jazz (only on vinyl of course) filled late night and early mornings stints in his Bureau studio in Philly.

I just love this illustration and can’t wait to see them finally up for sale and being given out as giveaways. Keith is known for is Kbowman-isms, so to quote Keith himself in how I feel about his new work, this poster “is like a tickle fight between two CareBears in my tummy”


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