Insta April


I started off the month with a trip to Ventura, California for Craftcation where I spoke on panels about advanced social media and how I stay on track with my business.

April is generally a crazy busy travel month for me, and this year was no different.

A week and a half later I was at the New York City International Auto Show to help Nissan out with some social media efforts and check out the new incarnation of the Murano.

I’ve been wearing these three pairs of shoes as my spring staples – Bucketfeet, my 20 year old (!) Birkenstocks, and a new pair of Swedish Hasbeens (that I’m still breaking in, hence the bandages).

Bebe got a much needed haircut, check out her Before and After!

I discovered that Rainey has a head shaped like a hamburger that’s too much fun to squish.

While in NYC I went to the best party at a town home with an indoor pool that had a glass wall. Add synchronized swimmers and it got even better.

I’ve been having a moment with garden roses.

Another NYC moment, the most mouthwatering square doughnut covered with toasted coconut and filled with coconut cream. I still wake up in the morning thinking about it.

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Don’t Forget the Card: Mother’s Day


Garden Mother’s Day Card by Rifle Paper Co. // Home is Where Your Mom Is by Moglea // Love You Mum by bespoke Letterpress


I Love You Mom Card by Quill and Fox // Awkward Mother’s Day Card by Emily McDowell // One Hot Mama Letterpress Card by Wednesday Press



Mom Libs Mother’s Day Card by Minted // XO MOM by egg press // Muscle Man Mom Letterpress Note Card by Isabell’s Umbrella



Baby Head Mother’s Day Card by Wit & Whistle // Mom Town by egg press // Love You Heaps Card by little low studio



Thanks Mom, I Turned Out Awesome by Cheeky Kumquat // Cat Mother’s Day Card by Chloe Derderian-Gilbert // You’re the Best Mom Lavender Flowers Card by Happy Cactus Designs


David Woodward

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David Woodward‘s collage art begins internally, as most art does, with a focus the dichotomy of acceptance and judgement. The result is imagery that falls somewhere between beautiful and disquieting. (I’m leaning more towards the former than the latter.)


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Wind & Willow Home



Wind & Willow Home has some of the most summery wares I can imagine, perfect for outdoor get togethers and quiet dinners on the patio alike. I’m especially drawn to the large wooden bowls that have been dipped in a marbleized custom rubber material. Right now Wind & Willow Home is working on an Indiegogo campaign to start a soft goods line of textiles to go along with their modern wooden housewares! You can check out the Growing and Giving Project right here and score some exclusive product perks if you help out.






Trending: Translucent Lucite


Mid-Century Lucite Acrylic Stool from Migrations // Colorblock Monogram Tray by Pencil Shavings Studio // On Center Cabinet Handle by House of Antique Hardware

Modern and chic or trashy cool? Oh lucite, you’re so controversial! In moderation the transparency of lucite can act as a tool to visually open up a space or add a touch of 60s vibe. Stick to clean lines and minimal color and you’re set.



Illusion Bookshelf by Anthropologie // Round Dial Transparent Strap Watch by May 28th // Vintage Mid-Century Folding Chairs from Rambling Vintage Gypsy



Lucite Desk Collection by Anthropologie // Ben-Amun Lucite Cuff // Vintage Lucite Bar Cart from 1stdibs


Killer Media Kits + Alt For Everyone

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I’m looking forward to teaching a brand new class at next month’s Alt for EveryoneDrafting a Killer Media Kit. I’ll be talking about what to include, what to avoid, and how to get noticed by the brands you want to work with. The online conference is taking place May 8th through 10th, with all of the good stuff that goes along with the Salt Lake City version brought right to your laptop. (Even a gift box delivered to your doorstep!) You can check out the full schedule right here.

• 7 online classes of your choice
• 1 online keynote session
• 1 virtual social meet-up

And just to include more of you, we’re giving away seven tickets!
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01/ Fruit Juices shows us exactly how much liquid is products from a single piece.
02/ Mysterious animal crates were left around Paris to announce the reopening of the zoo.
03/ A Tribute to Budgie showcases bird illustrations made from food.
04/ This Chinese beekeeper isn’t afraid to wear a coat of 450,000 bees. Uhhh…
05/ The transparent Axor Starck V makes the everyday faucet beautiful.
06/ CafeCat slowly melts his marshmallow self away in your hot beverage.
07/ Check out the 50 most amazing tree houses in the world.
08/ Screen Identity is a 7-foot tall smartphone exhibiting our digital sense of self.
09/ A journey of self discovery that includes wearing other peoples’ clothes.
10/ Rachel Sussman is on a journey to document The Oldest Living Things in the World.

This week on Design Crush:
I revealed the second half of my collaboration with Nissan – the new Murano!
Check out Houndworthy, a shop full of thoughtful things for pet and owner alike.
Dubbed one of the best gifts ever by my mom, Mother’s Day + Kolo’s photo books are a natural fit.
Taking a peek at my trip to Craftcation in retrospect.
I’ve dubbed 2014 The Year of the Textile, beginning with the lovely work of Caitlin Wilson.
Every Mother Counts + Minted have teams up to donate 20% of all art print proceeds through 4/28 to expectant mothers!
Tiny everyday objects are matched by color in the Tiny PMS Match project.
Modern birdhouses that both you and your avian visitors are sure to enjoy.
Serene dessert scenes from Jordan Sullivan.


Modern Birdhouses

From what I remember I’ve never had a birdhouse hanging in the yard or window of any home I’ve lived in.  But birdhouses aren’t what they used to be, especially these eleven modern versions. Do you think they’d mind creating a human-sized version for me?



ROW 1: Camera Shutter by Twig & Timber // Birdhouse by KOROMIKO // Modern Birdhouse by Oh Dier Living    ROW 2:Modern Birdhouse by Ingleside Pottery // Bird House Cat by Shabby with Chic    ROW 3: Vinyl Tube Birdhouse by The Birdhouse Chick // Typography Bird Houses from Anthropologie // Blue Wood Birdhouse by Ghenganette    ROW 4: Pratone Birdhouses from Anthropologie // MIKKO by PYGMALION // Tree Ring Birdhouse by Hinika