I'm so excited to share my baby girl's Neverland themed nursery with you today! The inspiration for her room came from my love of Disney's Peter Pan! To make it more feminine, the look of the room plays less with Peter Pan and pirates but more with fairies, mermaids, and Indians! The look is all tied together with a simple color scheme and an overall rustic floral boho vibe. Our son's pirate themed room is full of darker moodier colors so I wanted to create a very bright and warm space for our baby girl. However, we had to use our son's dark wood crib and recliner for the space. We did buy a new (used) white dresser for her though, sourced locally in our community, and then placed our son's changing table topper on it giving it a nice two tone look—in an attempt to not make the crib and recliner the only darker elements in the room. My favorite part: spending the time gathering pieces for her gallery wall above the changing table and the floating shelves above the recliner. I had so much fun buying from artists that I have followed for years as well as buying from
This past weekend I got to experience the Walt Disney Family Museum—finally! We made a trip up to San Francisco, just to make it in time to experience the Mary Blair exhibit at the museum. With only 2 hours in total to spend there, we started with Mary Blair as the thought was, the Walt Disney Family Museum will always be there and we can always come back. So that's how I ended up spending a whole hour in Mary Blair world and had to rush through the Walt Disney Family Museum at lightning speed. Yes, rush, as there are 11 galleries to experience and each one is pretty big and unique! I really didn't get to read much but just get the overall impression of each gallery and move on
Today my Disneyland pass expires. After having an annual pass to the Happiest Place on Earth since Christmas of 2004, I am so heartbroken to not just be able to head down there whenever I want. Looking back over the years, I feel so blessed and am so thankful for all the little moments and celebrating all the major milestones. It's the place I fell in love, it's where friendships were strenghtened, its the place where my little nieces and nephews saw a whole new world with a sparkle in their eyes. And oh my gosh, I miss it already. On the other hand, Disneyland to me has always been a creative and artistic masterpiece. Every single nook and cranny has been thoughtfully executed down to the smallest detail. It has been crafted with love and a passion for the ideals of one man, Walt Disney. Walking down Main Street, I am just filled with so much creative juice that my heart just feels full and my mind is racing with ideas. And while I am taking a break from having a pass for awhile
Many people are shocked to find out I only truly fell in love with all things Disney[land] just when I met my hubby 10 years ago. I grew up on Disney's movie magic and loved the random trips we took as kids but it wasn't until Andy pointed out the random holes in the wall on the Pirates of the Carbibbean ride and asked if I could see the Hidden Mickey—that my love for Disney grew into a passion. From there, my obsession with all things secret—and even mythical—about Disneyland began. I found an outdated website with Hidden Mickey sightings, printed out pages and pages and went through the park marking them off one at a time. Yeah, Andy kept his distance from me on those days. :) What kept me so entranced by these hidden gems is the artistic detail the park Imagineers tended to. All this "hidden stuff" is just bonus fun to an already amazing place to visit. It's what kept me going back trip after trip, year after year. It's these small details that place the quality of Disneyland over an other amusement park. So I just wanted to take some of these little gems and share them with you!
In Southern California, it seems like everyone—at one time or another—has had a Disneyland annual pass. And I have had a Disneyland pass for a solid 9 years now. But the plan right now, is when my pass expires in May, to not renew it. We just aren't able to go nearly as often as we used to
1. Texas Monthly, Jon Contino I love when the different sections in life spill over into one another, in particular when the husband's BBQ world collides with my design world. So when I saw this post by the wonderful letterer and design, Jon Contino, for Texas Monthly I just knew I had to share it with you all. From the saucy titles on the cover to the handdrawn map of southern BBQ—there's truly some amazing work to see plus a video on the "painting with BBQ sauce" process. Check out more photos from the magazine on Jon's site. 2. Starbucks Coffee Perfection Can you even fathom the man hours to create such a promotion? Cutting all the smallest of pieces of paper, manipulating the characters on the screen in between each take, but the joy and gratification of seeing the final product must totally outweigh all of that! What a beautiful work of art! Here is the finished commercial, be sure to check out the behind the scenes work from Rogier Wieland on Design Work Life. Starbucks Coffee Perfection from Rogier Wieland on Vimeo. 3. Easy, Tiger Cards Another post from Design Work Life
While I continue to play catch up every evening on all my various freelance projects, I thought giving another glimpse into a couple of my last 2 weeks' projects would be fun! 1. Nautical Baby Shower Invite Last week, I designed a baby shower invite for a friend of a friend
1. Flourish Letterpress Wedding Stationery Seriously in love with every piece and every detail in this wedding invitation suite. Printed by Flourish Letterpress, found via the Graphic Exchange. 2. Circus Characters by Jonas Bergstrand Beautiful illustration work by . My eye is particularly drawn to the way patterns are used in the shadows. Found via Brave the Woods, illustrated by Jonas Bergstrand. 3. Want this Typeface: Oaf Can I have it? Pleeeeease? Oaf doesn’t go to art museums or the opera. Oaf doesn’t eat paté, whatever that is. Oaf was painted on a wall by an eccentric Canadian with a paint roller. The result is an unusual combination of straight, evenly weighted strokes and rough, handmade charm. Purchase Oaf here. Found via Good Design Makes Me Happy. 4. Destination NYC Logo It took me awhile to come on board the trend in every changing and morphing logos