Ever since we moved into our new place I have been a little obsessed with decorating and scoping out interiors. I have been following the blog of fellow Dotcoms For Moms contributor Jennifer Hagler over on A Merry Mishap for a little while now. I must say she has great taste and an eye for beautiful interiors, if you don't already draw inspiration from her site you should go check it out right now! Recently, she shared the home of friend Deborah (find Deborah instagramming @apeiceofcake82) and it totally blew me away. I love the modern, minimalistic furniture with bright vibrant accent colors and funky black and white toys, pillows and linens. Go here to see the links to online shops where you can find these items or items like them to help you get this clean, vibrant look for your house! Good luck!
I have a very exciting new project that I have been working on. I can't wait to share it with you! But in the mean time here is a look at the mood board. Also!!- We are slowly but surely getting settled in our new little home here in San Diego. I am starting to feel like myself again. It's funny how big changes can really throw you off balance!
Emma is originally from Dallas, Texas and is now residing in Silverlake, CA. She is a graphic designer, knitter and blogger! Emma can’t seem to sit still for too long so she has a lot of endeavors that keep her engaged & growing as a small business owner. Emma also has a really great column going on over on her blog (actually she has a lot of great columns but this one is my personal favorite) called Top Notch Type. Check it out for some awesome typographic inspiration with links to where you can find the type and download it for free! Thanks Emma!
I am really excited to tell you that I am going to be blogging regularly over on the Verily Magazine Blog! You can find the first edition of my little fashion series called day to night right here. I am going to be creating two very different looks for one article of clothing for a seemless transition from day time to evening. Let me know if you have any requests or suggestions!
Dearest Conor, I really wish you were here to celebrate your birthday. Henry and I are really missing you and can't wait for you to get home. Work hard in Atlanta this week and expect some special prizes and treats when you return! I love you something awful! All the love in my heart, Jane
I am so excited to share with you a recent project that I worked on! Remember this mood board here? Well,here is a link the the finished product. Lobster and Roo is a lifestyle blog that I was so honored to work on with the lovely Jen Tan, after you check out her blog check out her amazing Pinterest feed, trust me, you'll thank me later!Jen was an absolute joy to work with because she has great taste, knows what she wants and is just one of the nicest people I have met through the internet to date! Thanks for letting me be a part of Lobster and Roo Jen! It was such a pleasure.
Extra! Extra! So, I just thought I would share a little tip with other creatives out there about presenting clients with work. I typically create two different mood boards, style guides and often even render two completely different finished projects (if the project is small scale) and present them both to the client. I let them decide which concept is better and which elements they want to keep, combine, get rid of or change. I have learned over time that showing too many ideas to a client just makes their job deciding which direction to go in much harder. They hired a designer because they wanted creative direction. If I have several ideas at the beginning I usually try to weed out the best two and only show those to the client.
I am delighted to share with you Ana Degenaar's Need Read Greed guest post today! I have been following along on Ana's blog for quite some time and always come away feeling inspired! She has a great eye for design and simplicity (which I love!). Thanks for sharing with us Ana!
Ana Degenaar is a graphic and web designer, mother of one, and blogger. Recently based in Northern Brazil, Ana now owns a web-shop called Blog Milk where she spends her days designing blogs and attending to the needs of other fellow bloggers. When she's not designing Ana can be found cavorting around Brazil with her daughter Emma and their puppy Bo.
Our 4th of July holiday was pretty great. Conor got home from a 10 day business trip in Ohio on Tuesday and was able to spend the rest of the week hanging out with me and Henry. We went to the annual beach party (which was FREEZING) and saw all most of our favorite people. Conor got to surf all day with his life long best friend Willie and I ate some pretty amazing food (the water was a little too cold for my liking). These people don't joke around when it comes to food so I wasn't a bit sad about the weather being crummy. I'm talking about gourmet breakfast burritos with all the fixings, fresh fruit trays, desserts gallore, and spicy fajitas - the burners come on at 7am and don't turn off till the sun goes down! The next day we headed out to Julian California and stayed in a cabin and ate apple pie in bed. I love fourth of July in San Diego! Hope everyone else had an amazing holiday!
If you know me well you know I love love love Jenny Lewis and then I just die! One of my best friends and I drove up to LA a few weekends ago to catch her show (with The Watson Twins and Johnathan Rice) and it was amazing. On the way back home (I got pulled over - not part of this story but I didn't get a ticket so I just wanted to mention it because HOW AWESOME IS THAT!??) we got to talking about what kind of place Jenny would live in. We suspected it must be really cool so I did a little digging and found these images over on ELLE MAGAZINE. Don't you just love that living room?!
We took a little trip to Disneyland this week. My parents drove down from Washington State with my sister and her two kids. Husbands were not invited - hers just started his internal medicine residency in Portland and mine is on a 10 day business trip in Ohio (I am counting down the minutes till he gets his hot bod back here). D-land was everything I remembered it being - crowded, hot and oh so exhausting but, there is just something so satisfying about experiencing the magic through our little one's eyes. My niece and nephew were going buck wild over Princesses, Cars Land, rides and treats! They were not big fans of Pirates of The Caribbean - there was a lot of crying and eye-covering happening on that ride. Henry handled his first trip to Disneyland like a champ. He did a lot of people watching and figured out all of the best nursing positions on each ride. "Oh hey mom, we are about to get on a tiny boat that goes into a dark tunnel, I guess it's time for a snack?" Yeah, he can eat just about anywhere and sleep just about anywhere too. Good baby!