Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Olympic Logo Controversy...Again

This is why I am leery whenever designing a logo...can you really come up with something that hasn't been done before?


For what it's worth, though, I like it. I especially like how the typography plays off the free flowing lines of the mark. The only thing I don't like is how it would translate as a solid color (picture this imagery all black). I know 3D and gradients add a new dimension, but I still prefer developing logos that will transfer well across all mediums and the imagery remains defined. But that's just me...and I'm not in charge of designing logos that will have so much exposure!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Well Excuse Me, But I Think You've Got My Chair

Pier 1 chair {{Inspiration}}

Pier 1 chair {{Inspiration}}

The original

Green chair detail

Red chair detail {{LOVE!}}

Red chair detail

Green chair detail
My two little beauties
 I'm giving you a sneak peek of what I'm currently working on mid-project because I am so happy with the way they are turning out. These are going to be my 'new' kitchen chairs.

The top two photos were my inspiration. I had been browsing dining room sets at Pier1. But instead of spending over $400 on chairs, I thought I would try and utilize what I already have. We have had this dining set forever and it was originally a hand-me-down so I really had nothing to lose if they didn't turn out.

My plan was to add a pop of color and paint each chair a different color and I am really loving the results. It wasn't until I added the 'antiqued' layer of black paint that they really came to life. It revealed such awesome characteristics in the wood!

Old chairs + spray paint + black paint = a hip style adding color and creativity to your dining room!

Next up: turquoise and orange!

Thursday, August 25, 2011


One of my dreams as a little kid was to work at Hallmark and design greeting cards. Ok, I admit, it still is somewhat of a dream! So, it was a nice change of pace when I had the chance to whip up some 'ecards' for a hospital website we're working on. Here's a sneak peak at a few.

Friday, August 19, 2011

My latest logo design

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Design Dilemma!

First off, I apologize for the quality of the photo. This is a cute little inlet in the corner of the living room. My problem is that I don't quite know what to do with it. Here are some options I have considered. Please share your thoughts, especially if you have another solution!

1. Leave it as is, with mirrors in the back and leave the shelving the same light oak wood color

2. Scrap the mirrors in the back and paint it all white, including the shelving

3. Put patterned wallpaper in the back to cover up the mirrors and paint the shelves white

4. Remove the shelves and the mirrors all together and use it as a regular alcove, possibly tiling the background.

I want to make it functional for either photos and accessories, or as a unique focal point to the living room space. I just can't decide!! Help???

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Grandma's Dresser

Here is my next project! This was my husband's grandmother's dresser. It is finding a new home in my daughter's room. I love the clean lines of this piece and it is so functional, boasting huge deep drawers! While I don't mind the natural blonde finish I want to make it a bit more fun and colorful. But now what to do, what to many options! Stay tuned.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The latest

The latest web design.

Great logo for dental practice

I just had to share this logo. Isn't it awesome? Someone with much more experience could explain it better, but let's just say it works.

Kudos to Mike Bruner, designer extraordinaire. The man never ceases to amaze me.

Great site with fun finds

This is one of the best sites I've found in awhile. Thought I'd share. Go There...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Glass Totems for your Garden

Upcycling. Garden Junk. Whatever you want to call it, the trend continues and I was pleasantly surprised to come across this little find in my own mother's yard the other night while visiting her home. While glass totems are nothing new, the fact that my mom actually made it came as a big surprise to me! (if you know my mom, you know she will never claim to be crafty) I think the fact that each piece has a history tied to it is even more intriguing. I love the detail of old glassware. Notice the little bird on the piece in the middle. This totem boasts glassware from both of my grandmothers, along with a piece from my great-grandmother.

If you want to make your own, perhaps you should take a stroll east of town. My mom had originally brought the pieces out to the Cozy Cottage in Granville to donate, but ended up staying and making a garden totem out of them. So glad she did, because you know who is going to claim it next!

Google "glass garden totem" for more great images and ideas. You can visit Cozy Cottage at