Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spotlight and Giveaway :: UncommonGoods



Fresh from my move to a cute (a.k.a. tiny ) studio apartment, I’m still adding personal touches and slowly adjusting to a somewhat drastic downsize of floor space (from 900 down to 330 square feet.) That's my new bedroom/living room/office aboveReally refreshing though. Living with less means living toward a well-edited life where I’m surrounded by what matters most to me.  
In the world of decor, that means placing objects in your space that you love, bring you joy and mean something to you. That’s why I’m excited to welcome in my new space a few beautiful items from a very special company with an impressive collection of artisan gifts, all under a socially and environmentally conscious business model - UncommonGoods.
Why They are Special
Visit the UncommonGoods online shop, and you’ll begin to see why. Yet behind the eye-catching craft, style, and sense of whimsy, there is the integrity of design with the environment and people in mind. Headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, they make it their mission to support artists and designers creating handcrafted gifts and unique designs. About a third of their collections uses recycled or upcycled materials without harm to animals or people. Most are made in the US. They also support several non-profits such as Women for Women International and American Forests. Plus with every purchase you make, they will donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

hexed - the hexagon craze in decor

Last week on Style Sessions, I featured the new logo for Memphis Fashion Week and spoke with the logo's designer Michael Overton about the significance of the logo's shape - the hexagon of which I had a current obsession. I've seen it used in many design elements from logos and graphic layouts to fashion accessories and interior design. Unlike most things that is frequently used, the hexagon and honeycomb pattern seems to stay fresh as it gets reinterpreted.

I previously featured a collection of fashion accessories I wanted to own and did own (those hoops) in the MFW logo feature, but here I wanted to showcase functional items that carry on my hexagon craze, items I actually have on my apartment wish list.

1. Trays - DWR  2. Stool - WoodSmithe  3. Towel Ring - Urban Outfitters  4. Nesting ShelvesHaaseHandcraft

I've also started a Pinterest board for this topic here. And please let me know if you have any suggestions.

Photos via image source links above. MFW logo by Inferno.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Continuing a Legacy - National Civil Rights Museum Renovation

In honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,   the National Civil Rights Museum is hosting a day-long celebration that includes music performances and family craft activities in their annual King Day Celebration. Unlike previous years, visitors can now view a newly renovated museum that includes new exhibits.

I was privileged to tour the renovation last summer with last year's national president of the American Institute of Architects Helene Combs Dreiling, NCRM's administrative director Tracy Lauritzen Wright, and the NCRM renovation architecture project team from Self Tucker Architects - Jimmie Tucker, Mario Walker, and Patricia Quist-Therson.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Logo Design - create! crate by Smitten Events



Elevating the everyday experience. That's the core effort of the creative ladies of Smitten Events as they plan celebrations from weddings to dinner parties to any reason really to celebrate life. Now they're working on packaging a bit of that love for celebrations in a convenient little box.

Love Kicks

This is one of my favorite moments from last year. Atticus and I spent a week vacationing with my immediate family and about 25 other relatives. It was wonderful. I had a chance to catch up with family, some I haven't seen in over five years, but even with Atticus I felt we were having a chance to catch up without all the day-to-day distractions of work and school. We got to really play.

Thanks to my sister Sophea for capturing this photo of Atticus kicking me, lovingly, of course, on one of our stops in Cozumel, Mexico, not long after she flew off the motorcycle she was riding (while holding my camera.) If she hadn't cradled the camera like a baby, it might not have been possible to even take this photo. She took the scratches instead (thankfully only just scratches). She's pretty amazing.

Hope you had a great weekend.
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