Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sight Unseen Shop

Once you start shopping on-line, you never go back. At least that’s what happened for me.

The internet opened so many doors for me and has introduced me to so many people. But maybe one of my favorite parts about internetting is all of the design resources, from all around the world.

Like the Sight Unseen Shop… This online magazine also has a shop. And while they’re present at many design events and provide frequent pop-up shops, it’s awesome that I can shop from this perfectly curated collection based in NYC.






Monday, May 25, 2015

Hermosa Subscription Box

In addition to a full service architecture and interior design firm, the couple behind Studio Argente has also developed a design shop which includes a bi-monthly subscription box.

Farnaz and Steve Reneker’s beach-side warehouse is located in Hermosa Beach, California where they host monthly events to explore new ideas in design, art, culture, and lifestyle. They give back to the community by donating proceeds to local art education programs.

Which makes this design-lover subscription box all the more cool. While you’re supporting Hermosa Design to continue doing good work for their community, you also get some pretty cool stuff delivered to you.

Hermosa Subscription Box

I received this box full of beautiful things that help my everyday routine look better. My first subscription box came with a tote bag, matching wallet and a very sleek thermos. I love them all and actually use it all, unlike other subscription boxes I’ve signed up for.

Head over to Hermosa Design for more information on what they do and to subscribe for their design delivery…






Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Color System / Pretty Haute Mess

I’m really into a moody blue lately… When I scrolled down to this image in Instagram, I just had to stare at it for a little because the color combination is amazing.

While putting together color schemes isn’t always the easiest thing to do, I find that sometimes taking them apart is the best practice.

Image from Carlein Kieboom Instagram






Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Calendars / Pretty Haute Mess2015 is going to be a big year, I can feel it…. And organization will be key. Would it be too much, do you think, if I bought all of these calendars for a 1-bedroom apartment…?

1. Sugar Paper via Target

2. Travel the World via Urbanic

3. Calligraphy Letterpress via Bloom Letterpress

4. Toyblocks via Snug Studio

5. Gem & Minerals via Leif

6. Beaute via Rifle Paper

7. Kukkuu via Marimekko

8. Isometric Risograph via Paper Pusher

9. Stendig via Crate & Barrel






Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Shantell Martin + Kelly Wearstler / Pretty Haute Mess

Visual artist Shantell Martin, the cool gal who draws on everything, collaborated with designer Kelly Wearstler… What did they come up with, you ask?…

Just incredibly unique and totally awesome furniture, home decor and apparel, of course.

Shantell Martin + Kelly Wearstler / Pretty Haute Mess

1. Brea Ottoman

2. Sailboat Scarf

3. Big Diamond

4. Leather Jacket

5. Elliot Chair

Image via Complex






Friday, September 26, 2014

inspiration / Pretty Haute Mess

*Print sold on Society6






Friday, September 19, 2014

I used to have so many regrets and beat myself up about some of the decisions I’ve made regarding a career. I would obsess (and still do sometimes) about how I would do things differently or at least just faster. I’ve always been extremely jealous of people who knew what they wanted to do at a young age.

Bedroom / Pretty Haute Mess

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

But the good news is, I’m finally in a place where I’m actually happy things haven’t been easy and I didn’t take a direct path to where I am now. This journey, with a million forks in the road (even before I started design), has forced me to really figure out what I want to do, rather than just settle for a job title.

I’m also learning that there’s really no end to this process. I’ll need to continually redefine the kind of design work I do…

Up to this point, I’ve created my own little niche where I do graphic design and write about interior design. Working from behind the computer makes me really happy, which is a little weird. I never thought this is where I’d end up.

The difficult part about creating my own dream job is that I can’t just go on a job search site and find a listing. It’s a little harder to find work that fits a specific niche. For now, I found a day job doing what I enjoy, which is design writing, social media and photo styling. This job helps fund my freelance design life.

I’m not sure how my work is going to evolve or redefine itself from here, but I’m happy with the niche I’ve carved out for myself.

What have been your career challenges along the way?