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Inspired by Bathrooms

My least favorite room in our house: the bathroom. I’ve tried really hard to keep it looking pretty and even gave it a paint job. But the reality is, our bathroom could use a major facelift. Things just aren’t working in there anymore. The tile easily molds, the window has been painted shut, and the caulking in there is cuckoo. As you know, we rent and like most people on Pinterest I pin the hell outta my “dream house”. Including, dream bathroom. Who knows when that will happen and I’m sure that I’ll most likely change my mind by the time I’m able to work on a bathroom.

It’s lovely to look at beautifully designed spaces anyhow, though. My favorite aspect of this bathroom is its versatility. Just change those paint colors with the trends and, most likely, it’ll be decades before this bathroom has to be redone. I love it because it’s nothing fancy or over the top. Simple and pretty. There’s no odd tile choices that will leave someone (well, not me at least) just wanting to rip this bathroom out in 5-10 years. The pops of color are perfect. They make the space look updated while still feeling original. That’s aard to achieve but my most favorite spaces are able to do it. A girl can dream, right?

(via Pinterest and Jeskya D’Itri Marés)

 

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Friday Reader Roundup

Mary’s Picks

  • First off, our thoughts and prayers today are with those in Colorado. These tragedies not only create so much turmoil for the families but also everyone else that’s involved. My hope is that fear will not take over.
  • Are you familiar with the website? matrix.itasoftware.com It’s the absolute best way to search for airfare. You can’t buy directly from the site but it lists where the prices are the lowest. We are attempting to plan a couple of trips this year on a really tight budget so it’s helping us make those happen. Also, their smartphone app is the best.
  • I’m starting to really educate myself on health and the kinds of foods we eat. Honestly, it’s a lot of inconvenient truths but I sincerely believe it will be better for our health in the long run. One of my favorite blogs during this process has been Food Renegade and the reoccurring article they do called Decoding Labels. Last week she decoded the label of V8 Fruit Splash. Eye. Opener.

Jess’s Picks

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Mast Brothers Chocolate

While Brendan and I were walking through Central Market today, Mast Brothers Chocolate caught my eye. I stopped just to take note of the beautiful wrapping of the chocolates. In continuing with Monday’s talk about branding and design, Mast Brothers definitely knows what they’re doing.

Mast Brothers Chocolate

The wrapping is graphic, eye catching, and hip. It’d be awesome to enjoy the chocolates and then use the paper for a small gift.

Mast Brothers Chocolates

They are based out of Brooklyn, NY and handcraft all their chocolates. Hopefully, we will be making a trip to Brooklyn soon to visit friends and will be checking these guys out.

Austin, Texas is full of some truly beautiful graphic design and branding. Since there’s such a major focus on small businesses here, you’ll find totally unique signage on almost every corner.

My favorites are the branding design done by FÖDA Studios in Austin.

Inspired design and branding goes such a long way in customer experience. Doesn’t this beautiful work make you intrigued about these businesses and want to try out their food?

Elizabeth St. Cafe is owned by the same folks that own Perla’s. They also have two other restaurants, Lamberts and Fresa’s, and they used FÖDA for the branding on those too. All so beautiful!

It’s amazing how much goes into branding and when it is done well, how it sticks with you as a customer. Huge kudos to the folks over at FÖDA Studio for their amazing work.

Friday Reader Roundup

Mary’s Picks

  • This beautiful watertower is by artist Tom Fruin. I love public, city art that decorates an otherwise concrete colored landscape. (via Design Sponge).
  • Emily Henderson’s new redo of her guest room is amazeballs. That’s the only word that I can come up with because I think this room is so awesome. Caveat- it’s definitely not a color scheme that would work in my house or something that I would normally gravitate toward, but I inexplicably love it.

Jess’s Picks

  • I think I often forget how much branding detracts from the home. I hide most things with ugly labels, butsome things do come in pretty packages which makes the idea of removing the labels so great! (via You Might Find Yourself)
  • My final find is something I am so pumped about I might just do it this weekend! HomeJelly shared this Michaels DIY toybox for a pup. We spoil Oats like crazy but all of her toys are just in a smallish wicker laundry basket. I bet she’d appreciate it!
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I love the color art prints by Amanda Catherine Designs on Etsy! They are all great and very affordable! I love affordable art. I completely believe in paying the price asked by an artist but most often I just can’t afford it. These type of prints can have a great impact in a space, while also being affordable! Love that! Click on each image to be taken to the listing.

 

 

crocheted playground Japan

I was thinking about sharing this Japanese playground from artist Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam in our Friday Reader Roundup but it’s just too much fun for a small post. You can only imagine how colorful this must feel in person. I’m sure the photos don’t do it justice and that’s saying a lot because this crocheted playground is so striking and amazing.

crocheted playground Japan

Toshiko and her husband’s, Charles, company is Interplay Design and Manufacturing, and she’s got multiple playground projects. The innovation and art that is married in these playgrounds is just spectacular. This looks like so much fun.

Japanese playground

These particular photos are taken from the Open Air Museum located in Hakone, Japan and that was installed in 2009. There were design partners and archeticts that worked on this with Toshiko.

knitted japan playground

Doesn’t this just seems like an amazing fairytale?

(via My Modern Met)

**Special Thanks! to my sister Abby who shared this with me.

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Jess

I live with Kyle, my husband, in Kansas City, Mo. We have a dog, Oats, and a cat, Logan.

I am a development professional who specializes in museums and the performing arts. I write grants, fundraise, and assist with marketing in the form of donor communications. My academic background is in history and museum science, focusing on the presentation and interpretation of Africa in American museums.

As a freelancer, I work with clients in need of websites, Wordpress upgrades, and FileMaker Pro database solutions.

Mary

Hi! I live in a small two bedroom home in Austin, Texas. I believe in vintage, re-purposing, recycling, and making my home comfortable for us and everyone that visits. After grad school, I developed a love for design and giving old furniture a new life. Hope I can take you all along on my journey to rid my house of the "college days" furniture (or at least re-purpose it)! Welcome, and I hope you stay a while!

 
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