Pantone!

One of the most important books I got to know during my first design internship was not by a designer, planner, or even a school; it was Pantone’s color book!

For those familiar, no explanation needed, for those not, Pantone is recognized by graphic designers, painters, calligraphers, interior designers, fashion designers, and more as the reference for color. As you will quickly find out, “blue” can literally mean thousands of colors. How do you explain the color you need to match a fabric in India with drapes from New Jersey and tailored seat cushions from North Carolina?

Below shows 2013’s Fashion Color Guide, and a 2011 inspired color pallet… notice a few Pantone references?

Recently, designers have looked to their own daily lives for inspiration, and inspired they were. The amount of products popping up in Brooklyn, Chicago, and online are constantly catching my attention. It’s a specific world that so appreciates Pantone references and now we can show off our designer badges in, and I mean it, ANY form.

The first collection below has become my January stationery. I love appropriating colors to those I’m writing and jump at every opportunity to return to the written word and needing postage to send a message. 

Notebooks available in different colors and pairings work great for work notes and busy lists. 

And who can get anything done without hot tea or coffee?  Perhaps you are looking for something fun to carry all your color samples, fabric swatches, and calligraphy pens in?

 And then there are just the fun products, enjoy!
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Don’t be the only thing melting!

It’s summer time and that means…

 Popsicle Time

Many of what I include below are event specific as particular colors, tastes and ingredients appeal to different individuals or parties. I advise you to take these notes into consideration when planning your menus!

  • For many guests, bite size portions are best
  • For day parties, choose a refreshing option
  • Pops with alcohol are best for adult-only parties so as to avoid disaster
  • The yoghurt and dark red or chocolate colored pops are great for intimate and romantic gatherings, while the green pops are more flirty and fun
  • Popsicles tend to make a mess, so be sure to shop for napkins as well in a similar color scheme

After scouring my sources, I compiled the best approachable and savory recipes below. Just click on a picture and it will bring you to a sunny seaside state of mind!

For the morning sweet and cool treat, water melon & mint

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Refreshing and rejuvenating! Image

Another beautiful idea that is perfect for adults and children alike. The Kiwi pop!

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As the day goes on, it is a good idea to jump into the more sugary pops. Below are two delicious examples:

What I call the Nemo pop, otherwise known as Nectarine-buttermilk PopsImage

Rhubarb & Raspberry YoghurtImage

Italian Ice Pops

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Hot Cocoa Pops, including: Dark chocolate, Milk chocolate & peanut butter, White chocolate

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And now for the adults!

Corona & LimeImage

Dark & Stormy Red Velvet PopImage

and to spice it up, Mexican Mango ChiliImageImage

I would also recommend using Stoli’s Jalapeño Vodka for your mixer to add extra flavor!Image

In order to make your pops as beautiful and pleasing as the pictures above, think about containers. Any ice cube tray (like below) are great for appetizer sizes. Search for the shape that fits your occasion!

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Some extra tips:

  • Most of the sites suggest covering your pops’ tops with tinfoil to assist freezing
  • Don’t be discouraged if you need a few trial runs, each container you use will need different time and proportions of ingredients. I learned this the hard way while attempting to fill hollowed out, variably sized fruit with jello!
  • Should you also be serving ice cream or gelato, look at how they serve the creamy dessert below. Ingenious! I cannot stand scooping ice cream!

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Enjoy your sweets and please post your pictures here so we can see how it went!

Sweet Wishes

Good Morning with a Tweet

Waking up to the harmonic singing of birds is a great blessing that I’ve enjoyed this week in upstate New York.

The enjoyment reminded me of some early morning bird watching that I experienced with a guide named Esperanza during a recent trip to Belize. Since that time, I have been obsessed with birds, creatures who only a short time ago, after a sullied white blouse and a traumatizing second grade picture day, solely meant “duck and cover” to me. In particular, I love listening to their calls, identifying different tones and wing markings

So today, I give you birds! Specifically, the ways in which they can be a part of décor.

By combining these measuring spoons with your other utensils and kitchen decor, you add a country atmosphere without the mess of keeping a farm inside your house.

Following the same principle, you may opt for measuring cups. I love the white, clean look and the space saving utility of these stackable cups!

Another beautiful bird-inspired piece is this wine decanter by Riedel’s, which subtly embodies a swan’s elegance and tranquil nature when gliding across water.

Inspired by the cages that one can find enclosing the most beautiful colors of the rain forest, these pieces can be used to cover desserts from flies or to shelter terrariums.

These birds are a serene and perfect match for a fallen bud or for adding a touch of greenery to a room, beyond simply plumping something in a bud vase.

Perhaps my favorite piece in this collection is the ingenious tea bag design below. I have seen blog updates that show interest in marketing this product, but unfortunately it is at present just a wonderful idea by Natalia Ponomareva.

Of course one can’t have birds without eggs. Crate and Barrel shows a wonderful use for some country chic displays (in place of flowers) for the allergenic guest!

Additionally, these unique soy candles work wonderfully to bring the country essence of birds to any living space. Below is a DIY version I have yet to try, but which looks wonderful!

The simplistic and modern, yet fun tea light containers below are inspired by bird feathers. The color collection by glassy baby offers some of the most unique colors I’ve come across. Any of the selection below (of many) would add style and class to an event.

A direct and modern interpretation of caged, colored beauties brings a bit of fun to this traditional summer house.

Designed by the same artist, below is a version perfect for a child’s bedroom.

 Last, but certainly not least, these speakers are the coolest bird inspired piece I found because they can literally travel anywhere sparking conversation with their sleek design and amazing sound.

Time for a bird watching walk before the sun’s too hot… enjoy!