Creative Envy


I’M SO THERE.
Thursday, August 14, 2008, 6:46 pm
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This Saturday, 8/16 from noon to seven, is the 4th annual Craftin’ Outlaws event at BOMA. I’ve never attended but am pretty psyched to go for the first time and be enticed by some indie design goods.

Craftin' Outlaws 2008

Craftin' Outlaws 2008

I’m even more intrigued by the idea of a Craft Corner Death Match:

An opportunity for crafters to go head to head to battle it out for fabulous prizes and the title of ‘Crafter of Steel’! It’s teams of two crafting one project in 10 minutes full of trash talk & frenzied crafting. Open to all!

I’m half-tempted to enter, but 10 minutes is a lot of pressure. I’d need at least 15 to fashion something out of felt.

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MONEY NEEDS ATTENTION (AND DESERVES IT).
Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 4:01 pm
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If you’re watching the Olympics this week then you’ve probably caught the animated KeyBank commercial featuring gold medalist Diana Munz.

KeyBank Commercial Campaign | Metals

KeyBank Commercial Campaign | Medals

This series of spots created for Key’s commercial campaign is beautifully done. A collaboration between Digital Kitchen and Cramer-Krasselt featuring the gorgeous illustrations of Tim Tomkinson, the commercials use audio from real customer interviews. They are so imaginative, especially given the subject matter of what they’re advertising. You can watch all three here.



POTLUCK-PRO.
Monday, August 11, 2008, 7:17 pm
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Jessica over at How About Orange posted this fun quiz to take to discover your decorating style. Mine turned out to be POTLUCK-PRO:

Your home certainly stands out from your neighbours! There’s nothing average or ordinary about the place, and that’s just the way you like it. You have a maverick approach to interior design and decoration, gleaning ideas, inspiration and objects from the unlikeliest of places. Over the years, though, this has synthesized into something unmistakably ‘you’. No one dares tell you how to furnish your home: you’ve got your own set of unique guidelines and that’s all that matters.

While I usually take such online quiz results with a grain of salt, this one pretty much nailed my style dead on. I’m pretty eclectic when it comes to decorating; where “eclectic” is a nice way of saying “visually schizophrenic”. But I embrace it wholeheartedly.

POTLUCK-PRO | Dining

POTLUCK-PRO | Dining



CHAIR HUNT.
Sunday, August 10, 2008, 10:55 pm
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After recently selling my old living room chair on craigslist, I have a very noticable gaping hole in the corner of my room that needs to be filled asap. Beck’s pile of toys and dog bed aren’t cutting it. Ideally I would like something different, possibly Scandinavian-inspired with a wooden frame and arms. One of these chairs from Anthropologie would be ideal….that is, if they weren’t almost $1,500.

Calandria Chair, Mod Garden from Anthropologie

Calandria Chair, Mod Garden from Anthropologie

Calandria Armchair from Anthropologie

Calandria Armchair from Anthropologie

If I could just travel back in time, I would just scavenge my childhood basement for the teak furniture we had in the ’80s. It would be perfect. The chair had a structure like this one but had fancy metal end caps on the arms and cushions upholstered in a loud Hawaiian print.

Scandinavian chair

Scandinavian chair

If I can’t find something Scandinavian-inspired, I’m really up for anything that is unique in style/shape. Here’s another one from Anthro that I love. The unexpected combination of a graphic, modern fabric with an antique frame is pretty great.

Antwerp Chair, Bloom from Anthropologie

Antwerp Chair, Bloom from Anthropologie

Here are a bunch I found in a Google image search….any of these would be a great addition.

a plethora of chairs

a plethora of chairs

I think I’ll be pounding the pavement up in Clintonville next weekend at the antique shops to see if I can find something slightly more reasonable than over 1,000 bones. Wish me luck!



SEALING THE DEAL.
Saturday, August 9, 2008, 3:13 pm
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Paradise Garage, located in the Short North here in Columbus, is a bike shop that caters to the urban cyclist. But besides that, they have some really great clothes for both girls and guys. I wandered in today for the first time to check it out and let’s just say this store may be my new Achilles heel. I could drop some serious cash in there….and I kinda did.

Paradise Garage, Short North | Columbus, OH

Paradise Garage, Short North | Columbus, OH

Inside Paradise

Inside Paradise

I find that when I’m browsing through a rack of clothes I really notice the hang tags or the design of the labels. And I’m really ashamed to say that said tags can make or break a sale for me. Check out these great designs on two of the shirts I picked up today.

Heavy Rotation shirt label = classic mix tape

Heavy Rotation shirt label = classic mix tape

I love how all the critical info, such as size and laundering instructions, are incorporated into the design on this Heavy Rotation shirt. Plus you gotta love “tags” that are screened right onto the shirt instead of those itchy material squares that always seem to be sticking out at the worst moments.

This hang tag from Industry Clothing, with its yellow fabric string and uniquely shaped safety pin, doubles as a door hanger. SOLD!

Industry Clothing hang tag

Industry Clothing hang tag

doubles as a door hanger

doubles as a door hanger

Sidebar: I looked up Industry’s website and it’s pretty fantastic. You should visit it now.



FUN WITH PLY.
Friday, August 8, 2008, 2:50 am
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Besides this season’s newest merchandise, I also found this idea in the latest Fossil catalog. Yeah, the totes are cool and the outfits are nice but look at that wall in the background!

Fossil catalog

This reminds me a lot of a project I did a few years ago for my friend’s bday present. I had seen it done on some HGTV show and it was super easy. This is how it turned out.

Plywood project modeled by Geoffrey the cat.

All you do is get very thin plywood from your local hardware store cut into squares (I believe these were around 13″ or so…and they’ll even cut it to size for you, at least they do at Lowe’s). For this particular installation I used one (maroon) shade of water-based stain. The variation in color is just the difference in the numbers of coats on each piece. Next, attach very strong Velcro to the backs of the squares and attach them to the wall equi-distant apart. For an extra punch, I made little shelves out of clear plexi-glass and super glued them to random pieces on which to set tea light candles. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of it lit up…it’s a great effect.

The example in the Fossil catalog is something I’d love to do in my kitchen. I assume I can do it the same way as I did the previous project, just with more colors, varying sizes of plywood, and making sure the angles are all 90 degress so they fit nicely together.

I love the combo of bright colors with natural wood.

Stay tuned. If….I mean, WHEN I do it, I will post pictures.



gotta love the french.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 3:04 am
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I was recently doing some spring cleaning (errr, delayed spring cleaning) and finally took the time to go through all the goodies I had gathered last May at the HOW Design Conference in Boston. The amount of paper and vendors that were concentrated in the Resource Center at the Hynes was staggering. And as many of you may or may not know, paper samples to designers are like crack cocaine. But really nerdy crack cocaine. You can never get enough of it….even after you get home and find that you have no more stashing space to put that shiny new Neenah swatch book that practically made you go over the 50lb suitcase weight limit.

Among the piles was this poster from French Paper:

French Paper | Customer Outreach

French Paper | Customer Outreach

I love this piece because it’s a really well-executed outreach gesture to their customers, which are mostly designers. It’s smart because it sends a powerful message while still showcasing a lovely design. The simple green type pops out of what at first appears to be some kind of background texture but upon closer examination is actually a collection of pink woodland creatures. Weeee!

friendly pink woodland creatures

friendly pink woodland creatures

French is one of my favorites. Their Mod-Tone line is great for personal projects like invitations and greeting cards. Besides, you’ve gotta love a company with gobs of personality in all their communications and who also sends out blow-up Jerry French dolls free with purchase (so what if it’s slightly creepy…I have one on my desk at work and, yes, people tend to stare). They also have quirky, fun merchandise beyond paper.

French Merch

French Merch