Brass on the Brain

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I’ve developed an affinity with brass – yes, that yellow alloy of copper and zinc. I find the metal rather unique as it can make a strong statement in even the simplest form. It can also lend to particularly modern aesthetics, or, equally, more traditional pieces. Brass evokes its own glamour without much exertion or force. Above, a 6″ brass knot via One Kings Lane, a fun objet for the home. Also loving this tiny “c table” from CB2.

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Getting it Right: Typeface

Picture 4Garance Dore just gave her blog a facelift thanks to the fabulously french talents of Colorz, a digital strategy agency.

Picture 5In true Hermès fashion, they have brought play and style to e-commerce. Their graphics and font provide a well-rounded web experience. typeface_La Marque_Meredith Melling and Valerie Boster’s creative consultancy has a sharp but concise web presence. I suppose that is to be expected for the former Vogue editors Picture 3

The chic San Francisco interior design firm Elizabeth Swift Design just launched their site and I’m loving the graphics and font on their “contact” page.

I’m working on a new project for a client and love exploring different typefaces. Typography, the art and craft of arranging and designing type to make the written language most alluring, can have a dramatic influence on how the brand or product connects with the consumer. Above are a few typefaces and designs I’m currently coveting.


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The Ultimate Luxury

garden2 garden5garden20 garden6 garden7 garden8garden19  garden10 garden11 garden12garden17garden14This weekend certainly had me thinking. I spent it with my two best friends, soaking up the sunshine across the Golden Gate bridge at a dear friend’s home. Early mornings were spent with refreshing swims in the pool, followed by coffee on the terrace while listening to the birds hum their morning tune and watching the sun fill the yard with its warmth. We hunted for fresh cherry tomatoes and scallions in the garden for omelet ingredients, and later poured ourselves into books and magazines by the dark-bottomed pool. I found myself reflecting on how simple our days were, yet how happy they made me. Perhaps this is the definition of summer to many, however that definition changes when you live in San Francisco. Just the vision of lush shrubs and greenery and the act of sourcing our breakfast ingredients from the garden filled my soul with delight. A joyful garden, in my opinion, is an ultimate luxury. I am devoting this post to the simplicities of life and the beauty and luxury they often bestow.

Images above are from Mark D. Sikes’ curated collection via Pinterest. Be sure to follow his blog, also, a C&C favorite!

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