kelsey & brad's wedding invitations

Am I the only person that tends to prolong blog posts just to hold onto them a little bit longer? Yes? Well, for whatever reason - perhaps a combination of laziness, ADD and wanting to save this sweet little post - I finally got around to posting this lovely wedding invitation suite I designed a little over a year ago.

Kelsey and I used to work together and have since both moved on to new jobs, and for Kelsey, a new state to call home. She's blogging about her new life in the South at North Living South, offering up southern style decor tips, DIYs, places to visit and more. Rewind to February/March of last year when Kelsey and I kicked off our first meeting to discuss save the dates, and eventually wedding invitation design. Armed with a color palette and design inspiration, we landed on a casual yet elegant bohemian vibe in a navy and mint palette.


A map was drawn on the back of the accommodation card, showing guests the location of the wedding venue and hotel.


Watercolor flowers were hand-painted in coral, mint, mustard and ivory to complement the navy and mint palette. A kraft paper belly band with white polka dots tied all of the wedding invitation pieces together, presenting a romantic bohemian package for lucky soon-to-be wedding guests.

I'm so glad I got to work with Kelsey to bring her ideas to life!

colin & mary's birthday invitations!

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Colin and Mary's 5th and 2nd birthdays. As two bright and spunky little kids who have summer birthdays, the color scheme was easy - bright! - just like last year's invitations. Since they share a birthday and birthday party, for now, it's an interesting challenge to come up with an appropriate theme for both kids. Last year's theme was celebratory - balloons! This year, we went with watercolor. It's summery, colorful, and easy to customize with Colin and Mary's favorite colors.


After playing around with different geometric shapes and patterns, I went with a simple and sweet design: watercolor "confetti". Colin's bedroom is a jungle theme so I used shades of green, blue and yellow. Mary's bedroom is full of pink and gold (and girlfriend loves to accessorize), so I used shades of pink, orange and yellow. In order to keep the design sweet and simple, both sides of the invitation were the same look and feel with one side for Mary, and one side for Colin. The invitations were printed on a heavy uncoated cover stock that mimicked the look of watercolor paper, making each invitation look hand-painted.

Their birthday party was a gorgeous summer day and we decorated with crepe paper streamers, balloons, and the most ridiculously beautiful watercolor garland that was handmade by my sister. She hand-painted all of the paper, punched out the garland circles, and sewed them together... she is the most patient, crafty, adorable mama. We helped decorate before guests arrived, and Uncle Tim made Colin the coolest Michelangelo crepe paper headband. So, of course, Mary needed one, too :) like I said, she loves to accessorize! Who can blame her.


I can't wait to see their personal styles evolve over the next year, helping to determine what their 6th and 3rd invitations will look like! In the meantime, I would seriously like to stunt their growth and keep them this age forever. Colin still tolerates me smothering him in kisses and hugs, holding him like a little baby in my arms, and thinks I'm cool (even though Uncle Tim is and always will be 10x cooler). He's so sweet, so brilliant, and becomes more independent every day, breaking my heart and making me so proud of him. Mary is quite possibly the cutest little lady, full of spunk and attitude in the most hilarious way. She has the funniest giggle/cackle and sense of humor, and can totally hold her own with her big brother. She calls Tim "Tim", not Uncle Tim, which is so funny because I imagine her thinking he's just her (really) big friend she hangs out with. She loves a good hair bow, lets me hold her all of the time when I'm around, and is also tolerant of my smothering hugs and kisses - for now.


Happy birthday, you little peanuts! I love you so much!

artist spotlight / pantone smoothies

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend, enjoying the last few weeks of summer. While it's starting to feel like fall, we won't be done with summer until late September and I'm holding on tight until the season is officially over.

Nothing says summer like bright colors, ripe fruit and refreshing smoothies, so I was excited to discover the Pantone Smoothies series by Hedvig Astrom Kushner, a "delicious color experiment" that matches smoothies to Pantone swatches. Kushner, a Swedish art director working in NYC, realized that making smoothies was similar to mixing paint and wanted to see if it was possible to color-match smoothies to any particular Pantone swatch.


Pantone Smoothie 7520

½ cup fresh strawberries
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup milk
¼ pineapple slice
1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 tsp honey

INSTRUCTIONS: Place the strawberries, yogurt, milk, pineapple chunk, peanut butter and honey in a blender. Puree until very smooth. Serve with ice. 


Pantone Smoothie 610U

1/3 avocado
1/3 mango
1/3 cucumber
Juice from ½ lime
½ cup coconut water
1 tsp honey

INSTRUCTIONS: Ultra fresh summer flavor. Mix and enjoy. 


Pantone Smoothie 644

2/3 cup of almond milk
½ cup blueberries
½  bananas
1/3 tsp spirulina

INSTRUCTIONS: Mix it all together, add ice. Spare a few berries for garnish.  


As a huge lover of color and Pantone swatches myself (see my Color Profile posts on blush, citron, fuchsia and indigo), I love how experimental and playful this series is. It reminds me of another really strong Pantone series from last year; Food Art Pairings from Dschwen.

While summer is still here and the weather is warm, experiment with your own smoothies! Think you can color match to your favorite Pantone color?

artist spotlight / BorianaM

Although it's only early August, fall is on my mind and I know I shouldn't admit it, but I can't wait for cooler temperatures, cozy sweaters, and falling leaves. These calming abstract works by BorianaM are just what my eyes need to ease into fall.


The mixed media collages and acrylic paintings are just the right combination of neutral palettes and imperfect textures. I have this particular piece in mind to mix in with our otherwise cheerful, bright prints and paintings we have at home. Her style almost makes me question my love for color, but then I regain my senses and realize there's no way I can live without bright, loud colors in my life!

A few other favorites...


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