RED

I’ve been slacking on the posts I know. (And I’m super sorry!) But I’ve been crazy swamped this week. Tomorrow is finally Friday though and I can’t wait! Anyways I’ve decided to do something BOLD I’m gonna go red. I figure I’m about to start a new chapter in my life this upcoming month or so, so what better way to embrace the change.

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I’m talking like really red, like hers.

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Some neat photos that go with red.

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What do you think?

*image from pinterest. 

ADVENTURE

ImageAdventure: a synonym for living. 

Well, at least for me. This past weekend was crazy busy with wedding shenanigans. I met some really cool people and had an absolute blast! And now more than ever I am craving an adventure. My best friend is leaving soon for 5 months in Australia. I wanna go too! Actually I’ve already been and I think I’d like to go somewhere I haven’t been yet. Either was I’m ready for an Adventure.

*image from society6.

 

TIME TO DO WORK

If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that I can not have a full time job where I work from home. NO WAY. It’s so easy to be distracted, and easy to sleep in, and I don’t even have to change out of pajamas if I felt like it. My work world works best when it’s located else where. However, I realize the importance of being able to work from home. Freelance jobs need their time and place. They just need to not be in my bedroom. I have a desk and when I work at it I get sooooo much done. It’s just that when I blog I sit on my bed, and then I can’t sleep and then I realize I have no boundaries between me time and well… work.

I’ve found my solution though. I need a separate work space. It doesn’t need to be a gigantic study kind of room.  It just needs to be outside of my bedroom and designated for work and work alone. It is a MUST for my future living situation. Below are some of the things I feel necessary for my work space, one day. (James you should probably take some notes haha)

I love how white and crisp this space is. I must have white walls in my office. This is a color scheme I could be completely content with and that wooden desk is pretty neat too.

Now I realize this doesn’t look much like an office, but I’m digging that white table. The chairs are neat too, but I feel like I want something really comfortable. I feel like my butt would get sore real quick sitting in those. I like the plants, thats another must. It can be just one, but knowing that something is living and growing in my creative space is a neat idea to me.

Uhm these windows are wicked. I want some big ol’ windows in my space please. I want light to flood the space and something to look out into. I don’t want to stare at nothing but painted walls all day.

This one is just so funky and cool looking. I like the string where you can clip up inspiration. How awesome would it be to have inspiration hanging in the window? I’m liking this idea much better than putting up a giant ugly cork board to tack some inspiration up. Yea, no thanks, I’ll go with this idea instead.

This one is just so cool. I like those hanging lights and the lamps. The shelves are sweet too. I must have shelves or a book case of some sort to store my stuff. I enjoy organization and I find it essential that my space is organized before I start working. With nothing crowding my creative space, it’s like I can let my brain go crazy and take up all the space it wants to create great design.

So my at home office checklist:

Separate space

Big windows

Large desk

White color scheme

Comfy chair

A plant (or more)

Place to put up inspiration

Storage

Organization

Do you have an awesome at home office? What are your necessities?

*All images from my pinterest.

PEOPLE WATER

I can not lie, this post was most definitely, 100% inspired by my FAT crush on Jef Holm.  I’m torn, I want him to win so badly cause he’s absolutely amazing and perfect for Emily, but then I kind of wish I could date him, ha. Anyways with that said, his organization is kind of…uhm…awesome!

People Water is this really great program with a mission that’s similar to TOMS in the sense of “one for one.” “For every bottle purchased people water will give an equal amount of clean water to a person in need.” I love this idea, it’s so much that I care about in one creation. Helping others, recycling, and promoting awareness. Their design work is pretty sweet as well!

I had fun with the inter-activeness of their website. I haven’t see one like that before and it was pretty cool to explore. Their packaging is pretty cool too. I’m a fan of the bottles you can see through. I do think they should start selling re-usable water bottles as an addition to their products though. Because while they are making an effort to recycle plastic only 30% of water bottles get recycled at all.

But with that said check out their organization, they have some pretty sweet stuff.

I think it is so cool when people do things that make a change. There’s so many great causes out there. I hope that I will get the chance to be the part of a team supporting a great cause one day soon!

*Image of Jef from here. All other images from People Water.

#BECAUSE I LOVE

I vote the environment is a new campaign put on by Patagonia and Wilco.

One Planet, One Vote

“The environment is where we live, where we work, and where we play,” said Dana Alston, a pioneer in the environmental movement. It is also, we think, the place you love.

Your special place might be Yosemite Valley. Or it might be the smallest pocket park in your neighborhood. The place you work may need more light and air; the place you live may need better transportation.

We need leaders committed to the places we live, work, and play – and the places we love. Patagonia will take these values into the voting booth in November.

Vote for the world you want to live in. This November, vote the environment first.

This is both awesome and easy! Finish the sentence

I vote the environment #becauseilove…

I did it and you should too!

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BACKYARD IN THE BACK OF MY MIND

Anyone who know’s me knows I’m a huge fan of the follow three things: design, the coast, and Pinterest. Lately I’ve been looking to leave this wonderful town, San Luis Obispo, that has been my home for the past four years so that I can move on to bigger and more exciting things. The hardest part of it all? Leaving the coast. That ten minute drive to Avila, or thirteen minute drive to Shell, or fifteen minutes to Pismo. Or we can go the other direction and it’s fifteen minutes to Morro and twenty to Cayucos. Or if you choose to keep going there San Simeon and Cambria. There’s so many options and now while I have my eyes set out on the city, I’m really up for anything, and I realize that the coast could become once again a two and half hour drive away.

But, I’ve found some ways that I could either bring the beach to me or the mountains (cause I do love me some mountains as well). Here are some awesome little backyard space designs that I have come across on Pinterest to do one day, when I’m in my new place!

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An outdoor shower is just kinda WAY cool. I remember going to this camp called Philmont, in New Mexico where we backpacked for two weeks. The showers were outside and you could see the sky it was kinda AMAZING and I’ll never forget it. This reminds me of that trip and I think I’d enjoy that a lot.

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A hammock is a must. Whether its this chair kinda style, or the original where you lie down. We had a hammock in our backyard before we built our tree house. At the moment it was definitely the right thing to do… but now I’m ready for a hammock again.

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I am really digging the woodsy and rustic look. I love the wooden patio and tree stump tables. And those chairs look like they’d actually be pretty dang comfy.

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If I’m not going to be near the beach I want a pool. This is obviously totally unrealistic but I do like infinity pools. And well this picture was just sorta awesome and not realistic, but you get the idea.

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Then there’s THIS which is my favorite by far! I can bring the beach to me! I want this most of all out of all the things. A fire pit and some sand I would have people over all the time. It be like a campfire / bonfire all night every night.

So there you have it. An outdoor shower, hammock, some rustic/woodsy patio furniture, a pool, and a little bit of the beach. Of course they’d all have to go together these images all have very different styles I know. But if I get it just right I will be one happy girl!

*all images from my pinterest board

READY FOR A NEW ADVENTURE

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So this is a little different from what I usually post about but I’m obsessed and I just had to. The more I think about it the less different it is really. I mean here’s something I’m truly inspired about and it makes me want to make a change.

There’s this show on HBO called “The Newsroom.” I’ve only seen the first episode so far, but with that, the script is great! The fast paced conversations, the issues we’re familiar with, and Jim Harper played by John Gallagher Jr. have me HOOKED. Only problem now is that I’ve seen the first episode and I don’t know how I’m going to watch the others. See I don’t have HBO, heck I don’t have a TV, does anyone know where I can watch full episodes?

Anyways, I vow to educate myself more about what is going on around me. My Mother worked for our Newspaper before I started College. There was a newspaper every morning on the table and the news was on the TV every evening. When I go home now, I get sucked right back into it and I miss that. (The newspaper has gotten ridiculously thinner over the years though, I know.) I really want to get another subscription to TIME Magazine, however my lease is almost up and I’m not sure where I’ll be moving so that’s sort of on hold.

But ultimately what all this comes down to is that I’m more inspired than I’ve been in awhile to help make a change. I want to help others and keep people informed more than anything. That’s why I want to be a Designer. What better way to communicate with people than through visuals. We might not all speak the same language, but we certainly all know what it looks like to grieve, to celebrate, etc. Images are in a sense the unspoken language we all understand globally. I’ve grown extremely fond of several non-profit organizations over the years as well as discovered topics I care a lot about. Everyone should find out what their passion is. I just hope that I can find a way to do more for a cause or issue that I care about. I’m ready for a new adventure.

Here is a clip from the opening scene of The Newsroom

And also a thank you to my Dad who sent me this video to begin with.

Oh before, I finish this off. I’m also really excited about this movie that’s coming out.

*image from workisnotajob.com