Charley Harper

HOMELIFE

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, I’ve lately been fascinated with graphic, simplified forms of illustration. I was mesmerized by this recent little video on Charley Harper. His minimalist drawings of animals are utterly gorgeous. I love how he’s able to distill a complex subject down to it’s bare minimum, rendering only the most important details to convey the form.

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My Wanderlust

INSPIRATION

I love this new packaging design for Jo Malone. The collection is called My Wanderlust and it’s quite a departure from their usual stark black and white design, but it still manages to work well with their elegant, understated brand. It’s also a perfect reflection of the word wanderlust – romantic, dreamy, aspirational…

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Lucinda & Millie

IN THE STUDIO

Lucinda and Millie are an adorable sheep and chicken duo that live together on a vineyard in Sonoma. They are important contributors to the farm’s ecosystem and we were thrilled to team up with them and the organic winery, Lucinda & Millie, to relabel their bottles of delicious Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Take a look at the new designs!

lucindaandmillie.com

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Milo

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My husband is Argentine which means, happily for me, that when we travel to see his wonderfully large family, we get to go to Buenos Aires. We are visiting now and my daughter was given a very cool coloring book by a famous artist here called Milo. Milo’s artistic style is whimsical and full of color so it has translated perfectly into a child’s world. The book itself is oversized so each image inside feels like a poster. And my favorite touch, at the bottom of each page, Milo adds: “Artist: Milo Y ………” Sabine cannot write her name yet, so I have been doing the honors there but she has been handling all the coloring. Enjoy the images of Milo’s famous work which can be viewed all around Buenos Aires as well as my daughter’s artistic flair.

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Weekend Wishes

INSPIRATION

We just love hand lettering over here at A Day in May, and when it is paired with a beautifully inspiring quote, we love it even more. Shuffle Prints from Etsy has elegantly transformed the words of the 19th century English novelist George Eliot (which, by the way, is a male pen name for the actual female author Mary Ann Evans.) So it may be a little too late for her, but not for us…

etsy.com/shop/ShufflePrints

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Spring Break

IN THE STUDIO

It’s Spring Break! Let’s take a look back at some of our favorite beach destination wedding invitation designs to get us excited for some hot sun and sand….

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A Butterfly Birthday Cake

HOMELIFE

Spring arrives at my house with an extra air of festivity: two of my daughters celebrate their birthdays a single day apart. Though I don’t love the madness, I’m a sucker for creating a fabulous cake. My sister-in-law Katrina, one of the most stylish people I know, turned me on to these wonderful edible butterflies – the perfect topper to a cake, large or small. My girls were entranced!

etsy.com/shop/SugarRobot

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Design Destinations

INSPIRATION

I just love this post from POPSUGAR: 35 Design Destinations To See Before You Die. It covers the entire globe and some locations are even right here in our California backyard. As designers and design lovers, it’s so inspiring to see someone highlight a new perspective on travel experiences. Time to book our tickets!

popsugar.com/home/Best-Design-Travel-Experiences

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Cherry Blossom Season

IN THE STUDIO

The Cherry Blossom Festival is just around the corner and we’ve been loving the delicate pink buds appearing all over the city. It reminds us of this sweet wedding invitation from a few years back.

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Easter Egg Hunt

HOMELIFE

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter! It’s always one of my favorite holidays with the brightly colored eggs, springtime flowers, the promise of new beginnings and of course jelly beans. Here are some pics of our family egg hunt featuring my daughter and one of my step sons (aka the Easter bunny).

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Easter Egg Designs

INSPIRATION

We’re getting ready for some egg dying at home. I love the look of a dozen eggs dressed in their pastel finest, but I was amazed when I did a little searching for other design possibilities. It’s pretty amazing what you can do when you think beyond the normal “dip-and-dye”. We’ve got our work cut out for us this weekend!

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Behind the Scenes

IN THE STUDIO

Now that our new website has gone live, we wanted to share some of the great behind the scenes photos of our studio that we didn’t get to use on the site itself. In addition to shooting all of our work, Carol Vaziri did a fantastic job of capturing our sweet Union Street garden courtyard and design studio where all the magic happens.

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20 Ways to Draw

HOMELIFE

I recently discovered the “20 Ways to draw…” series from Quarry books. I bought them with my daughters in mind but they are slowly slipping onto my own book shelf instead. The books take a theme (flowers, clothes, trees, etc.) and present 20 stylized drawings for each object within that theme. There are no “how-to’s”. Instead, the drawings are beautifully simple, rendered to their most basic lines and shapes in such a lovely manner that they seem very doable. I find myself turning to the books repeatedly, not only for graphic design projects but because they are triggering ideas and giving me inspiration to do some monoprints and etchings. 

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Lisa Salzer

WOMEN WHO INSPIRE

LISA SALZER
DESIGNER / FOUNDER, LULU FROST JEWELRY
a celebration of risk taking ladies
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING.

I am the owner and designer behind Lulu Frost jewelry. I do so much for my job, everything from designing jewelry, of course, to managing a talented team of individuals, to traveling for work and doing trunk shows on the road.

GIVE US A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR CAREER PATH.

I was fortunate enough to begin my career during my senior year of college. In lieu of getting a more traditional job, I opted for starting Lulu Frost and I was extremely blessed to have my designs take off from the get-go. Barneys New York was my first retail partner and I just ran with it, never looking back. Since then I’ve grown the company to employ over 16 people, and our work is sold globally. I’m extremely proud of building Lulu Frost from scratch and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?

I wanted to be a painter or artist of some kind.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS?

I would love to still be at the creative helm of Lulu Frost but also envision managing/owning a fantastic art gallery in the city somewhere. I want to be one of those fabulous 40-something women in heaps of jewelry with a kid or two in tow.

NAME THREE PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS THAT HELPED YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY.

Drive, Passion and Persistence.

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HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

I define success as doing your very best, each and every day … with a little wiggle room for some slacking off once in a while :)

HOW DO YOU DEFINE FAILURE?

Failure to me means not trying as hard as one can.

HAVE YOU EVER MADE A MISTAKE IN YOUR CAREER?

If I have, I wouldn’t define it as such – it’s all been a part of my learning process and a part of getting to where I am at this moment, for which I am all grateful.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

From a business standpoint, I’m most proud of creating a company with good values and ethics with a happy working environment. We do our best to put an interesting, unique and quality product into the world and it gives me joy to do so every day.

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WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR 21 YEAR-OLD SELF?

Do it all the same way – don’t change a thing.

WHAT TRICKS HAVE YOU LEARNED TO BALANCE LIFE AND WORK?

This is something I’m still working on. I need to find more time for exercise and personal hobbies in my life – for good or bad, a bit too much of my time is still dedicated to my work life. Someday!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK AND WHY?

I love Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic. Great memories of reading with my momma in the 80’s, can’t beat that!

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT VACATION.

Sitting on a beach with my fiancé Marlon Taylor-Wiles in a flowing caftan reading a great book with a Pina Colada in hand, mixed with a little of adventure in the form of a hike. For eight days straight.

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Winter Wedding Trend

INSPIRATION

Blush became quite a popular color in this winter’s wedding season. It’s been showing up in invitations, florals, table settings, dresses, and desserts. Combined with the whites and creams winter is known for, the pale pink details bring a special warmth to any cold day.

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Italian Signage

HOMELIFE

My husband and I are taking a trip to Florence and the Tuscan countryside this Spring. I am in the process of doing research for our exciting getaway but I keep getting sidetracked by images of the amazing storefront signage and overall design. I must focus! But in the meantime, here are some of the images that have caught my eye.

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Tropical Patterns

INSPIRATION

The upcoming Lilly Pulitzer for Target collaboration has us thinking about tropical patterns. Traditionally associated with umbrella drinks and Hawaiian shirts, palms and exotic floral patterns have taken a sophisticated and even edgy turn in recent years. Today, tropical motifs are often used in very chic and classy settings in the home, in fashion and in design. Aloha!

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Allegro Little Shoes

IN THE STUDIO

Having little girls of our own, we felt right at home designing the identity for Allegro Little Shoes. The client wanted the logo to feel childlike and soft, but not overly cutesy. We created a playful silhouette of a child and bird in pale pink. The soft gray serif and script fonts worked perfectly together to create a sweet and whimsical logo that still reflects the inherent elegance of the product.

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Art Project

HOMELIFE

Last week, I spent a morning helping with an art project in my daughter’s second grade class. The kids carved simple bird outlines into a little foam “plate” and we created a series of prints from each one. In the end, we selected a few to frame and a few to cut out and create a huge tree of “singing” birds to hang in their classroom. Being behind a computer all day, it’s easy to forget the joys of creating something with your hands, and this brought it all back;  no “command z” to erase mistakes, no Photoshop to fix color. It was a much needed reminder that there is unexpected beauty in imperfections and complete joy in a tactile process. 

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