kt inspiration: kate spade

January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

As a designer, I find inspiration from many different places – other designers, interiors, event design, fashion, music, photography/fine art. But I really love it when I can find different facets of inspiration from one source. Enter today’s source: Kate Spade.

If I could have one person dress me for the rest of my life, it would be Kate Spade. Her “about page” says it all: utility, wit and playful sophistication. Her motto of sorts this year is “live colorfully,” which I love. It’s such a designer-y way of saying “live boldly,” or, “live passionately,” but it really speaks to me. Not to mention that each month this year, they will pick a new color to “live.” I really love it.

You could say I have a girl crush.

I noticed a week or two ago, this little treasure:

source: kate spade

It’s a little “book” on the site that is so adorably designed (how great is the magenta page with the ampersand? I would totally frame that.) It got me thinking about what sort of mood boards I could divine from the theme of “living colorfully.” I’ll post one board here, and present the others tomorrow. Just for giggles.

The first here is probably the most obvious when it comes to Kate Spade and what she designs, though it might be my favorite right now. Inspired by Miss B, I am feeling this urge to create a personal style for myself as an adult. Sadly, it’s time to leave college “style” behind. I’m purging what doesn’t work for me anymore, and only buying what feels right and feels like it is the clothing of the girl I want to be. This part is obviously very personal, as I know no one has exactly the same taste in fashion, but I love the playful sophistication (with a hint of Mad Men vintage) in this mood board:

source: kate spade and style me pretty

I love the simple, classic clothing mixed with bright and whimsical accessories like the colorful tights and enamel flower pins. The owl purse had me at hello. What I also love about this is that though some pieces are “on trend” (read: tights), most are timeless and perfect in their proportions, thus, can be worn and remixed for seasons without looking staid. So though I can’t afford Kate Spade (tear), I have begun to think about these looks as I shop. Most recently, I found this adorable blue color-blocked dress and bright, lemon yellow sweater that fit perfectly in this theme. Though not at the same time.

That might be living too colorfully.

Until tomorrow…kt


11 for 11: january update

January 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

I know it’s not the end of the month yet, but humor me.

Goal progress this month:

#1: We have been really good at not spending a ton of money this month. Which is a good thing, since we were on a spending freeze. And is a bad thing, since I really want this little bottle of sunshine. Not sure that we’ll continue the “freeze” into February, but we will be more careful about what we buy and why we are buying it. The only big expenses I’m anticipating (but who knows when something in our house will die) are birthday gifts for e, my sister, and our niece. We are also going to paint and finish our bedroom in the month ahead, which could add up.

This exercise has helped us to think about whether or not we really need everything we think about buying (newsflash: we don’t) and I’ve already noticed some ways I can spend a little bit less here and there at the grocery and through our other monthly maintenance costs. We will track spending this month (through hand-dandy mint.com) and see what we’re doing well and doing not-so-well in a typical month.

#2: Umm…I started to read a challenging book. But then switch to rereading the Millenium Trilogy books. What can I say, I really like Lisbeth and Blomkvist.

Items 3 & 4 haven’t been touched…

#5: I imagined my office design here.

Items 6 – 9: See above.

#10: I have begun a Goodwill pile and am slowly adding to it. I think I will do my first trip of the year in February.

#11: We successfully deep-cleaned our house for the first of 12 times. It felt good. We felt a little bit more like adults after. And my mommy wasn’t grossed out as much. A good thing all around.

January was a good start to the year. It went fast, non?


January 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

The 30-for-30 challenge seems fun and would fit in with my money saving goals…how hard can it be right? You all totally want to see pictures of how I dress everyday right?

{chirp chirp}


11 for 11: goal number five

January 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

Since clearly I lost all of my Type A personality traits after high school (and after seeing Black Swan) I am going out of order on these new year goals. I picked number five to start because I could take the first step, inspiration and design, without spending any money (go goal #1!)

For those who don’t remember, goal #5 is to finish the office so we have a workspace. Seems harmless enough. Consider this though: right now the office is a veritable sea of discarded crap. It is our home’s Island of Misfit…Everything. It is nearly impossible to walk from the door to the opposite wall. Or to the closet. Or to the window. You get the picture. Convenient because there is no way I’m providing a picture of my slovenliness for the interwebs’ viewing pleasure.

We are in desperate need of storage and organization. One day it took me 30 minutes to find our home warranty information to call a plumber. If it had needed something in a real emergency? I shudder.

So today is step one in the re-do, and probably the most fun step besides the shopping step which will probably come much later in the year and will be spread out into multiple shopping trips. Sad I know, but such is life after college we’ve come to figure out. Have I mentioned how much I hate 2011 goal #1?

First up: The color inspiration board and the images that inspired the palette.

My first inspiration for this room came from the movie (500) Days of Summer. Wonderful movie. If you haven’t seen it, I wholeheartedly recommend it. The main character has a chalkboard wall in his bedroom as you can see above. I love this idea for an office because you can scribble to do lists and inspiration and doodle some logo designs…whatever you want. I imagine the chalkboard wall to be on the “long” wall of the room with the desk in front of it, facing the middle of the room. I can’t wait to have this area to brainstorm.

The picture of the buttons is what inspired the color palette. I love the soothing blues, greens, the pattern with white, and the pop of red. That would be the spice color, DAAPkids. The green will go on the remaining walls and of course, I already picked out which color I want on my last trip to Lowe’s. Maybe the A-type is coming back.

While the rest of the furniture in our house (at least what we have purchased, not inherited) is decidedly mid-century modern, my goal for the furniture in the office is to go a bit more traditional in shape, while staying modern in the materials. The perfect example of this is the Louis Ghost chair that is so formal and traditional in shape, but made of clear acrylic. It haunts me.

One other part of this room I find very important is creating a “loungespace.” I really, really want an Eames rocker to go in one of the corners for little mental breaks throughout the day. With a bookshelf and this little baby (my alternative to a file cabinet) nearby, I can imagine curling up for a nice long book-reading session. Perfect for the relaxed elegance of the space, and perfectly in line with the mid-century influence of the house. I don’t think I will ever completely give it up, HAHAHA. Plus, not to get too far ahead in our newlywed life, but eventually this tiny room will probably become a nursery IN THE VERY DISTANT FUTURE, and obviously if I can kill a few birds with one design, I will do it now to avoid extra work when I might be growing a tiny human.

There are no tiny human growth plans in the works for now or the next few years. I just wanted to get that out there.

Anyway, that tangent is over. I really love the play in texture on the pillows and the fun, typographically-focused artwork and I think the red and white are just enough to keep the room fresh and vibrant and not pastel-hell.

This is just a random collection of images, but all bring out elements of the room design. You can even see the TROLLSTA painted a vibrant yellow. I would imagine after awhile ours would turn coral. Just saying. It makes it look soo much more modern and unique, non? The white patterned lattices in the first picture are amazingly beautiful and the gray cabinet with aqua shelves really prove to me that you can re-purpose furniture in the most surprising ways.

I had to add in the gratuitous kid playing with the chalkboard wall pic. What kid WOULDN’T love to be allowed to draw on the walls?!?

So that’s the office dream. Obviously it requires a lot of saving money and work on our part, but I think it will be so calm and elegant and practical for the work we would do in the end. What do you think about the room mood boards? A good direction for us to take?


January 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

How am I supposed to run when my calf muscles feel as if they are three inches too short for the amount of leg they are attached to? Walking hurts. Heh heh. This is going to be fun.

11 for 2011

January 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

I like resolutions. I really do. There is something about the start of a new year that brings hope and a promise of potential. Even if I never keep my resolutions, I like them. E doesn’t like them. His resolution is “to never set resolutions.” So far he’s keeping it well.

This year, I thought I would make a list of goals, some of them for me and some of them for the both of us. 2010 was a pretty good year for us, and I want to make sure this year is just as fun and productive. It’s time to be bold!

  1. Get control of our finances.
    This one is a toughie for me us. 2010 was rough on our finances and we have debt where we didn’t have debt before. It’s scary and neither of us like it, but I’m glad it’s out there. Now we’ve said it, and we can start moving forward. Some action steps: Freeze unnecessary spending in January (only bills and essentials), Track spending for a few months to notice patterns and places we can save, Pay our debt off by the end of the year, Save save save, and research/start investing. This is one goal I don’t like, but it has to happen. I already miss shopping.
  2. Read 12 books that challenge me.
    It is no secret that I love to read. I really, really love it. I would rather read all day on the couch than watch tv, much to the chagrin of e. But, I read books that aren’t necessarily challenging me in any way. It is pure entertainment. I will read one book a month that is not contemporary fiction and write a review of said book here.
  3. Take cooking classes.
    This is a fun one for us! Neither of us can cook really well so we end up having the same things over and over again, week after week. It’s boring. Hopefully, taking some classes will help us branch out and feel comfortable using our cookbooks on a regular basis.
  4. Get involved with a charity on a regular and committed basis.
    Not sure which one yet, but this one’s pretty straightforward.
  5. Finish the home office so we have a place to devote to work.
    This one is also a no-brainer. We’d like to have a place that can function for us if we decide to go back to school or work from home. The couch (our option right now) will not suffice. Also, we need a file cabinet. Desperately.
  6. Paint something to hang on the wall.
    I’m not the greatest of fine artists, but I miss having a creative outlet other than my work. It would be nice to have something special to show off! Have you seen David Bromstad’s work? It’s gorgeous and exactly what I am envisioning. Graphic, colorful, fun.
  7. Document our life together on the blog and through photography.
    E and I both love photography, but lack the tools to learn more about it and enjoy it. I’ve taken classes before, but besides my point-and-shoot, haven’t worked with cameras in years. Hopefully this blog can be an outlet for us to preserve our memories in words and photos.
  8. Participate in NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writing Month.
    This one is kind of a fun challenge, just like #6. It’s purely a creative outlet. Although this isn’t until November, I want to start building an outline, characterization,  and all of that throughout the year. Who knows? If it’s good it might lead me somewhere! Here’s more info.
  9. Run a half marathon and ride a century.
    My original goal was to run another full marathon, but I am going to be frank-I just don’t want to. It’s too much time to train and too much stress on my body. I have injured myself both times I’ve attempted to run a full and I just can’t do it again. Especially since I don’t want to do it alone. Sorry Betsy! So this year my athletic goals are a bit smaller. I will run the Flying Pig half (will be my fifth half marathon) in early May and ride a century (100 miles) with e, probably late summer. These of course will still be quite difficult as I am nowhere near in fighting shape! Just ask E how our bike ride went this past weekend. Hint: It wasn’t pretty. Guess I better get running!
  10. Purge my closet and donate clothes I don’t wear.
    Sadly, this one is a kt-only goal. Self-explanatory. This also applies to the other closets in the house. How we have junk cluttering our lives after less than a year in our house, I will never know.
  11. Deep clean our house once a month.
    I know this may gross some of you out. Once a month you say? That’s not enough! Sad to say, it will be more than we did in 2010. I know! I threw up a little in my mouth too! Once a month we will: vacuum, dust, clean the bathrooms, bleach the kitchen, mop, all of that. Of course we will also do mini-cleaning throughout the month. How gross are we? (My secret hope is that e will read this and magically create a goal where he puts all his dirty clothes in the hamper everyday and hangs up everything else! The power of positive thinking!)
  12. The extra one! Create a new holiday tradition.
    Living near our entire families is awesome. We wouldn’t have it any other way. But it does mean that during the holidays we kinda rush from house to house and don’t plan anything for the two of us. This year I hope we can do something special. Maybe we’ll start hosting an egg nog cocktail party. Maybe it’s as simple as going to Fesitval of Lights to remember where we were engaged. Who knows. It’s a long time from now!

So there’s the list. I hope I didn’t lose you in there!


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