Design Fixation: July 2010


{Trend Alert} Collage

I have run across quite a few collages lately. I've always been intrigued by the idea of layering, whether it be digitally or physically pasting different pieces on top of one another. In fact, it's been a trend in my own work as well - my senior thesis in college was a digital collage. Here are a few interesting ones that I've found:

Love the yellow color and retro feel. Found over at Seesaw.

Mixed media beauties by Janelle Lile. Via Poppytalk.

I enjoy the layers of fonts. Buy it here.

What do you think of these pieces? Are you a collage fan? Stop by tomorrow for some COLOR. And lots of it.


So You Think You Can Sew?

I've always loved sewing, ever since my mom taught me the basics in second grade. A scrunchy may or may not have been my first project. I've run across a few interesting ideas lately....

Felt greetings. Via Flickr.

Fun DIY applique project. Design*Sponge.

Beautiful fiber art found over at the lovely Design For Mankind.


Snail Mail

Isn't there something so romantic about mail? And stamps? And calligraphy? My mom just sent me a surprise gift in the mail for no particular reason... what a happy thing to come home to! And yesterday, I found to a postcard from my best friend - straight from halfway across the country. Here is some inspiration of the USPS variety:

Vintage stamps beautify these wedding 
invitations, found at Naturally Nina.

A band's website, via {frolic!}.

The Mail Me Something Book. Art House Coop.

Love this calligraphy, found over at Wedding Wire.

What was the last piece of mail you received? And I'm not talking about junk mail here people, I'm talking about real mail. Hey also, be sure to stop by tomorrow for "So You Think You Can Sew."


Grain Sack Decor

Grain sack inspired items have been popping up all over the place these days. Below are a few of my favorites:

Beautifully upholstered. Via Design*Sponge.

Jill Bent's grain sack pillows. Click here to buy.

Grain sack style chairs at a coffee shop, found on Design*Sponge.

French grain sack dining chairs. Apartment Therapy.

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Light My Fire

I've been seeing some unusual lighting solutions lately, and some beautiful ones. Chandeliers, lanterns and table lamps, oh my!

My obsession with Moroccan lanterns 
continues. Found over on Style-Files.

An unusual take on a classic, via Apartment Therapy.

 Foundry Style Candleholder with Teardrop Shaped Votive Lamps, Hanging Votive Holders and Matte Black and Amber Finish
Hanging candles. Buy here.

A hole in the wall. Literally.... see those 
lights tucked in there? Found at Poppytalk.

And for tomorrow, stop by for some grain sack style... who would've thought you could do so much with a sack?


{Etsy Best Bet} Beepart

I'm loving these decals for the back of your computer made by Beepart:

Click here to see the rest of Beepart's products or to buy your very own cassette tape decal.


The Humorous David Thorne

I laughed aloud while reading these email exchanges found at 27b/6 by David Thorne. The rest of his humorous email exchanges are pretty amusing as well. Here's a portion of my favorite one:

From: Jane Gilles
Date: Wednesday 8 Oct 2008 12.19pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Overdue account

Dear David,
Our records indicate that your account is overdue by the amount of $233.95. If you have already made this payment please contact us within the next 7 days to confirm payment has been applied to your account and is no longer outstanding.
Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles
From: David Thorne
Date: Wednesday 8 Oct 2008 12.37pm
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Overdue account

Dear Jane,
I do not have any money so am sending you this drawing I did of a spider instead. I value the drawing at $233.95 so trust that this settles the matter.
Regards, David.

From: Jane Gilles
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 10.07am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Overdue account

Dear David,
Thankyou for contacting us. Unfortunately we are unable to accept drawings as payment and your account remains in arrears of $233.95. Please contact us within the next 7 days to confirm payment has been applied to your account and is no longer outstanding.
Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles
From: David Thorne
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 10.32am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Overdue account

Dear Jane.... 
(Click here to read the rest of the exchange. Trust me, it's worth it).


Dreamy Vacation Spots

It's becoming very obvious that I have a serious case of wanderlust. Last week I posted about travel-related things, and today I have some enviable vacation spots to show you....

How's that for an inspiring desk view? 

Yellowstone... by my adventurous friends C & I.

I'd love to be reading a book on 
this patio. Via Poppytalk.

A shared moment somewhere far away. Found at Bogus Blog.

What's the dreamiest spot you've ever been? And on the docket for tomorrow, a humorous piece by David Thorne.


{Good Taste} Guest Blogger Mike

Thanks to guest blogger Mike for stepping in with a new edition of {Good Taste}. He's a big wig in the wine and spirits industry... the type of guy who always picks a great glass of wine. Take it away, Mike:

Gin, where have you gone?  It seems as though we are a couple generations removed from a time when gin was king.  Gone are the days of the gin martini, the orange blossom and the Tom Collins.  Times change, trends come and go; but gin still remains the same classy elixir that fueled the Rat Pack and was the go-to bar call for a gentleman that would not be caught dead at a bar wearing anything but a suit.  Enter Right Gin. . .

This bottle exudes class.  Perhaps not the old-school cool of the a forgone era, but a modern interpretation.  Now, I am a sucker from a cool crest and this bottle sports a great one complete with stags, a crown, and a Latin scroll all with prefect symmetry.  There is meaning behind the crest and you can find out more at  I’m drawn to the simplicity of the all black labeling.  I also dig the juxtaposition of the ancient crest with the modern font and off centered label.  It’s all packaged in a squat bottle more reminiscent of a decanter.  Like the scroll says, there is a Right way.

There’s a great gin cocktail that was introduced to me by my friend Stefano at a little place called Artu in Boston’s North End.  It’s called a Negroni.  In Italy it’s an aperitif.  In the North End it’d be what you'd have two of to take the edge off after a hard days work.


- 1 part Gin
- 1 part Campari
- ¾ part Sweet Vermouth (or to taste)

Pour gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth into a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a rocks glass.  Twist an orange peel over the cocktail, drop it in and enjoy.  Salute!


Patio Dreams

Unfortunately I don't have a patio. But if I had one, I'd outfit it with some of these amazing items:

There's not much I don't like about this 
larger-than-life patio. Found at Black Eiffel.

YELLOW GLASS MOROCCAN LANTERNMoroccan Design Amber Glass Candle Lantern
Exotic Moroccan lanterns. 
Click here and here respectively.

A nice combination of wooden crates and 
ceramic pots. Via Aesthetic Outburst.

Set the mood with these outdoor torches from DWR.

A phenomenal makeover for a beat up old 
patio set. See the before pictures here.

Beautiful garden tools found on Mint. By Cal Lane.

What's on your patio? Anything unusual?

Don't forget to drop by Design Fixation tomorrow for a very special treat; guest blogger Mike will be providing us with a post about his favorite gin and the aesthetic merits of its label.... you won't want to miss it.


{Exclusive Look} New Photography

I have been working on a new photographic series, and I thought that I would unveil the first two pieces to my loyal design Fixation readers. I'm enthusiastic about this new series, entitled Decay. Each piece is original, and named for the chapter title of its vintage grammar book page.

I always aim to achieve a certain amount of ambiguity in my work, and I hope that allows the viewer to create his or her own interpretations and understanding of the photograph. So.... drum roll please.... here they are:

The Purpose of Expression. 2010. By me.

Argument. 2010. By me.

I always welcome constructive criticism, please feel free to voice your opinion on my new series. And if you know of any galleries looking for this type of work, please let me know - I'm always game to show my work in another exhibit!


{Typeface Tuesday} Font Squirrel

Can you imagine a world where fonts are free? The most creative typefaces you could possibly think of.... what if they didn't cost a penny? Well you're in luck people, because I have just discovered Font Squirrel. They offer hundreds of unique fonts to you for personal or commercial use... absolutely free. And these are quality fonts. Can you believe it?

I'm sending a big virtual high five over to Pugsly Pixel for finding this amazing resource. Here are a few of my favorites:


Kingthings Printingkit. Click here to download.


Sansation Light. Click here to download.


Kulminoituva. Click here to download.


And tomorrow I'll unveil my newest photography series; stop by for an exclusive look at two new pieces. I'm very excited about them, they have more of a mixed media feel to them....


Airstream Envy

I find a refurbished Airstream to be absolutely drool-worthy. Can you imagine setting up shop in an airstream? I would love to have an Airstream studio. Maybe even a gallery on wheels. Here are the images that I blame my obsession on:

 This is my kind of picnic. Found here.

A calming neutral color scheme, via Apartment Therapy.

Looks relaxing, no? Found over at Design Is Mine.

A colorful Airstream studio. Via Design*Sponge.

Cozy living. Found at Dwell.
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