Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Business Card Beauties

I love these two business cards. They are great examples of branding yourself and leaving an excellent first impression. Personally, I would call both of these people just because of how neat their cards are. I think it says a lot about them that they put so much time into these. I can tell that the paper quality is really great and I love how the letters are indented into the paper on both. Great stuff!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Slanty Shelves

Saw this bookshelf on a commercial and I was intrigued. I'm not sure if I like it as opposed to the traditional bookshelf, but I like the inventiveness and the idea that you can change a bookshelf to be anything you want. I have never seen something like this before. Thinking like this opens up so many interior design possibilities.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Monstrously Good Title Sequence

I realized I haven't posted a great title sequence on my blog in forever. Well here ya go. I saw pieces of this when watching the Pixar documentary and it reminded me how much I love it. Monsters Inc. is one of my favorite Pixar films and the title sequence shows. It uses a fantastic color scheme, creative animation, great typography and even fantastic music. It's just super cute in the most creative way possible.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gossip Girls and Boys

I have always been a huge Norman Rockwell fan. I love the way he portrays America in such an idealistic way. All his pieces have so much personality and tell such rich stories. This piece above happens to be one of my all-time favorites of Rockwell's. It is called "The Gossips". I love how it portrays the way in which gossip actually spreads and how it usually comes full circle. Everyone's faces are just so realistic and full of expression. I could never get tired of looking at it. It reminds me of a film strip in the way it tells a story. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Provence, France

I think I just found my dream vacation spot! I visited Paris a couple of years ago, and I have to admit, I wasn't obsessed like I thought I'd be. It was crowded, people were rude and it was just not as beautiful as I had hoped. I have always wanted to give the French countryside a shot though, since I spent several years studying french in school and learned a lot about other areas to visit. I discovered this picture of Provence, France this morning and almost had a heart attack. Lavender is my absolute favorite smell and apparently Provence has lavender fields like this everywhere. I can't imagine how good that would smell and how beautiful this sight would be to see. I will definitely have to add it to my travel bucket list.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cheerful Chocolates

So for my birthday, my friend Lauren took me to a chocolate shop in Columbus called le Chocoholique. I don't think I have ever seen so many chocolates in my life! This was not the coolest part though. The chocolates were the most beautiful chocolates I have ever seen with the craziest flavors EVER. I had trouble justifying eating them because they were too pretty, as you can see in the picture above. Amongst the crazy flavors, the best ones were aged balsamic caramel, lemon honey and passionfruit ganache. Surprising, right? My friend informed me that the maker of these fantastic chocolates is Anna Shea. They are quite pricey, but great for a special occasion, or even just to look at:) I think all food should be this pretty.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Noodle Doodle

Yes, it's true. This sculpture on the tip of a pencil head actually exists. No, it is not an oversized pencil either. Artist Augusto Moreno successfully created these sculptures of politicians for Cicero Magazine. This particular one is of Sarkozy, but there are two others of Obama and Merkel if you click on the link above. I don't think I will ever get over how amazing this is.

Falling Garden

This is an installation art exhibit in Venice, Italy that features what appears to be plants and flowers hanging from the ceiling, creating the look of a falling garden. I think it is truly beautiful and I can't even imagine how much time and energy went into this piece. Supposedly, you are supposed to lay on the large cushion in the middle of the room and look up at it falling on you. It would be so neat to see such a sight!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Slammin Sixties

I will never get tired of looking at old sixties concert posters. They are so neat! I love how the era has such a distinct form of artwork associated with it. It is probably more distinct than any other era. I think the color choices in this piece are fantastic and I also love the graphic peacock on it incorporated into the women's face. It is just excellent design! 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Classic Film Festival

I think these posters are fantastic! They are for the TCM classic film festival. What I love about them is that they depict just how classic these films are. All we need to see is a silhouette off the film covers and we know exactly what movie it is. I think the color choices and minimalist style are a great way of modernizing the festival in today's times. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


My post today is going to be a little different than most of my posts because I will be talking about fruit. More specifically, starfruit. I would have to say that there are some pretty cool fruits out there, but this tops them all. What other fruit do you know that you can cut and stars appear (literally)? I can't think of any. There are so many neat food displays that could incorporate this happy accident into their design. I have actually tried this fruit before, and it tastes just as wonderful as it looks. Even the color and the seeds add a little to this already beautiful fruit. This is visual inspiration at its best.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Simply Stunning Covers

As I've mentioned many many times, my favorite magazine is Real Simple. And for good reason! Most importantly, being the minimalist design to the page layouts. It is visually pleasing (a must for someone like me) and easy to read through. I found myself dreading reading other magazines sometimes because of all the clutter and bad advertising. It's stressful and exhausting. I think this is the future of magazines and I'm actually surprised other magazines have not de-cluttered sooner. Not to be neglected, are the beautiful covers of this magazine. I always leave them out on the coffee table because they are so vibrant and eye-catching. Above, are a collection of covers I have found just to demonstrate the pure genius of this publication.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Clocktower Hour

These images are from a $25 million dollar loft in Brooklyn at the top of the Clocktower Building (how fitting, right?). It has four working clocks as windows, and I was just astonished at how neat these pictures were. It is probably the most unique thing I have ever seen in interior design. The best part of it is that the clocks are a product of the natural architecture of the building and not something that an interior designer cooked up. The clocks give the owner a 360 degree view of New York, which is an added bonus for the lucky owner of this FANTASTIC apartment. 

High Society Wine

I found some more fantastic wine labels! I love these! The images fit the wine name so well. I can't think of anything that depicts society better than a bow tie. I also love the minimalism of the labels, all the white space and the beautiful typography. The choices of the bow ties also work very well with the wine bottle colors. Great design inspiration!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Book Bookshelves

Found this bookshelf idea on realsimple.com. I think it is such a fantastic idea and a great way to make your space more interesting. I've posted before about how much I love old book spines and this is a great way to display some really beautiful books. All you need are some brackets and old books and voila!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I have a soft spot for letters or words incorporated into interior design because of my natural love for typography. This wallpaper is no exception. I think the way the metallics catch the light is fabulous. I also love the calm color scheme of the wallpaper. It keeps the letters from being too distracting. It is such an interesting twist on traditional wallpaper!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Artful Birthday Fun

For my birthday, I went to the Columbus Museum of Art with my husband and this was one of my favorite exhibits! I am not always impressed with installation pieces, but this was so cool! It is composed of glass boat-shaped pieces hanging from the ceiling on clear thread. Each "boat" had a different color and design. The exhibit was hanging in a room all by itself and it had such a dramatic impact when entering the room. Each of the glass pieces was beautifully illuminated by the track lighting above. The shape the glass pieces make reminds me of waves or a flock of birds. It is such an organic pattern and I LOVE it! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I think these posters by Blanca Gomez are so fun! They really capture the essence of each city captured! I love the texture of the colors in the pictures. I think one of the neatest things about these posters is that you cannot tell when they were created. They have a classic quality about them that looks like they could have been created in the 1920's or today. They really are fantastic and would be great prints to hang on display.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Notorious Napkins

So I found this picture of a napkin with a tie on it and I would have to say that I kind of love this idea. It transforms the traditional napkin into a conversation piece. If you think about it, napkins could be so much more fun! Maybe you also make them with necklaces, ascots, scarves? The possibilities for this one are endless and that is why I love this idea so much.

Matted Moss

I thought this bath mat was the most interesting one I had ever seen! It is made out of live moss! That sounds half enjoyable and half really messy, but it appears to work really well in the pictures. I really would like to try it out because I have so many unanswered questions! How does it feel on your feet? Do you need to water it? Does the moss die if soap gets on it? Do your feet get dirtier by stepping on the mat? If not, how does the moss survive without dirt? This has me so intrigued, I guess I will have to do my research!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tea Shirts

I love the design of these tea bags. So interesting! It makes me wonder why people don't get more creative with simple things like this. This opens up the door for so many interesting packaging designs. I like how, even though hanger tea bags are clever in themselves, the design and color choice is still very modern and visually pleasing. I also really love how the box is clear to sport this great design.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Typography of Maps

These pieces are from the collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, created between 1880 and 1920. I think the typography on them is AMAZING! It's hard to believe that such advanced and detailed type was even possible that long ago. When you look at pieces like this, it almost seems as if we have taken a step backwards in typography. If you click on the link above, there are so many different cities that they created these pages for and they are all beautiful. These were two of my favorites.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hi My Name is Nicole and I Judge Books By Their Covers

Being a visual person, I find no shame in judging a book by its cover. If the cover art is uninteresting to me, or outdated, I just assume the book is outdated. I realize that is not completely fair, but I can't help it! I'm sure I miss out on so many great books because of it! I also usually prefer a certain feel to book covers. I love the art on both of these and I realized that they are both really similar. They are both minimalistic, warm and inviting. They also have simple, visually pleasing typography. I think with book covers, it is important to portray simplicity because no one wants to read something complex, even if it is a textbook.  

Typographic Trickery

This video is so fantastic! It really shows the mind games that perspective can play on your eyes. It also opens up so many possibilities for great outdoor advertising. Personally, I think the first example is better than the second, but you can see for yourself! 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Medical Chic

I would never guess that people would want to use medical inspiration in their rooms since hospitals are usually cold and uninviting. Oddly, I have seen eye charts a lot in interior design lately. Sometimes the letters spell words, other times they are just a traditional eye chart, either hanging on a wall or ironed on a pillow. I actually am a fan of this trend and think it is the start of a "medical chic" movement. Below is another example of medical chic from Emily Henderson's blog. I like this use of the red cross flag for this trend too. I think both of these design examples are great statement pieces and add some personality to a space. Somehow, they are both warm and inviting to me as well and not at all hospital-like. I think the key to pulling off this look is to make the item your main statement piece. Too many eye-catchy items meshed with a medical chic piece would make this look unsuccessful.

Friday, June 10, 2011

3D Chess

This is the most unique chess board I have ever seen!! Those themed sets have nothing on this one! I love playing chess and it would be so cool to play on a board like this. I'm not even sure how it would work or how difficult it would be, but just trying would make my day! I think it is so fantastic how the king and queen are at the highest point. It kind of gives them the respect they deserve since they are such important pieces in the game!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Windowology from Anthropologie

If I could sit outside one store window for the rest of my life, it would be Anthropologie. There are not more beautiful window displays than the ones they put together. I've never seen plastic bottles look so good (seriously, they've done that multiple times). I realize I went a little overboard with the number of pictures I chose but, once I started google imaging,  it was like an obsession that came over me and I could not stop picking up images. So here are the beautiful results of my search: