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

Starfruit


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.