Elegant Austin Opera Invitation Design

12 Jan

Here’s a recent project I did for Austin Opera. They wanted an elegant invitation designed, along with a reply card, benefits insert, and envelopes. I’m really pleased with how they turned out. Originally, a small floral mask icon was placed above the return address on the envelope. However, to keep the printing cost down, we decided to leave it off. I think it still came out looking great keeping it nice and simple!

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Travel Feature Magazine Design

9 Jan

This is a feature layout I did for The Society Diaries, a high-end glossy magazine. When laying out a feature about a destination, I feel that the pictures should be the focus point and be able to speak for themselves. With this, the opener started with a two-page spread image with just the header and subhead. A few key words were highlighted in a complementary blue to make it a little more interesting than just keeping all the text white. Since the feature was about paradise in Hawaii, I felt it was important to keep the layout clean, simple and breathable. Ideally, I would’ve liked to have another spread just for the island photo shown on the second spread. It’s such a gorgeous photo and it encompasses the beautiful island of Hawaii. Overall, I’m really happy with how the feature turned out!

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15 Must Stream Documentaries on Netflix! Part 2

22 Dec

It’s been a while since my first post about Must Stream Docs on Netflix so it’s time for a new one!  Also in no particular order — definitely watch them all if you can! Plus, it’s the holidays! What do you have to do that’s more important than watching documentaries all day long??? JK! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

1. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
This compelling documentary explores three years in the life of celebrated Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, who uses social media and his art to inspire protests against the state… more

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2. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
This delectable documentary profiles sushi chef Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old master whose 10-seat, $300-a-plate restaurant is legendary among Tokyo foodies… more

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3. Mansome
From director Morgan Spurlock and producers Will Arnett and Jason Bateman comes a raucous but thoughtful documentary examining what defines masculinity… more

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4. Children Underground
This Oscar-nominated documentary explores the tragic policy decision by Romanian dictator Nicolei Ceaucescu to outlaw the use of contraceptives and encourage his impoverished populace to have more children… more

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5. Grizzly Man
Renowned nonfiction director Werner Herzog chronicles the tragic and untimely death of outdoorsman Timothy Treadwell, who devoted his life to studying grizzly bears… more

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6. The Invention of Dr. NakaMats
This hilarious documentary from director Kaspar Astrup Schroder profiles prolific Japanese inventor Yoshiro Nakamatsu… more

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7. A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt
Sally Rowe’s documentary dishes a rare glimpse into the heated world of haute cuisine, with brilliant and controversial chef Paul Liebrandt… more

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8. Indie Game: The Movie

This captivating documentary follows several independent game designers as they painstakingly develop their games and hope for breakthrough success… more

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9. Only When I Dance

To achieve their shared dream of becoming ballet superstars, two young black dancers from the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, must overcome poverty, prejudice and incredible odds… more

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10. Man on Wire

Philippe Petit captured the world’s attention in 1974 when he walked across a high wire between New York’s Twin Towers… more

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11. Dark Days

Documentarian Marc Singer trains his camera on a group of homeless people who live in an abandoned New York City railroad tunnel… more

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12. The Great Happiness Space

This compelling film explores the rarely seen world of Japanese host boys, men who are paid to entertain wealthy women in exclusive nightclubs… more

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13. America the Beautiful

Director Darryl Roberts’ provocative documentary examines America’s fixation with outward appearance and the unrealistic standards of beauty… more

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14. Without the King

In this provocative documentary about Swaziland’s ruling family — the last absolute monarchy on the African continent — King Mswati III faces myriad challenges as he governs a troubled, poverty- and AIDS-stricken country… more

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15. First Position

Follow dancers training for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions… more

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Hello Kitty Happy Hour #25

17 Dec

Chia pets have just gotten COOLER and CUTERRR!!  I sooo want one!

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Hello Kitty Happy Hour #24

21 Sep

So last night, my friends talked me into waking up this morning to do a 6AM workout. OMFG it was still PITCH DARK OUTSIDE when I woke up!  Anyways, I’m glad I went because look at these awesome HK goodies they got me!!  LOVE LOVE LOVE!!  Now I just have to decide if I’ll actually open them up and use them, or add them to my collection! If you’re wondering why there are two oatmeal packs included with the goodies, it’s because I’ve never had hot oatmeal before (only in cookies and granola bars).  I guess here’s my chance to try them!  Thx B n SX!!!

10 Cool Unique Modern Shelves & Bookcases

4 Apr

1. Bolla Shelves

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2. Chelsea Book Shelf

3. Comic Shelf

4. TarGetBooks Shelf

5. Serpent Modular Shelf

6. DC Library Corner Shelves

7. MYDNA Bookshelf

8. Umbra’s Conceal Shelf

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IKEA – Not As Cheap As It Looks!

16 Feb

This is a really cool IKEA poster by design company ifsodoso as a call to support British design.  They used the original blueprint of all the furniture pieces that were available at the time. I could probably stare at this all day!

Hello Kitty Happy Hour #24

3 Feb

Look at these ADORABLE Hello Kitty bathroom accessories and hardware by modern furniture and furnishings design company Jassio!   Here are just a FEW of the things they carry.  I love the over-sized shower head! To purchase and see everything they have, please visit their online store.

Dollhouses Aren’t Just For Kids Anymore

20 Jan

Ever wish you could own a modern luxurious house furnished with pieces you’d rather gaze at than sit in?  brinca dada, a New York based toy company, has made it possible with their minimalist doll houses with matching contemporary furniture.  Here are a few of my favorites!  (Now, if only I could get a hold of the “Honey I BLEW up the Kid” machine…)

Bennet House

Bennett House by brinca dada is an oasis in the sea of glitzy toy houses. Heavily influenced by the De Stijl movement of the early 20th century, it emphasizes lines, squares and rectangles in asymmetrical patterns while minimizing color. Fans of Rietveld’s Schröder House will recognize another influence. Architect Tim Boyle explains how Bennett House breaks out of the townhouse genre: “Townhouses are typically a stack of floors with a few windows on each floor, and no inside/outside relationship. I prefer architecture that reveals structure and engineering, hence windows extend past floors to show the weight and thickness of the structure.”

Bennett House is more than just a pretty façade–its clever design and use of space invites play whether open or closed. The townhouse features a two-story living room, elevator, roof top pool and glass rail balconies in both the master bedroom and children’s bedroom.  And Bennett House is made of CARB-certified woods and non-toxic, lead-free paints and stains, so it is easy on the environment.

Details

  • Designed by: Tim Boyle
  • 36” x 21” x 21”
  • Scale: 3/4”
  • Made of bamboo and other eco-friendly woods
  • Non-toxic and lead-free paints
  • Retail price: $599 (Purchase Here)

Edward House

Inspired by Neutra’s Kaufmann House and Gary Cooper’s home designed by A. Quincy Jones, brinca dada’s Edward House features many distinguishing architectural features like glass corners, minimalist cut stone and hardwood floors.  The Edward House has six rooms including a living room, kitchen, library/office, master bedroom, bathroom and child’s bedroom. With its large, open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Edward House enjoys year-round sunlight. Finally, the dollhouse is easy on the environment with only  eco-friendly woods and non-toxic and lead-free paints. Assembly required.

Details

  • Designed by: Tim Boyle
  • 17” x 17” x 26”
  • Scale: 3/4”
  • Made of eco-friendly woods
  • Non-toxic and lead-free paints
  • Retail price: $349 (Purchase Here)

Dylan House

Inspired by the minimalist masterpieces of Paul Rudolph and Tadao Ando, Dylan House features a concrete-and-glass feel, but with the breezy openness of a beachfront home. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to allow natural light into the house and play from many angles. The Dylan House has five living spaces on three levels: living room/dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and roof patio. Furniture is sold separately.

Details
  • Designed by: Tim Boyle
  • 23” x 15” x 16”
  • Eco-friendly MDF
  • Non-toxic and lead-free paints
  • Retail Price: $149.99 (Purchase Here)

Maison Furniture Collection – Complete Set

The Maison Furniture Collection from brinca dada is the perfect complement to both Edward House and Bennett House. The line’s clean and sophisticated aesthetic mixes classic modern design with contemporary “in fashion” highlights. In the words of designer Cecilia Reboursin, “The key was to work on every detail to add an extra dimension of authenticity to the line.  We used American black walnut as a common thread, giving a contemporary feel to each room. We then added color as accents, but also as an attraction to children’s sensibilities.”
The Maison Furniture Collection – Complete Set is comprised of 40 different pieces and offers furnishings for seven rooms, plus two sets of accessories.  All furniture elements are made from high-quality woods and fabrics and are fashioned with non-toxic, lead-free stains and paints.
Details
  • Designed by: Cecilia Reboursin
  • Scale: 3/4″
  • 7 rooms,plus 2 sets of accessories, 40 pieces
  • Materials: Wood, fabric
  • Retail Price: $399 (Purchase Here)


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