I Have a Thing for Doors

Doors.

Some say they are the entryway to one's room.

Actually, I think most would agree on the above definition. I was going wax poetic and call them the entryway to one's soul, but I think I'd lose more than a few of you. Instead, I'll just say I've had a thing for them lately. Doors, that is.

How cheerful and fun does this colorful, historied door look?! I am 99% positive there is a Margarita waiting on the other side. (via)

How cheerful and fun does this colorful, historied door look?! I am 99% positive there is a Margarita waiting on the other side. (via)

I have made an effort to walk more lately (fitbit goals, and all), and I have found myself taking notice of the details in the old doors around my neighborhood. I am pretty lucky to live near so many old Victorian homes and charming buildings. A door with character sets the stage for the rest of the space. Even if you can't acquire an old door like the one above, you can still make an impact with paint:

Perfect combination: the crispest, whitest white + bright succulents + a pop of fuchsia! (via) 

Perfect combination: the crispest, whitest white + bright succulents + a pop of fuchsia! (via

How "Modern Farmhouse" is this sage door? Love the juxtaposition and contrast of the dark light fixture and hardware. Cheers to keeping it simple. (via)

How "Modern Farmhouse" is this sage door? Love the juxtaposition and contrast of the dark light fixture and hardware. Cheers to keeping it simple. (via)

I am obsessed with the colors here. The wall erosion looks intentional. (via)

I am obsessed with the colors here. The wall erosion looks intentional. (via)

Speaking of color combos... (via)

Speaking of color combos... (via)

And last but not least, the old doors at our wedding venue:

SRSLY dreamy...

SRSLY dreamy...

Stay tuned next week for some interior door inspiration!

Always,

Claire

 

 

Monday Moodboard: Wedding Vibes

I have been engaged for nearly a year (ummm... side note, how did that happen?!), and I am finally getting around to all the fun stuff wedding planning has to offer! We took a really long time to find our venue. Like almost a year, long. I requested venue quotes from 200 places (or maybe 50, but that's a lot of inbox clutter, regardless). We searched all over the state and even thought about saying "forget it, let's go to Mexico next weekend!" But the search was well worth it, because we found THE most perfect place and could not be more excited! 

Our venue is a private estate in Palm Springs - super lush, lots of palm trees, a few pools, a gorgeous old door (more to come on tomorrow's post!) and an old Adobe home that is on the National historic register. The architecture nerd in me is really geekin' over this place, you guys. But mostly it is just SO beautiful. The perfect background for what is going to be the biggest/most stressy/most rewarding design project of my life.

And that is exactly how I am choosing to look at it. I could honestly care less about the cake and the music, but the design... now that is something I can really get behind.

Take One: Wedding Mood Board... a.k.a A Work in Progress

Kind of feeling a desert-y, dusk-y, jewel tone, boho vibe... But it's only Monday, so we shall see if this sticks. Anyone have any tips for decision-making, or planning in general? Sound off in the comments below!

Always,

Claire

Pinspired: Printed Maxi Dress

It has been awhile since I last posted a "Pinspired" blog. I've been busy lately - working on design projects, working at my part time job, keeping up with chores and errands... I have always been prone to procrastination, so I am pretty great at coming up with distractions (case in point - my room was never cleaner than in the week leading up to finals). 

This quick exercise reminded me how important it is to foster my sense of creativity. It definitely doesn't completely go away when I am not using it, but it is more top of mind when I do. As a designer, I seek inspiration every day, in everything I do. When I don't feel particularly inspired, or am stuck on a design solution for a tricky project, I find that all I need is a quick walk, some time with a design magazine, or a browse through Pinterest. You never know what is going to spark an idea, and it is important to create space for your mind to seek out these moments.

Pinspired Printed Maxi Dress

This dress popped up on my Pinterest feed today; I love the bold geometric print and the amount of contrast in the design. The brown color on the dress reminds me of the leather markets I visited in Florence when I studied abroad there. I imagine this dress being paired with gold accessories and sleek textures. The tan, navy and white is a perfect color combination - I included all three colors in the design above. 

What do you do to exercise your creativity?

Always,

Claire