I imagine living in this home to be incredibly peaceful. All of the earthy colors are just what I need today (or actually any day of the week for that matter). With a perfect blend of indoor and outdoor space, designer Jenni Kayne is a lucky lady to live here.
Hey guys, it's Rich. We've had a busy week around the studio. We're working on some fun new projects for our clients, and have been reading even more design articles than normal this week (so get ready). It seems like every time a new phone comes out we spend more time reading and dreaming about new design projects (like designing apps for the Apple Watch!).
We'll be spending a chill weekend here in Brooklyn, hope you have a great weekend!
The Boring Designer—If you haven't checked out Cap Watkins blog, you should. He's a design manager at Etsy and here he wrote about the type of designer that focuses on function over form. I've been loving his posts lately.
Apple Watch Review—A great breakdown on the Apple Watch with lots of photos.
Infographic on drinking in the USA—People in their 20's drink half as much as people in their 40's... really?
Design is changing how we innovate—A few well known designers talk about the moments when their designs just clicked.
iPhone 6 screens demystified—An illustrated breakdown of how the iPhone screen resolutions compare and work.
Junior Designers vs Senior Designers—A fun post by Julie Zhou on the difference of process by a junior and senior designer.
YCombinator Requests for Startups—I always pay attention to what areas YC is requesting for startups. It helps give a little foresight into future industry trends.
Peter Thiel AMA—The Founder of PayPal, Palantir and the first investor in Facebook does an Ask Me Anything on Reddit.
MLS Next—Major League Soccer is rebranding... and overall I like it!
Oh yeah, and Telepathy is real
I've been into Ashware's goods for a while, but my love was rekindled when I saw their pieces in person at the Renegade Craft fair this past weekend. I would have bought it all if I weren't so transient right now.
Their Geo Planters are also a favorite. Had you seen Ashware before?
A few weeks ago, I didn't even know what Purslane was, but since then I've seen it everywhere... I've had it served as fritters, seen it on focaccia with heirloom tomatoes, in a hummus and pickled vegetable sandwich, and of course in salads galore. It reminds me of arugula, but might just be the new kale with its super food powers. It's a super rich source of omega-3s, vitamin E, and a whole boat load of other healthy stuff. It's also considered a weed, so you may already have a bunch around and not even realize it!
I've been making this recipe at home all week, and it's quickly turned into a new favorite. If you don't have any purslane around, arugula works as a great substitute. The only other ingredients you'll need are red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil for the dressing. The result feels fancy but doesn't take much time to put together, making it a perfect week night dinner. Let me know if you give it a try!
It's been a while since Rich and I have been out of the country. Even though we've done a lot of traveling within the US this year, it's time we adventure off to an unfamiliar place and let everything be brand new.
With a giant map in the hallway of our Brooklyn apartment, we spend a lot of time standing in front of it dreaming and discussing what's next. It's actually one of my favorite things about this place - every time we have friends over, the discussion naturally leads to travel. It's so cool to hear where everyone that comes over has been, and wants to go. I think every place we live from now on will have a giant map on the wall.
There sure are a lot of options of where to go next, but we've decided on Southeast Asia! Not only is it incredibly beautiful with beaches, temples, and surreal looking landscapes, it is also affordable. You can stay overnight for less than $20 and still be living it up in a cabin on the beach. Our very very loose plans as of now are:
We'll be there for about six weeks (working through some of it, but taking fewer clients during that time). We of course have a Pinterest board going of spots we'd love to see, but would love more suggestions and ideas! Have you been to Southeast Asia?
5 Truths the Fast Fashion Industry Doesn't Want You to Know—#4 is really interesting to me. That's why we try to go with the "less is more" mentality and buy items that are meant to last.
Emptystat.es—An often overlooked part of design. This tumblr shows screen shots of empty states in apps and websites.
Pinterest iOS app design details—So many subtle details that makes the app feel fun and engaging.
Photo Essay of Palm Springs—<3 Palm Springs
How to share good news on Facebook without everyone hating you—Another entertaining article from the Bold Italic.
Van Gogh Museum website—I remember visiting this museum after an overnight flight. We hadn't gotten any sleep and decided to go to the museum. As I was looking at one of the pieces, I fell asleep while I was standing and luckily woke up in time to catch my footing before falling.
The Great Wheel of Food Mashups—We still need to try the cronut... but a lot of these look good too!
Anything is Possible—A reminder...
As soon as I came across this home tour, I yelled, "this! exactly this!". Rich and I talk and dream a lot about building and designing our own home, so I really loved reading the story of how Alyson Fox and her husband designed this place. They found a listing for a property that simply said "VIEW". When they went to check it out, they immediately knew that was where they would build their home. What they came up with is pretty dreamy... don't you think?
All of the wood and metal accents, with an overall bright, white, and airy feel is just perfect. The splashes of color are all pieces that can be swapped out throughout the year making their home incredibly transformable.
That sink just kills me. It's probably the coolest one I've ever seen, especially when combined with that modern wallpaper that Alyson designed herself.
I hope you had a great weekend - I'm still having a hard time getting back into this week. We spent the weekend at Tyler Lake with friends and family, and couldn't really ask for much more! It was sad to leave, knowing that it may have been our last true Summer weekend there.
I'll let the photos tell the rest of the story...
Cheers to Summer!
So here's my goal: I want you to save you as much time this weekend as possible so that you can spend your weekend relaxing! So, I hope I've helped by finding what I think are some of the coolest products with Labor Day sales this weekend. Click on the images to check 'em out!