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{Inspiration} Visual Acoustics…

In my last post about Mr. Rogers, I had mentioned watching two documentaries last weekend to creatively rejuvenate. Being that it’s Friday, I thought I would let you know what the second one was, in case you were in need of some inspiring relaxation this weekend yourself. It was a documentary called Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman. Not only do I love mid-century architecture, but I love photography too. This film will make the modern enthusiast swoon. I have to say, the combination of the Mr. Rogers & Me documentary & this one, was magic. It was a perfect balance in my book.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all of you awesome dads out there too! 
Photo credits:
1) Case Study House #22 via
2) Julius Shulman & Richard Neutra via 
3) Kaufmann House (Richard Neutra) via 
4) interior via
5) interior via 

{Photo Inspiration} Robert Doisneau…

I just noticed the Google Doodle tonight & it caused me to spend some time looking through a lot of Robert Doisneau photographs. I learned about his legendary contribution to photojournalism in college (in a history of photography class) & had “the kiss” poster/print in my first dorm room. I’ve always enjoyed his photos & wanted to share. Happy 100th birthday Robert Doisneau! Hope everyone is having a great weekend! 

{Inspiration} Bill Cunningham…

I finally saw the documentary, Bill Cunningham NY,  last weekend & I have been thinking about it all week. I’m totally smitten with Bill. His vision, diligence, & dedication is so inspiring. If you love fashion & photography, you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already. Bill Cunningham is a character worth knowing about & this film falls into my favorite artist documentaries ever category. I’m so glad I learned about him. And so the research continues… 

via zeitgeist films

{Inspiration} Collaborations…

It seems like at the first of the year I always go on major research tangents. I’m a sponge that soaks up inspiration & information as if to store it for the rest of the year. I love discovering how things connect. My brain is on overload with facts & inspiration flitter fluttering around in my brain. This week it all started with researching Maurice Sendak & watching the documentary, Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait directed by Spike Jonze (who directed the movie Where The Wild Things Are). I find Spike Jonze brilliant & adore Maurice Sendak. I was happy to find this photo of Maurice Sendak, taken by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity fair this last August. Being that I love photography, her photographs are always a pleasure to discover.

Then my memory was jogged that Spike Jonze directed this awesome video that features Christopher Walken that makes me grin ear to ear. Christopher Walken has always intrigued me & I’m a sucker for a good dance sequence. So there you have it, four inspiring people & some very cool collaborations. Hope you have a great weekend & have a chance to dance a little!  

{Holiday Cheer} the tree…

It was a gorgeous day – we couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather for our traditional tree search. I’ve been going to the same place to search out a Christmas tree since I was in grade school & Sayer has been a part of this tradition since he was born. We all cram into my parent’s car & drive out to this multiple level, family run tree farm. I have lots of pictures, but the light quality in these, I really liked. You can see pictures from our tree search last year, here. So, a visit to Santa on Saturday & a tree adventure today- I think we are officially ready. Bring on the holidays! 

{Everyday Inspriation} Just a Saturday Night…

Our Saturday nights really haven’t changed that much since our grad school days – after Sayer goes to bed anyway. Which is pretty cool really. We usually work in our perspective studios & meet up every now & then – throughout the night. It’s particularly fun when we have deadlines or creative projects in the works. There is an energy that I really enjoy. Chris has had some shows & extra projects that he has been working on lately & had a vision that he need help executing last night. What I love, is that I was able to completely understand what his vision was. I took these photos of him in his studio last night… or hmmm, this morning I should say. His pieces that he is surrounded by are both made with clay with a technique called sgraffito & cardboard with b&w gesso. All & all – it was a pretty fun  & producive Saturday night. Hope you are having a great weekend! 

{La Petite} For the Love of Books…

I don’t think Rachelle knows how much I truly enjoy the opportunity to contribute “For the Love of Books” to La Petite Magazine. I don’t think I honestly knew how much I would look forward to hearing what the next theme of the magazine was just so I could start dreaming up what I would write about – & then what I would photograph to go with it. My love of books & research is only part of what interests me in this project. Being that I am totally immersed in the day to day life of a small business owner/designer & mom, it is nice to be given a creative challenge on a continuous basis that is completely unrelated. I love coming up with a direction & including Sayer in my adventure. While I think I say it each time I write the book feature, this one is my favorite. Sayer & I played a little Swiss make- believe one day. This photoshoot with him was somewhat spontaneous too. We were actually taking photos for my fox tee that we had just picked up & I packed a bag of various things just in case it got chilly & the opportunity for more photos presented itself (the attention span of a toddler is unpredictable). The day was gorgeous & we headed out to enjoy the weather at one of my favorite local places. We read our Pippi book (that was a sweet gift from a blog reader) on a break & then got out Sayer’s ukelele for what turned into a Sound of Music moment. The lighting was great & I took photos as Sayer explored – I loved it! My vision was coming to life & it is particularly exciting when that happens. The scarf he was wearing was actually mine – it was getting chilly so I took it off me & put it on him. His whole outfit came together organically.These photos make me smile & remember a fun day- so I wanted to share them. Every time I send Rachelle my writing & photos, I get nervous about whether it will fit her vision. What I’m always so amazed at, is how well it fits in with the rest of the contributions & general feel of the magazine. I was tickled to see that my view of the Swiss Alps & Mountain children was fairly spot on

When I saw this photoshoot spread on Monday, I was tickled. I posted this picture yesterday as a favorite from the magazine. It almost looks like we could have been in the same place! This was my fourth, “For the Love of Books”, & I’m so excited to start on the fifth one! Thanks for including me Rachelle- it’s truly a joy to be a part of your magazine. I have so much fun!

-Check out the new issue of La Petite here
-All “For the Love of Books” features here

{La Petite Mag} Issue # 6 + Gift Guide

La Petite Magazine – Issue #6 came out yesterday & it’s really quite stunning! The photography, interior spaces, interviews & features are really wonderful.  Again, I feel really proud to be a contributor to such a beautiful magazine. This issue I was asked to contribute 3 of my top picks for the La Petite Gift Guide. It was such a hard task to narrow my picks down to 3- but I finally did. I was particularly honored to be among such a great group of blogging women as well. The funny thing, is that at least one of my picks came from Amanda’s blog. I remember ordering the Tegu blocks for Sayer when she posted about them. My favorite local design store, Ideal, now carries them & I have the little pocket pouch that I chose- all because of Amanda’s blog. Amanda, Rachel, Celina, & Peggy have such great taste & I enjoy all of their blogs very much. 




Tegu Tints Pocket Pouch

I’ve been waiting for the Tapikid Playmats to come to the US for awhile now- so I wanted to make sure to pass on the US link (under the picture). All 3 of these things are inspired by watching Sayer play – so his picture should really be on the gift guide I think. If you haven’t checked out the new La Petite Issue, you are in for a treat. There is so much to browse through! Here are just a few of my favorite images from the magazine…


So, grab your favorite beverage, put your feet up & dream while you click through the gorgeous pages. Well done ladies! Thanks for including me! 

Visit La Petite Magazine – Issue # 6 – www.lapetitemag.com/current-issue/


{Everyday Inspiration} Fantastic Foxes

We are a family that enjoys movies & books very much & Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of our favorites. Sayer has been asking for a bandit hat & quotes Ash often so we thought that maybe Sayer should be Ash for Halloween this year. But the Fantastic Mr. Fox didn’t only inspire the Halloween costume, it inspired the newest klt:tee. 

I drew the fox image this last spring – right when we introduced Sayer to the movie. I was struck by everything, the characters, the palette of the movie…. all of it (I love the book too). When the fox tees came in last week, Chris & I started making the Ash bandit hat together. I thought it would be fun for a fox tee photo shoot. I think these foxy guys really played their parts well. I wonder what movie or book will inspire the next klt:works character. Any guesses? 

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

{new klt:tee}
organic toddler fox tee here
organic unisex fox tee here


{Everyday Inspiration} Fantastic Foxes

We are a family that enjoys movies & books very much & Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of our favorites. Sayer has been asking for a bandit hat & quotes Ash often so we thought that maybe Sayer should be Ash for Halloween this year. But the Fantastic Mr. Fox didn’t only inspire the Halloween costume, it inspired the newest klt:tee. 

I drew the fox image this last spring – right when we introduced Sayer to the movie. I was struck by everything, the characters, the palette of the movie…. all of it (I love the book too). When the fox tees came in last week, Chris & I started making the Ash bandit hat together. I thought it would be fun for a fox tee photo shoot. I think these foxy guys really played their parts well. I wonder what movie or book will inspire the next klt:works character. Any guesses? 

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

{new klt:tee}
organic toddler fox tee here
organic unisex fox tee here