Archive | January, 2010

weekend wisdom #3

30 Jan



Found at

chalkboard scribbles – faiella design

28 Jan

chalkboard walls

This post is mostly for me because I love this idea! I found Faiella Design through a Design*Sponge post and was awed by the company’s website. Its vibrant, beautiful, creative…aka amazing! I am a big fan of scribbled out, messy cursive handwriting, so I was immediately drawn to these scribbled out chalkboard walls that designer and Faiella Design founder, Anastacia Faiella, created in this dining room.


I love that the writing is not overworked, but rather, free-flowing. It adds a certain movement and liveliness to the room. Faiella Design is located in San Francisco, CA (just around the corner from me!), which makes it even cooler.

I think my next adventure may involve a hunt for chalkboard paint….

Photo & Idea Credit: Faiella Design

Check out more from Faiella Design:

polaroid & poladroid

28 Jan

rubio Love Scene Between Anonymous Couple #6, Juan Felipe Rubio

These crazy, cool Polaroid collages, created by Juan Felipe Rubio, make you stop, pause, think, and look twice. It is both mysterious and cute that each collage, featuring quick, random Polaroid snapshots, is entitled, “Love Scene Between Anonymous Couple #…”

3822385828_60d1ca472bLove Scene Between Anonymous Couple #10, Juan Felipe Rubio 

By mixing together close-ups, faraway images, and the grainy muted colors of the Polaroid snapshots, Rubio has successfully infused a carefree, intimate feeling into his work.

As I was a bit envious of Rubio’s collages, I tried to re-create my own photograph into a Polaroid collage – or should I say PolaDroid collage? Using Poladroid, a free online program that transforms digital photographs into digital “Polaroids,” I believe I successfully created a Rubio-inspired, faux Polaroid collage. Not as great as the real deal, but it does the trick.

poladroid collage My Digital “Poladroid” Version

To make my Poladroid collage, I cut and pasted random selections, ensuring to get a variety of close-up and zoomed-out images, of my photograph and saved them as separate files. I enhanced each image using PhotoShop to create a bit of lighting and color variety. Using Poladroid, I “magically” transformed the images into digital Polaroids. Besides adding the white frame around the photograph, Poladroid also adds shadows and graininess to give the appearance of a “real” Polaroid picture. Once I had transformed all of my images, I assembled them into the collage seen above in PhotoShop. Easy peasy!

Photo & Idea Credit: Juan Felipe Rubio, found at

Poladroid Image Maker found at

the photographic dictionary

25 Jan


How cool is this? The Photographic Dictionary is a project dedicated to collaborating and defining words through photographs. The dictionary, created by Lindley Warren, features a variety of photographers, all of different styles. Its simple, empty layout and Garamond font allows the photographs to really speak for themselves. Ranging from the lonely pink dollhouse furniture in ”absence” (noun – the state of being away or not being present) to a chain of paper links in “zazen” (noun – mediation in a prescribed, cross-legged posture), each word is interpreted literally, figuratively, or in a way known only to the photographer.

I’ve spent a few hours perusing the words, clicking aimlessly through the alphabet. It is amazing to see how differently words can be interpreted through others’ eyes, or lens. Photos and words are always being added. Check it out at


Photo Credit:

weekend wisdom #2

23 Jan


he got free rent and a killer apt!

22 Jan


These walls are described as “drawing board blue.” How great is that?

I apologize for the lack of posting. That’s what the flu can do to you…but I’m back!

Today’s story comes from quite the reputable source, The New York Times, and, alright, my boyfriend. Through a tenant-landlord agreement to two months free rent in exchange for a full apartment renovation, Grant K. Gibson, was able to transform a once clashing, sea-foam and lavender mess into a classic and timeless apartment.

My favorite aspect of Gibson’s renovation was the way he used affordable, retail store items, but added his own design and twist to make it his own. The article lists a few examples: $20 frames filled with pages from old architecture textbooks, a Pottery Barn Teen canopy bed with an added homemade headboard (see photo above), Roman shades from Target, flea market portraits.

30523765 All those pillows plus the windows looks so comfy!

Gibson describes his apartment perfectly, “…a timeless, neutral palette that I could layer furniture onto.” Layering furniture, I like that.


Read The New York Times’ article, The Industrious Tenant, here.

Photo Credits: The New York Times