Doing My Homework

This morning I’ll be volunteering at Second Harvest Heartland alongside a number of my co-workers (today’s mission? Packaging tortillias.), and this afternoon I plan to work from home. Now, I definitely feel good about the volunteering part – but who knew working from home could make a difference too? Check this handy infographic from Mashable

Work at Home Inforgraphic

Today’s Track – The Heat, Jungle

I can’t imagine what we Minnesotan’s would talk about if it wasn’t for our rather whacked weather. I mean, I’m self aware enough to know the topic can’t be terribly interesting… and yet I keep droning on about it. And today is no exception. (Oh, indulge me; there’s a good song at the end of all this.) You see, it appears we’ve skipped spring this year and moved directly to high summer. Two weekends ago I was attempting to garden wearing a down coat and rain boots, and today, I’m cranking the AC, contemplating the impact of the “dew point*” and trying to figure out where I might have put that sunscreen lo those many months ago… So I give you today’s bit of groove to celebrate a most welcome change in seasons. The Heat (single) by Jungle, 2013.

* We Minnesotans are obsessed with dew points. It’s what we do.

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Cool Co-op

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Urban Organics is a local organic food co-op in Oklahoma that retrieves crops from local farmers and brings them to the city, allowing members to purchase local organically grown food direct from the farm. When it came time to do their branding, they turned to the Dallas-based agency Foundry Collective. The approach is as fresh as their produce; modern and optimistic with enough polish to be credible without seeming disingenuous.

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Today’s Track – Right Now, Mocean Worker

Let’s go instrumental today. A seriously jazzy dose of electronica to get the feet tapping and usher in a spring state of mind just in time for the holiday weekend. Right Now (feat. Rahsaan Roland Kirk) by Mocean Worker from the album Enter the Mowo!, 2010.

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Pikku Wares

In honor of the the final day of the National Stationery Show in NYC, I thought I’d share one of my all time favorites. Pikku is a brilliant line of charming textiles and stationery products by designer Valerie Ormiston. I adore that in a world of constant change and the urge to reinvent, her wares evolve at a snail’s pace – and stand the test of time. Simple, modern, unpretentious and happy.  (As always, click to shop!)

Pikku Magnolia sewn letterpress card on 100% cotton stock, $6
Pikku Poppi sewn letterpress card on 100% cotton stock, $6
Pikku Petals flapper letterpress card on 100% cotton stock, $8
Pikku Tuulip 18×18 silkscreened pillow, $98
Pikku Mums 18×18 silkscreened pillow, $98
Pikku Baubles gift wrap, $8/2 sheets
Pikku Ringoling gift wrap, $8/2 sheets
Pikku Pods gift wrap, $8/2 sheets
Pikku Crazy Daisy gift wrap, $8/2 sheets
Pikku Dot flour sack-style note card, $8
Tulip Kitchen Mitt, $24
Tulip Kitchen Mitt, $24

Today’s Track – Hayling, FC Kahuna

Sometimes when there are only 14 words in a song – and they repeat over, and over, and over – I sorta check out. But today’s the sort of day where a good dose of repetitive Euro chill hits the spot. (Sort of transports me to a hipster hotel in London; where quite frankly, I wouldn’t mind being right now.) And I suppose if you listen to the same phrase that many times, it just might begin to sink in.  Hayling by FC Kahuna from the album Machine Says Yes, 2002.

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Plenty of Planters

As a started cleaning up the yard to ready it for spring, I discovered that several of my outdoor pots and planters did not make it through our long, brutal winter. A couple seemed to have disintegrated – and one, when I lifted it, simply left its base behind on the ground. Which means I’m shopping for new pots. I’m an advocate for simply visiting your local garden center – they typically have great options; but if you’re in the mood for some digital inspiration and exploration, here are a couple fun options. (As always, click to shop)

Create & Barrel - Andre Planter, $39.96 (I bought a couple of these lovelies - sadly, before they went on sale...)
Crate & Barrel – Andre Planter, $39.96 (I bought a couple of these lovelies – sadly, before they went on sale…)
Crate and Barrel - Jada Planters, $39.96 - $79.96 (sale)
Crate and Barrel – Jada Planters, $39.96 – $79.96 (sale)
Design Public - Walter Hanging Planter, $72
Design Public – Walter Hanging Planter, $72
Esther Handmade Pottery - from $36
Esther Handmade Pottery – from $36
Arro Planters - from $170
Arro Planters – from $170
Anthropologie - Concha Garden Pots, $15 - $40
Anthropologie – Concha Garden Pots, $15 – $40
Anthropologie - Marbled Glass Garden Pots, $24
Anthropologie – Marbled Glass Garden Pots, $24
Shoppe - Set of 2 Garden Planters, $65
Shoppe – Set of 2 Garden Planters, $65
Sprout Home - Midoro Planters, from $27.50
Sprout Home – Midoro Planters, from $27.50
Sprout Home - Urban Slab Pots, from $32.50
Sprout Home – Urban Slab Pots, from $32.50
Half Light Honey Studio - BW Striped Planter, $34
Half Light Honey Studio – BW Striped Planter, $34
West Elm - Ridged Stone Planters, from $143 (sale)
West Elm – Ridged Stone Planters, from $143 (sale)
Pigment - Retro Bullet Planter, $160
Pigment – Retro Bullet Planter, $160
Pigment - Cercle Planters (bases sold separately)
Pigment – Cercle Planters (bases sold separately)
Jonathan Adler Planters - $895
Jonathan Adler Planters – $895
Muddy Pots - 3 Blue Pods Planter, $35
Muddy Pots – 3 Blue Pods Planter, $35
Muddy Pots - Cobalt and White Planter, $40
Muddy Pots – Cobalt and White Planter, $40
Atomic Martini - Large Green Planter, $240
Atomic Martini – Large Green Planter, $240
CB2 - Cube Planter, $89.95
CB2 – Cube Planter, $89.95

 

 

 

Spring Summer 2015 Interior Trends from Design Options

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From Design Options, a fabulous CA-based color forecasting company: a preview of upcoming trends in interiors for the Spring Summer 2015 season. Their outlook includes two distinct trends: Mid Century Modern and In Harmony.

Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

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