Friday, October 5, 2012

Rustic Whitewashed Mantle

Happy Fall, y'all!

Fall in Texas means the temperature drops below 95 degrees, yet makes boots once again acceptable. Joy! It's 90 degrees? Time to make some chili! God Bless!

So, in my new-to-me 70's starter home, it's our first fall and first mantel to decorate. We whitewashed our mantel and solved the TV on a brick fireplace dilemma in this post. I love chippy-white accessories and rustic details, so a few understated pieces added a perfect fall touch.

Antlers, rustic florals, old whiskey bottles and architectural details came together nicely. I'll be collecting a few more white pumpkins (my fave!) to make it a bit more fall-ish. This can also easily transition into winter.

For now, I'll sit back and enjoy my cozy room with a pumpkin-spice latte and a great book. Welcome, fall. Please stay awhile.

xoxo Kayli

Hanging Map Monogram

Hi Friends!

My love affair with the world continues, and after inheriting some old atlases (Encyclopedia Brittanica, old school!), my travel-inspired art carries on. My guest bedroom is starting to look like a world traveller's digs, and I hope it inspires some sweet dreams and wanderlust!

Here is my latest (easy!) project:

Cute as a button, and would make a great gift for a fellow travel lover. Here's what I used:

Old atlas pages, mod podge, hot glue, monogram letter from Hobby Lobby and burlap ribbon from save-on crafts (love the SOC site, by the way.

It was a little hard to rip these pages, but fascinating to dream about my future travels.

I carefully ripped the pages to include places on my bucket list. :)

Once you have your pieces torn, go to town! I layered and layered and layered. Then, I hot-glued some rustic burlap ribbon. 

Cuteness, right? For more world map love, check out my world map printable and world map gallery wall. Where are your journeys taking you this weekend?

xoxo, Kayli

Linking to these parties:

Frugal Friday@ The Shabby Nest
My Romantic Home
Beyond the Picket Fence
Shabby Art Boutique
Coastal Charm

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Head Over Heels For...Branding + Packaging

Hi friends!

I'm having a "creative Thursday," getting lost in pretty things and gaining some inspiration. I try to take some time to do this once a week to refresh my brain and, well, stay motivated at the office! Trust me, it helps!

Ever since a friend posted a link on his fb to the CUTE boutique branding co. ( Imagineria Creative, go look-see) in the Dallas area, I've reawakened my love for typography and plain ol' good design. This is one of my favorite brand identities from Imaginaria:

Branding for Hip Peas in Dallas. Love the white & kraft paper!
All their branding projects are so fresh! Love!

I've always had an obsession with pretty papers, old letters and mail in general. Something so romantic and experiential about feeling paper. In the digital age, it's a refreshing tribute to a simpler time. The feeling of letterpress, silky papers and texture add so much to a brand. I was sure to incorporate lots of romance and texture into our wedding invites:

 I've been in the studio, designing some creations for my poor neglected Etsy shop, and will incorporate some fun and textural packaging. Because, after all, that's what makes buying handmade so special. Here are a few more looks that inspired me. (All from ... a great resource for graphic design inspiration.)


Stephania- Personal identity packaging
Denim Pavilion

How does your favorite brand make you feel? Can you incorporate that feeling into your products or communicate that with good branding and packaging?

 Have a happy, crafty Thursday!

xoxo Kayli