20 January 2015

Triple Purpose Furniture

When a single piece of furniture has not one, not two, but three functions, what's not to love?! This is the Woodieful Chair, a sustainable, multifunctional chair, magazine holder and side table in one. It's primarily built for sitting (and can hold up to 160lbs.), but with its innovative shape and design, you can use it as a stool, a side table, night stand or however it suits you best. Read more about the superb functionality and design here at Stolzek.

Images from Design Milk

Wear the Dewey Decimal System

Cool graphic t-shirts pretty much make up most of my wardrobe. There's nothing like wearing a super comfy tee with neat graphics, jeans and some beaded jewelry. Remember the card catalog? As a kid, going to the library, learning the Dewey Decimal System and stamping out books was fun... getting them back on time wasn't as fun, but for the most part I got my books back before the due date. That's why I love this vintaged-inspired Library Stamp Shirt by Out of Print. And for every tee purchased, the company sends one book to a community in need. It's a win-win!

07 January 2015

Hot off the press from Mr. Cup

Still looking for the perfect 2015 calendar? Then head over to Mr. Cup immediately. Again this year, Fabien Barral has created a stunning letterpress calendar that is both visually and texturally exceptional. The calendar is composed of 13 cards, each month offering words of wisdom from the Mr. Cup creative manifesto in perfectly curated fonts. The special painted edges edition is already sold out, but the regular edition is still available here. Every one is hand numbered limited edition. And you can still get the 2014 calendar too. Forget the dates, hang the colorful quotes on the wall for daily inspiration!

Images: Mr. Cup

06 January 2015

Quick and Punchy Design Advice

There is definitely something to be said for clean, simple design and these Base Design '5-Minute Posters' are no exception. And with great design advice to boot! Even more interesting, read about why they are called '5-Minute Posters' over on Design Taxi.

Here's an apropos quote to go with those beautifully simplistic posters:

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”  - Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, Airman's Odyssey

Images: Design Taxi

02 January 2015

Forget Resolutions... Here's To Intentions!

Happy New Year all! I have a great feeling about 2015 and I hope you do too!

Mine started early this week while at yoga practice, my teacher said something that really resonated with me. She said instead of making a resolution, set an intention, and whatever that intention may be, do your very best. Carry the intention with you tomorrow, next week, next month until you're satisfied with the end result. I like the idea of this. A resolution is a solution to a problem or conflict, but I don't have a problem or conflict to resolve. Rather I'm looking be present, act purposefully and reach the goals I've set for myself in 2015. That my friends is intention! But an intention is more personal and meaningful because it makes us wake up to the life we're living, be accountable, show up and make it happen. 

Since it was unseasonably cold on New Year's Day in SoCal (we even got a little snow!), I put myself in a cozy spot on the couch with my warm doxies, my thoughts and my notebook. I thought about what intentions I wanted to take on this year and here they are; get in really damn fine shape, eat better, learn new skills (like hand lettering) and grow my business even better, among others. And here's why I'm not going to stress about them, because I can do anything, but not everything. Because life will inevitably throw a few curve balls my way when I least expect it. And because I can get back on track tomorrow. Marie Forleo said it best... 'Creating a business and life you love means recognizing that you get to write the rules. That you get to decide what success and happiness looks and feels like for you." Bravo!

So here's a big adios to resolutions, because we never finish them anyway right? What does success and happiness look like to you? I encourage you to take some time and think about what intentions you may like to set this week, this month or for the whole year. And remember, we are responsible for our happiness. Life isn't about finding ourselves, but creating ourselves and the life we want to live. May your 2015 be everything you want and more! Here's to a spectacular year!

Warmly, Lynne
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