Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

It’s almost the weekend and we’re celebrating with a special two-part post showcasing a duo of creative cohorts that also happen to be partners-in-life. We stumbled across Good South several years ago (c. 2016) as we were prepping for a long weekend Gilded Getaway to Raleigh/Durham. As with many of our sweet sojourns, trying to squeeze in every morsel of eateries, shoppes and other tucked away treasures requires some degree of planning. Yellow Dog Bread Co. popped up in our pre-departure search and led us down the proverbial path (aka the rabbit hole known as the ‘www’) to the husband + wife team of Good South, the brains behind the branding and graphic elements for many ‘Research Triangle’ boutiques, restaurants + food purveyors.

From their adorable Raleigh studio (Love a good renovation story? This is one not to be missed), Chris and Elizabeth Boyette combined a love for all things old and historical into not only their reimagined railroad shed turned postage stamp-sized perfection, but also bespoke branding and identities for companies across the country. Reclaimed elements are the makings of sooo many ‘good’ projects, both architectural and on paper. And if we’re being completely honest, it was their packaging design for Slingshot’s Coffee Caramels that truly stopped us in our tracks – a black kraft wrap with beautiful typography will win our heart every. single. time.

The pair have since relocated, personally + professionally, to our favorite southern city, Charleston. While their zip code for snail mail may have changed, their eye for design has remained a constant. From letterpress to logos, signage to suites, there’s no stopping this creative couple. They also offer services in styling + interiors, and even have art if you happen to be in need of that, too.

In the words of a legendary homemaker, ‘It’s a Good Thing’. And since we can all agree one can never have too many of those, stay tuned next week (if life goes according to plan, because these days, we all know any semblance of normalcy is up for grabs), for the second serving of this super-size story, highlighting the pair’s new(ish) venture, Palmette. Until then, we’ll be ordering some of those coffee caramels, single servings of caffeinated cuteness to calm the nerves in times of global uncertainty.

Images courtesy of Good South.

CREATIVE CRUSH | AUGUST

August 2, 2020

If a month passes and you don’t post, did it really even happen? Our sincerest apologies for the written recess, we promise it wasn’t personal. It goes without saying from the City-by-the-Sea, July falls smack dab at the height of summer, when sunrises, seaside strolls + layers of SPF pull ranking. Heat and humidity have arrived on island with the month of August, which translates to a trifecta of survival tactics – tucking inside, attempting to stay cool + curating a hearty helping of inspiration. A season of change is on the horizon, so we’re diving headfirst into our August edition of Creative Crush with the same intention as a scoop of sorbet between courses – a palate (or, in the case of our black + white moodboard, palette) cleanser.

CREATIVE CRUSH | AUGUST EDITION

A common thread. (@nobilis_paris | @mollyhaynes_)

Tied up in knots. (@peterbrookeball)

Natural beauty. (@maralazaridou | @cassblackbird)

Subtle curves. (@sarakatestudios | @humbertetpoyet)

Make your mark. (@stitchdesignco | @flourist)

Paris, Je t’aime. (@alexandrine_ar)

Keep going.  (Source unknown)

CREATIVE CRUSH | JUNE

June 4, 2020

Over the past week, the corners and coasts of New England have started to emerge from the safety of their Corona-cocoons, transitioning between Phases like a rite of passage from pre- to post. Life as we all knew it has changed dramatically in recent months, and as for many, we find ourselves entering into a wounded country wrought with emotion. We’ve been served the same cocktail of uncertainty and have chosen to respond by listening, learning + reflecting on how to impart change in our daily lives. Our focus at TGL and Around the Pound continues to be centered around content that celebrates creativity in all shapes + sizes. An open invitation when you’re seeking inspiration, or perhaps in need of a reminder that in the midst of what may feel like chaos, there are places + spaces where everyone is welcome, we’d love to have you.

CREATIVE CRUSH | JUNE EDITION

Dress *a room* in layers. (@paul_massey | @stephenkentjohnson)

True blue. (@officine_universelle_buly)

Fit to print. (@searoosts | @antoinettepoisson | @lauriefrankel)

A pop of poppy. (@hesperios | @catherinebjones)

Check mate. (@mariadelaordenstudio)

Home is where the heart is. (@annakarlinstudio)

Never stop believing. (@hollieward_)

 

CREATIVE CRUSH | MAY

May 2, 2020

If one were to describe our recent mélange at our partner ‘gram Around the Pound, it affectionately matches our current mood, neutral. In our world too, most days seemingly blend together, complemented with increasing certainty that there’s a silver lining – brighter days are decidedly ahead. In the interim, we’re embracing the snail’s pace at which life is moving, an unprecedented opportunity to pause + appreciate the smallest details that so often get missed during regularly-scheduled programming. There are those anxiously pursuing a return to the rapid rate at which the world previously operated. For us, a return to life at a slower speed is an unforeseen catalyst to reimagine everything.

CREATIVE CRUSH | MAY EDITION

Accentuated form. (@helmutlang | @rogercoll_krasznai)

A stitch in time. (@therow | @hollieward_)

The bee’s knees in PPE. (@annarosakrau)

End of the line. (Erich Borchert, 1928 | @designmuseumgent)

Holiday hopes + dreams. (@alice_gao)

Pattern power play. (@loefflerrandall | @academytiles)

Snail mail sentiments. (@yolo.journal)

Like many of you joining us at Around the Pound, I haven’t left the house in weeks barring a small handful of outings geared exclusively at picking up the essentials. And yet, despite what many would deem the confines of home, I’ve found myself more inspired than in the many months prior to rotating Sundays in pajamas (these are my current go-to) with a side of puzzles. From the coast of New England, I’m delighted to introduce our newest hallmark at TGL. Personally penned + curated by yours truly, ‘The Captain’s Catch’ provides you, TGL readers, direct access to my most well kept insider secrets – what I’m watching, where I’m wandering (virtually until further notice) + what I’m reading, i.e. the fuel that feeds my creative fire outside the office on any given day. Not dissimilar to the ‘direct from the dock‘ approach of providing access to the most local of local fare, I hope you’ll equally delight in the content I’ve curated. Paired with visual keepsakes I’ve been collecting herehere, it’s the perfect recipe to thrive, (note, not survive) in whatever life throws our way. Found something worthy of sharing or simply want to say hello? Feel free to send me a note, I’d love that too. xx, D

| watch | If #stayathome orders haven’t inspired you to curl up with a good book (or ten), perhaps this documentary will change your tune. For me, a lifelong bookworm, tucking into a quiet corner of an independent store is to willingly cocoon in the company of the written word for an afternoon; fast becoming the unicorns of the book world, these literary landmarks + their leaders face near extinction to mass retailers + digital devices. PSA: Newport’s beloved single-screen Jane Pickens Theater is streaming films that would have otherwise opened during this time; consider supporting local by watching The Booksellers + other indie films from the comfort of your own home (and no one to judge, er elbow you, over that second bowl of popcorn).

| read | You may recognize her of the Cali-based lifestyle brand that shares her given name, but we’re head-over-heels for Serena Dugan’s more recent venture, a namesake studio founded in pursuit of creating beautiful prints, patterns and artwork (all of which you’ll want to cover every available surface of your life with). In an interview with the industry go-to resource Business of Home, Dugan shares what inspired her to trade corporate culture for a return to her creative roots.

| wander | Museums may currently be closed, but many collections are far from off limits. Ever wondered what goes into opening a major exhibit, especially when the works of art aren’t of the framed kind? A behind-the-scenes tour of Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, the show that débuted at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 2017, will forever alter your mindset about paying an entry fee. It’s filmed primarily in French (with subtitles), so while most of us won’t be traveling to Paris any time soon, at least for a fleeting hour we can feel akin to strolling the Champs-Élysées. And for my neatnik, paper-loving peeps (you know who you are), I have two words for you – Dior Archives.

| listen | It’s certainly no secret, we adore the work of Rhode Island furniture maker O & G. Under ‘normal’ settings, but particularly during these unprecedented times, navigating the high seas of small business ownership can feel like taking on the southernmost leg of the renowned Ocean Race. Two podcasts with brand co-founder + Creative Director Jonathan Glatt, 1) sharing how his small team is not only reinventing classics for contemporary living, but 2) adjusting their sails to survive the most important, and unanticipated, journey in their history.

| learn | House & Garden’s Calico Club has just the remedy to break up those long neverending #wfh hours – a series of thirty-minute morsels filled with creative content perfectly sized to schedule into your lunch hour (sublimely starting at 1pm EST). Last week we joined Gabby Deeming’s talk on textiles, next in the queue, a conversation on how to create a successful cutting garden. Let’s be honest my fellow Americans, a half hour of British accents are a welcome antidote to any stateside-led Webex and if we learn how to grow the perfect English garden or adore chintz as openly as any royal in the process, we might just survive this godawful pandemic afterall.

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