Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category



Two weeks in and it’s already been a December to remember. Fresh off the heels of a Gilded Getaway, including a ‘lil bit of fête, and a whole ‘lotta jubilee, this month is looking to be one for the record books. Yes, we’re still making our list and checking it twice, thankfully no one’s been naughty, which makes gifting quite nice! Dear Santa, if you’re reading, we’ve been an awful good girl, simply follow the cookie crumbs business cards we’ve left all a’scatter. Small in scale, yet big on charm, anything from these boutiques will do just fine when it comes to stuffing the stockings hung by the fire.

As we round the corner to the close of the year, there’s blessings to count, miles to travel and pallies to greet. And while we have a profound proclivity for a life on-the-go, there’s something to be said for dropping anchor and finding the perfect place to call home at the holidays. In the words of our snail mail festive greeting, “From cottage to cabin, and coast to coast, sending holiday cheer to those we love and cherish the most”.

Image courtesy of The Gilded Lobster.



When we first met the team behind Stitch Design Co., 9 Cannon St. was their home, it was a two-man lady operation, their talents freshly tapped. Fast forward more years than can be counted on a single hand – they’ve moved on to bigger & brighter digs, the team has expanded and anyone with a pulse on design knows this crew is crème-de-la-crème when it comes to all things branding + creative. Co-founders Courtney Rowson + Amy Pastre have been behind several of our projects, most recently (circa 2012) having developed all of the visual gilded goodness you see here at TGL. Hence, it goes without saying, our respect runs deep for this dynamic duo and the bustling studio they’ve created in sweet ‘lil Charleston. We’re voyaging down to their city in the South this time next week for a few days of r + r (yes, secret’s out, a shiny new Gilded Getaway Guide is soon-to-debut!), so we thought it only fitting to highlight some of our favorite Stitch projects as we pack our bags, practice our Southern drawl and head for the Lowcountry .

With countless awards + accolades aplenty, (our very own TGL brand mark included here + here,) the work of Stitch Design Co. resoundingly speaks for itself. From spot-on type to hand drawn illustrations, not to mention an unrivaled passion for unconventional materials, these design darlings are truly masters of the mix. You name it, they’ve most likely letterpressed it, printed on it, or in the very least, considered it. We encourage you to take a deep dive into their portfolio, go ahead, pour yourself a cocktail, spend some time up close and personal, and walk away from your screen feeling fully inspired. Fancy yourself a design junkie? Step right up to their online Dribble, pint-sized doses of new work in the queue, certain to satisfy the darkest of design cravings. Oh, and lest we forget, they also have a side gig, aka Sideshow Press, because surely every A-list design studio needs a playground for homegrown products oozing with style, craftsmanship and playful panache.

Have a project of your own that needs some aesthetic punch or creative pizazz? Give the ladies a ring and tell ’em we sent you. Or better yet, happen to be in their ‘hood? Drop by + simply say hello, Southern hospitality is real y’all, and Stitch lives by the golden rule when it comes to delivering Charleston charm.

Stitch Design Co. | 121 Wentworth | Charleston SC

All images courtesy of Stitch Design Co.


The arrival of November means the hustle + bustle of holiday cheer is nearly already here. Soon we’ll be baking + wrapping, addressing + stamping. Before we start making our lists + checking them twice, we’re reminding ourselves to savor the quiet calm that comes before the joyous storm.

We dare to say, Christmas came early to the Gilded Getaway House, with a sparkly new kitchen well on its way to making a golden debut. All that remains is layering in the delectable details, including these vintage door handles, perfectly patinated + weathered with stories. Undoubtedly, it will be a place to host those we love for holidays + years to come; the best kind of gift, as we all know, is one that keeps on giving.

Always inspired by our coastal roots, we’ve developed a new appreciation for all things ‘knotty’ as we try our hand at traditional seamanship of the most beautiful kind. And rounding out the mix, inspiration for a project we’ve got simmering at TGL, textured + wooly, preferably aran + seasoned with the touch of the ocean.

You can find more of our TGL Precious Objects here, where we welcome you to join in the inspirational fun with a simple tag, #tglpreciousobjects. Curate the little things that make your heart skip a beat, no collection too small, nor imagination too grand. Au contraire, it’s the mix of high + low, old + new, that makes each object + story truly ‘youer than you‘.

 Image courtesy of The Gilded Lobster.


| 1 | @kendrainman  | 2 | @janepotrykus  | 3 | @nectarandgreen  | 4 | @icecreamcommunity

        | 5 | @jenibrittonbauer  | 6 | @nikoleherriott  | 7 | @bonnietsang  | 8 | @trottermag

| 9 | @kitchykitchen  | 10 | @beauxmondes

In today’s world, the constant barrage of social stimulation can, at times, feel like an oncoming tidal wave one simply can’t outswim. In those moments, we find it refreshing to engage with platforms in alternate ways that feel less a societal requirement and more a reason for personal fulfillment.

Instagram has quickly become one of our go-to sources for original creative inspiration; in the process, our ‘likes’ became a photo roll of beautiful imagery that stimulates our senses + heightens our imagination. As humans, we gravitate towards things that resonate personally, it’s what makes us unique beings and the world such a diverse + complementary community. As designers, we innately identify trend patterns in those gravitations, curated preferences that define the DNA of our personal style + taste. Welcome to the Common Thread, a collection of Insta-images which unintentionally overlapped in theme + aesthetic as they were ‘liked’, and which feed directly into our passions, preferences, and admittedly in some cases, downright cravings.

First up, ‘Scoops’, because in our world, frozen treats of the scooped + swirled sort are considered seasonless – one of life’s little pleasures decidedly worth an extra notch in the belt. We recently lost a family member, who in her passing, was remembered fondly by her loved ones for an insatiable appetite for ice cream. No meal, no matter how plentiful, was always made better by a final course of the creamy treat. If you were scooping, she was partaking. In a lifetime yes, that’s a lot of calories, but it’s also an immeasurable amount of happiness and a prescription for a life well-lived. We, too, love the fresh-from-the-creamery treat, so it wasn’t a surprise to see this theme on frequent repeat – in cups + on cones, occasionally dipped, preferably sandwiched.

All images are credited to their original Instagram source.



For those new to Around the Pound (or those, like ourselves, with cloudy memory banks), back in early 2014 we kicked off a series on the blog, Precious Objects. A visual inspiration diary of sorts, the monthly series provides a canvas on which we curate a collection of bits + bobs, randoms + sentiments, papers + pretties. After a brief lengthy hiatus, we are rekindling our romance with all things visual, tactile + otherwise pleasing to the creative eye.

Fall has arrived here in New England, bringing with it a flurry of exciting changes behind-the-scenes at TGL. Our energies renewed, we thought it only fitting to get back in the Precious Objects saddle just in time to ring in the 4th quarter of 2015. We hope you’ll follow along, and maybe, just maybe, be inspired to start your own Precious Objects series. In fact, we dare you to walk away from your screens, put down your devices + exit your electronic world; sans touchscreens + trackpads, we’re fairly confident your senses and inner creative soul will thank you. Yes, you’ll need some space to house your goodies, but really, who isn’t secretly looking for an excuse to find stylish storage solutions + crazy cute catch-alls? Naturally, we know you’ll be dying to document your curations + hop right back into the big, bad virtual world, so tag your collections with our freshly created TGL hashtag, #tglpreciousobjects, and join in the fun of the newly minted Precious Objects Project, we’d love to have you.

Image courtesy of The Gilded Lobster.

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