the summer issue of lonny made my heart stop a little. and not because i discovered justin timberlake has designed a collection of home accessories (what?).

i want those vases in my arms right now. and the mirror if it will fit.

lonny magazine | for the love of design

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pin palette | for the love of design

image found here. pin palette images can always be found on my pinterest

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this weekend was kind of dreamy. dreamy in the fact that i did exactly what i wanted for two whole days. i’m taking the risk of sounding like a huge cheeseball right now, but i rediscovered the things that i love the most and take for granted quite often. do you ever have those realizations? i spent a lot of time in the sun exploring my city, ate a ton of fresh fruit, slept in without worrying about any form of a to-do list, spent a whole day with my precious sister sunning ourselves and got to see my pup before he goes in for surgery tomorrow. i also worked a little on a project that i am all kinds of excited about.

when i came across heather bullard’s beautifully styled images, i couldn’t help but fall in love with the quote at the bottom of her site. “let the beauty we love be what we do.” isn’t it romantic? as an artist, i find a lot of comfort and happiness in those words. i hope it inspires you to do all the things that you love today.

heather bullard production styling photography | for the love of design

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wordpress | for the love of design

last weekend i attended wordcamp kc and promised you guys a little roundup of the event. i am a big fan of wordpress, mostly because i have used a variety of different cms’s and wordpress seems to be the most user-friendly and easiest for clients to learn how to use. the back end is pretty and organized, which for me, as a designer, is everything.

we talked css, custom theme creation, and design and marketing among other topics. i know many of you may not necessarily use wordpress or know a whole lot about website creation in general so i will give you a basic short list of pointers i took away from the event that can apply to anyone with a website, whether it be a blog, a shop etc.

1. differentiate yourself with a customized theme, great images, and great content. content is king.
2. verify your site with webmaster tools. measure the effectiveness of your site with google analytics. set up goals!
3. look in to making your site responsive. mobile compatibilty is quite important nowadays.
4. the aesthetics of your site are just as important as your content. if you do not have the knowledge, time, experience, or the eye to make your site visually appealing, find someone who does! (wink, wink)
5. i am kicking myself in the behind for not attending this session, but everything about the presentation knocks my socks off. “design for where you are going. but remember: when you get there, you’re not really there.” i love that.

do you guys want to learn more about wordpress on ftlod? i have a list of really great resources, tips and quite a bit of knowledge on the subject. let me know if this is something you are interested in. could become a new column…possibly?

anywho, wordcamp is a fun time. there’s probably one close to you. you should go!

happy friday, loves!

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is anyone else in disbelief that these installations are actually salvaged wood? i came across ron van der ende’s work on victoria’s blog and had to repost. seriously the most unique and impressive work i’ve seen in a long while.

ron van der ende | for the love of design

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i’m always on the hunt for great type. it’s one element that can really make or break a project. of course, i have my go-to font(s), but it always feels good to find something new. do you have a favorite that you find yourself using over and over again?

type | for the love of design

type inspiration found here

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pinterest | for the love of design

image found here. pin palette images can always be found on my pinterest

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my post titles get more “creative” each day. but really, may was jam packed with a lot of good things, which makes me feel good about the upcoming summer months. my baby sister graduated from high school, my brother has an amazing internship in dc (which means a vacay to one of my favorite cities soon!), i’ve been able to see a lot of faces i love lately, and my apartment is almost fully decorated (a lot of online shopping happened this month…). the blog got a much needed update and i finally made the decision to get an instagram AND twitter account. whew. still trying to figure the whole twitter thing out but i definitely feel way more hip now.

this weekend i’m attending wordcamp kc and i am super excited to get my learning on. i have big nerdy love for wordpress. i’ll make sure to take good notes so i can share my knowledge with you next week.

my talented friend emily has a booth at the indie craft fair this weekend. if you are not going to wordcamp, you should most definitely be there buying pretty things! have a lovely weekend, you guys.

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