Tuesday, November 29, 2011

unrealistically graphic.

unrealistically graphic

in a few weeks i start classes for graphic and visual design in new media. i can only hope to be as good as some artists out there. the more i see, the more inspired i get. these graphic designers are so incredibly talented. their portfolios speak loudly for their ability to manipulate an image.

today's post focuses on mladen penev, a bulgarian born photographer and retoucher. He has produced images for iconic brands, but what's more striking is how his images have a way of saying a lot more than what meets the eye.

under 25.

and i don't mean the guy i met at the bar last night.

with so many secret santa gift givings going around, it's hard to find a great gift for under $25. or is it? here are a bunch of fun items you can pick up at just 4 the home. and they're great stocking stuffers too.

mercury glass votives.
$10.00- $25.00

slide matchboxes or mint boxes with decorative poster covers.
$6.50 each

leather passport case.

scented candles in contemporary ceramic jars.

"any bitch" cookbooks.

notebooks "i met and liked".

colorful desk clock.
$20.00 each

Monday, November 28, 2011

just 4 the home holiday ad.

and a partridge in a pear tree
-twelve days of christmas

black friday. small business saturday. cyber monday. is wednesday still hump day? who can keep track anymore? so many days dedicated to pushing products for the holiday season. so why not use my blog to push a few more. you can buy a loved one some tech gadget or a pair of gloves or a partridge in a pear tree. i'd rather get something for my home. options are endless and prices vary. you can go the $20 route or spring for something in the $200 range. some trendy pieces this season include pony hair products, monogrammed gifts, creatively packaged candles, fun barware, patterned trays. take a look at just 4 the home's new advertisement and be inspired or stop on by for some gifts.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

happy turkey day [tomorrow].

you can get anything
that you want
at alice's restaurant
-arlo guthrie

my favorite holiday is upon us. tis the day for giving thanks. it usually begins tonight on thanksgiving eve and travels into tomorrow. it's the time when we give thanks, laugh with friends and family, drink a lot of sweet smelling wine, eat yummy food, and succumb to the decadent desserts that will make you swear to a strict diet on friday. but the most important questions still remains... what will your tablescape look like? you might be asking what a tablescape is. well, the term, made famous by food network's sandra lee, is the aesthetic layout of the banquet table, including the centerpiece, colors of linen, napkin folds, china & flatware, and any other elements that make up the design on and around the table.

layla grace.

casa sugar.

country living.

decorator tag sale.


house and garden.



Thursday, November 17, 2011

ad well done.

i'm on an advertisement kick, i guess. i just love how creative and intelligent a one page ad can be. i think this one is extremely well executed. notice how your eye travels in the direction the ad guides you. very very well done and hard to pull off.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

'tis the season.

i beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
this is the dawning of the rest of our lives
on holiday

i've been designing a new holiday advertisement for just 4 the home so i've been doing quite a bit of research. i found some fantastically executed holiday ads. they say sex sells, but i'm convinced that humor trumps sex. and, believe me, it's hard to execute humor through print ads while maintaining a simple message and incorporating images and words. it's definitely an industry for creatives with a witty intelligence.

Monday, November 14, 2011

music [video] monday.

i will try the upmost, try to be rhythmical

norwegian singer, composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, and cutie pie is sure to blow you away. his music soothes my ears and his style satisfies my eyes. also, whoever contributes to his art direction is someone i'd like to meet. ok, enough outta me.

album cover that i'm kind of obsessed with.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

a coffee table book about coffee tables.

"it's a coffee table book about coffee tables.... and if you don't have a coffee table, it turns into a coffee table."

coffee table books are probably one of my favorite genre of books, if you can call it a genre. a powerful image on the cover and large photos, drawings and descriptions inside. for a visual person like myself, it's a perfect gift and the perfect accessory. find out what the person loves, be it fashion, film, an artist, a director, dogs, a certain city, sneakers, cooking with paula deen, interior design, etc. and don't forget about the boys because there's some great books on sports stadiums, athletes, cars, gin, iconic music venues, cigars, etc. possibilities are endless and you can get creative with your pickings. just 4 the home decided to add coffee table books to their featured gifts for the holiday season. check out some of the fabulous titles. and, no, they don't have kramer's coffee table book about coffee tables.

the next set of coffee table books are little bit more special because they're leather bound limited edition books that you can monogram. i mean, how nice of a gift is that! i don't know about you, but if i loved the wizard of oz and i got a limited edition, sparkled ruby red leather bound coffee table book with my initials or name engraved on the cover, i'd be a pretty happy girl.