Modern Fish Inspired Designs

Confession, I’m probably 1 of 10 people in Montana that doesn’t fly fish. I’m totally on board with the whole quiet-solitude-in-the-great-outdoors part… but it’s just never been my go-to sport. Growing up, my dad and brothers fished. I rode horses (thankfully I wasn’t totally deprived of western hobbies). So I put flyfishing into that maybe-one-day folder. Maybe when I’m older. Maybe when I have more time. Maybe when I’m retired. Maybe not. So in the meantime… I’m here with a slightly different angle (sorry) on some aquatic inspiration.

1. Cole & Son Acquario wallcovering by Fornasetti via Design*Sponge

fish wallpaper

2. Candlefish logo via Fuzzco

candlefish branding by fuzzco

3. La Dorada Branding by Bunker 3002 Design Studio and La Conceptualist via Behance

la dorada branding via behance

4. Illustrated Business Cards by Harrison C Lemire via Behance

Harrison C Lemire Business cards

5. Vintage Kaarina Aho Fish Platter via Etsy

platter via etsy

6. Mini Rodini Fish Skirt via Chic-oholic Kids. And before you start sending hate mail about the price… no it’s not is USD.

fish skirt

7. Fish and Dots Wallpaper by The Make House

Fish and Dots Wallpaper

8. Fish by Izzy Matthews

modern fish print

Favorite Montana Designers and Bloggers on Pinterest

montana-pinterest

I love some beautifully curated inspiration as much as the next gal, but when it comes to Pinterest, I get a little overwhelmed by all the pretty, all the perfect, all the seemly-out-of-this-world… more specifically, California. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but after awhile, all the gorgeously styled homes, perfectly coiffed hair, and endless sunsets start to run together. I need some homegrown pinners to get me back on track and get me reinvigorated for all things design brewing here in Montana. So for your viewing pleasure, a little round up of some of my favorite pinners that are keeping things fresh in Big Sky Country.

1. Vintage Whites

Visit Vintage Whites’s profile on Pinterest.

  2. Everything Golden   Visit Everything Golden’s profile on Pinterest.
3. Pitchforks and Pomegranates

Visit Pitchforks and Pomegranates’ profile on Pinterest.

4. 114 WEST   Visit 114 West’s profile on Pinterest.
5. Elizabeth Rider

Visit Elizabeth Rider’s profile on Pinterest.

6. Sarah Cauble   Visit Sarah Cauble’s profile on Pinterest.
7. Lindsey Stewart

Visit Lindsey Stewart’s profile on Pinterest.

8. The Pretty Palomino   Visit The Pretty Palomino’s profile on Pinterest.

Anyone you love I need to check out??

5 Yellowstone Inspired Designs

We took a little jaunt down to Yellowstone last weekend and it was, as usual, breathtaking. It got me thinking about some of my favorite icons of Yellowstone… geysers (duh), buffalo, The Old Faithful Inn. Naturally a few vintage designs made the cut, but I was also happy to track down a few fresh pieces from one of our favorite neighborhood getaways.

5 yellowstone park inspired designs via @ms_elaineious

yellowstone invites

|| Invitations by Ladyfingers Letterpress, Photo by Mark Cluney via SMP ||

Heather Gatley illustration

|| Heather Gatley Yellowstone Map Illustration ||

yellowstone coaster

|| Yellowstone Coasters by Brand Oldham Illustration via Jackson Hole Marketplace ||

yellowstone poster

|| Vintage Yellowstone Poster ||

Wonderful Forever map

|| Just Wonderful National Park Poster via Best Made Co. ||

 

A Copper Convention

Copper is hardly new on the scene, but I’m pleased to see this rosy metal seems to be sticking around for the long haul. From your home to your wardrobe, there doesn’t seem to be a single place it doesn’t fit right in.

copper bathroom

|| A copper hopper (I COULD NOT resist) via Houzz. Design by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers, Andre Rothblatt Architecture ||

copper dining room via @sfgirlbybay

|| Image via SF Girl by Bay and alvhem ||

|| Oxidized Copper Entry by Turquoise Interior Design LA via Erika Bierman Photography ||

Eames Copper Wire Chair

|| Eames Copper Wire Chair via Reeves Antiques ||

|| The Gippsland farmhouse of Tamsin Carvan. Photo – Eve Wilson, Production – Lucy Feagins. Source: The Design Files ||

|| Overalls and Birkenstocks via Ascot Friday ||

** Dear sweet baby Jesus, thank you so much for making flat, comfortable, affordable, and otherwise, ugly shoes fashionable again. I’m forever grateful. #birkenstocksarethenewblack **

Copper necklace

|| Necklace by Young Frankk, Photography: Kate Edwards, Stylist: Christine Young ||

This also seems an appropriate time to give a shout out to everyone’s favorite Montana mining town. Butte has a rich copper history and is certainly worth exploring if you happen to be in the area. Stop by the Bonanza Freeze for some classic drive-in fare. Definitely cruise uptown to take in the sights… rumor also has it the iconic M & M will reopen this July.

Butte Montana

|| Butte Montana via Butte Public Library on Flickr ||

Now as Mother’s Day nears, my pinterest feed and head are buzzing away in the gift department. I usually have better luck narrowing down possible presents when I have a general theme. Since I was already in a copper frenzy, the choice was clear. Here are a few treats to make Mother’s Day a little more shiny.

 

Copper Gifts Ideas via @ms_elaineious

|| 1. Two-toned leather tote via West Elm || 2. Modern copper clothing rack by TheOther on Etsy  || 3. I rarely need an excuse to eat out, but if you do Mother’s Day seems as good as reason as any. If you happen to be in Amsterdam (which you probably aren’t) there is the copper clad Cafe De Ebeling (Image via Framework Architects). If you’re in Bozeman (a more likely scenario), consider the obvious choice given this post, Copper. I dream about their caramel drizzled popcorn. Heaven. ||  4. Smart and simple, The Aether Cone (in copper of course!!!) is one sexy speaker. || 5. This Luxurious leather card holder by Anve is no ordinary envelope. || 6. World Market never disappoints…  add this copper colander to the winners circle. || 7. I have a copper confession… I’ve added rose gold to my metal collection. But this watch by The Horse was just too beautiful to pass up. || 8. I know I’ve featured a similar pair of these sneaks before, but New Balance can do no wrong and these 574 Precious Metal kicks are no exception.  || 9. Chic copper planter via Yield Design Co. ||

Spring on the Black and White – The Gift Guide

kids and new mom spring gift guide

|| 1. Eye candy for the little guys with these Black + White Baby Art Cards via Amazon || 2. Schlepping baby gear made chic by Skip Hop Onyx Diaper Bag via Diapers.com || 3. Keepsakes can be cool, thanks to this Elephant Bank by Jonathan Adler ||  4. Baby. Zebra. = endless awwww’s by The Animal Print Shop || 5. Go everywhere, Lotus Crib by Guava Family || 6. Help the whole family sleep tight with the Serenity Star from Aden + Anais || 7. Mini Hunter Boots… bring on those April showers || 8. The Honest Co.’s 2-in-1 Organic Nursing Cover + Scarf is the one nursing product that will truly transition with motherhood  || 9. Land of Nod Teepee, three cheers for kid gear that your don’t mind having in your living room || 10. Huggable Jellycat Bunny via YoYo.com || 11. Baby Jumpsuit from H&M, because it’s important for kids to own something that’s impractical too || 12. This baby blanket from Scout Mob speaks the truth ||

Spring on the Black and White

Whether it’s Easter, spring cleaning, or a baby shower on your radar, chances are you’ve taken to the good ol’ world wide web in search of inspiration. No doubt you’ve uncovered a plethora of pastels… but if this spring has you feeling a bit more moody (New Yorker and Bostonians, am I right?!?!) then here are 5 reasons to knock pastel off its perch this spring…

1. Easter is edgier:

marbled easter eggs by hello natural

|| DIY via Hello Natural ||

bunny iphone case from etsy

|| iphone case by The Small Print Cases via Etsy ||

rocking sheep from smallable

|| Rocking Sheep via Smallable ||

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2. Can’t go wrong in gingham:

gingham dress

|| Image via A Stitch in Mind ||

Full disclosure, since I’m not 20 and don’t live in LA, the above look is a bit more aspirational. This flowy piece ↓ is a little more my speed. 3 Cheers for anything that does with jeans!

nordstrom - joie gingham shirt

|| Joie shirt via Nordstrom ||

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3. Insects are always in fashion:

beetle photograph via House of Ideas

|| Image via House of Ideas ||

butterfly prints

|| Prints via Cool Republic || *similar versions available from Natural Curiosities* ||

bug print by Josh Polan

|| Print by Jason Polan via 20×200 ||

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4. Because You Can:

kal barteski script

|| Script by Kal Barteski via Crated ||

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5. It’s Just Cheekier:

booty two by kate roebuck

|| Original Artwork by Kate Roebuck via Bowerbird Collective ||

Rethink Pink

As Valentine’s Day approaches I find myself a little hungry for some inspiration alternatives. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for love, but I’ve never been a particularly big fan of the rose petals, heart shaped chocolates, buy your sweetie something sparkly part. I also have a long standing struggle with all things pink. Then a few years ago I had little girl and despite my protests, pink worked its way into our lives and hasn’t budged since 2012. (Great article here if you’ve shared this experience). So in honor of Vday and that radiant, “girly” hue, I’m rounding up some internet gems that may even make my fellow pinkaphobes swoon.

lindsay cowles fine art

|| Print by Lindsay Cowles Fine Art ||

zebras

|| Image via sara-lindholm.tumblr.com ||

|| HelloTwiggs VW Van Print via Etsy ||

Now the real test is basking in the glow of some pink all your own. If you or your sweetheart is in the giving spirit this Valentine’s Day, may I offer the following suggestions to add a little more (haute) pink to your holiday?

pink gift guide

 

|| 1: Volkl One W || 2: prAna E.C.O. Yoga Mat via Backcountry.com || 3: Fitbit Flex via Rei || 4: Commando
Marrakech-Print Thong via Bergdorf Goodman || 5: Ray-Ban Aviator || 6: Mountain Huckleberry Tea via Montana Tea & Spice Trading LLC || 7: New Balance Classics WL515 via Zappos  || 8: Buck Products Coral FlapSack via Everything Golden  || 9: Alice in Wonderland Collectible Edition via Barnes & Noble || 10: Rose Quartz Coasters via Rablabs ||

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day.

Neon Rainbow

Growing up in Livingston Montana I have a special appreciation for all things neon. The signs not only beckon to weary travelers and eager bar-goes, but they scream to be photographed, painted, and admired. So, for our viewing pleasure some nouveau neon as well as a touch of the old fashioned 70′s styled stuff (my personal favorite).

kiss-my-neon

|| Image: Weekdaycarnival ||

dont-let

|| Image: Excisions ||

|| Sign: MarcusConradPoston ||

mars neon

|| Image: Serial Thriller ||

murray bar

|| Image: John Whalen ||

bar-and-grille

|| Sketch: Me ||

Finally, no ode to neon would be complete without the musical stylings of Mr. Alan Jackson.

Music Monday – Kiesza

Given the amount I play this tune, I’m well on the way to ruining it for myself. Until then I will dance and my guess is… you will too.

Now, if I lived in opposite world (which compared to Brooklyn NY, I think I probably do) I’d set up a Kiesza impersonator club and start each day with a faux hawk and acid wash. Alas, until that day arrives, my 90′s loving heart, will do the next best thing and try and capture a little Kiesza style right here on the internet.

hideaway

|| 1: DIY Faux Hawk Tutorial via Twist Me Pretty, Keisza image here || 2: House of Harlow Station Leather Necklace via ShopBop || 3: Ridley High Waist Ultra Skinny Jeans via ASOS || 4: Skirmisher Font by Iconian Fonts via dafont.com || 5: Big Yellow Taxi Button via Etsy (ahem, thanks Joni Mitchell for that gem!) || 6: Boom Box Crew Neck via Etsy || 7: Keeping it Real is a Full Time Job Graffiti via designspiration.net  || 8: Adidas Top Ten Cities Pack Sneaker via Karmaloop ||

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to running man my way through the next load of laundry.