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

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. ||

5 Ways to Be More Productive at Work


My job is the internet, but it is the hugest distraction. I’m also a total procrastinator so sometimes the combination of the two is a disaster. I’m always looking for a quick trick to help me save time, gain more focus, and be more efficient. Low and behold, the simplest solutions are sometimes the hardest. Here are a few quick tips for squeezing more out of your work day.

1. Don’t look at Internet.

2. Don’t look at Internet.

3. Don’t look at Internet.

4. Don’t look at Internet.

5. Don’t look at your phone either.

This is all especially ironic since you’re looking at this post on this internet. But that’s a subject for another day. Until then, get back to work.

|| Illustration: Me ||