Friday, December 30, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

dot pattern

Ray Eames with the Dot Pattern fabric design, c. 1947

pleased to meet you, helen frankenthaler

portrait | one | two | three | four | five 

fun facts:
she began exhibiting her large scale paintings in the 1950s

she had a 13 year marriage with fellow artist, Robert Motherwell. Both coming from wealthy families, they were known as the "golden couple" for their over the top entertaining.

she recently passed away so I wanted to share some of her work with you guys.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

while we were out

I hope you had a good holiday! 
I'm in Kentucky visiting family and thought I'd share a few pictures with you... :)
most of these found on my instragram (kind of addicting...)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

happy holidays from birds of ohio!

our gift to you, a little stop motion holiday card!

(ps: it was super fun to make...I see more in our future...)

while we were out

Monday, December 19, 2011

stop animation

I'll post the video tomorrow! :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

layered up

Jean Shrimpton

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

newsletter peek

our December newsletter is out today and it's pretty festive.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011


this print from the late 1800s reminded me of this Joy Division graphic.

a jingle on the roof

Clara Bow waits for Santa

get crafty


holiday decorating ideas from Better Homes & Gardens, 1966

Friday, December 9, 2011

mahna mahna

(Muppets letterhead, 1963 from here)

have you seen the new muppet movie? 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

pleased to meet you saul bass

portrait1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

fun facts:

born in NYC in 1920

was a graphic designer and film maker

worked with Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese and Billy Wilder

he held the unusual position of "pictorial/visual consultant" on Spartacus, Grand PrixWest Side Story and more

he was responsible for some of the most remembered logos in North America

Saul is one of my favorites. I love his hand-drawn style!
ps: this book looks wish-list worthy

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

holiday themed

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vintage fabrics dating back to 1883

while we were out

Monday, December 5, 2011

what do you think?


wish list: books

the holidays are upon us! time to think of what to give (and get!) ;)
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1. Kenzo: totally judging a book by it's cover here, but if the cover is any indication of the goodness inside, I don't think we'll be disappointed. the book chronicles 40 years of the Paris-based fashion house. 

2. Jocks and Nerds: I love looking back into what the men were wearing... besides, the title is amusing, no? 

3. Textiles: The Whole Story: a worldwide history of textiles with lots of images (which is always a good thing).

4. The Story of Eames Furniture: this book along with this movie should tell me all I should ever want to know about Charles and Ray Eames. 

5. African Textiles: I saw this book on Simone LeBlanc's blog and fell in love...such great techniques and inspiration from african textiles (from beading to weaving). her blog has a nice peek into the book as well.

what books are you wanting lately? I'd love to know.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


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Anjelica Huston from our pinterest page

pleased to meet you milton avery

portrait | one | two | three | four | five | six

fun facts: 

1885 - born in Altmar, New York

1915 - after his brother in law died he was the only remaining male left in his family to provide for his 9 female relatives

1917 - started working night jobs in order to paint during the day

Roy Neuberger bought over 100 of Avery's paintings and donated or lent them to galleries in hopes of Avery gaining the recognition he deserved

apparently Avery wasn't much of a talker... "why talk when you can paint?" he had said to his wife

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

axel salto


wardrobe wednesday

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    floral roundup is here :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011


found an old gap tag. stack the circles!

flower twirl girl

Vogue UK, 1968. Photo by David Bailey

Sunday, November 27, 2011


just bought Joni Mitchell's Blue album...for the plane ride back from Madison, WI.
can you believe it's my first album of hers? late on the game! I love it.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

what to do after THE MEAL

nice colors, p.s.

to you:

took a break from the pleased to meet you series today. I'm traveling to Madison, WI for the thanksgiving, any recommendations for that area? 
have yourself a nice holiday weekend!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


from a 1951 western catalog

wardrobe wednesdays

thanksgiving is almost here. what will you be wearing? I'll be wearing something stretchy to accommodate all the food I'm going to eat. :)
plaid dress, 1960s | Mexican polka dot bracelet, 1960s | sweater, 1970s | bowtie, 1950scream cheese biscuits, Dean and Deluca <--what? yes, please

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


paris vogue, 1969

while we were out

we went to the LACMA gallery for the California Design, 1930-1965 exhibition last week and there was so much good stuff to see! I snapped a couple pictures to share with you. If you're in the area I highly recommend this show...I'll go with you. again. it's that good.
I've got a part 2 to share with you next Tues!

Friday, November 18, 2011


mirrored arrangement of a photo brian took right outside our studio. 
it was so beautiful and fleeting.

happy friday friends!


type treatment for a 1977 Sears catalog

Thursday, November 17, 2011

pleased to meet you:

fun facts:

studied at the University of Iowa and wrote his thesis on lithography.

taught at Arizona State University.

c. 1950 - moved to San Diego and started selling his screen printed fabrics.

he was later employed as a graphic designer by the U.S. Navy at Point Loma's Naval Electronics Lab.

//he worked across several mediums including enamel, metal, clay, wood, marble, furniture design and oil painting. we came across his work at the California Design exhibition at LACMA and decided to look him up. his works are rare gems so if you happen to find a piece of his at a thrift store or garage sale, hold it tight! his wooden hand sculpture is rad.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

wardrobe wednesday

it's finally getting chillier here in southern california...and this invariably means scarves. 
lots and lots of scarves. 
check out these pretty designs from the Metropolitan museum's collection. 
the floral plaid with the pop of fuchsia is my favorite.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

november newsletter

(a little peek at our november still life)

there's only a handful of words in the whole two pages. lot's of pretty images!
does that entice you?

while we were out

brian and missi went on a roadtrip a couple weeks ago up the west coast through san fran, point reyes, portland and seattle. sounds fun doesn't it? 
they managed to stop by the portland antiques show and found tons of inspiration to share...lots of american indian treasures.

It's been so long since I've been on a proper road trip, it's a much more hands on approach to traveling..which I like sometimes.  do you like to travel that way?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

pleased to meet you:

portraitone | two | three | four | five | six 

fun facts:

her first foray into textile design was in 1956, when she enrolled in a textile design course at Salford School of Art

she met fledgling fashion designer Ossie Clark (her future husband and collaborator) at a coffee shop near her school

in the 60's, she worked briefly at the wig department at Aldwych Theater...the production designer there urged her to start designing textiles again.

she gained international acclaim when she started designing textiles for Ossie Clark's collections

1974 - her marriage ended (Ossie spun out of control with drugs and partying) and she left the industry to raise her two sons

1984 - she opened her own shop in Notting Hill and filled it with fabrics designed for interiors

2006 - she collaborated with the English chain TopShop...In the first six minutes of her collection's release, about 1,000 of her dresses and blouses were sold. That same year she also decided to retire from managing her brand

her and Ossie

do you like her designs? were you lucky enough to get a dress from her collab w/ top shop?