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04.18.14

ASHKAHN’S COOL CARDS

you don’t often think of a dude as a greeting card designer and that’s exactly why we think ashkahn is so cool. he designs all of his own cards and each one is letter pressed with ink and foils on french cotton paper by a master printer in LA. he works downstairs in our studio building and we’ve loved getting to know him!

his goal is to make sure none of his cards ever see a trash can. (a very possible goal, i think) his graphics are clever, witty and make you smile. i know i would DEFINITELY smile if i received one of these on my doorstep, wouldn’t you?

a little Q&A with ashkahn:

what’s your favorite card you’ve ever made?
“my favorite card i ever made is TO ME YOU ARE A WORK OF ART” (below)

what’s your process for coming up with your phrases?
“i sit down and stare at a fluorescent colored wall for 6 hours before picking up a pencil and notepad.”

if you weren’t making greeting cards what would you be doing?
“i’d be a bum drinking at a tiki bar on a far away beach where names don’t exist.”

shop ALL of ashkahn’s cards here!

miss

photos by: sheila gim for designlovefest

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04.16.14

MY BEDROOM MAKEOVER

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after

i’ve been waiting so long to post this! happy to finally get to show you guys the transformation of my bedroom. i brought in victoria from sfgirlbybay to help me on this project, because she is SO GOOD AT IT. really, she’s an interior queen and i knew our aesthetics were in line. i feel like i know how to decide on what i like and don’t like, or style a smaller vignette…but when it comes to putting a whole room together, it just wasn’t happening for me.

we never put much effort into this room when we moved in, we just put a bunch of random things from our old loft in it and let it be. the space just felt so unfinished compared to our living room, and i really wanted to create a relaxing and ADULT bedroom to fit the style of the rest of the house. victoria helped bring the whole vision to life and i could not be more grateful! ps. i know the before shots aren’t perfect, but it actually is pretty accurate of how the room looked most days.

before
after

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04.14.14

MAKE IT / 54

our white studio is such a great blank canvas. we were having an office party and wanted something super simple but impactful for the decorations. so why not fill the entire ceiling with colorful balloons? to add to the beauty, jesi added some pretty metallic brush strokes to random balloons, some gold and some copper. the studio felt like a dream and it was the perfect touch for the party.

all you need is some metallic paint & a brush, balloons, and a helium tank. loosely add paint strokes to the bottom of the balloon after they are blown up. we got our balloons here, they have such beautiful colors.

then we just tied them to a chair and let them dry before releasing them up with the rest.

a funny fact: you may notice i am wearing headphones below. ha. while i truly love balloons, i am SO afraid of them popping. so for this shoot we blasted loud music and i wore headphones for any casualties.

facing balloon fears…

this project came out so pretty! such a great way to add impact for not a lot of money.

project by: jesi haack design for designlovefest
photos by: brittany wood
more DIY projects here

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04.14.14

8 FAVORITE PINS RIGHT NOW

I absolutely adore this vibrant still life trend.  I’ve seen it spread a lot across Pinterest. Ice cream, fruit, or a patterned outfit against a colorful seamless. It’s very graphic and bold. Are you into it? -stephanie

picture by carolin wanitzek

picture by carolin wanitzek

blossom by karan singh

sonia rentsch for true self exhibition

picture by julia stotz

via milexmile tumblr

picture by julia stotz

wendy van santen photography

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04.08.14

BEET COOKIES

shortbread cookies are so simple to make, five basic ingredients and you’re good to go. we added lemon zest to these ones and topped them with citrus beet glaze. you’d think frosting colored with beets might taste a little strange but it’s actually delicious…

Citrus Shortbread Cookies with Beet Glaze 
yield: 16 cookies

ingredients:

• 2 cups flour
• 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 + 1 cup powder sugar (more if needed)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 2 teaspoons lemon zest
• 1 medium size beet

(optional 1 tbs coconut oil + 2 tbs white sugar for roasting the beets)

how to make it:

• combine flour and salt together in a small bowl and set aside

• zest the skin of your lemon, about two teaspoons or so and add to the flour mixture

• in a medium size bowl cream the butter with an electric mixer until smooth. add in 1/2 sugar and beat for another minute or two. next add the vanilla and beat until mixed. slowly add the flour mixture and stir by hand until just combined. do not over mix!

• place the dough on a piece of plastic wrap and press into a disk shape. let refrigerate for at least an hour and up to overnight.

• preheat the oven to 375F and take the chilled dough and roll it out on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. cut into desired shape and place on a lined cookie sheet, put in the refrigerator to chill for 10-15 minutes. remove and place in oven and bake for 8 – 10 minutes.


glaze: 

• preheat your oven to 450F and peel the skin from your beet and cut into quarters (optional: coat them with a bit of coconut oil and a few pinches of sugar before placing them in the oven)

• roast them in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until tender. remove and let cool completely. place the cooled beets in a blender with a 1/2 water. blend on high until the beets form a puree. the important part here is that it’s smooth, no lumps.

• place the remaining 1 cup of confectionaries sugar in a bowl and add 1/4 cup of the beet puree and two TBS lemon juice. whisk until combined and completely smooth, no lumps!  the color of the frosting will lighten and become thicker the more sugar you add so this is all personal preference. if it’s too dark add more sugar, too thick – add more puree.

• frost the cooled cookies with the beet glaze!

one quick tip – use the best quality butter you can find. when there are so few ingredients the taste of the butter really stands out. no butter substitutes, the real deal!

photos by: jesse chamberlin.
(frosting recipe by joanie cusack – want more food posts? go here!)

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