Wednesday, January 19, 2011


It seems that the fabulous trend of watercolor usage is still growing and making its way into more and more print pieces. If you remember, I posted about watercolor here and here and featured a few of my favorites at the time. I think I continue to gravitate towards this medium because it allows every piece to be unique and original. Watercolor can be as fluid and free as you want it, or controlled and refined. A few of my recent finds have all involved some sort of hand illustration and I wanted to share a few. 

First, some beautiful business cards designed by Jordan Ferney. I posted about her husband, Paul Ferney, last year and his amazing paintings. How awesome is that for them both to be so creative? 

Next, through the world of Etsy I have discovered some very talented artists that lend a great deal of inspiration. I love the simple backgrounds that allow the illustration to be the focus and the colors to really stand out. These featured below would be perfect in a nursery or a very serene setting.

Anna Bond's whimsical illustrations have really become famous in the design/invitation world and I am dying for a set of her beautiful cards. Anna and her husband, Nathan, started the company Rifle Paper Co. based off of her paintings and it has sky rocketed. Here are a few of my favorites:

Lastly, I stumbled upon the blog Oh My Deer and fell head over heels for her watercolor 2011 calendar. It is available in her etsy shop. I would purchase this, but I am a little OCD when it comes to organization and planning so I feel the need to document everything in my calendar. But, this would make a fabulous piece of art for Melrose. 

If you like the watercolor trend but don't want to spend the money, check out this lovely free printable calendar by Creature Comforts. I just printed off one for myself to hang in the office. Click HERE to go to the link. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

HONEYMOON: st. lucia

I know I have been M.I.A. for awhile thanks to wedding planning and Auburn winning the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ... so I wanted to do a quick post. 

I just purchased these two items for our upcoming honeymoon and I am super excited:

The upcoming online magazine, High Gloss, just sent out their newsletter with a feature on what to take when traveling somewhere warm and it really spiked some ideas. 
Click here to see the full article and where to get some of those fabulous items. I am currently on the search for a new swimsuit to take and I sure do love those bright colors! Any suggestions?

Brandon and I will be headed to the Jalousie Plantation in St. Lucia on February 27th and I could not be more excited! I researched for several months before I decided on this resort and I just hope it is everything I can imagine and more. I think the thing that sold me was the decor. I did not want some cheesy resort with palm tree fabric and fish plastered to every wall ... instead, I wanted something very classic and sophisticated to enhance my week of relaxation! Check out these pictures from the resort:

Doesn't it look gorgeous? I can't wait! That is it for more -- more to come when time appears!