Spring has Sprung!

April 26, 2012

Last weekend my mom’s family gathered to provide a clean sweep of Grandma and Grandpa’s basement.  Ranging in age from 1.5 to 87 years old, we picked up, cleared out, found treasures, bugged each other and also laughed; a lot.  It was a great success and the old adage, “many hands makes light work,” was uttered more than once.

My grandma, Lucille, has been a source of inspiration since the birth of my first son, eleven years ago.  Inadvertently, I started paying attention to the things she was cooking, what she was planting, calling her for recipe and laundry advice; often.  Each time the season changes, as it’s been doing here in the Midwest for a month, I watch to see what she’s up to.  Without knowing it, she puts rhythm into my calendar and it’s a wonderful, grounding, heart-happy thing. 

In design, we look at color to inspire the seasonal shift.  Pastels arrive, this year with neon mixed in, soft neutrals providing a base for these brighter shocks of color.  When I try to combine what Grandma’s doing out in Stearns county with the latest on-trend happenings, I see a happy woman in a vintage shirt dress with neon rubber boots out in the garden.  There’s mud on her boots, clean laundry on the clothesline and the grass is the most vivid shade of green!

If you’re itching for inspiration I recommend calling your Grandma, hopping on Pinterest -where I pin five inspiration images each morning- and visiting our 2012 ASID Showcase Home on Lake of the Isles.  Let me know what inspires you!  This year’s home is another example of how designers transform space, for the good of the house, its occupants and the earth.  That’s right, you’ll see all kinds of environmentally-kind solutions.  Like Grandma Lucille, the homeowners are avid gardners… in fact you’ll find them too, in the garden.  See you at the house!


xo, hb

Bright, shiny… February.

February 3, 2010

Is it possible to blog in 15 minutes?  That’s all I’ve got this morning.  Luckily, I’m feeling bright and shiny today.  I’m going to give credit to the new Vampire Weekend album.  Take a listen and tell me I’m wrong.  I love to debate! 

Last week I noticed that it’s getting lighter, later in the afternoon.  This increases my heart rate just a little and turns my thoughts to planting wee seedlings, opening up the house and being able to ditch my socks. 

What does any of this have to do with design?  It feels to me like we’re peeking our heads out from under a heavy winter blanket, wondering if it’s safe to hope that there will be warmer days and an end in sight to what has been a long, hard winter.  I’m all for a good, long winter’s nap but will it soon be time to feel good about moving forward?  Is it too soon to start hoping that we can get excited about what’s next?  Obviously budgets and priorities have changed, but would it be alright if we could feel good about those changes?  Is it the end of the world if we can’t spend as much as we used to? 

Today I’m giving you the A-OK to get inspired for what is around the corner.  When imagination has an opportunity to infect our brains for a few minutes the results are shocking.  It will wake you up, try it.  Put on a new record, put something on that is vivid (regardless of your pale winter skin), buy some flowers and try something new at lunch today. 

If we all collectively do this, the planet might feel a little off kilter… and that might be more fun than it is scary. 

Tell us what you did to get inspired today!  We can’t wait to read about it…