Good Design: Dana Tanamachi and Chalk Lettering

Dana Tanamachi found via 100 layer cake

I'm not usually a fan of chalk (I cringe ever time someone writes with it- something about the scratching sound) but this may change my mind. How amazing is her work? Each one of these is hand drawn in chalk. Kind of sad that it's only able to be enjoyed for a short time because the lettering and composition is really beautiful.

(Also, just wanted to send a little shout out to my friend A. who is celebrating her 25th today! Happy Birthday!)

Beautiful Flowers

ink & peat via daily candy

I really like more earthy looking bouquets- you know, ones that look like you may have been able to pick them out of your garden that morning. So when I saw this bouquet from Portland based Ink & Peat, I fell hard. I love the soft colors and the whimsical yet hardy feel. It's so nice to see alternatives to the normal all white rose bouquet!

Simple rustic affair

row 1: photo via snippet and ink
row 2: elizabeth messina photo via oncewed, porcelain utensils via caroline swift, paper sack menu via sunday suppers row 3: , burlap fabric via the paris apartment, hanging postcards via design sponge, dress via the english dept

I know a (really) cold front has hit the majority of the country right now so many people are dreaming of sitting by a fire or playing in the snow, but I saw this top image on snippet and ink and haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Since I promised today's post would be "lighter" I figured an inspiration board based on this image was perfect.

This one is all about staying simple and rustic. A lot of natural elements (fresh herbs, the dirt

floors, exposed wooden tables) with touches of off white porcelain and simple laid back fabrics (like burlap and thin white cottons.) As the party goes into the night, I see a ton of twinkle lights hanging from the ceiling and tucked into the shrubs and a family style dinner of different pastas, bottles of red wine, and oven fired home made pizzas covering the tables.

Has anyone else noticed a shift to the "simple" for big events such as wedding? It seems as though more and more people are realizing that the day isn't about coordinated favor boxes and towering flower arrangements, and instead are holding tight to what really matters to them. Personally, I think it's wonderful!

Have a great day, everyone!