Sunday, February 12, 2012

Get Your Design Mojo On

Just thought I'd send some wonderful inspiration your way as we are having a typically gray Seattle day.  Makes it difficult to jump up and be productive...maybe you are in the same dilemma....NYTimes Science section recently ran the following article:

 February Seattle Blues Disorder Runs Rampant 
Doctors worry it may become viral

This may someday be listed in medical textbooks as a real condition akin to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  The difference in diagnosis is that the Seattle version (SBD) requires a green pallor and REI clothing.  Plus, the only known cure is a ticket to the Parker in Palm Springs.

If you need some excitement for your eyes,  I've chosen two blogs that might get your energy flowing and get you up and working on some great nesting projects. Now this is a seriously creative little bird....

Just a glimpse of the header for Janelle Mcculloch's wonderful blog should make you cheerier...  Peek at her books on Amazon if you get a chance....

Also dabble in one of my all time favorite blogs, Belgian Pearls.  Belgian design has been my inspiration for years and the author, Greet, brings this style to life in her home and in her family business in Belgium.  Beta-Plus has the best design books for further accurate material in this genre.  Restoration Hardware does "Belgian on Steroids"...forget that (where do you put those massive pieces?) and check out the real thing!

More to come,
Annie, Brooke and Josie

Workshop Updates

 So as many of you know, we are currently in development mode at Blue Box Workshop. We are creating a larger office in my basement to contain our projects.
 bye bye rec room, helloooo workshop!

The kids were pretty sanguine when we folded up the ping-pong table...they are tired of our work spread all over the house. We won't have any windows:(   but at least we will have a lot of real estate to spread out! We got our paint brushes out, out favorite painter, Tonia, to coach us and we set to work! Before we began, Tonia had us write our dreams and goals for the business on the walls....a fun way to instill our energies directly into the space. Can't wait to show you the after pics!

Our other update is our massive (tee hee!!) PR push... YUP, we have gone all out and sponsored a local basketball team....coached by "The Teen Who Shall Remain Nameless", the Boys and Girls Club Colonials consist of some fabulous 4th grade boys who proudly wear our company name on their backs... How darling is that???

Our most important update is our tentative launch of our website in early March! The site is with the developer currently, we are getting our data and photos ready to upload, and then we will hit "GO"! we will need lots of feedback from you, our friends and supporters, so we can really make our "Blueprints for Stylish Living" work for all of you. Our spies have indicated that the current batch of similar online businesses are not producing particulary unique or thoughtful design blueprints for a reasonable price. They either lack great design punch OR are too high priced for the average consumer. Soooo looking forward to the our launch party...we will send you your invitation in March!

 More to come,
 Annie, Brooke and Josie