Maker : Tracy Wilkinson – TW Workshop

I am back after a 12 day trip through Scotland. We saw a lot and connected with family that live there. It was a wonderful time. I will be posting a travel guide for Scotland with loads of tips for you next week.

Today I wanted to start sharing with you some of the talented makers that I am in awe of. We have such an exuberant amount of talented people on our planet, I love that these artists are getting noticed and recognized for their gifts. Being an artist truly is a gift. If we are one, we should be grateful, if we wish we were one, we should be inspired by those who are. So, with all that said, (can you tell I am passionate about art?) I want to share Tracy Wilkinson’s Work with you. Tracy is a British designer who lives in Los Angles. She has created a stunning collective of handmade ceramics, furniture and home accessories. I am mainly showing you her ceramic collection today, but you can see all her pieces here. Tracy sells her art at a number of stores in L.A. and one in Portland.

Maker: Tracy Wilkinson - TW Workshop

Maker: Tracy Wilkinson - TW Workshop

Maker: Tracy Wilkinson - TW Workshop

Maker: Tracy Wilkinson - TW Workshop

Maker: Tracy Wilkinson - TW Workshop

Maker: Tracy Wilkinson - TW Workshop

Maker: Tracy Wilkinson - TW Workshop

 

How bad do you want one for your home? Me too! Hope you were as inspired by Tracy’s originality as I was! Happy Monday.

{ Images – store.LA }

 

In a Creative Rut – Part 3

I have just a few more tips on stirring up that creativity inside. It’s funny, through writing this series, I have worked myself out of my own creative slump. That can be yet another tip. Write something to share with other’s. It makes whatever topic you are discussing very real.

Design a creative space – Most of us are effected or influenced by our surroundings wether we like it or not. Create a space that allows your thoughts to develop. That may mean to declutter a room so you have a work area that is clean and beautifully organized. It could mean that you display all your books and art supplies so you can get your brain thinking of all the artistic possibilities. We are all different, you need to think about how you feel in whatever space you typically work? Do you need a change of scenery to get those juices flowing? Maybe you should go to the corner coffee house or library to do some creative writing. You might need to move your creative project outdoors? Fresh air can be very liberating. Just think about wether the space you are working in day in and day out is stifling or encouraging creativity. Below are some lovely offices and studio’s that I would use for inspiration in redesigning my studio.

In a creative rut - part 3

In a creative rut - part 3

Learn from any failures – This is always a challenge. I hate failure, in fact I think it is a factor in why I have not accomplished certain goals. I have a certain fear of it. We all need to get past this. Its OK to fail, we learn this way! When you look back on anything you have accomplished that you are proud of, was there a failure involved? Probably. We never seem to remember that point. Those failures that we push way back in our minds are part of the process to success. When starting a new project or goal, always keep in mind that you will fail at something along the way.  This way you will be prepared for it and not fearful of it. Most importantly, you will be prepared to learn from it. Here is a wonderful article on failures from some of the most intelligent and successful people out there. We are not alone in our failures.

Make a commitment to a project – Get involved with and organization to help with a creative project. If you have a website or a blog, publicly commit to something. Start a new column, perhaps a DIY related one. Then every week you will be responsible for getting something wonderful to your audience. If you are a graphic designer, create a course on learning Illustrator and launch it on SkillShare. Perhaps you are a maker, volunteer to create something for a charity. When you commit to doing something you are suddenly held responsible for delivering. Plus, your name is attached to whatever you agree to, this makes it even more important to succeed. You think about the other people involved. Its not about you and your creative troubles anymore.

I hope you have enjoyed this mini series on creativity. It has helped me immensely to get through my creative troubles. So, for that, I want to thank you. We have to commit to always learning and developing our minds, and bodies for that matter. This commitment will keep us moving on the right path. The ever fulfilling creative path.

I will be visiting Scotland over the next few weeks. So there will not be much activity around G&A. I will be posting tons of great photos from the trip though, so follow me on Instagram here.

When I return, I will have a Scotland travel guide ready for you!  So stay tuned!

See you on Instagram!

{all above images via Pinterest}

 

Hotel Interior Inspiration – Ruschmeyer’s

I have not written a “Hotel Interior Inspiration” post in sometime. I thought It might be about time to share another  beautiful and inspiring hotel. My goal in showing you these, is to stir up as many decorating ideas as possible. As I have said before…hotels ( when designed to be aesthetically pleasing and functional) can be a great source for your next interior design revelation.

Today we will tour Ruschmeyer’s Hotel located in the woodland area of Montauk, New York. Rauschmeyer’s is part of the well designed hotel group, King & Grove. Ruschmeyer’s is reminiscent of summer camp. Cabin inspired guest rooms loop around a common area where you can grill and engage in a friendly match of ping-pong.

Hotel Interior Inspiration - Rauschmeyer's

Ruschmeyer’s also encourages summer camp activities such as paddle boarding, bingo and yoga! For the kids… bubbles and balsa wood! They also have a wonderful seasonal restaurant, only open in the summer months, named The Smile in Manhattan. You can get your fill of fresh local seafoods! Feel like music and cocktails? Head over to Electric Eel!

Hotel Interior Inspiration - Rauschmeyer's

Enjoy your tour…

Hotel Interior Inspiration - Rauschmeyer's

Hotel Interior Inspiration - Rauschmeyer's

Hotel Interior Inspiration - Rauschmeyer's

Hotel Interior Inspiration - Rauschmeyer's

Hotel Interior Inspiration - Rauschmeyer's

Hotel Interior Inspiration - Rauschmeyer's

Hotel Interior Inspiration - Rauschmeyer's

Simple, yet “campy”. I say campy in a good way.. eclectic and quirky might be better adjectives.  Makes me feel like I am in the adult version of the 1961 version of The Parent Trap!

{ all images from kingandgrove.com }

Dream Home – A Modern Farmhouse

Ever dream of living in a certain city, in a certain style home? Experiencing life surrounded by different things influenced by a different culture?  I am guilty of this on a daily basis. I browse hundreds of interior design and architectural images every month and drool over a vast majority of them. My mind starts to wander, I can picture my self in a London flat around the corner from the Victoria & Albert Museum. Perhaps I see images of a cozy rustic cabin, all of a sudden, I am living in the country side of Copenhagen. See what I mean? Its pretty fun, I recommend giving it a try. Its a nice escape from reality. Haha.

This beautiful abode made me imagine myself living in Napa Vally, with a few grape vines and some olive tree’s on the property. Summer would be filled with endless days of poolside parties.  This would be my modern farmhouse. No, it is not your typical farmhouse. I love the modern clean lines to the interior, and the contrast of the rustic stone that covers the exterior. Its unique, but somehow seems appropriate.

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

{images from Tribe Studio Architects }

In a Creative Rut. Part 2

To continue our series on getting through those always tough creative ruts, here are a few more tips.

Listen to podcasts. I love listing to other people talk about their experiences in starting and running businesses, refining their craft, or simply why they do what they do. It is fascinating to me to learn how people found their passion, and how they continue to thrive in their industry.

Here are a few worth a listen-

  1.  After the Jump – Grace Bonny, of Design Sponge, interviews makers and designers along with sharing some of her own personal tips on business success.
  2.  Design Matters – This one is mostly graphic design related. But if you are interested in blogging   or running any creative business, I think this one is very appropriate to you. Debbie Millman discusses design topics.
  3.  Design 101 – Interviews and talks about Interior Design, Decorating and running a design business
  4.  The Lively Show – A “blogcast” all about living your life with intention. It’s host Jess Lively is a life style guru with tons of tips on molding the best life you can. She also has a great website with loads of ideas on implementing intention in your life. Check it out here.

Don’t force creativity. If you need to walk away from a project or your own personal creative routine for a bit, do it. It might help get your edge back. Stressing and worrying about it will just make the situation worse. You will get your creative juices flowing again!

Listen to Music. Anything that inspires you or makes you feel really happy and good inside. Like you want to get up and dance! I have music playing constantly when i am working at home. It keeps me very motivated to keep working. Music can be a very powerful tool. Don’t underestimate this tip. I won’t push my favorite Pandora stations on you….to each their own in regards to music selection.

Start a journal. A private place you can write all your thoughts down in. This was a crucial step for me personally. I have many ideas flood through my brain at certain points throughout the day. But by the time I am home and ready to focus on writing or brainstorming ideas for the business they are gone. Use your journal to dump all your ideas down in writing. I also like to sketch in my journal, sometimes I have ideas for floor plans or furniture design that I really need to have in ink. It will do well for your creativity to focus all your ideas to one place. You can then pair down ones that are so so to get to the really awesome one! My go to journal ( recommended by my cousin, the graphic designer) is the Leuchtturm1917. I love a medium size one with dots. The dots keep my journal nice and neat. Your journal can also be a place to refer to when in a rut. Something may spark an interest in you from past ideas.

For some ” think outside the box” inspiration I want to share these rad images with you. These are what the homes would look like if designed by some of the worlds most famous artist. Brilliant! I came across them while browsing Fast Company, one of my many monthly reads. These  images may not seem relevant to an article about inspiring creativity, though I was sure inspired when I saw it. My point is, inspiration comes from strange places. Keep your mind open.

in a creative rut part 2

in a creative rut part 2

These illustrations were created be Barcelona based designer, Frederico Babina. You can purchase these and see more of his work here.

Do you have tips for us on getting inspired or pushing through a creative rut? What do you think of the ones I have touched on here? Would any of them work for you?

Always love to hear from you! Have a wonderful week!

{images from Fast Company}

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