FROM THE DESK OF | margaret barley, floral and frayed

From the Desk of Margaret Barley of Floral and Frayed - Her Desk

I have another treat for you today! I’ve been following with Margaret Barley and her journey over at Floral and Frayed for quite a while now, and she seriously has me constantly smiling. She’s such a sweet lady, and I hope that you do go get to check out her adventures—she just did the 30 for 30 challenge, and that was so fun to follow along with! She’s clearly passionate about life, and it really shines through in all that she posts.

Hi Pinegate Road! My name is Margaret and I’m from Traverse City, Michigan. I’m currently a student, living and studying in the south of Michigan. I’m currently studying Business with a focus in Event Planning and Design. I’m a blogger and dance instructor by night. I blog all about life, style, and faith at Floral and Frayed.

What gets you jazzed?

Paper and stationary, a good cup of coffee, typography, great design, packaging (It’s disgusting how often I buy things based off the packaging), organization, instagram, good food, business, and my man.

From the Desk of Margaret Barley of Floral and Frayed - desk details

Where do you go to find inspiration, and what are you inspired by?

I find inspiration from a variety of places. Of course, like any good blogger I find inspiration from Pinterest, but I like to find the majority of my inspiration from non-online sources. I find that the times I’m most inspired are times when I’m not actively seeking out inspiration but letting life and people affect my life freely.

I’m inspired by people. I always inspired after a long conversation with a close friend over a cup of coffee. I’m inspired by solo hikes around Lake Michigan, and by the fresh air. I’m inspired by my boyfriend’s passion for business. My little dance students inspire me, and continually teach me to never take myself too seriously.

And sometimes I find inspiration at Target. ;)

From the Desk of Margaret Barley of Floral and Frayed - event inspiration

Tell me a little about this project and how it was inspired:

I was presented with a really cool opportunity to work on an event for the dance & art studio that I work at. Each year we hold a festival that doubles as an open house for students, parents, and the community. Because we are a non-profit, the night before the festival we hold a fundraiser gala. The theme for this year’s gala is “fairies” (everything is kid-oriented). It’s been really fun finding inspiration for décor and atmosphere. The middle of the room will feature a life-size tree with glowing lights. Centerpieces will consist of natural elements like moss, flowers, branches, and lots of tulle! We’re trying to channel a garden/tea party “feel.” I’ll be sharing photos and details from that event on blog my in the next few months.

How has blogging effected your creative life, and vice versa?

I have found that through blogging I have become more appreciative of other people’s creative work. Blogging has taught me that developing each detail for the creation of a post takes time and energy, which I think a lot of people don’t realize. When I read blogs I can recognize the hard work and ideas that have gone into each post. I have also learned to appreciate how important it is to create and generate ideas offline. It’s essential for me to just sit down with my journal and work my brain out. I actually keep a journal by my bed because I have the best ideas when I’m trying to sleep!

If you could give one tip to the rest of us, what would that be?

Be yourself! I know that sounds cliché, but in the blogging world it’s so easy to get caught up in what you should and shouldn’t post; as well as comparing yourself and your work to others. Blog about what you find interesting and what’s important to you, chances are it will be interesting to someone else as well.

Thank you so much Margaret! For more on Margaret, check out her blog Floral and Frayed!

FROM THE DESK OF | kate baird, designer and blogger

From the Desk of Kate Baird of Katelyn Brooke Designs - Her Desk

Here we are again! Today I want to give you a sneak peek into the life of Kate Baird of Katelyn Brooke Designs. It’s been so great to get to know her over the past couple months, and her blog is a definite must-add-to-your-reader-right-now kind of blog. She is an active designer and shares tips and tricks about design as well as snippets into her own creative journey. I know I’m constantly learning something new every time I head over there. Now, let’s welcome Kate!

Hi friends!  I’m Kate.  I started working as a freelance web designer over a year ago and I’ve been designing and blogging from my tiny apartment ever since.  My husband and I live in a small town in Virginia while he attends law school.  When I’m not working I like hanging out with friends, visiting family, reading blogs, and eating whether it’s trying a new restaurant or a new recipe from Pinterest.

What gets you jazzed?

Pretty color palettes, calligraphy and hand lettering, stripes and polka dots, collaborating with other creatives, any sort of delicious food, and pretty much everything Martha Stewart.

Where do you go to find inspiration, and what are you inspired by?

I’ve been trying to step away from the computer lately and look to books and magazines for inspiration.  But of course, that never really works, and browsing blogs and Pinterest is usually very inspiring.  I’ve also been pretty addicted to Dribbble lately.

From the Desk of Kate Baird of Katelyn Brooke Designs - Creative Cleanse

Tell me a little about this project and how it was inspired:

As creatives I think that most of us are constantly trying to define our style, or who we are, through our work.  It’s easy to be influenced by the work of others, and I was feeling like I needed to spend some quality time being introspective about my own style.

I have really enjoyed the Business with Heart webinars lately- they’re free discussions about being a creative entrepreneur.  It was after one of their talks that I came up with the idea for a creative cleanse. For a week I spent the time I normally reserved for browsing the internet creating projects of my choosing just for fun.  I wasn’t as strict about it as I would have liked to be, but I definitely came away from it feeling refreshed.  I’m hoping to start incorporating projects like that into my weekly schedule- I think it’s so important to pursue creative things just because you enjoy it!

How has blogging effected your creative life, and vice versa?

Blogging has opened my eyes to so many different forms of creativity.  There are so many ways to go about it and so many different styles out there.  It’s challenged and inspired me to really pursue my own style- which is always a work in progress!

If you could give one tip to the rest of us, what would that be?

Working from home for the last year and a half has really taught me how important relationships are in every aspect of life.  None of us live in a vacuum, and it’s important to get out there and connect with others, even if you’re not meeting face to face.  You never know how your kindness and connections might help you one day, so always reach out and make an effort to give sometimes without expecting anything in return.

Thanks Kate! Be sure to check out her blog for daily inspirations. xoxo.

FROM THE DESK OF | rachael adele, designer and blogger

From the Desk of Rachael Adele of For the Love of Design - Her Desk

I’m excited to introduce the lovely Rachael Adele to you today. She is a talented designer and illustrator based out of Kansas City, and authors the blog for the love of design—it’s definitely a treat! I love her eye for simplicity and beauty that shows all throughout her blog and her design work. I hope you all get a chance to check out her blog, and that you enjoy what she has to share!

Hey there! My name is Rachael and I live in Kansas City. I’m currently working as an interactive art director by day and a freelance designer and blogger at For The Love of Design by night. When I’m not working, I love hanging with my family, grabbing drinks with friends, cooking, reading blogs (and sometimes even books! ;) all the while instagraming it all. Duh.

From the Desk of Rachael Adele of For the Love of Design - Vignette

What get’s you jazzed?

Typography, travel, witty branding, minimalism, eating local, a good playlist, adventure, other creatives and bloggers, a fresh notebook, trips to the library, and of course, coffee.

Where do you go to find inspiration, and what are you inspired by?

I find inspiration in unexpected places every day. It could be as simple as a great sunset on my way home from work (cheesy?), the branding of a local cafe at brunch with the girls, or a random dream that I am forced to wake up from and write down my thoughts. For those times when I’m intentionally searching for inspiration, I refer to my pinterest boards, other creative’s work that I admire, magazines, books, and archives of photographs, ads, and art from different eras.

From the Desk of Rachael Adele of For the Love of Design - Invitation Suite

Tell me a little about this project and how it was inspired:

This project is an invitation suite I recently designed for a close friend. Knowing the person you’re designing for makes things a little easier (and more fun), so a large part of the inspiration came from the couple’s personality and style. I also drew inspiration from the amazing barn and estate where their reception took place. Invitation design is not something I get to do often, so this was a nice change of scenery.

How has blogging effected your creative life, and vice versa?

Blogging has effected my creative life in so many positive ways. For The Love of Design came to exist as an outlet to channel my creative energy into when I was doing less creative tasks at my day job. Something I didn’t realize in the beginning, but value so greatly now, is that blogging has provided me with an amazing sense of community full of creatives that are constantly inspiring me to keep doing what I love.

If you could give one tip to the rest of us, what would that be?

Kindness will get you everywhere. Be nice, do all things with love, and reach out to people. All we really have is each other. Interact and build relationships online, you never know what kind of lasting friendships and opportunities could come of them!

Big thanks to Rachael for sharing with us today! Be sure to check out more of what she has going on over on her blog: For the Love of Design!

FROM THE DESK OF | kayte terry

KAYTE TERRY, blogger, author, crafter, painter - from the desk of

I have a very special introduction to make this morning. Please welcome Kayte Terry — author of the book paper made, and an avid blogger, crafter, and painter! She reached out to me recently, and I was more than enthusiastic to share her space and a recent project. I kind of want to live in everything she sent me, isn’t it perfection?

Hi there! I’m Kayte. I Iive in South Philly with my husband and our enormous cat Bruce le Bruce. I work by day as the Visual Communication Manager and Inspiration Coordinator (it’s a mouthful, I know) at Anthropologie in the Home Office. By night, I am a blogger, an author, a crafter, a painter, and pretty much anything else I can cram into my waking hours. Sitting still is something I am not good at. My blog, This is Love Forever, is a catalog of all the things I love, be it a recipe, a DIY project, an image from my inspiration archive or a photo from a recent road trip.

What gets you jazzed?
Strong tea, nature, silence. I don’t have enough of any of these things. I am a quintessential Libra in that I love contrast and balance. I equal parts city and country mouse. I love natural colors but I love them with neon pink. Today I am wearing a striped skirt, a polka dot blouse and a floral jacket. You could say I like patterns and prints!

Where do you go to find inspiration, and what are you inspired by?
Oh everywhere and everything. One of my big jobs at work is in finding inspiration and using it to create different concepts and personalities for the stores to use so I’m always on the look-out for something new. Lately some things that inspire me are: natural plant dyes, shibori, vintage quilts, prize ribbons, maps and nights by the fire. I’m very drawn to the natural, the quiet and the woods lately but I always manage to throw a little hot pink or a crazy print in there too!

People usually think I get to travel to all sorts of glamorous places for my work but really, I just spend a ton of time doing research in books and on the internet. I always think of something Isaac Mizrahi said in the documentary Unzipped (one of my favorites!): “I don’t to go to India and Australia in order to do collections about those places, I can do them from my imagination or from having seen the Flinstones episode that was set in Australia or something.” It’s always a good reminder to me that inspiration can come from anywhere!

KAYTE TERRY, blogger, author, crafter, painter - inspired project - from the desk of

Tell me a little about this project (the one you’d link/give me photos to) and how it was inspired:
I just came off an author tour for my book Paper Made! and I wanted to make something paper to wear to events. I made this flower fascinator, a variation of a project in the book. This flower was somewhat inspired by this Christopher Kane ad. I’m always excited to see his runway shows because he is so adept at mixing high and low materials.

If you could give one tip to the rest of us, what would that be?
Be yourself and trust your instincts. It’s easy to get overload with inspiration and other people’s work but it’s important to sometimes turn off the internet and let your mind wander. Don’t worry if your work isn’t “on trend”…yet.

I remember one of my first jobs I worked for a window dresser who would just walk into the store in his tasseled loafers, his coat draped over his shoulder and make grand proclamations like “it’s all about green!” or “animal prints and stripes are back in!” It was always a dream of mine to cultivate that kind of clarity of vision, to be a trend setter and not just a follower.

Huge thank you’s to Kayte for sharing her space and her inspirations. Make sure to show her some love over on her blog, and to check out her book!

FROM THE DESK OF | laura parke

LAURA PARKE, a girl who makes, blogger and crafter

Laura and I first ‘met’ when we were both chosen by Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind to contribute to her blog as she was getting ready for her sweet new addition to her family. Over the past couple months, I have been in awe with each and every one of Laura’s fabulous DIY projects not only on her column MakeKind, but on her own blog a girl who makes. I don’t know how she does it! I’m lucky to count her as one of my blogger friends, and we both share a unique ability to dress up in pattern on pattern ensembles while around the house. It’s special. 

Hello! My name is Laura Parke and I love to craft. I’m constantly dreaming up what I can make next whether it’s a pencil holder, an art piece or a necklace to give to my best friend for her birthday. I’m a graphic designer by day, residing in Kansas City with my husband. When I’m not working with my glue gun, I enjoy baking, traveling and eating ice cream.

What gets you jazzed?

I get jazzed about unique color combinations, hand-written letters, ice cream,trips to California to visit family, dreaming about the future and polka dots!

Where do you go to find inspiration, and what are you inspired by?

This might sound strange but I am inspired by a trip to the hardware store. I love discovering new materials and my mind just goes crazy with possibilities there. Also, I’m not afraid of power tools.

LAURA PARKE, a girl who makes, blogger and crafter

Tell me a little about this project and how it was inspired:

As paillettes had been popping up in fashion I kept thinking how I could get in on the trend. It wasn’t until I was in a fabric store searching for supplies for another project, when it all of a sudden it dawned on me. I noticed the vinyl upholstery fabric people generally use for car interiors and restaurant booths and it all came together. I could punch my own circles of leather (or vinyl like I used) and make my own version of layering paillettes. I love the crispness of them and the layering gives the belt such texture. The project was pretty easy, so I’d love to make myself a shirt or a skirt like the one shown. How fun would that be?

Find Laura’s DIY tutorial on how to make this belt yourself, here.

If you could give one tip to the rest of us, what would that be?

Choose love. Love yourself for who you are and love others for who they are. The world needs more love, don’t you think?

Lots of LOVE and thanks for Laura today for sharing her space and this inside look to her inspirations! For more on Laura, be sure to check out her blog a girl who makes for more fabulous DIY’s and tutorials.