1. March 11, 2013
    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!


  2. February 25, 2013
    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.


  3. February 11, 2013
    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!


  4. December 3, 2012
    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!


  5. November 5, 2012
    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.


  6. September 24, 2012
    FROM THE DESK OF | jordan brantley, designer + blogger

    JORDAN BRANTLEY, Create Like Crazy, blogger and designer

    I’d like to welcome Jordan Brantley to the blog today! She’s the lovely lady behind the blog I can’t get enough of—Create Like Crazy. She’s such a sweetheart to blog-land and seems to always be cheering everyone on, how great is that? We also love to meet up on twitter and have wine, because that’s normal (#designbywine). OH! and that dress. Scroll down to see what I mean. Let’s let Jordan take it from here:

    Hello! My name is Jordan Brantley. I’m the designer + blogger over at Create Like Crazy! I currently live in Jacksonville, FL with my husband, Chris. When I’m not “working” ( I really can’t call it work; I absolutely love my job! ) I love hanging out with my family in St. Augustine, scoping out antique stores with my girls, or chilling at the beach with Chris.  Okay.. or reading blogs. That may or may not take up a large part of my life. ;) I really love meeting fellow creative bloggers.

    What gets you jazzed?

    I could go on forever, but most recently: polka dots, handwritten type, a day off with my mister, finding a new favorite local spot, negative space, loafers, messy hair, finding good Christian music, antique shopping + new opportunities.

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

    I am most inspired after hanging out with the CLC contributors. I meet up with at least one of the ladies once a week and I can always feel my inspiration tank getting low if it’s been too long. Our meetings are always filled with lots of squealing and big ideas. I always leave refreshed and overwhelmed with new ideas!

    JORDAN BRANTLEY, Create Like Crazy, blogger and designer

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

    This wedding stationary suite was designed for a rooftop shoot by Jennifer Blair that I was blessed to be a part of along with some amazingly talented vendors. My guy and I also modeled for the shoot! The design was inspired by the location and the overall vibe of the event decor. I wanted it to fit the softness of the string lights and sparkling dress, but also have the edge that comes with the cityscape.

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

    I was recently introduced to this quote by  Chuck Williams, the founder of Williams Sonoma, that I’ll pass on to you. “If you love what you do, then the world will fall in love with you.” I’ve found this to be true in many areas, blogging definitely being one of them. I can always tell if someone is passionate about their work. Stay true to what you absolutely love and people will notice!

    Big thank you’s to Jordan for sharing over here today! Be sure to check out Create Like Crazy, you won’t be sorry you took a gander, I promise.


  7. August 6, 2012
    FROM THE DESK OF | whitney curtis

    From the desk of Whitney Curtis, lifestyle blogger at The Curtis Casa

    Whitney Curtis, blogger over at The Curtis Casa, has been such a joy to get to know over the past couple weeks. I’ve been enamored with her sprit her blog, and really, her instagrams! They’re just fabulous—take the pictures in this post as just a sneak peek into what you’ll find over there! Can you get over that desk, and the view? I know I can’t. She is a fellow Georgian blogger, and I’m ecstatic to have her over to my casa today. Now, enough jibber-jabber, let’s get to know Whitney a bit, shall we?

    Hi there! My name is Whitney, and I live in Atlanta, GA. I grew up in a small town in North Carolina and moved to the biggest city in the south about three years ago when I married my husband, Allen. We just celebrated our third anniversary! I’m a non-profit fundraiser by day and a lifestyle blogger by night. On a normal day, you can find me watering my hydrangeas or eating a homemade tomato tart. On my blog, I enjoy sharing DIY projects, our efforts to transform a little dirt patch to a backyard garden, and baking a pie every month!

    What gets you jazzed?

    I get jazzed about lots of things, in no particular order: house projects, organization, new shoes, being outside, fancy handwriting, coffee, photography, road trips and spending time with friends and family.

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

    I find inspiration when I’m spending time outdoors, when I’m flipping through the latest design mags and when my Mom and I get stuck on the phone talking on and on about the next house project we can tackle!

    From the desk of Whitney Curtis, blogger at The Curtis Casa

    Tell us a little about a recent project and how it was inspired:

    The dipped leg trend has been everywhere on the blogosphere and it looked so easy, I really wanted to try it myself. I kept hoping I’d find something at the thrift store but nothing came up after a couple of months. Finally, I popped by my favorite neighborhood thrift, on the phone with my sister, not really paying attention, and bam! A perfect tripod table for a measly $3.00. I snatched it right up! It’s currently on my screened in porch, where I sit and unwind almost every afternoon after work. Usually with a glass of wine!

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

    Fake it til you make it! I have these pencils with this silly saying on my desk, but I think it’s so true. It’s always a good reminder when I need a little boost of confidence!

    If you liked what you saw here, please make sure to stop by Whitney’s blog and say hello! Big thank you’s to Whitney for sharing this little look into your life with Pinegate Road!


  8. June 12, 2012
    FROM THE DESK OF: lisa olson, blogger

    Please give a warm warm welcome to Lisa Olson, blogger over at Something Pretty! After meeting Lisa at an Alt Summit class, we immediately bonded over our mutual interests of blogging, and being passionate and driven women. After talking for the past couple months, we started scheming together, and we have a few surprises under our belts that will happening soon! More on that later, but for now I want to let you know that it’s been amazing to meet such a talented and sincere girl, and I hope that you enjoy this little sneak peak into Lisa’s creative life. 

    Hi! My name is Lisa, and I’m the writer of Something Pretty, a wedding inspiration blog for the classic and charming bride. I’m currently finishing up my Magazine Journalism degree at The University of Texas at Austin while pursuing a career in bridal magazines. I started blogging about a year and a half ago, and now I’m passionate about sharing real weddings, inspiration boards, and my favorite finds from around the wedding industry.

    What gets you jazzed?

    Creative people. The wedding industry is bursting with talented designers, florists, event planners, and photographers, to name a few. Every time I see new work by one my old favorites or stumble upon the work of an emerging new talent, I get so excited that my career path allows me to celebrate their work and share it with others.

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

    I try to soak up inspiration everywhere, whether it’s a color pattern in nature that inspires an inspiration board, or an outfit someone is wearing on the streets of Austin that inspires a Bridal Style post. A big part of my blog is sharing real weddings, so I’m constantly looking at photographers’ blogs to see what they’ve been shooting. And of course, there’s always Pinterest!

    Tell me about this project and how it was inspired:

    I love creating inspiration boards for my blog, so it seemed only natural to make a life-sized inspiration board for my workspace! I love being surrounded by pretty things, and I love that I can easily switch out the things on this board to create a whole new look. The board itself was a DIY project inspired by the bulletin board in The Everygirl founder Alaina’s office.

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

    Don’t settle for anything less than something that you’re passionate about. I transferred colleges twice to find a program that was perfect for me, and I can’t think of any better way to be preparing for my future.


  9. May 21, 2012
    FROM THE DESK OF | ciera holzenthal, graphic designer and blogger

    It’s been such a treat to get to know Ciera a little bit over the past couple weeks. We met in an Alt Summit class, and have been chit-chatting ever since about the blogging world. For any bloggers who haven’t experienced one of these classes, I can’t tell you enough how great they are to get to know other people who are right in the thick of it with you. I’m loving Ciera’s work, and I can’t wait to get to know her more through her gorgeous blog

    Hi, I’m Ciera, a freelance graphic designer, blogger and etsy shop owner. I was born and raised in New Orleans but have been living in Boston for the past year. I have no idea how long I’ll be here or where I will go next (one of the fun things about working for myself)! On my blog, I share my adventures as a freelance graphic designer and everything that exhilarates me as an artist. I love posting DIY projects, photography, handmade and all things graphic design!

    What gets you jazzed?
    Traveling, festivals, the beach, if I’m outside in nice weather, then I’m jazzed! Typography and good design also gets me jazzed, I don’t know what kind of graphic designer I would be if it didn’t! I also love photography, the color green and keyboard shortcuts.

    Where do you go to find inspiration, and what are you inspired by?
    I always try to create a workspace that inspires me. Since I am at my desk and on my computer a lot, I need the space around me to be stimulating.

    I also like to make goals, both personal and profession, to keep me inspired in all aspects of my life. This year, I created a 30 before 30 list and it was the first time I actually shared my list with anyone. I have been posting my progress to my blog and that has kept me even more motivated to get my goals accomplished!

    Tell me a little about this project and how it was inspired:
    I am so excited to share this invitation suite that I designed for my best friend’s bridal shower and bachelorette party! Even though the events were on the same day, each party was a special celebration, so I decided to design two separate cards that complemented each other. While the wedding colors were inspired by peacock feathers in a more subtle way, I wanted to be bright and bold for these invitations! I printed them at home and mailed the cards together in teal envelopes lined with chartreuse paper. I am really happy with the outcome and they definitely helped set the tone for our party marathon!

    (inspiration images: left // middle // right)

    If you could give one tip to the rest of us, what would that be?
    Have fun and enjoy your life with the people you love! I’m a huge fan of the motto work hard, play hard :)

    For more on Ciera check out her portfolio, her blog, or her etsy shop. It was great having you Ciera!










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