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.

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!