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 | 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.

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!