Monthly Archives: October 2011

E+J Bedroom Redo Update

gray zig zag chevron bedroomOur bedroom is slowly coming along. We installed gray-blue curtains nearly the same color as the “Heavy Goose” walls (and no, they don’t always look crazy like that — just were pinned back behind the door handles to let in some light for the photo shoot earlier this week). The curtains are from Ikea.

Today I ordered a gray chevron rug and zig zag pillow shams from Urban Outfitters. I realize that at some point I will tire of chevrons, but I think a $100 price tag for both zig zag-a-riffic pieces is keeping it under control.

Urban Outfitters MusicSidenote: did you know that Urban Outfitters has free albums and streaming music? Nice. I’m listening now (Phoenix … excellent). Thanks, UO!

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My Dreamy Workspace

ghost chair silver desk polaroidThe studio is in the midst of a big cleanup/reorganization. It’s in the “it’s going to look worse before it gets better” stage. It is so incredibly messy in there that I had to move my computer to a new workspace just to be able to think. Can you work in a messy office? I absolutely cannot do it. The “noise” of the mess makes my brain hurt … and it’s difficult to design without a functioning brain! This is my temporary workspace. I borrowed a Ghost chair from Mom. I love it except for the fact that I can’t cross my legs into my lap — Mom told me if I scratch the chair I’m toast!

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Sneak Peek at the Delphine 2012 Calendar

sneak peek at Delphine 2012 CalendarIt’s never dull here at the Delphine studio. Yesterday we had a photo shoot. Sneak peek behind the scenes shot above left. Add “reluctant model” to my list of duties as a business owner. We also picked up our new 2012 calendar from the pressroom. It’s our most colorful one yet. We’ll take photos later this week and get it up on the site soon. Meanwhile if you’d like to order let me know — they are ready to ship!

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Tools for Design Inspiration: a Wish List

tools to inspire design wish listIt was a very, very, very busy summer and early fall here at the Delphine design studio. So much design happening here I could hardly keep track (or breathe). I have been dreaming about pixels and Pantone colors, fonts and finishes, brand theory and color theory.

Now that a major chunk of work is off my desk I feel like treating myself to a little something from my wish list. Basically, I’ve bribed myself: Erika, if you stay up one more hour and design 10 more files you’ll get a treat. I like to tell myself (and the bookkeeper) that everything on this list is really an investment back into my design career. The purse, you ask? Oh, that … that is a very important tool: a file carrier for safely transporting client files to and from meetings. Right? Pssst, clients: Christmas bonus me anytime : )

WISH LIST ITEMS: No. 1 ”Dish,” by Shax Riegler, a book full of inspiring colors and patterns.   No. 2  A trip to AltSummit, a conference full of inspiring people.   No. 3 A beautiful tortoise fountain pen from Sam Flax South, because I’m full of flashes of inspiration and need to get those thoughts down on paper.  No. 4 STOP THE PRESSES: I NEEEEEED THIS: the new genius Wacom Inkling, to sketch illustrations in my sketchbook while capturing a digital likeness of said sketch in vector format. That’s right. Genius!!  No. 5 A subscription to Uppercase magazine, full of inspiring stories and pretty pictures.  No. 6 Hudson bag, because it looks perfect for carrying around all the items on my wish list (and stylish enough to carry to No. 2). 

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Hot Air Balloons

blue sky day hot air balloonTuesdays are photo shoot days. It’s such a great break from sitting at the computer all day. But booooo, it’s cloudy and icky this morning, so I’m not sure how much shooting we’ll get to do. Wishing it was a blue sky day, like last Sunday, when we went to the pumpkin patch near Rancho Santa Fe, California and were surprised to see hot air balloons launching in the field next to the pumpkin patch parking lot. The pink one actually hit our car as it was filling up!

pumpkin patch balloons

neon hot air balloonsDon’t you love the neon pink balloon? The color combo of neon pink with bright yellow, hot red and black is so cool.

//photos by Erika Firm


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Haute off the Press: CARNIVAL Wedding Invitation

New Carnival Wedding InvitationHere’s a peek at one of our newest wedding invitation designs, CARNIVAL. It was inspired by summer afternoons at the local county fair, circus posters, popcorn, and stripy straws.

It’s one of the new designs in our Signature Collection wedding album, in stores now.

Carnival wedding invitation shown in red and robin’s egg turquoise blue, printed on 100 percent cotton paper, with matching cotton envelope and robin’s egg turquoise printed envelope liner.  Design ©Delphine.

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Pecha Kucha Night San Diego

Pecha Kucha Night San Diego Oct 20 2011San Diego area creatives, take note … this sounds AMAZING ….

PechaKucha Night is an event for designers and creative types of all disciplines to meet, network, show their work, and play. Presenters are allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds. You don’t have to present to attend! It’s a super way to get inspiration from fellow creatives.

David Lecours, a North County designer, will emcee the upcoming San Diego event. He also designed the sweet poster.

PechaKucha Night is open to all creative types: architects, photographers, designers, sculptors, chefs … anyone who creates. DETAILS: October 20, 2011 8:20pm to 10:20 pm at Til Two Club 4746 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115. $10 suggested donation. MIHO Gastrotruck will be there with delicious eats.

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Pretty Peach Color Palette

Peach Apricot Melon Color Palette Vintage Prize RibbonsLast week I spotted these gorgeous vintage horse ribbons at Jennifer Price‘s boutique inside SoLo. I just love the color palette, which reminds me of summer peaches.

Jennifer Price Horse Ribbon FrameI can totally see these vintage prize ribbons in a wedding setting — perhaps as alternative to a boutonniere, or to mark table numbers (you can insert a photo in the center). So pretty!

Peach botanical illustration from Discovery // Horse Ribbon photo by Erika Firm

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Treehouse Wishes

backyard treehouseIt’s been another crazy busy week here at the Delphine studio. I’m hoping the weather will warm up a bit so I can sneak off with a book to my son’s backyard treehouse. Wishing you a carefree weekend!

//photo: Erika Firm

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