Drawing from Memory


{Art, Design, Dreams, Fashion, Inspiration, Interiors, Installation, Photography: A visual journal of what we are influenced by and what inspires us as creatives.}




Vintage Travel Look & Feel

{ Monday, August 26, 2013 }

This month, we're in the midst of establishing a look and feel for a new luxury jewelry brand we're happy to be working with this year. Although the brand doesn't have a solid name yet, the jewelry is bold, colorful, and newly made with a vintage-inspired feel. During the branding process, we like to understand as much as we possibly can about the product itself and the eventual woman who will wear it. What are her goals and ambitions? What does she love to do in her spare time? Why does this particular brand resonate so well with her? Inspired by the owners themselves, this brand's look will be inspired by vintage global travel and the colors of some of the most beautiful places on earth. Made to momentarily transport the wearer to another time and place, this brand undoubtedly whispers: "take me away".

Images via:

1. Gary Pepper Girl  2. Anthropologie  3. Kendi Everyday  4. Pinterest  5. Cheeky Chelly  6. Bread & Olives  7. Pinterest  8. Anthropologie  9. Gary Pepper Girl  10. Andrei Robu  11. Darling, Be Darling

Taming the Wild

{ Wednesday, July 24, 2013 }

We just created a new Pinterest board called "Taming the Wild". Pinning so many outdoor landscapes has us in the mood for some summer adventures! 

Images via: 

1. Mediterranean Sea  2. VW Bus  3. VW Bug  4. Cliff Jumping  5. Beach Bonfire  6. Beach Umbrellas  7. Ocean Diving Board 

Living in Color - Hot Red Orange

{ Wednesday, September 12, 2012 }

Love these flowers in Pantone Warm Red C from Pike's Place Market in Seattle. What an amazing color!

Pikes Place Market

{ Monday, September 10, 2012 }

Kelly, our Marketing Strategist, spent her Labor Day weekend in Seattle, basking in the beautiful fall temperature (68˚ and sunny every day) and eating almost every meal from the Pikes Place Market. Right on the waterfront, the market has all the fresh produce, seafood, and flowers you could ever want - not to mention the hoards of delicious bakeries, coffee shops (including, gasp, the ORIGINAL Starbucks!), and craft/product booths to boot. But the best part about Pikes Place? It's open EVERY DAY. Unlike your run-of-the-mill farmer's markets that operate just once a week, Pike's Place sets up shop every day, rain or shine. With a market like this stuck right in the middle of downtown Seattle, who would ever need a trip to the grocery store again?

All photos taken by Kelly using Instagram @johnsonkellyc.

Sail Away to a Whimsical Castle

{ Thursday, March 29, 2012 }

Today we'd like to jump on this gorgeous sailboat and sail away to Ireland where this whimsical castle on the beach awaits us. We'll kick up our feet, grab a bottle of wine, and bask in our lovely fantasy of a relaxing getaway!

whimsical castle getaway

Images via Pinterest & imgfave

South African Paradise

{ Monday, December 05, 2011 }

Looks like we've got a case of the Mondays... today we'll be dreaming we were on vacation at Babylonstoren, a Cape Dutch farm complete with vineyards and an enormous vegetable garden in Cape Winelands, South Africa. Swoon.

And to top it off, they've got a nice website. We love being greeted by chickens.

All images via Babylonstoren via The Travel Files

Illuminated Windows at Night

{ Tuesday, November 08, 2011 }

Photographer Anne-Laure House sees illuminated windows at night as living pictures. Her Pictures of Intimacy series includes windows in New York City, Paris, Amesterdam, Ile De Re (France), and our favorite, Prague (below). Anne writes

"At nightfall, the windows of the flats that are lit up attract more attention than the façade of the buildings that frame them. Lit interiors become real tableaux vivants. The interior takes precedence over the exterior, and we can glimpse moments of people’s intimate lives. I am not actually interested in their intimacy as such, but rather by the space itself – the warmth of a particular light, the twinkling of a Christmas garland or the shimmering glow of a television, the corner of a painting. All these details stir my imagination and inspire my work. When I gaze at these windows, I like to tell myself a story. I capture these intimate moments and build my own structures.” - Anne-Laure House

Image via Wall 30 and Kateoplis

Happy Labor Day!

{ Friday, September 02, 2011 }

What a difference 100 years makes! Wishing everyone a safe and non-embarassing Labor Day Weekend!

jersey shore ladies

Ladies on the Jersey Shore - 1910

jersey shore 2010

Ladies on the Jersey Shore - 2010

Images via
1.  ozfan22 (flickr)  2. FeeWorldOrder.com

Fair Nostalgia

{ Tuesday, August 30, 2011 }

September is just around the corner, and we're feeling nostalgic for our favorite fairs! 

The Tunbridge World's Fair has been in existence since 1857, and has remained largely unchanged since its debut over 150 years ago. This year, it runs from September 15-18 in the tiny town of Tunbridge, VT, and features mainly old-world attractions like pony pulling, sheepdog trials, and harness racing.

old world fair carousel
vintage girl and cow

The Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair celebrated its 150th anniversary this year. A little more old-world meets new-world, the fair is an attraction that can please all with its farm animals, fried foods, traditional crafts, and plenty of rides. Our friend from RISD owns the local smoke pig roast stand, below.

fair pig roast

fair cows

Images via

1.  Benedetta Falugi (flickr)   2. ozfan22 (flickr)   3&4. SixBurnerSue  5. mvol.com  6. MV Best Read Guide

Dollhouse Craze

{ Wednesday, August 03, 2011 }

When I was visiting Stockholm, I saw a dollhouse exhibit at the Nordic Museum that I absolutely loved. A few days ago, I was flipping through the pages of Elle, and voila! There was an awesome, modern, and totally inspiring dollhouse in the decor section - The Emerson House by Brinca Dada.
Modern Doll House
Traditionally, dollhouses functioned as cabinet display cases and were used primarily by the women in the home - children were not allowed to touch them, for fear that the delicate, expensive trophies would be broken. In the early 19th century, dollhouses evolved into toys for little girls to play with. Today, dollhouses exist as toys, but also as collector's items and design inspiration. I'm especially loving modern dollhouses, including The Emerson House and The Kaleidoscope House (below).

Images via
1. Elle Magazine  2. Bump to Bean

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