Modern office on a budget

OFFICE CHAIR UPGRADE via BESOTTED BLOG

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I appreciate the serenity and simplicity of minimal living and our home is pared down to be  sure, but I think I’m far too sentimental to be a true minimalist. My great-grandmother’s dining set (she had excellent taste) that needs refinishing, the daybed that I sketched on a napkin and asked my grandfather to make for me when I turned 15 (my 1st design project!), mean more to me than brand new sleek and sexy furniture ever could. However, there’s a time when sentimentality has to fall by the wayside and the need to upgrade cannot be ignored – like when sitting at the computer in one of great grandma’s dining room chairs with a bed pillow stacked on the seat, results in the worst back and neck pain since bruising my tailbone on a ski trip (because when I ski, I spend a lot of time on my rear – or well.. generally splayed out in the snow in some fashion). It was abundantly clear I needed to find some comfortable, good looking (preferably white), easily assembled, not too pricey, real deal office desk chairs ASAP.

After an extensive search (online that is), I came up with some pretty handsome finalists that I thought I’d share in case your back and neck have had it with your current desk chair as well. The winning chairs have been tested for a couple of weeks now, and I can honestly say that our backs/necks/rears couldn’t be happier!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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AGE OF GRACE | Eva Zeisel

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I have my file which is called To Do. I have my plans. I have my clients. I am doing my work like I always did. 

Eva Zeisel during her Ted Talk at the age of 94.

Age is a funny little number. I’ve met people in their 20’s who are already set in their ways, and people in their 80’s who belly laugh every single day. I’m a firm believer that it’s important to find people who are vibrant and happily productive in their later years to look to as beacons of hope that our own later years aren’t predestined to be spent watching game shows and eating soup.

Eva Zeisel worked well into her final 105th year. She began as a potter’s apprentice at the age of 18, and built one of the most impressive industrial design careers of the modern era. She was endlessly inspired by beauty and playful creative discovery, and I can’t imagine a better way to claim your vitality and remain ageless, than by dreaming up and creating beauty to share with others. Eva’s most iconic and recognizable works are her pottery and ceramic designs, but she continually explored new design mediums – even more so as she grew older.

In the spirit of it’s never too late, I thought it would be fun to show you a small sampling of Eva’s projects in her 90’s and 100’s – I find her incredibly inspiring and hope you do too!

94 yrs old: gives Ted Talk on the Playful Search for Beauty

96 yrs old : designs pens & desk accessories for Acme Studios

102 yrs old: designs hand blown glass vases for Gumps

102 yrs old : began a collaboration to design rugs for The Rug Company

104 yrs old: Creates silkscreens in collaboration with KleinReid

 

*Dinnerware set above available at DWR.

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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Besotted with Maybelle Luxe Lettering Kit Giveaway

What a week! All my week’s feel like whirlwinds, maybe that’s part and parcel of having a toddler, or getting older (or drinking too much cold brew), but whatever the reason I can’t believe it’s Friday already. Since I work for myself I don’t get a traditional weekend, so Friday’s don’t feel much like Friday’s anymore, but I do remember savoring that feeling of closing time when I was working at an office (actually it was their storage closest) but still. With that lovely feeling in mind of it being time to head out for the weekend I will leave you a few things that are happening around here, happy weekend!

You still have time to enter Maybelle’s exquisite giveaway, remember to leave your comment here and make sure you regram or pin the images with the hashtag #lovemaybelle. We have been loving all your quotes, we are duly moved and inspired.

I have mentioned Maskcara before, I adore her, but this makeover was just outstanding!

I am a huge fan of the artist Carson Ellis, her collaborative project with her husband, Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists ) the book series ‘The Wildwood Chronicles’ is wildly imaginative and would not be the same without her illustrative genius. I am really relishing each chapter. This is a fun interview with Carson, if you interested in probing further and seeing more of her fine work.

Speaking of beautiful illustrations, my daughter is currently on a huge mermaid kick thanks to a stunningly beautiful double page mermaid spread in Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin. E. won’t even let me finish the story anymore and wants to cut straight to the mermaids, I love reading to her so I was in search of book with a mermaid focus and found The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G.Campbell, the story is sweet and original and the illustrations are equally as gorgeous.

Michelle and I recently figured out something close to magic in Photoshop, a new (and easier) way to do a task for the next Foto Rx set we are creating. I love the thrill of discovery and being able to experiment with our new found skills! Speaking of that wonderful program Photoshop we will be having some simple + easy Photoshop tutorials up on the site next week!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

photo by michelle p.

Good to know:: Chalk Pencil

Chalk Pencil Besotted Blog

Michelle and I are enjoying our summer (and I hope you are too). I suppose if you are on the other side of the globe than keeping cozy with your winter (hard to envision winter when it’s 90 + out). We are doing a ‘best of besotted’ this week. These are the posts that you found the most interesting or shared with others (we thank you). Hopefully some of these posts will be new to you and just as exciting as it was for others. Enjoy!

I re-designed this blog with the intention of it becoming a creative resource destination, I had this grand idea that I would create a series called ‘Good to know’. My idea was that I would present information and/or products to you that would be equal parts ‘aha!’ and ‘I am so happy to know that’. Being that I have been on this earth much longer than most of the visitors here I have aggregated quite a storehouse of info in my little brain. Most of the time I think, ‘this is lame everyone knows about this already, don’t they?’ After being told time and time again from people that they were so excited by the tid bits I shared in my personal life, I thought what the heck? If even one or two of you are excited than I am pleased, but secretly I am hoping that more of you are all like ‘whoa, no way’. To that I would counter–‘way’. I wasn’t planning on sharing my first ‘Good to know’ on my Lettering Love post, but it fit and I like order, you? There’s a current chalk typography frenzy that has blown through the blogosphere like polyester on fire, I don’t know about you, but traditional chalk and myself are not compatible. I have tried and tried, I have even followed a Pinterest suggestion of taking a traditional chalk stick and using a large pencil sharpener to create a point. I know, this sounds like genius, but it’s stupid, don’t try it, it’s messy and still looks like you wrote out your typographical masterpiece in chalk (but bad chalk). Lately, I have been teaching myself to draw (I will go more into that soon) and was buying some pencils with soft lead when I spied the white charcoal pencils or chalk pencils; yes, the angels indeed started singing and beams of bright light shone (shined?) down from the heavens above. Chalk pencils are exactly what I needed (and perhaps you too?) to create beautiful and legible chalk art. I love that I can get extra thin strokes, yet I can still get a nice thick stroke as well. This is brilliant folks! The best part is that they are very inexpensive and there doesn’t seem to be a difference between brands. I bought both The General’s Charcoal White and Giocanda’s White Chalk (you can can find them in singles as well) and felt that there wasn’t much quality differential (within the parameters I am using them for). So, if you were planning on using chalkboard art for your next event or even home decor, I hope I saved you from pulling out all your hair or committing hari-kiri--you are welcome.

P.S. The background is a faux chalkboard d.i.y. by Jenny of Hank & Hunt (a fave).

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

AROUND HERE…

around here besotted blog june 2015

It certainly was an enjoyable week for us here, we love to talk books, design and food! Michelle and I usually have a few projects going at once so being able to theme are weeks here has allowed us to still pop in but also keeps us focused (it’s our daily challenge-focus), it works for this summertime state of mind when the last thing you want to be doing is sitting in front of your computer (unless you are me and have a hardcore Photoshop addiction).

If you aren’t following me on Instagram you wouldn’t have seen the lovely little bauble that is now in my possession. I feel so lucky to have such thoughtful + talented clients. I am getting excited to start on a couple more branding projects soon, I can’t wait to see the metamorphosis of this brand.

Even though the temperatures are rising considerably (even for Seattle) I have found myself on what could only be called a cooking spree. I just ordered this book, ‘genius’ is in the title and rightly so. I have earmarked too many recipes to count and have had great success with the ones I have made.

Michelle and I have both downloaded this book for a project we are working on. Did you know many classic titles are available to download for free on your Kindle? I am completely obsessed with mine and wouldn’t be able to do so much reading without it (all my reading time is relegated to the wee hours of the night when everyone else has drifted to sleep).

Speaking of projects, we have one brewing currently, but we wanted to ask you some questions first. I know we all seem to get those pangs of envy here on the interwebs when someone is doing something wildly creative and being successful at it. We were wondering if you had the opportunity to ask any of these Creatives, Artists, Entrepreneurs questions, if you could ask them questions (and get answers!) who would be on your top 5 list and what kind of questions would you ask?

P.S. I edited this photo with our Foto Rx actions (but of course) both the premium sets (First Aid Kit | Magic Pill + Film Effects-Grain and Matte, Shopkeeper’s Helper-Color Pop) and our Freebie for May ‘Aqua Skies’ (which allows you to paint a blue object and bring out the aqua and teals in it). If you want in on this action visit the shop or sign up for the list for free actions each month!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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