Decorating with Typography

Good typographic layouts (to me) form pictures, not just words. They tell stories and invoke feelings. I love filling my walls with things I love, and just one of the things I love is beautiful typography. I also love how it merges my background as a graphic designer with my everyday spaces. From artwork to pillows, my house is filled with typography art.

 

Type is saying things to us all the time. Typefaces express a mood, an atmosphere. They give words a certain coloring.

Rick Poyner, Writer

 

10 Principles of Good Design by Dieter Rams

Not only does this print display my love for typography, it also represents my love for design and the design process. It’s a beautiful print that is mounted slightly off the matte, so you can see the depth of the letterpress.

 

Helvetica Posters

My friends know I have a thing for Helvetica. My friend sent me this link to this site and it was game over for me.

This Helvetica poster I’ve had for years. Originally for my office at work, now hung in my bedroom.

 

NYC Subway Identity System book

Houseguests ask me why I have a NYC Subway Identity System book…and I answer “because it’s classic design.” This was my first ever Kickstarter backer project and I’m so happy I did it.

 

Bedroom quote poster

A DIY project I did after getting inspiration from a Pinterest find. The frame is magnetic, so I can switch out the print anytime I want. Plus this is the best quote ever. :)

 

Marquee Boards

Quotes keep me inspired. I have collected a few of my favorites and swap out the quotes depending on my mood or season.

 

Local Maps

I love my city AND my state. Nothing better than surrounding yourself with local pride.

 

Pillows

I picked this pillow up on one of my work trips to New York City. A subtle embossed neighborhood map of Manhattan. New York always inspires me with art and design, and this pillow was just one of those times.

 

For all the other type lovers out there…how do you like to decorate with type? :)

 

Merry Christmas

The month of December I was able to slow down for once and relax. I was able to put my Christmas tree and decorations up early and enjoy them. I also had time to catch up on my DVR, as well as even watch some cheesy made-for-tv holiday specials. :) I also had time to revisit some of my old holiday DIY posts, and clean them up a little for my blog. I especially reflected on 25 Days of Crafts that I did back in 2013 with Cathie of tinsel + trim. It was so fun to go back through all our crafts…remembering all the late nights we spent working on them. :) We were so crazy trying to attempt that.

So whether you have the time off or not, I hope you all had some time to enjoy the festivities, and reflect on the season. Here is a sneak peak of my house all ready for the big day.

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

 

Modern Christmas Decor

I have historically been a little schizophrenic when it comes to my Christmas decoration themes. Here are some of the themes I’ve had in the last 20 years.

  • Shabby Chic Country – Think patchwork, torn fabric, and wooden bead garland.
  • Rustic Wrought Iron – Most of my ornaments were metal. I did however LOVE my tree topper that was wrought iron multi-spoke stars.
  • Red, Green, and White – This one is obvious.
  • Traditional – Tipping off the previous theme, but think Christopher Radko style ornaments in the previous color scheme.

My latest theme? Modern black, white, gray, and gold. We’ll see how long this one sticks. :)

So in honor of my inability to stick to one Christmas theme, here is a round-up of my favorite modern Christmas decorations this year.

 

Design Letters Black Advent Calendar – featured on Design Life Kids

 

 

Monili Christmas Tree Bauble – from Scandinavian Design Center

 

Christmas Tree Blanket – from Ferm Living

 

Line Candleholder – by Lassen Copenhagen

 

Ferm Living Brass Tree – featured on Burke Decor

 

Hanging Tealight Deco – from Ferm Living

 

Modern Artist Ornament Set – from MoMA Design Store

 

Raw Steel

Raw steel accents are one of my ALL TIME favorite architectural elements. Anything from loft railings, staircases, windows, shelving or beams…it’s right up my alley. Some may find raw steel cold, but for me it just brings more dimension to the space. It’s the mix of natural materials that I love so much. I don’t have the luxury of living in a home like one of these (yet) but I do bring out some steel accents where I can. They might be more in the form of say…a coffee table. :)

Here are a few of my favorites right now. Aren’t they just gorgeous!!!

 

 

Picture via Elle Decoration UK – from FashionSquad