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.



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? :)


Modern Halloween

The summer has wrapped up, and fall is slowly arriving here in the pacific northwest. We have had a gorgeous fall so far…warm days, cool nights. And the leaves are beginning to fall, which means Halloween is just around the corner.

For years I have lived in a secure building so that meant zero trick-or-treaters. Part of me liked it and part of me felt a little left out. Part of the joy of this holiday is remembering when I used to go trick-or-treating and how much fun we had. It’s also fun seeing all the kids dressed up experiencing this fun night. The other part of me liked being alone and uninterrupted so I could cuddle up on my couch watching 80’s scary movies. However…this Halloween I may have a few trick-or-treaters. This means I must get prepared with decorations and a jack-o-lantern!

Digging through my Halloween decoration box I have decided to re-vamp a little this year. My place leans more modern, so I wanted something to reflect that.

Also, as my friends know, I am a bit of a type nerd. So when found these Halloween Boo Letters at Crate and Barrel I was stoked. They are perfectly simple and modern…just how I like!

White (Baby Boos) and Gray (Jarrahdale) pumpkins will line my porch stairs.

And Halloween quotes displayed across my numerous letter boards.


Day 20: Joy pillow

Cathie and I are both designers by day and bloggers by night. This usually means having a minor obsession for typography. I am definitely a purveyor of everything typography related, so doing this craft was right up my alley. For day 20 we wanted to do a craft that brings in our love of type to life.


Depending on your sewing level, and painting dry time, it takes about a day and a half.


  • 16” inch pillow insert
  • 17” x 17” square of cotton twill fabric (front of pillow)
  • 26” x 17” rectangle of cotton twill fabric (back of pillow)
  • Thread to match
  • Multi-surface acrylic or fabric paint (2 colors)
  • Alphabet Joy Template
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes (flat and small tip)
  • Silhouette Cameo/Xyron or transfer pencil (see step 2)


Step 1:

If you haven’t cut your cotton twill, cut the front side of the pillow into a 17″ square. Cotton twill is a nice fabric for pillows because it’s thick enough for décor, but not too thick that it’s hard to manage while sewing.

Step 2:

First you need to print out the Alphabet (Joy) Template. These instructions require a Silhouette Cameo and a Xyron, however if you want to use the transfer pencil method, you will need to flip the template artwork so it’s backwards before you print it out. (You can reference this post on Krafty Kath for the transfer pencil method.) If you have a Silhouette Cameo, you can cut it out as-is.

Step 2

Step 3:

Once you have your stencil cut out, remove the individual letters carefully.

Step 3

Step 4:

Carefully peel off your stencil from your cutting mat.

Step 4

Step 5:

Now cut your stencil in half (in-between the 3rd and 4th row) so you have two halves.

Step 5

Step 6:

Gently run each half through a Xyron machine to adhere the sticky backing.

Step 6

Step 7:

Remove the backing and place in the center of your 17″ square front fabric. Make sure to align the two pieces.

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Step 8:

Make sure your stencil is firmly placed on your fabric. Now you can begin to paint. Using an up and down dabbing motion, gently paint the “JOY” letters one color and the remaining alphabet another color using the square tip paint brush.

Step 8a

Step 8b

Step 8c

Step 9:

Remove your stencil from the fabric.

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Step 10:

Fill in your empty areas that the stencil made using the fine tip paint brush. These are letters like A, B, D, O, P, Q, and R. Then touch up the edges where the paint bled.

Step 10

Now let your front fabric dry completely. (We let ours dry overnight.)

Step 11:

For the back of the pillow, if you haven’t already, cut a 17″ x 26″ rectangle of the same fabric. Cut that piece in half vertically.

Step 11

Step 12:

Take one piece and fold over one inside edge 1/2” and then fold over again. Iron the folded edge flat and use a couple pins to hold the fold down. Repeat to the other piece.

Sew each of the pinned pieces right down the center of the fold, approximately 1/4” from the edge.

Step 12

Step 13:

To assemble the pillow, place the front side of the pillow (painted side) up on the table. Take the two pieces of the backside and overlap them to match the 17” x 17” square. Place the right sides to the painted side and pin together.

Step 13a

Step 13b

Step 14:

Sew around all four sides 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the edge.

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Step 15:

Trim the excess seams on the inside and then turn the case right side out.

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Step 16:

Insert the pillow insert inside the case. You’ve just created a new Christmas decoration!

Joy pillow

Joy pillow