June 18, 2013

Sometimes the well of inspiration is dry. So what do we do? Research!

…but what does that actually look like?

We find inspiration everywhere. The areas that we live, the people that we know, magazines, books, art…you never know!

…but what happens when the inspiration still isn’t there???

There are a few things that always inspire us. A few favorites that – no matter the project – rejuvenate our creativity. Below are a few of my (Kate – I won’t speak for Kelly and Lauren)  tried and true film favorites.

Out of Africa

Out of Africa

Out of Africa

Out of Africa

Out of Africa

A Single Man

A Single Man

A Single Man

A Single Man

A Single Man

A Single Man

the Diving Bell and the Butterfly

the Diving Bell and the Butterfly

the Diving Bell and the Butterfly

the Diving Bell and the Butterfly

the Painted Veil

the Painted Veil

the Painted Veil

the Painted Veil

June 10, 2013

Why not use an antique for some unexpected storage in the bathroom?

Bathroom Storage

Why not use a tortoiseshell covering as a backsplash?

Tortoise Wall

Why not layer smaller, traditional runners to make a wall to wall pattern?

Layer Rugs

May 31, 2013

Back to the Classics

It’s been about five years since heritage brand-mania struck the nation. Blame it on the burgeoning industrial style in home decor or the momentum of the JCrew powerhouse, Jenna Lyons, but “back to the classics” branding remains.

Lands’ End launched its subsidiary, Canvas, in 2009. The house brand features modern interpretations of their classics coupled with strong patterns. It wavers toward a Route 66 mentality with heavy ties in traditional/collegiate preppy.

LandsEnd Canvas

LandsEnd Canvas

LandsEnd Canvas

LandsEnd Canvas

Not to be outdone, LLBean launched its Signature brand in 2010. It draws heavily on a traditional “Garden and Gun” aesthetic peppered with modern interpretations of silhouettes and patterns reminiscent of a late sixties-era prep school (think of the resort guests in Dirty Dancing.) LLBean Signature is the Maine wilderness to Lands’ End’s Midwest university campus.

LLBean Signature

LLBean Signature

LLBean Signature

LLBean Signature

And despite minimal available photography, Banana Republic has Heritage brand. Though only merchandised well in major cities, this one is my personal favorite. It is the culmination of Banana Republic history – a perfect blend of the original Safari theme and the uber-modern lines of the late 90s and early 2000s. Marketing has tempered the Lion King-esque brand with rich textiles and industrial visual merchandising. (If you can swing by the Michigan Ave. store in Chicago, it’s worth the three flights of stairs.)

Banana Republic Heritage

But all of this is for naught if the public doesn’t respond. So here’s the eternal question…what do you think?

May 24, 2013

The Cicadas Are Coming!

That’s right. It’s that year. And they’re headed our way.

Whenever I hear news people talk about, I imagine Tippi Hedren.

The Birds

Instead of focusing on the grossness of SWARMS of insects, I’ve chosen to round up a few insects that I’d actually enjoy seeing.

a bright, acrylic bangle with bee

Kate Spade Bangle

vintage insect pins

Insect Adornments

magnolia buds and beetle etchings

Keri Herer

I won’t bother to ask how you feel about the cicadas because…let’s be honest. But I will leave you with this: when searching for the above Tippi Hedren photo, I found this

The Birds

And I love it.

May 20, 2013

May Phink-Phaves

I’ve noticed a trend on one of my Pinterest boards. See if you can guess what it is.

Stitch - via designsponge

Stitch - via Atlantic Pacific

Stitch - via Point-de-Croix, Alnoor for Diacasan Edition

For more stitch-y inspiration, check the Phink Photostream on Flickr!

Image 1, 2, 3

May 16, 2013

A Clarks Follow Up

Remember this post? Well we’ve done some more digging and look what other great Clarks gems we’ve discovered!

Clarks Spring 2013 Style Guide

What is happening?!? This campaign rocks!

May 13, 2013

Summer Movies

Here’s a quick list of movies we’re looking forward to this summer!

This looks downright adorable.

Steve Carell as the bad guy?!

I love summertime, coming of age movies. This reminds me of an updated Stand By Me. (Plus I’d watch anything with Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.)

I loved the 1996 Baz Luhrman adaptation (young Leonardo Dicaprio…be still my heart!) so I’m interested to see this version.

May 9, 2013

We Love Clarks’ 2013 Spring Campaign

Have you seen the spring campaign for Clarks? (Yes! Clarks shoes!)

Check out the “Weekend Away” video and see if you can guess what we love most!

The filming style is perfect…as is the styling. The mixing of pattern and color is perfect. And how fun is that car?!

May 6, 2013

Where is INK?

It’s been a year.

Technically it’s been more than a year.

…Oops.

So what have we been doing? A lot.

Last summer we produced the Lowe’s 2013 Patio Guide. We traveled between Greensboro and Charlotte and Charleston to capture some beautiful images.

Lowes 2013

Luckily we had fun too.

Swinging

Unicorn Sighting

Steph and Pottery Baby

Lunch on Set

Pig on Set

Crew Wrap

Check back to see what other projects we’ve done in the last year!

April 3, 2012

Photo Chops: Mark’s New Toys

Producing is our speciality weather it’s photo or video and we frequently work on shoots that combine them both. Mark Wagoner has been at the forefront of video for the past 20-some years and we have recently had the pleasure of working together on his top secret project, which is sure to impress when launched. Until then, here are a few out takes from a commercial shoot this past December. Keep checking back because as soon as we get the “go ahead” we will be posting his new work!

Mark Wagoner Productions_2

Mark Wagoner Productions_3

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