August 15, 2016

Designer Spotlight: Judy Ross Textiles

We had a chance to sit down and chat with modern textile designer, Judy Ross to discuss her recent stationery launch. This collection was inspired by Judy’s soft, geometric patterns that bring a sense of familiarity to match her home décor products.  Each of the 24 products available are easily customized to match any style or preference. Read below for an insider's look on the design process behind the collection. 

Judy Ross in her studio

Q : Explain your design process. 

A : My design process starts with the sketch pad I always keep by my side to draw my ideas and record what surrounds me.  It's a visual diary of my daily life. My seasonal collections of pillows and rugs start as sketches; I choose my favorites and create large abstract india ink drawings. The drawings are translated into textiles by skilled artisans using intricate hand embroidery work.  I love to interpret each design in many colorways using a painterly sense of color. Right now, I'm in love with shades of blue and burgundy with touches of grey! 

Q : Where do you draw most of your inspiration from?

A : I studied painting, so my inspiration comes from fine art.  I have a lot of friends who are artists and being around them feeds my creative mind. My vast collection of artist's books is a huge inspiration!
I've also been lucky to lead a life of travel, and my curiosity and openness inspire new ideas and adventures which show through in my work. I don't always go far, though - living in New York affords many opportunities to visit wonderful art galleries and museum shows!
Inspiration behind the designs

Q : Why was developing a stationery line important to you? 

A : Judy Ross Textiles is recognized for a distinctively clean and modern signature style. I  have a loyal clientele who collect my pillows, textiles, and rugs. It seemed such a natural progression to translate my designs into a line of stationery. My designs have a hand-drawn feeling with a graphic edge which translates wonderfully to stationery.  I am very happy to offer many of my iconic designs such as Fauna, Arbor and Celine as customized stationery! 

Q : What is your favorite piece from the collection?

A : I absolutely love the Celine. It's so chic. But I can’t choose just one… I also love Fauna. I created this design in 2004 and it's still one of my most popular designs. It shows that my work is both timeless and contemporary! 

Shop the collection here for a fresh update to your desk.

August 1, 2016

August Wallpaper Download from Judy Ross Textiles!

...and just like that we have arrived in the dog days of summer! August is upon us so use every last moment to soak up the rest of the warm weather. This month's free wallpaper download is from designer Judy Ross Textiles! You may have seen her modern designs on products ranging from pillows and rugs to curtains and bed covers, and now you can find it on personalized stationery. View her debut stationery collection here and download her exclusive wallpaper below to add a unique touch to your desktop!


July 15, 2016

Designer Spotlight: The Spotted Olive

This week we bring you an insider's look at the design process behind best-seller The Spotted Olive. We asked her to describe her typical day and how the inspiration she finds incorporates into her outstanding designs. Remember that now until July, 31st you can save 15% off of all of The Spotted Olive's products by shopping her collection here and entering the code SpottedOlive15 at checkout! Scroll to find the whole interview, filled with inspiration and a dose of summer celebration fun.

Q : Take us through a typical day designing.

A : As my business has grown, there are fewer opportunities for full days of designing. Every day can be so different with some days where I am exclusively working on customer orders, product photography, administration tasks or a mix of projects. 

A typical day starts at about 7:30 am —thanks to my three dog alarm clock. Once I am up, I feed the dogs, grab a glass of lemon water and then head out with the dogs for a short half mile to mile walk (I usually take the opportunity to listen to a podcast or audio book while walking). After that I get cleaned up, grab some breakfast and an iced coffee and get ready to start my workday. My first course of business is checking and responding to customer emails and social media messages. Next, I work on getting out proofs, submitting files for printing and packaging orders for shipping. 

During the Summer months, I like to take little breaks throughout the day and sit outside on our deck… sometimes I’ll get out the watercolors and paint for a few minutes, practice hand lettering or just sit and enjoy the beautiful weather. Between 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm, my husband (he’s a solopreneur too) and I will often have lunch together, usually outside on our deck or if we need to get out of the house for a bit, we’ll head over to one of the local cafes to grab a bite. Once back in the office, depending on where I’m at with customer orders or administrative tasks, I’ll either continue working on those items or catch up on some of my favorite blogs. Between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm, it’s time to feed the dogs again and take them on another walk. 

If there is time in the day with an opportunity to design, I’ll check my Pinterest boards, my notes in Evernote, or one of my notebooks for ideas and inspirations that I’ve jotted down and start designing. I usually try to end my workday between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm but if I am on a roll and inspired to design, I could work much later into the night!

Q : How did you get interested in the stationery industry?

A : The majority of my career was spent as a corporate graphic designer. I was able to work on some great projects, even winning some awards for my work, but ultimately there wasn’t much variety in the projects. I started designing invitations and stationery as a creative outlet. Eventually, my creative outlet grew into a full-time business. I really love the diversity and fun of designing pretty paper for happy events. It’s really exciting and humbling to know that a customer has chosen one of my designs to be a part of their special celebration or milestone event. And of course, I absolutely adore stationery and paper goods, but who doesn’t!

Q : Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

A : Inspiration is everywhere! I find inspiration for my designs in nature, in the city, in music, in fashion, in color, in people, even in my own backyard. I’ve recently started participating in some 30 day creative challenges which have been a great exercise for creativity and design inspiration.

This design was inspired by the new beginnings of Spring, nature and the harmony of the soft pale pinks and peaches found in many flowers. Living in the mountains, we always have deer and their new fawns resting in our yard, so I thought it would be a cute element to incorporate into the design. 

This design was inspired by the richness of the dramatic violet color paired with the subtle accent of a vibrant gold.

This design was inspired by the bold typography and weathered look of vintage boxing & circus posters.

Q : What trends are you loving right now?

A : The trends I’m currently crushing on are bold, dramatic colors, hand lettering & calligraphy, watercolor, metallics, wild urbanism and retro pastels. I also love the classics so fresh, colorful patterns of dots, stripes and florals will always be on trend with me.

Q : What are your favorite Independence Day traditions?

A : I really love the celebration that the 4th of July brings. My favorite traditions are having a cookout with family and friends, playing with sparklers and of course, watching the fireworks!

Q : What's your favorite dish to bring to a summer BBQ?

A : As a vegetarian, I find that there often aren’t many main course options at a Summer BBQ so my favorite dish to bring is grilled halloumi. It’s so good and always a big hit with everyone.

July 1, 2016

July Wallpaper Download from The Spotted Olive!

Dress up your desktop with fresh summer wallpapers from The Spotted Olive! We have two free downloads for a unique pop of summer color. The first download is festively patriotic while the second is adorably refreshing with gingham and Popsicles. Whichever you choose, these will be sure to bring the summer atmosphere to your desk. 

For an extra summer treat, save 15% off The Spotted Olive products all month long. No matter what celebration you're planning The Spotted Olive collection has an invitation to match. Use code SpottedOlive15 at checkout to receive the discount.

June 29, 2016

Sips & Spirits: The American Spirit

Can you believe it's Fourth of July already?! Celebrate the summer holiday with this refreshing and sparkling cocktail. With a tropical taste of coconut this is the perfect beverage to help you embrace the warm summer months and a night of patriotic pride.

For a pro tip, use fresh, in season fruit for a delicious and natural flavor that will go down smooth and have you refilling your glass. 

This sweet and fruity drink has some fizz for a sparkling touch. Add some coconut flakes to the rim to complete the taste and for an adorable garnish. Frozen blueberries also make a great alternative to ice cubes! Not only to they save the taste of your drink but they also help complete the red, white and blue theme. Below is the recipe for this simple but festive drink that will be sure to impress your guests. 


3 cups Fresh Blueberries
3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 1/2 cups Ginger Ale
1/2 cup of Coconut Rum
Ice (or Frozen Blueberries)
Coconut Flakes (for an optional garnish)


1. Muddle the blueberries. Strain mixture and remove excess blueberry skins. 
2. Add lemon juice and coconut rum to blueberries and stir until combined. 
3. Add ginger ale and stir until combined. 
4. Pour over ice and garnish with coconut flakes if desired. 

Voilà! Now you have a refreshing drink to help you celebrate Independence Day!

This post was inspired by Spiced.