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STUFF: Contemporary 1930′s WPA-Style National Parks Wall Art

Use contempoary WPA-Style National Park Postcards to decorate your space | Bringing Design Home

A few years back we traveled to several West Coast National Parks with our besties Tim and Anna. Luckily, they had been given a 1 year US National Park Pass as a wedding gift (isn’t that a GREAT idea!?) and we happily helped them make the most of it! ;) They gave us the full tour of hiking and camping in some of the most amazing places. Living in the Midwest we don’t have has many National Parks close by, but it definitely made us appreciate all the preservation and tourism that goes into each park. In Yosemite we met people from ALL over the world who had traveled to the United States just to tour our landscapes. I’m embarrassed to say that I had no idea what truly awe-inspiring places we have here in the US.

When you are road tripping with friends for a week you tend to stop at all kinds of gas stations and gift shops. Throughout the parks we kept finding these vintage-inspired postcards that highlight different National Parks around the country. We quickly learned that they were a contemporary version of an original poster series designed in the 1930′s.

“Between 1935 and 1943 the WPA’s Federal Art Project printed over two million posters in 35,000 different designs to stir the public’s imagination for education, theater, health, safety, and travel… Due to the immediate popularity of reintroducing this unique art, many National Parks have commissioned Ranger Doug to continue this series with contemporary designs “in the style” the WPA. We now publish over 40 park posters and hope to complete the major National Parks before the NPS Centennial in 2016.” - Ranger Doug

At the time of our vacation our budget didn’t allow for any extra purchases, but we’ve recently located a place where you can purchase the postcards and/or posters online! We are already dreaming up ways to use these in our “big boy room” for Mr. James David. What a fun way to bring adventure into any space and educate kids on these amazing places.

We like sifting through each card and seeing all the unique characteristics that each park has to offer. Wouldn’t this be a neat way to document your travels? Just hang em up on a particular wall in your house and watch the collection grow as you visit each place.

Our list of parks we’ve visited is pretty small right now; Yosemite, Lassen, Grand Tetons, and Yellow Stone, but we hope to change that soon! Each National Park is so unique and truly one-of-a-kind. We would highly recommend setting a date for a visit on your 2014 bucket list!

What has been your favorite National Park you would recommend?

Yosemite was definitely a big tourist attraction, but one of the most majestic places we’ve ever seen!

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The header image was found in this beautiful and rentable 2-bedroom bungalow in Venice Beach, CA!

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STUFF: 196 Square Feet Living

STUFF: Small Living: 196 Square Feet Track House

Lately, we’ve been doing a lot of thinking, re-thinking, designing, and re-thinking of our someday Modern Farmhouse. We love looking at small spaces, and collecting ideas on how to create a home that is both pretty and functional. For us, good design means it has to work. And with our growing family, a VERY large extended family, and our love to entertain it has been hard figuring out how space we really need?

As we look into all of the possibilities it’s always fun to strip living down to it’s simplest form. How much space does a family of 2, 3, or 4 really need to function?

How about 196 square feet?!

Rustic Exterior by Seattle Photographers The Tiny Tack House

As designers we are constantly challenged to break down complex ideas, visions, and dreams, into their purest, most simplest form. This Track House definitely does just that. Now, this doesn’t mean Cale and I will be selling all our processions, but the idea of how small is too small is definitely up for debate. The bigger the house the more expense it is to build and maintain, not to mention what it does to the environment around it. So the question of the day is how small is too small? What are we REALLY willing to live without? If we breakdown the form and function of our family structure, what does it look like? How does it move? How much space do we really need to live a comfortable and happy life?

From The Farm

See more photos and info about this house design here.

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STUFF: Fortraits


I get inspired by people who enjoy the process. There is something fun and beautiful about making something with your hands. Sometimes we let a lack of resources stop us from enjoying the creative process, but often times, if we actually slow down, we will notice that the tools we need are all around us.

Commissioned by the True/False Film Festival, Fortraits is a series of four short films by Encyclopedia Pictura.

“…a directing team working in film, art, community building, and agriculture …their unorthodox, hands-on working style often includes direct creation in all aspects of production – writing, designing, painting, sculpting, animating, photographing, directing, editing, composition, and scoring.”Encyclopedia Pictura

“They are passionate about gardening, farming, construction, villages, augmented reality, science visualization, social ecology, technological empowerment, adventure, and country living.” - Encyclopedia Pictura

Sounds like the kind of people we’d like to be friends with! ;)

Number two, “Camping Rafts”, is my personal favorite. There is something very quaint and magical about chilling on the water with a good friend and tasty snacks. ;)

What’s your favorite Fortrait in the series? What about it inspires you? 

From The Farm

Learn more about Encyclopedia Picture and True/False Film Festival by visiting their websites.

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STUFF: TOAST Lookbook Early Autumn


I’ve been on TOAST’s email blasts for a while now and I just love, love LUUVVV their mixture of earthy clothing with simple textures and colors. Their lookbook backgrounds always capture me with the way their clothes just pop off the landscapes. Not only is toast one of my favorite things in the morning (with homemade jam of course!) but I seriously enjoy getting my TOAST emails and was excited to see this lovely video showcasing their Women’s Autumn Collection.

Look out for their Fall Men’s & Housewares coming out at the end of August 2012!

Here are a few of my favorite pieces. Perfectly comfy for cool weather yet dressy enough for a client meeting.

Anyone else ready for corduroy skirts, boots, scarves, and jackets? Oh, I can’t wait! I’ve been eyeballing all kinds of pieces in my pre-baby wardrobe. Just gotta get this baby out and I’ll be baby belly free!

Well… kinda! ;)

Still waiting for Little Noddle to make his grand entrance! We will keep you posted.

From the Farm

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STUFF: Katie Daisy Farmhouse Prints


It’s that time of year where the windows are constantly open, including the front door, and the old farm house seems to fade into the background of fresh flowers, green grass, and overgrown trees. Evenings seem to slow down a bit and life’s burdens feel lighter.

We love how Katie Daisy encompasses all the joys of a country spring through her lovely illustrations.

Such a sweet reminder of just how wonderful this season is… even when it takes you four hours to mow the lawn! :(

Purchase a Farmhouse Print from Katie’s shop and stop by her blog to see whats new.

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STUFF: Alpaca Farm Fashion from Adrienne Antonson


Ok, ok so I know that spring is “here” and summer is on it’s way, but have you been in Oklahoma lately? It’s cold! My baby filled body doesn’t know if it needs to get ready for hibernation or bare feet on the grass.

And then I saw these felted alpaca hats… remember our Everyday Design post featuring the amazingly odd bugs made out of human hair? Well it seems that artist, Adrienne Antonson, is up to more great creative goodness. In between these fantastic felted alpaca hats and the chilly spring I kinda want too crawl back into my winter hole and curl up with a cup of tea (raspberry of course!) and a nice warm fire (comfy house shoes included).

From Farm to Fashion with Adrienne Antonson from Seattle magazine on Vimeo.

After watching this beautiful video about her farm inspired creations she seems like a reasonable person (not someone who would collect human hair and spend hours sculpting them into tiny bugs). And of course I can’t help but be completely intrigued and yet captured by Adrienne’s locally produced clothing line…

“Now, we’ve known that line as NuBe Seattle; but because Antonson has left her digs on Vashon to be closer to family in North Carolina, the line has been renamed State. As Antonson tours with her artwork, she’ll collaborate with other designers, artisans, and friends around the states (hence the name) and scour thrift stores and antique shops for gorgeous threads to put back into premium circulation.” - SeattleMet by Laura Cassidy

So here I am stuck in between winter and summer and enjoying the “cool” Oklahoma spring days for as long we have them! Adrienne I can’t wait to see what else you have up your “remaker” sleeves! Winter or summer I’m definitely figuring out a way to incorporate your wonderful pieces into my wardrobe!

From the (Oklahoma) Farm

All images are from Adrienne Antonson’s Blog. Check it out!

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STUFF: WWOOF – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms


If you are someone looking for a real agricultural adventure away from the “main land” WWOOFing maybe just your thing! WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is a volunteer organization that connects individuals with organic farmers from around the world! You can choose your location (as long as they have a spot open in the time frame you are available) and spend anywhere from a few weeks to several months helping an organic farm take on their daily tasks.

“WWOOF is a world wide network of organizations – We link volunteers with organic farmers, and help people share more sustainable ways of living.” – WWOOF Website

“WWOOF is an exchange - In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.” – WWOOF Website

“WWOOF organizations -  link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help.” - WWOOF Website

Our friend Chelsea spent a summer on an organic farm in Hawaii and shared some of her adventures in our series; Hawaiian Farm Girl. She learned all kinds of things but mainly enjoyed the hands on experience and falling in love with the land.

If you are interested in participating in WWOOFing please know it’s definitely not for the faint at heart! You have to be willing to do chores of all shapes and sizes including cleaning the chicken coop! Not everything is as flashy and pretty as planting seeds but it’s definitely a great experience to learn what it truly takes to run and organize a working farm.

Somethings to consider (from Chelsea’s experience):

CASH ON HAND: As a WWOOFer you are strictly a volunteer so your time is in trade for free lodging and food (whatever the farm grows). You’ll need to make sure you have saved up money to purchase your plane ticket to and from your location as well as any extra spending cash you might want to travel around the area you are saying in.

TRANSPORTATION: If you are wanting to do a lot of site seeing around the area of your farm location you’ll need to consider transportation. Chelsea had access to a car but it was shared among the other WWOOFer’s and it was only available certain days a week.

FRIENDS: Most WWOOFing farms are typically located outside of town and away from other people. You may want to talk a friend into sharing the experience with you so that you don’t get to lonely. Obviously there are other WWOOFers around but you don’t always know their personality types, if they will even speak the same language as you, and how long they plan on staying. You may like the idea of being secluded but others may want to bring a friend! :)

FREE TIME: The farm Chelsea stayed at required each WWOOFer to work 5 hours a day. This may sound like a lot but chores where done quickly leaving a lot of free time to roam the land. Make sure you bring books to read or other things to help you occupy your time. Depending on if you have access to a car or not you maybe confined to the farm grounds a lot more than you would like. Also, don’t forget to ask about internet access, etc. Depending on the farm location access maybe sketchy and hard to keep in touch with family and friends (if you care to do that!).

EQUIPMENT: Find out what type of cooking equipment is available for the WWOOFers. Chelsea was able to take a isobutane/propane stove that was extremely lightweight and compact. It allowed her to fit a single pot, pan, or teakettle at a time to cook a number of things. Since you are typically confined to eating what the farm grows you may want more options when it comes to preparing the same foods over and over again.

With summer quickly approaching WWOOFing is a great hands on agriculture adventure! Not only does it teach you life skills but you’ll gain a better appreciation for the land and what it takes to grow your own food.

Visit WWOOFing today and find out how you can volunteer at an organic farm near you or across the globe!

From the Farm

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STUFF: Farm Prints by Dolan Geiman


We’ve been following Dolan Geiman’s work for the past three years. He and his business partner, and wife, have been an example to us as small business owners trying to make a living while being creative. It’s been really fun watching Dolan’s work take shape and move from his original one-of-a-kind construction pieces to these petite 8″ x 8″ reproductions of original collages and illustrations printed directly onto poplar wood blocks.

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STUFF: The Landscape of Growing Up Print


With spring quickly approaching we’ve been thinking and drawing out our landscaping plan for our summer garden. It’s actually coming along quite well (which we hope to share with you very soon), but I recently found this funny take on the idea of landscape drawings. I love how Emily McDowell can laugh (and has probably cried) through the ups and downs and realizations of growing up. There are times it can be exhausting but it’s truly about gaining strength in the journey and in the end knowing yourself a little better for it (“Mt. That Friend I Idolized Was Kind of an Asshole”).

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STUFF: Married for 50 Years: Love Ever After Photography Project


This year for Valentines Day we decided instead of talking about ourselves we would share some love advice from the real “experts”. We’ve been following Lauren Fleishman’s Kickstarter Project called Love Ever After and we are completely smitten! Sharing stories of couples who have been married for 50+ years Lauren is capturing these couples through photographs and collecting fun quotes about how they met and their “secret” to finding and maintaining love.

Get ready to fall in love with some really adorable old people…

“Sometimes we think we love when we don’t love. A lot of people say they are in love but really we were young and we really didn’t know what love was all about. But afterward we found out what love was! Love is sharing with one another. Don’t care what you have you share what you have. And be willing to give. Another thing I tell people now is that you have to be able to bend a little bit. Yes, love is a powerful thing. If you know what it means.”Theauther and Annie Love

“We’ve been married for 66 years. We met in high school when I was 16 years old and my wife was 15 years old. And we’ve gone through life together. The love we feel now is a different type of love. It is a mature love. In the beginning, of course, there was a sexual attraction but right now sex has very little to do with it.”- Moe and Tessie Rubenstein

“What is the secret to love? A secret is a secret and I don’t reveal my secrets!” - Ykov Shapirshteyn and Mariya Gostsinnaya

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