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Summer Slacking

I owe you all an apology. I’ve been majorly slacking on the blog lately. Summer has gotten busy for Bright Room Studio (which is fabulous), plus our office has been a bit in shambles thanks to some new furniture we bought. This is just making projects harder to complete and making me all around less organized.

I have some new ideas of things I want to share on the blog and some new invitation suites to photograph, but until I can get things put back together around here, here’s a little summer love from my weekend in Clearlake.

summer lake lettering

Photography and lettering by Bright Room Studio


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Happy Birthday, Design Bright

Today is Design Bright’s first birthday! One year ago my first blog post was live. A lot has happened since then! I got married, added a little pup to the family and started a little business of my own. Design Bright got a small following and a little make-over. Not bad for one year!

So here to you, Design Bright! Maybe I’ll make you a cake today. Probably not, but this sure looks tasty!

happy birthday design bright



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Design Bright is back and with a whole new look. I’m sure it will change again…designers are fickle like that. But I hope you enjoy the new look.

Design Bright started with an idea. That ideas has transitioned over the last year based on my passions, interests and experiences, and I wanted the design to reflect the direction it is heading. As I pursue graphic design in the stationery business, I wanted the blog to better represent my love for paper, handmade products and feminine yet classic design. I hope that Design Bright will become a little inside look at my company, Bright Room Studio, its projects and inspirations. But don’t fret. You’ll still see lots of cool things, clever products and pretty ideas right here too.

In the spirit of giving you an inside look, here’s a little inspiration board that brought me to the new redesign. I wanted bright colors along side rustic paper textures with fun touches. And, well, I just love polka dots.

design bright redesign mood boardpresent / invitation / seaside / ferris wheel / giraff / confetti / print shop / pattern / runner / stickers

Let me know what you think! Here’s to lots more pretty to come.




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Design Bright is Getting a Makeover

That’s right. Maybe it’s the feeling of spring in the air, maybe it’s the fact that we’re nearing Design Bright’s first birthday, but I think it is time for a little make over.


I’m working on a new look, so please bare with me while I get the site in tip top shape. You’ll still get to see lots of pretty and unique design ideas, with a focus on paper goods and graphic design, plus a sprinkling of home inspiration, cool products and DIY ideas. It will continue to be a place to gather inspiration and see what I’m up to.

If there’s anything you absolutely want to see, leave me a comment. Happy March everyone!


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Monday Morning Pep Talk

Sometimes you need a good pep talk. Like maybe after your home town team lost the Super Bowl? Or a pep talk to get you out of bed and off to work despite your Super Bowl hangover?

You’re not going to get the best pep talk from your boss or your mom or your coach. Nope. You’re going to get the greatest pep talk from this adorable kid. Kid President, that is.

You’ve probably seen the video. It’s so good.

His one-liners are so good and words so wise that we’re celebrating Kid President this week on Design Bright. Each day you’ll have a different piece of advice from this cutie to get you through your day. (Maybe even some downloads or desktop backgrounds of each, too). Kicking off today is a good one. Sorry, I mean gooder.

youre gooder than that webDesign by Bright Room Studio

Have a great week!

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Super Bowl for the Design Savvy

The Super Bowl is just around the corner. While I’m not typically a huge sports fan, my local team is in the game, so I’m in the spirit.

This is a design blog so I’m not about to do a round up of football gear, so I representing the 49ers as a designer: a round of pretty red and gold! Go niners!

football cheer for a designer

nails / cocktails / shoes / room / dish / outfit / bag


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Color Week: Poppy Red and Nectarine

Color Week is coming to an end and we’re warming things up with sassy poppy red and sweet nectarine.

pantone 2013 colors

I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on the 2013 Pantone colors. I’d love to hear what you thought about Color Week—leave me a comment to tell me what you thought or if you have ideas for other fun features.

poppy redlove / scarf / bridesmaids / cake / cocktails / shoes

nectarinebowlboutonniere / art / iphone case / blazer / watercolor

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Color Week: Linen and Monaco Blue

Today on Color Week we’re toning things down a bit. First off with lovely linen and followed by the bold and beautiful monaco blue. Monaco blue might not appear as a neutral, but look what a fabulous backdrop it makes for greens, teals and pinks.

pantone 2013 colors

linencurtains / flatware / clutch / iphone case / sweater / nail polish 

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely ADORE monaco blue.

monaco blueskirt / pillow / bag / room / bracelets / cake stand

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Color Week: Lemon Zest and African Violet

Its hump day on color week and we’re moving from the refreshing cool colors to the bold warm colors. Next up: refreshing lemon zest and regal african violet.

pantone 2013 colors

lemon zestmaxi / pillows / necklace / macarons / pumps / pouf

african violetdress / flowers / nails / bag / sofa / wall / pillow / earrings

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Color Week: Emerald and Greyed Jade

Day two of color week! Today’s turn on the color wheel lands us on lovely and rich emerald and subtle and sophisticated greyed jade.

pantone 2013 colors

emerald greencake / room / bag / blouse / earrings / bracelets

greyed jadeiphone case / letterpress / bracelet / chevron / earrings / dress

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