“…false dichotomies are attention magnets, tempting people who aren’t busy actually designing things into grandstanding on the pretense one side is right and that winning proves their design talents.” “Design abstractions are fun but not worthy of long arguments if they’re taken too seriously.” “Simplicity is a highly desired thing. No sane person wakes up and says...
British Delights for Your Ears
My love for British radio runs long and deep—which even led to a few dreams in a British accent. It’s my favorite things to listen to while designing. I feel it helps keep my mind sharp and focused when I’m working on high-level projects, like wireframing or doing production work. Filling up my favorites list to stream on their site throughout the week has now become a regular part...
A Weekend in Seattle
One of my resolutions for this year is to publish travel guides to help introduce visiting friends to all the wonderful things we love about our city. I’ve got an actual site in the works which I’m hoping to launch later this spring. For now, enjoy the spartan travel guide for a first-time visit to Seattle. All links are connected to Google Maps. SATURDAY Choose a breakfast Coffee...
Bellingham, Washington | August 2011
I took these last year, but the state still applies to this year. Seattle, Washington | December 2011
The snow skipped us in Seattle, so I’m satiating my coldstuff desire through older snowy pictures. January 2011 | Queen Anne, Seattle, Washington
Sansa, the not-as-much-anymore kitten
While she’s just a few months shy of full-grown, we love that she still has plenty of mischievous kitten left in her.
Autumn's Last Stand
The view from our apartment through old warped glass. | Wallingford, Seattle
Parnassus Project Portraits
Some photos of our exceptionally talented friends, The Parnassus Project.
Enjoying the nice Pioneer Square skyline on this gorgeous pre-winter day.
A walk in the park with a handsome man is terribly nice way to Sabbath.
Beautiful French music.
Every anniversary, my friend Tara’s prophetic encouragement will always comes to mind: “If you marry Cole Bratcher, you will never be bored.” I don’t think she knows just how true that has been. Our second year of marriage was kind of ridiculous, from starting an artist house, continuing school, starting and ending a business, rice and beans, provision miraculously...
Montlake Artist House: Receiving Snow with Open... →
montlakeartisthouse: Monday was beautiful. T’was the last official day of break before the new school year was supposed to start, and the rare gift of snow was gracefully set upon capitol hill. When I woke up I admired the snow, but I was not moved by it. I was resistant to the idea of enjoying such a rare…
Wanted: Artsy Girl to Join Our Artist House
Earlier this summer, we launched a home to provide intentional community living for artists and have a single room open. We’re currently hosting three students in two of the three bedrooms, and my husband and I live in the mother-in-law basement. There’s a diversity of disciplines represented, from jazz performance to graphic design. We’re quiet and relaxed, yet pretty busy and social; we host...
A nice reminder that these gray days will not last forever.
First Breakfast at the Artist House
Even though we were short of Kelly, our home is filled with awesome ladies. This is from our first house meal together, noshing on cinnamon rolls. We’ve been hosting artists for three months now and I love the heck of these women. So excited and honored to do life with them.
Cole’s family loves some pretty awesome things, which we get to partake with them. Like boating. Keeping sweet pets. And gardening!
Portlanding in Film: In Betweens
These pictures are from in between locations. The highlights of our trip were pretty fantastic, but even the short in-betweens were delightful and memorable.
Film: Cascade Locks
At the end of our vacation, I shot a friend’s wedding at Cascade Locks in Oregon. It was beautiful, as well as a gorgeous day. Took a few photos to explore texture in black and white.
Portlanding in Film: Toast
During our Oregon trip, we dressed up in our wedding clothes and headed out to an amazing breakfast join called Toast. It was delicious, filled with delightful customer-made artwork, and their snarky menu made us laugh. Highly recommend.
Our Latest Big News
My dear friends, I’ve got an exciting announcement to make! A few weeks ago, I teamed up with my pal Joel Fariss to launch a boutique branding studio with an affinity for startups. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Horn & Tusk. We discovered there’s a huge need for designers in the startup world (especially tech companies) and the time was ripe with opportunity. We...
Portlanding in Film: Mississippi Ave
Portlanding in Film: Yarnia
An unexpected treasure during our Portland trip was a little shop called Yarnia. You can make your own skeins by choosing from walls of various colors and fibers. They wrap and sell it to you by the pound. Pretty cool and definitely worth a stop for the hard core knitter.
Happy Birthday en Español
A very happy birthday to my mother today! I wish I could post a video of singing this birthday song to you, but you’ll have to wait for a phone call from me instead. :)
Portlanding in Film: Stumptown
Stumptown Coffee on Division & 45th taken in 2005 during my Portland pilgrimage. Best americano of my life experienced here. Same Stumptown. Love how the tree to the right has grown so much fuller. Our drinks of choice. Cole is crazy for their cold brewed coffee. I like my Mount St. Helens (espresso over sparkling water). Cribbage and coffee. Bratcher staples.
Portlanding in Film: Pok Pok
We mostly ate our way around Portland. Of note was Pok Pok and their legendary drinking vinegar.