Get their look: Pink House bathroom

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Whilst looking for a room to feature in this week’s ‘Get their look‘ feature, I came across this bathroom. One word… WOW!  It belongs to lifestyle blogger and journo, Emily Murray. Her award-winning blog, The Pink House, is full of really inspired and inspiring interiors.

The first thing that caught my eye in this photo was that super wallpaper – exotic, opulent and just so beautiful. The colour-matched brass taps, towel warmer and light give the room a sumptuous feel – Cleopatra herself would be delighted at taking her ass’ milk bath in here!

On further inspection, you’ll see how well she has designed and fitted a really, really awkward space. The bathroom is located in the eaves of the house; while all the interesting sharp angles look attractive, it meant that she had to install a ‘kneeling’ shower in the compact space. Storing the ablutionary accoutrements of a family of four hidden away in the custom-built under-sink unit keeps the surfaces clutter-free. The Pantone pink espresso mug of flowers gives a knowing nod to The Pink House.

Pop on over Emily’s blog to see all the before & after photos and read about this successful bathroom redesign. You’ll really love her writing style and turn of phrase.

  1. Overton wall light with prismatic glass globe
  2. Osborne & Little Derwent wallpaper, charcoal, W5796-01
  3. Farrow & Ball ‘Down Pipe’
  4. Ceramic melon knob
  5. Bath fittings
  6. Evnille towel warmer
  7. Pantone 7432 bone china mug, Raspberry Crush
  8. Grubby Cow zesty hand wash (300ml)

Get their look: Pink House bathroom | H is for Home

Friday Folks – Pilgrim Lee

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Pilgrim Lee's home studio

In this Friday Folks post we introduce Pilgrim Lee (aka Draw! Pilgrim). We’ve admired Pilgrim’s work for a long while – she shares our love of bold, bright colours and design from the 60s & 70s. She’s a very busy lady – blogger, designer, maker, seller, traveller, mother… where does she find the time?!

Pilgrim Lee self portrait

Who are you & what do you do?
I’m Pilgrim Lee, owner of Draw! Pilgrim and I’m a graphic designer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia.

framed alphabet illustration by Pilgrim Lee

How did you get into the business?
While I was in high school I worked for my mum’s graphic design business. Following high school and a couple of years abroad I studied visual communication and shortly after, I started Draw! Pilgrim as a home-based business while I cared for my baby son.

framed letter 'C' by Pilgrim Leeframed letter 'J' by Pilgrim Lee
framed letter 'Z' by Pilgrim Leeframed letter 'M' by Pilgrim Lee

Who or what inspires you?
All kinds of things inspire me, but most of those things are colorful, wild design from the 60s and 70s: Verner Panton, Hans Edelman, Milton Glaser etc.

framed 'Nature Patchwork' illustration by Pilgrim Lee

What has been your greatest success?
I’m very proud of how my business has grown over the last couple of years, and I would never have believed some of the great publicity I’ve received in that time: inclusion in the Print & Pattern 2 book, magazine and newspaper features, and coverage on some really huge blogs!

framed "Web Ahoy" illustration by Pilgrim Lee

Have you got any advice for someone wanting to break into the business?
Be well prepared. Consider your various strategies and policies. Move at a pace you are comfortable with – even if it’s slower than you think it should be. Being comfortable to take each next step is a guarantee of your work being good quality. Be confident! You can do it!

Friday Folks – Dee Adams

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screenshot of Dee Adams' dee9:14 blog | H is for Home

Friday Folks – as the name suggests, this is a series of short Q&As we’ll be posting on Fridays. They’ll feature some very talented people that we admire – whether it be their creativity, knowledge or entrepreneurship – and sometimes all three!

First up is Dee Adams who we first came across on Flickr through our mutual love of vintage and the colour orange!

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Who are you & what do you do?
My name is Dee Adams aka Dee Dee aka deedee9:14.

By day I’m an internet superhero pushing pixels and managing a design team as Senior Lead Product Designer for the Yahoo! Applications team. (I work on stuff like Y! Mail, Flickr, and Y! Messenger) By night, I’m a painter, illustrator, photographer, freelance graphic designer, interiors consultant, mid-century enthusiast.

My own company is called deedee9:14 which serves as the umbrella for all my creative work whether it’s software design, illustration, or interiors consultation. I get to do it all and I love it.

portrait of Dee Adams

How did you get into the business?
In terms of my life as a product designer, I started shortly after giving up a career in medicine having graduated from Cornell University.

Art has always been a part of my life as my parents were both artistic people. My mother is a writer and my father a musician so I had a very wonderful childhood full of amazing experiences. Out of uni I freelanced as a colourist and illustrator for several independent comics in New York. It wasn’t great on the pay so I moved into the advertising and print industry.

Tired of the Big Apple, I decided overnight to relocate to California in 1997 to work for several ad agencies. I made another transition working for Disney which eventually led to Yahoo!

The crazy thing is, I am totally self taught. It’s a bit rare in the industry but I was originally a pre-med student with only a background interest in art. I had been painting ever since I could hold a brush but somewhere along the way someone thought I had a natural gift for graphic design. I taught myself all the tools like Illustrator, Photoshop, html, CSS, javascript etc. and here I am.

I was born to be a designer I think. It’s definitely in the blood to find creative ways to solve problems in all that life presents us.

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Who or what inspires you?
I compartmentalize my life. Most people don’t associate Dee the interaction designer with Dee the illustrator or Dee the blog writer.

Artistically, I am inspired by Sol Lewitt, Josef Albers, Bridget Riley, Michelangelo, and Mark Rothko.

In the internet world, the world of application design, interaction and graphic design, I’m inspired by Frank Chimera (whom I’ve had an unhealthy crush on for years), Kalani Kordus, Apple’s industrial designers, and Edward Tufte.

There are too many amazing illustrators to note but early childhood favourites were Shel Silverstein, Ron Barrett and Brett Helquist.

Music is such a huge part of my life that I’d be remiss not to mention the people who inspire most of my work when I’m painting including Miles Davis, Amel Larrieux, Jill Scott, Nina Simone and of course my dad for giving me everything from opera to jazz.

I have a very small circle of people in my life who inspire me creatively just because they understand my quirks and are themselves brilliant people I want to grow up to be like. They include Karl Adam, Mathew Tizard, Addy Beavers and Frederique Dame.

Dee Adams' loft apartment

What has been your greatest success?
That I haven’t burnt out and ideas still come to me!

If you’re looking for something more concrete though, I’ve had a few great moments where I could finally say to myself, “Yes, you really are a good designer“.

I was part of a grass roots marketing campaign to elect then Senator Obama and one of my poster designs made it up in Times Square.

When Apple released the iPhone 4, they contacted me about licensing some of my abstract colour photography for use as wallpapers on all their new devices. I was honored to say the least. My relationship with them ongoing has been a good one.

I also had some of my work in the Tate Gallery in London a couple years ago alongside the likes of the art greats I mentioned before.

I will also always count the first painting I ever sold for more than $10,000.00 as a big success.

Obama billboard designed by Dee Adams in Times Square

Have you got any advice for someone wanting to break into the business?
Definitely. The world is full of people who think just because they can use a piece of software that it makes them a designer. It doesn’t. The best creative people in the world are those who know the rules behind the medium they’re working in and then how to break those rules to create something new and delightful.

Learn by copying the greats but develop your own style that is uniquely you. Take the time necessary to develop your own style and don’t assume it’ll come quickly or easily. Get to know other people who are where you want to be and don’t be afraid of the criticisms that come with the territory.

Develop a thick skin because the hardest thing for most creatives is to accept commentary or criticism about work that came from your heart. Everyone has an opinion and they’re not afraid to give it.

And lastly, you can always contact me personally about any of this stuff. I had a wonderful group of people who mentored me and helped me become the person I am today and I’m always hoping to give some of that back to the community at large.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed chapter one of Friday Folks – we’ve added lots of links to Dee’s answers – her website, Flickr Society6 etc. What a brilliant insight into her life & work – truly inspirational – many thanks Dee.

We’ll be back with our second guest interviewee soon!!