Working on: Ruggles Green Bistro rebrand.

Today I'm working on a quick-turnaround rebrand for a popular Houston eatery. The Ruggles Green franchise has been a local staple for years, but one of their locations is reopening under a new name and new look – and that's where I come in! I'm working with their original logo, but everything else is fair game for a refresh. Here's a sneak peek at my inspiration board and preliminary dinner menu design.

Holiday card inspiration: This and That

"This and That" pays homage to the almighty ampersand (this particular specimen is part of the typeface American Typewriter). When designing this card, I was inspired by young romance, typed love letters, pure white snowflakes, with a tinge of nostalgia.

Inspiration board sources: JCoPhoto (top left), feather package, unknown source (top middle), inhauspress (top right), .benedicte (middle left), ragehaus (bottom left, snowflake lights, unknown source (bottom middle), rickrack.com (bottom right).

Holiday card inspiration: Classic Collage

Do you have trouble making up your mind? Can't decide on just one photo, huh? How about, say, eight? I designed this card, "Classic Collage", with you in mind. The messaging is simple and straight to the point, with a touch of curlique to pretty it up.

Inspiration board sources: Todd Klassy (top left), Ethan Ollie (top middle), Decor8blog (top right), Its Fitz (middle left), Anthropologie (bottom left), GEMMAWH (bottom middle), Ranveig (bottom right).

Holiday card inspiration: The Joy of Stripes

My next card, "The Joy of Stripes" was designed to offset a full-bleed photo with a simple message. I was motivated to create a classic, editorial look (think: Vogue, Harper's Bazaar) with a twist. Crisp, offset stripes and a pop of red add depth and warmth, while retaining a chic-yet-slightly-quirky aesthetic.

Inspiration board sources: Audrey Hepburn, Unknown Source (top left), Dwell Studio (top middle), Juniper Home (top right), Studer T.V. (middle left), herz-allerliebst (middle right), Decoration Cartier (bottom left), Tiny Water (bottom middle), Lilly Queen Vintage (bottom right).

Holiday card inspiration: Modern Headline

Believe it or not, Holiday Card orders are already rolling in! I have a new collection of 2011 holiday designs at Minted, so I thought I'd highlight a different design (with accompanying inspiration boards) each day.

I'll start with one of my favorite cards, "Modern Headline." This sweet and simple design showcases a full-bleed photo with playful typography and a vintage-y color palette. I love giant polka-dots, so I couldn't resist this motif for the backer.

Minted is currently offering free shipping and backers for the next couple days, so get 'em while they're hot!

Inspiration board sources: The Crafting Chicks (top left), Petite Alma (top middle), Apartment Therapy (top right), Flightless Boyds (middle left), Heirloom Philosophy (middle right), Town Above Water (bottom left), Simply Hue (bottom right).

Holiday inspiration.

Yes, I know it's early.

But I also know that there are a few of you out there (hi, Beth!) who are just so excited for the holidays that you're already planning the soirees, decorations, menus, and outfits for this coming season. So, before you're swamped in wishlists and sick of Mariah Carey's rendition of "O Holy Night," take a peek at these holiday inspiration boards I created for Minted, to accompany the latest Jody Wody designs for sale...

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Bright + Fun: Sweet, fruity cocktails, flower petals, retro-inspired ceramics, and anything peppermint. Proof that good ol' red and green doesn't have to be traditional.

Holiday Portraits: It's a keeper, just like this awesome vintage stationer's set, chic patterned napkins, wooden mid-century furniture, and classic creme bouquets. And the rick rack is pretty rad, too.

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Mittens: So you bought those cute mittens last year, but decided they weren't practical and exchanged them for fingerless gloves? You're not alone. Still, here's too all things cozy - embroidered mittens, vanilla scented candles, plump stripey pillows, gingham, and "brown paper packages tied up with string..." 

Noel Badge: Judging from some of my recent design work, it might be apparent that I'm going through a retro, angular, big-shapes, no-fuss phase. I especially like the no-fuss part; throw in a succulent and you're golden. Also, you really can't go wrong with red and orange.