the goods: 50 states design project

The past few months, I have been updating the artwork around my house.  I’ve made some of the art and purchased some pieces that I’ve found online.  In my searches, I time and time again find myself drawn to geography based art — maybe it comes from growing up in a house filled with maps.  When I came across the 50 States Design Project, I fell in love.   Graphic designer, Joshua Best, set out to design a poster for each of the 50 United States.  He has released 38 so far, each filled with a certain whimsy – to me, these feel more like concert posters than nod to a state.  Below are some of my favorites:

all images via

You can purchase the prints here.



live: serial monogrammer

My name is Katie and I’m a serial monogrammer.  If it can sit still long enough for me to get my name on it, I’ll monogram it.  Styrofoam cups, jewelry, my license plate, you name it, I’ve done it.  Surprisingly, one thing I haven’t monogrammed are my sheets and I think it’s high time I did something about that.  I’m on the hunt for the perfect set and here are some of my favorites:

Images from: Top Left: Pinterest, Top Right: Ralph Lauren, Bottom Right: Elle Decor, Bottom Left: West Elm

live: location, location, location

Like Kristi, I’ve been on the hunt for reasonably priced artwork for my house and I’ve been swooning over the modern map collections by Jenna Sue Maps.  I’ve always loved the idea of subtly paying homage to the places where you have lived.  If framed properly (I would crop out the city names), these illustrations could pass for modern art not street maps of different towns.  Plus I love the variety of cities available, including some smaller towns, like my current home of Boulder, Colorado.

I’m planning to order the Boulder, Manhattan and Brooklyn maps in grey, white and black.  I am also going to contact her to see if she will create a custom map of Martha’s Vineyard for me.



all photos from jenna sue maps on etsy

swoon: Illustrator Sandra Dieckmann

I’ve rearranged a few things in my living room and now have a very anemic looking corner. So I’ve been perusing the interwebs for affordable artwork and stumbled across Sandra Dieckmann. Her illustrations are absolutely beautiful (especially her patterns) and are for sale here. Beautiful work and affordable? Done and done! My corner may not be so anemic in the near future…