Getting Back to Art Basics at Pinot’s Palette


Yesterday, I was at my cousin’s bridal shower at Pinot’s Palette in Montclair, a BYOB art studio that provides a really cool concept of teaching a painting class while having fun with friends over food and wine.

I never heard of Pinot’s Palette until I went to the bridal shower and I have to say that this place offers a fun atmosphere for everyone, whether you’re an artist or not. You get to network and catch up with friends while admiring the artwork hanging on the wall. The place is also great for date night, a girl’s night out, birthday parties, and even for unique bridal showers. All you have to do is bring your own food and drinks, and Pinot’s provide the paints, brushes and canvases. Depending on the location, the Pinot’s Palette also offers general art classes and holds private parties at their spacious studio, which you have to reserve in advance. I definitely recommend this place if you want something different than a usual happy hour at a bar.

One of the activities we did at the shower was to paint flowers in celebration of spring (even though it’s snowing right now!). I haven’t used a paint brush in over 15 years and it felt like I was a student back in my art school days before all the things that adults had to do — working, paying bills, having responsibilities. I definitely have to thank Pinot’s Palette for bringing back the artist in me after not painting (or doing anything artistic outside of the computer) for many years.

Design PINspiration: Home Office Ideas

One of the things that I want to do with my one-bedroom condo is to redecorate my bedroom/home office. I want to create an area where I can sleep peacefully, while at the same time, generate creativity and establish a more efficient work environment. Unfortunately, my home office looks like a storm just hit it (see below)! So much clutter, so much junk. Plus, needs more lighting and feels uninspiring.

Even my iPhone can't lighten up my home office photo!
Even my iPhone can’t lighten up my home studio photo!

I can’t believe that I’m actually showing my horrible office. Embarrassing, I know. It really doesn’t look like an area that a graphic designer/business owner would work in.

Redecorating my home office (as well as my entire bedroom) is one of my personal projects in 2014. To start off, I found some ideas on Pinterest that really help inspire my dream office. Here are a few images I like because the long table gives an illusion of a larger space (however, on the first photo, pink is not my color when it comes to home decorating). In addition, I need a new filing system, inspiring imagery and other decorative elements so that I can reorganize myself and showcase my work. You can also check out other ideas I found in Pinterest:

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I will update you with an “After” photo once everything is complete. For now, I’m looking for more decorating ideas. If you have any ideas or if you have a home office/studio that you are proud to show off, please comment below.

Design PIN-spiration – Valentines Day Cards

Valentines Day is tomorrow. If you’re still looking for some inspiration to create your last-minute V-Day cards, here are some really cool cards from Pinterest. Here are a couple images I found (NOTE: I did NOT design them.):



You can also find more Valentines Day inspiration in my Pinterest page. Happy viewing!

Design Inspiration – Sign Art

After reading one of my favorite magazines, Runner’s World (I’m training for my very first marathon), I came across this image. Created by artist Benjamen Purvis, he drew this inspiring portrait of late professional runner, Steve Prefontaine, using black graffiti on a faded stop sign. It’s a strong image representing that Steve was an unstoppable force within the running community.

Artist: Benjamen Purvis. From “That Pre Thing,” by Michael Heald, Runner’s World, April 2013.