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Ingenuity and creativity inspire me. Combining an ingenious solve with beautiful design makes my heart skip a beat. The only thing that trumps a beautiful design solve is one that saves MONEY!

I have posted a variety of clever Ikea hacks in the past.  I recently learned about Semihandmade, a company that makes custom cabinet and drawer fronts for Ikea cabinets. Kinda genius! Customers design their cabinet configuration using Ikea design services, order Ikea cabinets cases only, and Semihandmade fabricates cabinet fronts using high-end materials.

This solve saves money.  The compromise is customization.  Ikea stock cabinets are available in limited sizes,  but buying stock can save the customer 30 – 40% on the cost of custom cabinets. Semihandmade offers shaker and slab door styles in a variety of premium wood materials including reclaimed wood options. Custom fronts are not cheap, but they are less expensive than custom kitchens.


 “In late 2010, we launched Semihandmade with the goal of offering the
same Handmade craftsmanship to a wider audience, at a lower price.
We’re able to do this by customizing doors, panel and drawer faces measured
and drilled to fit IKEA™ kitchens.”

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This is a great idea!

What If Money Was No Object?

Inspiring life advice by the late philosopher Alan Watts (1915 – 1973).

Super Sized Wool Pom Pom

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Over 200 Beautiful Colours (wool)

The wooly mammoth of a pom pom was created by Eleanor Davies, 22.  Davies is a 2012 graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London finishing with a BA fine art. READ MORE

Wes Anderson and Brad Pitt

Wes Anderson’s latest film, Moonrise Kingdom, is now showing in limited release NOWHERE near me, DRATS!  Cinematic frustration has left me scouring the web for all things Wes Anderson hoping to find an obscure, secret handshake venue releasing the film in the southeast.  It is Wes Anderson, it COULD happen.  During my on-line reconnaissance, I ran across this little commercial gem from 2008.  Anderson teamed up with Brad Pitt for SoftBank, a Japanese mobile communications company. The commercial takes inspiration from Jacques Tati’s Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot. Anderson filmed Pitt in one continuous shot at a French seaside town.

Excess Baggage by Williams-British Handmade

Sarah Williams’ amazing designs re-imagine classic british luggage for her budding label, Williams-British Handmade.


PDN features Recent Work

Recent work on an awareness campaign for Atlanta Resource Foundation featuring twelve charities dedicated to serving Atlanta communities.


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Vintage Sewing Notions | Atlanta Fire Department Brass Buttons

I spent Friday evening with my 83 year young neighbor flipping through his family album and listening to his stories about growing up in Atlanta.  These Atlanta Fire Department brass buttons are from his collection and I feel so lucky to have them.




Ad Man Legend, David Ogilvy, on Copywriting

In 1948, British-born David Ogilvy, started a Manhattan-based advertising agency, the future Ogilvy & Mather, responsible for some of the world’s most iconic ad campaigns. Ogilvy wrote Confessions of an Advertising Man in 1963, a best-selling book that is still considered essential reading for all who enter the industry. READ MORE

Helmut Newton: Polaroids

Would you like to see a collection of Helmut Newton’s Polaroids with handwritten shot details?  Uh, YES PLEASE.  Newton’s widow has compiled over 300 of his ‘roids for Helmut Newton: Polaroids.  


Raymond Meeks

One of my favorite photographers:     Raymond Meeks.


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