Entries Tagged as ‘COLOR INSPIRATIONS’

GP12: Woodland Wedding Inspiration board // Nikkol of Peter Loves Jane

Friday, December 6, 2013

Peter Loves Jane_woodland wedding inspiration board

Hello there! I’m Nikkol, from Peter Loves Jane, and couldn’t be happier to be guest posting on Coco/Mingo today! Like all of you, I am so inspired by Jessica’s curations. Her eye for the details of design is impeccable, and I adore the shops that she introduces. As a graphic designer by nature (and trade) I find myself being inspired by the everyday, ordinary parts of life. (Though, I find the city in all its forms to be one of the most inspiring places.) Somehow, I carved out a spot for myself in the wedding world. I blog about people, love and good design.

Wedding inspiration boards are always happening over on my blog, so I thought I’d continue in Jessica’s tradition of inspiration boards and add a wedding twist. My style tends to be a little darker and moody – think Pacific Northwest. Rainy days are my favorite. I feel so inspired and motivated on those dreary grey days. Since Jessica inspires me with her light filled imagery, I wanted to branch out with today’s wedding inspiration board.

A number of my current clients are really into the Indie arrows and tribal patterns, so when I came across this dress on Jessica’s Pinterest board, I knew I wanted to build a board around it. To me, it resembles a feather, without really being tribal at all. It’s quite a stylishly understated dress that would be perfect for a slightly non-traditional bride. Of course, in a tribal inspired board, there must be hints of nature. The moose antler is one of my favorites. Something like this could easily be mixed in with soft white florals, herbs and greenery for a stunning and unexpected centerpiece. In choosing a venue, I would definitely find one that has large windows with a backdrop of woodlands. An eco-friendly invitation screen-printed on a washed cotton towel is the perfect introduction to guests of what lies in store. Simplicity and a clean background would be key in this celebration.

I will let you in on a secret. My design process when working on boards, is to gather and arrange the images first, and then pull a color palette from them. Occasionally, I will start with a color palette and then find images that work with it, but I find that the images speak to me much louder than a specific color. When I pulled the colors from this board, and ended up with evergreen, navy and plum, I had to stop and wonder had just happened. Together, those colors are one of my least favorite combinations; reminding me of the horridly popular 1980 home décor trend. However, I love the board. I love the comfortable, yet stylish vibe. I was very surprised to find that a color palette, that I very nearly despise, when used together in small doses is actually quite beautiful.

So, again, with this wedding board, simplicity and a clean (white) background are essential. Adding statement pieces, such as the dress, and antler, go a long way, and should be the focal points. No need to clutter it up with the unnecessary.

Thank you, Jessica, for this lovely opportunity and for the chance to test my boundaries and explore color a bit more.


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In addition, it’s day 6, so be sure to check out today’s 24 Merry Days giveaway over at The Sweetest Occasion with Cyd!! Click here or the banner below to enter to win a $200 gift pack from Leif Shop!!


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GP01: What to pack for Hawaii // Jacquelyn of Lark & Linen

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hi friends! I’m so excited to have my lovely gal pal Jacquelyn kick off this month’s series of guest posters while I’m away! She created the perfect post for today…I wish my suitcase had this many beautiful things in it!

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I can’t tell you how excited I am to step in for our dear Jessica while she’s off lovin’ on her family back home in Hawaii. And since we can’t all join her (is it just me, or do we need to fix this next time?) the least we can do is pretend. So let’s gather our flowiest dresses, lather ourselves in SPF, and enjoy some virtual sunshine!


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How to tame that designer (or creative) OCD

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The one thing that has always been my downfall in creativity has been my perfectionist + obsessive nature for details. It’s a curse and a blessing in many ways, one that I know many creatives share. Funny enough, having a blog has really tamed me…or helped to make my eye for decision-making a bit better! I realize that I will never be satisfied. It can always be better. Nothing can be perfect. But you know what? I’ve turned this into an opportunity to make things better for the next time…and the next…And hey, I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with having that designer OCD – it’s what makes our work the best it can be and what makes some people just plain AWESOME. All I’m saying is, take it easy from time to time, will ya?

Do you share my obsessive nature? Maybe these tips can help.

I know how easy it is to fall down the rabbit hole. Before you know it, hours have passed and you’re still working on the. same. thing. By now, you’ve probably forgotten to eat or drink anything. So take a break – go for a walk, get (or better, make) some food, anything really that takes you away from your computer screen and/or work project for at least 30 mins-1 hr.

As designers and creatives, we see details that no one else does, including “flaws” that no one else sees (I know, it’s quite annoying). Welcome it, learn to embrace those little things that no one else notices.

So many times, I have finished a post and got it all set to schedule for the next morning. Yup, 2 am and finally, I’m ready for bed! And theeeen…I take another peek at it…and you know how that goes. I spend another hour “fixing” what didn’t need to be fixed. Once you have the initial hunch that your work is done, SET IT AND FORGET IT. Well, for as long as you can anyway.

Ah, of course you could have done it differently, but guess what? You didn’t. So instead of dwelling on those “-haves”, make it into an opportunity to do it better next time! You won’t believe how much this helps you grow and develop your skills more!

Because comparing yourself and your work to others can really make you go crazy!

6 // EASE UP
Okay so maybe I have some control issues when it comes to my work. I don’t think I’ve come across a designer or creative who doesn’t have some itty bitty issue with this as well. I’ve learned to ease up a little bit, something that only you can do for yourself. I’ve learned that it’s okay to let go every once in awhile, take a break when you need it, and focus on yourself (this also included me going down to 4 days of blogging after my work/life balance post). And you know what? It actually feels pretty darn good!
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Full disclosure and total reason why I wrote this? When I do posts for others and for companies that I love (i.e. LEIF), I want to make it the best I can. I realized yesterday that I just wasn’t happy with that post, and I actually made some color edits to it last night. I had to go through the entire day in agony because I was at work and couldn’t make the changes to the post until I got home. I know, I should take my own advice, but I just couldn’t help it! See the post here if you already have or if you haven’t!

Okay, so you’re not an obsessive perfectionist like me? Err…Well, this post just got a little awkward then!
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Cool blue holiday decorating

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cool blue holiday via Coco and Mingo

Today I’m officially one year older. Womp womp. I really need to change my attitude from being hesitant of turning one year older to really just embracing it. I’m working through it, okay?! I’ve just got an attachment to my 20′s that I don’t want to give up just yet…the good news is that I don’t feel (or act) like I’m on the tail end of it – that’s all that matters, right?!

Well, now that’s out of the way…Yup, I’m kinda diggin’ this cool blue holiday decorating inspiration! To give it some balance, throw in some splashes of cool red and shiny gold – you seriously can’t go wrong! Because I share my apartment with two other roommates, I don’t really decorate as much as I’d like to (nor do I have the time). My holiday decorations usually just include stringing up some white Christmas lights and we’re good to go! But, I sure would like to dream decorate, if you all don’t mind!

Are you planning on decorating your home this holiday season? Indulge me!

And one last time (I promise!) – for anyone who hasn’t yet entered my Birthday Bash Giveaway, you’ve got 3 days left! Just check out what’s in the prize goody bag below. Good luck to everyone who has already entered, we’ll announce the winner on Monday! You can enter here.
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Anthropologie giveaway via coco/mingo | oh so pretty

Anthropologie giveaway via coco/mingo | oh so pretty

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Dark + Halloween

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Happy Halloween, friends!!

Since it’s the day of, I thought it would be fitting to do a darker inspired Halloween board. I usually have brights and lights here on Coco and Mingo, so I welcome these days when I can switch it up a bit! I’m planning a quiet Halloween night: catching up with work and taking care of last minute things (I know, what a way to spend the night, right? Besides, I’m a workaholic – you all know that!) Living in a small apartment complex with no kids in the building makes it a pretty boring holiday…I’m also leaving for New Hampshire early tomorrow morning for the weekend (a 5+ hour drive!) so I plan on sleeping early and getting my much needed beauty rest. hehe. See you all on the flip side!

Do you have any big plans for Halloween tonight?

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