This week, I finally stepped up and brought some color to my desk space by bringing in some of my favorite things, like giant gold ampersands, cat head mugs and bowls of skittles (stop by my desk if you’re in need of something sweet!). I’m feeling much more at home surrounded by some inspiration and color, which is good because I’ve been doing some print design work this week (don’t worry, the pile of job jackets on my desk for digital projects is still growing)! I’m really liking the fact that I get to switch my focus between print and digital design so often because it keeps me super involved in what’s going on in both worlds of design.

Anyways, I think I finally got the urge to decorate my desk because my brain (and my Pinterest board) these days is filled with paint color swatches and interior design ideas. Why you may ask? Because I get to paint my bedroom at home this weekend! As much as I love color, my current living situation of four different colored pastel walls (ugh. Thanks, childhood Emily) is in need of a major upgrade. After much deliberation (I’m extremely indecisive), I decided on a simple cool grey for my walls:

Nice, right?

I thought so. Since I’ve been out of my comfort zone so much at Brokaw (and loving it!) I also decided to take the plunge and try something a little daring:

I’m going to attempt to paint this pattern on one wall to add a little bit of something interesting to the space. Don’t worry I’m not even going to try and say I can freehand this thing. Nuh uh. No way. Instead, I got a pretty cool stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. Check them out, they’ve got a lot of cool stuff!

I found the company via Pinterest, one of my absolute, all-time favorite sites to hit the internet. It’s my go-to for any time that I’m feeling like I need some inspiration, design ideas or even a good laugh! It’s not a new thing (with a debut in August 2010), but its a great thing. An oldie but a goodie. If you aren’t on Pinterest, I highly suggest you hop on the bandwagon. It’s a goldmine for inspiration! The dude who founded it abandoned his path to become a doctor and started this thing during the recession. It’s pretty remarkable how quickly the site grew to 78.2 million (that’s how many people use the site today)!

So, thanks, Pinterest. I love you. Seriously.

We’ll see if this whole painting thing pans out. Stay tuned next week to see the before and after images!

Happy Friday,

Emily