2014 Toledo Addy Awards

I’m so thrilled today to announce that I entered my first Toledo Ad Club Addy Awards competition this year AND I WON! The Toledo Opera and I are so proud of the work we created together and humbled by our awards! Both a Gold Addy and a coveted Judge’s Choice Award. Now its on to the Districts but I will never forget this amazing moment where I finally feel like I’m a part of the Toledo design community! THANK YOU SO MUCH TOLEDO ADVERTISING CLUB!

















All in the Details

Seriously — my designs knows no limits. Hand sewing bunting on 40 baby shower invitations today. Luckily this good friend is SO worth every stitch.



















The Viral Nursery

So my husband and I put a lot of effort, love and DIY time into our nursery for our little girl last summer. And now I keep seeing it pop up on Pinterest and other blogs. Its so exciting to know that all that hardwork paid off to a beautiful room and to have it truly appreciated.

It doesn’t, however, help friends’ and family members’ misconception that I’m an interior designer rather than a graphic designer… when folks hear designer, for some reason they just think I decorate houses oddly.

So far, Sylvia’s nursery has been displayed on:
Apartment Therapy
Target Baby’s pinterest page
and even Babyletto’s Top Ten Nurseries of 2013 (they credit the crib as being a Babyletto crib when it is absolutely not actually!)

























































































[BranD] magazine and the SLS South Beach

Issue 007 of the [BranD] magazine (primarily circulated through some parts of Europe and Asia) recently had an amazing and inspiring edition printed that focused on relaxation in terms of spas and hotels. Just flipping through the pages made me both relaxed yet invigorated to design and create! Luckily, one of the many spreads was actually focused specifically on my work for the SLS Hotel South Beach! What an honor to be included among so many of my design inspirations…




New Work: Blanc SF Teaser Website

In collaboration and creative direction from the talented Remy Allis of Allis Branding and Communications Consultancy in San Francisco, I’ve recently been working on designs for a fantastic new condominium construction in the heart of San Francisco (and consequently, only three blocks from where I used to live in 2000). I was lucky enough that she brought with her to the project an amazingly beautiful logo design that is just as inspiring as the neighborhood photography and, of course, the building itself.

As the final full website is in production with the programmer now, check out the sneak preview teaser website we’ve launched: www.blancsf.com Click to enlarge the photos, as that link will obviously be replaced by a different full website soon!


























This is the last of the vacay photos… until the next trip, of course. But we ended our European journey in Rome. It was so warm and fantastic. We did another bike tour (not as good as the Parisian one but still a good lesson in Roman geography and history). We LOVED staying at Hotel Pulitzer which was slightly off the beaten path but a very short walk to the train and only a 15 minute commute into the main part of the city. The art was amazing there and the breakfast was extraordinary as well.

It was a beautiful trip filled with all of the most amazing sites and, of course, food. I ate my weight and more in gelato, pasta and pizza. Take a peek at the highlights:












In between the busy cities of Paris and Rome, we stopped off for two delightful days in the charming city of Zurich, Switzerland. Surrounded by water and mountains (and good friends), it was the perfect rest stop. Although we didn’t rest TOO much, highlights included fondue at Raclette Stube, a jaunt to Lucerne and up Mount Pilatus, and sausages at Sternen Grill.

Here’s a quick glance:










A few highlights of our amazing trip to Europe, starting with Paris. I particularly recommend the Fat Tire Bike Tours. We stayed at the Philippe Starck-designed Mama Shelter hotel which is a very stylish and fun spot with VERY reasonable rates (and a VERY delicious restaurant) that I would highly recommend. The major downside is that, not only is it about a 15-20 minute long walk from the Metro, but then there is no direct/quick way on the Metro to get to most sites without changing trains.

Regardless, we had an AMAZING time seeing such a gorgeous city. Check it out.