In 2009, Joy McBrien flew down to Peru, determined to learn more about violence against women and understand why Peru had the highest rate of domestic violence of any country. It was part of her quest to discover the pain women around the world have experienced — not only to hear their stories, but to see their resilience.
TreeHouse has been serving teens in the Twin Cities for over 40 years, giving them a safe space to process life’s ups and downs, develop healthy relationships, and find support. As TreeHouse looked to grow their model nationwide, they knew they needed a fresh look and articulation of their mission. Open Book Communications partnered with TreeHouse on a new visual identity and approach to their messaging—crafting a story that’s compelling to their donors and honors the teens they serve. As part of that team and partnership, I wrote content for their new website.
First Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX see their location—as a historic church in the heart of Houston and as individuals in different spheres of influence—as an opportunity to serve. Open Book Communications partnered with them to cast a vision for “Here To Serve,” a capital campaign that launched in the Fall of 2019. Open Book developed a visual brand and key campaign materials to communicate the importance of place as well as a vision-driven movement. As part of this project, I wrote the script for their vision video.
We all have that one room in our homes that we have no idea what to do with. A space where you struggle to find a vision, that has a doozy of a layout, or that always gets pushed to the back burner when life happens.
But the good news is we’re not alone! Would you believe that even some of our favorite design bloggers have this same struggle?? As much as we all admire the homes of our favorite bloggers, behind the scenes those gorgeous spaces on their Instagram feeds can still be a total struggle pulling together. Sometimes even the pros need a little design help (they’re just like us!).
The holiday season is upon us! If you haven’t already, it’s time to break out the festive holiday decor — and feel free to get as *extra* as you like! The days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve are the one time that it’s completely acceptable to layer on the glitz and glam and get cheesy festive. So we say embrace the season!
However, this year we’re shaking things up a bit. Rather than sticking with the typical reds and greens for Christmas or blues and whites for Hanukkah, we’re playing with some unexpected—but equally festive—color combos.
If you’re dreading the inevitable political banter and polarizing opinions, give your guests something else to talk about— statement decor! We believe iconic interior designer Dorothy Draper said it best: “I always put in one controversial item. It makes people talk.” Great advice, Dorothy.
As you plan for the holidays, incorporate some conversation-starting, statement decor into your home to stop a bad conversation in its tracks. Below, we’ve rounded up pieces that are sure to make a statement more agreeable than your uncle’s political views!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’re officially setting aside fall decor and jumping right into holiday decorating! From Christmas trees and twinkle lights to wreaths and mistletoe, we’re ready to deck the halls for all kinds of celebrations and styles.
One area in your home that’s always ready to be spruced up for the holidays? Your mantel. It’s the classic place to hang stockings—but there are also so many other ways you can add to the festive look of it.
Keep reading for five holiday mantel decor ideas for different styles, including our favorite tips on how to achieve these looks!
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about hosting! While the holidays are about being together with the people you love—not impressing them with a Pinterest-worthy home—it is fun to gussy up your house and make it extra inviting for guests. One simple way to get your dining room holiday-ready is by designing a beautiful tablescape!
If you don’t like the idea of doing a total decor overhaul for each season and holiday remember this: there are small ways to make seasonal changes that can make a big impact. One of our favorite areas to focus on for seasonal changes is your mantel decor.
A fireplace is a focal point in a living room — so what happens on your mantel impacts the vibe of your whole space. This small area is the perfect place to show off your personality and set the tone for the space all season long. Keep reading for some easy tips and fall mantel decor ideas that work for any style!
Sometimes, it feels impossible to land on a layout for your space. The furniture doesn’t seem to fit. There’s not enough wall space. What’s the focal point? But for all of these problems, there’s one secret weapon that (more often than not) always works: floating furniture.
What does it mean to “float” your furniture? We don’t mean a sofa that levitates off the ground but rather the act of pulling your furniture away from the walls and letting it “float” in the middle of the room. And while this may feel strange at first, but it can be the best thing that’s ever happened to your space.
If you ask us, spooky decor doesn’t have to be tacky or campy — in fact, it can be downright chic! When hunting through the Modsy catalog, our stylists found decorative pieces that are not only perfect for Halloween but will work year-round. Each of these pieces have an eerie edge that will satisfy your Halloween cravings but you don’t need to take them down on November 1. And do you know what that means? Next year, when Halloween rolls around, all you’ll need to do is add a few pumpkins and faux cobwebs and you’ll be set! Keep reading to shop our stylists picks for chic and spooky decor.
What do you get when you mix mid-century modern furniture with rustic materials and accents? A perfectly modern rustic look! This just so happens to be a style we love due to its emphasis on comfort, slightly eclectic vibe, and always on-trend look.
New to modern rustic style? You’ve probably seen it before and just didn’t know what to call it. It involves comfortable but streamlined furniture, natural elements, earth tones, and reliance on rustic materials and decor.
2019 has been a year of vibrant colors. Pantone’s color of the year, Living Coral, is a case in point. But if ultra-bright hues don’t suit your style, it’s time to rejoice! As the season’s change and the year winds down, we’re shifting our color focus from bright and vibrant to hues that are inspired by nature. Enter: the earth tones trend!
Like to be on the cutting edge of design trends? Then you’ll want to keep reading. Because we see a major lighting trend on the horizon! You may have spotted them on Pinterest and Instagram: sleek, minimal, and sculptural industrial light fixtures. They’re everywhere, and we’re loving them. Usually made of matte black metal – or occasionally a brushed steel or brass – these pieces show off sculptural, minimal designs with no frills or ornamentation.
Want to create a cozy, calm, and serene bedroom? Space where you can relax at the end of the day? We’re here to help. While bed linens and pillows play a major role in this, an oft-overlooked element in a bedroom is an area rug. From our viewpoint, bedroom rugs are essential (here are six reasons why) so it’s important not to skimp on this decor piece!