Archive / January, 2013


FREAKING OUT over here, guys. I’m implementing the new site design today! EEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

It will be live tomorrow morning!

get crazy excited! text over gold confetti image

To tide you over, here are a few goodies from our shoot yesterday: ( yes, we did indeed just do the relaunch shoot yesterday. hah! )

► find the instagram shots by searching #createlikecrazy ( or follow @jordanbrantley, @sarahdipityphotos + @perfectlytay )

► watch this silly vine vid. My first post, yay! HEY, you on vine yet? search jordan brantley to find me + leave your handle in the comments! ;)

and of course,

check out the redesign process


interiors / emerald green +

Hi friends. I last spoke with you about renewing your space by planning + rearranging before you buy. I thought a lot about #2 ( editing your ideas so that you have a concept for your style ) and realized I need to really dig into this for myself. I think it is good to do this every year actually, as your taste and needs will change. Because I am constantly looking at products and working with other people regarding their style, I have a tendency to get confused about my own style. There’s just so much to love out there! If you are in any creative field, I can imagine you struggle with a bit of this too.

In my next few posts, I am going to go over several areas of interior style and at the end I will narrow my favorites onto a design board for my dream living room.

First, let’s discuss color. It is the first thing I typically discuss with clients and a constant struggle for me in my own world. I gravitate towards color and pattern but would really love to have a space that has just enough color in just the right places.

I LOVE deep hues, especially emerald green ( pantone’s color of the year! )

emerald green + other interior obsessions

I also enjoy the fact that the photo above has deep tones balanced with lots of light, there’s a large scale mirror, and a neutral wall color. That room has a grown-up, luxurious feel that I hope to have in some way down the road.

I like this next photo because when I do paint a wall a color, it typically ends up a soft green of some sort. This minty shade is similar to the one in my office right now and I love it.

emerald green + other interior obsessions

I also picked this photo because the eclectic mix of furniture and flooring, the contrast welt on the upholstery, and the brass finish on the coffee table. I rarely pick images for design boards that only have one thing to point to…when coming up with a concept you need the board to “feel” like you want your space to feel in the end.

Last but not least, everything I am drawn to that isn’t green or white is…drumroll…gray.

emerald green + other interior obsessions

And let’s just all please take note that there is a lot of mint green in that little area. I adore the shelving, the books {although I would probably remove half of them to give it a cleaner feel}, and the wallpaper pattern too.

So what colors are you drawn to for your main living areas? Pin your favorite rooms, tag me in them and tell me why you like them!

                                                  till next time – taylor


( images via: 1 / 2 / 3 )

► read more interior posts

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behind the scenes of the clc redesign / the shop!

Thats right, I said the shop!! I’m ecstatic to announce that the CLC relaunch will be happening this Friday, February 1st and you will see a new tab at the top of the home page entitled resource shop.

This shop will be dedicated to helping you take your creative dreams and not just make them a reality but make them successful.

There will be everything from products that will create a better experience for your clients ( setting you apart from the rest ) to free digital downloads. Did you catch that? Free! There will be quite a few items created just for you, free of charge.

announcing the CLC resource shop, launching Feb 1st!

So what kind of products are we talking about? Well, the list is long but here are a few things on it: social media cheat sheets, patterns, graphics, notecards, stamps, workbooks, and that cute little geoball in the gif above! ( I’ll explain more about the geoball soon! )

Since this shop is all about making your creative life easier, I’d love to hear what kind of products you’d like to see! Is there a step in your process that you dread or a part of business that you struggle with? Tell me in the comments or shoot me an email!


► check out more of the redesign process

► see other design work

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lessons in inspiration / 12

It could be the teacher in me but I really love to read. Just like movies and music, books have the ability to transport me into a different time, show me a different perspective, encourage me, and inspire me.

My bookshelf is crammed full of various literary treasures. Required readings, finance books, childhood series, and every book written by Francine Rivers can all be found in my humble bookshelf.
Here are a few of my recommended books [most of which I'm currently coveting]
lessons in inspiration / reading recommendations

1. Kinfolk | visually inspiring and full of carefully curated words which rouse my heart every single time.
2. A Year of Mornings | I just wish I had thought of this one first.
3. Love Does | this one makes me want to get up and go DO something. so encouraging & challenging.
4. Elements of Style Illustrated | an illustrated grammar book. can’t get much better.
5. My Ideal Bookshelf | a bibliophilic feast for the eye, mind, heart and soul.
6. New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada | a traveler’s must-have.

Your homework: read [or browse] through some literature. Make sure you let yourself become immersed in the reading; this is where the inspiration magic happens. 

What are your most inspiring literary finds? Are you into the classics? Biographies? Cookbooks?


►  read more lessons in inspiration posts by ashley here

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all ears / peter hollens

Welcome, listeners, to a new segment to “All-Ears” and let’s just say, it is Aca-awesome! My next few guests are going to be…you guessed it! A cappella artists.

No drums, no bass, no shredding of the guitar. Just pure vocals. A cappella music is completely incredible and only a brave set of individuals can tackle it.

Let’s start with an undeniably talented individual named Peter Hollens who perfects this so called “singing without music.”

i'm all ears / peter hollens
An instrumental heart-wrenching tune like Phillip Phillips’ “Home” really shows how diverse Peter can be.


► read more music posts here

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