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‘Light’ is the end of the line

It appears this is the end of the line for me and Design Sherpa’s “What Inspires You” contest. I was not selected as one of the top 10 to move on to phase 3 of the competition. That being said, here’s my last (and final) submission. Instructions were to write a 350 word essay on any interior design topic.

My topic? Light.

Light. It’s one of the most powerful and expansive forces in the world. Life is sustained by it and our world is defined by it. Light has no mass yet it dictates dimension wherever it goes. Too much can scorch and too little can starve.  Without it, our world is boundless. A colorless abyss of obscurity and omission. Space and shapes are left undefined, expressions and emotions are left unknown.

Whether a flame, a bulb, or a distant star this visual kinetic force is the lens in which everything we know is perceived and brought to life. Brilliant, dull, warm, cool, natural, artificial. Light is character-defining. It’s the narrator of every interior story and is the painter of every architectural canvas.

I believe that lighting is the single most important component when it comes to creating spectacular spaces. It defines space just as much as walls and windows or furniture and fixtures. Directing and controlling light is a critical task for every homeowner and business owner alike looking to create a dynamic interior experience.

Deciding the ambiance you want a space to have is paramount. A single spot light can make a dark interrogation room feel intimidating or make the details of a museum sculpture look dramatic and imposing. Although color and texture also personify space, a bright light can transform an average red into a vibrant, fierce object of intensified expression.

Determining your focal point as either the object enhanced by light or the light itself is also important. A small, recessed fixture in a hallway highlighting vivid artwork can define an interior scheme just as much as an exquisite pendant fixture suspended over a dining table.

In order for light to be impactful, correct lighting placement is also imperative. Light intensity, color saturation, and shadow definition are directly related to spatial distance. The right light in the wrong place can have detrimental effects.

Although working with light and lighting products can be challenging, the benefit of harnessing light’s power is well worth the time and effort required to make a space truly shine.


love in an unexpected logo

Yes it’s true… our wedding graphics were based around a trucker cap, but NO this does not make us rednecks. Here’s the scoop…

About a year ago, Zach stumbled across his favorite hat of all time – the vintage Crown Gasoline cap picture below. He wears it everywhere and we even already have a back-up in case something were to happen to this one.

THE crown cap

While we were dating, the hat became a big part of our story… lots of inside jokes that would be too time consuming to tell in a post, but were significant enough that I had photos taken for Zach of me wearing the cap. (Rebecca Hood of Kallima Photography)

photo for Zach

Fast-forward a few months. We got engaged and selected the King Plow Arts Center as our wedding venue. As a 100+ year old factory renovated into a contemporary art gallery, this space beautifully captured our complex histories and personalities.

King Plow Arts Center | Atlanta, GA

interior of King Plow | our wedding ceremony

When Zach and I began wedding planning/event designing, we really wanted our graphics to blend our character with King Plow’s. We decided to use the crown symbol as our main graphic for the wedding and added texture to reflect the urban decay of the venue. This detail paired with the clean and minimal typography provided a strong representation of us and the overall aesthetic we wanted for our wedding.

The invitation, info card, and RSVP were presented in a 5″ x 5″ grey pocket-fold enclosure inside a white envelope. Due to its luxurious texture and sophistication, we decided to use letterpress printing (a vintage style of relief printing) to implement our designs.

Letterpress printing was done by Caron of Chatham & Caron

invitation enclosure + envelope

open enclosure with invitation, info card + RSVP


the crown cap, with us till the end!

For more photos of the printed graphics, please see our Graphics portfolio.

If you are interested  in save-the-dates, invitations, and other event-based graphics, please contact us at We’d love to work with you!

a search for inspiration

Design Sherpa, a revolutionary internet marketing service for the home design and remodeling industry , recently announced a “What Inspires You?” contest in search of an individual who embodies design sensibility, expression, and inspiration. The winner of this contest wins a 10-day trip to Paris while blogging about his/her experiences at Maison & Objet as well as $10,000. Thanks to an old co-worker,  I was made known of this contest and decided to enter. This week I was notified that I have been selected as one of the top 100 entrants to move on to Round Two. Yay! I am excited about this potential opportunity and  decided it was worthy of mentioning since it relates directly to what we are trying to do with silo c and the upcoming launch of seven silos. It is my passion to share design and inspiration with all those who come looking for it.

So here’s my first submission. I will post my second submission in August after the deadline and so on until I am no longer in the running! Wish me luck!

FIRST ROUND ENTRY | Image and one hundred word essay on “what inspires you”

It’s all around us.  In every city, every home.

The ordinary.  It lies silently waiting to become more, to become extraordinary.

Big, small.  Old, new.  Natural, artificial.

A constant carousel of possibilities are revealed to us everyday.

Fresh eyes see beyond the ordinary and seize the chance to transform it.

Scotch tape becomes fine art.  A  shopping cart becomes a chair.  A 2-minute car wash becomes a private performance of color and light.

The ordinary made extraordinary refreshes my soul and inspires the fringes of my mind to be more, see more, and seek for more out of life.

a new logo for a new life

Newness is all around Zach and I. New city, new state, new culture, new marriage, new families, new jobs, new house just to name a few! We decided to launch a new blog with a new brand capturing our new life here in Florida. Follow us on our journey full of good stories and goofy shenanigans at A Little More Dirty, A Litte More South!

this is the start of something good, don’t you agree?

As a newly married couple Zach and I are joining forces and combining all our creative talent to launch siloc, a design consulting business focused on interior design, graphic design, and presentation design. We are really excited to see where things go as we embark on this journey together. Stay tuned for more details on current projects and completed transformations!