A Travel List

Lately, I’ve been dreaming about how wonderful it would be to take a month off of work (completely) and travel somewhere adventurous or relaxing (or both). Although I’m quite a homebody and can’t imagine being away for more than a few weeks, it’s definitely fun to think about. Maybe. Someday. With a few travel ideas in the works, I thought I would share my own personal travel wishlist.

WINTER IN PRAGUE How romantic does a winter in Prague look? I honestly don’t know much about this place, but have filed this image away for years wondering what it would be like.

EVERYTHING ICELAND Michael & I are actually seriously considering a trip to Iceland this summer. We’ve had a few layovers there on our way to other destinations and every time I’ve been filled with curiosity. What would we see if we hoped on a bus and went into the city? Or if we rented a car and drove the ring road? After reading this post about the country, I’m 100% ready to go. Anyone been?

ALYS BEACH I’ve actually briefly stopped by Alys Beach during a routine trip to Florida, but wanted so badly to stay. Maybe forever? All I know is that the first words out of my mouth were “can I retire here?” All in all, it’s one of those places where I’d love to rent a nice AirBNB, lay out by the pool (& ocean), and just relax. Plus, this place is an absolute dream for any designer smitten with white space.

Creative Diaries by Breanna Rose | Featuring Corina Nika

I’ve been following the flourishing work of Corina Nika for some time now. Her blog, Cocorrina, provides the perfect backdrop for a daily dose of beautiful photography, snippets from her life on Kefalonia Island, and a whole lot of good design. Seriously, you should go stop by. ;) For this creative diary entry, she was to focus on one single work day and answer a few simple questions about the good, the bad, and the inspiring. This is what happened, truthfully.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT YOU DID THIS MORNING Every morning, i wake up 30 minutes before i start getting ready for the day. Although it counts for less sleep, i get to start my day in an inspiring, non stressful way. No emails are allowed. Instead, i browse through Pinterest, Instagram, catch up with Twitter and quickly browse my go to blogs while having some tea and cookies on the couch.

Creative Diaries by Breanna Rose | Featuring Corina Nika

DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED Today, was one of the most difficult days, in terms of schedule. Sometimes, no matter how good your organise your schedule, things just get out of hand. My challenge was completing all the client projects as scheduled, and firing in the day some me and family time.

DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT Sticking to my timer! I always calculate the amount of time i have to spend working on every project, and the amount of time i get to have a break. Although lots of times i do loose the track of time, whenever my day is as tight as today, not a second slips my hands.

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DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED To be polite. I’ve talked a lot about how being polite would make our world such a better place. It’s something that comes naturally to me, but my challenge is to be polite and show kindness even when someone doesn’t deserve it.

WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK Today i got to work on one of my favourite rebrands ever. Always leave dessert for the end :) It’s a gorgeous mix of modern ethnic, classic, fun and natural at the same time. That project captivated me from the very beginning, since it’s so much fun playing with ethnic patterns and all.

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AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY Yes! I’ve turned into a passionate breakfaster through the past month. So i completely love having a royal breakfast to get me through the day. Today i had a bowl of oat, raisins, honey and fresh pomegranate.

Creative Diaries by Breanna Rose | Featuring Corina Nika

Process | Design by Rowan Made

It’s been quite awhile since I shared some process shots from current projects with you all. That’s probably because things slowed down over the holidays (as usual) and now everything is quickly busying back up. That said, I should have some more projects to share very shortly! This project, though, was a fun one. My client Barclay is finally at a point in her business where she’s ready to expand + see what happens. The new place is called “Camp On The Doorstep,” where she offers tons of custom knitted goods (think chunky!) that will no doubt be a success. We wanted to create a brand that was a modern contrast to her textured products with room for some sort of illustration, whether it be in the main logo or mark. We ended up expanding on the top left option (above), based on this original moodboard, and have some fun moving parts to go along with it. More soon!

Moodboard | Curated by Breanna Rose

The above moodboard was put together for a photography client of mine, and it’s one that I’m pretty excited to share with you all. We’re going for a classic + timeless approach, with a little bit of an edge. Think : lots of clean lines, exploration of sans serif and serif typography, and a little bit of je ne sais quoi. I’ve already started putting together some initial designs and will share them as soon as they’re ready. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this lovely little board … it kind of makes me want to like pink more than I do. ;)

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Growing up, I remember playing outside all the time. We built impressive forts (with built in beds), had neighborhood snowball fights, and would come inside every hour or so for a steaming hot chocolate topped with marshmallows before hitting the backyard snow piles once more. I miss those days. The days where I didn’t even notice the cold. Because MAN, has it been cold. But that’s what you get for planting yourself firmly in the middle of a Minnesota winter.

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Michael sent me a link to this article last night, which I found pretty interesting! It describes several “cultural concepts” from other countries that don’t necessarily translate to a word here in the States. I’m really into the idea of “hygge,” a term used in Denmark that loosely translates to “togetherness” and “coziness.” That sounds pretty good to me, especially during our long + chilly winter months. I’ll be practicing my hygge by piling blankets on top of myself while eating popcorn + watching An Idiot Abroad (favorite!!) with Michael.

Breanna Rose

I purchased an ice cream maker a few weeks back, and can already tell that we’re going to have a love / hate relationship. The problem is that I have an enormous weakness for ice cream, so there’s no stopping me when something homemade is in the freezer. And unfortunately (or fortunately), that’s happening quite a bit these days. I started off with a more custardy recipe from The Kitchn cookbook, and have since graduated to this base recipe adapted from the Jeni’s Splendid ice cream method. Basically, I’m in heaven and there’s no turning back.