Please update your links to go to our new blog site Kohler Created! at

We decided to get our own host so that we could have more flexibility and customization. We hope that everyone who visits this site will change their links and go to our new place!

For more info check out this post

I’m interested to check this out. While I can appreciate a good break with the rules we all learn in design school, there is a slippery slope and a fine line to doing it and making it look intentional and well-considered and not ignorant to the rules. Essentially books like these always need a disclaimer to the impressionable.

{on Dwell via Uppercase}


Well one of these will be coming soon. The other will be cast into the flames of back-up, second choice, lesser and not quite good enough. Almost makes you want to root for your second choice a little more doesn’t it. Well, we are finally clear of the wedding, and clear of a few other hurdles and are ready to move into the next phase of our life that I’ve often remark makes us different from a lot of our friends. Most of our friends are settling into the house they are planning on being in, have kids, or are creating children and basically hit their finish line. Neil and I, although happy and comfortable are not in such a place yet. We are not only not geographically where we’d like to end up, but we still have a little steam in our engine as far as the things we’d like to pursue education and career-wise. In the past year, I’ve watched friends endeavor in their own businesses and web ventures and now I think Neil and I are ready for our own. We’re like the perfect cluster-f*** of a skill set. Basically, if you want it, Neil and I probably have the skill set to help you out in any area of design, creative, social media, IT, or consulting on those and tons of other stuff. Needless to say finishing our website over the next few weeks ought to be a real treat.

It’s scary. Will we have work? Will people like us? I hope the answer is yes, but that’s what we’re endeavoring to find out. We’re good people. We do good work, and we work well with others. If for some reason we can’t do it, we have a great network of friends and professional associations who 99 times out of 100 will be able to help. I always refer people to friends first, and my professional philosophy is always keep the work close to home. If you read this blog, chances are I’ve recommended you to someone. It is with that philosophy that over the next year will hopefully build our creative as well as a what I feel are a creative collective of great people we’re blessed to have around us. We hope that adding ourselves to the web will not only be great for us, but for you. Stay tuned for our website, and hopefully a better looking more interactive blog.

So now that my impromptu dramatic mission statement is out of the way, which logo do you like better?

The state of my brain is much like this desk. Full of beautiful things, but a lot of things. In all reality I envy this work space and love it, especially the typewriter!

{via Behind the Curtain}

We got a lovely chest dresser from Neil’s grandma. Lovely in size and utility, not so lovely in color and hardware. So we’re doing some staining today. This is the first time I’ve refinished furniture and if it goes well with this chest, (i.e. nobody dies, loses a limb or goes blind) then we’ll do the rest of the furniture we’ve been meaning to do.

The first dresser (the gift from Neil’s grandmother) will be black with silver hardware. It was built in the eighties and my hope is to calm the round features with a dark stain and some sanding. As it looks now (sorry no pic) it would look epic with an orange rust flower and wagon wheel couch of the same decade.

My other two dressers are antiques, with pronounced round shapes and very antique features. One will be distressed black and the other red. My thought is that they’ll make nursery furniture nicely when we decide to replace them for larger things for ourselves.

And yes I did say nursery…but not in secret announcement, just merely a “plan ahead” statement.

“You would think that if you were so anti-gay that you would make an effort not to look like a diesel driving dyke.” -My husband.

You know, after looking for about 20 minutes to find the “right” picture to represent this woman and her brood, and being in an overall poopy mood today, the fact that they are returning to Columbia doesn’t bother me all that much because as you see, they are irreversibly irrelevant. I mean, what the fuck are they trying to say anyway? Rule 2 to protesting is “unification of your message” …which is right after “Don’t be a fucking batshit-crazy loon.” Fail. Once again, Westboro Baptist Church (I didn’t link because no one deserves the punishment that will come from a curious click) are returning to Columbia to protest. What you may ask? Well, they are really protesting everything that isn’t brightly colored and belligerent. They plan on starting at Hickman High School before marching parade-style to Stephens College to protest the theater production of  “Laramie Project,” which is about Matthew Shepard, a gay college student murdered for his sexual orientation in Wyoming. Next they will wander down past my building to the Jewish Student Hillel House before somehow getting to the south of town to being annoying in front of the Jewish Temple. Somehow the mosque was spared this year, although I suspect they are too chickenshit to test out their parade permit through there. Ironically in the past hour the sky has gone from beautiful fall blue, to ominous thunderstorm grey, as if it knows…hmm.


I’ve had the displeasure of being acquainted with The Phelps family numerous times. Most memorably in 2004, when I was a young, agnsty twenty-something who thought I could bend the world to my peaceful pansy liberalism. Southwest Missouri State University, (now Missouri State University) was in the process of instituting a highly controversial “sexual orientation” clause to the non-discrimination policy after fighting several years against a retiring Jim Crow-esque University President. It was eye opening. Having grown up in pretty monotheistic Minnesota, the conservative evangelical environment of the bible-belt left me feeling kidnapped in my own country. I was tricked into salvation interventions more than once, and my car was keyed because of a liberal bumper sticker. In any sense, Westboro Baptist Church was still the pinnacle event.

In my mind (and I’m trying my best to be pleasantly diplomatic) they are weak hypocrites, and I don’t mean that in a tit-for-tat rebuttal sort of way. I feel that if you have to stand behind God to justify the judgement(s) you feel and have toward others, then you are a coward and without enough clout, nor class, to make your argument stick otherwise. And lets face it, you aren’t off to a good start when you have to put your kids in cheap Wal-Mart t-shirts with your website and make them hold signs they don’t undestand in a lifestyle they can’t and probably wouldn’t choose for themselves. What, you couldn’t dredge up enough carryover support from the other consenting bat-shit crazy “adults” protesting healthcare reform?

All in all, I think the thing that always keeps us positive and moving forward is that for every bad presence, bad moment, or bad day, there has been and will be hundreds more better, good days and wonderful people working toward opposite energy in the universe. Like Brooklyn of all places.

Enjoy your weekend, and do something beautiful and meaningful.

Found another new obsession. Is there such a thing as too many obsessions? My daily read folder is now over 200. Le Sigh. In any case, “My Vintage Vogue” is phenomenal and inspirational. Loves it!

{Image via My Vintage Vogue}

Farmer’s Daughter’s Apron by Alicia Paulson via Posie Gets Cozy

Do you like aprons? too old fashioned?

(Tomato & Egg Fried Rice via Steamy Kitchen/Tasty Kitchen)


Clippings and postings by Neil and Jessica as they pursue their hobbies, live their dreams, and plan their future in incandescent happiness.


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