SUMMER Mood

May disappeared in a flash and I attribute that to the fact that I’ve had my head down working on a new project that I’m quite excited about. I plan to share more in the coming months, but in the meantime it’s caused me to think a lot about the early days of Evermore. I always say that I wish I knew everything then that I know now, but I suppose that would take all the fun out of growing this business into what it’s become. It’s been a long, winding journey and for the first time in a while, if not ever, I’m feeling really confident with the systems I’ve put in place and the routine I’ve created.

So much so, that I decided to treat myself with half day Fridays this summer. I used to think that being successful meant constant busyness, but since starting Evermore my thoughts have shifted quite a bit and I now believe that success means being able to take breaks. With that said, I’m so looking forward to the extra time to enjoy the summer months ahead and to unwind, explore, and just be. And as a result, I’m feeling especially inspired by all those feelings tied to summer, especially thoughts of cool water, bright citrus, bare skin, glowing skies, warm breezes and airy scenery.

June Mood

You can see more of my latest inspiration over on Pinterest.

Image sources: woman | citrus | kitchen | water | beach | logo

April Mood

Normally I find the transition to spring to be a bit awkward, especially given how unpredictable the Chicago weather can be (seriously what do I even wear right now?). However, this April is off to a fairly pleasant start and I find myself wrapping my arms around those tiny signs that summer is on its way. So far it’s been a refreshing month filled with lots of moments of creativity which I’ve been channeling towards my next release. I’m currently focused on adding more desktop tools and home goods to my collection and hoping to strike the perfect balance between function and beauty.

April Mood Board

March Mood

Next week I’ll be launching some new spring products and I wanted to share the inspiration behind it all. Lately, I’m all about effortless daily style and imperfect brush illustrations and have worked to create a thoughtful collection that will seamlessly fit into everyday life. I also aimed to create a color palette that feels fresh and will provide the perfect transition into springtime. I’ve had a thing for rust for some time now, but am recently drawn to dusty blues and pale grays. I can’t wait to reveal all the new items very soon!

spring inspiration mood board | evermore paper co.

In the meantime, you can view more of my latest inspiration on Pinterest or see some behind the scenes shots on Instagram.

Image sources: leaves | nails | shapes | biz cards | seating | sweater | note cards | paris


Fall Inspiration

I officially have fall on the mind. I never like to rush through the seasons, but given that today marks one month until I get married in Colorado, I really can't help myself. I’m ready to see the leaves start to change colors and in the meantime, I’m busy dreaming up new products for the shop.

Right now I’m itching to get back to a mostly neutral palette with maybe a touch of rust or terra cotta here and there. My goal is to let the paper and printing be the focal point of my next release and to incorporate more screen-printed products. 

Fall mood board by Evermore Paper Co.

Image sources: jumpsuit | shapes | dining | invite | figures | seating

Current Mood: Relaxed + Refined

Here's a peek at the mood board that is serving as the inspiration behind my SS18 collection. As we ease into spring, I am embracing each extra minute of daylight and the sense of renewal that comes with the season. I always feel so hopeful at this time of year and am looking forward to seeing the first buds begin to appear. In the meantime, I am working to channel these emotions into my new designs in a way that is effortless, yet refined. My goal is to create pieces that will seamlessly fit into your life and make you extra excited to tackle each day and celebrate all the wonderful moments that come along the way.

spring mood board | evermore paper co

Image sources: flowers sweater | workspace | kitchenware | nude shadewoman sketch | all others are original works from my new collection

Minimal + Artful Desktop Goods

desktop goods mood board

The Evermore Desktop Collection is very close to launching and since you probably can't contain your excitement like me, I thought you might like to see the mood board which served as the inspiration behind it. 

When it comes to desktop organization, I’m all about simplicity and functionality. With that in mind, I strived to create tools that will help you easily keep your goals and to-dos in sight, while also giving your desk a minimal and artful touch. I hope you love the combination of subtle abstract details with clean lines and text as much as I do and I look forward to unveiling the end result to you.

To be the first to know when the collection is available online, please sign up for my newsletter here. And if you’re located in Chicago, you can be the first to shop it in person this Thursday 7/27 at The Monogram-athon event at Madewell on Rush St. from 6-8pm. More details here

 

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Springtime Color Inspiration

color combo: sage and dusty rose with skin tones

As the seasons change, so do the colors and images that I am inspired by. The progression of it is pretty evident in my pinterest feed as wintery neutrals are gradually replaced by springtime hues. As a long-time color-phobe, this time of year has always proven to be very refreshing and when I tend to embrace color the most, both in my wardrobe and my designs. Right now I am especially drawn to a combination of sage and dusty rose with skin tones. I’ve been experimenting with them a lot lately and plan on incorporating them into my upcoming product release.
 

Sources:  Women  /  Envelopes  /  Office  /  Paint  /  Plants  /  Swimsuit  /  Invite

Springtime Vibes

Spring Moodboard // Evermore Paper Co.

I'm so happy to finally open the windows in my apartment and go on walks without piling on the layers first. It feels like spring has arrived at last and I can't help but notice the positive impact it's had on my daily routine. Morning runs and evening bike rides or strolls have reintroduced themselves and it looks like they're here to stay. Hallelujah! 

With the change in season, I always like to create a new mood board of the images that are inspiring me the most. This is my latest rendition. It's feeling much lighter and airy compared to this board I created a few months ago. 

Sicily by Daniel Faro / Jordan Sullivan Photography / tee / invite / Landon Metz Painting / Positanoposter 

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LEARN // Every year I tell myself that I should take a class, and every year I fail at doing so. I was reminded of my desire to relearn French when I had trouble translating this genius print by @jasminedowling. So I've added that, along with a screen printing or letterpress class, back onto my list of things to do this year. (p.s. It says, "This says something romantic".) 

SEE //  I am desperately awaiting the arrival of spring blooms. The trees are starting to get their buds and I've seen a few stems peeking through the ground, but nothing quite like these beauts that @sarahshermansamuel posted to her feed last spring. 

MAKE // If you follow along on Instagram, you may have seen this image earlier in the week. I've been painting all sorts of textures for new products and seriously can't stop. It's so therapeutic and I've been brainstorming a bunch of fun projects to share with you.

WEAR // I have this strange thing about not wearing light denim or cropped jeans during the winter (anyone else the same way?). So, now that we've thawed out, I'm super excited to pull out a few pairs of jeans that have been tucked away since fall, along with some lighter jackets. I'm especially digging this look from ALLSAINTS

Creative Process Pt. 1 // Mood Board

Process Pt. 1 // Mood Board

Over the last few weeks, or months for that matter, I've had little time for making new items. It's been tough forcing design time to take a back seat to production. So now that I am pretty much through the holiday madness, I am more ready and excited than ever to put pen to paper and crank out some new work for the new year.

Having so many ideas incubating in my mind is exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. I'm having a difficult time deciding what I should work on first and I still have no idea how everything will work together in the end. It's important to me that the entire line look cohesive with each item perfectly complimenting another. It's such a difficult thing to achieve and I think I can safely say that I see some changes coming to Evermore with this next release. Good changes, of course!

With that said, I thought it would be fun to share this creative journey from start to finish with you...

To start, I look at my pinterest boards for the pins that have inspired me the most lately. I search for common themes throughout them and begin jotting down all the words that come to mind when I look at them. The trick is to not think too hard about it and to just let your mind go and the words flow out on to the paper (which is what led me to nickname this the "word vomit" phase). 

From there, I return back to the images and look for the 10 or so that best capture the words that I wrote. I especially try to pick photos that can be described by 3 or more words from my list and that compliment each other well. I then arrange them in a mood board that I will return to often as I begin to work on new designs. This is the board that resulted from my last go and here is a snippet from my word vomit list:

nature / white space / geometric shapes / interesting layouts / gilded details / hopeful / brushstrokes / floral details / woods / dark tones / seasons / love / graphic / handlettered / rustic / minimal / moody / travel / comfort / neutrals / mountains / cozy / trees / patterns / natural textures / modern / warmth 

Stay tuned for more to come... 

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Inspiration // Moroccan Design

Moroccan Design Inspiration // Evermore Paper Co.

I always think it's interesting how and when inspiration strikes. Here I am in the midst of holiday production madness and I can't stop thinking about Moroccan architecture and textiles. I am completely enamored with the intricacies of the tile work and facades in these images. And while my style tends to be more on the minimal side, I found a few Moroccan-inspired pieces that can be easily be incorporated into my home and wardrobe. Next up, is trying to find a way to translate these designs into my work. Stay tuned...

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Vase // Rug // Shirt // Pouf

Swash Studies

This weekend was every bit as relaxing as I hoped it would be and I can happily say I'm feeling refreshed and inspired for the week ahead. I even spent some time practicing my calligraphy skills and plan to show you some shots of my progress soon. The pen is slowly starting to feel more natural but I'm still pretty shaky. Also, I discovered that I am absolutely terrible when it comes to making swashes and flourishes. You know - Those little curly embellishments that just make everything look so much prettier. I'm too embarrassed to show my attempts because they are outright awful. I'm having a hard time visualizing where the pen should go next and I just sort of keep looping around in circles. So I've been studying up on them and hopefully with some more practice things will start to improve soon. Meanwhile, here are some nice examples of the look I'm going after. 

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