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Office Plants for Creatives

Spring has sprung! Actually, these past few days have felt like we may have skipped a season altogether. Nonetheless, it’s been giving me a hankerin’ for gardening that I’ve never had before—Hi, my name is Jill and I’m a plant killer. So yesterday I spent my lunch hour meandering the aisles of Home Depot’s outdoor garden center wondering where to begin. Feeling the eyes of the regulars judging the horticultural naivety that was radiating off of me, I contemplated which of these poor little sprouts would be my next victim.

By the end of this adventure there was hose water in my shoes, sunburn on my shoulder (that’s right, just one of them) and a newfound knowledge of the difference between Moroccan Basil and Sweet Basil—who knew?

Whichever part of the creative field you stem from (see what I did there?), I’m now convinced that as artists we need plants that are on our level. Behold! After a bit of research, here are my suggestions as to which leafy greens best align with a creative lifestyle:Plants

1. Succulents – Working long hours calls for plants that are nearly indestructible. Got wrapped up in that new project you’re super pumped about? No worries! Storing water in their leaves is what these little guys are all about, so missing a little watering may not be quite as detrimental as it would to other plants. So go on with yo’ creative self! The succulents can wait (at least a bit).

2. Money Tree – Let’s be honest, as artists there are few people in the world who truly appreciate not only the beauty, but the value of our work. Also known as the “Good Luck Tree” a Money Tree sounds like something every Creative should have in their office for those pesky clients that just don’t “get it.” Bonus: it promotes positive energy, so chin up!

3. Bonsai – Attention to detail is a must in the design industry. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all felt that small flutter in our chest as a printed piece arrives hot off the press and smelling of fresh pulp and ink. You examine it closely, fingers crossed that everything is exactly as it should be. The Bonsai tree is a perfect way to promote focus and effort in our everyday, creating something that also becomes an item of contemplation for both its audience and the grower. Hopefully that focus will make its way into the rest of our work as well.

4. Croton – This one was new to me—I couldn’t help but notice its pop of color among the sea of green. With yellow veins and subtle hints of red and orange, I am loving the variety of colors in this plant. Need a natural pop in your office? Grab one of these beauties and keep her near the window; the more direct sunlight they get the more their colors shine!

5. Mint – Mint leaves make a phenomenal addition to ice cubes. I’m a big tea fan, so popping one of these frozen treats into my glass gives it that extra kick of flavor…which, in turn gives me that extra kick of motivation. Then, after a long day of releasing the creative genius from within, happy hour arrives—mojito style. Fresh mint is the key ingredient to a fantastic mojito; take a long sip and revel in the day’s success.

Happy Tuesday! Don’t forget to water those plants…
J.

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Office Sneak Peek

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The spaces where most of our time is spent should be those that also inspire us the most. I’ve spent the past two months renovating what is now the brand new TDco office. Its just…about…there, but due to the fact that I’m a borderline insane perfectionist, I’m only ready to share this little sneak peek. I took a ton of photos throughout the entire process, documenting all of the minutes spent making decisions that have turned it into my own creative sanctuary.

I found this fantastic chair from Joss & Main (above) in an almost too-good-to-be-true shade of Tomahawk purple, which also happens to fall right in line with the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. I like to think of this as an excellent sign to have opened the doors to TDco in 2014 with a brand that is so—you guessed it—fierce.

Stay posted for the big reveal!

Cheers,
J.

Interior Lovin’

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I’ve recently discovered my love of not only GRAPHIC design, but INTERIOR! I’ve been spending the majority of my free time over the past few weeks remodeling what is soon-to-be the brand new Tomahawk office! Priming, painting, ripping out 40-year-old carpet, purchasing things that are way out of budget (they’re worth it, I promise), the works. I absolutely love picking out fabrics, frames and furniture that I’m sure I’ll be swooning over for the next few years. Granted, my office is only temporary for now, but I still find it incredibly important to create a space that I’ll walk into each and every day and say, “This is mine.”

With that, I’m excited to say that I will be fully invested in my company as the first, full-time employee beginning May 1. It’s exciting, it’s terrifying and best of all, it’s a brand new chapter. Today, I began the official process with my lawyer and his words to me as I walked out were, “I love that you have ambition; the toughest boss you will ever have is yourself.” Coming from a man that started his own law firm from the ground up and is still going strong at the age of 68, I’d say that’s a refreshing compliment—and one that I will certainly take to heart.

“After” photos to come soon!

Cheers,
J.

Office Mojo

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Starting a new business means starting work in a new environment. Lucky for me, I have an excellent office space available that happens to stem from the same root as that which sprouted the name Tomahawk.

My grandfather, Thomas, started his own company in 1965, successfully fostering a business realm into which I never imagined myself venturing. His building co. thrived for forty years, positioning my family in a way that I am forever grateful. Now, almost 50 years later I’m taking a page from that book and hoping I hit the gene pool jackpot and possess at least a wee teaspoon of his business sense. In the meantime, I’m at least super pumped to start designing the Tomahawk Office in the same office he once called his own.

A glimpse of what’s to come:

1. Every designer needs ampersand bookends >> 
2. Flower inspired wall mirror >>
3. There’s something remarkable about a quality drafting table >>
4. Plush gold accent pillows >>
5. Industrial-inspired fan >>
6. For practicality: iron utility scissors >>
7. Just because of a small candle obsession >>
8. Textured ceramic table lamp >>
9. Faux rose arrangement >>
10. Sophisticated wingback bar stool >>

Cheers!
J.