Saying Goodbye to a Pet

20 years ago at a Humane Society in Chicago a talkative yellow tabby threw himself against his cage making his voice and presence known to me. Only 5 months old, he was determined, adorable and cuddly. We took him home in a white cardboard box as he meowed loudly. Gabby I thought … so we named him Gabe.

Over the years he was my companion. With me during my pregnancy, sprawled out on my belly for hours. He was unlike a typical aloof cat,  his personality was more like a dog. He adjusted to our quickly changing lives and welcomed the addition of our two children and eventually a yellow lab “Pacer” who wanted to be new his best friend (even thought he wasn’t having it). Gabe ruled the house and yet was the ideal calming mate if the kids had a bad day. They’d cuddle him close, hold him like a baby and crawl into bed.


So, after 20 years Gabe left us. Quickly he went, and with all of us surrounded around him. He died in my lap, wrapped in a blanket, in route to the vet.

Today my kids peered out the car window and saw clouds forming a heart in the sky. They believe that Gabe is sending them his love from heaven. I’m sure he is.

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Translating Trends

Inspiration for design always begins somewhere. And every designer must find their own source of inspiration.

My inspiration has always been fashion. As a teen I sat in my room with stacks of fashion magazines. I clipped and pasted boards together and then saved the worn out publications for years. Trends always manage to walk off the runway and ultimately will convert to trends we see in various industries.  From graphic design to event styling and even interior design.

This spring we are seeing a huge trend with FLORALS … needless to say I’m thrilled! There are modern takes on the floral as we see it being paired with black … creating a romantic and edgy feel. Then we see soft tones of blue, golds and corals which create a sophisticated and elegant vintage inspired palette.

From these images we can pull color palettes and select a font that best represents the feeling of the fashion.

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