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Design Inspiration

RISD Textile Annie Archives

Recently, I have reconnected with many of my RISD Textile Department classmates on Instagram.  Memories flood my mind of those endless days and nights in the weaving studio, and I am loving seeing what all my friends are doing.  Now colleagues!  My years at RISD were priceless.  It was a place of creativity for sure, […]

Paint to Match…or Not

All of the pieces in our ready to ship line, with the exception of the black floor grilles, come in our standard white powder coat, which we’ve named Whiteout. This is an intentional choice I made because I love leaving the option open for you to paint the wall or ceiling vents on site to […]

Out and About

This week, I have been out and about again making deliveries, meeting new customers and discovering new fabrication partners.  It feels SO good just to have to get dressed and out of the studio interacting in person with people again!  I’ve missed that, and feel like I’m just emerging from my zoom covid life.   […]

Originality Deconstructed: Upcoming Exhibit in NYC

What could be better than having the opportunity to break down my design process, and to share the “how” and “why” behind my authentic designs to fellow creatives and the public at large?  Not much! To celebrate Be Original America’s ten year anniversary, they invited members to play an active part in this milestone.  Members […]

Taste the Modern Metal Kool-Aid

Just this last month I’ve had two customers (also close friends) who decided to swap out their old floor vent covers with ours throughout their homes.  They both had similar comments as soon as they replaced them.  “Wow Annie, I can’t believe what a difference this makes! Seriously”.   YES,  I think to myself.  This […]

I Got To Help My Son With His Homework!

What a thrill it was for me to whip out my color study portfolio from RISD to help my son with his homework!  I mentioned Josef and Anni Albers and even got an eyebrow raise….how did you know that?  It’s a rarity these days to gain this sort of acknowledged respect from my teen son, […]

Chinese Couture: Guo Pei

This exhibit is a must for anyone who wants to be inspired!  Wow!  Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy is currently on exhibit here in San Francisco’s Legion of Honor Museum.  Guo Pei is considered to be the premier couturier fashion designer in China, and her work spoke to me on many levels.  The museum displays her […]

Al Moudira

This week I’m working on a group of custom designs for a Moroccan themed spa area in Alys Beach, Florida designed by architect and interior designer Jeffrey Bruce Baker.  I have been collecting lots of inspiration for this, but I really hit the jackpot during our recent trip to Egypt and Israel.  There were gorgeous […]

Design Day

Today is a design day! I’ve designated the next two days to working on a couple of custom design projects.  I’m going to TRY not to spend time on email and let myself get into a more sensory mode.   Thumbing through photos from my recent travels and pouring over the clippings and elevations that the designers have […]

Exploring Tel Aviv

I am in Tel Aviv for the week with my family!  My daughter has been living here all year, working as a writer for a media company, and experiencing life as a young independent adult in this vibrant city.  Such a treat to Emma again, and admire her ability to navigate the city,  understand Hebrew (not fluent quite […]

Jessica’s Day Off

I hope you are inspired as much as I am reading Jessica’s words below, as she describes how she spent her day off this week. Jessica, our Project Manager extraordinaire, works incredibly hard, and lives in Carmel, Indiana. When she told me she wanted to take a day off in this way, I was inspired. […]