flickr design!

I just discovered Flickr Design this morning, this is their aim:

...a weblog cataloging interesting and inspiring graphic design pieces
posted to flickr. Designs are chosen pretty much at the whim of our editor, but
usually contain inspiring typography, colors, or unique style (or some
combination of the three).

I love seeing how creative people can be (part inspiring/part humbling)

Via Black Eiffel
Poster from jordanmichaelgray

ikea favourites

I think Ikea can be a good, inexpensive resource for some key items (and I've heard that they're getting a little greener) These are my top 5 Ikea creations, feel free to comment on any you think I've missed...

From the top: Kulla lamp $49.99, Hovet mirror $99.99 , PS cabinet $99.99, Expedit bookcase $159, Brasa pendant lamp $49.99-69.99 (all prices in US)

travels - gibsons

A bit closer to home, we went to Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast this weekend for a little's only 40 mins by ferry and the hike up Soames Hill gave us a great view at the top. Still looking for a good overnight place to stay though...

travels - sayulita

We went to Sayulita for our belated honeymoon in November and loved it. The town is small enough but with lots of options for eating, the surf was great (for my husband), and we stayed here, which really made the trip special. I want to go back!

dance party

This T-Mobile ad is making the rounds, and I'm jumping on the bandwagon, so clever!

oscar's fashion

The Oscar's is mostly about the fashion for me, and although a lot of reviews are mixed, I liked the red carpet this year. Natalie Portman is always my favourite, she's wearing a Rodarte dress, Penelope Cruz in vintage Balmain, and Taraji P. Henson in Roberto Cavalli.

Images by Getty, Reuters, and AP.


Remodelista is one blog that I check absolutely every day, here is a few of the bathrooms they've posted, love love love! I didn't think I was a big fan of marble, but seeing these photos together make me realize that I guess I am...


I just found David Horvitz' work and am enamoured (I've snuck into a few hotel pools in my day, it was especially worth it last summer when it was sweltering here)...he posts a different one every day and they make me smile. The site I look at most everyday is here but my friend just sent me this as well. So funny.

animal kingdom

Loving Sharon Montrose lately, her photographs of animals are playful and modern, and something about the seriousness of the shot makes it fun. She has a great website, but you can also purchase prints at her etsy shop.

foggy walk

It was foggy here in Vancouver for a few weeks, it seemed neverending but also somewhat comforting (at least for those of us that are used to rain). At the first bit of sun we ventured out to the seawall and took this lovely photo. Who doesn't love sun+fog+a great big bridge?

(photo credit to my lovely husband who is a scientist but also takes great pictures, much better than I)

first post, welcome!

Opening up the doors here at Otis & Frank...
I'll be using this blog as a creative outlet, posting mainly about design, books, film, anything that is inpiring or captivating...
This great big door is the genius of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, it's part of the "Chicken Point Cabin" which they describe as:

The idea for the cabin is that of a
lakeside shelter in the woods—a little box with a big window that opens to the
surrounding landscape. The cabin’s big window-wall (30 feet by 20 feet) opens
the entire living space to the forest and lake. Materials are low
maintenance—concrete block, steel, concrete floors and plywood—in keeping with
the notion of a cabin, and left unfinished to naturally age and acquire a patina
that fits in with the natural setting. The cabin sleeps ten.

I think I could make the trip to Northern Idaho just for this place.