May 14, 2014

The Rainbow Connection

The most mundane things often spark my best ideas. Take, for example, the inspiration for this post—cube clips! (I found them on Amazon, natch.)

Acrylic cubes with clips to display photos or place cards. Twenty bucks for the set of four. Proceeds benefit the Museum of Modern Art.

What’s so great about them? Well, I have a ton of cool postcards that were begging to be displayed around the house. I had even ordered this Pattern Box last summer after reading about it in the New York Times; that added a hundred more cards to my burgeoning collection:

The keepsake box is sturdy and display-worthy on its own.

Similar to an old-school recipe box, tabbed dividers organize the treasure trove of female artists’ work.

What’s a girl to do with too many cards but no cork board? Like I said, cube clips! A cheap and easy solution:

The latest vignette on my bedroom dresser features orange and blue cubes. #shelfie

Discovering the clips was not my real “aha!” moment, though. It came later. While sorting through my postcards for which ones to showcase, I spotted a fun design pattern that I then began to notice everywhere. I call it “the rainbow connection.” Maybe I had summer on my mind cuz you’ll see gumballs, the beach, and ice cream cones in the mix:

One of my favorite Wayne Thiebaud paintings: “Three Machines” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Recent ad for Christian Louboutin pumps.

J.Crew swimsuit sale promo card.

“Ice Cream Sprinkle” by Kindah Khalidy from the Pattern Box.

The “Lucy Chair” by artist Edward Granger for L.A.-based furniture company Bend. Photo via

Ad for Chanel Spring/Summer 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection.

“ZHDK Master Produktion” by Anna Niestroj from the Pattern Box.

Contestant from the World Hairdressing Championships in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo via The Guardian.

“Abstract and Organic” by Helen Dealtry from the Pattern Box.

“Madagascar Fish Eagle” by Spanish graphic designer Dani Blazquez. Photo via

I’d like to think that this post could also be an homage to the part of Kermit the Frog’s song that goes:

What’s so amazing
That keeps us stargazing
And what do we think we might see
Some day we’ll find it
The rainbow connection…