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July 2, 2015
by Jessica
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TAKE A BREATHER

As an entrepreneur, it can be tough to find a space to work or meet with a client where you can really focus. Even professionals that need an hour outside of the office to really focus or just take a break from the hustle, it’s hard to find a place to really getaway. Let’s be honest – a coffee shop isn’t ideal. Most of the time you can’t snag a seat and if you do get lucky, it’s either next to the loudest person on earth or lacks an outlet. Last week, my studiomates and I had the opportunity to get a change of scenery from our studio and work from a couple of the Breather locations in Back Bay (Boston).

What’s Breather, you ask? Well my friends, Breather is a start-up that offers beautifully-designed private spaces around the city that you can reserve by the hour through their app.
breather-ohidesignblog breather-ohidesignblog2 breather-ohidesignblog3 breather-ohidesignblog4A few things I loved about working in a Breather:

– the spaces are well-designed. obviously a huge bonus in my books. :) I like that they have a bit of an industrial-feel and couldn’t get enough of the gorgeous kilim rugs!

– the booking process is SUPER easy. download the app, select a date/time, give your payment information, then once you arrive at the door…open your app and it will provide you with a code to unlock the door.

– the gorgeous views from the Gloucester St. locations of Newbury St.

– how convenient the locations are – Back Bay is a great destination for me when I need to get some work done or meet with a client fairly close to home (when I am not at my studio).

– being able to spread out on the large tables and utilizing their white boards. I forgot how much I love a good white board…especially for brainstorming sessions!
Breather in Boston via Oh, I Design Breather in Boston via Oh, I Design Breather in Boston via Oh, I Design Breather in Boston via Oh, I Design Breather in Boston via Oh, I Design Breather in Boston via Oh, I Design My lovely studiomates are pictured above! On the left is Kathryn of Bash Studio + The Everyday Napkin and on the right is Nicole of Nicole Baas Photography Breather in Boston via Oh, I Design Breather in Boston via Oh, I Design Breather in Boston via Oh, I DesignOther unique ways you can use a Breather:

– yoga

– book club meetings

– baby shower

– a break after shopping on Newbury St.

– client meetings

– team brainstorming sessions

– the options are endless!

Breather in Boston via Oh, I Design Breather in Boston via Oh, I Design Breather in Boston via Oh, I Design Breather is currently located in: Montreal, Ottawa, New York City, Boston and San Francisco. However, they are rapidly growing so be on the look out for additional cities! If you are in Boston, check out the current locations – and again, keep an eye out for additional spaces in the near future. :)

To sign up, visit Breather online or download the app, and you can use the code CCDSRJ to get a free hour at the location of your choice!

I would love to know how you would use a Breather?

photos of us utilizing the Breather spaces by: Michael Parks Randa of Collie Woods

June 29, 2015
by Jessica
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HAPPY MONDAY +

I took over the Cardtorial instagram this weekend and had so much fun using different Cardtorial products in creative ways. Here are a few of the photos!Oh, I Design BlogOh, I Design Blog Oh, I Design BlogOh, I Design Blog Oh, I Design BlogOh and guess what?! We close on our new home this week! FINALLY! Our move in date is the 15th but we have a lot to get accomplished by that day so we are thankful for the extra couple of weeks in our apartment. I hope you guys have a great week!

 

June 23, 2015
by Jessica
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A FEW TIPS FOR THROWING A COLORFUL SUMMER PARTY!

Summer to me means…BBQs, being near a body of water, ice cream/popsicles, ice cold beer (ginger beer this Summer) and enjoying the sunshine with friends + family. Since moving to New England, we learned really quickly that you must get your butt outdoors and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts! We try to make a point to do something outdoors every weekend and one of my favorite things to do is get together with friends to BBQ.

Sure, the idea of throwing a party sounds like a lot of work and if you are like me, adding to your to-do list during the busy Summer is tough. However, with a few outdoor games/activities, simple snacks and drinks, and the sun…your guests are sure to have a good time! Let’s remember what what made pool parties fun as kids…games, snacks and icees from 7-eleven! I mean, there’s really not much of a difference when you graduate to adult pool parties other than the icees change to alcoholic beverages? I mean, it’s really that simple. Don’t believe me? Here are a few of my favorite tips to help you plan your own Summertime PARTY! But, be sure to invite me… okay?!

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A Few Tips:

1. Invites: One of the first things I like to do when I decide to throw a party (even if it’s last minute) is to send out email invites via Paperless Post. Guests are more likely to RSVP in a timely manner since it’s so easy to click YES or NO and the fun invites makes the party feel cooler already. Paperless Post has a variety of custom cards and invitations for you to choose from! It’s almost too hard to choose because they are so cute. I personally love this cute pool-themed one  and this “drink or swim” one. (This is not a sponsored post FYI – I just love them!)

2. Food + Drinks: Keep it simple – cut up a watermelon, grill burgers/hot dogs/vegetarian options, have a veggie tray. One of my favorite recipes for bringing to BBQs is a watermelon caprese salad. You can always add on the invite for your guests to bring their favorite BBQ snack! For drinks – again keep it simple! Water, a fancy lemonade (then people can add alcohol if they please) and beer.

3. Decor: Here’s the deal. All you really need are string lights (my go-to for outdoor parties), options for seating, a few fun trays for food/drinks to be displayed on and cute blankets/towels. To make it really easy on yourself go for a color scheme of 2-3 colors so when you are at Target perusing the aisles and forgot why you were there in the first place, you will remember to look out for yellow and blue anything!

Here are a few of my favorite colorful outdoor party items:
summer-party-via-ohidesignblog1 // pineapple ice cube trays?! These are amazing.  2 // cb2 string lights  3 // melamine palm bowls  4 //  striped paper cups  5 // h&m aloha beaches fan  6// colorful bamboo trays  7 // cb2 ixtapa blue outdoor lounge chair  8 // h&m turquoise tealight holders  9 // cb2 kilim stripe blanket

Outdoor games are essential for a successful Summer party! Here are a few favorites:summer-party-via-ohidesignblog2

1 // terrain j. franklin field day horseshoes  2 // urban outfitters watermelon slice pool float  3 // one kings lane beach paddles  4 // terrain backyard croquet set  5 // urban outfitters squidgie balls

What are some of your favorite outdoor party tips?!  

June 22, 2015
by Jessica
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LIFE UPDATES +

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Life lately.

+ our house: we officially close on our new home (finally!!) on July 1st & move in July 15th. I am definitely going to miss a few things about living in our downtown apartment, but I can’t wait to truly be able to call this place home and feel settled.

+ we are not doing anything to the home other than changing out light fixtures & painting when we move, but we have some future renovation plans for the kitchen & master bath! I am also on the hunt for a good sectional.

+ pregnancy: i am about 27 weeks along and things are going really well. I’ve been feeling really great and enjoying the 2nd trimester, minus some on and off back/rib pains. My baby bump (I feel so weird calling it that…haha) is growing a lot faster now and I have been using zoe organics’ belly butter like crazy.

+ one thing I am bummed about is I have been getting really tired at various times of the day (similar to the 1st trimester). I try to remind myself to take it easy as much as possible, but it’s not easy with my full plate of client projects, blog collaborations/other projects , to-do list before she arrives!

+ i am starting to think about how long I want to take off of work and honestly it kind of overwhelms me. Since I will not have a paid maternity leave (one of the downfalls of freelancing), I will need to get back to work as soon as possible after she arrives. I know I will want a few weeks to get the hang of being a new mom and enjoy having a newborn, but I don’t know when to transition and how to go about it. Child care in Boston is crazy expensive….so then there’s that. Any business owner/entrepreneur mamas have any advice here? :)

+ current projects: i’ve been working on some really awesome design projects: a gorgeous south end apartment, a model apartment near Harvard, a nursery (to name a few) and am getting a couple photographed in the next few weeks. I can’t wait to update you guys so stay tuned!

+ our studio: so I think I’ve been saying for a few months now…I am going to get some photos of our studio on the blog…and still haven’t. Well, we have still been dealing with some lovely construction (loud drilling, water coming through after power washing, tarps hiding the natural light, etc.). So we are on hold until we feel comfortable to put down rugs and fully decorate our space. It seems to be close to done…here’s to hoping! I will definitely keep you guys in the loop because the space is really awesome and I want to finish styling it + share it with you.

June 17, 2015
by Jessica
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GIFTS FOR DAD

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Have you gotten the dad in your life something special yet?! Don’t forget Father’s Day is this upcoming Sunday!

We’ve made it easy for you with the gift guide above!

shop the items above:  1. pottery barn canvas travel case  2. this is ground // cord taco pack  3. los poblanos man soap  4. opinel no. 8 trekking knife  5. bridge & burn ceramic flask  6. pottery barn union canvas weekender bag  7. sonos speaker   8. galvanized grill bucket

Happy Father’s Day/Week to three very special dads in my life – my husband (soon-to-be dad and doggie dad), my dad, and my father-in-law!