Sunday Saves: Inspired by Coastal Design
If you live in Minnesota, in particular the city, you know how much we live for weekends like this. It’s marathon training time, with the trails and lakes packed in the early morning – runners training for the Twin Cities Marathon, groups of bikers line the parkway. It reminds us of a new season ahead, prepping for the final weekends of summer and looking forward to the fall.
In our opinion, it’s the best way to enjoy our city, out and about during the cool mornings just before the sun is high and hot for the afternoon. While not a marathon runner these days, Katie Kath (partner at Jkath) enjoys long weekend runs, having just completed 6 miles today, and also prepping for the TC 10 Mile ahead.
This is a topic Katie focused on while speaking at The Business Women’s Circle Annual Forum this past week. The importance of setting boundaries, maybe even a few non-negotiable ones that you have to enforce, weekly, maybe daily. Exercise and travel are at the very top of her list. It’s the root of her creative inspiration, a recharge of the mind, and time to rest while getting ready to return to a packed schedule. You may know the feeling.
While packing bags to head to an annual summer trip to the Oregon Coast, today, we are sharing a few of the ways to find inspiration, while honoring the above mentioned boundaries to simply – get away!
Inspired by Local Art
When on the road, look for local art that can serve as a place on otherwise bare walls, and a constant reminder of time spent together as a family. This original painting is Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon found in a favorite local gallery, Jeffrey Hull Gallery.
Proximity to Water
Let the research do the talking, but, proximity to water is linked to the release of dopamine and oxytocin. Hello, happy days, an instant cure for stress relief. Also, the air is fresher, lending itself to better sleep at night. Making room for creative thinking and future inspiration.
Image by Seth Morrisey
Textures, Textures and More Textures
There is something about a coastal town that we can’t get enough of. Easy strolls to the local market, local culture that transcends the overall vibe, clean shop lined streets packed with color, and local wares. Cedar shakes are on most structures with classicaly painted white trim and oversized windows to capture the views. It feels a bit like a setting in a good book or a back drop for one of HBO’s latest series. In the end, giving us permission to implement some of these well thought out design features, shiplap walls, lighter pastel tones, neutral layers, while aiming for a clean and sophoticated feel. Sharing a few images from our portfolio here capturing these moments, inspired by Coastal Design.
As we get ready to head out, we hope this post inspires you to have an have an easy Sunday morning in your future, head out for a stroll, relish in local culture, find a body of water (lake or river), and plan your next getaway.
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