Nannie Inez

Nannie Inez Austin, TXWhen B asked me to move with him, my heart was bursting with love and my mind was busy imagining just how special our home would be. We both had a few items from living in other apartments, and kind parents who were willing to give us odds and ends from their homes, so we decided to save money and not buy anything before we were in this space we now call our home. We both love the idea of building our home with items we found and loved along the way, rather than just buying for the sake of having. This is why we chose to get to know Deeyn Rhodes of one of our favorite local Austin shop’s, Nannie Inez, which features whimsical, modern, beautifully designed products. Deeyn is a Texas native, and graduated from UT with a fashion merchandising degree and spanish minor. While living in Austin, she met her partner, and co-owner of Nannie Inez, Lonzo Jackson. After graduating, the couple moved to NYC for her to work in the fashion industry for a few years before moving to London, which she describes as her “happy place”. While in London, Deeyn discovered she was no longer passionate about working in fashion merchandizing, but instead dreamed of surrounding herself with well-made, well-designed products that made her happy. After moving back to Austin, Nannie Inez opened in 2012.

Deeyn Rhodes of Nannie Inez in Austin, Texas.

CG: What was it about the design in London that captured you and made it your “happy place”?

DR: In London, design is everywhere.  You have access to the best museums and galleries, amazing shops and restaurants and the cultural diversity and unlike any other place.  You see design even when not seeking it out.  It's in the architecture and literally on the streets as some of the best street artist are from London (hello Banksy).  I was in London for London Design Festival a few months before we opened our new shop and I spent days hopping around from event to event and on our last day there, I snapped a picture of a poster I stumbled upon in the underground tube station (old street) and this became one of our main sources of inspiration for the new space.  I like British design because it's modern (not to say there can't be stuffy and dusty British design) but a truely unique sensibilty about British design is the sense of humour.  It's modern and whimsical and as you can see from the shop, I totally identify with that.

CG: How did you fall in love with the minimalist aesthetic?

DR: City living, because the spaces are smaller. The way you decorate in New York, or London, or even here in Austin, is not the way your decorate a huge house. From a fundamental level, it’s the city living. Plus, I like clean lines and furniture that is low profile. Minimalist ,to me, can still be color, print, and texture, but it’s really clean. I like to call things ‘visually light-weight’. Like those brackets (Bend Triangle Wall Brackets) over there, they are so impactful! They’re almost neon and the design is really architectural, but that is completely minimalist. Even though they’re very impactful, they’re also ‘visually light weight’.

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CG: What are a few of your favorite things in the shop?

DR: The terra-cotta pots (from Belgium) are such a simple product but, they’re one of my favorite things in the shop because the colors are so unique. It’s a simple pot, they’re just terra-cotta, you could get a terra cotta pot anywhere, but there is something special about these colors and I’ve never seen anything like it before. The ‘Take a bath’ tea set. That is hilarious. Say you’re having your morning tea or coffee.. Sure you could have it in a free mug that someone gave you, but how nice is it to pour your coffee in a cup that is well made, cute, and funny. I’m really loving the Kristina Krogh prints. They’re really unique, the color is great, the range is great. From the copper foil, to the 2015 calendar, to the watercolor. It’s a pretty wide aesthetic, but I love it.

CG: What do your everyday routine look like?

DR: Wake up and start making a pot of coffee immediately. I take the dog out for a little walk. Most days, I try to go to the Gym ,or do something active in the morning. I find that if I don’t do that I’m pretty grumpy the rest of the day. I come into the shop at 11, and pick up a cup of coffee (either from Seventh Flag or Pacha) before so I have one cup as a little treat for the day. Work until 6. Sometimes we’ll go for happy hour drinks at Weather Up, my favorite place. Then we cook at home around 3 times a week. Bed by 11.

CG: What are you favorite Instagram accounts?

DR: @kristinakroghstudio and minta_maria_photo

Nannie Inez Austin, TX

CG: What are the places outside of home design where you gain inspiration?

DR: Any time spent outside, nature. Just away from the computer and the phone, or doing something active. Clearing the dust and letting inspiration happen naturally, without going out and seeking it. The boardwalk in Austin is one of the best things in the city. It’s beautiful and a great way to spend time outside on the water. Going for a walk, or run.

CG: What would you do with a Saturday free in Austin?

DR: Run on the boardwalk. Maybe go out to Jester King for a beer and pizza. Come back home and go to a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse.

Then, Bruce asked Deeyn what she would do if she came into $100, $1,000, and $10,000 and could spend on whatever she wanted:

DR: $100 - I would probably get a facial at Milk + Honey. $1,000 - I would go shopping. Locally, it would either be kick pleat or Olive. Online, Totokaelo. $10,000 - I would probably spend a few weeks in Greece. Lonzo and I went maybe three years ago and it was one of the best holidays we’ve ever, ever had. The Mediterranean and getting in the water… There is so much salt in the water that you float without trying. The water is beautiful. The food is amazing. The architecture is amazing. The people are super friendly and completely accepting of you being an American. You can either have a fancy day or weekend there where you’re in a nice hotel with striped beach chairs, fluffy pillow, waiters, $20 dollar cocktails, and a house band playing. Or you can just go to a random beach with plastic chairs, or beach towels, and have a beer and it’s really relaxed and beautiful. It’s easy to have both of those experiences if you wanted.

Deeyn Rhodes of Nannie Inez in Austin, Texas.

Each time we visit the shop Deeyn is very friendly to us and eager to share her extensive knowledge for the products she’s passionate about. Her love for the products is contagious, so we can never leave the shop without a few little home goodies or adding a new item to our wishlist, like this chair I’m determined to own one day. I highly suggest following @nannie_inez on Instagram, visiting while you’re in Austin, or checking out the online shop!

blackberry cobbler smoothie and interview with week of plenty

blackberry cobbler smoothie recipe by week of plenty | colore graceIn March I was lucky enough to meet Randle Browning during our weekend at Camp TXSC After talking with Randle for a few minutes she told me about her blog, Week of Plenty, and explained she blogs recipes that are within a plant-based food diet. We became immediate friends after talking about our recent love for any recipe including sweet potatoes. I loved getting to hear about her life and her vision for her blog during camp, and I love it even more that we've stayed friends. Food is not something I usually write about, or talk about much, honestly. I've never felt like it was my place to talk about food because I'm notoriously a "picky eater". I was born allergic to milk and cheese, which limits a lot of foods automatically, so I've always eaten really plain meals (my go-to being chicken tenders for way too long). As an adult, my allergy list has started to grow. I now have allergic reactions to milk, cheese, soy products, bananas, avocados, pecans, and hoppy beers. However instead of eating less this time, I've decided to start eating differently and healthier too.

I've been flirting with the idea of a plant-based food diet, but I want to learn more about before jumping in so I decided to ask Randle a few questions about her experience. Plus we're sharing this delicious Blackberry Cobbler Smoothie recipe after the interview too!

(P.S. I also answered a few question Randle asked me on her blog, Week of Plenty, and I highly recommend spending some time to look at all of her yummy recipes.)

blackberry cobbler smoothie by Week of Plenty

CG: How did you get interested in a plant-based food diet?

RB: In August 2014, my cousin, who had just become vegan, came to visit. Since I live in Waco, Texas, I thought it would be simpler if we both ate vegan food while she was here. Cooking vegan food at home for both of us was wayyy easier than trying to navigate the meat- and cheese-heavy restaurant scene here.

Side note: My cousin is full-on vegan, whereas I’m following a plant-based diet. The difference as I see it is that veganism is a lifestyle change that usually involves cutting out ALL animal products from your life—including things you might not think of, like honey, wool, beeswax, silk, leather, and gelatine. My plant-based diet isn’t as all-encompassing, since I still eat certain local honeys and eggs, and I haven’t cut all animal products out of my life.

CG: What is the biggest benefit of a plant-based food diet?

RB: After I eat, I feel energized rather than heavy and bogged down. If I resist eating 2 cups of hummus, that is... :P

CG: What are some of the ways you’ve seen a positive change in your life?

RB: My allergies evaporated. For years, I had extreme allergies and took 5 types of allergy medicines every day. If I didn’t take all those pills and inhalers, I’d end up in bed with a debilitating migraine. Within 2 weeks of eating a plant-based diet, I hadn’t had a single migraine and had stopped taking all but 1 of my allergy medications.

And my stomach problems went away! I was about to have surgery, and switching to a plant-based diet cured me!

CG: Do you have any food exceptions to the plant-based rule?

RB: Yes, I do eat farm eggs about once a week. I also make an exception for honey, and I don’t worry a lot about wine, which is sometimes processed using animal products.

CG: When you were starting this change in your diet, and lifestyle, did you start by slowly making adjustments or by diving all in? Any advice for people wanting to try it?

RB: I dove straight in. For about a week I had serious cheese cravings, but, luckily, I gradually got over my (previously undying) love for cheese. My tips for getting through the transition period are to keep salty, indulgent things around to supplement. I used a LOT of hummus, miso, olives, and strong olive oil to help me over the hump.

Even though it might seem more difficult, I think doing a clean break is better, because it allows your body to detox quickly, so you feel the benefits right away. The way you FEEL is the biggest motivation to keep going, in my opinion.


CG: What were some of the struggles you faced when starting and how did you overcome them? Are you currently working something?

RB: The thing I’ve struggled with the most is acceptance from other people. You’d be surprised how personally some people take it when you tell them you stopped eating all dairy, meat, poultry, and fish. It’s common to hear, “It’s just a little bit. Just eat it!” It gets tiring to have to explain all those reasons why even a little bit matters over and over again, without being rude.

CG: How do you handle ordering at restaurants?

RB: This is a tough one. I understand that people who have never thought much about eating animal products might be stumped, so I try not to blame the staff at restaurants when they don’t get my requests right away. But I do end up sending orders back because they forgot to omit the cheese, or something like that. It can get really frustrating for everyone involved.

I’ve found it’s best to be clear about what you want and say it with a smile. It also helps to double check that menu items that SEEM plant-based aren’t hiding secret ingredients, like a sprinkle of parmesan or a glaze of butter. Just ask before you order.

CG: How do you find inspiration for creating recipes?

RB: The farmers market! And lots of blogs and cookbooks. :) These are my top picks for plant-based cookbooks:

CG: What’s your current favorite recipe to make whether it’s yours or someone else’s? Recipe link please?

RB: The Spring Miso Soup with Lemon in At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen. I love improvising and throwing in soba or rice noodles. I also really love the Sweet Potato Brownies on Deliciously Ella. I recommend reducing the sweet potato to 16 oz. and adding dark chocolate chunks so they’re SUPER chocolatey.

My favorite quick vegan snack is a Medjool date with the pit removed, filled with almond butter and a couple chocolate chunks. I know you didn’t ask, but it will make you forget Reese’s Peanut Butter cups ever had your heart.

CG: Tell me about why you started Week of Plenty.

RB: To give my readers the tools to enjoy simple, delicious plant-based meals that make them feel amazing. :)

Week of Plenty is about simplifying the way you eat so you can feel and look your best. We already design so many other aspects of our daily lives—our homes, our wardrobes, even our faces and bodies. And I always think of designs as functional structures that make it easier to experience beautiful things. I think the same is true with food. If you design a way of eating that works for your body, you make space to find a lot more joy in the process.

Ingredients for a Blackberry Cobbler Smoothie by Week of PlentyThank you so much for all of your wonderful answers Randle. I'll definitely be doing more research about a plant-based food diet. And, as promised, here is the sweet Blackberry Smoothie Recipe she created:

Blackberry Cobbler Smoothie

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  1. In a powerful blender, combine rolled oats, almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup, and blend until the oats are completely smooth and not grainy.
  2. Add the blackberries and blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately.

RB: Pro tips for mega awesome smoothies:

  • Once you go rolled oats, you won’t go back. Just remember, the key is really blitzing them up with the almond milk—so they’re completely smooth and puréed—before adding the rest of the ingredients.
  • Taste the blackberries beforehand to see how sweet they are. Adjust the amount of maple syrup accordingly.
  • If the smoothie is too thin, add ice and blend again. If it’s too thick, add water or almond milk and blend again.
  • Swap in any in-season berry.


Photography by Randle Browning of Week of Plenty.

Calligraphy by Colore Grace.

Laura Uhlir of Olive

coloregrace- Laura Uhlir of Olive During my short time working for Apple in Austin, I had a very cool customer come in to buy an extra charger. After chatting for a few minutes, and complementing her blue Clare Vivier clutch, I discovered that Laura is a shop-owner in East Austin. On my next day off work, I visited her shop Olive and purchase a thin gold knuckle ring, which I now wear daily. I’ve been in love with Olive ever since. Last Saturday I was able to sit down with Laura in her new shop location and ask her a few questions about her style, her love of vintage and new designers, and her lovely shop.

coloregrace- Laura Uhlir of Olive

Laura Uhlir is originally from a small town in east Texas, Longview, where she lived on a farm with a couple of cows, goats, chickens, rabbits. While she loved playing on the farm as a girl, Laura always wanted to be in the city.

(Living in a small town) pushed me towards being a little outside of the box. Everyone kind of had a similar aesthetic, and a similar state of mind, so it really pushed me in the opposite direct, which I think is good. I feel like if you grow up in small town, you maybe have to work a little harder. When you grow up in the city you have all of these great cultural things at your finger tips, and when you’re in a small town you have to go out of your way to find it. So I went out of my way.

“I thrifted; That’s how I survived middle school and high school. I was a thrift store junkie, and still am. It was where you could get cool stuff.” She enjoyed finding the things the old ladies in town would bring in, like their old cowboy jeans and polyester, but her “holy grail” was the little boy tee-shirts for a quarter each.

The thrift store jam was finding perfect, old, holy, beat-up teeshirts. I would find them left and right. I still have a bag of them, I never wear them but I cannot get rid of them it makes me too sad so I have a bag in my closet.

coloregrace- Laura Uhlir of Olive

Laura would wear mostly vintage, never altering it, and it was her way of trying to be different, along with dying her hair fushia-pink. Though she admits she wasn’t, she fancied herself as “a little bad-ass.” She spent a lot of time hanging out with her friends in the high school darkroom or art studio. After high school Laura moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas and get a degree in Visual Art and Art Education Studies. With a history in art and a family full of teachers, she thought the logical thing was to be an art teacher, but kept her passion for thrifting too.

coloregrace- Laura Uhlir of Olive

After graduating, Laura and her husband moved to LA and her thrift-store finds were even greater. She started selling her vintage on Etsy under the name Olive Vintage. Olive was the name of her “sweet, fat, amazing” Boston terrier, who was her spirit animal. When they moved back to Austin a few years later, Laura was able to sell at a few pop-up shops and work as a buyer for friends of hers in Houston who were opening a shop. After their shop had opened, Laura decided it was time to open her own. In 2012, Olive’s brick and mortar sold only vintage clothing, because it was an easy small investment for her, but carried new jewelry and accessories. Then she grew with new design as her business grew, just slowly and carefully. When Olive opened Laura says it was probably 20% vintage and 80% new designers but now it has flipped.

I will always carry vintage, because its illogical to cut it out. Almost everyone I know wears vintage clothes in some way or another, so it makes sense to have them in to round out your new wardrobe too. It’s more unique and affordable. I’ve been saying Olive’s aesthetic now is ‘artful design with everyday dressing in mind’. So to me, that means clothes with an artist approach…something that’s a little different than your everyday piece of clothing. Maybe it’s the fabric, the print, some detailing like a fringe, but something that sets apart from your basics but still wearable everyday clothes.

coloregrace- Laura Uhlir of Olive

While I was there, Laura also picked out a few dresses for me to try on. This Just Female navy ‘coffee’ dress was unbelievably soft and comfortable. I ended up wearing it around the shop for the rest of the interview and buying it too.

coloregrace- Laura Uhlir of Olive

Next, I asked Laura some quick questions:

Who is your biggest business inspiration and resource?

My friend Whitney, of Myrtle, in LA. She is the feminine sister to my tomboy store. She has a similar approach to her shop, we’re both a one woman show, so talking with her everyday is inspirational because we don’t have co-workers everyday. We can shoot ideas of each other, talk about what we’re buying, seeing, sales, and everything. She’s indispensable.

When do you usually buy for your shop and where do you do to find the designers new lines?

We (Laura and Whitney) go to New York twice a year, in February and September. Laura also gets to visit her brothers and friends, while she’s there for her long weekend.

When shopping for vintage do you bring everything to the shop first, or keep a few favorites for yourself?

During my last trip, I found a cream jean jacket navy and royal blue beaded detailing on the shoulders. I just used it in my most recent look-book for the shop. I was fully intending to bring this to the shop, but I think it may come home with me.

Current favorite designer?

DusenDusen (which was also her first designer in the shop) always lands in my favorites just because her work like none else. Her pattern, print making, is just incredible. Her spring delivery will be in the shop in a few weeks. I’ve also been admiring this line, Kaarem. I don’t actually have any of their stuff in the store, but they have these really beautiful, angular pieces. Super minimal and slick but wearable and nice.

coloregrace- Laura Uhlir of Olive

Favorite piece currently in the shop?

Tie between the the marbley print Just Female dress, and this high-collar pink Nanushka, a Hungarian line she’s now carrying, dress but its the prettiest shade of pink. (In the photo above.)

What are you looking forward to this Spring?

Looking forward toward a weekend trip with my husband to Tulum in May, but other than that, swimming and being outside. Looking forward to not wearing socks with everything. (Ready for) sandals and not layering all of the time.

Favorite Instagram accounts?

@wideeyedlegless and @ardenwray

Most recent inspiration?

Decorating with Plants book, and always art galleries and movies.

Finish the sentence, I couldn’t live without… coffee. (Her current go-to order is a cortado.)

It was fantastic to talk more with Laura about her style and Olive. After living here for nine months, I can still confidently say this is one of my favorite shops in Austin and I can’t wait to slowly own more of these beautiful new and old pieces Laura’s finds.

Oh, and before I forget, she also suggested we try a nearby taco-truck, Veracruz All Natural, and get the migas taco. It was delicious! I’ll highly recommend it now too.

coloregrace- Laura Uhlir of Olive

creative couple - the Hurley's

creative couples - The Hurleys Recently I wrote about my fascination with couples who enjoy creative, common hobbies together. Often I’m over-joyed to be working side-by-side with B, whether we’re practicing calligraphy, writing, making photos, or learning in a class or lecture together. I marvel at how much fun we have together, but I know I’m not alone in experiencing such a joyful partnership. I want to hear about more creative power-couples and share your stories.

The first story I’m pleased to share is from my friend, Jessica, and her husband, Zach. I met Jessica my freshman year and not long after we became friends she started dating Zach. A few years later, I’ve never seen these two share a look without giant hearts in their eyes. Jessica and Zach are photographers-in-love.

Here is how Jessica and Zach enjoy their creative hobby together:

creative couples - The Hurleys

CG: How did this hobby become part of your relationship?

We both discovered photography before we ever even met. I started out with an interest in graphic design and photoshop in high school, and when I began taking photos to play around with different editing techniques, a love evolved for the connection between camera and subject. I couldn’t put down my camera after that moment, so I ended up getting a degree in Photographic Arts at the University of Central Oklahoma. Zach found his love of photography when his mom gave him a film camera to experiment with at a young age. He became fascinated with capturing interesting landscapes, unique objects, anything that piqued his interest.

When we started dating, photography naturally came up as something we enjoyed doing together. We’d take little adventures with our cameras in tow, and we loved every minute of it. As I started growing and building my photography business, I encouraged Zach to come along to different photo shoots and weddings. Not only did I enjoy the company, but I found that he took beautiful candid shots I knew a bride and groom would love. We haven’t stopped shooting together since!

creative couples - The Hurleys

CG: What is your favorite part about having this common ground?

There are two things that come to mind. First, I absolutely love all the time we can spend together. It’s not often a husband and wife can spend an entire work day side-by-side, and around incredibly happy people, no less. It’s something that makes me joyful and excited to go to work every day.

Second, I treasure the balance we have. In terms of developing the business, we each bring such a different set of skills to the table. Zach is a genius (not exaggerating), and can figure out just about anything we need to know, whether it’s how to accomplish a certain shot, which lens to purchase, how to fix a camera when I accidentally moved a dial and ruined everything (okay, that’s an exaggeration and was a fairly easy fix - but it required Zach’s calm nature and smarts to do so). Then I bring my experience and my extroverted, “people person” skills to the table. He can sit back while I gab with a bride’s mom or successfully organize a 50-person family photo. No matter what the shoot, session, or random adventure is, having Zach shoot alongside me is what makes photography so fun and perfect in my eyes.

CG: Is this something you enjoy weekly/monthly/yearly together?

In peak wedding season, we enjoy it weekly! We’ll spend the whole Saturday together - driving to a wedding, taking pictures for about 8–10 hours, rubbing our feet while driving back, taking a quick look at some of the images once we get home while simultaneously giving our dog loads of attention and love, and then passing out from exhaustion. Ha! Right now, it’s more of an “every few weeks” type of activity, mostly because it’s miserably cold and kind of ugly outside, in my humble opinion. Once we get to Spring, we’ll be running out the door with our cameras, anxious to take photos of everything and everyone in sight!

creative couples - The Hurleys

Thank you for your beautiful response Jessica and Zach! To view more of Jessica Nadine Photography, visit the website and be sure to like these cuties on Facebook!

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cg over a french 75french 75 feature Have you decided how you’ll be celebrating tomorrow night? Whether you’re going out with sequins, or staying in with blankets, a drink will be necessary to toast the New Year. I’ll be enjoying my new favorite year-round cocktail, the French 75, which was named in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. People said this drink was as powerful and hard-hitting as the French 75mm field gun, but was easy to drink because of its subtle taste. I was practically giddy when I met with the East Side Showroom Executive Barkeep, Julianna Fry, to learn the simple recipe.

“When you look at the ingredient list, it’s so short but it packs so much more than that. For most people it’s the lightness of the drink that attracts them,” said Julianna. She noted the French 75 is ordered by a wide range of people, but the drink tends to attract customers who are already gin drinkers. “More women seem to be attracted to the drink because of the bubbles. Bubbles typically draw more women because it feels more feminine.”

colore at ESS

How to make a French 75

french 75 steps finished French 75

Ingredients and Materials:

  • Gin
  • Sparkling white wine or champagne
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • A martini glass
  • A cocktail shaker and strainer
  • A jigger for measuring


  1. In the small half of the shaker, add .5 ounce of the fresh lemon juice.
  2. Add .5 ounce of the simple syrup.
  3. Add .5 ounce of Gin. (East Side Showroom uses Monopolowa Dry Gin as their house gin, because it brings out the juniper. They tend to go through 16–18 bottles of this particular gin a week.)
  4. Fill small shaker over the top with ice, cover with tall half of shaker.
  5. To keep the lemon very bright, do a quick and vigorous shake of less than 30 seconds. Just as you start to feel the drink going from mainly ice to being more liquid, it is time to stop.
  6. Strain the drink out into your martini glass making sure to hold back the ice. Give the drink a little bit of air. (Julianna added that the Martini glass helps keep the proportion really nice. You still get the crisp spike from the lemon, and it also opens up the nose of it. You get all of that citrus and bright notes right at the top.)
  7. Add the little splash champagne to top it off. (Tip: when opening your bottle of champagne, be sure to turn bottle, not the cork.)
  8. Toast and sip your French 75.

To make your drink extra special, add a small lemon twist garnish.

If you’re not a gin drinker, spins on the French 75 include the French 76, which substitutes vodka for the gin, and the French 77, which uses elder flower liqueur in place of the gin or the simple syrup to make it extra botanical.

empty glass East Side Showroom

East Side Showroom was opened about 5 years ago by the mom and daughter duo, Mickie and Trudy Spencer. The Showroom is located at 1100 East 6th Street Austin, TX and their doors open everyday from 5 p.m to 2 a.m.

“We’re very warm and cozy. It feels like a good place to be to when it gets cold out, so we get a lot of good winter business. Especially when you just want a good, boozy drink. There is a wall of liquor waiting for you,” said Julianna.

East Side Showroom will offer each person at the bar a glass of complimentary champagne at midnight, and I am not one to pass on free champagne or the chance to toast to the New Year with the one I love.


'life is beautiful'

To start this week off right, I am giddy to feature my dear friend, Zachary Horst! Zach is a graphic designer and letterer living in Georgetown, TX, which is just north of Austin, and he quickly became one of B and I's closest friends here. You may recognize him from this instagram photo of mine!  He recently designed an exclusive teeshirt for Cotton Bureau, and I asked him to share his work and some thoughts. IMG_7275.PNGIMG_7274.PNG

CG: Zach! Why did you choose the words 'life is beautiful'?

ZH: This design is dear to me because it's what I exclaim whenever I've had a particularly exciting experience. I consider myself a collector of life experiences, good and bad, and I think that those experiences are much more valuable and define me as a person much more than physical objects around me.

CG: I love it! Where can I order mine?

ZH: The shirt can be bought at the Cotton Bureau and only goes to print on October 27th if it sells enough! There are men and women American Apparel sizes available.


CG: How did you get started with graphic design?

ZH: I graduated in 2012 from the Art Institute of Austin with a Bachelor's of Arts degree with an emphasis on Graphic Design and since then I've worked as a store chalk and print artist for Whole Foods Market and on freelance on projects with Skull & Cakebones vegan cupcakes, Pieous pizza, Jenny & Tyler music and Republic of Sandwich, to name a few.


I enjoy graphic design because I love the process of solving a problem for someone. I love getting to use my creativity to translate ideas into reality. I'm really passionate about typography, and getting to work as a typographer and Letterer would be my dream job.

CG: Where can we find more of your work?

ZH: To see more of my work (or to inquire about a design project) visit or email me at I also frequently post work in progress, pictures of my wonderful boyfriend, evidence of recent adventures and random chalk work to my Instagram account, @zacharyhorst.

CG: Zach continues to amaze B and I. We're both pretty jealous of his chalk work! I'm so happy you shared with us today! 

Thanks again, Zach!