Mystic Arts Center Holiday Gift Show


Screen Shot 2015-11-21 at 4.18.45 PMHappy weekend!

I am certainly feeling the pressure of the holidays sneaking up! It has been a lot to juggle, between keeping Salt organized, prepping custom holiday orders, design projects and new product development! All very exciting things, but keeping me busy and slightly stressed.

I managed to sneak in being a part of the Mystic Arts Center Holiday Gift Show, where I have a table set up. The great thing about the the holiday show is that it runs through December 27th and is open daily from 11am-5pm. Below are some highlighted dates where they have special events happening and the market will be open. Support local artists and artisans and give something special to your loved ones this holiday!

You can find cards, prints & new tea towels for sale at my table! Hope you get a chance to pop in!

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Participating Artisans:

Annie Chittenden Textiles – coiled textile bowls and baskets
Birch Mountain Pottery – handcrafted decorative stoneware pottery
Blue Anchor Candles – natural soy candles
Burly Stone – mens soap, beard oils, hand balms, solid cologne, dog soap
Caje Design – hand crafted jewelry
Carol A. Watson Art – collages, art tiles, sketchbooks, wood block art, notecards
Colleen O’Connor – handmade fused dichroic jewelry
Deborah Dear Pottery – pottery mugs, casseroles, bowls, pitchers, vases
Drift – driftwood ornaments and trees, sail bags, trays, votives
Elizabeth Conlon – polymer clay salt and pepper shakers and ornaments
Flatland Alpacas – alpaca fiber items, bird nesting balls, ceramic necklaces/gift tags/shawl pins
For the Birds – recycled and repurposed material gifts
Frank Mason – artwork prints, photographs, notecards
Hook, Line and Sweater – crotched hats, scarves, earwarmers, headbands
Karen Cartier – cement trees
Lila – pencil cases, aprons, bags, pillow covers, key fobs, table linens and more from locally handprinted cottons and linens
Linda Theadore – beaded jewelry
Little Hat Design – hats, jewelry, wraps, scarves, wedding accessories
Little River Studio/Gallery – greeting cards, glass tree sculptures, ornaments, block centerpieces
Mary Anne Sherman Jewelry Designs – handmade sterling silver jewelry
Mystic Knotworks – sailor knot bracelets, coasters, trivets, ornaments, wine stoppers
Mystic Zen Healing Jewelry – Reiki-infused gemstone healing jewelry
Nelson Designs – wooden snowflakes, cutting boards
Patti Murphy Design – art prints, tea towels, cards
Pottery Shed – functional pottery
reLook by Julianna Cameron – artful designs in refurbished wood
Saltwater Design House – earrings and necklaces, whale ornaments, cards, bracelets
Silks by Lucia – marbled silk scarves and neckties
Summer Glass – stained glass ornaments, suncatchers, panels
Susan Shaw Pottery – porcelain pottery and small wall paintings
Swift Farms – beeswax candles
The Firesign Studio – lampwork beaded, fine silver and copper earrings and pendants
Treefort Naturals – handcrafted soap, lip balm, gift baskets
Trees of Light by Diana Baker – small paper cones lit by LED lights
Turkeywoods Farm – hickory and berry syrup, cutting boards, BBQ sauce, garlic ghost pepper sea salt
Two Bees Design – notecards, tote bags
Whole Harmony – handcrafted teas
Why A Spoon – handcarved wooden spoons, bowls, cheese boards, serving utensils

Recent Work // The Public House


The Public House opened earlier this year, and I am finally getting around to sharing the final look with you and adding it to my portfolio! I shared this moodboard with you over a year ago now and the whole vision really came to life.

A little refresher of what inspired the brand: wood, brick, stone, blacks and browns, natural elements, darker atmosphere, cozy, casual, classic favorites with a twist, inviting. LOVE the results and how everything came together. If you are in the area (Lyme, CT) you must try! (and get the gorgonzola fries, yum!)

If you can’t make it in for dinner, enjoy a peek at some photos of the restaurant by A Creative Focus Photography.




Sign painting by Kat Murphy



Leave a comment and let me know what you think!


New Shop in Mystic, CT


This past wednesday I opened up my new shop, Salt shop + press in the historic downtown Mystic, CT. The shop has been in the works for the past few months and I am happy to finally open the doors. Online shop and website are coming soon!

At Salt, you can find handmade items, stationery, art, prints, home goods, soaps and all sorts of gift ideas. At lot of the items are created by local artisans here in Connecticut. We hope to continue to expand our inventory and lots of improvements and ideas brewing already.

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Follow along on facebook or instagram to get a feel for our brand and vision. Hope to see you one day at Salt : )


Mohawk Connects – Felt & Wire Feature



One of my latest design projects for The New England Science and Sailing Foundation (NESS) was recently featured on Mohawk Connects blog, Felt & Wire.

NESS has so much to offer, and it was important to communicate that—as well as creating a standout piece that was fresh and untraditional. We printed on iconic Mohawk Superfine 100# Cover Ultrawhite Smooth Digital with i-Tone. The piece was skillfully printed by J.S. McCarthy Printers on an HP Indigo 7600 press.

I worked closely with Maeve Ryan, the new marketing director to revamp the marketing materials and we are so happy with how everything turned out and love the quality of the printing + finish.

Check out the full post over on Felt & Wire.

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all photos courtesy of Felt & Wire


Follow Friday


Happy Happy October! I LOVE it! This weather is not the best, but I love a nice rainy weekend—hoping hurricane Joaquin keeps making that turn away from us! Fingers crossed.  Just wanted to jump back in to sharing a #followfriday. Because New England is so gorgeous in the fall, you have to follow @jackiegreaney on Instagram to see all the goodness. She shares the most beautiful, classy and fun adventures full of color.

Hope you have a great weekend! I hope to be making another batch of this banana bread and maybe making some spicy chilli. Yum!


Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker 2015


A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Event, and I was thrilled to be invited. It was a day of design, style, creative thinking and inspiration–basically the best kind of event! I had such a great time meeting + mingling with other bloggers, creatives, the BHG editors, and BHG team, what a group! It was a full and eventful day—here is a little peek of what the event was like.

CThe event this year was at The Hudson Hotel New York, while I had a hard time finding it because of construction, I made it on time and maybe even a bit early! The hotel decor was very modern but had an urban and eclectic feel. I was loving the oversized lounge chairs in the library.

Workshop: Secrets to Amazing Food Photos

The first workshop I attended was led by the Senior Deputy Food Editor of BHG, Nancy Hopkins. We learned tips and tricks for styling sweets, and salads and what tools to have on hand when you might be snapping or styling food. My favorite takeaways was from Libbie Summers,  who taught us how to make the perfect dollop for topping on your desserts and pies.

Panel: The Truth About Getting a Book Deal

Next we had a panel with Sara Forte, author of The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon, Eddie Ross, East Coast Editor of Better Homes and Gardens, and author of the must have book, Eddie Ross Modern Mixand the publishing editors Rux Martin and Angelin Borsics. So great to hear from both sides of the spectrum. They shared lots of truths and even shared different opinions on the same topic like whether you should work with a book agent or not. It seems that everyone has had such different experiences and I feel like it has a lot to do with the timing, if you are ready to get a book deal, and also who you end up working with.

Workshop: Photo Shoot-Worthy Flower Arranging

After some lunch I headed to my next workshop with Executive Editor, Oma Blaise Ford and Matthew Robbins. This workshop was a lot of fun, I just wish we had more time! I think I could spend all day playing with those flowers— provided to us by FTD flowers. A few quick tips for arranging: Cut stems as you go to vary in length—and design in odd numbers to create hero blooms.

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Final arrangements alongside Brittany, of Addison’s Wonderland and Maryanne, of The Little Epicurean

Workshop: Creating a 360° Digital Brand

The last workshop of the day was with the wonderful Digital Editorial Manager, Kaelin Zawilinski.  Kaelin packed the hour with advice on to how to stand out, and how to get smart on social. She also walked through ideas for spreading your brand—by being smart with collaborations, working with magazines, creating a book or podcast if is the right fit. She ended the presentation with a few best practices for success: be kind, make it easy to collaborate, and develop a relationship. This workshop gave me the little kick in the a** that I needed and I am so grateful for it! Thanks Kaelin, you have been so helpful to all of us!

Anyone else using Trello for organizing projects? Kaelin mentioned it in her presentation and I have been using it since and I love it!

Because this post is getting incredibly long, I think it is time to wrap it up! We ended the day with a Q&A with the editors, a stylemaker panel and cocktails on the rooftop with special guest, Brooke Shields! Like I said a jam packed day and I happily ended the night with burgers + fries in the Hudson Common with some of the other attendees. Happy + Full!

I can’t get over how incredibly talented, passionate, approachable and just really really nice people the Better Homes and Gardens Editors and team were! What stood out to me after chatting with a few throughout the day and watching them speak—is how much they really LOVE what they do! Thanks again for a great day BHG! Can’t wait for the issues to come : )

All photos (c) Avi Gerver Photography


A Night of Clean Beauty & Wellness at Jennie Fresa – October 8th


oneyear_R2Jennie Fresa is celebrating her one year anniversary with a night of clean beauty + wellness on Thursday, October 8th from 4-8pm. If you have been thinking of transitioning to natural beauty but are not sure where to start, this event is the perfect opportunity to learn from the experts and see what options you have. I attended a few of Jennie’s events this past year and am already so much happier with my new beauty routine.

Looks like there is a lot to enjoy: yummy paleo sweet treats, rosemary herb spirits, mini eco makeovers, eco-brow styling and special guests Indie Lee, founder of Indie Lee and Debbie Sodergen, author of “Just be…Your path to Meditation & Awareness”

I am excited to attend and so happy to have helped create the event invitation!

Who else is going? RSVP to


Invite: Patti Murphy Designs // Photography: Julia Jane Studios // Flowers: Hana Floral Design // Catering: What’s Cooking // Signature Drink: A Recipe for Wellness // Event Design: True Event

jennie_fresaphotos via @jenniefresabeauty & @india_lee


Orchard Wedding Feature


CT Wedding VendorsWe are so excited that our Orchard Wedding Inspired shoot is featured on Reverie Gallery. Everything about the shoot was drop-dead gorgeous, you have to see all of the stunning photos Anaise Prince Photography captured at Hickory Hill OrchardsI can’t stop looking at the photos. Shout out to the amazing dream team that created all of this beautiful magic. See all the photos here.

Shoot Design //  Jubilee Events
Location // Hickory Hill Orchards, Cheshire, CT
Photography // Anaise Prince Photography
Bride + Bridesmaid Fashion // Everthine Bridal Boutique
Floral Design // Blush Floral Design
Hair // Dana Bartone + Co.
Beauty // Simply Gorgeous by Erin
Cakes // Sweet Maria’s
Rentals // Borrowed, A Vintage Inspired Company
Rentals // Octavia Brown
Stationery // Patti Murphy Designs
Menswear // Valentino Tailors
Flower Girls’ Tutus // Body Wrappers