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Thursday, October 10, 2013


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Since this month’s theme is all about the “Lean into fall”, I wanted to take a moment to talk about inspiration. Specifically, how inspiration translates itself into our daily lives. I, for one, am immeasurably inspired by seasonal transitions and the sweet glide into fall is absolutely my favorite. I find myself stopping more frequently to look at the way the light plays off the angle of a building, or the pops of color dotting the leaves falling in front of me as I walk. I notice things more, it seems, this time of year and I fall in love all over again with the gorgeous structures dotting the landscape around me.

Andrea Panico is an industrial designer who “loves both the large scale of architecture and the small scale of jewelry.” Under her brand, Pico Design, Panico creates modern, heirloom jewelry that you will fall head over heels for and you will find yourself coveting design after design. I am particularly drawn to the Sphere bracelet and the V Necklace but don’t be limited by my preferences. Pico Design is the kind of shop that inspires you to look around you a little longer, a little harder. Take a look around and find yourself inspired by each design and you’ll start feeling a little more inspired by the view out your window. I promise.

Pico Design is giving away two pairs of Spheres Earrings to two lucky winners (one pair each)! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, October 17th.
Please visit Pico Design and tell us: What is the most beautiful sight in the city you live in? 
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, October 21st, to see if you’ve won!
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    Emily B says:

    Some cities offer their beauty more readily while others it takes a little coaxing. I grew up in a beautiful town that lay in the suburbs of Boston and was dense with green growth, red cranberry bogs, and beautiful ocean. Right now, I live in a very small, very dry, very run down town in Oklahoma and when we first drove into town, my husband and I thought, “What are we doing here? What is WRONG with us?”. But, the beauties have been small and more precious because they are far rarer. There is an old downtown that is mostly closed down, but there is an old marquee that reminds me of a bygone era. An old closed bakery that has a beautiful brick façade. Charming and nostalgic, there are small things that will enrich my experience here.

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    Jennifer says:

    Other than my husband’s smiling face, the Atlantic Ocean is the most beautiful sight in Riverside, Rhode Island. 

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    Jasanna says:

    I really love our gorgeous bike trails! They’re full of nature and animals in the city. 🙂

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    The state capital is pretty spectacular. 

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    Heidi says:

    The beaches in San Diego are always beautiful! My fave is Windansea- gorgeous waves.

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    Tiffany says:

    The most beautiful site in my town (Redmond, WA) are the valley’s. They are stunning 24/7 but they take my breath away in the mornings when they are draped in a puffy fog blanket.

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    ren says:

    well, with the acknowledgement that we all see beauty differently, one of my favorite sights in los angeles is the view cresting the hill in the 405, seeing the san fernando valley at night. it’s all lights and twinkles and while i love nature and i kind of hate the idea that there is so…much…in los angeles. i do love seeing that part of the city, all lit up and lovely.

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    Lesa McMahon says:

    The most beautiful spot here, is just at the edge of town at our local nature reserve.  It has a mix of prairie grass, a pine forest, walking trails (both paved and not), a lake, and inside the building is a great bird/wildlife watching window.

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    Elisa says:

    I live in St. Louis, MO and I think the most beautiful sight is along Grants Trail at sunset. What makes this trail so unique is that it runs right behind Grants Farm which is a large wildlife preserve owned by Anheuser-Busch. This is where they keep many of their famed Clydesdale horses and their stables run right next to the trail. At the end of the day, many of the horses come out and feed and you can ride your bikes right next to them with the sun setting behind them. It is amazing. It is one of St. Louis’ hidden gems.

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    Nikki says:

    There is this winery on the corner of Roblar and hwy 246 that I am absolutely in love with.  The buildings are wide board construction with big beams and girders supporting the trellises and look-out spots.  It’s set in the middle of the vineyards and oak trees, and has a beautiful salmon colored crushed gravel drive.  The fireplace is large enough for a small family to stand in, and the chimney is boxed in such away that it reminds me of a medieval tower or dovecote.  Driving by this winery I always daydream about living in a house like it–it is so lovely!

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    Cindy A. says:

    I am blessed to be surrounded by nature’s beauty – mountains, rivers, wildlife. I wake up every morning to the sun shining over the mountains and into my bedroom windows. I drive home every evening followed by the sunset and a whirlwind of colorful Autumn leaves. There are deer, rabbits, squirrels, and sometimes a fox or two waiting for me in the yard. I truly love it here and thank God for my little mountain town every single day.

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    Courtney J says:

    I don’t live in a big city like New York or San Francisco…I’m in a suburb, but we call it a city any way. The most beautiful sight is the line of trees in our small downtown area, especially during the middle of a sunny day, when you can see their shadows on the ground and so the entire street and sidewalks are sprinkled with bits of sunlight shining through the trees.

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    Heather P says:

    I really enjoy the disc and sphere bangle and earrings. Great question! The blue ridge Mountains.  Northern VA has a mixture of beauty and history that is hard to rival:) thank you xo!

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’m a mother of young children, so I see a lot of the library, playgrounds, ballet studio, and the likes.   This, too me, is the city that I live in and it is shaped by the way my family interacts with the places we go and the things we do.  
    The most beautiful place to me is the outdoor children’s patio at the public library.  The library is an architectural gem anyway and has beautiful stainglass throughout.  However, there is a fenced in garden area with AMAZING mosaic animals – major labors of love – that children can sit on.  Right in the center on the cement is an enormous glass and ceramic mosaic of an elephant.  Like the other animals, there are ceramic tiles with works stamped into them.  Most of them are classical literature (shakespeare and so on), but some are Dr. Seuss and Marice Sendek, etc.  I know I need to wrap this up, but I could go on and on about what a delight this place is – to parents and children.  It is an oasis that we love to read in AND play hide and seek in.  I’m always moved by the art and the beautiful building next to me and I always know the children will have a good time too.  Hooray!

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    Elizabeth says:

    **words not works.  Yeesh!  I was so excited I couldn’t even type.  What I mean is that the tiles have individual words on them that are laid out in such a way that shows a great quote from an author.

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    cindy says:

    I would have to say that the most beautiful site in my town is the Hollywood sign. I love it is just 9 little letters up on a hill that can mean so much.

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    Susie says:

    To me, the most beautiful sight in my city (Milwaukee) is the shores of Lake Michigan. I have many favorite, specific spots along the lakefront as well. One in particular I love for the constantly changing array of fossils and stones that the lake washes in and out. Every time I visit, the beach and forest that I hike through changes as well; the light, the waves, the wind, the stages of the plants and the animals that scurry about. I like to visit here alone or with my kids (and often we are the only ones there!).  Rock hunting while listening to the water on one side and the layers of sounds in the forest on the other… there is nothing quite like it.  Being here is beauty of all the senses indeed! Just thinking of it makes me feel wonderful.

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    Milissa says:

    We live in South Burlington VT. We live on the family farm homestead that my husband grew up in. Our farm land is the highest point in South Burlington. Our back yard has spectacular views of both Mt Mansfield and Camels Hump. I wish I could send you the pictures we wake up to every day: fog that looks like marchmallow sitting low in the valley, bright bursts of leaf color as the sun rises in the east over the tippy tops of the mountain ranges, snow covered mountain ranges begging us to ski and ride and work later…the list is endless. Also Burlington Internation Airport is directly north of us and we are in the landing flight pattern of every aircraft heading to the airport. We see jets, props, black hawk helicopters, hang gliders…if it has wings and/or a propellor we have seen it. And finally – hot air balloons have landed in our fields 3 times since we moved in. What an awe-inspiring site to see as the enormous basket suspended from the brightly colored balloon slowly approaches the very spot where you stand…truly a treat for all ages.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I live in Seattle so it is often cloudy and dreary.  But on occasions when it is nice, you can see Mt. Rainier.  It is just majestic!  I don’t ever grow tired of looking at it.

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    jane says:

    i’m a singaporean, and one of our most famous sights would be our skyline, comprising the central business district, marina bay sands – our swanky integrated resort ie. casino – and the latest gardens by the bay, which has these awesome “supertrees” that look like something out of the movie avatar. it’s no surprise that we pride ourselves on such “landscapes”, since we’re a concrete jungle through and through. however, i think one of the most beautiful sights in singapore would be the tiny patches of greenery still existing around the island. for example, chek jawa – which is a biodiversity hotspot in one of our more idyllic islands (pulau ubin) – contains so many different types of habitats, from swamps to sea grass beds (the water is clear!) and beaches with a boardwalk for us to admire the landscape while protecting the environment. it’s extra beautiful because the location was earmarked for urban development, but was eventually saved due to fierce opposition from experts and the general public!

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    Kate B says:

    The architecture major in me *wants* to mention this gorgeous art-deco skyscraper in Columbus, which is my hands-down favorite thing in the skyline. (Columbus has a lot of not-so-pretty tall buildings, so the LeVeque is so cherished to me).

    However, if I’m being totally honest, my favorite sight is watching the kids play on the giant splash pad that just got added last summer. My sister and her daughter lived in town until August and I’m sorely going to miss accompanying them to play in the water. However, my husband and I just found out we have a little one on the way, so in a few years, we’ll enjoy taking our own kid there!

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    Anna L says:

    The most beautiful sight in the city that I live in (San Diego) is the forever beautiful beach with our clear shorelines.  I also love sitting underneath the stars to see the city lights at night.  There are so many secret parks and landmarks that give you the most perfect view of the city! There’s never a dull moment in San Diego and even if there is, there’s 24 hour Mexican food to fix it 🙂

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    Lu says:

    I live in the Niagara region in Canada and there are too many places that I find beautiful. I am so fortunate to live in a beautiful spot. But if I had to choose I would pick Niagara on the lake. Not only for its beauty for which there is an abundance but because it holds many memories of my being with my dad. And that is all part of beauty isn’t it.

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    Suzi C says:

    I’m in Christchurch, New Zealand. And it is a BEAUTIFUL city. Southern Alps on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. We are truly blessed.

    In September 2010 we had a large earthquake. No deaths. In February 2011 we then had a larger one and quite a few people lost their precious lives, even babies. 

    So even though we have mountains, snow, the beach and sand; rivers connecting them all…. It’s the people here who are beautiful. The most beautiful sight is the same look; in everyone else’s eyes.

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    Heather N. says:

    I live in Santa Barbara, CA – the beautiful sights seem to be endless! But a few of my favorites are the way the light hits the mountains and the ocean at the same when the sun is sets…it is truly magical. Another favorite is the familiar face of the barista where I get my coffee around the corner – always smiling, always friendly 🙂 

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    Chelsea says:

    The whales!!! I have not seen any yet but our (new) town is built around a bay where whales come with their babies. I think that would be beautiful. For me nature joining with the human built environment is exciting!

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    Susan F says:

    fiery red sunset over the ocean in Malibu – 

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    Probably the river so full of life and lots of tall grass that you get lost in.

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    Trisha says:

    Coming down maple lined Main Street, with the city spread out below it and the lake and mountains in the distance.