Basic form


I’m kind of Charley Harper obsessed. Do you know him? He was a conservationist/artist depicting nature and animals in their most geometric form, both in sketch and paint. Texture, color, shape and pattern were all integrated into what I like to call a neat, little package- his drawings were complex visual candy cleanly presented in basic, geometric form. “Wildlife art has been dominated by realism, but I have chosen to do it differently because I think flat, hard-edge and simple.”- Charley Harper

For as long as I can remember, geometry has intrigued me. The clean lines of geometric shapes is pleasing to my soul. Lines, circles, triangles, rectangles and squares are neat and tidy; there is an order that feels comfortable to me. There is a flow of sorts when geometry works together to create a scene.



(written on January 5, but a pressing goal kept me from finishing)

I’m not one to set New Year’s resolutions. I do, however, believe that goals, wether loose or firm, keep me moving forward. I’d rather have a goal I didn’t actually reach in it’s entirety than have not made any and not feel the push to achieve.

write your intentions down.  tell someone your intentions.

There is a crazy phenomenon that happens when you do two things:

End of the Day


At the end of the day and I mean the LAST day, as in the final breathing hours, what do you have? Do you care about your boat, your second house, your bank account, the designer clothes in your closet? I would argue that you care about the people holding your hands as you pass into another realm, whatever your beliefs. You probably care about your impact on your world and others, how you affected those around you, what you said or didn’t say, how your loved ones will be when you are gone.

The Tortoise


For as long a I can remember, I’ve been known in my family as ‘impatient.’ Please know it’s not people my impatience is about. You are safe- stay along for the ride and hear me out. I take time to slow down for people- to listen, to care, to smile. I love hearing stories – I love soaking in what you have to say, why you behave the way you do, what you love and hate. I find people insanely interesting. In fact, my kids laugh that I love to go to our local Kroger because I love to engage with some real characters who work there. People fascinate me.




I’m not one to follow the rules.

In fact, I teach my kids to think in shades of grey (bad R-rated reference) and throw black-and-white thinking out the door. If you are thinking, and thinking wisely, you are off to a better start than simply ‘following the rules’ or coloring in the lines.



I’m affected today by an event that happened yesterday. Another great icon- gone. Another artist.

The fashion world won’t be the same- ever.

Bill Cunningham.

It’s been a rough string of losses in my near memory: Robin Williams, David Bowie and Prince. I was teary over all three and deeply, deeply affected by the pain of Robin’s death and the loss of one of my all-time favorite artists in Prince. These three were truly unique individuals, never to be recreated in any way. The world lost some soul when these individuals moved on.

Why Orange?


Why orange?

Why is it so many American home interiors are white or beige? Why is it that realtors staging homes choose neutrals colors to ‘be safe’ and appease a broader audience? It drives me crazy! Are we trying to fit in? Are we afraid? Is it because beige is thought to equal calm and feel safe?

Look around you. Nature, the best design of all, is full of color.


Elin Walters

principal designer . owner

ann arbor . michigan

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