{ color almanac } … vol. ii

{ color almanac } | design seeds


i am thrilled to announce that the Design Seeds { Color Almanac } vol. ii is now available!


The { Color Almanac } vol. II is packed with some of the site’s most popular color inspiration ~ 40 palettes exclusively from my photography + includes HEX codes. All of this goodness is compiled into an inspiration handbook with a heavy amount of TLC by my own two hands.


I have included some of my studio photography on full pages of the Color Almanac … these photos are part of a new palette series here on the Fresh Hues blog, and their palettes are not included in the book.


I hope you enjoy the Color Almanac and find serendipitous inspiration for your projects, or to simply lift your spirit.


The ebook + preview is available on Blurb … the PDF is available on Sellfy.

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” ~ Indian Proverb



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for all who love color

it is going on one month since the relaunch of the Design Seeds site, and i write this post a bit overwhelmed – definitely humbled – that the passion project i began nearly 6 years ago has grown into the Seeds of today.


keep in mind as you read on, i am one woman in Madison, WI … i am the only person who creates and runs all of Seeds (all the content, Fresh Hues, and all of the social media). that said, as in all good stories … it takes a village. after falling through a rabbit hole and landing in this wonderful profession, this “village” community includes blogging colleagues, supporters around the interwebs, and loyal readers. i take none of this for granted, so the following is not just a status update on Seeds, but a share of how when you have the fortune of all of the above + a healthy dose of *crazy* to go all out for your dream … some pretty cool things can happen.


the wonderful and humbling revelation from the past month since the relaunch of the site? the following illustrates the breadth and depth of Seeds roots …




Design Seeds receives 2.5 million pageviews per month. folks spend *a lot* of time on the site exploring … over 6 pages deep on average.


more humbling?


the following list is the top 10 cities for Seeds readers:




the global diversity does not end in these top ten … check out the list for 11 – 20 :





what does this mean? well for me … it shows how universal the love of color is. it transcends language. i believe color is actually a universal language of its own. it also means for me that what i thought was a semi-myopic, semi-self indulgent effort (after all … who is obsessed with color or cares about my talent as a designer specializing in it?) … welp … far far more than i expected. with having underestimated all that, i am beyond *GRATEFUL* for your interest and support which far exceed my expectations.





with the relaunch of the site, Seeds has also evolved from being a one woman operation to a global synergy where folks can now contribute their talents through #SeedsColor. through #SeedsColor, i am receiving photo submissions from around the world including Australia, Italy, South Africa, and Sweden. this new dimension to the Seeds site has created a connection with you all that has exceeded my hopes as well. there is a magic in this global synergy that feeds me creatively, and hopefully inspires you that much more through Design Seeds.


so simply, and failing words to express the depth of my gratitude … thank you all.  i look forward to where this new leg of the journey takes Seeds.


“all the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”






i am excited to announce that i am now accepting photo submissions for Design Seeds!


photo submissions are being accepted exclusively via Instagram. folks can submit photos by using the #SeedsColor hashtag. if your submission is used in creating Seeds, you will receive attribution with a link back to your original Instagram post on the Design Seeds site (attribution is stated directly below the inspiration, next to the palette title).


only photo submissions via Instagram are accepted. you must be the copyright owner of a submitted photo … please do not submit another person’s work (an image you found elsewhere on Instagram or the web). by submitting your photo, you are granting permission for a Seeds palette to be integrated with the image and shared on the Seeds site.


thank you all for your interest in sharing your amazing work and photographs … i cannot wait to see your inspiring and colorful photos!!!



the gift of inspiration


Color Almanac Gift Certificate


interested in giving the gift of inspiration this holiday season?

why not gift the Design Seeds Color Almanac to your friends, family, or colleagues who love color? the Color Almanac is $9.99 and available as an ebook or PDF. interested in a preview? the first 30% of the book can be viewed HERE.


when giving the Color Almanac as a gift :


1) download the Color Almanac gift certificate (click on the image above for the full size certificate)
2) copy and paste the download link (from the email you received from your ebook purchase) onto the space provided on the certificate
3) print the certificate and trim off the excess paper
4) enclose the gift certificate in a card or gift wrap


ebook downloads are tracked and limited … you need to make an individual purchase for each book you will be gifting.


thank you for taking time to read about how you can gift the Design Seeds Color Almanac! wishing everyone a wonderful season enjoying time with friends and loved ones.


press pause


I wanted to share I am “pressing pause” on Fresh Hues until a few major projects are completed. Although it’s a bummer that I will not be able to create some fresh *brushstrokes* or *word* posts for awhile, the cause of this needed break is quite good.


a Design Seeds site refresh is underway (stay tuned … a new, clean, modern look to the site will be launching), and i am working to complete the new Design Seeds book. with having had an awesome experience self publishing, i have chosen to stay independent while taking the content of the book “to the next level.”  there is a bit more information and teaser on “the book” page of the Design Seeds site.


So as I am in my inspiration kitchen cooking up all these new projects (with the help of a wonderful designer and developer for the new site), please know that the “pause button” is only pressed for the short term.


***I will continue to create the 4 posts per day for Design Seeds … only Fresh Hues will be paused***


As always, thank you for your incredible support of the sites and my work. I look forward to the reveal of the new site, launch of the book, and the fresh inspiration I will be creating for Fresh Hues!


inspiration evolution

via @designseeds on Instagramsucculent spectrum | design seeds


via @designseeds on Instagram

mineral tones | design seeds


i took a big personal step with Design Seeds today … for the *first time ever* i am using my own photos to create palette inspiration! i am still relying *heavily* on purchasing the licenses for the images i use, but it is an exciting “next step” in my creative process to merge my personal Instagram inspiration with Design Seeds.


not following me yet on Instagram? i would love to connect with you there! you can find me HERE.


insta love

designseeds on instagram


this past week i have been considering how i wanted to grow as a designer and blogger. it is easy to become complacent with how one does things when they are going well. i have found that it is at these times it is most important to challenge myself to grow creatively and consider how i want to evolve as a blogger, this way i can tap a passion i have not explored, and it offers more freedom as i am creating proactively (verses as being reactive).


the first announcement is that this coming this Wednesday, a whole new look of *brushstrokes* will be launched. i am thrilled to be unveiling the new design soon!


next is that i will be launching new weekly features, and regularly posting on Instagram. the image “i am a wildflower” above is a hint for one weekly feature debuting this week. ***i will be creating and sharing much of this content exclusively on Instagram*** a challenge to myself is to engage on Instagram *far* more, and that inspired my thoughts on creating exclusive content. i have struggled in how to find my own voice in the quickly growing network, while offering something that is unique. after much pondering, i have decided it is an opportunity to share more about what i find inspiring, my aesthetic, and peeks into my process. i would love to connect with you if you are on Instagram. you can find me HERE.


Finally, i have also challenged myself with spending more time engaging on twitter. i have found twitter feeds in general are filled with so much advertising, self promotion, or celeb news … i struggle to find interesting or thought provoking content. to help contribute in spreading great content, i have committed myself to retweeting at least one tweet i find inspiring a day. to help out my feed over there (who i follow), i am constantly searching for great folks or profiles. do you have any favorites? i would love any comments or tweets suggesting who you find inspiring on twitter. if we haven’t connected there yet, you can find me HERE.


thanks for taking time out of your day to catch up on what i am up to. i appreciate the support of wonderful readers of Design Seeds and Fresh Hues … hope you all have a wonderful start to the fresh week.