February 19, 2014

Good design is good business.

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Good design is good business.

August 19, 2013

You know you’re a biz mama when…you enjoy both daycare drop-off and pick-up

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You know you're a biz mama when...You enjoy both daycare drop-off & pick-up.

June 3, 2011

Color inspiration: how to find it

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Snippets from my "color inspiration" bulletin board and sketchbook

As a graphic designer and fine artist, I have a passion for color and work with it on a daily basis.

But even if you’re not in a creative career, you may be faced with color decisions: what color to paint this room? What color cushions for the couch? What color dress to buy?

So, how do you get color inspiration? Here are a few of my favorite techniques:

Finding color inspiration

  • Pull pages from magazines & catalogs: my favorite ones are gardening, home décor & interior design
  • Keep a notebook handy: sketch or jot down interesting color combos you come across—see my example at right
  • Post your color inspirations: hang the pages you pull from magazines on a bulletin board in your office—see my example at right
  • Make a color scrapbook: pull paint color swatches from a local home improvement store and arrange them in pleasing patterns on paper

Color is everywhere. Stop and look around today and you may see an unexpected color combination right in front on you.

How do you find color inspiration? Share your ideas and resources!


April 14, 2011

Cool office finds: Earth Day edition

Filed under: Uncategorized — lidia @ 10:17 am

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’ve found lots of earth-friendly office goodies to share!

Chicagoans: some of our picks are from local companies, so you can minimize your footprint and support local business by shopping local.

Earth-friendly office goodies

Stainless Food Storage Containers

Brown bag it to the office? Ditch the plastic bags for this stylish and reusable sandwich solution, available from local company Stainless Cups.

They also carry stainless water bottles and tumblers.

Recycled Sari Journal

With smooth paper that’s perfect for sketching ideas or taking meeting notes, these lovely journals are made from recycled traditional heavy saris.

Find them and many other green goodies at Chicago fair trade and eco-friendly boutique Greenheart.

Bobble Reusable Bottles

These eco-friendly water bottles from water bobble combine form and function beautifully, filtering your water as you drink out of a stylish bottle.

Fill up at your office tap or water fountain and you can stay hydrated, while knowing the water you’re drinking is pure and tasty.

Recycled File Folders

One of the most-used items in our offices has to be file folders. Switch to a folder made from 100% post consumer recycled fibers and feel better about your filing.

Available online at Greenline Paper Company, these folders are a natural kraft color—in my opinion, more stylish than manila! Greenline also sells lots of other recycled office products and supplies.

Know other environmentally-friendly office goodies? Share them in the comments!

January 20, 2010

Your (print) life in digital

Filed under: Marketing & Promotion,Uncategorized — Tags: , , — lidia @ 10:23 pm

At the Unisource Paper Show in Chicago last year, I was delighted to discover lots of new paper stocks for digital printing—and thrilled that many of them were also recycled (30–100% PCW).

photo by jaxxon on flickr

As many small businesses are printing short runs digitally—or even printing in-house on their trusty laser printers—I thought I would share my digital paper discoveries.

Digital papers can be purchased online either directly from the paper mill or at online retailers such as The Paper Mill Store. Some papers are available at local retail stores too. Check each paper manufacturer’s site for specific purchase information.

Print no more on boring white laser paper!

December 15, 2009

Business gift idea: eco-friendly coffee cup

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Searching for a last-minute gift for a co-worker or colleague with a caffeine addiction? Buy them the I Am Not a Paper Cup travel mug. The washable and reusable porcelain cup will keep drinks warm in the office—and empty paper cups out of the trash. And the silicone lid keeps your drink from spilling during your commute.

Available in Chicagoland at Paper Source and online at Amazon.com.

October 29, 2009

Neighborhood Networking + Sip & Give

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This month, Neighborhood Networking will be joining Sip & Give—a new way to network in Chicago while giving back to the community. As one of our goals is to support local businesses, this new group created by small biz PR maven, Jennifer Fortney was a perfect match for us.

Join us at Sully’s House on Tuesday, November 17th from 5:30-8 pm. Sip & Give November will benefit local organization Imerman Angels. Sully’s is located at 1501 North Dayton Street, Chicago, IL 60622.

For more info visit the Sip & Give blog. RSVP to sipandgive@hotmail.com.

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Neighborhood Networking is organized by Lidia Varesco Design and Elizabeth (Lulu) Miranda of Mercury Organizing Professionals.
Follow us on Twitter #NeighborhoodNetworking for the latest info!

July 9, 2009

Take a deep breath…

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Waterlily at Chicago Botanic Garden

Have you been wanting to try your hand (or should we say, heart) at meditation, but don’t know where to start? This month’s Meditation Workshops at Victory’s Banner Bookstore in Roscoe Village start tonight! Led by Victory’s Banner Restaurant owner Pradhan, the casual, friendly classes are open to all, regardless of your reasons for (or thoughts on) meditation. You’ll quickly learn the basics to take home and create your own meditation practice. And did we mention it’s FREE? Take a deep breath and head over there tonight…

June 17, 2009

An upside to the recession?

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Whether it’s cause of recession or rankings, there are more than usual tickets available for the always-popular Chicago Cubs-White Sox series at Wrigley Field this week. Ticket broker TicketsNow says tickets prices are down 30% this year. So pick up some tix and take a long lunch tomorrow… or take a client out to the ballgame.

Go Sox!

May 6, 2009

SCORE one for your business

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Are you getting SCORE eNews? Yes, I know your Inbox is already crammed with newsletters and other digital ephemera. Not to worry, the small biz counseling organization’s monthly newsletter is a quick read, and I always find a useful tip or link in each one.

See our Events page for upcoming SCORE Chicago workshops.

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