#Workspace Panelist: Devine Color

by Mindy Lockard on April 9, 2014

If anyone knows how to create an inspired #WorkSpace it’s our third #SheafferLiving #WorkSpace panelist Gretchen Schauffler, of @DevineColor. Don’t forget to join us for tonight’s chat (4/10 8PM ET)

Meet @DevineColor.

Devine Color is dedicated to empowering designers and homeowners with luminous, artist-created interior paint colors that enhance any decor style. Creative director Gretchen Schauffler used her background in art therapy and graphic design to found the company out of her home in 1998, developing a curated palette

of trend-proof colors that feel fresh and timeless however they are used. Each radiant hue, created by hand and custom mixed on canvas to achieve the perfect depth and balance, also has a unique light-reflective quality thanks to the company’s exclusive formula. Devine Color is available through select retailers across the U.S., as well as online. As part of the Valspar Corporation, Devine Color benefits from the global footprint as well as research and development capabilities of one of the world’s leading coating manufacturers. Visit www.devinecolor.com for more information.

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What inspires Gretchen’s #WorkSpace? 

My office spaces are truly multi-tasking spaces. They are hubs for leadership, inspiration, and creation. I have split them between two areas of the home to allow me to not only work from home but to make work look and feel like a part of my life, my home, and my rituals.

Instead of cramming it all into one room or space, I have two. In my creative space I use a poker table to work on. I am a big one for having “roundtable” meetings. We can quickly play a game of cards, do quick watercolors, and spread out the work. Plus it’s green, and I love green. I use the back of a vinyl roller shade as a chalkboard to map out agendas or concepts. I have a really cool light hanging over the table.

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My second space is all about the business of Devine Color. It is nestled in the corner of our TV/Family lair, next to the best fireplace in the world. I read, write, and conduct the business of Devine color while the fire is going and a movie is playing.  And of course—have lap top will travel through out the house, often ending up in the kitchen.


#WorkSpace Panelist: Schoolhouse Electric and Supply

by Mindy Lockard on April 9, 2014

Helping create workspaces that are both inspired and functional meet our second #SheafferLiving #WorkSpace panelist for tomorrow night’s chat (4/10 8PM ET) @SchoolhouseElec {Schoolhouse Electric and Supply}

Schoolhouse Electric was founded in 2003 with a vision—to carry on the tradition of true American craft and design. Since its inception, founder and visionary Brian Faherty and his growing team of 75 employees have been handcrafting custom lighting and lifestyle products that transcend both time and trend. Schoolhouse Electric’s unique maker-mindset and rare mix of beautiful, yet practical designs has earned the company its solid reputation for quality, craftsmanship and service. Collaborations with local artisans, makers, and skilled craftspeople help to create Schoolhouse Electric’s timeless collection.

From iconic furniture and period lighting to art and domestic utility goods, many of Schoolhouse Electric’s products are designed, handcrafted, hand-painted and hand-finished within the walls of its 125,000 sq. ft, century-old, brick warehouse in the heart of Northwest Portland, Ore. The complete collection of Schoolhouse Electric products are available online at www.schoolhouseelectric.com, and at two retail stores in Portland, Ore and New York City.

What I love about this #WorkSpace created by @SchoolhouseElec is that it is so on brand, it’s everything they love: wood, color, practicality, and clever office items!  Shouldn’t all of our spaces be a reflection of what we love and what inspires us? 


We hope you’ll join us for our party! Here are all of the details.

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#WorkSpace Panelist: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

by Mindy Lockard on April 8, 2014

Meet our #WorkSpace panelist @LHCalligraphy {Laura Hooper Calligraphy}

After all, what is an inpsired #WorkSpace without beautiful writing?

Laura’s passion for calligraphy began at the age of 12, and she has been in love with the art of lettering ever since. After graduating from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Business and an emphasis on Management, Laura opened her own artistic venture, Laura Hooper Calligraphy.

 For over 10 years, Laura has worked with countless couples to create the most elegant calligraphy for their invitations and wedding stationery. She also designs custom hand drawn maps, unique place cards and other chic items for the most discerning of brides. Laura has worked with several high profile celebrities and companies for their personal and corporate events, and has been published in numerous magazines, including The Knot, Inside Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings and Town & Country Weddings, among others.

Laura most recently began selling every day stationery for holidays and other lifestyle events as well as a calligraphy starter kit. She also travels around the United States leading calligraphy workshops for beginners.

Take a peek at Laura’s amazing space!

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To chat with Laura and our other talented panelists join us on Thursday, April 10th 8PM ET! Stay tuned for @SchoolhouseElec tomorrow!

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We’re Having a Party: #WorkSpace

by Mindy Lockard on April 7, 2014

I don’t know about you, but my workspace is looking to add a little spring to her step.

Which is why I’m so excited for the #SheafferLiving Twitter Party I’m hosting for Sheaffer Pen!

Here are the details.

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Stay tuned all week as we will be taking a look at the fabulous workspaces of our amazing panelists Devine Color, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply and Laura Hooper Calligraphy! You are sure to be inspired.



Family #RoadTrip Tips

by Mindy Lockard on March 13, 2014

It’s that time friends, time for Spring Break.

When many will hit the open road in pursuit of sunshine and relaxation.

Our family loves taking road trips. And while many people groan when I tell them this, there are so many gracious skills that can be taught and refined while sitting inches away from a sibling, for hours and hours. Road trips teach patience, how to get along with others in a close environment and choosing words wisely.

So today Elle, Maggie and I visit King 5 New Day Northwest in Seattle to share our favorite DIY tips for gracious Spring Break Travel.

Travel Tote

When traveling sometimes it’s hard to limit what our darling children bring along. If it were up to Maggie she would hitch our entire house to our car and bring it on vacation with us. So keep the “stuff” manageable, it’s helpful for us to limit and organize what we bring.



  • Canvas tote from Michaels Craft Store
  • Fabric Pens


  • Draw your travel inspirations
  • Pack the bag. If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t travel

Travel Journals

While we love social media for day-to-day there is something to be said for memories stored on paper. Pen to paper. We love these travel journals and look forward to showing how to personalize them just for you and your memories.



  • journals or sketch book
  • craft paper
  • ribbon
  • stickers
  • modge podge
  • sponge brush


  • Find 6 to 7 small sheets of paper and rip them into various shapes. But that will cover the cover of a journal.
  • Lay the paper out
  • Glue the backside and wrap it around the edges of the cover.
  • Add stickers, quotes or other accessories.
  • Once the entire cover is covered.
  • Apply Modge Podge and let dry.

#RoadTrip Bingo

The key to good road trip behavior is a fun incentive plan. For us it looks a lot like BINGO, kindness BINGO.




Wrap gifts

Put the gifts in the goodie bin (you can also put them in unwrapped)

Print #RoadTrip BINGO

During each leg set a kindness Challenge: Being Kind to Space, Kind with Words and Random Act of Kindness. Each time we stop we look for ways that the girls have achieved this and give them stickers. If they have, they will complete a row. The rules are you can only get one space (not cover all Random Acts of Kindness at once) per act and a maximum of three per leg. When you stop to stretch your legs, get gas or grab a bite to eat, evaluate the bingo cards. Those who have made a BINGO get to visit the goodie basket. Those who have not, get yet another chance on the next leg of the trip!