Jessica Crowell is the creator and self confessed daydreamer behind Coco and Mingo, her visual diary named for her beloved pets Cocoa and Domingo. Jessica uses her blog to detail all her lifestyle and design inspirations, and creative endeavors. She is based in Brooklyn, New York but is originally from Hawaii. Her design passions include pretty colour combinations, organic products, calligraphy, typography and watercolour paintings. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Jessica Crowell.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I have a combination of styles that describe my aesthetic: I love vintage pieces and reclaimed woods mixed with hints of pretty modern and Scandinavian styles, and lots of white. I also love plenty of natural light, big windows, decorating with plants, and the use of natural materials. My favorite color palette consists of peachy pinks and leafy greens.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I first gather inspiration photos that depict the design + color palette that I’m looking for. It usually involves creating an inspiration board, which helps to streamline my design process.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I work with a lot of creative fellow bloggers + shop owners who I take inspiration from on a daily basis. Being able to work with such talented people is something that strengthens my own creativity, so I respect and admire each of them!
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I like to browse shops, especially the smaller boutiques and flea markets here in Brooklyn! Quaint shops are one of the best places to look for what’s trending in the market today, which then sparks some sort of inspiration!
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
A lot of hard work! There is still so much that I want to accomplish and I know that lots of hard work and sleepless nights are ahead of me, but I hope the end result one day will make me look back and realize it was all worth it. I’m also thankful for the opportunity to work with such amazing and creative people and friends, who have helped to propel me forward. My advice would be to keep at it. If it is your passion, keep doing it, and don’t give up – especially during the hard times. Also, keep with your vision. It’s easy to compare yourself to others in this saturated market, but don’t lose sight of your own creativity.