Category Archives: Decor

Creative Bookshelves That Any Book Junkie Would Love!


After a day at work or busy weekend, I enjoy unplugging from the world of accessible technology and diving into a literary oasis. Books have always been true friends of mine, and I’ve often felt out of place when I didn’t have a proper bookshelf to store my buddies on. But when I finally have the chance to move out and get situated in my own little haven, I would love to buy/build one of these creative bookshelves.

If you’re in need of some much needed flair in your book storage solution, then grab some inspiration from these amazingly creative bookshelves. These shelves will add that much needed flair to any room.

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Cerealism: The Beauty of Cereal

As I get older you find yourself trying to eat healthy cereal, but that isn’t always fun. I wish I could eat Coco Puffs and Lucky Charms every single morning, but I slowly found myself actually falling in love with organic cereals and shredded wheat. Boring right? Well, artist Ernie Button’s decided to play around with some of those “boring” cereals, as well as exciting cereals, and create stunning photography.

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ThinkSoul25 x Gallery of Fashion Art

We like the sound of that…

Beginning September 10th, the Gallery of Fashion Art will be a regular contributor to ThinkSoul25. Eager to combine our creative whimsy with pop wit ThinkSoul25, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate!

The Gallery of Fashion Art is a brand new online gallery that features the work of upcoming talented fashion illustrators. Check out some of our artist’s work below:

Lovestruck by Regina Yazdi

Pink Intrigue by Candace Napier

Pink Hair by Natasha Nicole

Love is all, love is you… by Michelle Macias

100 Years by Morgan Beem

Art & design, decor, fashion, you name it!

Our first “Pop-Up” exhibition begins September 10th!

Graffiti Artist Tilt Gives Behind-Scenes Look at Creating Panic Room [VIDEO]

Even though I was never superb at graffiti, as an artist (I’m a pop/abstract artist ) I still appreciate the intricate technique and innovative expression that goes into slashing a wall. While far away it may appear to some as just a bunch of colors, the above picture is just one example of how epic slashing a hotel room can truly be.

Graffiti artist Tilt designed this original hotel room, Panic Room, for the Au Vieux Panier hotel in Marseille, France. The concept of Panic Room basically takes on this avant-garde expression of minimalism meets an explosion of vibrant colors & words. With the help of graffiti artists Tober, Grizz, and Don Cho, Tilt and his crew were able to come up with a stunning design that exudes an air of originality I haven’t scene in interior design.

The picture above is just one of the many pictures taken by Big Addict (aka Roudet Benjamin) that shows off the essence of Panic Room, but the behind-the-scenes exclusive video is priceless. When discussing the project,  Tilt said:

“The hotel Au vieux panier asked me to design a room, I first told them that I wasn’t interested doing just decoration in the room but I wanted to create something that will look more like an installation. I thought about it also as a huge canvas where I needed to think about the composition and play with the empty white part of the room to accentuate more the idea of Chaos on the other part. Then I asked my friend Tober who gat a great old school style for tags, Grizz who is also the man behind the camera and Don Cho who is a Hip Hop singer from Marseille but who used to be a tagger from my home town Toulouse. It took one week to do the whole thing cause the idea was to exaggerate what you can usually see in some abandoned places. Too much tags, too much drips, too much sentences, too much throw ups … What I also wanted to show is that people can appreciate any type of graffiti, even the more basic, it’s just a matter of point of view …”

I really love Tilt’s perspective on point of view. He was able to truly take such a huge canvas and design such an exhilarating point of view that is exaggerated, yet still basic.It kind of goes with the saying, more is less. While one side of the room has quite a bit going on, everything is balanced out by the white space on the left side of the room. It would have been cliche for Tilt to slash the entire room, but the dual personalities of both spaces create a riveting statement.

The pictures are great, but the video speak to the full aura of the room. Yet, even then, it’s probably even more phenomenal to see this room in person. But needless to say, the pictures and video are more than award-winning, they are epic visions of abstract creativity brought to life.

More Pictures of Panic Room.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25.

Divine Inspiration: HGTV Magazine

Home & Garden Television is probably one of my favorite networks. It holds a great deal of importance in my life and I’m not ashamed to admit that I watch HGTV every single day. Even if I’m not watching it with my full undivided attention, then it’s probably on in the background and catching a few glances in between my multi-tasking mania.

My favorite thing about HGTV is the wide array of shows and design ideas. Every show offers insightful tips and ideas for creating the perfect space that reflects your personality. I always tell people if I wasn’t a professional writer for a living, then I’d be studying design and in a career immersed in interior design or set design(which can be attributed to my years of experience in theatre.) Designing is a huge passion of mine because it taps into the true essence of my personality; I’m a creative soul with a zest for vibrant colors and sleek design.

I have a great passion for design and love reading design magazines, which is why I’m uber excited that HGTV is debuting their new magazine in October. I watched the HGTV: Making of Our Magazine special and became deeply inspired. You’d think that the design elements would inspire me to jump out there and go pursue a career in design, but in actuality I was inspired on a different level. Watching the making of the magazine reminded me why I have this blog and what my dream job truly is. I want to be an Artistic/Creative director or Editor for a magazine. Either a design magazine or cultural magazine, but the end goal is to eventually start my own magazine.

I’ve written for different magazines (currently I am a contributing writer for Monarch Magazine) and I’ve seen how passionate the editors and owners are about their publication. I too enjoy seeing their passion and love writing for them, but my real dream is to eventually be my own boss and let my unique voice, along with so many other unique writers, be seen in a digital and print publication. My blog, ThinkSoul25: Thoughts of an Urban Nomad, is only the beginning of the things I hope to achieve one day. My blog is the tip of the iceberg on the ideas I have and want to share with the world.CREATIVE DIRECTOR  - SignCafe magazine cover

Being an artistic/creative director has been a dream title since I first began writing and being involved with the arts at a young age. Back then I never knew the exact title, but I always knew I loved seeing how things came together and bring forth creative people in order to achieve a common goal. Working with others is something I’ve always done well, especially if there is a unique creative task at hand. But I always ended up being chosen as the designated leader. Whenever it came to do projects in school, I was always the person that stepped up to plate or was just designated by the team to be in charge.

I have a healthy dosage of analytical decision making and spontaneous creativity pumping in my blood. I know how to get the job done, which explains my resume has an extensive list of projects and jobs on it that have me working in a multimedia related leadership capacity. But, I still feel like I have a lot more to do. I want to truly become a beast at publication design and multimedia production, which is why I’ve decided to apply to graduate school for Fall 2012.

I’ve been contemplating applying the past few months and proceeded to contact my professors for letters of recommendations (which I’ve got.) Now that I have the letters of recommendation, the drive, the grades, and the overall skills, I think I’m ready to commit to this decision.  My degree in English Writing will be great, but that doesn’t truly speak to who I am. Before I was a writer, I was a visual artist. So going to graduate school for design will give me all the tools I truly need to attain a artistic/creative director role, while simultaneously planning out a strategy on how to start my own magazine.

The decision is already set in stone and I’m excited about the creative projects to come in the near future. It’s crazy to think that my obsession with watching HGTV actually paid off and was the final push I needed to come up with a concrete career decision. So…thank you HGTV, a great source of divine inspiration that speaks to the creative person I am. I’m glad that HGTV teamed up with Hearst and is putting out a magazine that is bound to become my favorite.

Watching the making of the magazine was the last major push I needed to admit to myself what I really want out of life and how I will always be a creative woman with a zest for design, the arts, and writing.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25.

Workspace of an Artist & Writer


I’ve been in a really creative space lately, probably because the humid heat of Maryland is disgusting and I’d rather stay inside where it’s nicely chilled.  I was out in Denver for three years and was spoiled by the dry weather, even though it was hard to maintain natural hair. I don’t miss the people out in Colorado but I do miss the weather and the mountains. I love being outdoors and being active, so naturally Denver was a happy medium.

In DMV there are a bunch of parks and places to be active, but you have to deal with that nasty humid weather. Luckily I have a fitness bike in my room and usually can just do that or go downstairs and dance my ass off! I just got home from helping my mom buy a suit for my dad at Burlingtons, so I’m probably going to chill the rest of the day inside. This Burlington I went to over here in Gaithersburg was so nice! It has two floors and it’s huge, while not in an overwhelming matter. I love helping my mom pick out suits for my dad and professional clothes, I read GQ every now and then and . That blog is great for men’s fashion and style, especially for those men who are lack in the fashion department.

SAM_2159Now that I have this new workspace in my room (that’s my room to the left and the picture above), I might actually pick up illustrating some fashion designs again. I have so many sketch tablets laying around the house, but they are all filled with drawings I’ve forgotten to shade in or put on display. For many years I’ve been completing a lot of my paintings and articles from one spot on the floor. I usually grab my materials and lay down on my rug, then I put on my headphones and some house music to get lost in the painting.

I was up till 4am last night working on this painting someone paid me to do. It isn’t quite finished yet, but I did finish the background details. I always paint the background first and then the foreground last, it saves the mental hassle of trying to envision what color scheme to use.  I enjoy painting but I want to work on perfecting a contemporary pop art style, which is why I’m going to the Smithsonian tomorrow for some much needed inspiration. I will blog about that experience tomorrow, so I’m going to blog more about that and my favorite painters tomorrow.

It feels good to have this new desk and the option to write without always laying on my bed or the floor. I think every artist and writer should have there very own unique workspace. Mine is simple for the time being, but in the next few weeks I plan on adding more pictures and knick knacks that make it say “Jazzy”. I spend a lot of time in my room and just off in my own little creative world listening to music and expressing my emotions through a combination of hues and words.

I go through these phases where I love being surrounded by people and then I get exhausted and just want to be by myself. More and more everyday I’m realizing how much time I spend by myself, but I’m accomplishing so many things in this time. I devote so much time to my school work, my writing, and my art, but in the end it will all pay off. I have a big dream that I want to make come true, but I have to put some things in place. My goal involves a lot of creativity and it’s something I don’t talk about much, especially because in the past people have just shot it down or didn’t really care. So I keep my real dream to myself. It’s never been a dream of mine to be some big shot writer, but more along the lines of a dream involving the arts.

Red-SonjaI write because I love it and apparently people enjoy reading my writing, so I don’t plan on ever quitting. If I happen to get some big shot job as a writer, then great! But I’ve got a lot of goals to accomplish, which is why I’m glad I finally have this workspace. I plan on doing some more video blogs really soon and I’m also beginning to get off into these female superheroes. I love drawing strong women who can kick some serious butt! I need to keep drawing and cultivate my artistic ability.  One day I’d love to do a painting of some serious chick doing major damage with swords and mighty fists….that would be cool! Ms. Marvel 042

I’m going to grab some pencils and go draw for awhile, I’m feeling inspired and it’s not like I’ve got a lot to do right now. As usual I’m in my own world of creativity and pure imagination, which is a marvelous place to be!

©Jasmine McGee