I’m Christine Castro Hughes, a designer, writer, and mother of two darling children. I also run a graphic design studio out of my charming, crooked craftsman house. Brunch is my blog. More »
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splendidly summer

I have been in denial about summer, I think. Probably because it means that half the year is past, that my baby girl will soon be 1 and my baby boy will be 3, that neither of them are really even babies anymore, that it is swimsuit season, and I am hardly ready for any of it. On the bright and delicious side, though, summer means ice cream. Lots and lots of ice cream. 

It's the perfect time to get out the ice cream maker and crack open my prized copy of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home. I have loved Jeni Britton Bauer's superb ice cream ever since tasting her salty caramel. I became a convert of her recipes after making her lemon frozen yogurt (try it), and I am absolutely smitten with her beautifully designed and illustrated book.  

There are over 100 recipes, and I think I want to make at least half of them. On my to-do list for the summer: Roasted Strawbery and Buttermilk Ice Cream, Backyard Mint Ice Cream, Watermelon Lemonade Sorbet, and Salty Caramel Ice Cream, of course. My stomach growled just typing that out. I'm serious.


project peeks 

This spring was busy, busy, busy. I was so lucky to work on some fun branding projects for businesses and blogs, and I'm finally able to show you what I cooked up. Below is the logo I created for interior design firm Harding Castle. Designers Katy Nickel and Carolyn Stone wanted a logo that was at once classic and modern. I also designed the duo's website, which is being built as we speak.

And below are two logo designs I created for up-and-coming blogs, A Rose Called Gilly and In Jackie's Shoes. LaTrelle of A Rose Called Gilly wanted a fresh, citrus palette and crisp, modern type. Alexandra of In Jackie's Shoes sought something simple but chic. I am happy with the way both turned out, and so were they! I also designed both blogs, and my new brilliant pal Zoe did the Wordpress development.


letter to maira : 10 months

Dear Maira,

I don't know how it happened again, but here we are, four months after my last letter. All of a sudden you are 10 months old. I swear, I had every intention of writing you at least once or twice since the last time, but well, I didn't. One of these days, I'll make it up to you. I swear. But for now, maybe I should just stop apologizing and just start talking.  

What I really want to say it has been an honor and a joy getting to know you these past few months. I sure do like you. 

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all of us

Like the rest of the world, I'm smitten with the Blair Family. Gabby (whom I have already gushed about) is spending a year in France with her husband Ben and their six, yes, six children. And if following their adventures wasn't already so much fun, the family of eight just launched a new video series called Olive Us, created to inspire and educate other families. It so darned charming! Henry even likes it. We watched the trailer and the extended trailer when they were released. A few days later, he asked to watch "Mama's movie." It took me a while to realize Henry meant Olive Us.

So, yes, Family Blair, you have two fans right here, eagerly awaiting the next episode.

Photo by Gabrielle Blair



We have a lot of catching up to do, my friends! May has been much kinder to me, but I'm still as busy as ever. I'll try to fill you in on all my work and life happenings over the next few weeks. First, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite projects to date that launched last month...

...The redesign of food and photography blog Shutterbean.com! You may remember Tracy Benjamin as one of my Friends & Neighbors featured last year (a feature I hope to revive soon). She's been a steadfast friend and supporter of mine for years, so when she asked if I would help redesign her blog I had to say yes. Not only do we both like a good dose of carbs, but we also share a love of typography. Finding inspiration was easy. My challenge was to create a type-centered design that also provided a clean canvas for her photography. Tracy has been blogging for several years, so I also helped her organize the overwhelming amount of content.

Two of my favorite features are above. The chalkboard menu inspired navigation box (left) and the bistro menu inspired recipe index (right), the latter of which will get your mouth watering in no time. I also created a recipe card that clicks to a printable version, which you will no doubt be using over and over again because her recipes are that good.