San Diego Map Print x 2

Pin It

San Diego City Maps
Two of our best friends recently moved to San Diego, a city I’d been to twice but didn’t remember much about. However, if these guys were moving there from “sunny” Boston I knew it was a city worthy of not one City Map but 2.
Introducing our San Diego City Map and San Diego RNR Marathon Print personalized for runners. (You can also personalize the text of our city map, making a unique wedding or engagement gift.)
The first time I went to San Diego was right after high school graduation with my parents and my best friend, Sarah. I remember going to the San Diego Zoo, spending lots of time on the beach, and going to the hotel restaurant where my parents switched Sarah and my cokes with their RUM + cokes as a surprise… and didn’t take them away.
The second time was a overnight layover on our way to Cabo San Lucas. I remember the airport being positioned so that you felt like your plane was crashing into the city on landing. We stayed at a very nice boutique hotel in the gas light district and ate sushi.
We are hoping to return to San Diego this fall and I will go to the beach, eat a California Burrito, and drink some San Diego craft beers. If you have any San Diego recommendations leave a comment! xo JHill

san diego rock n roll marathon poster

San Diego City Map Print


Where to Get a san diego Beer after the marathon

Pin It

san diego craft beers

Who doesn’t need a cold one after running 26.2 miles? Luckily San Diego is home to many fantastic craft breweries. Here are a few.
1. Stone Brewery: multiple locations Closest to the Finish Line: Stone Brewing Tap Room at 795 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
2. Ballast Point: Multiple locations (I had both their Grapefruit Sculpin and Habenero Sculpin last weekend… delicious) Closest to the Finish Line: Ballast Point Tasting Room + Kitchen Restaurant, 2215 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
3. Pizza Port: multiple locations Closest to Finish Line: 1956 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107
4. Karl Strauss: multiple locations Closest to Finish Line: 1157 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101




Pin It

how to make a california burrito

What genius decided to pair the above ingredients, roll them in a tortilla and serve them to the the good people of California? My guess is the west-coast cousin of Pittsburgh’s Primanti Brothers.

I’ve never seen a California Burrito on a menu in Boston, (looks like I’ll be following the above directions), The Thrillest has a round up 12 places to get one in San Diego, with #1 being Nico’s Mexican Food. 

Big fan of the California Burrito? You may need one of these from Cali-Burrito.
CAlifornia Burrito hat



Where to Carb Up for the Boston Marathon

Pin It

where to eat pasta in boston
Boston’s North End is known for it’s Italian food, but there are more places in the city to down a plate of amazing pasta. Here are my 3 favorite places to eat pasta in Boston that are not in the North End.

sportello boston
For 5 years our studio was across the street from Barbara Lynch’s Sportello, it is one of my favorite places to indulge in carbs in Boston. The space is cozy with lots of light, has an open kitchen and a very knowledgeable staff. If you are staying in the Seaport District make a reservation here. My favorite pasta dish in Boston is their Strozzapreti and don’t leave without getting the Coconut Cake. Sportello is a 10 minute walk from South Station or park in one of the pay lots on Congress Street, (or maybe you’ll get lucky and snag a meter).
cinquecento boston
Two years ago I spent a few weeks in Italy basically just eating, and I’ve reliving my meals at the South End’s Cinquecento ever since. Towers of Campari decorate a dimly lit, expansive dining room. The wait staff is gracious and the bartendars genrous. The grilled octopus starter is delicious as is all their pastas. However, the simple recipe of House Made Pancetta + Pecorino + Black Pepper = an unreal Carbonara. Don’t skip it because you think you can make this one at home. Also, they do Negroni flights, which is reason enough to eat here. They have a free parking lot and are walkable from both the Back Bay or Broadway MBTA stops.

basta pasts boston
If you are staying in Cambridge and looking for an affordable pasta dinner check out Basta Pasta. They are on Western Ave in between Central Square and the Charles River. The portions are generous and for a few extra dollars you can get their home-made fusilli. It is an easy walk from the Central Square train station or look for on street parking. boston marathon runner gift


New Orleans Neighborhood Map Print

Pin It

New Orleans City Map PrintNew Orleans is one of our top requested map prints to do. With Mardi Gras upon us we were happy to make it happen! Each of the New Orleans’ neighborhoods is filled with one of my bold patterns. We’ve included the year that New Orleans was founded by the French Mississippi Company as well as the longitude and latitude for the city.

It was such fun researching out New Orleans ABC’s and our Food From N’Awlins posts. I learned a lot about this that I’ve always imagined to be so vibrant and soulful.

Another print we just released was the New Orleans Marathon Print, personalized for runners! We did our marathon pattern in traditional Mardi Gras colors. You can personalize the runner’s name, their time as well as their bib number. It’s such a great gift for a runner who has put so much hard work into training for their race.

New Orleans Marathon PrintBoth map prints are available online at jhilldesign.com and come in 3 sizes starting at $12.




Pin It

what to eat in new orleans
What we’d eat if we were in the heat of New Orleans for Mari Gras instead of 7 ft of snow in Boston. Coffee from Cafe de Monde / Crawfish / Po-boy / Sazerac / Beignets / King Cake / Muffaletta / Doberge Cake

new orleans map print


the abc’s of new orleans

Pin It

ABCs of New Orleans the abcs of new orleans the abcs of new orleans the abcs of new orleans the abcs of new orleans the abcs of new orleans

new orleans map print



Pin It

Abby Broad City Naked Singing

Nothing delights me more than seeing Abbi from Comedy Central’s Broad City dancing around naked, singing Lady Gaga in front of my Queens Map Print.

Queens Map Poster Broad City


Gallery Wall of the Week

Pin It


Gallery wall styled by Dina Broadhurst and shot by Felix Forest via Design Chaser


Tropical Palm Print Inspiration

Pin It

Last month we went to Rincon, Puerto Rico for a few days for a family wedding. The house we stayed in was set in the hills, and in its backyard was a big pool surround by giant palms and banana trees. I spent most of my time swimming in that pool and staring up at those giant leaves. Total pattern inspiration, I’ve been excited to gather more inspiration and start sketching. See all photo links here.



Gallery Wall of the Week

Pin It

Gallery Wall by Jenny GrimsgardLove all this black and grayness. by Jenny Grimsgard via Desire to Inspire.


Marbled iPhone Cases

Pin It
marbled iphone cases

Hello Darlings.

marbled iphone cases

Holi Marbled iPhone Case

marbled iphone case

Luna iPhone Case

marbled iphone cases

Sierra Nevada and Versailles iPhone Case

marbled iphone case

Versailles iPhone Case, aka everybody’s favorite.

I am so proud of my new collection of prints… you’d think they were my second child. We just made phone cases with a few of them and they. are. rad. Available for the iPhone 5-6 and Samsung Galaxy. We can do other phones too, just send us your desires and we will let you know if they are possible.


Joan Didion’s packing list

Pin It


I have reread Joan Didion’s “The White Album” more times than I can count.  Included in that book is her packing list (below). I would love to see an entire book of just the packing lists of interesting, famous people. Though this was written in an era of travel that seems more romantic than the one that we have now. Can you imagine going through security with a typewriter? My version of the packing list is above (credit below), I think Joan and I would travel well together.

To Pack and Wear:
2 skirts
2 jerseys or leotards
1 pullover sweater
2 pair shoes
nightgown, robe slippers
bag with: shampoo, toothbrush and paste, Basis soap, razor, deodorant, aspirin, prescriptions, Tampax, face cream, powder, baby oil

To Carry:
mohair throw
2 legal pads and pens
house key

This is a list which was taped inside my closet door in Hollywood during those years when I was reporting more or less steadily. The list enabled me to pack, without thinking, for any piece I was likely to do. Notice the deliberate anonymity of costume: in a skirt, a leotard, and stockings, I could pass on either side of the culture. Notice the mohair throw for trunk-line flights (i.e. no blankets) and for the motel room in which the air conditioning could not be turned off. Notice the bourbon for the same motel room. Notice the typewriter for the airport, coming home: the idea was to turn in the Hertz car, check in, find an empty bench, and start typing the day’s notes.

—Joan Didion, The White Album

packing list credits: cashmere pullover sweater / vintage typewriter / oversized sunglasses / clarks spy belle booties / bourbon / legal pads / mohair throw / oscar de la renta caftan / fsny ballet flats


Gallery Wall of the Week

Pin It

Selina Lake Gallery WallWe did something similar behind our bed using those white Ikea frame shelves. Love the accents of pink and blue. Selina Lake via Heart Home.


2015 is looking beautiful

Pin It

2015-calendar-blast-2_01 2015-calendar-blast-2_02
2015-calendar-blast-2_08 2015-calendar-blast-2_03Our 2015 Wall Calendar is 11″ x 17″, printed single sided – you can cut and frame the prints and have a whole new gallery wall for 2016.
2015-calendar-blast-2_04Patterns were inspired by elements from places around the world. Created by digitally collaging my hand-marbled stamped and painted papers. (Those circles below were made with yukon gold potatoes!)

2015-calendar-blast-2_05 2015-calendar-blast-2_06

Our 2015 Desk Calendar comes in a little plastic case that doubles as a calendar stand. $12