As a bona fide type enthusiast, Kristen realized that hand-painted signs were a disappearing art, so she decided to take matters into her own hands—yep, literally. Her vintage-style wood signs feature her own freeform handiwork, and all have a certain nostalgic feel. Typically, she starts off by layering up paint on a piece of birch wood, then sanding and distressing it for an aged look. The words she chooses to letter often have a fresh, modern pop and a positive bent. It’s no surprise that vintage ads and signage are her muses—anything that creates a feeling of “I-was-born-in-the-wrong-era” nostalgia.