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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say yes to stylish & crafty living


I was a fan of the fabulous Say Yes to Hoboken long before Liz Stanley contacted me last fall. She wanted to redesign her blog and, naturally, it was a no-brainer to say "yes" to her. I landed on a crisp and fresh design with a bright and bold color palette. Despite the explosion of color, there is plenty of white space so that her excellent content shines.

The site, built by my pal Patrick at Solidhex, includes better categorization and organization, tons of room for ads and sponsorships, and nesting comments—all features that make blogging a breeze.

In honor of her site launch, Liz is hosting a mind-boggling giveaway. It's so good that even I want to enter to win.


happy new year to you, happy new site to me

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you had a wonderful, wonder-filled holiday. We spent some much needed downtime with family. And even though the tail end of vacation has been spent nursing another family cold, I am grateful for this time together.

I am also excited to share with you something I've been working on since last summer: My new Darling website! I still have quite a bit of portfolio updates to make, and I hope to share more about my design process soon, but in the meantime, please do visit and take a look around. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Cheers to a new site and a new year!


joy to you

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I like to do it up big—tree, carols, presents, treats, and all.

This year has been busier than ever, though, so we've tried to keep it simple. Of course, I couldn't resist making a couple of my favorite treats for me and my family.

As a tiny token of my enormous appreciation for you, I wanted to share this recipe for Ginger Molasses Cookies with you. It was passed along to me after I ate one too many at a holiday party years ago. As is the case with some of the best recipes, that friend got it from another friend named Sam, and who knows where he got it from? I'm not sure who Sam is, but I am sure glad he liked to bake, because these cookies are scrumptious.

Wishing you and yours joy, wonder and peace this holiday and winter season! 



happy birthday, husby

Today's my darling husband Rama's birthday. Anyone who knows Rama knows that his love for life and art are inspiring. His laughter is contagious. His knowledge is mind boggling. His curiosity is insatiable. His compassion is bottomless. He is pretty amazing, and he deserves a pretty amazing day and year.

Illustration by yours truly


desire to inspire : book announcement & art giveaway

I am so proud to be included as a contributor in Christine Mason Miller's upcoming book, Desire to Inspire. It features twenty writers, artists and entrepreneurs who share a common goal: to positively inspire others. To live mindful lives. To have a good time while we're at it, too.

There are stories, anecdotes, quotes and exercises to help you on your own creative road. And here's a bit of book trivia: That hummingbird on the cover was painted by yours truly!

In honor of the book's release, Christine is giving away a sweet and inspiring wall art piece which would make a perfect gift for yourself or someone else this season. To enter the giveaway, just keave a comment below by Sunday at midnight. The lucky winner gets to choose one of these three beauties.

Congratulations, Muck! You're the winner.