Category Archives: Inspiration

Summer Patio Dreams…

Well, for a few days it seemed like Spring was making its entrance and then the weekend was a wash out with lots of rain and heavy winds and alas my hopes were dashed. To console myself however, I have been browsing all of the lovely patio furniture and accessories that the stores are already heaving with. Now, while we don’t all have views like this….

Laguna Beach, CA (May 09)


Beach access path, Laguna Beach, CA (May 09)

I still see nothing wrong with aspiring to greatness and creating your own little garden sanctuary with some comfy and cool furniture, delicate lanterns, pretty string lights and some luscious flowers.

I was drooling over the Restoration Hardware Garden catalog with all of its gorgeous lanterns and carved furniture:

Amalfi Square Lanterns $19-$129

Avignon Light String $59

Kingston Lounge Chair $870 (!)

Unfortunately, my dreams do not match my pay! Luckily I found some similar loveliness that is more affordable:

Smith & Hawken Marlton Wood Chair $189

Lantern 10 Bulb String Lights in Bronze $53.99

Borrby Lantern $6.99

I really cannot wait to   a. Move into our first house and  b. Enjoy our first summer by the lake (the house overlooks one!)

I hope for a lot of lovely summer evenings with warm breezes, yummy food, pretty lighting and friends ❤


Live Creating Yourself…

Chicago based designer Alaina K has a pretty awesome blog LiveCreatingYourself that she uses to show off her wonderful hand at design, the decorative process of making her apartment a home and musings on travel, art, fashion and photography. I couldn’t help but wonder where she got the fabulous sketch illustrations of famous landmarks featured in her new living room until she revealed that she created them herself AND she has just this week opened her own Etsy store selling the simple but alluring prints!

There is a “European Series” that includes Big Ben, The Eiffel Tower and The Coliseum for a mere $40! Some simple black frames from ikea and I will be on my way to having a new art scene for the new house! Hurrah!

If I had a million dollars…

…I would go on a shopping spree and buy all of these lovely items that I put together in this set. I could see my style role model Zooey Deschanel wearing this pretty outfit. Super cute, lots of neutrals, romantic pieces and vintage finds. A girl can dream right…

New Years Resolutions…

I have a love-hate relationship with new years resolutions. I love them because with the new year comes that strong feeling of a fresh start and the potential that the year holds. I hate them because most people make resolutions that they cannot keep or they are half-hearted about them. I have never really been one to make too many resolutions but this year I think i will make instead a short list of things to aspire to.

Whilst thinking about this, I was browsing etsy and i stumbled upon LivingstonandPorters shop which sells, amongst other things, these simple but lovely painted canvas pieces. I especially like this one and think it may be a good way of reminding yourself of a positive affirmation to have for the year in lieu of a resolution. $42

Happy New Year all! What are your resolutions?

Potential Projects…

The search for a house continues and it is not as much fun as I thought it would initially be. I tend to want to make a choice on a ‘feeling’ I get when I see elements that I like such as a beautiful staircase or the perfect colored wood floors and so far nothing has really quite struck me or anything that has begun to strike me has been on deposit.

I have a whole week off from work (oh the delights of high school) and I really want to set myself some good goals for the week. As cliche and uncool as it is, I do need to incorporate working out into my schedule and I have a great book that I have been reading small amounts of here and there in between grad school assignments so finishing that book and possibly devouring another is also on the list. I never really get time to cook, so I have a few recipes that I would like to try this week including a vegetable pot pie that looks delish and a Santa Fe style rice and beans dish. I will post pics and recipes if they do indeed turn out to be edible 🙂

I would love to start a new crafty project since I completed my felt garland I made for Christmas though I do not have anything in mind right now. Suggestions are always welcome. I will continue to scour other creative blogs for ideas.

I am on the look out for a chair to update. I have no room in the apartment for one right now but I hope we will have a home to put it in within the next year! I will leave you with a little inspiration:

Bubble Your Troubles Away!

I love a hot bubble bath to de-stress from my crazy life. What with teaching, a second job, grad school and life in general, I often find myself longing for a nice long soak in the tub a few candles and some silence!

The boyfriend and I are house hunting and as the search continues for a house, I keep scouring home magazines for beautiful design inspiration. I would love to have a traditional clawfoot bath tub. They look so glamorous, have that vintage touch that i love and are totally functional. They seem to have made a huge comeback in recent years and there are lots of places that sell them with a variety of beautiful fixtures and beautiful colors.

Here are a few that I found and why I love them:

I like the simplicity and formality of this bathroom. The neutral colors look relaxing and I love how the navy color of the tub just pops!

The pretty teal color, white accessories and feminine touches make this bathroom look like a springtime retreat. Not sure if I love *all* of the white though. A nightmare to keep super clean and white and maybe a little too girly/clinical for my liking. I do love the fixtures on the bathtub though.

This one is my favorite. I love the orange-red hue of this tub and how it is complemented wonderfully by the gold finishes on the feet and the fixtures. The color works great with the shape and really embodies that modern vintage look that I want our house to have.

The best prices I found were online @ VintageTub. They have                              Clawfoot packages staring at under $1000. Well worth it i think!

To the Birds…

I have found myself enjoying obsessed with birds lately. I chose a bird theme to decorate the Christmas tree this year with these fabulous gold glittery bird ornaments from Michael’s craft store and then I used some other gold sequined birds that have real feathers for their tails that were actually floral arrangement decorations but they had crocodile clips on them so I just clipped them on to the branches.

Etsy store StyleyWalls has wonderful wall decals that add a funky but cool look to your plain old walls. I particularly love the bird themed decals so I chose a few that I think would be a wonderful touch to any room.

Instant style for $30-$40! Fabulous!