Entries Tagged as 'decorate'

happy at home.

Posted on: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lately John and I have been commenting on how nice it feels to be “home.”  After a weekend spent with family, it felt great to return to our Pasadena abode and get re-settled back into our daily routines. We’re both well aware that in just a few short weeks, this place will become even more baby-central than it already is, so we’re enjoying every last minute of the limbo phase while it’s still just the two of us.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

This basket went from holding laundry to holding blankets to holding rolls of paper and I’m sure it will one day hold toys. I love to repurpose!

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

Our daughter’s wardrobe is already bursting at the seams! I need to start taking inventory of which sizes I have and which sizes I need before I fill an entire closet with 3-6 months.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

Instax photo from our engagement photoshoot which feels like, oh, five million years ago.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

The ever-changing bench! It’s still my favorite flea market find to date.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

Most of our shoes get kicked into the closet as soon as we get home, but I dig this little pop of hot pink as part of my “decor.”

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

Overflowing copper cans of pens, pencils, scissors, rulers, bone folders, paintbrushes, xacto knives…

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

The most difficult part of the apartment to photograph! SO MUCH GLARE. But we love curating our fridge displays on a regular basis. Currently it boasts an Artifact Uprising calendar with wedding photos (thanks Katie!), well-wishes on our wedding from the President and First Lady, random photographs, a holiday card from Go Forth Creative, a recipe for homemade waffles, and a hilariously accurate description of our relationship.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

This is by no means my favorite vignette (decorating is always a work in progress, no?), but I love being able to incorporate the gold-fringed letters from our wedding into our home.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

You guys. I thrifted this glider for $65 the other day…! Every time I find a killer deal on baby ephemera, it feels like the universe is rewarding us for jumping the gun on the baby train five seconds after getting married. Eventually it’ll get moved into the nursery, but for the time being, we both kind of dig it’s current location.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

So many stacks of paper around here. I feel like my life is an endless exercise in corralling stacks of paper.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

And finally, the baby goods that are slowly but surely taking over the whole office (soon to be nursery). Can you believe those little shoes? They are SIZE ONE. I don’t care if she only wears them for fifteen minutes of her life for the sake of a photo op…they’re irresistibly cute!

P.S. All of these photos were edited using the Photoshop fade tutorial I shared last month!

die-cut wall art.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Die-Cut Wall Art | Ann-Marie Loves

Tuesday might as well be called “Good Vibes Only Day” because it seems to be the only thing I talk about on the third day of the week. (But who’s keeping track? ;)) Last week, I decided on a whim that our dining room wall needed a little something extra to offset the antler scarf hanger and to greet guests as they walk in the door. So, unsurprisingly, I turned to my go-to tool and started die-cutting my favorite new phrase out of 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock.

Die-Cut Wall Art | Ann-Marie Loves

Once I had all the letters cut out, I adhered them to the wall using rolled pieces of scotch tape (super high tech!). I love when projects come together in no time (and at virtually no cost) at all! Plus, every time I walk in the house, I’m reminded to check my attitude at the door. Good vibes only here in the Espinoza abode.

P.S. You can download my desktop wallpaper with the same sentiment here!

gallery wall.

Posted on: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Gallery Wall | Ann-Marie Loves

Between the two of us, John and I have amassed a lot of prints. In fact, our honeymoon was an exercise in figuring out just how many prints we could safely pack into a single suitcase (the answer: PLENTY). And even though our tastes and styles are different, when paired together in a gallery wall format, I’m happy to admit that they jive pretty well. (This whole marriage compromise thing isn’t so bad after all!)

Gallery Wall | Ann-Marie Loves

The print on the left is from December Baby Designs and features a sentiment that resonates with me on a deep level. The photo on the right is the view of the gallery wall from our dining room. I love the pop of color it adds to our otherwise dark hallway.

Gallery Wall | Ann-Marie Loves

To save on framing costs yet still protect our prints from holes or tape, we used binder clips hung by tiny nails to the wall. The other perk to not using frames (with the exception of one) was that we were able to have the whole wall put together in less than half an hour!

Gallery Wall | Ann-Marie Loves

We picked up this print in Portland, which as turns out, is a pretty magical city.

Gallery Wall | Ann-Marie Loves

Every time I walk down the hall, I can’t help but smile. I love living in a place with colorful art that holds meaning to the both us!

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” by Dave Perillo // “Heart on Sleeve” by Sycamore Street Press // “I’d Rather Be Thrifting” by Ashley Goldberg // “The End” by Ashkahn // “Adventure Time” by Mondo // “Community: Six Seasons & A Movie” by Tony Bui // “I’m So Happy We Both Showed Up Here” by Two Sarahs // “Wander for a Bit” by December Baby Designs // “Arrested Development” by Rose Feduk // “We Are Starlight” by Nikki McClure

tote bag wall.

Posted on: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tote Bag Wall | Ann-Marie Loves

There are so many things that I love about our apartment, but like all places, there are always a few minor details that I wish I could change. For example, our circuit breaker is on full-display in the kitchen. As in, a giant black box with no cover. I’m not sure who green-lit that decor move, but ever since I first saw it, I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of ways to hide it. After going back + forth for months and taking inspiration from retail displays, I finally realized a tote bag wall would be the perfect multi-functional solution!

Tote Bag Wall | Ann-Marie Loves

Following the same steps as my previous tote bag tutorial, I used three plain canvas tote bags, my Cameo die-cutting machine (where would I be without that thing?), and Martha Stewart yellow craft paint to create breakfast, lunch, and dinner totes to hang on the wall.

Tote Bag Wall | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m so happy with the way it all came together for minimal cost and effort. Not only do I have a stylish way to hide the circuit breaker, but I can also grab the bags before running to Trader Joe’s and put my “art installation” to work! (Insert thumbs up emoji here.)

workspace wednesday | office + nursery.

Posted on: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Office / Nursery Combo Inspiration | via Ann-Marie Loves

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When we first moved into our new place, John and I decided that the bigger of the two bedrooms would be used as our office space. Lord knows my craft collection could use it’s very own apartment, so dedicating the larger room to work was a no-brainer. I could hardly wait to set up the spare bedroom and turn it into a full-blown studio! I would crank out projects like never before! It was going to be the best!

And then…I found out I was pregnant.

Office / Nursery Combo Inspiration | via Ann-Marie Loves

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During those anxiety-ridden first few weeks, I began to wonder “where the heck are we going to keep the baby?!” Obviously we have plenty of space to set up a nursery, but I could barely wrap my brain around the idea of pairing baby furniture + ephemera with my overflowing craft + work supplies. It just didn’t make any sense. However! Like everything else with this new life chapter, I eventually warmed up to the idea and now I am so excited to get down to business and start building this nursery / office!

Office / Nursery Combo Inspiration | via Ann-Marie Loves

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Needless to say, my pinning habits may have gotten a wee bit out of control (as some of you hilariously noticed!) these past few weeks. If it’s not a nursery photo or a link to an adorable pair of handmade moccasins (I mean, come on!), then it’s definitely inspiring office set-ups…all day, everyday. This is my life!

in the works.

Posted on: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Thrill of the Thrift: Home Edition | An E-Course by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Ann-Marie Loves

For the past few months, I’ve been itching to put together my very own e-courses, covering all of my favorite topics from packaging to thrifting to creative living. However, between planning a wedding, moving to Pasadena, and growing a baby, those plans quickly got pushed to the very bottom of my list. But now that I’m feeling more settled and my energy has (thankfully!) returned, I am so excited to be announcing the upcoming arrival of my very first e-course, THRILL OF THE THRIFT: HOME STYLING EDITION.

In this self-paced course, I will cover a variety of topics concerning thrifting for your home, including:

  • Tips and tricks for thrifting and uncovering the best deals, time and time again.
  • Repurposing thrift finds and giving them new life to fit your aesthetic.
  • Ways to style thrifted treasures in your home.
  • And many more!

Look for this course to launch early next week! I can’t wait to share it with you!

home.

Posted on: Monday, January 13, 2014

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Lately, most of my time and energy has been needed back at home with my family. While this hasn’t exactly been ideal, it’s made me appreciate how wonderful it is when I have a little extra time to enjoy my own place. My favorite time of day is the morning when the sun floods the living + dining space. It’s so good, in fact, that it actually makes my non-morning person self WANT to launch out of bed and soak up those rays (no small feat!). I open the windows, I write in my journal, and I enjoy my coffee. Heaven.

honeymoon treasures.

Posted on: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ann-Marie Loves | Honeymoon Thrift Finds

Just a handful of our many finds!

Honeymoons really are the best. There’s something about the whole experience that makes you feel like you’ve been handed a giant get out of jail free card. All of a sudden, money is no object, calories are just arbitrary numbers, and 1pm is a perfectly acceptable time of day to imbibe, because HEY! We’re on our honeymoon!

Ann-Marie Loves | Honeymoon Thrift Finds

Dog bookends from Astoria, Oregon.

When we weren’t eating or drinking (or heck, even when we were), John and I thrifted + antiqued all across the PNW and made out like bandits. So many amazing finds at such great prices, we could hardly control ourselves. In fact, we didn’t control ourselves. We may or may not have had to make three separate trips to various post offices to send boxes of treasures back home. But we were totally fine with it. When in Rome (or…Portland), right?

Ann-Marie Loves | Honeymoon Thrift Finds

Norwegian wall hanging from Astoria, Oregon.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the very best kind of souvenir (aside from a memory card full of photos!) is the kind that can be used and admired in your own home. I love that so many of the things we use on a daily basis were found during our honeymoon travels. I mean, you can’t really put a price on that kind of memorabilia (wait, yes you can…$15 per flat rate box – HA!).

Ann-Marie Loves | Honeymoon Thrift Finds

Black rug from Bainbridge Island, Washington.

I’d say this is only the beginning of many thrift-filled vacations to come! Better stock up on extra suitcases now…

simple wreath.

Posted on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ann-Marie Loves | DIY Wreath

Last week I had the pleasure of helping style a shoot with Katie Pritchard and Adrienne from The Bloom of Time (among other amazing vendors!) and was lucky enough to walk away with a giant bag of leaves and florals.

Ann-Marie Loves | DIY Wreath

Since I had plenty of long stems (that smell like a DREAM) to go around, I decided to shape them into a festive wreath for our front door. I started by taking the largest branches and then wrapping them together with thin wire to reinforce the round shape. Once the base was formed, I added in additional elements, such as the eucalyptus buds and berries.

Ann-Marie Loves | DIY Wreath

And that concludes my holiday decor for the season – HA! One of these days we’ll bust out the tree, but for now, I am loving being greeted by this simple, earthy wreath every time I come home.

thoughts on decorating.

Posted on: Friday, November 22, 2013

Ann-Marie Espinoza | Print by A Pair of Pears

This past week I saw this beautifully lettered (and aptly put!) print on A Pair of Pear’s Instagram feed and instantly bought it. Now it makes me so happy every time I walk into the kitchen. There’s still so much that needs to be done in this place, but piece by piece, I’m pulling it all together. I just keep thinking “What Would Emily Henderson Do?” and then do that. Or rather, spend an hour on her blog combing through all her amazing makeovers for the umpteenth time (this one…!). Because that’s what she would do, right? #WWEHD

I always feel conflicted about really investing a lot of time and money into rentals because I know it’s not forever. But then I am immediately reminded that I have to do it for my personal well-being. If the space I’m in doesn’t feel warm, cozy, and inspiring, then I am never going to feel completely at home. Ambience is EVERYTHING. Plus, decorating and styling make me deliriously happy. You too?

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