Entries Tagged as 'decorate'

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?

as of late.

Posted on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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listening: to all sorts of podcasts as I go about my day. I just came across a handful of new shows that I am really enjoying, including Tara Brach and The Dinner Party Download. Of course, all my old faves (Joy the Baker, Simple Mom, After the Jump) are in heavy rotation as always.

thrifting: baskets, bowls, and any other fun containers to house plants in. I am so happy that my new favorite thrift store is literally right around the corner and I can walk there!

writing: wedding thank you notes. Martha says I have a month from our honeymoon to get them out, but for once, I want to get something in early. Plus, it gives me an opportunity to put my new address stamp to use!

loving: my new coffee maker from Anthro! Given our shortage of counter space, I was on the lookout for something along the lines of a French press and this totally fit the bill. All I have to do is fill it with coffee + water (no filter required!) and heat it up on the stove like a tea kettle.

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grateful: to be living in a very walkable town. Running all my errands on foot and never once having to get in the car? Dream come true.

reading: Tori Spelling’s new book, Spelling It Like It Is. Next up: Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses (one of my all-time faves).

looking: for a good local gym with awesome group classes. I was far too spoiled by my last gym.

hoping: to have everything in it’s place by the weekend. I’ve been working on a few repurposing projects that only need a little more time before they’re ready to rock.

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inspired: by a few new-to-me blogs! Thanks to Aileen from At Home In Love (which is one of my daily must-reads), I discovered Almost Makes Perfect, 1000 Threads, and Clementine Daily. Which blogs are you loving these days?

surprised: by how quickly the holidays are approaching! Normally I am dying for them to start, but right now all I can think about is setting up my everyday decor before any giant trees are brought into the mix!

laughing: at The Goldbergs! So many of the story lines in that show remind me of my own quirky family, which makes it extra funny for both John and me.

savoring: slow mornings. Daily thrift trips. Staying on top of my workload.

workspace wednesday | oh geez.

Posted on: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Remember yesterday when I said that I wished my boxes would just unpack themselves? This is why:

Ann-Marie Loves | Pasadena Place

Our office has become a dumping ground, of sorts. The place where anything that doesn’t already have a designated spot will sit in a messy pile until it finds a designated spot. I mean, no amount of Photoshop could make this place look good at the moment. But alas, I love a good design challenge. I’ve got my pins, I’ve got my Interior Styling class from Simply Grove queued up, and I’ve got my strong, curtain-rod-hanging husband on standby. Let’s go!

P.S. My good friend / bridesmaid Janelle posted a fun little recap of my wedding on her blog! Love that gal.

settling in.

Posted on: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ann-Marie Loves | Pasadena Place

I have a love / hate relationship with moving to a new city.

The part of me that craves change loves the blank slate and finding our nearest Trader Joe’s (Pasadena is alllll about the TJ’s) and styling + decorating. But then the part of me that loves routine just wants it to be done already. I mean, can’t those boxes just unpack themselves? Needless to say, I still feel like I’m in a little bit of limbo as we settle in and find our way. But really, it’s the best kind of limbo to be in. I LOVE this new chapter of life. As fun as the wedding season was, I’m thrilled that it’s over. Which is strange because I was absolutely positive that I would miss it when it ended. Nope. Not one little bit. Ha! It feels great to have my regular life back without a giant to-do list staring me down every second of the day (which was never fully completed, btw).

Ann-Marie Loves | Pasadena Place

Our goal for our new place is to really only include the things that we love. We’ve slowly been bringing in all of our (carefully selected) old stuff as well as treasures we picked up on our honeymoon (did I mention we shipped three boxes home? Whoops!) and the pieces we found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market last weekend. It may take a little longer than my impatient self would like, but it will all be worth it in the end!

new apartment inspiration.

Posted on: Thursday, October 3, 2013

As soon as I walked through our new place a few weeks ago, I was already mentally decorating every nook + cranny.

Even though John and I have lived in a few different places while technically in our adulthood, I feel like this Pasadena apartment will be our first REAL adult home. All of our previous spaces have been filled with hand-me-downs and IKEA furnishings that were perfect for our budget + tastes at the time, but don’t exactly represent our present day styles. I am really hoping to get rid of most of what we currently own and start FRESH! (Doesn’t that sound amazing?)

Here are some photos that have been making my eyes so happy lately:

New Apartment Inspiration | Ann-Marie Loves

LEFT: I am on the hunt for some awesome dining room seating options, especially colorful club chairs. | RIGHT: I know I say this all the time, but FOR REAL! I want to put all of my beautiful kitchenware to work and learn how to cook!

New Apartment Inspiration | Ann-Marie Loves

John’s incredibly talented cousin Veronica sells these fabulous air plant installations that I am coveting for my own walls.

New Apartment Inspiration | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m loving all the subtle textures + patterns in this bedroom (and whole house!). Since John and I decided to turn the larger of the two bedrooms into an office, my goal is to keep our small bedroom as clean and clutter-free as possible. We’ll see how it goes…

New Apartment Inspiration | Ann-Marie Loves

LEFT: I am loving everything about this little office vingette. The desk, the rug, the throw, the map…I’ll take it all. | RIGHT: A new office chair in a bold color is just what I need to offset our white walls.

New Apartment Inspiration | Ann-Marie Loves

With all of the thrifted glassware I’ve amassed for the wedding, I can’t wait to throw some cocktail parties!

New Apartment Inspiration | Ann-Marie Loves

LEFT: I feel a DIY coming on… | RIGHT: Everything about Bri Emery’s living room (designed by Emily Henderson!) is pure happiness! I especially love the aqua sofa and the gold side tables.

I can’t wait to get in there and get to work!

workspace wednesday | staying organized.

Posted on: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ann-Marie Loves | Workspace Wednesday

A few weeks ago I came to the rather startling realization that my surroundings deeply affect the way I feel.

I’ve always known that I am happiest and most productive when I’m in an inviting, organized, appropriately-lit place, but I would often neglect my own personal space out of…sheer laziness? Self sabotage? Who knows! As a result of this realization, I have been making a conscious effort to stay on top of all my messy tendencies.

Each night, I make sure that all projects, supplies, clothes, etc are neatly stacked or put away. In fact, I’ve even gotten into the habit of cleaning and organizing as I go about my day. It really is the small acts — wrapping my headphones around a clothespin, hanging up my jacket when I get home, opening and recycling mail ASAP — that make the biggest differences over time.

Whenever I need a quick reminder of what I want my space to feel like, I listen to this song. I light a candle. I fluff up pillows. I neatly fold a blanket. I open a window. I look at one of my many home design boards. And when all else fails, I think “what would Anthro do?” Because really, is there ANY place on the planet more inspiring than Anthro?

What’s your favorite space? How do you stay organized?

house tours | elise + sarah

Posted on: Thursday, June 6, 2013

I’ve been lucky enough to photograph not one, but TWO amazing houses lately. Neither of which are mine (I wish!), but they both belong to the loveliest of lovely homeowners, so I’m more than happy to visit.

HOUSE No. ONE | ELISE

The first house I got to crash for a night was Elise’s. Oh man, this girl is a force to be reckoned with. I’ve never met anyone who is quite as efficient as she is (much less, at nine months pregnant!), and her beautiful home is an excellent example of that. Plus, her style! Girl’s got style for days. Here’s her daughter’s adorable nursery that I had the pleasure of shooting:

Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
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HOUSE No. TWO | SARAH

The next amazing house belongs to my good friend Sarah. I had been hearing all about and seeing tons of amazing sneak peeks of her gorgeous new home for months, so to actually visit it in person (and spend the night in her luxurious basement!) was an absolute treat. Her home is UNREAL (although I simply refuse to give up my campaign for her to move to California!).

Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

See more photos of Elise’s nursery here and Sarah’s house here!

the mindy project set design

Posted on: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

One of my new favorite shows from this past year is The Mindy Project. I have long been a Mindy Kaling fan, so it was a no-brainer that I would fall for her show. Aside from The Mindy Project’s obvious comedic genius, the set design is KILLER. I always pay greater attention to sets than I do to dialogue, and Mindy’s character’s apartment always has me pausing + rewinding so I can really study her space. (It’s not annoying at all to anyone else watching with me, I promise.)

So being the obsessive person that I am, I did a little interneting and found these photos and interesting set design tidbits from EW:

The Mindy Project Set Design | via Ann-Marie Loves Paper

This walk-in closet is just an extension of Mindy’s amazing bedroom (seriously, you’ll have to watch the show just to see her headboard!). I love her colorful wardrobe + the line of boots below the window sill.

The Mindy Project Set Design | via Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Obviously I’m obsessed with the craft space. According to the set designer, this little nook was constructed to feature ribbons + other embellishments that Mindy’s character would pull from to create a card or decorate a box or pot. And I’m really digging the sofa + pillows at the end of the bed…! LOVE.

The Mindy Project Set Design | via Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Since Mindy’s character is more of a restaurant-goer than an actual cook, the production designer gathered real menus from various NYC eateries and clipped them to the refrigerator. I love how colorful and real this space looks!

P.S. If you haven’t already, you MUST read her ridiculously hilarious book!

diy muffin tin planters.

Posted on: Friday, May 10, 2013

DIY Muffin Tin Planter | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

The other day as I was browsing the shelves of the Goodwill, I spotted this muffin tin + knew instantly that I wanted to turn it into a planter. Once I picked up the muffin tin for $1.50 (50% day – look out!), I swung by Lowes and had a wonderful time picking + choosing my succulents.

Click here to see my Vine video of the planting process!

DIY Muffin Tin Planter | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

To create this planter, you will need:

  • Six succulent plants (I purchased all of mine for less than eight dollars at Lowes)
  • 1 muffin tin (the deeper the cups, the better)
  • Vinyl Bumpers
  • An awl or drill (and drill bit)

DIY Muffin Tin Planter | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

After cleaning the muffin tin as best I could (a good rule of thumb for all thrift finds), I flipped it over and punched drainage holes in all six of the cups using a bookbinding awl. Luckily the tin was super easy to punch through, but if yours is thick, I recommend using a drill with a small bit.

DIY Muffin Tin Planter | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

From there, I added a vinyl bumper to each of the four corners of the tin to allow for proper drainage. This is key if you prefer living plants.

DIY Muffin Tin Planter | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

I then played around with the arrangement of the succulents and placed them in the muffin tin.

DIY Muffin Tin Planter | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Then I began moving the soil around, adding in a handful of small rocks, and finessing each of the plants to my liking. After that I lightly watered the individual plants and called it good. The thing to remember about succulents is that they require minimal watering. In fact, it’s best if you leave them alone until their soil is completely dry. (You can read even more care + keeping tips here!)

DIY Muffin Tin Planter | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

So there you have it! A quick + easy Springtime DIY that has yet again fueled my thrift shopping habit! I have plans to make a bunch of these for my wedding and display them amidst other floral centerpieces on our tables. Good times ahead!

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