Remember yesterday when I said that I wished my boxes would just unpack themselves? This is why:
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.
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).
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!
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:
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!
John’s incredibly talented cousin Veronica sells these fabulous air plant installations that I am coveting for my own walls.
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…
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.
With all of the thrifted glassware I’ve amassed for the wedding, I can’t wait to throw some cocktail parties!
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!
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?
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:
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.
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.
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!
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!
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)
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.
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.
I then played around with the arrangement of the succulents and placed them in the muffin tin.
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!)
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!
Lots and lots of work lately means plenty of time spent sitting at my desk. But with the right podcast, fresh flowers from Trader Joe’s, and a neverending glass of iced coffee close at hand, I’m not complaining.