Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Where I'm At

Hey y'all!

How's things?  Things on my end have been a bit crazed lately.  Since I last wrote I've turned 25 which feels like a moment bigger than I've given it credit for.  "Where am I at at 25?  Is this where I want to be?"  I've been asking myself those questions, or some derivative of those for the better part of the summer.  But what I've come to is that those aren't the right questions for me; better is, "am I where I want to be to get where I want to go?"  I am trying to figure out where this blog fits into my life as whole.  When I started this, it was a creative outlet for me as I wallowed through a terribly uncreative job.  Well, over the last several years, I have found myself in a much more creative line of work and I do not always feel like I have the energy to throw out more design creativity on a regular basis (or irregular basis, if we're being honest).

But, for anyone who knows me personally, I still have things I have to say!  Design will still figure in immensely, but in a more holistic way.  That way I can be sure I'm writing things that are truly useful/informative and above all else, things I would personally want to read!

A bit about the last few months of my life.  I switched jobs about 4 months ago, in what has turned out to be an unexpected, but immensely rewarding move.  From there I had some family turbulence, an apartment move and a tremendous fitness/nutrition kick.  Isn't it always when we feel most out of control that we become hyper-focused on what we can control?

So coming up, I think I'm going to focus more on what's currently going on with me in general.  I'm still very much pulling together my new apartment so that's on deck.  But I'll also focus a bit more on food, exercise, and the everyday.  Because while design is a big part of my everyday, it's not the only thing!

Talk soon.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

11 Month Power Nap + a New Apartment

So...uh, well this is awkward. There are so many great reasons why I might have taken 11 months off from the blog.  I could've been on an amazing spur of the moment sabbatical around the world (can 24 year olds take sabbatical?).  Or maybe it was something more holistic about taking a complete and total break from technology?

Nope, it was neither of those things unfortunately, just life.  Isn't it funny how shit gets in the way?
Sorry about that.  I could say it won't happen again (it might).  But hopefully now I can make it like one month power nap, or two week power nap.  A girl can dream.

I have tons of good photos and projects and posts coming up!  I moved to a new, big and beautiful apartment and am having a very interesting time trying to fill it up (a rare problem in NYC)!  For now, I'll leave you with the garish Before cell phone photos (always important to have an open mind when first seeing a place).  Stick around (you won't need to wait another 11 months).  Promise.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou

Remember how I wrote in my last post about feeling listless and drained?  Well, in some ways that's still true, but in others, I am so fulfilled.  I have accepted a phenomenal opportunity with Homepolish  and I begin   next week.  It's a great position with a ton of freedom and plenty of room to make it my own and for that I feel truly lucky.  

But for when I am feeling more like I was two weeks ago, I hope I will think long and hard about the work of a Phenomenal Woman we lost today.  I'll leave you with something we should all remember when we have those listless and drained days.

"You can't use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have."
Maya Angelou

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

So many job interviews, so few callbacks

Do you guys ever get so tired that you just are consistently living your life in autopilot?  Well that's where I'm at and I am trying my best to kick and scream and beat myself out of the funk.  Lots of job interviews and exciting prospects (which is good because boy, do I need a change) but no dice yet.  Let's all collectively take a quiet moment to pray that I get to move on to bigger an better things soon.

K thanks.  You done now?

Below are just a few images inspiring me right now, because copy-pasting is about all I have the time and energy for.  







Right?  I think they're great too.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Design Files

Will you look at this?  Now I had a pink room all the way through high school, but I have to say this puts mine to shame.  The three shades of coral (helped by the beautiful moldings)  combined with those perfect perfect blown glass lamps and the fabulous 70s dresser (read: flower knobs).  Wow.  Just wow.

Quick gripe though: gah, those nightstands. The pagoda tops with the inward-facing club feet?  Amazing.  That Pepto-Bismol paint color?  Not so much...and it could be so so good! Imagine them lilac, like below:

That would be killer here.  Otherwise A+ on this room!  And the peach storage bench?  I need that in my life, both because it is that great...simple, but great, and because I could use that storage for real.  

What's your favorite part of this room?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday: Quick Coffee Table Refresh

Good Morning Everybody!

Hope everyone's doing well so far this week!  I am surprised it's already Wednesday, but let's wait to see how I feel by Friday before I make any statements about how great things are going.  So a quick Work In Progress this week (better than none at all!) and I already have a few more projects in the works so the next few weeks should be good!

PS: I adopted two cats two weeks ago so I'm sorry I have been so distant but they are settling in so I think I shall be returning more often to the ole blog here.

So, as you may know, I got this Crate and Barrel coffee table off of CL for only $30!  WOO! But after living with it for a few months, I realized it just wasn't doing too much for me so I decided to give it a quick refresh with some paint last week.

(Forgive the mess: cats)

The bronze looks good, no?  And it had the unanticipated benefit of bringing out the orange of the rug!  And it's shiny, so there's that...

I am going to be painting in my apartment in the next few months so I am looking forward to that green in the rug coming out more when I paint the walls the same color.  It'll look bangin' with the orange/bronze and don't even get me started on the blue sideboard.  Future "before and afters" abound my friends!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some Good Advice

"one part how-to and two parts why-not"

Read this here and thought it's a pretty cool thing to think about, even beyond the DIY genre.