Hello hello! While I’m away, I thought it would be fun to share a few snippets from my home office ( AND to host a fun giveaway, but more on that in a sec!! ). We’ve officially been here for a year now and only recently did my office get the care + attention it desperately needed. Seriously, though — I had nothing on the beige draped walls for months. I don’t miss that a bit. ;) Before getting things together, I slowly created a pinterest board of what I was drawn to. My last office ( in our old apartment ) was very bright, eclectic, and small. This time, I wanted to be a bit more mindful of what I was putting together, while still creating a space that felt inspiring to work within. The end result is simple, fresh, and filled with tiny details that make me smile. Here are a few more details …
I’ll share details about some of the prints below, but first – it’s GIVEAWAY TIME! Amber + Mike, the lovely duo behind Variety Show, were kind enough to send me a print for my gallery wall, which 100% encouraged me to finally put everything together in the studio. And today, they’re offering one of my readers a print of their own! Their shop currently has three simple + modern prints that stick within a simple color palette : black, white, and gold foil. Check out the prints below and read on to see how you can enter!
Okay! SO. To enter, please leave a comment below sharing your favorite print from their shop as well as following them on either facebook or instagram. One entry per person, open to all who have a valid email address. The winner will be chosen at random and announced one week from today ( September 4th ) on the blog + through social media. Good luck guys!!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
THE WINNER WAS #13, KRISTI. CONGRATS!
I’ve been an avid user of Pinterest for awhile now. Just like most, I have endless boards dedicated to design, fashion, interior, and tasty FOOD. And some secret ones, too. ;) But it wasn’t until recently that I really considered how to use the platform to better my business. While Twitter and Facebook came easily to me, Pinterest was a whole different ball game in terms of marketing yourself. For the longest time, I just posted what was visually appealing to me – and that was that. Pretty mountains? Posted. Tasty cake? Posted. I didn’t give it much further thought and didn’t expect much in return, either.
But then it dawned on me : I have an audience there, too, so why not take advantage of it?? I decided to spend a couple weeks trying new things and learning easy ways of being productive over there for the betterment of my business. I’m not sure why I haven’t tried harder over there before ( face palm ), but it certainly does help! As I’ve always said : the more you put yourself out there, the greater your potential audience can be. Here are just a few things I have learned over on good old pinterest :
BE DESCRIPTIVE For the longest time, I thought it was “cool” to have subtle + overly creative descriptions. But guess what? That doesn’t make you very searchable. If I label that cookie recipe with “scrumptious,” people searching for “cookies” probably won’t find me. With that said, don’t be afraid to get blatent about what you post. I thought I was cheating my creative self and felt like a fraud by doing so, but that’s not the case. Cheers! You’ll now be found easier.
I know I’m a bit slow to the draw today, but it’s been a long + much needed Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you all had a good one, too!! As I get back into the swing of things, I’ve been mixing in a lot of holiday research, as I call it. With all the deals going on, I’ve tried to score a few good buys as gifts for friends and family. The above gift guide is filled with things for around the home. The GOOD news is that if you hurry, some of these items are on sale. Gotta love it! I already have this gold accent table in my ( online ) shopping cart and am seriously considering a splurge on this beautiful blanket. Maybe maybe. What’s on your list??
With a new batch of projects starting up just before the new year, I’ve been spending a lot of time on dribbble lately, admiring the work of other talented designers. The above shots are some of my recent favorites. Gotta love that background image on the top left and all the rough texture throughout these designs. Plus, how about that fox?? Part of me has always wished that I had the patience to develop my drawing skills more. I guess I’ll just look at this one instead. Feel free to click through the links below to see what else these designers are up to!
Our living room is finally starting to come together … and while I’m not quite ready to reveal it ( since we need to tweak + add a few more things ), I thought it would be nice to share the basic anatomy of the room. Since a lot of big things are happening over the next year ( new house, puppy, wedding ), we knew we needed to decorate affordably. As much as I’d like to spend every pretty penny at West Elm or Room & Board, we just can’t. That’s real life.
Instead, we’ve searched high & low for pieces that still fit our aesthetic, on budget, and have even completed a few ikea hacks to REALLY save some cash. The first thing we researched was couches. In an ideal world, we would have purchased a classic mid-century sofa, but that wasn’t in the cards … yet. Instead, we hacked Ikea’s Karlstad sofa, in black. We replaced the legs with tapered peg legs found on etsy, which can be custom stained to match your room. With only a $30 addition, the couch literally looked like a whole new piece. In the future, we plan to tuft the back cushions to give it even more oomph. With matching chairs next on the list, we were lucky enough to inherit refurbished mid-century chairs from Michael’s grandparents. They are beautiful and just need to be re-covered in a lighter grey, which we are currently on a fabric hunt for. You can find similar ones here, or here for even cheaper.