Sunday, February 1, 2015

Design Board: A Bright Big Girl Bedroom (Vol. 1)

I drafted a design board for Eleanor's bedroom a few months ago, when we were still living in our temporary rental. I'm going in a different direction now, but the board was fun and cheery so I'm sharing it anyway.
Lilac Lamp Shade // Lamp Base - vintage // Side Table // Bed
Aqua Lamp Shade // Lamp Base // Bins - no longer available // Bookcase

I had plans to DIY both the bed and side table, and hack the dresser. A few bits were recycled from her nursery, and I was sticking with cheap and cheerful for the new bits. But then I fell in love with some totally gorgeous fabric in a different colour way and now everything's changed. I'll share soon - it's already coming together!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Design Board: A Cosy & Feminine Living Room

I'm picturing this cheery space as the compact but cosy living room of a new grad's first apartment; a sweet, girly space to come home to after long hours at your first job. Small but still good for lounging and entertaining.

Friday, January 9, 2015

2014 In Review

We spent most of 2014 getting settled in the UK after immigrating from the States in late 2013. I didn't decorate much because we were in a short-term rental for most of the year, so I channeled my need to prettify mostly into design boards. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
{Aqua, Grey & Salmon Office}
{Bright Beachy Living Room}
{Teal & Orange Urban Patio}
{Rustic Modern Living Room}
I also got around to posting about the few remaining rooms from our Chicago loft...
{Eleanor's Nursery}
{Loft Living Room}
{Organising Sebastian's Room}
 And did a fair bit of virtual shopping, like in these posts (among others)...
{Target Picks}
{Etsy Picks}
For my one and only travel post, I recapped our family trip from Chicago to New Orleans on Amtrak.
In October, we moved into our new home in London. I'm still in clutter-control mode but hope to share some of our new spaces with you soon. Happy new year!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Design Board: A Cozy Combined Guest Room & Office

We're still unpacking, so this is about as festive as you can expect from me this year...a combined office and guest room. We've never had a dedicated room for either, so I'd be happy with a multipurpose space like this, especially over the holidays. As is, our desk is shoved in a corner of the living room and our poor guests are stuck sharing with the kids. Lucky they love us!

I'm digging the oak bookcase - perfect for binders and books, but if you left a drawer or two empty, it would give guests a place to store their stuff and feel more at home. And that lamp is just gorgeous...I might have to find a spot for one of those when we get our office area organized. I am having the hardest time finding a desk I like in the UK...I might resort to having one shipped from the States. Is that crazy? (Don't answer that.) Happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Guide Gift: Ladies

A lot of these lovelies are on my Christmas wish list. Also, a lot of them are gold. I think they speak for themselves, so I'll spare you the usual blurb.
1. iPhone Back Up Battery - £28 (Anthropologie)
2. Limited Edition Swiss Army Knife - from £12 (Amazon)
3. Gold Shears - $17 (Target)
4. Crystalline Hair Ties - £22 (Anthropologie)
5. Aigle Wellies - from £60 (Amazon)
6. Monogram Mug - £8 (Anthropologie)
7. Guilded State Map - from $32 (Minted)
8. Striped Throw - £15 (Ikea)
9. Gold Stapler - $16 (Target)
10. Plant Pot - £28 (Ikea)
11. Movado Watch - £334/$495 (Nordstrom)
12. Gilded Drop Earrings - £32 (Anthropologie)

You can check out my gift ideas for kids here and guys here.