Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dream House: Staircases

I have an obsession with spiral staircases, as you might be able to tell from the photos below. I've always wanted one of those table top collectable miniatures. Gorgeous. As far as having a spiral staircase in my house, I think one would work nicely in a library, or perhaps even outdoors if you had a 1st to 2nd story patio...

When it comes to staircases in general, I'm attracted to anything different, anything that is not the typical carpeted straight span of stairs that was only built to get one from the first floor of an establishment to the 2nd floor. If I have stairs in my future house, needless to say, it will be a creative addition to the house.

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Jean-Louis Deniot

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Kelly Wearstler

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Simply Sun Signs

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St Patty's Day music

Here's a little Irish in the morning for you. Have a great St. Patrick's Day!

And if you're a bit more traditional:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dream House: Fireplaces

Last year I started posting collections of inspiration pictures for the house of my dreams, room by room. Now I'm focusing on more of the details of the house whether they be architectural details, accessories, or color schemes. This month I'm starting on one of my favorite architectural details: fireplaces. There's just something about having a fireplace in your home or apartment that makes the place feel more like home. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that I grew up on the beach in consistently cooler weather, but I find them comforting, and it is fascinating how a well proportioned and decorated fireplace mantel can pull a whole room together.

So, without further ado, here are some of my favorites.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 Goals

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Happy 2015 everyone! I really do feel good about this coming year. These last two years I've felt have been really tough for everyone, and I think the universe has been preparing us all for some amazing things to come!

For the past few years I've been listing memories for the past year and new goals for the new year. So this year it's 14 memories from 2014, and 15 goals for 2015.

14 Memories from 2014:
1. I turned 30.
2. I went to Vegas (for the first time as an adult) to celebrate my birthday.
3. 2014 Winter Olympics.
4. Lost a great member of the office where I work.
5. Gained a new, and very dear friend at work.
6. Got Invisalign.
7. Got veneers on my teeth! (Look for before and after photo post on this soon)
8. Went to a design fair in Santa Monica.
9. Became the party/birthday planner at work.
10. Went to Disneyland for Halloweentime (first time for me. It was awesome!)
11. Bought a sketch from the sketch artists at Disneyland. I've always wanted one.
12. Won 1st place for our office Halloween costume contest.
13. Started writing half an hour a day at work.
14. Changed my hairstyle and color. I love being a redhead!

15 Goals for 2015:
1. Finish my novel by April 30th.
2. Get a laptop.
3. Start learning French on new laptop.
4. Get a raise for my new position at work.
5. Pay off my two credit cards.
6. Continue dream house posts on my blog.
7. Send out novel to agents before my birthday in July.
8. Get a new loan to pay off more debt and lower payments every month.
9. Do a hand stand in yoga.
10. Furnish my room with new pieces, and make my room more livable.
11. Continue to keep my room organized. (It was a mess that I had to clean up over break.)
12. Clean up my bike (that is just sitting on the balcony) and get a cover for it.
13. Follow the 7-week program in Calling in the One and meet my husband.
14. Write a YA retelling of Mansfield Park for NaNoWriMo.
15. Visit the beach and Santa Monica at least once a month.

And my overall goal or mantra for the year is to write every day. I don't care if it's just a sentence. I want to write something, even if it's not on one of my stories, and just my journal.

I also found this on pinterest for some great ideas for goals for the new year:

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Dream House: Guest Bedroom

I've been trying to put this post together for two months now. Obviously, my heart has not been in blogging, but I wanted to get this last main room of my dream house out before the end of the year. Next year I'd like to focus on accessories and architectural details like ceilings, floors, fireplaces, and staircases. I'm excited for that!

In my mind, my perfect little house has two bedrooms, so the guest bedroom would probably be the home office/library as well. But who knows, maybe I will have the opportunity to have an actual guest bedroom. I think the most fun would be to do a color theme, but here are some of my favorite ideas.

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It seems to me that the most fun thing about a guest room is having the freedom to use bold color. I think I'll take full advantage of just that when I have guest room to decorate.

P.S. I wish you all a lovely and relaxing holiday! I'll see you in the new year!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Writer's Block

I feel like I haven't posted anything in forever, which is actually two months. I don't ever make any promises to myself or to you about blogging consistency, just that when I do post something it's because I really want to.

I found it extremely fitting then, when I found these earrings on Etsy yesterday and was compelled to share them. I never would have thought to use calligraphy pens as earrings. I just love how creative they are. I think I might buy them for a Christmas present to myself.

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