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DIY Peony Wall Art

June 1, 2016

It is no secret that I have a fondness for all things wall art. The right selection can make or break a space. The thing about wall art though is that it can be expensive.

I was checking out one of my favorite blogs the other day and above her daughter’s desk was this Lindsay Letter’s art canvas.



Isn’t the art just idk awesome?!? There are a variety of sizes on the Lindsay Letters site and I was so close to purchasing the piece….but then I also thought…”ehhh vacation is coming and that means expenses”.

So I set out to make my own art (inspired by Lindsay but you know different). I still HIGHLY recommend looking at Lindsay’s canvases and prints. She is super talented and I love her use of color.

Anyway back to the DIY Peony Art…here’s the materials I used:

  • A big ole canvas. I think it’s 24 by 36 or something like that. More or less it’s large. (These can be purchased at Michaels or Joann Fabric for about 15-25 bucks with a coupon.)
  • Lots of little acrylic paints in pink, green, gray, white, coral, yellow, brown, red.
  • Brushes. Mine are not full on artist quality but they also aren’t the plastic ones you buy for kids.

I had a photo of peonies that I saw online and used that as inspiration along with some peonies on our table. Here are some process photos:



I hated it at the above step. I was not digging it and wanted to throw in the towel.



I started to add in some detail colors and began to like it a little. And yes…I am the worst. I paint on top of our carpet. Risky risky.



Peonies meet peonies.


I added a lot of layers and a lot of white. I finally got to my “I’m done” point and this is the finished product:



Another view:



Overall, for about thirty dollars and a little sweat equity I would say it was worth trying to make something myself. It’s definitely unique to our home and brings in some of my favorite colors. Next step, building a frame around it!

What are projects that you’ve taken on yourself instead of purchasing? What are some of your favorite artists?

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Camel and White

May 14, 2016

As is typical, I was hunting for something else online and stumbled upon this darling Eliza J dress at Nordstrom.

I want to have a reason to purchase this dress. I desperately  do. However, in all reality, I do not.

The dress sparked more than just dress envy though. It made me think how nice camel and white look next to each other. It’s like an archaeological, safari meets chic color scheme.

Here is the dress that started it all. Isn’t it cute?



While I definitely believe camel and white or camel and cream can be a great combination for clothing, I also think it applies to home decor.

I am one of those firm believers that often the way we decorate our homes is similar to how we “decorate” ourselves. We either pull from a certain color scheme, genre, or look as we make decisions. It’s a comfort thing and an aesthetic thing. In other words, if you like a look it tends to carry over.

With that said, I like high contrasting colors that are traditional and modern. Naturally, I like camel and white.

Here are some images of how this look can be incorporated into a home design.



Pops of black or navy against cream and camel is also so great. Love it.

Then there’s my favorite: this sagey/ seafood green with whites and camels and blacks. Oh man. Just my favorite color scheme all in one.



Where can I get a chaise like that?

 camel and white

I created this little depiction of how I would carry out this color scheme in my own space…if you know I could convince the hubs to let me overhaul the current look. ;]

What do you think? That color schemes are you all about?

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Stores That Have Home Goods

May 13, 2016

A couple of years ago I was perusing home textiles online when I stumbled upon a couple of great things. Zara Home and HM home section.

Like manna from heaven.

These two brands have home goods and they are awesome.

Feast your eyes on some goods from the H&M line.


I like this quirky toucan.


Doesn’t the pillow below remind you of Lilly and summer?



The stripes. Classic. Inexpensive. In my checkout cart.





And of course some Zara Home favorites. Two different styles for sure but both very nice options.

I love the texture if this jute stool/ side table.





I love all things animal, tortoise-shell, etc. This frame is so classic.



The texture of this jacquard bedspread is beautiful. It’s such a lovely layering piece.





There you have it! These two stores are definitely sources for unique pieces. I love that not everyone realizes each brand has a home section. It’s like a special secret. :]

Aesthetic Home

May 7, 2016


This is a quick post to talk about how to pull colors from one another.

I recently took the photo in the photo above while on a dinner cruise along Lake Michigan. I love the color of the water in the image and bought a square glass frame to display the image.

When I was hunting around the apartment for wall space in which to display the image, I noticed my emerald green pillow. I thought to myself, “hey I wonder if these items may look good together because you know emerald and sea greens are all pretty together”.

I placed the frame on the wall and low and behold, the pillow color and image colors just pop next to each other. It was such a “duh” moment but one that I was super pleased about.

Now, I do realize I could have picked any wall space and just ummm moved my pillow, but alas…I didn’t think that way. Plus I like the pillow on that chair. So. There’s that.

Takeaway tip: Try to find pieces with similar colors and place them near each other (but not right up on each other) to make them pop!


There’s More to a Gift

May 6, 2016


Hey hey. So it’s that time of year: Wedding season and Mother’s Day season.

While the gifts for these days can in and of themselves be important or special, there is another area where you can go above and beyond to let the special people in your life know you care.

That’s right. Gift wrap. While any gesture you make is wonderful, I think adding nice gift wrap to your item takes your giving a step further. It’s a sweet way to say, “I wanted this to be something you like and something pretty to open”.

This flamingo gift wrap was a recent pick, as in today, from Homegoods. The brand is Market Street Paper Co.

*Sidenote- the texture is amazing. I’ve never felt paper I like more. Is that weird?

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Dream House

April 24, 2016

I don’t know about you, but I love thinking about the possibility of exiting this apartment at some point in my life. I miss yard space and having a little more distance between me and my neighbor. #howmuchcantheyhear #ohman

When I allow myself to dream, I always always come back to a southern style home. Here are the things, if I had my choice, that I would like in a dream home.

  1. A front porch



I recently read an article in Country Living magazine about the art of porching. I love the idea of sitting out in the evening with a book or a drink and watching life happen. It’s kind of like a little oasis to observe the world from.

I do have an odd specification though. I do not ever want a wrap-around porch. They seem somehow like having a blind spot. I don’t like that.

2. A fireplace

 pretty fireplace


Okay. But could this room get any better. Look at that fireplace detail and the rustic touches. Then there’s the lucite table. So great.

I always had a fireplace in whatever house I lived in growing up. I think fireplaces allow for a place to gather and warmth. It’s a great and functional focal point as well.

3. A powder room

wallpaper powder room


I should mention I’m not partial to this specific wallpaper. I do want a powder room though because of wallpaper – in part. I want to be able to play with a pattern in a small space. I also just like that a guest has an easy access restroom available.

4. Good Natural Light

 natural lightSource

Is there anything better than a room that just gets an abundance of natural light? I love rooms that have large and well placed doors or windows that draw the light in.

So there you have it. My top four wishes for a dream house? What are yours?


Kentucky Spring

March 30, 2016

It’s really trying to be springtime here in the Chicago area but it’s just not.

Soon enough. Maybe.

This weekend, when I went to visit my family, I took some photos of what spring looked like growing up.

I know Chicago can get there, but it just takes SO. MUCH. LONGER.

I want all the magnolia blossoms right now.














I miss all the prettiness. What is your favorite part about spring?


Wallpaper That Wows

March 24, 2016

Wallpaper used to be one of those things that kind of dated a home. I still have flashbacks of going to people’s homes and seeing mallard ducks or fish lining the bathroom.

Wallpaper has made a big comeback though. The styles and patterns can be used in moderation to make “blah” spaces look interesting and fun.

Here are some top wallpaper picks that I’d use for an office nook, powder room, or heck even a walk-in closet.

botannical wallpaper

Prussian Blue Botanical

I like that the pattern above is larger but still subtle.

wallpaper ray

Gray Anthro Wallpaper

The above would play well as a neutral base to layer upon. It adds a little dimensionality to a space.

paris wallpaper

Parisian Wallpaper

How cute would this Parisian wallpaper be in a little girl’s room. So chic.

anthro paper

Anthro Wallpaper

I just think this one is pretty. It may be better as say a notebook cover than on a main wall, but if you put it in a kid’s room or laundry room, then it could be a perfect way to liven up a space.

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San Francisco Weekend

March 22, 2016

The nice thing about living far away from most of my college and high school pals is that I have a lot of great places to travel too. The bummer is that I can’t see these pals more often.

A few weekends ago, my husband was off at a bachelor weekend in Colorado. Knowing I’d be alone for the weekend, I found an cheap flight out to San Francisco to visit my best buddy from grade school- we’ve been friends for that long!

My pal moved out to San Francisco this past year to get her masters in biochemistry. She is living the San Francisco life and seems to really enjoy the city’s vibe. It was so nice of her t be my guide and hostess for 48 hours. The fact that she still likes me afterwards is amazing!!

While I wanted to take a lot of fantastic photos recapping my trip, it rained pretty much the entire weekend. During brief dry spells, I managed to snag a couple of photos of the things we saw.

We snuck up to the Marin Headlands and got the quintessential Golden Gate Bridge photo(s).



We made it past the houses in the background of the Full House intro.


Again…it was pouring so car photo.

We went down to the Fisherman’s Wharf to see the sea lions and to walk down to the Boudin Bakery to have a snack.


The one scratching its nose…I can’t even. So cute.



Alcatraz in the distance.


We went down the curvy Lombard Street while listening to old school rap.


We saw some cool places and just great views.



Though I didn’t get a photo of everything while there, we did see a lot of fantastic places and things. Even though it was extraordinarily rainy- I mean drenched clothes raining- I could still tell San Francisco is beautiful. It is no wonder it costs a fortune to live there because there are just sights on sights.

Besides what is pictured, I was able to meet my pal’s lab friends, go grab a drink with them, and enjoy a lot of meals with her. I am so glad I have a pal like her who will let me stay with her for that amount of time with no breaks and still treats me kindly. She is selfless in that way and I couldn’t appreciate her more!


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A Handy Pinterest …On Hand

March 1, 2016

When I discovered Pinterest during my junior year of college shit got real. I shamelessly or shamefully (you decide) spent just a little too much time on various boards. I loved seeing what my friends were into and pinning images that inspired me. Then Pinterest stopped showing me friends stuff as much and started filling my feed with “suggested items”. Not bad, but less personal…and a wee bit creepy at times.  #notlookingupabexercisesanymore

Though I super enjoy Pinterest, I also love flipping through a magazine and coming across something I just love. I old style rip out that page and “pin” it to my board. I don’t have a cork board though, I have a binder.

My binder is awesome.

It holds a bunch of images that have been hole-punched that I can refer back to. It also holds images that sometimes you cannot find on Pinterest. I have home images, home improvement tips and tricks, and home buying guides in my binder.

This thing is so handy to have around because it allows you a simplified look at what really catches your eye…not temporarily but long-term (enough that you have to tear out the image, clean up the frayed edges, and hole-punch).


What tips and tricks would you offer for keeping all your home decorating tips on hand?