Tuesday Things – Decorating with Radiant Orchid

I’m sure you’ve heard that the Pantone color of the year is “Radiant Orchid”. In theory, I am completely in love with the color. But I don’t have the first idea as to how to decorate with Radiant Orchid – and I’m not convinced it would work in the palette of my home. But, that’s not to say I can’t browse the web for some amazing inspiration!

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I ADORE this painted office chair that Traci from Beneath My Heart made using the Pantone color of the year. And that office space – wow. So fresh & cheerful!

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This space from Sköna Hem magazine is so sweet & charming – and the little pop of radiant orchid in that floor pillow is perfect!

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It can feel formal and romantic:

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Yet radiant orchid can also make for a fun & playful accent color. I love the juxtaposition of rustic & modern in this dining room:

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What do you think? Could you see yourself incorporating “Radiant Orchid” into your home decor? Although I’m on the fence, I do have a little test pot of the Pantone paint sitting in my closet – I’m sure I’ll think of something fun to do with it!

Tuesday Things – Yellow Inspired

I don’t care that there is still snow on the ground – I am so ready for Spring. And yellow is just the ultimate color of springtime, don’t you think? So, let’s get our yellow on!

 

1) Get some happy for your kitchen!

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These ceramic canisters from Target’s Threshold line are sporting lids in the perfect shade of springtime yellow! I imagine most people would use these for tea bags or granola, but I have my eye on them for a lovely new way to stash Emma’s dog treats.

2) Yellow in the Bedroom

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I am not in the market for new bedding (according to my husband), however if I were, I would be all over this Ikat duvet cover from West Elm. How could you not be happy waking up in that bed?

3) Grow some Sunshine

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I was given these beautiful vase of tulip bulbs a couple of weeks ago, and have been attempting to photograph them in different stages as part of my attempt to learn how to use my camera. Both of these shots were taken using something other than the “auto” setting – which is a real step for me! And how gorgeous are these yellow tulips? Now I’m bummed that they are reaching the end of their bloom-life, but I plan to plant the bulbs!

Now give this song a listen, and enjoy your day! Only two weeks until the official start of Spring!

 

My Work Essentials & A Short Break!

Hi there, friends! It’s another snowy morning here in Sochi on the east coast. After a relaxing day off (thanks, presidents!), I am gearing up for a MAJOR week on the work front (my full time teaching/music directing job(s) that actually pay the bills, unlike my little crafting/blogging hobbies!) Most weeks are easily 50+ hours at work/doing work things, but this week will really top the charts. And, to further complicate things, I’m trying to kick a nasty cold.

So, to preserve my sanity, I will be taking the rest of the week (and likely a portion of next week) off from the blog. I’ve really been making an effort to be more consistent with my posting & projects, so rather than simply disappearing (as I’ve done in the past), I wanted to give you, my lovely readers, a heads up. I wouldn’t want anybody feeling abandoned!

Before I go, I thought I would share a few of my essential needs for keeping myself organized, motivated, and on the ball when things get particularly stressful at work.

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The one personal belonging that I seriously could not live without is my MacBook. I don’t know what people did before they had computers, and truly – I don’t even want to know. My MacBook Pro is my number one tool for work, blogging, and communicating with the world. And, though not pictured here, my iPhone works as an extension of my computer (with the added bonus of access to my favorite game, Plants Vs. Zombies 2).

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Though I am meticulous with my Google Calendar (which is synced to my laptop & phone), I have always taken great comfort in organizing my schedule in a physical planner as well. It eases my mind, and my 2014 planner is quite possibly the greatest planner I have ever owned. The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley is attractive, sturdy, and meets all of my organizing/planning needs (plus a few needs I did not even know that I had). In the words of Lady Mary… GOLLY I love it so.

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No matter how busy you get, a little desk candy can never hurt. When I get super busy, I go into ‘conquer-the-world’ mode. (Basically I just get super intense & attack everything with a laser-beam-like focus.)  And really, who can conquer the world without cute office accessories?

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So, I am off to conquer – but I wish you a wonderful remainder of your week!

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I’ll see you soon!

Tuesday Things

I hope everyone is having a great week so far! Are you all caught up on sleep after Superbowl Sunday? I’ve got a few favorites for you today in preparation for Valentine’s Day. The theme is “arrows” because I happen to be obsessed with arrow decor right now (as you’ll see again in tomorrow’s DIY!)

 

These Earrings

image_originalThese earrings from Little Big Fabric are so simple & sweet ~ I ordered a pair last week 🙂

 

This Awesome DIY

80fd2c69a61bd74d03d92890a461bec9These DIY Giant Cupid’s Arrows from For The Love Of… would be an awesome project for a kid’s party, Valentine’s Day party favor or decor, or just a fun way to recycle cardboard gift wrap tubes!

 

These Cupcake Toppers

cupidsarrow-1I love these cupid’s arrow cupcake toppers from Creature Comforts – not to mention those cupcakes look pretty freaking amazing, too.

 

Enjoy my V-Day, arrow themed faves for the week & have a great day!

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~ Inspiration & eye-candy from around the web ~

This Space

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This DIY

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This Dessert

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What has sparked your fancy this week?

Hello Again, World

It’s been several months since I’ve shared my little life snippets, projects & stories here in my little corner of the blogosphere. My self-imposed hiatus was filled with the ups and downs of life, and for a while my heart just wasn’t in the writing. Increased demands at work and less personal time for crafting and decorating also contributed to my break.

But with the cooler, rejuvenating air of autumn greeting me today, I finally felt that little spark in me urging me to rejoin the land of blog. I’m back – and ready to hit the ground running with projects and photos. I expect my posting will still be a bit less frequent than before (thanks to those day-job demands I mentioned), but I hope to again find a rhythm that suits me – as I attempt to bring inspiration and joy to your computer screen!

To start, I want to share with you some of the amazing blogs I’ve still been reading, even on my own break from writing. Talk about inspiring…

Bliss at Home

Kristen’s design & lifestyle blog is one of the few that I receive to my email every day (rather than check in through RSS feed). I absolutely love her laid back style & budget friendly but stylish design choices. This month, I particularly loved her quick tribal painted pumpkin DIY. The design reminded me of the Campland font I used in our wedding day invites – reminiscent of girl scout camping trips and S’mores – but trendy enough to feel Nate Burkus – ish.

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Lacquer & Linen

I am pretty much obsessed with Sarah’s decorating style over at Lacquer & Linen. Her home entryway, decked out for fall in this home tour post, is so cozy & chic. I’m in love with the color palette and the mix of textures. I love a little bit of gold mixed in with neutrals and outdoorsy elements… yum yum!

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Decor and the Dog

I love reading Decor and the Dog for two reasons – one being Michelle’s awesomely creative projects, and two being all the pictures of her adorable dog Ike. Anyone who shares such devotion for their four legged friend is a kindred spirit in my book. I’m dying to try making Michelle’s Pumpkin Spice Sugar Body Scrub – I feel like I can smell it through the computer screen!

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So, while I haven’t been writing – I’ve been doing plenty of reading & getting loads of inspiration from these lady bloggers who are much more talented than I… so I suggest you click those links & check ’em out – you won’t be disappointed!

I, in the meantime, will be working on shaking out the past few months of silence & vying once again for a place in your morning blog feed! Thanks for sticking with me!

Kitchen Possible – Getting Started!

I am SO excited to share that we are getting ready to move forward with our little kitchen renovation project. I’ve been dreaming about updating our small kitchen for years now. I even made this little mood board up back in February, when the hubs & I started discussing our wish list and counting our pennies:

KitchenMoodBoardThese days, our kitchen looks like this:

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The big problems with our kitchen are:

1. Extremely limited counter space (we’ve added some Ikea island/kitchen carts to add both surface & shelf space) – everything is very cluttered! (Also, snapped these photos during a particularly hectic time…)

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2. Extremely limited storage. The original upper cabinets were removed years ago (why?????) – so I keep many appliances, large platters and cookware, etc. in storage areas outside the kitchen due to the lack of space.

3. No dishwasher. (More so than even the work of washing dishes, I’m getting tired of chipping & breaking dishes during the washing/dish rack process!)

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4. Old fashioned, stained Formica countertop

5. Outdated and “yellowed” white appliances (and an unreliable oven).

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6. Old cabinets (that have several layers of paint & no practical features like a lazy susan, sliding drawers, etc.

Most of these problems are easily dealt with. Our kitchen renovation will be completed with the help of our neighbor, a contractor, and will be rather budget-friendly. We did splurge a bit on new appliances (our new refrigerator is already here and in place, while the rest of our Frigidare Gallery set sits in the garage).

So here’s the to-do list for the project, with most jobs falling in the neighbor/contractor category, while others we will tackle ourselves:

1. Installation of new white base & upper cabinets in a full L-shape. (The refrigerator used to live in that cabinet-less corner on the right, but we’ve moved it to the other wall to allow space for the dishwasher and extended counter surface).

2. Open shelving to the right of the window.

3. Installation of new gas stove and over-the-range microwave to replace the current wall oven/cooktop combo –> we will gain cabinet & counter space with this change!

4. Installation of dishwasher.

5. New counter top and under-mount SS sink.

6. White subway tile back splash.

7. Fresh paint job (grey?)

8. Caulk cleaning/coloring? for ceramic floor tiles.

9. Designing & building a pub-style table for next to the refrigerator.

10. New lighting fixtures –> pendant above sink (like this one), and either curved track lighting or a new, non-boob-light flush mount fixture in the center.

11. New molding around window, new pantry door & new door molding.

12. Eating area – perhaps a custom built bar, or a fun retro pub table?

These three kitchens are my major sources of inspiration:

1. This GORGEOUS white kitchen remodel over at Our House.

2. This beautiful and cheery bright, white kitchen from House Beautiful.

3. This small kitchen featuring open shelving from Southern Living.

I just cannot wait for this project to start – I can only imagine how much better all of my food & baked goods will taste when they come out of our new kitchen! 🙂