Magazines, blogs, and social media aren’t the only places where beautifully designed rooms exists. They can exist in your own home too! It doesn’t have to bust your budget either. (cue happy dance) Read More
If you’re like me, you can be very sentimental over objects, especially if it’s an item that’s been passed down in your family. But how do you balance sentimentality and simplified living? I think that the best method to finding balance is to identify those items that mean the most to you (donating the things that don’t make the list) and then be willing to get creative with the loved item to transform it into your own design style. I decided to do just that with a family dresser than has made it through about three generations of women! Read More
Creativity maximizes itself when you embrace design parameters as an exciting challenge. Don’t avoid challenges, embrace them. A blank page may let you do whatever you want, but it won’t always bend, twist or stretch your ability to create. Creativity is an ever changing phenomenon and your personal creativity can grow when you don’t let design constraints scare you. Instead, see that design constraints are going to result in a more thoughtful, educated, tested and explored product. The design process won’t hurt you, it’ll grow you! Read More
My husband and I have been desiring a remodeled closet for quite some time. Our home was built in the 80s and the storage system was very poor and it was also looking worn down. But when you think of the word “remodel,” dollar signs typically pop up in your head. Don’t let the word scare you, because there are smart and clever ways to make affordable transformations that also look great. Here was the plan….
Ever heard of upcycling? I am absolutely fascinated by it. To me, upcycling pushes creativity to go even further outside of the box. Recycling is making sure that goods don’t end up in a landfill. Upcycling is giving an old item new purpose: it’s not thrown into a recycling bin or reused, it’s truly given new life. That’s what led me to create these whales! Read More
Some times you just have to get your hands dirty, wrestle with an idea, sit on it, and wrestle with it some more. In the end, you’ll see how your hard work pays off! This is how I felt about a piece in our home. Read More
To me, the beauty of redesigning furniture is that the piece then becomes more connected to the space once the project is complete. Buying a new piece of furniture and setting it in your home is fun and exciting but it’s also an unfamiliar object now occupying space in your home. You’re not used to seeing it when you walk in the room and it takes a while to become acquainted with it. Silly as it may sound, I love doing things myself because I feel as though I get to build a relationship with materials that way. Read More
There is something beautiful when a space can be designed to include the function and beauty of each item, instead of hiding them. That’s what I like to call simple living: making beauty out of the functional items in a space by integrating their purpose in the design. Thus, you have less “things” Read More