Friday Favorites in Five

September 19, 2014

This week has been a whirlwind! I can't believe it's Friday already, but at the same time I felt like yesterday was really Friday...so this morning my brain kept telling me it was Saturday and I could sleep a few more minutes. Ha! Wrong.

I totally missed my usual Wednesday post (hello, time, where are you?), which also threw me off. Oops.

Today I decided it was officially time to start talking about fall in full swing. Yay!!! Fall is my favorite season. I've said this before. I truly love everything about it. So I'm going to share my top five favorite fall things (other than football). :)

1. An outdoor fire-pit to roast hot dogs or marshmallows. I love sitting by a fire.

2. Hot chocolate. There's no need for more of an explanation. 

3. Layers and scarves. I think I wear a scarf almost every day in the fall/winter. I'm not joking.

4. Pumpkins. I didn't used to get into fall decorating, but the last couple years my pumpkin purchases tend to grow. I love the different shapes and colors. I love using them inside and out!

5. And finally, the colors! Absolutely beautiful!

If you love fall as much as I do...tell me why in the comments!

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth.

Tour Through Blogland

September 15, 2014

Happy Monday y'all!

Today's blog post is going to be a little different - more of a get to know me kind of thing. I was asked by Megan at Latte Everyday to participate in the Tour Through Blogland, which is a fun "tag" that has been going from blog to blog. Google it! You'll see some great blogs out there sharing their amazing work. Here are a couple favorites from Megan's blog!

Strawberry Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches


Now...for the questions!

1. What am I working on?
Oh goodness. Currently my Mother in Law is building a house, so we have been working on that BIG project all summer. :) As a designer, it's been fun taking part in the process. There has been a lot of hands-on from foundation to the current state (which is interior work), and it has been exciting to see it all come together. Here are a few pictures of that process, and if you want to see more from earlier stages, click here.




2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
This is hard, because I've never felt like I have one defining "stamp" on my work. I like a lot of different things/styles...and I try to do it myself which can be good or bad depending on what it is. If I'm cooking something, I want it to be easy (and fast). If I'm playing with makeup, I like to think of it as 'art' and play with shade and shadow, and I like it to be an every-day easy look because my skills aren't very advanced! As far as design goes, my style has settled some, and I like things comfortable, but tailored, and a little colorful. But that may change tomorrow. 

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Because I have a creative brain that doesn't quit!!! I'm a designer by trade, but my day job involves a lot of desk time. This blog is my outlet to let my creative juices flow and explore all these different ideas that fly around in my head. :) Here are a few examples:

This might be the easiest DIY yet...and truly an Ah Ha! moment for me...see more here.

My dream career is to be a container gardener...see more here.

I like to cook, mostly because I love to eat. This summer was all about tomatoes...see more here.

And finally, makeup. It's fun to play with and create different looks...see this tutorial here.

4. How does your writing/creating process work?
This makes me laugh, because I don't think there is a method to the madness. I typically just snap some pictures of whatever it is I'm doing, or of some new mascara I have, and sit down to write about the experience. I don't really have a step by step process that I follow. Just go with it! Maybe I should try to develop a process...hmmm...

So I know that I'm supposed to tag other bloggers to participate, but honestly I struggled finding some that hadn't participated already! So, I'm going to bend the rules a little and just name a few that I enjoy reading on a daily basis.

Delineate Your Dwelling (see Amy's Tour Through Blogland post here)
Baked by Rachel
Liz Marie Blog
A Lovely Living
Makeup by Tiffany D
Pencil Shavings Studio

Do you follow any of these bloggers? What are your favorite blogs to follow - or which blogs do you turn to for inspiration? I'd love to know!

Have a great Monday! 

Friday Favorites in Five

September 12, 2014

Happy Friday everyone! 

Since I didn't post yesterday, I feel that it's important to note that it was 9/11. We watched 9/11 last night - it was the first time I've watched this documentary. It was intended to be about a firefighter trainee at one of the firehouses in NYC, and the brothers filming happened to be present on 9/11 capturing scenes of the firefighters as they responded. It was unimaginable, and emotional. It was also pretty amazing to hear their take on that day, and how it changed their lives. It's a saying you see each year, but it's so true, we will never forget.

On a lighter note, this week was good overall...it seemed busy but it was good. I got my hair cut and colored Wednesday, which it felt like it had been forever, and now I feel so refreshed. A weight has been lifted, literally. After the pampering I did a little shopping, and saw CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS! What?!?!? It's not even Halloween. It's not even October for cryin' out loud. I was shocked. I expected pumpkins. 

I love me some Christmas, but I also really enjoy fall. Don't take fall away from me. I won't allow it. Let me enjoy my fall leaves, my pumpkins, and my hot dog roasting over the open fire before we start singing Christmas carols and jingling bells. Summer is barely over. When I say barely I mean it's still reaching high 80's almost 90's. Stop it!

Alright, now I'm done.

Last week I shared some of my favorite bright and colorful rooms. Today I'm going to do the opposite and share my favorite neutral rooms...which I love. The best part about going neutral is that it can so easily be changed with a few colorful accents. It's the perfect option for someone that changes their mind a lot (like me) and wants new fresh designs periodically.

 1. This bedroom is a perfect example of layering neutrals. There are creams, whites, tans, and a little color in the rug, but still very subtle. 

2. Yes, I know, this dining room has a little color in the walls and the rug, but I picked this image because it is still mostly neutral with the white. Just a great example that you can still add some color on the walls without it being overpowering. 

3. The reason I picked this image is because it proves that "neutral" doesn't have to mean light colors. Grey is a beautiful neutral color, and what's fun in this space is that there is a lot of contrast. That in itself is a little more bold...even though it's still neutral colors.

4. When you think neutral, this is probably the most common visual. Very light colors, natural fiber rug, medium toned flooring. Classic neutral space. It just feels happy because it's bright, and the natural elements make it lived-in, warm and comfortable.

5. This room is amazing. The ceiling, light fixture, floor color, the doors opening to the outside (looks to be screened in) dining area...I'll take it! The walls and trim are almost the same color, which makes it seem even larger because there isn't a visual separation. It's more formal than I would typically go for, but very pretty!

Which room is your favorite? Do you go neutral or do you have to have color?