Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Maintaining Motivation

How do you stay motivated with 'working out'? I've never been especially naturally inclined to exercise - but the further away from my teenage years that I get I notice more and more the importance of it. When I do get myself to be active I sleep better, have more balanced emotions, and feel better all the way around - but getting out of bed in the morning is hard! (and I hate the idea of working all day and then going to the gym). I had really gotten into a good routine but I just got over a weekend that included a wine and cheese filled farewell party for a friend, my birthday, and a visit from my family. 

A friend of mine mentioned that you should redefine 'working out' - since it has the word work in it, it implies that it's a job. I'm starting to think of it as 'being well' (but that sounds like a Walgreens commercial). How do you keep yourself to stay on track without it feeling like a chore? It's not about losing weight or looking good - I just want to feel good and be good to myself!

Also, check out Design Love Fest's column - this has been really inspiring and helpful to keep myself going. 



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Around the House: Kitchen

After spending the earlier years of my college experience hopping from rental to rental, I've had the pleasure of finally settling into a more constant home. While it's still a rental I've called it home for over two years and have had the joy of making it my own - espicially by filling it with the things I love. Here are my favorite kitchen items that make life a little bit more beautiful and simple. 

1. Vegetable brush: This brush is handmade in Sweden with natural fibers; it's perfect for getting the dirt and other non-appetizing things off of vegetables without removing the nutrients from peeling. 

2. Marble board: My first marble board was actually a large tile sample from work; it was perfect. While I love my salvaged slab, the hex shaped boards from CB2 keep it modern and fun. 

3. Counter Canisters: Having your 'go to' items accessibly placed on the counter can be a huge time saver, and I like that these are clean, simple, and have a label so that kids or kitchen guests know what's what. 

4. Paper Straws: While somewhat unnecessary, it's always nice to have those small items that you can pull out to spruce up drinks when you have friends over. They're perfect for drinks on the patio, kids parties, or for a casual dinner for two. 

5. Kitchen Hand Soap: Kitchens are filled with a multitude of scents throughout the day and while it's easy to throw and extra bottle of bathroom soap next to the sink, having a soap that is made for kitchens helps mask scents but pairing well with savory, herby, and other smells that occur from cooking. Plus, many kitchen soaps are made to me extra moisturizing. I love anything with lemon or sage. 

6. Swedish Dish Cloths: I used paper towels, quick rags, and more for a long time in the kitchen - I figured it was all the same. Wrong. These swedish dish cloths are nearly indestructible, have a soft hand, and can be washed in the washer and dryer. Plus they come in tons of pretty patterns! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Work: Residential

The semester is over! You guessed it: new work is now live. I'll be posting a more in-depth write up soon about the design process, material selection, and final design solutions soon, but in the mean time check out an overview on my portfolio


Monday, May 11, 2015

Pastel Palates

White on white winter is far behind us, but I'm still loving the monochromatic layering of these pale pastels. Some serious color inspiration that's definitely making me anxious to repaint this summer. 




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

'Hillvetica'

It's already been a pretty big dose of excitement the last few days what with Hillary Clinton declaring her campaign. "I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century" - you go girl! But all seriousness aside, I'm also thrilled with her graphic campaign so far. The reveal of her "H" logo along with the rest of the alphabet is bold and youthful.

Designer Rick Wolf is actually trying to make an actual Hillvetica font - please please say it's true! 



Friday, April 10, 2015

My 'Go-To' for Great Gifts

You know when your sister randomly gives you the perfect rose lipstick, or a friend brings you a new candle for spring just for fun? I love getting 'out of the blue' gifts, it's always such a sweet surprise and it makes me feel special. When I'm looking for fun gifts I always have a 'go-to' where I know I'll find something...can you guess what it is?
Art museums. As an avid museum junkie I've learned a few things - the fastest routes to my favorite pieces, the 'slow' times to go to see the real good stuff, AND that the gift shops are stocked with some of the most unique and beautiful small finds! My recent favorite? These Soap Stones by Pelle Designs in Brooklyn. They're hand made and are truly gorgeous in their packaging, clean lines, and lovely scents. 

What's your favorite place to go for fun gifts? 



Monday, March 23, 2015

Clever NYC Loft

As an interior designer & a college student living in small cramped spaces I'm always on the lookout for creative space saving ideas. This NYC loft in the Tribeca area is a mere 900 square feet but feels extremely spacious. 
The original partitions in the loft were removed and replaced with a central mass that houses the kitchen unit, a master bedroom and adjoining bathroom. 
Looking for a little privacy? 

A grey curtain separates the bedroom from living area without having to waste swing space from doors. 
I love how seemingly simple the floor plan is and the functionality of the space. Check out even more photos of this amazingly organized loft at Design Milk.