Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Empathy

Recently I've been trying to read for pleasure more, and I've noticed something weird...

I've been adopting the emotions of the story. Currently I'm reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles {very dramatic and quite torrid} which is divided into multiple phases, each having an different overall feel. The further I get into the novel, the more I notice myself emotionally associating with it. When it's sad and depressing I feel melancholic; when it's romantic I feel carefree and tender. Never before have I noticed this kind of emotional connection with reading - does this ever happen to you?

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Thursday, April 17, 2014


Isn't nature gorgeous? Top photo taken at the Walker Arts Center Sculpture Garden. Bottom photo at the Como Zoo Conservatory in the Bonsai garden. 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

renter's lament: bare white walls

The woes of renting include many a tragedies, but the biggest of them all is the notorious bare white walls. So dull. So drab. So....seemingly uninhabitable. As a college student I am quite familiar with the pang of jealousy when I walk into house that's filled with walls of personality, often thinking to myself "my walls are desolate and filled with despair". Okay, so all of this might be an exaggeration, BUT the fact is, rental homes are usually quite bare. And, landlords are usually very unwilling to allow lowly renters to create permanent changes. Enter, removable wall paper. Easy on the eyes and on your rental walls. 

If this wallpaper tile "Cathedral Bells" by Llew Mejia for DesignYourWall isn't heaven, I don't know what is. 

Just tell your renter...."it just needed a little color...oh and it's removable" with this bright "French Bull Kiss" by YLiving

And of course, some havana nights meets rorshak test in "Sixty-Seven" by Timothy Sue. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Discovered : Ethnic Hmong Pillow Cases

I was really impressed by these amazing hand printed ethnic Hmong pillow cases from the Etsy store OrientalTribe11. The color combinations and intricate details are simply astonishing! I'm dying to get my hands on some. 

Gah! I'm dying of love for this pillow. 

And ending with a lumbar pillow. With this pillow, I would guess everyone to ever see it would say "I've major back pain, I need to use that pillow" and they really would mean "I'm going to lie to you, and then steal your pillow". 

Perfection pillowfied. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

working with wainscoting

Wainscoting is having a huge moment right now. It's kind of like the color blocking trend for houses. I grew up in a house with wainscoting and I'm thrilled to see it coming back in more contemporary ways. The great thing about it is you can get it at a local hardware store, prime, paint, and tack it up. Voila! 
Here we see the traditional color for wainscoting, white. But, don't be fooled, this updated design features a grid of inlays. 
If white isn't really your jam I suggest being bold! Keep the walls neutral and add some punchy color with vibrant wainscoting. 
And if you're feeling really rebellious, you could always go with some badass black. Because nothing says you're a rebel like a traditional wall treatment in black. 

photos via : top, middle, middle, bottom 

Monday, April 7, 2014

reading resolutions

Before I began college, I considered myself an avid, if not insatiable bookworm; however after my first semester I found myself either watching tv or perusing pinterest. Now in my 6th semester I've realized it's been years since I've read on a regular basis. I'm always on my phone, laptop, or mindlessly watching tv while my insanely intelligent sister furiously scours through novels. That said, I've made it a new goal to read more. I'm starting with the classics - they're free on ibooks - which I downloaded to my macbook and iPhone so I can read them during my commute to classes. I'm always looking for recommendations though, any great books you've read recently?

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Happy Friday + In the Kitchen

Mother Nature sure has an odd sense of humor, doesn't she? What with the semi-blizzard last night and the new {almost) completely melted snow my head is still reeling from the mercurial weather. So to find some comfort amongst this midwest climate, I whipped up a batch of Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies - and I have to admit, they might be better than the Girl Scouts'. 

Wishing you all a hopefully sunny and snow free weekend!!