Monday, March 31, 2014

Archist: Imagined Homes of Famous Artists

Frederic Babina brilliantly imaged what some of the world's most famous artist's homes would look like in his series 'Archist'. Salvador DalĂ­ gave us a hint of what his might look like 'The Architectonic Angelus of Millet' - and of course Babina's looks incredibly similar. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Lululemon 2014 Warhouse Sale in Minneapolis!

Listen up all you Saint Paul & Minneapolis dwellers! The once a year, jaw dropping low prices, one city only Lululemon warehouse sale is taking place in Minneapolis this weekend! Everything is under $50. It starts Today and goes through Sunday, so roll out of bed and head to the Convention Center for some yogi-worthy duds!

WHAT: Lululemon Warehouse Sale
WHERE: Minnesota Convention Center:
 1301 2nd Ave. S. 
Minneapolis, MN 55401
WHEN: Friday, March 28th to Sunday, March 30th : 8am to 8pm

Thursday, March 27, 2014

zara home lookbook

Zara Home's new lookbook came out and then made the entire world daydream about summer. The collection is gorgeous, with woven baskets, soft creamy linens, warm woods, and some seriously envious greenery. 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014


So it turns out a BUNCH of my old posts got were corrupted - I'm talking over a year's worth.... So if you have been recently looking through the archives or have been searching for anything from October 2011 to November 2012 you'll find nothing! 

I ended up deleting the posts so there wouldn't be confusion or frustration with 'error' pages. Fingers crossed the rest of the posts are safe :)

image via here

would you try oyster books?

I'm a huge fan of Netflix for television series and film, so it's understandable that I'm attracted to Oyster Books, an online subscription service that allows you to choose from 100,000 of books - all available to read at your fingertips in an easy iPhone / iPad friendly interface. 

I always have my phone with me, and often times wish I had a book with me when I'm on the bus, waiting for classes to start, or even when I'm a passenger stuck in traffic. However, sometimes carrying a book around can weigh you down - also, I don't like being confined to just one book for that day. With Oyster, it seem the possibilities are endless. 

Have you tried it? Would you recommend it? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

brick walls

Whether you choose exposed brick walls for the place you live or not, they can be a little difficult to design around. They imply an unfinished, rustic, and industrial quality, but they can be transformed into amazing architectural features and incorporated into almost any design style. 

Go with the inherent rustic nature of the brick. Use vintage 'gently used' pieces to make the space look worn. Concrete floors can be stained to add warmth.  

Create some contrast with pops of bright bold color in your accents. 

Femme it up by giving it a fresh coat of white paint and detailing with light woods and pastel tones. Add some shine through warm metals. 

Modernize. Use sleek, simple, and modern furniture and accessories to create a more minimal space. Painting your trim white can brighten up the space and bring attention to windows. 

images : 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5  

Monday, March 24, 2014

paper money art

Destroying currency is technically illegal in America, however that doesn't seem to stop Mark Wagner, Brooklyn based artist who works primarily with one dollar bills. He's well known for his "Currency Portraits" that include the faces of Abraham Lincoln, Ben Bernanke, and portrait artist legend himself, Chuck Close - all constructed through tiny strips and scraps of paper money. The layered collages are meticulous and extremely detailed, cut with x-acto knives and pasted together to create a not so priceless piece of artwork. 
You can see all of Mark's work here

images via Slate

Friday, March 21, 2014

my shopping resolution...

I recently started a new budgeting trick: to only spend money on weekends {Friday through Sunday}. And while I've been able to stick to it pretty well, I still have noticed unnecessary spending. As a college student with graduation in the future, graduate school a possibility, and loans an absolute certainty, saving money is one of my top priorities....but....I also love to shop. 

So to restrict myself even more, I'm attempting to only allow myself one new piece of clothing a month. That's right! So far it's gone well...which isn't saying much because I started March 1st when I bought this dress. However, I am hoping that it helps me practice self control. 

So I'm wondering, do you have any 'rules' with your spending? How to save money and still manage to have fun?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

go-to accessories

Just a few days ago I mentioned the importance of details. That especially transfers over into my everyday style. So often I get dressed to go to class and feel that my look is lacking something, so I've made a list of some of my go-to accessories that elevate everyday outfits. 

1. dainty rings : while at first I was unsure of how multiple rings would feel, dainty rings are lightweight and gorgeous! They add some texture and shine to create some more interest. 

2. hat : whether it's a knit beanie or my favorite baseball hat, I always like having a great hat that can turn a bad hair day into a great one. 

3. a beautifully tied scarf : I don't know about you, but much of my life revolves around the art of scarf tying. After years of admiring the gorgeously layered scarves all over pinterest, I've learned the importance of an effortless scarf. 

4. manicures : perfectly polished nails take any outfit to the next level. whether you get them done professionally or not, making sure you keep a well manicured hand {i.e. no chipping polish, hangnails, etc} is a must!

5. confidence : okay so this one sounds a little 'love yourself' but it's so true! Confidence makes any outfit look effortlessly beautiful. 

image via Cup of Jo

Monday, March 17, 2014

detail oriented

When Sarah and I were young, one of her teachers commented that she often said she was 'putting on the finishing details'. Even then she was meticulous with her work. Now in design school, I've realized that the final touches aren't the frilly add ons at all, they are the meat of what I do. This quote from the legendary Charles Eames really stuck with me - not just with design but with everything in life. The smallest things can make the biggest impact! 

Friday, March 14, 2014

happy friday + up in the woods

Hello from, Wisconsin! Spring break has commenced, and while there is still snow and ice on the ground I can't help but fall in love with the warm, wet air that surrounds. There's a spring 'smell', no? Possibly it's simply the resurgence of sunshine and pockets of grass. 

Also, isn't this print by Catherine McDonald gorgeous? I've never been known as the 'outdoorsy' type, but I am definitely one to appreciate it - and being midwest girl at heart I'm simply in love with this lush greenery - it reminds me of home. It's so romantic. 

Wishing you all springy weekends! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014


I have a friend who's excuse for getting out of things was "I've got shit to do". Every time. I feel like that's becoming my motto though lately, with school beginning to pick up I'm always putting other things on the back burner. So my new motto is this: get shit done. Appropriate, no?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

the beard guide

Is it just me or are beards EVERYWHERE these days? I even read an article about guys getting 'beard implants'....too far? Sarah has a real thing for guys with facial hair - I on the other hand have not jumped on that bandwagon yet. What do you think? Is it just a trend, or do guys really look better with a little scruff?
I'm a big font nerd, so luckily for me, now I know which style of facial hair is "Garamond" or "Century Gothic" with the help of this beard guide!

photo of Paul Rudd via 

Monday, March 10, 2014

would you do camo?

Would you ever consider wearing camo? Usually I'm not a fan, but recently I've started to take a liking to it, especially when paired with a mostly feminine look. I've always been a huge fan of the 'from the boys' style; I love the easy look of a baseball hat, boyfriend jeans, or a fatigue jacket. 

image via madewell 

Friday, March 7, 2014

happy friday + wishing for warm weather

Are you as sick of this chilly weather as I am? The week after next is my spring break, and although I'm staying in the midwest, it gets me excited for {hopefully soon-to-come} warm weather! Do you have any plans this weekend? I'm going to a surprise birthday party with some friends and family and I can't wait to indulge in sweets and partake in some major girl talk ;) 

Wishing you all cozy weekends!

image via here

Thursday, March 6, 2014

{EAT MINNEAPOLIS} Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co

I recently filled you in on one of my favorite restaurants in Minneapolis, and luckily for you, they also have a coffee shop. Spyhouse Coffee is a sister company of The Bad Waitress with three locations in Minneapolis {one of which is right down the street from their diner}. With a mix of rustic and industrial, their coffee shops are the perfect place for a Saturday morning date, a place to meet up with friends, or study. 

There are a lot of good options, but my favorite is the Spygirl! It has a hint of lavender and honey making for a lovely mid morning jolt. If you need an extra kick, try the Mata Hari {which has cayenne pepper in it}. 
...yes, both of these photos are of the Spygirl...I'm obsessed

For all locations, visit their website

top photos via Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co // bottom photos from my instagram

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Artist I'm Loving : Esther Stewart

I've always been drawn to clean geometric lines and bright colors and that was no exception when I saw the works of Esther Stewart, Australian based artist. Her works are vibrant, fun, and modern- don't they remind you of a warm sunny day? 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

tile patterns

With all of this fashion week business I've been inspired by the numerous 'style guides'  - however this is not about street's the tile guide! I find that I often find myself trying to visualize tile patterns when trying to decide on one and hopelessly attempting to scribble out some doodle of an idea. So to help myself and everyone else I created this little guide that has some of the most common tile installation patterns, from classic brickwork (subway) to more unique motifs like the windmill (which was an integral part of my childhood bathroom) 

So next time you're desperately trying to find the perfect tile pattern for you, just whip out this handy guide for a quick rundown of all of you options! 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Art History / Design Humor

As an interior designer in the making I deal a lot with way finding and signage in buildings. The 'stick figure people' for bathroom included, so this little art history twist with Adam and Eve as the bathroom figures made me giggle.