Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Black Like My Soul

My mom is redesigning the majority of her home - and while still in the beginning phases - has been coming to me with ideas for finishes, furniture, and the like. The other day she approached me with a desire to paint our living room wall black. BLACK. At first I was like "OMG NO! It will be a cave. It will look like we have no souls." but then I thought "Actually...that's kind of badass" right? Needless to say, thanks to my mother, I'm on a black wall kick. 

Sure a black nursery sounds kind of sinister and demonic but in actuality it's amazing. It's gender neutral and your kid will most likely grow up to wear leather jackets and say things like "hey, baby". Pretty much they'll be Uncle Jesse. 
This living room proves that black walls aren't goth. It's classic, filled with light, and feels quite inviting. 
Black. Wood. Cool windows. If you're hip you'll love this kitchen. If you're not hip then you'll still like this kitchen. 

images :: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Little Brown Jugs

One can never have too many vessels. I'm currently loving theses natural stoneware beauties in neutral color blocked glazing. 

Row One: 1 / 2 / 3 
Row Two: 4 / 5 / 6
Row Three: 7 / 8 /  9

Words of Wisdom

Just some words of wisdom to kick off the week. Cheers!

Friday, April 25, 2014

happy friday + sweet print

Sweet and simple. This would be a great print to place casually around the house - especially propped up on the bookshelves like above.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Discovered : Scandinavian Breakfast Trays

In the midwest Scandinavians run wild - like spritely little woodland creatures with blonde hair, blue eyes, and an affinity for skiing. Okay so that's not totally true, but Scandinavian heritage is actually a huge part of the culture here; and needless to say I'm equally in love with the simplicity, cheerfulness, and functionality of the designs they create. I recently fell upon the Etsy shop Jonnasaarinen which has amazing breakfast trays and tea towels. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

carpet tile: a love story

Let's talk about carpet, shall we? I seem to have a little bit of a love / hate relationship with it. It feels great and cozy and all things homey....but {there's always a but}, it's hard to maintain, keep stain free, and is a beast to replace. But fret no more! FLOR, a carpet tile company, has seemingly been sent to us from the interior design gods. While carpet tile has been around for a while, it's just starting to be used more in residential homes, and with the amazing collections out there, it's no wonder why. 

Why is carpet tile your best friend? I'm glad you asked. Since they come in tiles, once laid the create unique, one of a kind, statement flooring in your home. Best of all? They can be replaced individually should any harm come to them. Super easy maintenance. 

Doesn't this dog look happy? That's how I'm assuming everyone feels when they finally find their carpet soul mate. 

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?

image via here 

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?

photo via here

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!! 

Which Twin Cities Neighborhood Are You?

I don't know about you, but I love a good Buzzfeed quiz. Actually any quiz online - maybe it's because the internet is all knowing and will slowly piece together my life for me and tell me who I am. Okay okay, so that's not totally true. BUT when it comes to things like "Which Spongebob Character Are You?" and other very vital pieces of information on the road to self discovery, I jump on it. I found this quiz for all of us who live in the great midwestern cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Which neighborhood are you, really? I got Nordeast (Northeast Minneapolis) which is funny, because just yesterday while chatting with a friend I mentioned I'd love to live there. 

So, pray tell, what neighborhood should you really be living in?

Photo via sarahcarlsonetc on instagram

Thursday, April 3, 2014

optical illusion face paintings

I'm sure by now you've all seen the Roy Lichenstein inspired halloween costumes {similar to the picture above} but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this series. Russian artists have turned model's faces into incredible optical illusions with face paint. Titled "2D or Not 2D", the vision is to make three dimensional faces appear two dimensional using a combination of techniques such as face painting, studio photography and careful retouching. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cheese Wheel Chart

I love cheese, but I definitely am not a connoisseur. When it comes to the types and varieties I'm lost, so I love the idea of having this "Charted Cheese Wheel" poster hanging up in the kitchen or dining room. It's fun to peruse and would be super helpful for parties ;)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DIY Surprise Envelopes

Spring is on the way, so why not spread some cheer with these surprise envelopes! Follow the steps below to make your own. 
We used scraps of wall paper for our inserts, but you could use anything you like. 

Trace the 'flap' section of the envelope. Cut out with x-acto knife. Apply glue to back of paper. 
Slide into envelope. Press firmly for glue to adhere. Crease envelope at top at flap and let dry.