Category Archives: architecture

Bathroom – Before & After


I am slowly but surely finishing up the home decor in our new home.  Surprisingly, I got most of it done in the first few weeks after moving (huge thanks to my mom for the help).  I have a few things left to do:

  • Window Coverings – I am threatening to make these so be on the lookout.
  • House Plants – I could use some greenery in the house.
  • Front Entry – Plants & Decor
  • Framed Bulletin Board – This is on my list to make myself.  Stay tuned.
  • Laundry Room – Needs something!
  • Garage – Forget it…not mine!

That is pretty much it.  Today, I crossed one item off of the list.  This was the second bathroom which has been waiting for me to find just the right color combination of towels.  I wanted something different and colorful.  Today, at Target, I found it.  Enjoy the before and after photos.  Super simple update that took less than 20 minutes.  I already owned the framed prints which worked perfect in the bathroom.



New Shower Curtain & Towels & Few Touches of Turquoise on the Counter

Floor Candles, Photos

 Quick and simple…I ❤ Target!!!

Have a great week.


Split Personality


I think I might suffer from split personalities. I find myself intrigued and energized by city life yet often long for the peaceful quiet of the countryside on small town America.

I have spent the last few days in one of my favorite cities, Chicago. This city has a special energy that is hard to ignore. It is full of life, culture and history. It is vibrant and calm at the same time. There are details of this city that I fall in love with again and again with each visit. Everything is accessible by foot or via city transportation, And, to all of you who are going to say it…I will beat you to it. Yes, I know it is September and there is no windchill below zero. I still love this city below zero. 🙂

And, then there is small-town America. For me, I start with San Luis Obispo which has quaint charm and great college memories. Within miles, you can dip your toes in the pacific or take in the rolling hills that make up the countryside. These hills fill color each year between March and May which will take your breath away. There is a simple charm to the city that slows everything down and seems to make life’s priorities become clearer.

I wonder if we all have this type of split personality or is just me? The reality is that I have lived in the ‘burbs for most of my life…somewhere in between the city and the country. Would it be possible for me to live in one or the other instead of both? I would like to try both at some point in my life. I imagine a small town cottage at the same type I think about a small city studio where a car is no longer even needed for daily life. Both are equally inspiring to me.

Are you city or country? What inspires you and what do you daydream about?


“Structured” Inspiration


Since fall is not coming anytime soon (it’s 100 degrees outside), then I will distract myself with other inspirations.  Some of my strongest inspirations come from structures.  I have not yet figured out how to translate this inspiration into a creation.  But, I am thinking that over time I will figure it out.  So, I will continue collecting images of structures that speak to me.  There are many things that inspire me in these structures…

  • The careful execution of the creation and the craftsmanship.
  • The shapes whether they are angular and simple or flowing and ornate.
  • The colors; I tend to be drawn to a full spectrum of colors but often find myself in love with the saturated hues.
  • The materials used.  I like the juxtaposition of materials and how they can be blended together to make magic.
Above all else, I am fascinated by the “how”.  Kind of the proverbial “where did I come from question” expanded.  I am always wondering how something went together, how it was constructed, how things were actually made and who did it.  I want to know the story, the false starts, the type of person who created and constructed and what they were thinking during the process.  I tend to take something like this and weave a careful story about the person, the people, their family and their lives.  I am not sure why I do it, but it’s how I think.  I am intrigued and a story is woven with little snippets that I observe or just the shear feeling I have in the moment.

These are just a few of the images that I have collected over time.  There are structures that I realize I have left out including bridges – love them.  And, the great opera house in Sydney, Australia which I have had the opportunity to see in person.  Just like everything else, I continue to collect these images on my pinterest page.

The reality is that we are surrounded by these structures.  Maybe they are not as obvious and bold as the images above, but they are everywhere.  While it may be a goal to see all these amazing places in person, it should also be a goal to see the inspiration in the things that we come across everyday.  What are the everyday things that inspire you?

Be Inspired