Tuesday Things – Decorating with Radiant Orchid

I’m sure you’ve heard that the Pantone color of the year is “Radiant Orchid”. In theory, I am completely in love with the color. But I don’t have the first idea as to how to decorate with Radiant Orchid – and I’m not convinced it would work in the palette of my home. But, that’s not to say I can’t browse the web for some amazing inspiration!


I ADORE this painted office chair that Traci from Beneath My Heart made using the Pantone color of the year. And that office space – wow. So fresh & cheerful!


This space from Sköna Hem magazine is so sweet & charming – and the little pop of radiant orchid in that floor pillow is perfect!


It can feel formal and romantic:


Yet radiant orchid can also make for a fun & playful accent color. I love the juxtaposition of rustic & modern in this dining room:


What do you think? Could you see yourself incorporating “Radiant Orchid” into your home decor? Although I’m on the fence, I do have a little test pot of the Pantone paint sitting in my closet – I’m sure I’ll think of something fun to do with it!


My Work Essentials & A Short Break!

Hi there, friends! It’s another snowy morning here in Sochi on the east coast. After a relaxing day off (thanks, presidents!), I am gearing up for a MAJOR week on the work front (my full time teaching/music directing job(s) that actually pay the bills, unlike my little crafting/blogging hobbies!) Most weeks are easily 50+ hours at work/doing work things, but this week will really top the charts. And, to further complicate things, I’m trying to kick a nasty cold.

So, to preserve my sanity, I will be taking the rest of the week (and likely a portion of next week) off from the blog. I’ve really been making an effort to be more consistent with my posting & projects, so rather than simply disappearing (as I’ve done in the past), I wanted to give you, my lovely readers, a heads up. I wouldn’t want anybody feeling abandoned!

Before I go, I thought I would share a few of my essential needs for keeping myself organized, motivated, and on the ball when things get particularly stressful at work.


The one personal belonging that I seriously could not live without is my MacBook. I don’t know what people did before they had computers, and truly – I don’t even want to know. My MacBook Pro is my number one tool for work, blogging, and communicating with the world. And, though not pictured here, my iPhone works as an extension of my computer (with the added bonus of access to my favorite game, Plants Vs. Zombies 2).


Though I am meticulous with my Google Calendar (which is synced to my laptop & phone), I have always taken great comfort in organizing my schedule in a physical planner as well. It eases my mind, and my 2014 planner is quite possibly the greatest planner I have ever owned. The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley is attractive, sturdy, and meets all of my organizing/planning needs (plus a few needs I did not even know that I had). In the words of Lady Mary… GOLLY I love it so.


No matter how busy you get, a little desk candy can never hurt. When I get super busy, I go into ‘conquer-the-world’ mode. (Basically I just get super intense & attack everything with a laser-beam-like focus.)  And really, who can conquer the world without cute office accessories?


So, I am off to conquer – but I wish you a wonderful remainder of your week!


I’ll see you soon!


Pina ColadaImage via Pinterest // Design by Laura of Some Kind of Lovely Ride

Some important words of wisdom for your Thursday – from the hilarious genius that is Ellen DeGeneres. Anyone else craving a pina colada & summertime right about now?

I spend my days/life in constant search of balance. Balance between work and everything else. Balance between healthy meal choices and that second serving of dessert. Attempting to accept that my life will be full of both good and bad, and that all I can do is roll with the punches. It’s a good thing that pina coladas exist in this world. And it’s an even better thing that I can look at my life & recognize that the good FAR outweighs the bad.

Good luck finding that balance in YOUR day!

Tuesday Things

~ Inspiration & eye-candy from around the web ~

This Space

5bb2e9e3e922b291c3e7dc91decae8a8Peaceful, serene & white-on-white magic. I will go here in my dreams tonight. {via}

This DIY

jan-DIYs-290I am in love with this minimalist & unique display of a West Elm pendant cord. {via}

This Dessert

Edited-6485-682x1024Banana pudding with salted caramel. Just… wow.  {via}

What has sparked your fancy this week?

Hello Again, World

It’s been several months since I’ve shared my little life snippets, projects & stories here in my little corner of the blogosphere. My self-imposed hiatus was filled with the ups and downs of life, and for a while my heart just wasn’t in the writing. Increased demands at work and less personal time for crafting and decorating also contributed to my break.

But with the cooler, rejuvenating air of autumn greeting me today, I finally felt that little spark in me urging me to rejoin the land of blog. I’m back – and ready to hit the ground running with projects and photos. I expect my posting will still be a bit less frequent than before (thanks to those day-job demands I mentioned), but I hope to again find a rhythm that suits me – as I attempt to bring inspiration and joy to your computer screen!

To start, I want to share with you some of the amazing blogs I’ve still been reading, even on my own break from writing. Talk about inspiring…

Bliss at Home

Kristen’s design & lifestyle blog is one of the few that I receive to my email every day (rather than check in through RSS feed). I absolutely love her laid back style & budget friendly but stylish design choices. This month, I particularly loved her quick tribal painted pumpkin DIY. The design reminded me of the Campland font I used in our wedding day invites – reminiscent of girl scout camping trips and S’mores – but trendy enough to feel Nate Burkus – ish.


Lacquer & Linen

I am pretty much obsessed with Sarah’s decorating style over at Lacquer & Linen. Her home entryway, decked out for fall in this home tour post, is so cozy & chic. I’m in love with the color palette and the mix of textures. I love a little bit of gold mixed in with neutrals and outdoorsy elements… yum yum!


Decor and the Dog

I love reading Decor and the Dog for two reasons – one being Michelle’s awesomely creative projects, and two being all the pictures of her adorable dog Ike. Anyone who shares such devotion for their four legged friend is a kindred spirit in my book. I’m dying to try making Michelle’s Pumpkin Spice Sugar Body Scrub – I feel like I can smell it through the computer screen!

Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

So, while I haven’t been writing – I’ve been doing plenty of reading & getting loads of inspiration from these lady bloggers who are much more talented than I… so I suggest you click those links & check ’em out – you won’t be disappointed!

I, in the meantime, will be working on shaking out the past few months of silence & vying once again for a place in your morning blog feed! Thanks for sticking with me!

Inspire ~ Create

Recently I came across the wonderfully eclectic, vintage & sweet designs of Pick Up Sticks Jewelry – the handmade creations of cousins Sabrina and Glena.

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the two sides of my new Inspire ~ Create charm. I love the vintage prints & typography and the inspirational sentiment.


In the online shop you can find a huge collection of beautiful charms featuring vintage photos and lovely words. They can be mixed and matched – so you can “DIY” your own perfect piece of jewelry art!


I hope you’re feeling inspired today, too!


New Workspace // Finishing Touches

For those of you following along with me as I took a cluttered & underused part of our bedroom and transformed it into a colorful & inspirational workspace & reading nook: I’m calling it done!

We went from here:


To here!

FinishedOfficeI organized like crazy, shredding & tossing old paperwork and delegating some items to the “garage sale pile”, so that I could de-clutter the room. My important paperwork is neatly sorted in the file box to the left of the desk, and I switched out the boring black filing cart for a pretty new bookcase from Target’s new Threshold line (Carson 2-shelf Bookcase).

ReadingNookThe sight of that organized bookcase practically makes me giddy. I SO hope to keep it looking this nice! I’ve already spent a few peaceful afternoons lounging in this little reading nook, which gets great sunlight. Recovering that chair in pretty new fabric was the inspiration I needed to turn this room into a place I could enjoy just as much as our living room.

BookshelfOn top of the bookcase are a few fun items – a daily journal I’ve been attempting to keep, a ceramic white mason jar (purchased at The Farmhouse Store) filled with burlap flowers that I made back when I was experimenting with wedding ideas, and a pretty shadowbox (West Elm).

ShadowboxInside are the flowers I wore in my hair on my wedding day, along with the note that came with the beautiful bouquet of flowers my husband sent to me, and an Instagram shot of a fortune cookie slip.

FinishedRoomSince my last progress post, where I talked about the Martha Stewart Wall Organizing System and the artwork on the right hand wall, as well as the gorgeous Laura Trevey watercolors above the desk, I’ve added three more pieces of art in a set of matching 8×8 frames.


(Side note – I am terrible at getting good photos of hanging artwork – there’s always a glare on the glass! Argh!) Anyway, the top row on this wall now features two prints that we bought at IKEA several years ago – the bird & the leaves, and a new piece in the middle that I am completely in love with.

photo (7)If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my ‘gram of this awesome print from Penelope & Pip – “Our Love Song“. I love this illustration for SO many reasons.  I love that she is playing the tuba (or baritone?) – I played both. And I’m not ashamed. I love the sentiment, “our love song is the best love song ever” – especially because when it comes to me & the hubs, our “love song” is a semi-hilarious inside joke. (And our second love song, which we danced to at our wedding, makes me tear up every time!)

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I loved this print when I ordered it. Upon receiving it, I loved it even more. Penelope & Pip is such a fantastic blog & shop. I love all of Rachael‘s posts, wise words, and the images she’s been sharing on the interwebs from her recent wedding. She’s SUCH a talented & creative artist! I’m more than a little bit obsessed. And when this lovely print arrived with it’s cute little card featuring a shout-out to Joni Mitchell, my lifelong female musician crush/addiction, I was forever hooked. You’ve got a new but loyal fan over her, Rachael!

The last little touch that helped to bring the whole space together was adding some fabric underneath the glass top on this desk.

FabricDesktopThe fabric is Claridge Jacquard Moon Power, and I simply cut a piece (using my measuring mat/fabric cutter) and placed it under the protective glass top of the desk. If you missed it, here is a description of all my fun office/desk supplies that live in easy-access position out on the desk.

CalendarAnd just today I added my favorite calendar (an office essential!) to the wall – from Curly Girl Designs. April is my birthday-month, and I am completely in love with the April design!

Overall I am thrilled with the improvements to this space – and I can see lots of productive & creative work sessions in my future!