The ladder of the two.

For more closet inspiration… Err… outside of the closet.. Here is a great DIY for you to try out. I think it would be pretty awesome on a wall to organize and display what you’ll be wearing in the upcoming days.

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And can I just be a nerd for a second and be excited about how I posted this from my new iPad?!?

Mexico was a dream. I’ll post pictures later. since I still have yet to manage to unpack.
Xoxo, k.

sneak peek into my home office.

Moving pretty much just sucks. And as much as I love interior decoration, it can definitely be a struggle to find time to decorate and redesign with the normal everyday responsibilities keeping you busy (and having an everyday budget to work with!). When Clint and I moved into our new home, we were thrilled. Mainly because it had a reliable hot water source and ceiling fans in every room… luxuries that we didn’t have at our old place. But along with warm showers also came more space. Over DOUBLE the space. While this has been more wonderful than I can say, it also posed the problem of filling the space. I like my house to be nice and homey (read: knick-knacky and crowded), so with a small budget and a big home, I was up for a challenge. But if deal hunting were an Olympic sport, I sure would have won a gold for America.

One of my favorite things about our home is that I get to have my own office. I work from home alot. From graphic design, to the blogging world, to my endless list of art projects I am working on, it’s an absolute blessing to have my own space to create and… well.. completely mess up with acrylic paint.

First step: get rid of the beige walls. Carpet and beige walls are the death of me, and so I did what any girl on a low budget could do in this situation: PAINT EVERYTHING.

I painted the walls first in a very light blue. This was an adventure that I (the ADD child) stupidly brilliantly decided was a good project to begin at 1am one night and didn’t sleep until it was completely finished… the next day at 6pm. I also gave my dresser, that was formerly lime green (don’t judge my 7th grade taste), a face lift with a new coat of coral paint and new pulls.

I am far from done, but here is a sneak peak into my creative space.

This is a picture of my office before: a week after we had moved in.

And now:

I bought these old spools from a flea market stand that was selling various industrial supplies from an old factory.

I frame various things. My favorite thing to do is frame things that are typically not framed.

The top left picture is a print on top of a piece of tapestry that I received as a wedding present.

Top right is something I tore out of a book.

Bottom left is a piece of tissue paper that was wrapped around some stationary I bought from Kate Spade. I fell in love with the pattern and the color matched perfectly with the dresser it’s hanging over!

Tip: Even when you have a small gallery of pictures that are framed, don’t be afraid to just tape something that you love with them. It adds some character! I took the polaroid of Clint at a Star Wars watching party we had, and wanted to hang it somewhere. I used some patterned washi tape to hold it up. I use patterned tape on EVERYTHING. You can find all kinds on Etsy and Amazon, if you’re interested.

I like finding little places in our home to inspire me. I taped this picture on the inside of my office door so it’s the last thing I see before I walk out of my creative space and into the world.

I needed to find a way to keep my obsession with stationary organized. I bought this wooden box from Hobby Lobby, and painted “cards” on it with some stencils. I keep my favorite letters from people, cards that I have made, and random stationary/post cards that I have picked up over time.

This bookshelf is made from some vintage folding crates. It’s the perfect size to hold some of my design favorites and keep my sketch books, journals, and work notebooks together.

I get a lot of questions about where I bought my lamp from and they are always surprised at my answer: target. I bought it as a empty glass and filled it with painted driftwood. I put a burlap lamp shade on it to give it a warm glow, and it lights up the wood beautifully!

This vase single handedly inspired the color scheme of my office. I loved the coral and light blue together: hence my blue walls and coral dresser. The vase is from Anthropologie and then I took some branches from outside and wound them with yarn. For the tutorial I did over this: check here.

I love having a big empty frame to hang up little bits of what is currently inspiring me. I bought it from a boutique. It was actually used to display some hanging clothes, and I asked the owner if I could buy the frame from her since I loved it so much. I finally convinced her into letting me buy it and now it’s one of my favorite pieces in my office!

I am now moving on to the living room, but will keep you posted with more before and afters.

I’m off to Mexico tomorrow for the next week with my man, so it’s off to my to-do list that is a mile long. Including getting waxed for the first time. Ouch.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Leave me love. ❤

XOXO, k.

Separated or together?

Speaking of closets: I have been told that the key to a good relationship is to have separate ones. When Clint and I moved into our new home, there was plenty of storage space for us to have different closets. At our last place, we had a matchbox of a closet that had both of our clothes piled on each other and  hangers were a treasured commodity which we were continually stealing from each other. Having my own closet is heaven. I am pretty particular about closets, so to have full reign over my wardrobe is wonderful. But sometimes I miss when we’d both be picking out our outfits for the day together. Now I have to walk into a completely different room to gently advise him to maybe not wear those shoes on our date. But in general, I think having our own space is great for our relationship… and I know he enjoys not being nagged to pick up his socks.

I have also heard that sleeping in a king size bed can be bad for your relationship because you don’t even have to touch while you’re sleeping. I can agree with that. Clint and I still sleep in my full sized bed that I had when I was a kid, and it’s perfect for us. We get to (read: forced to) cuddle all night unless we want to end up on the floor. I really do believe that it keeps us physically and emotionally close to be all curled up on each other every night.

Your thoughts? Better to be separated or share everything?

Now on to closet lusting:

XOXO, k.

lover of quirks and stories.

You know me. Lover of anything that is quirky or houses a story. I love that worn, earthy feel of a house that just begs you to come in and feel at home. I love beaten up furniture and crisp walls. I love a home that looks like a million bucks, but doesn’t strive to impress with grandeur. I love things that have the perfect amount of mismatch and imperfection. I love the playfulness and self expression in a home that is there for the inhabitants, not the guests. And I love these pictures of these absolutely lovely homes. Sigh.

 

 

Happy monday.

xoxo, k.

work space

Home offices are one of those things that can be easily over-looked, over-crowded, and under-decorated. For most creative people, this is where their greatest work comes from (second being on the couch with a burning hot laptop on your legs), yet most offices are just thrown together. Well, I want to be more intentional with my next office. My office now (shared with Clint), is full of paints, paper, chords, unfinished projects, and chick fil a cups. With no real organization or theme, it can really dampen the inspiration. So here are some pictures that I am currently musing over:

To check out the rest of the offices that I compiled together, you can look here. (And repin them if you’re a pintrest typa’ gal.)

xoxo, k.

loft lusting

Design Sponge is one of my ultimate go-to’s for everything from DIY to interiors. Here is a loft they recently featured that has got me all google-eyed.

How wonderful is that home? It makes me want a home with a brick wall and wood floors. (Why is there even CARPET anymore?! ahhh!!!) I love the way they took everyday objects and made them come together into a creative, welcome home. It makes me want to brew up some coffee, grab my laptop, and settle right in.

To check out the story behind this house, click here.

Happy monday.

xoxo, k.