Saturday, 26 July 2014

Here's what I'm thinking...

The other day I shared that my boyfriend and I are planning on moving out of our current home in the somewhat near future. I've been brainstorming what sort of 'look' I want our new place to have, and I pulled together a bunch of inspiration images. 

We will be downsizing significantly from a large 4-bed, 2-bath home to a 1 or 2-bedroom, 1 or 2 bath apartment. We want to embrace William Morris' guidance ("Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful") and purge ourselves of everything that's just STUFF before the big move. This way, we'll love everything in the home and will have space to replace the STUFF with things we truly love--even if it means we watch TV sitting on the floor until we find the perfect sofa :)

All that being said, here's the general look we're shooting for:

Products for the new house

Lots of neutrals and nature-inspired tones, like wood, metal, plants, etc. I want to keep things simple but beautiful, and I want to feel relaxed when I enter my home.

What do you think of our approach to moving?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

New home lookbook

My boyfriend and I are moving in a few months and I'm getting excited to design our new home. We've always lived with roommates, so this will be our first opportunity to create a home entirely our own. 

I, of course, am going overboard pinning my little heart out, while my boyfriend occasionally vetoes or approves 'inspiration images.' Such as: 

Here's the overall thought process:
  • Light, bright, and white
  • Nature-inspired, with lots of black and white, wood, and mixed metals
  • Lots of plants
  • Mostly neutral, especially in the large pieces, with color brought through art and textiles in nature tones--blues and greens

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Quick Design: Beautiful Rugs

I was perusing RugsUsa the other day (as one does around the holidays--crraaaaaaazy deals!) and came across several rugs that were too beautiful not to acknowledge in a post.

Here's a quick design around my three favorites:

Quick Design: Pretty Rugs

Happy long weekend everyone!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Year-Long Clothing Budget Update: June Purchases

May completely flew by for me--I can't believe it's already time for another closet budget update!

As a quick refresher, this year I outlined my clothing budget to add closet basics to my wardrobe each month, putting together a list of items I need to help fill in the holes in my closet and assigning each item to a particular month of the year. I've capped each month's budget at $200 total. Here's what my calendar looks like:

Year-long Closet Budget

And here's what I ended up with this month:

July 2014 purchases

Price: $28 (on sale from $50 )
Notes: I've been on the lookout for a comfortable, basic black pump for ages. I picked these up at Nordstrom Rack; they're nothing special, but they are the 'little black dress' of my shoe collection--they go with everything.

Price: $13
Notes: I know what you're thinking--gasp, this is how you tell us you're pregnant? No, no it's not. I have a secret for you: Target's maternity section has great hidden gems for us non-preggo's too. The only difference between this maternity tank and their similar non-maternity versions is that this one is a bit longer and softer--win/win for me :)

June Budget Total:
$41 for $63 worth of items
Over/under on June $200 budget: -$159
Over/under for the year since March: -$580.96 (under budget by two items)

Since I had room in the budget, I supplemented my closet a bit with warm-weather items. 
Although not on the official list, I added these fun printed shorts from Francesca's ($38) to my wardrobe and have been rocking them with tanks, tees, and light sweaters. I've also been riding my bike to work a few times a week, so I need easy outfits that don't wrinkle in my bike bag. I bought theeee most comfortable short-sleeve dress from Target and have worn it 3 times since Thursday...but can't find it online! The pattern is similar to this one. $25. Lastly, my favorite black Old Navy capris that lasted shockingly long (like, multiple years being worn multiple times a month) finally bit the dust. I replaced them with these Athleta Chaturanga capris, which are the capri version of the long black ones I love so much. On sale for $40 today.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Quick Home Design: Neutral Abode

Although I love immersing myself in interior design, sometimes I get a bit of 'inspiration overload' to the point that nothing is inspiring anymore--does that make sense?

In an effort to counteract this feeling, I'd like to start to start posting some quick designs--pulling together room ideas without thinking too hard on them. Here's my first stab at that:

Quick home design

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Summer 2014 Capsule Wardrobe: Inspired by Gaby of the Vault Files

If you were to ask me to name one person whose wardrobe I'd most like to steal, with very little hesitation I'd probably name Gaby Burger of the Vault Files.  Her style is deceptively simple yet always put-together, she never looks like she's trying too hard yet is perfectly dressed for the occasion, and without fail whenever I see something on Pinterest or Instagram that I want...she's the one who posted it.

Thus, I thought for my Summer 2014 Capsule Wardrobe I'd pull together a closet inspired by Ms. Burger's style. First let's take a peek at the style I'm talkin' (all photo credits per Gaby's Instagram).

Screen shots wardrobe

As you can see, Gaby's style is very consistent with several themes appearing in her outfits (in fact, see an explanation of her style DNA in her own words here). I'd say her style is made up of the following things:

  • pattern mixing: spots go with stripes go with florals...etc.
  • mostly neutrals paired with very select colors
  • texture plays heavy into bringing interest to basics, as does layering layering layering
  • statement necklaces serve to further jazz up basics
  • shoes are either flats or amazing statement heels
  • common themes: stripes, eyelet, leather, dots, leopard, and chambray
  • classic with a twist
Here's my own spin on how Gaby's style can translate into a summer capsule wardrobe:

Gaby Burger Capsule Wardrobe

For my spring 2014 capsule wardrobe, I organized things based on staples, colors, and patterns. This time around, I picked common themes from Gaby's own wardrobe and selected a wardrobe item for each theme: denim, white, and black as the major colors, and stripes, leopard, and nature as the patterns.

Given the easy mix-and-matchability of these themes, the possibilities for remixing your wardrobe are virtually endless:

Gaby Burger Outfit Options

I think I could pretty happily live all summer with the items from this capsule wardrobe.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Summer stillness: home and closet

With the arrival of summer comes the desire to reduce everything in my life to the least common denominator. Life gets simpler, dressing gets easier, and 'decor items' become clutter when the sun finally shines its warm light.

All of the above images imbue a certain mood, I think, one of stillness, relaxation, and wallowing in the summer sun. Hits of wood, camel tones, leather, mixed metals, and white are brought to life with greenery and mellow florals.

If I were to recreate that ambience in my home and closet, it might look a little something like this:

Summer stillness

What mood are you in lately?