Take the Plunge

Have you ever been shopping online or standing in a store, seen a shirt and just had an AHA moment? A moment where you are absolutely certain that this thing was made for you? The angels are singing, the birds are chirping and that shirt is coming home with you?  Have you ever then gone home, put on the shirt and just felt deflated at the total disconnect? Sometimes what looked fantastic on the model just doesn’t translate to your body type. Sometimes that particular color or pattern doesn’t flatter (or in my pale case, makes you look like a walking corpse… shout out to all the white clothes I think are cute but really wash me out). Sometimes you were just feeling boho that day but in reality that’s not your style. It happens. The same is true of design.

Recently I’ve been catching up on blogs galore and a few things have stuck out to me: making decisions is hard. It takes trial and error to find the perfect fit for you. Design is an intensely personal thing. It’s influenced by so many different factors. These can include everything from look to budget to lighting to durability to what’s on sale. And that’s before you even factor in tastes and needs of the other people in your household. It can be tricky. And that’s ok.

Never be scared to make  a change to your space. It’s your home. You spend so much cumulative time there… why shouldn’t you enjoy it? If you can take a chance on that shirt, you can take a chance on your home! Try that paint color; the worst that happens is you have a good laugh and then you repaint. Change up your furniture if you don’t love it… that’s why the internet invented Craigslist. Somewhere out there, someone is going to love that piece. If something doesn’t make you happy, help make your life easier… then bite the bullet. Admit your ‘white shirt’ isn’t for you. You love blue anyways.

Take the risk

Pretty much the only white I’ve ever loved… and it’s ivory!

Trash vs Treasure 

I admire minimalists. I do. To have that superpower must be amazing. It is not something I have ever possessed.

Here’s my confession: I like stuff.

I am a collector, a curator if you want to make it sound classier. A hoarder if you aren’t feeling so charitable. I find comfort in having the familiar around me. And my familiar happens to be more than most. As a young girl, I collected rocks and anything to do with cats. As an adult, I still have these collections…and then you when add in artwork, my grandmother’s tea sets,  oh so many books and whatever else catches my eye, you have a lot more boxes to unpack after moving.  This doesn’t even account for the fact that my husband is also a major collector. He has comic books galore; he owns statues and figures and sports memorabilia out to wazoo.  Everyone has their “thing.” The key comes in figuring out how best to display the items that you’re passionate about.

This tendency to collect is something I have and will continue to struggle to accept about myself. It’s not a bad trait, but sometimes I get so caught up in how much stuff I have that I forget the joy of certain pieces and the reasons I fell in love in the first place (usually when I need to dust, if I’m fully honest). Collecting is all well and good. A well-displayed collection can be a focal point and conversation piece in any space. It can add interest, bring joy (or horror depending on the collection) and just plain look cool… if it’s well edited.

This month I’ve tried to focus on how to display my collections in a way that brings us happiness every day. My husband’s collections are more extensive than mine and one of our biggest challenges as we blended our belongings was finding ways to organize and display all our stuff in a cohesive way. Honestly I think this will be a lifelong puzzle.

Here are some ideas that we’ve fallen in love with:

The options for displaying collections  seem endless because there are just so many different paths you could take. You really can go many directions. The biggest thing to remember is to you make sure to enjoy the process. Drop a comment telling me what you like to collect and why… let’s compare tips!

 

Moving On Up

We’ve officially been in our new apartment for about 3 weeks, and it’s really starting to feel like home. Many boxes are unpacked, we’ve started getting some art up on the wall, and the place looks a little less like a fire hazard. 

What’s your first priority when you move in somewhere? For us it was clothes and the kitchen. Those we had up and away in a hot minute. I gotta admit, I just unpacked the majority of our bathroom stuff today. Why do we own so many products when we only use a few? Life’s questions. 

Here’s a few photos of what we started out with. I can’t wait to share what we do with this place long term. 




I love all the windows in this place. The gray brings a calming effect and some instant atmosphere that we adore. It feels like home already.

It’s time for the Honeymoon: Year 2!

2017 with a Vengeance 

Just a quick drop by to assure everyone that I still exist and I’m still ready to rock this year. After some careful thought I decided to take a step back over the holiday season and try to simplify. Working in retail, last year felt like I missed out on some of the most important aspects of the holidays and I wasn’t ready to do that again. Now that Christmas has passed and New Year’s and this year’s snow day… I feel ready to attack what’s coming in 2017 with a vengeance. 

Today is my best friend’s birthday and to celebrate we are going thrifting to find treasures for her new house. Who else can say their Thursday will be this fun?  

Photo cred to Google

Holiday Cards are here!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Week! I’m excited to say that Moqqup Studios is ready to launch this year’s holiday cards and we can’t wait to show you!

We have created 5×7″ Holiday Cards featuring 6 different hand-painted watercolor designs that have been digitally reproduced on high quality linen paper stock so that no detail is lost. Each card is blank on the inside, making them ideal for your personalized holiday message.

The six designs include a Wreath, 2 types of Holiday Ornaments, a Holly Branch, a Snowman, and a fabulous Christmas Tree.

If you are interested please check out here!

 

Finally Friday: Pumpkin Enticement

Is anyone else struggling with the temptation to stop at every pumpkin patch they pass on the side of the road? Even the mini displays in Bilo and Publix are catching my eye left and right.

Due to the heat wave that is South Carolina Weather, we have held off on any jack-o-lantern carving so that we don’t have a giant pile of rotting vegetables to deal with. To appease myself, I’ve been researching all sorts of different pumpkin decor. Check out some of these fab options: 

1) Pierced pumpkins: this option gets bonus points for letting me play with power tools. Here are some tutorials from HomeTalk and Instructables

So simple, but impactful


2) Painted Pumpkins: I’ve been a fan of painting pumpkins for a few years now. Usually I buy a few of the mini pumpkins each season and paint a new design. These last for weeks and can stretch well into your Thanksgiving decor. 

This was my own painted pumpkin from a few years ago. Excuse the poor lighting & newspaper backdrop. Pretty sure I took this photo at roughly 2am before the paint was even dry!


Martha Stewart has posted a variety of tutorials and inspirational images for creating a painted pumpkin that suits your style. 

This stained glass inspired pumpkin could be adapted to match any color scheme

Chalk paint came into play to turn these pumpkins into a traditionally styled accent

3) This awesome pumpkin cake : I realize this isn’t made from pumpkins, but it looks like a pumpkin and is awesome. Think of the comments you could get at parties!

Don’t you just want to dig right in?

4) Succulant Planters: If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen that I’ve gotten a little plant-happy in the apartment. While this is great for indoor air quality, sometimes you need to jazz up your planters for something more seasonably appropriate. Better Homes and Gardens posted a super easy-to-follow tutorial on how to create these little beauties.

Wouldn’t this be fabulous in the center of your dining room table?

5) Tissue Paper Pumpkins: this idea appealed to me because it would be such a fun craft to do with kids. You can’t go wrong with your designs and you still get your hands a little dirty. Gift of Curiousity posted this cute idea that came up on my Pinterest feed. 

I love the texture!

His and Hers, but mostly Hers

Recently a friend asked me if my bedroom is how I would have pictured it being five years ago. While the question threw me for a loop, I had to conclude that it’s not. For one, I can’t say my mental design scheme originally included my husband’s style. He’s drawn to sleek and modern whereas I’m a little more traditional. As we hadn’t met 5 years ago, I can safely say I would have pictured my space going a totally different direction.

If I had drawn it out way back when, I would have to say I would picture my bedroom ending up somewhere more like this: 


I am definitely not afraid of color and I just adore this watercolor inspired rug. Plus, think what an awesome job that would do at hiding nail polish spills. Bonus points.

I am a sucker for a good chandelier (and I can promise you, Chris and I are destined for many discussions over light fixtures because our tastes couldn’t be more polar opposite). This chandelier is fun, flirty, but has enough subtlety not to overpower the relaxing purpose of a bedroom. 

So here I am with this flirty and feminine bedroom design and a husband who just quirks a brow and gives me a “Look.”

What’s a girl to do?

Finally Friday

This week’s post is going to deviate slightly from the typical. Half the coast is hunkering down in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, half my state united this week in support of a little boy who wanted to be a superhero. It’s been inspiring to watch so many people from so many walks of life unite. 

It feels trivial to post about art and design when so many powerful things are happening out there. Maybe that’s what people need though. Sometimes, the constant social media posts can get very overwhelming and it’s easy to get bogged down. It’s important to remember to take a break once in awhile and do something just for yourself, just to bring a little joy into the world. 

So shut your phone, turn off your tv. Go for a walk. Hug your dog. Do some yoga. 

And enjoy your weekend!

Friday Five: Craft Edition

To kick off the autumn season, I tried to gather together some craft ideas that I’ve seen recently and can’t wait to try!

1) I love this pumpkin tic tac toe game by Blue I Style. How cute would this be on the coffee table? I love decor that can also double as a way to entertain any little ones.

While this tray is store bought, it would be a simple DIY

Added bonus: think how easy this would be to convert for the holidays! So many possibilities!

2) I couldn’t pick just one, so here’s a whole bevy of fall-themed wreaths from A Blissful Nest for you to pick between. One day I will have enough spots in my home for one of each. That’s a normal goal right?

So many pretties!

3) I love sweaters. They are warm and cozy and… really odd to fanticize about when it’s 80 degrees outside. But I do have several old sweaters that I’ve been hanging onto since last winter and I’m glad I did because now I can try my hand at these little gems from Stonegable Blog. Adorable and recycled!

I just want to start cutting up all the sweater we own

Really, you could do this with any type of fabric. Somewhere in the depths of Pinterest I saw a burlap pumpkin version. Your choices are endless. Though don’t go for your husband’s favorite sweater. He gets offended for some reason. Men.

Who can understand them?

4) Many autumn decor inspiration posts feature front porch ideas and I am no different (we’ll ignore my lack of a porch). This idea from At The Picket Fence is eye-catching and would be super simple to put together. Plus, no rotting pumpkin to clean up. Bonus.

Such a cute way to dress up your front door

5) We still have a lot of what we call “flower books” around the house from the wedding decor palooza, so you know I had to include a paper project. This banner idea from Lia Griffith would be fun draped all over the house.

I love the rich jewel tones of this garland, but you could use any style paper and still get gorgeous results.

This is a craft that would make a great family project. You could write messages or things you’re thankful for on the back in preparation for Thanksgiving (and let’s be honest, we could all use a little more gratitude in our lives). It’s the craft that keeps on giving!
I hope y’all feel as ready to grab your glue gun and glitter as I am… get crafting!