Love It Monday

Love It Monday is a new feature geared to getting the week started on a positive note.

This Monday I’m loving:

Painted Dressers

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by swanketyswank via Flickr

by swanketyswank via Flickr

by swanketyswank via Flickr

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by swanketyswank via Flickr

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Inspiration Friday: Recession Edition

I found out yesterday that the very tiny company I work for will soon be starting layoffs. It could be “any day now.” Yikes. I am one of three people who could potentially be let go. We don’t know when it is coming. We don’t know how many of us will lose our jobs. I should definitely be freaking out–and in many ways I am–but I’m trying to remain positive by reminding myself that I was only going to be at this job until I finished massage therapy school anyway and that my current position is hardly my employment ideal. So today I’m feeling inspired by all of the things I’d rather being doing than working for this company. Granted, if I’m let go I won’t have the financial resources to do some of these things, but they serve as a nice reminder that my job is just a job, not the source of happiness and inspiration in my life.

Spend a month in Nerja, Spain

It looks so beautiful!

by MarsW via Flickr

by MarsW via Flickr

by MacieJMaximilian via Flickr

by MacieJMaximilian via Flickr

Fill my closet with gorgeous spring apparel

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Start my own massage therapy business

Paint one room in the new house a bold, daring color

Not sure my husband is inspired to do the same, though!

via Domino

via Domino

via Domino

via Domino

via Domino

via Domino

Devote an entire weekend to nothing but reading, preferably while sitting out in the sun

by miyagisan via Flickr

by miyagisan via Flickr

Take a midday nap while it’s raining outside

by vanstaffs via Flickr

by vanstaffs via Flickr

Fly to Chicago and just spend a week laughing it all off with my fabulous sister

by crazyfunkycool via Etsy

by crazyfunkycool via Etsy

Clustered Frames

I definitely want to devote at least one wall in our new house (maybe in the bedroom?) to a cluster of framed photos and artwork. I think the effect is fantastic, especially when used sparingly and in direct contrast to a mostly blank wall with just one or two larger framed pictures.

Desire to Inspire; A Cup of Jo; decor8; A Cup of Jo; decor8; decorology; Design*Sponge; Design*Sponge; The City Sage

A Picture Perfect Home Part 3: The Bedroom

This is the third in a series about using photography to decorate the different living spaces in an average (read: modest) home. I have always been a fan of giving each room a different decorative identity.

For me, a bedroom is ideally a space dedicated to sleeping and lovemaking. Though I’ve never lived somewhere with enough room to keep my bedroom separate from a study or general living space, I’ve always wished that I could read, or write, or watch tv in one room and essentially retire to my bedroom at the end of the night, quietly and peacefully and without the physical clutter of more mentally active spaces. I’m not a firm believer or follower of feng shui, but I think there’s something to be said for the idea of making your bedroom a place where your work life and your everyday stressors don’t follow you.

Since I’m still technically a newlywed, I think I would use photography in the bedroom to play up the relational aspect of that room, in hopes of creating a place where my husband and I can always be peaceful and happy in each other’s company–free from stress, without arguments and simply focused on relaxing and enjoying each other’s presence.

The following photographs are available on Etsy.

by irenesuchocki

by irenesuchocki

by landonhowell

by landonhowell

by ImagineStudio

by ImagineStudio

by ImagineStudio

by ImagineStudio

And these are some of our own photos that I think would look really nice together as a framed series on one wall or above the bed.

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Or perhaps just this one on it’s own, as a larger print in a nice wooden frame. It’s hard to get the cat to take a picture, so this is the closest we have to a family portrait. Both Dan and the dog could use a little grooming, but I love this shot anyway!

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Love It Monday

Love It Monday is a new feature geared to getting the week started on a positive note.

This Monday I’m loving:

Artwork that makes me think about my little sister.

You Are My Very Best Friend by dazeychic via Etsy

You Are My Very Best Friend by Studio Mela via Etsy

Inspiration Friday (NCAA Tournament Edition)

The last time the University of Michigan went to the NCAA Tournament was in 1998.

When this basketball season started, my husband and I were just looking to see an improvement in the team, some positive change from the level of suckatude of which we had become accustomed. We got more than a positive change; we got the first tournament bid the program has seen in 10 years. That was enough. If Michigan had gone down in flames, crushed by the incessant pressure of Clemson’s full court press, it would have been fine. Just getting in, just having Michigan be a part of the big dance was enough for us.

Last night, as Dan and I sat alone at a bar in Fells Point, far away from all of our college friends, but dressed proudly in our Maize ‘n’ Blue, I thought back to the basketball games we sat through during our time at Michigan. Being a part of the “Maize Rage” student section meant standing for the entire game. It meant jumping up and down whenever our team was on defense. There was one time when I had to work later than I’d intended and had rushed home to meet Dan, grab my ticket and race down to Crisler. I dropped off my book bag, but foolishly forgot to change my shoes. Roughly two hours of jumping up and down in high heeled boots, only to watch your team lose a game that they had every shot at winning, is quite frankly the epitome of adding insult to injury. I was sore. I was mad. But I wasn’t all that surprised.

As Michigan’s 16 point lead quickly slipped away in the final minutes of last night’s game, I turned to look at Dan. His hand was clenched into a fist and pressed tight against his mouth. He was slumped forward in his seat. “This can’t be happening,” I said, and he only blinked. We kept turning the ball over. They kept hitting threes. “We’re going to lose,” I couldn’t keep myself from thinking and I threw my head back in exasperation, whacking it against the edge of the table behind me. I was sore. I was mad. And unfortunately, I wasn’t all that surprised.

When Clemson’s final shot of the game–the shot that could tie it–soared through the air and missed the glass, missed the rim, missed the net and came down in the arms of a Michigan player, Dan jumped up from his seat and I was right behind him.

Now Michigan moves on to play Oklahoma, a game I’m fairly certain we’ll lose in a brutal fashion. But that’s okay, because it was enough just to win in this first round game. Enough just to know that our basketball team left the ships to burn.

Give This Guy A Hand

Check out “Animani”, a gallery of animated hands by artist Mario Mariotti. (From la repubblica, via Inspire Me Now)

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Dress Up

Friday is the first day of spring and even though a cold front is supposed to be moving into the Baltimore area tomorrow and doing away with the incredible weather we are having this afternoon, I’m celebrating the upcoming season change by contemplating lovely spring clothing.

From eShakit:

The pattern on this dress is perhaps a bit too large for someone of my height (big patterns tend to make me look stocky), but I absolutely love the pink and the solid ribbon detailing on the waist.

The ruffle hem on this dress isn’t my favorite, but I really love the colors and think this would be an easy piece to wear casually with a pair of sandal flats or dress up with some nice heels and the right accessories.

This too could be really versatile. Pair it with some leggings and a pair of flats and you have a cute workday outfit. A loose up-do and some delicate jewelry could easily take the accents and the beautiful color to a much dressier level.

This is just darling and the color is fantastic. Perfect for spring!

This one seems a bit short to work as a stand alone dress, but paired with some dark tights or leggings, I could definitely see it as a cute work ensemble. Depending on how billowy it is below the waistline, you could also pair it with some skinny capris and a cute pair of heels for weekend night out.

And found via Shopbop:

This dress kind of borders on being a fancy nightgown, but I love the soft pink color and the empire skirt. It’s simple, but beautiful and looks oh so comfy.

Adorable. I think this would look great paired with a scoop neck tee.

A Bit O’ Green

Happy St. Patty’s Day! In honor of the holiday, I’ve searched high and low for my favorite uses of green in home decoration and decor. Have a safe holiday!

I love the way this softer, earthy green works with the brighter orange. The colors work well together because they both have warm, natural tones, but softness of the green creates a perfect background that allows the orange to pop without being overpowering.

The touch of green in the window dressing really brightens up this more neutral-toned room and helps draw out the blue from the floor rug. The calming affect of the dark wood and khaki remains, but the burst of green helps keep the room from feeling dull and drained.

While I think this room could benefit from a nice bamboo rug instead of one that adds still more green squares, I do like the repeated geometric elements in this room (the chair cushions have green squares that are then mirrored in the pillows that line the window bench) and the many shades of green that are used. I think the chairs are fantastic and look incredibly comfortable.

This bright, kelly green is just beautiful against the white of the kitchen shelves and cabinets. It creates a very fun, clean look.

Combining green and yellow really infuses a room with light and makes any time of year feel more like spring.

Soft, airy greens paired with creamy yellows and neutrals really enhance the height and openness of a room. The darker color of the coffee table grounds the room and draws the attention toward the center, while the pale greens help keep the room open and accent it’s light and high ceilings.

Anyone have green as a main component of their home decor? I’d love to see it! Again, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Love It Monday

Love It Monday is a new feature geared to getting the week started on a positive note.

This Monday I’m loving:

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