Vintage Phone

Today I thought I would share one of my favorite finds… my vintage rotary phone.


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I found this at a junk bonanza last summer, it is cream with brass accents. I haven’t been able to track down a year for it but it is made by Onyx Telephone Co. Looks great in my apartment and it still works! But I do not have a home phone, bummer! Right now I have it sitting in my living room, it’s fun to pick it up and pretend to use it now and then 🙂



I’m back!/Moulin Rouge Fairy Garden

I’m back! It has been a long hiatus but I am excited to share lots of new projects I have been working on! My apartment has come a long way this year and I really need to get into the habit of documenting everything.  So here we go again, thanks for hanging in there with me! 🙂


My mom recently got me interested in fairy gardens so of course I went right to Pinterest and starting planning mine out! I love the movie Moulin Rouge so I thought it would be fun to do a Moulin Rouge themed fairy garden.

I found windmill accessories online but I thought it would be just as easy to make one. I used an old tin can and scrapbook paper rolled up for the top, and painted it red. I then cut scrapbook paper for the blades and used hot glue to glue together. Was super simple and looked really cute!


I went to Goodwill that day to look for accessories and what better luck, they had Moulin Rouge plates! So I put one up top along with my windmill and an Eiffel Tower I happened to have on hand. I planned out where I wanted these accessories to go and then put the plants in around them. I then filled in any open spots with rocks from my parents home.

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I do not have an outdoor area for the garden so this will be for inside my apartment. I went to Bachmann’s and picked up plants that do well with little sunlight. I also added little flag banners out of fabric. The lights are from an outdoor wreath so they run on batteries and stand up against water so they work perfect worked into the plants.

fbtl Finished it off with a FREEDOM BEAUTY TRUTH LOVE sign 🙂 I cut out the icons from a movie book I had and attached them to craft sticks.

all2 This was a really fun project! I definitely miss having plants come spring/summer so this was a nice way to add plants to my indoor space.


Style Cure Update!

Day 8-9 of the Style Cure calls for decisions on paint and and a decor pairing, and Day 10 calls for decision on budget. This one was easy, $0!! Though I would love to go spend $$$ on some new items, I have plenty of things on hand that I want to put to use. I am a huge fan of “making it work” as Tim Gunn would say, and I love taking found or existing items I have on hand and making them work in a different way in a room.

Since I am doing the Style Cure on a $0 budget, so any paint will have to come from my current inventory. I cannot do any painting of walls since I am renting, but I am happy with the ivory walls/white trim in the room. I want it to feel light with color accents throughout. I have a light green desk with antique gold handles, which I have always loved the color of and I would not want to paint it anyway. I have thought long and hard about it, but it is just one of those things I think would be ruined if I tried to paint. I also have a purple velour headboard and matching cushion which my mom and I made a few years ago. These are also staying. They are so comfortable, functional and cute! I don’t want to get stuck in the green and purple look though. These are just a few accent pieces. I want the overall feel to be light and airy and not rely heavily on color. Projects that I want to complete:

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  • Painting my divider screen white with gold accents, I will be keeping the white sheer fabric. (I actually completed this today!! I love it and can’t wait to see it with the rest of the room completed!)
  • Hanging curtains. I am leaning towards some black sheers that I have. A lot of my inspiration photos showed white, but I don’t have any white fabric on hand. I also think the black will look nice on the painted brass curtain rod & rings that I have.
  • Hang photos of family & friends/make wall art/gallery wall. I have been in my apartment for almost a year and still have no pictures up! This is the perfect space to do so and I have a great mix of frames I have collected from various stores and thrift shops.
  • Paint and hang red shelves. I bought these at a thrift shop probably 5 years ago and STILL have yet to do anything with them! I am thinking something like this…
  • Make a gold polka dot vase. Saw this on Pinterest and I want! I also want to incorporate this vignette into this room, and I think the polka dot vase will coordinate nicely with it.


  • Choose accent pillows. I’ve had a few bouncing back and forth from bedroom to living room, and would like to have some “set” ones, because I love coming home at the end of the day to a nicely made bed 🙂
  • Create a workable office “nook”.
  • Come up with different floor plan.

Lots to accomplish, but I am confident I will make it happen! Meanwhile the rest of my apartment is in a little dis-array as I have been moving furniture and accessories in and out, but it will be worth it once the room is completed 🙂 Here are some lovely inspiration photos I have collected, and view my full Style Cure Pinterest Board.




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Ombre Painting

Happy Saturday!

I apologize it has been over a week since my last post! I have been hard at work at my job as we are preparing for our new Design Studio to open this coming week! I have been designing a gallery wall of company photos as well as wall decor, as well as painting, staging and organizing the new space.  I will post photos as soon as we open!

My day off this week consisted of cleaning my room for the Apartment Therapy Style Cure, which turned into an all-day event when I started moving some furniture around 🙂 I will have a big Style Cure update tomorrow, so stay tuned!

I also recently completed this side-project for my younger sister, who recently moved into her first apartment! So I have been helping her decorate. I started on Pinterest and pinned a bunch of things I thought she might like. See the board here: Colleen’s Apartment.

She really liked this painting, and asked if I could re-create.

Ombre Wall Art

Of course! I love painting and it really is the simplest and easiest way to save money when sprucing up a new place. Art pieces from home stores typically range anywhere from $40-$200! I happened to have plenty of canvas and paint handy, so this project was $0 (but if I was purchasing new I would say would cost about $20).


I started with aqua and green, and mixed different amounts of black, grey and white to the mix to get the ombre effect. I started with the darker side and moved lighter. I went over a few different times to get the desired look.

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I loved in the picture that they left the edges messy, so I did the same.

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And voila! We hung it up her bathroom and we decided to hang it horizontally rather than vertically. I again used the handy dandy toothpaste trick. She loves it! 🙂

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Apartment Therapy Style Cure continued… and Room Choice Revealed!

I am a little behind on documenting my “reflections” from the Style Cure, and I want this makeover to be well documented. I am really enjoying this process, so here it goes!

Day 1


In my Style Cure interview, my answers to questions 1 and 2 were all very consistent with the classic & glam with a touch of rustic/vintage and a fun/whimsical element too, which is exactly as I would describe my style. Though sometimes I prefer a jolting classic such as reading “Jane Eyre” or Meryl Streep’s performance in, well, anything! I do also enjoy kicking back for a Johnny/Pirates marathon or jamming to Beyonce too.

From my answers to questions 3 and 5, I determined that I like spaces that are bright, cozy and well organized. One of the things that bothers me most in my current room is that there are areas that become a “catch all” and there is a lot of unnecessary clutter. I do enjoy having things around me that are memory objects or are there for a purpose. For example, I have a jewelry wall in my closet, where all of my necklaces are displayed. I do not mind that these are all out because they each have their own hook, and it is easy for me to find what I need and put it back when I am done with it. I also love organization, so I don’t mind a small space. I think that is part of the fun!

I want my family and friends to see my new space as a reflection of me and to give them ideas and inspiration that maybe they have never thought of before. I have always had a vintage flair, but I want to show more glam touches in this space that maybe they wouldn’t expect.

Day 2

My images I collected on my weekend inspiration search I would describe as more on the vintage and rustic side, with touches of the glam thrown in. I was definitely drawn to brighter and more geometric patterns than I usually am. We shall see! See all of them on my Style Cure Pinterest board.

Day 3

The room I have chosen to re-decorate for the Style Cure is… Drum roll please… My BEDROOM!! It is the one space in my apartment that I have felt the most overwhelmed by and still doesn’t have that “it” or “me” factor just yet, so it is perfect for this assignment. I admit I have known all along that this would be room, but I wanted to wait for a big reveal 🙂

Here is what my room looked like before all of my stuff went in…

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Bedroom/Living Area – Before

And here are my “before” photos after all of my stuff went in. As you can see, it really becomes a “catch all” space for random work stuff, mail, movies, etc.

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Day 4

Today’s assignment was to “create an outbox specifically for the room you are “curing” this month and put one thing in it”.

I have not yet set up my outbox of things to be moved from the space physically, mostly because I haven’t quite figured out where in my tiny apartment this stuff could go for the month. I have set it up in my mind though, because I already know of lots of things I want to get rid of! I particularly look forward to cleaning out desk drawers, storage bins under my bed, and cleaning off shelves in my nightstand and storage cabinet so I can better utilize these items and this space.

Day 5

Make a floor plan of the space. I utilized good ol’ Google SketchUp for this task. It felt so good to use it once again! Brought back so many memories of college and the hours and hours we spent together 🙂 Here is the floor plan of my space:


I also made models of the furniture that was in the space, that may return to the space, so that I have those measurements recorded as well:

Furn dims

Day 6

Today provided many good lessons in the use of color for your space. Some of the best take-aways I had were:

  • “The blue side of the spectrum along with cool browns and grays and the cool off whites possess all of the qualities of coolness in that they are calming, focusing and soothing to our INTELLECT.. Cool colors are therefore best in private rooms where concentration, calmness and rest are most important, such as the bedroom, office, and nursery.”
  • “…when you paint a room straight white, it is going to tend to be cold, and will need a lot of color or other warm elements to make it physically comfortable.”
  • “Use strong colors sparingly. Allow them to punctuate a room, not define it. In any room, go for 80 percent neutral and 20 percent strong colors.”

I am now off to scour my Pinterest boards for more inspiration and to narrow down my décor options! Stay tuned and thanks for reading!


Apartment Therapy Style Cure 2013

I am taking part in the Apartment Therapy “Style Cure”! Learn more about this 30-Day Room Makeover plan here.

Day 1 was to complete the interview below:


This weekend’s task was to go to some favorite stores and take inspiration photos. I visited Ikea, Pier One and Anthropologie. Here are some of my findings…

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Stay tuned for more findings and I will reveal which room I will makeover!  🙂


Chevron Wall Art

I love chevron, even if it is just a passing trend! 🙂 Rather than invest in things that wouldn’t easily be changeable should I get tired of it soon, I created this wall art. I had the large canvas on hand, and I had been itching to do a painting project! I also had plenty of acrylic paint on hand as well. I selected the colors I wanted to use by drawing from other colors I wanted to use in the room and it turned out to be the perfect fit!


I used gray with light pink and gold glitter paint to bring some interest instead of using all the same color. I did not have these colors pre-bottled, I just mixed until I had the right shade.  For the zig-zag template, I ripped off the back cover of a magazine since it was a sturdier piece of paper, then I folded the top two corners in towards the middle so it was a triangle shape. I then laid it out, traced, and moved to the next section until I had a complete zig-zag. I traced lightly with pencil so I could erase later. I then laid out masking tape over my lines so I could keep the lines as straight as possible.


It still wasn’t completely perfect, some sections were thinner or bulkier, but I think that added to the overall look. I then used the toothpaste trick for hanging the canvas, and worked like a charm!


Stay tuned to see the rest of my living room! 🙂