What a creative Hong Kong architect! Twenty-four rooms out of a 335 square foot apartment?!
Alright. I want to live here via IKEA Family Live. I say that a lot but I really mean it this time. I want to be the artist Nina van de Goor and live in her cozy bedroom and the colorful kitchen that certainly does look like a cafe. Here's the story about her place.
The whole place and even Nina herself give off this relaxed vibe that has such casual elegance.Pardon me while I go drool over the photos and make plans to step up the accessorizing my apartment and pinning my now-that-it's-long-what-do-I-do-with-it hair up into a cute bun. Just sayin'.
What a perfect little home for one or two people to share! I was captivated by the kitchen photo but the rest of the little home drew me in as well.
You can read the article and/or browse the slideshow. It's all about artist Michelle de la Vega. What I love is that Michelle wanted more metal pieces in her home so she took a welding class, and her website now lists her as a welder. She has a curiosity about life and is willing to do the studying necessary to do what she's interested in..not just talk about it. Impressive really.
Hope you had a great weekend! Mine was so full but also felt like I was on vacation for a week. I was invited at the last minute to be a chaperon for a sweet sixteen birthday party/overnight at an indoor water park. Twenty-four hours there felt like being on vacation for a week. That's a good weekend!
But now it's Tuesday. Hope your day is relaxing at home and productive at work!
Simply Grove published photos by Amber Fischer of the shop Brass Razoo. It's all so pretty! I adore the dressing rooms (especially the center one!). If they'd let me move in, I would! Instead, I'll just use as many exclamation points as possible to show my enthusiasm!!!!!
Oh by the way, I'm happy it's Thursday = Friday-Eve.
Stopping in quickly to share a pretty kids room that has yellow + orange + hardwood floors + loads of space. Gonna go with "Wow, I would have loved this room as a child!!"
To continue the yellow theme, here's my new watch that just arrived from Sam Moon (great store with tons of accessories. I have to go in person when I'm in Texas every 10 years....or rely on the website). Haven't worn a watch in more than eight years. Usually the cell phone will suffice but after seeing this watch and realizing a gift card had just enough on it for the watch and shipping, it was a no-brainer.
So much yellow! Eye catching and snappy. I can't get enough of it this spring.
It's Monday, and I think there was a weekend in there somewhere! I was at home long enough to do one load of laundry and make my first roast ever (in the slow cooker). I spent a fun evening at church Friday night for a concert (four bands), Saturday with one of my junior high girls, and Sunday at church and with family in Appleton. Sunday was a perfectly relaxing day filled with games, bike rides, long walks, and helping a five year old niece learn to write her numbers. ("Yes...a two is a little curve like an ear..then a line. A five is a line across, a line down, then a curve.")
Hope you had a good weekend, my friends!
I'm certainly a fan of IKEA, but am now even more so after reading this blog entry:
Her thoughts on the store include:
Isn't her daughter's outfit adorable? Word on the street is her dad made the scarf.
Stylish French stylist Elodie Rambaud creates beautiful interiors and styles food as well. I'll be keeping an eye on her work. My friend Gina and I talk about creating bedrooms that look like cute shops..and I'd vote for the one above as a contender. It's a shop but I wouldn't mind that being one wall of my bedroom!
This tall mirror and the tub caught my eye. Simple + elegant.
5:20 AM Saturday Morning: Last night was the first night in 2010 that I did not stay up until 3 AM coughing and falling asleep exhausted. I got tired last night, went to bed, slept and woke up normally. Feels like such an accomplishment that should be a regular occurrence. Hopefully the cough is gone for good. Or at least a little while.
It's been one week today since I turned in my cable box/DVR, and I've only missed it a little. I haven't been without a television...ever. Spent the week working, reading, puttering around the house, going for walks and just thinking. If there have been shows I've wanted to watch, I've found them online or gone without.
Today's plan is to show up at the library when it opens to find some free magazines to bring home (only ones I love...). I also need to shop for some spring cardigans, cute shirts or capris. And a new pair of flats for work.
After a nap, it'll be time to meet a friend for dinner for mexican food and martinis.
What's your plan for today?
Everything about this bathroom storage is lovely: the pretty cosmetic bag, the jars on the shelf, the crates used as cubbies.... Rachel Denbow did a great job with her small bathroom! And if you visit her blog, she'll show you a photo of how the bathroom is on a non-photoshoot day!
Such a pretty condo!
Scott and Kim live in a trendy Chicago neighborhood and have turned their condo from a khaki-painted box into a cozy home for the two of them along with a puppy, two cats and some fish!
Alright. So it's still spring and is a chilly, grey day here, but all the more better to dream of summer. Oprah's site shows a summer makeover with brights and the photos (by Douglas Friedman) are dreamy - especially the fabrics.
Just got back from the doctor's office again (that makes one ER visit, two urgent care visits and two doctors office visits in 12 weeks: all for one cough). The verdict (bronchitis) is that I'll live!
Apart from the amazing home photos, I love Brian's narration because he makes it all seem so fun! Even when he didn't realize until too late that the same arrangement was in two photos, he merely pointed it out and said "dammit" which had me laughing out loud and probably causing the neighbors to wonder what's wrong with that girl upstairs?!
Keith and Karen purchased many items at IKEA and would then pair them with high end items. The overall look is quite stunning.
Laura Cattano of The Order Obsessed, is a professional organizer and someone who lives in a highly organized apartment in New York City. She performed a makeover for a couple expecting a baby. Laura helped them repurpose furniture and closets to make room for the baby's items. In her post, Laura links to the many flickr photos that document the process.
She also states that more storage doesn't mean you're more organized. I can testify to that as my many storage cupboards and closets filled up quickly with items flung onto shelves and into drawers when I moved into my apartment three years ago. I've moved on from "WOO HOO...storage!" to "Need breathing room and a home for every item. Time to be intentional with things."