Cheap Jeans vs. Expensive Jeans

Posted 24 September 2015 at 8:44 PM | Comments (0)

Refinery29 published this infographic, illustrated by Isabel Castillo Guijarro, to explain the difference between a $200 pair of jeans and a $20 pair. I have never been proud of my fast fashion purchases and this only affirms, well, partly, my guilt, and mostly: how much things need to change. (Click the image to enlarge.)

How a $200 Jean Becomes a $20 Pair, Illustrated by Isabel Castillo Guijarro

Polished Concrete Floor with Marble-Like Shine

Posted 15 September 2015 at 10:59 AM | Comments (0)

Holy moly. This concrete floor is not industrial at all. It is contemporary elegance, thanks to that marble-like shine.

Polished Concrete Foyer Floor with Marble-Like Shine

*Image from Domino.com.

Brilliant Use of Wallpaper in Dallas Condo

Posted 13 September 2015 at 1:11 PM | Comments (0)

What an interesting bedroom. From this angle, it almost looks neutral:

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

But turn your head, and kapow!

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

This bedroom is just one exciting part of a 3-story, Dallas, Texas condo designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25. Even though my insides are on a massive swoon-fest, I am so humbled by the level of sophistication here that I bow down to the designer in quiet restraint (instead of throwing myself at her feet and squealing, like I really want to do).

Seriously: respect.

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

This next photo might be my favorite surprise in this room. It’s a tasteful glimpse of spotted wallpaper behind equally tasteful shelving. And I know the wallpaper well—Tanzania by Thibaut—as I have eyed it many, many times and could probably draw it from memory by now. (My obsession with this wallpaper: not so tasteful.)

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Lastly, I’d like to share this photo of one of the bathrooms in the same Dallas home, because, well, you’ll see. I can’t not share this one:

farmersmarketdallasbutterflybathroombyabbefenimore

For more photos of this exciting home featured in Domino, click here.

Anthropologie’s Adira Beaded Hoops

Posted 31 August 2015 at 9:44 PM | Comments (0)

Earlier this month I mentioned looking for a pair of beaded, teardrop-hoop earrings. Well, I found them. The perfect pair was at Anthropologie.com and on sale for $29.99, plus 30% off all sale items and free shipping.

Anthropologie Adira Beaded Hoops

Behold, the Adira Beaded Hoops. I can’t wait for them to arrive in my mailbox.

Crestwood Kitchen in Blues and Aquas

Posted 2 August 2015 at 8:04 PM | Comments (0)

Tobi Fairley is one of my favorite designers to watch. Her brazenly bold, feminine interiors are certainly not for everyone, but they almost always stir up giddy feelings in me. Even when I disagree with one of her design choices, I still want to roll around in them. Roll around, put my feet in the air, and giggle. I wonder how she would feel knowing she has that affect on people.

This very blue kitchen and family room she designed capitalizes on those giddiest of feelings, especially the feelings that are connected to my love of blue, which are connected to my love of anything that feels like an ocean, which this room certainly does. Cue rolling around and giggling.

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen and Family Room

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen and Family Room

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen and Family Room Sofa

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen Breakfast Bar

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen Breakfast Bar

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen Stove

*Images from HGTV.com.

Spunky, Short Hairstyle for Women

Posted 5 July 2014 at 6:53 PM | Comments (0)

I love this spunky, short hairstyle I grabbed from luckymag.com. I have always wanted to try short hair, but every hairstylist of my past and present has strongly advised against it. Apparently it doesn’t match my face? Sigh! Round cheeks sure do get in the way of spontaneous hair-chopping.

Spunky Short Hairstyle from LuckyMag.com

Alphabet Wooden Bookend

Posted 2 November 2013 at 12:31 AM | Comments (0)

We’ve been back in the U.S. for four months now. We’re not settled in by any means—we’re living in my parents’ house and job hunting—but despite that, I’m in house mode. I’m always in house mode.

I love this wooden alphabet bookend from graphicspaces.com. It makes me want to fill shelves again.

Alphabet Wooden Bookend from GraphicSpaces.com

1976 House Remodel

Posted 15 April 2013 at 4:22 PM | Comments (0)

I’ve mentioned before that I’m perpetually on the lookout for design ideas for my parents’ outdated 1970s home.

I come across a lot of ideas, but none of them have struck me quite like this one. It was also built in 1976 and is also in the Pacific Northwest, and this whole remodel would just work.

The company responsible for this remodel, NW Renovations & Design Co., is based in Portland. They’re going on my watchlist.

Pacific Northwest 1976 House Remodel Front Door

Pacific Northwest 1976 House Remodel Kitchen

Pacific Northwest 1976 House Remodel Kitchen

Pacific Northwest 1976 House Remodel Bathroom

Pacific Northwest 1976 House Remodel Bathroom

Pacific Northwest 1976 House Remodel Living Room

Pacific Northwest 1976 House Remodel Living Room

Jack White Poster

Posted 22 January 2013 at 1:39 PM | Comments (3)

I just bought this Jack White concert poster from one of my favorite designer/illustrators, Tom Whalen.

Tom Whalen's Jack White Jackson, TN Concert Poster

To some, it may be odd buying a concert poster for a show I didn’t even attend, but I am so smitten with this design. I would regret it if I couldn’t look at it every day.

So now this Jack White poster is part of my collection of unframed art back in the U.S., all accented with light blue hues, waiting to be hung in some unknown home of the future, anxious to inspire my creative work every day.

Baton Rouge Dining Room Refashioned for the Holidays

Posted 22 November 2012 at 9:47 PM | Comments (2)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

In addition to feasting on turkey today, feast your eyes on this. Lisa Davis Gilly’s Baton Rouge dining room, decorated for everyday:

Lisa Davis Gilly's Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dining Room Decorated for Every Day

And then transformed for Thanksgiving dinner:

Lisa Davis Gilly's Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dining Room Decorated for Holidays

Lisa Davis Gilly's Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dining Room Decoration Detail

How much do you love this casual-elegant space? You know I’m not generally drawn to shabby chic, but I am always drawn to simplicity and this color palette. So I could just pluck this dining room out of her home, put it in mine, and I’d be in heaven.

Or, I could just take those mirrored doors. Either way.

*Images from HGTV.com.