Archives for March 2012

when life hands you a minivan…


Well, virtual thrifting.

Like I said here, I plan to make the best of this situation…

I talked with {whined to?} my friend Jessica who helped me realize the real bright side to driving a minivan…

hauling large + awesome stuff!

If I were to go out and buy lots of treasures around Lansing and Grand Rapids, this is what I’d get:

Man, would I ever do some lovely things to this grand rapids dresser… my ultimate dream? Ombre! via this design*sponge image that I lusted over in my post here.

How about a perfectly gradated ombre that fades out to almost white from Farrow & Ball’s “Pale Powder” and these Anthropologie “Racing Stripe” drawer pulls.

I’m thinking I like the yellow base the the previous owners started with on these grand rapids bentwood chairs. I’d brighten it up a bit with the Farrow & Ball color “Babouche”

I’m not scurred of color! Like I said, let’s paint some “Babouche” on the base and a little Trina Turk “Peacock” via Schumacher on the seats! Can you bentwoods be in my dining room {or imaginary kitchen nook} now please?!

loving the bones of this Lansing Craigslist find (wish I could see the profile.) Let’s reupholster this pretty little baby in Schumacher’s Maya Ikat.  Perfect for my living room!



Feeling better already!

Watch out Craiglist! My minivan is coming for your inventory!

be worried Jason. be very worried.

shelf style

I’ve been putting off the shelves in my husbands office for about 2 years now… it was the final phase of the whirlwind 12 hour installation we did way back when and I’m ashamed to say I really half-assed those shelves. I’ve been getting incredibly inspired lately and these images might just be the fuel I need to light a fire under me and finish J’s shelf style . . .




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march finds: green with envy

I’m just dying for every. single. one of these beautiful items to be in my life… I don’t even know where to start but if I absolutely had to choose, I’d make those green agate bookends mine in a heartbeat!

1.  i want to ride my bicycle screenprint via monorail studio

2.  hand blown bubble/glass hanging terrarium via prilbot on etsy

3.  anthropologie pure and good hand duo

4.  anthropologie tie dyed ikat dinnerware

5.  mutabilis rug via anthropologie

6.  umbellifers herb pot via anthropologie

7.  barrister green velvet sofa

8.  lucca couture grass roots color block dress via lulu’s

9. zebra screen print pillow via 123creations

10.  hampton gardens hardcover coffee table book

11. plume of one’s own bracelet via modcloth

12.  green agate bookends via the evolution store

Happy March, Friends! Let’s make this a fabulous and busy month!

design scouting: capiz shell lighting

Recently I’ve started working on a project for a friend (or dare I say, my first client!!!) that I plan to blog about in the upcoming days. This project (her giant master bedroom) is just screaming for a capiz shell chandelier!

Here are a few of my favorite options

round capiz shell pendant light from target

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inspiration board inspiration


First, let’s be clear.

I love Pinterest.

{Jason calls it “the pin-um” and he’d definitely vouch for my obsession}

however, while I LOVE having my favorite images perfectly organized and sourced via the luxury of the pin-um,


you just can’t beat a tangible inspiration board.

{anyone out there nodding in agreement?!?}

There’s something majorly inspiring about cutting and ripping color combinations, potential diy projects, and gorgeous images of interiors out of magazines and pinning them up on an inspiration board where I can see them everyday.

here are a few of my favorite inspirational images of inspirational boards


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