Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

I’ve been making lots of house plans lately. I should be actually implementing those plans, but it’s far more fun to spend hours on Pinterest than it is to build bookshelves, in my humble opinion. We’re making progress on the library, but it’s far from finished, so I’m not posting pictures yet.

I’m working on a layout plan for our kitchen using MyDeco.com and dreaming of paint colors and cabinet styles on Pinterest (you can see my ideas here, if you care to) which is tons of fun, but we’re not going to be able to afford a total kitchen overhaul for another couple of years, so all I can do is dream right now. And try to cook in a way that doesn’t cause my oven to belch acrid smoke all over the house. It may be time to clean it.

A room that I CAN see redecorating in the near future, however, is my office. I’m beginning to ramp up my efforts to attract more clients to my baby graphic design business, so I just created an Etsy shop and a website, of sorts. The Etsy shop only has one item for sale at the moment, but when I can only design awesome stationery and compile images for my website at my ACTUAL office, after hours (thanks, boss!), things take a while to grow. But I have one client right now and nowhere to assemble her wedding invitations or print samples, so I’m feeling the need to get my office situated. You may recall the extremely pink room in which we put together the bathroom sink. It has pink wallpaper and pink shag carpet, under which lies black and green linoleum tiles. It is a special place, and one day it will be my office. Since it will be mine and Lobsterface won’t have to look at it on a daily basis, I get to do whatever I want with it. I toyed with the idea of painting it even brighter pink and stenciling a pink-and-orange paisley pattern on the floor just because I can. But, in reality, I need a space that I can feel calm and clear-headed and not want to leave every two minutes. I’ve been looking around for inspiration, and I’ve been finding TONS of ideas for really gorgeous offices, but nothing that felt like it was really me.

I’ve long struggled with the notion that I need to have a weird, quirky, off-the wall style because, among many of my social groups, I’m the “weird one”, the “artsy one”, or the “ooh, I bet AJ would LOVE this giant necklace made out of playdough and cat’s hair, she’s so creative” one. It turns out that my outer self is pretty low-key. My inner self sometimes wonders if one can get ghost cooties if a ghost comes along and uses one’s toothbrush and one doesn’t know it and then uses the toothbrush after the ghost, but my outer self doesn’t really give that away.

I wear a lot of black and gray, I settled down fairly early with a guy from–if not my actual home town–at least the same area code. I have a dog, some cats and a mortgage and I drive a sensible, fuel-efficient car. So while I like to fancy myself the type of  person who would love to have a taxidermied boar’s head mounted on my wall…oh who are we kidding? I would LOVE a taxidermied boar’s head mounted on my wall. But it would be in an office that looked just like this.

The moment I saw it (and couldn’t stop gazing at it), I knew this was the office for me. It’s from a Before and After post on Kirsten Nieman’s blog, Restored Style, which I just found and am definitely going to read, cover-to-cover. I need an L-shaped desk, which might end up being just two long tables set perpendicular to each other around a corner, but other than that, this is just perfect. I’m very much digging the arts-and-crafts vibe of this room. And I’m in love with that chair. And the rug. And the lamp. And the cat. And it even comes with awesome “A” shaped thingamabobs. I wonder if she would just pack the whole room up and ship it to me?


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Well! Apparently I’ve been nominated for the/a Versatile Blogger Award. I’m going to take that as a compliment, even though I don’t know if I’m “versatile” as much as I “have a short attention span” and “lack direction and/or purpose”. But anyway, thanks much to my dear friend Sassy Sass for the nomination!

And now for the Rules:

1. Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy. (check!)

2. Include a link to his or her blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it. (check!)

3. Select 15 excellent blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
Let’s see. I’m not sure I can come up with 15, but I’ll do my best.
1. Made By Rachel – Rachel was one of my advisors in college, and I’ll probably always be trying to be as cool and creative as she is.
2. Best4Ever Family – Jennie is a fabulous woman and an inspiring mama to her 4 gorgeous adopted kids. Also, she’s hilarious.
3. Le Petit Oiseau – On crafting, thrifting and mama-ing
3. Thomas Galvin – Vampires, werewolves, weaponry, sarcasm and random crap he finds on the internet
4. Kaleidoscope Cardigans – Funny lady, and my go-to for all things Corgi.
5. Terrible Minds – Author Chuck Wendig shares his twisted, profane, hilarious thoughts with the world.
6. Eggton – Salty with and a sweet tooth. Also, a dog named Thunder. Who is awesome.
7. Brooklyn Limestone – A Brooklyn limestone in progress.
8. Already Pretty – Helping you recognize your own beauty, one post at a time
9. A Practical Wedding – I found this blog while I was planning my wedding, and I stick around for the amazing life (NOT just wedding) advice and incredible community of awesome, supportive women (and sometimes even men!).
10. Privilege – Lisa is the cool, wise, savvy aunt everyone should have. And the kind of cool, wise, savvy aunt I aspire to be.
11. Young House Love – 1 young family + 1 old house = love. My bathroom sink was inspired by these guys.
12. Twillypop – She makes jewelry, homeschools 3 kids, cooks incredible food, and manages to be gorgeous all the time. If I didn’t like her so much, I’d probably hate her.
13. Smitten Kitchen – Sometimes I just spend hours clicking the Surprise Me! button and hoarding the recipes I find.
14. The Bloggess – She’s completely nuts, in the best kind of way.
15. Design Sponge – All things DIY, creative and lovely.

4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
Some of these bloggers are way too famous to probably care that I’m giving them an award, but they can just suck it. I’m kidding, you’re all awesome.

5. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
Here we go, I’m going to try to think of 7 things that Sassy Sass doesn’t already know about me. I’m an oversharer, so this is going to be a challenge.

  • The ONLY thing under my wedding gown on my wedding day was a pair of comfy gray undies, chosen because they stay put and don’t give me a wedgie.
  • I notice, and disapprove, when wine is served in the wrong kind of glass.
  • Switzerland’s landscape is so gorgeous it literally makes me cry in amazement.
  • I’m afraid of heights, the Adirondack mountains, clowns, cankles and big fuckoff spiders.
  • I know all the words to Pretty Fly For A White Guy by The Offspring.
  •  I hate kitten heels. I don’t resent other people wearing them, but they look stupid on me.
  • I’m not a fan of chick flicks, but my favorite movie of all time is You’ve Got Mail.

So there’s that! Go forth and spread the love 🙂

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I just discovered The Graphics Fairy. I’m in love.

You should definitely spend your weekend there, being inspired.

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