Sunday, August 13, 2017

Design Board: Dining Area

This design board is for a dining room or kitchen nook. I'm building my design around the black round dining table and wooden x-back chairs. I got them for a steal at $50 for the set. The main color of this room is white with a purple-gray accent wall. The patterned wood wall also adds a nice design feature while still complimenting a small budget. I have professional family photos (aka dog pictures) that will be used to curate my black and white gallery wall. I'm building the rolling wooden storage with a white cube storage shelf from Walmart. I'm getting pretty creative with finding expensive furniture pieces and finding ways to recreate it for much less. Craigslist helps a lot! Fake it 'til you make it, right?



Main Features:
White storage base - walmart.com - $80
Gray and white Moroccan rug - overstock.com - $150
Black table and chairs - ikea.com - $350/table and $50/chair
Paint in Thistle - Benjaminmoore.com - $7/pint
Black frames (without matte) - michaels.com - $22/4pack 

Design Board: Guest Bedroom

Jon and I have started our house hunt and I've been scouring Pinterest for interior design ideas. I'm slowly accumulating new furniture and design pieces off of Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. I've found amazing deals on items on my wish list, it just requires a little patience and flexibility.

I'm starting this Design Board series off with our guest bedroom. We've been hosting guests since we moved to North Carolina and I'd love to provide them with a comfortable place to stay. My inspiration was a luxe and plush hotel room that is bright and clean yet a little moody with contrasting dark pieces. I'm adding industrial touches to tie in with the rest of the house. 




The colors scheme includes white, navy, slate gray, and black. The space still needs to function when we don't have guests so I added an oversized chair for lounging and a dark gray dresser for my clothes. The bedding will be all white and I might add in some navy throw pillows to connect the patterned headboard and curtains.

Main features:
Geometric upholstery fabric for headboard - fabric.com - $9/yrd
Velvet upholstery fabric for curtains - fabric.com -  $5/yrd
Oversized chair* - jossandmain.com - $650 
Dresser** - overstock.com - $840
Paint - benjaminoore.com - $7/pint
Jute rug - overstock.com - $100 
*I'm not willing to spend that much money on furniture at this point in my life; just using it as a guide to finding something similar
**I already have a wooden dresser that I'm repainting with the Benjamin Moore color to achieve a similar look 

There are also velvet curtains for sale online but since I'm #broke, I'm DIYing them to save a little money. I found a great no sew curtain tutorial that I'll be following, as well as a DIY fabric headboard tutorial. 


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Post Grad: Round 2!

I graduated! I went to Mexico! And I moved! 
It's been a whirlwind but check out some of the decorating and DIYs I've done around the house...
2015 undergrad graduation to 2017 masters graduation

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Meramec State Park Canoe Trip

I'm catching up on my blog posts and I'm super excited to share the experience I had on the Meramec River with my mom and dogs. Meramec Caverns are approximately an hour outside of St. Louis, MO, and was the location where we reserved our canoe. There were also options to kayak or raft, but with two dogs, we opted for the more reliable of the three choices! We were dropped off at Meramec State Park and finished the trip back at the Meramec Caverns.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Pere Marquette State Park Hike

Date: March 2017
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Weather: 40 degrees Fahrenheit, sunny and clear skies
Photos were taken on my Samsung Galaxy S7
Shoes and raincoat: Merrell


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Merrell: Meet the 2017 College Ambassadors

Merrell is an outdoor brand that specializes in hiking shoes and clothing. As a Merrell College Ambassador, I get to lead amazing trips with the Outdoor Adventure Club through the generous grant provided by Merrell and Outdoor Foundation. Some of the trips include camping and hiking at local and state parks, ice skating, horseback riding and 5K runs. I love being an ambassador and am continuously inspired by my fellow colleagues! My only qualm is that we all live so far apart :) Be sure to check out their breathtaking Instagram feeds for some serious outdoor envy!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Uplifting Quotes for Lent


Every year for Lent, I think of something to give up. In the past, I've given up chocolate, shopping, eating out (coffee is out of the question) and I usually don't to a stellar job. This year I decided I wanted to DO something. I want to spread joy and make it as easy on you to do something positive during lent. Each day I will send out an uplifting bible quote straight to your inbox. It will be short, sweet, and to the point with no personal side commentary. Let each quote inspire you to do good. 

*this form has closed, check back next year!*

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Great Falls National Park and Riverbend State Park Hike

Date: February 2017
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Weather: 45 degrees Fahrenheit, partly cloudy and rainy
Photos were taken on my Samsung Galaxy S7
Shoes and raincoat: Merrell; Waterproof joggers: Athleta

Guided dirt trails make this hike easy and enjoyable. Because we went on a rainy day, we experienced a fairly empty trail. The path follows the Potomac River until it intercepts the falls in Great Falls National Park. It is free to park at Riverbend but it is approximately a one-mile walk to Great Falls (you can park at Great Falls but will have to pay park fees). There are three overlooks and my photos of the falls were taken at overlook number one. The man-made dam is located in Riverbend. On warm days, sometimes you can watch experienced kayakers maneuver the smaller falls. There is a more challenging Billy Goat trail on the Maryland side of the falls.