DESIGN, DIY

INTRODUCING DESIGN & CURIOSITY STUDIO!!!!!!

YOU. GUYS. OMG. I am so excited to announce the opening of my new shop Design and Curiosity Studio! If know me you know I have a THING for statement jewelry, actually it’s a whole obsession if I’m being real. There’s a bit of a back story for this whole idea and I’d love to get into it.

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So. Following a pretty bad breakup at the beginning of the year I was really ready (read needed) to do my own thing and find something that I liked doing and felt very ME. I found that crafting and making things, specifically statement earrings, was just the thing. Some of my past blog posts kind of reflect this transition period – often involving lots of pom poms like my rainbow pom necklace and my pom shoe clips and my diy statement earrings.

But for awhile, even before the breakup, I was in search of the ultimate creative outlet. Something that was just the purest expression of my creativity. I can’t say how exactly I landed on statement earrings but from where I’m sitting at this moment there is just nothing more perfect. It’s the only kind of jewelry I wear and I am so excited to share my ideas and products with this community. I truly hope you love them as much as I loved coming up with the ideas and making them.

It’s so hard to pick favorites because I really just love them all but here are a few of my absolute favorites:

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These guys. I still geek out a little when I see them. They’re made from green fluorescent acrylic so they have a fun reaction to light. Not mention the little ‘cactus flowers’ on the two arms – aka mini pom poms. I had a vision of these one day and actually figuring out how to create them was actually one of the more fulfilling things I’ve ever done.

Boss Babe with card

I may be totally biased but these are a MUST HAVE in your wardrobe. I dedicate this to all of my boss babes out there. It’s black gloss acrylic letters because, ya know, it’s so much more profesh that way, right?

GRL PWR with card

I go back and forth so much but I’m pretty sure these have solidified themselves as my #1 favorite pair I’ve made. Especially these days when I am embracing my single life and basking in the light of my friends that are just the absolute definition of GRL PWR. The letters are 1″ tall and a bright purple acrylic so the message gets across pretty clear.

And that’s only 1/3 of the products I have. There are so many more in the shop. Please check it out and let me know what you think!

And just as another little mini announcement while my blog has always been a little over the place I am officially moving the focus from DIYs, etc. to strictly interiors focused. It is my educational background after all and I want this particular space in the internet to be where I post my current design projects. While I will never stop creating other things (ever.) I am shifting focus to really grow my studio and create great products that everyone can wear. If you ever have any questions or suggestions please never hesitate to reach out, I am always willing to listen and grow!

Today is a totally overwhelming and emotional day for me as I take this step from designer and blogger and add entrepreneur to my resumé (I mean how grown up is that sentence?!). Thanks so much to those who have supported me along the way, my heart is just bursting.

DESIGN, MY HOME

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Welcome back to another edition of #EgbertHouseRevival – a complete home makeover for my favorite parents. Today we’re introducing the Great Room. The Great Room in this house is just that, so great. You walk in and you’re greeted with 14 foot vaulted ceiling with beams, lots of light and a beautiful stone fireplace that runs almost floor to ceiling. It’s the heart of the house and divides the kitchen and dining spaces from the bedrooms.

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This is actually one of the spaces in the house that requires the least amount of structural work. The floors are in great shape and the fireplace is majestic and in full working order. Some of the things we’re going to change is removing/replacing the ranch-style trim, adding new lighting fixtures (OBVS), and painting the walls. The photos make the floor look a little orangey but they are actually a pretty nice hickory like tone that is actually quite good.

We really wanted to space to feel light and bright and overall pretty neutral with pops of blue hues. We have a lot of beautiful heirloom pieces that we wanted to add in the space as well so having a space that felt neutral, timeless and classically cool was key. Check out our inspiration.

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All images via Style by Emily Henderson, except image with fireplace which is via Place of my Taste

Definitely taking a page out of Emily Henderson’s book on this one 😉 but I just love how the spaces are so expertly styled, yet feel so easy. You know what I mean?

What do you think of the Great Room inspiration?

DESIGN, INSPIRATION

vintage pink bathroom intro

I’m jazzed to give you guys another peek into another space I’m doing as a part of the #EgbertHouseRevival. To refresh your memory, my parents recently bought a new home as a part of their new empty nester chapter and I’ve been tasked (eagerly) to help them redesign it. Lucky them, am I right?! And if you’re wondering what Egbert means, it’s the street the house is on 😉

This bathroom is actually ending up being one of my favorite spaces despite it being one of the smallest and ultimately having the smallest amount of work done to it.

Don’t stare too hard at her blemishes now because her beauty runs deep.

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When we first toured the house and I walked into this little (read tiny) bathroom I was first all like “no way, ew, it’s all gotta go!” and my parents were like, “but…. budget….” and I’m like, “Uuugghhhhh, okay, I’ll figure something out.” So I hit the Pinterest boards and found to my surprise that vintage pink bathrooms are a thing! And they look so cute and so fresh.

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I mean, so adorable, right?? (via oh happy day)

And then I got really excited. The tile in the bathroom is actually in really great shape. It’s pretty clean and none of the tiles are missing or chipped so it’s staying. And everything else is getting a facelift. This is one of those situations where you can see the difference between bad dated (see kitchen) and cute vintage with tons of potential.

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Don’t get me wrong though. She totally ugly right now. A real life Cinderella before the ball situation. In my next update post I’ve give more details but just for your reassurance (because I know you’ll be losing sleep over it) I’ll give a brief run down of the big ideas here: the vanity is gone, that mirror is so gone, the fixtures are trash, and the molding here (and the rest of the house too) is going to be replaced with fresh white trim. Granny wallpaper, gone.

Since the pink is soo pink – which I guess not everyone likes that (?!), not that I really see anything wrong that 😉 – I am going to balance that out with modern, black fixtures and graphic patterns that are going to help the space feel so modern.

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Sources from left to right: pink walls, black and white wallpaper, white and bright, matte black fixtures, pendant, pink tile wall.

So what do y’all think? Do you like the idea of keeping the pink tile? Can’t wait to share more soon!