Monthly Archives: February 2012

SXSW, Here I Come…..

I leave for SXSW late next week and I’m feeling a shopping spree coming on…..

Clockwise from left: Modcloth/ J.Crew/ House of Harlow/ Miss Selfridge/ Forever 21

 

 

Focusing your House

 

A lot of times I get really frustrated reading blogs like Apartment Therapy or Design Sponge, because every home featured is immaculate. Obviously, I know there was frantic amounts of cleaning done before these pictures were taken, but I still can’t help but feel that pang of jealousy. I have tried and tried to rearrange my house, I follow the organization guides, but I still run into the same problems.

In an attempt to get my house together, I’ve decided to tackle my house with a more personalized approach.

A few weeks ago I overheard a woman telling a friend that she keeps her laundry in two baskets, one clean, one dirty, that way she never has to put clothes away and she knows where to find everything. At first, I thought, that is crazy, but after assessing my laundry situation, I realized she had something. Two baskets might not be my ideal situation but it works for her and she seemed thrilled.

I always felt like there were rules to follow in home organization, but instead, maybe it’s more personal than I realized, there is no right way or wrong way, just what works for you?

I am going room by room in my house, and assessing my habits and needs. Asking myself what is the root of this problem?

How do you organize your home? What are your biggest challenges?

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Fun with Tattoos

I posted a little bit about this on the SDBlog, but I thought I’d share here as well. We have been gearing up for SXSW at the office and the amazing Tymn Armstrong designed the coolest temporary tattoos to hand out. We got them in yesterday, which was a nice surprise, even nicer, spending the whole morning applying as many as possible to out bodies. The ‘Holdfast’ was a last minute addition and ended up being my favorite.

My favorite part is that after I posted these on the blog and Facebook, I called my Dad to check in, and he was notably concerned they were real. I could hear the sound of relief in his voice when I told him they were fake! On Facebook my Aunt just typed “why??????????????????????????????????????” (That is a direct quote).

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M.I.A. in Tahoe

Enjoying this…

 

Inspired by Mary Blair

Lately, I’ve noticed all the items on my want list have something in common. They all remind me of the artwork of Mary Blair. Love it.

 

Clockwise from left: Asymmetrical Seamed Top/ Tribal Mosaic Necklace/ Haute in Traffic Skirt/ Arcs and Sciences UmbrellaTracy Tulip Bustier Dress

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DIY: Fish Scale Wall Art

Recently, I was so inspired by the fish scale walls done by Kara Paslay and Two Thirty-Five Designs, I decided to make my own. I love how large and textural it is without over powering the room.

Project cost: Less than $30

What you’ll need:

5 ft. x 5 ft. pieces of ply wood

Scissors

Card stock

Hot glue gun

2 cans of gold spray paint

2 sawtooth picture hangers

1. Cut out your circles. I did this the hard way by tracing a coffee cup and cutting each one out, but this task could be easier if you got the proper tool. I cut out 200. No, it wasn’t my favorite part, go get yourself a circle cutter.

2. Hot glue gun your circles to your board, offsetting each row from each other. The other two tutorials above, attached their circles with push pins and staples. I got the wrong kind of wood for this, so I used my trusty glue gun.

3.  Now that you have all your circles attached, spray them down with your gold paint. Makes sure to get the edges well and direct the paint so it get s underneath the circles a bit.

4. Let the paint dry, it shouldn’t take long.

5. You will find that your circles have dried a little funky, so I went back through with my glue gun and tacked them down so they lay flat. I attached my sawtooth picture hangers, and hung it up.

This project is simple, but does take some time, so be sure to set enough time aside to complete it. It’s a weekend project, for sure. I love the way this turned out and because my taste changes so often, I won’t feel bad if I get sick of it. It has been 4 months since I’ve hung this though, and I still love it!

XO

Jenna

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Neon at Home and DIY Round Up

I know, I know, again with the neon, but I did way to much neon searching on Google, so I’m just gonna roll with it.

I’ve decided neon doesn’t have a place in every home (like mine, for example), but I love how it looks in context with natural elements.

 

 

I love how the neon can look when paired with woods, linens, tweeds, and neutral tones of greys and browns. I think a little really goes a long way and it keeps it fresh.

I think I might just DIY my own neon accents. I can’t see myself spending too much this trend, but I’m be willing to put in the time for a few fun accents.

My favorite neon DIY’s from the web, you ask? Here they are.

Granny Stripe Blanket from Purl Bee

Neon and Twine Vases From Milk Bottles by Izabella

Color Block Heels from What Would Ashley Wear

Neon Jewelry from Style Alter

A Pair and a Spare has so many Neon DIY’s I’m not even gonna list them all, check them out here

 

Sources top to bottom: Design Sponge/ Design Sponge/ Moises Hernandez

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Free Download: Valentine

This week over at Space Dog, Tymn Armstrong created a super sweet Valentines Day card for everyone to download. Head over to the SDBlog and get one! (Well, all four, actually)

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Current Obsession: Sophistcated Neon

I am not a color person. And I am definitely not a neon person, but I am currently obsessed with neon accessories. Mainly, shoes and jewellery.

It’s just enough of a pop of color, without feeling like I’m a middle schooler or a club kid.

Clockwise from top Left: Madewell Patent Sidewalk Skimmer/ Asos Fluro Skinny Belt/ Phospho Necklace/ Paul Smith Thread Through Waist Belt/ Azure Triad Collar Necklace/ Gap Neon City Flats