Current Obsession – Calligraphy

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You know I love sharing my recent obsessions with you. This new obsession is something I’ve discovered through Instagram. I’ve fallen in love with watching calligraphy videos. I’m an artsy person but OMG I seriously don’t know how these artists write so beautifully. It’s honestly mesmerizing to watch. I sit on Instagram binge watching these videos and then all the sudden it’s an hour later. But I LOVE it! I’ll link my favorite account here. I highly recommend creeping on the page because they always tag the artists and give them credit for their work (which I really appreciate)! I’d love to try out calligraphy, until I remember how much of a perfectionist I am. I feel like I wouldn’t have the patience to practice my writing that much. What do you guys think? Should I give it a try?

Suzanne Cunningham

Suzanne Cunningham

Kei Han Goodman

Kei Han Goodman

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith (as well as the cover image)

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Flashback Friday – Scenic Heaven

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For those of you who don’t know, I went on a much needed vaca this summer to Colorado. I never got a chance to share all the wonderful views and places I went during my far too short week there. I wanted to take today to share some of my trip with you! I hope you enjoy. If you do, don’t forget to hit that like button! 🙂

One of the first places we always make sure we stop at, Arapahoe Cafe. Food is just as amazing as the views! Be sure to get there early for breakfast to you can have a beautiful seat out on their patio.

The drive/hike up to the top of Mt. Evans always proves to be a gorgeous can’t miss opportunity for us.

This wonderful little town is a hidden gem and can’t miss in my opinion. See my blog here about this place!

Garden of the Gods was a first for me this year. I can’t believe I had never been here before. It was absolutely breathtaking. Being a midwestern girl, I am always amazed by mountains but there is something about this place that gets me in the feels!

The hike up to Lily Pad lake was a gorgeous one and well worth the walk! The pond is so cute and there are plenty of spots to camp or have a picnic on the shores.

I can’t, and won’t, ever forget about visiting my favorite spot in the world (so far). Sapphire Point Overlook is my absolute favorite spot to go to. It’s a great place to just sit and enjoy the scenery. Luckily for us, we stumbled upon a few artists. I don’t blame them for setting up shop here. It’s extremely inspirational and a beautiful backdrop for a studio session.

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Tips and Tricks For Creating Your Dream Living Room – For Every 20-Something Living On Their Own

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What a gorgeous way to start of the week! I was definitely feeling the need to shop around for some home décor this weekend. So, I satisfied that need with that big gorgeous canvas up on the wall (I’m OBSESSED). Then I got to thinking: “What better way to start the week than with some home décor inspiration?” Well, here I am! I’ve already talked about Creating Your Personal Oasis in your bedroom; so, let’s take today to talk about your living room.

This post is for all you 20-somethings out there or simply all of you out there decorating on a budget. I’m in the same boat as all of you; except as a designer, I’m tempted by all of this home décor EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. It’s exhausting trying to resist buying these 24/7! So let me help you figure out what you need to buy to start achieving that designer feel. My living room is nowhere near complete but, like all projects, it’s a journey that happens in phases. So, here are five simple tips that can help you achieve that designer look for less.

  1. Invest in your signature pieces. Those pieces include the larger pieces of furniture that get used most frequently. For me, that was the sectional. We got ours at Homemakers a year ago for only $600! (Click here for the exact sectional.) Gorgeous durable pieces don’t always have to cost an arm and a leg. This sectional has held up through a year of cats, dogs, and us without showing any of it. If this sectional isn’t your style, be sure to check out sites like Overstock, Joss and Main, and Wayfair for some amazing deals on your signature pieces.
  2. Ditch the socks. I’ll be the first to remove carpeting in any place I live in. However, I’ve got a serious soft spot for rugs. They’re a great way to dress up a room and add a touch of color or texture. I purchased ours on Wayfair for a pretty decent price (click here for the exact rug)!
  3. Mix the old with the new. You can’t go purchasing all new everything (not yet at least). So, learn to repurpose and mix your old pieces with the new. Our coffee table originally was a light pine color that really didn’t work in our home or with any of our furniture. Some time and paint (and the help of my mother) changed that stubborn old piece into a timeless piece I can mix with any style.
  4. Get cozy. This is where decorating really starts to get fun. Adding accent pillows and throw blankets easily take your living room to the next level. Sadly, accent pillows aren’t too cheap. However, if you look for comfort as well as aesthetically pleasing pillows, you’ll find the perfect balance that will make the decision whether or not to buy the pillow a simple one. The furry pillows came from HomeGoods while the navy and the gold pillows came from Target. (They no longer carry the navy pillows but they were part of the Nate Berkus collection.)
  5. Add the wow factor. Whether you do this through artwork, lighting, or décor it’ll certainly add the extra push to make your living room really come together. This piece of art is my first installment of this step. It definitely did not come cheap…so the lamp and décor I have in mind will need to wait (the art was also a HomeGoods purchase so I sadly can’t link it). And that’s okay! If you can practice patience, I promise the end look will be much more satisfying!

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