February 6, 2014

Hello Beautiful: My Ikea Dressing Area + Vanity

Oh hello. I know...it's been forever since we last saw each other. But I'm still here and back with a fabulous space makeover from our bedroom.

A tiny corner of our bedroom which I deemed "my dressing area" pretty much consisted of a full length mirror tilted against the wall. I've always wanted a dressing table. There is just something so intrinsically glamorous about having a special space just to get yourself ready in the morning, or for an evening out. Of course having the space in your bedroom for such a luxury is another story. I've always settled for parking a stool at the bathroom counter but after coming across the Micke desk at Ikea I was giddy. It was the perfect size, minimal in design, featured a drawer and being a desk and all - a spot for cable management. Oh and it was under $50. This girl was sold!

My inspiration: 

The revamped space: Hello Beautiful! 

And then this happened. I found the most perfect swiveling white leather stool at Home Goods. Another bargain at $60.

 I lined the drawer (naturally) with some metallic leopard print wrapping paper, also found at Home Goods.

 I repurposed this acrylic magazine file into a holder for my styling tools. I love the clean, minimal look.

I scooped up a few fun beauty items as well. This set of make-up brushes and compact from Forever 21 are surprisingly decent quality for the price. 

Another thing that I've been wanting is a confetti wall. I had my heart set on gold, but I think the silver adds a more subtle elegance to the space. I whipped up some artwork during my daughter's nap, which was inspired by this mug from Indigio.

Getting ready is so much more fun!

I sell this Hello Beautiful digital print with and without matting in my Etsy shop. Get yours here.

September 25, 2013

Refinished, RE-Styled: Target Gold Base Ottoman

After seeing Dwellings by DeVore post these clearance Target stools on Instagram, pleading for someone to refinish one, I quickly made my way to my store and picked up a black & grey one for $8. I really wanted to keep two of them for symmetry sake but it just didn't work in our living room.

I just happened to have a new can Valspar gold spray paint handy. You never know when you'll have an itch to transform something gold! I was a little surprised as I test sprayed - it had a bit of a coppery undertone. But as I looked at the table lamp base across the room I noticed that it too had that same copper look.

So I went with it and I couldn't be more pleased with the result. It's so luxe. I can't believe I only paid $8 for it.

Now I just need the fall weather to hurry up so I can curl up in that armchair with a cozy blanket, a good book and some coffee. Oh wait - I forgot I have a baby now...well maybe I can sneak downstairs while she sleeps at night.

I also got some new pillow covers in black & white of course. These are from GroopDealz, a site that I have recently become mildly obsessed with. For $6 each you really can't beat it. I mean, I couldn't even make them for that cheap. I got two in the wide chevron print and two more in Greek key
Sadly though I have decided not to decorate for Halloween this year. We are skipping hosting our party as well (I know, tear). Entertaining a house full of people is just too tricky with a 4 month old. We hope to resume our annual tradition next year!

September 4, 2013

Curated Collection: Throw Pillows

So finding my way back to blogging has been a bit of a challenge since baby has arrived. If I can't complete a task on my smartphone it pretty much doesn't happen, so I'm giving this whole mobile blogging thing a try.

Anyway...Throw Pillows.

Bitches love throw pillows. And why wouldn't you? Any avid decorator knows it's the quickest way to refresh a room. It's easy to get carried away though. I recall a friend telling me of her "pillow problem" when her husband opened her car trunk and found it was completely full of pillows! Haha I guess I'm not the only one who uses their trunk for extra storage.

I've rounded up two of my favorite trends for summer decor right now - preppy nautical & Palm Beach chic. Enjoy!

Pillows from Whitlock & Co. on Etsy 

July 12, 2013

Home office storage

While I was still pregnant and not able to sit comfortably at a desk, I used the opportunity to tidy up some areas around the house, namely my home office. I was craving some uniformity so I went all out with the grey & white theme to match my painted stripe curtains. 

The magazine files were Target dollar bin finds and the white handled pull outs are from Ikea (kitchen storage). I consider myself a devoted Target shopper, but about every 4 months I have to make the trip to Walmart to buy shipping envelopes for my shop. I hate to sound like a snob but it seems like every time I walk into a Walmart, no matter which neighborhood, I see at least a few of the offending parties on People of Walmart. Anyway I happened to walk by the storage & organization section and scored 4 of these stylish cardboard cubes. They were the perfect size for my closet unit - 10.5 x 10.5 - and only $3 each. Sold.

More posts about this space:
My lovely workspace
More office details
Chevron memo board
Painted stripe curtains
A purple accent wall

July 6, 2013

She is here.

Our darling Avabella arrived 3 days passed her estimated due date. The birth went rather smoothly and wasn't nearly as scary as I anticipated. We are home and adjusting to life as a new family of three. I won't go into details since this isn't that kind of blog but I will say that my heart is so full of love. 

This little one is a big job but I'm hoping to get back to blogging eventually. Thank you readers for all your lovely comments and support! It means so much. 

June 14, 2013

DIY Modern Neon Manicure

I was wandering around Kohl's with a $10 free merch coupon burning a hole in my pocket when I spotted this fantastic bag...

It was already marked down so I ended up getting it for $11. Love it! Now I must say that I'm not a huge fan of the neon trend. In my opinion neon it has a tendency to make things look cheap. But in this case I think it totally works! Anyway, it's been a while since I've given myself a manicure and seeing as I have a ton of time on my hands while I wait for baby to arrive I figured why not try something fun?!

I simply painted my nails with nude & black polish and waited for them to dry. For the shapes I used a neon yellow highlighter to color an adhesive address label, then cut them out with scissors. I used a black nail art pen to draw the polka dots & triangle lines. 

There you have it... Have a great weekend lovelies!

June 13, 2013

DIY Month by Month Onesies

As an avid documentarian, I've been pondering how I want to document our daughter's first year. There are so many creative ideas out there, but ultimately I decided a monthly photo would be the easiest. I was wandering around Hobby Lobby when I came across these adorable polka dot iron-on transfers. I plan on taking her monthly photo wearing these as she lays on this rug. 

This project was fairly simple. I completed the first six in 20 minutes. I was impressed by the quality of the iron-ons. They are flocked texture too! Tip: Always check the store site for sales. I was able to get the onesies at 20% off.

DIY Month by Month Onesies
(1) Polka dot iron-on transfer number set
(3) 0-3 month onesies
(3) 3-6 month onesies
(5) 6-12 month onesies
Note: I plan on taking her 1-year photo in a different outfit. 


  • Pre-wash onesies using baby detergent.
  • Very carefully peel each number transfer and affix to each onesie.
  • Using an iron (on cotton setting) press down on each transfer using medium pressure for 20 seconds. Turn onesie inside out and repeat on the reverse side.

June 11, 2013

Currently Coveting: Lemon + Licorice Summer Essentials

In my opinion it really doesn't get anymore chic than black + white. Add a squeeze of lemon and you have a winning combination for summer. Enjoy!

1 - striped swimsuit / Target; $18 each // 2 - Mossimo black collection / Target; $16-$20 each // 3- Nate Berkus beach towel / Target; $18 // 4 - heartbreaker sunglasses / Urban Outfitters; $16 // 5 - lemon slice pool float / Amazon; $35 // 6 - checkerboard set / Kate Spade Saturday; $30