DIY Candles

diy candles on the violet

I had the pleasure recently of contributing to a gorgeous little e-mag called The Violet! I actually tackled DIY candles, which I’ve never done before, but turns out they’re not…

I had the pleasure recently of contributing to a gorgeous little e-mag called The Violet! I actually tackled DIY candles, which I’ve never done before, but turns out they’re not as hard as you’d think! Check out the article for the full DIY, and be sure to flip through the rest of the magazine — it’s a beautiful fall issue! xoxo

DIY Candles

Cupcakes

guest post on oh, hello friend!

I’m so excited to be guest blogging for Danni today over on Oh, Hello Friend! I’ve loved her blog forever and was so flattered when she asked me to help…

I’m so excited to be guest blogging for Danni today over on Oh, Hello Friend! I’ve loved her blog forever and was so flattered when she asked me to help out while she’s out of town. I’ve got a cute little DIY that involves cupcakes — who could say no to that? Check it out here. xoxo

Cupcakes

Heart Sunnies

i’m an etsy guest curator!

Oops. I blew the big news in the title. But I’ll say it again! Today I’m guest curating over on the Etsy blog, and I’m so excited to be there….

Oops. I blew the big news in the title. But I’ll say it again! Today I’m guest curating over on the Etsy blog, and I’m so excited to be there. I’ve got a colorful little summertime round-up for you, so check it out if you need some inspiration, or just something pretty to look at. Go here to see it! xoxo

Heart Sunnies

Sunnies from Count on Cute.
Great Wall

travel tips from yours truly

I recently did a super-fun interview with Liz from Marry Me and Fly Free, all about travel! Liz has a fantastic series where she asks bloggers about their traveling experiences…

I recently did a super-fun interview with Liz from Marry Me and Fly Free, all about travel! Liz has a fantastic series where she asks bloggers about their traveling experiences — we cover everything from my favorite trip to my packing essentials. Check it out here to read the whole interview! xoxo

Great Wall

Hiking the Great Wall of China in 2009.

this one goes up on the fridge

I’m so proud! If I could cut it out and put it on the fridge with a big smiley face sticker, I would. I contributed to an e-mag for the…

I’m so proud! If I could cut it out and put it on the fridge with a big smiley face sticker, I would. I contributed to an e-mag for the first time!

If you’d like to check out my pages (along with the rest of this beautiful magalog), head over to Society Social and take a peek. The whole issue is full of fun summer ideas, from decor to fashion to being the hostess with the mostest. Go look! xoxo

houzz

Hi Guys! I’m super excited to have a guest post today from Becky over at Houzz. If you don’t know it, you should check it out — especially if you’re…

Hi Guys! I’m super excited to have a guest post today from Becky over at Houzz. If you don’t know it, you should check it out — especially if you’re in the midst of restyling your home in any way. I asked the good folks at Houzz if they had any inspiration for a functional but super-chic home office, and they came back with some major goodness.  Check it out.  xoxo

Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I’m a contributor at Houzz, a home design site focused on helping design professionals and homeowners manage the remodeling and decorating process. Thanks so much to Chelsea for having me!

In a small home, a home office area can mean a corner of your bedroom, a nook off the kitchen or even a tight closet. When your workspace is so integrated into the rest of your home, it’s important to plan the space efficiently and also maintain a level of style. Here are three office spaces that can exist as a part of other rooms without looking like a pile of messy stress.

{Contemporary Home Office design by Other Metros Interior Designer
Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.}

This is the kind of home office that fits into a glamorous bedroom. If you replace the laptop with a table mirror, it instantly transforms into a dressing table fit for a fashion-forward diva.

Notes to take from this home office:

  • Use a desk with a light profile.
  • Keeping most of the lines rectilinear provides a uniform look that’s pleasing to the eye.
  • Using clear glass or lucite lamp bases keeps the desk from looking cluttered.

{Modern Home Office design by LA Photographer Erika Bierman Photography}

This office has lots of white, which makes the carefully edited colorful patterns stand out.

Notes to take from this home office:

  • The geometric accent wall is a strong backdrop and everything else needs to bow down to it.
  • Chic and simple white cabinets provide scads of storage space for messy paper clutter, files, supplies and equipment.
  • Symmetry provided by the two table lamps and magazine files adds a pleasing balance to the space.

{Home Office design by LA Interior Designer Vanessa De Vargas}

Office storage doesn’t need to consist of old metal file cabinets.

Notes to take from this home office:

  • Your style does not need to be all business; use a Beverly Hills dream closet for inspiration if that’s what floats your boat.
  • You can outfit all sorts of storage pieces to suit your office. Scanners, printers, papers and files are all hidden in this chic, non-officey cabinet.

Thanks so much to Chelsea for giving me this topic; to be honest I’m writing from my dining room table as my home office is in a scary state right now. Writing this has inspired me to go attack it and make it a more inspiring space!

Find more inspiration from New York interior designers and more design professionals at Houzz.

phillip light

Guys, I have a new favorite artist and I just have to share with you! If you don’t know Phillip Light, you’re missing out. I came across him on the…

Guys, I have a new favorite artist and I just have to share with you! If you don’t know Phillip Light, you’re missing out. I came across him on the web and just fell in love with his illustrations.

Phillip was kind enough to give us a little Q and A about himself and his work. Read on if you want to be impressed.

Tell us what you’re studying!
Right now I’m an Art major at the University of Oregon with an emphasis in Illustration, but I will be transferring to Art Center College of Design as an Entertainment Design Major for the fall term 2012. I will be studying various aspects of the Concept Design field for Animation, Film, and Video games. After school I would love to work for an animation studio as a Visual Development Artist/Character Designer!

Do you have any favorites among your body of work?
I just finished an illustration called “Laundry Day” which I’m really happy with and is definitely one of my favorites so far. I’m also really proud of my redesign project for the story “The Paper Bag Princess.” (Hey Phillip, “Laundry Day” is our favorite, too!)

What are your favorite tools? Do you prefer to work digitally or on paper?
I’m really in love with Photoshop CS5 which is the digital program I work in a majority of the time. I just think it’s really amazing to use brushes that create the effects of traditional tools without having to actually go out and by them. Haha! But I still love drawing traditionally. I always do my drawings on paper with pencil before I color them in Photoshop. My favorite traditional tools to use are colored pencil and ink with a brush.

I loved Phillip’s work so much that I commissioned him to do a drawing of my niece for her 2nd birthday. I was completely blown away by what he came up with!

Is this guy amazing, or what? He’s also always up for a commissioned piece (and his rates are amazingly reasonable, if you ask me!), so contact him for more info if you’re interested. Thanks Phillip! xoxo

lovely indeed around the web

Hi all!  Just wanted to update you with a couple of guest posts I’ve been busy with lately!  First up, be sure to check out my Easter egg DIY over…

Hi all!  Just wanted to update you with a couple of guest posts I’ve been busy with lately!  First up, be sure to check out my Easter egg DIY over on The Sweetest Occasion.  It’s quick and simple and there are about a million ways you could modify it.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Next up, Mr. Lovely and I had the honor of being interviewed for Green Couch Design’sCreatives Near You” series!  It’s a great column that features creative couples and the way that they work, play, and live their lives together.  Our interview covers lots of stuff about our lives in NYC, the way that we work together, and even fun tidbits like what a typical date night looks like for us.  Head over and read all about it!  xoxo

jenny rocks

I owe a big thank you to Jenny from Hank + Hunt for a surprise package that showed up in my mailbox!  Jenny’s my DIY partner-in-crime over at The Sweetest…

I owe a big thank you to Jenny from Hank + Hunt for a surprise package that showed up in my mailbox!  Jenny’s my DIY partner-in-crime over at The Sweetest Occasion, and she’s one of the hottest party decor bloggers around.  She sent a cool little baggie of treats, including a DIY leather keychain and some of her famous garlands.  Can’t wait to use them!  Thanks so much, Jenny!  You’re a peach.  xoxo