Seeing the Light

Spring always makes me excited for new things.

Fresh flowers, warm afternoons, picnics, sailboats, baby animals, and new love.

Springtime is a season of rebirth, blossoming, and getting out of hibernation.  As it finally warms up in New England, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my summer sundresses and sandals.  I hope you’re enjoying the springtime season as much as I am.

Springtime makes me look forward to new projects, too.  Spring is the perfect season for taking action, moving forward, and taking chances.

As I smell lilacs on warm evening walks or enjoy the cool breeze through my window, it keeps me mindful and “in the now.”  Being able to enjoy the moment and appreciate the little things in life is truly living beautifully at its best.

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Keep shining.

Simple Glam- Making the Most of a Small Space

Over the weekend I gave my bathroom a makeover.  Despite living minimally, I’ve made an effort to give my humble abode a few little luxuries.

It’s not always easy to make an old room look shiny and new!  Ever since moving into my first San Francisco apartment ten years ago, I’ve grown accustomed to outdated (and overpriced) spaces that need a creative touch.  Although my bathroom wasn’t that bad, it definitely needed a little face lift.

Knowing I had blue tiles and plastic light fixtures to work with, I wanted to go for a clean, simple look.  As I was browsing through Marshalls, I stumbled across a sea-stripe shower curtain by Kate Spade– and although it wasn’t what I had initially been looking for, it was perfect for a New England girl.

Decorating Tip #1~ Find a staple piece and work everything else around it.

Now that I had my theme, I was ready to accessorize.  I had been living bare-bones since moving in; mismatched towels, a broken towel hook, and an old shower curtain had been holding me over these past seven months.  Needless to say, it was time to show the room some love.

I picked up the necessities- matching towels, a towel hook, bathmat, and a couple accessories to warm up the space.  It took me three days and several stores to find the perfect shades of blue, but once I made it to Primark, my search was over.  For just $26, I got two new bath towels, two hand towels and a bath mat- all to perfectly match my shower curtain.

Organization is huge for me.  I no longer keep “extras” in my house, either- if it’s old, broken, or useless, I toss it.  Long are the days of hoarding old nail polish, extra eyeshadow shades, or almost-gone lipstick.

Decorating Tip #2~ When arranging things, be sure they’re in a logical area- separate items such as lotions, beauty tools, perfumes, etc.  Not only will your area be tidy, it will be much easier to find everything!

It’s amazing what a few tiny touches can do!  In addition to this weekend’s purchases, I refurbished and reorganized a few things I already had.  I moved a few pictures on the wall, painted the vanity trim gold, and re-purposed a jewelry stand to hold my lotions.  With rose-gold accents and Tiffany-blue trimming, my chic and simple bathroom was complete.

Decorating Tip #3~ You don’t need to buy new everything- just move things around!

So, when all was said and done, I completed my bathroom makeover for under $70.  How did I do it?  Here’s the breakdown:

Shower Curtain: Marshalls, $20

Hand Towels: Primark, 2 pack, $13

Towels: Primark, 2 pack, $7

Bath Mat: Primark, $6

Over-the-Door Hanger: TJ Maxx, $6

Decorative Tree: Target, $6

Jar: Marshalls, $2

Candle: Marshalls, $6

Total Bathroom Makeover: $66.00

Not bad for a small space, is it?

City Inspiration

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It was an absolutely lovely, refreshing weekend.  With no plans other than to relax, read, and spend Easter Sunday with one of my girl friends, I settled into my cozy apartment and made a cup of black coffee.

As the Saturday sunshine filled my room, I got ready for the day and headed into Boston to run a few errands, enjoy a stroll by the harbor, and snap a some photos.  There’s nothing I love more than exploring the city, coffee in hand, with music in my earbuds as the soundtrack to my solo adventure.

Those are the days I get the most inspiration.

It’s no secret I’m an introvert, but some of my very best weekends are the ones I spend by myself.  I never leave home without a notebook, pens, and a fully charged phone- it’s important to always be prepared!

Sipping my coffee while window shopping, a sketch of the Boston skyline caught my eye.  Although the picture was in black and white, I thought, “why not paint the town gold?”

It’s been nearly a year since I started painting gold canvases, yet Saturday was the very first time I had ever thought to draw scenery.  Now that I am nearly finished with my first skyline piece, I’m wondering, “what next?!”  Whether it’s an uplifting phrase or positive word, it’s helpful to have little reminders throughout your space to symbolize things that make you smile.

Although I don’t have to go far to get inspired, it’s nice to bring a little bit of the city home with me.  Whether in black and white or gold, I’m grateful to live in such a beautiful place.

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