Aaaaahhh yes, and yes I couldn't quite tell you if that was a sigh or a bit of a scream and this week has been like that in a nutshell. While this space and this article have nothing whatever to do with Singapore or cocktail recipes, I do indeed enjoy myself a good Singapore Sling, one of my faves actually, and the easy minimal styling of this space by Weekday Carnival has me curled up in fetal position (in my mind of course), wishing this week would hurry to a close.

One // My house is a hot mess 99.9% of the time. This is not an exaggeration. We even have house cleaners, because if we didn't, they would haul us off to hoarders anonymous and take our kids away. But it is no joke to say that within 3 hours of having our house spotless, it's already heading down the slippery slope of doom. By the next morning, it's a wreck again. Life is messy, and having young children is messy, but life as a DIY blogger is exceptionally messy. Projects, shipments, pieces and parts are everywhere all of the time. Always. And have I mentioned I'm the only girl in the house. It's a pig sty.

Two // It's my life long dream to design products. Not just one type of product, but all varieties of things. I have wanted to do this since I was a wee little girl and I think about it constantly. From hardware to notebooks, lighting and furniture, bedding, tools, you name it, I think about it. It's all consuming, all the time... literally.

Three // The Bird (my toddler for those of you who are new here) loves to dance. Seriously loves it, complete with a little baby fist pump, which I may or may not have taught him... no comment. I foster this love of music and dancing by singing him silly songs (of course) and letting him watch Beverly Hills Chihuahua III - Viva La Fiesta, which happens to have some of the best baby dancing music around. Also, he has just recently learned to say 'movie', so naturally I help further his understanding of language by reaffirming his proper use of the word and showing him said 'movie'. One might also assume that these woofs help with a bit of the babysitting and distracting around these parts since we are in dire need of both, much of the time.  

Four // The Mr. and I have been fighting like crazy over time. I mentioned that here as well, but I feel like it's at an all time high right now and I have reached a breaking point. From my perspective it seems as though he is tipping the scales in his own favor with things that are 'beyond his control' and I resent him for this. Naturally time taken in one direction is at the sacrifice of the other, and lately that has meant me. Since I have the crazier schedule at the moment, to be the one sacrificing time seems like sheer insanity and it's wearing on me both physically and mentally. I'm working on very little sleep and have only posted to this site once this week. I'm sure his perspective is different, as these things always go, but it's hard to see things clearly when you are deep in the midst of what feels like a personal crisis. I'm finding that it's hard to fight for a marriage when you spend so much time fighting for yourself as an individual, but I am hoping to learn to forgive and step outside of my own personal needs to see if we can overcome this. I just don't know how for the moment so it's a process I will have to grow into. Eek, how is that for turning picture perfect on it's head. More like falling apart at the seams around here. 

Five // I have a constant slew of silly songs running through my head at every moment of the day. My kiddos know the words and the rhythms to these well before they know any proper nursery rhymes or baby songs. Both of my boys immediately start to dance when I start to sing one of my silly songs. Blake, who is now 6 doesn't dance quite as much, or at least there was a period there where he didn't, but he seems to a bit more now... but the Bird... he is totally into it and fully jams to any beats I throw his way. It's awesome, and I adore this about them. I wonder if they like this about me? It's definitely not a normal sane person thing, I don't think, but it seems I spawn kids who are equally as weird as I am (yes, just ask my family, we are weird) and I am awfully glad of that because otherwise I would be the only weirdo on her weirdo island in a house full of boys. Eek. 


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This might be the first year where my design obsessions and the current state of affairs in the design world, actually align. Fingers crossed this is so, because when the masses jump on board, it's a tad easier to find those items I am coveting. Though this also means I am likely to tire of it a tad more quickly, since it will become style overload for someone like myself who is constantly bombarded with visual inspiration. I for one am over the moon excited to jump on the bandwagon I see coming down the line here in 2014.

My Design and Style Predictions for 2014

This will be the year of the organic scandi-mod revival. I see this as being something of a blend of Scandinavian, Japanese, Modern, and Vintage. That might sound crazy, but I assure these styles all have some major crossover and blend quite seamlessly.  Some industrial details will carry over from previous years with elements like metal and wood. Functional pieces with a nod to the past will be relevant through the year and perhaps beyond. More masculine, clean lines with simple shapes will reign supreme in the furniture arena, rather than pieces that are fussy with a more feminine detailing. Organic shapes and materials will dominate for accessories, with objects that have an geometric aesthetic, origami-esque quality, or macramé-like vibe taking center stage and paying homage to our 60's, 70's and 80's era design styles as well as having a distinct Japanese flavor scattered throughout.  

Let's get even more specific shall we?  

My Trend Predictions for 2014

  • Modular Shelving

Yep, so true. This year will see an uptick in purposeful choosing of a more industrial quality of shelving with modular features and adjustable functionality. 

  • Marble

This started last year in a big big way and is not showing signs of slowing anytime soon. From marble patterned elements to marble topped tables, this gorgeous trend is going to be seen in virtually every home of every design and DIY blogger across the interwebs.. you just wait and see. 

  • Copper

Another beautiful detail that began to make it's foray into decor a few years ago, with lighting and fixtures emerging in this gorgeous hue, but it's truly about to make a big big splash in the coming months. Brass isn't likely going anywhere just yet, so don't fret. You just have one additional metallic to choose from in your next home related adventure, and that is fabulous!

  • Abundant Plant Life

This is definitely going to be the year of the house plant. Fiddle leaf figs are already a major staple in the DIY + design blogger home and I predict this year will see other equally as dramatic choices emerge in the large plant category. Of course the hanging planters with drippy viney leaves will be another addition to virtually every space and this will be frequently paired with a vintage style macramé kind of hanging apparatus. Which of course brings me to my next prediction...

  • Fiber Art and Macramé

​We will see a continuation of this from last year and it will spill on over to the masses in no time. Everyone loves an interesting option for wall decor to pair with their more traditional forms of art and photography, and this will be a major player, to be sure.

  • Ceramics

Ceramics on display, especially of the geometric, organic, or vintage seeming variety, will grace the open modular shelving in hoards!

  • White

​Last year began with a slight migration toward white walls and ended with a bit of an excursion into the world of dark walls. I think that will stick around for a brief bit but I think for the most part the white and airy space that functions as more of a beautiful backdrop and shows off your furniture and accessories will take center stage. Look for a general lightening of the interior to emerge as the leader this year and a movement away from color and that pale gray everyone has clung to for the last several years... 

  • Geometric

You didn't think this was going away already did you? I didn't think so... Its a good thing too because I kind of love all things geometric and angular. It makes life a bit more interesting, no? I think irregular geometric shapes, the sexy hexy and triangles will really run rampant through the year and will find new and interesting means of manifesting themselves in areas of design we haven't seen them before. I can envision all things geometric and heart shaped popping up this Valentine's Day. Two things you probably never imagined would pair well prior to this modern interpretation of a very 80's revival trend! 

  • Origami + Paper Craft

Be prepared to see many a creations made from paper, especially those with a geometric quality about them like traditional origami crafting produces. I also think the fringe tassels will stay strong through the year and are such a fun addition to a party as a garland or balloon fringe.

  • Natural Wood

From picture frames to furniture this light hued specimen will begin to infiltrate the ranks of the warmer and darker vintage shades and walnut blends. 

  • Photography

Last year was all about the abstract paintings in colorful pastels and neons with saturated sweeps of the brush, and while I don't think that will fade necessarily I do see real photographic art making a big entrance. Whether as a form of escapism or for adding a bit of a vintage flare to your walls, these real life images will become a hot topic for sure and will run the gamut from gorgeous ocean scenes to retro coast lines and snow capped mountains, but all will be fabulous!

  • Black + White + Pastel all Over...

While Radiant Orchid may have been the Pantone color prediction for this year, I divert wholeheartedly in firm belief that we will instead see a surge of pastel shades hues and the classic black and white of course. I am thinking mint will be the front runner here with some pale gray blue tones and peachy pinks playing a big part in this year's accent colors du jour. Of course we will still have lot's of gray and some pops of neon to pair with these more feminine colors. 

  • Global Bazaar

Global inspired and authentic handmade pieces in the home will still be a major player, and in fact I think we will kick this up a notch with much focus on direct from the source purchasing and fair trade producing of rugs, textiles and woven goods. 


What do you think? Will you embrace any of these trends? I can't wait... I would love to see what you think some of this years trends will be! Please share your thoughts in the comments here!


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This article is sponsored by California Closets, all daydreaming, scheming and organizational musings are 100% my own.

I've become quickly aware that my master bedroom closet needs to be moved up the list of rooms to tackle in my home. It's one of the few rooms in my house that seems to be in constant chaos, right alongside my laundry room. There is clearly a connection between the two.

1 // 2 My love for high contrast spaces apparently carries right on over into the closet because the spaces above make me ridiculously happy. I think I might need to coordinate my wardrobe with my decor so that as I display it, everything looks beautiful. Perhaps if I simply pair down my clothing to only black and white items I might actually be able to see the floor in there. Imagine how much time I would save only having to worry about a handful of pieces. 

1 // 2 The idea of floor to ceiling storage goodness (not to mention the stacks of orange Hermès boxes) makes my heart sing. A place for everything and everything in it's place, that's how the saying goes... and in these spaces it might actually be true. To have enough shelving and hooks and hangers for every single piece of clothing I own, hardly seems fathomable. Yet I know with some smart decision making and planning it's entirely possible. Even more so if I stick with my black and white idea earlier... it's tempting.

1 // 2 // 3 The mountains of laundry and shoes that live in my closet right now are overwhelming to say the least. So naturally I am drawn to these minimal closet spaces. While a wardrobe of this minute size is not actually possible for me in real life, I can draw inspiration from these spaces above in the way that they incorporate non traditional storage into what might be an otherwise fairly standardized space. Why not hang clothing from thick branches or use wardrobe racks in place of boring closet rods. A combination of custom built-in beauties with a smattering of unusual storage solutions, might be just the thing to make a closet feel unique and give it some style and interest.

1 // 2 // 3 Specialized storage solutions and easy accessibility are the final pieces of the puzzle in a really good closet design. A place to put handbags and tall boots, sunglasses and ties... the unmentionables... these all need a place to live that suits them well or these things will clutter up an otherwise fabulous space. Tall ceilings? A rolling ladder is what you need to reach those top shelves (especially at the mere 5'2" that I am). Since a space isn't a good space without a bit of pretty and decor, leaving room for accessories and art is a must. I want my closet to be like any other room in my home only organized to the nines. I want the clutter hidden away and the items that aren't so cute, sitting behind closed doors, while the gorgeous things sit on display. It's not too much to ask, is it?

What are your closet 'must-haves'? Are they elaborate and color coded or sparse and calming?

This article is sponsored by California Closets, all daydreaming, scheming and organizational musings are 100% my own.

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This post created in partnership with Saatchi Online, all musings and ramblings are 100% my own.

Are you a bold graphic type of person? Or maybe you are abstract and colorful? What about the absence of 'art' or art that you can create on a whim? Perhaps you are more down to earth and like it real in the form of photography... or might you like it all, combined in a fabulous gallery wall?

One thing I can say for certain is that your space will feel unique if you have unique artwork or a unique arrangement of art. Buying original works is always an exciting and wonderful way to accomplish this, but it might not be the most affordable option for you, depending on what you like and how main stream it is. There are so many amazing sites out there that connect you with the artists directly and allow you to buy real pieces from them, in addition to prints. Never before has great art been so accessible. Don't skimp on this step. And by skimp I don't mean you need to spend a fortune... buy a print instead of the real deal if it fits your budget, or make your own...but don't drop the ball on this aspect of design. It's crucial... 


The one thing every single one of these spaces has in common is the amazing artwork that takes the overall design up a notch or 5. I think a recurring series on found art might be a fun way to share some new ideas and sources with you guys. I will explore this idea a bit more... I am currently loving the community collections available at saatchionline.com. It's fabulous to see the the pieces the guest curators put together and I love that for many of the pieces you have the option to buy the original or a print. Let's face it, this brings art to a state that is affordable for most of us mere mortals. 

I always love some vintage pieces thrown into the mix, that much is obvious given my penchant for vintage art purchases... but I love such a wide range of pieces that it's hard to put my finger on precisely how I want to be defined. Seems like my love of art is subject to change like the wind, but I always love a good bold graphic and an abstract piece... always! This one is a current fave on mine and I love that it's affordable. 

What about you? What do you love? Do you change your mind all the time or is your preference for art more tried and true?

This post created in partnership with Saatchi Online, all musings and ramblings are 100% my own.



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So, I'm just going to come right out and say it... Coastal Decor is not really my thing. I can appreciate it with the best of them, and love the vibe it exudes, but it just isn't my particular jam, if you know what I mean. Not that I could define precisely what my jam is, but I can assure you it isn't coastal by nature.


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I have pretty much always been a little bit 'rock n roll' when it comes to my style sensibility. I like things with a bit of an edge to them.

So far, I have installed this light fixture you see above, thanks to Golden Age USA. I have a zinc table similar to the one you see in the mood board, and a couple of the beach scenes in the collected groupings of art. I also have fabric ordered and en route for curtains, and a glam metal table that isn't shown above but can be seen here. Now for the sad face portion... this rug which I covet so much, is discontinued.... 

Womp, womp, womp. I know right? It's sooooo good. I guess it will have to be a DIY project, which is kind of a bummer since the plush feel of this carpet would have been awesome-sauce. Crap. Oh well. I shed a few tears when I found out. Then a few more each week since. DIY could work for it, but it isn't my preference for once. 

Now let's get to the fun part, shall we? That would be the complete source list so far, in case you weren't sure... 

Also, if you would like to browse all of the other things I have been crushing on, click here.


1. Various Art: 20x200, Lips (might have to be a DIY inspired by Made by Girl with a yellow hue or gold), Laila K (not sure if it's an image that is for sale, but I hope so), Unknown (if you know please help)

2. Tie Die Curtains: DIY Project? 

3. Crystal Chandelier

4. Various Art: 20x200Amarylis Truth

5. Yellow Tolix Chair: Given the price of these from Target, this might be a good candidate for a sprayed finish

6. Fiddle Leaf Fig

7. Cheetah Rug

8. Zinc Table: I purchased mine from Crate & Barrel, but this version I like to is identical (and much cheaper, yay!)

Items not shown above that will live in this room:

Wooden Pot: Viva Terra, Frames: Ikea, Side Table: Target

I was provided with items from Golden Age USA as part of my partnership with them. All opinions, designs, and craziness are my own!



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