For the second installment of my inspirational mood boards, we’re headed in a different direction. All of this back-to-school talk has me reminiscing about my own college days and the sad little jail cell dorm room I called home…well, before I rebelled and sprung for a secret off-campus apartment all for myself. But that’s a story for another day. #rebellious

My next fantasy client is headed off to college, ready for freshman year and a new sense of freedom and excitement she hasn’t yet experienced. This girl’s has “preppy” written all over her and while she’s been to a lot of amazing places with her Sperry wearing, Vera Bradley toting, martini drinking dysfunctional family the idea of heading off to school on her own for the very first time has her jumping out out of her Lily Pulitzer party dress (well not literally but this is college we’re talking, isn’t it?!) She has a decent budget, given to her by her parents, to furnish her very first dorm room and while much of her style sways towards the typically preppy nautical themes & classic prints, she’s excited to have the freedom to insert a little of her own growing personality (wgasp!) while being sure not to ruffle any feathers of course.

So, whaddaya say? Let’s get moody! Preppy co-edHair Bun Print | Area Rug | Pagoda Throw Pillow | Horse Pillow | Orange Pillow | Tassel Throw | Tripod Table Lamp | Nightstand | Striped Bean Bag | Wire Laundry Hamper | Rainbow Bulletin Board | Faux Hydrangea | Round Mirror

Now let’s just hope the roommate shares her affinity for pastels and stripes or girlfriend’s in for a serious case of competing spaces ;-)

Did any thought go into decorating your dorm rooms? And, more importantly, who are we styling for next?!


Oh Monday…I do not like you. Not one bit. But alas, here you are again. Is it just me or are there definitely more Mondays in a week than any other day? I swear someone keeps slipping in a few extras, leaving Saturdays and Sundays in high demand because, let me tell you, two day weekends just aren’t cutting it for me anymore. By the time Monday morning rolls around I’m left looking back at the weekend in a cloud of dismay and confusion asking myself where all the time went because, guys, there’s a lot going on lately. So even though Mondays, as we know, are my nemesis (dramatic much?!) I’m happy to say that on this Monday I remembered to wear pants and even put on a little mascara. Ahhh, the little things.

I’m happy to say that we are officially moved into the new house and living in a corn maze of cardboard boxes and furniture slowly working towards an unpacked and organized house and I’m hoping to have some pictures headed your way soon. Until then, and since it’s the logical thing today when you have a laundry list of chores, let’s procrastinate, shall we?!

*With our 1st wedding anniversary fast approaching, this card made me laugh (check out some of our wedding designs & what went down on the big day here)

*16 ways to create a super stylish dorm room. I’m especially loving these “tape frames” for displaying artwork. let's procrastinate*My former pretty princess self would have died over this DIY dress-up rack.

*A behind the scenes look at Emily Henderson’s stained glass creations. Girlfriend kills it every. single. time. let's procrastinate

*3 stylish ways to use the Target Room Essentials Ottoman that will leave you smitten…

*A Restor-A-Finish remedy for an old desk makeover. (Remember our experience with that amazing stuff here?)

*A cool new rug for this cool little girl’s dark and moody nursery. Is black the new pink?! let's procrastinate

Although I’m so sorry it’s Monday, I hope you have a good one folks!


Another busy weekend behind us and we’re back to Monday. I hope you all had a great weekend! Like I told you last week, we have been busting our butts getting messy demo work done in anticipation of moving furniture in this weekend and with the help of a few family members, we did just that. Saturday was spent moving over the bulk of our large furniture items into the new house and Sunday, Joe and continued making progress on the house. It’s looking like we’ll be making the transition to full-time living in the new place this Thursday so we’ll be working hard to make things happen by then.

But in the meantime, since it’s Monday and all, let’s procrastinate, shall we?!

*Joe spent most of the day Sunday ripping out the old (and quite excessive) cross-beams in for our new living room ceiling and I have the low-quality iPhone pics to prove it… Let's procrastinate

let's procrastinateIt may seem like a crazy mess but if your remember what we started with…trust me, it’s MAJOR progress!

*Is it just me or do these twice baked blue potatoes look too pretty to eat!? let's procrastinate*I love a good kitchen rug and these 9 kitchens certainly pull it off! let's procrastinate*Ladies, are you aware of what your ponytail says about you?!

*This clever tip for disguising garbage cans has me thinking about ideas for hiding all kinds of ugly stuff (I’m looking at you, ugly AC condenser!) let's procrastinate*If only my dorm room could have looked like this

*This gorgeous bathroom renovation is just as beautiful as the rest of Sarah’s house… Let's procrastinate

I’ll keep this one short because it is Monday after all. But the good news? Tomorrow’s Tuesday!


We’re still chugging along at the new house to get all the demo and more invasive/dusty/dirty working (say that 5 times fast!) done before we start moving furniture in. (Check out some of the progress here, here and here) The last couple weeks sure have been crazy/hectic/chaotic ones but, boy, I’m loving every minute of it.

While we’re still a few weeks out from doing any serious design work in the house, once the dust literally settles, that hasn’t stopped me from daydreaming about interiors and fantasizing (too far?) about pretty little construction & power tool-free houses. In order to satisfy my need for speed some design eye candy, I’ve decided to start a little series designing inspirational mood boards for some super cool and stylish imaginary friends fictional clients. So, because the voices in my head tell me to choose textiles, furniture & finishes…let’s get moody.

Guys, this girl is funky. She’s like the people on those weird addiction reality shows who go to work and function, looking totally normal to the general public, but then go home and start eating their couch cushions…but in a much less creepy way. Ok, that may not be the most flattering analogy but picture it this way… this gal works writing political articles for an online newspaper and feels restricted in the job’s lack of creative exploration but once she clocks out and heads home, girlfriend likes to let loose. inspirational mood boardsTufted Sofa | Accent Chairs | Persian Rug | Teak Coffee Table | Sunburst Mirror | Side Table | Table Lamp | Pouf | Console Table | Rattan Basket | Ceramic Sculpture |

On the weekends she goes thrifting and drinks Moscow Mules out of copper mugs (sometimes simultaneously) and has a tattoo in a spot seen only by few. Her straight-laced, uptight, and mostly male co-workers would never suspect her funky sense of style and her quirky walk-up apartment reflects just that. She likes to mix traditional staples with her eclectic flea market finds and has a weakness for Persian rugs and anything old. Basically, this chick is pretty funky but totally accessible.

Have any suggestions for the next fictional client?! Leave a comment and let me know where and who we should design for next! Happy Friday!