Friday, April 6, 2012

Before and After: What a Differance a Desk Makes

I blame global warming for the plague of ruts I've seen everyone in this winter/spring/summer-in-spring season. Maybe we didn't get proper hibernation time this year, but I have certainly come down with a case of the blahs. I plan to take mine on head first this weekend with a change of scenery- sitting next to the ocean, drinking mimosas.

A few weeks ago I helped a friend who was having apartment-blahs. We weren't going for drastic change, just enough to feel different. And our goal was under $40 and start-to-finish done in one evening.

Here's the Everyday-Girl-Awesomeness Transformation

How we did it:
  • The #1 difference was made by hanging simple sheer curtains (all materials from Target). 
  • Cleared off all the things that naturally pile up on desks.
  • Important papers went into a vertical file box (also from Target) 
  • Current books in rotation stayed on the desk, all other books got stacked on the floor underneath a table next to the desk in neat piles. It's a studio-we had to get creative 
  • Added: My favorite Calendar from Etsy and a framed personal memento, a glass jar to hold odds and ends and a bunch of sunflowers as a treat.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thursday Tabletop: Flowers + Tins

Step 1: Collect cute tins (or spray paint un-cute cans)
Step 2: Buy flowers. Bonus points for not arranging them
Step 3: Drop flower bunches into tins. Add water.
Result: The most stylish centerpieces on the block. 

Take that Easter Bunny. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Have your cake (plates)...

I was so excited to see Bountiful (their website does them NO justice), a little shop in Venice that I visited last spring, featured in the shopping round up on Glitter Guide today. I long heard the myth of the stacked up cake plates from my west coast friends, and it was tip-top of my shopping itinerary when I got there. It did not disappoint.

My snaphot of the cakeplate from a visit last spring :: And the amazingness as featured on GG this morning