If I had a Studio

studio definition

…at home. I’d use this space to draw, paint, write calligraphy, edit photos, wrap presents, do crafts with the kids, sew, to have an inspiration board..  This room would be flooded with bright natural light, covered in white shelving with a pop of pink, and just big enough for the kids and me to share.  They would have their own station & I’d have mine.  I’d have a desk & lots of drawers for organizing all things creative.. paints in one drawer, drawing supplies in another.  If I had a studio, this is what it’d look like.office
you can find the links for all of these on my Pinterest board, if I had a studio.

The top left picture is my ideal storage; some open shelves and some hidden behind beautiful cabinetry.  Even the wrapping paper on a rod like that is genius! I’d also always have fresh flowers & plants in this space.  There’s something about the smell and the look of a beautiful living thing in the room that immediately draws me in.  I’d hang images of my own and my kids’ masterpieces on a clothesline of sorts to display our work.  And I’d get to explore any and all of the different types of art that I choose! However, we neither have the room nor the budget for all of this right now so it’ll have to wait.. but one day, I’ll turn my can’t into can & this dream into plan!


The Prettiest Pink Patio

  I always love finding out Pantone’s color of the year (& I never knew when it actually was announced until now–December of the year prior in case you didn’t know) Last year’s marsala I couldn’t really get on board.. but this year they’ve picked not one, but two colors. According to the website, “A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year”. To tell you the truth, I love these two colors, but not together. Serenity is a little different than my normal taste & I probably won’t be using much of the color except on my nails.. essie’s bikini so teeny.  But the rose quartz really just looks like my all-time favorite shade of pink!

So what’s this have to do with the patio, you ask? Well I’m thinking that the rose quartz color is perfect for outside.  I’ve always loved warm wicker with a pop of pink so this year I’m finally going to make it happen. Here are a few patios I found on Pinterest that I’m using for inspiration…patio inspiration

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The keys to making the space useful for us are: privacy, comfort, & entertainment.

Privacy: Our house backs up to a road, so there are cars driving by pretty frequently. It’s so much better than looking into someone else’s yard all the time, but our solution is to build a pergola over one side of the patio.  Then we can hang curtains to hide the seating area, while keeping the other side of the patio uncovered for our fire pit & grill. We don’t need shade because our backyard only gets morning sun, so we’re hoping to also add a clear roof on top.. that way we can sit outside during a summer rain without getting wet. I’ve also considered adding slats to one side of the pergola to start a vertical garden, but I may be getting a little ahead of myself.. it would be even more added privacy, though.

Comfort: I’m going to stalk craigslist for a warm wood wicker set that we can hopefully clean up and make use of.. if not, I’ll get the chairs below from ikea. I’d also like to find a couch to go with the chairs & pack it full of comfy pillows & throw blankets, but I’m not sure if that’s quite in the budget this year. A big outdoor pouf would be nice, however not necessary. I also think temperature is a big determinant of comfort so I’ll be hiding a small fan nearby that I can plug in to keep it cool on really hot days, & a galvanized tub full of firewood for the cool nights.

Entertainment: This is a 2-part category because adult entertaining is a little different than our everyday family entertainment, but this space has to combine both. For the adults, I’m going to use these instructions to hack an IKEA cart that I can wheel in & out for drinks.  I’m hoping to find or make a storage ottoman to use as a makeshift coffee table for said drinks & for storing games. Also, a few strands of market lights will enable us to enjoy the space wayy after bedtime, if we so desire :) For the kids, I think a s’mores kit should always be at the ready & I’ll be DIYing a few yard games + pillows/blankets around always allow for warm snuggles.

pink patio

pergola | lights | chairs | table |

pouf | pillow | throw | dice |

tic-tac-toesign |

Now that I have an idea of the direction we’re headed, I’m anxious to get started.  I know that the final product will inevitably be different than this board, but I want to use it as a guide.  Ultimately, we need a pergola & curtains to add the privacy, chairs for lounging, and games at the ready so that’s what I’m hoping to achieve come spring. I’ll be sure to keep you in loop as we get started!


Friday Finds @ Target

 I have a love/hate relationship with Target. Wana know why? Because they have stuff women like me love to use, decorate with, wear, you name it–but sometimes I just think to myself “who do you think you are, Target?” Like when I see a shirt for $34. I cannot justify spending that much on a shirt from Target because it never fails to end up in the ‘toss’ pile quicker than I’d like.  That being said, they do have some great stuff that I’m happily willing to shell out for. More often than not, those things come from a few areas: home (decor, office, kitchen), beauty, and the beloved dollar spot.  Recently, I made a trip into the place of oblivion and found they had a handful of things I really liked.  Think of it as a way to shop Target without having to actually go in one..because you know no one can go into that store without leaving $100 at the register.


After coming home to go through the pictures, it became evident that shiny metals and warm woods drew my eye all through the store. Coincidence? I think not.

This aisle has to be my favorite in the entire store.  I always save it for last, like as a special treat! haha. It screams at me, “everything you need to redecorate an entire room in one spot!!” You know?! Let me illustrate.

target one aisle living room redo

table lamp|jack|accent table|woven basket|faux fur throw|diamond pillow|gold geometric pillow|plaid pillow|floor lamp

See? Let’s assume I already own the couch, chair, and floor lamp–everything else I added is in that aisle! And this happens every season! Target has some tricks up their sleeve I tell ya. #targetdoesitagain

TGIF! xo.