I’ve hinted here and there that I gravitate towards a more minimalistic design style. I love extremely simplistic artwork, especially in a black, white, and gray color palette. As my design, fashion, and interior styles start to morph [and merge] I find myself honing in on classic and clean statement pieces. Does that happen to any of you? These modern, abstract paintings and prints are my favsies.
One of the many benefits of working in the Delevan Center is “The FREE Table” or so it is called. Sure the galleries are awesome, my job is pretty great, but that FREE table can be the cherry on top. I knew I struck gold when I found a set of rounded corner wood frames with spotless white mattes. I removed the lovely artwork and displayed it at work. I brought the frames home and couldn’t figure out what to put in them. That is, until I discovered [re]think Syracuse. Remember that awesome print I bought from Craft Chemistry? Well this weekend Ian and I decided to buy 1 more print so that we could display the frames in the same room. Behold:
Print #1: We got a lotta compliments on this one! It is all the different neighborhoods of Syracuse.
P.S. more on that wooden object soon – yes, it is a DIY!
Print #2: The Newbie! Spotlight on Franklin Square. We don’t live in Franklin Square but it is easily one of our favorite spots. We even took a photography date there [stayed tuned for tomorrow’s afternoon post].
I love the color scheme, graphic nature and the story behind the prints. As someone who is in love with Syracuse I was thrilled to see someone else even more passionate about this city. Jason Evans is the designer behind [re]think Syracuse.
“If you are not yet aware of this, it will not take you long to realize — I have an immense [perhaps sometimes overboard] passion for the city of Syracuse. I was born here; I grew up here; I live here; I was educated here; and I am now practicing architecture here. The city has provided me with a forum of interaction, a place to form a wealth of experiences. I am an avid traveler, whenever possible immersing myself in cities all over the world, and bringing that knowledge back home. I am as equally enamored with the wonderful existing urban fabric of Syracuse as I am alarmed by its current apparent state of despair. I can sense, and see, the amazing potential that the city and region is poised on the edge of — just waiting for a little push, for some people to stir things up a bit, for the dialogue to become concrete action.”
Knowing that background info I can proudly display his work in our home and hope that it will become a conversation starter in our living room. I hope to have the complete collection someday [what a great gallery wall idea]. How awesome are all of these?
I love gallery walls. One of my all time favorites is from Young House Love – their hallway gallery has the most amazing collection. Definitely check their post out because they also offer an amazing tutorial on how to hang all those frames. By using the same color frames all the artwork and displayed items look cohesive. I picked out a wall in my living room/dining room and it has stayed unharmed.
I was mesmerized the first time I saw this. I have an awesome Rothko print that will live on the other side of the wall so I wanted that to mesh well with my collection. I settled on unstained wood frames. We picked up 5 frames in rectangles and squares from A.C. Moore for $1 each.
Now the hard part…what to I put in them? I’m planning on making this wall a mixture: pictures of us, quotes, odd graphics and bold colors…totally us. I’ve been collecting scraps of paper and paint chips so I threw together 5 (almost free) pieces. I used a bit of washi tape too. If you are planning on making a gallery wall you can pick a theme and find variations of it. Since we are more eclectic I didn’t want to take it too seriously.
Before I committed to placing them on the wall I put them on the table and started playing with the arrangement. Have fun with this! I changed it up a ton of times.
Since our walls are nearly impossible to drill holes into [concrete + brick] and we live in an apartment I used Scotch adhesive mounting tape – this also makes it easier to change-up later if needed.
Each frame is slight irregular so we didn’t worry too much about whether it was straight or not. Now that we have a core we can branch outward as we add photos and frames. It was so easy and I’m so happy we got started on it. What do you think? What would you put in a gallery wall?
Well kids this week my copy of The Happiness Project came! I dove right in and all the praise is well deserved. I’m really enjoying it. I’m equally loving this link up so if you are a blogger you should seriously consider joining!
Even though I just started the book it doesn’t mean that I have to wait until I’m done reading to be happy! So often I feel like people [myself included!] procrastinate on happiness because they are waiting for a special timeframe when life is easier and it’ll just miraculously fit into their schedule. Believe me, we’ll all be waiting a very long time! I love this quote by Walt Whitman about happiness. There’s nothing wrong with planning but if you are so busy always planning your life you’ll miss it.
My mom called yesterday and the topic of happiness came up. She was asking me what would make me happy?
It’s great because I feel like I’m in a really positive place. I’ve been stepping out in ways that I haven’t before. I am intentionally working towards certain goals. I think if I was in a negative place I would be quicker to make irrational and unrealistic goals. I think personality also plays a key role in all of this, and I loved this post on the Alt blog about the 12 most striking tendencies of creative people. I think my favorite was #12 – Aren’t Alone. Through this linkup and other blogging networks I’m finally feeling like I’m not alone is this big blogging world, and that makes me happy.
One place that I would love to network and meet other awesome creative people is at Alt. I’ve followed Alt for a while and always wanted to go. By the time I realized they would be in NY they were sold out…bummer. I’m hopinggggg [pretty please with cherries on top!] that I win this free ticket because that would seriously make me HAPPY! For blogging inspiration and business advice check out the new Alt blog.
I absolutely love a whimsical collage print. I found Yellow Button Studio while searching through Etsy and totally wanted to feature them on my blog – thankfully they gave me the green light! This is by far my favorite print out of their awesome shop and I recommend taking a look.
Mountains are on my mind.
When I launched bedsidesign in January I had a concept and an idea. Even with my focus I was winded easily and struggled with creating content, finding my voice, and the rhythm of consistent blogging. A couple of months ago I really started to have fun with this here blog. I find myself spending more time blogging. I look forward to posting, taking pictures and connecting with my readers and fellow bloggers. This sudden interest rose abruptly – there wasn’t an “aha” moment but things are clicking. I’m enjoying the climb.
It reminds me of a summer I spent in Europe back in 2006. I was in Switzerland with a group of 15 people and “climbing an alp” was scheduled that day. I was terrified. Halfway through the climb I stopped with a friend. Our lungs felt like they were going to explode. I remember muttering words and being embarrassed that I was such a wimp. We pressed on – not even because we wanted to, we just didn’t want to get left behind. By the time we reached the elevation that was deemed “acceptable” we were exhausted. It turns our group was enjoying the refreshing glacial lake and stunning scenery. I remember being so tired [it wasn’t just that I was out of shape it was also an extremely stressful trip but that’s another story] that I just sat on a rock. I remember being jealous of all the people who effortlessly rose to the top and were able to jump even headfirst into the water.
I’ve grown up a lot since then and you may remember me saying I’m trying not to take myself so seriously. Sometimes I wish I could bask in the beauty and enjoy the remoteness of that mountain. But, it has also helped me to try to appreciate all the steps that I take. Whether you are a blogger or trying to make changes in your life don’t wish away the process, sometimes that’s the best part.
Happy Monday! Okay – I’ve had this trick up my sleeve and the time has come to share it with you. Erin from Artsocial & I are collaborating on Mondays with a new series called “In Love” – I will be guest blogging on her awesome blog and she will be starting off the Bedsidesign week by guest blogging here. In addition, you can follow our inspiration behind the scenes via Pinterest where we are collecting the images that we will share with you! You guys are going to love Erin – her blog is flippin’ great and her eye for art/design/fashion/music/you get the point – is spot on. Please give her a warm welcome and don’t forget to check out my post on her blog!
IN LOVE: HAPPINESS
Hi there, friends. I’m preeetty stoked to be guest posting on Bedsidesign… and talking about happiness is kind of my favorite thing right now. Here are a few of the things that make me smile, bring me inspiration, and/or cause me to do spontaneous happy dances…
1. Oh the Pinterest. Not only do I love Pinterest, but I can’t get enough of the incredible lifestyle photography that’s pinned on the reg. Signe Vilstrup is one of my absolute favorites… P.S. photo shoots with balloons? CANNOT go wrong.
2. Speaking of balloons, these balloon prints by Inflated/Deflated are so clever I can’t stand it. It’s such a simple, yet brilliant idea… it makes me want to write my own sayings on deflated balloons (is that weird?). I’m a big contemporary art fan, so taking the mundane and turning it into a work of art is right up my alley. I often find myself thinking I just want to travel… et tu?
3. So I know I’m a guest on Bedsidesign and I don’t want to start off on the wrong foot, but… I’m kind of a cat lady. This is my cat Meowmers. He’s a sassy little guy, he brings me much happiness, and he sometimes finds himself on my Instagram feed… only sometimes, I promise. I try to keep my cat lady-ness in check.
4. I mentioned I love me some contemporary art – well Paul Octavious is one of the most talented and creative contemporary photographers out there. I have such an art crush on him… if I ever saw him in real life, I’d probably faint boy-band-fan style.
5. There’s something about cupcakes and happiness – they seem inextricably linked. They’re like an individually-sized gift just for you… and mini cupcakes? Well they’re even better cuz you can have like 3 and not feel bad.
6. Flats. I luurve them. I’m only 5’3″ so I should probs be interested in heels… but I’m not. They just don’t feel like me. So I’m saying nay to high heels and embracing my short-ness, ya hear. And Madewell does flats oh so well.
7. For some reason I have a soft spot for ’90s rap music… This gem from Friends of Type is referencing a little ditty by Skee Lo… takes me right back to high school, cruisin’ around in my *ahem* Neon… not very baller.
What are some of your favorite things, friends? I’d love to hear!
BEFORE: 5:30 pm -Do you ever over think things? I do all the time. I love to research and analyze things [a true nerd trait that I’m totally okay with]. I’m pretty outgoing but when it comes to new things I get really anxious. I’m letting you in on my little secret since I don’t want you to think that I am this rock star blogger 24/7.
I decided to write half of this post before my first class and the rest after [it’ll specify “after”] it. Right now I’m nervous. I have butterflies in my stomach and it was hard for me to sleep this week because I’ve gone over every possible scenario. I know that later tonight I will be just fine. Ian will drop me off at class and I will make it to whatever classroom I need to be in. I’ve studied the supply list and double checked that I have everything I need. My nails are painted, my hair is straightened. I’m even wearing some fancy socks. I will be just fine, and yet my mind won’t stop racing.
We just started watching How I Met Your Mother and I totally identify with one of the lead character – Ted. He over thinks, is dramatic, loves to tell stories he’s told a million times, and is always wondering what if. In one episode his friends convince him to free his mind and so he gets drunk. Now, I’m not saying I have to get drunk to calm down but basically long story short he winds up totally fine. He has some fun, gets more stories to tell and is okay. I will be okay…going to class now. Eeeek!
AFTER: 9:09 pm – I survived. I was 6 minutes late to class because they didn’t notify me that the room # changed. I am also the youngest by approximately 30 years give or take. I’m in class with a lovely bunch of ladies redesigning their kitchens, family rooms and basements. I definitely am the odd youngster out – which is not what I was expecting although a couple of friends teased me about it earlier today. I guess that’s what happens when you go to an adult education program. Here I go rethinking things all over again. The good part is my nerves have chilled out and now I know what to expect. I’m gonna stay positive and see if the Golden Girls [that’s my secret name for them] teach me something.
Today I’m dishing the behind the scenes details and inspiration that led me to spruce things up a bit over here! Did you notice the new header, social media buttons [to your right] or maybe you saw my new twitter, facebook, and pinterest profile pictures, or the 2 new blog button options! I see amazing blog designs on a daily basis and I am always wondering how the blogger came up with the concept. I am using a wordpress.com theme so I am very limited to what I can actually change. I’ve been thinking about switching over to a self-hosted site for 2013 and I am currently crunching numbers. In the meantime, I decided to change some of the things I have control over. Here is a moodboard that I created to keep me focused while making the changes.
Here are the steps that I took to give my blog a new look. These steps may be helpful for those of you limited in what you can change on your blog!
Step 1: Pick a new font. Although I love me some Lobster 2 for the past month I feel like it has popped up on every blog [nothing wrong with that!]. I just needed a change and wanted to pick something that was a bit more straight forward. After testing our over 30 fonts – seriously no joke – I decided on spinwerad. Do you like it? Another top contender was Kristi so I included it in this moodboard. I will probably use this as an accent here and there.
Step 2: Pick a color theme and stick with it. Most of you know that I LOVE color! This was even harder than picking a new font! I really wanted to stay in a more monochrome palette. Check out this amazing design guide on color with Chelsea Fullerton and Emma Robertson. I also knew I wanted to take the monochrome palette one step further by keeping it in an ombre style. I pinned that amazing table runner by LEIF a while back [16 weeks to be exact – thanks for the accuracy pinterest] and picked the colors right from it. Now I’ll clue you in on a little something: I also struggled picking the colors. Are you starting to see a pattern here? Yeah – it took me a while to make these decisions which I think is perfectly normal and okay. So if you are getting stressed take a deep breath, it’ll be okay. Something I was considering was whether this color palette was “too girly” or not. I rationalized that I am in fact a girl, and there’s nothing wrong with being a little girly.
Step 3: Pick a design theme. I’ve been obsessed with confetti lately [so much so that I requested some of the leftover confetti from Brooklyn Bride had after The Cream Event]. That awesome gold confetti is courtesy of Brooklyn Bride. Doesn’t confetti just make you want to party? Well it does for me and I want my blog to be where the party is at! I found an awesome brush tool and went to town! Let’s be real it was either confetti or sea otters everywhere and I feel like that may have been a bit over the top…but I totally considered it!
Step 4: Design, rinse and repeat… It’s important that whatever I design is cohesive and duplicated where necessary – first I created the blog header, next came the blog buttons. I decided based on some great readership survey results to put a little more focus on Christie Jones [that’s me] so I added a photo of myself in a similar color palette. I designed a blog button that would be straight forward – just my logo, then added that to a second version with my photo so people would know who is behind this little blog. I also wanted my social media buttons to have the same feel so I designed them with a same feel repeating patterns, and colors.
Step 5: Finalize and upload! My finalizing process was taking a break from looking at everything and coming back to it later. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes make all the difference. I also showed Ian and he approved so I made it concrete and hit upload. That’s it!
What do you think?
Yesterday I made the decision to do something unexpected…what was it? I took a nap. I know that sounds silly but I never nap. I actually asked two of my friends at work how they nap to figure out how I should plan it. You see, I am the type of person that hates missing out on things. As a kid I hated napping because I felt like while I was sleeping something amazing would happen and I wouldn’t be able to experience it. This thought has continued in my adult life and so napping was never an option. I didn’t get a lot of sleep the other night and I woke up yesterday feeling miserable. I suffer from migraines and am prone to them if I am not well rested [I think my body is just telling me I am getting old]. All day yesterday I knew that I needed to slow down and recharge but everything in me was against it. What about my to-do list? What about blogging? What about all the laundry that needs to be folded and dishes that need to be washed? What about dinner? All these thoughts were racing in my head at work but I knew if I didn’t just stop I would regret it. I came home and had about a 2 hour window before I needed to pick up my husband from work. I set an alarm and forced myself to lay down. Guess what happened? I rested. I napped. And it was awesome.
Today I am happy to announce that I’m taking a step towards something I’ve contemplated for a while. I desperately want to go back to school but the degree I was working on was for music. Although I LOVE music [cannot emphasize that enough] I found that it was more of a passion that I would like to pursue on my own. I didn’t ever fit into the two categories available: classical or jazz. I’m more of a folk/acoustic/story-teller kinda gal and while my days in college were amazing I now know that path is not for me. I’ve always loved art and design [can you tell?]. As my first stepping stone I am taking a night class for interior design starting in September. I’m extremely excited and yesterday I did some “school supply” shopping at the art store. I can’t wait to share some of the things I learn and test them out. As cheesy as this is going to sound – it is never too late to pursue your passions.