INTERIOR DESIGN + THE IMPORTANCE OF REALLY BIG BALLS

How to become an interior designer

I'm sure you can tell from the title - it's about to get real here people. Today I'd like to talk a little bit about what it takes to get into a field like interior design. However, I'm not going to tell you about the best degree to study or how many hours of an internship you should acquire. If that's what you're looking for, this post is not for you.  

No - instead, I'd like to talk about the one thing I did that landed me THREE interiors related jobs in as many weeks. Drum roll please - I grew a massive set of balls.

(Or ovaries. ...feel free to substitute in whatever body part represents courage to you.)

Now this may sound stupid, but I swear it's true! It all started out of desperation to be honest. I had no job prospects lined up, meaning I had nothing to loose, so I just started applying for design work. The first job I applied for required a 9 bedroom e-design test which was awesome because it forced me to create a portfolio. I received such high praise from my little test, I felt brave enough to go after another job. Then another. Then another! As my portfolio grew so did my confidence and I've been movin and shakin ever since! 

My advice to you is, don't wait until you're desperate to start trying. Be brave now! Even if you have no actual finish projects to show, create an e-design portfolio and apply, apply, apply!! No one will believe in you if you don't believe in yourself. However, it's really hard to believe in yourself with no proof, so go after those little wins to grow your self esteem.  

I'm no seasoned designer but, I've learned from my first few projects, half of the job is the ability to take charge and believe in your own vision. The sooner you start trusting yourself, the better. Now go forth and design with your (soon to be) humongous set of confidence representing reproductive organs. 

YOU CAN DO THIS! 

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ART SOURCING: MINTED

Not gonna lie to you - I totally don't have the energy to write this post. Don't get mad at me, I have good reason. 

Ladies and gents - I got my first real freakin life, interior design job!! (insert a million happy emoji here) 

Anyway, I've learned a lot. I have so much to share but unfortunately not a lot of energy to share it. ...or at least not this week. (TBC) Still, I'm dedicated to this blog and you guys so, I'm gonna share a little somethin', somethin' with ya. Let's talk Minted

I came across Minted while sourcing art for the project mentioned above. I wanted something MASSIVE and cool without a massive price point. Enter - Minted! 

They're great because they host a bunch of insanely talented artists and photographer's work, so you're sure to find something cool. On top of that they offer a bunch of different size options (including 60" x 40") so you're bound to find the perfect size piece. If that's not enough, they offer a bunch of really nice frame options, making the whole "shopping for art hassle", not a hassle at all!

PS - I swear I'm totally not sponsored by Minted. They literally don't even know I exist. ...I just get excited about stuff and then I sound like an informercial. 

Moving on - I found a bunch of cool pieces and decided to share below! 

 

For Those Who See In Black + White...

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

 

 

...AND IN SCREAMING COLOR

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

 

So obviously I like nature shots (...and T. Swift - did you see the reference?) but if my taste isn't for you, don't worry. Minted has every type of art you can imagine form portrait photography to abstract coolness. It's like a one stop art shop!

So there, I shared my art sourcing spot. Now, tell me yours! 

Until next time. 

x

 

DIY BRUNCH DECOR FOR UNDER $30!! // A VERY LATE POST

Okay, so this is painfully embarrassing. This post is uber late. I mean like 2+ months late. ....like wtf was I doing late. ...like should I even post it late!? 

I'm gonna go ahead and say yes, I should post it. Partially because I worked really hard on it and partially because, as stated in my previous "burnt out" post, theres nothing left to do but move on. So on we're moving. Here is my ridiculously late post about affordable (Mother's Day) brunch decor. 

Now obviously, Mothers Day has came and went, but you can still totally use my design ideas as inspo for a regular brunch, birthday party, or whatever you wanna do. It's pretty, fun to make, and (most importantly) easy on the ol' wallet. Yay!

See below for the making of, then scroll all the way down for the finished project. It's pretty damn good for the budget if I do say so myself. You don't wanna miss it!

 

Inspiration

To think, this all started with this one photo. It's funny how inspiration strikes.

One day I was browsing Pinterest and I came across a beautiful DIY brunch by Mr. Kate. I fell in love instantly and I knew I was meant to create my own version. Game on!

I took to Pinterest once again to try to put my own spin on things. I was (and still am) obsessed with water color wallpaper at the time. That thought, plus the flowers in my inspo pick led me to the second photo you see below, and a concept was born!  

1 // 2

 

Materials

Materials - Cost

  • Large Paper Roll - $7 (on clearance)
  • Children Acrylic Paint Variety Pack - $8
  • Paint Brushes Variety Pack - $5
  • Tissue Paper Pack x 2 - $4
  • Flowers - $5 (Trader Joes)
  • String Lights - $0 From Christmas
  • Recycled Bottles/Vases - $0
  • White Throw - $0 (mine from home)

Total: $29 (What!?)

 

The Process

Large Banner: 

So the huge banner//sign was the first thing I created. I started out by measuring how far in I wanted the flowers to come to create a frame affect. Once I figured out how much room I needed for the writing in the middle I measured out my "frame" size and marked my poster with a light pencil mark. 

From there on it was a lot of free hand painting. This was a little nerve racking, to be honest, because I had never painted a thing in my life. I think it came out okay though and it made me feel super creative! 

Once my "frame" was painted I just wrote in my text, let my dog paint a little (see below), and called it a day!

Table Runner

After my big banner was done, I still had A LOT of paper left over. I decided to cut a piece long enough to serve as a runner with a 1' over hang on each side of the table. Once the length was cut, I trimmed off enough paper to make the runner about 2/3 as wide as my table. Easy-peasy. 

I went with a matching floral design, taking care to create a flower bunch that would compliment the center of the table where I would place a cake plate. I also added water color to the ends of the runner for a little extra detail. 

Party Fans

I'm totally not gonna take credit for these. I did make them but only after learning about them on YouTube years ago. They're super easy to make. I actually use them to cut the negative space at pretty much every event I do. Here is a good tutorial for you to follow along with if you want to create them yourself. (note: the tutorial recommends craft paper but I've been using tissue paper to make them for years! FYI.)

Floral String Lights

Awe - the concept that inspired this entire design plan. Luckily not only is this idea high impact, it's too easy! Literally just string some lights, secure flowers with fishing wire, DONE! 

 

The Main Event

Dun-Dunna-Daaahh! See below for how the whole shebang came together!

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And so we come full circle with the first picture. To be honest, I think on of the reasons I didn't post this is because I feel like I didn't take enough time with the photography. I wish I had more images to show you but you get the idea. Looks pretty freakin good for a super budget friendly party! 

So obviously, you won't be using this for Mother's Day 2016, but if you do end up inspired by this design idea, let me know! I'd love to see how you guys tweak this to meet your own party design needs! 

x

SHOOTING MY OWN SHIZZZ + TIPS FOR YOU

So, I know the title is a bit confusing so before you go getting all judge-y, let me explain. About a year ago I was scouring the web for info on interior design. The SEO gods pointed me in the direction of Sarah Akwisombie and her gloriously helpful blog. (I'm an unashamed fan. #SorryNotSorry) Anyway, the post was called "The 5 Step Guide To Becoming An Interior Stylist" and I can say, without bias, it was extremely helpful. 

Long story short, step one of Sarah's five recommendations is to "shoot your own shit". Simple and seemingly obvious advice, but here we are, a year later and I'm barely getting around too it. Turns out this step was actually quite intimidating for me. That being said, I thought I'd share my insight in case you, my fellow wanna-be stylist, are also hitting a similar road block. Let's jump into a behind the scenes look at a recent shoot I did, followed by a few tips to help you out on your first few shoots.  

 

 

Behind The Scenes

 

INSPO:

I started off with a pretty simple idea inspired by a stapler of all things. (I'm not crazy I swear. It's a really inspiring stapler.) I found it at Target and it created this weird need in me to own a buncha metallic office supplies. I figured it would be a fun post to write and an easy shoot so, the idea was born! 

 

PREP: 

I picked up a few extra metallic supplies for my workspace. However, I decided to DIY the rest since I already had them laying around in normal, boring old office supply color. With a can of spray paint and an old bandana, I went in! Here's what I learned from that little fiasco... 

- Don't spray paint when it's windy

- Sealing Spray isn't just a ploy by the spray paint company to make you buy more spray paint. 

- Wear a mask or prepare to pass out. 

- No really - buy the gloves! That sh*t stains! 

 

SHOOT: 

"Alright DYIs done, time for the easy part!" said the naive girl I once was

No but really, photography is actually pretty freakin hard. Especially when your doing it with an iPhone, a makeshift backdrop, and low light. My first attempt came out... well you see it. It's horrendous and embarrassing. But, I'm not a quitter so I took to google. Here are a few awesome posts that helped me clean up my act...

Blog Photography Help thats worth the read:

- Tips on Taking Photos For Your Blog // Sunny With A Chance Or Sprinkles

- Styling The Perfect Shot // Emily Henderson

- Photography Tips On Taking Your Blog Photos // Thrift and Threads

 

The Reshoot:

After doing some research and sulking a bit, I finally decided to reshoot my little metallic office supplies project. While the results aren't stellar, they're a hell of a lot better than before. This time I really focused on lighting and styling the shot for the camera angle I wanted. These ideas plus a handy little app called VSCO helped produce the not-so-terrible images you see below. : ) 

 

Ta-dah! You may recognize these photos from my Instagram, Twitter, and last weeks post! They're not the best thing that's ever graced the internet, but I'm pretty proud of them. That being said, I'm officially ready to share my top 3 photography tips, from one novice to another. 

 

3 tips for your 1st shoot

 

1. Practice makes perfect ...or at least better than the last time you practiced.

      I'm gonna be 100% honest. Your attempts at photography may look like literal sh*t. The only way to improve them is by continuing to try! 

 

2. Let a pro show you how it's done.

      I always think it's a good idea to take advice from those who have been there. Luckily, we have the world wide web to connect us to thousands of industry leaders. Do your research!

 

3. Lighting is everything. 

     My number one tip for improving your photography = improve your lighting! 

 

Alright all. That's a wrap! I hope you guys found this helpful and encouraging. I know taking your own photos and styling your own stuff can be intimidating at first but they seem like pretty necessary skills for a wanna be interior stylist! Please send me some of your most recent shots as well as any good tips or posts you've found so we can grow and learn together!

 Until next time, happy shooting! 

x

 

THE LOOK FOR LESS: METALLIC OFFICE SUPPLIES

It's Wednesday and, as promised, I'm back with another post! You may have guest from the, not so subtle, sneak peeks I've shared on my Twitter and Instagram, this week is all about metallic office supplies! First let's talk about the origin of my obsession with the shinny yet useful, then I'll show you some budget friendly options for your own workplace! 

 

Kate Made Me Do It.

It may come as no surprise to you that my first glimpse of truly beautiful, metallic office supplies came from Kate Spade's Line. It was beautiful, refined, and I could tell (like anything else she sells) casually showing it off would instantly trick people into thinking I have my sh*t together. Sadly, I couldn't justify the price so I went along my boring-office-supply owning way. 

Then a few months later, Target did what it does best. It provided me with exactly what I wanted at the price I could afford. (How they hell do they do that?)

Suddenly, and instagram-worthy office was in my reach. I picked up a few essential pieces from Target and DIYed a few more and voila - instant office-pretty! Now I want to help you do the same. Check out the links below for the crazies deals on the inter-web and stay tuned to the blog for info on my DIYed items! 

 

The Look for less