I have to admit, I think I'm a little late to the party on this but, have you guys checked out your local Facebook Marketplace? At first glance, it may seem like a bunch of crap your neighbors are selling (and it kinda is) but dig a little farther and, it's kinda epic. Think craigslist but more user friendly. I'm talking better photos, more social and the ability to do a preliminary FB stalking investigation of each seller before you drive to their home. It's awesome! 

Scroll down to see my local faves (your welcome Bay area readers) and be sure to read the little end blurb where I share how this has inspired me to consider a new pototental hobby! (ps - it's not just FB marketplace shopping, although I will be doing a lot of that too!) 

Lovely 12X16 Rug - $300

Ceiling Medallion - $15

Steam Trunk - $200

Brass Bed Frame - $200

Large Chest - $200

Pair of Decorative Chairs - $100

B.A.R. Sign - $30

Cool Bamboo Chair - $40

Large Gold Mirror - $25

Retro Wood Dresser - $70

I know, pretty impressive right? There's so many cool pieces at a great deal. Some, in original condition and others, totally refurbished. This last part got me thinking, how fun would it be to transform and old, dying piece of furniture into something new and totally usable again? I was wondering if anyone has any input on this because I'm super interested. 

Do you guys refinish furniture? If so do you enjoy it? Have any tips or blogs I should check out? 

Full disclosure, I"ve wanted to take on projects like this for a long time but I know they are super time consuming and in some cases, I'm not sure if I'd want to keep it afterwards. I have a really small place currently so the project sounds fun but the end result sounds --- space consuming. Haha

Looking forward to all of your input on this slightly off topic, topic. Also, if you need help finding the goods from your area, tell me where you live and maybe I'll put a similar blog post together for you! Like I said, I'll be on this sight a lot now. #DontJudgeMe




So, this is a little weird. It's been like 6 months since my last post and I have lots of good reasons but I won't get into any of that here. Instead, today I wanna chat about some changes to this blog because, let's face it, the way I was doing things before just wasn't sustainable. This all sounds super dramatic and vague so, let me explain some things I learned over the past few months. 




It took me a long time to come to this realization but, better late than never! Don't get me wrong, I love this little corner of the internet that I created but, honestly, I made it for myself. Somewhere along the way, I think I forgot that. I got caught up in the clicks, the traffic, the amount of likes I did or did not get on a post. 

Now I'm not saying I don't want you here. If you find anything I type into existents interesting, awesome! But I forgot that I made this blog to find creativity, not just to grow a blog. As I see it being a blogger is all about being exactly what your reader needs - an expert interior designer, a know it all DIY master, a fashionista with great camera skills. The truth is, I'm not an expert at all. I"m learning, and this is the place I made to document that process. I feel like I got so caught up in the anaylitics and process of growing a blog, I strayed away from why I created it in the first place. I lost my passion.

Don't get me wrong, I love/still intend to share tips, tricks and inspiration as I find it. That part, I'm all about. Not only do I love to share but documenting my thoughts also helps me learn. That part of blogging, I'm still here for. However, I don't want to do all the bloggy things. I don't want to spend hours of my day trying to figure out what's going to get the most clicks or how to properly utilize google adwords. I don't want to agonize over creating content for all of my socials or spend time creating posts just for the sake of putting one out as scheduled.  I don't want to be inauthentic. Also....




When I first started my blog the idea was just to write about all things that made me feel creative. After reading a few "how to blog" books and doing loads of research, I realized  that people generally prefer blogs that are about one topic. So, I picked my main love - interior styling. While that's still my main squeeze, I'm not gonna hold myself back anymore. Be prepared to read about loads more. Mainly interiors but I intend to throw in photography, painting, furniture refinishing, thrift shopping, books, beauty, and whatever the hell else gives me inspiration to write. So call this a lifestyle blog or whatever you want. The point is - 


I'm going rough + I'm excited. 


Okay - giant, fight this system rant aside, I'm really happy to be back and looking forward to doing' this thing right!! I just want to be as authentic as possible and, right now anyway, I just don't have the time/energy/or will to run a full on blog with socials and all. If I post, it's me posting because I feel like it. Sometimes I'll miss a post, sometimes my socials will go quite, but I'll come back as soon as I have something good to share again. Be sure to sign up for email updates so that you don't miss my sporadic unfiltered, anti-niche rambles about creativity and home. Alisha - out. 



For the past few weeks I've been obsessive over finding the perfect piece of artwork for various projects. Any of my Twitter followers can back up that statement as I've been retweeting artwork like a maniac. The more I search the more I develop my taste. The more I develop my taste, the more professional decorator-ish I feel. It's actually pretty great!

Turns out, I love all kinds of art. From photography to painting. Mix media to sketches, I'm into the whole art thing. Some people would even call me artsy! (Lol not sure who those people are, but I'm betting someone out there would.)

Through all this searching, sourcing, and considering, I have noticed one common theme. I like me some BIG artwork. (Haha that sounded super sophisticated right?) What I'm trying to say here is, I prefer my artwork oversized. 

Whether I'm suggesting a piece to be hung over a mantel, sofa, or bed, generally my rule has been, the bigger the better. I feel that oversized art really packs a punch, makes a statement, and can give you a lot of bang for your buck. See below for a few tips to consider when sourcing and (of course) some inspiration! 


So I sold you on the whole gigantor art idea. You find your piece ...and then comes the sticker shock. My advice here is to realize the value you'll be adding to the room and the money you'll actually be saving. (Stay with me here.) 

Value - Your large artwork is going to add heaps of style to your room. Obviously, you picked out something amazing in the perfect color pallet. Displaying that choice in a big bold piece will create a huge statement giving your room a focal point and that wow factor. 

Savings - Since you have this humoungus piece taking up all the space in the room, it allows you to buy less wall decor. Less decor needed translates to less frames, less artwork/photography, less shelves and accessories, and (most importantly) less time spent sourcing these items. By going the super sized art route, you just saved a ton of time, money, and energy! 


The general rule of thumb for hanging one large piece of art is, it should be AT LEAST 2/3 the length of the item it's hanging over. Keep this in mind while shopping and cut out the guess work. 


My last (and possibly most important tip) is to buy a piece that you freaking LOVE! As stated in tip one, this is gonna be an investment piece so make sure it's something you'll feel comfortable starring at for a couple of years but DON'T PLAY IS SAFE! Grab the piece that gives you that wow, gut love feeling. Not just something that you think will "go with everything". (bleh) 

Good design should feel like the leap you take when falling in love. It's that emotional, personal, and honest. Take your time and find the one that's right for you. ....and then tweet me a photo. ; ) 



So this may be old news to you but, HAVE YOU SEEN THE LATEST LINE TO HIT IKEA!!??

If you think I'm being dramatic, you're wrong and I'll explain why now...

I love Ikea but for a long time I thought their pieces did look a little "affordable". I know I'm not the only one to think this. Loads of Ikea Hack videos and blog post suggest that the items for sale are good but look better quality when upgraded. Then I ran face first into this little collection. (I mean that literally)

About two weeks ago, I was rushing around sourcing pieces for a super low budget design job. I was stressed because the job in question was for a luxury apartment in San Francisco with a less-than-luxurious budget. Pressed for time and cash, I ran into my local Ikea in an attempt to pull something together. I rushed to the art section (we all know high end/larger art pieces can be an immediate budget blower) and was freakin floored by what I found! Beautiful black, white, and grey modern prints perfect for my project!

A quick google search later and I was tracking down Svartan pieces like a mad women. It seems the Ikea gods did me a solid and launched the collection on the exact day of my shopping trip. My project was saved! 

I know your thinking, how does this pertain to me, right? Well, considering the fact that I have hunted down, purchased, and styles nearly every piece in the collection, I have a little insight for you. Scroll down for my top three choices from the line, why you need them and a few styling tips!




I almost feel like I don't have to give you a reason for this one. I mean, you see them right? 

Seriously thought, not only are they beautiful and well made, they are also the cheapest art around! I'm talking $10 - $12 dollars cheap. I'm sorry - I mean $12 for a 27 1/2" x 39 1/4" cheap! If you can beat that I owe you a coke. : ) 

Styling Tip: Save even more money by purchasing the largest poster and cutting it to size for three smaller frames to create a tryptic effect! 



I'm absolutly in love with the these little stools/side tables and again, find them to be a great value for their price tag. Their slightsly squewed legs give an interesting feel and the uber dark toned wood would work well in modern and minamalist spaces. 

Styling Tip: Place side by side (similar to photo below) near a bed or couch to serve as nesting tables that can also be used for seating. 


3. The Throw Pillows

Holy-Crud! I can't even with these things! 

Obviously the prints are gitty, cool, and modern (as is the rest of the line) but they are also like $5 to $7!! (I just heard your jaw drop.) Enough said. 

Styling Tip: I like to let these babies be the star of the show. I'd pair them with fresh, white bedding and an ultra lux, deep fur throw blanket for a little juxtaposition. 

To learn more about this little collection, check out this video featuring designer Martin Bergstrom! It better explains the design inspo and process than I ever could! 


Hey - So I've been off of my socials for a week but for very good reason! I had another little interior design project in the works that literally ate my entire life last week. ..Like the entire thing.

While it sucks that I missed a post, I really can't complain. That means that this little blog thing is working! The dream is totally being realized and that's thanks, in no small part, to you!! 

I just wanted to take a micro-second out of this little post to say - THANK YOU! For reading and supporting. For giving a damn enough to click on my links. For every comment (even the mean ones)! Every interaction, tweet, share, and like has given me the confidence to push forward so thank you X 100! 

In all of the excitement, I haven't had time to tell you guys about all of my excitement. Over the past (errr) month, I've stumbled upon a few cool things and now I'm finally gonna share! See below and get hyped. 

Spoiler: The last one is kinda shameless self promotion but I am legitimately freaking out about it!



Mr. Kate

First Up - Mr. Kate is doing behind the scenes interior design videos.


You guys already know from past posts that I'm basically a Mr. Kate mega-fan so the fact that this is so newsworthy to me is probably not a surprise. I love what a funny, original, #creativeweirdo she is and I'm happy to be a part of her growing YouTube fam. If you're not already following her you totally should, and this little video will explain exactly why. #MrKate1Million

My favorite part of her interior design videos so far has to be seeing her process! Since I recently started taking on interior decorating work of my own, it's helped so much to see that her process isn't miles off of mine. The one thing I can't figure out is how the hell she does installs looking all cute with booties on? If I could be bare foot while doing an install, I totally would. ....is that weird? :/ 



So I have to admit, I'm fairly new to Young House Love. I'm not exactly sure how I managed to miss out on all of their blog-y, book writing, interiors goodness but, I did. Now I feel like I have sooo much to catch up on, and I'm starting with their podcast!

To sum it up for you, it's basically a mix of interior design, game show fun, and the cutest couple that's ever happened. They talk about their adventures in blogging, home improvement, and life in general. ...I'm not sure that I'm doing it justice but I'm addicted. Download an episode and, I promise, you will be too! 



Alright, so clearly, this is the shameless self promotional plug but - it's f*#king exciting! 

I've never been nominated for anything and I hardly expect to win, given the completion. Still, I'm really stoked on this. I've been buzzing about the nomination (and the tiny secret dream that consists of my actually winning) for the past month. I feel like a dummy for not sharing it sooner because there are only like 3 days left to vote but here it is. 

I was nominated for an Amara Interior Blog Award and you should totally

-->  VOTE FOR ME! <--

I don't want to drone on about the (really f-ing exciting) nomination for too long so I'll stop here with an additional thank you! Thank you for all your support. Thank you for coming with me on this journey. Thanks for accepting me as I am. And most importantly, thank you for reading to this point. If you got this far you are my ride or die and I owe you coffee some day. : )

Expect an on time post next week about some exciting new Ikea developments! 

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