I’m so excited to announce that I have entered my first art competition, with Minted AND domino no less! Domino has been a favorite interiors resource of mine for years and I am beyond excited they have re-launched, not to mention that they teamed up with Minted, another favorite of mine.
See my design above and be sure to check out the other entries too, there are some great artists out there!
As usual, life is moving at the speed of light and each month is over before I know it. I started reading The Fountainhead in August, but because of it’s length, I had to supplement with another (audio)book to maintain my reading streak. Call it cheating if you will, but I call it multitasking. To help me achieve my goals, I selected Everything Is Perfect When You’re A Liar as my August “read”.
Kelly Oxford’s memoir is a hilarious compilation of her life to date. She describes her awkward adolescence in the slightly self-depricating way that is right up my alley. If you are looking for a quick and highly entertaining read, I can’t recommend this enough. Oxford’s wit and vivid descriptions of her seemingly mundane events make you feel as if you were experiencing them with her and that they actually aren’t mundane at all.
So far I’m pretty proud of my reading progress for 2014. Let’s hope I can keep it up and finish these other books before 2015! (Only 7 more to go in 4 months…totally doable, right?)
Summer brings many great things, but my favorite would have to be watermelon. Yes, the delicious summer treat. I could probably eat a whole one in one sitting, no exaggeration. I think I’m the only person in this world who chooses to binge eat watermelon all summer to keep their watermelon cravings at bay from September-May. (Lord help my husband if I ever get married and decide to have a baby…watermelon all day everyday)
My obsession has intensified from just the fruit to watermelon everything, both literal and figural. I’ve handpicked some of my favorite interpretations below.
I’m in the process of furnishing and decorating (yes, I used that blasphemous word, but there really isn’t design involved in a rental) my first grown up apartment. Yes, I realize I am 25. Yes, I’ve lived at home for too long. Yes, I’ve been too poor to buy even semi-nice things for myself until now. Yes, I’m such a victim. And yes, I’ve said “yes” at least 80 times in a paragraph, big deal.
Decorating is always a challenge for me since I see furniture all day long and I’m inundated with gorgeous design and want all of it whether it works together or not. So, selecting pieces that are affordable, that actually work together, and that I love (in a timely fashion for my poor roommate’s sake) has proved to be challenge. But after four months, the Dining Room is finally coming together!
We selected the Parsons table from West Elm since it has detachable legs, a must for getting large items up our narrow flight of stairs. Then I decided to mix up the seating so the room didn’t become monotonous. (Let’s face it, I couldn’t decide which chairs to buy, so I bought all of them.) I used a bench and chair combination for side chairs to keep the room clean. For arm chairs I have decided to go high impact with these beauties! I still haven’t purchased them since they are backordered — apparently everyone had the same idea I did, but they will be a part of the final design.
Eventually I would love to add a rug and accessories to fill our 100 year old built-in glass front cabinets — ugh, I know, horrible, really. But as they say, it’s a marathon, not a sprint so I must be patient and know that my first grown-up apartment will be complete one day.
It’s time to celebrate the best season of the year with a playlist! This summer I’m into music that is fun, upbeat, and as always, a little quirky. Take a listen and let your mind escape to someplace warm, sunny, and relaxing…or just have a dance party in your kitchen like I do, totally normal.
This month, for my 2014 reading list, I chose to read To Kill A Mockingbird — a book that put me to sleep when I was assigned to read it in high school. Having more years, life experience, and literary appreciation under my belt, I decided it was time to give this American classic another chance.
I read through this the second time at a much faster rate than the first and loved every minute of it. There’s not much I can say about the book’s themes and plot line that hasn’t been said in classrooms across the country, but if you’re like me and haven’t read this book in ten years, it’s time to give it another chance. Lee captures the essence of youth, the south, and compassion in a way that makes you feel you were fully present in the story yourself.
I still have plenty of reading to do the rest of this year so stay tuned for next month’s choice.