Thursday, August 14, 2014

Artist Spotlight: Gray Malin

A couple weeks ago, I posted this image from Instagram. I was loving the layout, colors and sea inspired theme. I'm still just as in love with it.

What many of you may, or may not have realized is that the framed pieces are all from a single photographer - Gray Malin.

I only recently discovered this photographer and have since been completely captivated by his destination shoots. Something that caught my attention on his website was a quote about his approach to photography - "Capturing a moment you want to live within."

Well I certainly want to live within his art! Owning one of his prints, let alone multiple, is certainly not something I can afford at this point in my life. But window shopping never hurt anyone, right?

Here are some of my favorites from his various collections (links provided). Swoon away!

~ Alicia

Aqua Glam Collection

Greek Isles Collection

 A' La Plage Collection

Monday, August 11, 2014

Printsagram Magnets

I first heard of Pinstagram from my long-time best friend Brooke, over at Inside-Out Design (her blog is awesome so check it out!). Brooke has a wall of Instagram prints in her house, which I adore.

Pinstagram is a website where you can turn your Instagram images into high quality prints, photo books, framed art, posters and even magnets. Bingo!

Truth be told, I'm not a huge fan of random magnets on the refrigerator; I really dislike clutter. I typically keep 1-3 save the dates and/or baby announcements up before rotating them out for something new. But the idea of personalized magnets was too fun to pass up!

The magnets I ordered are 2x2 inches, printed on high quality photo paper and protected behind a durable layer of plastic (junky magnets are the worst). I selected some favorites from my Instagram account, the boyfriend's, as well as a few of our beloved pets. 

I was very pleased with the quality. Not only was the production and shipping super fast, the little linen pouch they arrived in put a big ol' smile on my face. It's the little things; I love when companies get that.

~ Alicia

Note: This is not a sponsored post, the thoughts/opinions are completely my own. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Organizing Design Ideas

Something you should know about me - organization is my middle name. Or at least I strive for it to be.

There are lots of great programs out there for saving design inspiration ideas and DIY how-to's. I save my inspiration ideas to Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy, Ollioboard and Evernote most often. Plus, I have a RSS reader to access all of my favorite blogs on a daily basis (sanity breaks at work).

But what about saving ideas from that old fashioned thing called a magazine?!

Personally, I still love the feeling of those glossy pages in between my fingers, especially if I'm browsing through the pages while lounging on the beach. I usually have 2-3 magazines living on the coffee table at any given time so that company can peruse them while visiting (and myself for likely the fifth time).

My favorite design magazines are Coastal Living (of course), Real Simple, HGTV, and Better Homes & Gardens. I save my favorite ideas by tearing out the page from the magazine and storing it in a binder for later reference. All you need is: a binder, plastic pocket pages (clear), and dividers to separate ideas for different parts of your home/outdoor space/garden.

I recently put together a design inspiration binder for a family who is building a home in Vermont. I've worked for this family for years. Stephanie, the wife and mother of three is my organization inspiration in so many ways - her home is immaculate. Stephanie has already started folders for each room in the new house, so all I had to do was transfer them into a new binder.

Stephanie likes to write directly on the magazine page, circling ideas/products that stand out to her. I personally like to attach a post it to the page so that I have ample room if I'm being descriptive about what caught my eye. Really, it's whatever works for you!

~ Alicia

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Steppin' On Up

I revived a small wooden stool a few months back and thought it would be fun to share the before and after pictures. 

It was a pretty straight forward project, all it took was a few coats of paint and some TLC. I was pretty much winging it the whole time with the design concept. But I'm SO glad that I decided to use a variety of paint colors. I created the navy blue stripes with the use of masking tape to achieve perfectly symmetrical lines. Easy peasy.

Isn't it amazing what a little paint and a brush can do?

~ Alicia 

Moving Is The Pits


It was a sad day when I said goodbye to my Charlestown apartment on Auburn Street last Friday. Granted, I had only lived there for 5 months and was simply renting, but I took the time to paint my bedroom walls a deep, moody grey and even touched up the white trim throughout. Basically, I styled it to my taste despite the fact that I knew I wouldn't be there forever.
Well, now I'm over on Warren Street in Charlestown and there is SO MUCH work to be done. Below is what one room in the apartment looked like after the movers departed. I get anxiety just looking at the picture!

Fast forward six days and things are looking much more 'put together'. I tackled ironing and hemming the new curtains for our living room last night. I bought a six pack of Harpoon Summer on my way home from work to help me power through the task. I'll post pictures of the before/during/after once I get all six panels done. It's more tedious than one would think.

P.S. I finally ordered driftwood pieces on Etsy for my mirror project. I'll be sure to provide an update as soon as it is complete!

~ Alicia