Grasscloth on Bookcases…Um, YES PLEASE!

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GET THE LOOK  |  GRASSCLOTH BACKED BOOKCASES

As we have been working away on the gold and marble goddess, I did have a chance to work on another project this weekend. I added grasscloth to the backs of my bookcases and I am in love!  Love like you have to say it like LURRRVE. Basically, Dave was measuring and doing complex fractions in the bathroom, I started yawning,  so I took that moment to sneak out and get to work on my bookcase project.

To date, one of my most high traffic projects on this good old blog of mine is our DIY library wall made out of Ikea bookcases. They have held up great over the past 2 years, but I knew they could be even better. That’s where the grasscloth comes in. I found this fab dark grasscloth on Walls Republic. Walls Republic has a great selection of wallpaper and their grasscloth selection does not disappoint!  I checked out some samples of different papers and colors, but this one just won me over. It has such a great blend of dark browns and blacks and flecks of copper and gold shine through.

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The whole idea was to take the built-ins to the next level. Grasscloth is so luxurious and glamorous. It has a richness that can make a space look like a million bucks. It’s such a beautiful statement and layers in more texture and warmth. I opted to go dark because I wanted the contrast against the white bookcases.  It really adds some drama to this focal point in our room. It also warms up the space quite a bit.

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Nice shelife! Grasscloth backed bookcases and styling

Our accessories just pop against the dark grasscloth and the warm metallics really shine. Boom, boom, POW. Just so you know, I played in styling heaven. I could style a shelf for hours, now I want to restyle them. It’s part of my sickness.

This little project only took a few hours and it’s a lovely way to get a designer look without having to wallpaper an entire room. I would totally go for wallpapering an entire room though, let’s just keep it real. There are several things I don’t think the moderation rule should apply to, a few of which are gold, marble, and yes, GRASSCLOTH!

Get the look: Grasscloth backed bookcases

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Grasscloth backed bookcases

I feel like our library wall went from nice girl next door to sex kitten! Now, it’s a sultry little temptress that you can’t stop looking at. Totally okay to say that about bookcases by the way. Seriously, such a huge transformation! It feels more expensive, and you can not see any proof that we used Ikea bookcases now.

If you want to add grasscloth to your space or bookcases here are just a few things to know…

This wallpaper you apply to your surface with wallpaper paste. This is good news, trust me! I used Roman brand heavy-duty wallpaper paste. You just roll on the paste to the back of your wallpaper. It is really nice to work with because you aren’t getting water everywhere and you can reposition your paper if you need to adjust it on your surface.

You will also want to use an exacto knife or box cutter to cut the paper. Make sure your blade is sharp. That is so important! The grasscloth is thicker and the fibers will want to fray if you don’t use a sharp blade.

You can check out Walls Republic for a great selection of grasscloth and high quality wallpaper. They have fantastic customer service and can answer any questions you may have about wallpaper or the installation process.

This is a sponsored post for Walls Republic. As always, I only feature brands I adore and all opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

Our Bathroom Makeover Details

We have been covered in dust and busy working on our bathroom. We had some subfloor issues that we needed to address, but now our gorgeous marble floor is down and we get to grout it today! I’ll be sharing how we fixed our floor tomorrow. Today, I thought I’d share all the juicy details on the selections I made for our gold and marble goddess.

You know I love a high-end look and this bathroom is going to be the little jewel of our home. The finishes are so beautiful and there will be some eclectic details brought in through the decor that will give it a warm feel.

Here’s what I’m working with for our bathroom makeover…

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Can you picture it in your head? Until we get to work on bathroom #2, this bathroom has to function for our entire family of four and for guests when we entertain. By adding a second sink and more storage, we are making it function better for our family. The custom vanity is full of awesome and smart storage–you guys are going to love it! It’s going to change the way we get ready in the morning. The Carrara marble tile is the same marble we used on our fireplace makeover and will unite the rooms in our home. There are also some fun extras that my kids are totally into that I haven’t shared yet. Not only is this bathroom going to look amazing, but it will be fun for the littles too.

You can follow our bath remodel on Instagram and Twitter by following #BHbathmakeover.

Now, I am going to get back to it and get covered in construction dust again!

My Animal Print Runner Addiction

I’m a sucker for a bold statement in an interior. I love the wow factor in a space. One thing that I wish I had in my home is a beautiful staircase where I could showcase an animal print runner. Since we do not, that does not mean our home cannot have this moment. I have the perfect opportunity in our hallway. It is a great black and white slate that you can see from the entry way and the living room.

Animal Print Runner Inspiration I think it is inevitable that my hallway is going to be walking on the wild side. Unless we decide to add a second story on this puppy (never happening), then the hallway is the best chance I have to execute my little runner obsession. If you obsess over something for two years, it’s just something you must act on. Am I right? Doesn’t matter…right or wrong…if it’s wrong– I don’t want to be right! It’s on like Donkey Kong!

Now, let’s see some beautiful animal print runner inspo…

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As you can see from the inspiration above, a neutral space is the perfect place to showcase one of these beauties. That’s how you do it right, without going into tacky territory. We’ve all seen animal print gone horribly wrong! I think the best way to approach working it into your space is to do it as a single statement…like A runner, A pair of chairs, A pair of pillows, A pair of x benches–you get the idea. It looks amazing against a white or black backdrop. Work a solid pop of color in there somewhere and it takes it to a whole other level.

I’ll share when my hallway gets some extra RAWR! It’s coming…

Rug Choices for the Bedroom

Wow! So, you guys are on it! Last week, when I asked you guys to weigh in on the pillow options for our bedroom design you were all about it! So, I thought we’d do it again, but this time with the rug options.

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First off, the bedding option with the most votes was option one. It was the majority winner by over 60% out of all of you that took the time to state your favorite. Nothing else was even close. You guys really love your animal print and I dig that about you!

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I am not sharing what I am going with until room reveal day, but for fun, since option one was the overall favorite, I thought we’d use that for our mock-ups today.

An area rug can definitely make or break a room design. As I shared before, the Rifle Paper Co. Peonies Paper I framed above my desk area is the jumping off point for this space.

Floral artwork above desk

Popping the option one choice in for bedding, I decided on two routes this could go.

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The first option is to go BOLD. Have some strong geometric pattern to contrast the already vintage feel of the desk area. It’s a statement and the black and white ties in the bedding. It makes the space feel more modern and exciting.

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An over-dyed rug has a vintage feel and plays up the romantic vibe a bit. The softer tones bring in the neutrals more and the pop of color is an unexpected twist. It keeps it fresh and not boring.

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As you can see, two completely different looks are created by the area rugs.  So, basically it comes down to what you want to feel when you are in this room.

Which do you prefer? Bold and exciting or vintage and romantic? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Here are the posts so far from this series if you want sources or need to get up to speed:

bedroom-series    Bedroom Changes with a Desk           Bedroom Bedding Options                  On My Desk 2015

the FIND | Bathroom Accessories

Bathroom Accessories to Add Style

 

soap | soap dish | towel hook | vase | tray | art | towels | shelf

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Sorry for my absenteeism earlier this week. We are facing round 3 of strep throat in our family. It is the illness that does not want to leave. Pretty much like the unwanted house guest or Cousin Eddie, if you catch my drift. We have done all the necessary things to try to rid it out of our family, but it is just hanging around like a creepy cousin making all of us uncomfortable. Hopefully, the stronger meds will send it packing this time!

Since I had no desire or energy for that matter to work on anything, I did manage to do some online shopping for our bathroom remodel. Oh, you guys!! The gold and marble goddess…I am ALL ABOUT this makeover! I’m saving this for a big reveal though…no in-process sharing this time, unless you catch my occasional tease on Instagram.

It is full of some gorgeousness with a side of vintage. A few flea market scores have totally added some uniqueness to this space too. We are going to try to have it finished by the end of the month to share with you soon!

As you see above, I rounded up some key things you need for a well-adorned bathroom. These bathroom accessories are the extras that add personality. It’s those extra details that really polish a space and make it feel warm and welcoming. Plus, this bathroom we are working on is the only bathroom on our main floor. It has to function as a guest bath for visitors too.

Until we have the big gold and marble goddess reveal, I will be sharing more about our bedroom design and some new additions to our living room.

HGTV Magazine Feature

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Hello! Here’s to the weekend! And… while you are out you should grab your copy of the January/February issue of HGTV Magazine. Not only is it full of great decorating advice, but you might see someone familiar staring back at you! I know you are wishing it is the Property Brothers, but you’ll have to put up with my mug instead!

I and three other design bloggers collaborated on a style challenge. Each one of us was asked to come up with a budget-friendly design styled around one piece of furniture. With a little DIY and some pretty accessories there is a lot you can do! As you know, I love a high end look for less and this was a fun project to collaborate on.

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For info on how to make the stencil wall accent featured in my design visit hgtvmag.com/blogger-diy. You can get all the details on the DIY projects featured in all 4 challenges.

To all of you suffering these freezing temperatures, I sympathize with you! Northern Illinois right now is requiring a parka and Uggs during all instances where you will be outside for more than 10 seconds. Instead of freezing our heinies off, we are staying indoors this weekend to make some progress on all these home projects. We are deep in the midst of our bathroom remodel and a couple other projects around here. Stay tuned and stay warm my friends!

*Images in this post courtesy of HGTV Magazine.

My Favorite Office Accessories of 2015

Another year, another way to keep stylish and organized. I love to purchase a few new desk accessories with the beginning of the new year. It’s such a great motivator and pick-me-up.

Being organized is such a huge key to success for me! Without planners, lists, and a place to keep things I use everyday, it would be straight chaotic up in here!

Your workspace, no matter how big or small, should be an inspiring place. Chic office accessories make all the difference. If you have to spend a lot time there, it might as well put you in a good mood, right?

Here are my favorite office accessories of 2015. All of them are on my desk and keeping me chic and organized for another blogging year.

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This year, I embraced flower power and wanted the wall over my desk to be full of happy vibes. I adore this Peony Bouquet Print for its colors and peonies are one of my favorite flowers.

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Gold and acrylic office accessories are still a favorite around here. I indulged in my love of Kate Spade with this Kate Spade New York Acrylic Pencil Cup. It says “a stroke of genius” engraved inside. Super cute!

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I HAVE TO HAVE a calendar in plain view. My time flies by between work and the kids. A lot of times, I am quickly checking dates for something. If I am looking at my email to check something, all I have to do is glance up and see the calendar. I can’t tell you how helpful this is and a time saver. When I first saw the 2015 Les Fleurs Calendar, I knew we needed to have a hot date together (get it, I am so funny…to myself and probably myself only). The colors and artwork are A-MA-ZING!

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Rifle Paper Co. is KILLING IT lately! This Emerald Peonies Wrapping Paper can be used for so much more than just wrapping paper. I knew it would make some pretty fabulous wall art, so that is just what I did. I was inspired by the De Gournay wall paper panels that I love so much. This is my really inexpensive version of the look. I have another sheet leftover so I am thinking of lining my desk drawers or making book covers with it.

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I have learned over the years that I am a 7-year-old-child and need to write things down in pencil so I can easily erase them.  Deadlines change, post line-ups get altered. I am a planner, but you need to be flexible in blogging. Shipments arrive damaged or late, I may get inspired by something and want to write on that instead of what I had planned. Pencils are just a better tool for me. Plus, I prefer to draw designs in pencil. It’s my inescapable artist background. I just treated myself to these girly themed She is pencils.

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I am so 1993, and this Sugar Paper 2015 Daily Planner is my grown-up Trapper Keeper. Creative people can be scattered-brained. Let’s face it, we are a unique breed. I love this planner because it is a good size and has monthly calendars and a day-by-day scheduler. I am an if-I-write-it-down-I-will-do-it kind of person. I like to check things off and organize my thoughts and schedules. I tried doing this on my phone, but it was a huge fail. I’m just a pencil and paper kind of girl.

2015-weekly

Ah, yes! When I schedule my week for the blog, I then break it down into tasks to finish each day. With several projects going on and planning for new ones, it is a lot to balance. I love this weekly desk pad for doing just that. This helps me manage my time each day. One day may read: source bathroom accessories, reply to this email, write this post, paint this room, photograph this project, etc. It really helps me fit in what needs to be done and helps me spread it out over the week so it is doable. Without doing this, trust me, nothing would get done in a workable time frame!

There’s what’s on my desk for 2015 and maybe a little too much insight into how I operate!

Let’s make this year amazing!

Bedroom Bedding Choices

Mock it up! Mock it up! (I sing it like T Swift…Shake it off, shake it off!) How has Taylor Swift worked her way into every facet of my life in one form or another?!

Anyways! Yesterday, I shared my little desk space I added to my bedroom. Today, I wanted to show you the direction I am going with the bedding options. I have decided on black and white bedding for sure, but now I am trying to choose pillow options.

One of my blog goals this year is to let you guys in on my design process a bit more. For me, design isn’t just one day I decide on everything. It definitely is a process. I find one thing that inspires a space. That is key. I tend to always work that way. I find that one thing that I love and it starts those little design wheels in my head turning.

In this case, it is that gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. paper I framed. It is the starting point for everything. It is why I added in the kelly green chair. It is going to affect my decisions with our closet makeover too. I now have a clear vision of what I want there.

So, when I want to envision things a bit more, I do a quick mock-up so I can decide on options. Things like pillows, patterns, rugs, curtains, etc.

Here’s my options for our bed pillows. I’d love to hear which one is your favorite!

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So many options…I can get really carried away when I do this. I had to stop myself at six this time because it was starting to get out of hand. All you design happy people out there understand, right?

Which one is your favorite?

Bedroom Changes with a Desk

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Ehhh-lo, Gov’ner! There’s a desk in my bedroom. Sorry (not sorry), I am in an interesting mood today. Just go with it! It’s an awesome mood actually. I tend to be overly obnoxious when the awesome mood strikes. Oh! AND I watched Downton Abbey last night so my fake British accent is back. It’s not pretty.  It’s like Eliza Doolittle before she got the lessons from Professor Higgins…

…So…Yesterday, I shared my 2014 recap with some tidbits on what’s coming up for this year.

One thing happening is our home remodel is back in full force. Hip, hip, hooray! We are working on the bathroom presently and I hope to have it ready to share in a few weeks! EEK!

With our home remodel, things are constantly being moved and changed to accommodate the things that arrive in BIG BOXES and the working space needed to make some beautiful happen around here. My office space, as much as I loved it, had to go. Le sigh. We just needed the space for all the “things”. I will have a new studio and home for it this year, but until that day comes I need a little place to keep it all organized.

I have been operating with a stash-where-you-can-find-room method. Have you tried this method? It kind of blows.

So, I pulled this little writing desk out of my furniture hoard. Did you hear music? I heard it…oh, wait, it’s just the musical furniture again! This little old desk is my office space for now right next to my bed. Déjà vu, right? It is pulling double duty as a nightstand too.  The drawers are helping me out in the storage department. The center drawer fits my laptop so I can cleverly hide it when I don’t want it out. BOOM! Storage crisis averted.

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My $10 green office chair I scored from Connecticut works with it. I like the mix. I also wanted some flower power so I framed some new artwork. Here’s a tip. Got the winter blues? Frame some flowers and plant them on a wall–instant spring garden.

Floral artwork above desk

For Christmas, I received those gorgeous art deco bookends. Swoon! I absolutely adore them! They are holding the books I am getting so much inspiration from right now. Those bamboo frames I thrifted and with a little paint and lacquer they look smokin’. I keep reusing them for things and now they are framing that gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. paper. It’s an ultra feminine look with just enough quirk and different styles and eras mixed in. It’s just me.

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Since I am using the gray and white bedding in our son’s room makeover…you know what that means…my bed is going to get a whole new look…which (of course) means a few more things will be changed in this room.

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Tomorrow, I am sharing some pillow options and you guys can weigh in on the look you like. I also will be sharing my favorite new office accessories too this week. Hint, hint! A lot of them are in these photos.

We’ll reconvene here tomorrow and discuss!

2014 Year in Review

Hello, wonderful readers and friends!

This 2 week holiday break was so wonderful! I definitely think the holiday blog vacation is going to become a thing. I feel happy, balanced, and refreshed– ready to take on 2015!

Sayonara 2014! I mean that in the most loving interpretation possible, of course! It was a busy, unexpected, at times stressful, but AMAZING YEAR! This is one of those posts that you sit down to write and then realize there are so many things you could recap and share. It could get INSANELY long-winded. To save you the epic novel this could become, I went to great pains…(not really) to create these awesome graphics to help condense 2014 into a clear post. Here’s my 2014 Year in Review…

 

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Let me just say, that being published on a national level was definitely a highlight of 2014 for me. Much thanks to the editors and creatives that made that happen. Also, having what I do featured prominently in our local newspapers was pretty darn awesome too. A big, warm thank you to USA Today Home Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, The Argus, and The Quad-City Times.

I was invited to travel a bit and enjoyed some blogger events. Many thanks to Delta Faucet Company, the BHG Stylemaker Event, and Kohler for the amazing experiences.

My contestant experience on Creating with the Stars was unique and very valuable on so many levels. Collaborating with Kristin was such a perk and even though I did not make it past Round 1, I have a mighty fine piece of furniture to show for it! Still, one of my favorite projects of the year. Thanks to everyone, again, for all your kind comments and emails after CWTS. I feel like the most awesome loser ever after all those!

WORLDS AWAY ANNA BAR CABINET KNOCKOFF FOR CWTS

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On the home front, I chipped away at our home remodel. I can happily say our living room, at the least the bones, is completely finished! The missing piece to that puzzle I am going to be sharing with you soon!

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Little guy’s room also got knocked out and he is happy to play in his teepee all the live-long day, lion costume and all.

LITTLE GUY’S ROOM

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Our entry way got a refresh and the flow of the house is coming together.

ENTRY WAY REFRESH

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Much got delayed with our unexpected 3 months in Connecticut, but that was a trip of a lifetime! No regrets being beach bums and travel happy all summer. I also made our rental feel like home.

OUR EAST COAST APARTMENT

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I had some really cool collaborations with brands this year which allowed me to flex some styling skills too. Being a participant in the Home Depot Style Challenges this year was a blast. You can see my Harvest Style Challenge and my Holiday Style Challenge on the Home Depot Apron Blog.

I could get crazy up in here and share every project I did last year, but here’s the ones I loved the most. In my book, they are the best for personal reasons.

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DIY Bar Cabinet | DIY Border Curtains | DIY Mondrian-inspired Art | Living Room Makeover | DIY Gold Leaf Agate Coasters | Entry Way Refresh

And just because I really, really love the holidays at our home here are some of my favorite shots from our holiday posts.

HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

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DIY HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP

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HOLIDAY BEDROOM

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HOLIDAY IN THE KITCHEN

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DIY CONFETTI ORNAMENTS

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HOLIDAY TEEPEE

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HOLIDAY ENTRY WAY

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You can see my PROJECT GALLERY and HOLIDAY GALLERY for all the projects from 2014.

WHAT WILL 2015 HOLD???

If you saw my little graphic at the beginning of this post, you see that another magazine collaboration will be out. I’ll get to share more on that soon.

You also see that the bathroom I have talked about ALL LAST YEAR (pathetic, I know!) will have its big reveal very soon. It’s beyond what I originally dreamed for it, so it is worth the wait! I am calling it my gold and marble goddess.This will be the first big design reveal of 2015.

There are also 3 collaborations in the works that I am really excited to show you guys that will be happening in the first quarter of 2015. They involve a bedroom upgrade, a sofa, and some wallpaper.

And, at the beginning of every year, I like to see the remodel list dwindle, so here’s what’s left at the Cadwallader casa. And whenever this list looks like we’ve done nothing…I have to remind myself that we have pretty much finished: our bedroom, the living room, the hallway, the entryway, and little guy’s room. That’s like almost half of the house…

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My blog goals…so here’s the thing. I love to blog, I love to share my design work and what inspires me. Last year, I purchased my big girl camera, as I call it, and I have been in love. Like it is hard for me not to want to become a photo ninja. Everytime I get behind that camera I am learning more and more. Styling a shoot and getting THE SHOT is quickly becoming a thing.

I assessed my blogging pattern last year. I am good about revealing projects and collaborating with brands, but I tend to skim over the design process. I really want to focus on sharing more of what inspires me and my work. Also, more in-process ideas and tips. So, you are going to go a bit deeper with me on each of my design projects.

I also want to keep focusing on collaborating with amazing brands. It’s great to work with someone that allows me to be creative and allows me the chance to share something you really want to see. I love a chance to do something new and push myself. So, I am open to new ventures and unchartered territory. I enjoy it so much. Which brings me to Target. I am just putting it out in the universe. How cool would it be if Target and I were pals in doing awesome designy things?! In my head it is pretty darn fantastic.

Ok, this one…might need an explanation. If you are a blogger you may understand. So, I post in the AM and my routine fell apart last year. I could feel my arse growing into my office chair. Before you know it, after doing blog things…it was like 10am. Not cool, Kristin, not cool. So, I am going to discipline myself to gym, wash, dress EVERY SINGLE MORNING before work time starts. Plus, I am just a happier me when I follow that discipline. That last one maybe TMI, so sorry!

I have to thank ALL OF YOU for making this blogging journey so worthwhile! I promise to keep on creating and sharing with you. It was an exciting 2014 and I hope 2015 has some amazing things in store! It’s starting off on the right track so let’s keep the design happiness going!

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