Friday, 31 October 2014

Year-long closet shopping list: October 2014

It's purchase year-long budget recap time again! As a quick refresher, this year I outlined my clothing budget to add closet basics to my wardrobe each month, putting together a list of items I need to help fill in the holes in my closet and assigning each item to a particular month of the year. I've capped each month's budget at $200 total. Here's what my calendar looks like:

Year-long Closet Budget

Here's what I added this month:

October 2014

October Purchases:

14th and Union cardigan (sold out, different pattern than pictured):
Price: $38 (originally $60)
Notes: I was on the hunt for a cozy wrap sweater, and Nordstrom Rack came through for me. I've been wearing it basically nonstop since I got it..$38 well spent ;)

Price: $20 (originally $58)
Notes: I was needing a flowy top and found this bright pink beauty!

Price: $69
Notes: I needed a skirt for an interview recently (more on that soon!) and this fit the bill. I love the leather waistband and the skirt is just stretchy enough to be super comfortable but not overly clingy.

October Budget Total:
$127 for $187 worth of items (32% savings)
Over/under for October budget: -$73
Over/under for budget since March: -942
Total spent since March: $678

Quick Design: Dining Rooms

Happy Halloween everyone! Here are a few dining rooms I'd love to live in:

Quick Design: Dining Rooms

Monday, 27 October 2014

Two-word style synopsis!

Heeeeeeyyyyy ladies and gents, long time no talk! I'm back in action after a month-long absence to share very important news: I've learned how to describe my interior design style in 2 words. 

Minimal. Bohemian.


Life-shattering, I know. As defined by Sycamore Street as "playful, not too matchy-matchy, and [with] some grown up elements mixed in;" Domaine Home describes the look as California eclectic, which is is "casual, laid-back, and mostly carefree...surprisingly sophisticated and always inviting." Bingo! Exactly how I envision my next home feeling. 

Since I'm planning on moving in the near future, I've been pulling together all sorts of secret 'new house inspiration' pin boards, and the Minimal Bohemian theme has come through strongly in my pins. Here are a few of my favorite examples: 

pin (original unknown)

EDIT 10/28/14: I might as well just add every. single. pic from this home by Amber Interior Design. Click through, it's goooooood.

So how does one achieve Minimal Bohemianism?
  • clean lines
  • white walls
  • lighter woods
  • mainly neutral tones or colors inspired by nature (greens, blues, shell pinks)
  • mixed ethnic textiles
  • lots of textures
  • nothing is too precious
  • everything has a home; limit clutter
Can you summarize your style in two words?