Monday Motivation

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Hello! I’m alive!

Sorry for the blog pause, things have been pretty busy/hectic around here. But what better way to welcome you all back that with this quote? This one’s really spoken to me lately, and is especially relevant now that I’ve managed to gather the courage/time to open up shop (finally)! I have known for a while now that I want to break into the wedding/organization/decor scene, and now I’ve made a (small) step towards that goal! It all started when my best friend from back home got engaged, and since I can only do so much from 900+ miles away, I put together a binder to help her with all the planning. She loved it, and her friends loved it, and now you all can love it too!

I now have a small shop on Etsy (and I mean small, only two items right now. But two great items!). You can find it at etsy.com/shop/hellokorin. Soon I hope to be adding more wedding-related items, decor pieces, etc. But for now, here it is in all its glory:

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Stop by and take a peek, and if you know any brides-to-be, send ‘em over! Or better yet, buy them one as a sweet gift! Then report back here, I would love some feedback.

Happy Monday, guys! What are you starting today?

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Friday Five: Fresh Decor

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Happy Friday, guys! I’ve been in a bit of a redecorating mood lately (what’s new), so I’ve been scouring the internet for ideas of ways to add a fresh look to my space without buying all new everything. Maybe my finds will inspire new ideas from you! Here are 5 pieces I’m loving right now:

STATE WALL ART
Add a personal touch to your space by showing some state pride! I’ve been debating adding one of these to my walls ONLY because I can’t decide between getting my home state or my current state. Seriously, these unique pieces are handcrafted and the price can’t be beat. Maybe I’ll just get both.

TURTLE DISH
A small, charming dish is the perfect way to add some color that serves a purpose. Set it on a console by the front door to toss your keys into, or put it on the counter in the bathroom as a jewelry catch-all.
Oh no, it’s already sold out! Here are a couple of similar ones.

TUFTED OTTOMAN
I love how versatile and easy a little ottoman like this is. It’s perfect for apartment living because you can easily move it around to change up the look of your room, and it doubles as a table for mini projects (or food) while you’re watching tv ;)

FIG TREE
I love the idea of adding some greenery to my apartment, but I’m not confident in my abilities to keep something this big alive, so I’m starting out small with a few cacti on my balcony. If this goes well, an indoor tree may be in my future!

GRAPHIC PRINT
I ordered this print and just hung it on my dining room wall, and I LOVE it as a graphic element. The wall it’s on faces the front door, so it’s one of the first things I see when I get home after a long day. Side note– the Etsy shop owner is doing a little reorganizing, but she’ll be back up and running next week! Trust me, it’s worth the wait.

Friday Five: Web Finds

Happy Friday! It’s been a busy few weeks at work for me, and it’s not going to let up soon, but at least tomorrow is the first official day of summer! The forecast around here is looking a little cloudy, so if you’re spending it indoors (like me, who’ll probably be working, catching up on laundry, and emptying my DVR), here are a few of my favorite finds from around the web this week to keep you entertained. Enjoy! xo

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Rosetta Stone Level 1-3 Sets are 50% on Amazon TODAY ONLY. I’m so tempted.

I know I’m guilty of this bad habit, are you?

If you love a good deal, you need to follow this blog. Plus she’s got a pretty great name.

These shirts made me laugh.

I just ordered this and can’t wait to try it out! Maybe my hair will look like the girl in the photo?

Friday Five: Pineapples!

Hello! It’s finally Friday, AND a long weekend. If that’s not a reason to celebrate with some Memorial Day sale shopping, then I don’t know what is. If you’re looking to add a few summer-inspired pieces to your closet or home, try something fruity! My favorite fruit style right now has to be pineapples, and I’m not alone. They’re everywhere! Here are five pineapple-themed pieces I’m loving:

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door knocker | earrings | soap | dress | tee

This refreshing trend is one of my favorites for the summer, but it can also easily go childish or tacky. Here are just a couple tips for wearing or decorating with fruit:

keep the color palette chic
mixing the bright, primary colors of fruit can look kindergarten-esque so
try picking one, or opt for prints in “unnatural” shades (ie muted tones or black and white)

stick to one fruit piece

wearing head-to-toe fruit can look like a costume, and when used in decor
it can look like you’re setting up for a luau

pick pieces that showcase only one type of fruit—like pineapples!

mixing multiple fruits can look kinda jumbled and can go “baby” in a heartbeat

Try it out for yourself, and let me know what you think! xoxo

 

Interior Decorating with Basically Bubbly

A couple weeks ago, Lexi from Basically Bubbly alluded to a project that we’d been working on together, and it’s here!

She and her boyfriend were in the process of renting a new apartment together in the city, and needed to furnish it on a budget. And by furnish, I mean they needed practically everything, from furniture down to silverware. They gave me a description of the design style they wanted and a rough budget of how much they wanted to spend, and I got to work! This is by far the most fun I’ve had on a project in a long time, and I’m hoping to be able to develop this into something more in the future. Here’s a preview, but go take a look at the whole thing!

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