a Taylored Approach
This past year, I've found an overwhelming passion for photography. I feel like my mind works in clicks. I see something, I snap it and all of a sudden it turns out even better than I planned. It's totally the approach of "don't try to so hard, it will just come to you" and lately with my iPhone, photos have been just that, easy. We've got a good thing going.
I forget how I drummed up this idea but given my motto of being surrounded by pretty things, I figured why not surround myself with my favorite snaps. Of course, typically pink door inspired. I almost wish it could be like Mary Poppins where they jump into street art as lately my inspiration has been all about that Palm to the Springs. Shocking I know. But there is something about those rainbows brights that make me so happy that I wanted to incorporate it into my space.
If you want to craft up your own snaps into your home, here's a few easy steps to make those printed moments come to life.
1) Choose your theme. In the kitchen, I opted for food inspiration. The first was the prettiest avocado toast I'd ever seen at Bluestone Lane in New York on a trip with my sister. Check out her blog, Something I Want to Eat. The second is a must see in NYC. Boozy popsicles bathing in prosecco. It reminds me daily any gimmick is possible.
2) Choose your photo size. It's been so easy using Walgreen's. What's nice is on their site, once you've uploaded your photos, it will let you know what sizes won't print well. And better yet, you can always find a promo code, so most of my prints have been under $20. The kitchen images are 11x14.
3) Deciding on a frame. Given my space, I opt for clean white frames in my home. It lets the photos stand on their own and the colors shine. My go-to for frames is Amazon or Michael's. For my latest plants on pink project, it was my largest print yet and one that made me so happy from a SoCal gf of mine. 24 x 36 and I lucked out with the perfect clean white frame at Michael's for 70% off. The main wall in my studio has remained vacant since I moved in and now, these cacti fit in so well here on Chestnut.
4) Time for your photo debut!
I tend to change my mind about things in my home so have found this DIY hack is perfect for me. Change your photos with the seasons, feature a trip or give a nod to a place that makes you happy. See life through a pink house, a perfectly crafted 'tini and get whisked away in this road trip we call life, or in your home... on that palm printed couch.
A special thanks to CC for the photo that completed my studio decor & for making me realize I need to visit the Sands Hotel in Palm Springs... stat.
I started the morning of my three day weekend marveled in marble. It's trending everywhere so naturally I had to figure out how to work it into my space. I decided to update this Target number that I use as a cute little side storage area in my bathroom. I found grey marble contact paper thanks to Amazon and this morning was made for the transformation! Move over Flea Market Flip, TC here and ready to step up the chic to this plain piece. My flamingo roomie joined the party and once I figured out the measurements and how much of the print I wanted to use, applying it was fairly easy. Another apartment improvement off the list and for under $10, I can splurge on my bubbly tonight! Now the fun begins figuring out what else I can slather with this swirly fun.
After a long and frustrating process of sanding and chipping away 5 layers of paint, with some serious muscle from my mom (she didn't give up even when I did multiple times and starting shopping for a new desk), I was blown away with the finished product. It had just the sheen and look I wanted for my workspace; a Girl Boss's dream!
The best part... it's a custom piece. It became a blank canvas where I could surround myself with a few (ok maybe not) but a bevy of my favorite things; including investing in major computer eye candy. Add a lucite chair, white fur and mini pinata, I was ready to take on the world from Chestnut Street.
More to come on how this space has transformed and become one of my favorite places to perch and peek out my bay windows on a Taylored Approach.