Tuesday, June 21, 2011

a serene inspiration

as a commercial wallcovering rep, i'm constantly inspired by design studios and projects that i'm exposed to.  but most recently, the new office of space planning + design in columbus park really spoke to me.  on my third visit last week to their studio i still found myself in awe, taking mental notes of everything i could, wishing i could move into their space or afford them to makeover mine. 

i remember a time right outside of design school when the objective was to push the envelope with color.  in my first grown-up apartment i painted the walls of my dining room a deep ralph lauren red.  and now i find myself believing less is more.  this space is a true testament of that.  so serene, clean and elegant with a subtle backdrop allowing the gorgeous finishes and fixtures to really shine.

i'm in absolute love with those natural oak floors.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

living lean

the challenge of owning an older home, tends to be storage (or lack of). 

we recently decided to reassess every square inch of our kitchen in search for other storage opportunities as well as assess what items are truly essential for our home. 

before - i spy wasted space, do you?

in progress - much better

i really believe, small details can yield big results. 

in the midwest, especially, we can easily fall into the belief that bigger is better.  we run out of space and naturally want to upgrade our square footage by purchasing a larger home without evaluating our current items and living conditions.  it's such an affordable option here!  i have never been comfortable with that philosophy.  in times like these, it seems so wasteful

what about the many cities and cultures where square footage is much more valuable, where people are forced to think smarter about their space?

there is something to be said about only holding onto what is necessary and useful.  living lean.  maximizing each square foot to it's fullest potential, and then, maybe, earning the right to grow into a larger space.

good find!

i've been stressing on where to store our kitchen knives and was thrilled to find this modern option at crate and barrel a couple weeks ago for $19.95.  if a knife block is going to be displayed on a counter, it should be done well, yes?

i'm baaaaaaaaack

hello internets!

i'm back and feeling 90% recuperated after a whirlwind of wedding and honeymoon events.  everything was wonderful.  we feel incredibly blessed.

i wanted to share with you our travels to costa rica really quick before returning back to our regular program.  the mister and i spent weeks months researching the perfect place to spend our travels.  we wanted it to be extraordinary.  i believe taking our time to dig in and do our homework really paid off, but i'll let you be the judge.

mr. anderson & i on our ATV rental

the thing that caught my eye about florblanca was the architecture.  each private villa was intended to embrace the outdoors and the beautiful surroundings within santa teresa, costa rica. 

the only room in the villa that was completely enclosed was the bedroom.  every other space was open to the lush jungle outdoors.

i knew this would be either a really incredible experience or a really scary one.  if anyone knows me at all knows that i'm not a fan of critters being within my living space. 

hearing the howler monkeys the very first night when i was needing to make a trip to the restroom, i'll admit, was rather intimidating.  the deep sounds that came out of those little creatures is something that will forever be planted in my memory. 

the monkeys, however, respected our space.  as did most other wildlife with the exception of an occasional lizard or crab.

if you are seeking an all-inclusive large resort with several swim up bar/buffet/restaurant options, this may not be your cup of tea.  florblanca is small, quiet, and intimate with attention in every single minute detail.  be sure to check out their 'green season' rates and discounts for staying more than 4 nights.

our goal was to make this a trip we would never forget and indeed, it undoubtedly was.