The Power of Design

You should be surrounded with whatever gives you joy.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fire Pits/Oasis's

Well, obviously you all can tell by my recent postings that I CANNOT WAIT for it to get nicer out and be able to sit outside by a fire and relax with friends or family. This is definitely one of my favorite things to do- not just because I'm good at it (if that's even possible), but because I have a lot of experience. I'm from wayyy up nort' and this is a normal thing for us. Almost every weekend, my friends and I hopped in some trucks and went to one of the few cabins that were in a 40 mile range & didn't have close neighbors. We sat on stumps by the fire, drank, danced, laughed & sang country songs until the sun came up. Clearly these gorgeous fireplaces and relaxing oasis's are nothing like what we used to gather around, but I still get that fuzzy, happy feeling when seeing any type of fire pit! Since I was little, my moms side of the family always took several camping trips every year-and we did did the 'real camping'. My idea of real camping probably isn't that real, but it basically means that we ate everything made by the fire-pudgie pies, hotdogs, popcorn, smores, meat, eggs, marshmallows corn-on-the-cob, get the idea. Our camping also meant we had a couple campers but mostly slept in tents, and some places we went had showers, but most didn't (or if they did-you don't want to use them). Most definitely a lot of my very best childhood memories were camping with my sister and cousins who I am so close with & wouldn't trade for the world. (holla -Aly, Jess, Manda, Mikey, Jen!)..Anyway, I could go on for days <3 soooo I'll just stop here and let you guys think about your camping trips, cabin escapades, and fondest childhood memories....

Friday, March 25, 2011

Teen Bedroom Ideas

First of all, I want to apologize to my mom. Looking back now, I realize how much I ruined my bedrooms through the years. And she never once complained (although now, I wish she would've). From glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling to every poster in the teenbeat magazines covering my walls, to stickers on my dressers, she definitely put up with a lot. Now, I realize that as a teen, you can still have a playful & young room without looking it like a dumpster. Some chic teen bedroom ideas are below, as well as a boys room last. (yes-i didn't forget about you!)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


 Alright, this has nothing to do with Design, but my other passion aside from design is having fun, laughter, & surrounding myself with funny people. These things are very important to me. Chelsea Handler is my favortite, and always knows what to say...

Chelsea Handler on Jesse James:
"I'm so sick of this moron. It's enough that you humiliated your wife by porking a bunch of women who look like they just escaped from state prison. No need to write a book about it. If people want to read about a bunch of one-night stands, I have a better recommendation for them."

love. her.

Relaxing Pool in Honor of Spring Break

This is just one of my favorite backyard pools I have come across. It's not too big or decked out in waterfalls and slides but the scenery here is what does it for me. This looks like its in Arizona or somewhere very hot with the cactus' and dry desert looking landscape. I think it would be really hard for me to leave this area if I were lucky enough to enjoy this beautiful place. 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Spa-like Retreat

Obviously not your typical bathroom...or view for that matter. This is breathtaking, to say the least. I think I would be in here more than any room in the house. It's almost essential to have a siting area in here with a view like that. To bathe in this tub would feel like you are bathing in the sea. I truly am almost speechless when looking at this, I instantly start daydreaming and imagining myself here. Someone please give me words to place with this photo. What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

this is where I've been literally all day...

Soooo I'm not feeling well at all but am still connected to my social networks, watching hgtv, and eating ice cream. This isn't different than any other day except for the fact that I literally haven't left my apt, or even my bed more than a few times for that matter. As you can tell, I'm very into lots of pillows and blankets, and am very thankful my bed is heaven on earth. I have memory foam pillows, decorative (but comfy) pillows and a memory foam topper-so don't feel too bad for me! Anyways, I am going to try and shower and see if that helps. Hopefully i'll feel better tomorrow and can post about some of the great new things I learned on hgtv today!