Saturday, April 27, 2013

Balcony Makeover v2

Due to a myriad of circumstances since I moved in here, my balcony has never really looked the way I envisioned it.  Its pretty big as balconies go but its never been as comfortable or as much of the oasis that I wanted.

But 3 weeks ago, the demolition and renovation of the balconies on my building began and I think I should have access to it again by July!  So I'm daydreaming about finally making it the way I've always wanted.

Here's my wish list:

1. A colorful outdoor area rug (from Target but this pattern seems to have been discontinued)
2. Colorful throw pillows (from the Pillow Chix store on Etsy)
3. A grey outdoor sofa with chaise (from Maison Du Monde)
4. I've always wanted a Budda head statue. So beautiful!
5. Lots of flowers and plants
6. Strings of lights (I've seen these everywhere lately! Target has a great selection)

I'm not sure my balcony oasis will appear this season or if I'll have to wait until next summer but I enjoy daydreaming about it nonetheless.

Now that the warmer weather seems to be on its way, what's your plan for your outdoor space?

Thursday, April 25, 2013


The term is EVERYWHERE.

In case you're not familiar with Ombre, it means:


 adjective \ˈäm-ˌbrā\

Definition of OMBRÉ

: having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark

You can have your hair ombre.

It's everywhere in fashion...

and home decor.

I like it! It's a very cool trend BUT up until today I had no idea how to pronounce it.  Several occasions have come up recently where I wanted to use the term but had no idea how to say it correctly.  So now I know! I can confidently use it in conversation and impress all of my friends. (ok, probably not).

Here are a few ombre project that have caught my eye on Pinterest lately:

The awesome crafty storage cart via IHeart Organizing

This pretty pendant lamp shade via Martha Stewart.

You don't see many of these anymore, but I love how they made this old radiator a work of art. (via

So am I the only one who didn't know how to say it? Any ombre project on the horizon for you?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


There are so many things I LOVE to do.  When I do them, I feel happy and energized.  You'd think it those would be these things I would fight to keep in my life but they're the things I constantly neglect.

In an attempt to develop healthy habits I participated in Oprah and Deepak Chopra's 21-Day Meditation Challenge and I'm happy to report I've continued well past the 21 days and haven't missed a day.  I enjoyed the challenge immensely and would like to kick it up a notch and start the day with some meditation as well.

So I think its time to try to develop some other healthy habits.  Blogging on here, reading my blogroll instead of mindless TV watching, crafting and exercise.

I don't know why its so easy to forget the things that bring more life to my life.  What sort of things do you do to achieve a healthy work/life balance?