One of my favorite past times is DIY and reinventing space in small areas of our home. We have all the essentials in our place like a desk, dining table, basic furniture, and book shelves but I love the idea of rearranging furniture to get you motivated and I was up for the fun challenge.
We have a white little loft where I placed a shoe box inside that was attached with a sentimental/inspirational letter inside and another DIY painted gold plastic cat, which Luna mauled.
That framed art piece does not belong to me but it’ll live with us in the bed room until I find a suitable area that’s not cramped.
The bed side required a table where I plan to track down a vintage and rustic lamp.
Also, I added some wire baskets to organize the bookshelf with some personal touches. For those of you that noticed the owl, I spray painted the adorable guy black with a spray can. He now hangs out at the top shelf.
My boyfriend was kind enough to share the closet and shoe rack with me to accommodate my endless collection/obsession.
With the silver vintage pale in our living room, I opted for Martha Stewart’s metallic gold, which required minimal effort in no time to paint. I have still yet to decide what other details to add but our home feels much more cozy and relaxed.
Our dining area is a bit long and narrow so I added a rickety side table and managed to transform it by simply putting a sleek marble slab atop to fill up the empty spot. Our pugs haven’t eaten the tulips yet. My next project will be to focus on the office space and am still on the hunt for some unique art prints and photography.
After being cooped up and having a pity party for weeks, I made the right decision to enjoy the little things, break my routine, and surround myself with things that make me feel happy and inspired. Despite weeks of hanging out in lounge clothes, I found myself slowly easing back into life without being too drastic and abrupt by hanging out with friends (one birthday, one gala, a few pow wows), breaking the routine and just going for new activities (um, hi fly yoga), and embracing the unknown future (a fun alternative project with J and E instead of just the 9-5 work). 1. I’m impressed I didn’t buy one of these on our trips to Seoul. 2. Work is more fun with this glitter cat pen 3. After reading Pablo Neruda, I got sentimental with my nails 4. A big fan of exercise that doesn’t feel like it 5. Postcard from Praha – a nice replacement from emails. I’ll be adding more fashion content so stay tuned.
It’s been over two months since my mom passed away. We were all shaken up as it came as an unexpected blow. I had to accept the fact that death is final although too early and sudden – nobody was prepared. I looked up to my mother in many ways and I remember all the sweet memories as much as I can. Maybe it’s from her strength, I am able to continue and smile back on all the good times. My family always relied on my mother and it’s this dependency that we took her for granted. Because she loved so much, she had an inherently guilty conscience, always wanting to do more, and a trait I acknowledge and exhibit. Change doesn’t happen quickly but I know my mother would have wanted me to live a life without guilt, with happiness and asking others for help. I love her and I miss her. Oscar Wilde captured my good-bye eloquently when he wrote….
“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.”