I’ve been inspired by Rachel Ashwell’s design style, Shabby Chic, for a long time. In her

Trader Joe’s is currently selling $4 seedless watermelons, which means my roommate and I have bowls of watermelon in rotation in our fridge. It’s hands-down my favorite fruit, so I thought I’d dig up an old watermelon daring pairing from Harmonized Living.

Pink & green home decor

My sister was cleaning behind her couch and found this old Country Living magazine:

I love the cover and wanted to use it as inspiration for my apartment. How do they bring all of those unique, eye-catching pieces together so well?!

Anyway, one item in particular caught my eye- this armchair (you can kind of see it in the bottom right corner of the cover):

It’s from the Country Living line at Kmart. Now I’m no furniture snob (quite the opposite, in fact), but I hadn’t thought to check out Kmart. I dropped in and found the exact chair, even though the magazine was about a year old! And it was the last one. Fate.

And let me tell you, it looks great in my apartment. It’s interesting how one item can bring a room together so well. Pictures to come!

P.S. I feel frivolous when I talk about home decor, but I think having a comfortable, welcoming- and aesthetically pleasing- home is important. Having a place to rejuvenate makes you ready to take on the day in order to do non-frivolous

I’m sitting with my sister on the couch and she is begging me to write a life update on my blog- which is funny, because she knows everything that goes on in my life!

I was about to type “The past few weeks have been a whirlwind” but I realized 1) I overuse the expression “whirlwind” and 2) when is my life not a whirlwind?! Good thing I like it hectic.

  • Smashingly successful open house for our coworking space (officially The Raleigh Forum); tons of people came out to explore the space, mingle, and enjoy our refreshments
  • Endless promotions for the space
  • Hired an Office Assistant (that’s right, we have an employee! So cool)
  • Spoke with my sister about The Raleigh Forum at a Ladies NC networking event
  • Assigned to several new projects at my recruiting job
  • Put the almost-final touches on my apartment- pictures coming soon! Let’s just say I’m very happy
  • Did a Warrior Dash-esque run through Umstead Park
  • Made

I have a relatively recent fascination with sunburst (also called starburst) mirrors, like these:

Unfortunately, they can be quite pricey- like $200-$400 pricey! I don’t know about you, but no one piece of decor is worth that much to me.

So I began a hunt for DIY versions and found this

I found this $20 steal

I was THRILLED when I walked into my new apartment. First of all, it’s HUGE. Like a palace. So big, in fact, that I have to do some creative thinking to FILL the space (I’m used to buying furniture and accessories that serve double duty so I can fit everything, but now I need more things so it doesn’t look empty).

I realize I risk sounding vapid with this next question:

What girl doesn’t want an awe-inspiring closet, chock-full of multi-colored clothing, cute accessories, and a whole host of purse options?

Guilty as charged (even though I do prefer Target over Gucci).

And with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR closets in my new place, maybe I’ll be one step closer to achieving the American (closet) dream.

Wondering what it is? The Moroccan pouf is a round leather embroidered ottoman.

Chocolate & Rose

Fall Leaf Garland

Leaf Vases

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