Archives For June 2014

Baking homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch- me.  Tearing apart my bathroom and ripping out walls- me.  Building custom wood projects and puppy proofing the back deck- me.

Designing a vanity base on my style (the tom-boy with dirt under her nails)- now that’s a challenge.

One Kings Lane recently threw me a curveball and asked ME (they know who I am?) to design MY dream vanity based on one of their fantastic mirrors.

So…….   naturally I agreed.  I never back down from a challenge.

Wanting to knock this out of the park, I took some cues from mi casa and got to work. If you’ve been following for a while (high five to you!) you may remember a certain mirror project of my own. When I was flipping through the mirror options I spotted the wooden beauty below, which they accurately name the “Line Mirror”, that closely resembled my very own DIY mirror.

It was love.

That blue swatch over on the right…? Thats a pretty accurate sample of the ACTUAL color of my bedroom. So, I figured if I’m making this for me, I better design it where it’s actually going to go, right?

My bedroom right now it the dark navy & teal color, with loud pops of color. I have a HUUUUGE Red-Orange Ikea mirror that I absolutely LOVE.  So when I saw the Coastal Retreat Desk in orange I knew it was a perfect fit. Then came the accessories.

Reflect your style_OL-01I’m NOT a fan of crap all over my surfaces (you’d never know it though). I knew I wanted to go light with the accessories, maybe a vase of flowers here, a tray with all my miracle mixes there… You know, clean and simple. I love the white Earthenware Planter for some bright fresh flowers (peonies seem to really be the buzz right now), and when it comes to the “tray”, well… I didn’t pick a tray at all. Would you after seeing the Metal Lazy Susan? I’m pretty sure my exact words were “I’m totally buying one of these. Wait, It’d be great for art supplies too, so maybe two”. You can quote me on that. Go ahead. This sweet carousel will be perfect for holding my “can’t live without” items like my Style Prep & Face Lotion from Aveda (have you smelled their products? TO DIE FOR.) and my absolute favorite perfume from Fresh.

For some, beauty routines are quick, easy, five minutes “let me just fluff my hair, and put on some mascara”, but for the rest of us… we’re going to need to take a seat for the whole procedure. I didn’t want something that protruded into my room (It’s Marley’s playing area, duh.) So finding something that would pack away easily under the desk was a must. But so was comfort! The Farha stool accomplished both of these goals, with the added benefit of disappearing into the walls and light colored carpet when stored.

All this though, started from the mirror. I fell in love with a mirror (not a lamp, sorry san diego). A mirror with raw untreated wood, and a wavy line edge. What an accurate name indeed.

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I’m getting super pumped. Starting this Sunday, Ann Arbor’s Summer Restaurant Week begins and it’ll be the first time I’ve ever been.

Crazy right? Since I’m only like 15 minute away… Regardless I’m ready for amazing meals out with that handsome boy, and looking to try new things and new places.

Ann Arbor is such a hub of amazing food. There’s so many restaurant that even most of the people living and working down there everyday haven’t even tried.

I’ve only touched a small handful of the amazing restaurant down there and with the set $15 lunch and $28 dollar dinner prices I’m excited to see what the chefs have prepared.

If you head to the Participating Restaurants tab on the AARW site you can click each participating place and see what they have for you this week. Most places will still also have their regular menu for those not partaking in the RW set menu too.

I really like having a checklist or a place I can write down the places I’ve been to and what I thought about them. I made myself a little tour guide/ score card and thought I’d share with the rest of you (you can download it below).

Can wait to hear everyone’s thoughts!!

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Click Here To Download This Score Card

Be sure to check out Restaurant Week!

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