Moroccan Influences

I love Moroccan style. Such intricate patterns and deep rich colors. I’m currently thinking about decorating a few rooms of the house in a Moroccan inspired theme, so of course it’s been on my mind a lot lately. I couldn’t help but take a peek at some Moroccan style jewelry (even though it has nothing to do with the house work I will be trying to take on during spring break). Here are a few of my favorite finds from Etsy.

henna – gold and glass teardrop earrings


Metallic Moroccan Red Greek Leather Bangles with Gold Plated Tube Accents

SURI-Golden Moroccan Pendant and Gunmetal Chain Necklace


and my favorite

Kasbah Red and Gold Locket Necklace


More Moroccan things to come soon.


Laundry Rooms and Painted Floors

I have this issue with my laundry room. It’s ugly. Really ugly. I think it used to be some sort of porch and the people who owned the house before me just sort of slapped some walls on it and called it a laundry room. The floor slopes too. Anyway, my dream is to make it somewhere I enjoy being seeing as how on the weekends, I usually end up spending quite a bit of time in there.

It’s hard to tell in the photos, but the walls have holes drilled in them, there’s a big hole in the wall behind the washer that I have to keep the cat from climbing into so I don’t lose him in the walls forever, and the floor is a horrible vinyl that I just can’t stand.

My dream is to sand the gloss off the floor and paint the floors with a fun pattern.

This is my favorite.

I also love these.

I love the high gloss on the last one.

Of course I can’t do gorgeous floors and ignore the walls. Nicole over at Making It Lovely has some quite inspiring laundry room before and after shots that make me think, okay I can do this.

I love this shade of blue. (I even have the same comforter peeking in on the left side)

I’m ready to tackle some projects during Spring Break. This is a big one though. I may just start with having the insulation I desperately need put into my roof.

Aesthetic Outburts 20 in 20

I have been following Abbey Hendrickson of Aesthetic Outburst‘s 20 in 20 projects for a while now.

One of my favorites so far is this vintage darning sampler.

It’s so pretty and simple. Her projects always inspire me. I can’t wait to bust out my embroidery threads and give this a try.

To see more of Abbey’s 20 in 20 projects, visit Aesthetic Outburst or her flickr.

Here are a few more of my favorites:


New inspiration galleries from Creature Comforts

One of my favorite blogs, Creature Comforts, has created Inspiration Galleries.

The inspiration galleries are divided into categories of diy projects (shown in pictures, who wants to read about pretty projects?) including packaging, printables, fashion, and holidays.

Abby Clawson Low

Recently while looking through the new Matchbook Magazine, I read an article on a woman named Abby Clawson Low. I’ve admired Low’s work for years without even realizing who she was. I’ve followed her blog, HI + LOW for quite a while now. I didn’t realize she was also the same person behind some of my favorite things coming from Kate Spade, like their awesome planners.

She has since left Kate Spade and opened her own design studio. Here is her bio from her site.

Abby Clawson Low is a design director specializing in identity and publication design. Her studio projects range from logos, web sites and books, to self-published projects and collaborations.

Prior to founding a company of her own in the spring of 2007, Abby got her start at Design MW under the collaborative eye of husband and wife team JP and Allison Williams. In her five years at Design MW, she worked for a variety of international clients, including Buttenfabrik Gmund, Chronicle Books, Takashimaya New York, West Elm and Wilson/Wenzel. From June 2004 until May 2007, Abby lent her creative leadership to Kate Spade’s in-house design team where she was the Senior Art Director and worked on various projects for the award-winning Kate Spade and Jack Spade brands.

Abby’s work has been featured in Communication Arts, How and Print, and by organizations such as the Type Directors Club and the AIGA. She was also selected as one of the 2006 ADC ‘Young Guns’ in the fifth biennial showcase of the Art Directors Club, chosen from hundreds of international artists aged 30 and under.

My favorite part of the interview in Matchbook was this wonderful quote:

A woman after my own heart.