Friday, September 9, 2011

{thirteen20five} update

I am so excited about my little shop on Etsy!  Etsy is a whole other world just like Blog Land! : ) It is so much fun though and I am so inspired by all of the other creative people out there as well show casing their works of art.  

Here is one of my latest listings...only $12!!

I sent off some test prints today for custom invitations that will soon be available at thirteen20five!  I can't wait to share them with you all!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Become a fan of thirteen20five on Facebook to stay up to date with new listings and special promotions!

Thank you for all of your support!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

thirteen 20 five

Finally, I am back!  I took a much needed break from blog land to focus on my new project... thirteen 20 five. It is my very own Etsy shop currently featuring unique earrings made by me! 

thirteen 20 five is a shop that will eventually have a little bit of everything from jewelry, graphic prints, to custom invitations, art and more.  I love designing and creating so stay tuned for new shop items and shop specials! : )

Check out thirteen 20 five now!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Returning Soon!

I am taking a little break from blog land! I will return soon!



Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Design Tip Tuesday {Adore Home Magazine}

I am loving the new issue of Adore Home!  It is filled with beautiful images of colorful spaces and filled with great tips and inspiration.

For my series today, I wanted to share with you some design tips for updating your kitchen from interior designer Caitlin Wilson, who is featured in Adore Home.  I recently met with a friend of mine who is doing some updating on her own kitchen and this article made me think of her and her space! 

Interior Design Caitlin Wilson's 5 tips for 
Transforming your bland kitchen into a stylish, chic one

1. "Update your old cabinets with a fresh coat of paint."- This is definitely the number one for inexpensive way to transform you kitchen.

2. "Add a back-splash, even if it's an inexpensive subway tile from the hardware store, it will make and amazing impact."

3. "Wallpaper instantly transforms kitchens by adding pattern to an otherwise simple space."

4. "Accessorize with pretty and functional pieces - bold dish towels, colorful spatulas and interesting bowls and books."

5. "Fresh flowers add a touch of life and color on basically no budget..."- And smell amazing!

Images from Adore Home Magazine of Caitlin's kitchen she designed.  Love it!  So clean and simple. 

images from Adore Home

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mood Board Monday

Today kicks off the start of my new series, Mood Board Monday!  A little design inspiration to start your week off!

chair: Layla Grayce chandelier: Layla Grayce desk: Zgallerie rug: Overstock

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lovely Wall Wednesday

I don't think much needs to be said about HGTV's Green Home.  The design is beautiful and speaks for itself.  The wooden accent wall doubles as headboard creating a dramatic feature.  I love the rustic and modern elements mixed together in this room, just beautiful!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lovely Wall Wednesday {Imperial Trellis Pattern}

The Imperial Trellis pattern is nothing new but it has been making a big statement in interiors lately.  I must say, I think I am falling in love!

It is everywhere from upholstery, drapery, accessories and even wall paper, which is what I am featuring today. I am loving this dining room below.  The trellis pattern can be a bit busy as with any pattern, but this design was executed perfectly!  It is balanced with the white color palette and simple forms in the space.  There are so many traditional elements in this space yet it has a clean modern feel, my favorite! 

Love it on the ceiling!

Black with the ghost imperial pattern, very classy!

 Great as an accent wall.

How do you feel about the imperial trellis pattern? I am so drawn to it, but I am not sure if I would use it on a large scale in my own space.  I do love it for the windows! That I just might do!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Unique Organized Shoe Display

If you are crazy about high heels as much as I am then you are going to love this! It is an easy and inexpensive way to not only organize all of those heels you have but also a beautiful way to display them, like a piece of art that they truly are! 

All you need are architectural moldings from you local hardware store, hang it up and organize your shoes!  Get creative and paint the moldings to liven up that closet or dressing room!  

This is also a great solution for those with closets that have a small wall space that is too small for large storage solutions.  This idea doesn't take up a lot of space and it is fun and unique!

Don't you just love it?!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Lovely Wall Wednesday

Chevron Striped Wall
I recently received an email from a reader, Melanie, who was inspired by one of my previous blog post about my love for chevron stripes!  She originally inquired about chevron rugs but due to her own budget constraints she decided on painting the stripes on her wall instead.  She so kindly shared her pictures with me to share with all of you! I absolutely love the outcome!

Melanie has a great blog of her own that I encourage you to check out as well as her website.  She is a very talented graphic designer and photographer.


Melanie started with an 18 inch metal ruler as a guide and placed pen dots on the wall and used a level to make sure they were all lined up. 

The dots were measured 10 inches above one another.  She then used  painters tape to connect the dots, in a zig zag way so she would alternate between the top and bottom dots in a row as seen in image below.


I just love the outcome!  She used a paint and primer in one by Behr called "Clear Water," and removed the tape just before the paint had dried to get a nice crisp edge. 

Thanks Melanie for sharing your chevron striped wall! It turned out great!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Design Tip Tuesday

There are so many ways to add color in your space, but it can be tricky in pulling it off successfully.  Here is a great designer tip on how to add color to your space and really pull a room together, from HGTV's Top 10 Tips for Adding Color.

Design by Kenneth Brown

Use the 60-30-10 Rule
By Mark McCauley, ASID 

Decorating a space in terms of color is as easy as 60-30-10. Don't believe me? Take a look at some rooms in magazines or in Designers' Portfolio. You'll notice that the rooms you like the most are almost invariably divided into percentages of 60-30-10. Why this works is anybody's guess. Perhaps it is the human tendency to see an overall theme in the 60 percent hue, unifying the coloration. The 30 percent provides visual interest and the 10 percent, not unlike jewelry, provides that little spark of sparkle.
So, when decorating a particular room, divide the colors into percentages:
60% of a dominant color
30% of a secondary color
10% of an accent color
When you think about it, this color breakdown is similar to a man's business suit:
60% of the outfit's color is the slacks and jacket
30% of the outfit's color is the shirt
10% of the outfit's color is the tie
Translated to a room setting, it typically means:
60% of the room's color is the walls
30% of the room's color is the upholstery
10% of the room's color is, say, an accent piece or a floral arrangement

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday today!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


I recently just signed up on Houzz!  On the right of my blog, there is a photo reel, if you click on that you can access my profile on Houzz.  I just started collecting inspirational images and soon I will be posting my work with  The Art of Order on there as well, so stay tuned!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Garden Stool Steal!

What a great deal, I was at Ross yesterday and came across this garden stool for ONLY $29.95!!!!!

Such a great deal!  These usually run $100+.  If my patio was larger I would have snatched it up.  I love a great deal!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Inexpensive Ways to Give Your Space a Face Lift!

Summer is here and you will probably be doing more entertaining in and out of your home.  Here are a few tips on how to give your spaces a little face lift with out breaking the bank!

Add COLOR and PATTERN- Most of us have neutral colored sofas which is a perfect backdrop to have fun with bright and colorful pillows for summer.  This is an inexpensive way to change the look and feel of your space.  Don't be afraid to mix patterns as well. If you are unsure about mixing patterns, a great tip for beginners is to stick with patterns in the same color, like image below.

I love these pillow pattern combos from Etsy.

Add Color with an Accent Wall- Painting an accent wall will easily changed the look of you space and add more interest when you enter the room.  This is an easy and inexpensive way to transform your space by painting one wall instead of the whole room.

New Curtains!- An easy way to brighten and lighten up your space for summer is to change out those dark and heavy drapes!  You don't need to get rid of them, they are great for the winter months, creating a warm and cozy feel, but pack them away for the summer and pick up some light, sheer curtains or light weight neutral colored curtains in white or a cream etc. 

Flowers- Adding fresh flowers to your space is an easy way to freshen up the room.  Not only are fresh flowers gorgeous to look at, but they also release a fresh fragrance into the room.  Fresh flowers weekly may get pricey for some of us, for those on a budget, stick to picking up fresh flowers when you know you will be having guests over, use them as the table center piece or as a coffee table arrangement. 

Rearrange Furniture- Last but definitely not least, the best way and most inexpensive way to give your space a face lift... rearrange your furniture! This will cost you $0.00 and can totally transform your space just by re-planning your furniture layout. 

Remember that it is now summer, time for relaxing and having fun so don't be afraid to let that show in your interiors! Have fun with your spaces and don't be afraid to try new things!

If you have a mini room face lift before and afters I would love to see them! You can send before and after photos to


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Striped Ceilings

Here is some unexpected eye candy for you, not only are they painted ceilings, which I love, but they are also striped! It is daring and unexpected.  Love the look!  It is becoming very popular in nurseries as well.

I love this room below!

Do you have striped ceilings in your home? I would love to see pictures if you do! 

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Thanks for reading!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Dining Room Plans

Dining room redo... well dreaming about it anyway!  Below is a picture of my dining room in its current state, needs some work.  We love our "bar wall" but the table set just isn't doing it for me.

I would love a new dining set, this one was in my parent's house for years (used to be white, we painted it black a while back) then it followed me to college, and now is here with me in mine and my husband's apartment.  It has been great but I don't like the chairs at all, very uncomfortable and not that visually pleasing. They have also seen better days... they are starting to fall apart!

So my plan is to keep the table, it is great and still in good condition, and get new chairs!  I have always loved  the Louis Ghost Chair.  I plan on saving up for two of these.... one at each end of the table.

Then to mix it up, maybe Verner Panton Chairs in white for the side chairs? Still debating on this, but I think it will work! 

I just love the bright white modern design with the contrast of traditional elements like this picture below.

Since I will have the bright white chairs, I am thinking of teal curtains instead of the current white.  So, I am starting to save and hopefully will be able to transform our little dining room soon!  I will keep you posted!


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sectional Love

I am loving this Reese sectional right now from Room and Board!  I love the modern design, it is simple and could mix very nicely with traditional spaces as well. The corner curve makes it interesting and I just want to curl up on it and watch a movie!

Tufted furniture sure seems to be the trend lately, but I love it! 

The Reese Sectional also comes in many colors and what I love about Room and Board is that everything is completely customizable! This sectional is also pretty reasonably priced as well!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

MPS Awareness Day

Today my husband and I (and our dog Bella) are wearing purple for Logan and all those affected by MPS. Wear purple and spread the word!

What is MPS?

Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) and related diseases are genetic lysosomal storage diseases (LSD) caused by the body's inability to produce specific enzymes. Normally, the body uses enzymes to break down and recycle materials in cells. In individuals with MPS and related diseases, the missing or insufficient enzyme prevents the proper recycling process, resulting in the storage of materials in virtually every cell of the body. As a result, cells do not perform properly and may cause progressive damage throughout the body, including the heart, bones, joints, respiratory system and central nervous system. While the disease may not be apparent at birth, signs and symptoms develop with age as more cells become damaged by the accumulation of cell materials. (source)

Like many of you reading this, I was unaware of this disease until a former classmate and friend of my husband and I,  announced to her friends and family that one of her boys, Logan, was diagnosed on January 16, 2010, with the disease MPS III Type A as known as Sanfillippo Syndrome.  There is no known cure for this disease but with awareness and research doctors can be one step closer for finding a cure or finding ways to prolong one’s life and slow down the disease.


Since diagnosed, Logan has been through chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant as well as many hospital visits and has undergone numerous tests. He is a strong little boy and has a wonderful family to support him.  It has been a long and tough road for the whole family but Logan continues to stay strong and do great and is able to be a kid again with the success of the transplant and play with his brothers, twin Austin, and Aiden.

Please be aware of this disease and spread the awareness to continue to help Logan and others out there just like him. 

To learn more about this disease or donate, please visit:

To follow Logan and his family's journey, please visit:

Thank you for reading and spreading the awareness about MPS!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bike Storage/Art

So I must admit when I got my bike, it sat in the living room for a few days (I live in an apartment). I loved it so much that I didn't want to put it outside, crazy, maybe but I think bikes are beautiful and if it is like anything else that you enjoy you should be able to enjoy it all the time right? Why not feature a beautifully designed bike as a work of art to enjoy while not riding?

Knife and Saw has a gorgeous solution for storing your bike when not in use and it is a beautiful work of art!  Introducing the BIKE SHELF...

A company called Cycloc also offers a unique way to display your bike on the wall that is more budget friendly and comes in several colors. 

There are many more ways to store your bike, mine sadly is now on the patio, but I sure would love a Bike Shelf

Do you have something that you display in your home that is unexpected? If so, email me and I might feature you on my blog!


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