Apartment Refresh

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As I’m sure you know by now, I like to keep things fresh and believe that even a small change can have a big impact. Here are some small updates I’ve made to my apartment over the past couple months.

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Say hello to my new little throw pillow in the center of the sofa.

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Say hello to my white fluffy pillow that ties my bed decor together.

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Say hello to my pretty new white vase that disguises not so pretty things like nail clippers and tweezers.

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Say hello to my new glass paper weight.

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Say hello to my new coffee table decor.

 

Tricks of the Trade: Organizing Email

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A personal email account is one of those things that can easily get abandoned; we spend so much time looking at and working in our work email, that our personal inboxes fall by the wayside. Since I always strive for inbox zero and pride myself on keeping my inboxes – both work and personal – very clean, I thought I’d share some of tips and tricks.

  • Unsubscribe from anything you can. We all wind up on various mailing lists that we no longer care about. Do yourself a favor and unsubscribe from anything you delete without even reading.
  • Create folders. Folders will allow you to file things away and reference them later should you need to. I have quite a few folders but some very useful ones are: “Finances,” “Personal,” “Medical,” “Work,” and “Travel.” Feel free to create folders that work best for you.
  • Cleanse your inbox. I like to think of what’s in my inbox at any given moment as my to-do list. Everything else that has already been dealt with is filed away. This way, I only have a few emails in my inbox at a time and know exactly what needs to be done.IMG_5251 IMG_5256

Flea Market Fun

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One of my favorite Sunday routines is heading to the flea market and scoping out all of the great deals to be had. There’s always something that catches my eye – whether it’s a big piece like a table or a small piece like a throw pillow, and I love the endless inspiration all of the rummaging fuels.

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Having been to many a flea market in my day, I’ve learned the best way to navigate them. Here are some simple tips:

  • Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be walking a lot so sneakers are a good idea.
  • Grab cash ahead of time. Even if you aren’t planning to buy anything, it’s always smart to have some cash on you.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. If you find something you think you want but aren’t fully sure, I’d recommend asking the vendor to hold it. Or, you can always try to bring the price down by offering a lower amount.
  • Bring snacks. There will likely be food at the flea market but it can be a bit pricey. As such, I try to bring Lara bars and other snacks whenever I go. Oh, and don’t forget to bring water of course!
  • Put a little effort into it. Not everything will be visible from the surface. You may need to dig through piles to find what you want.

Kitchen Re-Do

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I’ve been through a couple of iterations with my kitchen, but I think I’ve finally found my groove. With a few small fixes and upgrades, I was able to take the space from slightly dated and dark to bright and fresh.

Since our kitchen is super small, I chose clean, marble accessories that keep it feeling bright and open. With just one shopping trip, I picked up a new cutting board, utensil holder, and paper towel holder. All of this plus colorful, fresh flowers and pretty cookbooks, and I have myself a new and improved kitchen.

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Creativity and Storage and Bathrooms

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Coming from someone who has a teeny tiny bathroom (ahem, me!), I love any and all kinds of articles about how to get creative in a small powder room space. From cubbies, to baskets for towels, this article has got me inspired.

P.S. check out my bathroom re-do for even more ideas about how to fit it all into a small space, while still looking chic.