GIVEAWAY: win a free pillow cover from Motif Pillows!

22 Apr

Guess what? Vim & Vintage is hosting its first giveaway!

pillow cover giveaway!

I’m so pumped to be partnering with Motif Pillows on this awesome giveaway!  Fabric is such a great way to bring color and personality into your home, and Motif Pillows has a wide variety of exclusive fabrics to choose from.  The Charleston-based online boutique features custom pillow covers in an eclectic mix of patterns and colors.  Each is handmade by the very creative and talented Priscilla, who sources the latest designer fabrics and sews each pillow cover herself!

Priscilla is giving ONE LUCKY BLOG FOLLOWER a pillow cover of their choice!    That’s right -  the winner gets to PICK OUT ANY PILLOW COVER (up to a $70 value)!  You can choose one of the featured numbered styles below, or look through the hundreds of styles in her shop to find your perfect match!

 

It’s easy to enter:

1) Like Motif Pillows’ Facebook page
2) Like Vim & Vintage’s Facebook page
3) Comment on this blog post and tell me which pillow you would love to own (indicate the # or include the link), and where you will put it in your home!

pretty pillowspillows from Motif Pillows!

 

Contest closes at 12am CDT on Friday, April 25th,2014.  The winner will be announced Friday morning around 9am Central on Vim & Vintage’s Facebook page!  Good luck!

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(The fine print:  Winner will be selected at random.  Giveaway is for (1) pillow cover and shipping, and does not include the pillow form to stuff the pillow.  You must like both Motif Pillows & Vim & Vintage on Facebook to be eligible.  If in the event contest winner does not respond within 72 hours of announcement, a new winner will be selected.)

thursday thoughts: to be creative…

10 Apr

 

creative minds are rarely tidy

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color story: blush + gold

9 Apr

Blush and gold.   Together they are glamorous, soft, and romantic.   The ultimate girly combo? Maybe…. but this color scheme can be used in many more places than just your daughter’s bedroom.    kitchen with pink & gold accentsSee! Even in the kitchen!  A little accents go a long way.

be happy be bright be you

I love this poster by the way.  A purchase waiting to happen.

blush and gold - color scheme

 

blush coat with gold buttons

blush and gold event decorPERFECT wedding colors.

blush and gold

Or for a shower or party for that matter.

blush blazer with gold top

pink cocktails

 

pink and gold accessories

blush pink peoniesOh no big deal… just my FAVORITE flowers EVER.

pink and gold office design

This office is pretty much perfection.

pink and gold stationary

Mariah Careys closet!

And yes, I will end on a photo of  Mariah Carey’s amazing closet!  You’re welcome.

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blush and gold color scheme- inspiration board

 

  1. Moose Head with Gold Antlers, Etsy
  2. 25 Small Heart Tags, Etsy
  3. Rock Chrono Watch, Marc Jacobs
  4. Roundish Mini Bowl, cb2
  5. Fleming Double Pocket Bag, Tori Burch
  6. Whirl Flats, Jimmy Choo
  7. Gold and Pink Love Digital Downloadable Print, Etsy
  8. Janey Pillow, cb2
  9. Drop Earrings, LC Lauren Conrad
  10. Mink Pink Eyes on the Prize Skirt, LuLu’s
  11. Modern Geometric Pink Pillow Cover, Etsy

For links to all items, visit Vim & Vintage’s Pinterest page!

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 (all pictures link back to their source.  inspiration board credit: me)

love it or leave it: graffiti as interior art?

4 Apr

Graffiti.  Some people love it and embrace its raw beauty and expressive nature.  Others think it is a distasteful display of destruction or vandalism.  But the question lies here:  Is it an art form worthy of being displayed in the home?

Graffiti Wall via Design Sponge

Bachelor Pad - Adore Home Magazine June-July 2012

Adore Home Magazine featured this bachelor pad with a graffiti accent wall.

 

IKEA graffiti painted dresser

Remember IKEA using graffiti to advertise the ability to customize their furniture?

graffiti accent wall

High End Graffiti'd BathroomCheck out Houzz and you’ll find it in some high-end, custom residences.

Kelly Wearstler's Home - graffiti wall

 

Bold designer Kelly Wearstler used it in her home.  Would you ever consider it in yours?  Love it or leave it??

 

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(all photos link back to their source)

I’d like to thank the Academy…

31 Mar

I’ve won an award! No it’s not an Oscar, but it’s pretty cool.  I’ve been awarded the Liebster Award by Jess @ Eclectic Medicine and Sara @ Sara Davies.  In acceptance, I must answer a fun little 11 question survey and nominate 11 other up-and-coming blogs.

liebster-award

 

1>   Who or what is your inspiration?

When it comes to design, I find inspiration in nature, art, and architecture,  but others reading others stories of others good deeds and strength through hardship is what gets me motivated.

 

2>   What is your absolute favorite movie and why?

Can’t pick just one! DodgeBall, Legally Blonde, or the Notebook

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3>  What book has changed the way you think?

I recently read Unlimited by Jillian Michaels. It was very uplifting, and helps you to work toward your goals!

 

4>   What is the best advice you’ve received/found?

Always be yourself.  Follow your heart.  Don’t eat 3 hours before you go to bed.  And don’t ever go to bed mad.

 

5>   What are your main goals in life? For the Blog?

My main goal would be to live a life I’m proud of, and make a difference in others lives.  We’re given one chance at life, and everyday is a new opportunity.  I want to use interior design as a tool to make other people’s lives easier and more beautiful.  For the blog, I would like to collaborate with others to make it more interactive.  I would like it to become a place where people can share their ideas and opinions too.

 

6>   If you could change one thing about the world today, what would it be?

Our reliance on technology.  The key to life is balance.  When we abuse technology, I feel it can create laziness and social isolation.  Don’t get me wrong, technology is great.  I mean I am typing this to you because of it, and there are many great relationships and ideas that blossom from it.   We need to know when (and teach our kids when) to draw the line -  to put down our phones and computers, go outside, engage in something that is physically or mentally active, and enjoy person to person contact.

 

7>   Do you have any pets?

Yes. One pup. Her name is Maci Marie Muggles. She is a Blue Heeler mix and my bff.

maci

 

8>  Favorite cocktail recipe?

Probably either my go to Margarita recipe ,or my wedding cocktail:  Strawberry Watermelon Mojito

 

9>  What is the best and worst thing about being a blogger?

The best:  meeting cool people, sharing ideas, gaining insight, being inspired

The worst: trying to find the time to post

 

10>  If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go?

Europe (Italy, Greece, France, Turkey),  Morocco, or the Maldives

 

11>  What is your favorite season?

Summer! Hands down.

 

 

Check out some of my favorite blogs below that I’m nominating:

Decorenvy

Life In Classics

Mountain Home Decor

Lor Out Loud

Regular New

Larkspur

Design Joy

Revelation Decor

346 Living

Tiffany Lane Handmade

Designed Equilibrium

 

If you’ve been nominated, answer the 11 questions below about yourself.  Don’t forget to tag me in the post so I can read your answers :). Then nominate 11 of your favorite new/emerging blogs by leaving a comment on their blog, and come up with a set of questions for them to answer. (If you don’t want to nominate others, then at least do the survey and post it because I’m sure others think you are just as fabulous as I do and would love to see the answers :) )

1> Why did you start blogging?

2> Name 3 words to describe you.

3> How do you keep your creativity alive?

4> Who is your favorite band/artist?

5>  When did you realize what you wanted to do with your life? Is it still evolving?

6> Who is your hero?

7> Vanilla or Chocolate?

8>  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

9>  If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?

10> Ever met any celebrities? Who would you love to meet?

11> What is the best piece of advice you could give to someone who wants to follow in your career path?

 

Thanks again to Jess & Sara for reaching out to me and recognizing my blog!! xo. Happy Monday!!

 

 

10 places, 5 states, 8 days: southwest roadtrip guide

28 Mar

The week after Christmas we spent 8 days traveling to California and back.  By car.  That’s over 50 hours driving.  You may think I’m crazy, but it was one of my favorite vacations ever.  It was my first time to the Southwest.  And through those 8 days I covered more ground than some people do in their lifetime.   I drove through the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts.  I got to see the Saguaro Cactus, which is native only to the Sonoran Desert.  I hit all 4 seasons.  Felt the warm Cali sun and played in the snow all in one week.  It was a mix of things.  It was life changing.

Southwest Roadtrip Guide - Vim & Vintage Blog

 

1. Scottsdale, Arizona

I loved Scottsdale. Beautifully landscaped, impressive bike trails, gorgeous mountain views.  Make sure to check out Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, Taliesin West and Old Town.

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2. Jerome, Arizona

Blink and you may miss it.   It’s that small.  Off the beaten path, you’ll find a hillside artists’ colony that may be one of Arizona’s best kept secrets.  Jerome popped up on the map as a mining village, and is now home to some great art galleries and boutiques.  Ghost lovers take note:  word is it’s haunted!

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3. Sedona, Arizona

Gorgeous red rock formations.   Photos never do any justice.  We were just passing through, but I want to go back, explore, hike and shop in this colorful town.

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4. Flagstaff, Arizona

Not even a couple of hours north of Sedona we hit snow!  If you love skiing or sledding, this is your place.  In recovery from my initial shock, it was hard for me to believe we were in Arizona still!

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Drive on the other side of the mountain and you find grassy plains of nothingness.  Sometimes a whole bunch of nothing can really be cool.

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5. Grand Canyon and Historic Route 66

Doesn’t really need much of an explanation.  A must see!

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6. Laughlin, Nevada

We don’t have much footage but Laughlin is like a desert oasis.  This casino town is built on the river that borders Arizona and Nevada.  Rumor has it that it’s one big party in the summer, with jet skis, boats, and of course gambling.    Here’s a pic I found online of it’s high season:

Harrah's in Laughlin

(source)

 

We stayed the night at the Golden Nugget.  I’m not too much of a player (I just crush a lot), but I played Black Jack for the first time and turned my $5 into $50 in 5 minutes. This creeped me out and we left.

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7. West Hollywood, California

We stayed in WeHo for 2 nights at the Farmer’s Daughter & loved it.  I did my happy dance after eating heavenly Chicken & Waffles at Tart.

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To sum it up, W. Hollywood was lots of excellent food, trendy vintage boutiques, and great design shops.  The picture below is from my favorite, Style de Vie.  Check it out. It’s awesome.  Just saw a couple weeks ago Lonny named Style de Vie one of their “Next Big Names”.

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8. Pasadena, California

If the Rose Parade or Rose Bowl wasn’t already on your bucket list, you should add it right now.  What a great experience! (It helps when your team wins of course.)  I had been to LA a few times before and never realized just how cool Pasadena is.

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9. Los Angeles Beaches, California

This trip we hit Venice, Santa Monica, Manhattan, and Redondo.

IMG_6405The first two pics are from quirky Venice.  Probably one of my favorite places in existence.  Everyday it’s different – you never know who or what you’ll see.

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The next 2 shots are from the Manhattan Beach Pier.  It was my first time here.  Definitely won’t be my last.

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Next is Redondo Beach.   We spent some time walking the boardwalk and checking out the harbor.  The boardwalk has a pretty amazing arcade in it.  I rode the Tilt a Whirl and felt 13 again. But then I got off and almost threw up.  Some things are not better with age.

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10. White Sands National Monument – Alamogordo, NM

Ever since Boyz 2 Men shot the video for “Water Run’s Dry” at White Sands, I put this landmark on my Bucket List.  Because if B2M does it, it must be cool.  And it surpassed my every expectation.  It was truly amazing.  Can you believe it’s the largest gypsum dunefield in the world?  Just one big white beach in the middle of nowhere with a mountainous backdrop.   Bring the family and play on the dunes, or bring your camera and become an instant photographer.

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design obsession: concrete

25 Mar

I never thought I could love something like concrete.  Words that come to mind when describing it:  Cold.  Hard.  Sterile.  Boring.    But when you look at the positives it can bring to a space, it gets quite interesting.  It’s modern.  Versatile.  Clean.  Cutting edge.  Durable.  Gray! (how I love the color gray!)  Prepare for some serious eye candy that can warm even the coldest concrete heart:

 

concrete wall

 

concrete kitchen

 

Concrete circle planters

 

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concrete countertop

concrete walls

DIY Concrete Pendants

 

concrete pavers for landscaping

 

Concrete planter

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(all images link back to their source)

lately.

23 Mar

Austin, TX! - Vim & Vintage Blog

Let me sum up life for you in the last few months in one simple word…..  Work.

Lots of it. Yes there are other things I do from time to time.  Like eating, sleeping, and keep up with the NCAA tournament (my bracket may be busted, but GO SPARTY!!!).

MSU - only the best school ever!(credit: Michigan State Spartan’s Pinterest Page)

My new job is not so “new” anymore.  I’ve been there almost 6 months already!!  I can’t believe just how fast time goes by.  And as I’ve gotten familiar with all of our active jobs, my involvement level has risen.  We have so much going, we are extremely blessed.  I wake up thinking about it at 6am, and before bed I’m typing up a quick to-do list in my phone of items I can’t forget to do in the morning.  I’ve been dreaming about it too.  Sounds scary?  It is.  It’s insanity, but a good insanity. The kind that challenges me, tests my patience, and pushes me out of my comfort zone.  What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  And I’m not dead yet.

We’ve got some cool projects in the works.  And here’s a preview of a very modern one we are doing with Foursquare Builders:

Home Exterior - by Foursquare Builders in Austin TX

(rendering is property of Foursquare Builders)

Living & Kitchen selections - Vim & Vintage blog

master bath selections - Vim & Vintage blog

What else is new?  Hmmm….. I got a new car – a little charcoal gray Ford Focus.  This is pretty big news for me because I’ve never had a car payment.   I’m kinda (extremely) cheap, so of course I got a good deal on it.   (Having a dad in the car business is quite a nice perk I might add.)  The only inconvenience was I had to go pick it up in St. Pete, Florida from my dad’s house.  I KNOW, IT’S A ROUGH LIFE.  So my friend Brooke came with for a long weekend and we turned it into a little trip.  I got to see my Dad and the ocean, so I was a happy girl.

No visit to the Tampa area is complete without hitting up Busch Gardens.   I love that place!  It just makes me so happy and reminds me of my childhood spring break visits.  We splurged and did the safari and got to feed the giraffes, which I totally recommend.

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On the long drive back we stopped by my old home, Destin.  It was my first time back since we moved to Texas almost 3 years ago.  I felt so good to be back, even though it was just for one night.  It’s just so beautiful and laid back.  I will always have a special place in my heart for this area.  And, like Michigan, it will always be my home away from home.

Seaside, Florida

Florida Sunrise

Sunrise near Pensacola, FL

We definitely felt the effects of the polar vortex in Texas this winter.  I even woke up to snow on the ground one morning.  Actually it looked more like Dippin Dots ice cream, but whatever.

Snow Day

In the last few weeks Spring has sprung.  The weather has been much warmer,  so it’s time for me to come out of hibernation.  We have a lot of home projects we want to accomplish before the summer heat strikes again.  We’re running a 5k next weekend, and as you may remember, it is my first.  And I’m totally not a runner, so this is a pretty big deal to me.  I hope I can do the whole 3.1 miles without stopping – I’ve never been able to before!

Life is good.

Oh and Nate and Maci are both doing great!

Family.

(all images belong to me unless noted otherwise)

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