ceramic lovlies by atelier stella

ceramic lovlies from atelier stella via blog.cleanlinestudio.com ceramic lovlies from atelier stella via blog.cleanlinestudio.com ceramic lovlies from atelier stella via blog.cleanlinestudio.com ceramic lovlies from atelier stella via blog.cleanlinestudio.com We somewhat recently got a new table and chairs in our kitchen, and now I’m in search of the perfect vase to adorn our little tuliped number. How sweet are these vessels by atelier stella? I am smitten with the flowers spilling out like hair. They’re so unique and well styled too! I’m not usually a huge fan of anthropomorphized art, but I just find these little faces to be so darling and full of personality.

I am obsessed with everything Stella creates, and apparently I’m not the only one. I’ve been trying to purchase one for a few months now, but her etsy store seems to sell out almost immediately. I actually set an alarm to wake up at 2:30 AM on Wednesday morning to buy from her sale (It was evening in London where she is located). Unfortunately, I slept right through it. Next month, one of those beauties is all mine! Until then, won’t you join me in admiring all of her past work? Have a great weekend!

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breakfast of champions: the green smoothie

green smoothie from blog.cleanlinestudio.com I’m generally not very creative when it comes to breakfast. Recently I’ve been experimenting with green smoothies as a healthy alternative to our everyday breakfast meals. I like the idea of getting all of the vitamins and minerals you get from greens in a format that it’s a bit more palatable for your morning meal. It’s also a great way to use up produce that’s a little over-ripe, and my three year old daughter loves them too!

You can use any leafy greens for your “base”. Be sure to choose something that doesn’t have a strong flavor, like baby spinach or kale (arugula or swiss chard will have a much more present taste). I fill my blender with the leafy green of my choice, and then add enough almond milk or juice to make it blender friendly. Once you’ve blended your greens, it’s time to add the other ingredients for taste. The trick is to add just enough fruit to make the smoothie taste good, but not so much that you’re filling your body with sugar. I like to use fruits like banana and strawberry, because they cover the salad taste nicely. Keep in mind that tropical fruits tend to be very high in sugar, so use them sparingly. You can finish it off with some yogurt and flax (or chia) seeds for texture. That’s it, happy blending! (Full recipe after the jump)

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letting mother nature in

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The first image above comes from my all time favorite hotel, the Kimber Modern in Austin, Texas. Sean and I stayed there a few years ago on the weekend he proposed! One of the most memorable things about the hotel is the live oak that continues to grow through the center of their large community deck. It’s such a quiet and tranquil place, and I thought it was oh so awesome. We’re so quick to remove plants from the path of our building projects without a second thought, I found the amount of care they had given to keeping this tree alive both sweet and beautiful. If you could, would you let mother nature come live inside with you?

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naturally shed antler art

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Did you guys know that male deer actually drop their antlers every year (usually between February and April) only to regrow a larger set later in the season. If you search between February and April it is possible to find them, but be aware you aren’t the only one looking. Squirrels, mice, porcupines, foxes and bears actually eat the antlers. They’re loaded with calcium, phosphorus, and mineral salts that those critters are craving come early spring.

I had no idea. I’ve seen these painted antlers before, and always thought “wow, this person must have killed a lot of animals to keep this etsy shop afloat.” These painted antlers seem like exactly the kind of thing my husband would choose in the home decor department. The fact that the deer didn’t have to die to make this art does change my feeling about it, but I’m not sure how I’d feel about them hanging in my home. So what do you think? Are they cool, creepy, or a little of both?

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the word of the week

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kilim rugs, word of the day at www.afinelineblog,com

kilim rugs, word of the week at blog.cleanlinestudio.com

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Hello friends! Maybe I’ve been watching too much Sesame Street lately, but today I’m introducing a brand new post! Nothing melts my heart like when my daughter approaches me proudly and says “Mommy, do you know what persistence means? It’s when you try, and try, and never stop trying.”

So, my goal is not to insult your vocabulary, but to share really great design/style terms that I think you’ll enjoy and find useful. I’m also planning to use this post as an opportunity to teach you some basic lessons in graphic design (which is kinda my thing if that wasn’t clear). This week, that word is KILIM! I’ve been seeing Kilim Rugs pop up all over the internet lately. I actually discovered this word while shopping for a teensy rug for my daughter’s dollhouse. When I added “kilim” to my search terms, magic happened! 

I love how these bold geometric shapes really fit so nicely in a modern home, and bring such a great sense of warmth and comfort. Keep your eyes peeled for the kilim, I guarantee you’ll be noticing a lot more of this word now that you know to look for it! And that’s the word of the week from afl, have a stellar weekend!

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And one last thing we’ve got going on this week…A blog hop! Practice your easter bunny hop, and go check out these blogs! be-happy-banner

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the caffeine round up, accessories you’ll love!

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I spend a lot of my day sitting in front of a computer screen. I’m guessing if you are reading this right now, you’re probably in the same club. One of the things I rely on to keep me cozy warm and on task is CAFFEINE. I’ve grown (slowly, and with lots of practice) to like the early morning hours, before the rest of the world is all hustle and bustle. I sip my moka pot brewed coffee (courtesy of the best husband on earth), answer emails, and enjoy every moment.

I often spend the rest of the day with a warm drink by my side. I don’t discriminate. I love coffee and tea equally. Sometimes I’ll switch things up in the afternoon with a nice warm cup of earl grey. I also love the pretty cups, and accessories of all shapes and sizes. I think having a cup you love is all part of the ritual.

So, If a highly caffeinated diet is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right! Wouldn’t these little beauties just brighten up your day, and get the morning the morning off to a lovely (although perhaps a little jittery) start?

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let there be light!

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So, it’s officialish! My husband and I are beginning to seriously consider the prospect of homeownership. Of course, it’s a decision that requires a lot of thought, research, and soul searching. We’ve been living together for the better part of a decade, and for the most part we’ve moved every single year! The thought of putting down roots and committing to a neighborhood (and school district) feels really really monumental. Let’s set property taxes and mortgage rates aside for just a second, and just think about aesthetics!

As I sit in the living room of my Northern Liberties row house with my shabby fiddle leaf fig, natural light is super high on my list of priorities for this home of the future. I think the whole family and our house plants and I are all in agreement on this one. I’m sure we’ll have to make some sacrifices when it comes to choosing this home, but let there be light! Almost nothing trumps the value of natural light for me. I seem to be most drawn to spaced with great light, white or very light walls, and exciting surprises of color. What do you love about your current home? What do you dream about in your house of the future?

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interior inspiration: baby girl nursery

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It finally happened, you guys. Fueled by extreme exhaustion and sheer toddler determination, my little Eva managed to launch herself out of her crib this afternoon. She survived unscathed, but I fear this ends the crib era in our house. I wanted to share with you an inspiration board of her nursery the way it has been for the past 2.5 years, before any big girl modifications go into effect.

Unfortunately the Liberty of London for Target linens/pillows (1&2) are no longer available. I’ve since seen other lovely options from dwell studio, and keep your eyes peeled for designer collaborations at target! Make sure you buy plenty of extra crib sheets!

The wall color is Dream 02 by YOLO. We chose this brand because it is free of VOCs and lots of other nasty chemicals, and it’s available in a variety of perfect soothing colors.

It took a long time and lots of custom touches to make my daughter’s nursery the way I wanted. I’ll expand on this post as we move forward with our “big girl” changes go into effect!

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interior inspiration: bathroom art

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Art is big in our home. Thanks to art school swaps and my husband’s former gallery job, almost every room in our house has a nice art collection. Except for the bathroom. Currently our bathroom is utterly artless. Not because of laziness (although this may be a contributing factor), but more because we’re afraid of the affect a bathroom life would have on some of our irreplaceable pieces.

I’m putting an end to this art-free zone. When choosing art to brighten up your bathroom space, I suggest you avoid traditional artwork on paper or canvas. Whatever you choose should be durable, or replaceable.

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it's all about the little things

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Almost every weekend, we do our grocery shopping at Reading Terminal Market, and I buy fresh flowers for our kitchen table. We live in a small apartment with the kitchen table as a main feature, both in location and usage. I find myself smiling throughout the week at whatever fresh blooms come to dine with us. I always feel like I got a great deal, ’cause I get way more than $15 of happiness out of my weekly floral purchase.  What worth-while splurges do you make throughout the week?

arrangement by Elizabeth Lewis, image by The Nichols, found on Grey likes Weddings

 

Here’s a few links to get you to the weekend!

Apparently my kid wasn’t the first one to have this idea, I’m voting for Santa

I want this loveseat for my imaginary office. My clients will sit there after I steal them from Don Draper.

This lady is a potty mouth with great style

I love this flower CSA idea from my very own wedding florist. Such an awesome way for a home or small business to keep fresh flowers around. Are you listening, Santa?

 

 

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