The Woodsy Apartment: Kitchen

Here are some seriously cute ways to create that woodland feel in your kitchen for fall and winter. I am in love with this style (the bowls are the cutest things ever!)
Kitchen

Screen Printed Organic Cotton Rabbit Flour Sack Tea Towel - Eco Friendly Kitchen Towel - Easter Bunny

Lovely Sunday: Recovering

SO this week I haven’t posted anything. Not that I’m lazy, because I can be, but because I have been stuck on my couch all week sick with some kind of stomach bug, missing all my classes and two exams and plunging me into a hazing sort of depression. It was ugly. That being said I think I would like to take this moment to appreciate some of the things that have helped me recover.

 

Vitamins

Take your vitamins people. It is something easily forgotten in the bumble of everyday life, at least for me. My mom has always been a big vitamin pusher in our house but I never really saw the significance until this past week. They made such a difference in my recuperation stage. I have been popping Juice Plus gummy vitamins (servings of fruit and veggies), vitamin C, B, and St. Johns Wort to improve my mood. I guess momma is always right.

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Skype

One of the best ways for me to feel better is talking to someone I love, being reassured and cared for. My friend, bless my sweet friend, came over to take care of me in my time of need which made a world of difference in my mood. While coloring and watching Tangled was great, I still live about 2 hours from my family and My Airman will be living across the country for another 2 months. My Airman has been one of my biggest supporters in life, he nurturers my dreams and loves me unconditionally. So naturally I long to see him. Thank goodness for Skype. It is that instant gratification that you just need sometimes.  Seeing his face smiling at me warmed my heart from thousands of miles away.

Whenever we Skype, I forget that we are so far apart :)

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Fall Walks

If any of you have suffered with depression you know how hard it is to do things, both things that you need to do and want to do. You also know that it is not something conquered in a few days time. I read an article recently when I was searching for help that actually made sense to me, spoke to me. Here it is if anyone is interested Beating Depression. In this article the thing that stood out to me most was accomplishing small victories like doing the dishes or going on a walk, things that can help us feel more relaxed and accomplished. I took this to heart and it has made all the difference. One of my small victories was getting out of the house, getting some fresh air, after all, my favorite season is Fall. I decided to take a walk around town. Just moving and feeling the air on my face made me perk up but then seeing the beauty of the leaves and old houses and train tracks just made me appreciate the day I was given.

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Never forget the little things

The Woodsy Apartment: Living Room

One day I will have a woodland inspired space! I just love the cozy yet enchanting style it conveys. Here are a few living room ideas to go with this theme.

Lampshade

Blanket

Spring Birds and Branches Wall Art Print Set Green Seafoam Pastel Modern Woodland Home Decor

Wall art

Bamboo Owl Coasters: Wood Coasters Woodland Decor (Set of 4)

Coasters

Plush Bear Pillow in Coral. Woodblock Printed. Customizable Colors.Plush Fox Pillow in Yellow. Woodblock Printed. Customizable Colors. Made to Order.Plush Deer Pillow in Grey. Hand Woodblock Printed. Customizable Colors. Made to Order.

:-If I Had a Superpower-:

So… one of the best movies came out recently, it’s called The Avengers. Maybe you’ve heard of it? On the wake of this popular comic series I have been thinking about what I’d like my own supernatural power would be. Although Thor and Captain America make super strength look bad ass, I don’t think I could pull it off the same. Here are a few off the top of my noggin:

*Note: These does not include magic, that is a whole different realm!*


Healing Tears: I have to resort to Disney’s version of Repunzel for this one. If I was able to I would choose a more meaningful power like being able to heal people. The hair is just too much to handle (My neck would be as thick as Gaston’s) but the tears are much more manageable. The downside would be that I would constantly be crying but I think it’s a fair trade to be able to save lives without any medical training. I cry too much anyway, might as well put those tears to work!

Shape-shifting: Yes! Mystique! What a fantastic character. This power would be pretty great for obvious reasons. Being able to be anyone, to get in any building and practically get any information I want. But I would have to work out like nobody’s business to get Rebecca Romijn’s slamming body.

Super speed: I could sleep in for hours if all I had to rely on was my own speediness to get to class and not the slug shuttle that runs through town. Plus I could run to see my Airman wherever he was stationed, oh and get the dishes done in a flash!

Overrated Superpowers

Telekinesis: People, are we not lazy enough already? Can you imagine what it would be like if we never had to get up off the couch to put that pizza in the oven or walk to the library to check out those guilty pleasure novels? We would turn to lard. Yet here I am on my rump typing away for hours. Maybe the internet is a for of telekinesis…

Time control: You are just asking to be responsible for a colossal screw up and possibly the demise of humanity. Think about every movie that involves time travel. For goodness sake it’s even in Sponge Bob.

Mind-reading: I think most people would choose something like mind reading but honestly I don’t care to have a power where I can hear everyone’s dirty secrets and criticisms and lust, besides I have enough of my own thoughts to keep me occupied. I would get so distracted with the sounds and knowledge of people that I wouldn’t get anything productive done.

Let’s Get Cozy : Apartment Living Rooms

Okay so now that we are officially into Fall I think it is the perfect time cuddle and get cozy because it is about to get cold. One of the most important things to me throughout all the seasons is that my place is comfortable according to the conditions. So I found some really comfy apartment living  ideas to try for the upcoming months.

With clean hardwood floor and ample light it is easy to get comfortable in a room like this. But what really make this room pleasing is the unique wall art, wicker and fur accents, and the plush pillows. The accent colored wall also does a great job of setting the room up.

cozy apartment interior design 1

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This room has a lot of personal touches, which is exactly what we are looking for in order to feel at home. The wall of books brings the room in and is a reader’s paradise. The bold curtain brings the room alive with color. The vase of flowers and the tea pot are lovely accessories.

Love this library/living room.

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The muted tones in this room have a calming affect and the shag carpet looks like it would be heaven between my toes. The rustic wooden accents work wonderfully in the natural light. And the ottoman look perfect for kickin back.

Comfy Barcelona Apartment

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This room screams “cozy” to me. The walls are a soothing neutral and the couch is a clean, fluffy white. The curtains style the room with their pattern and the wall art is perfectly arranged. The lamps add a homey glow.

comfy living room

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This room has a lot of personal style to is. The wall is covered in art and pictures that go with the room perfectly. The dramaticly dark couch is very cozy looking against the patterned pillows and rug. The wooden rolling coffee table is the perfect extra touch.

Comfy Living Room

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Ingredients

Rolling with the themes of the above photos {books, wood, framed art},  I have made a collective list of what make these rooms so inviting and cozy. This is a piece-by-piece guide to building a cozy living room! Each ingredient adds something to the room, in this case they all add an air of comfort and style.

Colorful Pillows

Big accent pillows

Clift Glass Table Lamp Base - Espresso #potterybarn; I love this lamp it's feels so warm!

Warm lighting

Orange rug! #rug

Textured or patterned rug

Strong curtains

Rustic Wooden Accent Table: End Tables L.L.Bean

Wooden accent table

Chunky knitted blanket

soft knitted blanket

Book display

ottoman

Ottoman

Creative Revamp

Painted coffee table

Woven organizers

Streptocarpus

Floral arrangement or plant

Assorted and arranged wall art

Personal touches

Items of personal style and meaning are so important to the comfort of your home. Surround yourself with the things that inspire you and  remind of pleasant memories.

Elephant Bank

Elephant piggy bank

Wicked Drip Candle

Chunky candles

mermaid

Bookends

Fleur dy Lys Glossy Black Wall Hooks, Wall hangers, Set of 2, French Country, Paris Apartment Decor

Coat hangers

Pink Chevron Wood Picture Frame

Handmade frame

Hope you enjoyed and have a cozy fall!

:-My Dream Life-:

In my ideal life I am a carefree author, artist, philanthropist, friend, lover etc. I live in in two places.

The first is place is a coastal cottage on the east coast with lots of soothing colors and unique vintage accents. This is the my space for writing, it has a home office with a big scenic window, the kind with white flowing curtains. I have an assistant, Amelia, she organizes my home office so when I go to work there it looks simple and clean and ready for me to wreak havoc. She is very helpful and schedules all my meetings and edits my work and gives me advice…oh and brings me hot tea when I have am struggling. When I need a break I bike or stroll into town with the cobblestone walkways and open storefront doors. I take my time looking through each store and watching the tides wash the sand from the windows. I know most of the locals by name and meet new people over a cupcake at the bakery. My family and friends don’t live too far away so I get to take them to the beach on a regular occasion. I am on the counsel of party planning for the town and we throw one just about every week, its a friendly little town. My back yard is about three hundred meters from the shore and it is adorned in glowing string lights and blooming peony bushes. I have a cute little deck equipped with table and chairs, a grill and a fire pit.

My second home is in the mountains. The Smokey Mountains of Tennessee that is. It is a log cabin decorated in cozy warm colors and comfy furniture instead of the usual black bear theme. I have a closet office there but just for temporary works, Amelia will have this time off to visit her family in New Mexico. There is a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom and a hot tub on the deck that hangs over the mountainside. If you haven’t guessed yet, this place is all about relaxation. I also have a window room on the second flow above the deck for gazing at the scenic mountains and journaling…and even sometimes exercising {go me!}. Drive my CRV through the trails and down into town, I have my choice of small town or cities like Gatlinburg or Knoxville. If I am in a calm, nature-loving mood I will choose the small town and If I am feeling bored I will hit the city with some friends. What’s great is that there is so much to do in either place. I regularly visit the national park and the tube in the river and take amateur pictures of wildlife. One of the best things to to in this place is make music up in the cabin where no one but the trees and raccoons can hear. It is quite a soothing get-away.

I don’t include a husband because I am not married in real life but I guess one of my dreams is to get hitched so yes, I would have a caring husband with genuine qualities {see the husband list}. He is the traveling kind like me and we spend our days together between work and social gatherings trying to build our bond and enjoy our lives together. In our spare time we volunteer at the soup kitchen and send packages to soldiers. We also make music together and laugh at ourselves. We talk about having kids but for the time being we are focused on having fun and experiencing love and life. Oh yes and I can’t forget our dog, Emmy, our faithful companion.

There you have it, kids. If only if only.

 

:-My Strengths-:

It is the dreaded question asked in interviews right after they ask to know a little about you… “Very well then, can you tell us about your strengths?” No I cannot  *flips table and walks out*. Honestly though, it is so difficult for me to ramble off my own talents. But in an effort to complete the list I must dig deep and gloat a bit. I took a class last year, Recreation Leadership…I cannot tell you why except that it was required, my personality isn’t suited for leading people. Anyway, our teacher made take this test that would tell us our strengths and I was pretty excited to see the results so I could know for once what I was good at. According to Strengthsquest.com my strengths are as follows:

Empathy- can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.

Individualization- are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work
together productively.

Developer- recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these
improvements.

Input- have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

Strategic- create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

There I am. Perfectly sliced in 5 brilliant categories. I sound pretty good huh? Nah, just be glad I’m doing weaknesses {yet!}. To be honest I really think they pegged me good. All of these play into my life in very different, very strong ways. After learning these and realizing the qualities I have, my viewpoint changed drastically. Not only did I see my potential but I learned a better way to use them with other people to build relationships. Strengthsquest.com is a very accurate, helpful sight. Sorry, it isn’t free but I think everyone should take some kind of strength finder test. I would love to hear some of yours!

strengths

:-Twenty Random Facts-:

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER
1. I am a curious student that is unsure of my future, hopefully it will be somewhere beautiful and in the tourism or event planning field.
2. In that beautiful place I would like to be a writer, not necessarily and well-known writer, although my heart beats faster when I think of millions loving my work. I want to write a particular novel series. That has been my biggest dream in life so far.
3. I don’t know a lot about politics and honestly it frightens me. Some may call me ignorant but I would rather ignore the news and presidential campaigns because I find no truth in them. Hopefully my future husband will be semi-interested in those events so he can inform me of what the heck is going on in this country.
4. I believe with all my heart that we are souls with a body, not just and brain with skin and bone and no meaning.
5. I am very interested in people and the way we all connect. Figuring people out is one of my life’s endless chases. This is why I am so interested in astrological signs. Though most people laugh at these, I really find truth and patterns in people’s behavior according to each zodiac personality. So I love reading them and how I relate to each of them. BTW I am on the Aquarius/Pisces cusp.
6. The Tennessee Smokey Mountains are my second home. Serene and a great place to make music and other creative things.
7. I love my family. It is not the most spotless group of people and it isn’t even whole but whether I see them everyday or once in a few years I love them, cherish them and learn from them. You want to see me lose my shit, mess with someone I love. You wont get very far.
8. This goes for friends as well, I don’t have a ton of close friends, a lot of friendly acquaintances but not close friends. I guess I am kind or particular about who I trust.
9. I have been in the same relationship for 4 years. Not married yet, just doing our thing.
10. I am SUCH a romantic, love all the sweet gestures. Flowers, poems, letters, (wink wink)
11. Series are the best things. TV shows and novels. They are so engrossing provide hours of procrastination entertainment 🙂
12. Smelly things like scented candles and body spray make everyday brighter. I could literally spend hours in Yankee Candle, Bath and Body works and Victoria’s Secret just choosing the scent I want for that month. It is important to create the right atmosphere at home. Plus I love when people tell me how good I smell. Some of my faves: Soft Blanket from Yankee, Amber Romance for VS, pretty much anything with Shea or the wood-cabin smell.
13. I have a secret craving for fantasies and myths. Anything imaginary and outlandish.
14. Music is a big part of my life and my sanity. It is so therapeutic for me. I grew up singing around the campfire with my dad. I used to be in musicals in high school, it was one of the best times in my life. I never played any big roles, too shy, but I loved to be in the cast dancing and singing along with my friends. I also used to sing acoustic covers with my brothers at a local coffee shop before it closed. Good times.
15. I’m kind of a Kit Kat and Netflix junkie. Especially when combined.
16. I em ah whorable schpellar
17. I know the names of all my future children. Haha. Someday.
18. I also have this thing for old abandoned places like buildings, houses and city loft apartments. It started when I was in high school working for the law firm but that’s a story for another time. They are so historic, nostalgic, and magical as if I am peeking into another person’s life or perspective. I love collecting things from them like old letters, books or cds lying amidst the remnants of someone’s past. I have a very interesting stash from places I’ve visited.
19. I ❤ mixed drinks + good friends+ dancing
20. I believe good conversation could truly change a life, or at least the outlook of the day.