My Sunday trip in the mountains was one of the most fun, yet slightly terrifying excursions I’ve partaken in thus far in my time here on planet Earth. :) We hiked ALL the way up a mountain, and climbed/descended a total of 1000m each way. I went with great group of fellow Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) students. The trip was a lot of fun, but I didn’t realize the depth of my anxiety of heights until I was half way up the mountain. However, I managed to stay calm and collected, and after we reached the top, I felt much relief. Here is the gallery of photos from that day. I’m hoping to do another hike or two before there is too much snow on the mountains!
Pike place market, Starbucks’ birthplace, mountains, and wilderness. The fam and I headed west this past July to explore a bit of the great state of Washington. These are some of the scenery photos and snapshots from the trip. Seattle has has a nice mix of features; it’s urban on the inside, but within minutes you can plant yourself in the middle of mother nature’s finest terrain. And let’s not forget the food – I ate seafood all day, everyday for four days straight. Here’s to reliving that trip for a quick minute. :)
Here’s the gallery from my second weekend here in France, which was spent in the nation’s capital! This was Lucas’ last weekend in town so we decided to do some exploring before he made his way homeward. Most of these photos were taken on the walking tour we did Sunday morning so get ready to feast your eyes on several historical landmarks and things as such. Next time I visit, I plan to dig deeper into the city, but since this was Luc D’s first time in Pairs, it was necessary to be tourists. Sooo without further ado..
Next up is Lyon and a Sunday hiking trip in the Alps. :)
Here’s the gallery from our weekend in Milan back in August! Shortly after arriving in Grenoble, Lucas and I traveled to meet Ashley, who is currently working in Deutschland. We explored the sites, sounds, and flavors of Milan and the World Expo. It was a once in a lifetime experience to be there with a couple of my closest friends. Here’s a short glimpse into our travels.
I’m currently working on taking some “sofa” photos to hang around the house (or above the sofa). Here’s one of my favorites. It feels a little surreal to me. And maybe a little eerie as well. One thing I love about the photo is the depth. A title phrase that comes to mind when I look at this photo – “There’s so much in front of us that we cannot yet see clearly.” We have barely scratched the surface in all there is to see and know in this world. We’re at the edge of the forest, and there’s a million ways we can choose to navigate it.
What about you? What comes to mind when you look at the photo? Constructive criticism (CC) welcome! Shot with Canon 5D Mark III – 50mm 1.4.
Thanks for stopping by to check out this short little blog post. I had a sudden boost of inspiration this evening. I’m hoping it sticks around!
No witty or inspiring words to go along with this gallery; the natural beauty speaks for itself.
Some things I loved about this lifestyle arrangement:
1. The shades of vibrant pink and green against the matte paper and mahogany
2. The vintage pieces that offset the clean lines and pops of color
3. The beautiful midday sunlight
4. The simple beauty of bringing life into your living space
Gallery walls are of one my favorite ways to showcase art and memories. Not to mention they are a beautiful way to fill a blank slate. But your gallery wall doesn’t have to be your mother’s gallery wall (if you know what I mean). It’s 2015 and it’s time to mix it up!
The most recent gallery wall that I assembled is the one shown here. This is a wall in my living room, and to be honest, before this little makeover, it had been blank for sometime (about a year). I finally mustered up the inspiration to orchestrate this. Creativity and design take time – it hardly ever happens overnight so a good set of patience is always useful in situations when settling isn’t an option.
I decided to do more of an abstract arrangement for this gallery wall, and I have to say that since I put the finishing touches on it, I can’t stop looking at it! It’s the first thing I look at when I enter the room and is my new favorite element.
Something I’d like to touch on from a design standpoint is the composition of this arrangement. As you can see, the way that the the frames and artwork are assembled creates two separate, yet balanced triangles. This is referred to as a triangle composition and is something I use often in photography. Each frame is strategically hanging at a point on the wall so that none of which are too heavy or light keeping the balance centered.
The materials I used included:
a wire bowl, and;
hand-me-down/previously used wooden frames.
It was a challenge to not buy any additional pieces in the configuration of this wall. And to my delight, I ended up only having to pay a couple of bucks for one paper-backing and hangar on one of the pieces (preservation first!). Keeping projects cost efficient makes for a more rewarding product and stems back to my philosophy on Eclectic Living. Whatdya think?!
Up next is my newly arranged and placed bookcase so stayed tuned! Here’s a sneak peek. Happy March; spring is on its way!! : )
Here’s a showcase of my living space from about a year ago. While it’s mostly the same, I can’t help but think how different it looks due to changes in where I’m at in my professional life and those who are around me on a regular basis. Although I’ve lived here for five years now, this house has grown with me as I have become an adult.
This space is one that is very dear to me. I, for one, love pops of color, and the use complementary colors and various details and patterns to create a space that is appealing to the eye. Most of the artwork in the space is my own so I have been able to decorate without spending a ton.
Much of the furniture in here is previously owned. All but my two newest pieces, the love seat and the accent chair, were purchased through resale. See, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your space look good. I will always vouch for that statement. You just have to be patient. Sure, I would love to buy expensive, to-die-for pieces, but these are just as good and I never have to be super over-the-top about messing them up.
1. I like coziness. I like every room to flow and feel interconnected. Using decor and style to do so. People have told me that they feel comfortable in my space. That’s my main goal – to create a functional space that our guests feel welcome in.
2. I like old houses. I like they way they were built, their sturdiness and their homeyness. I’m not sure I can go back. You become tougher living in an old house, too having to deal with mice and spiders and drippy faucets at times. ;)
3. I’m a collector. And a purger. I’m not one for junk. In my eyes, if it’s junk, it’s going to the trash. But I’m a collector of memories and things that represent those memories. As a lover of art, every vacation or trip that I’ve been on in the past 5 years, I have bought something that represents those memories. In NYC about 5 years ago, I bought some prints of Vogue magazine covers from a street vendor. I think that’s when it all started.
Anyway, this whole “eclectic living”, it isn’t just a decor style. It’s a lifestyle, too. And I think I’m starting to get that. I plan on going into greater detail about each piece and it’s origin in a different post, but if you have a question about something in particular, feel free to leave a comment!
Happy Polar Vortex season!! I’m hoping this photo gallery will warm you up from the freeeezing weather outside. I took these photos before Christmas, and I know everyone’s so over that season, but I think they still deserve the share. These were taken at a local restaurant in town that I absolutely adore. And when I say adore, I mean j’adore. (See what I did there?) I enjoy everything from the food and the wine to the ambiance and the people here. My friend, Jenni, introduced me to this place a a year or two ago, and I have been coming back monthly since. (Okay, sometimes more than that. The wine specials are too good to pass up.) : )
Anyway, I had asked one of the owners if I could snap some photos of their holiday decorations, and he said “Of course!” Sometimes, all ya gotta do is ask folks. The owners are world travelers, so, the permanent decor has a worldly, eclectic vibe, which I love! And the holiday decor were of a subtle-chic ora that resembled a beautiful holiday elegance. As I was photographing, they were setting up for a large party so I got to include some of the table settings. If you ask me, they add the perfect touch. Simple, yet sophisticated.
Although this holiday season came and went so quickly, it was filled with so many positive things. I was beginning to think Christmas and the holidays just weren’t my thing, but I’ve since decided against that! Being here really got me into the spirit. And I even got to try a little bit of Hanukkah inspired cuisine including Matzah Ball soup and some delicious beef brisket. Yum!
I cannot wait to get back here this coming month. The food is so divine; I’d have to call you crazy if you were not to try it. Although I’m going on super save mode this spring in preparation for my upcoming ventures, we should treat ourselves every now and then, right?! Maybe I’ll do a food post next time!
That’s my dose of inspiration for now. I hope you are staying warm. There’s nothing like staying in to be creative when it’s too cold to be outside.
As always, I’d love to hear your feedback in any regard. I’m hoping to do more decor features in the future!
Back to my favorite category of this blog once again!! Merry Christmas and good tidings to all of those reading. I hope you had a fantastic holiday. The other day I was helping my mom with housework and stumbled upon a great big tub of old blankets. Well, in my creative state of productive solitary, I decided that it might be nice to store these comfy covers in a new, useful way.
Anyway, what I decided to do is roll them up and store them vertically in an oversized basket. We know from the rules of packing that rolling garments is more space efficient. Well in this case, it’s more efficient AND pleasing to the eye. I’m absolutely loving and I’ve decided to do this with my own blankets and throws as soon as I get back to town.
That’s how I’m ringing in the new year in the realms of home decor and organization. How about you??
Cheers and Happy New Year’s Eve!