DIY

DIY Copper + Yarn Wall Hanging

September 8, 2016

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It’s been five weeks since we’ve moved into our new apartment and I’m embarrassed to tell you that most of our walls are still bare. I’ve made it my goal this week to start hanging our art and make our space feel more “finished”.

I think one of the hardest places to decide what to hang on the wall is above the couch. It’s such a focal point and something you really love should be placed there. I was struggling with what to put above ours and that’s why I decided to make this wall hanging. I love the homey warmth it brings to the space and it’s super easy to create. And bonus – it’s really inexpensive to make!

Here’s what you’ll need:
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SUPPLIES: copper pipe (mine is 2 feet long), copper couplings (1/2 inch), yarn, scissors

wall-hanging_chairDIRECTIONS:

1. Place your copper pipe between two chairs, this will make it much easier to work with.

2. cut yarn into strips to your desired length and drape the strips over the pipe. This step is tedious – I suggest having an interesting podcast on while working.

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3. Once you have your desired look and length, knot each strip of yarn using a larks head knot – similar to how you would tie a luggage tag. Tighten and repeat until all the strips are knotted.wall-hanging_knotwall-hanging_knot2

4. Finally, add your copper couplings in a pattern of your choosing. For the size of my yarn, 6 strips fit perfectly into each coupling. I decided to arrange mine in an upward arrow formation

5. To hang it, make sure it’s level and rest the pipe over two nails. wall-hanging_finished

And that’s it! Super easy. I love this project because you can really customize it with the colors and the arrangement of your couplings. Also, the couplings are really easy to move around, so if you get tired of their placement, you can easily update it to give it a different look!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know if you try this DIY.

Life

Familiarity

August 31, 2016

It’s really crazy how things come full circle in life.

We’ve been in Minneapolis for one month now, and it’s been a crazy, fun, wonderful, exhausting, tearful, joyful 4 weeks. I think any and all adjectives can be used for how I’ve felt in the past month. It’s been a rollercoaster to say the least. But I’ve always been a fan of rollercoasters (especially the really scary upside-down-ones), so here I am.

Today, I was thinking back to when I first moved to Chicago nearly three years ago. And if you’ve been coming around this-here-blog for some time now (first of all, thank you) you may remember this post from 2014 – I had been in Chicago for a few months by that point and I wrote about wanting to go to Costco, because it would remind me of Salt Lake and I was craving some familiarity.

Although I haven’t craved a trip to Costco since moving to Minneapolis, there are definitely things that I crave day-to-day that are familiar and normal. Things that are easy and comfortable.

For the past few weeks, Sam and I have been watching Friends re-runs. Even though we’ve both seen the show multiple times, I think subconsciously we decided to watch it again (for the umpteenth time) because it’s familiar and easy. We know we like it, there’s not much we need to pay attention to, and it feels good. When so much else is new and uncertain, it’s nice to have something really familiar to look forward to.

There’s something really comforting and beautiful about familiarity. From a person who loves new things and new places, occasionally I’ve gotta back away and appreciate those things that are so often labeled “boring” or “been-there-done-that.” Among all the new new new, it’s nice to have an old favorite to come back to after a long day of meeting new people and getting lost coming home from an interview.

Looking back on that post from 2014 in Chicago makes me so happy and hopeful. I remember writing that and feeling unsure if Chicago would ever feel like home. And it’s funny because really shortly after that, so many things came together in that wonderful city. I met Sam, I made some amazing friends and more and more Chicago truly felt like my home.

It’s nice to know that the same will happen here in Minneapolis. I’ll find my routines, things will become more familiar and I’ll make great Friends.

For now, we’ve got Friends to help us get there.

Decor

art prints

August 13, 2016

A few days ago I shared this post where I shared some photos of our new apartment. You can clearly see from those photos that we are in serious need of some art on our walls! I’ve gathered a few (affordable) art prints that I’m loving and considering for our new apartment.
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1/ by Shannon Kristen via Minted
2/ by Compose rose Photography via Minted
3/ by Trine Struwe via Leif
4/ via Leif
5/ by David Ehrenstrahle via My Guide To
6/ by Clare Elsaesser via Etsy
7/ by Tina Crespo via Urban Outfitters
8/ by MB Captured via Society6
9/ by Wendy Laurel via Eventide Collective
10/ by Eva Jorsensen via Sycamore Street Press
11/ by Kristina Sostarko via Inaluxe

Which one is your favorite??

xox, e

 

fashion

To Choker or Not to Choker?

August 11, 2016

How do you feel about the choker-trend? I can’t decide if I love it or if it’s too 90s for me. Did you rock one of those plastic, elastic chokers in the 90s? I was all about those in elementary school.

Lately I’ve been seeing chokers all over the place. I’m surprised by how chic I think they look. Here’s some inspiration:

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I love this one, but $78 for a trendy choker? No thanks.

Here are some other options from Asos that are a bit more affordable:
Double strand leather-look for $8
Similar to the Free People choker but for $35
Pack of 3 velvet chokers for $16

So what are your thoughts? Would you wear it?

xox, e

 

Decor

Minneapolis Apartment

August 10, 2016

Hello from Minneapolis! We’ve been here for just about a week now and we’ve been busy exploring our new ‘hood. We’re in the North Loop by so many great coffee shops and restaurants.. like The Bachelor Farmer and Parlour. We’re also just two blocks from the Mississippi River (who else had no idea that the Mississippi River was in Minnesota?!) so we’ve been biking along the trails and enjoying the water.

We love our apartment and it’s now officially box-free. We still need to hang most things on the wall, but I thought I’d share a few photos of the apartment with you, and an inspiration board I put together of how I hope our apartment looks and feels once it’s complete.

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This is our main living space. It’s pretty spacious and our entire apartment has concrete floors throughout, which I really like. All the walls are painted white, which I’m also really into. Normally I would crave a bit more color, but right now I’m loving the simplicity that’s happening in our apartment. It feels really clean and minimal. I’m hoping to get more hung on the walls (note the few things on the floor in the corner) but besides that (and maybe adding a few more plants #obvi) I think this room is pretty much done.

This is what the other side of the room looks like..living roomLike I said, the walls need to be decorated!

Here’s a peek at our bedroom..
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It’s quite a bit smaller than the bedroom that we had in Chicago, but I actually really like the size. It feels cozy and I think we’ll be better at keeping it tidy since it’s pretty small. So far, we’ve made the bed every morning! #progressIMG_3172

This is just a quick snap of my dresser. In Chicago, this baby was COVERED in pictures, makeup, jewelry, etc. Luckily our apartment now has a bathroom with a lot of storage space, so I’m keeping my makeup and jewelry off my dresser table. I love how simple my dresser is now. With just my mirror (that was thrifted and I painted gold), fresh wild flowers that I picked at the Minneapolis farmer’s market, my favorite photo of my sister and me, and a ceramic bowl I made last year holding my everyday jewelry. I love how minimal it is. The less clutter, the better.

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There’s a lot of cabinet space, which I love! We need to add a few more barstool chairs (how do you feel about having mismatched chairs? I think I’m into the idea..) There’s a lot of birchwood going on here, so I like the idea of adding more color (or more white, really) to change it up. I’m open to ideas if you have ’em!!IMG_3194

I love the hood over our oven.

Here’s the view out our living room window.. I love how large the windows are in the space

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And finally, here’s the mood board I put together for some home decor inspo:Apartment Moodboard

The three words that I want to describe our apartment are:
Minimal
Cozy
Warm

I hope you like seeing the beginning stages of our apartment! I will definitely share more once we’ve added more!

xoxo, e

Life / Uncategorized

5 Books To Read This Summer

June 28, 2016

There are so many good books that have come out recently, it’s almost overwhelming and I always seem to make a reading list that is far too long for the amount that I actually read. I have the best of intentions when making my reading lists, but then I’m disappointed in myself when a year goes by and I’ve only crossed a few books of the list. So, this year, I’m setting appropriate expectations for myself. There are five books that I’m dying to read right now (two of which I’ve already started). And I know that I’ll be able to cross these babies off well before Labor Day. Here’s what I’ll be reading this summer:
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Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It
This year marks the ten year anniversary of the phenomenal book Eat Pray Love. Eat Pray Love is one of my all-time favorites, so I knew I had to pick up this gem in honor of the ten year anniversary. The book is comprised of true stories of people that were inspired to change their lives because of Elizabeth Gilbert’s incredible memoir. I just picked this book up and I’m already enjoying it so much.

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This book has been getting so much hype, I keep seeing reviews everywhere for it. Most of them raving. The story is about a teenager who is drawn to a cult in the 1960s, inspired by Charles Manson. I hear it’s gritty and dark, but also that it’s so good.

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Let It Out
If you read my latest post, you know that I’ve been journaling daily for the past few weeks. It’s been such a help for the busy, anxiety-inducing changes that are happening in my life. Around the time I started journaling, I randomly came across Katie Dalebout’s Podcast. I don’t know exactly why I started listening, or how I found it, but I think it was fate. Katie just wrote a book all about journaling and its benefits. I picked it up last week and I’ve been loving it so far.

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The Nest
Who doesn’t love a story about a dysfunctional family? This book tells the story of the Plumb family. The eldest brother blows the collective inheritance, resulting in the four siblings actually having to communicate with one another after years of not speaking. If you need a book that contains a character you can root for, this might not be for you. But otherwise I hear it’s a page turner.

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One True Loves
Sometimes you just need a good love story. This one is similar to the plot of Cast Away, but the Tom Hanks character comes home right before the love of his life marries another man. I think this one will be a bit cheesy, but a perfect guilty pleasure summer read.

What is on your reading list this summer? I always love to hear what other people are reading! Leave a comment and let me know.

xo, erica