pin-spiration: outdoor living

I’ve always dreamed of having a Secret Garden-style backyard. Victorian details, Roman columns, lots of greenery, quaint benches…you get it, right? Something about having a tranquil escape just a few steps from my house (pardon, my studio apartment) seems so freaking appealing.

As I continue to live in cramped quarters here in NYC, I’ll be dreaming about outdoor spaces like these. *heart eyes*

All photos sourced from Pinterest.

pin-spiration: kitchen goals

As a self-proclaimed “foodie,” I love to cook almost as much as I love to eat and Instagram my favorite dishes. My childhood homes always had generously-sized kitchens–my mother is a wonderful cook, and prepared dinner for my family every night, so the kitchen was an integral room in the house.

I haven’t been so lucky in any of my apartments in terms of counter space and top-notch appliances. My college apartments lacked counter space, taking all the fun out of food prep, and the kitchen in my new apartment is so teeny that I haven’t even attempted to cook anything other than grilled cheese sandwiches and eggs. Apartment hunting in New York is kind of a nightmare, and I’m pretty realistic about never having a kitchen larger than a closet as long as I’m living here. In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming about spaces like these.

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pinspiration: my style

Pinterest is the best for fake shopping. Like, pinning stuff to your style boards is kind of like filling up an online shopping cart but you don’t have to buy anything.

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pin-spiration: bar carts

For this week’s pin-spiration, I thought I’d share some inspiring pics of my favorite piece of furniture: bar carts! This was one of the first things I bought for my apartment (priorities, am I right?), and has turned out to be a great storage solution in my teeny apartment. In addition to liquor, my bar cart houses all of my glassware and cocktail necessities. Here are some of my favorite styled carts from Pinterest.

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pin-spiration: phone wallpaper

For this week’s pin-spiration post, I thought I would give something to my lovely readers! So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite patterns & pictures from Pinterest that make amazing phone wallpapers (I’ve had almost all of these as my background at one point or another).

1. This peachy pineapple print will transport you to Palm Beach (or whatever tropical place you dream about in your cubicle).26e7ad098c9e28e78f97058fbbd41c4c

2. Alternating pastel & gold stripes that are perfect for springtime. And is it just me or would this pattern make a perfect Easter brunch tablecloth?


3. This Great Gatsby-inspired art deco mosaic.


4. Pop-art figs to satisfy your inner foodie. Even if you’ve never eaten a fresh fig, these illustrations are super juicy.


5. This bold giraffe-print is perfect for anyone who loves bright colors & shops at J.Crew.


All images sourced from Pinterest.com

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pin-spiration: apartment decor

So my high school Pinterest addiction recently resurfaced, and to make my week a little more inspired, I’ve decided to start doing a round up of my latest favorite images. Every Wednesday, I’ll share a couple of pins from the same category that I’ve fallen in love with. For this first installation, I’m featuring apartment decor. Since I currently live in a small apartment, and probably will continue living in small apartments for the next ~10 years of my life, this is a pretty relevant category for me. Anyway, enjoy!

1. This gold bar cart.

I love cocktails–inventing them, mixing them, and drinking them. I have a bar cart in my apartment now, but I love this metallic upgrade.


2. This gallery wall.

Since I can’t paint my rental, hanging pictures and art on the walls is a must. Pretty images over a desk makes for an inspired home office. I’m also really into that mustard chair.


3. Oversize cushions in lieu of a sofa.

These can be stacked up and put away to create more space for yoga/dance parties/craft projects, and are way easier to carry up the stairs of your next walk-up.


4. This shoe ladder.

Though this takes up a bit of space, I love this idea for displaying shoes…especially since it would let me admire the pairs I don’t get to wear everyday.


5. This indoor herb garden.

I love how this is equal parts decorative + practical. It’s always great to have fresh herbs in reach when you’re in the kitchen, plus I’m sure that basil smells amazing.


All images c/o Pinterest.com