September 5, 2014

On Creating A Wall Gallery

My apartment is slowly coming together, finally!

This apartment is truly my first one I had the opportunity to call all the shots on the decor and furniture. It's been an adventure, but I stuck with simple pieces and keeping neutral colors throughout my apartment. But here and there I added in a few splashes of color and mixing patterns to create a more organic feel.

It's been a work in progress, but it looks much more like home now that my walls are no longer bare with this wall gallery up! Many of the art pieces are of my own paintings, as well as a metal print from Tiny Prints with my photo of a marina in St. Petersburg and a cute cubs print from the Animal Print Shop

This monogram pillow from from Tiny Prints is one of my favorites. It ties in with my wall gallery paintings with its brush stroke design and adds a little color to my otherwise, very neutral couch. Guys, Tiny Prints don't just do customized stationary, definitely check out their new home decor collection too!

A wall gallery is a great way of making a room in your home look bigger than it is. My apartment is about 650 sqft, but this frame collage really adds more height to my living room, giving it an illusion of being much bigger.  

I'll admit that it can be pretty tedious to put up the gallery. To make it easier for you here are some quick tips!

3 Steps to A Wall Gallery

1. After collecting your art and prints, choose your frames. You can go with one color frames or try different sizes with different colors. I love experimenting with different shapes and colors, so I chose to go with the latter of the two options.

2. Gather all of your frames and arrange them on your floor first. Don't be afraid to arrange and rearrange again until you find the best way the frames look together. 

3. Cut out newspaper or kraft paper into the shapes of your frames and tape them to the wall. This way you can see how it looks on your wall and it'll give you an idea of where your nails will have to go to hang up the frames.

Have you put up a wall gallery in your home? I'd love to see it!

August 28, 2014

Cookie Butter Dip

Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter made into a dessert dip.

Guys, this is an award winning dip. At least it was when I made it at an office dip off contest! It's a super easy recipe and it's very forgiving, so you can add as much or as little of the cookie butter you want depending on your preference. And it's cookie butter, you can't go wrong. So next time you're in Trader Joe's pick up a jar, and the other ingredients, and wow your friends.

Cookie Butter Dip Recipe

1 8oz cream cheese
1 cup cookie butter
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup crushed toffee candy
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon cookie butter
1 teaspoon milk
1/2 teaspoon confection sugar (add more to thicken)

Crushed pecan praline and toffee candy

1. Mix all of the ingredients (cream cheese, cookie butter, milk, sugar and vanilla) and then fold in the toffee.
2. Add the drizzle, praline and toffee toppings and refrigerate until cold.

August 26, 2014

Roser Park

roser park

One of my favorite St. Petersburg neighborhoods, Roser Park is a beautiful historic district in the area. You may remember I mentioned that I was interviewed spontaneously by my local news channel while shooting in the area (here is my iPhone recorded segment). Anyways, this neighborhood is just gorgeous. Rich with greenery, overflowing plants, old homes and hills! Where are there hills in St. Pete? In this neighborhood. I'll let the photos talk for themselves.

August 25, 2014

20 Things to Remember

1. Things take time.
2. Everybody is fighting their own battles.
3. You can't fix people.
4. Only you can make yourself happy.
5. If you want it, go after it.
6. If you want to know, ask about it.
7. Don't be afraid to want something.
8. Never settle for what's comfortable.
9. Take chances.
10. Believe in love.
11. Making mistakes is okay. Learn from them.
12.  Don't ask questions you're not ready to hear the answers to.
13. Stay curious.
14. Actions over words.
15. Leave what's in the past there.
16. If it's meant to be, it will be. You can't force it.
17. Be there for people. Lift them up.
18. Have an open mind.
19. Assuming leads to nowhere good.
20. Be your best self. Don't compare yourself to others.

August 20, 2014

Ballast Point Park

A couple weeks ago, I had lunch at Ballast Point Park in Tampa. The drive to the park was beautiful as you're greeted with mossy trees whose branches draped over the streets and old homes with vines blanketing its walls. It was a lovely time, hot and humid as Florida is during the summer, but always a lovely time with my lunch companion.