totally hooked..

By |February 5th, 2014|decorating, Life|

..on awesome hooks! Such a fun way to update your living space and make something that usually goes unnoticed into a statement.  Livin’ up coat hooks, towel hooks and jewelry hooks with some unique pieces. Definitely DIY-able too!

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love and candy,



Bathroom Decor

By |March 14th, 2013|Art, decorating, DIY, DTLA|

We are slowly getting our place decorated and I am loving it. It is so fun to have a place of our own to design however we so desire. The only downside is that it is taking longer than expected because I have just too many ideas! One of the first rooms to be complete(ish) is the bathroom. It was an easy place to start because if I didn’t like it, well, it’s just the bathroom right?

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The color scheme came together a little haphazardly. I wanted some bright colors to offset the black and white fixtures and tiling and I had this awesome yellow piece from my old place (picture below). I decided to use the yellow and run with it. I chose red as the other accent color because I am a huge USC fan  I love the bold use of colors and thought they went well together. Here are a few shots of the final(ish) result.

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In case you’re curious, I get a lot of my decorations from Joss and Main and also from Home Goods. Both are good spots to get fun home décor without breaking the bank.I found the below print on Etsy, it reads:  “Pirates wash their hands and say their prayers because germs and Jesus are everywhere”. Love it, and appropriately placed next to the sink!

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I used canvases and acrylic paint  from Michael’s to get fill up the rest of the wall space with some DIY artwork.  You can read all about how to make the colorful blockade design here.

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I also did a grouping of black framed art on another wall. I like that all the frames are different shapes and sizes, but the black borders give them consistency, along with the mirror.

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The top left photo is a digital comic rendering Steve had made of us, the California print is from Etsy, I took the tulip photo, and the map is a pencil drawing of New Orleans where Steve went to college.

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I had so much fun decorating, but it’s even more fun to be complete! On to the next room…

love and candy,


How to use Illustrator to design a wall layout

By |February 13th, 2013|decorating, DIY|

Living in a loft means lots of open wall space. I love the high ceilings and open feel, but it’s definitley a challenge to find art/photos that work in the space. We decided that it would be fun to do all original artwork, so we ordered large canvas prints of some photographs we had taken. Then came the hard part- figuring out where to put them! Steve being the techie he is suggested using Adobe Illustrator to layout different options.

First we created a basic grid outline of the wall we wanted to decorate.

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Illustrator version

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Then I added new layers and pasted images of the two canvases we wanted to hang, and resized them to scale.

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I also added simple shapes with the shape tool to represent the existing furniture on the wall.

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Then it was just a matter of moving around the images on the screen until I found the perfect fit, and Voila!


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love and candy,