Well, it's been quite a while since I've last posted, and with good reason:  I earned an MFA, moved to another city and began my first post-grad job.  That being said, life gets a bit dull without hands-on projects--at least for the handsy type.  (Sure hope I'm using that adjective correctly..)  Since my significant other and I have been fortunate enough to be involved with the renovations of our rented space, I thought it might be a good opportunity to get back into the swing of blogging and document this adventure.  After all, many of the projects will be less permanent and more universal, for renters and owners alike.  Since the major changes will be happening in the kitchen, let's start with a before and a plan of action.  Read on if you like to get handsy!

 
 
Decorating a rental space can often be a challenge.  In many cases there are guidelines to follow, such as no painting, no changing light fixtures and no making substantial holes in the walls.  At the same time, though, it's important that your dwelling doesn't feel like a bland, cookie cutter space.  It's best to live in an environment that promotes productivity and personality.  I thought I'd share a few tips that helped me in customizing my rentals over the years.

 
 
I recently discovered the work of photographer Margaux Roy through one of my favorite websites for art and design, It's Nice That.  Clean, bright and minimal, her images are reminiscent of summer memories that have been bleached by the sun.  The pastel tones captured in her photographs are subtle and equally balanced by the more neutral tones.  Upon viewing them, I felt that these photos were begging to be color sampled.  Enjoy, after the jump!

 
 
What's better than a product that is a bargain?  A product that is a bargain, unisex and serves multiple purposes!  I thought I would cover some skincare staples that I find myself repurchasing constantly.  Many of these will be familiar, but hopefully you can discover a few uses that you hadn't thought of before.  I'll incorporate my tried and true methods of using these items as well as others I've read about.  Now let's get started..

 
 
One of my favorite ways to customize clothing is by using paint.  Paint makes such an impact and it's fairly low cost, meaning the possibilities are endless.  Read below to see how I used paint to transform a denim jacket, pair of boots, and some old jeans!

 
 
Ah, Spring.. the soothing warmth of the sun after a cold, blistering winter.  Only kidding, here in the south the temperature rarely drops below 50 degrees F.  But still, plants are sprouting their new leaves and the heat feels different then our winter heat, you know?  There's something in the air, besides the pollen, that makes you want to sit outdoors with a lemon thyme cocktail (recipe here), gather a bouquet of flowers (source here) or lie in the grass with a nice book (source unknown).  What is your favorite spring pastime?
 
 
There's just something about thrifting on a Sunday afternoon.  What is it about Sundays that makes every activity seem leisurely?  Just recently, a Goodwill store opened down the street from my apartment.  It's spacious, clean and filled with loot--the trifecta of ideal thrifting conditions, I'd say.  I certainly don't mind the occasional crammed, musty shop, but it's just not as relaxing of an experience.