5 Things That Made a Difference to Ashlina

This week’s blogger participating in the series 5 Things That Made a Differennce is Ashlina of The Decorista. Ashlina is an interior designer and editorial contributor with such a fun design sense. On her blog, you’re always sure to find tons of glamorous, colorful, feminine, swoon-worthy design inspiration.  I had the chance to spend time with Ashlina in LA prior to her recent move to NYC, and she’s as sweet and fabulous as you’d imagine her to be. Read on to find out what five things have positively influenced her life:

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1. Making the move to NYChas been such a huge inspiration for me and my life. I have a renewed vision for the things I want to accomplish creatively. The energy here keeps me motivated and excited to pursue my dreams.
2. My old journals…when I read journals that I wrote from the past few years of my life, I see that most of the things that I have written down I have accomplished. I am a firm believer in lists and recording thoughts on paper for future generations. Putting my dreams in journals and writing all of my dreams has been so important in my life. I love reading them.
3. “Do what you love and do it often”…I love motivating and inspirational words, they encourage me to follow my heart. They quiet the inner critic and rational person in my mind. This one makes me smile everytime I read it, so I have it taped to a mirror in my hallway.
4. Starting my own business, and growing it…hands down the best thing I could ever have done for myself. I encourage anyone who wants to do it, to just go out and do it. It will be life changing!
5. Inspiring conversations with inspiring women…the best relationships I have are with the women that I admire the most. (my mentor = Jaime Rummerfield. She is the best for encouragement and fun bonding!
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Beautifully Organized Space of the Week

Loving how beautifully kitchen/dining items are organized in this modular cubby :
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Love that it has little label holders:
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Reminds me of this cubby unit.
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High/Low: Stylish Boudoir

I love Style at Home‘s High/Low feature which shows a space decorated almost identically, but on two different budgets -one high, one low. Check out this stylish boudoir. Can you tell which cost $10,101 and which cost $4,194?

Find out here!
Interior Design by Samantha Pynn, Photography by Virginia MacDonald
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New Online Mag: Dabble

A few of my favorite shots from the design section of the premiere issue:
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The magazine also features great food and travel sections. Go check it out if you haven’t already!
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Two Soothing Spaces…

…that evoke a sense of tranquility…
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…for a fresh, non-stressed start to the week :)
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Happy Friday!

Yippie! It’s Friday!
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Looking forward to a little leisurely me time and the chance to visit out-of-town family. Have a lovely weekend! See you next week!
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5 Things That Made a Difference to Jami

This week’s blogger participating in the series 5 Things That Made a Difference is Jamie of Imagine.  Jami is a fabulous emerging interior designer with her own design business.  Jami and I are both from the LA area so I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her in person. It’s funny because when we first met we kind felt like on some level we knew each other from reading each other’s blogs so it was so easy to form and instant friendship :-) I’m sure many of you have experienced that when meeting fellow bloggers offline who you have a shared interest with.
Read on to find out what five things have positively influlenced Jami’s life:
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1. Heading West. Leaving the frozen tundra (a.k.a Minnesota) where I was born and raised and moving to Southern California 6 years ago. The California sunshine has done me good. I always knew ever since I was a young girl that I was born in the wrong state and that it was only a matter of time that I’d go in search of the heat and sunshine.
2. Building my own interior design company. I didn’t necessarily think that I was going to be a designer when I grew up, but I always knew that I was not going to be cut out for the regular 9-5 career. I’m thankful everyday that I can wake up and say that I love what I do (and get paid for it!).
3. Going back to school. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology a “few” years back, continued to bar tend after spending a good chunk of change on that Bachelor’s degree that I never ended making good use of and decided after moving to California it was time again to hit the books…or drafting table! Design school and earning my Interior Design degree has completely transformed my life and the way I see design. I would never, ever have had the courage or support (teachers, mentors, and fellow students) to start my own design company if I didn’t have the comfort of knowing that I was formally trained and educated in design.
4. Blogging. This is a huge one. Blogging has tremendously changed my life. Not only have I met some of my best friends and like-minded individuals through the blogging world, it has been THE best creative outlet for me. I could honestly spend hours creating blog posts, scrolling through my blog roll and pinning pictures all. day. long.!!
5. Yoga. This is my release. Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturday mornings. I’ve been practicing yoga 7 years and I honestly can’t imagine not going one week without a session. I have learned that it is important for me to “turn off” and let the breathing take over.
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Beautifully Organized Space of the Week

This week’s beautifully organized space of the week is this closet from the home of Erica Cook of Moth Design, which houses her daily staples:
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White Ikea frames showcase bags from some of her favorite trips and create a fun little feature wall.
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A round white tray keeps all her perfumes organized and at the ready.
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Clear Ikea Rationell Variera “spice racks” serve as drawer separators and keep her belts and scarves organized.
*Unfortunately the clear “spice racks” are a discontinued product (at least to my knowledge). I bought several to organize a variety of things in my own home several months ago and absolutely loved them. When I tried to go back for more, they were no longer in stock and was told by an Ikea employee that they had been discontinued :-(
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Glass trays and other beautiful containers hold jewelry, watches and sunglasses. An Ikea pant rack keeps her jeans easily accessible and allows her to see exactly what she has.
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So chic, wouldn’t you agree?
In case you missed my previous post featuring another beautifully organized space of hers, click here. To see more of her gorgeous home, click on over to her blog.
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Shoes Organized

In photo labeled boxes…
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On shoe shelves…
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In cubbies…
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All photography by Jake Rosenberg for the Coveteur
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Good Morning!

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design by Nina Petronzio
Wouldn’t it be lovely to start off the day having breakfast or your morning cup of coffee at this little table with all that gorgeous sunlight streaming in? I absolutely love the red chairs paired with the white table. Such a beautiful contrast.
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