Home Obsession: Container Homes

You guys, this post today is super exciting for me to write. I’ve always loved dreaming about what my future home might look like, creating Pinterest boards of all the lovely mid-century modern style that totally gives me all the feels…in short, home design inspires me. And in the past couple of years, I’ve unearthed my obsession (and to be honest, my dream) with shipping container homes. This post is like my love letter to shipping container homes, and it is one of my biggest dreams to design and build one of these beauties some day (is that super unrealistic? Probably, but it’s still on my list. A girl’s gotta dream, right?).

I could go on gushing about container homes forever, but I’d rather share some of my favorite pictures and designs with you. All of these are featured on my Pinterest board, Shipping Container Homes, which is my little collection of hopes and dreams. Click the pictures for sources!

Shipping container home:

Love the orange containers, big windows, and staggered containers.

wood siding:

Amazing 2500 sq ft container home:

the family who designed and built it has a great blog with lots of pictures!

shipping containter homes via Imperfect Chevron


shipping container homes via Imperfect Chevron

The appeal of shipping container homes, for me, is being able to reuse something old and ugly and turning it into something beautiful. I love that you can be really creative and design something that is functional for your family, and uses the land well to save on energy. Plus, I want to spend my time outdoors or traveling, so designing a home that is just the right amount of space really speaks to me.

I know that this dream is really lofty and probably a little unrealistic, but I think it’s good to have goals and dreams. What do you guys think, would you ever live in a shipping container home?



Holiday Peeks

Since 3/4 of my family are leaving for a big road trip on Christmas, my family decided to decorate the house in “minimalistic” fashion this year. Here are some peeks at some of the decorations up in our house this December:


My great-uncle carved this wooden Santa for my mom a few years back.


Our family + pets’ stockings


A ceramic musical Frosty


Little animal figurines from New Mexico on the mantle.


Even the house plant has lights!


Picks from Pinterest

I haven’t been on Pinterest that much this summer, and I’ve definitely missed it. Is that sad? It feels kind of sad…but I love Pinterest, I just can’t help it! But it’s almost fall, which is my favorite season for fashion, so you can bet I’ll be browsing Pinterest much more now for inspiration.

Here are some of my recent pins.


  1. Love this pom-pom bedspread.
  2. This messy lob is just the perfect style for fall.
  3. These watermelon mojitos look so refreshing.
  4. How fun are these DIY cactus pincushions?
  5. I’m still loving midi skirts. This one is an adorable print!
  6. These tips for adding personality to a rental are really helpful.


Life Update: Back in Colorado

Last week I finished up the summer semester at school and hopped on a plane back to Colorado for the summer. I’ve been home with my family for a few days, and I’ve really settled in to being back. The weather has been really good here this week, and I’m enjoying spending lots of time in our backyard with my pets. I start work in a couple of days, and I’m planning some DIY projects to share on the blog with all of you. Until then, here are a few snapshots of the last few days at home.

Quinoa Salad

My mom and I made this incredible warm quinoa salad for dinner last weekend.

Puppy Love

Ben is still doing pretty dang good for a 12 year old (almost 13!) shepard. He’s such a handsome fellow!


My parents spent the better part of last year putting up this gorgeous beetle-kill wood on their back porch. The picture doesn’t do it justice, it’s really beautiful in person!


Elouise spends most of her day outside in the garden. Summer is definitely her favorite time of year.

Banana Bread

A fresh loaf of banana bread hot from the oven.

I hope you’re all having a great June — can you believe the 4th of July is next week? I can’t. Slow down, summer!


Home Décor Dreams

As a grad student, I’m still pretty far from having “my own place” that I can decorate and tailor the way I want to. I’ll probably be renting for what feels like the rest of eternity, so even when I do have “my own place” to call home, I won’t be able to make a whole lot of changes. But it’s still so much fun to dream of that elusive place — I have at least 3 Pinterest boards dedicated to home décor ideas, and I can’t wait to be able to use them one day.

But for now, I’m stuck dreaming. I thought it might be fun to share some of the home décor looks I’ve been drooling over with you! Click through the pictures to find the source.

1. Pops of color — I love the modern style, but sometimes it just feels too stark. I love bright, bold colors, and I think a little goes a long way.

YellowMagenta dresser


2. Fun prints — I know they’re a little crazy, but how much fun would it be to have one of these in a small space?

wallpaper.black and white striped wall

Easy and cheap! Make a statement wall with paint pens (click through for tutorial)Wallpaper

Wall color. ObsessedCute table

3. Wood Walls — I love the way a wood accent wall cozies up a modern room. So pretty!

Small Home ~ Pearls & Cowboy BootsWood

Bedroom loftWood panel wall

These are only a few of my favorite home trends, and I’ll absolutely share more with you all soon! What are your decorating dreams?


Happy Holidays

I want to wish everyone happy holidays (I know it’s a little late)! I hope they’re filled with love and joy.

I’ve been enjoying my time off from school back home in Colorado, spending every second with my family and pets. It’s been so nice, and I’ll be sad to leave next week! But I am excited to get back to school and see my friends, and get back into that routine again. I’m so thankful to have had this long break to spend with my family, I’ll be much more motivated to kick butt next semester.

I’ll post again soon, I promise! For now, here are a couple of pictures of my fur-babies. They kind of love the holidays.

Christmas 2014

Ben guarding our Christmas tree.

Christmas 2014

Elouise got a new box! Cats are such sweet weirdos, they do love their boxes.

Happy holidays!


Holiday Cheer: Decor Inspirations

First things first: I love decorating for the holidays. It’s one of my favorite holiday activities, and I always feel so happy to see little decorations all over the house. It helps me get through the start of winter. I’m not decorating my house in Pittsburgh for the holidays, since I’m flying back home to Colorado in a couple of days (!!!), but I’m hoping to help decorate my parents house when I get back home.

I’ve been looking for lots of decor inspirations this season, and today I want to share some of my favorite ideas. Fair warning: I love non-traditional, modern, and quirky decor.

Holiday Decor Inspirations:

(click through for links)

Noel door banner DIY (click through for tutorial)         BranchesPretty door

Holiday Wreath - Christmas, Pine, Berries and Pinecones Wreath for your Front Door DecorFelt woodland creatureschristmas

toilet paper tubes into owlsgarland in doorframe

What decorations are you dreaming of this season? I’m so excited to put on some holiday music, bring out the fuzzy socks, and get some decorating done back home. Tis’ the season!


Picks from Pinterest: Dog Days of Summer

I can’t believe that we reached August this week! While the summer is slowing down for most people, I feel like my summer is just starting. I just finished my summer semester a week ago and I’m enjoying having a little more free time (and earning a little money at a part-time job! Grad school is expensive, you guys…). Here are some of my recent Picks from Pinterest:

1. Summer Squash Bread – I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m still drowning in squash (the squash plant in my garden is exploding!) and I’m having trouble finding friends to take some of it off my hands.

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2. This gorgeous pineapple bikini.

3. I love this beautiful pendent light.

4. I’m still obsessed with a good pattern pant. I will never be over it.

Slim Fit Daisy Trousers

5. This print is both wise and beautiful.

I hope the first couple days of August have been wonderful for you! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.