Custom office design by Curio Design Studio

A while back I won a custom design package from Curio Design Studio after entering a giveaway hosted by Jessie at My Mod Style. I was super excited about this because I’d been recently wishing I had someone to help me figure out how to set up a functional office/craft room for Andy and I.
Working with designer Allison Harlow was so much fun and easy too! Allison provided me with a questionnaire that I filled in explaining what my needs for the room were and what type of design asthetic I was drawn to. Then I emailed her dimensions of the room as well as a few snapshots of the space I had taken. Allison took it from there.


It was so simple and easy and when I got the design boards back a few weeks later I was amazed at how Allison had been able to put together a perfect room for us. She nailed it! I absolutely love the design.
Here’s what the room looks like- a hodge podge of random crap that I can’t figure out where to put. Ugh!

craft room before

craft room before

We needed this room to have two work spaces- one for Andy to work on the computer and one for myself to work on the computer, sew, and scrapbook/craft. The windows in the room had been so annoying because they took away perfectly good wall space. I just couldn’t get past how much I hated them to actually see a functional space in the room. Allison helped us to see how we could use the space to our fullest advantage.
And here’s what Allison designed for us:




Awesome, right? I am in love with the fact that I have a separate place to do computer work. It’s been annoying to move the computer off the table just so I could pull out the sewing machine and vice versa. I love the extra table space for laying out fabrics and other things I’m working on too. It’s perfect.
She also provided us with pricing options and product information so we can go out and get everything we need to create the room she designed for us within the budget that we set. Easy peasy!!


What do you think? Allison did a great job, didn’t she? Thanks Curio Design Studio!! 
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Five Favorite Things

Five of my favorite things right now!


1. ONeill Chantal Sundress from Buckle– Just bought this and I love it. It is so comfortable and the perfect length!

2. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask– My hair has been so dry. I thought it would get better once winter was over, but no such luck. I finally tried this deep conditioning treatment from Neutrogena and it was like magic! No more static fly-aways. Yay!

3. Illume Scent Diffusers– I have Bella by Illume which I bought at Home Goods. These are the best diffusers. They last so long and the scent reaches the entire room. I prefer diffusers to candles these days.

4. Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea– We’ve been making batches of this with the mint from our yard. It is the perfect refreshing summer drink! You can find recipes for it all over the internet but Martha Stewart has a good version.

5. oGorgeous Bowtie Pilates Mat Sling– I told you how much I love Blogilates. Well, I also love their mat sling. My old elastic one was stretched and worn out. This new one is made with leather and velcro and it’s super cute! My mat no longer slides out of the sling while I’m walking!

What is your favorite thing right now?

Designing a one bedroom apartment

I had some fun last night designing a little one bedroom apartment. First I worked with the layout of the apartment trying to keep in mind the furniture that I wanted to use in the space. After that I put together some room design boards. 

You’ll see I used a lot of whites and grays with just a touch of color. More color could be added in the artwork and accessories that you choose. I always like a neutral base so my color scheme can change easily by switching out pillows or decorative items. I also used a clear coffee table and clear desk chair to keep the apartment from feeling cluttered. The clear furniture keeps a light and spacious feeling to an otherwise small space. 

Living Room:

Henry Sofa from West Elm
Zig Zag Lapis Rug from Dwell Studio
Peekaboo Clear Coffee Table from cb2
Ascend Media Console from Crate & Barrel
Throw Pillows from Etsy
Ceramic Drum Side Stool from Matt Blatt
Table Lamp from Etsy



Parson’s Mirror Desk from West Elm
Louis Ghost Chair from DWR 


Loraine Tufted Headboard from Pottery Barn
Marrakesh Pouf from Crate & Barrel
Proof Nighstand from cb2
Pintuck Duvet from West Elm
Concerto Dresser from ZGallerie 


Embroidered Shower Curtain from Pottery Barn
Round Bath Mat from Target
Bath Accessories from Target


Delta Barstools from Crate & Barrel
Varde Island Counter Top from Ikea
Kate Spade Dinnerware from Macy’s

So there you have it. A small, one bedroom apartment that still has space for everything! Personally I love the challenge of designing in limited space and seeing just how I can maximize it. Could you ever live in a space this small or do you need a house with multiple bedrooms and a big yard?    **please give proper credit when posting or pinning these images. thank you!

Lovely little Space

One of my favorite things is home decor. I often daydream about what I would do to our home if I had more resources. Here are two images (as seen on Design Sponge) that I recently fell in love with:



Like I said, if I had more resources I might pull some fun design ideas from this home. I love how sun-shiney it is as well as all the fun and unexpected things (tee pee? Sure! Why not!) You see that large mirror in the corner? You know I love those! And that area rug! Why do rugs have to be so expensive? Anyway, I love so many things about this home. You can see more of it at Design Sponge.