Arabian Lampshade & Bedroom Console {Before & After}

I hate to brag, but I have some amazing vintage lamps. These Arabian Night bad boys were gifted to me by my husband during our first Christmas together.

Believe it or not, he bought the lamps sans shades and discovered the fringed, red velvet ones on a separate shopping trip. Yep, I married a shopper. Pros: Just drop him off at the combo TJ Maxx/Home Goods and he’s entertained for hours. Cons: cons whatsoever.

For years, lamp and shade worked perfectly together--- but lately everything in my apartment seems so red/orange/brown. 

Yuck! Looks awful.
Honestly, this console hasn't changed since we moved in.
It's a catchall for random objects and iced tea glasses.

So I went shopping...
And had the darndest time finding new shades to do this pair justice.
A modern, Target drum shade wasn’t doing the trick.
So when I ran across a pair of cream, plain vintage shades for only $.99 at the thrift store, I figured it’s now or never.

Ta da!!

The lampshades were originally a horrible cream color. And since I wanted to drastically brighten up the room, I decided to paint black and white circus stripes.

Here's how I did it.

The shade's interior gave off quite a yellow hue-- which felt dark and dirty. 
Priority #1 was getting a bright glow. 
So I lightly watered down some Behr primer before brushing about 6 coats on the interior and exterior.

After all was dry, I measured and taped off the stripes.
Ok, let's be honest, I didn't spend that much time measuring.

I suppose if you wanted to get the job done right, you would measure the circumference and divide it by pi or something. But I'm an impatient crafter, so it seems.

Then I added some fringe. Originally I was going to do black ball fringe, but it really made my guys look straight out of crazy town. So I used a simple black braided trim (and some chip clips!) which worked fine.

I’m really happy how these turned out!
The colors tie our random furniture together and keep the room from looking so heavy.

Will I keep these shades forever? Nah.
But they’ll tie me over until I get lucky at HomeGoods.

{Photos} Boho Kaleidoscope: Fierce Fuchsia

Hola Gitanos....

Sending out some shots of fuchsia this afternoon! I love these fearless color combinations that draw inspiration from Asian culture. Love, love the fierce, bold and proudly feminine energy radiating here. Forget caffeine, this is just the type of jolt I need this Friday. via Jocelyn on Pinterest


{Global DIY} 2012 Best Global DIY Projects & Tutorials

Step right up, gypsies!

I’m sharing my absolute favorite global-inspired DIY projects from 2012. These tutorials were all posted sometime in 2012 by a few SUPER CREATIVE bloggers that clearly have a knack for all things crafty. 

Sooo a personal goal in 2013 is to actually try a few of these projects…most especially the super easy JuJu Headdress. That’s only if I can actually find free wall space in my apartment.

Set 1

 Set 2

Set 3

"Make voyages. Attempt them. There is nothing else." -Tennessee Williams

{The Art of Travel} Ciao 2012!

2012 was the cocoon. 2013 is the butterfly.

Hola gypsies! Hope your 2012 was fabulous. 

I must admit, my break from the social networking world was worthwhile. Although to be honest, I snuck in more Pinterest than I care to admit. Pinning aside, not only was I oblivious to the internet (opa gangman, wha-what?),  we also returned to real-life in the States, moved cross-country from NYC to Denver/Boulder-area and made some major career moves. 

Cheers to you, 2012! Thank you for...

1. I Heart Magazines: Back in Publishing + Loving My Job
How crazy that after years of living in NYC to fulfill my dream of magazine publishing, I’m still able to accomplish this in Colorado. When my husband was offered a job (and a totally new career choice!) in Denver, I 100% assumed that – career wise— I’d have to start fresh.  So I really feel incredibly lucky that I'm able to continue working in magazines—plus work for a brand that I LOVE!

2. Sun + Mountains: Spending Every Day in Gorgeous Boulder, Colorado.
Since my husband works in downtown Denver, and I work in Boulder, we live in between the two cities. And although my commute bites, the view is incredible. Every day = Snow Capped Mountains. Did you know that Denver has 300 days of sun a year (that’s more sun than San Diego!)? Plus Boulder is a super cute college town. Great restaurants, awesome community + lots of free yoga.

3. Silver + Gold: Friends, Family and Community.
A year of living out of a suitcase has taught me much. Most important? Being home equals time with my husband…. And we like our home best when filled with friends.  

So one of my 2012 goals was to reconnect with friends here in the Denver area. Although I’m not from Colorado, it seems like a slew of peeps have moved out here. It’s made the transition from NYC incredibly worthwhile. Honestly, it’s tough to give up the adventure of Soho and The West Village. But I’d rather be rekindling friendship at a suburban Starbucks than alone at the Gansevoort pool lounge. Jah feel?

4. Pilgrimage + The Art of Travel: Lose the Travel-Snob Mentality Already!
My favorite sound in the world is that of a customs official’s stamp slapping my passport. I love international travel and -- yes -- I have completely failed to curb my travel snob inclinations.

But here’s what 2012 taught me: The art of travel begins with your own pilgrimage. Travel begins (and ends) internally. There's necessary time involved to prep for any journey…and to process it. So this year has been one of reflection and appreciation. Reflecting my past trips and appreciating my current pilgrimage.

And we didn’t get to travel internationally in 2012. No big deal.

Instead, we spent our time exploring Colorado --- We climbed Pikes Peak, drank fresh mineral water in Manitou Springs, hiked Estes Park, tromped through Aspen and can now spot the difference between a deer and an elk. I even made a quick trip down to Santa Fe, NM (such a gorgeous little town!).  So…I might never get the same excitement over a trip to Wyoming as I would Rome; but I’m slowly learning to appreciate both journeys equally.

2012 was the cocoon--
change, adjustment and overall adapting.
2013 is the butterfly-- get my butt moving again. Join life.