Up and Out

Guys, today I have moving on my mind.

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A good mantra while moving

Actually, its been on my mind for a while now.  Between moving out of my college apartment this spring (Three years worth of impulse H&M purchases and junk mail people!), getting back to my parents house in Eastern North Carolina, and then packing it all up in my tiny car to head out to California, it has been a year of changes. The logistics have been exciting, scary, and maybe a bit trying at times- I mean I only called Becca in tears- what was it two or three (hundred) times?

For my first six months in Ventura I have been living in a teeny tiny (read: 350 sq. feet) studio. It seems though, that the new year is bringing along with it new digs and a new roommate which all adds up to- lots of new projects and decorating (which I of course can’t wait to share here!)  But I have to say, though I’m looking forward to moving out and up, I’ve really enjoyed my tiny space.  It was a challenge to make cozy and functional while still feeling personal.

So, to celebrate the tiny nooks and crannies we 20-somethings always seem to find and pay way to much for in cities far and wide, I’m going to share a few of my favorite tips and tricks for making your small home feel like a castle (haha just kidding- but hey you’ll still like the way it looks!)

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  • Keep it light, keep it bright
    Try to stick with minimal curtains, embrace that natural sunshine baby!
  • Pick a color theme and stick to it
    Nothing can make a small space feel more overdone than too many colors competing for attention.  In my experience, what works best is a nice light palette with one or two pop colors.  In my apartment I’ve been trying to stick to white, navy, and green.
  • While you’re at it maybe one of those colors should be green
    Just like keeping your windows uncovered, adding plants and greenery into your space can help pull the outdoors in and make your space feel more open and bright.  Plus it’s fun to have something to nurture… right?
  • Don’t be afraid to fill up the walls
    I am a big advocate of the gallery wall. Photographs, prints, trinkets, almost anything can be framed and hung up for instant added coziness.  Plus nothing can help a space feel more like a home than little reminders of good times.  Just be mindful of your overall color scheme when selecting your frames!
  • Edit, Edit, Edit
    Less furniture, less clutter on tabletops, just less.  Whatever you can edit out of the equation, you probably should. In tiny apartments you want to save your room to dance around in your favorite outfits, not for another footstool or whatever.
  • Set up a bar
    It’s classy. Pro tip: this works in homes of all sizes.

What did I leave out here?  Any favorite tips for small spaces?

 

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Travel: Big Sur Road Trip

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This weekend I traveled up the coast a few hours to Big Sur for a weekend of camping, hiking- and let’s be honest: s’mores eating.  Our trip included four tents, three (adorably color coordinated black and white) dogs, two nights of laughter and starry skies, and one fabulously successful proposal!

Our time was rather limited so we had to make the most of it. Here are a few of my recommendations for a weekend adventure in Big Sur.

  • Visit: McWay Falls (pictured above.) It’s an iconic view of the Big Sur coast- don’t miss the beautiful blue water and jagged coast line- it’s what your Instagram has been missing!
  • Stay: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.  We spent two nights in the south campground here and it was absolutely lovely.  Shady and quiet, this park offers a ton of camp sites, a few great trails to explore, and a nice lodge if you need to escape from nature for a quick cup of coffee
  • Explore: Jade Cove Beach. This stop on Highway One offers stunning mountain and sea views and a chance to hunt for jade on the rocky beaches.  Apparently most of the green colored rocks are actually serpentine, not real jade, but a girl can dream right? Pictured in the second set of pictures below- P.S. my nail color here is Essie’s Carry On and it has been my go to this Fall!

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Here are a few of my camping essentials.  After all, what is an adventure without the right outfit? 

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Plaid Shirt: JCrew; Scarf: Madewell; Boots: Asos; Jacket: Patagonia; Denim: Gap; Hat: Wool and the Gang via Madewell; Lips: Vaseline Rosy Lips (loving this right now for a tiny pop of color!); Backpack: Herschel

xoxo,

Laura

 

 

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