Archive for 'PROJECT HOME'


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No matter what language, a good cup of coffee or a well made cappuccino is appreciated all the same.



pixie nespresso [faves are rosabaya and dulsao] … sur la table or bloomingdales

milk frothed by capital milk frother …  Sur La Table

March 08

As mentioned in my previous post THE SOFA WALL, I was working on decorating that particular wall. I’m also working on the wall right above my desk.  This is the first round of artwork arrangement and I’m really excited to show it although its just on the ground for now. Amine is out, but I wanted it to surprise him when he gets home. That way, it’ll be a fresh unbiased opinion, and what he decides, goes. He’ll also be the one hanging all of these up! 😉  Once it goes on the wall there will be no turning back because I don’t want to poke holes all over my wall nor buy a million Commander sticks! One of the 11 x 14 paintings will go over my office wall, but I’m still undecided which one it will be yet so suggestions are welcome!




March 07

I few weeks ago, I started my home project. You can see those posts here: the wingback chair, the sofa and the bar, the sofa wall, and the office storage.

Today, I wanted to do an update on how we’ve utilized the space. The side tables needed light [for reading and late night home arrivals], so I added a great side table lamp that matches my tall lamp by the wingback chair. Bed Bath and Beyond had these lamps on sale as a three pack so we picked all of them up. I also added fresh flowers …. and the bottle of Cointreau worked its way over to the French books and Parisian Tour Eiffel. I was a Parisienne at one point in my life and it definitely influences my interior style! We love nightcaps and wine, so I always make sure to have some accessible on the side tables. They are such beautiful bottles so they also serve as great decor!







The office space here is used quite often as we are constantly using office supplies and utilizing our camera gear. I always like having my extra accessories at the ready. I also started framing a lot of my artwork in the last week, so I put the map up today, and also added the very small Vietnamese art tissue up. I carried these three little pieces in between my postcards for six months and I forgot about them when I got back. When I moved to Atlanta, I had to go through so many of my souvenirs, and I was thrilled to find these delicate pieces again and they look amazing on my bookshelves. An expensive bottle of champagne makes for great reusable decor pieces, the aguila is ready for guests, and travel books are crucial to my bookshelf! Oh! and the Tibetan flags are still close by. I hung them on the open window separating the dining room from the living room.









lamps … bed, bath, and beyond

d flower vase/mug … anthropologie

books … vintage gift and barnes & noble


This morning, we took a 5k walk around Dunwoody. It was 35 degrees outside, and some light sprinkling, but we were adamant on this walk. We’ve been telling ourselves that we need to do this every morning, but it’s so hard to get out of my comfy and warm bed. Not to mention it’s been FREEZING here in Atlanta! This past week warmed up a bit during the day, so I finished a lot of home projects. I even got 2 frames for my two most important paintings, and I feel like that have a flow with frame collecting now. Now that home projects are winding down [because I’m broke], the gym has to get back on my schedule. The walks help a lot of but I need more cardio, so I’m going to look for a zumba class stat!


Let me tell you about the trees and the birds…just kidding. I know nothing about these neck of the woods. I’m still in pleasant shock that I was basically “hiking” through the forest while in the city.




February 24

Here is our sofa and the cocktail tables all set up in the final position! I couldn’t get rid of the wires [or didn’t bother to, I should say], because it is just too much, and it would take more work to reconnect them by myself than to just leave it. It’s part of our home, anyway. So the next project is to find the perfect piece to go over our wall. I’m not tied down to anything right now, but I’m thinking of doing multiple pieces as well, framing some of my work in all different types of frames along with maps and art pieces collected from my travels. All of this might be a big collaboration of travel memories on one wall. I’m just brain dumping right now, but any suggestions would be welcome! 

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We went for a little hike at Overlook Park near Morgan Falls. It was a beautiful day outside, so everyone was outside playing soccer, paddle boarding on the lake, and having picnics. We took the camera out with matching 50mm lenses, and just people watched for a few hours and then went to get lunch at Las Tortas Locas.

At Overlook Park, we stopped to have a mini photo lesson, and I took some fun double exposure shots of Amine while he was focusing on his shots.




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February 19

My office is in the living room, so I have to be careful about what I keep out. I do a lot of work here, but I also want to keep it very clean, minimal, and organized. Our dining room area isn’t being used properly, but we only found that out after we utilized the space for a certain amount of time. I decided to shift the dining table to the door since we never sit there, and I made a small office storage space that would look appealing to the eye. Later on, if I want to add more shelves to make into bookcases, I can do so. The shelves are from Target, and I put them together all by myself! I bought two of them, and put them next to each other so that I can add more later if needed.

Filling in the cubby holes was more challenging than I thought. The bins I bought along with the shelves were beautiful but didn’t fit the holes, so I had to reorganize and reevaluate with what I already had [which also saves money!]. I decided I wanted at least 2 cubes to hold just decor to break up the look a bit, and I utilized the bottom level to store as much of the extra mundane papers. My grey boxes hold all the miscellaneous small things, and my black boxes that usually go on my desk will hold all of my office supplies like stapler, tape, sharpener, etc. This declutters so much of my actual working space [my desk only has a pen holder now], and this area is really close to my desk, but still hidden from the public view.





shelves … target

2013 + 2014 boxes … the container store

travel suitcase … michaels

white boxes … ikea

painting … leanne sargeant of sargeant creative

February 16

I’ve had this chair for a few years, but it was always stored away in some corner back at my house in California. My uncle was going to give it away for donation, but I rescued it and kept persisting to Amine that it was worthwhile to bring here to Georgia. I’m so glad I prevailed because it  is the PERFECT accent chair for my living room. The wine bar has been moved to another corner, and this is now our reading and writing nook. I photographed it when we just positioned it into place, and am just loving the contrast of the green against the hardwood. I then added a little letter holding rack filled with colorful pens and notecards for anyone who sits here to write. I love that this area is in the living room too, since I love when guests leave me messages when they visit, and I find them later after they have left.