Design In Mind

I‘m not going to lie to you: blogging has been extremely difficult to fit in these past few months. As most of you already know, I already had a lot of things on my proverbial plate what with medical school & blogging, but when you add a wedding that is (yay!) only one month away, and the fact that we may have just stumbled upon our dream house (which, if you remember, we swore off looking for just last week)…well, it gets a bit messy.

One of my ways to de-stress is to dream–dreaming big. A lifelong dream of mine, albeit small, has been to design and decorate my very own home. With that reality tantalizingly so close I can almost touch it, I spent some rare downtime yesterday culling items from my home inspiration board and dreamed up two fantasy rooms: a dining room and a living room.

Coming from someone who is more likely to shop at Ikea than Restoration Hardware, it is admittedly difficult to define one’s sense of interior style. Perhaps even more difficult than defining one’s personal style. But when I close my eyes, I always imagine the same concepts: the pairing of opposites. I love the idea of cool chrome accents sitting on gnarled, reclaimed wood furniture. Or a high, modern chandelier being paired with a vintage, exotic sideboard. Amazingly, this love of pairing opposites also manifested itself in our wedding theme (rustic glamour), and it is clear that I cannot be stopped.

For now, these dream designs are simply that: a dream. But hopefully, one day, with a lot of patience and hard work, we can make them into a reality.

Let’s just hope [houston] likes it. šŸ˜‰

What do you think? I also invite you to follow my inspiration boards on Pinterest!

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  1. 04.11.2012 / 12:08 am

    Design In Mind: Iā€˜m not going to lie to you: blogging has been extremely difficult to fit in these past few mont…

  2. 04.11.2012 / 8:09 am

    I love these! You have a great sense of style. I’m sure your home will be beautiful!

  3. 04.11.2012 / 9:02 am

    Hey there,
    Anybody who is fan of your blog, knows how much effort you put into it.
    And they also know how busy you are, and how much is going on in your personal life – no need to fret – everybody gets it.

    And as for the pieces you’ve picked, they are so nice. I love the contrast between the chunky, rustic dark wood of the kitchen table, and totatlly feminine glamorous sparkly chandalier. That’s what will keep things interesting – the contrast.

    ~Natasha Fatah~

    • 04.12.2012 / 12:34 am

      Thank you for the sweet and thoughtful words, Natasha. I really appreciated it! I too love contrast…

  4. Paula
    04.11.2012 / 10:59 am

    I love it!! and can’t wait to hear more about the dream house! I bet that Houston will love this design as well, but to make sure just throw in a couple cow print chairs (i know where you can get ’em lol) to appease him. can you come decorate our house???

    • 04.12.2012 / 12:35 am

      Haha are you still trying to get rid of those chairs??
      Maybe we can use them if we get this house….we will see….

  5. 04.11.2012 / 1:32 pm

    Good luck!!! Love what you have put together. I am sure that your impeccable style will translate into the perfect home for you and the future hubs!

  6. Alexandra
    04.11.2012 / 1:38 pm

    I definitely get putting the blog on hold, I have a hard enough enough time blogging with just school, I can’t imagine planning a wedding on top of it! I too, am totally calmed by dreaming big and imagining decorating my dream home, but I’ve given up on defining the style I’d like for my home, definitely just flow with what you like because it’s gorgeous!!

  7. 04.11.2012 / 2:27 pm

    You can do it Kristina! More power!

  8. 04.11.2012 / 2:33 pm

    I have to say, sadly even as a “full on” grown up (in my 40’s) with school aged kids. One is almost a teen! My budget is much like yours! Living in San Francisco, private school tution’s etc…leaves little budget for for decorating. I think you will find “Rustic Glamour” as you have named you style, is easy to achieve! Pine and other restored woods are great accents and not super expensive. Invest in nice furniture (couches) buy old chairs and restore, and accent with an eclectic mix of accessories and you are there. I love to collect my ideas and dreams on Pinterst too!

  9. 04.11.2012 / 2:50 pm

    Cute! I can definitely see Texan roots in your decor šŸ™‚
    If you do get a house I would say take it slow, I know what it’s like to want to fill it up fast! But it works out better if you go one room at at time and take your time finding the pieces instead of getting everything from one place. Plus it looks better šŸ™‚ I’ve had a lot of fun decorating my little condo. I have a home decor board on Pinterest called “For The Love Nest” if you’d like to take a look:

    Happy to hear your wedding is coming up fast!

  10. 04.11.2012 / 3:09 pm

    I love thick wood tables – nice choice!

  11. 04.11.2012 / 3:14 pm

    I love the armchair with the nail heads. There’s a vintage glam look to your decor sense. I think HB will like anything as long as it’s comfortable. That’s how much husband is.

  12. 04.11.2012 / 4:08 pm

    This is so Restoration Hardware. Love the Orange chairs. I want them! All the best in finding your dream home. I believe dreaming big, is what pushes us to work harder, So keep dreaming šŸ™‚

  13. 04.11.2012 / 7:44 pm

    I totally love your style. Have you ever checked out Z Gallarie? I’m sure you would like it! Good luck with everything for your wedding, that’s so exciting!

    • 04.11.2012 / 7:53 pm

      I would buy the entire Z Gallerie store if I could! A lot of stuff in this post is from there šŸ™‚

  14. 04.11.2012 / 11:54 pm

    What a wonderful way to mix aesthetics! I’m moving into my very own office soon and I appreciate the inspiration for decorating, it can be daunting as well as excited to start such a big project. O and I have bought a lot of the cosmetics you recommended lately and I have to say I’ve loved each and every one! Have a wonderful wedding. xoxo Char

  15. 04.12.2012 / 1:41 pm

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE it – it is almost my EXACT dining room! I have a triple linear chandelier and Environment table. You MUST check out High Fashion Home in Houston. It is eye candy for your home, and I am inspired every time I go!
    You are a busy gal! Just remember to take time and enjoy all these wonderful things going on it your life! And congrats on getting your #1 match! YAY!

    xo, sam

  16. 04.12.2012 / 9:31 pm

    I honestly don’t know how you juggle everything at once – I’m also a professional but I’m already out of law school – I can’t imagine still being in school and planning a wedding and blogging. Your blog is a prefectionsists’ blog (takes one to know one) and I know that the posts take a fair amount of time to draft. Great job and good luck ! šŸ™‚

  17. 04.17.2012 / 8:12 pm

    I have just purchased a coffee table quite like that (even with the wheels and all) for my “new” living room. The table, couch, chair and rug are still being shipped because I changed the fabric for the couch and chair. I am usually super modern and sleek with a touch of whimsical sophistication – that being said – I am very unsure of the new things I picked for my house. Hopefully I can pull it off! I’m going for a more casual “the outside is now inside” kind of feel. My coffee table was purchased at Slumberland, in case you want to check it out. I looked up the site but there’s none up. They must’ve ran out of them.
    Anyway, how are you?? I’m the “Laine” from the “Buyer’s Remorse giveaway.” I come to check the blog from time to time but am usually quiet šŸ™‚

    Hoping all is well,


  18. Lauren
    04.17.2012 / 8:39 pm

    This is a page write out of my design scrap book for our bedroom. Lovin the rustic outdoorsy vibe. I found a carved deer head today and I had to kick myself out of the store before I spent $700 on it.

  19. 04.24.2012 / 2:12 am

    I’ve always loved designing for the home and I think its important to prettify your space. From the inspiration pics you’ve posted above, I am feeling the cream chair and even the kitchen table. With the right chairs and art in your breakfast room, the wooden picnic style table (it reminds me of that) can totally work. Good luck with getting the home together!

  20. Natalie
    04.25.2012 / 3:24 am

    Crossing my fingers for good news on the dream house!

  21. 05.08.2012 / 10:29 pm

    Just found your site off of pioneer women. love it! Particularly in this post, I love the rustic finds, and I am always on the lookout for them. Thanks!

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