Sometimes these photographs and things are little reminders to myself, but basically more of a collection of my own thoughts from the last couple of months.
For as long as I’ve known, I’ve always been a kid that was obsessed with the moon. So when I saw this AMAZING lamp the other day on Cool Material, I thought hmm now wouldn’t this be cool in my apartment. However, I think it’s like too cool for my apartment actually. Made by Taiwanese design firm, Acorn Studio, this lamp is way cooler and more hip than any other floor lamp you’ve ever owned. The Luna Lamp comes in seven different sizes and receives its beautiful glow through energy efficient LED bulbs which have a lifespan of 10 years. You’re going to have this lamp fo’ life! You also hav the option of having it on the ground like in the photo above or hanging it up from a ceiling just like the real moon. Deliveries for the lamp will begin in March 2016. Get your orders in now.
“Furniture is a large part of [a person’s] identity, which means you’ll deeply consider your furniture and desired aesthetic before buying it. We’ve designed our furniture to be a better fit for the modern user. Not only is it thoughtfully designed, but it also fits your budget and lifestyle since its easier to ship and assemble.”
Last week, I was introduced to a new company called Greycork, which was being advertised as furniture that was easier to put together than IKEA! How is that so? Well, it doesn’t require any tools to do it. Sound too good to be true? Maybe, but don’t you kind of just want to believe it? I mean look at these pieces. They are sleek, chic, and modern furniture that I can envision in the apartments of any average person in their 20’s. Um, where do we sign up?
– Which member of Taylor Swift’s clique are you? [Refinery 29]
– How Facebook changed their “Facebook Friends” icon [Medium]
– Majid Jordan dropped a 20-minute mix on SoundCloud for your listening pleasure [Fader]
– Roy Choi shows us how to make the perfect instant ramen [Tasting Table]
– How men can pull off the baggy t-shirt look [GQ]
– 5 unexpected things happy people have in their homes [Apartment Therapy]
Wow! I think this is the first time we’ve hit all 5 Yow Yow! categories!
For the first time, we are publishing an “A Collection” post and starting the next one immediately. Hopefully, this means that we can have another one posted within the next six months. These are Veronica’s favorite posts and I even texted her this morning to let her know that she could expect it this evening. These posts are so interesting to me because there is usually little to no content. Instead, it’s a post of 50+ images that I’ve collected over 6 months that evoke something out of me. There’s no rhyme or reason. I can’t go through each photo and say why I chose each one. I just know that it’s important to me, that it means something and resonates with me in some way or another. I’ve never actually talked to Veronica about this, but while this doesn’t hold much content, I almost feel like she probably knows what I’m thinking or how I’m feeling through a collection of images. Maybe you all do! You tell me. :)
– 50 Incredible hotels to stay at in your lifetime [Business Insider]
– “Why I gave up a 95K job to move to an island” [Cosmopolitan]
– Getty Images is giving out 30K grants to Instagrammers [High Snobiety]
– Justin Rosenstein (co-founder of Asana) shares his tips for increasing productivity [Quora]
– Whoa, Bestie Row? [Lighter Side of Real Estate]
When I first moved into my place, I was completely set on building myself a little frame wall. After all, I had saved up these pins on Pinterest just waiting to do this and putting my ideas to work. When I lived in my studio, I had experimented with all sorts of decorating ideas. My first year, I was really into paper. I had put up a quote that I had seen once and cut the letters out of paper and taped them straight onto the wall. Straight elementary school. I think friends of mine thought it was a little bit weird, but I was completely excited about it because I had never decorated my own place or room before! The second year, I cut out a bunch of black cardstock that I was going to use as frames for photos, but then thought – let me see if I can do this alternatively and instead hung string over them and used clothes pins to hang photos over the cardstock. See what I did there? I had doublesided taped those cardstock pieces to my wall and when I moved out and took them down they ripped the paint off. Happy to say that I’ve upgraded now and am hopefully smarter at decorating! I’m working on adding to my frame wall tomorrow after my trip to West Elm so this post comes at a good time. Yes, I’ll be nailing things into the wall and I’m terrified, but here are some other ideas that I’m considering in the future if this current idea just doesn’t work out.
1. Shelving [Enter the Loft]
Happy almost New Years readers! We’re really looking forward to 2015 and what’s in store not only for me, but also for Yow Yow! We never go into the new year with a plan so it’s always a surprise for us. There’s a whole lot of love today in this post because well, everyone is getting engaged and love is just all we’re thinking about right now.
I first saw these pieces maybe a couple of years ago on the internet and now it looks like they are being brought back! The giant birdsnest for human looks like the ultimate comfy, but when I envision my future home, I just don’t know if there would ever be a place for it. It does look like it takes up a lot of space, doesn’t it?
The gigantic, cozy nest is made from a foam-padded wooden backwall that’s covered with wooden panels and filled with egg-shaped cushions that allow for ergonomic sitting positions. Designed by the Israel-based design firm OGE Creative Group, the Birdsnest is a “new and inspiring socializing space: a fusion of furniture and playground” where ideas come to get incubated.
The birdsnest is available in four different sizes and range from 2,700 – 7,900 Euros. The largest birdsnest can accommodate up to 16 people! While it may not be the perfect fit for my home, I would strongly advocate it for a friend’s home or even my office.
I am very fortunate that where I live has a pretty decent set up of a hot tub, grill, pool, and outdoor fireplace for community use and even more fortunate that I have my own personal balcony. I haven’t had any parties here yet, but every weekend I catch my neighbors throwing events and wonder someday if I’m ever going to do the same. Last weekend, Ashley mentioned to me that I should take the initiative and throw one myself. I’m still thinking about it and probably won’t make up my mind until the last minute. But that got me to thinking. I have a great space now, but the type of party I want to throw down the line will hopefully be in my own backyard and won’t have to be shared with “the community.” I’m really looking forward to when that day comes and I’ll sort of get a taste for that when I throw a party at my co-worker’s place at the end of the summer. Here’s some inspiration for now on some of my favorite backyard spaces!
Oh boy, two levels.
As much as I love candles and what they can do for a room or a home, I’ve never been a collector of them. If someone gifted me with candles only then would I probably decide to use them. I had to pause for a second the other day when I came across this candle on Cool Material that is scented to smell like fried chicken. Now I love my KFC, but would I want my home to smell like KFC? Ezells? That’s a very good question. I suppose if you want to feel like you’re surrounded by it without actually doing harm to your body, then this might be a suitable option for you.
Happy Mid-September everyone!
It’s amazing how quickly this year has flown by. Even though I’m about to embark on my second year out of school, there’s a part of me that still wants to follow suit in that pattern. I started my first job at the start of fall one year ago and now one year later, I’m doing the same thing again. There was something about the new school year that I loved and it wasn’t just that I had a new set of classes, a new wardrobe, or that I was one step closer to starting THIS current life, but it was the idea of starting the year with a fresh slate – wiping everything clean, getting rid of the old and progressing towards the new. That might be one of the reasons why September is considered more of my new year than January. I always like to start Mondays with reflective posts (besides Wedding Mondays!) so here’s A Collection for you :)
Seattle is getting creative with their housing arrangements these days from expansions of apartment building in Capitol Hill, renovated studios, and even “apodments” which have caused a little bit of controversy in the city. ‘N’ Habit has created these new homes resembling rectangle boxes to be set up in the city for lease. While they look a little dodgy on the outside, the inside is actually pretty nice.
Billed as the first modular apartment project in downtown Seattle, ‘N’ Habit will be composed of 49 prefabricated units that are stacked side-by-side and on top of each other to form a seven-story building at 2217 Third Ave (between Bell and Blanchard) in Belltown.
‘N’ Habit, a project by Seattle-based Daly Partners LLC, is slated to open around December and began pre-leasing over the weekend. The developer has parked one of the finished units in a parking lot across the street to serve as a temporary showroom and leasing office.
Would you be up for living in a rectangular box or is that too confining for you?
A rendering of the modular units by ‘N’ Habit when it is installed and integrated
DV by Dolce Vita ‘Dania’ Sandal – $26.23
By the looks of this month’s closet collection, you would think that we were already gearing up for fall! That, however, just isn’t true. I’ve noticed recently that while out shopping, I’ve been indulging in pieces that tend to be on the more neutral side – whites, creams, grays, and blacks. I’ve always been a fan of the classic style, but one thing is for sure – I definitely don’t get dressed up as much as I did in college. Back then, bold and bright pieces were my trademark, but these days – I’m not really dressing for anyone else other than myself and I’m not meeting new people every single day so getting dressed in the morning has become simplified. With that, here are my picks for July!