Empty House Tour 2021

Kitchen / Living Room / Sun Room

Welcome to my new home! My empty house tour video is finally up on my Youtube channel! I purchased the property in the fall of 2020 for $357,000. It is 3,011 sq. ft. with 4/5 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. My husband and I got an amazing deal on the house! We were really lucky to get it below asking price. Due to the competitive nature of the real estate market that we are in, it is often times a bidding war. But after just one week of looking, we bought our first home!

Overall, it is a very traditional starter home. I love the open floor plan concept on the main level. Throughout the house, there is a neutral color palette providing the perfect blank canvas to make the home uniquely ours. The all-white kitchen is probably my favorite room. I just love how bright and inviting everything feels here. In the future we would like to remodel our backyard, but for now we are just focusing on the smaller projects. Slowly but surely, bit by bit, I can’t wait turn this empty house into a warm + cozy home! I’ll keep y’all posted on the progress in this new chapter of my life! 🙂 ~b

Formal Dining Room

Master Bedroom / Bathroom

Upstairs Bedroom / Den / Bathroom

A Colorful Corporate Office Tour

Hello & happy Monday! Excited to be sharing my mini office tour with you all today! When my company moved into a new HQ building, I lucked out and got a major workspace upgrade. Before, I had a small windowless gray box which was still cute and cozy. But with this new office – I had a bigger room, patio area, and even a view!  Having a creative job role, I think a lot of my inspiration comes from my work environment. 

I love incorporating my personal touches to make a corporate office feel like a home away from home. So it’s no surprise that I decorated this place with a lot of color. From the pastel wall art to the pink armchair- there’s a lot of bright accents. I wanted to create a happy space to design in. A desk job after all, doesn’t have to be boring! 

Since working in the special event industry, I have seen soo many beautiful setups (big + small). It’s really inspiring and something I feel very lucky to be a part of these past years! 

Hope you enjoy the mini video tour! ~b

450 Sq. Ft. Micro Studio Apartment Tour – $1030 Rent

Charlotte, North Carolina has become one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities in the US and for good reason. The cost of living here is comparably less expensive than most major cities – think NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, etc. Making it no surprise that millennials are relocating here by the thousands every year. I was one of them. Formerly from Ohio, I have lived in Uptown, CLT for over 3.5 years. According to rentCafe – the average one bedroom monthly rent in Charlotte, NC is $1301 in 2020. Here’s an inside look into my 450 sq. ft. apartment and what $1030 a month will get you in CLT.

When I toured my studio for the first time, I ended up leasing it on the very same day. I instantly fell in love with the tiny space. Though compact in size, it was packed with modern features and high-end finishes. The layout of the studio included a kitchen, bathroom, patio, convertible living room, and even a walk-in-closet.  Although the apartment  was limited in square footage, with intentional design and neat organization – any space can be transformed into a cozy home.

As you enter through the front door, you are greeted by the galway kitchen. It has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a ton of white cabinetry for storage. The addition of the farmhouse kitchen sink was also an added bonus since I always hand wash my dishes. From there you will see an Ikea wall-mounted drop leaf table that converts into a little dining nook for two. Implementing adaptable pieces is essential to making a small space more multi-purpose. There are also 10 feet ceilings throughout the interior which helps create a feeling of openness. 

By the entryway is the small bathroom that fits a garden soak tub! Talk about luxurious! It’s the perfect spot to unwind from a long busy day at work. As you make your way through the hallway into the living area you will find the murphy bed. It’s the most space-saving feature in my apartment. Since it was built into the wall it gave it an unassuming look – the perfect blend of form and function! Having the ability to fold out or tuck away my mattress provided an effortless solution to transforming the main living area into a bedroom sanctuary. 

Directly across the bed is my mini office set up. I created a black and white statement collage to add visual interest to the wall and act as a focal point. It features bold graphic and geometric elements, making the simple workspace feel sophisticated and contemporary. Not from there I have a mini-walk-in closet with a washer and dryer combo. This is always worth noting, as I know not all city apt. include this feature in every unit. The community amenities of the apartment include a fitness center, outdoor pool, upscale lounge, dog park + spa – just to name a few. If you would like to see more, be sure to check my empty studio tour as I highlight that in my video more. 

Although, I didn’t renew my lease this year, I loved living here. The space felt cozy and right at home for me. Perfectly situated by grocery stores, rooftop bars, and the greenways + parks – it was the place to be! However, I officially traded in my uptown days for the suburbs for good as I bought my first house last fall. There will be more house content coming soon! Until then, enjoy all the micro studio pictures and inspiration! & Thanks again for reading + watching! ~b

Related: 324 Sq. Ft. Apartment Tour , Empty 450 Sq. Ft. Studio Tour

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Closet

Park + Patio

Life Update #7: 2020 Highlights

As 2020 is coming to an end, I wanted to post one final life update before the new year! Despite everything going on in the world, it has actually been an oddly blessed filled year for me – in more ways than one!

In September I bought my first house at age 26! I’ll do an empty house tour of it in the future! In October I made over 13k in a month (not too shabby for a free art degree!). Being able to give back to my parents is one of the most rewarding privilege that I am so thankful to be in a position to do so. And finally, I am engaged! God literally put love at my door step when I first moved here to the city. My future fiancé just so happened to be my next door neighbor and we’ve been together ever since! Even after three years of dating, I knew we were going to make it down the aisle only after a month or so. In our case, the saying rings true – when you know, you know!

Every time I reflect back, I am always amazed by how much my life has changed! I grew up in a small town in Ohio where both of my parents worked in a local metal factory. I didn’t have a lot growing up, so the life I’m living now is something my younger self would have only dreamt of. Moving  forward I have A LOT of big plans for the spring of 2021. I will finally have more time to work towards some of my personal life goals and I can’t wait to share with you all then! ~b

Outfit Inspo: Gingham Blue Summer Dress / Sunflower Field Part 2

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Dress – She In / Straw Hat – Marshalls / Shoes – Forever 21

Sun seeking + South of France daydreaming! How I wish I could pack my bags and jet-set to rolling sunflower fields of the Provence region. It is one of my absolute favorite travel destinations – with its quaint villages and charming countryside.  In any case, though, I haven’t so much left the country or my house in what feels like forever because the global pandemic is out here trying to ruin everybody’s summer! Am I right !?! But, I  can always play dress-up and pretend I am somewhere sunny on holiday! 🙂

This abundant sunflower field is actually just a little bit outside of the city and the perfect spot for a photoshoot. I wore this beautiful smocked blue gingham dress with ruffle frill detailing. It has the most darling tie-knot adjustable shoulder straps. & to top off the quintessential summer look, I wore a straw bucket hat. This whole outfit is honestly one of my favorite from the season, because whether you are on a vacay getaway or having a picnic at the park – you can’t go wrong with a classic gingham-print dress. ~b

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Outfit Inspo: Sunflower Field Yellow Dress

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Yellow Dress – H&M / Sandals – Vionic

Happy Sunday!

I think we can all agree that this summer has been anything but normal. As of late, it’s been hard to see the sunny side of the situation. That’s why my annual sunflower field adventure with my boyfriend was a bright spot in all this madness. It brought a sense of normalcy and nostalgia. We make the trip to this patch every July for our anniversary photos. It’s a glorious place with acres and acres of beautiful sunflowers smiling towards the skies. I love how happy it makes me feel to be there. 🙂 

It set the scene for my most recent photoshoots. I wore a gorgeous yellow eyelet dress for one of my outfits. Since it was more of a muted pastel yellow,  the dress was not competing with the sunflowers. It has intricate embroidery details woven throughout the cotton fabric, giving it dimension + design. With a fitted bodice and voluminous bottom, this dress is a twirling fave! Scroll down to see some photo inspiration from our sunny flower styled shoot & check out last year’s annual trip here! ~b

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Outfit Inspo: Romantic Blush Pink Floral Dress

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Dress – Zara / Purse – Target / Shoes – Lulu’s

Though summer is inching its way into August, I wanted to share one of my absolute favorite looks from May. I have always loved the season of Spring the most. It’s the time of year when fashion is truly influenced and intertwined with nature. For its blooming flowers, pastel color palette, and soft billowing fabrics. Spring inspires and refreshes us with a new sense of style.

This lovely look is perfect for a garden party or wedding affair. Blush pink, floral print and feminine ruffles – if a dress could have all the whimsy essence of spring, then this is a frontrunner. I added a classic wicker bag for an effortlessly-chic, gal-on-the-go accessory. This whole outfit is undeniably timeless and elegant, making it a look I’ll wear on repeat for years to come! ~b

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Life Update #6: New Office Building

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I just wanted to jump on here and share a quick life update and show ya a glimpse of my new workspace. 🙂 My company moved into a huge building in a corporate park area this past May. It’s walking distance to a bunch of restaurants, grocery stores, the YMCA & a movie theater. The building itself is very standardized corporate America, nothing out of the ordinary by any means – but I am in love with my new office! It’s so spacious and has a ton lot of natural light. There’s also an attached balcony if I ever want to step out for some fresh air! I can even control the temperature in my own room now, which is so great since I am always cold!!

I haven’t gotten around to decorating it yet, but it’s on my list of projects to work on. I just have so much space now that I am not even sure what to do with it all. I have thought about getting a hammock at one point though, lol. I figure it would make my office the most fun to hang out in. I love creating a room that feels homey and inviting, it helps with my workflow! Anywho, I know I’m really lucky and blessed to have a good stable job. I don’t think I express it nearly enough, but I do feel very much appreciated here. I’m not sure how long I will stay or where life will take me down the road, but I am thankful for where I am at. ~b

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Life Update #5: On My Mind

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“On the other side of the clouds, is a bright blue sky.” Throwback to Sunny Days in Chi-Town.

There’s a running joke at work that every time I try to go on vacay, something disastrous takes place. True real-life examples;
  • Last year in May, my brother and I bought tickets to take my parents to Paris for the first time using WOW airline. It went out of business one month before our flight. However, we did manage to get a refund and luckily found affordable flight deals through Chicago’s airport.
  • In October, I was planning a trip to Japan but ultimately didn’t get to go. The weekend I was flying, Toyoko was hit by Typhoon Hagibis.
  • This March I was all set for a 2 week trip to Patagonia, South America. But, of course, that’s when Coronavirus was starting to rapidly spread and everyone’s life was put on pause.
Did I mention that this all took place within a year? What are the chances, right!?! Lol, so I have a lot of PTO at the moment but realistically I won’t be going anywhere soon amid this outbreak. In addition, I’m needed at work because of the cutting of staff. As some of you guys know, I work in the event industry which has been largely impacted by COVID-19. It was utterly devastating to watch people’s life get turn upside down with the massive layoffs. & To be honest, I felt guilty about the whole situation. Here I am, feeling quite burnt out from not getting to go on a vacation. But my position at work was secure while others that worked for decades were losing their jobs. On top of that, I have multiple streams of income and enough in my savings to buy myself a property. I didn’t have to worry about taking care of a family during a crisis. I had SO much to be grateful for, but it was hard not to see the negatives happening all around me.                                                                  
A lot of people won’t come out of this okay. That’s just the reality. There needs to be more support to aid the public during these difficult times. It’s hard to comprehend how advanced the U.S. is but how far behind we are in taking care of our people. So many were already struggling to cover their basic necessities – food, shelter, and medical care even before the pandemic. That’s why I think all Americans should have the right to universal health care and rent shouldn’t cost you an arm. I’m hoping change will come as a result of these issues being brought more into light. But who knows what these next few months will bring. It’s truly unprecedented times we are in, and the fact that this is a global issue makes it all the scarier. I guess it just puts into perspective how minuscule our own problems are when you look at the bigger picture of life. Before this, I was disappointed of all my canceled plans. Now I can’t wait until this is all over so I can just fly home to see my parents. Sadly, it takes being in quarantine for many of us to simply slow down. Many of us are wired to be constantly working and on the go that we often forget to take the time to reflect and enjoy. At least that’s one of the positives that came out of this month. When the time comes to be with loved ones again, we will appreciate everything even more. #WeAreAllInThisTogether . ~b

My Completed Office Tour at Work

Welcome to My Cozy + Bright Office!

I work in the special event industry where I manage a regional brand’s marketing and design on a daily basis. Since I have a creative job role,  I wanted a workspace that truly reflected that. We spend so much of our day at work so why not make it fun and enjoyable!?  My windowless gray box is inviting because it’s filled with colorful decor, modern elements, and personal touches.

By far the most popular setup in my office is the lounging area, aka the therapy couch. This is where my co-workers come to hang out and catch me up on their life. We even threw a coffee tasting party here once – cramming five people into the space, ha!

My favorite addition is the beautiful pastel wall art from Target. It’s an abstract print called “block party” and I love the splash of happy colors that it brings to the room. It definitely makes a vibrant statement and completes the whole look.

Overall, having an office all to myself is honestly such a privilege to have. It makes me enjoy going into work because I have a space that feels like home. 🙂 I hope you guys enjoy this mini-tour and get some design inspiration! ~b

P.S. I filmed this a while ago and am now just getting around to putting the full video together. In reality, I haven’t gone to my office in the past few weeks because of everything that is going on. Lately, I have been connecting from home!

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