CHILLIN IN THE HOOD

by Andrea Gracia on March 17, 2012

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Things have been really busy lately over on my end. I’ve got lots of web design work, magazine related business, alt summit classes, personal art projects, and I’m leaving to England in about a week to go house-shopping with my boyfriend. I thought I’d share a few recent snapshots of my hood. These were all taken in San Juan and Rio Piedras in Puerto Rico. Check out the funny little massive iguana who was chillin at the crib. What a handsome devil.

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ENGLAND HOUSE SHOPPING

by Andrea Gracia on March 13, 2012

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Image via Laura Yan – Flickr

 

We’re officially house shopping! Well, by we I mean he. And by he I mean my boyfriend. But, we’ll be living together so I think it’s fair to use “we” in this scenario. I digress.

We’re currently looking for 2-3 bedroom houses in the Rustington-ish area of England (though the photo above was taken in Brighton). It’s such a beautiful little town and I’m super excited about the whole process. In 2 weeks, I’ll be leaving on my 4th trip to England to have a look at some houses/vacation/spend time with my favorite guy. I can’t wait for all the fun blog posts to come…moving to another country, never ending DIY projects, renovations, oh my!

What was your first house-shopping experience like? I’d love to hear your stories.

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STYLE PROFILE – GRAY SOFA

by Andrea Gracia on March 7, 2012

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Introducing the first installment of Style Profile; a new weekly feature on TMHK showcasing one piece of furniture and how to style it 3 different ways. This week, it’s Ikea’s Karsltad sofa in Korndal medium gray. Following these easy guidelines, you can give it a global, modern or traditional look.

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AN AFTERNOON IN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

by Andrea Gracia on March 4, 2012

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This afternoon, we took a stroll around Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The city is lined with blue cobblestone streets, stone buildings and walls painted in every bright color you can imagine. Down by El Morro, families were playing with their dogs and flying kites. Were it not a sweltering 92 degrees outside, it would’ve nearly been a perfect Sunday.

 

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THE PROJECT PIXIES: PART 2 (THE FLAT)

by Andrea Gracia on March 1, 2012

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The Project Pixies are at it again; this time taking on an entire flat renovation. They completely re-did the kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, hallways, floors…everything! You can read about the project in detail in the upcoming TMHK magazine. But for now, enjoy this sneak preview.

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ALT SUMMIT CHANNEL – CONTENT IS KING

by Andrea Gracia on February 29, 2012

Melanie Blodgett of YouAreMyFave.com via Alt Summit Channel

Have you all heard about Alt Summit? It’s this incredible event that takes place once a year in Salt Lake City for lifestyle and design bloggers to meet and learn. Everybody who’s anybody in blogging is there, DesignLoveFest, OhJoy!, SFGirlByBay, even Ben from Pinterest, and the list goes on and on (and on). For those of us who unfortunately can’t attend, not all hope is lost; The Alt Channel exists to offer classes of all sorts for ONLY $15! I’m not sure why it took me so long to attend a class but I woke up this morning motivated to learn, so I signed up and took Content Is King by Melanie Blodgett. Best $15 spent, EVER. Seriously. I learned SO much and met tons of cool bloggers.

Top 3 Things I Learned From Content is King via The Alt Channel:

1. Creation is not necessarily physical (i.e. DIY, crafts, tutorials, recipes, etc). As long as you’re doing something no one else has done, that’s new content, that’s creation.

2. Editing and execution are just as important as creating new content. It doesn’t have to be an earth shattering idea, but it does have to be presented in a way that’s awesome enough to make people stop and read. (To use Melanie as an example, check out her Paris in a box post…it’s literally just some stuff in a box, but the execution is perfect).

3. You don’t need to post every day if you’re putting out great content. If I go more than two days without updating, I start getting really stressed, as if my readers were going to disappear and never come back. But that’s not the case, it’s better to put out great content every now and then than to put out bad content every day.

The next Content Is King class is on March 16 but the Alt Channel has got tons of different classes so go check it out.

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SATURDAY MORNING INSPIRATION

by Andrea Gracia on February 25, 2012

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Nothing More print by Wesley Bird – $18.00

Feeling inspired to explore, so I’m going down to Old San Juan for some thrift shopping and some sunshine. Then it’s off to West Elm. Have a happy Saturday!

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YELLOW & GRAY

by Andrea Gracia on February 23, 2012

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Shoes/Dresser/Couch/Dining/Cushion


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IN-STORE STYLING

by Andrea Gracia on February 22, 2012

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one/two/three/four/five

Don’t underestimate the power of styling! I don’t know if you’re anything like me but when I walk into a store that’s styled impeccably, I go a little crazy (in a good way). I can spend hours taking mental pictures (or actual photos if the store allows it, *always ask*) to take back home and use as inspiration.

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BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN

by Andrea Gracia on February 18, 2012

Top 5 Easiest Plants To Grow Indoors: Sweetheart Plant, Dragon Tree, Jade Plant, Cactus and Ponytail Palm.
Images Via: OldBrandNewBlog & 1/2/3/4/5

You can transform the atmosphere of a room with plants alone. But, that’s not the only reason to bring them inside your home.  Plants absorb toxins, remove pollutants and release oxygen, purifying the air quality in our home. Below, I’ve listed the top five easiest indoor plants to care for; all tolerable of indoor light and forgiving of a little neglect.

  1. Sweetheart Plant: No direct sunlight. Tolerates low light. Keep soil slighty moist and allow to dry between watering.
  2. Dragon Tree:  No direct sunlight. Tolerates bright lights. Keep soil moist; good drainage recommended.
  3. Jade Plant: Some direct sunlight. Tolerates bright lights. Allow soil to dry between watering.
  4. Ponytail Palm: Tolerates bright lights and full sunlight. Allow soil to dry between watering.
  5. Cactus: About 3 hours of direct sunlight each day. Water regularly, careful not to drench soil.

 

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