Business

7,000 hits – Card Goal

I made a little promise to myself that once Munro Shea Designs got 7,000 hits I would celebrate by ordering business cards – because who doesn’t want to walk around with a card in their purse making them feel like a baller?

I’ve been searching online trying to find the best card on a very small budget (we have over 7,000 hits, not dolla bills). So I decided to go with Moo printing – I’ve used their mini cards in the past with my art website and I really like the thicker cardstock that they use and the imagery/design never looks pixelated. And now they’ve introduced their, ‘Luxe Business Card,’ so obviously I had to test the waters with that.

Here is the design I made up for the front of the card, drum roll please:

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Keeping it simple with black and white and I wanted a ‘sketchy vibe’ to the chairs, so I traced the outline of some mid century modern chairs on Photoshop – and the rest was history. I definitely will be gramming up a storm once these bad boys arrive!

Before and After – The Emily Edition

My friend Emily has taken the plunge and has moved in with her awesome boyfriend Vadim, and with the move, comes the merge of furniture. (Here’s the lovely couple enjoying their rooftop deck view on move in day)!

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Emily decided it was time to give her dressers a little DIY love. She rented a sander and got to work with these bad boys! Here is a visual for you – a dramatic before and after.

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She rented the sander from Home Depot and got the paint from Truevalue in Windowpane color. The knobs were from Pullsdirect. And now she’s got that country-chic look! Congrats to Emily and Vadim on their beautiful new dressers : )

Revenge of the Crafty Hipster

Apparently if you’re into being creative and wear big-ass glasses, you classify as a hipster, which is fine by me! Say what you will. But Hipsters will have the last laugh. (muhaha…)

“Hipsters have been mocked every which way; from their penchant for skinny jeans to their highbrow coffee tastes (and low-brow incomes), from their love of vintage records to their disdain for corporate chains and mass-marketed products. But as this group of kids has grown to adulthood, they have been taking what they love and starting businesses around them — at first to serve other people with tastes like theirs, and then translating those ideas to a larger market. In fact, the hipster entrepreneurs might be the only ones employing Americans to make things 20-30 years from now…”

Click here to read the rest of the article from Mother Nature Network.

Moving – A year Later

I officially have been living in my fabulous apartment for a year now with my two roommates, my cute BF and my cute dog, Bruin. I was SOO excited about moving, mostly because I could decorate the entire apartment anyway I wanted – with the slight compromise of the occasional Bruins/Red Sox/Patriots banners that are hanging around my home.

This is what our living room looked like our first night:

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It looks so naked. Especially not having any curtains. We are on the first floor, so its important that we hung curtains up right away!

And here’s what it looks like now:

fullWhat I love most about this room, is how open it feels, I am standing the opening that leads to the dinning room, (which I am not showing right now, because it has my messy painting/studio stuff all over it)! And as you can see, a lot of natural light. Bruin likes to creep out the windows while we’re at work so that is another plus.

image 2 photo-1This black ikat patterned chair is my favorite piece in my entire apartment, its so comfortable and it was my Auntie Elaine’s, who obviously had the best taste. Every time I see it, I think of her sitting there with her, ‘hot cup of coffee.’

I’ll give you a little peek at my dining room – this is an old gram so some things are different. But the big table (table with the bowl of antlers), I built with my Dad last memorial day and I love it! It’s perfect for all my art projects. I also made all the curtains and the smaller side table, what can I say, I am a sucker for DIY.

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There are still a few things I want to change up – maybe new curtains, different pillows, new rug? That is the fun of a home – they are always evolving! And here are some pictures of my roomie making herself a home.

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A Musician Living Above the Clouds

One of my fabulous friends lives in a tiny house.

She has also been my BFFL since we were 11 – no big deal. She currently lives with her boyfriend in a tiny house in California. And when I say tiny, I mean tiny! I was introduced to the ‘Tiny House Movement‘ when my friend first mentioned wanting to move…

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My boyfriend and I somehow became very interested in hand-built houses once we moved to LA (go figure?). We took a cob building workshop (which is an earthen building material) and started reading lots of books on the subject of hand-built homes. We loved the ideas the authors spoke about: building a home that fits into nature and doesn’t drastically contrast it; building a home made with eco-friendly products instead of toxic ones; building a home for just what you need and simplifying many aspects of your life; and designing a home with spaces conducive to your lifestyle.

Our minds really opened up to the definition of a home and we started thinking outside the box. We became pretty much obsessed with making our tiny house dream a reality, and decided that the option that would work best for us at this point in our lives was a home on wheels. A home on wheels is more acceptable to permit inspectors and it’s mobile if you need to relocate. We also knew that because we were living in the city and had no place to build a house ourselves, it would be best to hire someone to build our design for us.

2.1 Side of houseLots and lots of tiny-house research online led us to a man named Wolf Brooks with a small business out of Pagosa Springs, Colorado called Jalopy Cabins. On his website, it appeared that he mostly builds log cabins, but we also saw a picture of a small house on wheels that he had built. Pat and I loved how rustic and funky his building style is, so we contacted him and he was totally on board. The price he quoted us was less than any other company we found, too.

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Jalopy Cabins uses as many reclaimed materials as possible, which was part of their appeal for us. Our home is a stick frame house made of beetle-killed wood. In Colorado, trees killed by a certain kind of beetle become a fire hazard if left free-standing, so they are cut down anyway. It is stained with an all-natural vinegar and steel wool mix and the doors and windows are all second-hand.

As for the interior, My boyfriend and I chose all of the appliances, sinks, fixtures, etc. It was pretty much a blank canvas when we received it and we built all of the shelving, cabinets, and the built-in sofa.

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5 Kitchen Table 5.1 Desk drawer cabinets 6 Kitchen sinkWe designed the floor plan for our needs with many other tiny-house floor plans in mind that we had seen photos of. There are a few companies who specialize in building homes like this so we definitely pulled from some of their ideas. The maximum size to tow a house like this without needing a special permit is 8×20 ft., so we ended up making ours 7×20 ft. to fit within those perimeters. It was quite a challenge to fit everything we wanted in 140 sq. ft. and we re-drafted our plan many times.

3 Interior kitchenAlso, once we started living in the house we had to make changes that we didn’t foresee on paper. For instance, we decided to build a small outdoor bathroom behind our house for our compost toilet instead of having it in the bathroom inside. It has a fan that runs 24-7 and we couldn’t imagine hearing that buzz all the time in the small house. We also underestimated the size of a fridge we would need and the small college-sized fridge we initially went for just wasn’t cutting it! Because of the size of the space, one change requires you to take away something else and re-work everything. We ended up taking out our stove/oven, replacing it with a toaster oven/hot plate and moving things around in the kitchen to fit a larger fridge.”

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A little friend to friend Q & A about this adorable home:

Were you worried about being too cramped?
Surprisingly, we didn’t think about that much! We had a large apartment with barely any outdoor space. Living in Southern California, we thought it would be nicer to have more outdoor than indoor space. (I think that was a wise choice – look at their view everyday!)

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Was it hard to let go of so many possessions, or was it liberating?
Liberating, for sure! Everything is on loan, really. When we moved to LA, my boyfriend and I went vintage furniture shopping and bought the most gorgeous pieces….a beautiful 1920’s iron bed with shabby chic dressers and nightstands, an antique sofa with retro coffee table, a 1950’s yellow diner table and chairs. We enjoyed them all for a year, but we knew they wouldn’t fit in our new place. We sold them and now new people are enjoying those pieces which is nice to think about.

I have to be very conscious about buying things now to make sure there is a place for it, and usually there isn’t. Except for clothes. There is always space for clothes 😉

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The kitty palace (so awesome), was that part of the original plan all along?
Yes! The kitty palace was definitely part of the plan all along. We have two indoor cats and we definitely didn’t want them cooped up in such a small space. So, my boyfriend built an outdoor living space (that is larger than the house itself) with cat ramps, perches, and comfy cat-lounging furniture. It is attached to the side of the house and accessible through a door. When we aren’t home, they have a little cat door they use. The palace is very secure and safe from the wild animals here…coyotes, raccoons, owls, hawks. It also has a roof over it, so we’re able to hang out in all types of weather. The cats love it more than any other place we’ve lived. Lots of bird and lizard watching going on…

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Thanks  for letting me crash your beautiful tiny house!

Brighten Up

Renting an apartment means the kitchen is a total gamble. It could be nice, but more than likely, it’s not and there is little you can do to make it better… (womp, womp). But the silver lining is that you can fill your kitchen with brightly colored accessories making it more your own! Such as these items…

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Air Plant Holder

Neon Hardwood Bowls

Tiffany Blue Coconut Buttercream French Macaron

Tea Towel

Neon Dipped Wooden Spoons

Mini Hippo Centerpiece

Fruit Bowl

Neon Tassel Garland

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