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My Little Maison: Anastasia Christou of Anastasia Drawing & Dreaming

After a long hiatus from blogging, I am so pleased to return with my favorite series, My Little Maison!  This time around, I am featuring the lovely Anastasia Christou from Anastasia Drawing & Dreaming.  Her blog is a visual medley of ethereal images and crafty paper projects that she sells in her shop.   A bit more about this Sydney, Australia native here below.  Her blog is just dreamy!

Anastasia ChristouBLOG //  SHOP  //  PINTEREST

Tell us about yourself and your inspiration behind starting the blog? 

I started my blog after discovering ‘Illustration Friday’ so once I started drawing and doing the weekly challenges I got right into the blogging community –I discovered the craft blogs, design blogs, lifestyle blogs!! Blogging made my day! I was hooked!

How often do you post and what is the majority of your content about?

I try to post at least three times a week but Ive done many ‘post every day for a month’ challenges too!  Most of my content is about my inspirations, Food, Creativity, Décor and handmade and I love to throw in some Vintage Style posts too!  I try to make it all pretty and visual!

What are your future plans for the blog? 

To keep blogging and being part of the blogging community.  I’d like to start some new blog series, I have a few ideas brewing and I hope to find more time to share more craft tutorials too!  I think id like to do more guest blog posts on other blogs as well!

I asked Anastasia to share 3 of her favorite things from her home.   I love the Domino Book too!

Anastasia Christou(1) My bedroom – I love to rescue pretty little plates from thrift stores, they are perfect for my jewelry so I have a few on my on my dresser. Also on my bedside table is the Domino Decorating book – one of my favorites decorating books!  I took the photo on my crochet bedspread which is something else I love dearly, it was handmade by my mother, it took her so long and its so beautiful! I will treasure it forever!

Anastasia Christou(2) This is my new desk! I guess that’s why its so clean and tidy.  We changed our house around a little so my work space and crafty supplies are now in our family ‘hangout’ room so its great to have two family spaces – I look forward to getting creative and messy, the only way to create!

(3) My Garden – I wish I had a green thumb but sadly I need a low maintenance garden and ours is just that!!  I love to hang out in the garden, watch my boys play or just sit on the back steps and have my morning tea…

Finally, I asked Anastasia to share a favorite spot in her Little Maison.  “My Kitchen!  It got a makeover a couple of years ago and its still my favorite place to be, I enjoy baking and cooking, making tea or getting my boys some after school snacks so I’m hanging out in my kitchen often!”

Anastasia ChristouDon’t forget to stop in Anastasia’s blog to say hello!




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Inspiring Author: Janet Lee

I first discovered design blogger Janet Lee not on the internet but through her beautiful new book Living in a Nutshell.  A small package with a big punch, the book is filled with clever projects that are easily executed.  Janet’s motto:  Designing “out of the box” when you live in one, translates into pages filled with stylish small space ideas.   As a long time New Yorker with a history of tiny abodes, Living in a Nutshell is my new go-to project resource.  I am thrilled to share some of the fabulous work and words from Janet Lee in this Q&A.  Run to the store and snag your copy, you’ll be truly inspired.

More about Janet Lee:  TV producer and serial small space nester turned decorating blogger and author.

Hometown: La Jolla, California              

Current City of Residence: New York City


Describe the first DIY project that spurred on the Living in a Nutshell blog?

The catalyst for my nutshell blog developed from circumstance rather than a project per se. In the height of our national housing crisis, I found myself in the middle of a divorce and putting my dear “little maison” in Brooklyn on the market. I had no idea the apartment would sell in one afternoon! The same unit in the building sat on the market for months so I thought that was going to be my fate.  The real estate agent told me the difference was in the colors and unique design of my space. That was my “ah-ha” moment. I thought maybe I had a point of view to share and decided to document my next move into a new city rental with a portable design bent—décor that you can take with you. Living in a Nutshell, the blog, was born.Tell us more about your new book.

The book is full of accessible small space design ideas, DIY projects and budget-friendly tips that help to uplift the look and feel of living in a tiny box into something that is a little more luxurious, cozy and unique. I personally painted, découpaged and sewed my way through the book finessing each how-to so the reader will be successful.  I want the reader to think of me as their design buddy who doesn’t judge and who has made all the big mistakes for you.  I am not a professional decorator who aspires to knock Martha Stewart off of her “domestic goddess” throne. I am just the girl next door who has a passion for design and who loves to share decorating triumphs amassed from designing over a dozen pocket-sized spaces.

Which project from the book is your favorite and why?

(On page 73) I included two framed photos of my older brother and sister before the Korean War erupted. At the time my father was in America establishing his medical practice.  I added vintage bifocal lenses to the outside of the frames to magnify the details of the photos and to draw the viewer in. My father sent the toy car in the photo from America. Personalizing a space with meaningful mementos makes every inch of a teeny space matter. With a budget of only $100 – which project do you recommend for first time Do-It-Yourselfers for a quick room facelift?

(On page 24) For first-time DIY’ers, this is an easy way to ease into color and paint without breaking the bank. For about $50 I like taping off a chair rail border along the walls of a foyer about 40” from the floor. Carry a border above the doorway and top it off with molding appliqués you attach with Command picture hanging strips—the ones with the interlocking teeth. It’s a simple way to add architectural interest to any space. Who ate all the caviar from your Caviar Dreams project(I hope Scooter got a taste)

My cat Scooter He wishes! This girl’s on a budget so those brand new tins I bought from a wholesale place online for about $7 a piece. A late night walk past a famous NYC food emporium called Zabar’s inspired the project. They were tossing out huge garbage bags full of empty caviar tins but they were so heavy and stinky that my husband at the time refused to allow them into the apartment. Where is your favorite spot in your Little Maison and how would you describe it:  Hands down it’s my bed.  It feels like a cozy cocoon and I never get tired of looking at Tord Boontje’s paper Dawn Curtain on the walls.

Thank you again to Janet for sharing Living in a Nutshell!  Visit her online:


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E Hernandez Design Giveaway!

Emma and I bumped into one another in the wonderful world of Etsy and  I was delighted when she agreed to co-host a giveaway!   E Hernandez Designs is aptly tagged; charming stationery at reasonable prices.  Her work is super sweet and affordable!  Thanks to Emma we are giving away one personalized return address stamp (below).  Read more about Emma and then get ready to WIN, WIN, WIN!

Name: Emma Hernandez
Occupation: Small Business Owner & stay-at-home Mom
Hometown: Rushville, Indiana
Current City of Residence: Elk Grove, California
Etsy Shop Start Date:  January 1, 2012


Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I try to keep abreast of what the current trends and styles are and then create something with my own flair. Often what is created is attributed to the mood of the day or something funny my kids said or did. A lot of my wedding stationery is inspired from what I think I would have liked if I could do my wedding all over again. I like modern and classic, yet charming and unique. I draw inspiration from everyday life.

What is your favorite piece in your shop and why?
My favorite item has to be my Vintage Carnival Wedding Invitation (pictured above). It was a custom piece and I had so much fun coming up with it. The bride gave me a fair amount of latitude to do what I wanted within her “vintage carnival” theme. It was awesome trying to figure out how to create a 3D ferris wheel as sort of the central artwork on the design. It was so much fun to create!

Name your top three obsessions currently:
I LOVE Reece’s Pieces. I LOVE the show Cupcake Wars. I LOVE the store Rose and Raven on Etsy!  In fact, I just spent about 30 minutes today selling my husband on why it would be a great idea to buy me some jewelry from them!

Finally, I asked Emma to tell us about her favorite spot in her Little Maison and in one word how would she describe it.  I think her answer is my favorite response so far!

My favorite spot is my daughters’ bedroom. I love it because it’s where we snuggle an laugh and play. In one word – couer – heart. Our kids truly are the heart of our home.


To Enter:   LIKE us on facebook and leave a comment BELOW that you’ve done so with either an email or link to your blog (so we can contact you).  (1) Winner will be chosen at random on June 29, 2012 and will be contacted no later than 72 hours later.  Please note, due to the personalization of the item, winner will receive the stamp 3-4 weeks post win.

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Working Weekend

Just a quick note to wish everyone a wonderful couple of days!  The photo above is the start of my Etsy shop soon to be filled with vintage goodies.  I will keep you up to date on the progress.  It is something I have wanted to do for a long time and I am excited to share it with all of you!

Also, I will be covering the New York Shecky’s Girls Night Out tomorrow as their guest blogger, so it’ll be a working weekend!   If you haven’t heard of their events, check out Shecky’s HERE – they host events all over the country.  I can’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday than shopping with a cocktail in hand.  Yes, please.

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My Little Maison: Morgan Reid of Reidmore

I bumped into Morgan from Reidmore on twitter a few months back and was immediately drawn to her blog’s clean look and logo.  Upon further investigation, Reidmore offers a view into her life with fun weekly posts like Top 5 Favorites and Have Dog, Will Travel; where she explores Washington, DC with her pup, Tilly.  Her posts are relaxed and comfortable as if you were reading updates from an old friend.  Morgan also has a great eye for design and I’m excited to see what her new digs after her recent post of 5 necessities for her new apartment.   Thanks again Morgan for taking part of the My Little Maison Project!


Tell us about yourself and your inspiration behind starting the blog?
I had an old blog through high school and college and ended up stopping when classes, internships and my job hunt became too much. I got a job in Sales, and came home after work, craving some creative project. Moving to a new city, I knew I needed to step outside of my comfort zone to make friends, so blogging and building that network seemed like the next logical step.

How often do you post and what is the majority of your content about?
I try to post a few times each week, but life gets the best of me! I’m envious of bloggers who are diligent enough to post daily!

What are your future plans for the blog?
Well, I’ve got a few years of graphic design and social media experience under my belt, so I’m working on a Reidmore Creative business. I’ve got the entrepreneurship itch, so I’d love to turn this into a career, helping small businesses and bloggers with design and growing their presence.

I asked Morgan to share 3 of her favorite things from her home.  I am loving #1 below!

Favorite Item #1:
Bronze Moroccan pouf: My apartment is a tiny shoebox, so pieces like this that serve as an ottoman or seating work well. I’ve traveled to Morocco last year, so this reminds me of my time there, wandering the markets!
Favorite Item #2:
Dog Painting: Above my couch I’ve got an arrangements of funny prints and photos, so this quirky painting I did of my dog fits in just right. She’s sort of the queen of the apartment, so it makes sense. You could definitely call me a Crazy Dog Lady!
Favorite Item #3:
Antique kitchen table: When I moved to DC without a single piece of furniture or any sort of budget, Craigslist was the best I could do. I bought this table and 4 chair set for $100 and had to remove layers and layers of green bubbling paint. After a few trips to Home Depot, the table looks completely different! I painted the top with a nice neutral, but put a fun, bright chevron pattern on the bottom, just for an unexpected surprise.

Finally, I asked Morgan to share a favorite spot in her Little Maison.  The one word she used to describe it:  CREATIVE. 

Working on my Reidmore blog and Reidmore Creative design and business ideas, this office nook in my tiny bedroom was the first investment I made in this new endeavor. It’s still a work in progress, for sure. But I love that I can pin up things that inspire me on the cork boards. There is just something about sitting at a real desk (as opposed to a bed or kitchen table in my case) that makes you much more productive.


Thank you for letting us take a peek inside your world Morgan!

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My Little Maison: Kate Senkow of Things I'm Loving

For my third installment of the My Little Maison series, I am happy to introduce Kate Senkow of Things I’m Loving.  Kate’s blog is a visual feast of her favorite interiors, food, books and travel destinations, infused with quotes that will make you ponder.  Her posts fair toward a feminine aesthetic and are as light and lovely as lace.  I’ve come to think of Things I’m Loving as a chic older sister adorned with pearl earrings resting in a glamorous boudoir.  I think you’ll agree.


Tell us about yourself and your inspiration behind starting the blog?

I’ve always had a love for and appreciation of life’s little luxuries. I am passionate about home decor and design, cooking, baking and travel. I am especially inspired by all things London and Paris. I love sharing my latest discoveries with friends and family – whether it be a restaurant, a type of loose leaf tea, a new recipe, or a travel gem. I started my blog in hopes of sharing my latest discoveries with anyone who cared to listen. The response has been wonderful and humbling.

How often do you post and what is the majority of your content about?

I post, on average, once or twice a week, depending on what’s happening in my life. Juggling a full time job with part-time studies and renovating means I don’t post as often as I’d like to!

Having purchased a home, the majority of my posts have recently been decor & design related. The close runner up is Food & Beverage, followed by Fashion.

What are your future plans for the blog?

I would love to see the blog’s audience continue to grow. I hope my posts inspire others to experience life and savor those little moments in the everyday.

I asked Kate to share 3 of her favorite things from her home.  The first one, makes my heart melt!

Favorite Item #1: 
My antique Underwood typewriter. A birthday gift from my husband. He was so excited that I ended up receiving it two months early! The typed note in the photo is the original birthday message from him.
Favorite Item #2:
This is my Tocca Colette perfume bottle. I purchased it at Anthropologie after falling in love with the scent and the beauty of the bottle design. The lid is so ornate and gorgeous.
Favorite Item #3:
I guess this collection of picture frames count as multiple items. Is that allowed? =) They’re my favorite pieces in our home. Over a period of months I searched for just the right combination of frames to display photos of our wedding day and those I took on our travels. Starting at 12 o’clock and moving clockwise – 1) Cherry blossoms and Notre Dame. 2) Wedding photo of us and our parents. 3) Guard at London Tower. 4) The last winery in Paris, located in Montmartre. 5) Our bridal party. 6) An interior courtyard at a museum in Le Marais. 6) The center photo is of Sacre Coeur.

Finally, I asked Kate to share a favorite spot in her Little Maison.  The one word she used to describe it:  GLAMOUR.  I agree!

My favorite spot in our home is the only room we’ve completed renovation and decoration of thus far – the front entry. I love the clean white walls, custom paneling, the crystal chandelier and the accents of black – our umbrella in the corner and the fleur-de-lis sculpture.


Thank you for letting us take a peek inside your world Kate! 

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My Little Maison: 3BadMice

In the second installment of the new series, My Little Maison, I am happy to introduce the lovely ladies of 3BadMice! This trio of sisters blog across the miles from London to Hong Kong about everything from fashion to food to their travels together and apart.  Natalie, Melissa and Alice are the three best friends every girl wishes for with style, sass and a bit of humor (check out their cute blog header and you’ll know what I mean).  3BadMice is a wonderful daily read and since London is on my ‘travel list’ I already started bookmarking some of their wonderful recommendations!


Tell us about yourselves and your inspiration behind starting the blog?  We’re three sisters who has always been incredibly close and the very best of friends (bar the odd argument about who was going to get to marry Mark Owen and a little later in life, who spilt red wine down whose new dress).

In 2009, Natalie moved to Hong Kong with work while Melissa & Alice stayed in London.  All of a sudden we were 5995 miles apart and trying to squeeze phone calls and BBM chats around the time difference to keep track of each other’s boyfriends, nights out and latest purchases.  Emails were constantly flying backwards and forwards with links to things we thought the others would like, reporting back on adventures to far flung corners of the globe and places we’d eaten, downed cocktails and danced.

Late last year we came up with the idea of setting up a blog as a place to share all our latest favorite things with each other.  We all love writing and photography, so it seemed the perfect way to keep each other up to date.  And so Three Bad Mice was born, a sort of sisters’ scrapbook/ little black book on everything from the songs that we can’t get out of our heads to our favorite looks from Fashion Week.  We’ve been going for just over two months now and we’ve loved every second of it.

How often do you post and what is the majority of your content about?  We blog one post a day, usually taking it in turns to write.  3BM is a general lifestyle blog but we’re all a bit style and shopping crazy so its probably slightly fashion skewed.  We write about anything and everything that we’re currently obsessing over whether that’s a new brunch spot we’ve discovered, a favorite artist, an amazing boutique hotel we’ve stayed in or a pair of perilously high heels that we’re lusting over.

What are your future plans for the blog?  We’re really still finding our feet and are just amazed at the number of daily hits that we get!

Next, I asked the 3BadMice to share 3 of favorite items in their home.  First up are the London Mice, Melissa & Alice.

((1)) A rustic aqua picture frame from the beautiful Osprey Home, a charming lifestyle store nestled in the countryside of Hertfordshire. The frame holds a snap of a sweet little Spanish car taken on a recent 3BadMice summer holiday in Vejer. The frame hangs in pride of place in our London flat, it’s one of our most unusual gems and always receives lots of compliments.  ((2)) A contemporary ceramic vase from Manchester based store, Moth – where homeware dreams come true! We love the 3D geometric unusual design and it’s ability to look super with or without flowers. When we visited this sweet shop last year, we fell in love with practically everything from the gorgeous white-washed floorboards, the bespoke jewellery, quirky wooden carved coat stands to the over-sized ornate mirrors propped up against walls. If we could have bought the whole shop we would have!  ((3)) Four minimalist industrial style statement stacking chairs from Magis – a little uncomfortable to sit on for long periods of time and results in the worst basket bum ever but hey sitting in style is worth the pain! We fell in love with these chairs after seeing one in Topshop, Oxford Street and then spent months and months searching the internet trying to track them down! We did eventually and are now proud owners – we only had to sell our car to purchase them!!

Next, Natalie shares her 3 favorite items from her Hong Kong home!

((1)) These are my most treasured possessions.  Our Mum was an artist and this pen and ink drawing is one of her pieces.  It’s particularly special because its a drawing of me when I was a toddler.  The jewellery are my two absolute favorite pieces.  They go with everything and look just as good with a beachy maxi dress as with a little black dress.  The cocktail ring was our Mum’s and the necklace was our Granny’s (our Granny drew for Vogue and had the most amazing jewellery box that has yielded so many timeless treasures that the three of us still wear decades after she bought them).  ((2)) This photo includes a couple of my major obsessions.  I love anything with a fig fragrance and Diptyque Figuier candles are in my opinion the very best fig candles.  They’re pricey but definitely worth the splurge; a little luxury to make everyday feel a bit special.  The wooden key is by Rob Ryan, one of my absolute favorite artists.  Rob Ryan specializes in paper cutting and screen printing.  I just love his work and have everything from a gorgeous print to a lasercut paper cut to printed tiles.  I think this key is so special, I adore everything about it from its crookedness to its sweet inscription.  Finally the teacup and saucer are from Goods of Desire (G.O.D.), a Hong Kong home and lifestyle store.  The London Mice have its other half in their flat in London – its sort of like one of those broken heart necklaces with a little teabag twist!  ((3)) My shoes!  These are a few of my favorite pairs.  I’m a bit addicted to very high heels.  I’m only 5″4 so I wear heels pretty much everywhere but the beach!  My highest pair is 7 inches which still leaves me 6 inches shorter than my boyfriend!  My favorite shoe designers are Christian Louboutin, Miu Miu and Camilla Skovgaard but I also love Zara and Topshop for cheap fashion fixes.  The bright pink platform pumps are Kandee.  They reminded me a bit of the Charlotte Olympia Polly pumps and I love that they can give a real color pop to an otherwise dull outfit.  I shot my shoes in my apartment block’s swimming pool – it’s due to be filled for summer any day soon but don’t worry my pride and joy are safely back in their shoe boxes now.

Finally, I asked the ladies of 3BadMice to share a favorite spot in their Little Maison. 

London Mice (left):  On our balcony, our tranquil Oasis; G&T in hand, wind chime tinkling, reclining in style on our bamboo deck chairs from the one and only Sunday marketplace, Columbia Road.   Hong Kong (right):  In my dressing room – which sounds so glam but the reality is that as I live in a shoebox proportioned flat I had to use the second bedroom as a wardrobe… getting ready in here in the mornings surrounded by all my favorite things makes me super happy and definitely sets me up for the day.
Thanks again ladies – it was lovely to spend some time with you :)


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My Little Maison: Kelsey Cronkhite of Pinegate Road

I am so pleased to announce a new series today called My Little Maison  This Q&A concept will be an introduction, in words and pictures, to some of the lovely people I’ve met during my blogging adventure.

The first feature of the series is Kelsey Cronkhite, whose blog Pinegate Road is a treat for the eyes.  Kelsey’s graphic design background definitely inspires an exhilarating mix of style finds, art, photography and even the occasional calligraphy note.   In short, Kelsey is simply charming and Pinegate Road is a must read.


Tell us about yourself and your inspiration behind starting the blog? When I started working my junior year of undergrad, my fellow design-mates and I became obsessed with scouring the internet for inspiration on blogs, etc. As these obsessions expanded (and my google reader grew) I wanted a little piece of the action. I started my blog the fall after I graduated undergrad, when I moved to Savannah to start my MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design. After a year passed, I’d had about twelve posts, and wasn’t feeling very fulfilled by the blogging process. Then August came, and I don’t know what it was, but I decided to get really serious about it. I wanted a place where I could start a vision, and really document the process of my design life. As I continued on in the MFA program, I decided on a thesis topic: self-curation. This is when I started to use my blog as a source of practice and research to inspire my studies, and vice versa. Pinegate Road, much like it’s name, is a constant journey through my practice as a creative.

How often do you post and what is the majority of your content about? I try to post about twice daily during the weekdays, and once daily on the weekends. As I work part-time, and am a full-time grad student, you can imagine this doesn’t always happen. A girl can dream, right? My content focuses on my interests in design, art, fashion, and food. I have a variety of weekly columns (like color studies, outfittings, and les choses — I’m a wannabe francophile), as well as interspersed inspirations.

What are your future plans for the blog? I really hope that this blog can continue on the track of research for my thesis (which I’ll be completing a year from now), and that it can serve as a source of inspiration for others. I don’t have any specific goals, but as it’s been growing, I’ve been loving the opportunities to connect with other bloggers and readers. I’ve even been in closer contact with friends and family through the blog — they like to comment and interject about content here and there, it’s been a great way to keep a link to them.  The blog has also served as a kind of motivation to keep my life inspired — I really like this idea. You can get lazy as a creative, and Pinegate Road keeps me on my feet both professionally and in my life in general.

I asked Kelsey to share three favorite items from her home.  I adore her selections!

I’ve had this beaded pouch for a couple years; it was my grandmothers. I’ve saved the contents just as I received it, two decorated bobby pins, and a necklace. Every time I pull this pouch out, I am inspired by the beauty of items from the past, and am also reminded of my grandmother.
This was made for a project last year, and represents my inspiration as a graphic designer. I have it hung on my wall, and love the way it looks on a sunny day. It keeps me smiling. (click photo to see Kelsey’s project)
In my very small kitchen, I keep shoe racks against one wall that house all of my dishes. Each one of the items were given to me by my mother, who is obsessed with kitchen trinkets. I love that even while I’m in grad school and have very little free-time, I have the necessities to host almost any kind of food-related gathering.

Finally, I asked Kelsey to share a favorite spot in her Little Maison.  The one word she used to describe it:  REFLECTIVE.

My desk is where I spend almost all my awake hours at home. I sit and bounce around on my little yoga ball and I type, click, and draw all day long. I have a wall of inspiration above my desk, filled with some of my photography, art prints, and other small paper items. They are lined up, but decorated with washi tape in a haphazard way. I like to think of design like that…it’s structured with thought, history, and meaning, but also can be quirky and unexpected when done right. These lined up collages are something I’ve done since I moved away from home for the first time many moons ago, and I quite like them.


I can’t thank Kelsey enough for sharing her Little Maison!  Don’t forget to stop by Pinegate Road!

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