Small Closet Storage Hack (& For Under $150!)

Hey there my Meraki loves! In honor of the month of September, I thought it was the perfect time to do a little “back to school” closet special.

I thought I’d share with you how I made a walk-in closet for under $150 in my apartment that only came with one small 2ft deep by 5ft wide closet!

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Philadelphia Studio Apartment Design - Furniture Scheme

Happy rainy lazy Sunday from my cozy Philadelphia apartment! I am super excited to be sharing this post with you because my little sister has moved to Philly!

I feel like we are finally living out our childhood dreams of being neighbors and living in mansions that have an adjoining underground path so we can visit each other when it snows... We don't quite have all those luxuries but I'll take the 11 minute walk away to visit each other!

So, I had a pretty relaxing weekend and have been working on pulling together the initial furniture selection for her small studio apartment so I can share progress updates with as we move along in the design process. 

How we found her design style…

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The Psychology of Color - And Why it Matters

You know that feeling when you walk into a room and you instantly feel something? Maybe it’s energized, or calm, or relaxed? How about when you see a brand or logo - and before even knowing what they do - you know within a few seconds if you would buy from them or not.

These unknown feelings and reactions are most likely happening because of the power of color! It's really amazing how color plays such an important role in our lives. And whether you like it or not, it’s important to know what people inherently associate certain colors with before deciding on one for decor or your business.

Today, you'll get a nice little overview of what people naturally associate each color on the color wheel with, the best places to use them in your home, and the best industries as well! 

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Jack Daniel's Whiskey Glaze Cupcakes

So if you're anything like me, you have some sort of "signature" appetizer or dessert that you make for all your parties. For me, it's mini cupcakes. If you're coming to my house for a party you know you will be getting some mini cupcakes with some cute cupcake toppers. 

I do, however, cheat a little bit because I buy boxed cupcake mix.... don't judge me! I'm all about balance - I don't have time to make the actual cupcakes from scratch, but I do make the time to get creative with the frosting and toppings…

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Small Space DIY Ikea Hack - how to Mount your TV Directly to Your kallax storage unit!

Hey DIYers! I'm super excited to share with you this amazing space saving Ikea hack today!

If you live in the city, or in a smaller starter home than you know storage and space come at a premium. After years of city living I've learned how to maximize my vertical space for optimal storage efficiency. If you are a renter like me I LOVE Ikea storage units because they are affordable and efficient…

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How to Automate Your Life

Automate as many of your daily tasks as possible so you can focus on the things that matter most to you - like spending time with your family, reaching your business goals, or simply enjoying that moment after a long day where you grab yourself a glass of wine, plop yourself on the couch, and watch your favorite show.  Whatever it is you want to be doing, automating your life will help you do more of it. Some things you can automate are…

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How to Create a Gallery Wall

Hey there my Meraki beauties! This has been one of my most asked for posts and I FINALLY got around to creating it for you! As you all know gallery walls can be quite intimidating. Heck, I convinced myself for two years that I didn’t like them just because they seemed so daunting. But when I I moved into my current apartment, our large white walls were just BEGGING to have gallery walls. So I started small, and eventually learned the tips and tricks to create an amazingly curated and professional looking gallery wall! Read on to find out how…

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Crispy Fried Chicken Sliders with Brie, Arugula & Truffle Honey

So I don't know about you but I LOVE fried chicken... now, I know, I know, its not the greatest thing in the world for you, but when it comes to making simple and tasty appetizers for a party - you really can't go wrong…But I'm telling you this is no ordinary fried chicken sandwich.

First of all, it has this truffle honey drizzle (which I mean you had me at truffle), and the crispy chicken is topped with brie and arugula. The combo is so delicious, and the brie and truffle honey make this sandwich seem so much fancier than your typical fried chicken sandwich…

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Why Multi-tasking Won't Save Time

Similar to the concept in number one, multi-tasking is a major time-suck. I have no idea why it seems to pop up as a desired trait on job descriptions, or why people proudly say they are great multi-taskers, because when you multi-task you are not fully present in either task or objective, and you are not able to create your best work. I know when you have a million things going on at once, it's so hard to sit and focus on completing one task. Luckily, I've found a sneaky work-around that helps you stay focused and get this sh*t done!

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Interior Design Measurements That Will Turn You Into a Decorating Pro

Hey there! Are you guys ready to geek out over some design measurements?? Because anyone who lives under a roof (aka anyone reading this post) could use a few of these for good measure. (See what I did there? ;) )

Did you know there are some interior design rules and guides that are universally aesthetically pleasing? Now, I know I know some of you like to break the rules, which of course I do too, but If you have a room that just feels “off” some of the below rules and guidelines might be the culprit.

Today I'm diving into photo heights, curtain measurements, rug sizes, and my favorite interior design tip - the rule of styling in threes. 

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4th of July Cotton-Candy Watermelon Vodka Cocktail

Is everyone around here ready to party it up this 4th of July?! If you aren't quite feeling patriotic yet, these flirty and festive drinks are sure to get you in the mood. As you may already know, I love anything with a theme. So give me an excuse to make a fun drink with festive garnish and I am ALL about it… 

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How to Throw A Surprise Party for Your Man
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Ultimate Tropical Vacation Packing List | All In One Carry-on

They there my lovely travel bugs! Do you want to know my NUMBER ONE travel tip? 

I travel with a carry-on. ONLY.

Learn my ultimate packing tips and tricks and how a notorious over-packer (me) fits everything into one carry-on!


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