Posts from the ‘inspiration’ category

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After a solid week and a half of nonstop work, I made the executive decision to throw myself a freaking bone and take a night off. So of course, I immediately went on a Pinterest bender. When paired with a cup of coffee (or glass of wine, depending on the time of day), there’s nothing else that simultaneously relaxes and excites me as much as a little visual inspiration seeking. My new favorite thing to do is find inspiring new feeds to follow…so much fun! I’ve also been trying to notice how inspiration “feels”…have you ever done this? Whenever a brilliant idea crosses my mind, I feel it in the top of my stomach. Such a strange correlation, but I guess there’s truth behind “going with your gut!”

Where are your favorite places to find inspiration?

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One of my new favorite shows from this past year is The Mindy Project. I have long been a Mindy Kaling fan, so it was a no-brainer that I would fall for her show. Aside from The Mindy Project’s obvious comedic genius, the set design is KILLER. I always pay greater attention to sets than I do to dialogue, and Mindy’s character’s apartment always has me pausing + rewinding so I can really study her space. (It’s not annoying at all to anyone else watching with me, I promise.)

So being the obsessive person that I am, I did a little interneting and found these photos and interesting set design tidbits from EW:

The Mindy Project Set Design | via Ann-Marie Loves Paper

This walk-in closet is just an extension of Mindy’s amazing bedroom (seriously, you’ll have to watch the show just to see her headboard!). I love her colorful wardrobe + the line of boots below the window sill.

The Mindy Project Set Design | via Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Obviously I’m obsessed with the craft space. According to the set designer, this little nook was constructed to feature ribbons + other embellishments that Mindy’s character would pull from to create a card or decorate a box or pot. And I’m really digging the sofa + pillows at the end of the bed…! LOVE.

The Mindy Project Set Design | via Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Since Mindy’s character is more of a restaurant-goer than an actual cook, the production designer gathered real menus from various NYC eateries and clipped them to the refrigerator. I love how colorful and real this space looks!

P.S. If you haven’t already, you MUST read her ridiculously hilarious book!

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Rustic Fiesta Wedding | Ann-Marie Morris

For as long as I’ve known that I wanted to marry John, I’ve known that our wedding would be a fiesta. I mean, I live for color! I live for dancing! And I really live for Mexican food and margaritas! So clearly, there was no wavering on the fiesta idea. On the other hand, John and I both love anything rustic. We love the great outdoors. We would kill for a Craftsman-style home one day. And of course, we did get engaged in Yosemite, after all. So together we came up with the concept of “Rustic Fiesta!” It blends the colors + vibrancy of a traditional fiesta with the earthy + organic textures of rusticism. !Ole!

These photos + colors really represent the vibe I am hoping to achieve this coming Fall. I am obsessed with wild + overflowing floral arrangements, lots of warm mood lighting, and plenty (and I mean PLENTY) of paper decor items. I love the idea of exposed wood tables + an eclectic mix of dishware, dancing alllll night long to my favorite songs (I have gold flats for this very purpose!), and a fantastic spread of tamales for dinner and churros for dessert. I am so excited to be collaborating with John on our unique + collective visions for the big day. It’s so much fun to bounce ideas off of each other (or more like me sending him 15 texts in a row with ideas…he loves when I do that! HA!), even when we don’t see eye-to-eye on how things should go. We’re working as a team and that’s all that matters.

Rustic fiesta forever!

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Over the years as I’ve gotten to know myself a little better, I’ve found many ways to stay get inspired and stay inspired. Recently, I’ve become obsessed with making mini “mood boards” on my iPhone. It’s very simple and it brings me an unparalleled level of joy (SO NERDY, I KNOW).

iPhone Mood Boards | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Here’s how I do it: whenever I am looking for a certain type of inspiration (the image above was for wedding planning), I’ll browse Pinterest + Instagram for photos that are speaking to me and then take screenshots. Next, I will use a free photo collage app and play around with various arrangements of the screenshots until I am loving the “mood” I created. Finally, I save the collage as my wallpaper so every time I look at my phone, I get that wonderful burst of inspiration all over again! 

Mood boarding, ya’ll. #cantstop #wontstop

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topanga vintage market | ann-marie morris

There’s really nothing in this world that I love more than a good treasure hunting excursion (obviously). I mean, what could possibly be more fun than digging through others’ discarded junk and giving it new life?! (Uh, just about EVERYTHING is more fun than that, my mom would say – ha!) Thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales – bring it on! So on the fourth Sunday of every month, I love to attend the Topanga Vintage Market in the San Fernando Valley. This market hosts a wide variety of vendors + vintage products in all different price ranges. Of course I’m always on the lookout for unique glass + tableware, but even if I don’t buy anything, it’s worth it for the visual inspiration alone! Here are a few of the awesome items I spotted the last time I attended:

topanga vintage market | ann-marie morris

One of these days, I want to purchase a giant sign like this and work it into a lush outdoor landscape. I love when urban + natural aesthetics collide, a la my beloved Grow.

topanga vintage market | ann-marie morris

The wooden crate! The orange tackle box! The yellow lawn chair! Everything about this photo makes me want to dig in.

topanga vintage market | ann-marie morris

If I had a few kids + a few hundred spare dollars, I would definitely snatch these chairs up and put them in a playroom or on a patio for outdoor dining. You could even use one as a place to stack books or blankets! Aren’t the colors just perfection?

topanga vintage market | ann-marie morris

These handcrafted glass beaded necklaces are amazing. Not only would they be great for wearing, but they would also look fantastic if they were tied into a loose knot and displayed on a dresser or coffee table. So many possibilities in so many beautiful colors!

P.S. If you make it to the market, be sure to stop by booth F-20 and say hello to my lovely future in-laws! (:

What are your favorite things to look for when you go treasure hunting?

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good reads | ann-marie loves paper

It pains me to think that bookstores are a dying breed, so whenever I’m near a B+N (RIP Borders), I absolutely have to visit.

It goes a little something like this…First stop: Magazines! Second stop: Coffee! Third stop: Design / Crafts / Home Decor section where I grab a fat stack of inspiring books! Fourth stop: Find one of those step-stools and park it for an hour or more! HEAVEN, I tell you.

Here are two of my recent finds that I am in love with:

good reads | ann-marie loves paper

STYLE ME PRETTY WEDDINGS | Obvious choice, much? YES. But I don’t care. This book will stay with me long after I say “I do” since it’s chock-full of beautiful photos, plenty of party inspiration, and a ton of DIY’s that can apply to so many things other than weddings! It’s funny because I always associate the Style Me Pretty blog with high-end, super extravagant weddings that quite honestly, never really appeal to me. So to pick this book up and be genuinely inspired by all the real-life (read: potentially low budget) ideas was such a wonderful surprise! I can’t recommend it enough!

good reads | ann-marie loves paper

(Both books pass the very important well-designed spine test.)

good reads | ann-marie loves paper

100 WAYS TO HAPPY CHIC YOUR LIFE | This book is part design inspiration / part self-help and I LOVE IT. My favorite little nugget of wisdom from the book is the one you see above, but really, all of Jonathan Adler’s ideas are sheer genius (obviously). However, the best part of all is the little fold-out pages that feature DIY projects to make for your home. Crafts? Home Design? Life tips? Yeah, I’m in.

What books are you loving these days?

P.S. Remember how I was telling you about being a contributor to Everyday Storyteller Vol. 2? It’s now available for purchase! Get your copy here! (:

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This past Saturday, Elise and I attended Elsie + Emma’s “Crafts + Cocktails” party hosted by Ruche and Zooey Magazine at the Seychelles’ showroom in LA. In three words? IT. WAS. AMAZING. I must have have done 50 laps around the place in an effort to take in every last detail! 

Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

True to the party’s name, there were crafts, cocktails, cupcakes, and so many stylish people in one beautiful space. It was such a treat to meet Elsie and Emma in real life and see just how friendly and down-to-earth they are (I love when that happens!). And! I even had a conversation with Joy the Baker! (I live for her podcast, you guys.) All of the details that went into this party were beyond inspiring, you can bet your bottom dollar I will be swiping them for my own future celebrations. But really, the time spent with this impossibly cute little mama was the highlight of the whole trip. She’s such a gem.

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It’s been a whole entire year since my freelancing days began and I LOVE IT. I love it, I love it, I love it.

thoughts on freelancing | ann-marie loves paper

That said, there are things I sure do miss about the traditional 8-5 lifestyle: Receiving tax refunds instead of paying an arm and a leg to Uncle Sam every three months. Consistent income on a consistent basis. Interacting face to face with co-workers. Leaving the house every single day. Having a reason to put a little effort into my look (as stylish as workout clothes are…). But really, being able to create my own schedule and take on assignments that appeal to me is the greatest thing ever. I’ve learned a ton over the past twelve months and there are many ways that I’ve become a better, more efficient worker and in many ways, I still struggle. Oh boy, do I still struggle.

For example, getting organized and staying organized seems to pose the biggest issue. I made it my goal this year to focus on getting my act together and staying on top of my to-do list, even if it kills me (which it just might). There’s also a constant feeling of work intruding upon my personal life when I spend all day at home. The dogs need to be let out, the dishes need to washed, there’s a giant stack of of magazines in the corner calling my name…but there’s work to be done! Separating work from play when they coexist in the same space is a definite challenge that I have yet to master. And finally, the e-mails. Oh, the e-mails! Will I ever get to all of them? Probably not, but I’ll keep chugging along until then!

I’ve recently gotten hooked on The West Wing (thank god for Netflix!) and always end up feeling equal parts amazement and pity for the White House staffers who dedicate a minimum of four years of their lives to the needs of the president and their country. Of course, this is the case for many fields (medical, military, and journalism, just to name a few), but I must say: that lifestyle is so not for me. Oh man, I NEED my freedom. I NEED time alone. I NEED that white space to disconnect and recharge and scroll through Pinterest for a solid uninterrupted hour. But I think that’s okay. Because really, if I could only offer one piece of advice from my twenty-six years, it would be to KNOW THYSELF. Identify what fills you up and what zaps your energy. Figure out what time of day you are most productive and what time of day you are not as motivated. Find out if you work better amongst others or if you get more work done independently. Then act accordingly.

Clearly, I am no expert on freelancing. In fact, sometimes (okay, most of the time) I just make it up as I go and hope for the best! Here are a few links worth checking out from people who actually know what they are doing (and inspire me tremendously!):

What are your thoughts on this? Freelancers + non-freelancers alike, share your tips!

xoxo

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While in Salt Lake last week for a lighting-fast business trip, I had every intention of taking lots of photos of all the things that I miss most about living in Utah. The snow-capped mountains. Waking up to fresh powder outside my window. Rows + rows of thrifty goodness at the DI (oh, the DI). All of my amazing friends whom I miss terribly. The reality? I filled up my memory card with TONS of images from my breakfast at Eva’s Bakery in downtown SLC. I mean, I couldn’t help myself! Everything about this place is what designer dreams are made of, from the blue and yellow patterned flooring to the calligraphed labels in the bakery case to the gorgeous menu typography. I was in heaven (literally…this is Utah, after all).

Eva's Bakery | Salt Lake City | Ann-Marie Morris
Eva's Bakery | Salt Lake City | Ann-Marie Morris
Eva's Bakery | Salt Lake City | Ann-Marie Morris
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Eva's Bakery | Salt Lake City | Ann-Marie Morris
Eva's Bakery | Salt Lake City | Ann-Marie Morris
Eva's Bakery | Salt Lake City | Ann-Marie Morris
Eva's Bakery | Salt Lake City | Ann-Marie Morris
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Oh, and the food? DIVINE.

xoxo

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get organized | ann-marie loves paper

I’ve been struggling with finding the perfect word for this year. There are so many excellent options that would all move me in some way, but not really one in particular that stood out as my WORD, you know? That is, until a week ago.

As I looked around my messy desk, started stressing about putting together all my tax papers, and wondering where the HECK my other shoe was, I realized that I need to dedicate 2013 to GETTING ORGANIZED.

I don’t know why I let things slide. I don’t know why I put things off until the last possible moment. I don’t know why I let giant messes pile up until I absolutely have to confront them. But I do. Not only is this bad habit visually distressing, but it’s mentally, physically and emotionally draining too. And who needs that? It’s time to stop being a self-saboteur. While getting organized and planning out my life might take a little bit more time and energy upfront, it always pays off tenfold in the end.

So yesterday morning when I got back from the gym (always a great way to stay on top of my day), I took out all the clothes in my dresser drawers and closet and reorganized them. I then cleaned off my desk, filed away anything that absolutely did not need to be there, threw away the little scraps of paper I knew I wouldn’t be using, and put all of my February receipts in their designated place. I then answered a bunch of e-mails that I had been putting off and reached out to a few people I had been meaning to contact. Finally, I got down to work. I chipped away at my to-do list and began to feel better and better about myself. Already, this mantra is making a difference!

What are your goals for this year?

xoxo

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