Spanish Interiors are for Secret Societies and The Mysterious

Spanish Revival Interior

For some reason, I feel like this style of home should have hidden rooms and secret corridors. There’s something beautifully dark about this image that draws me in. If it doesn’t have any of the traditional spanish tiles, then I’d totally understand why most people would think this house is gothic.  It might just be me, but doesn’t this look like it might belong in Barrons Books and Baubles?? For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, please check out The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning.  This easily has to be one of my favorite series! But I promised myself this would be a design post and I won’t let myself get distracted by listing all the reasons as to why it’s BEST SERIES EVER!

I love the contrast of dark and light brought together by the spanish style.  And don’t even get me started on painted ceramic tiles. Looking at these images also transports me to a totally different world than the one I’m accustomed to; it’s a complete departure from the cold and secluded interiors that we are so often seeing now-a-days.

What defines the Spanish style?

  • Decorative Wrought Iron Details like the chandelier and stair railing you see in the image above.
  • White Stucco Walls perfect and ready for Spanish painted tile.
  • Rounded Arches 
  • Painted Tile and Terracota Tile
  • Terracota Roof Tiles
  • Wooden Ceiling Beams
  • Cut Steel Work
  • Dark Wood everywhere!
  • Rich Fabrics full of colors and patterns
  • Courtyards and Patios

Unlike the first picture I posted, this style is full of color and details. Here are some examples I love:

Iron Details, Painted Tiles, Rounded Arches, Dark Wood,

I ❤ Dark Wood

Can I just say that I love painted tile?!?! I love their rich colors and geometric patterns.  Sometimes geometric patterns have a tendency to feel cold but there’s just something about the intricate spanish style that feels warm and cozy.

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Spanish Style Tiles

I also love to see this wonderful display of color on back splashes

Love this!

Beautiful Stove Alcove

And in Bathrooms!

Blue Bathroom

With that being said (and shown), I can’t wait to start working on a project where I would have to create a space with Spanish influences… or maybe having my own retreat on the California coast, complete with hidden rooms and passageways.

What do you think about this style?

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RT Book Lovers Convention ’14 in New Orleans

Me and Jannelle

This was my first year at an RT convention and it was AMAZING!!  My RT cherry has been popped, and am now addicted.  I NEED MORE RT CON IN MY LIFE!

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I would like to thank Jannelle for telling me about this situation and bringing me along on this journey.

On to my first convention event, the Blogger Conference.  This had to be one of my favorite events because I was able to learn how to become a better blogger.  Plus there was free lunch and cocktail hour at the end 😉 Also, I received the ARC to what will be my first post-convention read, V!rg!n by Radhika Sanghani.  Can I say that this book has one of the best dedications I have ever read?!

“To anyone who has ever gone through the pain of a Brazilian wax”

Another book I’m super excited to start reading is The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost.  I’m hoping to get my hands on it soon!

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With Jeaniene Frost!

All of the panels, reader events, and social events were phenomenal.  Sometimes the crowds were a bit overwhelming (introvert probz) but I definitely made the most out of it all.  Most people were amazing; others were a little too intense for my liking.  You had to be careful when there were free books involved, which was almost all of the events.

Waiting in Line for the Giant Book Fair

Waiting in Line for the Giant Book Fair

The food in New Orleans has to be like nothing I have ever eaten before. I tried an oyster for the first time. Gross. At least it was worth it because it had a pearl!! Etouffee, Po Boys, Popeyes, Crawfish, Fried Fish oh my! I have never eaten so much seafood in my life. The drinking and nightlife out does even the best parties in Vegas.  The lifestyle in New Orleans has to be one of the most laid-back and carefree that I have ever encountered and I love it! These traits were plainly obvious while walking down Bourbon Street on a Saturday night.

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New Orleans is so magical that it’s no surprise to me why so many authors write about it. Its history alone is enough to keep a person interested. But then you start to learn about the local superstitions, voodoo queen Marie Laveau, vampires, and ghosts. I can seriously understand why an author would be inspired.

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Last but not least, I want to give a shout out to all of the wonderful ladies that made this week so great.

My Favorite Ladies at RT14

My Favorite Ladies at RT14

Until the next time!!! RT15 Dallas

“Done is Better Than Perfect”

― Sheryl SandbergLean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

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This is for all of you perfectionists out there!

… although it’s so hard to let go of perfectionist tendencies when you are constantly comparing your work to other students.  I got used to being the best or one of the best, but winter quarter had been a complete reality check.  Now that I have started this blog and am looking for an internship, I need to follow these words of advice more than ever.

As I was reading this book, I couldn’t help but think about how this was totally geared for a different audience–mainly mothers or mothers-to-be.  I also think that some of her advice is completely unrealistic and doesn’t take into consideration that many people are not as privileged as she is.  On the bright side, though, I was able to pull some nuggets of advice that I will definitely follow:

  1. Never put your career aside because you want to have babies, just figure out what you will do once you are actually pregnant.
  2. Find a mentor! But please don’t ask them to be your mentor. That would be awkward.  Instead develop a friendship.
  3. Always sit at the table.  Assert yourself as a woman and always go for that raise or promotion.
  4. Never be afraid to negotiate.

It’s been a while since I read the book, and don’t really remember much else.

Back to when I first read the quote.

I had the great idea of reviewing the book and this quote so I could write an awesome post.  But instead of making this a perfect post (I started writing this on April 4th), I will finally finish it and let you know that I’ll be posting all about my RT experience later today.

American Dream Builders

American Dream Builders is a new design competition program on NBC and hosted by the very well known designer Nate Berkus.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SHOW! It brings together two of my favorite things, interior design and mindless reality tv.   I usually don’t like renovation shows because they can be pretty dry and boring, but this show has done a pretty good job at bringing in some juicy drama to keep the audience interested.

Here’s a little clip:

First of all, I have a love hate relationship with Elaine.  She is definitely one of the contestants that makes the show interesting because of her personality; she’s a trip.  Though she is an excellent designer, I haven’t really been wowed by her.

My favorite designer on the show is Nina, she has the potential to be extraordinary, but some how falls short each week.  It has been kind of frustrating to watch sometimes, but I know that time is limited so I try not to hold it against her.

Overall it’s a fun show to watch when you want to relax and maybe get some ideas for your own home. I even think that it has the potential to reach the popularity of other competition shows like Top Chef.

You can catch this show on NBC, on Sunday’s at 7PM E, or watch it online here.

What do you think?