Saturday, 23 November 2013

I'm BACKKKK...& BIG news!

My apologies for being M.I.A., things have been so hectic lately that I haven't found the time to blog. 

So here it is-- the BIG news!!... 

My husband and I learned we are expecting! Now I am a little over 15weeks and have a little belly pooch to show for it! Needless to say, this news kicked everything into high gear and I, being the interior design lover that I am, am thinking hard about how I want to decorate the nursery. I have been plotting out inspiration boards on polyvore and pinterest. I have a nursery planned for a boy and one for a girl.

For a boy I definitely want really pale soothing colors with the absolute slightest hint of circus. I'd also like to do an "accent wall" striped grey and white with the other walls a solid grey or perhaps the palest of blues... If I am feeling particularly ambitious I'd also like to paint the ceiling a REALLY pale taupe and put up gold star stickers to look like the famous Osbourne and Little Coronata Star wallpaper (which is much too pricey to even DREAM of getting)--using this tutorial:

Here's a picture of the final result:

I was inspired by a blog post on for my boy nursery-- here are the pictures that gave me my vision:

And here's the inspiration board for my boy nursery:

In case you haven't noticed, I am absolutely in LOVE with JellyCat plushies! Adorbs! 

The woven basket on the bottom left-hand side is the Serena and Lily Senegalese Storage Baskets in White/Light Peach. Unfortunately, they no longer sell the white/light peach available, neither the white/natural, only the pink and blue options are still available. I am broken hearted-- if anyone knows where I can purchase one similar or if anyone would like to sell theirs, let me know!

For my girl nursery, I'd like rich lavenders and greys and stark white along with some earthy/natural pieces to keep everything from being TOO glam. 

Here's an image that inspired me:


Here's the inspiration board I've created:

Now that I've got baby on the brain, you can expect to see a lot more pregnancy/baby posts! I'm planning on doing a what to pack in your hospital bag post in the near future! Also, once I have grown enough, I will do a maternity photo shoot and post pics on the blog! Stay tuned!...


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Ikea Hack TV Console

I'm currently on the hunt for the perfect tv console for our room. The one we have currently doesn't give us the storage we need.

I fell in love with this beautiful piece by none other than the brilliant and talented Jonathan Adler.
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It has the PERFECT amount of storage and it fits right in with what our bedroom decor will be (once we finally finish it!). Of course, this piece is not even close to being in our price range so I decided a piece from Ikea might be a more budget-friendly choice, and with all the Ikea hacks out there, I'm sure I could find a way to turn it into a piece we love.

I have been pondering this for a while but I found this blog post today that inspired me to share my ideas with you guys. Her idea is absolutely brilliant--I can't wait to see the finished product!

My initial idea was to use the Ikea Besta shelf unit:
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With this base:
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And add these cabinet knobs:

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And perhaps some sort of mirrored paper cut into half circles for under the knobs. 

That was until I checked the measurements. The cabinet height (even with the footed base) is not high enough to be at eye level with our bed. So, we had to rethink everything. We've decided to keep the cabinet but to mount it on the wall instead. We won't have the base any more but we can still use the same cabinet knobs. The change made me look into other options for cabinet pulls and now I am thinking about using something like this instead:

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Tell me, what do you think? Should I keep the hardware I originally wanted to use, or go for a completely different look using traditional chinese hardware?

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Coffee/Drink Cart Essentials

I keep seeing gorgeous "bar carts" all over the internet and it makes me long for one of my own! My husband and I don't drink but that doesn't mean we can't have a drink/coffee cart! 

I'm particularly inspired by these:

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These are my coffee/drink cart essentials:

Coffee Cart Essentials

Kitchen Wish List

Kitchen Wish List

Kitchen Wish List

Kitchen Wish List

Kitchen Wish List

New Stuff

Drink Cart Essentials

What are your drink cart essentials?

Friday, 23 August 2013

Fall Fashion Essentials

As the summer months come to a close, I find myself getting fall fever-- thick, cozy sweaters, warm neutrals, berry toned lips & cooler weather are all on my mind!

Perhaps one of the most difficult things for me with the approaching cooler seasons is always how to transition my wardrobe appropriately. I'm guessing I'm not the only one with this problem so I figure I'd show you guys my key pieces for taking my summer wardrobe into fall.
My fall fashion essentials:
  1. The "party skirt" blue here, red here
  2. A tutu (tulle) skirt can be fun when dressed down with a slouchy t-shirt a leather jacket and converse!
  3. Leather (or faux leather) pants add that bit of edge to any outfit!
  4. Chunky knit sweaters are cozy and perfect for cooler weather 
  5. Smoking slippers are so in and so versatile-- my favorite colors for fall are hot pink and studded nude! Jeffrey Campbells "Martini Bee" in nude here and Zara hot pink slippers here
  6. I've been obsessed with 70's style round sunglasses lately--they're making a comeback! Illesteva "Leonard 2" round-frame sunglasses here

Monday, 19 August 2013

First Blog Post! (Vintage "Good Luck" Pigs)

Hello blog world!

This is officially my first blog post! I'm so excited to start this blog and see where it takes me!

"With Love, From Paradise" will be a place where I share about the things I love, you can expect to see lots about interior design, D.I.Y. projects, fashion and maybe even some recipes.

I had hoped my first blog post would be about something big and exciting-- like my husband and I purchasing our first house, but that just isn't happening for right now and I absolutely could not wait any longer to start the blog!

My first post is about the most fabulous brass vintage-y goodness that are these little piggies:

I recently stumbled across them on and HAD to have them! I was searching for cute vintage pig figurines/bookends.  I've had an affinity for pigs ever since my mother read the book "Perfect the Pig" to me as a little girl.

They are asian "good luck" pig figurines so they have asian writing/markings on their backs.

I googled them only to discover that these pigs come in a variety of other materials, and thus, a collection was born! I am currently waiting on this little guy (the resin version) that I won in an ebay auction:

In my searching, I came across this beautiful carved quartz/marble version on ebay but before I could snatch him up, the ad expired, I've been looking for one like him ever since.

Isn't he stunning??! If anyone knows where I can find one like him, please let me know!

There are also other versions, boxwood and I think "purple clay"...I'm still on the lookout for others! The boxwood and resin seem relatively common and I've only found the brass one other time since I purchased mine. I haven't seen any other quartz so far.

Please feel free to leave feedback or let me know what you'd like to see me post about in the comments, but please be kind! :)

I hope you've enjoyed my first post! I will make sure to post several times a week-- if not everyday, so watch this space!