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Monday, February 17th, 2014

your pinterest boards


You can read a lot about a person by looking at their boards on Pinterest.  I find this graphic so interesting and TRUE!  Pinterest boards tell a visual story about you as person.  Your interests, passions, projects and dreams are presented to the world through images.  Maybe that is why I love it so much.  What do my boards say about me?  I am passionate about cooking, inspired by color, interested in design, dreaming of a new kitchen, love being a girl, planning for a trip to Italy, and obsessed with neon lights.   Yep, pretty much!

Have you ever thought of Pinterest in such a personal way?  Now I want to edit all my boards’ cover pictures so they beautiful and inspiring.

What do your boards say about you?

Do you Pinterest?  Follow me!  Or just check out a few of my favorite boards:

Gallery Wall

It’s Great to be a Girl

What Are We Waiting For?

Color Me Happy

So Sweet.

{Pinterest quote} Image via


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Monday, November 11th, 2013

kim caron designs

Ever meet a girl and instantly know you could be friends?  I know you would feel this way if you met Kim Guillet.  She is the passionate, down to earth, creative force behind Kim Caron Designs.  Her unique, hand-made jewelry is gorgeous.  Her pieces range from statement rings to delicate necklaces and everything in between.  {I am personally in love with druzy quartz. It is just so darn dreamy.  Just look at that fabulous ring!}

I am trying something new.  Just for fun, I decided to ask Kim a few questions about her designs and her inspiration.  There is no better way to get to know someone!

When and why did you launch Kim Caron Designs?

I launched Kim Caron Designs last April.  My neighbor Karla talked me into having a trunk show at her house.  She has been such a supportive friend.

How did you get your start designing jewelry?

Over 20 years ago I was introduced to jewelry design- it was at Mercer Island High School. I had an awesome teacher, Laurie Hall, and I  took the class multiple times.  About 3 years ago I was admiring my friend Amy’s Jamie Joseph ring and realized I wanted to make something like that! I signed up for classes at BCC, Danica Design, and Pratt in Seattle to learn jewelry fabrication all over again.  I still take classes all the time. There is so much to learn- it’s  endless.

What inspires you when designing?

I find inspiration everywhere–from my friends, from the stones themselves, from looking outside at color combinations and of course from Pinterest!

Your studio is so charming.  What do you love about it?

I love my studio.  My husband Marin built it for me for our 15th anniversary.  I think he was also motivated to get his workbench back. I had taken it over in the garage.  For me time flies in the studio- I feel like I always have something new I want to try.

How do you name the pieces in your collection?

Every piece of jewelry is named after a little girl I know.  My nieces Gracie and Sadie gave me that idea.

It’s a Monday morning.  What jewelry are you wearing?

Right now I’m wearing the callie “hope” heart pendant necklace. 100% of proceeds from this necklace go to Ben Towne Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research. I hope to sell tons of these!!! I know Ben’s mom from college and have been absolutely floored by her strength and determination.  I wanted to give 10% of all sales to a charity I believed strongly in. It was the perfect fit. Ben’s story is at  You will cry.

kim caron design round up

Clockwise [from top left]:

1//gracie nicole necklace 2//margo fallen leaf earrings 3//riley cuff 4//allie kate rustic sappphire ring 5//callie “hope” heart pendant 6//macie shimmering chain earrings

Kim is sharing the love with all of you!  Shop Kim Caron Designs and receive 20% off your entire order.  {Simply use the code KIM20 at checkout.}

{Kim’s photo and logo via her website.  Love the druzy ring too?  She does custom orders.}

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

stacked wood

Call it my latest visual obsession, but I can not get enough of stacked wood!  I was first taken by the idea of stacking wood rounds {or split wood} in a fireplace.  It is genius for a non-working fireplace or one you don’t use regularly.  I love that it adds a natural element to a room.  The mismatched shapes of the wood make it just plain awesome.  How about wood stacked next the fireplace-floor to ceiling?  Again, genius.  Storing wood, actually used to build a fire, and using it as part of the room’s decor.  The possibilities are seemingly endless.  Wood stacked under consoles.  Wood stacked under benches.  Wood stacked under open counters.  Yes, yes, and yes!

We have a wood burning fireplace in our bedroom.  Oh, I know…how romantic.  And yep, we have never used it.  The little wheels in my head are spinning.  If I can pull out the hideously ugly insert, you better believe that stacked wood rounds are taking its place.

{Images, clockwise, via 1// 2// 3// 4// 5// 6// 7// 8// 9//}

Please note: If you know the source of an image that is not credited-please contact me.  I will happily link back to the original source.

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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

famly room inspiration

The Serena & Lily catalog arrived in my mailbox yesterday and I devoured it during Big W’s soccer practice!  I am dreaming of remodeling our playroom into a family/media room.  Ideas are swirling in my head!  Have you made this switch over in your house?  It is so exciting to think about reclaiming that square footage for something other than LEGO storage!

I want pattern, color, comfort, and fun!  The thing is- I want it to be cohesive and well-planned, but not too matchy and not all from one store!  Simple, yet interesting.  Whoa, this is why it is exciting yet extremely overwhelming!  Let me please add that we will not be doing any of the heavy lifting {no handymen around here}, but I will be doing the planning and selection of goods.  Any tips on resources or design ideas?  I am happy to take them!

Follow the rest of the inspiration on my a room for a {family} board.

{Shop this image:: 1//Mohair Throw  2// White Pouf  3//Pewter Charing Cross Rug

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a cozy desk chair

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

I long for a desk to call my own.  I have a very small built-in desk in the kitchen big enough for my computer.  That is it.  If you follow me on Pinterest, you will see an entire board dedicated to this simple idea.  A workspace-just for me.

Recently, I have a small obsession with faux fur throws to cozy up a desk [or dining] chair. 

However, sometimes the trouble with an obsession on Pinterest is being able to find a source to purchase!  I traveled down a blogger rabbit hole and finally came up with a lead.  IKEA.  And of course, they are no longer available.  I am hoping it is a seasonal item and will be back in stock next fall or winter. 
A girl can dream.  
What are your tricks to finding an item you have seen but don’t know quite how to get your hands on it?

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design inspiration: cuff me

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The cuff bracelet.  Long forgotten in the winter due the fact that we are all covered from head to wrist!  Soon (let’s hope soonER than later), spring will arrive and the cuff bracelet will be back in the mix. The perfect way to add color, personality, or fun to your outfit! 

Here are few I spied on

Moschitto Designs | Filigree
Tory Burch | Woven Turlock
Stephan & Co. | Beaded Chevron
Nordstrom | ‘Gold Water’ Textured

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