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October 29, 2014

The Better 10 Minute Breakfast

Eggs, Salmon, Asparagus, Cheese
As midterms come to a close, I am thanking the heavens that I have made it through one of the most stressful periods during the school year without getting sick. I feel like everyone around me is coughing, sneezing or sniffling, and I'm attributing my stellar immune system to the effort  rigorous vitamin taking and breakfast eating. 
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I used to be a chronic breakfast-skipper, but I now realize there really is no excuse. It's important to take care of myself, and waking up 15 minutes earlier to enjoy a nice breakfast is well worth the struggle of getting out of bed.
I'm especially looking into ways to incorporate veggies into my breakfast, and so far this is my go to meal that I don't think I could possibly get sick of. It's a 3 egg omelet (that uses only one yolk), an ounce of smoked salmon, sautéed asparagus and just a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
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Go ahead and give it a try and let me know in the comment section what your favorite quick breakfast is.

October 26, 2014

The Better Martha Talks Art with Tara Seawright

Today I'm so excited to be able to share with you some great information I got with the talented, New York-based designer, Tara Seawright. Not only is she an amazing designer, but she also uses her studio art background to help direct clients through the process of selecting art for their homes.
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Photo courtesy of Tara Seawright 

TARA'S ADVICE FOR ART SELECTION 

Starting the process: Go to museums and start to develop your eye. Do you like sculpture or photography? Give life to the dream; this part does not cost a thing. Expose yourself to new artists by going to gallery openings, museum shows and even by browsing online.

Finding what you can afford: When starting an art collection, you do not need to buy a million dollar piece. There are great affordable online resources such as Uprise Art and Saatchi Art. They both provide a full range of art and prices. The greatest form of flattery is imitation. So another way is to make your own art.

Placement: Certain places beg for art: over a mantel, between a pair of sconces, or above a large piece of furniture. Be creative. The installation is part of the creative process. Put art in unexpected places like above the toilet in the bathroom. Play with scale too. Place small pieces on a large wall or a large piece on a small wall.

Creating a cohesive collection: Think twice about buying from the same artist over and over again. It is important to have variety and to reflect your own interests. Repeating a theme is a great way to reflect the people living within the space. Everyone has their own natural aesthetic which generally tends to be cohesive; they just do not know exactly what it is. That’s why it is so important to expose yourself to different things. The possibilities are endless. Do not limit yourself.



TARA'S ADVICE ON THE DECORATING PROCESS

Big transformations on a little budget: Paint. Paint is the biggest bang for your buck. You can go simple or go crazy with colors: just be creative. Express yourself. Also, the use of mirrors and proper lighting make a huge difference in a space as well.

Making the functional beautiful: Wallpaper can add a lot of beautiful texture and contribute to a very glamorous look without sacrificing the functionality of a space. For those who rent, temporary wallpaper offers a fun alternative to paint.

When to splurge and save: Everything does not have to cost an arm and a leg to be beautiful. Many believe expensive equals better; that’s not necessarily the case. For those who are on a budget (and those who aren’t), as an alternative to Pottery Barn and Target, go to thrift stores and flea markets to find unusual objects to express your personality. The value of the object means nothing; it’s all in the presentation.


Tara was so sweet and showed me around her home and office. I couldn't resists snapping a series of textural shots to share. 
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 I want to give a big thanks to Tara and right hand, Ellen for taking the time to talk to me. They were so great and their advice is so applicable to anyones life style and living space. To see some more of Tara's work click on the pictures below.

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Photos courtesy of Tara Seawright 

September 30, 2014

The Better Dorm Room: Junior Year

Full Room View
Finally my dorm is complete and I'm so excited to share it with you guys! Generally the first remark people make is, "Oh, you're room is so...small...but you've made really good use of the space." I'll admit, my room is tiny, especially considering that I am an upperclassman (ew, I'm old!) and had many other options. I lived in this building last year and loved it so much the idea of moving was unbearable. So yes, it is small, but size is never an excuse for sacrificing style, and I'm always up for a challenge (as long as it isn't calculus).
My delicious bed
While I do still have a few pieces from my old room this year was about going above and beyond...almost to the point of complete ridiculousness for a dorm. The peacock, silk curtains really made a dramatic statement, especially with my chandelier floor lamp in front of it. 
I had many e-mails asking for dorm tips, and I think one of the best ways to make your room unique is to shop in various places. As cute as a bedroom set up might look in Ikea or Bed Bath & Beyond, it's usually a bit tacky or overwhelming when everything has been purchased and set up in your own space. I shopped at Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Goods, Target, Neiman Marcus, Ikea, Amazon, Etsy, Macy's, Pottery Barn, and Overstock.com. The easiest way to elevate your style is to avoid the matchy-matchy look. 
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To avoid making my room cluttered I really tried not to fill every nook and cranny of my bookshelf. It's so easy to fall into the trap of acquiring more junk just because you have the space to put it. Not only does this hurt your wallet, but it is so easy to become a disorganized mess. 

Decor Wall
I told myself that if I couldn't find a reasonably organized manner to keep my accessories organized then I was going to have to get rid of some of them. I decided to pin things onto my bulletin board (that I first covered with white paper). It makes getting dressed a little easier when I have all my options in front of me like this. 

Pillows
I am OBSESSED with the two smaller white pillows. They are made of this beautiful velvet that has a slight sheen. And they are sooo soft. Me and my friends Casey and Lauren joke that they feel like a boy's head after a buzz cut... a little weird, but very accurate. 

Huge thanks to my pal and Delta Gamma sister, Kiera Wood for shooting the pictures for this post. When she holds a camera she is an amazing goddess queen. 
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