Style Crush: The Dime Building - Detroit, MI

A couple of weeks ago, I visited Detroit. We stayed in the downtown area and was in town to celebrate my cousin's birthday.

I'm a huge breakfast person, so when the group talked about walking around to find a good breakfast spot, I was immediately down. I can eat breakfast anytime of the day, literally ANYTIME. We stumbled upon The Dime Building that has a little brunch spot inside.


After doing a little bit of research, I learned that The Dime Building is one of Detroit's oldest skyscrapers. It got its name from a interesting marketing tactic, and being a marketer I found this story pretty interesting. The bank did not have a lot of capital so it came up with the plan of allowing anyone with a dime to open up an account. This idea turned out to be a profitable one, and lured in many customers. The bank went on to be very successful.

....and the rest is history....

But let's talk about this beautiful decor. I was so in love with this lamp. I love an interesting lamp. This lamp base is calling my name!


One thing I really loved about this space was the mix of colors and textures. This space features a cognac leather couch, eggplant microfiber benches and green linen armchairs.





I have lately found myself drawn to rich colors, and I love this mix. This gave me some ideas for my bedroom makeover.

 Another thing I loved about this space was how they took a big open area and sectioned it off into different spaces. Most newly built houses are open floor plans. I have one myself and my set up of furniture has always helped to break up the space.


They used a large long table to break up the sitting area and added more rich colors through the use of these purples chairs.

Lastly, one of my golden rules is always to add something 'alive' to a space. This space had big beautiful trees and plants throughout the space. Adding this simple element really made the place feel alive. This reaffirms my belief of adding greenery to spaces.



Always remember, inspiration can be found anywhere. I was not only inspired by the decor but also with the history of this building.  The power of people putting their dimes together built a successful bank. There are a couple lessons I can draw from this:

1. A little goes a long way
2. Small steps accomplishes Large goals

Check out my other Style Crush Post and let me know what you think of this crush. 

The Time Has Finally Come: A Bedroom Makeover Story

I've come to realize that the most neglected space in my home is my bedroom. The bedroom should be the most peaceful and relaxing place in the house, but for some reason, ours is not that way. I think because we spend the least amount of awake time there, it gets pushed to the side. Well, the time has come to change that.

I have quite a bit of work to do. Here's what I'm hoping to get to:


I put together this board using Polyvore and I think it's a great mix of masculine and feminine decor.

A few years ago, I did a simple refresh, but it's time for something drastic. I liked it at the time, but as I get older my taste and style has evolved. Check out the before from the refresh.


Some of the items shown on my concept board I currently have but will have to do some DIY updating and for some items I will get to shop for.

Stay tuned for the exciting changes coming soon! I'll be taking you behind the scenes of all of this through my Instagram page! I'm also planning to share with you some of my favorite brands and provide some product recommendations to you.

30 by Thirty Check-in | Pt. Deux

It's been a while since I did a 30 by 30 check in. With my birthday a couple weeks out, I thought it would be fun to revisit this list. I don't plan on turning a year past thirty so from here on out every birthday is a 30th birthday!

Here's my list and some shots of the progress I made. Admittedly, I have alot of work to do, but I'm determined to scratch a few more items off my the end of the year.  Also, I made a few tweaks to the list, realizing that some of the things I wanted may not be so quickly attainable.

Travels
1. Take a Cruise
2. Get a passport
3. Travel Internationally - anywhere!
although this wasn't international (P.R) I am happy to have gotten some travel under my belt

4. Visit California
5. Visit D.C Capitol and historic sites
6. Climb Stone Mountain

7. Take road trip cross-country

Academics/Work
8. Get Bachelors Degree in Marketing

9. Learn Spanish
10. Start Blog

11. Participate in Community Service providing any expertise I have on Marketing/Social Media
12. Start career in the Marketing Field - specifically online/internet/email/social media marketing


Family/Home
13. Get Married

14. Have 2nd child
15. Adopt a dog
we actually have had 3 dogs now, with CiCi here being our last. We adopted a dog but it didn't work out, so now we have Ms. Cici.

16. Have 3 months worth of living expenses saved in the bank
17. Be completely debt free (credit card)
18. Finish decorating entire house -- but can you ever really finish...?? :) 
19. Purchase 2nd house (this can spill over into 30 but I want to be on my way to another home)

Adventures
20. Skydive
21. Skinny Dip
22. Go to Gun range
23. Get another tattoo

24. Go skiing
25. Go camping

Random
26. Try Shrimp, Lobster and Crab
27. Take professional family pictures


28. Get facial
29. Learn how to use 2 big power tools
30. Plant a vegetable garden and actually use it

With 6 months left in the year, my goal is to check off at least 3 of these things. Anybody up for some bucketlisting?? 

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