I feel a bit nostalgic this week seeing all of the college students back in the city after a quiet summer. I’m a self-professed geek who actually loved back-to-school time and relished in getting my brand spanking new Ticonderoga pencils sharpened in preparation for the first day of classes. Long gone are the days of first days of school, but I’m still eyeing the desk supplies!

Notepad, Stapler, and Pencil Cup

I’ve been over on Lamps.com for the past few weeks sharing some ideas and tips on tackling lighting challenges in different rooms in your house; click over to check them out to read more!

Kitchen wares are top of mind as I’m starting to build our wedding registry; I’m loving the feature on Amazon’s registry that allows you to pull in items from other websites (like etsy!). In my browsing-mode I found these gorgeous neon dipped wooden bowls, spoons, and jars from Wind & Willow Home — something a little different from the department store basics!

I wrote a few weeks ago of having a bit of decor-boredom after being in the same space for awhile. My solution was to rearrange some art and inject a couple of new pieces to spice things up a bit. I tucked my new Emmakisstina print on my bathroom shelf. And I started a new mini-gallery wall in my bedroom with a graphic record I found on eBay, an old drawing from my high school sketchbooks, and my newest acquisition, a canvas print of one of my instagram photos from a trip to the Museum of Natural History. (The nice folks at easy canvas prints sent this to me to test the instagram printing service!). A few small changes can make a big difference to keep a space feeling fresh — do you rearrange your artwork?

Canvas print C/O Easy Canvas Prints and Signs on the Cheap

Where some people stray away from experimenting with color, I fall on the other end of the spectrum. For me, working with whites and neutrals in my home is a challenge! Yet I love the calming, simple aesthetic that comes from an all-white space. Do you have a serene, neutral room at your house?

For more decorating with white inspiration, check out my houzz post here.

Sources: Chair, Floor Lamp, Cake Stand, Table Lamps, Bookshelf, Pouf, Couch, Pillow, Throw, Clock

Dining outdoors is definitely one of my favorite perks of Summer. These shots from this month’s House Beautiful are a gorgeous example of an al fresco dining set-up; how fun is the window bar?

I’m getting a case of interior boredom. We’re just re-signing the lease on our apartment for another year and lately I’ve been taking a look around and wondering “hmm, maybe I want to paint that” or “gosh, I’m over those curtains.” My biggest areas for interior daydreams are always the things I can’t change though — like the kitchen and bathroom. In the meantime I’ll just have to live vicariously through my Pinterest boards and dream of a bright white kitchen like this one for ‘someday.’

via House Beautiful

Whenever I see pictures of a mint and white bathroom I tear them out for my ‘someday’ inspiration folder. There’s something fresh and clean about these colors in a bathroom — what do you think of this color scheme?

images via House Beautiful

I could spend hours looking at all of the invites and stationery on Minted, and I am delighted to find out that they have expanded their offerings to now include a line of art prints. I’m making a little wish list of the prints I want to collect for my apartment — the striped chairs might be my favorite! Which would you choose?

Sometimes I think I’m over chevron — but let’s be serious — I just can’t shake it. I love the idea of using wallpaper behind bookshelves; the black and white pattern here is such a graphic balance to the traditional style of the room. Now — where, oh where, can I get some shelves like these in my apartment?

Image via House Beautiful