lifestyle

Painted Brick Studio

Living in a small apartment I am often frustrated by how little I can do to spruce my place up. I don’t have an eye for interior design, I spend hours scrolling through Pinterest looking at beautifully put together rooms but when it comes to execution I just don’t have it. Recently I have been feeling very blah about my space, it’s small and doesn’t get much sunlight. I wanted something to brighten the place up!

I was so excited to work with Hilary, owner of Painted Brick Studio to redecorate my bedroom. It’s such a cool concept that o haven’t seen before. Painted Brick sends you a box full of home decor. You select a room, style, price tier, and answer a few questions about your personal preferences. Then get surprised by all the fantastic pieces they send you. I asked Hilary if the items she sent me could be from eco and socially conscious brands and she did a great job of respecting my request!

I am in love with the prints that were in my Painted Brick Studio box, they even came already framed, by Lunch City Studio. I hung mine right over my bed. I am also loving the 4thingstote by The Shop Forward. My ‘4 things’ were Ack. Autumn. Bean Boots. Hydrangeas. it is a perfect on the go tote and they have so many different designs!

The west elm pillow and throw blanket that were in my box are so cozy and matched my room perfectly! But I have to say my favorite item is probably the Cat Studio Massachusetts embroider pillow! I had so much fun working with Hilary and I am so happy with how my room came out. Got a little face lift to cheer me up right as we get into the colder days! I think Painted Brick Studio I a great option if you recently moved, feel like you want to mix it up but don’t know how, or if you just never got around to making a space your own! With the Holidays right around the corner it makes the perfect gift! Use my code PAINTEDFALL15 for 15% off your purchase. What room would you redecorate?

Sustainable Living

Halloween Pumpkin

Growing up my elementary school had an annual pumpkin carving contest. I always wanted to win scariest pumpkin, I tried carving scary faces, a Halloween cat, monsters etc. As it turns out the scariest thing about our Jack-o-lanterns is what happens to them after Halloween.

Let’s look at some facts:

-Every year 1.3 Billion pounds of pumpkins grown in the US end up in landfills

-Organic waste (like pumpkins) left in landfills release methane gas, which has 20 times the warming effect of other common greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.

So this year I challenge you to use your pumpkin in a sustainable way!

I am no cook but anyone can bake pumpkin seeds. While you’re carving set the seeds aside and bake them at 300 degrees for about 30 minutes. Then you’ll have a tasty and healthy snack. All October long people are crazy for pumpkin flavored everything! Use your pumpkin to make soup, bread, or pie. Couple of tips: hold off on carving until the day before or day of Halloween, and don’t let your pumpkin sit around for days and rot.

If pumpkin baked goods are not your thing you can still compost it or feed it to wild life. Growing up we always tossed our pumpkins in the far corner of the yard for the squirrels. Live in the city and don’t have a yard? Check out composting programs for city dwellers. Here is my favorite in Boston but there a tons of different programs that help you compost in your apartment or community gardens often have composts! There are so many alternatives to throwing your pumpkin in the trash. Living sustainably is about making all those small choices that add up to big change. I hope everyone has a Happy and Sustainable Halloween!