One of the guiding themes I decided on when I first started decorating my home was vintage travel decor. I wanted my home to feel like a welcoming boutique hotel, where every object tells a story. I love the souvenirs I’ve collected on my travels, and I wanted them to feel like a natural part of the decor.

vintage books and vintage travel inspired printableWe recently started decorating our bedrooms, and I thought it would be a good time to revisit my inspiration and get my creative juices flowing again.

This print is also a free printable that I put together from my collection of vintage travel ephemera. Scroll down to the end of the post for the download link!

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I’ve loved Dan-ah Kim‘s work for years. I first came upon her prints on Etsy a long time ago — 2006 or 2007, maybe. Then, while I was living in London, I bought a print on a whim. Only later did I realize that it was by the same artist whose work I’d admired for so long!

Dan-ah Kim - Where We Belong - Budget Art I Love

“Where We Belong”

I love Dan-ah Kim’s work because of her exploration of femininity, and the way she places her figures in stunning, otherworldly dreamscapes. She creates strong narratives that leave much to the imagination, encouraging the viewer to fill in a before and after the moment depicted.

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I can’t believe fall is already here, and it’s about time I posted my fall reading list. As I mentioned on my summer reading list post, I’m currently working on my MA thesis. I don’t have a lot of time to read for pleasure, but I’m trying to step away from my academic books now and then. Here’s my summer reading recap and what’s on my fall reading list.

Wthering Heights - on my fall reading list

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My home of Fishtown has been getting some national attention lately, in places like Vogue and the New York Times, thanks to all of the amazing restaurants, cafes and shops that have opened here over the past few years. Since a lot of friends visiting Philly have started asking me for my recommendations around the neighborhood, I thought it was about time I wrote up a little guide to Fishtown.

Fishtown is a great neighborhood to explore if you're visiting Philadelphia. Here's a complete guide!

The best places to eat, drink, and shop in Fishtown, Philadelphia

There are nearly endless places to explore in Fishtown, so it’s hard to narrow down to just the best. But if you’re coming to Fishtown for the first time, these are the places I think you should explore first.

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Last time I recreated a room from Pinterest a few of you commented that you’d love to see a similar post using budget decor finds. So here’s my second decor Pinspiration post, complete with how to achieve a look I love and some advice on how I find great budget decor items.

Pinning decor ideas is fun, but sometimes it feels out of reach. Here are ideas on how to replicate a pinterest-worthy room for under $1000.

I noticed lately that I’ve been pinning a lot of images with beautiful vignettes, like these:


This interior from a Brooklyn apartment seen on Blueberry Home.


This entryway, via D Magazine.


This interior featuring the Slub Velvet Couch from Anthropologie.

I noticed some repeating themes in these images: a great rug; a credenza or dresser that serves as a focal point; oversized greenery in a vase; well-styled books and art that have tons of personality and really individualize the space.

Here’s how I’d put a room like this together using budget decor options:

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