So… have we discussed my obsessed with tassels yet? They are one of my favorite special somethin’ somethins’ to add to anything. When I was designing textiles at Anthro, everyone made fun of me for adding tassels to absolutely every. single. one. of my designs. It was that big of a problem. Imagine my excitement then when WKNDLA popped up in my inbox.
I love how minimal and special each piece from WKNDLA feels. Often, tassels can get lumped into two categories: super-ethnic boho over-the-top or super-traditional old school interior designer. These pieces feel way more modern, but still in that lovely, bohemian kind of way.
I haven’t even bought my house yet, but I’m daydreaming about putting a large tassel on my bedroom door!
It’s been about 2 weeks since I shared the news that I’m house hunting, so I figured it’s a good time to check in. I’ve seen about 20 houses all over the city of Seattle, some were awesome, some were terrible… and some we didn’t even step inside because the exterior was so frightening! I’ve viewed houses where it feels like a cattle call, tiny 1,000 sqft homes with 30 other people in them all doing the same thing I’m doing. It’s super intimidating and scary, no lie. Today I want to share a few of the random, weird things I’ve seen and learned during the house hunting process.
Remember last Friday when I was allll about black and white? Well, this week it’s a bit more colorful and certainly more eclectic. Funny how things change in week, huh. Warmer, cozier, even a bit more casual.
I’m not really one of those people who loves red, but lately shades of persimmon feel right to me. Almost like persimmon is the new crimson. Weird, right? I’m still not entirely sure I could wear this color, but I love the idea of it for home decor.
I’m also really into quirky details (when am I not??): cute buttons, boobs on everything, and clusters of pom poms being my current fave.
Happy Friday, you guys! This week has me running around and attending loads of open houses. So, basically I’ve got home decor on the brain — big time. I’m looking for more of a fixer upper, something where I can put my own special touches on the space. It’s so nuts that I get to daydream about so many possibilities now!
I know that I want my space to have that casual bohemian vibe, but also to still feel really neutral. Black and white has traditionally felt extremely modern for me, but lately I find myself gravitating towards this bold combination. It no longer feels starkly modern, but instead does have that air of boho that I love so much. When paired with mixed metallics and vintage-inspired textures (um hello, stitched leather + kantha stitching), black and white feels totally right for my aesthetic.
In case you missed my message on Instagram the other day, a few changes are coming to this space. One is happening rightthisminute… I’m ending our link love column and morphing it a bit. Instead, I thought back to what I’d want to see on a blog on a Friday. Usually by the time this much-anticipated day rolls around, I’m feelin’ pretty worn out from the week and aching for some inspiration. Fashion, home decor, jewelry, artists… whatever form, gimme that eye candy and make it quick. I want my Friday finds to feel curated, but not exactly trend-driven. Things that have caught my eye, but don’t warrant an entire blog post. Things that play well together, but aren’t besties. It will be an evolution, but I’m excited for a different approach to closing the week.
Clearly this week I’ve got a thing for neutrals paired with metallics. Lately, bronze and copper have felt more like a color choice more so than a material choice. These tones are popping up across the spectrum and are no longer reserved solely for jewelry or home.
The fact is that I’ve sort of had enough with color thanks to the glut of the holidays. I want everything to feel clean, fresh… easy. I’m not ready to shed pattern just yet, but instead I want scale to be practically miniature and the artwork itself to feel graphic. None of this feels precious or precise. Rather, it’s more about a sophisticated casualness mixed with a slight twist of boho.
That’s right, you guys… I’m in the market to buy my first home, something I never thought I’d say in this space. Ever since I graduated college, I’ve been a renter and a very transient one at that. I’ve moved across the country 3 times, but it didn’t stop there. There were years that I moved 3 times within a span of 12 months. Oh, and that time I lived in my car with my cat thanks to an insane roommate and showered at the office when no one was around. Let’s not forget about that.
So, the fact that I am starting the house hunting process feels… indescribable? I hate to use that word, but –boom– there it is. It’s also coupled with a bit of personal info that I’ve debated sharing in this space, but I’m gonna be brave: my dear, dear grandpa gave me the money when he passed away. There, I said it. The fact is that I got insanely, inconceivably lucky and I almost feel guilty about it. I don’t have this money because I scrimped and saved for years and years. Instead, it came in the form of a very generous gift and a message from my grandpa: it’s time to settle down. For years, he saw me struggling and moving, never quite feeling like I was in the right place. And every time we spoke, he directed me to keep going, but to pay attention to what felt right. Just one month before he passed away, I told him I was planning to move back to Seattle. He didn’t say much, but his eyes said ‘finally.’
Here I am now, armed with a lifetime of his amazing guidance and his incredible gift to me. I’m meeting with my first real estate agent later today and the usual anxieties are creeping up — am I enough? Will I be taken seriously even if I have pink hair and tattoos? Is this just too big of an adult decision for me to make? Can I make this decision alone? It all feels… so much bigger than me.
I am so terrified of this process, it’s not even funny. And to do it alone? Oof.
But here’s what is ringing true more than any anxiety I might have: I’ve always wanted a home, something that’s all mine and now this dream is a very real possibility. After all of the moving, all of the scrambling to find a place to live, all of the unknown, I’ve been given an incredible gift to get what I always wanted: my very own home. No more sociopath roommates, no more noisy neighbors, no more waiting for my heat to never get fixed. Instead, I can make it all my own and do what I actually need. This goes beyond inspiration boards on Pinterest; rather, this is more about that feeling of Never Having to Leave Again. Security. Stability.
That’s what this all means to me.
p.s. I plan to share the house hunting process with you guys, too. I have the feeling I’ll need your advice and encouragement as I muddle my way through this process! Be sure to stay tuned.
Here’s something to be filed under ‘finally’ — textile designer Rebecca Atwood just launched table linens! I grew up in a house where my mom always used cloth napkins instead of paper ones, which has become a habit I’ve carried into my own home. It’s sort of like an everyday luxury that’s also so much better for the environment. Plus, you get to incorporate a bit of pattern and color in your meals, even if they are eaten on your sofa while The Bachelor is on (ahem).
I’m a long-time fan of Rebecca’s, so it’s especially exciting to not only outfit my dining table with her pieces, but now I can also add a few pieces to my prop library for photoshoots! The hardest part (as always the case with her work) is picking an absolute favorite. Currently, I’m partial to the midnight black dashes napkins mingled with the spots table runner.
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