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Hello, I’m Gwen.

I work in advertising. I play in the kitchen.

I’m part tweenager. (Look at my iTunes playlist.)

I’m part Grandma. (Look at my oversize cardi collection.)

I’m part Romy or Michelle. (Look at the height of my hair.)

As a Christian, I'm learning how to glorify God in the everyday. To live into the status quo, like Jesus' own Manchurian candidate, and seep grace through its cracks.

I wish my life were a musical, but other than that, I’m pretty content.

(No surprise I also like to Yelp.)

The Casual Vacancy
The Explicit Gospel
Gone Girl
The Chaperone
Cutting for Stone

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Posts tagged "home decoration"

The piece One Morning by Matt Messinger has been rolling ‘round in my brain ever since Sugarlaws’ Katy Atlas tweeted it last week. The print is available via Gallery Direct.


If you haven’t seen the pictures of Kyle DeWoody’s home yet featured on, get ready to swoon. Kyle is the creative director and cofounder of the interior design store, Grey Area. Located in Greenwich Village, her apartment showcases everything from modern art to flea market finds. There’s nothing we love more than inspiring interiors. For the entire feature, be sure check out the article here. Enjoy! - GOLP 

Photos via Vogue / Claiborne Swanson Frank, Styled by Chiara de Rage)

My dream dining area, at least for today: A rustic table with mix-and-match Tolix chairs. The chalkboard’s the perfect icing on the cake. (Click through for more design ideas that are making me swoon!)

My mom, who often painted when my brother and I were younger, offered to paint a piece to hang in my bedroom in my new apartment. We’re turning to Cocoa and Hearts for inspiration. Take a look around!

My first purchases for the new apartment: Macy’s Arlene Sofa and West Elm’s Parsons Metal Desk.

I’d like nothing more than to design a room around a gorgeous painting, but my mom, a decorator extraordinaire, cautioned against buying artwork, accessories and accent pieces ’til I’ve settled into my new place. (Can’t pick a piece of artwork that really fits the bill ’til you know the room’s dimensions, layout, lighting and overall feel, Mom said.)

Instead, I’ve been searching for basics, like a couch and a desk. (Check!) I’m still on the prowl for a kitchen table — hopefully with a pair of upholstered chairs.

I dressed up my dresser! Actually, Katie, Shannon, Megan and I dressed up the relatively inexpensive dresser Shannon and I found at a resale shop north of town. Now we’re talking!

My Pinspiration came from a project a found via Pinterest earlier in the summer. We painted the trim white, covered the drawers, top and sides with fabric adhered with Mod Podge, and coated the top of the fabric with Mod Podge and glossy finishing spray. I also lined each drawer with pink floral wrapping paper. (I’m all about mismatched patterns. Have you seen the outfits I throw together?!)

A word to the wise: If you’re itching to try this DIY, be sure to choose sturdy fabrics that mask the Mod Podge underneath. Unseemly splotches shine through a couple of my lighter fabrics, especially the stretchy pink jersey on the bottom drawer.

Before I left Collierville, my mom helped me create a Have Heart Garland from pretty scrapbook paper and old paperbacks. (Goodbye, Alice Alone and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm! I loved you once. And I appreciate you still.) I used dainty pink Japanese washi tape to hang up each strand. I’m happy my room has a little more heart!

I’ve already posted these wallflowers on Facebook and Pinterest, but I’m too obsessed to leave them off my Tumblr. I am definitely doing this project at my apartment in the fall! (I’ve already got a GoogleDoc that lists all of my pins I’d actually consider making, but this one is happening without a doubt. I think!)

My apartment in Chicago is a fifteen-minute walk away from my office, a fifteen-minute train ride to Trader Joe’s and inches away from Michigan Avenue, State Street and Millennium Park. So basically — my apartment is ideal. The only drawback? It’s rather sterile. And reminiscent of hospital. And just blah.

Have heart. Luckily, I discovered Pinterest just in time! I found a couple craft projects that let me decorate for next to nothing. Which is perfect because I’m an intern and a grad student. Obviously.

To liven up one of my boring bedroom walls, I replicated this Polaroid heart with plain ol’ photographs of my best friends from Columbia, Collierville, Dearborn and my church mission trip to the Bahamas. I’m lovin’ it.

I’m also lovin’ corny puns. Obviously.