Macrame Air Plant Hanger

Hello everyone!

Today I’m sharing a DIY with my new obsession: Air Plants. I know. My last post also involved air plants… its an obsession.

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You Need:
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-Yarn
-Key Ring
-Scissors
-Air Plants

One:
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Cut three strings of yarn in equal lengths, about 3 feet each. Pull the yarn half way through the key ring and tie them to the ring.

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Tie two of the yarn strands together two or three inches down from the key ring. Do the same with the remaining strings.

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Repeat step two, but tie two different strands together each time than you did the last. Repeat this step one more time.

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Tie the same group of strings together a second time, not with different strings like the past two steps.

Five:
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Repeat step three once more. Knot all of the strands together leaving about six inches of lose strands hanging. Insert an air plant so that it sits on top of the large knot. Pull it’s leaves through the strands of yarn to secure the plant. Hang it up and you’re good to go!

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I hope you all enjoy this new DIY!

The Whale's Endeavors

-The Whale

Interior Design Magazine February

Hello, everyone!

I haven’t done one of these in a while… I’m a bit disappointed in myself for that…. but better late than never, right?

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I really liked the February issue! It was pretty hard to pick my favorite projects out of this one, but here’s what I finally decided!

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This is the PanAtlantic Exploration Company designed by Mayfield and Ragni Studio in Houston, TX. The thing I loved the most about this project is the combination of the organic stump furniture and artwork with the clean, white, contemporary design. The reception desk is meant to mimic a geode rock. The organic components really add a wonderful texture and variation to the space.
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I also love the way the art was selected to add some color to the space, without being overpowering. The ceiling is a fantastic feature as well. The wavy ‘fins’ cover a series of power efficient LEDs. The idea was to give the feeling of being under the ocean, which adds to the organic nature theme of the space.

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Another of my favorite featured projects is the The Chronicles of Catalonia. I can’t get over the way the pool is so seamlessly integrated into the house, and also how the whole set up seems so natural. It belongs in that forest just as much as the trees do! The whole design was done by Sausriballonch Architects, and is located in Santa Pau, Spain. When the homeowners purchased the home, it was a small lava stone structure. The architects dug out under it to add the dinning room and pool.

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One of my favorite things about this house (besides the whole being part of nature thing) is the lighting! Maybe I’m slighting partial to it because I work in a lighting store, but that is beside the point! I’ve always felt the Artemide Castores looked a bit alien, but the way they’ve been used in this house is wonderful! They contrast the natural wood and stone finishes, but in the best way possible.

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I love how the guest bathroom’s shower is completely made up of concrete. It has a great texture! (I’m a big fan of mixing textures if you didn’t notice…)

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One thing that was important to the homeowners was that the architect’s keep the original home’s lava stonewalls in tact. This feature is then seamlessly incorporated into the building’s new design. Once again, I love the natural, organic attribute this adds to the space…. And also the texture! (oh surprise!)

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Alrighty, my final favorite pick for this issue is the Andaz Maui resort in Hawaii by Rockwell Group. I can’t get enough of this staircase! The curve and wood grain are just phenomenal….

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A factor that was important when designing this resort was to make it feel like… well…. Hawaii. What better way to do that than by including a lounge area with sand?? I would love to sit there with my feet in the sand while sipping something tropical. I also enjoy the walnut beams on the ceiling, and all the vertical elements that were included in the design.

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This image is of one of the villas. I really like the textures added with the wool rug and the lighting fixture over the table!

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The pendants in the business center are amazing….

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So are the ones over the kitchen islands in the event center. I also love the large wood grain in the cabinets!

Okay, moving onto my favorite new products!

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1Chiaozzo’s Geometric Shelving:
I’ve been pretty big on geometric patterns lately. I love these shelves! They’re made up of different kinds of painted wood, and come in such fun colors!

2. Restoration Hardware’s Spartan Daybed:
I would like nothing better than sit by the pool all day with a good book in one of these….

3. Tai Ping’s new Chroma Collection:
I’ve been pretty into watercolors lately. I love how messy and abstract they can be while still feeling so light. These rugs are just wonderful.

Well, there you have it! Be sure to check out Interior Design Magazine’s website for more information on any of the things I talked about in this post!

On a completely unrelated note, The Whale’s Endeavor’s has been featured on the wonderful Jillian’s blog, ReFashionista, as a Reader Refash! Her blog was a huge inspiration for me, so I suggest you check her out!

-The Whale

Bench Refashion

Oh hello.

I have a new project to share with everyone!
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I came across this cute little bench at a flea market over the summer for only $8! For months it sat in my parent’s garage as I waited to find the time to make it into what I had envisioned.
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Finally I found some time, so I proceeded to paint the bench a nice off-white. I planed on putting the bench in my kitchen, and I wanted it to be neat and fresh. After the paint was applied and the bench was transported to my kitchen, it was buried under odds and ends and mail as I waited to find the time to sew up some appropriate cushions. I had the perfect fabric already…
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Lovely vintage fabric! I love the color and the print!
So a month or two after being moved to my kitchen, I have finally completed it all!
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I really love the result! No more acting as a storage table; the bench now serves as a quiet little sitting area by my window. It’s a rather nice place for coffee and a bagel in the morning!

-The Whale

Interior Design Magazine: September

Hey, everyone!

So, I’ve been slacking a lot with this lately… I know I’ve missed a month or so of my Interior Design Magazine series… I know… I need to step it up a notch! Well, here goes.

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As usual I’ll start with my favorite projects featured in the magazine!
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Aesop is a high end skin care line started by hair stylist Dennis Paphitis in 1987. Paphitis then hired Giovanni Lepori as a general manager. Each Aesop store is unique. Lepori likes to choose architects early in their career to design new stores. All the stores focus on using raw materials and center around a sink with running water so that customers can wash their hands and try out the products!
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I’m a huge fan of the curved, wood ceiling and creative, geometric shelving designs!

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This next one is the loft space of Eric and Julie Ronning by Ghislaine Vinas Interior Design. The whole place is animal themed starting with the swallow wallpaper featured in the entry hall.
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I absolutely love the wood look of the trompe l’oeil wallpaper for the back splash in the kitchen!

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This last of my favorites is… well my overall favorite! This is the Midtown headquarters of the advertising firm McCann Erikson. The new headquarters were a design collaboration between Gensler, a top 100 design firm, and Tom Dixon, a company focused on lighting and furniture. (I’ve mentioned my love for Tom Dixon Lighting before in a previous design post!)
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I really love the stools sound the bar area, and I LOVE all the Tom Dixon lighting installations, as well as the chevron rug!
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Like seriously… the lighting… I can’t get over it. The copper lighting cluster above the lounge area blows my mind! It’s amazing how much lighting can make or break a space.

So now onto products I love!
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1. Pelle Soap Stones:
“The Soap Stones are handcrafted glycerine soap intended for both use and display. Consisting of all natural, vegetable-based soap ingredients, the Soap Stones are made and hand cut in our Brooklyn studio.”
2. CX Design:
“CX Design is the creation of Italian-born designer Monica Missio and British-born entrepreneur Richard Cleves. Established in 1990, it offers the only complete lighting collection individually hand-crafted by master Italian glass blowers on Murano, an island just north of Venice – the centuries old, undisputed center of the world’s most treasured glass. ” I love how the pendants and chandeliers can come on chains!
3. Erica Rosenfeld Capsule Light:
Handblown glass table and floor lamps that resemble pill capsules. I like the variety of colors and sizes these come in!

Well, that’s about it for my Interior Design Magazine September post! Check out their website for more information on any of the projects I talked about!

-The Whale

So. I Moved!

Hello, everyone!

So if you’ve been reading my posts lately you’ll know that I’ve been rather busy. Well. Part of that is the fact that I have moved! That’s right. I’m out all on my own now!

I am so excited to have found the apartment I did. It’s in the exact area I wanted, for a price I like, and it’s pretty much just an awesome space! So having said that, I figured I would show you guys a few photos of my new living quarters…

This is of course a work in progress… (hence why there are no photos of the bedroom.. it’s very much still in progress). There’s tons of windows and hence natural light, and super high ceilings. Plus its located in the historic Over the Rhine area of Cincinnati, Ohio. This area has a not so great history, but recent efforts to revitalize it are going well. Very well. Some of my favorite bars and restaurants are here as well as a super cute vintage shop.

Well that is that. I’ll be posting updates and little home projects on here as I work on my space, so be on the lookout for that!

-The Whale

Interior Design Magazine: May

Hello, hello!

So, I know I’ve been MIA for a week or so… Life gets busy sometimes. Or maybe I just get lazy. Or maybe its a combination of both? We’ll go with that.

What is important is that I’m back, and its time for my Interior Design Magazine post for May!

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As always, I’ll start with my favorite projects from the magazine!

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First up is this fantastic mausoleum in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. Designed by HGA Architects & Engineers, this lovely building features a granite facade along with marble, bronze, mahogany, and onyx. I love how the rough granite texture works with the shiny gloss of the marble. Texture is one of my favorite things to play with!
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This mausoleum was built to hold up to 10,000 remains, and also has a chapel, and a lounge. To top it all off, it was built surrounded with 4 acres of beautiful landscaping!

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Next up is a temporary pop up shop for one of my favorite fashion designers Louis Vuitton! The shop was designed to feature a new line and collaboration with Japanese octogenarian multimedia artist and certified iconoclast Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi is well known for her pumpkin sculptures and polka-dot paintings, so the installment, done by Marc Fornes & the Very Many, features carbon fiber ‘pumpkins’ and water jet cut polka-dots.
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I love the unique and artisticness of this shop!

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My final favorite from this issue is the new Adobe offices! This building, located in Utah, was a design collaboration of architecture firm WRNS Studio, and interior design firm Rapt Studio. The idea was to create a space that would promote the flow of creative juices, while featuring not the Adobe products themselves, but what could be created with Adobe products.
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The structure was built with a wing going straight across an interstate! They view this as an effective advertisement solution. Genius really. Check out more information and photos of this awesome building here!

Okay, on to my highlighted products!
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One:
Emma J. Shipley with Camira Fabrics. I love this gorilla jungle upholstery fabric titled ‘Tangled’!
Two:
Aceray chairs. I an a huge fan of the new line of seating offered by Aceray! I enjoy the shapes of these chairs a whole lot.
Three:
Shaw Contract Group: Hexagon. The idea of carpet squares being anything but square is a great thing to me!

Well, I do believe that wraps it up for this month! Check out more from Interior Design Magazine here!
I promise to try to not disappear again for a while… but life is busy! :]

-The Whale

Interior Design: April

Hello hello!

So I got the new April issue for the Interior Design Magazine in the mail recently. You know what that means!
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That’s right! I’ll start with my favorites!
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The first project I want to highlight is Lanvin’s Men’s Store in New York. The space was designed by Mr Architecture + Decor. The shop is in a 3,400 square ft three level townhouse and features concrete flooring on the first floor, and then oak parquet flooring on the second floor where the clothes are more formal.

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I love the window display!

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The top level is a VIP lounge for guests. I love the fixtures they used through out the store!
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I also love this display case for bow ties and accessories!

And number two!
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This one is my favorite! I adore everything about it! Did you notice the ombre walls that go from wood to white? Fantastic. I also love the ceilings! This lovely duplex is located in Paris, France inside of an art deco style building and was renovated by Ramy Fischler. All of that just makes me love it more.
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The built-ins in the dining room are so great… and the ombre walls again. I can’t get over that. I’m doing that in my house. Its going to happen! Also, the chandelier is the original crystal one that was in the house, but it now has several coats of epoxy paint. I like how it gave it a very modern look!

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The kitchen is all white and shiny with lacquered cabinets and wooden counters. I adore the bubble fixture over the glass dining table. I also love the chairs! I think you get that I love everything about this place now…

Now I don’t have a third favorite this month… but I do have something else!
The DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) hosted a design fundraiser in New York called Dining By Design. I decided to showcase my favorite dining set ups from this fundraiser instead!
So without further delay:
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I really like the butterfly theme from Echo Design Group! The table even doubles as a display case for silk butterflies and paper crickets!

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Ralph Lauren Home‘s design featured a mix of different cultures!

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My favorite out of all of the designs was this creative space by Parsons the New School for Design! The design was inspired by poetry, and features a ‘cloud’ made from polyethylene and lit with LEDs.

Okay! Now onto my favorite products!
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One:
Tri-Kes Wood Too Wallcovering Collection: These wall coverings feature a wood grain pattern available in all sorts of color pallets!

Two:
Tom Dixon Lighting: It was seriously so hard for me to not put every single one of these lights onto this post! I forced myself to only pick three! Seriously though, believe me when I say the entire collection is awesome and you should take a look!

Three:
MDC Wood Herringbone Wallcovering Collection: I’ve been a bit obsessed with wood lately… and I’ve always loved the herringbone pattern! I love this combination as a flooring, but the idea of using it as a wall covering intrigues me!

Well that concludes my April edition for the Interior Design Magazine! I hope you all enjoyed it!

-The Whale

Interior Design March

Hello hello!

It’s about time for my second monthly Interior Design Magazine post! I got the March issue a few weeks ago and have finally found time to do the research and editing required for this sort of thing! So with out further delay:
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I’ll start by highlighting some of my favorite projects in the magazine!

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First up is this little house located in Lisbon, Portugal. RA Architectural & Design teamed up with ADN Garden Design to create this fantastic piece of work. The whole building is like a garden!

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There is also a pool on top and the building makes use of solar panels to help with the water heater.

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Second up is this fast food joint called Yohinoya in Hong Kong by As Design Service. I’m not usually a huge fan of orange, but this design caught my eye.

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I like the orange and wood combination and the interesting textures they put together! Plus check out the nifty little menu area!

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Now this project is by far my absolute favorite from this issue! It’s a penthouse located in Paris, France. The penthouse was previously the home of Auguste Perret, one of France’s greatest 20th-century architects. Perret had constructed the building and then created his own apartment on the top level. The penthouse had been unoccupied for decades before Felix Claus of Claus en Kaan Architects decided to move in. Felix paid three years worth of rent in advance in order to be able to renovate the apartment and bring it back to its former glory.
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I absolutely love the french doors and the concrete columns! It all makes sense since Perret was a specialist in reinforced concrete construction.
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Its such a lovely place with great details! I’m in love with it.

Okay, now for my favorite products in this issue!
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One:
Bocci 28: “Arbel developed a method that has loose parameters built into it, which produces a different shape in every iteration of the fabrication procedure. Thus, every 28 series pendant made is formally different from any other in existence.” I love that these are all unique and made from a complex glass blowing technique.

Two:
Foscarini: Caboche:
“Suspension lamp composed by spheres of polymetylmetacrylate, transparent or gold yellow. A screen in white satinized blown glass guarantees maximum diffusion of light and prevents glare.” I have been in love with the Caboche by Foscarini ever since the moment I saw it a few years ago!

Three:
Volare Collection by Elitis: ““The weight of the feather”Nature offers us its most sophisticated for an exceptional wall décor that lacks no spirit! Time to fly at each new season, free minded.” These wall coverings are probably my favorite ones I have ever come across.

Four:
Rex Ray Infused Veneer: B+N Industries teamed up with artist Rex Ray to create an infused wood veneer collection. I just love the colors and patterns!

Well, that concludes my March edition of Interior Design!

-The Whale

Interior Design February

Hello Everyone!

So, I have been putting a lot of thought into this blog and what I would like the future to hold for it. Of course I’ve also been thinking about my own future. I’ve decided that since this blog is a kind of reflection of my life, I really ought to include more posts to do with Interior Design (it being my college major and hopeful career). For awhile, I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to incorporate this part of my life into The Whale’s Endeavors.

Well, I get the Interior Design Magazine in the mail every month, and I am always inspired when I read through it. My resulting idea was that I should share with you all my favorite new things in the magazine every month when I get it! Its a perfect way to share my love for interior design!

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Ok. So basically I sat down with the magazine and a home made latte! (Don’t worry I’m going to post how to make lattes at home with out anything fancy soon!) First I’d like to talk about some of what I thought were the best new finished projects the magazine featured.

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First to make my favorites list is this fantastic home by RCH Studios in Los Angeles, CA. I absolutely love the vertical beams outside the windows in the bedroom and the fireplace! It even can be rotated to warm different areas! Fancy.

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Second on the list is the home of architect Nancy Copley. It’s inspiration was drawn from the wooded setting it was built in in Accord, NY.

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My favorite features from this home include the staircase, a combination of warm maple wood and steel rods, the angled windows, and the complimenting, 1950s Swedish, purple chairs that tie it all together.

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My final choice from this month’s issue is Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, a hospitality complex located in New York. This fantastic work was completed by Rockwell Group.

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The first photo is showcasing a lovely view from the restaurant. Wouldn’t it be great to eat with a view like that?!?
The second photo is from one of the building’s guest rooms. I LOVE the concrete ceiling and beams as well as the acrylic tub! This is definitely a place I feel I would enjoy spending a vacation at.

Another part of this new monthly series I want to feature is my favorite new products from the magazine! Here’s this months!

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1. The art of Timothy Paul Myers
“Myers showcases contradicting components in arrangements of extraordinarily organized grids, most of which are encased within pristine plexiglass display cases.” I love the interesting combinations this guy comes up with!

2. Patty Madden Upholstry
I have been a fan of Patty Madden for a few years now. Mainly focusing on wall coverings, she has always had an edgy and unique feel in her designs. I also love the advertisements for her products!

3. Knoll Textiles Wallcovering, Vibe Collection
Knoll is a very popular textile and wall covering company. I love the color combinations and patterns in the Vibe wall covering collection!

Okay, I’m almost done, I promise! I just couldn’t end this post without including this fantastic art installation by Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher!

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Amazing right? The whole installation is inspired by Symphony in D Minor, which is inspired by thunderstorms. So, I suppose you could just say the whole thing is inspired by thunderstorms. The giant tubes hanging from the ceiling are acrylic and were designed using AutoCAD. The end of each tube has a design resembling storm drains, and the whole place has projected images of storms taken from an iPhone. Check it out!

Now I’m done. I hope hope you guys enjoyed this post! I certainly enjoyed creating it and discovering new inspirations and loves! I look forward for next month’s magazine to come in the mail!

-The Whale