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Outtake from the Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal
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When we finished our huge basement renovation, we took a much needed break from anything that would require a trip to the hardware store. But we slowly got over it and finished the dining room and studio. We’re now unexpectedly at full steam ahead with our bungalow redecorating with our copper and white kitchen slowly shaping up, and after over a year of dealing with the hideous banana split colour, our living room is finally getting painted in the next couple weeks. All that we’ll have left is the hallway, bedroom, and bathroom.
UGLY PICTURE ALERT
Beautiful Bathrooms Shopping Guide | Squirrelly Minds
Ohh my much loathed bathroom. See, our bathroom is so tiny it doesn’t even warrant square footage on the floor plan. One day we plan to knock out a few walls and do a huge reno to the main floor (can’t wait) but for now, I’m going to dream about these beautiful bathrooms.
These two bathrooms are my inspiration for our mini bathroom makeover and our future bathroom overhaul, and if I lived in the UK like many of you lucky folk I’d be hunting down items over here. Care to come dream with me?
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Photo by Per Kristiansen / Styled by Matt Carr & Joyce Lo

I’m obsessed with two styles of bathroom right now, and one of them includes lots of gold/brass touches. Yes there is a chance that in 10-20 years our hypothetical children with be thinking “god mom WHAT were you thinking!?”, but right now I just love the touch of regality gold and brass bring to a room. It can be tricky finding accessories in gold, but thankfully my friend spray paint is always by my side.
Here are some items to go along with the above image, including ones I would add to complete the look.
Beautiful Bathrooms Shopping Guide | Squirrelly Minds

1 . Round Mirror / 2. Pedestal Sink / 3. Shelf / 4. Towel Rack / 5. Bath Faucet
6. Traditional Free Standing Bath



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Photo by Andrew Grinton / Designed by Barbara Purdy

Now this bathroom I have been obsessed with for years. Or at least since I first pinned it about a year or two ago. I just love the mix of cold ceramic tile with soft wood – especially the slatted wood on the shower floor! It gives the space a completely calming feel, making the bathroom a place you want to stay in, unlike mine which is a space you spend as little time in as humanly possible. Wood and white tile is the other bathroom look I’m completely obsessed with. Maybe I’ll mix wood, white and gold for our bathroom for the ultimate combo….
Beautiful Bathrooms Shopping Guide | Squirrelly Minds

1. Mirror / 2. Sink Faucet / 3. Vanity & Basin / 4. Shower Head / 5. Storage Unit
6. Heated Towel Rack / 7. Tub Panel

For the month of October, bathandshower.com are having a huge accessories sale at 75% off. So if you’re in the UK,
a) I’m jealous (hope to join you in a few years)
b) Hop to it and go redecorate your bathroom! You lucky duck.

Contemporary, Modern, Spa like…What bathroom style is your fave?

Home | Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal

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Welcome!
You’ve seen bits and pieces of my home studio/office on here and instagram, but I’m excited to finally do a full reveal of the entire space! Get ready for an image heavy post guys, cause I have a lot to show you here in the Squirrelly Minds Studio.
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Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
As I pieced the studio together, I featured various projects such as the gold curtains. But I really took my time completing the room because there was so much I wanted and not enough funds. Hey man, working part time and renovating a house sucks the ‘pretty-studio-things’ budget dry. So I entered the Stapes Office Makeover contest, fully not anticipating actually winning.
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Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
I was floored when I got the e-mail saying my design was selected. Woohoo! Winning this makeover really kicked the studio renovation into full gear and has made it exactly what I wanted. It’s so funny to look back on what this space used to look like. The changes made a huge difference, especially the chair.
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I got my IKEA desk last March. I knew it would be a multipurpose space for typing, crafting, painting, and more – so it needed to be big. This really is the command centre of the room, which is why I took so long putting together the gallery wall above and around the desk.
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
I cut out kraft paper to match the size of each frame, then spent over a month taping them up, rearranging them, and looking at them from different angles to decide on an orientation I liked. Insane I know, but if I didn’t get it right the first time I knew I’d drive myself bonkers.
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Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
As you can probably tell from the rest of the photos, I like having walls full of bright happy colours, so this blank wall is a bit of a tough contrast for me. But I purposely chose to have a blank wall so I can use it to photograph against, such as for the colour game printable. When it’s not in use, I have this garland (cheers Lexi!) hanging up with washi tape so it can be quickly taken down for set up and pictures.
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Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
I often get asked about my dresser, which is my ultimate craft storage (alongside my frighteningly messy closet). I salivated over this Nood dresser every time I walked by the shop window. I mean, it has a perfectly sized washi tape drawer! But sadly it was far out my price range. I continued the one sided love affair until the shop announced it’s store closing sale – 50% off! I was sure sad to see such a great shop go, but so glad this dresser was finally mine!

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Squirrelly Minds Studio Reveal | Squirrelly Minds
But out of all the winnings and scored deals, my favourite item in the room is the rug.
Similar to a rag rug, this manta (Portuguese, traditionally a bedspread) was woven by my grandmother in her tiny rural Azorean town. But not only woven. This is what makes the manta so incredible; my mom’s mom grew flax seed, stripped the seed to make linen, made clothes for her herself, her husband and 9 children from that linen, then when those clothes were far from repair after hours of farm work, the fabric was deconstructed and woven into a manta.
Talk about up-cycling.

Well you’ve seen the dining room and now the studio. Next on the docket is the kitchen! Hopefully we won’t take months to finish that one as well.
Thanks for joining in on the tour!

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Want to get the studio look?

Accessories
Rug / Gold Vase / Milk Vase / Notebook


Art
“Do More of What Makes You Happy” / Hello / Balloon / Abstract


Electronics
Printer


Furniture & Fixtures
Office Chair / Desk Top / Desk Leg / Desk Drawers / School Chairs / Drawers / Floating Shelf / Desk Lamp / Ceiling Light / Curtains

Shop | 10 adorable dog art pieces to hang in your home

10 adorable dog art pieces to hang in your home | Squirrelly Minds
Striped Cat Studio
I still love this painting of Paint, done last year by Kate of Striped Cat Studio. Paint is my parents’ family dog. Their massive old dog with a puppy personality. He has suffered with arthritis and other ailments for years, and the last two weeks has seen a drastic turn in his health. This morning, he is being put down to end the suffering he has endured for too long. It’s hard to swallow, and I can’t imagine going over to visit my parents and not seeing him lounging under his favourite tree. I’m going to miss that lethal wagging tail (it would knock you right out), his playful manner, and his unending adoration and love.
Paint, you are loved, and you will be missed.

To honour the most loving dog I’ve known, here are 10 of my favourite 10 art pieces honouring our furry friends.

10 adorable dog art pieces to hang in your home | Squirrelly Minds
Anna Tyrell

10 adorable dog art pieces to hang in your home | Squirrelly Minds
Red Gate Arts

10 adorable dog art pieces to hang in your home | Squirrelly Minds
Dear Catherina

10 adorable dog art pieces to hang in your home | Squirrelly Minds
Valerie Davide

10 adorable dog art pieces to hang in your home | Squirrelly Minds
Happy Menocal

10 adorable dog art pieces to hang in your home | Squirrelly Minds
Water in my Paint

10 adorable dog art pieces to hang in your home | Squirrelly Minds
Dawning Crow

10 adorable dog art pieces to hang in your home | Squirrelly Minds
Thomas Rude

10 adorable dog art pieces to hang in your home | Squirrelly Minds
Forever September

And of course, you can also check out Kate’s Etsy Shop Striped Cat Studio for custom dog portraits.
Sending all my love to Paint and every dog out there
<3

Home | 9 perfectly indoor plants

9 Perfectly Indoor Plants | Squirrelly Minds
This is a sponsored post by Gaddy’s Plant Hire. Opinions are always my own.
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It feels SO good to be back, and to come back to an exciting weekend.

I’ve searched for a fiddle leaf fig all year with no luck, until Saturday.
Walking through Home Depot I stopped dead in my tracks. I couldn’t believe it and seriously approached the tree like a feral animal, afraid it would run away. But it stayed put there and all they way home until it landed in our living room.
Her name is Frankie. Isn’t she beautiful?

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Yes I name my plants, and I have a new theory. If you don’t name your plants, they will feel unloved and die.
At least that’s what happened to my dear aloe vera plant. I had to cut the root off and save each healthy stem in hopes that I can create new plants. Wish me luck!

I’m still quite new to the indoor plant thing (I used to have quite the black thumb) so I’m always on the hunt for plants that thrive indoors and are easy to take care of. From purifying the air to being dead easy to take care of, here are my top 9 plant picks for your home. Click on the sources for more suggestions and information on the plants:

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These plants work extra hard to purify the air in your home. Be sure to do a bit of research to find the best growing conditions for each one.

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For those afraid of being a plant murderer, these guys are your best bet. Many lists included aloe, which I managed to kill. This one didn’t so I’d say it’s fairly reliable.

9 Perfectly Indoor Plants | Squirrelly Minds

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Sometimes it’s hard to find a lot of light for your indoor plants and your window area ends up being hijacked by the green beasts. These guys are perfect for homes with a little less natural light to go around for all.

Plants are meant to live a long time, and if your style changes often then buying plants may not be appealing. Did you know you can rent/hire plants? Find a gardener who rents/hires plants, choose one you like and keep it until you want a change. This is especially perfect in an office or for an event.

If you’re in the Sydney area, Gaddy’s Plant Hire not only has plants you can hire, but they’ll also take care of them, making sure you don’t have to worry about how much water or light the plant is getting. An easy solution to indoor greenery! They have quite gorgeous containers too, like the marcato and quadro desktop planters and the lechuza floor planter. Can you tell I like white? Check them out if you’re in Sydney (Oz) and tell me what you think!

What are your favourite indoor plants?

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