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Several things seem to be happening to me you guys. I have somehow subcounsciously entered into a newlywed nesting phase, and I’m not sure how to cope. First of all, I’m almost ashamed to say this, but I’ve never really invested much time or energy into interior design. I am always so in awe of the amazing interior designers I know (for example, have you met my new friend and fellow San Francisco blogger Lauren? She has flawless, gorgeous taste). It’s as if talented designers such as Lauren see color and patterns and spaces that others can’t see, and I’m definitely one of the “others.”
Nevertheless, I really appreciate beautiful spaces, and I think I’ve finally reached the point in my life where I really want our apartment to reflect our life and color/style aesthetic.
It’s been partially difficult for us to focus on decorating well just due to the nature of urban living. In the five years that I’ve lived in San Francisco, Viet and I have lived in 3 different apartments. When you’re renting and you move so often, it’s hard to feel like you can ever really make your space your own. And to be candid, we always seem to be moving too fast, working too hard, and going on too many adventures to focus on really investing time and energy into our home.
Now, don’t get me wrong, our place isn’t unpleasant. It’s just a mishmash of styles and colors, and it doesn’t really feel cohesive. I moved to San Francisco directly from Chile with two suitcases and the clothes on my back, so I didn’t bring any furniture or nice pieces with me to add to the mix. As a writer by trade, I’m not always very in tune with my visually artistic side, but I’ve spent a lot of time over the past year or so trying to cultivate that side of my heart and head. And I all of a sudden I find myself drawn to beautifully designed rooms. I think it’s probably about time.
So here we are now. We’ve been in this apartment for almost three years, and given the insane rental market in San Francisco right now, I can’t imagine that we’ll be leaving any time soon. It’s the perfect time for us to start thinking about making this space feel more permanent. We have a lot of white space on our walls, and I really want to start this decorating quest by finding some moving prints.
This new series, Artfully Inspired, will feature art that I’ve come across that I would love to own. I discovered today’s artist, Yao Cheng, when we were both attending the same Alt Class last month. When I went to her site, I was immediately taken aback by her simple shapes, beautiful colors, and clean lines. Her paintings just make me feel happy and inspired, and as a bonus, her prints are very reasonably priced!
I’m literally just trying to decide which ones I want! Since I recently took a watercolor class (and wasn’t very good at it!), I can really appreciate how much talent and hard work goes into painting these lovely pieces:
Are you loving Yao’s bright and moving watercolor paintings as much as I am? I thought so!
Make sure to check out her etsy shop, because this week (through April 7th) she is having a sale (!). You can get 30% off your total purchase by using the coupon code HAPPYEASTER.
Yao, thank you for bringing such beauty into the world!
P.S. This is not a sponsored post. I’m just genuinely artfully inspired by Yao’s work.