Cool Product // Herringbone Bedding by FAB

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Bedding is essential to the decor of any master bedroom.  I personally love bold pattern to bring emphasis to a space.  This herringbone duvet cover is perfect for a space with natural finishes.

Plants & Pretties // Outdoor Lounge

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For most of us, the winter months drag on with not much sunlight and we easily over consume every carbohydrate we see to help with hibernation. Growing up in Michigan, I know a thing or two about a lack of vitamin D and serious craving for summer days during these dreary days.  Today’s post if for all of you summer craving individuals that need a fresh new look for the upcoming warm weather.  How incredible are these handwoven hammocks and hanging seats made from a family of artisans in Masaya, Nicaragua?  I was searching the web for my company BASH Event Design and came across Veronica Colindres.  She is a california native but moved to her parents homeland where her family has traditionally gained its income from creating beautiful Hammocks. Both her parents, siblings and herself are involved in the process, carefully putting together each hammock by hand.

Check out Vernoica Colindras product line on Etsy!

Cool Product // Ryon Design Wooden Coasters

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Talk about some serious wood carving.  These wooden coasters are an ideal opportunity to own something completely out of ordinary.  Not only are they handmade puzzle pieces, they are also fantastic design. Check out more of Ryon Designs work on Etsy.

Cool Product // Yvonne Ellen

diva on a dime interiorsI came across these unique upcycled vintage homewares from UK based Tvonne Ellen.  The vodka and whiskey tea cups are too cool of a gift for a bachelorette party, wedding shower, or birthday. I love the idea of having two plates relate in design as shown with the giraffe and shark.

Press // Diva On A Dime Interiors Named One Of The Top 30 Home Design Blogs

I started this blog out of college as a place for me to keep all of my favorite design finds in one place and inspire some of my friends who wanted an interior designer but did not have the funds to use one.  Just out of college, I had no idea where this blog journey would take me.  I was a twenty one year old with too many ideas to even know where to start and found my blog to be a way for me to share these ideas.  I’ll never forget the day I started researching the blogoshere, and I was so intimidated by how many design blogs there were.  There has been a ton of hard work making this little gem into what it is today.   Since then, I have been able to build my career working for some of the largest and most admired design firms in the world and still share my realistic buys to my readers and dear friends.   The road to success in the industry has never been easy.  I could not even count how many nights I have worked in the office until midnight trying to meet deadlines and produce that next big design.  Design has never been a 40 hour week job for me.  Last week,  I received an email from a UK based company, Oak Doors, that blew my mind.  I am Extremely flattered for Diva On A Dime Interiors  to be listed as one of the top 30 best home design blogs by their company.   Days like this are what make sleepless nights worth it and keep inspiring me to do more in my career.   I am just a small town girl from Michigan that was always told I dreamed too big.  I am proof that taking small steps to make your dreams come true is what will path the way to even bigger steps in your career.  Never give up even if others doubt your ability to do big things!  Believe in yourself!  Check out the top 30 home blogs here.

” I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, I only have to follow my heart and concentrate what I want to say to the world…I run my world!” – Beyonce

Community Awareness // Heather’s Story

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Heather is an 8-year survivor of mesothelioma – a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure.  When she was diagnosed, she had just given birth to her little girl and was told she had only 15 months to live.  Because she beat the odds and is one of few long-term survivors, she is now on a mission to spread awareness of mesothelioma by sharing her personal story.

She told me, “If having cancer has taught me anything, it’s the value of life and the value of gratitude. My diagnosis was in November, and every year during the holiday season, I am reminded of this difficult time. Therefore, I have set out to acknowledge something in my life that I am thankful for every day throughout the month of January.”

This year, she decided to take her story to the blogosphere and this is where she found me. I’ve been so blessed to have been in communication with her and be a part in sharing her story.  This January has been a month of reflection for me.  Heather had asked what I am most thankful for..I of coarse said my family and friends but most importantly good health. Her story has put life into perspective for me.   The past few months, I have heard so many close friends have been shocked with news that there loved ones are sick.  Most days, I am so stressed with work trying to build my brands and work my full time job I forget to stop, take a breath, and realize what is most important in life.  Never forget to take time for your loved ones even during the most stressful times in your career.  They are the “positive vibe”s you will need to get through the toughest and best times in life. Let me ask you, What are you thankful for?

CLICK HERE to read more about Heather Story!  She is SUCH an Inspiration to me!

My Pin Boards // Cute Bakery/Pattisseries

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This months pin board is dedicated to some of the most well designed bakeries in color and overall ambiance.  Your more than welcome to Pin the board and share with you friends for inspiration! See below for my insights on the exterior and interior design: 

Peggy Porschcen: London
Photography:Georgia Glynn Smith
I absolutely love the color palette used for this bakery in London!  I am always looking for creative ways to incorporate great design with great color choice. This is a useful example for all of my followers! I love the rustic wood flooring and the off white paint used through out the space.  The colors of the actual cupcakes and cakes are what make the overall ambiance of the space come together perfectly.  The blend of light pinks, tans, and off whites make this a very harmonious space!

Laduree Patisserie: Paris, France
The mint green is used magnificently in this European Bakery.  I love how the boxes on the back shelves embark that same mint green color with pops of light purple, and deep purples.  The use of color in this bakery really has a “WOW” effect on anyone who enters the space.  The crown molding in a beautiful off white really brings the space all together.  This is a great example of an exterior really setting you up for an even more spectacular interior.

Back In The Day Bakery: Savannah, Ga
The use of pink and aqua makes for a fun flirtatious look.  I love the use of gold in the details with the chandelier depicting glass flowers.  You could get this look easily by bringing in furniture pieces in a light pink and aqua and bringing in the same gold through hardware and chandeliers.

Sweet Mandy B’s: Chicago, IL
Many Saturday mornings I found myself getting a sweet treat and coffee at this bakery in the Chicago neighborhood, Lincoln Park.  The yellow exterior always brought a smile to my face on the most dreary of Chicago days.  The bakery is hard to miss with its statement yellow and light pink features as you walk by.  I loved the use of turquoise on the banners above the windows that brought the color scheme, overall signage, and concept together.  There cupcakes are “TO DIE” (Amazing)!  I do have to say…I know sprinkles Cupcakes are delicious, but Sweet Mandy B’s are a grand competitor to Sprinkles.

Other Images shown:
Patisserie Morlaix: Paris, France Photography by Larry Myhre
Chocolate boutique, LES MARQUIS DE LADURÉE:  Paris, France
Banquette with Gold glassware: Photography by Wren & Field Photography

Press // Your Stylist AJ

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Thank you to my dear friend AJ Schulz for  interviewing  me for her Women Who Rock feature on her awesome hair & beauty blog “Your Stylist AJ.”  I am extremely honored to have been featured.  To all of my ladies in Chicago..AJ is the reason my locks look so glamorous.  She has been my hair stylist for four years and I have been hooked ever since.  Although my home base is now in Houston, Texas I still travel back and forth to see her to do work on this mane of hair I have.   If you click on the link below you will find her contact information.

Check out the Interview Here!

Cool Product // Cuckoo Clock

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UUMM….words cannot even describe the cuteness.  These neon pink, green and gold cuckoo clocks are a vintage find from Etsy sold by Gallivanting Girls vintage shop.  Gallivanting Girls is a vintage market featured on the likes of One Kings Lane and mega style blog, Design Sponge.