I.N.S.P.I.R.E.D. Mrs. Stevens

Wee! The blog revamp has started! See the new design? Thoughts? So, I decided to rename my blog, it’s now Inspired Mrs. Stevens. Ok, it may be a little corny but 2011 marks a new and exciting chapter in my life. I got remarried last December to my best friend & I hope for the blog to be a collection of what inspires me. A new life, a new home {soon}, my mission to harness my creativity in whatever form or fashion,the shop & carrying on what I call an urban cottage lifestyle in the big, little city of Austin. And yes, a new last name as well. Below is a collection of what Inspired Mrs. Stevens is all about.

In the next few days, I’m hoping to add new topics: Vintage Poppy, Shop Stuff, Ponderings, UN|Crafty & Austinese. I hope you continue to be with me…on my journey.  Tell me, what inspires you?

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Black & Cream

I am a die hard cafe au lait drinking gal! I wouldn’t have my coffee any other way. It starts black with lots & lots of cream. I probably down 3 cups of those on non-stressful days and at least 6 on stressful ones. Anyway, I am yet ogling fashion websites again for Spring must-haves, and although, I would love to have at least ten new dresses, I am zeroing in on at least one for now and I think this is it….

Thoughts? I do see myself wearing this at a fabulous courtyard cafe somewhere having my au lait. I do think black & cream is just so gorgeous together…classic, sophisticated, just like these spaces.

{images via ASOS, Decorpad}
I hope all of you have an amazing weekend & enjoying the fabulous daylight!

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For Japan With Love

I found this post via Bijou & Boheme. I hope we all can get involved and donate…bloggers, tweeples, social media addicts, it’s amazing what a simple post can do.

Please let everybody you know, know! Please go here to donate.

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Swooning: Collect 2011

Enough about the giant Swedish home goods retailer Ikea, I’m totally swooning over these designs by A2 Designers, also all the way from Sweden. These are their colorful & vibrant Collect 2011 cabinets.

They have more fabulous designs here.

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Check it Out: The Makers Project

I totally fell in love with this website, The Makers Project. I can’t remember how I stumbled across this site. You just have to check it out. It’s essentially a photo blog by Jennifer Causey of handmade artisans in Brooklyn where she lives, in their own environment, their work and what inspires them. These are just some of the images I fell in love with, wonderful spaces of The Jewelry artist, The Florist and The Food Stylists. Hope you enjoy them!

Follow her on Twitter to keep up to date as new projects are posted, I know I will.

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It’s Spring: 10 Ways to Get Your Fireplace Ready

It’s finally getting warm in our neck of the woods {I hope it is as well, where ever you are}. I seriously miss the coziness of a fireplace, especially since we haven’t had one for the past year. Ugh…what I would do to have one! But for all of you lucky readers out there with a fireplace, here are some ideas on how to keep your “hearth” still be the focal point in this wonderful Spring {and Summer}.

1. Place a mirror against or inside it…after all, the reflection of that gorgeous rug is just amazing!

2. Place live plants all over it.

3. Turn it into a bookcase. Who needs more storage space?

4. Let candles aglow inside it.

5. Stack up some logs. Before you know it, it’s Fall again.

6. Have a vignette of vases.

7. Display your favorite finds inside.

8. Surround it with sea life.

9. Put a beautiful bench in front of it.

10. Use a painting as a fireplace screen.

{images via: Real Simple, Southern Living, Decor Pad, Decor 8, Holy Vataha, Apartment Therapy, Lifestyle MSN, Design Scouting, Coastal Style Living}

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

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Inspired by Wire: Marie Christophe

Wire has never been so intricate and gorgeous! The Marie Christophe Collection looks like perfectly, imperfect sculptures and work of art. Aahh, dying to have one of these chandeliers…it will certainly make a statement in any space. Do you love it?

 

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Spring has Sprung: 5 Decor Tips for the Season

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Rebirth by Marta Mattsson

I am completely obsessed with the work of this Swedish jewelry artist. These images are from one of her latest collection called “Rebirth.”

This is how she describes her work:

In the 18th century many new breeds of animals and plants were discovered and it was the main era of cabinets of curiosities. People collected rarities because it gave them the feeling of being in the presence of something extraordinary and marvelous. The cabinets
of curiosities were not meant to sympathize with the creatures on display, only marvel over their oddity. In a world where not many
new and exotic breeds are discovered I use dead creatures in my
pieces to evoke wonder. The creatures are transformed and reborn; given a new life as objects of astonishment.

Adorable don’t you think?

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A.U.S.T.I.N.E.S.E.

I know there’s already tons of blogs out there about what’s happening in Austin…from foodie events, grand openings of new shops, music and the fashion scene but I just can’t help but start chronicling my own adventure in this little big city. I haven’t had enough of this town yet {and I’m pretty sure I never will}.

So I’m calling this part of the blog “Austinese.” Why? well, because Austinist is already taken and I wanted it to have an Asian flair…like Japanese, Vietnamese, get it? I’m Filipino, but Austino just didn’t sound right.

From what to see, what to do, what to listen to, what to eat, where to shop, admirable Austinites… here’s a little diary of what this amazing town is to me. My first post on this was about the Austin Eavesdropper, Tolly Moseley, read here.

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