The Ladder

Well, as you may know… I’ve re-located! Yes, I’ve moved from the middle of somewhere, Oklahoma to my beautiful home: San Diego, California. Honestly, there are some moments when I’m driving along the coast and I just stop, pause, and think to myself “I’m so lucky I live in such a beautiful state!” Okay, but moving on to the point of this post. I’ve relocated, which means the time to redecorate my living quarters is in order! One of the things that I’ve really been wanting to incorporate in my room is a ladder. Don’t ask me why– cause honestly, I wouldn’t be able to give you a logical explanation.

I’m sure you’ll love the idea of it after you see these images!

via The Stylist

I love that the ladder’s sole purpose is just to add character to the room.

via Pottery Barn

One word: Brilliant! Seriously, this is a genius for de-cluttering the bathroom!

via Remain Simple

Yes, Yes, and Yes! So long to traditional stairs! Let’s take it back to Little House on the Prairie style and use ladders.

via Show Your Bones

Love the idea of using the ladder for storage for books, magazines, plants, essentially anything!

via Style Files

Three Words: I want this! Literally, I want to own this room. I love the loft, the chandelier, and of course the ladder. It’s just so cozy.

via Cupcakes and Cashmere

See, not only do ladders serve as decor– but they also are functional when they duel as a blanket rack!

Are you in love with the idea of ladders yet?
If you were going to use a ladder for decor, what room would you use it in?


P.S. While we’re on the topic of ladders– you must listen to “Ladder” by Andrew Belle. Divine!

And These are the Moments I Love

Do you ever see photos and wish that you could just be in that moment? I grew up on Anne of Green Gables which instilled this dreamer part of me. Lately, I’ve seen so many beautiful photographs that I wish I could just jump in for a moment in time.

These are some of my favorites.

I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.

[Rosalia de Castro]

We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries everyday with new experiences and character.

[Henry David Thoreau]

Diana Barry: I wish I were rich, and I could spend the whole summer at a hotel, eating ice cream and chicken salad.
Anne Shirley: You know something, Diana? We are rich. We have sixteen years to our credit, and we both have wonderful imaginations. We should be as happy as queens.
[gestures to the setting sun]
Anne Shirley: Look at that. You couldn’t enjoy its loveliness more if you had ropes of diamonds.

[Anne of Green Gables]

via Little Kay

Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music; perhaps . . . perhaps . . . love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.

[L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea]

via The Sweetest Ocassion 

Anne Shirley: Would you please call me Cordelia?

[Anne of Green Gables]

True friends are always together in spirit.

[Anne of Green Gables]

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and real and change and grow and love and live.

[Leo F. Buscagilia]

Be Inspired + Create





A Place for The Books

Last week, I went to my secret place and purchased an old door. I had no exact plans for the door and to be honest, no place for it. I was in the mood to get crafty and use my hands and I figured that I’d find a solution for the lack of extra space later on. As I was driving home I was thinking about all the furniture that was already delicately placed in my room. The thought came to me that if I wanted this door to be a part of my room’s decor, it had to serve a purpose as well. Seconds later, I knew what my new door was going to be transformed into: a bookshelf! You see, although technology is rapidly moving forward and allowing people to read books on Kindles and Tablets I may be one of the few people who have not joined this movement. There’s something special about going to the bookstore and picking up a fresh book, feeling the pages, and writing thoughts and doodling within the pages. With that said, I have more books than I have space for. A bookshelf was most definitely needed.

So in the spirit of making my lovely door bookshelf – I found some lovely bookshelves that would be perfect for a home.

Ready to see some bookshelf inspiration?


This may be the most amazing library I’ve ever seen. What I would do to have a room in my house like this. Absolutely brilliant in everyday.

Via Bookshelf Porn

Via Bookshelf Porn

I love this concept as well. Transforming a whole wall into shelves and topping it off with a ladder!

Via Bookshelf Porn

I adore this room. The bookshelf is wonderful, but I think I mostly love it because of the grand piano.

Via Bookshelf Porn

Gosh. I can see this in a kid’s room! So brilliant!

Via The Blog on the Bookshelf

Can you imagine this being in your house? To die for! It reminds me of My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn.

Via Stumble Upon

Well, that’s it for now! I’ll be sure to show you the finished product of my door!

But for now, here’s your only sneak peek.

Do you have any favorite book shelf styles?

Be Inspired + Create

Message in an Egg

It’s pretty much a known fact that all my dearest friends are spread out all across the United States… and world. From the North East, to the South of Flordia, to the midwest, and soon I’ll have one in South America, Ecuador to be exact. Every now and then I get in these kicks where I’m all about snail mail. Lately, I’ve been feeling motivated to do something special for all dear friends spread across the world. I stumbled across this little idea and fell in love: a simple message packaged in an egg. It goes without saying that I’ll be trying this idea soon.


Via Oh, the Lovely Things

What kind of mail do you like to send/receive?

Be Inspired + Create

Finds from Bhldn

Bhldn. Have you heard of it? It’s one of my favorite websites. I should tell you that it’s a wedding website [by Anthropologie]. Which is funny for a couple reasons: 1) A wedding is not on the calendar for any time soon and 2) When a wedding is on the calendar it’ll be a destination wedding in the beautiful nation of Greece meaning that all the beautiful things on this website probably won’t be making their way into there too. Regardless, I love browsing on the website every now and then.

Recently, I found these items that I thought would be so fun to have for the home.

A metal hot air balloon. Perfect for holding all of the incoming mail. It’s decor and functional! What more could you ask for?

$58 at BLHDN

Right now, I’m a little bit obsessed with candles. I want them lit all the time! Day time or night time – I just love the atmosphere they create. I love the number candle holder. It’s simple, yet the trained vine gives it some beautiful detail. My favorite number is 3- so if you’re wondering what to get me for a present anytime soon– there you go!

$10 on Bhldn

Be Inspired + Create

Bachelorette Talk

Summer is here and so is wedding season.

At the age of twenty-five my life is consumed with wedding events! The baby showers are right around the corner! I’m always on the lookout for cute and fun little games for all the festivities. However, the majority of the ones I find are typically a little less than classy and ladylike.

Recently, my baby sister got married. Being the first of the Clark girls to get married and my baby girl I wanted to make everything special for her and go the extra mile for all the festivities! Naturally, I decided to make some resources for Weddings.  As the girl who is almost a professional bridesmaid [Sidenote: I’ve been in nine weddings since I graduated college!], I know how difficult it can be to find cute classy things to use at all the events. With that said, I decided to make some things available to all of you…

I wanted dinner to be special for my baby sister. I wanted her to feel like she was the Bachelorette and that it wasn’t just another dinner with the girls. So of course we got her all of the essentials: Tiara, Sash, Veil, and Boa! But I wanted to do more! So I created “Bachelorette Talk” cards with questions that she had to answer throughout dinner. Every 10 minutes or so Ashley would be asked a question by one of the bridesmaid and after every one “oooo-ed” and “awwww-ed” her answers she was given a little gift.

The cards were a great success! Ashley loved being the center of attention and the girls adored getting to hear Ashley’s answers to the questions. It was a perfect touch to a lovely party!

Download Bachelorette Talk Here. 

Here’s a peek at what’s on the cards!

Be Inspired  + Create

The Wedding

June 23rd was a big day for the Clark Family.

The baby of the family, little Ashley, made the bold move of being the first Clark girl to leave the comfort of the Shenandoah Estate to wed the love of her life.

Honestly, it was an act of bravery. Growing up in the Clark house talking to boys was practically unheard of. In Junior High it was considered scandalous to be talking to be boys on AIM after school.  Ashley though, she was always the brave one of the family when it came to pushing the boundaries and talking to my parents about “sensitive” subjects including boys. I mean, we’re talking about the little one who at the age of 13 thought it was perfectly acceptable to take Old Faithful, the family station wagon, out for a joyride with her friend to the local grocery store just to get some dessert.

Time went by and Ashley only got more daring. While I was in college hiding the fact that I was going on study dates with my guy friends, Ashley was back at home confessing her little crushes to my parents. My thoughts: How RACY!

I can remember the very first time I saw Ashley and Micah together. I passed them in the college parking lot. We stopped our cars for a sisterly hello– when I noticed that Ashley was not in the driver’s seat but instead a country boy. I asked Ashley who the boy was, hoping for dear life that that he wasn’t following the conversation we were having in Sign Language. Ashley casually responded, “This is Micah, I’m dating him!”  I was blown away! My first thought was: “Is she even old enough to date?!” After all, Ashley was the baby of the family. Apparently, my parents thought it was perfect acceptable because before I knew it Ashley and Micah were celebrating their 1 year anniversary. The months passed by and as I saw Ashley and Micah interact I realized that this was a true love story.

Boy sees girl.
Boy musters up courage for the first hello.
Boy learns a new language for girl.
Boy falls head over heels.
Boy and girl fall in love.

Christmas rolled around and I was home for the Holidays– my mom randomly popped in my room as she tends to do and started talking to me about life. The conversation took it’s course and gracefully my mother weaved into the conversation that Micah had asked for Ashley’s hand in marriage. I was speechless. Ashley was the baby of the family and I was beginning to think that every one forgot about that little memo! The only words that I could muster up were: “Is she even old enough to get married?”

Well, apparently the parentals thought was. According to my father there comes a time when even the baby’s have to leave the nest. It just so happened that the baby of the family was the first one to leave Shenandoah Drive.

The months rolled by and June 23rd came. I watched my baby sister slip into her wedding dress and teared up. She was pure beauty. Somewhere along the road, my little baby became all grown up. As I watched my dad walk Ashley down the aisle I teared up.  When Ashley and Micah exchanged vows, well that was perhaps the most beautiful moment I’ve witnessed. Ashley had worked hard and practiced her vows over and over to perfect her speech for the wedding– and Micah did the same with his sign language. Their love had crossed the boundaries of language.

My family wanted to show a little of Micah and Ashley’s story at the reception, so naturally I was tasked out to be in charge of this little project.

So I present to you – their story!

Music in Video:
I Like To Be With Me When I’m With You – Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
I Do – Colbie Caillat
Lifetime – Steve Moakler

Be Inspired + Create

Monday’s Best

Another week. Another set of Bests!



Best Typography


Best Lesson Learning


Best Summer Look


Best Cozy Chic


Best Novia Scotia Moment


Best Floral Dress


Best Play on Words


Best Feeling


Best Adventure to add to the Top 100


Best Friend Moment


Best White Dress


Best Quote


Best Sand Art


Best Quote to Live By


Best Quote on Life


Best Monday Outfit 

Be Inspired + Create

The Sale

So in case you’ve missed the memo… the girl from the Third Story Apartment is re-locating. Shocking, but true. I’ll be head leaving the middle of somewhere Oklahoma and heading back to the coast. The west coast that is. Details and explanation on the move will be coming soon.

In the meantime, I’m selling some items from the Third Story Apartment.

Here are some snapshots of what’s on the list to go…

Vintage Fan

Lace Frame

Black Birdcage

Vintage Gold Frame

Teale Chalkboard Drawer

Book Page Lamp

Below are items that have sold– but If you want something similar I may just have the thing for you!










If interested in any of these pieces – please feel free to send me a quick email at:

[More to come]

Be Inspired + Create

Roman Holiday: Kansas City

Roman Holiday.

As a child I grew up on black and white films. Mickey Rooney, Jimmy Steward, Katherine Hepburn, Clark Gable, and Doris Day were all my favorites movie stars. I absolutely loved the comedy, the romance, and the stories. Out of all the stars of that era though, my absolute favorite was of course Audrey Hepburn. I suppose one could say she is a role model.

Summer Twenty Ten I was spending a couple weeks at the Shenandoah Estate (my home in San Diego) and of course made sure I had time to catch up on some of my Audrey films. I remember it like it was yesterday, I was watching “Roman Holiday” and was completely inspired by Audrey’s role. In the film Audrey plays a princess whose time is managed by every but her. One night she comes to the conclusion that she will not allow for this to happen any longer. In the middle of the night Audrey sneaks out of the palace and wanders around a new city. Over the course of the next 24 hours Audrey goes on an adventure of a lifetime as she meets a stranger and tries things she’s done before. She throws caution to the wind and leaves the responsibilities of the day behind.

Naturally, I decided that I too ought to have Roman Holidays. So, every year I take random trips and adventure in a new city.

This April to celebrate my twenty-fifth birthday I took off on my Roman Holiday and went to the beautiful Kansas City.

Here’s a peek of my Holiday.

We arrived in the city at the perfect time. Like Audrey, my girls and I adventured into the heart of the city. We found the Power and Lights district with the most amazing Piano Bars. Of course, being a lover of all things music I was in LOVE.


The next morning we dined at McCoy’s a lovely little restaurant right outside of the Plaza.


We were told by the locals to try the best coffee in town from the Broadway Cafe. After strolling around for awhile we finally found it. The locals told no lies when they said it was the best coffee.


And of course we stopped for a mini photoshoot…


It’s impossible to take a road trip to Kansas City with out taking a drive down the Plaza and stopping at some of the best shops! Hello Hello H&M, Anthro, and Urban!!


So there it is. My Roman Holiday. My challenge to you– is to take a break from the day to day. Go on an adventure, try something new, take time to be inspired. We have our wholes lives to work and let our time be managed by other people… so make sure to take some time for yourself and ENJOY your life.

Be Inspired + Create