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Wednesday, February 4, 2015


I do most of my posting, thoughts and photos on Instagram nowadays. At some point I want to pour some much needed TCL into this blog, but until then- keep up via @emogden

I'm currently in the middle of a photo a day challenge, via Bethadilly so, while I don't always post a photo everyday, I have one for each day so far in 2015. 

January looked a bit like this... 

...and I'm working away at February. Something little to help inspire me.

Other than that, life is pretty much work. Which is okay for a season... there's a reason behind this and I just have to believe that my hard work and starting at the beginning will pay off in the not too distant future.

Here's hoping spring comes sooner than that silly little ground hog predicted. I'm sitting in my apartment, which is technically a balmy 70 degrees and I'm cold. Australia, you've ruined me for life!

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Haven on Hadley: Apartment Tour, Living Space, Pt. II

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Welcome to my living space... or part of it. I am currently on the hunt for a comfy, cheap and aesthetically pleasing sofa to nap on, but until then, these vintage blue velvet chairs from my bestie will do....

I have my parents turntable from when they were first married... I listened to records on it when I was a kid! Kind of fun.

My console is from St. Francis thrift store and was a steal at $65. Super proud of it, its exactly what I wanted.

Some engineering prints from my photography and design. 

My rug is from Ikea and it is wonderful. The ottoman is also from St. Francis thrift store.

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Haven on Hadley: Apartment Tour, Part 1, The Bedroom

Friday, January 2, 2015

Welcome to my little haven... my fortress of solitude. My home sweet home... okay. Its just my tiny apartment, but I love it and am loving how everything came together. There are still some things to do (I need to spray paint the legs of my desk, but its too cold out currently!) as well as I'm always on the look out for treasures... but take a little peek into my place.

My bedroom is a lovely little respite- restful and calm. I find that with most, the bedroom is the LAST room they get around to finishing. Its a personal space, guests don't usually spend time there etc, etc. If I chat with you at all about your home and the decor/design of it, you'll always hear me call you out. YOU spend a great deal of time in your room, even if its just in your sweats sitting on your bed, or sleeping at night. It should be a restful, peaceful, put-together space, as important as your living spaces! YOU are important. Self care is so important!
 I'll step off my soap box now....

The print is an engineering print I had made at Staples (such a great project btw) Its a photo from when I was in Kyoto, Japan and says: "Have a suitcase heart, be ready to travel." Amen.

Little tip- use twinkle lights or bistro lights indoors, all year 'round. They give out the most beautiful, warm glow and can transform your space. I initially intended these for the dining/living space, but on a whim hung them in my bedroom... such a happy choice!

This was a project that came out so lovely. I picked up the frame at a thrift store for about $1, and hammered in some nail/tacks. A pretty little display for my growing collection of neck-bling.

Books and cameras reside in my little glass Ikea shelf. 

My dad made this mirror per my request- I was inspired by one at Ikea, but I knew my dad could make something just as gorgeous, plus it means way more to me to have something my dad created especially for me. And it is BEAUTIFUL.

This is my hat collection. And its adorable.

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Life Goes On

Friday, December 5, 2014

No apologies. I haven't been around. I haven't blogged in ages. Its just how it has gone. In the span of a few weeks I was offered a full-time job, was still working a seasonal position somewhere else. I needed to find an apartment closer to my work destination.... I also needed to move. To locate my boxes of things which had been in storage at my parents for over a year. To figure out what I still needed. (so much)

B U S Y.

And it hasn't stopped since. 

I'm grateful to be busy, I love my little apartment and its location. I hope to have it in order soon enough to do a little photo apartment tour... but I have little else I'm inspired by lately. And Christmas season is upon us which means there's even more to do while still trying to settle in at my place AND learn the ropes at my place of employment.

So... enjoy a little Christmas music mix I made two winters ago. Maybe I'll get around to creating some new ones this year. Maybe not. No promises.

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Fall Adventures

Monday, October 27, 2014

I traveled to Australia and spent 8 months there. While there, one of the girls I grew closest to was Shannon... Shannon just so happens to live in MICHIGAN. Funny how that worked, but it makes seeing each other definitely doable. She drove down and spent the weekend with me and we tried to do all the fun things we could, while enjoying the beautiful October weather. 

We ate Mexican food, walked around at The Greene, hung out at Ghostlight Coffee, went to a corn maze with my friends (its a fall tradition!) visited Yellow Springs, took photos, drank coffee and chai from Dino's, went to Young's and had cinnamon ice cream and saw the goats. We talked a ton, went to a service at Apex, got pizza at Dewey's and watched a movie in our pajamas in my room. Sunday morning we had brunch at The Cheesecake Factory, walked around a bit more and visited Target. (midwest life, am I right?) 

These are some of the photos from our weekend...

Isn't Shannon gorgeous?


So we had this idea that we wanted this shot of our necklaces...
They're from The Giving Keys; I gave Shannon HOPE when we were in Australia, and a few weeks ago, she sent me STRENGTH. 


Ah! So grateful for this lady!

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