Home Tour: Bedroom Details

Since I cleaned the apartment for my parents visit I went ahead and took some detail photos of my bedroom to share with you guys! We don’t spend much time at all in our bedroom but I did want to have a few things on the walls. It is also where I organize all of my clothes and accessories.

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I had these two hooks from Urban Outfitters and thought they were perfect for jewelry. Then I just added a scrap of pretty paper and a paint swatch to the wall with thumbtacks for some added color and it turned out to be the perfect hanging space for my jewelry!

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I created the Coke bottle necklace display with my dad years ago and for my earrings I just used an old picture frame and stapled a piece of screen to the back. For bracelets and rings I have a little wooden tray for each. I like most of my jewelry to be in plain sight, otherwise I would never wear any of it!

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The You, Me, Forever print is from Satchel & Sage, I love all of their prints so much, I’d love to have the whole Venn collection!

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I made the travel map cork board as a way for Zander and I to track all of the places we have been together and where we want to go next!

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You can also check out my living and dining room and my office. Hope you enjoyed this little mini tour of our Jamaica Plain apartment!

July Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

Hello July! Hello days at the beach, sparklers and extra daylight! Hello lazy summer days, mojitos on the back deck and marshmallows by the fire! I was inspired by this skiff photograph to design a desktop wallpaper for y’all this month! It captures my summer dream perfectly!

July Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

Enjoy and I hope to have some more desktop wallpaper collaborations between Zander and I in the future!

Download: 2560 x 1440 / 1920x1200 / 1680x1050 / 1280x1024 / iphone / ipdad


Thanks to everyone who entered the Summer Sponsor giveaway! AND THE WINNERS ARE: Erin and Hailey! I’ll be emailing you shortly! Don’t forget: if you didn’t win you can still get 20% off any sponsor space when you use promo code “SUMMER2012″ at checkout. Winner picked by Random.org through Rafflecopter.

Favorite Posts of June

Whoa, having a vacation in June made the month go by SO fast! If you missed anything throughout the month, here is a recap of my favorite posts!

June Favorite Posts


Favorite Posts of June:

1 A Little Shopping Spree
2 Homemade French Fries
3 Summer Essentials
4 My Desk Illustrated
5 Etsy Favorite – Dipped by Wind and Willow Home
6 Beth’s Farm Market

Did you have a favorite post from June? 


Thanks again to my June Guest Bloggers:

Sequin Crush
Secondhand Sundays
Pinegate Road
Show & Tell
Julie Ann Art

Prettiful Designs Giveaway (closed)

Happy Friday! I’m so excited to be partnering with one of my fabulous sponsors, Prettiful Designs to bring you this amazing giveaway today! Prettiful Designs is a digital shop housing a collection of personal and commercial use items for the scrapbooker, blogger and small business owner. They have over 300 items to choose from, including paper packs, clip art, word art and kits.

Dedra has been so kind to offer one of my lucky readers a $30 shop credit to Prettiful Designs! I’m using Rafflecopter to track entries so you can login below through Facebook OR your email and it will allow you to enter multiple ways! Dedra is also offering Ciera Design readers a coupon code (junefun20) for 20% off at Prettiful Designs during June!

Good luck!! Have any questions? Feel free to contact me. If you are in a reader click out to access the Rafflecopter entry form. Please note that your entry will be removed if you do not complete it correctly. Winner.

Summer Sponsor Sale + Giveaway (closed)

Good news! I’m running a sale on all of my small and medium sponsor spots! If you purchase a spot before July you will receive 20% off! That’s $20 for a MEDIUM space and $8 for a SMALL space. Just enter the code “SUMMER2012″ when you checkout.

Accepting Sponsors July

Sponsoring with Ciera Design is a great way to promote your business or blog to readers who love design, photography and other creative outlets. Sponsoring not only means that you get to advertise your business to my lovely readers, but it also means that you’re supporting me in creating what you see here on the blog!

Ready to purchase a spot?

I’m using Passionfruit so sponsoring is super easy! Head over to my sponsor info page and snatch one up before they are gone!

Giveaway Time!

I’m giving away two medium sponsor spots for July! Don’t worry… if you reserve a spot now and find out you win later, I will send you a refund and (if needed) upgrade you from a small to a medium spot.Winner will be announced July 1st!

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: I’m using Rafflecopter to track entries so you can login below through Facebook OR your email and it will allow you to enter multiple ways! If you are in a reader please click out to access the Rafflecopter entry form.

Good luck!! Have any questions? Feel free to contact me. Please note that your entry will be removed if you do not complete it correctly.

Etsy Favorite – Dipped by Wind and Willow Home

I stumbled across this shop on Etsy yesterday and fell in love! Wouldn’t one of these bowls just add the perfect pop of color to your kitchen table!

“I begin with beautifully turned bowls and carved spoons, slowly hand dipping each in a synthetic rubber that I custom mix.”

“The beauty is in the uniqueness of the natural wood grain and the reaction between that wood and the rubber, ensuring each item is completely special.”

“I make each colorway or grouping in small seasonal batches ensuring you get a truly special product.”

“I am constantly inspired by the change in seasons, stunning sunsets and beautiful blooms. Each batch is inspired by the simplicity and classic lines of nature.” – Araya Jensen, Owner

In addition to her Esty shop, Araya also has a website with lots of other beautiful products where she is extending her Summer Solstice Sale to Ciera Design readers! This gives you 21% off any merchandise on windandwillowhome.com with code “Summer12″. Please note that this discount code is not valid at the Etsy shop.

My Desk Illustrated

While I’m sorting through and editing hundreds of photos from my Maine road trip I thought I would share this with you guys. My desk was illustrated by the very talented Ned Harrison for the Spring Issue of the Graphic Artists Guild newsletter! When I received the proof I couldn’t stop smiling ear to ear, I was giddy and speechless and couldn’t believe what a wonderful job Ned did!

Graphic Artists Guild Members Desk 1

Welcome to my workspace, a desk in the attic. For me, a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind. So I try to keep my workspace a neat and inspirational place to be. Everyday it starts out neat but ends in a mess. Before heading downstairs for the night, I straighten it up to have a fresh space for the morning!

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Say Hello [June]

I’m back from Maine and my parent leave today, boo. I had a great trip and I hope you all enjoyed the wonderful guest posts last week. Today I get to introduce you to even more awesome people, my June sponsors! Take a minute to click around and pay their blogs and shops a visit.


Blog // Web Shop // Etsy Shop // Facebook // Dedra is offering Ciera Design readers a coupon code (junefun20) for 20% off at Prettiful Designs during June!

I’m Dedra and I live with my hubby and 3 little girls in Utah. I love cooking, sewing, gardening, online shopping, organizing, crafting, the outdoors, and I’m a graphic designer in my “free time.” I love to blog about recipes, organizing tips and tricks, marriage/child rearing helps and I do frequent giveaways. I would love it if you stopped by to say hi!

Blog // Web Site // Facebook

Tara O. is a classy and clever portrait photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona who started around age ten setting up photo sessions of her younger sister in their bedroom. Her primary style is retro and vintage pinups; though she’s had experience shooting everything from weddings, bands, family photos and fine art. Tara is open to literally almost any project and loves to get a little bit of an idea from a client and run with it to make it bigger and better than they thought it could be.

Blog // Twitter // Facebook

Hi hi, I’m designer Kelsey Cronkhite and Pinegate Road is my lifestyle blog. I have a love affair with design, typography, art, food, and many things in-between. I believe in exploration and creative endeavors; Pinegate Road is my little corner where I can run wild.

Blog // Twitter // Bloglovin

After living in California for 8 years, my husband and I finally moved back to the east coast. It feels good to be home! I blog mainly about life, books, my attempts at gardening, and my dogs. I also like to browse Etsy and Pinterest on a regular, time-sucking basis. 

Blog // Facebook // Bloglovin

Hi, I’m Jasmine. My blog, Sequin Crush, is a blog about my personal style and my fashion crush’s of the moment. I never think less is more when it comes to fashion, especially accessories! I hope to inspire others to explore their inner sequin crush and find as much love in fashion as I do.

Blog // Bloglovin // Twitter

I’m Naomi. I started my blog Of Anselm one year ago to encourage myself to learn to use my DSLR and to keep my family on the East Coast updated on our new Midwest life. I never dreamed I’d make so many new friends and learn so much more about myself through it.

Blog // Twitter // Instagram: @bekuhdoo

Hi there, I’m Bekuh and I blog over at Secondhand Sundays. Secondhand Sundays is my online home where I like to share pretty vintage wares, delicious home cooked meals, crafty handmade goods, and much much more. I hope you’ll come stop by and stay awhile, I just know we’ll be friends.

Blog // Twitter // Pinterest

Hi! I’m Natasha. I’m a Canadian, married to an American, who I met while living in South Korea. I’m a graphic designer (currently focusing on blog design), a lover of all things pretty and an admirer of anyone who lives to create. I blog about things I love, things that inspire me and snippets of my daily life. I’d love if you stopped by!

Want to take part in this post next month? Click HERE for details! And don’t forget that you can become a sponsor at any time, you don’t have to wait til a new month!

Summer Essentials

I don’t know if I have told y’all before, but I am obsessed with summer sun and being near the water! I can’t get enough of it! One of my favorite things about living in Boston is the close proximity to some amazing summer destinations! This summer, Zander and I plan to visit friends and family who live near beaches and lakes as much as possible. We want to be in the water, on a boat, playing beach volleyball, laying in the sand and jumping through waves! If we can’t get away for a weekend, you can bet we will be out in the sun on our back deck!  

My parents just came up from New Orleans and we spent a week exploring the coast of Maine, but the rest of my summer travels will most likely be shorter, weekend only trips. When jumping around for weekend trips and crashing at friend’s apartments, it is important to pack light. My travels last week gave me a good idea of what I will be packing for the rest of the summer. On the coast it was pretty warm during the days but in the evenings I definitely needed to change into jeans and a sweater or comfy sweatshirt. Another must for summer travel is a big beach bag that can fit a towel, sweater, sunscreen, camera and normal ‘purse’ stuff. Cute sunglasses and a hat are great to protect your face from the sun and I like simple accessories to finish off the look!

I put together this round up of what I consider to be summer essentials. As you can see from my collection, I think that ranges of bright colored items are best for summer! What essentials do you pack for the beach or a summer vacation?



This post is underwritten by Old Navy. Whether you’re looking for a tankini, bikini or a one piece, Old Navy has you confidently covered at a great price. Thank you again to Old Navy for sponsoring my post. I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective, but the content is all my own.