A Gasp for Air | InBetween the Curls

Hello you lovely readers, I know I've been a little MIA lately - scratch that, very MIA! 

I believe I started writing this post a few weeks ago but was hesitant at the mere thought of publishing it. Sometimes it can be very taboo to write about something so personal, but we all go through ups and downs and it's ok to allow others to see that not everything is so magical as it seems on good ol' social media. And to hell with taboo this and taboo that; it's my blog and I feel that many of you, especially those creative minds can relate to this post. And what better time to publish this than on Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK?

As our late, legendary Prince once said, "Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life." It sounds a bit dramatic, but I totally get what he was referring. As much as I enjoy life and its simple nature, it can get overwhelming and just turn into this spiraling domino effect of uncertainties. I think it's safe to say that we've all been there; it's just hard to see that when you feel like you're drowning and the rest of the world is living this colorful dream, or at least it seems... 

As fantastic as it may appear to be a freelance designer, not everything is cotton candy and rainbows. We all see the flexibility we have, and enjoyment of projects that we are passionate about, but what about the things you don't see? Like, will I get more clients next month? Will I have enough money for the future? Am I growing in my skills set? All of these questions are the things others don't see. And when these questions start to build up, it can really weigh on you to the point where you're physically in pain. Hello! That was me these past few months. The stress I had created was causing me to have muscle spasms - not particularly fun. Sometimes, I get these anxieties about my next step in life and that little spark of doubt can turn into a really big fire of questioning everything around me. I'm human, and it's definitely one of my downfalls- you can say I'm trying to work on that. The tough question is, how does one get out of it? Well, as much support as I got from my friends and family, unfortunately the only person that could get me out of the funk was myself. I know, I wish there was a magic potion. I literally had to stop wallowing in my crap and continue on, so I booked a flight to New York - HA! A holiday and something to look forward to always seems to boost my spirit. It's a good 'band-aid' for the meantime but not the solution for the long haul, so I continued pursuing my goals for the month and once I got the ball rolling, things started to magically fall into place. Weird how that works, huh? I'm a true believer that things happen for a reason, but I also know that when you're in a rut it's easy to see the glass half empty. I guess what doesn't kill you can only make you stronger.  

I don't want to bore you and go on and on about the subject, but I can only reiterate that we all go through things that are not ideal; not everything you see on social media is the full picture. What I can promise is that there is light on the other side, you just have to dig at it.

I hope everyone has a great rest of their week and know that they're not alone! 

P.S. How lovely is that image?! I couldn't have found a more perfect photo to mirror this post :) 







Kitchen Reno : Part 2 | InBetween the Curls
Kitchen Reno : Part 2 | InBetween the Curls
Kitchen Reno : Part 2 | InBetween the Curls
Kitchen Reno : Part 2 | InBetween the Curls

Since the last kitchen post you can say a lot has changed. We were in a full reno movement for a good six weeks, but then life kind of got in the way and we're beginning to slow down, which means I can online browse for some of the details we have yet to decide on...(some choices below) And although we still have a few things left to finish up for the complete transformation, I've got to say that it is already looking so fresh! Not bad for first time renovators ;) 

So what do we have left you ask? I've been on the hunt for vintage scissor sconces for months, but unfortunately I've had to compromise to the choices below since the prices I've seen were not really what I was hoping for; it happens... We have yet to install new hardware on the cabinets, change the faucet, make a bad ass wine rack that will go on the left hand corner, our island still needs a serious makeover, and our pantry has a butcher shop plastic sliding cover - yikes! Hence the graphic curtain choices I've narrowed down on below ;) 

Kitchen Reno : Part 2 | InBetween the Curls
Kitchen Reno : Part 2 | InBetween the Curls

But to sum up everything we have done to date...

1. painted the cabinets 2. rewired for two wall light fixtures 3. ripped out and put in new sheet rock 4. installed new countertops 5. put in a backsplash & grouted 6. built & installed floating shelves (I'm kind of in love with how the floating shelves turned out; so clean. I was going to stain the wood but I wasn't feeling it; when it doubt paint it white!) 7. installed new pendants 8. painted the walls.

Having done all of this I never realized how long everything would take :-| But such a good learning experience for our next renovation. For our final touches I will make sure to update everyone in the next home progress post; spoiler alert* one of those three rug choices will hopefully be in our near future :)

Happy Saturday everyone!  


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Park 1: Kitchen Renovation | InBetween the Curls

Happy New Years my lovely readers! Hope everyone ended the year with a bang; I know I did :D Being the slacker that I am during the holidays I might have neglected this post- whoops! Better late than never though... 

During the holidays Joey and I decided not to do the whole gift exchange thing and put our pennies into something we both want and enjoy. I think this may be the beginning of a beautiful holiday tradition for us :) In other words, we mostly worked on our holiday break to renovate our 80's kitchen. I mean look at that beaut below! What a stunner... Those chandeliers really take my breath away cough-cough* And that random sconce on the side really ties into the awkward layout. Bravo...

Excuse the poor photographs, I wanted to take them during the day but Joey clearly had had enough of this kitchen and decided to go all Hulk and tear down the walls that same night haha. But you get the gist of the pre-demo view. 

Since this is our first home and most certainly not our forever home, I wanted to go with a few budget-friendly alternatives than what I would do if we were to stay here forever. Our first task was to get rid of the typical cabinetry that comes with an older home. For our wallets' sake, we opted on painting them rather than replacing them. Since we also did not want to replace the appliances that came with the house we stuck with painting the cabinets white so they didn't stick out so much. If that weren't the case, royal blue would have been in my horizon. We worked with what we've got and I can't complain; it's already looking better! (more photos to come) Side note: Home Depot has this amazing product where you can paint your cabinets without sanding them - pure Christmas miracle!! I've added the link below :) 

For the countertops we went for the good ol' Ikea Karlby walnut butcher block. It's budget friendly and adds warmth to the space since we're adding quite a bit of white into the room. This kitchen also didn't come with a backsplash, so guess what? My love for clean subway tiles and a charcoal gray grout are coming true - eeek! I'm just lucky that the things I like are on the cheaper end of the spectrum haha. The tiles also tie into the rest of the house with my eclectic mid-century/industrial thing I've got going on :) win win! 

To quickly sum up what other goodies will be happening to this space: we are painting the walls, replacing the faucet, saying good bye to the light fixtures (sad times - sarcasm guys*), re-wiring for new light fixtures, replacing one of the walls, removing some upper cabinets and running open shelves (I have an obsession with them) plus I can display my love for mixing different metals, hence the color palette I've put together above :D Oh and expect plenty of plants in every nook and cranny! 

I think that about gives you an idea of why I've been absent lately... this job is no joke! Thank goodness I have a man that is good at this stuff, and Youtube is our savior haha. 

To be continued... 


[cabinet paint | faucet | subway tiles | grout | pendant | countertop | planter | canisters







Happy Holidays Everyone!

To end the year on a good note I thought I'd send out some printed goodies to clients and to special peeps I've met along the way of this creative journey, because who doesn't like to get mail?! Especially the kind that is printed on Moo's Luxe :D 

To those I didn't send out a print; I just want to say thank you for all of the support and love I've got from this little space. I really wish I could send a print to everyone. BUT! I have two little prints left and I would like to send it to two special people in a raffle that I will be doing. If you send me an email (link on the right) with your address and the subject line CHRISTMAS POSTCARD I will be more than happy to send out a little Christmas cheer your way. The raffle will have a 24 hr time limit; so go on, don't be shy and email me :) 

I hope everyone has a fabulous and safe holiday! 

Sandra xx 





Birthday Wishes | InBetween the Curls

This post is a weird one for me, seeing as I'm not one to post much about myself. So here it goes... Today I turn 27, and it's truly hard to believe that it's been ten years since graduating high school. I remember that I use to daydream of what my life would be like at this age; and although I may not be a CEO of some huge corporation, and flying across the world for 'set meetings' (not sure why I thought that of myself back in the ol' days, since I'm all about the small businesses nowadays - funny teenager dreams). Even at this age, my dreams continue to grow and with growth comes fears, risks, hard work, and the ambition of living a happy life that excites me to do what I love, even though at times it may come harder than what one had hoped for, but with each bump in the road I've learnt to shift gears and just keep going. I guess I can thank the wisdom that comes along with each birthday. And although I've had my up's and down's this past year, I'm very grateful of all the things I've done: married my best friend, travelled to two continents, road-tripped cross country in a van, started my design studio, reached out to many wonderful creatives, and currently in the process of renovating our house- a mouthful, I know. But the one thing that doesn't change each year is how grateful I am for my friends and family. In spite of living a continent away from most of them, they are truly the best present I could have asked for in these past 27 years :) So here's to another birthday full of new adventures with the people I cherish the most! Thanks to all of those being a part of my life, and to those who support my dreams