5 Ways to Pursue the Life of your Dreams

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

As I say goodbye to a Summer full of soul searching, I find myself entering Autumn with fresh new eyes and a long list of goals I've been diving into this past month.  Last September in 2017, I was given the opportunity to take on a full renovation project locally, that jump started a new venture I've been dreaming of for awhile. It tested every facet of knowledge and experience I've acquired over the years in design and as the project is wrapping up this season, it has already left me with an experience that will shift my life moving forward. Forward into a world I've dreamed of in interiors. 

Ever since I was a little girl there have been two things that stayed with me throughout my life, and that's my entrepreneurial spirit and creating beautiful surroundings in the form of decorating.  I remember growing up closely with my aunt (my mom's sister), who was a designer and seamstress by trade. After spending weekdays after school with her, I'd sing & dance, and play make believe, while she'd pin fabric and sew her own clothing creations, custom drapery, and other home goods for her customers. We'd visit fabric stores quite often, and there I was, a young girl, getting lost in the aisles of fabric and trim from one end to the other.  She showed me the beauty of design, especially in the details that could transform something from ordinary to extraordinary.  If I could pin point where my love for design and style came from, it was during my time spent with her, my Auntie. 

It was always hard for me to envision my life studying in college to pursue one career for the rest of my life and for me, it was studying pre-law/political science. Design was nothing more than a hobby, which I took full advantage of in every apartment and home I lived in! It was only in recent years that making a living from what you enjoyed was actually possible, especially if you were interested in a creative field, such as interior design. After digging deep into my soul, absorbing tons of outside inspiration and motivation, I finally understood that," Yes! This has been my calling all along and it's not too late to live the life of my dreams!"

So, today I'm sending you my love and support, telling you that it's never too late to pursue your dreams & goals! And this is how you can begin that journey ...

Be accepting to change, as we are meant to grow.

It's ok to start a new journey in life and sometimes start over, if we have to. We are constantly growing and evolving in this life. Our interests change, our style grows, and with that comes a wishfulness for something new and exciting. Life has so much to offer and you have so much to offer to your community! So why not explore more of those interests that you've been thinking so deeply about. And the best part about a dream, is that it's much more than an idea. It's a passion that's important enough to keep your thoughts filled with wonder. That in itself, is assurance and self-motivating that you are meant to do much more.     

Take it one step at a time.  

One of the things that has kept me from taking that leap of faith before (which is the same for many), is knowing that I have little ones to support and no room for failure. If this weighs heavily on you, then start off part-time in your new line of work. Even if it's the smallest step, that's better than not pursuing anything at all. This could involve reading about how to launch this new business venture and working at odd times of the day. On a lunch break, after the kids go to bed ... finding those little moments throughout the week is so important in turning those dreams into a reality. Your life will be a hustle and might be challenging to juggle at times, but with hard work comes great success.  

There is room for everyone to flourish and prosper. 

Always know that there is room for all of us to flourish in what we pursue. We can easily become intimidated by other's successes, but we can't compare our beginnings to someone else's middle. I learned this from an admired Interior Designer, Amber Lewis who made complete sense of it all.  It took years and sacrifice for her to get to the jaw dropping spaces she designs today, but I need to understand that I have to begin somewhere and I can't let intimidation take over the goals I have for myself. At that same token, you also don't need to have it all figured out before launching a new business either. Business is all about learning and making mistakes along the way. We certainly don't feel good about them in the moment, but we have to learn and make adjustments, if we want to become a better person from it.  

God is in Control, so just have faith, believe, and pray.

Something that held meaning with me during a homily in church recently, is that God is in control. Being in my late 30's, I always want to know the outcome of my pursuits because I don't have all the time in the world to dilly dally with whether I will come out victorious or not. But sometimes we just have to let go and rely on our faith, believe, and pray that God will guide you every step of the way! It's a learning process to let go of your fears of the unknown, but also realize that God is in control and he will never let us fall. Just keep moving forward, start to replace your doubts with motivation & positive thought, and just do it

With that said, I too made my leap of faith by starting a new business in interiors called, Emmahlyn Living. A website is currently being worked on and hopefully in a few short weeks you will visually see the transformation unfolding when the website is live. I will continue to post here on the Pretty with Sprinkles website in the meantime and I look forward to finally pursuing this life long passion of mine. I have so much to offer with loads of personal experience over the years and I hope to start creating beautiful moments in other people's homes. I wish you all the very best sweet friends, in all your new endeavors! 

Warmly ~


Thoughtful Details with Journals + Notebooks

Friday, September 7, 2018

Brass Magnifying Glass

Friends, is the the work week actually over?! I can't believe what an eventful few days it's been, coming back from a 3 day weekend. Did anyone else need two cups of coffee everyday this week, just to push through the afternoon? Maybe it's a combination of myself wanting to stay in Summer vacation mode, which you can't blame me for or maybe it's trying to re-adjust to an early morning schedule with the kids back in school again. Overall, I'm happy to take on the busyness and look forward to new changes taking place in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details in a lifestyle post coming soon. If you'd like to follow along on my instagram stories, to see what's been keeping me occupied lately in my neck of the woods, I'd love for you to stop by and visit! 

Onto the pretty things! In mid-Summer, I compiled a list of all my favorite books, perfect for coffee tables and bookshelves, seen here. Books are so multi-functional: they're great for creating different levels in design, they act as an inspirational read for guests and yourself, and are basically your all around decor filler when you're not sure what to add. Alongside these gems is another detail with the same purpose and you've guessed it ... it's journals and notebooks. They really add a thoughtful story to the little vignettes you set-up around your home. Think bedside and accent tables, and work desks.

Give this a try: Stack a pair of two journals in your favorite color scheme with a Fall candle to embrace the upcoming season. For a work desk, rest a large open bound journal laid wide open, to set the scene for a space of reflection and creative thinking. You'll find that there are so many pretty options out there, from leather to floral patterns, and fabric covered. They're all so lovely!

Here are some ways to create beautiful vignettes around the home using journals & notebooks. 



I had a lot of fun creating these for you while listening to my favorite tunes in country music. What type of music calms you after a busy week or even sparks your creativity to soar with ideas? I'd love for you to share in the comments below! Enjoy spending a little time styling your home this weekend and thanks for stay awhile!

Warmly ~


White Paint Favorites Guide

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Let's chat all about white paint today! White paint has been in high demand this past year, as people have been looking for new ways to brighten up their homes. Especially with our busy and complex lifestyles, we are looking for a sense of calmness and serenity in the place we come home to. I remember first falling in love with white walls, after searching through home decor magazines that featured Parisian apartments. I was still in college and signed a lease on the cutest little apartment that had a Juliet balcony. So of course, this romantic detail fell right in line with the beauty of a neutral color palette, the French so effortlessly mastered.

Neutral wall colors, like whites and soft grey's really gives you the freedom to play around with pops of color in a room. It's a fun process to focus on the details, like texture and pattern, leather and brass pieces, along with your favorite colors - knowing that you can switch out a look anytime you have a change of heart. Plus, if you've been wanting to incorporate shiplap, board & battan detailing, and wallpaper, white so brilliantly gives focus to these details.

So, is it easy as going to your local hardware store to pick up a can of white paint?! Selecting the perfect white paint can be more difficult than it sounds. With tons of swatches to run your fingers through, varying hues, and finishes to choose from, it might leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused. To top it all off, what may look beautiful and bright in one home, might not look it's best in another. Over the years, I've freshened up the homes we've lived in with paint and I've narrowed down my favorite hues of white to work with. So, if you're wanting to bring new life into your space, the best way to do it is with a beautiful coat of white paint!

My Top Favorites:


by Benjamin Moore
Bright & crisp white, without being too stark. 
{Paint color in our house, minus the living room}

by Benjamin Moore
Simple & Clean with no real undertones
{Paint color of the trim in our house}


by Benjamin Moore
Soft White with a hint of yellow
It is Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year in 2016
and is a fan favorite that works well in most spaces

by Sherwin Williams
Soft white with an earthy base. Not creamy, but has a hint of yellow
Interior: Best in well-lit spaces and when used on brick & wood
Exterior: Excellent as a beautiful soft white
{Paint color of the accent brick wall and ceiling color in our home}

by Benjamin Moore
White with a hint of grey, not creamy
An on-going best seller for it's neutral undertone
Best in well lit spaces and looks beautiful surrounded
by wood accents & dark hardware


by Benjamin Moore
Soft Creamy White
Best for all areas of the home in well lit spaces, especially in
bedrooms and as a bathroom color
{This is the color I will be painting our guest bathroom}

by Benjamin Moore 
Best for a warm white-grey exterior. Think French Country!

If you have a well lit space that takes in a lot of natural light during the day, then soft and warm whites will be great options to consider. I reserve crisp whites in areas that need more light and to create the illusion of a larger space, such as in small bathrooms. Keep in mind that the colors may vary on the swatch chips versus what will translate on the walls. I've noticed this quite often with Sherwin Williams paint colors. So, I really like to use large card stock paper (like this) to paint 2 coats of the color, so I can get a true representation of what it will look like in the space. My best advice is to compare the colors during the day and evening, considering the lighting you have in that particular space during all times of the day. Lighting makes a huge difference!

It's true color: If you are painting over a dark wall, consider applying a separate primer to begin with. This will help you achieve the true white you are going for. If you skip this step, regardless if the paint has a built-in primer already, 3 coats maybe what is required to keep the darker paint color from peaking through the newly painted white wall(s).

My finishes of choice: I typically like to use an eggshell finish all around because it's a nice balance between matte and satin finishes, and it's easy to clean. For trim, doors, and wood paneling, I like the look of a satin finish for dimension.

Want to create the illusion of taller ceilings: Paint both your walls and trim all the same color and finish. It's modern and streamlined. 

I hope this guide helps you select the right shade of white for your space and have fun experimenting! 

Warmly ~


by mlekoshi