SMALL BITS OF HOME

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Moving to San Francisco was not a major adjustment for me, since I was raised there until age five, and frequently spent time there after moving to the Peninsula San Mateo area. Danny and I decided to make the move with an amazing opportunity of the space, and also for his job. Although, we upgraded and could not ask for a more prime location so close to Crissy Field, I think my heart will always belong in the Peninsula. With that said, I wanted to create a space that I could feel completely at home, relaxed, and productive in. Since most days I work from home doing graphic design, and am also quite a homebody, I find peace in being at home.  I think people take being at home for granted. In our stressful day to day routines, it is so important to have that consistent space to feel a home; even if you are living at your parents and your own space is a bedroom, or in transition mode soon to be moving, or if you are currently rooted in your own home. Feeling grounded is so important.

We really transformed the space and filled it with things old, found, and new! I am so grateful for Danny’s logical perspective in the design process as well as an appreciation for fun pieces like I have. I think the new sofa is his favorite new piece, being that we cannot get through a movie without him falling asleep in it… it’s really that comfortable.

Organization is also key for creating a grounded space. One reason moving kind of stresses me out is all of the lingering boxes with things and unfinished items on the to-do list. Little by little we’ve almost completely finished putting everything in its place, but there are still some things that need to be sorted. I am also on the hunt for art, which is fun to look for.  I need a large piece in the dining room and one large piece for behind our living room sofa. I’m also looking for some art for the bedroom.  

One of my favorite pieces that is like an art piece itself, is our dining room chandelier, designed by a local San Francisco artist Jonathan Browning for RH Modern. A sentimental piece to me is the wine rack in our dining room that my uncle just gifted to me when he and his family recently moved. It used to belong to my grandparents and was used as an old ribbon holder, but you can also lay wine bottles in it (we are testing it with only a couple bottles to make sure it can hold the weight ;) until we add them all).                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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Another space I love is the bedroom because it always calms me down. My go-to option for sheets is white Belgian linen for a relaxed, beachy vibe. I find so much richness in linen.

The office is also a unique space. The wall texture is so neat. I had our painter put thin layers of Ardex concrete on the walls and it turned out wonderful. I still have some unfinished items in this room, but it's coming along nicely. The guestroom is where Danny’s closet is, so I wanted to put some of his favorite things in there, like his baseball art, favorite colognes, and other nickknacks. His dresser used to be in my dad’s old dressing room. It’s an older piece constructed of 100% pure cherry wood and was made in Kentucky.

Overall everything kind of tells a story. I love mixing and matching old with new, and I like when pieces remind me of something or someone. Hope this post inspired you to renew, organize, and adorn that special place you call home!   

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Some recourses I love for a variety of items are Jenni Kayne, Restoration Hardware, CB2, Pottery Barn, Joss and Main, West Main Home, Hudson Grace, Chateau SonomaOverstock, Home Goods, Serena & Lily, as well as antique and flea markets galore!

HERBAL DIY BODY OIL

When I was younger, I always used to love making homemade perfume out of the flowers and herbs in my garden. It was always fun to break up rose petals or lavender and such and make an array of scents. So when I came across this DIY body oil on Jenni Kayne’s blog from herbalist Ashley Moore of Women’s Heritage, I got inspired to make something similar again. Simply mix sweet almond oil with your favorite organic floras—perhaps even from your own garden or backyard. After letting the mixture infuse for four weeks, you’ll be left with a gorgeous-smelling oil you can use all over the body. It’s also a great gift idea!

Ingredients

  • 1 glass jar with lid
  • 2/3 cup dried herbs (or 1 cup fresh herbs)
  • 2 cups sweet almond oil

Instructions

Fill a glass jar 1/3 full with your choice of dried flowers/herbs from the list above. Pour sweet almond oil over the herbs and up to 1 inch from the top of the jar. Put on the top and set in a sunny window for four weeks, giving a gentle shake once a day. After four weeks, strain out the solids, saving the oil. If your oil is not fragrant enough, you can repeat the process using your infused oil. This is called a double infusion. Still craving a stronger scent? Add 6 drops of essential oil—try rose, jasmine, neroli, chamomile or lavender—per 1 oz of infused oil. Store your oil in a glass container of your choice, or glass bottle with a pump top.

To use: apply all over legs, arms and torso just after showering. Allow your oil to soak in before getting dressed. Enjoy the natural bliss of your homemade body oil!

WARMER WEATHER

Hi everyone! The rain was crazy in California this year. I really love the rain, but I also love gearing up for spring/summertime too. I can't believe we are fully in spring now! Time really flies. I wanted to compile some fun spring/summer inspired items that you can get to gear up for the upcoming warm weather season. It's always essential for me to have some staples to mix and match with different items in your wardrobe to create a variety of looks. I also love beauty products that help withstand the warmer weather and keep the skin/ hair hydrated. Enjoy, and get inspired for warmer weather!

 

  • Zara top with schiffli embroidery - I'm loving all the embroidery this season. 
  • J.Crew polka dot short - I'm really into mixing and matching prints and I think a lot can be paired with the subtle polka dots against the navy color. 
  • Zara embroidered poplin blouse - The contrasting embroidery detail on the hem is so pretty. The top also comes in white!
  • Zara fuchsia mid-rise skinny jeans - Pinks are so in this season.  I think it's more fun than a traditional blue jean paired with this top. 
  • Illesteva mirrored shield sunglasses - A take on Versace shades, these come in a variety of fun colors and are the perfect fashion statement for a twist on an aviator. 
  • Hermès Eau des Merveilles L'Ambre des Merveilles – This is my favorite scent right now. It smells so warm and delish.

  • J.Crew makeup pouch - This elephant print against the coral is so pretty. It also comes printed on tops and shorts right now. 

  • SeaVees for J.Crew legend sneakers in gingham - These iconic Legend sneakers were first designed in 1964; they're over 50 years old and still going strong. This print is exclusive to J.Crew.
  • Havaianas Slim Crystal flip flop - The crystal gives a little excitement to your basic flip flop. They hold up so well and are very comfortable.
  • Moroccanoil Light - I recommend the "light" for people with finer - regular hair, and the regular one for people with darker hair / very coarse, thick hair. 
  • Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask - this mask really does calm down the skin and has cooling ingredients that leave the skin feeling and looking refreshed. 
  • First Aid Beauty anti-redness serum - I love this product and its natural ingredients such as aloe and ginger. 
  • Coola SPF for face - I love the cucumber scented one. So refreshing!
  • Kayu Pipeline Tote - Such a chic beach bag. The tassel detail is so cute. 
  • J.Crew beaded lemons T-shirt -  Such a fun top to throw on. The beaded details in person are so cute! I also love lemons!
  • GAP leather espadrilles - These are 100% leather and I really like this cognac color. They also come in black. 
  • Pressed - Many who know me know I am a huge fan of Pressed Juicery. The juices are amazing and are a great way to get your vitamins in.I also have a nutribullet at home because I love blending fruits and leafy greens, but Pressed is always a treat. The brand also has so many rewards. Greens 3 & 5, Citrus 1, Charcoal H2O, and Aloe H2O are a few of my faves. And the chocolate vanilla swirl freeze is so delish and healthy!!