Green In Every Room

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I’ve written about my green thumb in the past, and now I’m here to talk about how important it is to have some sort of living thing in each room of your home. Don’t get scared—you don’t need to get some huge plant and force it into the corner of every room. Instead, you can opt for a small succulent, a dainty orchid, or fresh flowers on the dining table. Whatever it may be, make sure it has ample sunlight and let it add a touch of life to each room.

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Tricks of the Trade: Collecting v. Cluttered

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Have you ever loved something so much that you start a collection and want as many of that thing as you can get your hands on? I certainly have, and when I come across that thing, it’s always important for me to remind myself about the differences between collecting and cluttered.

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In order to keep your collection from overflowing into a cluttered mess, I always recommend that you pay close attention to the amount of negative space available. Take my bookshelves, for instance. They’re filled with lots of books with lots of colors, as well as a few tchotchkes and several pieces of pottery. Without a clear strategy behind item placement on these shelves, they could easily look and feel cluttered, but with a few simple adjustments, they feel collected and clean.

First and foremost, it’s important to keep space between each item. By having distinct piles of books that are separated from the pile next to them, the shelf looks and feels cleaner and more open. Additionally, I try to balance the amount of tchotchkes on each shelf, such that if one shelf has several, the ones sandwiching it do not. That way, your eye is not torn about which shelf to look at, as there is a sense of balance between each of them.IMG_5728 IMG_5730  IMG_5723 IMG_5727

Bay Area Exploring: The North Bay

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There is so much to do and see in the North Bay that it can sometimes be overwhelming. From Sausalito to Tiburon to Fairfax to Muir Beach, there are so many little towns in Marin proper alone.

But if you happen to have another hour on your hands and really want to head up North, I’d highly recommend checking out Point Reyes + Tomales Bay. A couple months back, my boyfriend and I made the drive out, stopping at Stinson beach along the way to stretch our legs a bit. Tomales Bay has some cute little shops and restaurants and Point Reyes is just absolutely breathtaking. See for yourself!

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Oh and how could I end this blog post without some fun facts? Point Reyes can be the foggiest and the windiest place in the United States, hence why there is a super famous lighthouse there. My boyfriend and I made our way up to the lighthouse and it happened to be the most beautiful clear and sunny day (but still super windy, don’t let these photos fool you).

Final pro tip: I would recommend calling the lighthouse ahead of time for a weather forecast. If they predict high winds and fog, they may shut down the road early.

Sweet Tooth: Mixed Berry Pie

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It just wouldn’t be Summer without carving out time to make a fruit pie. Since I’ve made a few pies in my day (blueberry and apple are my favorite), I decided to go ahead and wing this one. A little bit of sugar and butter on the berries, mixed with a little rolling of the pie crust dough, and voilá. You’ve got yourself a homemade pie in just a few hours.

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