Drawer Diaries

We’re all guilty of it—when we don’t know where to put something or we acquire a tchotchke that we’re not really sure what to do with, we stuff it in a drawer and forget about it. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

But you know what happens next: As soon as you need something from that drawer and open it up, you’re inevitably overwhelmed by its state and want to close it just as quickly as you opened it.

If you’ve been nodding your head this whole time because you can relate to this phenomenon, then let’s talk about how to tackle it together! Since it is the season to clean and purge, there’s no better time than right now to address the state of your drawers. And that can be any drawer at all, from the ones in your bathroom vanity to the others in your media console.The best thing to do is to open them up, take out all of the contents, and then begin to put only the things back that you want to keep. As you’re doing this, you should also aim to make sure that the drawer has a theme. For example, don’t let your nail polish slip into the drawer with the television remotes and batteries—rather, make sure that only like items are together in one single drawer. This will also help with future organizing, as you’ll know exactly which drawer an item belongs in.

 

When it comes to actually organizing the drawers, I’m a big fan of storage solutions like this one to capture small items. Instead of letting all of your items just roll around inside a drawer, consider various trays that can help keep everything neat and tidy.

Once your drawers are all organized, remember that they never need to revert back to how they looked before this exercise. Just remember that each drawer has a theme, storage solutions are your friend, and random items that you don’t know what to do with may be better suited for the garbage.

These Days

This month’s These Days is birthday-themed, as the last couple weeks have been birthday celebration upon birthday celebration (and I’m not mad at it!). From Wine Country to Bolinas, I loved absolutely every place that I celebrated.

The weekend before my actual birthday was probably my favorite of all. My sisters flew in from Los Angeles and together with two of my best girlfriends, we drove up to Sonoma. We brunched at Sunflower Café and then wine tasted at Bartholomew Park Winery. If you’re ever looking to settle in at one winery and spend the whole day in the sunshine, look no further than this one.

To celebrate on my actual birthday, my boyfriend and I both took the day off work and headed north to Bolinas. If you’ve never heard of it, that’s because the locals like to keep it under wraps and have even been known to remove all traffic signs to keep tourists out. Despite their best efforts though, we came with our cameras in tow and were truly charmed by what we saw. A birthday filled with sunshine and stunning architecture? I’ll take it!

Travel Treasures

As I’m sure you’re well aware by now, travel and interior design are two of my biggest passions—well, those and organizing, of course! Every year, my boyfriend and I aim to visit brand new places, and to buy trinkets from each place to forever remember them by.

Through all of our travels, I’ve collected quite a few treasures. From pottery and art to clothing and jewelry, so many pieces in my home were purchased while traveling. And while I love just about all of them, the below pieces are the ones that I know I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.

How stunning is this blanket from Oaxaca, Mexico? As soon as we saw this blanket in Onora Casa in Mexico City, I knew it had to come home with us. The soft color palette and intricate woven design caught my eye and I love thinking about where it could end up in our future home. From being folded along the edge of the bed to be draped over a sofa, this blanket will look perfect anywhere it’s placed.Also in Mexico City, we found this gorgeous hand-painted vase in El Mercado de la Ciudadela. Because I want this vase on display at all times and not just when it’s filled with flowers, I’ve found the perfect home for it atop cookbooks in our kitchen.Who could possibly say no to another stunning vase? That’s what I thought when I saw this gem in Koh Lanta, Thailand. We’ve been collecting blue and white sponge-wear pottery for a few years now (as you can see on our bookshelf here), so when we saw those same colors in this piece of Thai pottery, we instantly fell in love. As if it weren’t perfect enough on its own, I cannot get over how amazing it looks sitting right on top of Rebecca Atwood’s book.  Last but certainly not least: the patterned pillow of my dreams, also from Thailand. Funnily enough, the fabric of this pillow was not complete when we bought it—the woman making it still needed to dye and color treat it. But we loved it just the way it was and decided to buy it right on the spot from her worktable. Even though we didn’t know exactly how we wanted to use the fabric (maybe a table runner or a wall textile), we knew we would find just the place as soon as we got home, and we were right.

P.S. Check out my blog posts on Mexico City and Thailand to find out even more about our trips.

Making Room for Spring

Whenever a new season rolls around, I always like to take some time to assess what’s in my closet. Not only does this help me to get organized, but it also reminds me of pieces that I may have forgotten existed. So basically, it’s a win, win if you ask me!

First things first, I do a scan of my closet. Even though I spend more time than I’m willing to admit in my closet and organize it quite often, I still somehow manage to forget about key pieces that would be perfect for the season at hand. During this scan, I’ll take the time to acquaint myself with what I already have, as well as what I may want to buy. I’ll also make some mental notes of outfits ideas, which makes getting ready in the mornings all the easier.

Next up, I’ll make little modifications that will help keep me inspired throughout the season. This can be as small as hanging a neck scarf around your door handle—which, by the way, is the perfect accessory to dress up any outfit—or placing a few hats on a hook. Having these accessories at the ready won’t just keep your closet in the spring spirit, but will also keep your looks feeling fresh all season long.

How do you get prepped for the seasons? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Spring Wardrobe

There’s really nothing better than when the first bright, sunny day of the season comes around and inspires you to break out your finest floral pieces. And since we’re just about to get a streak of beautiful days here in San Francisco, I’ve been doing just that. Keep reading to see what I plan to wear all week (and season!) long.   P.S. For more outfit inspiration, check out what I was wearing this time last year.

Wish List: Pink Upholstery

From blue velvet sofa to pink velour upholstery, my wish list just keeps expanding. Right now, I am absolutely l-o-v-i-n-g the look of dusty pale pink upholstery, especially when paired with darker tones like rich wood floors.

But in case you’re like me and probably can’t commit to an entire sofa cloaked in this fabric, a throw pillow would look just as good!

 

Photos from: Pinterest