Summer Style

Now that my apartment is flooded with sunshine everyday, I’ve made some small updates to celebrate the season. Come inside to see what I’ve done, and hopefully it will inspire you to make similar updates to your space.

Is it just me, or are straw items of all varieties popping up everywhere? I’ve had this basket purse since our last trip to Mexico and it’s still one of my favorite accessories in my closet. This season, I decided to style it next to the sofa with some light blankets for those cooler summer nights.

Maybe it’s all the La Croix I’ve been drinking, but I’ve been craving a little something extra in my water these days. I sliced up some lemons and dropped them in a carafe, which seems oh-so-summery to me.

To remind me to celebrate the season through my wardrobe as well, I’ve got my favorite dresses hanging from the back of my closet. Oh, and there’s that straw trend again.

Last but definitely not least, I’ve got lots of bright flowers sprinkled throughout my apartment. It just wouldn’t be summer without them!

1 Coffee Table, 3 Ways

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Seeing all of your great comments in response to my “1 Dining Table, 3 Ways” post inspired me to tackle the same challenge on a different table. Enter: the coffee table. Just like the dining table, my coffee table morphs from week to week depending on what kind of flowers the grocery store had or which books I’m loving at that moment. I suppose it becomes something akin to my creative outlet, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here are three different ways I’ve been known to style my coffee table.

Coffee Table 1: I live for a good color-coordinated moment, so it should be no surprise to see a rainbow on my coffee table as well. While not the most functional option (where do your cups or feet go?), it definitely brightens up the room and makes me happy every time I pass by it.

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Coffee Table 2: Clearly my shibori runner gets a lot of use bouncing from room to room, but doesn’t it look so effortless? I love that this option is super simple yet feels totally complete.

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Coffee Table 3: This how my coffee table typically looks–one big stack of books for browsing, and an acrylic tray filled with all kinds of deliciously-scented goodies.

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Which coffee table option do you like best? Share in the comments below!

DIY: Spice Containers

Without a doubt, spices are kitchen items that can be easily overlooked. You stock up on them as a given recipe calls and then you stow them away. But the problem with this is that you wind up with tons and tons of bottles–some that look too much alike and others that are a completely different shape and size. In other words, you wind up with a mess.

Sound familiar? Read on to find out how to do this super simple DIY that will make a big impact on your overall kitchen organization.

To kick off this DIY, I first took inventory of my spice cabinet. I pulled out all of my spices, threw away the ones I knew I’d never use again, and counted the remaining number. That way, I knew exactly how many bottles I needed to buy. I ended up purchasing these glass spice jars from the Container Store, along with transparent labels.

From there, it was just a matter of transferring from one (not so pretty) bottle to the next.

The final step is to add the label. The pack I linked to above also comes with blank labels so you can add custom labels, should you need to.

Let me know what you think of this simple DIY in the comments below!

These Days

Put aside my list of favorite wineries and decided to try a new one: Whetstone Wine Cellars. Verdict? Very positive!

Been wearing my new Gucci loafers all day, every day. Seriously.

The views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Kirby Cove cannot be beat.

I love most homes in San Francisco, but this one may be my favorite.

The donuts from Grand Lake Kitchen are the weekend brunch treat.

1 Dining Table, 3 Ways

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I’ve blogged before about how I like to switch things up, and my dining room table is no exception. On any given week, it can go through a complete metamorphosis–looking like it’s dinner party ready one day and then the perfect cozy breakfast nook the next.

Below I show you three different ways to style the same dining table with only a few small swaps.

Dining Table 1: This is how my dining table looks most days. It pretty much embodies everything I love in this world–Heath Ceramics, fresh flowers, and indigo. I love that it could be ready to entertain in a flash, but also looks pretty just as it is.

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Dining Table 2: This dining table is one that I might bust out on a Friday night after a long week. It’s a little bit indulgent, but in the best way possible.

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Dining Table 3: Last but certainly not least, this table setting is a great way to remind yourself to be healthy. If you’re having an off week or feeling a little under the weather, throw some healthy cookbooks and fresh fruit on the table and you’ll feel more balanced in no time. I swear!

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Which table setting do you like best? Share in the comments below!