Tricks of the Trade: Hang v. Fold

To hang or not to hang—that is the question. If you’ve ever found yourself staring at a pile of clothes uncertain about which items should be hung or folded, then this post is for you.

Unless you have unlimited space in your closet, you’re likely going to need to make choices about which items can hang up on the rods v. which ones should be stowed away in dresser drawers. Here are the rules that I abide by when determining what should be hung v. what should be folded:

Hang anything that will wrinkle if folded. In my closet, and for my clients, this typically looks like:

  • Silks, linens, and satins
  • Nice blouses, such as button-downs
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Jackets

On the other hand, you should fold heavier items that a hanger would stretch and morph. The items that typically fall within this category are:

  • Clothes made of cotton, as they are not delicate enough to warrant being hung. This can include pajamas, athletic clothes, and t-shirts.
  • Sweaters

So now you might be wondering, what about jeans? They can really go either way depending on how much closet space you have in any one area. For more on denim organization, check out this post.

Home with Emma Blomfield

First off, how stunning is this book? I could not be more obsessed with the watercolor-esque look and the color palette.

Well now that you, too, are looking something like the heart eye emoji, you’re likely wondering what this book is. This lovely book is called Home and it’s by Emma Blomfield, an interior designer based in Australia. When Emma’s team reached out to me offering to send the book my way, I was so flattered and had no idea how much I would end up l-o-v-i-n-g it. It has easily become my new favorite book!

If you need some design inspiration in your life, I’d highly recommend picking up Home. It contains decorating tips for each and every corner of your home, and includes styles to suit all tastes. Trust me when I say you need this book in your life, and your coffee table does too.

Bay Area Exploring: St. Helena

I’ll take any excuse to drive the 1.5 hours to wine country over a weekend. So when my friend invited me to stay at her parents’ house in St. Helena, I of course exclaimed, “yes!”

I had been to St. Helena once before when my boyfriend and I drove from Yountville up to Calistoga for my birthday weekend, but I had never spent a full weekend there. I’m so glad I did though, as this quaint little town is so perfect in every way.

St. Helena and the surrounding towns are filled with great wineries—you really can’t go wrong with any one. We ended up going to Frog’s Leap Winery, which I will definitely be coming back to, and Alpha Omega. In between, we stopped for delicious sandwiches and salads from Dean & DeLuca and then closed out the night with dinner at Farmstead. Pro tip: If you buy a bottle of wine during your tastings, bring it with you to dinner and they’ll open it for only $5!

The next day, we grabbed coffee and pastries at The Model Bakery and then strolled down Main Street, popping in and out of shops as we pleased.

If you’ve never been to Wine Country before, I hope this will inspire you to make a trip of it sooner rather than later!

Getting Back into a Routine After Vacation

After a long vacation, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed when you get back home. Between a suitcase (or two) that needs to be unpacked and the jet lag that sinks in at the most inopportune times, your normal routine can seem lightyears away from your current state.

As I just recently got home from a European cruise, these feelings are all too familiar. But as I immersed myself back into my routine relatively quickly after getting home, I thought I’d recap some of the key things I learned—and employed—along the way.

Remind yourself that everything will feel routine again soon. At least for me, I can often get overwhelmed when I have a to-do list seemingly as tall as me. But what really helped me after coming home most recently was a constant reminder that soon enough, everything would fall back into place. The mail would be sorted, the laundry done, the house clean, and I would be back to my normal routine before I even knew it. Sometimes this simple reminder to yourself is all you need in a moment of stress.

Tackle the big projects first. Sure, you’ll probably have a million and one small things to catch up on once you’re home, but try to stay laser-focused on the big ticket items first and foremost. I know because often work in reverse order—tackling the smaller, easier items so that they can feel more accomplished, faster. However, I find that these little items don’t make much of a dent in relieving my overall stress so I try to prioritize the bigger projects first. By this, I mean that I tackle unpacking and going grocery shopping over uploading an album to Facebook.

Don’t sacrifice sleep. Even with all of your items crossed off of your list, you’ll never truly feel back in your routine if you’re sleep-deprived. While it can be tempting to stay awake for an extra hour each night to get back on track sooner, that extra hour is so critical when recovering from jet lag. Always prioritize your health because once you start feeling well-rested, you’ll feel more zen as well.

Do you have any tips for overcoming jet lag and getting back into the swing of things painlessly? Share in the comments!

These Days

Nothing better than a sunny morning in SF (and this porch isn’t bad either).

If you ever find yourself without an agenda in the Bay, head to Mill Valley.

You’ll find houses like this to ooh and aah over.

Headed home to LA for the holiday week and loved every second of it.

So into the brick + white wood fence + layered plants in my sister’s patio.

Apartment Refresh

This edition of Apartment Refresh contains one pretty big update that I can’t wait to show all of you. It’s one of those changes that you can’t believe you never made earlier—keep reading to find out what it is!

Ahh, I can’t get enough of our new straw pendant! It was on my wish list for as long as I can remember and I finally made this one mine a couple months ago. I love how it brightens up our dining room, even when the light is turned off. All that’s left now is to install a dimmer.

Also in the dining room, we removed the photograph we had behind our table to make the space feel even airier and lighter. While it seemed empty for the first few days, we’ve since come around to the negative space and actually like it much better this way.

I’m a huge Gray Malin fan, and am now the proud owner of his coffee table book, Beaches—just in time for summer.

I wrote about this bohemian addition in my last post, but am including it here as well because we’ve found a new home for it between the chairs in our living room. Since it holds two blankets, it’s super practical to keep it here for those chillier nights.

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about these updates in the comments!