Seasonal Jewels

Since I first moved into my apartment and wrote this post about storing jewelry, my technique has changed a little and I wanted to share the latest and greatest. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of jewelry. But as you’ve probably gathered by now, I’m also very much about minimalism and tidiness (shocker), so a whole bunch of jewels displayed on a vanity is not really my style. Instead, I like to store the bulk of my jewelry in boxes within my vanity drawers and then pull out my favorite pieces of the season to live on top in trays. Not only does this technique help with minimizing clutter, but it also keeps my accessories fresh and timely. When everything is tucked away in boxes, I have a hard time remembering what I have and end up wearing the same piece again and again. By rotating my select pieces on a seasonal basis however, I ensure that I wear all of jewelry at different points in the year!  

Sweet Tooth: Glazed Lemon Loaf

With the warm weather we’ve been getting here in the Bay Area, I’ve been craving a nice, light dessert that could work for both breakfast and a post-dinner treat. Enter: a lemon loaf, with glaze of course.

I had never made a lemon loaf in all of my sweet tooth endeavors, so I was excited to try something new. To do so, I followed this recipe and I absolutely loved the way it came out.

This glazed lemon loaf may just be my very favorite new dessert. Well, for now at least 🙂

1 Sofa, 3 Ways

Alright, organizers. At this point, you’ve seen the following pieces designed 3 ways: nightstand, coffee table, dining table, chair, and bed quilt. I have so much fun making these posts so I decided to move along to the next edition: the sofa. Keep on reading to see how I styled 1 sofa 3 different ways—and be sure to let me know which you like best in the comments!

Sofa 1: This set-up represents how you’ll see my couch on any given day. I love that it’s bold with the two patterned pillows, yet also muted thanks to the cream ones placed in front. When I see this set-up, I also immediately see comfort: Between the several pillows and the throw blanket, I feel like I could just curl up there and take a nap.

Sofa 2: The star of this arrangement is the blanket from Oaxaca that my boyfriend and I picked up on our recent trip to Mexico City. I couldn’t love that blanket more and really like how it looks next to the two cream pillows that you saw above. Altogether, the textural elements and neutral colors make this sofa option feel sophisticated-meets-serene.

Sofa 3: I guess this is being a competition between the international treasures I’ve picked up on our travels—this one being the pillow from Thailand. While both of these lumbar pillows are usually placed atop our bed, I decided to give them a try on our sofa. The pops of gray and black in the painted pillow pick up on the gray in the sofa, while the cream shades of the other pillows add light to the dark hues.

So…which is your favorite? I can’t wait to hear!

Tricks of the Trade: Hanger Placement

Whenever people come over, one of the very first things they want to do is see my closet in real life. And sure enough, one of the first things they say once they’ve opened the door is, “Wow, you place your hangers backwards!”I guess you could say that I was destined for a career in closets because ever since I was a little girl, I’ve placed hangers this direction. Now, many years later, I can’t shake the habit and have arranged all of my closets in this way.

When I organize a client’s closet, I always give them the option of which direction they’d like their hangers to face. When they ask if there are benefits to my method, I always share that it 1) makes your closet feel more open and 2) makes it harder to accidentally knock items off of the rack. 

So what do you think? If you need a little change in your life, I’d highly recommend trying it out! And if you do, be sure to comment on my Instagram letting me know what you think of the new system 🙂

Bay Area Exploring: Stinson Beach

When the weekend forecast calls for 80 degrees and nothing but sunshine, I always head to Stinson Beach. A beach town in Marin County just about an hour’s drive from San Francisco, Stinson is filled with everything you could ask for on a sunny Saturday—beautiful open beach, delicious food, and quaint shops. Plus, the drive there is absolutely breathtaking as you make your way down the mountain and onto the coast.

The town itself is very small (only about 2-3 blocks), so you can easily cover all of the shops and sites in a single afternoon.

My favorite spots for lunch are The Parkside Café and The Siren Canteen. If I’m in the mood for healthier options, I’ll hit the first one but if I am craving a burger and milkshakes, I always go to the latter.