Wish List: Clear Console

An acrylic console table first caught my eye a while ago and I haven’t been able to shake it ever since. I just love how it can both blend in as well as make a big, bold statement at the same time.

Thankfully, this piece may not stay on my wish list for much longer—we have the perfect place for it right under the windows in our living room. If and when we do make the purchase, I’ll be sure to update you with photos!

Photos from: Pinterest

Tricks of the Trade: Planner Organization

I’ve confessed just how much I love my planner before, but I’ve never really shown you a glimpse into how I functionally use it. But today, that changes! Keep reading to find out how I plan to perfection.

Before I really get into it, I should let you know that I use my planner to capture every little task or thought that I have. For me, it’s so therapeutic to know that everything is written down in one spot and that I don’t have to bother keeping it all stored in my head.

Because I write so much down in my planner, I need a system to distinguish between different tracks of work and to-do’s. What’s that system? So glad you asked!

Everything I write down in my planner falls into 1 of 5 categories:

  • Social: Weekend plans, important dates (ie: birthdays, anniversaries, etc.), travel plans
  • To-do’s: Various chores that I need to take care of
  • Work: This includes all things business, from my day job to my finances
  • Gym: The classes that I sign up for go here
  • Blog: Any and all work I need to do for The Tidy Corner 🙂

 

To make the categories super clear and distinct, I use colored erasable pens. Yes, you heard that right! There are erasable pens out there and they are an absolute must because plans always change and you’ll certainly need to move things around from time to time.

At the start of the year, I went through my planner and added in several items under the “social category,” namely friends’ and family’s birthdays, as well as travel dates I’ve already booked. Then, as a new month begins, I always reflect on what I need to do and what I’ve already committed to and enter it into my planner. This does wonders in helping me feel like the month ahead is on track and my life is in order!

I hope you found this planner tutorial helpful, and if you have any tips for how you organize your own, please do share in the comments!

A Sunny Winter

During the holidays, I took a week off work to spend time with family friends in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Going home for an extended period of time is always so restorative for me—especially when the sun is shining.

Here’s a look into some of my favorite photos (and memories!) that I snapped while home.

{Malibu Pier}

{Griffith Observatory}

{West Hollywood}

{Venice Canals}

{Rose Café}

{Melrose Place}

{State Street}

{The Blue Door}

{Around Santa Barbara}  

{Lucky Penny}

1 Chair, 3 Ways

I have been loving challenging my inner designer with this series, plus reading your comments both here and on Instagram make me so so happy. I’ve been scoping out all the furniture in my apartment and decided to try out styling my living room chair for this edition of 1 piece, 3 ways. Keep reading to see how I did it, and don’t forget to share a comment with your favorite!

Chair 1: Seeing as I can never get enough shibori, I decided to layer the two pieces that I have. The end result is a very boho, relaxed vibe that I’m sort of loving.

Chair 2: Talk about another piece I just can’t get enough of: the sheepskin throw from IKEA. I have 3 of these and I just love layering them all over the house—on the floor of my closet, over a comfy chair, over a dining table chair, you name it. So it should come as no surprise that I decided to try one over the chair in my living room for a comfy, cozy feel.

Chair 3: If you’ve followed the blog for a minute, then you know that this is usually how I have things set up. It just about sums about my favorite things: soft cashmere, Vogue magazine, and diptyque candles.

Can’t wait to hear which option you like best!

Winter Wardrobe

It’s officially, officially cold in the Bay Area now, and that means no more pretending I can get away with light layers and open-toed shoes. Here’s what I’ll be wearing this season—advance warning: expect nothing but black, gray, and cream.

Leather jacket by IRO

 

Slip dress by Vince 

Gray tuxedo coat by Zara

Metallic sneakers, comfy sweaters, and a leopard Clare V. clutch