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!
A Saturday afternoon at Harley Farms was just the retreat I needed.
Found heaven in Healdsburg at SHED.
Just minding my own business and taking pictures of homes in Healdsburg—can you blame me?
A weekend in Hayes Valley would not be complete without a trip to Clare V.
…or frozen Greek yogurt from Souvla.
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 🙂
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.
It’s no secret that I love straw accessories, both for the home and the wardrobe. So it should also come as no surprise that I have a lot of them lying around my apartment.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about taking all of my straw accessories and curating them into a beautiful entryway statement, just as these photos show. I love how each of these entryways instantly conjure the feeling of adventure—like you could just grab a hat and hit the beach at a moment’s notice.
What do you think? Is a straw entryway on your #WishList, too?
Photos from: Pinterest.
As you have likely gathered from reading my blog, I am a pretty regimented person. So it should come as no surprise that I aim to follow something of a nightly routine that helps calm down my system just before bed. If you struggle with your sleep schedule, then I’d highly recommend giving these tips a try—they have really helped in ensuring that I wake up feeling restored (most) mornings!
Give yourself 30 minutes before bed to wind down. It can be hard for your system to go straight from activity to bed, and that can lead to excessive tossing and turning. To avoid this, pick one or two of the below to get your body and mind in a relaxed state, and do so about 30 minutes before you’d like to go to sleep.
Drink a cup of tea. I love to drink a cup of mint or chamomile tea in my bedroom chair as I am getting ready for bed. I’ll bring out my book and do a little reading at the same time, too.
Take a bath. On the nights when I’m feeling like I really need to de-stress and wind down, I’ll draw myself a bath filled with epsom salt and lavender oil.
Turn down the lights. During this 30-minute wind down period, I will turn the main overhead light off in my room and only keep my nightstand light on. Scientific research has shown that bright light can stimulate your senses, so it’s best to keep the lights dim as you’re preparing for bed.
Shut off technology. Last but certainly not least, I put my phone on do not disturb and really make an effort to not look at it during this wind down period. I am one of those people who could get sucked into an Instagram rabbit hole at the snap of a finger, so this rule is one of the most important for me to follow.
Do you have a bedtime routine or tips for getting relaxed at the end of a long day? Please share below!
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
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.
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.