Thursday, December 31, 2015

Getting ready for the Holidays has been so much fun in our new house. We were able to get a 10 foot tree!! We thought we had to get a ton more ornaments to filler up, but turns out, the collecting of them each year was plenty. Here's my sweet Amara picking out her favorites to add.

Once the lights were on we were ready to dim the lights and feel the "magic" so to speak. Ever since I was a kid we had big Christmas's. Decorated trees, Christmas decorations, Holiday dinnerware. We made new traditions year after year. This year we had a quiet one and it was just as special.

Quiet moments in the family room doing crafts in jammies. I just love the view from every window in our house. 

Enjoying being out in the rain and admiring the beautiful Anthropologie window. 

From our family to yours. We hope you had a wonderful Holiday and wish you a healthy, prosperous New Year full of joy and laughter! We look forward to 2016!!


Monday, September 14, 2015

Bronson's room

I still have a ways to go in just about every room in this house. Most of the doors and trim in the upstairs bedrooms are still peach. I'll get there!
Here's a fun addition to Bronson's room. He has high vaulted ceilings which makes his room feel huge. We love it! We were contemplating on what to do with this huge blank wall above his bed. I didn't want to do another gallery wall here. It would take a lot of frames to fill the space. I thought of a world map. I love the colors in the maps, plus they're educational. I also that about wallpaper or doing an accent wall with paint and then maybe adding one to two picture ledges, but we have a picture ledge above his dresser already. Then I came across the French Bull wall decals. They are colorful, fun and Bronson loves cars!! Perfect. These decals are a great size to fill any large wall, or you can use half the town on one wall and the other half on another. We really love how they look and it's such a fun feeling when you walk in his room. He has since graduated to a twin bed. More Bronson room updates coming soon.

                                 In the meantime, here's more kids room wall inspiration for you. 

                                                                 For your World Traveler

Mountain Love

Reclaimed wood and paint

       Skyscrapers for your Super Hero

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A simple thing

I am writing this blog to share ideas, finds and inspiration. This post is about how I found some inexpensive art for my kitchen. We have so much going on in the backsplash that we can't do to much pattern. However, the other side of the kitchen could use texture and color.
At work, Yogaworks a month or so ago. We invited Good Eggs to come share and talk about their service. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and haven't heard of good eggs before, you must check them out!! They deliver organic Farmers Market meals, fruits, produce, fish, dairy and anything you can get at a Farmers Market to your front door! I personally look forward to visiting my local Farmer Market weekly, but this is a great shopping tool if you don't have the time to get to one.
Anyway, they came and set up a table with fresh organic foods they would deliver. They had these cute cards advertising their service. I grabbed a few to give to friends and help get the word out about their "at your door" service. I thought the graphics were simple and super cute!! I decided to frame them as art. Picked up a few Ikea frames in silver and bam. $6 art for my kitchen! Anyone can do this  with any colorful card or favorite calendar art. This is just a simple and fun way to make something unique for your space.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Feel good inspiration 


Monday, August 10, 2015

Indigo I heart you

Ahhh Indigo.The color between blue and violet. Oh how I love thee.  
It is said that Indigo conveys integrity and deep sincerity. To me, it also makes me feel cozy and calm. It's the shade of the ocean and my favorite blue jeans. I love it against crisp white bedding and white walls. It's amazing with other shades of blues. Turquoise and aqua.I really love indigo global textiles. It's perfect with fuchsia. I guess I can go on and on. I swoon over this deep shade. Enough to do a post on it's richness. 
Here 's some inspiration to feast your eyes on.

Just a simple pop of Indigo on this bed makes such a bold statement. Clink on the link below to see the whole room. The rug looks great with pillow and pulls the room together.

It would be so much fun to host a gathering with this set up! Another bonus with Indigo. It disguises spills easily. :)

Indigo, reds, pinks, white and wood. Perfection. 

Love everything about this. All the different depths of Indigo with the white walls and light wood floors balance beautifully with the patterned blanket and art. 

I want. I must have this rug! This would look amazing in any room, in my opinion.

This is some of the greatest inspiration I've seen in awhile. Sew backings for your stools for color and character! Love!

Seafoam, aqua and Indigo never get old. Sea colors = serene colors for sure.

This bedroom would make me smile every time I would walk into it. 

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Love these Indigo printed bolsters from chattra! They are used in Yoga practices but also make great home decor additions.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Vroom Vroom

So, we've been in our new house for a few months now and things are slowly coming together. With all of us working full time and taking care of two little ones, there isn't a lot of free time. But when I get the chance, chipping away on each room is what I do. We've been wanting to get an area rug for several of the rooms. The ones that do have carpet; the carpet is super gross dated and in need of being replaced desperately or a quick fix, an area rug. The kids play room has knotty pine floors. Not my favorite but it adds some charm to the room. One afternoon while organizing and picking up in there I came across some of Bronson's street tape his Grandma gave him for Christmas. Oh what fun to create a "rug" with that! Plus it's summer and the thought of an area rug in there right now sounds awful. This room has two huge windows that open for air and that's it. Here's the finished product. It ties the room together and provides hours of fun for the kids! I found the street tape on Amazon. I'd love to see what creative ideas you come up with for the street tape!


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A big change

I wanted to share inspiration and design on this blog. Of course I want to share what's personally going on as well.
My family and I have lived in the same home for 5 plus years. We've shared a home with Aaron's mom and grandmother. The house we scored several years ago was a diamond in the rough. A 6 bedroom, 4 bath home within walking distance to schools, restaurants and trails. Plus it had a pool. Aaron, the kids and I had the original part of the house. (4 bedrooms and 2 baths) And mom and Grandma's rooms were the additions built off the dining room. When we first saw the house, we thought it was perfect. Grandma's bedroom was already "senior" friendly and we all had our own bathrooms. This sounds like a huge estate but actually, the house is fairly small. One living room and a galley kitchen. We made it work for several years and although space and privacy there were challenging at times, we made great memories in this house. Bringing Bronson home from the hospital and raising him there til he was 3 for one.
A few months ago, we received a 60 day notice from Property Management  that the owner wanted to move back in. Disappointed and surprised by the news at first; I found this to be a blessing in disguise. We weren't quite ready, but we have always talked about eventually moving. This year was going to be the year! We just weren't expecting it so soon. We ended up finding a great home a mile away. Again, lucky find! We aren't in the position to buy yet, so we are renting again. We are renting from the owner this time who will want to sell in a couple years and is open to a lease option to buy. Oh, this would be a dream! The house is still in the same school district. Our daughter is in first grade and we wanted to keep her in the same school. We can ride our bikes to several convenient locations, plus it's on an acre of land! SO much potential!  The house is big enough for mom and law so we invited her to live with us. Grandma just turned 88 and doesn't like to be left alone. She is going to need more assistance and we all work practically 2 jobs. We spoke to her about assisted living and she isn't ready for that. She will be going to live with other family in which she's lived before. She will be very close and still in our lives frequently. It just wouldn't work to continue to live together. Plus, the home has too many stairs.
The home itself is 3,400 Sqft. It's got 5 bedrooms, but the 5th bedroom is in an awkward place. The only way to get to it is through one of two other rooms. Perfect as a playroom for the kids! It's got wood vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors. Tons of light through several windows in the room. It's so perfect! Amara picked out her room. She feels so grown up having a bathroom attached to it. Bronson's room is on the other side of the playroom. Then down the hall is the first Master bedroom. Downstairs is a large kitchen/dining room situation. No more 2 butt kitchen! We lived with a galley kitchen for 5 years. We have a living room, laundry/office room and bonus room. Plus a huge deck for entertaining. Mom in law has her own Master suite downstairs above the garage. The set up for us all couldn't be more perfect. We can't wait to make this house a home. Here are some before pics.
Amara in the playroom

Living room

Front entry

Mom in law's Master Suite

Kitchen/Dining after we moved in
This house needs a ton of work. Every room needs decorating of some kind. We love having the freedom to paint and do things to make it our own.  Our Landlord offered us to deduct bigger projects from the rent. I'll be updating you on progress and fun DIY projects we've been tackling over the months. Stay tuned.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ganesha enjoying chattra divine yoga gear

Ah Ganesha, my favorite Deity. You might recognize this guy. His elephant head makes him easy to identify. He is the God of intellect and wisdom; and remover of obstacles. Here he is lounging in Chattra divine yoga gear. Love his toes! Happy Sunday!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Moroccan design

I just love Moroccan design. Something about the vibrant colors and curvy details. The arched windows and doorways, decorative tile and courtyards. bright colors and lanterns, are great characteristics. Just to name a few. Here are a few inspiring designs for your Monday.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

And here it all begins

 I've been wanting to write for awhile now. There is so much that inspires me and I felt it was time to document these finds and adventures. I am a mom to two wonderful kiddo's. Amara, 6 and Bronson 3. I have been in love with the same man for nearly 19 years! Wow! We live in the Bay Area Suburbs just 30 mins from that wonderful city called San Francisco. :)
Let's see where this goes.
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