Decorating Tips & Tricks

Redecorating is always fun, and something I like to do about once a year to keep things feeling fresh. It can seem incredibly overwhelming to decorate your space (especially from scratch), but here are some tips and tricks that I've learned along the way.  

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Create a Pinterest board

This may seem obvious, but collecting pictures of spaces you love slowly over time allows you to pick up on certain patterns in your interests that you may not have recognized before. (before Pinterest I did this by gluing magazine clippings into a sketch book)

Looking through my home board, I realized I clearly have a thing for mid century style, especially in white spaces. This board becomes a visual representation of your style and can answer your own questions along the way. For example, when I was working on redoing my bedroom I was wondering, "What should I do for window coverings?". I looked through my board and noticed almost none of my pins have curtains. It's almost always just simple blinds. Ok then! Blinds it is! I know that you'll find patterns like this too.

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Shop Flea Markets

Now that you have your board or sketchbook full of styles that you love, a great place to score some unique pieces is a flea market. If you live in the San Francisco bay area, I highly recommend the Alameda Flea Market. As for east coasters, I've been doing some research and am planning on visiting the Brimfield Antique Show soon. I've heard it's the best!

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Give it Some Time

If you go out looking for something and need it that very moment, it never seems to turn up. Keep a list of things you would love to have (side tables, lamps, brass animals for your bookshelf etc), and let those items turn up as you explore flea markets, furniture stores, tag sales etc... You will find it when you least expect it! Can you imagine how happy your home will make you if you only purchase pieces that you truly love? Make sure an item is your best friend before you bring it home.

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And until then...

It's not fun living in a space that feels incomplete while you wait to find all of these treasures. The quickest trick for making a home feel more complete is to fill it up with plants! Lots and lots of plants. A couple of my favorites are the Fiddle Fig Leaf tree, and Euphorbia Trigona (my favorite tall cactus plant!)

Moments Around the Loft

We moved into our sublet in Williamsburg over the weekend, and are starting to get to know our new space. It's the polar opposite of our SF place, and that's why we chose it. It feels like New York, and we're soaking it in.

It seems very fitting to me that the majority of our light in SF was western exposure, and here in NY it's all eastern exposure. It's so interesting to see how much the sun affects our daily routines. Bright morning light convinces us to get our day started a little sooner.

We've also been exploring creative storage solutions. With no closets, we wanted to make sure that we didn't end up with piles of stuff on the floor. We did a DIY of this awesome garment rack, and are loving it!

It still doesn't feel quite real yet that we're in NYC, but I'm looking forward to seeing how this place rubs off on me. I think it's important to continuously be exposed to new people and places.

California Christmas

I teamed up with theĀ Say Hello Max ladies Tienlyn and Elsa for a California Christmas shoot, aka an excuse to get dressed up. We'll take any excuse we can get, really.

We decided to style each other, so of course I had to have Tien drip in gold. Her top is vintage from the Alameda Flea Market (one of my favorite places), her skirt is Tinley Road, and her necklace is one of my all time favorite pieces by Bay Area jewelry designer Meagan Reelitz.

My favorite accessory for Tien's look though was probably this gold soda can. You're not dripping in gold until you're holding a gold soda can.

Watch: Michael Kors

Tien decided to style me in sequins and leather. I approved. The leather pants from Tart Collections are crazy comfortable. Definitely the way to dress up without feeling the pain, although I can't say the same for the shoes.

Merry Christmas!!



This was a recent weekend project... well sort of. We had been collecting this art for over a year now, saving them all to hang up in our dining room!

We decided in advance that all of the frames would be either black or gold so that the eclectic range of artwork would flow together. (Besides for the landscape in a brown frame that was a last minute addition, oh well)

Before we hung them, we laid them out on the floor to try out a few different compositions. We decided on a layout with a straight center line to give the grouping a structured look. It worked well for us to mark the center point for the grouping and work out to the sides, measuring evenly between each piece. (We chose to space them by two inches)

I'm really happy with how it turned out, and can't stop staring at it. We're even planning on letting it expand a little with one more piece on each end.