Thursday Thoughts

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1. this hallway is my DREAM hallway. for this week (God knows my mind changes every 7 days). white on pops of color with different patterns. and that mirror. sweet baby Jesus.

2. seeing as spring and summer are just around the corner (must be a very long corner because it’s still freezing here), I’m bringing out my favorite spring/summer nail colors. I personally l.o.v.e. gray on tan skin. My go to from essie.

3. ALL about the fringe these days. A little boho, a little rock n’ roll.

4. As mentioned previously, it’s still bitterly cold and windy here. The first day of spring (friday) it’s meant to snow. What. the. what. Seeing as I don’t eat meat, this quinoa chili has been my go-to meal this winter! It’s hearty, healthy and delicious.

5. I don’t know what to point out first that I love. The concrete stairs, the detailed banister, the worn out walls. I’ve been really into interiors recently that take you to another place, so to speak. Where you walk inside and kind of feel like you’re in another world, like you’ve been transported somewhere else. This reminds me of that. Michel Perry’s home is ah-maze.

6. Streeeetchin’. It lengthens your muscles, releases toxins, relieves stress, increases oxygen to the brain, balances hormones. The benefits of stretching are endless. Every morning I do 30-60 minutes (depending on how much time I have) of stretches from Amanda Bisick’s guide. It helps me start my day off right, and I always feel amazing after. You can buy her guide for (I believe) $9.95 here!

Etsy Finds of the Week

 

Etsy Finds of the Week

Etsy Finds of the Week

<< 1 >> wapa ceramic cactus planter: this shop! i adore. and it’s all handmade.

<< 2 >>  victoria fitzgerald art: recently I’ve been completely obsessed with impasto art as I’ve been looking for our place. there’s something about the texture and the way the paints build on each other that I find absolutely fascinating. loving the colors in this piece.

<< 3 >> white dog vintage candle holders: siiiiiick wooden candle holders with carved detail. love love love.

<< 4 >> vintage roundup placemats: C U T E. purple/pink woven detail adds a nice little pop of color.

<< 5 >> yehuda light fixture: I’ve also really been into pieces that aren’t “typical”. I love and appreciate places like west elm and so on, but I believe your home should be made up of different and unique pieces that inspire you to travel, create, and kind of take you to another place. light fittings can change the entire look of a room and add so much. I really love this piece and the twisted lines. kind of reminds me of icicles on branches.

<< 6 >> mystic peasant bowl: WHAT is this bowl!!! the colors/details are just perfect. very moroccan. i love.

Get the Look: Moroccan Living Room Vibes

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Hi Lovers! Happy Wednesday! One of my best friends moved to a new apartment this week so we’ve been spicing her place up a bit with a little bohemian lovin’. I came up with a few quick design ideas so we could pick and choose what she liked and make it all work together, and this was just one of the ideas. It’s my favorite of the 3 we went over, so thought I’d share it if any of you are revamping or decorating your living room. And, if you’re anything like me thinking “Those walls!! I love… but can’t do to my apartment”, well you’re in luck. It’s easy to remove wallpaper! Brilliant people in this world. Follow the links below to get the look. Happy shopping! xo

Wool Rug

Coffee Table

Anthro Vase

Couch

Throw Pillows

Side Table

Tree

Tree Basket

Whitewashed Wood Wallpaper

Sconces

Woven Wall Hanging

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DIY: Wood Headboard

DIY Wood Headboard

Hola! I’m gonna be honest, I’m sitting here trying to write this DIY wood headboard post but I can’t get a single word down because I keep listening to “Alex & Sierra- Little Do You Know” and I can’t concentrate because I loveee thisss songgg. And when I find a song I like I listen to it on repeat for about 7 days straight. Anyone else? No? Cool. OK. Pausing the song…

DIY wood headboard. Ready. So. I’ve been taking my sweet old time decorating our place because I want every piece we make, find or buy to be something that I love and want to have for a really long time. I’m willing to have nothing for awhile until everything I find or make are things I love. I’m going for pieces that make our place feel homey and can transition to a new place someday, as well as pieces that are inspiring or different. Basically, not basing anything off of what’s “on trend” right now, more, what do we actually love. Your home should be a collection of you. Pieces from your travels, from a random store you found on your way somewhere, along with store-bought pieces. It adds character, memories, and really makes it feel like it’s your home.

That being said, I knew I wanted a head board, just wasn’t sure what kind. Being that I grew up in a log cabin house, I always tend to lean towards making things out of wood instead of, say, buying a fabric covered headboard (which I do love as well). I love that it’s natural, and always brings a cozy feeling to a room. I guess in summary, because I grew up surrounded by it, it’s what reminds me of “home”, which makes me feel like even though we live in an apartment, I’m still surrounded by things that remind me of a space that’s all mine and a space I can really relax in. If that’s makes any sense? It does in my brain. So after a few months of seeing my options, I decided I wanted to make a wood headboard. And so it began.

This is incredibly easy, by the way. So if you’re thinking “Maybe YOU know how to do this, but this is way over my head”, well, you’re wrong. My 90 year old grandma could do this, and if she can do it, so can you.

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Our overall dimensions for our headboard are 36” H x 64” W for a queen size bed, so adjust your measurements accordingly based on what you need for your own size bed. We went to Home Depot, bought everything we needed there, and had the pieces cut as well. Side note: they aren’t really the best (at all) at cutting exact measurements, although they try, so if your pieces are slightly off by a few centimeters from each other it’s fine.

  • Five 1 in. x 8in. x 6 ft pieces of pine cut at 64 inches wide
  • One 1 in. x 4 in. x 6 ft. piece of pine cut to 34 inches wide
  • Minwax wood finish stain in “special walnut”. A little goes a long way, so I’d buy the smaller size.
  • Paint brush
  • Old rag
  • Sandpaper
  • 1 1/4” wood screws
  • Cobra mega picture hanging set – 100 lbs.
  • Cobra mega hook fastener, brass
  • Drop cloth
  • Plastic gloves

TOTAL COST: $65

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DIY WOOD HEADBOARD STEPS (Ideally this should be done outside because of fumes)

  • Lay the drop cloth down.
  • Out of the five pieces of pine, look at both sides and choose which side you want to be showing. Lay that face up on the drop cloth. I chose the side with the most knots, as I wanted ours to look a bit more rustic.

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  • Lightly sand the edges of the wood until all smooth.
  • (The back won’t be showing, so you don’t need to worry about staining it) Put on plastic gloves. Using the paint brush, wipe the stain onto the wood and rub into wood using old rag so there are no drips and all is even. Don’t forget to do the sides! I did two coats of stain.
  • Let stain on the wood dry. I left mine for 24 hours, but the minimum is 8 hours. I also didn’t use any finish, which is up to your own personal preference.

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  • Flip wood over so the side that is unstained is showing. Make sure you lay the pieces beside each other in the correct order you want them to be in when it’s finished.
  • Place the two narrow pieces of smaller pine on both ends. Drill two wood screws into each piece of larger pine to connect and stabilize.

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  • Drill the two hanger hooks onto the outer two vertical boards. Thread steel wire through the hooks, and tie.

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  • Hang the picture hangers on the wall behind your bed at desired height then hang your headboard!

And there you have it. (Apologies for some blurry photos) but I think you can see what I’m getting at in the steps. I L O V E our headboard. It makes a massive difference in the room. I hope this inspires some of you to maybe start building some pieces around your own home! If you have and want to share some of your own tips, make sure to leave a comment below. xoxo

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Top 5 Favorite White Paints

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When Dylan and I first moved into our new apartment, I’m pretty sure I said multiple times that I was “just going to focus on work and not put much effort into the apartment” because who knows if we’ll want to stay here when our lease is up. Well, just so happens my work has everything to do with interiors, which means it has everything to do with putting effort into our apartment, which means I couldn’t even let 2 weeks go by without an apartment to do list. I’ve accepted that I can’t just “let it be”, so I’m going all in. Not all in as I would if we owned a house, but as much as I can without renovating. Because it’s an apartment and why would I do that… nor am I allowed.

First things first on the “that’s GOT-ta-go” list were the terrible cream/beige walls that I initially wasn’t going to touch. To most people (normal people) they probably look fine. To me, they make the room look darker, older, and add way too much yellow. Gross. They needed white paint asap. I want to love where I live. I want it to refresh and inspire me every day. Our environments affect us so much, so if you’ve been thinking about painting your walls, I’ll be the first to say you should do it! You’ll feel 100 times better and happy that you did.

There are so, so many different white paint colors out there, each having their own unique undertones, such as a hint of gray, cream or even slightly pink. Choosing the right white paint for an interior can be a daunting, so I thought I’d make a roundup up my top 5. There are a few factors to keep in mind before choosing a white paint color, such as the natural light in your rooms, the material palette, and what the room looks like at night with artificial light. I like my walls as true to white as they can get, so my top 5 white paints have barely any undertones.

1. Benjamin Moore “Decorator’s White” : a classic white favorite, as the name says, for most designers and decorators. As you can see on the paint swatch, it has a slight gray undertone.

2. Benjamin Moore “Super White” : a really clean, brilliant white.

3. Benjamin Moore “White Dove” : I wouldn’t use this by itself, but I do like to blend Benjamin Moore “Decorator’s White” with Benjamin Moore “ White Dove”. A slight blue and gold undertone, resulting in a beautiful white. Also, when I say “undertone”, these are colors that you can barely see, but definitely make all whites different from each other.

4. Farrow & Ball “All White” : As you can see by the swatch, you can barely tell at all the difference between the white border and the actual swatch. It’s basically a very crisp, true white.

5. Dunn Edwards “White” DEW380 : Also, just like Farrow & Ball, extremely close to a true white, with a slight gray undertone.

Allllllll that being said, every single person is different with their own unique taste and style regarding interiors. These are simply my go to favorite white paints. With any painting project, it’s important to test the paint colors in your own rooms. When painting swatches to see which colors you like best, make sure your samples are at least 24” x 24”. The bigger the sample, the easier it is to compare. Leave it for a day and see how the color changes throughout the day, and as said above, how it looks at night with artificial light. Side note: if you are also painting the trim a different color, make sure to add a swatch of paint next to the wall color sample so you can compare the two to see if they work.

Hope this helps if any of you are thinking of painting your walls white! Just go for it. You’ll never regret changing something you don’t like, that might be a little time consuming, so you can live in a space you love!

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The Best Faux Candle

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In my blog about how I use essential oils to scent our place instead of candles, I talked about my favorite faux candle I’ve been using instead of real ones that have chemicals in them. I’m a massive candle lover. There’s something about a flickering flame, the soft glow, and illumination they give to a room. It’s instant ambience. They create warmth to any interior space, and make it feel homey. They have the ability to completely alter the entire mood of a room. Side note: When people ask what the most important aspects of designing a space are, my first answer is always: lighting. This is a bit off the candle topic, however, many people don’t consider installing or investing in lighting, but no matter how amazing your color scheme, or your pillows, curtains, or rugs, you won’t actually see the effect without proper lighting. Light expresses color and after investing in your new décor, it will instantly fall short of expectation if your room isn’t lit properly.

Anywaysss, back to the faux candles. If you read my blog post on essential oils, you know why I’ve chosen to not burn candles as frequently. Maybe once a week for shorter periods of time, however, I didn’t want to give up the “look” of having candles lit around the room. So I spent a ridiculous amount of time looking up every fake candle imaginable, reading reviews, and watching videos. I had previously bought restoration hardware ones, but they didn’t look real at all. And when I’d take a picture, they’d give off terrible orange colors next to real candles. This is when I found the Luminara Real-Flame Effect Candles.

Below picture is from their website.

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Rewind: All throughout college, I was consistently getting in trouble and getting fines from my RA’s for having candles in my dorm room. I’d hide them. They’d smell them. Boom: fine. I wanted my dorm to look somewhat homey, so I started buying fake candles ever since. Therefore, the extensive list of fake candles I’ve tried is massive. I’ve tried almost every brand and can tell you, none compare to these Luminara ones.

I ordered a set of 3. One tall, one medium and one small. I put them throughout our living room when they came in the mail and fell in love. They flicker and sway like a real flame. We had people over for dinner, and when we were leaving to go somewhere after, someone suggested we blow the candles out before we go. THANK YOUUU, LUMINARA. Guests couldn’t even tell they were fake. Now, obviously, they don’t have a wick like a real candle, so in daylight you can tell they’re not real when they’re turned off and you’re looking at it up close, but this is the most realistic fake candle I’ve found. They’re a bit expensive, but if you think about it, you burn candles and run out of them then have to keep buying more. These last for 500+ hours, and you buy batteries. I’ve had them since last April and just switched out the batteries last week. They’ve been set on a timer to go on every night for 5 hours.

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I still love candles, and definitely use them here and there when I really want to, especially tea light candles, but these Luminara candles I use every day, and don’t have to worry about them melting anywhere, lighting anything on fire, sending out toxins and chemicals while they’re burning, or having our place smell like smoke when I put them out.

I’m always finding corners, nooks, shelves and so on that need to be illuminated in certain areas at night, and these candles are 100% safe, which is perfect if you have kids and don’t want to worry about real candles getting knocked over.

Some features: Made of real wax. Timer that turns on the same time everyday and shuts off automatically after 5 hours. Remote control if you choose to buy separately. Different colors and sizes. Flicker and sway like a real candle flame. No smoke smell. No toxins or chemicals while burning. Safe from lighting anything on fire.

Below picture is from the Luminara website.

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I bought mine through QVC (never thought I’d actually say that), and ordered the Luminara Flameless Vanilla Scented Candle with Timer in 3 different sizes. You can also buy them here, through the official Luminara website (which also shows videos on the homepage so you can see how they look when they’re on). You can’t buy through their website, but you can find a store near you that carries them and buy them there.

I know they’ll never be a “real candles”, but for the day in day out ambience of your space, these work great.

If you have any questions, or happen to buy them and love them, let me know in the comments below! Happy shopping. xo

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New Blankets Added to Shop!

I fiiinally (after a lot of ‘nope, not good enough’ and ‘nope, don’t like those colors together’) picked two new blankets for the shop, and I must admit: I. am. in. love. I only choose/make products for my shop that I myself would use in our own home, and these two blankets are my new favorites! They also arrived juuust in time for “Winter Storm Juno”. Perfect for a little cozy home decor online shopping :) xo

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Berry Pink Mexican Blanket

 

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Essential Oils: Scenting Your Home

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I know I’ve been giving off mad Phoebe Buffay vibes recently in my blog posts with the “all natural” aspects of our apartment and mention of essential oils, but it’s how I run things, it makes me happy, and I feel my absolute best, so why not share what I know with others and hopefully help you create an environment you love that also adds to your health!

I believe your home should be a place where you find balance, a place to recharge, and a place you’re able to take care of yourself to be living at your fullest potential. Taking care of the environment in which you live plays a huge role in finding balance and staying healthy. What we breathe in and what goes onto our skin makes it’s way inside of our bodies- whether good or bad. If we’re buying cleaning products, candles and scented wall plug-ins full of chemicals and toxins, we are also internalizing what those are made of. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good candle, but after reading research on what’s in a lot of them, I’ve changed some of my ways.

Taking you back to where this all began: we were moving out of our old apartment. Boxes packed and I was cleaning when I noticed black soot all over the walls and on everything that was white in our place (which was a lot). Started doing some research and found out it was the candles we were burning. Soot from paraffin candles gives off the same soot as the exhaust of a diesel engine, and is considered just as dangerous as second hand smoke, causing problems from headaches to lung cancer. Paraffin fumes have been found to cause tumors of lab animals. On top of that research, I found that candles with a lead-core wick releases 5 times the amount of lead considered hazardous for children, which can lead to hormone disruption, behavior problems, learning disabilities, and numerous health problems.

What the whaaaat. I was pretty shocked. I burned candles like it was my full-time job on the DAILY, so this information was devastating for a candle lover like myself. I know I want to live a long, healthy life, so I’d already been making changes with diet and exercise, but my beloved candles?! Whyyyy. I still have a candle here and there that I love to burn during different seasons, but I use it maybe once or twice a week, compared to everyday all day. After finding other options, but none that I really liked (soy, beeswax candles), I came across information on essential oils. I read research for about two days straight to make sure this wasn’t some kind of scam, because I’d never really heard of them before. Turns out they were exactly what I was looking for to scent our new place.

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Essential oils are fragrant, natural aromas found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. If you’ve smelled a rose, walked by a field of lavender, or smelled fresh cut mint, you’ve smelled that plant’s essential oil. They are what give the plant its fragrance and contain the healing power of the plant from which it was extracted. When used correctly, essential oils bring a wide range of health benefits. Unlike modern drugs, they have no side-effects. Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. In the bible there are 200+ references to essential oils and aromatic plants (ex: frankincense, myrrh, etc.).

… And that was just the beginning of what I found. If you’re intrigued, there’s plenty of information out there to learn more about them. Each essential oil is known for it’s own unique healing properties. After doing lots of research on how to use them, I bought a starter kit from Young Living Essential Oils. I didn’t want to burn the essential oils in an oil burner because the heat decomposes the oil and it’s properties, so, with the starter kit, you’re given a diffuser where you pour in water and your favorite oil, or oil blends, close the top, turn it on, and voilà- your home smells amazing AND your breathing in the healing properties of the oil you used. Besides diffusing essential oils, they are also great for using on your skin to treat numerous problems (acne, wrinkles, cellulite, etc) along with putting them in food and drink, making cleaning products with them, and using them as perfume.

Recently I’ve been diffusing Orange, Pine and Cinnamon Bark. It smells so wintery and cozy.

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These are some of the benefits of diffusing and breathing in these essential oils:

Orange:

Aphrodisiac, Anti-inflammatory, Promotes menstruation, lactation, digestive juices, hormones & enzymes, Disinfect wounds, Anti-depressant, Relaxes muscular and nervous spasms to aid in continuous coughing, muscle cramps, Removes excess gas from intestines, Alleviates anxiety, anger, depression and certain bodily inflammations, Study suggests that aromatherapy using orange essential oil may aid in improving cognitive function, especially in Alzheimer’s patients.

Pine:

Dermatologists prescribe for psoriasis, itching, pimples, eczema, skin diseases, scabies, and sores. Gives balanced, smooth, renewed skin and is also an antioxidant for free radicals which have a negative impact on your skin. Free radicals attack healthy skin cells and cause them to mutate, resulting in premature aging, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Pine essential oil combats these negative effects. Increases the metabolism and boosts activity levels. Purifies the body due to its ability to treat intestinal problems. Good remedy for people suffering from joint pain, arthritis, and rheumatic conditions. Anti-inflammatory. Effective for removing mental stress. Used medicinally for removing adrenal fatigue. Removes anxiety and nervous tension. Useful for people suffering from weakened concentration and memory loss. Macular degeneration, cataracts, and a number of other vision-related conditions are due to the presence of free radicals in our system that cause degradation of our cells. Pine essential oil has been connected with improving eye health and protecting them from natural, age-related failure. Remedy for various infections, including Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). Cures respiratory problems and used in making cough and cold preparations. Loosens phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tracts and makes it easier to eliminate them.

Cinnamon Bark:

Boosts activity of the brain and helps to remove nervous tension and memory loss. Removes blood impurities. Great treatment for pimples. Improves circulation of blood due to the presence of a blood thinning compound. Anti-inflammatory so it helps remove stiffness of the muscles and joints. Recommended for arthritis. Helps in removing headaches that are caused by colds. Controls blood sugar, so diabetics find it very useful because cinnamon aids them in using less insulin. Due to its anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties, it is effective on treating external and internal infections. The calcium and fiber present in cinnamon provides protection against heart diseases. Effective for indigestion, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea and flatulence. Very helpful in eliminating excess gas from the stomach and intestines. Removes acidity, combats diarrhea and reduces the effects of morning sickness. A digestive tonic. Relieves the symptoms of colds, influenza, sore throat and congestion. Provides relief from menstrual discomfort and cramping.

Yeah. That’s a lot of information, but instead of breathing in toxins and chemicals from candles everyday, we’re breathing in all of these health benefits and our place smells amazing and wintery!

I missed the flickering of a candle flame, so I did some “research” into the best fake candles. Writing up another blog shortly to fill you in on what I found. They are my new favorites! I scent our home with essential oils, but still have the flickering flame of a candle (faux candle) without all of the toxins, chemicals and soot. Best of both worlds. And here’s my little disclaimer: I don’t believe essential oils are the cure-all, I simply love that they smell great and there are health benefits to them. I DO believe that God’s provided us with everything we need to live healthy and well by giving us things we are able to grow in and on the earth (fruits / vegetables / plants etc).

If you want to use essential oils at home but don’t know where to start, comment below and I can help you out with what I know! If you want to buy- I suggest starting with one of the starter kits through Young Living Essential Oils (Young Living is known to produce the purest essential oils and have been around for many years). From there, you can learn more about oils and buy more as time goes on. They last awhile, so the starter kit is a great. To buy through Young Living, you need a “sponsor”. If you want to buy, you can use my Member ID #: 2139450 (no this is not an ad for young living, and no I don’t plan on becoming a distributer- I just want us all to live in healthy, nice smelling environments!).

I’ll be posting here and there about essential oils I’ve been using around our place, and their benefits. Hope this helped some of you! And don’t worry, I’ll still be doing blogs on my favorite seasonal candle scents ;)

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Top 10: Wood Coffee Tables

If someone would’ve told me 5 years ago that I’d be more excited to buy a coffee table than clothes, I prooobably would’ve laughed in their face. Nevertheless, the time has come. I’ve been on the hunt for a new coffee table since I sold our old one and we moved to a new apartment in October. I’ve been loving bohemian decor and furnishings for awhile now (as you can tell from the shop), and after seeing all of the hand-carved wood furniture on D and I’s trip to Bali last year, I had an idea of what I wanted. Just so happens West Elm had exactly what I wanted AND they happened to mail us a 15% off “housewarming” gift. Loveeeely… I’ll take it. I’m a massive fan of wood or weaved coffee tables. It adds texture and a little rustic, natural feel to a space. Below are my top 10 coffee tables that I found while looking!

Top 10 Wood CoffeeTables

1. West Elm - this is the coffee table I bought for our place. Majority of things in our apartment are squared off, so I wanted a round coffee table to break it up a bit. I also love the moroccan/bohemian look of the carved wood and detail. Price: $349

2. Wisteria – I meannn… made of a vintage, weathered door and those nail heads? Love this one. Price: $599

3. One Kings Lane – So siiick. Branches for legs. Yup. Price: $449

4. Anthropologie – recently I’ve been into “whimsical” pieces like this one. The legs are a bit out there, (literally and figuratively) and that’s why I love it. It’s a bit fairytale like which is pretty rare to find in a coffee table piece. Price: $698

5. World Market - loving the chunky top shelf and how you can see through so it doesn’t visually take up a lot of space. Price: $231

6. Target - beachy viiiibes. I know it’s not wood but I’m all about the woven detail. Price: $191

7. West Elm – well isn’t this base lovely. also, the business that makes these pieces provides job opportunities for people transitioning out of homelessness in the Georgia community. pretty amazing. Price: $650

8. One Kings Lanelove the angles of the legs. Price: $459

9. Overstock - metal and wood together will always be a fav. Price: $264

10. Serena & Lily – simple, clean, with texture detail on the surface. ideal. Price: $1295

Happy shopping! xo

P.S. (this has nothing to do with coffee tables..) I’ve been reading “Letters to a Young Artist” by Julia Cameron. Thought I’d start sharing snippets of things that’ve caught my attention. Maybe it’ll help or inspire one of you!

“Art is an alchemical process. It transforms us just as much as it transforms the world. We cannot make art without changing ourselves. And some of what changes are our likes and dislikes. Which means we yearn for different things in our environment. Our color sense may shift. We might suddenly want an orange wall or a neutral gray one. We may decide we need to live in yellow. Our environment becomes a piece of art, shifting shape as we do. We may suddenly start collecting things – or throwing things away. We may abruptly go for Zen serene or antique-shop clutter. The point is, our tastes will change – and we may need to change our externals to match our internal world”.

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Aloe Vera Benefits & Uses

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Hi lovers! Happy New Year!! Dylan and I’ve been in Australia celebrating Christmas and taking a mini break from work. Dylan’s here for 2 months working, and I’m out here visiting for a bit. If I’m being entirely honest, it’s been so difficult to “shut off” from work! I really love working, but I’m learning it’s important to relax as well (even though I secretly stay up for hours after Dylan goes to sleep and write down every new idea and project I’m ready to start when I get back to the city).

Onto a little post about aloe vera benefits and uses at home! Not only does aloe vera have many healing properties, it adds a lot of character “looks-wise” to any space. If you’re here reading this, then, like me, you care about your environment and how it affects you, your health, and everyone living there. Keeping home environments healthy, inspiring, and peaceful are some of the many reasons I love doing interiors. 

There are ways to bring nature indoors that can add to the aesthetic of your home AND benefit you health wise. I do this by buying plants that are known to help purify the air, plants that I can use, and I use essential oils in a diffuser to naturally scent our place which helps build healthy immune systems, along with other health benefits.

When I’m not buying and making things for the shop or working on interior projects, I love researching raw foods, plants, their benefits, and ways to live more healthy. I believe when we’re taking care of ourselves and using the resources given to us through the earth, we are living at our fullest, healthiest potential, which will benefit us as we get older. Egyptians referred to the aloe vera plant as the “plant of immortality” due to its variety of healing properties. Below are just a few of the many uses for aloe vera plants at home.

1. Boil leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor to alleviate asthma

2. Put in drinks to lower blood sugar levels—especially for diabetics

3. Put on skin for relief from sunburn, burns, bug bites, poison ivy

4. Use as lotion on skin and face to reverse signs of aging and wrinkles

5. Help eliminate eczema

6. Use an eye makeup remover

7. Replace conditioner with aloe for silkier, smoother hair

8. Aloe vera hydrates and soothes the skin, nourishes it and accelerates the regeneration of new skin tissue. By applying fresh aloe vera gel on your face, you can enjoy well moisturized, bright, glowing and flawless skin

9. Aloe vera stops blood cells from clumping together, which is one of the main causes of strokes

10. The anti-inflammatory properties present in aloe vera help get rid of acne and pimples when the gel is applied on the affected skin twice daily

11. Use as shaving cream. It’s antibacterial which helps heal nicks, and moisturizes skin.

12. Drink Aloe juice to relieve indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, flatulence, peptic ulcers and constipation

13. Drinking aloe vera juice regularly gives the body a regular supply of antioxidants, which can boost and enhance the immune system

14. Aloe is an immune stimulant that helps kill tumors and invading organisms

15. Disease cannot live in an alkaline environment. Aloe vera alkalizes the body, helping balance overly acidic diets (when internally you’re body is overly acidic, cancer and disease thrive there).

Aloe Vera Berry Smoothie Recipe

This is a smoothie recipe I use to put aloe vera in. You can’t taste the aloe and there are tons of health benefits!

- 1.5 cups frozen berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)

- 2 bananas fully ripe (lots of brown spots) (the more bananas, the more filling the smoothie is)

- 1 tbsp chia seeds

- as much water (or fresh coconut water) needed to reach the top of the fruit in your blender

- 1 cup aloe vera gel (fresh cut from the plant, not the kind sold for your skin)

- 1/2 cup ice

- one spoonful of organic peanut butter

Directions: Blend + drink!

I hope you’ve all had a great, healthy start the new year! I love reading your comments on instagram and my blog. Let me know if you use aloe for any of the above at home, or other interesting uses for it that you’ve found! xoxo

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