goop x CB2

As fate would have it, I was able to attend the goop x CB2 launch event this past weekend, only days after professing my love for the gorgeous Cerchio chairs.  CB2 did a delightful job of hosting, with pressed juices, meditation, DIY sage bundling, and a chat with the lovely Caroline of Love & Loathing Los Angeles.  Here are a few snaps from the event, if you’d like to see:

While I had no need for new dining chairs, I may or may not have bought a new coffee table — and I am so excited!  I think it will be just the bit of curvy modernism my living room needs/wants/has to have.  In the meantime, thank you goop and CB2 for a lovely event!

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I fell in love today.  Meet my new crush, the Cerchio chair from the new goop x CB2 collaboration.  It’s got the perfect vintage Italian vibe — without the hassle of toting an actual vintage set back home from Italy somehow.  I think these are gorgeous just as shown, or would be amazing in a matchy-clashy set mixed with some Thonet chairs and Eames shell chairs.  Maybe it is just because it is Monday, but today, I am infatuated.  Be still, my heart.  I have literally zero need for new dining furniture, but girl can dream.

 

Cerchio chair  Vienna chair  Eames-style shell chair

Let’s move to Sweden!

Niki over at My Scandinavian Home has done it again with a house tour that has me dying to move to Sweden rightthisveryminute.  Everything about this space, from the high ceilings and clean white walls to the luxe layers of texture (that linen! the warm wood! those moldings!) has me yearning to call that space my own.  Stunning photos, right this way:

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If you have the flexibility to move to a foreign country and happen to be wealthier than I am, this gorgeous home is actually for sale!  I’ll have to dream from afar, I’m afraid, but if you’d like some more eye candy, visit My Scandinavian Home.

New and fresh

Someone dear to me is moving in about 5 weeks and it is going to be a bit of a whirlwind, so I offered to help her pull together a fresh new look on a major budget.  She is keeping most of her current furniture, but I’m excited to give her a pulled-together and homey new look with accents and accessories.  Most of her existing furniture is dark wood, so I’m hoping to lighten up the feel of everything by adding some lighter colors into the mix.  I can’t wait to pull everything together in her new space!

aspens print  striped blanket  stoneware mugs  navy pillow  mint lamp (sold out)  blush bolster  colorblock lumbar  brown square shelf  seagrass basket  geometric pillow

Blue and rust

Some time ago I helped a friend pull together some inspiration for his new studio apartment.  I love the color combo even though it is a bit of a departure from my own home — it is fun and eclectic with the blues and rusty tan hues in a mix of patterns.

 

For a cleaner, more streamlined vibe, just swap out the pillows and the rug.  There is still a lot of visual interest with the combination of textures and materials, but less pattern and a tighter color palette give it a quieter overall feel.

 

Which do you prefer?  Either way, that sofa and leather chair have my heart!

dhurrie tassel pillow  blue velvet pillow  rust embroidered pillow  turquoise medallion rug
leather accent chair  faux sheepskin  copper end table  live edge wood tray  marbled glass lamp  acrylic nesting tables  faux snake plant  midcentury sofa
rust pillow  ink wash pillow  knotted pillow  erased lines rug

 

Lighter

Yesterday, inspired by all those brave souls who have KonMari’ed their way to organized bliss, I decided to tackle my closet and really declutter.  Every so often I will do a cursory purge of worn or ill-fitting items, but this time, I was determined to embrace the “spark joy” mantra and really go at it.  While I didn’t physically pull everything out of my closet and drawers the way Marie Kondo advises, I did review everything in my closet, drawers, and storage — all of my clothes, shoes, and (perhaps most overwhelmingly) handbags.  I was much more ruthless discerning than in the past, and a lot more items wound up on the bed as a result.  The leather jacket I wore not-quite-often-enough that is a little too snug now?  Out.  The dress that proved to be way too fiddle-y to wear a bra under?  Out.  The bag(s) I bought because they were pretty and on sale even though they were a little too small for everyday?  Out.  The cute shoes that I figured would “break in nicely” that hurt my feet all whopping two times I wore them?  Out!  I realized that many items I was holding onto were things I wouldn’t use much, if ever, but that I couldn’t get my mind around being a sunk cost.  And I had no idea how much lighter I’d feel until I got into bed last night!  Freshly laundered sheets, a no-longer-crammed closet, a successful drop off to charity, and many tiny psychological weights lifted?  Yes to all of the above.

img_6864I’m hoping I’ll get more use out of the things I do love now that I can find them easier.  This also reaffirmed the concerted effort I’ve been making to only buy things I love rather than getting an item because it is a good deal (and boy, do I love a good deal — just ask my mom!).  Plus, it feels good to know that some things will be going to friends and family who will get use and enjoyment out of them — certainly more I would having them take up space in our little house.  Perhaps I was a little late to the gate on spring cleaning, but it sure feels good to start my summer with a clean(er) slate.

Sources: green lamps, black shades, and gold pillow from Target; Klimt canvas from Ikea, upholstered bed frame from Cost Plus World Market, patterned pillow from Cupcakes and Cashmere Home, linens from Matteo LA

I ❤️ Cathy Terepocki Ceramics

Next up in my little series of makers is the delightful Canadian ceramicist Cathy Terepocki.  She appeared on my radar with her lovely Ontario line at Anthropologie, and now I can’t get enough of her beautiful Instagram images and down-to-earth ethos.  (Yes, I may have a set of plates from her line that were more of a want than a need.  #sorrynotsorry)

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Visit Anthropologie if you’d like a piece (or eight) from her Ontario line, or visit her website for some beautiful videos, photos of her work, and of course, the opportunity to shop her wares.  Or if you need a semi-regular dose of her style like I seem to, you can follow her on Instagram.

Via anthropologie and cathyterepocki.com

 

Year & Day

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Current obsession: Year & Day tableware

I’ve been gravitating towards clean lines and simple ceramics of late, and these dishes are just about perfect.  I love the shapes, the soft pink hue combined with graphic neutrals, and their conscious and creative business model.  Really the only question now is what combination of colors and shapes I’ll be buying to create my own set!

 

Back home

My dad is back home after dealing with some medical issues, and I wanted to make his apartment a bit cheerier as well as better equipped to handle his mobility accommodations.  Enter: the budget-friendly apartment refresh!  I thought an upholstered headboard would be more comfortable than his old wood one, for starters.  A new bedside lamp made things feel cozy, as did a bit of (faux) greenery and a tasseled throw for the bed.  I also added a sweet macrame basket — it was just right to wrangle coils of oxygen tubing, and the soft cotton won’t scratch or snag the tubes like wicker could.  A new lower media console helped to open up the space and make it feel bigger.  And lastly, I hung up a cork board to help him corral doctor appointment reminders, stray sheets of stamps, and important phone numbers.  My dad seemed happy with his fresh space, and I was incredibly gratified that I could help with his transition back home.  Success!

headboard  striped lamp  macrame basket  media stand  faux succulent  tasseled throw  cork board

Spring refresh

As if it wasn’t hard enough to get out of the store with out purchasing EXTRA STUFF, Target has been killing it with their home decor lately.  Between their Project 62 and new Opalhouse lines, I can’t get enough.  After mulling over wallpaper options here, I finally decided to go with the pretty floral with birds, above.  Paired with a new tasseled bathmat and some greenery, our bathroom is looking 100% better.  And candle snuffer, where have you been all my life?  We may or may not have a couple new pillows in the living room, too, because give me all the pillows.

wallpaper  floor pillow  faux plant  lumbar pillow  faux jade plant  bath mat  snuffer