Currently Obsessed With….

Some things around the web that I am currently obsessed with!

Best LA Restaurants for Groups

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Colorful Couches from Apartment Therapy

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Gorgeous Riverboat Wedding at the Scarlett Belle

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Can’t wait to check out the Broad Museum

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Tattoos are just getting more and more amazing!

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Items you didn’t know you could recycle and how to do it.

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Currently obsessed with the art of Kate Shawkateshaw1

I need to learn French before my trip.  This is going to help.  ‘crossing fingers’.

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Love this faux fur!  Winter is coming!!

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I need this garden in my yard now.

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Gallery Wall Make-Over

The last few weeks I have been overwhelmed by looking at so many images of home wall galleries, that my head was about to explode.  So many different theories and measuring instructions.  Ideas like all black frames or large white mattes.   Botanicals, animal themes, photographs. Gold frames with floral mattes.   You get the idea.

I even started a whole Pinterest Board to inspire me.  The problem was that no matter how beautiful the ‘designers galleries’ looked they were not something I could duplicate because my art was unique to me, which is the whole point exactly.

I tried and tried to work on a formula, when finally I threw caution to the wind, collected all my stuff and just basically threw it on the wall.  I used my Design 101 Theory from college to try to work out a basically balanced look.  And in doing so, I have a lot of patching to do where things just did NOT work out!.

Anyway, I think the only advice I have for a project like this is this.

  • Gather all your stuff your going to hang in one spot.
  •  Hang the biggest pieces first.
  •  Fill in the negative space where you can.
  •  Be prepared to re-hang.
  • Have some good putty, sand paper, and paint to fix your first fifth attempt.

So, this was my office/spare room area before I decided to just go for it.  It was sad and lonely.  Most of all it was boring.  _MG_5508

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Here’s the after.  It’s a weird phenomena but the art makes this tiny room appear larger.  Thank goodness!

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The two bottom pieces were done by my daughters. I took the top photograph of my son walking toward the surf.

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Although I love the top three pieces…they’re all for sale! Full disclosure here. Find them at the shop. (click the photo to see them.)

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Sweet album cover. I loved them. Ballroom Blitz anyone~

One last shot later in the day.  I so enjoyed walking in this room.  Everything on the wall makes me smile, from the black and white photo I took of my son walking toward the waves, to the goofy looking baby photo of me as a wide-eyed baby holding a strange looking animal, they all make me happy and that’s what really matters.

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Favorite Things for 2014

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I love January.  It’s a fresh start.  It’s a new begining.  It’s a second chance.  Okay, enough with the cliche’s, you get the point.
But seriously, it’s a chance to finally ‘let go’ of all of the above. A time to embrace the joy in life. My New Years Resolution was to be grateful for all that I have and to live life with as much of the 10 to Zen that I can.
Although I did get everything I wished for for Christmas; family, food and a Kuerag coffee machine, I still enjoy gazing, marveling at and admiring all the beautiful things life has to offer. Warm coats, NFL jocks, good books, the assorted bling. What else can you ask for?? So without further discussion (well, maybe a little), some of my favorite things for 2014.

Links can be found on my Pinterest board titled, Favorite Things 2014

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The pop of orange, the coat, the glasses, the bracelets…it’s all good.

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Love the green walls!

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Just everything.  I want to snuggle in that bed.

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Such adorable handmade little creatures!  Perfect for the new baby coming to our familiy!

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The 2014 Pantone color of the year is radiant orchid.  A few examples.  (clock wise left to right-radiant orchid ombre wedding dress and bouquet, flower pumps, metal bracelet, rug, lantern, the color of the year, nail polish, amazing bookcases.

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Colin Kaepernick.  Quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.  No words.

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I love this Los Angeles based artists; illustrations.  Check out more of her work at Jessica Rae Sommer

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Inspired by my friend Kelli, who is a prolific blogger and lemon lover, I want a lemon tree.

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I need this.  I don’t know why, but I do.

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Loafers rock.

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Succulents are awesome because they cannot be killed.  Succulents in toys is heaven.

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Not usually a celebrity worshipper, but this kid has such a unique self deprecating humor, you can’t help but like her persona.

 

 

 

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Louis Vuitton gold foil envelopes.  Why not?

 

 

 

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Horses on a sweatshirt from J. Crew

 

 

 

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Just uploaded to my Kindle.  Can’t wait to read about New York City in the punk era.

 

 

 

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I got a pair of these and they’re perfect for yoga!

 

 

 

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A gift from my daughter.  Smells delicious!

 

 

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Alexander McQueen black sling bag with a skull!  Add a little bit of edge to a conservative black purse.

 

 

 

You Can Do It: Pick a Project to Cross Off Your List — January Cure: Assignment # 5

Color color color!

 

 

 

Pomegranate, Kale, and Wild Rice Salad with Walnuts and Feta

What a great combo…pomegranate, kale, wild rice, walnuts, feta!

 

 

 

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White and wood kitchens.  Classic.

It’s only a few days into January and I’m already in love with lots.  What are some of your favorite things of 2014?

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I picked these babies up at the American Way in Burbank for $20.00 each!  Yes…EACH.  I cleaned them and fluffed them and put them in my house.  I am selling them, (click here for more information and to purchase)but I am also loving them in GPark.  What is a person supposed to do in a 750 square foot home, who comes across gems like this all the time?  The things I do for love.

Here they are in all their 70’s mod glory.

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They look so cute in the house and they’re very comfy.  Perfect for cozying up and enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book.

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