Small Bedroom Makeover Tips

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As of this summer, we have officially lived in our little Venice Bungalow rental for 6 years. SIX YEARS. Just thinking about it completely boggles my mind, since for most of my adult life I’ve basically been a nomad, living in apartment after apartment for no more than 2 years at a time. With that thought in mind, I decided back in May that it was time to upgrade our bedroom because let’s be real – sleeping on a mattress + box spring on the floor wasn’t cutting it anymore!

CREATE A FOCAL POINT: Since our headboard isn’t very prominent, we used this large vintage rug hook wall art to create a focal point in the bedroom, and accented it with smaller pieces of art like this wall hanging from Maptote. Even everyday accessories such as hats can become decor when you display them in an artful way!

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THINK SMALL: Making over any room of a house comes with it’s challenges, and making over a tiny bedroom with an attached bathroom is even more of a challenge since the bed can only face maybe 2 ways. The first step for us was to update our bed situation. Because our bedroom is so small – around 100 square feet –  having a queen sized mattress without a frame was kind of a burden. I know it’s only a few inches, but trust me, those few inches make a huge difference. We decided to downgrade on size, but upgrade in quality by going with a new full size mattress from Helix Sleep for customized comfort, and ASKVOLL bed frame from Ikea because we liked the minimal design, and also because it provides space for storage underneath. Plus, our cats now have a place to hide when the vacuum comes out to play.

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COMFORT FIRST: When it came time to dress our new bed, I was looking for something simple + soft that would keep us cool throughout the night. Christopher tends to sweat when he sleeps, so getting a new comforter was totally out of the question. Instead, I pulled my favorite vintage Turkish blanket out of our Tawas Trading Co. inventory and paired it with the matte Sateen Venice Set from Parachute Home. I love how comfortable they are together, and especially how luxe the sateen sheets feel, while also being more wrinkle resistant than most bedding. I’ve literally never slept better!

Bedroom Makeover 3MULTI-FUNCTIONAL: I love mid century modern slat benches for their versatility. So naturally when I spotted this smaller than usual one at The Venice Flea Market last month, I immediately knew it would be prefect for our bedroom. The missing piece of the puzzle! Most days we use it as a side table, but occasionally we also use it for seating. Another great flea market find is the accordion hanger we have above the bench. They come in all shapes and sizes, and are ideal for literally anything.

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LET THERE BE LIGHT: As in any small space, great lighting is such a necessity. We have amazing natural light that floods in during the day, but once the sun goes down, our bedroom tends to become a dark dungeon. When I discovered C by GE, I knew they’d be the ideal light bulbs for our bedroom. Their bluetooth LED bulbs allow you to customize light levels at various times of the day, to your preference. Plus, it’s so nice being able to turn lights on/off remotely via my phone, from bed or even from another room in the house. It’s the best!

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The only thing we’re still trying to figure out is storage. This is a challenge throughout in our entire bungalow, but especially our bedroom since we only have an itty bitty closet. What are some of your home design/decor challenges, and how did you overcome them?

Watermelon Margarita Popsicles with Tajín

Popsicle-Week-Watermelon-Margarita-Popsicles What’s that you say? It’s Popsicle Week? Okay! I had so much fun participating in Billy from Wit & Vinegar‘s #popsicleweek last year that I decided the only way to make it even better this time around was to make popsicles with a friend. And since I was set on making another boozy pop, I enlisted none other than Marissa from Bourbon & Goose. I’ve been on a huge watermelon juice kick lately so when the folks from  WTRMLN WTR sent over a few bottles of their fresh-pressed watermelon juice, Marissa and thought we would mix two of our summer essentials together – watermelon and margaritas! Oh, and to take it up a notch, we added a little Tajín into the mix – yum is right. Popsicle Week Watermelon Margarita Popsicles 4 Popsicle Week Watermelon Margarita Popsicles 2 One thing I learned last year when making my Old-Fashioned Bourbon Cherry Popsicles is that too much booze is not a good thing when it comes to popsicles – the suckers won’t freeze thoroughly! We did a bit of research around online for some general “booze + juice” ratios and decided to play it safe. Plus, we heard a rumor that out of all liquor, tequila is the hardest to freeze and there’s nothing sadder than when your popsicle falls apart when you take it out of the mold. Anyways, onto the recipe!

Watermelon Margarita with Tajín Popsicles

This should make about 10 popsicles with a standard freezer pop maker.

· 2 cups of watermelon juice
· 1/4 cup of tequila ( we used Sauza Gold )
· 1/4 cup margarita mix ( we used Tres Agaves )
· 1 tbsp Tajín
· 2 tbsp cup fresh lime juice

Combine the watermelon juice, tequila, margarita mix and fresh lime juice together into a carafe ( for easy pouring ) and then sprinkled in a bit of Tajin into the bottom of each mold. Note that the Tajin will spread once you start pouring the liquid in the mold so pour oh so slowly!

Freeze overnight for 24 hours and then you’re ready to party. Olé!

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*Special thanks to Marissa of Bourbon & Goose for the beautiful photos!

#MyGreatCat Victor / Purina Pro Plan

Victor Purina Post 1 What’s so great about a cat? Purina Pro Plan Cat explores this question through a series of cat portraits shot by photographer Jessica Trinh, and our cat Victor was one of the lucky felines chosen to be a part of the #mygreatcat campaign. A few weeks ago the Purina team and Jessica came to our bungalow for a little photo session and Q+A about our love of cats, adoption and what makes Victor so great! Out of so many great qualities, Victor’s intuition, curiosity, and sensory nature stood out to the team and jotted down a few things Christopher had to say about Victor:

“I just think cats are so unique. They’re like little people that pick up qualities from their owners. He gets his social butterfly-ness from Eileen. But he can be a little bossy sometimes, too. He keeps everyone in line, us and the dog included. If our dog Rusty gets out of hand, Victor will bop him on the head. He just gives him a look that he knows. He likes to prance around and thinks he’s very refined and sophisticated. He is also a master escape artist.”

Victor Purina Post 2 Last weekend in Union Square, Purina teamed up with the folks from @cats_of_instagram for a day long event featuring a pop-up gallery which showcased the 10 cats around Los Angeles as well as highlights selected from Instagram that fans shared through the hashtag #mygreatcat. Oh, and now through the end of August if you share a photo of your cat with #mygreatcat on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, Purina will donate 1 lb. of food (up to 50,000 lbs.) to one of many cat rescues around the country. Now that’s what I call great!

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Bungalow 9 Jewelry What a fun couple of weeks it’s been! I recently began working with Jen Crosby of Bungalow 9 Jewelry on digital branding and social media for her jewelry line along with product photography. Collaborating with other entrepreneurs is one of the best things about being freelance, especially when they create such beautiful things.

Sherise Lee The Radder MOCA Los Angeles

I met up with Sherise from The Radder for lunch and a visit to the MOCA Pacific Design Center to see the Jacob Hashimoto‘s ‘Gas Giant’ exhibit. His work is incredible – so much beauty in one room. An absolute must see!

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We had a little get away to Ojai again – just because (why not, right?). I treated myself to the Gravel & Gold boob top I’ve been eyeing ever since I lost my favorite tunic of for like ever, and also scored some great vintage finds for Tawas Trading Co.

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Staycation at Ojai Rancho Inn

Ojai Rancho Inn SucculentsI’ve been wanting to visit Ojai for quite some time now, so recently when my friend Kimberly texted me “!!!” followed by “We’re spontaneously going to Ojai Rancho Inn! You guys should come!” Needless to say, I immediately was hooked. Christopher and I threw some clothes in a bag, grabbed Rusty and hit the road!

Ojai Rancho Inn GreeneryOne of the incredible things I immediately noticed about about Ojai is all the lush plant life that grows in the area. Everywhere I looked was green and full of diverse trees, wildflowers, cactus and succulents. It’s the perfect mix of nature and small town living, which makes you sit back, and just take in your surroundings. The perfect staycation/getaway if you live in LA, that’s for sure! I highly recommend taking the PCH route all the way up to Ojai if you can – the drive goes by so fast with breathtaking views of the Pacific.

Aside from relaxing in their seriously swagged out rooms (I’m talking Heather Levine ceramic lamps, Lookout & Wonderland curtains, Carly Jo Morgan artwork) we hit the pool, cleansed in the sauna, and made new friends over s’mores, chatting by the bonfire until 3 a.m. Honestly one of the best nights ever – so much fun!

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Ojai Rancho Inn House

We also spent some time exploring the grounds of the Inn, including the house, infamous yellow trailer and a new yurt that are all just next door the the Inn itself. Oh, and of course when hanging out with Kim and Andre, a little portrait/photoshoot action is always on the agenda!

Since our first visit, we’ve been back literally every week because of their incredible weekday rates through Hotel Tonight. We’re now at the point where we’re trying to figure out how we can eventually move up to the area and set up shop. Yes, we are hooked. Oh, if you’ve never used the Hotel Tonight app, you seriously need to download it asap. We’ve used it for trips to Vegas, Morro Bay just to name a few. Plus if you use code “CLEE496” you can get $25 towards your first stay. You’ll be thanking me later, swearsies.

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