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?

#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!

Gravel and Gold Boob Top Poster

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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New Year’s Eve Made Easy + Kombucha Cocktails

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Can you believe 2014 is right around the bend? I can hardly believe it, but another year in sunny Southern California has been written in the books and we’re about to embark on a new adventure. If you’re a busy bee like me, you barely have time to comprehend that 2013 is ending, let alone plan a New Year’s Eve celebration. Right? Right. Well, Luckily there are a couple of easy things you can do to make even the smallest and unplanned of get togethers feel extra special.

DRINKS // Let’s start with what matters most. I have to admit – I’ve had my fair share of cocktails this holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving. It’s hard not to get sucked into indulging during this time of year, especially with all the parties and get-togethers going on (woohoo!). Luckily I recently discovered the wonder that is the kombucha cocktail (first time was at Sage in Culver City) which makes having an extra drink or two, a bit more guilt-free!

Healthade-Kombucha-Cocktail-Recipes

For those of you who aren’t so familiar with komucha, it’s an ancient probiotic tea that is fermented tea drink, naturally rich in friendly probiotics and high in antioxidants + nutrients. My favorite of all time is the Pink Lady Apple from local LA company, Healthade! Anyway, kombucha has been used in countless cultures to help improve health, in particular to boost immunity and energy, balance metabolism, and aid in digestion to boot. So naturally, pairing it with a spirit makes drinking healthy, right?

My friend Melanie and I decided to take our favorite Healthade Kombucha flavors and turn them into the perfect sipables for bringing in the New Year. We start off with a light and refreshing number called “The Petticoat” that I discovered over on Bliss Tree. We changed it up a little bit by using honey syrup and raw honeycomb to garnish (along with a sprig of rosemary) which proved to be quite tasty!

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The Petticoat

1.5 oz St. Germain
2 oz Healthade Kombucha, Original Flavor
1 teaspoon honey syrup
Raw honeycomb to garnish
Toothpick + sprig of rosemary

1. Add a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker. Add in 1.5 oz of St. Germain, then 2 oz of Original Flavor Healthade Kombucha. Pour out a teaspoon of honey syrup and drizzle into shaker. Place top on and shake for 15 seconds.

2. Place a few ice cubes into a small mason jar, then pour. Garnish with a slice of raw honeycomb through a toothpick and rosemary.

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#takingtheleap in 2014

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There’s been some news I’ve been meaning to share for a while now… it’s three little words I’ve been a bit afraid to fully accept, but now it’s time!

So… here it is… I’m going freelance! I am finally #takingtheleap and joining the growing movement of millennial freelancers once the new year comes around. 2014 is going to be life-changing, or at least I am determined to make it so. I’ve been waiting for what feels like forever to say those three little words, and it feels so, so right. I haven’t felt so sure of something since I was in my late teens, going to a show to interview a band for the very first time at Clutch Cargo in Pontiac, without a care in the world what anyone thought.

While it’s super exciting, it’s oh so scary at the same time. If you can believe it… I’m about to turn 30 in just a couple of months and it’s starting to really make me think about what I need to be doing with my life. I don’t regret anything I’ve done or experienced along my journey thus far, but for sure have learned a thing or two along the way. I’ve met so many who have inspired me over the past couple of years to go down this unstable route. But I’m ready to be uncomfortable. To hustle for myself, and a lifestyle I feel good about. I know it’s the only way I can grow.

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Freelancing was never a concept I was familiar with growing up, but have made so many friends who have taken this path in life – and you know what? It completely changed them + their perspectives on life – for the better! I’m ready to face any challenge that may present itself because I know it will only help me progress and figure out what my true passion is. I am ready, and can say it without an ounce of hesitation.

Since I graduated from college, I’ve followed to whole “9-5” routine. Granted, I’ve worked with some pretty amazing companies and individuals – like, life-changing – but at the end of the day, I feel strangely unfulfilled… even after all these years – culminating to nearly 8 now, which is totally crazy to even think about. It’s hard for me to pinpoint the soure and I know astrologically I’m forever bound to finding my ultimate calling – but I really feel that this is the first step.

A few who are close to me have learned about my new venture over the past several weeks, and the support has been truly overwhelming! I am so lucky to have all these amazing humans in my life, and I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you… (you know who you are!) More details to come soon as they are solidified… but for now, I’m just excited to have all this off my chest, out in the open, and in The Universe. Phew! Anyway, cheers to new adventures and #takingtheleap!

 

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