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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Detoxing: The Juice LA 3-Day Cleanse

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It’s no secret that I love juice. Nor is it a secret that I’ve attempted several times to do juice cleanses – twice in 2013 I think – and I never lasted more than a day. I start off strong then get a major case of hanger (hunger/anger), eventually caving in once I see everyone else eating. Well that was 2013, and 2014 is a whole new ball game! With all the craziness of the holidays, my birthday, and the traveling I’ve been doing in the early part of this year, I began feeling sluggish and unbalanced. The solution? A juice cleanse of course – and this time, sticking with it. I’ve been a huge fan of The Juice LA since they opened last year in Atwater Village. I can honestly say that The Juice creates the most delicious juices in all of LA, which is quite a bold statement, especially with juice bars popping up literally on every corner these days. What really sets The Juice apart is their dedication to freshness + quality, using only organic produce, and cold pressing them daily. Oh, and can we talk about their flavors? My favorite is their #12 which is a combo of red cabbage, apple and lemon. I had no idea that you could or should juice red cabbage!

The Juice LA 3 Day CleanseNow onto the #thejuicelachallange – I ended up choosing to do the 3-day decrease cleanse – a three day process of elimination as they describe it. What really made the difference with The Juice was understanding what each of the 6 juices I drank daily was doing for my body. They go into depth on their website which is incredibly informative. Each morning at 8 am, I started off with their #11 which helps get rid of excess water in the body. Oh, the power of the tiny cranberry. Next up is the #12 (my favorite) which is the last of the sweeter juices. During the middle of the day and early afternoon come the #3, #4 and #7 which are full of greens… and ginger. That triple ginger is extra spicy = extra good for you. The day finally ends with an almond milk, sweetened with vanilla and dates – the perfect treat after a day of cleansing which also nourishes.

Day 1: Pretty mellow and easy. Perhaps it was the excitement of trying something new? I was really excited for the almond milk, then went to bed early to avoid any food temptations.

Day 2: Things got a little difficult, and also really got to know my bathroom. Let’s just say that the green juices got my body to “eliminate” things I didn’t even knew were in my body. Went to Umami Burger to meetup with friends and didn’t eat. Can you believe it?

Day 3: Last day! I was feeling lighter and actually began craving the juices! Spent a little less time in the bathroom compared to Day 2 but still lots of movement. Full disclosure: after a day of thrifting + hunting with Chris, I ended up having a veggie burger just after my 5th juice.

Ingredients The Juice Cleanse So I did it! Even though at the very end I did end up eating, I’m actually looking forward to trying out a 5-day cleanse before summer comes around. The one thing I really took away from this experience was a new knowledge of what certain foods do for me. Since my cleanse I’ve been trying to incorporate more of the following foods in my daily/weekly diet:

Kale – High in fiber and filled with antioxidants, detoxing the body.

Red Cabbage – Abundant in Vitamin E, it boosts the immune system’s ability to produce more antibodies, promoting DNA repair.

Lemon – Aids in digestion + liver cleansing, enhances the immune system + fights infection.

Ginger – Promotes digestion, detoxifies and boots the immune system.

Dates – High in fiber, regulates bowel movements.

Note: One thing I didn’t discover until after doing my cleanse was this great guide with tips for cleansing success + raw recipes from co-founder Liz Halpern. I can’t wait to try the green soup!

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*This post has been a partnership with The Juice LA, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. They really do have the best juice around!

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