December 3, 2013
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted one of my essentials, but since I spend a good portion of my income on candles, I thought it only made sense to share my essential one: Unionmade and Baxter of California’s KML candle. It’s a mouthful, but I promise it smells like perfection. Well I guess that depends on how you define perfection, but for me, a campfire in the middle of the forest is what I’d prefer (not ACTUALLY, just in candle-form). This Unionmade x Baxter candle smells exactly like that.
Don’t forget I’m terrible at describing scents, but it’s a blend of Cedar and Sandalwood, with a layer of musk that really hits you after a few minutes of burning it. It’s not super strong but it definitely makes my whole place smell good. I often pair it with my favorite incense, which adds another layer of campfire, and then you’re outside under the stars surrounded by the woods IS WHAT IT’S LIKE.
Anyway, I personally like the 3-wick version because we go through them so quickly, but they’ve recently come out with this ceramic one that’s making my life a whole lot better, etc. Lucky for us, there’s a Unionmade store just minutes from our apartment in Brentwood and we are literally there every few months stocking up. Want me to pick one up for you? Can’t live without.
December 2, 2013
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I spent mine with my family and loved every second of it. Don’t even get me started on sweet potatoes. My mom makes 10 lbs of sweet potatoes every Thanksgiving and I cry for days when the leftovers are gone. All in all, it was a great day. Plus, 4-day weekend!!
Also, here’s a little peek at our updated dining area (sorry for the crappy iphone pic, yikes). We got rid of the giant wood table and replaced it with a much smaller, white one. I’ll post more details when it’s a bit more presentable, but just wanted to share Kyle’s “I-CAN’T-FIGURE-OUT-WHERE-TO-HANG-THIS-SHIT” face. We ordered this print for above our bed, but when it finally came in the mail, we chickened out and decided that the risk of death-by-falling-art is not something we want to subject ourselves to (you know, California earthquakes and such). Anyway, it’s a photo I took from our trip to Big Sur and it is HUGE. No idea where to put it now, but it might just land above the dining table.
So there’s that. December is here and I’m feeling really positive about it so far.
April 9, 2013
I really love a good smelling house (but who doesn’t?) and right now, we’re all about burning incense in my apartment. We burn miniature-sized logs in that miniature-sized cabin and our whole apartment smells of woodsy trees and burning fire. And YES, the smoke billows out of the log cabin’s chimneys – I can’t take it, it’s so cute.
Sometimes we’ll also burn a candle in the same scent family (like a cedar wood-based candle) to really kick it up a notch. This Unionmade x Baxter candle is our all-time favorite. All we need are ingredients for s’mores and we’d have a full-fledged campfire situation.
What are your favorite kind of scents?
*PS, here’s the log cabin!
April 3, 2013
I’ve lived in my current apartment for 2 years now and have focused zero of my decorating attention on the bedroom. I’ve kept it very simple with just a plain wood bedframe, nondescript nightstands, and a credenza-shaped dresser. That’s it. I don’t know why I haven’t brought a little life into it before now, but it REALLY needs to be jazzed up. It needs SOMETHING, ya know?
So my next project is for sure a bedroom update. Here’s what I plan to add:
01| these mid-century modern-style nightstands from west elm.
02 | a leather butterfly chair and since we can’t quite afford the real version, this urban outfitters one will do just fine.
03 | i scored this Pennyweight x Oh Deer print a few months ago and it’s one of my favorites. it’s rolled up in a tube now but i think it will be a perfect addition to the bedroom.
04 | a few faux sheepskins around the room would add just the right amount of texture.
05 | two swinging lamps that would look great on either side of the bed above the nightstands.
06 | one colorful pillow on the bed (my linens are all white, by the way) would add a nice pop amongst the otherwise neutral tones of the room.
07 | a shaggy rug to make it extra cozy and homey.
December 3, 2012
1/ a few of my favorite books on this bookshelf
2/ new anthro cups on my kitchen shelves
3/ chalkboard decal that always has a grocery list on it
4/ coffee table (need to share the DIY for it still!) with my favorite holiday candle
5/ next to the staircase, my plant soaking up some sun
6/ a small section of the gallery wall
7/ my stack of InStyle magazines next to the TV
8/ a cozy seat in the living room
9/ magazine rack next to the couch
I’ve lived in my current apartment for almost 2 years now (so crazy) and I haven’t really shared much of it on the blog. I just feel like it’s always evolving and has never been ready for a full-on dedicated post. But eh, we’re thinking about moving again so I thought I’d better take some photos of the place before we jump ship.
Speaking of jumping ship, I’ve officially deemed “apartment hunting in Santa Monica” as the most difficult task I have ever tried to complete. You think you’ve found the perfect place and then BAM it has no parking. Or it has no stove. Or it has no doors. Something weird like that. Really, landlords of Santa Monica? Get it together.
Speaking of getting it together, this weekend was so unproductive and I loved every second of it. Lazy weekends are the best. I did go to UNIQUE LA on Sunday, which was amazing by the way. But other than that, I spent a lot of time on the couch, catching up on shows, knitting, reading, writing – lots of happy things. Unproductivity is the best, am I right?