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Friday Finds :: Simple Valentine Crafts

The other day I was in the drug store and was quickly reminded by the sea of red and pink candy that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Doing my best to avoid sweets, I typically turn to simple Valentine crafts for the holiday like this XOXO banner I created a couple years ago.

To get you in the mood for cupid’s holiday, I’ve rounded-up a few inspiring diy, budget-friendly and simple Valentine’s Day crafts – perfect for decorating your home or give to loved ones as gifts!

DIY glitter vase // pink roses // Valentine's Day craft

Add a little sparkle to a simple glass vase by adding gold glitter around the rim. Pop your favorite pink and red flowers and voila, a stunning Valentine’s Day bouquet!  Photo by Michelle Lange via Style Me Pretty.

potted succulents with pink rocks // Valentine's Day gift idea

Love these potted succulents with pink rocks via the Glitter Guide. The perfect Valentine’s gift for teachers, friends and co-workers!

pink ombre floral centerpiece // tablescape

Not exactly a craft, but love this simple, yet stunning centerpiece found Pinterest. Carnations in shades of pink are individually set in mirrored vases and placed in ombre pattern down the center of the table.

origami hearts // Valentine's Day craft #simple #hearts

Love these colorful origami hearts by you are my fave. Fun craft for the kiddos!

DIY fringed heart // Valentine's Day craftHow cute is this fringed heart? Get the how to at Minted.

happy day,




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Read full story By on January 16, 2015 in Entertaining, Features, flowers, friday find, Friday Finds, Holiday, Parties, tabletop, Valentine's Day

Friday Finds :: 5 Favorites

It took me a couple days to get back into the swing of things around here. But we are back to our routine with the kids back at school and me back to work. Fortunately, I love what I do, so it wasn’t that hard to get motivated again. Speaking of motivating, I’ve rounded up five favorite articles and images I came across this week – had to share them with you!

cozy gray living room // the design files

Coco+Kelley’s Mixing Some Menswear Into Your Home // photo via The Design Files

feather hanging art

One Kings Lane’s Studio Tour: Kristen Leigh Baker // image via One Kings Lane

textured concrete walls

some inspiring images from TineKHome‘s new 2015 catalog // love the textured concrete walls

living room // velvet & linen

seeing Brooke’s home grace the cover of this month’s Veranda Magazine // the chinoiserie wallpaper panels in the living room are a fave

DIY indigo clay wreath #crafts

the color indigo – still a fave for 2015 // DIY clay wreath via sweet paul

What inspired you this week?

happy friday,


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Read full story By on January 9, 2015 in 5 favorites, chinoiserie, craft, Features, friday find, Friday Finds, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, wallpaper

Friday Finds :: Cozy Winter Style

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Friday Finds // Cozy Winter Style // Simplified Bee

It’s that time of the year again! With winter’s chill comes the fun of bundling up in a comfy throw in front of a crackling fires while sipping hot cocoa. It also means that for many it’s essential to layer sweaters, coats and scarves to stay warm. Just because you are all bundled up, doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style. I’ve hand-picked five favorites – in timeless grays and black – that will keep you warm and cozy, while still looking super chic.

cozy winter style links:

1. j.crew’s wool hooded bib jacket // 2. ferm living squares blanket

3. hugo guinness bliss sweater // 4. tassel tie slipper boot // 5. joie fur scarf

serena & lily outlet store

Also, if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I wanted to alert you to a Serena & Lily’s outlet store where they are offering their dents, dings and samples for a limited time! All hard goods, bedding and decorative accessories are at least 40% off their original price. Upholstery items are at least 30% off. There are plenty of one-of-a-kind pieces at great prices. All sales are final. It’s only open until December 8th so don’t delay! Here’s more information…

1360 Tenth Street, Berkeley, CA – off Gilman (1330 if you ask Google)
     OPEN – Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday     10am – 4pm
     CLOSED – Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday

happy friday,


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Read full story By on November 21, 2014 in 5 favorites, fashion, Features, friday find, Friday Finds

Orange October :: Go Giants!

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SF Giants Baseball // Orange October 2014 #worldseries2014

Olive green may be trending next year, but currently around San Francisco it’ orange, orange and more orange. If you haven’t heard, our Giants baseball team is back playing in the World Series – going for a three-peat! This time the opponent is the Kansas City Royals. So far, the series is tied at 1-1. Tonight is the third game.

orange chair // living room // tobi fairley deisng

(design by Tobi Fairley via Houzz)

We will be cheering on the team from home and of course I’ll be pulling out a few orange home decor items for good luck. If you’ll be cheering from your sofa too or just love the color orange, I’ve rounded up some fab home decor items:

orange october favorites // simplified bee #orangeproduct links: 1 //2 // 3 //4 // 5

Need more orange inspiration? Take a look at 2012’s color of the year – Tangerine Tango.

Here’s to orange October! Go Giants!


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Read full story By on October 24, 2014 in 5 favorites, Features, friday find, Friday Finds