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How to Create a Super Comfortable Living Room

How to Create a Super Comfortable Living Room

The design of your living room can either encourage or inhibit relaxation. When a room is crowded, it causes sensory overload. Studies show minimal furniture and decor feels more relaxing because it gives our eyes the open space they need to rest.Our living room is on...

Discover Your Enneagram Personality Type

Discover Your Enneagram Personality Type

Do you ever wonder what motivates people to react in certain ways? Turns out, discovering our Enneagram type can glean some insight. The Enneagram represents nine personality types. Each type has a dominant set of behaviors, motivations and fears. These traits shape...

Elevated Casual Outfits for Laid-Back Lifestyles

Elevated Casual Outfits for Laid-Back Lifestyles

There is an art to coordinating comfortable casual outfits that don't look frumpy. The method is similar to building a decadent ice cream sundae. Choosing quality basics are the rich and creamy scoops. Layering with interesting accessories is the fluffy whipped cream....

Our Refreshing Coastal Kitchen Renovation

Our Refreshing Coastal Kitchen Renovation

Our coastal kitchen renovation is complete and I couldn’t be happier. Our tired traditional kitchen has morphed into coastal cool and we love the results.The project began with Pinterest searches for kitchen inspiration. Trying to jive new materials with our existing...

8 Simple and Creative Self-Serve Party Ideas

8 Simple and Creative Self-Serve Party Ideas

There are three keys to a successful party: vibing music, sociability and delicious food and drinks. Some party hosts prefer to serve their guests. I'm not one of those hosts. Call me selfish, but I want to have fun, too. So, thanks to some creative self-serve party...

How to Hone Your Personal Style

How to Hone Your Personal Style

After 50+ trips around the sun, I’ve honed my personal style a few times over. Back in the day, I wore my fair share of LBD's and heels. But, my new version of LBD is laid back and done. I've honed a current personal style that's a true reflection of me. And you can,...

Tell Your Story with a Creative Gallery Wall

Tell Your Story with a Creative Gallery Wall

Gallery walls chock full of personal photos make me happy. Hanging a collection of family photos, kids' art, or pages from a favorite book injects unique personality into a space. It tells your life story in a creative way. My favorite space to install a gallery wall...

The Pandemic Habits I Plan to Keep

The Pandemic Habits I Plan to Keep

A majority of people are returning to lifestyles they enjoyed before the pandemic. I'm a little more slow-go. As I reflect on the last two years, I realize the pandemic habits I felt forced to create have helped build a better me. For starters, I wouldn't trade my...

The Best Sun Hats for Summer 2022

The Best Sun Hats for Summer 2022

Summer is here and you know what that means? It’s time to update our sun hats. My favorite summer accessory, hats are an easy way to ramp up our warm weather style. They also give our skin the extra layer of protection it needs. So, whether you prefer a fedora or...

Kitchen Design Inspiration in 2022

Kitchen Design Inspiration in 2022

The latest kitchen design trends prove how our priorities have shifted. The focus is on creating spaces that are less fussy and more easygoing. Vintage elements oozing of character and nostalgia are everywhere. Sustainability and repurposing are very much a part of...

How to Smudge with Palo Santo and Sage

How to Smudge with Palo Santo and Sage

I've been a believer in the holistic magic of sage and Palo Santo for years. An ancient tradition of energy cleansing, smudging with sage and Palo Santo has become a mainstream wellness regimen. Smudging is the burning of sacred plants to cleanse, clear and create...

Candles Kits — A Creative and Sustainable Alternative

Candles Kits — A Creative and Sustainable Alternative

Few things soothe our senses like the calming glow and unique aroma of our favorite candles. I have candles in every room of our home. I light them when I'm overstimulated and need to channel calm. If candles are a part of your daily soothing ritual, you're going to...