While I had the unpleasant calling of jury duty today, it allowed me the opportunity to spend the day downtown.
Grand Park LA is right behind the courthouse so that’s where I spent lunch…
Grand Park is a Los Angeles County park open to the public. It features cool seating, food trucks, a water fountain and an events calendar that includes yoga. The best part, in my opinion, is all the beautiful surrounding architecture.
And since I strongly believe that all design is related, the style of your wardrobe should aesthetically relate to your home design. Therefore, hanging a few of our favorites out in the open with clothing racks (including our favorite editorials!), actually transforms it into decor.
Not just for decor of course, clothing racks are also a great way to add more space to the tiny closet systems many apartments come with. So, whether there’s a lack of space in the existing closets or there’s no closet at all (which I hear happens in NY a lot)… These open closets are ideal and actually look great.
You know that space that men talk about, where they can get away from the world and just chill? Yeah, well women need one too, so how about we just create caves and leave the gender out of it? The answer is simple, some of us women want a pretty space, without all the leather and animal heads…
I was invited by Chairish to design my own woman cave, featuring one of their cool barstools… Here’s what mine would look like.
My space would be modern, but with lots of warm textures and a mellow color palette. The cloud pendant and poufy sofa are perfect for the type of space used for lounging. And I love these brass metal barstools with a pale yellow upholstery so my friends could chill around the bar area. Chances are though, there’d be more food than alcohol, knowing me.
Have I mentioned how much I love Instagram, I think I have. What I try to tell people who don’t understand why I’m on my phone all the time (mostly my mom), is that the amazingness of your feed is all in who you follow.
Here’s a few of my current favorites in the lifestyle category…
Let’s talk about IKEA and my home… I love Ikea, it’s been an awesome way to achieve the modern look I’ve wanted, without spending too much money. That being said, I had to do a bit of hacking to get the specific look I wanted for our TV wall (above). I purchased some of Ikea’s basic pieces and hacked them to get a more specific look.
You can change the look of any Ikea product and add a unique to your home just by adding some paint, new hardware or additional pieces (like my wood top).
I purchased two 2-door Besta system cabinets with a matte finish and no feet. I placed them on the floor together to look like one long console. Then, I added a custom wood piece to the top for a more finished, sophisticated look.
Make sure you know the look you want before going shopping at Ikea. There’s lots of products to choose from that could be very distracting and then you’ll end up with something other than what you originally planned for your home.
Before beginning any Ikea hack, you should know that when it comes to their combination series, it’s best to go shop in person rather than online. There’s too many pieces, variations and finishes to deal with.
There were two problems I encountered:
I couldn’t find a wood piece at any hardware store long enough, thick enough and deep enough. Which is why I had to get the top custom made, making the hack a little pricier than I originally planned. Luckily I know someone who works with wood, but it was still $200. This extra cost was worth it though because the look I wanted could only be achieved with one long seamless piece.
The hack project would have worked perfectly if my wood floors were level so I wish I would have paid more attention and I could have created a solution beforehand. Now, I just have little cardboard pieces under a couple corners.
At the end of the day, I still achieved the exact look I wanted while saving a lot of money and for that, I love Ikea hacks!
In an effort to add consistency to my healthy lifestyle, I need to find more recipes that are both easy and yummy. I refuse to eat anything that’s healthy but doesn’t satisfy me. Or something that’s yummy, but takes way too long to make. That being said, here’s something I tried and will for sure make it again, which is why I’m sharing.
I found the lentil mix on Pinterest because I bought a bag of lentils and had no idea what to do with them. I just knew I wanted to eat some. The recipe included the lentil/sweet potato mix, I decided to add the brown rice and avocado, which made it a more hearty meal. It’s really easy and yummy. Here are the ingredients so you can decide if you’re interested, but head over to Eat, Live Run for the instructions.
1/2 cup green lentils
1/2 large carrot, peeled and small diced
1/4 cup small diced onion
1 clove garlic
1 stalk celery, small diced
1 bunch kale, chopped
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 serrano pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
2 tsp cooking oil
2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
The recipe makes enough to have three bowls like the one above and use the rest for a delicious soup. I blended the remaining lentil mix with some coconut milk and it was an easy way to turn one meal into two!
Note: This is supposed to be a spicy dish, but I did not include the serrano pepper in mine.