Yosemite

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Hi all! You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t posted in a little while, well I went on a vacation to one of the most beautiful places this time of year — Yosemite National Park :)  The waterfalls were in full-swing and we didn’t miss a single one!  I think we hiked about 20 miles in two days, and even through some snow!!  We got rain, sun, and really chilly and the scenery never got old…

Tunnel Road - Half Dome

Tunnel View

Yosemite Falls

Falls

Creek

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Mirror Lake

Cut Trunks

Rapids

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View with Clouds

Hiking Up

River Hike

Welcome Sun

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Snow Melt

Tree View

Snow!

More SnowMountain View

Trail View

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Vernal Falls from Above

Nevada Falls

Sunrise over the ValleyYou can definitely tell from the pictures which days were sunny and which were cloudy :) Hope you enjoyed some of the snapshots from my trip! I have some very exciting news to share later this week…!

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Into the Wild

This weekend I’m going camping at one of my most favorite spots: Plaskett Creek in Big Sur along the coast of Hwy 1. It’s the most beautiful drive along the cliffs so high above the ocean. We’ve often spotted whales on our way to and from the campground, (just don’t take your eyes off the windy road if you’re driving!) ;)

I can’t wait to be able to see the stars at night…. eat s’mores…. cozy up by the campfire…. hike down to the beach….

Here’s to a weekend without cell phone reception! :D I hope your weekend is as re-charging as I know mine will be :) Get out there and enjoy some nature!

Teacup Succulent

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I’m constantly looking for clever ways to re-purpose things, especially when I’m scouting out the thrift stores.. ;) The other day I found these adorable vintage teacups. Not needing teacups (but still wanting them) I tried to think of a way to give them new life as something else. I settled on tiny planters for succulents :) I love the delicate look of the teacups with the live green plant inside.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Simply fill your teacup about 3/4 full with potting soil, making a well for your new succulent. Place your succulent inside the well and fill in with potting soil. Water it a bit, then you can add your moss. I used reindeer moss for a little extra color contrast. These make adorable house-warming or hostess gifts too ;) Enjoy!

Coastal California Inspiration

{Look to nature for design inspiration, because nobody does it better}

Here’s my quick guide to accomplishing ‘beachy’ design without feeling cliché  ;)

You don’t need a comforter with a seashell pattern, you don’t need starfish hanging on your wall, and you really don’t need vases full of sand and shells. Instead, look to textures like a soft braided sisal rug (like this one), the use of driftwood in unexpected places (like here), and a palette of soothing colors. Like these:

Accessorize with Red Coral, Vases that resemble beach glass, Tropical Plants, and fun artwork like these vintage prints:

Have fun creating your new beach inspired space!

Summer: Living Outdoors

OK, so I’m probably way behind with this, but I just discovered a show on HGTV (online) called Outdoor Rooms, and I absolutely love it. The host, Jamie Durie (a handsome australian) is extremely talented and creates these gorgeous outdoor living spaces in clients’ yards, drawing from specific spots that he travels to for inspiration. Especially this time of the year, I can’t help but want to do everything outside… sleep, eat, lounge… it’s just too beautiful to stay in! So, feeling inspired, I compiled a little group of some of my favorite photos of outdoor living spaces.

I hope these inspire you to create a special little outdoor living spot for yourself!

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Designing with Plants

Lately I’ve been in the mood for a change in my bedroom. So, last weekend I decided to do some spring cleaning and re-arranging. I’m so happy with the result and even made room in front of one of my windows for a plant, (which I’ve been wanting for a while!). I’ve always loved the way greenery breathes life into a space. I’m even considering getting more plants… bigger perhaps ;) Here are some inspirational photos for decorating with greenery :)

{I love the combination of animal print & plants, it gives off a fun jungle vibe}

I also found a couple of sites that could be helpful in choosing the right indoor plants for your needs or capabilities. Here is a guide to houseplants that improve indoor air quality, and this site lists 24 of the easiest-to-care-for indoor plants (I bought a ZeeZee plant, which is 5th on this list). Happy planting! :)

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Fresh Air

{Torrey Pines – Ocean View}

{Agave Plant with Neon Spines}

There’s something wonderful about having family come to visit that just recharges your batteries.  What could be better than to be filled up with delicious meals and surrounded by the people who love you most?   To take full advantage of the last rays of sun before the rain came, we went on a beautiful hike.  From up so high we even spotted some whale spouts!