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Saying Goodbye to Our First Home in LA


By: Lisa Ng

Well, it’s been 11 months since Paul and I moved from Toronto to Los Angeles and we’re sad to be saying goodbye to our first home in Los Angeles. After giving it a lot of thought, we decided to move to a new townhouse with a bit more outdoor space and a more zen view.

We currently live in an alleyway with a view of a parking lot on one side and an apartment building on the other. We felt a little closed in, but we LOVED the inside of our current place. However, being at home all day with no outdoor space, nature or trees was beginning to get to me and I started to feel a bit clausterphobic with a sprinkle of cabin fever mixed in there. So the search for a new home was launched, but still on the Westside of LA of course. Moving all the way from Canada, my priority was to be near the ocean!


So I’m spending all of this week packing up and we will be moving towards the ocean to our new place in LA. Since Paul and I both work from home, we decided to invest a bit more into where we work and opted for a view of the marina and to be on the water in our new home.

The biggest selling point? The huge front patio that we will hopefully outfit with some comfortable patio furniture and a BBQ. My dream is to work outside all day if possible! (more…)

My Dining Room Makeover


I’m sharing a little Throwback Thursday today – a post and room I’m super proud of. I hope it can inspire you to transform or renovate any space you are thinking of. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, as long as you end up with something you love – enjoy!

The dining room is finally done! Paul found this Jackson Rectangular Dining Room Table at Cost Plus World Market for $300 and we started building the design aesthetic of the room from there. It reminds me of an old sewing table, with the metal legs. I’m going for a California modern vintage sort of vibe and since the dining room is open concept and leads into the living room – the two spaces sort of need to jive.


Lighting is my first design love. Whenever I look at a room, I look at how the lighting can be changed. Our rental came with a very traditional chandelier that wasn’t really  us, so we installed The Hoyne Pendant Light from Crate & Barrel for $349. It was definitely a ‘splurge’ item since we were trying to keep everything budget –  we are furnishing a whole house at once. But I couldn’t resist this industrial-style light which really ties the whole room together. It was totally worth it.


Found this cute Milk Bottle turned vase at Cost Plus World Market for $6 (more…)

On My Laundry List

Hedgehog Laundry Dryer Balls

It’s been bananas over here and I’ve been trying to catch-up on laundry.

Hubby and I just picked up and moved across the country taking three weeks in the middle of June to drive along Route 66 from Toronto to Los Angeles. I got to LA at the start of July for five whole days, before promptly hopping on a plane to shoot a series of coffee videos for 10 days in Vancouver and Toronto. Oh yeah, where were we? (more…)