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5 Easy Bathroom Storage Solutions

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It’s been almost 6 months since Paul and I moved to Portland, Oregon and we’ve had a lot of visitors to our new home in our new city. My sister and Paul’s parents have already been through to see our place.

We’re expecting more visitors and guests over the holidays and then my parents are coming to visit for two weeks in January! Since we live in a small loft-style apartment in the city, we have to be super-efficient with our space and try to keep our one bathroom as sparkling and zen as possible for ourselves and for our rotating roster of guests.

So what do you do when you have one tiny bathroom and you’re short on space?

You need to get organized and find bathroom solutions that work for you. Our bathroom lacks a lot of shelving. We have lots of open space under the sink and can use the cupboard doors for storage as well. If you’re in the same boat as me, here’s are my top 5 easy bathroom storage solutions: (more…)

Where To Shop For Furniture Online

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By: Lisa Ng

Paul and I moved to LA with four suitcases and our pots and pans.

Starting over was an understatement. We had an ENTIRE house to furnish, which I wrote about here. I spent my first few months running from store to store trying to source a couch, a dining set, a bed, a desk – all without blowing the bank. A better idea? Shop for furniture online and you can see a store’s full selection and then some!

My pain is your gain. I’ve put together a list of my favourite places to shop for furniture and home accents online: 

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Target – I make no secret that I am in love with Target’s Threshold Collection. It’s cheap and cheerful with bright pieces for under $200. Think end tables, lamps, blankets, home accents, bookcases. If I can’t find it at Ikea, the next place I check is Target. You can see how I used Target in a post about my home here. Tip: What you see in store is just a sampling of the furniture that they sell that is only available online. I prefer to shop their stuff online instead of in-person so I can see everything.

 

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World Market – For my Canadian friends, it’s like Kitchen Stuff Plus – but better! They have affordable furniture, food, lots of cute home decor items and kitchen things. I bought these mugs from here for drinking tea. World Market is a great place for inexpensive dishes, glassware and cutlery. You can see how my ENTIRE dining room set worked out here from World Market and it was under $500 for the set! (more…)

Modern Retro Kitchen Linens

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I stumbled across these gorgeous modern retro kitchen linens by designer Bryony Disbury, and her British-based line, Lilly Loray. Her debut range features aprons, oven mitts, oven gloves, tea towels and pot holders. After scouring etsy for hours – I came across Byrony’s site by accident and her designs are EXACTLY what I’m looking for the whole beach cottage feel that I’m currently going for.

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Bryony studied Graphic Design and Animation at university which led into her career in the advertising industry where she produced TV commercials for over two years. At the age of 26, she decided it was time to set up her own fabric design business creating and developing prints and patterns which would work as kitchen linens – and in 2012 Lilly Loray was launched. (more…)

Saying Goodbye to Our First Home in LA

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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