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My Dining Room Refresh

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Our dining room needed a refresh.

Paul and I currently renting a very open-concept loft style apartment in Portland, Oregon. Since it’s a rental, I want it to feel cozy – but I don’t want to overdo it since I’m not sure how long we will be living in this specific unit.

It’s really easy to fill up a space with knick-knacks and big pieces of furniture, but if we ever downgrade into a smaller place – we’ll be stuck with a bunch of extra furniture. Which brings me to our dining room refresh project!

So how can you decorate efficiently, cheaply and still fill up a big space? (more…)

5 Ways to Keep Your House Looking Clean

Keep House Looking Clean

I would like to preface this post by saying that I DO NOT like to clean. It’s a necessary part of adulting that I’ve been trying to avoid. Since it’s the new year, I’ve been doing more decluttering and cleaning than usual.

I’m really great at making things ‘look clean’ – because I stash everything in a closet or drawer, but I also have a few sneaky tips and tricks that I’m sharing with you today: (more…)

My Epic Make-up Drawer Makeover

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I am ready to finally give my make-up a home and created a dedicated and organized drawer this past weekend. Up until this point, I was hauling around my stash in an old make-up bag that I practically had to sit on to zipper closed.

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1) Wipe Down – First things, first. The drawer got a serious wipe down with my favourite all-natural Meyer’s Clean Day Countertop Spray and then a paper towel soaked in hot water to pick up the excess spray. (more…)

My Outdoor Patio Makeover

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Here’s what our patio looked like before

By: Lisa Ng

I didn’t realize how much I missed having outdoor space until we didn’t have any at all.

Our first year in Los Angeles we spent living in a lovely townhouse, but with nowhere to hang outside. With gorgeous year-round weather, I was really beginning to crave a space to just lounge around in – especially since Paul and I both work from home.

I was also looking for a patio or deck where we could entertain and have friends over. Our new home is even better than what we could have ever imagined. As soon as we saw this patio we signed on the dotted line.  (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…)

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…)