Friday Vibes

We probably all have certain stay-at-home fatigue. But life is about celebrating every moment. Just In case you kind of need some fresh ideas to get motivated to plan your weekend, read on to see what inspires us.

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Having a chicken coup may help us slow down life a little bit and forget what’s going on outside of the crazy world.

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Daily Inspiration

It seems that this week is very very long. Do you feel the same way? and need some inspiration to finish this week with a high tone? If so, we got something very special for you today. Read on to enjoy the dreamy French lavender field, beautiful summer tabletop, charming cottage garden and gourmet sweet treats …etc.

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A Day in Pasadena

The weather was nice on Saturday. Since we usually don’t have a long workout on Saturdays. We often plan to visit some places locally during this pandemic crisis. After all, we have being stayed at home too long. It is good to just scroll around local towns and get some inspiration, So far, we have visited DTLA China Town and Little Tokyo, so we decided to visit Pasadena this Saturday.

A little bit information about Pasadena here. Pasadena is a city in California, northeast of downtown Los Angeles. In the center, Old Pasadena is a shopping and dining district known for its Victorian and art deco buildings. The strikingly modern Norton Simon Museum houses notable European and Asian art, plus a sculpture garden. The Rose Bowl is a sports stadium known for hosting the Rose Bowl Game, an annual college football clash usually held on January 1. Read on to enjoy the local journey with us.

We had a scenic drive around Arroyo Seco area. The Arroyo Seco Bridge is pretty amazing. With its majestic arches rising 150 feet above the deeply cut Arroyo Seco, the Bridge was proclaimed the highest concrete bridge in the world upon completion in 1913.  The bridge impressed travelers from the day it opened.  Until then, the crossing of the Arroyo Seco required horses and wagons to descend the steep eastern slope, cross a small bridge over the stream, and then climb the west bank through Eagle Rock Pass.  Given this harsh topography, the Colorado Street Bridge proved a challenge to design and build.  Solid footing eluded engineers in the seasonally wet arroyo bed. Hopefully, we are able to get a better video when we drive through again. In case, you want to take a “country-in-the-city walk, check out this article from LA Times.

Then we stopped by ArtCenter of College Design to take a photo with its famous Mural wall outside of the campus.

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A Hot Sustainable Trend from Fashion to Home in the Year of 2020

With the arrival of summer, we see cane, rattan, wicker objects from runway  to home all over the internet.

So, what do you think? Do these woven handbags just put you in a vocation mood?   These woven bags are seen to have their own charm—structured, functional, boho, artistic, vintage and unique.  They can perfectly combine with any outfit, formal or non-formal with an understated relaxing elegance.     Woven bags became popular in the 70s which was popularized by artist Jane Birkin that she wore for a walk. Then woven bags became a trend again in 2017 when several world designers showcased summer collections, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Charlotte Olimpia, Tory Bruch, Gucci and Chanel. In the year of 2020, these woven bags have became even increasingly popular thanks to their natural beauty.   Maybe, we all desire to have a piece of nature to ground and calm us and keep us cool in this strange time.

Luxury brands are taking materials such as rattan, straw, raffia and canvas and treating them with the same care and attention as they would high-end materials. What’s more, they are employing techniques more commonly associated with cottage industries – such as weaving, macramé and crocheting – to create pieces with a more handmade appeal.

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This high-low approach of combining natural materials with unique hand-made artisan skills has been adopted by the home industry too.  Woven furniture is having a moment according to ELLE Décor Trends for 2020.  They are not just for outdoor furniture anymore.  They are chic, fashion-forward, versatile, durable and functional and can elevate any space with their uniqueness without adding too much  visual weights into spaces. And most important, these natural beauties create a calming and soothing vibe in our home and truly promote our wellness.

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Nowadays woven furniture is more design-oriented and streamlined. They add a touch of warmth and sophistication to any modern  interiors.  You can click here to learn how to create a peaceful space by incorporating woven furnishings.

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Tour a Comfy Modern Farm House in Arizona

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We sure have talked a lot about modern farm house style  since the beginning of this year.  So far, we still cannot get over it thanks to the airy, light-filled vibe, crisp white paints , warm muted different shades of gray, green, blush, natural elements such as rattern furnishings and relaxing upholstered sofas. What’s more interesting is the way how today’s modern farm houses mix and match different styles to make the spaces timeless.

Today we will take you to tour a modern farm house in Arizona. We love the overall vibe of this house—bright, clean, crisp, stream-lined yet warm, grounded and livable.  Here are the highlights of our favorite spaces.

 

Grand Room

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5 Ways to Create a Peaceful Space with Wicker Furnishings

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We all have that moment at some point or another—stressed, anxious and overwhelming. When do you do when you are stressed?  Take a long walk by the beach, in the mountain or woods?  When  I am stressed, I often start doing house cleaning and  try to look for or create peace in my environment. This morning, I found this IG post by @yoyokulala
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I feel this photo really makes a point—Destination: the couch. At current post-Covid19 period, we probably still cannot travel like before.   But there is a possibility that  we can create that type of global traveling experience right at home—the natural wicker global-influenced sofa, the wicker curtain in the background, the wicker wall decor objects, wicker Fendi handbag and that beautiful and relaxing small-floral pattern printed long dress all create such a perfect resort get-away scene.  I wouldn’t mind spending my summer time here just chilling out.   What about you?

 

Nature organic wicker  furnishings are in  trend now.  They satisfy human being’s need to close to  nature.  Yes, we, human being, feel good when we are in nature.  Just think about how soft morning glows put a big smile on your face!  That is all biophilic designabout.

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Tour a Classic Pre-War NYC Apartment With a Modern and Clean-Line Vibe

 

I was trying to get some design inspiration after another  long day filled with  zoom meetings.   Then  I was pleased to find this adorable apartment with a classical bone and modern touches all over the house.  Here are the highlights of our favorite spaces.

 

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We love the neutral tone in this entry.  The sleek black-top console is perfect for this narrow hallway while the artwork featured with  ocean injects calming and expansive feel. The leopard running on the stairs is for sure the super star here—chic and glamorous.

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A Drive-Through in DTLA

As you know, we had a little get-away in Historic State Park and China Down  yesterday.  We actually also had a quick drive-through in DTLA at the end of the day. After all, it has been more than three months we haven’t been there thanks to the pandemic lock-down.  Here is a quick video we put together.

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Pops of Color in Your Kitchen Appliances

One of the secrets to make a happy kitchen besides natural light is to bring pops of color to kitchen.  When designing a kitchen or contemplating a color palette, most people’s first thoughts go to the cabinets, countertops and backsplashes. And not without good reason, as these elements can dominate the space and will likely stay in it for many years.

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We love this blush, green and brass combo.

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House Tour—-A Fashionable Home at Greenwich Village

Our recent blogs have featured homes with a light and airy vibe. Today, we decide to go to a different style—a home with a fashionable flair by using  colors. Why not? Color is a therapy that heal us and make us feel good.  We have included color in one of principles of wellness at home .  Here are the highlights of our favorite spaces.

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From the entry, you probably won’t tell this is going be a colorful home.  Instead a large silver artwork by Anselm Reyle and a geometric black console and dark brown round mirror make a statement by  forms and  rather keep the color palette simple and neutral. We can feel a very masculine energy here.

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The neutral palette continues in the living room. But here, two of white curved sofa create a very inviting, cozy and elegant atmosphere here. We feel the feminine energy here. We love how chic and stylish side tables and ottoman with jewel-tone colors just casually sit around those two of the curved white sofa . They are just like beautiful and adorable accessories for this home.

 

Library

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Now color starts to play in this family library. The blue color here is exciting yet very calming too. The colors on walls  and furniture pull out the color palette from an abstract artwork atop the fireplace to grantee a harmonious and cohesive feel even though bold colors are applied in this space.

 

Reading Area

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We love this warm pink on two of  these reading settees.

 

Bar

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A black bar cabinet and a black vase on top of is understate yet stylish and also well uses the niche space  here.

 

Dining Area

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This blue wall by the dining area is opposite the above blue wall. So the key to use a bold color  still keeping a balanced and harmonious feel is to repeat the color in a symmetric way.  Those hanging little pendants above the dining table are just like jewels for this home. The warm brown on the velvet dining chairs is inviting and nicely contrasts with and well balances off the blue  on the walls here.

 

 

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This swing bed is a great idea when you have a limited space but still want to have some fun.

 

Hope you enjoy the tour and you can visit the rest of home by clicking here.

 

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