Our Chic Backyard Picnic

At this strange time, it is  important to find joy in any moment. So, we decided to have a casual family picnic in our backyard last Saturday. It is spring and the weather is nice.

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So under our lush lemon tree, we set up this picnic area. Yes, we want to use pink as base color since it will nicely contrasts with lush greenery and pastel spring blooms. And yes, we threw in a lot of plush pillows  just to create that super comfy, chic laid-back vibes. Who wouldn’t?

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And my Gosh, this is a truly heaven!  And we love to  mix and match different patterns of textiles just for some visual interest.

Wow, it is also such a special treat to do some reading right here. The greenery, spring blooms, lemon fragrance, sunshine,the nice breeze … etc, what could be better? Is this the best season of the year to enjoy our picnic at our backyard?

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It is  time to set up our  cocktail table with some beautiful potted hydrangeas.

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We are going to serve some home-made cocktails without sugar, rosé, Sauvignon Blanc

fresh fruits, cheese plates… Would like to join us?

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And we love mix and match different patterns of textiles just for some visual interest. We also love collecting unique  design of the wine bottles.  We went a color palette of bright red, hot pink, pale pink, Classic Blue, light blue…. This is just such a dreamy spring color scheme that makes everyone happy.

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The red on blooms is so romantic and cheerful.

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Well, time to serve some wines!

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Sweet treats!

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So are you inspired to host your own backyard picnic or cocktail party?

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6 Trends in Bath Accessories

While today’s baths are designed to promote a soothing, wellness-inspired feeling, organization and technology remain strong influences, particularly in bath accessories. Clean, clutter-free spaces are in high demand, which makes clever storage essential, while technology shows up in everything from charging stations and smart mirrors to streaming music.

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  • Organization continues to be a key trend, with growing demand for accessories that enhance storage for a wide variety of products. Click each image below for product details.
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It’s 7 a.m., your hair’s dripping wet, and you’re running late. The last thing you have time for is rummaging through a drawer to find the blow dryer–only to then have to untangle a knotted cord. Michael McNeil’s steel hair care holder puts your dryer, curling iron, and flat iron elegantly on display, so no more morning mayhem. (At least as far as your locks are concerned.)
  • Customized storage continues to be in high demand, with flexible drawers and compartments that can be configured for everything from make up and medicine to towels and grooming appliances. Click each image below for product details.

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  • Finishes are getting warmer, while mixed finishes are also trending in both bath faucets and accessories; matte black remains a popular choice, and white is also seeing interest, often paired with shades of warm gold, rose gold or brushed brass. Click each image below for product details.

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  • Charging stations have found their way into the bath, as consumers who take their phones everywhere want charging access throughout the home. Hide-away outlets are also becoming a highly desired bath addition with homeowners enjoying the convenience of having a hair dryer or flat iron that can be used, then tucked out of sight in a drawer with its own hidden outlet. Click each image below for product details.

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  • Music is the new hot bath accessory, with streaming music the latest must-have for those who want a spa-like space where they can relax and rejuvenate while enjoying their favorite play list. Likewise, smart mirrors add a bit of tech for those who want to enjoy catching up on the news while getting ready for the day.

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  • Clean and clutter free looks remain on trend, which means accessories from grab bars to towel racks and paper holders are often designed to blend seamlessly into the overall decor. However, some accessories are being used as a focal point, including striking, artistically designed mirrors, self-contained plant gardens that thrive in shower steam and art pieces that bring a personal touch to the space. Click each image below for product details.

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Home Tour—an Elegantly Layered New York Apartment

 

In the middle of the week, we all look for a little bit inspiration to carry on. We came across designer Lilse McKenna’ New York apartment and truly amazed by how she re-arranged the overall layout to maximize storage while still keeping a high style.  Let’s take a look at her NYC apartment home together.

1. A balanced color palette.

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The red vintage velvet sofa is aN original piece. We are glad  that Lilse still keeps the way it is. And she balanced the bright red color with a lot of blue and white in this room. By doing so, she is not only able to  make the room feel bright and airy, but also able to showcase the fabulous artwork on the wall and patterned fabric on the throw pillows, lamp shades and ottoman cover as well.

2. Style her mantle with books.

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4 Tips to Bring fun to Your Family Room with High Style

 

With closing down of  state and county parks, beach fronts in California , once again, we will have to spend more time  in our home. The human nature is that the longer you stay in one place, the more you start to focus on every details.  And that may drive you crazy. Our experience is that maybe it is time for you to do something. Rather than just staring at something that is not pleasing to the eye, do something about it–de-cluttering, re-organizing and creating something beautiful. So at the end of the day, you can at least take a break and enjoy your labor fruits. Read on to learn how bring more fun to your family room in style.

1. Take advantage of your view if you are lucky to have one.

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Please, please free up your space in front of your windows or your patio door if you happen to have a  view of a beautiful garden, a meadow,  magical mountains, breath-taking ocean or deep green forest. In the photo above, we love how the blue velvet sofa sits against a wall  and oversees the outdoor view. The trick here is those two striped upholstered X-benches. They will not block your outdoor views. Rather, they provide flexible seating options.

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2. Have a corner table setup

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One of benefits of having a corner table-set up in your family room is that it is able to use the dead space in the corner and creates a new activity zone  (such as game table)for the whole family.  You know we all have that feeling when we sit around a table in Starbucks and we intend to be able to focus on our reading or our work although it is pretty noisy in the surroundings.  And fun part is that  you can add your own decor style and personality.

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3. Low-slung sofas and chairs often open your family room more.

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These low-slung sofa and chairs in the above two pictures open up smaller family room spaces and create  very chilled lay-back vibes.

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4. Have a ping-pong table or pool table if you space allows.

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Turns an unused formal dining room into the ultimate hangout space.

 

 

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Wouldn’t be fun to have a pool table right behind of your family room seating area?

 

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Fashion Has a Healing Power

 

If you are just like us and read too much news on development of COVID-19, it is time to take a break and enjoy something that is pleasing to the eye. We came across some amazing fashion pictures over the week and chose some of them to share on our blog today.  The reason we chose the following photos because they make us feel so fresh in the way how they combine unexpected colors together and how they put the different styles of pieces together. It’s truly an art.

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The brown boots are a surprise but we love how they play with red , blue and black.

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Pink nicely contrasts with navy blue and is feminine and romantic while the brown flower tie and teal shoes are such fresh and surprising touches.

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Burgundy, purple  and brown —fashion-forward and grounded.

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This is a perfect color palette for spring. We love how a right dose of bright yellow  highlights the overall blue and brown on boots, belt and purse ground and unify everything together.

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Peach and gold evoke youthful and soft energy.

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Pink makes this overall outfit light and playful.

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The bright red and checked pattern is forever fashion-forward yet classical.

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Red and lilac play  soft and strong simultanelously

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Orange brown, bright yellow and cream—-fresh, strong yet still grounded.

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Peek Inside of US Navy Hospital Ship Comfort

The USNS comfort (T-AH-20) is the world’s biggest hospital ship and it’s currently heading to the New York harbor where it’s intended to free up hospital beds in the greater new York region .The US Navy’s mammoth floating hospital USNS Comfort was sent to New York after 9/11.  The idea is that this ship, which hosts 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms and up to 1,200 doctors, nurses and medical specialists, will be taking on non-coronavirus patients, allowing hospitals to focus on the most critical ones suffering from the virus.

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In more recent years, she was used during Hurricane Maria and for the Venezuelan refugee crisis.

 

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The huge vessel boasts one of the largest trauma facilities in the United States, complete with four functioning X-Ray machines, a CAT Scan unit, a full dental suite, optometry lens laboratory, physical therapy center, pharmacy, angiography suite and two oxygen-producing plants.  It is not only a floating hospital, it’s a floating hospital that is likely better equipped than the brick and mortar one in your town.

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Although the Comfort, and its sister ship that serves as the class’ namesake, the Mercy, are U.S. Navy ships, they come equipped with no offensive capabilities whatsoever, and exist solely to provide care to those in need on a level unrivaled by any other expeditionary organization.  The vessel began its life in 1976 as a San-Clemente class oil tanker named the SS Rose City.  It was converted and renamed in a ceremony on December 1st of 1987, when it began its new life in support of humanitarian operations the world over.

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Global Home Tour II—a Relaxing Cartagena Vocation Home with Sophisticated Southern American Spirit

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Happy Friday, guys!  After the first 5 days of staying-at-home quarantine, you may want to relax a little and experience something exotic without leaving your comfort home.  Today, we are continuing our global home tour series. Today is part  II. You can click here to read part I.

Today, we will take you to tour Colombian fashion designer Johanna Ortiz’s Cartagena vocation home.

Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. By the sea is the walled Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. With a tropical climate, the city is also a popular beach destination. Reachable by boat are Isla de Barú, with white-sand beaches and palm trees, and the Islas del Rosario, known for their coral reefs.

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You can see from the photos above, Cartegena is a vibrant town with a breathtaking view of Caribbean Sea and a lot of indigenous culture and crafts. It must be a lot of fun just strolling around here.

 

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So here is the fashion designer– Johanna Ortiz standing at her front door  of her vocation home which she comes to visit 7 times a year. The black-and-white color scheme of an ancient Chinese wood door and exterior walls sets the tone for a quiet understated resort.

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Then comes a hallway where hand-made Mexican concrete flooring repeats the color scheme of black-and-white on the exteriors. Yet, a colonial antique wood table and wood-framed mirror together with local vintage pieces on the table add layers of warmth. A French crystal chandelier is romantic and sophisticated.

 

 

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Fashion designer Johanna Ortiz (second from left) in the salon of her 16th-century Spanish Colonial villa in Cartagena, Colombia. She and her colleagues—from left, Johanna Isaac, Paola Ortiz, Catalina Londono, and Maria Isabel Guzman—are all wearing dresses and kimonos from Ortiz’s collection.
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Here is her salon. We love a super long comfy modern sofa  paired with a Chinese Ming dark wood coffee table. And a tiger print throw rug  on the floor adds a modern flair to this space.

 

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In her bedroom daybed area, comes her play on textiles—floral and geometric prints mingle happily here. The blue-and-white color scheme is peaceful, relaxing and pleasing to the eye.

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Dusty-pink roses in this Chinese blue-and-white porcelain vase is feminine and elegant

 

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The red chinosoriee   on  plush pillows, bed coverlet and chaise lounge chair are warm and inviting.

 

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Here is our favorite space of the home–terrace under a vaulted brick ceiling. We could just sit here for a whole day.  The mix of fine crystal glasses, vintage pieces and local crafts on a large Spanish table are just so striking.

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Ortiz’s love of fashion actually stems from her passion for interiors,which is evident in both her clothing creations—she is known for her pattern choices and often sources fabrics from vintage textiles—and her Cartagena vacation home of 13 years.  She captures the sultry, sophisticated South American spirit.Check out her lipstick collection with Aerin Lauder and her fashion dresses(click each image for product details):

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Spring is Here

Spring is here in Socal.

 

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Alert: California governor just issues statewide order for people to stay at home amid virus outbreak.

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Home Tour—a Charming Californian Abode

 

With bombarded news on Cov-19 on  everyday, we are eagerly looking for some beautiful design that wow us and let us get away for a while yet still let us feel relevant and the comfy of home. Then we came across this redesign of a Newport home by Peter Dunham on Veranda Magazine.  We got to know Pete through his fascinated textile collections —bright colors, sophisticated patterns , layered casual and vintage vibes , and his inspirational story how he got evolved to design  from real estate industry.

 

The house is located in Newport,  California  and the home owners bought it more than 25 years ago. Not satisfied with the limited nature light thanks to the house’s traditional  L shape, the home owners did several remodeling throughout years.  and now theirs kids are all grown up and they would like to have some new exciting changes to start their new chapter in life. . The wife is gardener and love cooking.  She entertains a lot outdoors.  So, let’s have a tour on this charming adobe together.

 

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Architect Bob White of Forest Studio did such a great job by moving  the footprint forward on the lot to embrace a pool and open up more outdoor living and entertaining areas.  In the picture above, we love how the new-built white pool house are against against a backdrop of big pines and eucalyptus just like a dreamy English country house.

 

 

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And for indoors, the home owners hired Pete Dunhum to re-imagine their house because they love how he layers vintage with contemporary art.  In the picture above of living room, we can see a large  contemporary artwork by Jennifer Bartlett nicely contrasts  with an antique mantle, vintage Syrie Maugham armchairs  and a round ottoman which  make the space collected and rooted.

 

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From the picture above, this is totally Peter Dunham’s signature style—-vibrant Indian textiles, exotic furniture pieces all mix up with soft British parsley roman shades, mid-century modern wall cones in a warm and feminine backdrop of  a warm peach wall paint.  The color palette in this room is pulled out from a contemporary artwork on the wall to guarantee a cohesiveness in this space.  We love the vibrant English cottage vibe in this space.

 

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This all-white kitchen is definitely our favorite. The all-white color palette keeps the cool of a beach house while the natural wood on the chairs and hardwood flooring invite warmth to this kitchen.  A custom-made brass-steel island range-hood is a focal point of the kitchen and also indicates that the wife is a serious cook.

 

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Now it comes outdoor.  We love this cute  planting nook  under the poolhouse stairs with a window to usher light into the workspace.

 

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Textiles on this outdoor blue-stone banquette are just as sophisticated as indoors.

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4 Tips on How to Stock Up Food in a Healthy Way

Everyone is probably busy with stocking up food and  grocery essentials. Just a curtsy reminder that when you stock up these supplies, please consider other people need to stock up theirs too. So be kind and thoughtful  specially at this crisis moment.

Just share some tips how we stock up our food.

1. Choose something healthy.   Those nutrients-dense food will provide us necessary vitamins, minerals, etc and help us enhance your immune system

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We love millet and it is one of the healthiest staples to replace wheat or grains since it is gluten-free and grain-free. A cup of cooked millet contains about 207 calories with over 6 grams of protein, 2 grams of dietary fiber, and less than 2 grams of fat. It is rich in minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and selenium as well as essential vitamins like folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and Vitamins B6, C, E, and K. Click here to learn more

2.  Have plenty fresh greens and vegetables.

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We always get plenty of cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables  are vegetables of the family Brassicaceae (also called Cruciferae) with many genera, species, and cultivars being raised for food production such as cauliflower, cabbage, kale, garden cress, bok choy.  

Most cruciferous veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals such as folate and vitamin K. Dark green cruciferous veggies also are an excellent source of vitamins A and C. They’re also rich in phytonutrients — plant-based compounds that may help to lower inflammation and reduce the risk of developing cancer.  Click here to learn more about cruciferous veggies’ benefits and recipe.

3. Make sure you have enough   Omega-3 fatty acid intakes.  Omega-3 (n-3) essential fatty acids are extremely healthy, and they should be an important part of your everyday diet.

Unlike other fatty acids, omega-3s are essential fatty acids, meaning that your body does not produce them on its own. You need to get them from your diet. This should be a priority because omega-3s can. Click here to read more

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Canned sardine, canned wild-caught tuna and salmon are all great sources for your omega-3 fatty acids.  Based on several researches, canned sardine and tuna still keep all of the nutrients pretty well. And we often purchase canned fish with Safe Catch label( see the label in the above photo). Safe Catch tests every fish for mercury. Sustainably wild caught. Cooked to retain all nutrients and flavor.

Shop Safe Catch

Safe Catch Wild Albacore Tuna, 5 oz Can (Pack of 6). The Only Brand to Test Every Tuna for Mercury

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4. Always set a beautiful table to enjoy whatever are put on your table.  That way, you feel happier. When you are happier, you will be healthier.

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Shop the tabletops:

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Wedgwood Butterfly Bloom 8″ Salad Plate

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Waterford China Lisette Accent Plate

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Waterford Bassano Oval Platter, 15-1/4-Inch

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Lenox Butterfly Meadow Dessert Plates, 8-Inch, Assorted Colors, Set of 4, White – 829050

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Lenox Butterfly Meadow Orange Sulphur Dinner Plate

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