Monday Inspiration—Spring Blooms

Oscar Wilde once said:”With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” With the arrival of the first day of spring, we went back to visit Chino Hill State Park for the spring bloom and we were not disappointed. The expansive scenic views of blooming wild flowers and the green grasslands on the rolling hills are just breathtaking.

spring bloom in Chino Hill State Park 2021
spring bloom in Chino Hill State Park 2021
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Spring Blooms

We visited a little botanic garden yesterday. At a first look, it seems that there is nothing happening. But when we turned around and took a close look, then magical just happened. We saw the beautiful spring flowers with the most amazing color and shape are quietly blooming in the soft late afternoon spring sunshine. Then we found more and more amazing spring blooms almost on every single branch. We were puzzled that why we didn’t see them at all at the very beginning. Maybe we have to quiet our mind first and then able to see the beautiful things that we can’t see when we are in a hurry or when we feel anxious. This philosophy also applies when we design our home. When there are too many options and we just don’t know which one to choose, maybe it is the time for us to step back and take a deep breath, just ask ourselves a simple question: which one pleases my mind?

Here are some of the photos we took from yesterday’s visit. Please enjoy!

spring bloom in blue-andpurple

Nature has the most amazing colors. We love this blueish purple. The different shades of blue and purple make a fashion-forward interior.

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Outdoor Hiking And Picnic

We had spent much of the time in our backyard for cocktail parties and picnics last year due to the lock-down. And this year, with the still on-going pandemic crisis, we plan to do something different. The goal here is able to get away in nature and still enjoy the things we love to do in our backyard such as table setting over the weekends. So we searched the places that not only provide the amazing wildness with interesting trails to explore but also beautiful picnic areas in the park that we can just enjoy sitting around our picnic table. Last weekend, we decided to visit Irvine Regional Park. The park is so breath-taking. Irvine Park in Orange, California is a 160-acre park that became Orange County’s first regional park in 1897. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The park is so dotted with lush oak trees and is qiuite scenic for any kind of picnic. Then, there are quite a few trails to the deep mountains. Since this is our first time to come here, we will have to leave the hiking for another time. But here is our picnic table.

spring bloom in blue-andpurple

We found a picnic table by a lush oak tree which providesthe nice shade and breeze. The grass is so green in spring time. We decided to go with the classical red-and-white checkered outdoor tablecloth to set the tone for a rather rich-toned table color scheme.

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Holiday Long Weekends—Outdoor

After several rains in Feb. in SoCal, we are in full steam to spring. The passing weekends are quite special—-Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day and Presidential Day. Hope you are enjoying this beautiful time with your families and loved ones. We did two-day back-back hiking, one is by the coastal and another one is in inland. It was just so much fun to experience the different terrains. And we set up a picnic after both hiking.

Day One

We always found the most amazing plantations by the coastal lines. The blues and purples are one of our favorite colors to find in nature here. Our this year’s Valentine tablescape color scheme is inspired by these gorgeous colors that surround us whenever we hike in this area.


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Nature Inspiration

If you feel a liitle bit stressed out just right before Christmas, it might be a good idea to break up from your routine and spend some time outside, whether you’re working in the garden, hiking at a nearby park, or even relaxing on the beach, is good for the soul, and now more than ever we all need to take some time for self-care. We had a fabulous hike over the weekend and here are some photos we took from nature to share with you and hope this will bring some sunshine and cheers to your Christmas holiday week.



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Weekend Hike

This Saturday we hiked on Paseo Miramar Trail. Althiough it is said the trail is moderate difficult. Considering the high temperature, it is not really that easy. Parker Mesa Overlook offers panoramic views of Santa Monica Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The coastline spans from Palos Verdes to Malibu, with nothing but blue in between.

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Weekend Hiking

This weekend we hiked Arroyo Seco. It was so much a fun since we got a lot of chances to cross the little streams. And the terrains are quite diversified.

Here I was standing in front the skyline of JPL. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center in the city of La Cañada Flintridge with a Pasadena mailing address, within the state of California, United States

We really love the stone bridge–quite interesting to see one here in the wildness!

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Hiking In Nature

The weekend hiking is always such a get-away for us particularly  after we had hiked and camped so long  in our backyard during this pandemic crisis. Well, it is also good to see people start to appreciate more nature and really focus on their well being. We have never seen the trails are packed with so many crowds before by the beaches, in the mountains and deep in the forests and parks.  We human beings always feel good when we are close to nature.  And we often find stunning colors and scenery that make us super excited when we explore nature.

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Sunday Beach Day

 

Finally, our beaches are re-opening.  “It’s as if we were in Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, all asleep, all frozen, and suddenly there’s light and space.”  It seems like we haven’t seen ocean for ages. With the beautiful warm weather, nothing can really beat spending a day by the beach for some fresh air and Vitamin D. And we got enough of them after 4-hour non-stop hiking by the beach.

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