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spring is here, and with spring cleaning underway i’m looking for ways to organize my home for the year. it’s a good weekend project to go through your space and figure out solutions for anything that doesn’t have a place to go. whether you need to style odds and ins on the shelf or tuck away things lying around into designated baskets here are some storage solutions to keep your clutter at bay and get your space organized for the year. happy organizing! – erika
use a basket to store wrapping papers and craft supplies!
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i think i can safely say i’ve always been an impatient person. it’s something i’ve been thinking more and more about recently. the past year or two of my life, i’ve learned to be alone. the past 6 months i even got pretty good at it. i’ve focused on self-love and independence and i’ve seen such wonderful benefits from it. but my work doesn’t stop here.
i’m not happy with my need for immediate distraction and convenience (checking social media, ordering dinner on postmates, texting with friends etc). it’s something i really want to work on. just patience in general. i wrote a comment on this photo yesterday about the amount of information we are taking in on social media and it sparked a lot of conversation that still has my head turning today about it.
i decided it’s time to start using my time more wisely. slowly cooking dinner and listening to new music by myself. reading the news in the morning before i start working. taking a walk. reading more books on my patio in the sunshine. driving around at sunset. just sitting and thinking. it may sound silly or cliche, but it’s something that’s become really important to me. prioritizing my time. pushing through uncomfortable silence or even boredom and teaching myself how to enjoy it. regaining my attention span. fighting against overstimulation.
i figure the only way to start…is to just start. last night i laid on my couch, resisted the tv, listened to hours of music and didn’t touch my phone. every few minutes i would get kinda antsy, or the urge to do something else. by the end of it, i was relaxed and ready for bed. it made me realize how much i need this to happen.
sooooo. got any good summer book recommendations for me? any tips on how you worked on a similar issue? always appreciate your thoughts. xx bri
we wanted to create a recipe that could be paired along side our new wine (that launched on wednesday!). we created wildest dreams to be really drinkable with or without a food pairing but i love the idea of serving a chilled bottle with a fresh summer salad. the saltiness of the prosciutto with the subtle spice of red onion and the creaminess of the burrata is a seriously magical combination. let us know what you pair our wine with, we’d love to see!
what you’ll need:
serves 4 as a side dish
• 3 large ripe peaches
• 4 sprigs of mint
• 1/4 quarter red onion thinly sliced
• 1/2 english cucumber
• 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
• 4 ounces burrata
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon smoked sea salt
• fresh ground black pepper
• fig balsamic vinegar
• wash and slice the peaches, cucumber and red onion. start by creating a base for the salad using the sprouts and cucumber. next add the peaches and red onion and then place the burrata and prosciutto on top. garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, fig balsamic, salt, pepper and fresh mint. enjoy!
styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis
this DIY is a reduce, reuse, recycle project at it’s best. remember our beloved floral christmas tree? after a few months of looking at all those flowers and thinking about the good ole days we finally figured out a way to repurpose them so they could be on display in the studio all year.
this project was surprisingly easy. we had to custom make our sheer curtains due to the unusual size of the windows but ready made versions are easy to find to fit most residential spaces. once you have sheers and your faux florals all you need is a pair of scissors and some high quality craft glue. our favorite adhesive for this kind of project can be ordered here or found in most craft stores.
the key to this project is to try to make the backside of the flowers as flat as possible so that they adhere well to the curtain. using scissors just clip the area where the stem had been connected as flat as you can but making sure to leave the end of the plastic piece. in some instances it is helpful to add a little glue to the remaining plastic part so that the petals all stay together. then just glue, glue glue. we started by glueing the large flowers first and then added smaller and smaller flowers along the way to create the sense of the flowers falling into a pile at the bottom.
this is the perfect, relaxing weekend project. it takes a little while but it’s easy and and fun and in the end you can make yourself a little piece of floral magic.
project by: natalie for designlovefest
photos by: ivan solis