08.27.20

10 RETREATS FROM NEW YORK

I had a lot of people write me that they would like more getaways airbnb’s in other cities, so let’s do east coast this time! we are planning on spending a month or two on shelter island this winter. can’t wait for cooking by the fire, and working from a new location while enjoying a slower speed of life in nature. I always hesitate to book places in advance because you never know what can come up, but I am realizing that in a time where we are mostly inside our own home, it really helps to have a getaway to look forward to. and I think we are gonna drive across country!

here’s 10 places that would be fun to book with family or close friends in your quarantine crew this fall or winter…

new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest

a 3 bedroom home in woodstock with stunning architecture & cool details everywhere.

new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest

a two hour drive from new york, this 1970’s A-frame is near skiing and seems like a winter dream.

new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest

a historic house in hudson with a lot of charm. that kitchen is amazing!

new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest

this charming 2 bedroom cottage, a short walk to the beach. would love to be here in the fall with that yard!

new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest
new york airbnb round up | designlovefest

SEE ALL 10 HOMES AFTER THE JUMP…

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08.23.20

15 CALIFORNIA GETAWAYS

one of my favorite hobbies is looking at house rentals. i love to find hidden gems, see how they are designed and day dream about weekend getaways. i’m finding it helpful during covid times to put little things to look forward to on the calendar this winter. here’s a sweep of 15 cute places I found on airbnb…

airbnb round up | designlovefest
airbnb round up | designlovefest
airbnb round up | designlovefest
airbnb round up | designlovefest

this seems like the perfect winter getaway spot for a couple’s or family trip to joshua tree. so relaxing, just looking at the photos.

airbnb round up | designlovefest
airbnb round up | designlovefest

my friend natalie’s big bear cabin is the perfect little mountain getaway. she has great taste, we love staying here!

airbnb round up | designlovefest
airbnb round up | designlovefest
airbnb round up | designlovefest

wow, I am in love with this adorable house in pioneertown! the styling is perfect.

airbnb round up | designlovefest
airbnb round up | designlovefest
airbnb round up | designlovefest

love the retro vibe in this hillside topanga house!

airbnb round up | designlovefest
airbnb round up | designlovefest
airbnb round up | designlovefest

we like taking the short 2 hour drive to idylewild. here’s a cool cabin there!

airbnb round up | designlovefest
airbnb round up | designlovefest
airbnb round up | designlovefest

CLICK THROUGH TO SEE ALL 15 PLACES…

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08.23.20

BRI’S RECENT FAVES!

love this lisa says gah linen set for summer lounging and these purple pants!

tetra has the coolest lighters and pipes!

I absolutely love all of the akari light sculptures!! perfect shapes and warm light.

our casetify shop has tons of new phone cases! love the iridescent background option you can add to this rainbow cheetah case.

love the large knobs on this console!

alex proba has amazing designs. this pillow is cool!

i just got this cute lamp for our bedroom. it comes in other colors and patterns too.

nice pattern on these sneakers.

always looking at vintage rugs on etsy. this is a good one!

I adore these female form vases!!

cb2 has pampas grass, adds a lot of cool texture to the room.

I am thinking of getting this awesome Our Place pan. love the colors!

we have been starting to design our back room. our inspiration is 70’s den. on the hunt for pendant lights that create fun shapes on the ceiling. this one is nice!

great colors as always, clare vivier

I have one of these bucket hats in yellow. the moss green sun hat is pretty too!

always thinking of splurging on this adorable dusen dusen dog bed!!

wow, cool floor lamp!

lacausa is one of my favorite brands! this green button up is nice.

pamela love jewelry. sent to justin for future anniversaries 🙂

never get tired of baggu bags. I use them for everything! packing, farmer’s market, beach bag…

cool activewear prints and colors over on nagnata

i guess i’m a sucker for glass fruit and pretty much the whole casa shop,

07.21.20

OUI DIY GLASS POTS

Oui by Yoplait DIY glass pots | designlovefest
Oui by Yoplait DIY glass pots | designlovefest
Oui by Yoplait DIY glass pots | designlovefest

over the past couple of years, my kitchen has become a place of peace and joy for me. i find so much happiness in the process of cooking and creating meals. so when the Oui by Yoplait team reached out and asked if we wanted to create a DIY project with their new limited-edition Oui heritage collection glass pots i knew i wanted it to be something that was useful in our kitchen. the Oui glass pots are already food safe, they have easy to remove labels and they are a perfect 5 ounce size which makes them ideal for our project. they are also 100% recyclable so you can continue to use them over and over again without worrying about quality or purity issues. we wanted to create something that was beautiful for your own home or that you could gift to someone for their kitchen. they launched three new heritage designs and our project focuses on our favorite, the classic stripe. ok, so here is the simple DIY project…homemade spice blends!

Oui by Yoplait DIY glass pots | designlovefest
Oui by Yoplait DIY glass pots | designlovefest

first things first, eat the yogurt. if you haven’t tried Oui by Yoplait yet, it’s a french style yogurt. each of the glass pots are individually poured, set for 8 hours and are subtly sweet and delicious.

after you’re done eating, wash and dry the pot and remove the labels. the glass pots are easy to clean, and the labels peel off easily. we made three different kitchen spice blends that you can store next to your stove and use on everything from eggs to popcorn. we’ll also walk you through how to make them!

what you’ll need//

• Oui by Yoplait glass pots
• circle with 4″ diameter for tracing
• piece of fabric
• scissor
• pen or pencil
• tacky glue
• drill or something narrow and sharp
• cord
• twine
• a bead
• 2.5″ cork stopper

Oui by Yoplait DIY glass pots | designlovefest

how to make //

1. select a fabric you want to cover your lid in, it doesn’t need to be a large amount so you can use a scrap piece you have around the house. lay the fabric bottom side up, place a circle cutter on the fabric and trace around the edge with a pen or pencil.

2. cut around the pen mark to create your circle.

3. take the stopper and using a drill or a thin sharp object, push through the center of the cork to make a small hole, this will be the hole you thread the bead through later.

4. next, take the cork stopper and put tacky glue around the edges of the top.  gently rub with your finger so it covers the top cork surface. now place the glue side face down into the inside of the fabric. press firmly to secure. taking the edge of the scissors, poke through the fabric where the center hole is so that the hole is visible.

5. next take the tacky glue and put a light line all the way around the top edge of the stopper under the fabric. press the fabric into the glue on all edges, secure with a rubber band until it’s dry.

6. string the bead on the cord, make the ends even and push through the top of the cork stopper. once through secure the ends with a double know. trim off any extra cord.

7. remove the rubber band and replace with twine. knot, trim the ends and you’re done!

Oui by Yoplait DIY glass pots | designlovefest

next – onto the spice blends:

fancy salts are fun to have around but can be expensive to buy. they are surprisingly easy to make at home. you can create one and keep it next to your stove to sprinkle on eggs, roasted potatoes, or avocado toast. there are tons of variations you can make, so feel free to experiment with flavors you like and enjoy.

ROSEMARY LEMON SALT //

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Oui by Yoplait DIY glass pots | designlovefest
Oui by Yoplait DIY glass pots | designlovefest

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06.24.20

ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER

photo from LAIT DE COCO: Vintage finds & handmade pieces

it has been a really intense few weeks. i spend the majority of my time sharing on instagram & stories, but i’ve been wanting to do a post on here that includes more of what i’m doing as an individual and designlovefest as a company to support Black lives and the movement. I also want to share some resources that have been helpful to me in hopes it might feel encouraging to someone out there. i’m focusing on doing at least one thing every day that furthers my understanding of racism in America and how i can be part of the anti-racist movement.

• LEARNING. i am staying committed to learning for the long haul. i see clearly now that I stayed in a bubble of comfort and was not properly educating myself or standing up for what I believe in. right now, this looks like reading or listening to podcasts on anti-racism. joanie and I are both reading Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad and finding it VERY eye opening. I will be reading How to Be an Anti-Racist next after really enjoying hearing Ibram X. Kendi speak here. this podcast clearly explains white fragility and how important it is to address within myself.

another great way for me to learn is by weaving in educational documentaries during our evenings. these give me a very clear picture of the oppression of Black people and give concrete advice on how to work towards changing it. with knowledge comes power! I found these very very helpful: 13th, I Am Not Your Negro, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, The Central Park 5, The Black Power Mixtape, and Teach Us All.

photo by cold laundry

• DONATIONS. I was inspired by the 15% pledge to have at least 15% of your shelf space include Black businesses. I will be matching this within my own work and donating 15% of all sponsored content this year to an organization fighting anti-racism and advocating for Black lives. we will be supporting a new organization each month, and this will keep us actively looking for new avenues to support in this fight. i’m particularly focused on access to better education to support Black children and more access to mental health services for BIPOC. I will be transparent about where we are donating to and always looking for more suggestions.

The Okra Project is who we will be focusing on in June for our sponsored content donation. they bring home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans people.


photo: The Okra Project Bartender Jamari Thomas (he/him), The Okra Project Chef Clarke Johnson (they/them)

other places we have donated to: The Loveland Foundation, who provides free access to therapy for Black women and girls. The Conscious Kid who helps provide schools with more books to teach kids about race. Color of Change fighting injustice for Black people. The Equal Justice Initiative provides legal representation for people who are wrongly convicted or denied a fair trial. and Beam, who is focused on healing and wellness in Black and marginalized communities.

recurring donations: when organizations say that any gift helps, big or small, they really mean it. there is a huge influx of giving right now which is amazing but inevitably that will die down and get diverted to other causes that pop up with issues that arise in the next year. one small way that helps me stay invested is to set up recurring donations, even a small amount like the cost of a cup of coffee, given monthly helps a lot. it’s an automatic withdrawal which keeps it consistent and for me, it’s nice to build a relationship with one or two organizations, getting their newsletter, staying up to date on what they are working on over the years, etc.

SUPPORT IN EVERYDAY LIFE. justin and I will be making more conscious efforts to show up and support Black businesses and artists. this means going to more Black owned restaurants (here is a list of more than 200 in LA). this means reading more from Black authors, ordering from Black-owned book stores, ordering a handmade item from a Black artist for our home, like these beautiful wooden brushes from grain and knot.

• HAVING THE CONVERSATIONS. for years i’ve shied away from having difficult conversations with family members and friends because it didn’t feel worth the tension and stress it caused. I sat with the thought “well, at least I’M not racist” and I am seeing now that that is NOT enough. with social media it feels easy to hide behind the posts and comments but one way i think we can create real change by having the hard conversations in person or on the phone. the in-person face to face connection is really lacking in our world today. i’ve made a commitment to listen and/or read anything that someone sends me and think on it and form a thoughtful response rather than react immediately.  i’ve always kind of backed down in intense conversations thinking that it didn’t matter what i thought or no one would listen, but i know now that if i spend the time learning and examining myself and i focus on sharing from my own personal experience and not pointing fingers that communication IS possible. I have seen great results with some of my own family members over the past few weeks.

photos by House of Aama

• SHOWCASING BLACK ARTISTS. if my instagram feed is where I am looking for inspiration, that means I need to be following more Black artists, photographers, and makers so they are naturally on my radar more often. this was lazy on my part to not be actively diversifying my feed to begin with. I have found SO many amazing accounts in the past few weeks. here are a few in this post and I created a highlight on my profile that i’ve been adding to with beautiful Black accounts.

• GETTING POLITICAL EDUCATION. another topic that i’ve shied away from in the past and i want to learn more about is local politics. the people we pick to represent us in our cities and as a nation have a huge amount of push on what issues get addresses and handled and can help in the fight against racism that exists in our local and nationwide systems. a lot of change needs to come from the top down and i want to vote for people who advocate for that change.

Painting by Calida Garcia Rawles

• LOOKING WITHIN. asking myself questions and journaling. for instance, asking myself, “have you tolerated things from family and friends that you really didn’t agree with in order to keep the peace?” can you challenge yourself now to do your best to confront people with grace, clarity and educated responses when this happens in the future?”

or “have you made attempts to cultivate more relationships with Black friends? have you appeared closed-off? have you stayed in your comfort zone with people who have similar realities and don’t challenge your comfortability?”

I am confronting my own inherent bias and making a conscious effort to dismantle it. I am focused on how I can use my privilege in a system that was built for me, to help others have equal opportunities.

much of this work requires presence and stillness within myself. with so much going on in the world, there is such a rush to keep scrolling and reading on our phones but i’ve found that, for myself, that detracts from the learning and work i’m able to do. learning about racism and how i’ve been apart of the system is uncomfortable, but i’m committed to continuing to do it. the journal prompts at the end of each day in “Me and White Supremacy” are powerful. it’s easy to just answer them in my head but to put pen to paper requires a different level of honesty and awareness.

quote by Lalah Delia, art by Ilana Griffo

i love this quote above by Lalah. there is a lot of work to be done and we are dedicated to being a part of the change we so desperately need in our country. xx bri

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