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The long awaited closed reveal vlog is now live! Now, nothing is better than a little before and after for ultimate dramatic effect. So take a look at the photos of my closet prior to construction.

My Closet Reveal

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Babes it has been long overdue for a design related blog to come out on TTL!!  For those of you new to TTL, in my twenties I used to be an interior designer working primarily on commercial projects and hospitals in the LA area.  I would say a lot of who I am today was […]

Nook Update | New Beauty Cabinet

7/13/2020

Design

Brimes Cabinets from Ikea

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The long awaited closed reveal vlog is now live! Now, nothing is better than a little before and after for ultimate dramatic effect. So take a look at the photos of my closet prior to construction. My Closet Photos Before Construction Phase As you can see, my previous closet was lacking thoughtful storage and organization, [...]

My Closet Reveal

7/08/2019

Design

My Closet Reveal

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap] know I know, I’ve been promising you my full closet reveal but my white washed bamboo flooring is so special it deserves a post of it’s own.  What makes it so damn special?! Well, for one, it was remarkably cheap at only .99¢ sq ft. That’s pretty much unreal and majorly under budget! But [...]

Flooring On a Budget | My Closet Flooring Reveal

6/17/2019

Design

Closet Flooring Herringbone Installation

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Woohoo … Mike finally gave me the green light a few months ago to start my closet remodel. As you know, this project has been on my wish list for a while now. As luck would have it, Mike recently removed the hot water heater from my closet and replaced it with a tankless heater […]

My Closet Remodel with Reclaimed Cabinets

5/06/2019

Design

Closet Remodel Design

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Every year I look forward to prepping my Thanksgiving table. It’s the one time of year where I cook a big dinner and actually use my dining table. This year will be a little different since my girls are away in Thailand, but I still wanted to create a beautiful table to cheer me up […]

Create a Harvest Garland Centerpiece for your Thanksgiving Table

11/16/2018

Design

harvest garland centerpiece for Thanksgiving table

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Wallpaper has got a bad wrap.  A stigma that has been hanging on since the 70’s back when Carol Brady from the Brady Bunch had a mullet and station wagon with wood siding!  I get it, these are style choices we do not want to repeat! Not to mention no one is remotely interested in […]

Library Update: Peel and Stick Wallpaper for the Win

10/22/2018

Design

Library Design: Peel and Stick Wallpaper

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It’s the beginning of August and I would say I’m about 2/3 done with the library.  Let’s see, all the paint work is done…wait that’s a lie! I forgot I still need to paint the base and trim. Okay so the library is a bit less than 2/3 done.  Where were we, yes, let me […]

DIY Office Chair Makeover | Library Project Update

8/12/2018

Design

DIY Office Chair Makeover

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Oh ignorance is bliss! I love how my brain latched on to the idea that I would make a decent painter.  What did I say on my story…”I’m good with my hands and I like learning new things…blah blah blah.” All that is true, but Lord there was a great deal of problem solving, digging […]

DIY: How to Paint Built-In Cabinets | Library Project Phase I

7/15/2018

Design

DIY: How to Paint Built-In Cabinets

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Finding the right decorative pillows can be likened to accessorizing a little black dress with the perfect shoes and jewelry. Whether you’re dressing up a space or trying to achieve a casual, comfy feel, pillows can help you achieve the exact look you’re going for.  For my new cafe space, I wanted soft, comfy, and inviting […]

Cafe Design Update: Decorative Pillows

3/13/2018

Design

Throw Pillows for West Elm Banquette

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I spent the morning taping off the furniture layout for our new in-home cafe space. Our new cafe will be nestled in a little nook adjacent to my dining room that has been begging for a new look and function.  When I was deciding how to use this space, I knew I wanted a cozy […]

Taping Off My New Cafe Space

2/05/2018

Design

Taping Off Design Space

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The Advent Calendar is one of my most anticipated Christmas traditions. It’s a fun and festive way to celebrate the holiday season and one that any age can enjoy, including adults. I began our Advent Calendar tradition about 8 years ago, the 1st Christmas after beginning my career as a flight attendant. I was away [...]

Advent Calendar Gift Ideas for Teen Girls

11/28/2017

Design

Advent Calendar Gift Ideas for Teen Girls

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My new washable paper bag from Warm Grey Company arrived today and let me just say, it is BRILLIANT! I chose the Brown Kraft Paper Bag to use as a planter for my fiddle fig tree. What do you think? I purchased my tree back in May and it had been sitting without a planter for […]

Love Note: Washable Paper Bag ❤︎

7/28/2017

Love Notes

Washable Paper Bag by Warm Grey Company

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As a native Angelino, the Rose Bowl Flea Market has to be one of my favorite LA perks. It is by far the godfather of all flea markets. Held on the second Sunday of each month at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, thousands of vendors and tens of thousands of shoppers gather for a remarkable day […]

Tips for Shopping the Rose Bowl Flea Market

7/05/2017

Fashion

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For the past several months I have been searching for an ideal laptop table that I could use when I’m sitting in our library and likewise in the T.V. room.  One thing I’ve learned after starting this blog is my work style has changed.  After years and many hours behind a drafting table and later […]

The TL C-Table | Steel C-table from Reclaimed Metal Fencing

1/18/2017

Design

The TL C-Table made from Reclaimed Metal Fencing

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I am super excited to share one of my favorite tech products of all time: Dodocase — well it’s kinda Tech…well whatever it’s tech protection for my iPad.  When marvelous design and sound utility come together what more can you ask for?  And not to mention, this case reflects my individual aesthetic to a T. […]

Dodocase: Custom iPad Case

1/09/2017

Design

Dodocase Custom Case for iPad

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Finally, your big kitchen remodel has the green light!!  Have you considered what the must-haves in that dream kitchen are? Will they fit the budget? Do they fit the overall design of the space?  Are they really going to improve how your kitchen functions?  Oh and honey, how are you going to sell these must haves […]

5 Dream Kitchen Must Haves

10/27/2016

Design

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I must say, my man out did himself yet again when he picked up two identical metal apothecary cabinets from an online hospital auction. “Hey Baby I found something!” When Mike comes to me with those sweet words, I know it’s gonna be good; the thrill of what it could be gives me goose bumps!! […]

DIY – How To Refurbish an Apothecary Cabinet Into a Modern China Cabinet

10/26/2016

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