Showing posts with label at home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label at home. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

all in the details // on a wednesday


1. A box of autumn
2. Textures
3. Some words to think about
4. Curious pup
5. Little bar accessories
6. Our new favorite corner + chair

Hey, remember me? I know, there's been way to much time between my last post and this one. Life has been busy, as usual. Did you know that I started blogging here? I've also been working at Coffee & Tea Collective twice a week, which has been amazing.

We're shooting a wedding on Saturday and our friend was kind enough to lend us his fancy equipment for the weekend. I snapped a few photos around the loft to get acquainted with his stuff. As a result, I want to keep the lens I used for these photos. 

Here's a mini list of things I'm currently loving:

Tomorrow, Philip and I will be visiting Wes Bruce's newest project called Structures Poetry Humans. I have been waiting for this show and cannot wait to see the structure that's been built. When I read the little note on the flier that says to wear hiking shoes and bring a flashlight, I got even more giddy about going.

Camp + Quarry is doing a giveaway on Tumbleweed's blog. I need to own this necklace.

I absolutely love Kelli's look in this post. It's perfect.

I recently made these pecan pie bars and they were delicious. I really liked that they don't have a crust that tastes like shortbread.

I'm off to finish some work before Philip gets home. Watch out for a soup recipe that I'll be posting on the TB blog.






Friday, August 10, 2012

sneak peek // vol. 1


I love these bulletin boards above my desk. I spend a lot of time at our computer and they're mounted just above it. They are a great source of inspiration. I'm an avid Pinner, but need inspiration that I can touch as well. I'm really into textures. Do you use any sort of bulletin board/ mood board in your work space?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

the creative process


For the past few months, I've been working on a wedding that I had the privilege of styling. Now that the planning is over and the wedding has happened, I have a lot of free time to work on other creative projects. I took the past few days off to relax, clear my mind, and get inspired. I ended up having a lot of fresh ideas for new products and am currently in the middle of developing them. I'm making sure to take the time to experiment and embrace the creative process. It's making the whole experience so much fun and rewarding. Have you given yourself time to be creative lately?

Monday, July 30, 2012

replay / vol. 5

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1. Cailen and my brother-in-law got married this weekend. It was an amazing wedding and she looked gorgeous!
2. I've been doing a lot of wedding prep for my cousin's wedding and that included planting 20 succulents.
3. I spruced up our new dining table with a little center piece arrangement.
4. I received these pretty postcards in the mail from Krista.
5. Made this garter for Cailen.
6. Patrick's bottom lip gets stuck like this sometimes and I love it.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

photos + type


photos by Shaun Boyte
design by Chelsea Hansen 

We are finally getting our place put together. That means unpacking the last of our boxes and making our dining table (the thing I'm most excited for!). I think that having prints or photos on the walls makes a home feel cozier. Maybe because a space feels more lived in with faces or words on the walls. We didn't have much on the walls in our last place and it sort of drove me nuts. This time, I'm adding things. It's just a little here and there, very slowly, but it's something. I created these three prints to put onto wood block. They are some of the photos that Shaun took when he was here creating the San Diego creatives video. Next up is figuring out where to put them. That's always a tough one.

Hope everyone has a lovely July 4th full of fireworks, popsicles, and BBQ.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

on the menu / a czech breakfast


I have traveled to Czech twice. The first time, I was a high school student. This was my first trip to Europe, the first time traveling without my family, and it was going to be longer than a week. I had friends go on this trip in previous years, each coming home with so many great stories and memories. I still think it's amazing that as high school students, we were offered to be apart of this trip. We had to raise the money for cost of the trip, creatively work with our team to come up with interesting an informative english lessons, and we got to learn about this culture that was so foreign to us. I didn't know much about Czech when the opportunity to go first came about (honestly, had you asked me to point it out on a map, I would have desperately been searching for the name Czechoslovakia) , but I was eager to learn and experience this place that was so new to me.

My time in The Czech Republic was more meaningful than I ever thought it would be. I loved the beautiful country that we were in, the cities that felt so different than our own, the people that I came to love, and a language that I still wish I could master. We spent a lot of time at the beautiful Malenovice. We had our training here. We learned about Czech culture, got acquainted with American interns and Czechs that we would be working with throughout camp, some lessons on teaching English, and the schedule of how camps are typically ran. Our team was lucky enough to host our camp here. Once camp was over, we were invited to stay with the families of some of the students. It was so fun to experience where and how they lived. And before we left to travel back home, we got to spend a few days in Prague. The style of this trip was great because we weren't just sight seeing a new country. We were learning by truly experiencing it. I'm grateful that at such a young age, I was able to gain an appreciation for that type of travel.

I now have multiple friends who are living in Czech, working with the same organization, but full time. I get to see photos of them with some of my friends that I made there, see their kids growing up in this environment of a new culture, language and food, and hear all about the ups and downs of moving your entire life to such a different place. With the combination of facebook, skype, e-mail, and instant everything, I am able to see what's going on in the lives of my friends who are so far. It's a constant reminder of this place and makes me think back to what those trips meant to me. One of the simple ways I am able to recreate memories of my time spent there is with food. This breakfast, for example, is my version of a Czech breakfast. A bowl of rolls (rolihk) and breads were always served with honey, jams, and spreads. Various meats and veggies as well, a long with coffee and tea. I never had scrambled eggs (boiled, yes) while I was there or a bagel, but this familiar combination of spreadable cheese, salami, veggies, and a bread is such a privilege to my taste buds and bucket full of memories. It's also a little way to share this experience with Philip. I have shared stories and photos with him about my journeys to eastern Europe, but being able to make this little meal that we enjoy together is such a treat to me. Even drinking our coffee from these mugs is significant, as they came from a pottery shop in Prague... So much story behind such a simple meal.

Friday, June 15, 2012

at home / too many projects










There's usually about 20 projects happening at once in our home. Recently those projects have involved planting succulents, building shelving units, painting handles for pendant lamps, packaging orders, and tons of other stuff. It's all fun, but the loft has been a mess. But hey, sometimes life is messy.

Friday, June 8, 2012

replay / vol. 4


1. We celebrated our anniversary last night at Prohibition. It was our first time there and we loved it.
2. I found some really pretty peonies for my grandma at Fresh 'n' Easy.
3. We thrifted this basket while we were in Palm Springs. Francine likes to hang out in it ever once in a while.
4. Patrick is happiest when he is on someone's lap and under a blanket.
5. I did a little work while enjoying a beer at Bottle Craft. That's one of my new favorite work spots.
6. I loved all the design details at The Ace. We're going to try and incorporate a wood design like this one in our loft.

I know it's been a little quiet around here lately. I'm having a really hard time getting back into my normal routine since coming back from our little Palm Springs getaway. Vacations are awesome, but coming home is a bit of a drag. Honestly, I think our vacation ruined me. I quickly adjusted to the 100 degree weather, relaxing by the pool all day, and practically living in my bathing suit. I was "freezing" when we got back to San Diego. I really enjoyed not having to cook, food showing up at our lounge chairs next to the pool, and not having to clean up after every meal. I loved coming back to our room to find a bucket of beer that magically appeared and that our bed had been made. I know I'm ridiculous. I'm just having a hard time getting motivated. How do you get yourself back into your routine?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

on the menu / tuna salad stuffed avocado


This tuna salad was super easy and quick to make. I originally made it for the tuna melts we had for dinner last night. I was extra hungry and had it stuffed in an avocado for  snack afterwards. I think that next time I'll add either shredded lettuce (for more crunchiness) or pasta for more substance. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

on the menu / quinoa salad


This is definitely a favorite in our house. It makes a great snack in small portions, but is a nice light meal as well. It has a good amount of protein in it- pecans, chicken, and quinoa. (Did you know that quinoa is a complete protein?) It's also easy to make if you have some of these ingredients ready to go. I usually keep cooked quinoa and chicken in our fridge for easy to assemble snacks or meals. (The biggest motivation for this is to avoid the dreaded hanger.) Since I've been doing a great job at actually keeping plants alive, I planted some basil. This means that I always have fresh basil when needed. I also have green onions. They're not exactly planted, just re-sprouting. Did you see this on Pinterest? It totally works! It's great for us because I usually have some in my little mason jar. The dressing I like best is Trader Joe's Ramano Caesar. If we're out of that, I normally use a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

That's it! Hope you guys enjoy this recipe. Like I said, it's one of our favorites!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

chiced / 4

Earlier this month, I posted this color crush. Remember, I mentioned a DIY with that color scheme? Well, here it is [finally].

For some reason, our coffee table had me stumped. Philip built it, I love it, we use it constantly, but I didn't know how to style it. Luckily, just as I started to give up, Jessica posted about that very thing on her blog. Perfect! I now had a general idea of how to go about decorating our coffee table. I would have loved to just go out and buy a tray, but my list of things to buy for our new place isn't shrinking. I figured, this was a good time for a little DIY.







It was pretty simple. I bought everything at Michael's (except for the painter's tape, which I already had). Michael's sells two sizes of trays (I went with the larger one). All the paint that I bought was from Martha Stewart's line

1. Paint your tray the base color
2. Once it's dry, tape off your design and paint away!

That's it. Easy right? If you want perfect lines, make sure to measure and press firmly on the edges of the tape. I like that ours isn't perfect.  ..PS: Here's another design idea for such a project.

Now that I had the tray done, I needed to actually style the coffee table. Ours is pretty simple. Below, I say "how it's styled for now" because knowing myself very well, I will most likely tire of this arrangement. I'm pretty ridiculous in that way and have to learn to let things go. Anyway, for now, we have magazines, the tray, fresh flowers, coasters, and a candle. All of these items are things we constantly use/ enjoy having around. The coasters and magazines are easy to use and put back neatly in their stack so it doesn't get too messy. Eventually, I would love to have a little stack of interior design books with something like this perched on top. All of this is usually pushed to one side of the coffee table. Until our dining table is done, this is where we eat. 


How do you have your coffee table styled? Is it something that gets used a lot in your house or just something to prop your feet on?


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

vol. 3


Last week was all fun stuff. This is what happened:

1. I made lavender lemonade using this recipe I found on Pinterest.
2. Our house plants finally got planted.
3. I went to an art show at the raddest apartment complex (thank you, Azy for the invite).
4.We watched our nephew while his parents went out for a date. I thought it was adorable when him and Philip fell asleep.
5. I had a very pleasant train ride on a gorgeous sunny day.
6. I had way too much fun with these two crazy ladies... Like, way too much fun.
7. I finally got my nose re-pierced.
8. I got to see my dad and the beach all in the same morning.
9. Patrick and I took Philip to work more than once.
10. I took way too many photos of Sarah's amazing home.

on the menu / lunch + dessert


I normally don't have dessert with lunch, but today was an exception. Last night I made mocha silk pie and OH. MY. GOODNESS. It is SO delicious!! I followed a recipe from The Pioneer Woman's website. I've had it on my Pinterest board forever, but never thought I could tackle it. Instead of telling myself that I'm not good at baking (like I have for so long) I decided to just practice a little more until I can do it. My family got me a stand up Kitchen Aid mixer for my birthday, so now I have no excuse!

I don't have any pie tins in my house. Instead, I divided the mixture into some ceramic soufflĂ© dishes and tiny ceramic pie dishes that I have. This works out better, because the tiny ones are great servings for just me. I should share the ones in the bigger soufflĂ© dishes with someone else (but honestly, I could totally eat one by myself). If you like coffee flavored dessert, I would definitely give this recipe a try! It will save you the  cost of going out a few times each week when you get a craving for it...oh, is that just me that does that?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Battle for the couch


Patrick stole Francine's spot on the top of the couch. Now Francine is watching him from across the room waiting to make her move... Do your pets like to climb to the highest spot on the furniture?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

home inspiration / house plants



I have a few house plants around our loft and no matter where they are, I feel like that space looks 10Xs etter! Even when I move them into the kitchen for watering, I think my kitchen instantly looks alive. I definitely plan on getting more, but I was extremely inspired when I found these photos. It's the home of designers Bonnie Ashley and Neil Downie of Bonnie and Neil. They design amazing home products, so of course their home is adorable. I love the draping plants displayed in their gorgeous shadow boxes. Such a great way to liven up a wall (literally).

Home tour via The Design Files
Photography by Armelle Habib

Thursday, March 29, 2012

chic.ed // 2


"So, what's with this whole chiced series?" you may be thinking. It's kind of like this: "Look, I chiced it!" Yes, I know I just made up a word, but let's just go with it, ok?

Remember this post? No? Well, I can't blame you. It's one of those projects that I really wanted to happen, but it never did. Until yesterday. My original idea was to handmake the flowers myself. That would mean going out and deciding on fabric, then designing the flowers and putting it all together. That's what usually stops me from getting my endless list of projects accomplished (besides the obvious, that the list never ends). I usually choose the most time consuming process. Yesterday, I just decided to get it done. It wasn't that hard:

1. I already had the mounted antlers. I got them from Tumbleweed's Odd Shop when Doug and Beca (and their furry babies) still lived in San Diego.

2. I bought the flowers at Michael's instead of waiting to make them. I didn't let myself even look at the one's at regular price- only the ones on sale (which is a lot right now).

3. As soon as I got home, I immediately got to work. This was the key to my last chic.ed project. Do it right away! How many times have you gone to the craft store to buy all of your materials, but didn't do it when you got home? When you don't get to it right away, what happens? It stays in that plastic shopping bag (receipt and all) or becomes a small pile (which we see as more clutter or mess). This bag or pile is either sitting out, haunting you every time you walk by it or by now you've stashed it up in the closet because it's been so long.

There you have it. All of that wasn't difficult, it wasn't expensive, and now I can cross this pretty project off my list. (except for the part of where to put it.)

Friday, March 23, 2012

on the menu // brunch

Technically, this was my breakfast. However, since I slept in and didn't eat until around 11:30, why don't we just call it brunch?



I'm not the best at making sure that I drink a lot of (if any!) water during the day. Since I started keeping this bottle full (with water and herbs) and with me at all times during the day, I can't stop drinking water! Not only is it making me drink water, it's helping me keep track of how much I've been consuming. It's really amazing how small things like having it in a cute bottle make me remember to do things I don't enjoy. That's how I get myself to take my vitamins as well. I always put my them in a mini ceramic pie dish that I think is adorable. I'm not sure why these things work for me, but they do. 


This was a pretty typical breakfast for me. I normally have an egg, toast, coffee, and some sort of fruit. What does breakfast look like for you?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

life lately.

Most of our days involve some of the following: cutting wire, staining handles, cutting out the insides of books, soldering, buying drill presses, doing photo shoots, building websites, and wishing we were sleeping more. It's been busy, but the end results have been worth it.

All of Philip's lamps are turning out beautifully. In a few weeks, he will be selling them through fab. It's so exciting, but lots of work. Guess what? When it's over, we're taking a few days off to relax. We haven't decided what exactly, but have discussed a few things: staying in a fancy hotel, riding bikes on Coronado, getting massages, eating out every night, seeing a few movies, or maybe a little shopping...and we can't forget: sleeping in.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

bits + pieces.

1. twine + spools.
2. miniatures + millinery.
3. sequins + stamps.
4. hair pretties + ribbon.
5. lovely fabric.

Last weekend was dedicated to cleaning and organizing. We did a lot of condensing and made a few trips to the Goodwill. I can't tell you how motivating it feels to create in an organized and more spacious work area. It's absolutely fantastic and I am so grateful that we got it done.

Also, I just love seeing collections of things. That box of miniatures, for example, makes me so happy I can't even describe it! Just seeing all of my materials together in one place is so inspiring. I have a million things I want to make! This is huge because I've been feeling very uninspired lately. Normally when I'm feeling that way, I tend to leave the house to find inspiration. Originally, this organizing spree was intended to make room for Philip's project. I had no idea that something inside the house could be so motivating for me to create. What do you usually do when you need a little inspiration?