Oct
10
2014
Gathered Home Decor Goods Accessories Photography Horses Blanket Lighting Pillow from Great.ly Makers in Green and Yellow Fall Tones for The Design Confidential Feature It's Friday I'm In Love // Green with Envy

We had rain! Two weeks ago now, and since then we have had temperatures in the upper 90's. Ugh. I am green with envy of those places that have cooled at least slightly. While I love my summertime, more than most, I am truly a tad tired of the heat. Sunshine I welcome any day of the week, but seriously it has been a bit more than even I care to indulge in. It seems we are stuck in limbo with leaves that want to change with the season but plants that are confused and have blossomed again. It is nothing if not odd. So while I lament the absence of lovely autumn inspired greens we typically see take over the otherwise golden rolling hills of El Dorado, and the gorgeous cool mornings with beautiful fall colors hanging on the trees... I will celebrate these long lost hues by loving on some gorgeous photography in foggy tones, indoor planters with an earthy feel, and lovely accessories in all the colors I seem to be lacking.

1 // Pampa Horse Black + White Prints 2 // Sweatshirt Plaid Green Blanket3 // Walnut and Beech Double Stripe Snack Bowls 4 // Ombre Yellow Striped Coasters 5 // Light Block 6 // Hand Woven Pillow 7 // Walsh Firewood Carrier 8 // Concrete Planters

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Sep
18
2014
Home Decor Roundup of Fall Essentials for It's Friday I'm In Love // Fall Into Autumn Edition

I have been reluctant, to say the least, to even consider the idea of fall as being welcome thing around here. I feel like each time I let go of summer it means a trade-off for the beginning of the hectic holiday season and a new school year and all that comes with that. It will soon mark another year gone by as my boys seem to get older by the second, which makes me sad, since as parents we only get a limited number of years with them anyhow. And, I very much dislike the rain. But... it turns out I dislike severe drought even more, because then I can't afford to use my huge blow up pool to float around in, while I get my sunburn on. Womp Womp.. I told you I was a water baby... it was no lie my friends. The words endless summer sound like a fairy tale that I would love to star in, as long as that doesn't mean 100+ degree temps day in and day out like we have here in the golden hills of Northern California - which happen to be burning to a crisp as we speak, eek!

So I have apparently turned a new leaf and find myself a bit excited for rain and fall weather. I plan to spend as much time as I can soaking in the youth and excitement of my boys, for all of the festivities that happen this time of year. Bring it Mother Nature, this little mama is ready for you... as long as you don't overdo it, mmmkay?

To celebrate or perhaps as a bit of a fall themed rain dance of sorts, I plan to usher in the season by giving my home a bit of a autumn update and I am currently loving on this roundup of items. From fall hued art to soft furry hides, this group of gorgeous decor covers all of my emotional and aesthetic bases for when this cooler weather, and my insane desire to bake, actually take hold! And, since all of these pretties are from Handmade-Artists, I will be supporting small business and my fellow Makers out there - win win - no?

1 // Out of Her Loop VII 2 // Luna B&B Plate 3 // White / Orange Adjustable Light Curtain 4 // Coat Range 5 // Adventure Spoon 6 // Yellow Shibori Tea Towel 7 // Dark Sami Reindeer Hide

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Sep
08
2014
Poolside Oasis with Outdoor Hammock for Dream Home // Home Tech + Creature Comforts that Make Life Better

This post is brought to you by Dyson... makers of a thing that makes my 'functionality obsessed' heart sing with joy.

Today we are going to do something a bit different here at the house of TDC, and we are going chat about our hopes and dreams - kind of. But more importantly we are going to give you amazing folks the chance to win a Dyson DC59 Motorhead vacuum!

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Giveaway from The Design Confidential and Dream Home Tech Creature Comforts to make your Life Easier

What do you think? Crazy good, right? So keep on reading friends... deets for the giveaway are at the bottom!

My Dream Space... Where everything is beautiful, utterly functional, and so full of amazing features and conveniences that leaving is never quite as welcome as staying. In a perfect world, every single item in my home would clean itself and have a place where it can be put away when not in use. Maybe the items I have would make life easier somehow or help me make decisions about what to have prepare in the way of meals that is both healthy and made from things we already have. There would be no waste that is not necessary and anything left over from consumption would automatically be put to use somewhere else without having to think twice about it.

Dream Home // 10 Home Tech + Creature Comforts that Make Life Better 1 - 5

1 a / b / c / d // 2 a / b // 3 // 4 a / b // 5

I am sharing a roundup of 10 items I think would make life better / easier / more beautiful and would perhaps save me money / time / frustration from the inevitable stuff. 

There are certain unavoidable things in life, so making those things bearable by making them pretty or uber-functional is a great way to give them less of a negative impact on me. 

But, Let us be real for a minute... I despise cleaning of any variety. Organizing on the other hand, now that is my jam. But keeping things hygienic and clean? Ugh, not so much. But, in a life with kids and dogs, cleaning up messes and disasters around the house is an everyday thing and a necessary evil of the most violent variety. Well maybe not violent, that might be a slight exaggeration, but certainly an attack on my personal well-being, which is basically the same thing, right?

Having a cordless, super powerful, handheld vacuum that can be quickly adjusted for length and purpose, and then hung back up on the wall out of sight to recharge and store? Well that my friends almost makes the task of cleaning up debris and collateral damage just a bit more tolerable. Thank you to the fine folks at Dyson for creating the Dyson DC59 Motorhead - I think I love you! I'm sure it's mutual right? And not creepy in any way? Just say yes. I'm a mom of two boys with dogs (who are boys) and a husband and I'm entirely outnumbered over here in the ways of cleanliness and harmony. I could use a little love sent my way!

Urban Oasis on Waterfront with Glass Walls for Dream Home // Home Tech + Creature Comforts

One thing my Dream Space would have, that is missing from my life right this minute - is water. I am a water baby at heart and everything good in this world of mine, at least in my imagination, happens near the water. And of course where there is a beach, there is mad sand, and where there is sand... there is a crazed lunatic mom with a vacuum in hand. Might as well make this less of a thing, am I right? Who wants to be the crazy person running around wildly and shouting at her kids? Not I... that is for sure.

Dream Home // 10 Must Have Home Tech Items+ Creature Comforts 6 - 10

6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

But first, before I cry myself to sleep over all of these things that I do not have, let me go soak in my large bathtub and watch a little Bravo reality tv on my amazing vanity mirror tv - it is built right into the mirror for goodness' sake (or perhaps it is the mirror?), while I tune out the sound of crashing and breaking going on in the other room (sob).

WANT TO WIN A DYSON DC59 MOTORHEAD? OH YOU DO? YAAA, YOU DO... HIGH FIVES!

SO HERE'S THE SKINNY ON HOW TO ENTER:

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Giveaway from The Design Confidential and Dream Home Tech Creature Comforts to make your Life Easier

1. Simply click here or on the image above, to visit the Dyson DC59 Motorhead page and check out the deets. No signups or anything - just check out the details and come back here and move on to the next step!

2. Then, come back here and leave a comment on this post telling me A). what defines your dream space and B). which feature you love most about this cordless connoisseur - the Dyson DC59 Motorhead! 

The winner will be selected randomly from the comments on September 24th and will be contacted directly via email. Please make sure you use your regular everyday email. The winner will have 5 days to respond with a mailing address in order to claim their prize! 

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Aug
22
2014
Gathered Home Decor Goods Art Rug Coasters Yoyo Tray from Great.ly Makers in Blue and Cool Tones for The Design Confidential Feature It's Friday I'm In Love // Edition 13

With the heat still fairly intense most days, out here in the hills of California, I find myself unable to stay away from the bold watery hues of blue and indigo. I want to surround myself with both dark and light shades that fall on the cooler end of the spectrum and can't help but wish that Mother Nature would join me in my hopeful celebration of milder temps.  The older I get, the more I realize that while I do indeed adore the sunshine and summertime activities, that I find the extremes of this time of year a bit debilitating and a definite hindrance to anything exciting happening after the lunchtime hour when the heat is on. It's funny, but I don't remember feeling this way as a youngster, and I don't imagine that there is anything much that is different about the climate here, so I guess it's all a matter of perspective. Oh to be young, carefree and unconcerned with the weather once again... that is the life, isn't it? 

This gorgeous work of art above has watery goodness written all over it and I'll be damned if these fabulous coasters don't shout for a nice frosty beverage, and potentially a blended one at that. With an umbrella... definitely an umbrella.

Of course these hand-painted cocktail napkins, would be a gorgeous way to spice up your fiesta and throw caution to the wind when you use them as the most magnificent 'mobile coasters' (totally a thing, right?) or part napkin and part coaster, to help you hang on tight to your ice cold drink while you mix and mingle...

This beautiful handmade yo-yo brings a bit of nostalgia to the table and might be a fabulous take away slash conversation starter gift for your guests at your next soiree. A friendly game of who can do the 'Walk the Dog' yo-yo trick the best (or at all) would be the perfect silly ice breaker, no?

While we are on the subject of hand-tooled leather (you know... from the coasters above), let's ogle this amazing handcrafted leather tray while we run our toes over this fabulously textured rug. Oh a gal can dream can't she... 

What favorite finds are you craving as the summer winds to a close? Click over to see my previous Friday I'm in Love articles and what I covet throughout the year!

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Aug
13
2014
Outdoor Tents for One Last Hurrah + a Fall Favorite // The Art of Glamping

Hi all! A big hello to all of you wonderful TDC readers! I’m Heidi and it is such a blessing to be visiting here from my blog, Brave Wild and Free (formerly My Beautiful Mess). I have adored Rayan’s eclectic style and eye for design for such a long time - not to mention that I got to meet her adorable self in person AND eat Mexican food with her, which made me love her all the more! For those of you who don’t know me (most of you), let me introduce myself.  I’m a wife and a mom (of three) from the Pacific Northwest.  I love coffee, Toms, books and solitude.   I have always enjoyed the peacefulness of the great outdoors – and here in the northwest it is GREAT.  But, if I’m honest, I don’t love the grittiness of the outdoors. 

Give me a trail to a waterfall and I’ll hike it. Give me an “I think this used to be the trail but watch out for the poison oak and ticks” and I’ll stay in the car with my Sunset Magazine and NPR podcast.  As much as I love hiking and camping, there is a limit to the ruggedness I can take. And this, my new friends, is where glamping starts to call me.  Solitude AND comfort…it’s like they were thinking of me when they created it.  

Luxury Camping Items for One Last Hurrah + a Fall Favorite // The Art of Glamping

1 // S'mores Kit 2 // Big One Travel Mug 3 // Southwestern Story Dress 4 // Duluth Backpack 5 // Women's Luscher Omni Heat Rain Boot 6 // Chrome Lantern 7 // Pendleton Glacier 5th Ave Wool Blanket 8 // Copper + Leather Stool 9 // Boo Fire Basket 10 // 16ft Lotus Belle Tent

Just imagine sitting on your soft leather sling chair in front of your canvas tent with an enameled mug of craft coffee in your hand and a Pendleton blanket in your lap.  You hear the camp cook (not you, of course) ring the bell for breakfast and you slip on your cozy Columbia boots and make your way to the crackling campfire to eat free range eggs and locally grown veggies.  You spend the day wandering the wooded trails and enjoying the fresh air and tuck yourself into your feather bed at night – belly full of smores and microbrews - completely and totally at peace.

Inside Layout of a Yurt for One Last Hurrah + a Fall Favorite // The Art of Glamping

I’ve always thought this place existed only in my imagination, but then glamping resorts started popping up all over the place. Of course, you could get your own canvas tent and haul in your queen feather bed, bedroom furniture and claw-footed bathtub...  Or you could just visit any of these amazing resorts and campgrounds: 

Washington State // Lakedale Resort , San Juan Islands / Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn, Yakima

Oregon // Brews with Views, Rogue River (Rafting, glamping and local craft beers.  Does it get any better?)

California // Autocamp, Santa Barbara (San Fransisco & LA coming soon)

Inside an Airstream for One Last Hurrah + a Fall Favorite // The Art of Glamping

Utah // Moab Under Canvas, Moab (also available at Yellowstone & Glacier National Parks) / Shooting Star RV Resort, Escalante

Montana // The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough 

Wyoming // Fireside Resort, Wilson

Colorado // Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores

Sitting Around the Campfire for One Last Hurrah + a Fall Favorite // The Art of Glamping

New York // Camp Orenda, Johnsburg

Texas // Sinya on Lone Man Creek, Wimberley

Nationwide // Shelter Co., Based out of California, New York & Texas – Pop-up Glamping

Vintage Refurbished Airstream for One Last Hurrah + a Fall Favorite // The Art of Glamping

September is the perfect time to head out glamping.  The weather is cooling down, the leaves are starting to change and the rates are low.  It’s cool enough in the mornings for your fall sweaters but still nice enough to hike in comfort.  It doesn’t get any better. 

So, who is going glamping this fall?

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Jul
30
2014
Blue Retro Beachy Comfortable Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

We are nesting! But not the ‘having a baby’ kind of nesting, let’s not get crazy… We do have a new addition to the family with these nesting tables, however. They create a highly functional set and they work easily with many different styles – so many that I’m having a hard time deciding where they will ultimately live. At the moment, I have them in my family room, since they give my boys a great surface for playing with their Legos, that can slide out of the way when they’re done (read… not be seen by me and not on the floor). I tend to incorporate quite a bit of vintage into every single space in my home and it has been fun to see these tables work that look.

I styled these cuties with three completely different looks, and for three completely different uses. While every single one of these spaces has a mix of modern and vintage with both high and low price points, I think the various styles will give you a good grasp of their versatility. There is nothing quite like a fab mix of pieces that is entirely unexpected! Don’t you love that?

Close Up of Blue Retro Room for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

Target Room Essentials items for this space // Nesting tables / Scholar lamps / Mug

For this look I channeled my global granny self, added a bit of that hipster handmade vibe with a dash of Copacabana thrown in, for a Beachy Brazilian touch. Yep, totally random, but oh how happy I would be in this space.

We will call the gal who lives here “Babs,” and she is a veritable 'Girl from Ipanema' (World Famous Brazilian Bossa Nova song)and boy she has lived quite the life. She loves to reminisce about all of the memories she has made along the way and throughout her travels. She could sure tell you a tale or two about her go-go dancing days, but your mother probably wouldn’t like that much. But now she is settling down a bit and prefers to stay closer to home where she can sip her hot cocoa in her big cozy chair and knit blankets for her grandkids – or the new neighbors down the street.

Black and White 80's Glam Space for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

I channeled my inner 80’s glam girl self, with a punch of black lacquer and brass, and then threw in some beachy natural texture to the mix for the perfect 'Barbie and the Rockers' goes to Big Sur design moment. Ya, I kinda love a look that is equal parts chic and yet still totally weird.

Close Up of 80's Glam Space for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

Target Room Essentials Items //  Nesting tables / Bathroom tray / Desktop Storage 

I call this gal Gemma and she is a true downtown girl who loves the art scene and can be found at every hip new spot in the city. From art gallery openings to coffee shops, she is constantly on the move and never stays in one place too long. She wears black like it’s her uniform and loves the way her red lipstick pops against her pale skin, especially when her hair is pulled back in a sleek low slung ponytail. 

Red Orange Yellow Retro Happy chic Space for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

Meet Zoe, my inner flower child babe with a quirky fun loving outlook on life. This gal is a bit more feminine, and fresh out of college with her first real world job. She loves to hit up the flea market when she isn’t driving down to visit her parents in Connecticut, for the weekend.

Close Up for Retro Happy chic Space for Nesting // One Piece with Three Different Style Personalities

Target Room Essentials Items // Nesting tables / 3x4" candles / 3x6" vanilla candles / Embroidered Pillow / Wire bins / iPhone dock / Kitchen towels / Bubble tumbler / Dinner Plate 

She’s a single gal who loves her nephews and can’t wait to start a family of her own one day. For now she is content with her two cats, though she thinks she may have over done it in the mothering department, since they are a bit on the bratty side. They absolutely never do as they are told. Zoe loves to listen to music and sing along with the broom handle as her microphone, but of course she always sounds better in the shower… who doesn’t?

So which look resonates with you most? Are you more of a downtown girl or a flea market vintage loving gal? Maybe you love to knit and travel is your favorite pastime! 

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