It doesn’t necessarily get cold in Northern California in the Winter the way the rest of the world thinks of cold. But Winter here does have me yearning for some warmer temperatures at times.
Don’t get me wrong, I love dressing for winter — long coats, gloves, scarves, boots — that’s my jam. But there’s something about being able to walk around in flip flops and swimsuits in December that makes me giddy.
When my best friend asked me earlier this year if I want to support her after she completes the Honolulu Marathon and that it meant a trip to Hawaii, I couldn’t turn that down, could I? (Oh, she also asked if I wanted to run and I went riiigghhhtttt. And meehhh I don’t think my knees and messed up feet can handle that anyways. I’d rather chill by the pool and drink bloody mary’s please).
The millennial-pink glam-inspired Christmas theme this year gave me all sorts of fun ideas. I found these two super cute wrapping paper designs from Target — the first one, a blush pink with metallic gold polka dots and the second one, a white marble like texture.
I absolutely love decorating for Christmas, and decorating for this year brought me no less joy than any other year. In fact, I was so much more excited this year because I decided to update my theme a little bit in the spirit of making my house continuing to feel more like a home. I always decorate on Black Friday so I can avoid Black Friday crowds forever…and this always makes me so much happier than dealing with the chaos.
So this year, I went ALL IN on the whole millennial pink motif.
More like millennial pink mixed with gold and copper accents, along with glass and white textures. I also might have gone overboard on the lights this year. But who doesn’t love a bunch of fairy lights all over your house just because?
I moved into my condo June of 2017. Since this was a place I owned, I wanted to take my time creating a living space that felt personal to me. No more just buying furniture just to fill a room. I wanted to put much more thought behind my design choices, and truly feel like I could call this place my home.
With that being said — I’m still not done with my place. SOMEONE HELP MY INDECISIVENESS PLZZZ. Case in point: it took me well over a year (about 14 months) to finally get a dining table. But I’m so glad I waited because I couldn’t be more satisfied with the way it turned out.
I have an open space so I don’t really have a dining “room” per se, but I was able to parse out a place in my condo which I desginated my dining area. I knew I wanted a farmhouse table, but a small one. However, most farmhouse tables sit 6-8 people, and my place isn’t nearly large enough to accomodate a table that large (One day, I’ll have a place that can!)
Fortunately, one of my friends makes custom furniture, and he was able to make me a mini-farmhouse table that sits 2-4 people rather comfortably. He also built two small benches which accompany the table perfectly. He is the BEST!
The circular mirror, from The Citizenry and handcrafted in Chile, is the perfect mix of the hard and soft vibe. It has a leather strap and white marble hook giving the area some modern character and staying with my design aesthetic. Also, The Citzenry is an amazing home design website with handcrafted decor from all over the world. So chic and sophisticated with lots of unique pieces.
Even though this took over a year to do, I couldn’t be more pleased with what I ended up with. My house is finally feeling like a home, and there’s no better feeling.
Without a blog post or any kind of update whatsoever.
Not really sure what happened, but life kind of just took over for the past, oh, eleven months.
The good thing is that I have a big exciting update coming soon. You’ll just have to continue to check back in the next month to see what it is.
In the meantime, here’s some pictures of my quick and easy Halloween costume this year. I love Halloween, and I usually put a lot of thought and time into thinkig my costume through. Unfortunately, I did not plan well and had to come up with a last-minute costume.
I didn’t really have anything in mind except for the fact that I wanted white hair. I’ve had white hair for other costumes in the past, and I wanted to do it again. And what did I come up with? Well, at first I was thinking of playing off the idea of Resting Witch Face, and then as I started to put the costume together, it ended up being more like a Basic Witch, with her pumpkin spiced-latte and all. Super quick and easy.
Anyways, check back soon for the big update! I promise you won’t regret it. I also promise I will try better to keep this thing updated.
For the past few months, I had been working on two pretty big home projects: my own condo and my parents’ new house. While my own condo has been mostly interior design, my parents’ house was a full gut job that needed a complete renovation.
With 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths, this house was built in the 1960s and had all the original appliances and fixtures as well as some of the most hideous wallpaper you’ve probably ever seen. However, this ranch-style home boasted an incredible view of the San Francisco Bay Area with a huge heated pool and jacuzzi to boot, just to sweeten the pot.
We’re still not completely done with the whole house, but there have been major changes already. Let’s begin with the guest bathroom. A lot of my inspiration came from the European bathrooms I had seen when I was living in London and traveling all over the continent. I loved how the European design aesthetic, especially in places like Paris and Barcelona, focused very heavily on textiles. It became a lot of my main inspiration for this bathroom.
Yoga has been part of my life for quite a long time now. I’ve joined many different studios, and I’ve been part of many different communities. However, none quite like the community I’ve joined at CorePower Yoga.
For those that don’t know, CorePower Yoga is a yoga studio with many different locations throughout the United States. All classes are heated with different amounts of humidity piped into the rooms. The classes vary in difficulty with one of the classes, Yoga Sculpt, incorporating free weights mixed with yoga positions into the class for a much more challenging workout. Like, kick-your-ass-every-single-time-challenging. Kinda like yoga bootcamp. No joke. Continue reading “This yoga junkie just took on the CorePower Challenge”→
As I mentioned before, I’ve created this blog to really serve as my own creative outlet. But I also wanted to create this blog to showcase some of the things that I’ve been working on to maybe provide some inspiration for your own home or personal style.
That being said — a full blog post will come shortly where I’ll talk about my design process and how my comfy little living room came to be. But I wanted to give a tiny preview of the mini sanctuary on the coffee table of my space.
The first post is always the hardest to start because, I guess it’s like, what do you say?
If you know who I am, then this blog shouldn’t be a surprise to you. I finally started this project I’ve been talking about for years. Hi friends!
If you don’t know who I am, then feel free to visit my About page to get an idea. I’m slightly atypical, but we’re the best types of people, right?
Curious about the featured image? It was me at Coachella 2017. Probably one of the best days of my life because I got to see Kendrick Lamar live for the first time ever. Also, pretty much my overall style in a nutshell — a little flirty, a little boyish and lots of black with pops of color,
I hope you find something you enjoy here. While I’ll definitely post more outfit ideas and some fashion inspiration, I’m actually excited to share some interior design and home projects that I’ve been working on for the past few months.
In the meantime, feel free to follow me on Instagram (@jennaq).