To the Clients Who Don’t Know “What Style Am I?”

I recently had a client who didn't know "what style" she liked. And she had a very unique, challenging space because of a number of factors I won't get into right now. She started out saying she was traditional and didn't like modern. Yet, when I showed her some traditional designs in line with what she said she liked, she didn't actually like them. And she literally could not find any pictures on the internet…

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Some Thoughts on Social Media for Business Owners.

A friend posted about Instagram’s recommendations to optimize engagement with this posting schedule: “3 IGTVs per week to grow. In addition to 5-7 reels per week. 3-4 posts per week. 7-10 stories.” Oh, my sweet people people people.  Do NOT let social media take over your life!  Keep your mental health!? This platform is a tool.  A tool to achieve your goals. Yes, I’ve seen The Social Dilemma.  I’ve heard them say that our time,…

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Montana de Oro State Park: The 3 Ultimate Itineraries + Insider Tips!

Montaña de Oro State Park is one of—if not our #1!—favorite spots on the California Central Coast! This is our main Montana de Oro page full of info, insider tips, and 3 incredible itineraries you can do with or without kids! We'll be sharing All about the Montaña de Oro Bluff Trail! Where to find the tide pools (which aren't well-marked)! Our parking tips (this is a big one)! An example of our typical day…

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“Stone” Planters for Faux Olive Trees: Client Projects!

I have two clients right now who we're doing large faux olive trees for. The problem is that even with these gorgeous trees, the standard "pots" they come in are unbalanced. And so I've been finding good options for planters and thought I'd share them with you so you can create your own sunny Mediterranean feel in that room you've been eyeing! Large Decorative Pot Hand-painted Terra Cotta Medium Planter This one is 19.5" tall…

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Bob Jones Trail + SLO Creek Farms: A Brilliant 1-Day Itinerary!

The Bob Jones Trail (a.k.a. "The City to the Sea Trail") is one of the most gorgeous bike trails on the California coast—therefore, I'd be sad if you had to miss it! So today we're sharing an itinerary that perfectly blends this delightful activity + relaxation! It's ridiculously easy when you're already driving up or down the 101 to add this to your stops, especially if you need to stretch your legs. As a self-diagnosed…

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5 Super-simple Steps to Install The Best Backyard Zipline Ever!

Today we're sharing how we installed our kids backyard zipline, as well our choice for the best backyard zipline! (from both adult experience and hordes—yes, hordes!—of kids using it!😄) Have you ever ziplined? What if I told you that having your own backyard zipline (even without trees!) was possible? Several months ago, my youngest daughter was about to turn four, and I was brainstorming birthday gifts. She didn't ask for anything, and I already knew…

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Modern Beach House: Interior Inspiration!

Now that we're selling our big California house, I can finally share with you guys a glimpse of the internal images and designs floating in my head for a more modern beach house! From modern beach house décor to modern beach house design, I've got visions for days! 😂💃 MODERN BEACH HOUSE Tell Me You're In a Beach House Without Telling Me... What you will not find in this post is any "beach house decor"…

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Double Island Kitchen: Should YOU Have a Double Island Layout?

We've had our double island kitchen layout for seven years (and still counting!), and we're sharing all we've learned—along with layouts, dimensions, and our #1 tip! When we received the shocking news that we'd have to rip out our new kitchen, our minds were blown. Not only for the last-minute surprise factor, but for the major opportunity we had suddenly thrust upon us to completely change the layout of our kitchen! We knew fairly quickly…

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Montana de Oro Tide Pools: Lively + Relaxing 1-Day Itinerary!

Our first major stopover on Day 1 of our Central Coast Trip was our beloved Montaña de Oro, and today we're sharing our latest travel story + itinerary, with a focus on the Montana de Oro tide pools! MONTANA DE ORO ITINERARY 9am: Leaving for Montaña de Oro! Since this was Day 1 of our trip up to Cambria for a long weekend, we didn't leave until about 9am. Which was fine because low tide…

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Montana de Oro Bluff Trail: The Best 2-Hour Itinerary (If You Gotta Make It Quick)!

If you only have a couple hours to spend here, we recommend you stick to the Montana de Oro Bluff Trail to maximize your time and get the best experience with each moment you have! In the autumn, we decided to do something a little crazy and drive 2.5 hours FOR THE DAY so this Crispy Apple-lovin Mama could pick at her favorite organic apple farm!😋 I'd done this myself the autumn previously with the…

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