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As I mentioned in my {live here} post last week, we are renovating part of our basement and making it into a family/media, and I am so psyched about it! It’s our first real renovation in the very first home that we own, and I can’t wait to get started with it. We kept our main living room screen free and it’s been really nice to just chill there, but I have to admit I really miss having a comfy spot in the house to watch House of Card and Downton Abbey ;)

The basement right now is one big storage area and so we figured we’d used part of the space to make a media room…which hubby still wants to call his future man cave.But I told him many times that sharing is caring and we’ll have to make this room work for everybody – I’ll forgo the floral patterns this time around ;) Hopefully I can make it manly enough for him, while still making it as cosy and kid-friendly as possible.That big lounging couch in (1) was my original inspiration. For this room I am going for a white, blue and brown color palette using loads of rich material like velvet, leather and wood, and probably touches of copper.

modern media room moodboard

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As far as furniture goes, I have pretty much nothing right now (oh to work on a budget!) aside from these blue velvet loungy sofas from CB2. I ordered two of them because there is a very long wall in the room and we have this idea of having as much seating as possible to have friends over to watch movies. But now I am a bit nervous about it – what if the two sofas just look awkward next to each other? Hopefully I can find a way to make the room feel still cosy….we’ll see when the sofas arrive! Two other things I have my heart set on: first are some good looking safari leather chairs -hoping to find some similar to (8) at the flea market this weekend!- because I think they will really help in making the room great for hubby. And second is a well-designed sound system. Hubby and I have been discussing sounds systems for a while and I told him “honey, the sound is one thing but it better look good ;)” Priorities, you know? But really, a sound system is an important element of a media room, but why would it have to look boxy and ugly?  I love that one from Orbit (2).

In my next post about this project I will show you what the room actually looks like right now, and share some of our progress…..we have SO much to do! We’re starting in a couple weeks. We’ll be putting up dry walls, redoing the ceiling and some of the electricity – we’re putting in recess lighting-, adding doors… Right now the floor is made of concrete, and we’re going to keep it and simply paint it white to brighten up the room while keeping the costs lower. I’ll just have to find a nice area rug to make the room cozier.

So, tell me – what do you think? Any advice for us as we are diving into our first real house project?

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cape and mask by Love Lane

Simply the cutest kids’ superhero dress up costumes I’ve seen in a while, don’t you agree? And hello, an adorable unicorn vest? My girls are gonna be all over that! it would make the best gift for a kid’s birthday. The colors, the patterns…and look they even have awesome pet teepees ha! love everything about what Love Lane makes, make sure to check out their Etsy shop here.

fun kid dress up by Love Lane

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double exposure silhouette

I’d been wanting to play with double-exposure photography ever since I saw this amazing image by Jose Villa. I immediately fell in love with it and have loved following the work of artists like Von Marcus or Jon Duenas. I loved the dreamy side of pictures that are double-exposed.

A couple months ago I was asked to do the girls’ school auction art project game me the perfect opportunity to play around with double-exposure.Double exposure photography can be achieved either with traditional film, or through digital photography and post processing – which is actually pretty easy. I decided to make silhouettes of all of the kids in the class, but with a modern twist by double-exposing them with pictures of plants and flowers that grow around here. Nature has been exploding in California these past few weeks, so much beauty at every corner.

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Here is the end results of what I made for the art auction –  a collage of all of the kids silhouette. I mixed up the double-exposure in the collage to make it a bit more interesting visually – and I used online-company Framed and Matted to custom frame the prints. Everybody at the action loved it…well, at least they said they did….hopefully they weren’t just being nice :) We sold the collage for a good amount of money, and parents also got the option to buy an individual print of their child’s silhouette.

school art project using double exposure photography

If you have photoshop, this project is so simple to put together and I absolutely love the end result. If you don’t have Photoshop but still want to try this out, you can download a free trial on their website!

Click here to learn how to make double-exposed silhouettes!

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exposed beams and blue pendant lights

No {live here, eat that} today, just a simple {live here} since I couldn’t quite find the perfect picture to match this gorgeous home. A mezzanine, lots of light and blue…what else?! I think I am in a blue phase right now, we are just about to transform part of our unfinished basement into a family/media room, and all I can tell you is that it’s going to have  loads of blue, leather, wood and white – in a way, in the same spirit as the gorgeous living room of this house…if I can pull off something as gorgeous! Can’t wait to show you our inspiration board next week.

In this house, I love how they worked around the existing features (exposed beams etc) and added this amazing mezzanine to max out on the space and light. And the way they combined different materials and textures, from wood to metals and bricks – it is simply perfection. See more pictures of this home on Hus o Hem.

PS: If you’re on Instragram, don’t miss the awesome giveaway I am having with a few fellow bloggers :) $400 gift card to Nordstrom could be yours! Click here for details. 

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let your tears come

Sadness doesn’t even start to describe what this past week has been like.

Tears.

Tears.

More tears.

Our hearts ache for our friends. A week ago, they lost their beautiful, oh-so happy little boy in the most tragic of circumstances. He was going to be seven this summer. As I am writing this, my mind still doesn’t want to believe that this is happening to them.Them, one of the nicest, most amazing family I know. Life can sometimes be so unfair. There are no words, just tears. Oh I wish I could take all of their pain away. I wish I had the power to turn back time. I wish so many things….but I can’t do any of that.

All I can really do is to give them is our love and support. Despite this tragedy, I believe with all my heart that life can be beautiful for them again, I know they will find the strength to rebuild themselves because they are so amazing and strong. As their friend Z wrote so beautifully at the memorial last week, “The most beautiful stories always have a tragic twist. The most beautiful story also have no beginning and no end.” How I loved her words.

But right now, all we can really do is to let the tears water our souls.

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mid-century modern planter from Modernica

Happy Monday to y’all – and what a happy Monday it is, today I’ve got a little something awesome for you…a giveaway with Modernica! These guys are based in Los Angeles and I pretty much love everything they come up with….but their planters, ooooooh their planters. I’d been eyeing them for a long long time, and now that we moved in our new home, I am on a mission to add a lot more green in the house – the perfect excuse to get this Modernica planter. Now that it is in our home it’s like life is complete, you know? ;) I kid I kid, but really – everybody that comes through our door comments on how great it looks. Never thought you could be in love with a planter? well, there.

And so, like I said, it is YOUR lucky day because you can win the exact same planter that I have in my home – which is this one, the case study cylinder planter (%150 value). It’s the kind of planter that would look great in any home really – the combination of the wood and ceramics make it a timeless piece!

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To win, just enter in the rafflecopter widget below – you’ve got up to 20 possible entries so use ‘em up!

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PSSSSSSSSSt and oh, by the way, I’d be you I’d really make sure to check out their entire website – they are having a store-wide sale right now, 15% off EVERYTHING!

* Giveaway sponsored by Modernica and limited to U.S. readers only. $150 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once giveaway closes on 03/16 and announced in the rafflecopter widget above.

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free printable giant wall stickers

Here they are here they are!

So many of you have been asking me for *boy* stickers after I made my first giant wallpaper stickers using Spoonflower‘s removable wallpaper for the girls last year….well, I say it was about time I deliver! I really don’t mean to leave our little dudes on this blog’s sidelines, it’s just that with three girls at home….well, the road usually takes me via Pink lane, Pixie Dust alley, Flamingo road, and Unicorn avenue….oh we go different paths and talk spaceships and go camping and build with hammers and nails…..but guess what, girls will be girls :)

But today, let’s switch gears shall we? I’ve got some bears, foxes, eagles, dinosaurs and whales stickers for you!

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I created templates that you can download for each of them – download at the bottom of the post. Quite frankly, I think boys and girls would love these. I make them quite big – but if you want them even bigger for your walls just drop me an email and I’ll send you what you need ;) I was planning on also making pirate ship + treasure island stickers for this edition, but I ran out of time. Next edition – if you guys are interested at all?

DIY giant wall stickers using removable wallpaper

Directions are exactly the same as last time but I included them in this post again. Have fun! Oh, and if you are interested, you can still download the flamingo, unicorn, bambi, cat and bunny wall stickers I made last year – just go to this post :)

Click here to learn how to make these DIY giant wallpaper stickers!

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collect moments not things

Hi friends – Obviously, a little break was needed on my side of the pond. It’s been very intense (hopefully I can share more on why soon), and I could have forced myself to come up with posts that were half-hearted, but that wouldn’t have been fair to you or me. So instead chose to just lay it low until the time and energy to post returned – I hope you’ll forgive me :)

Mid-february a friend of mine got married in the Tulum area of Mexico, so hubby and I decided to take our little family South to be there for the big day…we figured a little vacation wouldn’t hurt :)

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So, you’ll ask me, how was Tulum? It was really good! Was it great? Mmm I am not sure I’d say that. You see, Tulum one of these super popular destination where you end up paying for the reputation. I had heard so many people raving about Tulum and in the end maybe my expectations where too high, but it didn’t quite live up to the hype for me, and I was really shocked at how much everything cost – it was like being in New York city! . Don’t get me wrong, we had a great time and I am so thankful for this trip. Nature down there dead gorgeous and it was super relaxing  – and the food was yummi!Favorite activity though during the trip: swimming in the Cenotes. The water was unbelievable!

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Am I glad we went? Absolutely! Will be go back? I don’t think so. Plus, there are so many other places on our list – even just here in California and on the West Coast.

Sometimes hubby and I joke and try to think about “what if we had all of the money in the world? what would we do with it“…and the one thing that always always comes to my mind: travel. Because I really believe that it’s the only thing that you can spend money on that truly makes you richer. I mean, paying off our mortgage would certainly be nice, buying pretty things for our home would be fun…but I’d rather own less and travel more. Make new memories. Show the girls the many faces of the world.

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It is so easy to compare ourselves to others, don’t you think? I am guilty of it too, and I don’t even really know why we do it, because it never feels good and really, it’s a total waste of energy. Because it comes down to one thing: our gifts and talents and successes are entirely unique to you us, and so are the set of challenges we have to deal with.

My partner in crime Jessica picked this quote for this month’s happy tech free wallpaper downloads, and if she’d been standing next to me I probably would have given her the biggest hug. It’s exactly the reminder I needed! Who cares what the other flowers around you are doing…..just focus on your own petals, live your passions and bloom :)

bloom free desktop and phone wallpaper

Click here to download:

bloom for phone in white| Bloom for phone in pink
Bloom for PC in white| Bloom for PC in pink
Bloom for Mac (13") in white| Bloom for Mac (13") in pink
Bloom for Mac (15") in white| Bloom for Mac (15") in pink

Lettering by Jessica from Coco + Mingo, artwork by me. For personal use only. Not for sale or distribution. If shared, please link back to original post – thank you :)
Bloom wallpaper for Phone

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L: Australian home via Desire to Inspire | R: Acorn Squash soup with chickpeas via A Beautiful Mess.

You guys, I am not sure what’s up with me – but these past few weeks I am been FREEZINg all the time. And yeah, not like we like in the middle of Alaska here….we’re in CALIFORNIA for goodness sake, what is up with my body? I think it’s asking to move to Australia so I can just enjoy some of that heat!Twist my arm, I’d move in a heartbeat to this gorgeous mid-century modern Australian home that has just the right pops of color! That yellow, it’s like a ray of sunshine. Totally psychological but my body feels warmer just looking at it. Also, love how airy and simply furnished it is. Now my question is – where do people in these home put all of their mess? No lack of it at my house for sure! I’ve been meaning to give you all an update on the house since I realized the last pictures I shared where from before we moved in – time to let you all know what we’ve been up to and what we’re planning on doing! Loads of exciting stuff :)

Happy Wednesday, friends!

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