Home Update: Spring Decorating

Image copyright Stadshem, via Rue Magazine.

I always feel like just before Spring starts is the time I start to think about Spring decorating options. I don’t typically decorate for every holiday, but I like to give my house a little refresh after the start of the year. It makes me feel like the new year has officially begun, and it keeps things exciting. Lately I’ve gravitated towards darker colors and grays, along with some rose gold or copper accents. I love to bring in more florals or botanicals in the spring, and now that I think about it, they never really leave. My house might feel like a jungle soon.

We have a couple of rooms in limbo right now, mainly the living and dining room and I’d love to get those squared away. I also still need to put the finishing touches on our room, and finish up Aiden’s new “pre-teen” room. After that, I’d love to get our yard ready for the warm California Summer we’re probably going to have. There are lots of weeds to be pulled, and a garden to plant!

Home Update - Spring decorating and trends

1. H&M Jute Rug / 2. Guapaca Soft Grey Alpaca Throw / 3. Pillowmatic Tropical Pillow Cover / 4. SORT London Marble Cement Pot / 5. Borosilicate Glass Tea Pot / 6. H&M Large Copper Wire Basket / 7. H&M Copper Candlesticks (Small & Large) / 8. H&M Velvet Cushion Cover / 9. World Market Metal Display Cabinet

Read on for more inspiration, and a $500 Spring giveaway!

Pink Peonies

With the anticipation of Spring strong in my mind, these pink peonies are the perfect inspiration for the change in seasons. The weather is warm in California this week and the sunshine mentality is strong. While I am not a huge fan of Summer, Spring is my sweet spot. The weather is cool in the evenings, and warm enough in the day to go with only a light sweater. It’s my absolute favorite. I still can’t believe I managed to find these beauties in the off-season.

Pink peony flowers

Hidden Beaches in California

With 840 miles of coastline*, the opportunity to find hidden beaches in California is very good. An easy way to do this is to drive down highway 1 (Coastal Highway, PCH, etc.) and look for signs marked “Coastal Access“. There is usually a symbol with the text, that looks like binoculars. Be wary of signs that seem to go over private property, or involve crossing any fences or gates. Usually they are only displayed when there is a public right-of-way to the coastline (it doesn’t always mean there will be a beach!), and some routes may have been eroded over time so please use caution. The signs don’t always pan out, but when they do it’s glorious.

When we were in Mendocino, we followed a trail through a forested area and across a muddy area from a small stream to a cliffy shoreline with the most remarkable sunset. We were the only ones out on the bluff and it was one of my better California ‘beach’ moments. We love to find the more secluded or off-the-beaten-path areas when we travel, not because we are thrill-seekers or very adventurous, but because I love the serenity that it provides.

Hidden Beach in Mendocino County, California

Valentines Day Outfit His & Hers

Valentines day is just around the corner, and Rent the Runway asked my husband and I to participate in a fun little challenge. Each of us were sent the same quiz, and then chose a Valentines Day outfit from recommended looks. I thought it was really cute how the results turned out.

Shop his (above):

Valentines Day Outfit, Her pick

I chose something simple and comfortable. I’m amazed at how flattering this jumpsuit was on me, and loved the feel of the fabric. It’s something I’d also wear for a blogger event or dinner party.

Shop hers (mine):

If you want a chance to win a $75 credit to style your own outfit from Rent The Runway for Valentine’s Day, head over to my instagram for all the details.

South Bay Travel Guide

The big game is this weekend and although I’m not very into sports, I live just a few miles from Levi’s stadium in Santa Clara. Some of the events might be hosted in San Francisco, but the actual game is in the South Bay, near me! I’ve partnered with San Jose Airport to put together a little “unofficial” travel guide to the South Bay for those who might be in town for the game, or who are just visiting in general. These are some of my favorite things to eat, see, and do in the South Bay. I know that non-California locals will probably want to go places like In-N-Out, but I chose to share places unique to my area that are well known and loved. I’ve also got an amazing giveaway at the end of the post (hint: it’s tickets to to the big game!)

South Bay Travel Guide, perfect for the big game!

This post is in partnership with San Jose Airport. Thank you for helping to support the sponsors that make life here a little sweeter.