Monday, October 27
What I'm wishing for right now: That I'm drinking my morning coffee from a very pretty Paper & Clay mug or cup (I'm not picky), and that I'm happily gazing at my new and beautiful P&C pitcher. Just putting it out there into the universe. Let's see if it comes true.
Friday, October 17
Jessie Webster's feed is giving me major Instagram envy. The LA-based photographer is one of my favorite bloggers - she writes for Sweet Thing - and I am just enamored with her work. You can see why with these gorgeous pics...
Want more? Grab your smart phones and search for @sweetthingblog on Instagram. She's definitely a must-follow. Have a great weekend!
Thursday, October 16
This apartment is a total stunner. It's bright, there's a wonderful amount of pastels sprinkled throughout the home, and the Scandinavian design is sooooo goooood. I found this home tour on Studio Oink, a creative lab founded by Lea Korzeczek and Matthias Hiller. The talented duo worked with the owners of this small two-bedroom apartment located in a pre-WWII-building in Wiesbaden, Germany, and designed it to feel spacious. This gives me hope that I can do the same with my place.
While working on the apartment, Lea and Matthias restored the original floor boards, used metro tiles in the kitchen, and built a cupboard made out of antique windows for a large pottery collection. In the hallway, there's a white floor-to-ceiling wardrobe, and a loft bed was built into the office/guest room.
Other details I love? The pink door handle in the bathroom, the wooden bench in the hallway, and the mismatched mugs and white floors in the kitchen. I'm a little jealous of the couple who lives in the apartment. If I lived there, I'd spend a lot of time on that loft bed. It looks so comfy.
Thursday, October 9
There's so much goodness in United By Blue. The outdoor apparel brand and coffeehouse has the comfiest shirts AND the best mission, which is to heal the ocean. For every product that's sold, the Philadelphia-based business removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways via company-organized and hosted cleanups. Fantastic, right?
Since 2010, UBB has gathered more than 4,000 volunteers together to pick up plastic bottles, tires, cans, and appliances from rivers, streams, creaks and beaches across 21 U.S. states. More than 180,000 pounds of trash has been removed. To get involved in the #bluemovement, go here. In the meantime, I'm going to splurge a little and get the Harriet Chambray and the Aidan Foldover Messenger bag before they sell out. I love knowing that my money is going to a good cause!
Wednesday, October 8
This is the sweetest little abode I've ever seen. The lucky homeowners are Jessica Tremp and Michael Madden and they have embraced country living soon after moving to Australia's Macedon Ranges. I was instantly drawn to this home after seeing two-year-old Syd's adorable bedroom. I want colorful dots on one of my bedroom walls. Is that weird? I also adore the artwork, all of the turquoise accents, and the hodgepodge of chairs found throughout this comfy and happy home. I would love to live here!
Photos by: Tara Pearce
Feature found on Design Sponge
Monday, September 29
I wasn't always hiking and admiring lighthouses during my vacation. I got a chance to walk through Manette, a quiet and quaint community in Bremerton, and see how things have changed. I used to live in Manette when I was a transportation reporter for The Kitsap Sun in 2001, so it was nice to check out a couple stores on the main drag. One of them is Found. It's a cute shop that houses all these vintage treasures.
Photos by Christine Rose Morente
Thursday, September 25
Today, I'm taking you to Vashon Island, a charming place that can only be accessed via ferries from Seattle, Tacoma and Southworth. Much like Port Gamble, Vashon Island is a quiet destination that embraces its small town lifestyle.
Leaving the Southworth Terminal
My reason for going to Vashon was to tour Nashi Orchards. It's where Asian Pears, Perry Pears and Apples are used to make Perry and hard cidar. The 27-acre property belongs to Jim Gerlach and Cheryl Lubbert, and the couple use 100 percent of the juice pressed at their winery. I tasted and picked up the Chojuro Blend and the Island Harvest Blend that morning. Both are delish.
Gunther on duty
From there, I had to stop at the Point Robinson Lighthouse on the northeast corner of Maury Island. It was a little bit of a drive from Nashi, but worth the trip. I spent most of the journey with my windows down and never bothered to turn on the radio. I didn't want to ruin the experience. I also spent some time downtown before taking the ferry back to Southworth. If you're going to Vashon, I recommend Cafe Luna and Vashon Island Baking Co. They have yummy pastries and coffee. And because of the time, I didn't get a chance to check out the bike tree. I've seen pictures and ... it's a little creepy. It's definitely one of the things that make Vashon Island unique.
Photos by Christine Rose Morente