forage | minerbs brand shoot

This fall I felt so lucky to be able to follow the Minerbs ladies as they foraged their ingredients. It was fascinating to see plants that I have always overlooked in this new purposeful and healing way. They are even going to be hosting a local botanical class to share more about creating and foraging with the things around us…even moss has a healing purpose! I’ll be the first to sign up! You can see more of their magic here.

gift guide | for him

Why are guys so much more challenging to buy for? Billy & I have been together since we were sixteen so we’ve pretty much ran out of gifts to give each other. A few years ago we decided instead to give experiences. For our anniversary we went on a rafting beer trip at sunset here in town called ‘Paddle Pub’ and for our birthdays we always find a cabin at the coast to celebrate. Other ideas could be a couple’s cooking class, a snowy mountain cabin getaway, planning a back packing trip together or even just a romantic evening that’s out of your usual routine. Dance lessons, ski lift tickets, a day at the spa… We love this new tradition and it makes for such good memories. But still, sometimes you just want to have something for them to unwrap under the tree, so here’s my guy’s guide. It’s ok, I guess, guy stuff is just not as fun haha…except #9, that baby’s going under our tree this year. Don’t tell!

a little disclaimer…since I really have only ever known Billy, these gifts are obviously not for every guy, just the one I know 🙂

1) Chelsea looking shoes. I just think these kind of shoes are the cutest on guys, although a man the other day looked at Billy’s feet and called them elf shoes. Elves are cute though.

2) Leather wallet you can personalize

3) Bialette coffee maker: I can add this one to both lists right? It’s just that good!

4) Wood watch

5) Coffe brew pipe & stumptown beans

6) Day pack

7) Wendell Berry: maybe your husband reads? Mine just listens to podcasts 🙂

8) Rubber band gun: Stocking stuffer?

9) Growler: beer on tap!

10) Backpacker mag subscription

11) Multi- tool: comes in handy I guess, Billy loves his!

12) Well, these pictures are just for me, hubba hubba. Gap things… this, this, and this.

gift guide | for her

You could call me type A about some things, or most things. I have lists for my lists, am never late, I’m very passionate & emotional and I give up easy if I don’t feel like Im doing the absolute best. I don’t alphabetize my movies (maybe I should?), I’ve just recently started hanging my clothes according to color (thanks Julia) and I do have a Monica closet for all the things that just dont have a place. I am writing this post in September when Christmas still feels so far away, don’t you just think I’m the coolest! Maybe #12 will convince you. 😉

Giving gifts is part of my love language and I really enjoy the process of knowing my people and giving them something they will appreciate.

Here are some gift ideas for her. All these items are things we truly love around here!

1)  Sprouted Kitchen cookbook by the sweetest couple. He’s a photographer, she’s a chef and together they made this beautiful delicious book. We love these two cookbooks as well Minimalist Baker & Oh She Glows!

2) Bialetti stovetop coffee maker. It’s how Italians drink their coffee so it’s cool right?…  I can never go back to a coffee pot. It honestly makes the best coffee we have ever had.

3) Esther Clark art prints– I just ordered her calendar!

4) Essential oil diffuser. We love this one and it doesn’t require water! You can also get some oils to go along with it here.

5) Bedford Convertible Backpack

6) Lotta Clogs– every girl needs a good pair of clogs!

7) French market bag– again, every girl needs a cute market bag!

8) Patina Farm’s book– if she loves provincial design, she’ll love this book of a French style home & garden designed by a couple in the heart of Ojai.

9) Koko rose & a good pair of clippers. I know I’m not the only lady under 60 obsessed with roses 😉

10) Hammered copper cookware set

11) Minerbs Mama Glow Serum– I have never smelled anything so wonderful. I add it to my moisturizer and some days just wear it as perfume. It’s divine!

12) A taser stun gun thingy- Im not very comfortable around guns, but having this makes me feel safer. I love taking this on hikes(cougars, bears, creepers!) and just keeping it in a safe, but accessible place in our home makes me feel so much better (like when people from Craigslist come over, I greet them with my taser, bahahaha). It’s a flashlight and also has a switch to turn on the stun gun function. You have to press the metal pins on the end of the flashlight against the person, press the button to stun them and you can get away! I’ll say it one more time, every girl should have one of these! Now if only I could get Billy to let me test it on him.

13) Floral Fossils by Ron Nicole– The woman, everything she makes is magic and I am absolutely in love(obsessed) with her art form. She also creates fossils from flowers delivered to her. So you can preserve wedding flowers or even a stem of something really meaningful to you.

craftsman kitchen | before & after

You guys! I’ve been waiting two years to reveal this room because it’s honestly taken that long to complete the kitchen. When Ivy was a newborn I decided to list the kitchen cabinets on Craigslist thinking nobody could possibly want these, but hoping to  get rid of them. If there’s something (positive) I’ve learned about CL so far it’s this; If you have something you don’t want to deal with, list it for free or really cheap to have somene come take it apart and haul it away… someone will come take care of it for you. I did that with a shed, a BARN, cabinets and they gave ME money while we didn’t lift a finger, muahahaha! Ok, so it’s taken two years because once a room in our house is somewhat functional we like to not complete the last details to finish it off, but this year we can finally say the kitchen is finished.

The before was my personal nightmare, although we did have several people comment that they loved the kitchen when we moved in. One of my closest friends even said, ‘this is so you’. I was honestly thinking, ‘do you know me at all!!!’, anyways, we are not friends anymore, just kidding. It was so dark in there that you couldn’t see all the spider webs in every corner. Under four layers of flooring was original wood, but it was really damaged so most of it is new doug fir that we found to match the rest in the house. The walls were faux brick, the counters were black laminate(with texture) and once the cabinets were out we found mouse poop everywhere. They had been coming in the holes around the sink pipe and nesting. AH!

We were crazy to undertake this all with a newborn. Billy brought the room down to studs, sheet rocked the room and laid new wood floors. The cabinets are the stock ones from home depot and we had custom shaker doors made by a woodworker here locally. They’re painted Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.

Kitchen renos are tough. One thing I recommend is consider re-doing your kitchen in summer so you can utilize a bbq for cooking. We used a rice cooker and had too many microwave dinners. Annie’s mushroom risotto became my fast fave. 🙂

We didn’t take down walls in this house. I might be the only one, but I do not love open floor plans. I love it to flow and I love lofty open spaces, but I also love old homes and how each room has it’s function and coziness.

Here are the long awaited before & afters!

sink & faucet: ikea

cupboards, hardware, appliances: home depot

cupboard doors: David Lipham Cabinets

pendant light: ebay

light fixture: overstock

marble shelves: pottery barn

‘give thanks’ tapestry: victoria krav

apron: portland apron company

cutting boards: Billy whipped them up real quick for me this morning. man, i love that man!

essential oils: eden’s garden

diffuser: amazon






Very cute! Isn’t it crazy how long house projects take before they’re finished? I just stumbled onto your blog from your old post on the Blue Door Salon 🙂 I’m here in town too! And we’re mid remodel, but thankfully we aren’t living in the mess, we have a 5th wheel we’re living in haha. Happy to have found you, I’m enjoying your blog!