I reunited with an old friend, Marissa of Bourbon and Goose to join in on some Happy Hour Club fun this past Friday. Marissa, a fellow blogger who I worked with at The Design People has recently rented a studio at The Unique Space. She’s giving it a go as FULL TIME entrepreneur lady who blogs and brands and designs and strategizes. She’s a smart girl and she’s doing super cool things… (like launching a national branding campaign for a coconut water brand for example and renting her space out on the weekends so that the chick from the Naked and Famous can get some headshots and getting all kinds of lovin for her meticulously cool Instagram work.) Needless to say, I was excited to reconnect.
I got into the quick tour that she gave me and it was actually pretty trippy to see The Unique Space with my real eyes, since I feel that I’ve been there before – vicariously, cyber realistically. The suite of studios and common working spaces are packed with all types of content creators and publishers, developers, photographers, bloggers, vloggers… all sorts of creatives that are wheeling and dealing, with the internet as their secondary if not primary medium.
If I didn’t need to focus my time on slinging sofas and it wasn’t such a haul across town, I might consider taking up space there in the Arts District of downtown LA — if only to be around people that are making and shaking all day every day.
Besides the opportunity to get a glimpse into the co-working space, I was excited for the first hand experience with Marissa’s new Happy Hour Club. Every friday, she introduces a new cocktail to her co-creatives and if the consensus is a positive one, then the recipe will make it’s way to her Los Angeles adventure blog.
On this particular friday, Marissa introduced the crowd to a Pink Pepper infused gin cocktail and she personally foraged for the pink peppers herself. Did you know they grow wild all over LA, and they are delicious? I wouldn’t normally think of LA as the type of town where you’d hit the outdoors looking for wild grown foods to eat, but it’s a thing okay! People do it. And it’s cool.
Before we got busy getting boozey, we talked some smack about the state of the blogging world and the projects that we are each into. Jaxon is gearing up to launch its first in a series of upcoming editorial sales and first up is THE GENTLEMEN’S BAR… We’ll load up on the type of bar accessories that we think suits the Jaxon vibe (I’m thinking masculine, modern and urban with that rustic if not industrial appeal.) And Bourbon and Goose will partner up by crafting a cocktail just for Jaxon, and presenting it at the Happy Hour Club. We’ll be sure to snap some great pics and share them along with the bar collection! Sounds like fun right!? I’m excited.
This is Laney’s future big girl room right after the crew started removing the old trim, 5 gazillion phone jacks and repairing the walls. Sorry ’bout the blur.
This is the room after a few days of re-coating the walls with and some new trim. We also added a light.
This is one seriously tiny and dark closet with no door. I expanded to two hanging bars that are each about 24″ long, it’s a good thing she’s a toddler. We also added those two little shelves in the back for baskets and maybe some shoes.
This is the girl that room will belong to,
She told me maybe the blanket on her big girl bed “could be pink, then purple then black”. I said we’ll think about it. Then she said not “light blue or dark blue, that wouldn’t be good”. She is not quite 2 1/2 and she’s got some opinions.
Oh Hey! Here’s some clicking around for ya.
I really got into this wicked awesome house renovation tour on Houzz. I’m a lady with many dreams and so when I squeeze my eyes real tight and imagine my lifestyle – about a third or a fourth of the time that scene is dominated by a perfectly renovated mid-century post and beam perched on a hill overlooking a vast landscape full of city lights. So, imagine my delight upon seeing that dream spread before me in a collection of fantastic before and after photos.
I’ve been marathoning Lea Thau’s Strangers podcast lately. I’ve always loved Lea and her podcast was a project that I was super into, but whatever has changed in me in this past year and a half has me relating to these stories and this concept of exploring humanity between strangers on a whole new level. I think I’ve gobbled up almost the entire body of work in the past two weeks.
I’ve been loading up the JaxonHome.com store with accessories. It’s just a start and there are tons more to add, including a new pillow line and a new rug line. We’re really starting to make some curatorial selections and it’s exciting to work toward capturing the Jaxon vibe and trying to tell that story online.
Ummm… our friend Jamie of Furbish Studio was listed as one of the internets best 38 home decor stores on Racked. I mean, I was already filled with joy and awe sitting there flipping through Domino Magazine to find her spread in the glossy whose fold gave her a rise to fame in 2009… and this is yet another big achievement! Furbish is listed among some really heavy hitters the likes of Wayfair, West Elm, CB2, DWR, and alongside distinctive designers like John Robshaw, Jonathan Adler and Thomas Paul. Great company indeed. Congrats to her and her team!
Also, y’all… If you’re following our personal journey, let’s have a hoorah! The dude’s last chemotherapy treatment is done, and we’re just waiting out his final recovery period. Before you know it, we’ll be back to that normal old routine lifestyle where we go to work everyday and eat dinner at that same old restaurant down the street. <3<3<3
Everyone seems to have a version of this. So I’m posting for when you have the urge to dress just like your little bunny and you want to wear the trend,
“After I get finished with my big girl bed, then I’m gon’ get a boy bed”
These are the types of conversations I have with my 2-year old daughter Laney about her future transition to a big girl bed. She thinks it’s fun to kid with me about wanting a “boy bed”. We are preparing to move Laney to a different room in the house but the room needs a little work before we can do that. I’ll be sharing that room tune up after we begin the work but today I wanted to share my inspiration for the room and a rough plan.
images via Pinterest
And here’s a little design board I worked up for the room,
Feist / Dresser / suzani / hooks / sconce / headboard / sheets / quilt / bed / blanket / stool / fabric / rug