Home Decor

I was feeling rather inspired by Nate Berkus this morning, and I was going to post some photos of decor I liked by him. It’s pretty difficult to search the internet for photos that capture exactly what I like in interior design. I looked around my home and realized I should take pictures of items I love in my home. Our house isn’t any ordinary crap shack, it’s filled with a mixture of antiques, items that look like antiques thanks to Anthropologie and Ethan Allen, and little touches of whimsy.

I just bought some new curtains, they are light yellow with beautiful lavender flowers. My friend Andy sent me the jade elephant from Hawaii. Buddha reminds me to take time to breathe and meditate.


I love my cork board filled with random black and white photos of artists and movies I enjoy. At the Chopra Center in Carlsbad they have the most charming door hangers with a picture of the Buddha and the words “Silence please…I am meditating. Namaste” (btw, Mom is becoming a certified meditation teacher through the Chopra Center)

My twin found this retro style record player. So cute!

Down the stairs we have antique pictures mixed with plants in burlap sacs.

The cabinet those plants are sitting on contains the lovely Waterford glasses.


This chair was given to my dad’s family by Errol Flynn.

The main picture in the house. (Who doesn’t want to have a kiss that passionate?)

My favorite area of the house is our Shabby Chic dining room. The sideboard is white with hand painted flowers. What really ties the room together are the pictures of Victorian ladies given to us by Aunt Doris.


On top of the sideboard is a tea set from Anthropologie, the handles are mermaids and other sea creature related items.

My cat sits on this couch like she is queen of the castle.

Almost every lamp in our house has beads hanging from it. Mom loves shiny objects.

I can’t wait until I have to carry a lunch somewhere in this lunchbox. These are my favorite tea cups because they have birds on them.

A long time ago in Solvang I went into the coolest old bookstore, where I found a 1940s copy of the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, signed by the artist who contributed all the paintings for the book. 

Lastly, there is a massive cabinet in our living room with amazing wood details.

So those are a few pictures of some my favorite items in our home. I’ll have to take some of the outside for another post.


Reading and Sangria

The other night my mom found me finishing the last 25 pages of “Jane Eyre” and sobbing. After a few awkward moments of trying to console me, wondering how I could read with tears flooding my eyes, then stating how she doesn’t think she wants to read Jane Eyre due to my reaction, she left me in peace to devour the rest of the book.

Oh.Em.Gee. I’m so glad I never had to read Jane Eyre in high school because I’m not sure I would have gotten so much from it. Jane is such a well written character- a woman way ahead of her time. I was surprised at what a feminist Jane is, I mean, the book was first published in 1847. Although never being overzealous with Christianity, she lives her life with integrity. Even as the orphaned, abused, and unloved child- Jane is filled with passion and is vocal on how she feels about things.  

Of course she is the most outspoken with Mr. Rochester. I love the fervent relationship between them.  Jane is so prickly towards him! Oh to spend evenings with sparring banter by the fire with the one you love. I don’t want to say too much about the book in case if you’re the rare case, such as myself, who never had to read it.

Now in the evenings I’m spending my time drinking sangria and reading “The Portrait of Dorian Gray”.  It’s my goal this summer to read more classics, even classics I’ve read before but don’t entirely remember. For example, “Heart of Darkness”. I read this my freshmen year in college when I had mono.  The book made an excellent pillow, and maybe I got some it through osmosis.

I can’t mention sangria without including the recipe. Sangria is fun because it’s easy to prepare, just mix it together in the morning and serve in the evening! Beware, after my dad had one glass he started telling my mom she looked like a Picasso painting. He cannot remember making this statement today.

Chelsea’s Sangria

  • 1 bottle of red wine- I prefer something like a Charles Shaw syrah. Cheap and good!
  • 1 ½ cups of spiced rum
  • ¼ cup of Cointreau- or any sort of citrus liquor
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 orange, cut into thin slices
  • 1 lemon, cut into thin slices
  • 1 peach, cut into wedges
  • ½ bag of frozen raspberries
  • 2 cans of ginger ale
  • Ice

Mix together all of the ingredients in a pitcher- minus the ginger ale and ice. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to chill. Right before serving, add the ginger ale and ice.

Quinoa, Apricot, and Nut Clusters

I haven’t blogged in over a month! Shame on me.  There really hasn’t been much to write about lately.  Recently, I obtained a second job- a job that actually pertains to the career I want. Working two jobs kinda sucks.  I like my free time, and I started to relate to the business working class. […]

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Earth Friendly Cleaners

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If it makes you healthy…

I was extremely excited this past week when I saw that Sheryl Crow had a cook book coming out titled “If It Makes You Healthy”.  As a ten year old child, I thought her music video for “If It Makes You Happy” was just the coolest with those brown boots, her massive leopard jacket, red […]

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Linda McCartney’s Lemon Drizzle Cake

My blogging has been a bit lazy in this past week.  I haven’t had much to write about because most of my time off is spent sending out resumes and looking at job postings.   San Diego had such a lovely day. It’s about 80 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, and all the flowers are in […]

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I was watching Oprah’s Master Class series yesterday, when she quoted this poem. I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.  PS- if you love Oprah, you really should be watching this series- it’s a tear jerker! Invictus Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole […]

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The Simple Life

Awhile back my bff/twin, Megan, and I spent the day shopping. As I frivolously spent money on the new short prairie skirts at Nordstrom’s, she shopped mindfully only purchasing items she really needed. She even introduced me to the Dollar Store, and the bargain books at Barnes and Nobles. I was amazed at her frugality and ability […]

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Last of the Famous International Playboys

Woke up this morning thinking about my favorite cat-loving vegetarian Morrissey. My pen pal in Georgia shared this adorable picture with me:

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Guinness Cupcakes

In the past few years, ever since the economy went really sour, I’ve noticed the extreme popularity of tiny holidays.   -“What are you doing for Cinco de Mayo??” -“Um nothing…should I be doing something?” -“You’re so lame, everyone is going downtown to celebrate” Basically, have that conversation for every other minute holiday: Labor Day, President’s […]

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