A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Wicker & Rattan

My living room is calling for some wicker. Or maybe rattan. I’m not sure what the attraction is at the moment, can’t exactly put my finger on it, but I know this space wants it soooo badly. There’s something warm, inviting, old school about that look…

Wicker & Rattan Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

Emily Henderson | Unknown | Ingrid Jansan

Wicker & Rattan Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

Deuce Cities Hen House | GallivantingGirls on Etsy
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I think maybe it’s because rattan and wicker seem to soften up a space. In general, the wood is slightly lighter, the shapes are curvier, the reeds and woven patterns are alive with texture. My word for my home has always been cozy. These images feel cozy, in part because of that bit of wicker.

Wicker & Rattan Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

Unkown | Milk Magazine | The Brick House

I seem to keep coming back to one Franco Albini ottoman (that’s that round guy above). I love the round shape in a room of squares – the lack of edges (very baby friendly), and the spindly frame that makes it a piece of furniture, but not one that feels like it takes up much real estate.

New Rug for the Living Room | PepperDesignBlog.com

I think this room could use a bit of warm wicker or rattan? I’m officially on the look out.

PS More living room posts found here.

PPS As a momma of two little girls, this read hit my soft spot. It’s changed my approach in the way I quiz Liv about her day, or in the words I use to recognize what I love most about her (and I’ll do the same for T). A must on ‘how to talk to little girls’.

Tech Tip: Managing Your Inbox

I thought I might start a little series over here… every once in a while I come across a techy idea that’s so helpful/brilliant/on target that it’s a must share.

I struggle tremendously with my email inbox. I kid you not, at the start of my ‘manage this mess’ journey, I had 2,367 unread messages. And that’s not in my ‘grey mail’ box (or email account for more spammy messages), that was in my personal email account. Seven years of not properly managing your inbox will lead to messes like that! I’ll share in the future ways to combat this (if you might find that useful?) but today I wanted to share ONE tip that has made my inbox life worlds easier.

Unroll.Me

I totally dig this tool. Unroll.Me allows you to walk through your inbox and ‘roll up’ any subscriptions (newsletters, daily deal sites, promotional messages) into one convenient little email. That daily email makes flipping through all of those messages that you might enjoy (but seriously tire of) quickly and efficiently, and it cleans your inbox right up.

Bonus: Unroll.Me finds all of your subscriptions – even ones you had no idea you were signed up for! You can unsubscribe as you go, too.

Tech Tips: Managing Your Email Inbox | PepperDesignBlog.com

Clever video on how it works:

So now I receive one email a day containing ALL of my rolled up email messages.

Easy, right?

PS This is not a sponsored post, just a tool I find totally fascinating and helpful!

Everyday Stuff.

Around here, we are: painting tractors at the local art museum, taking time out of our day for a cocktail at the Coronado Del, traveling to our hometowns (Santa Cruz for me, Phoenix for Kev), introducing baby led weaning!, witnessing spectacular sunsets, meeting so many new babies (three born to friends in the last two months! one of which I don’t have on camera…), joining family for two beautiful weddings (checkout the interior of that barn), being inspired by a nearby community garden to plant an awesome veggie bed, practicing a mini s’mores layer cake for Liv’s birthday (a big round cookie cutter is the secret), making more kahlua ;-), enjoying fall soups (that’s a cream of artichoke & potato there), prematurely tackling Valentine’s Day favors for Liv’s school class and cleaning up Christmas (we are slow to clean up just about anything).

Everyday Stuff | January 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff | January 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Everyday Stuff | November 2013 | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Everyday Stuff | January 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Everyday Stuff | January 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Everyday Stuff | January 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

So we might still have some Christmas boxes waiting to be put back into the garage… and it might be nearly the end of January. Ah well.

More everyday stuff posts found here.

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