Now and later | Spring trends #1

Now and Later: Spring Trends

It’s still just above freezing here in Northern California, and it looks like this El Nino weather is quickly moving across the country. Right now I’m enjoying the chance to layer all my favorite sweaters and jackets, some of which I haven’t worn in a year or two, thanks to the mild/hot weather we’ve had. But it’s always fun to look ahead and see how to incorporate new pieces to update your wardrobe without looking like a total fashion victim or breaking the bank. Taking cues from recent runway shows, there are a few spring trends that can last year-round with the right combinations and accessories.

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Kitchen makeover | The before

Kitchen before entryway

We’re kicking off the New Year with a series on Melissa’s kitchen renovation.

Tune in every week to see the space evolve from outdated to timeless.

Everything but the kitchen (sink and all)

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then ours was in need of a triple bypass. When we first toured our house two years ago, I have to admit I was unimpressed. The house had good bones, the right amount of bedrooms, and a really big backyard. The kitchen, however, was a bit of a downer. It’s pretty much the first thing you see when you walk through the front door, it was hard to see past the cramped layout and outdated finishes. But, in the ever-competitive Bay Area housing market, the homes at the top of our list were either too small for our growing family or completely out of our financial reach. When our bid on another house fell through (the seller’s agent told us not to bother, since our max bid at well over asking was so far below what others were offering), our realtor urged us to rethink this house. The owners would like the idea of selling to a young family and besides, she said, the house was below much of the comps in the area. We submitted our offer and crossed our fingers, fully expecting a bidding war. Miraculously, we got a call three hours later that the house was ours.

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New Year’s Eve traditions

New Year's Eve 13 round fruit

The holidays, from Thanksgiving through Christmastime, are full of tradition. Some we maintain from our childhoods, others we adopt. Still others we either create or acquire when we form our own families. The start of this New Year brings to mind a lot of the rituals, superstitions, and customs I’ve come across as we look to leave 2015 behind and make a fresh start in 2016.

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No better time to start

No better start to our blog

We kinda always knew we’d end up doing something like this together. What’s funny is just how long (and how far away we had to be from each other) it would take for us to finally decide to start.

We’re four years and personalities apart, but the things that inspire and excite us are eerily similar. We’re obsessed with design on all fronts: home, graphic, fashion … we love it all. Growing up around our dad’s family’s furniture business, and learned through osmosis the difference between a Queen Anne chair and a Chippendale one. Our mom was always stylish and fashion savvy, and knew how to put things together with panache—without breaking the bank. You could say we grew up on design. We loved it enough to spend four years in a place with sub-zero temperatures and tons of snow learning about it, and another decade or so practicing it.

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