I am obessed with Fresh Flowers!

I simply love having fresh flowers in the house.  It is one of those simple pleasures that gives me so much joy.  I tend to make my own flower arrangements every week and it is actually pretty inexpensive (around $10 to $12 total for multiple arrangements).  After 5 years of doing it weekly, I have gotten pretty good at it and really enjoy the time to pick the right flowers and putting it together.  I keep lots of vases, mason jars and milk jars on hand so I can put anything together.  I buy them all at Michaels and they are so inexpensive.  Whenever I go to someone’s house for dinner I usually make a quick arrangement and bring it as a hostess gift.  One friend asked if I had a cabinet full of mason jars (I actually do!).  For the special occasion though I am obsessed with Apis Floral, plus there shop is adorable, don’t be fooled by the location – in fact my bet is that this last part of Lincoln Avenue is getting cooler and cooler #urbansprawl

http://www.apisfloral.com/

Here are a few photos to entice you to go to their shop.

I want everything - grab a gift while your there

Love having catch all trays in the house #staging

Love having catch all trays in the house #staging

I feel so festive drinking out of these.

I feel so festive drinking out of these.

I also love Highway 92 Succulents!

https://highway92succulents.com/

Store Front so you don't miss it right outside of HMB

Store Front so you don't miss it right outside of HMB

Taken with an IPhone #nofilter

Taken with an IPhone #nofilter

So pretty - love the color

So pretty - love the color

Craziness

Craziness

Ok back to making your own arrangements.  When I happen to be going over 92 I always stop at Repetto Florist and Nursery.  In the back they have fresh cut flowers for as low as $3 a bunch.  I usually buy the roses for $6 and the mums for $3. Score! 

Otherwise if I am staying local I browse through Trader Joes – their mums are good and a great price but their roses don’t last.  Their armaments are great and I’ll break it out into multiple arrangements as seen below.  I also love Safeway’s dozen roses for $9.99.  They last way longer than their 5-day guarantee.  Below are some pictures of arrangements I have made but have fun and you will get the hang of it.  It took me a few tries before it just came easy and enjoyable.

Making flower arrangemnts for a clients home and photoshoot

Making flower arrangemnts for a clients home and photoshoot

Love Mumms, from Tarder Joes

Love Mumms, from Tarder Joes

For my own house

For my own house

You can see lots of inspiration as I am out and about on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/ljldesigns/

 

Willow Glen Gem - Magpie

I simplely love this store!  It has everything French and girlie that if I lived alone would be reflected in the design of my home.  Unfortunately I have a very opinionated husband and a tomboy of a daughter - so instead I fill my kitchen cabinets with lots of glassware and dishes that is reminiscent of French style for entertaining.  They have everything form tableware to furniture.  There is always something to find and they sell a large selection of chalk paint in a variety of colors. ENJOY - Xoxo!

http://www.magpiestyle.com/home/

I want all these glasses!

I want all these glasses!

LOVE all these tea sets and platters

LOVE all these tea sets and platters

This chandelier would look fabulous in a girls room or small eating area.

This chandelier would look fabulous in a girls room or small eating area.

Divine bedding and fabrics

Divine bedding and fabrics

LOVE the painted antique white furniture and throw pillows

LOVE the painted antique white furniture and throw pillows

Half-Moon Bay Finds

If you have the time, head down or up to Half Moon Bay. Of course I highly recommend The Beach House Hotel to spend the night as LJLdesigns designed it. http://www.beach-house.com/half-moon-bay/index.aspx.  It is a boutique hotel right on the water with amazing views. Go ahead and stroll down main street and check out all the shops, galleries and yummy food venues. There are lots to see and do to fill your day between the beach and main street. Don’t forget to check out Lemo’s farm and Spanish Town. I bought my first piece of “real” art at a local gallery there. I still have it and it hangs in my dining room. I was there for a client meeting and finally took the time to stroll downtown and stop in Spanish town. It has been a few years since I had time to do this, so I was excited to find these treasures!

Cottage Industries: www.myhandmadehome.com
We all want to buy furniture made right here is the USA. This shop has beautiful furniture and accessories made locally. I loved the photos printed on wood and wood boxes with unique / inspirational sayings on them.

Adorable store front

Adorable store front

Lots of items to personalize your home

Lots of items to personalize your home

Metal scuplture on wood - tree of life - LOVE

Metal scuplture on wood - tree of life - LOVE

Furniture made here in America

Furniture made here in America

Photograghs printed on wood

Photograghs printed on wood

Oddysea – http://oddyssea.com/
I fell in love with this store. One as an interior designer you can create wonderful unique accessories for your client’s home. What made me want to go back was that it is also something you could do with your children, from making necklaces, sea or cactus inspired bowls, sand jars – you name it. I plan on going for the day with my daughter in the near future.

Spanish Town:
I have been driving past this for years now and always wanted to stop and wander about. It is filled with metal sculptures, water fountains, antiques and photography. Last year when I was hunting for a unique water feature for a home, I really wish I had known about this place.

Fabbri Home and Garden – www.fabbrihomeandgarden.com
This place is huge – indoors you can find all types of natural wood furniture, shells of all shapes and sizes and Mexican inspired pottery. Then as you meander outside it is endless clusters of metal sculptures of animals, water features and outdoor furniture.

Into the garden we go....

Into the garden we go....

Who doesn't need a metal animal sculpture in thier yard?

Who doesn't need a metal animal sculpture in thier yard?

LOVE this water sculpture

LOVE this water sculpture

Pacifica Coast Treasures – www.pacificcoasttreasures.net
This was a tiny little shop tucked inside that has all sorts of antique furniture, prints, glassware, you name it. I could spend hours looking through all the clutter to find the perfect gem.

Darin Boville Gallery Photography – www.darinboville.com
This photographer is incredibly talented. I was tempted to buy a print but even the smallest was minimum $1500. For the collectors out there I would most definitely check out his work.