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Blogger’s Favorites: Happy Mundane

Hello everyone! I hope that you are having a very nice Friday because who doesn’t love a good weekend, am I right? We will have sunny weather in the mid 60s tomorrow so I’m eager to get out with our little boy and go for some long strolls in the nearby forest. I LOVE being a mother, it’s the best thing ever and we’re definitely am savoring each and every moment. I’ve somehow been able to stay on top of my work which comes as a big surprise because I thought I would crumble beneath the load of it all – but my husband and I share parenting equally since we both work from home, so stuff is getting done either by him or me and it’s just wonderful. Our son is doing great, too. He has tummy aches here and there, which give him bad moments, but most of the days have been very good and he is on a great sleep schedule so we’re only getting up with him during the night every 3-4 hours. Usually midnight, 3 or 4 am and again around 6:30 am. Then he sleeps in the mornings for a few more hours as we eat breakfast, shower, etc. I like that he already has a bedtime routine – we made it a point to do this – so once it’s bedtime we talk softly, play relaxing music or put on our white noise app, dim the lights, whisper to him vs. use our daytime voice, and do other little things to prepare his brain for bedtime. It works like a charm and we are both sleeping and feel pretty good considering that neither of us sleep straight through 6-8 hours as we once did – but the interruption in the night is something we’ve gotten used to and it’s fine now. Eventually, he’ll be sleeping full nights but honestly we don’t care – he’s a newborn after all. These are special times.

Okay so that’s my personal life update. Now to tell you about a mini series I’m going to run on decor8 for the next month or so called Blogger Favorites. I’ve worked with my lovely assistant, Jessy Senti, to approach bloggers and see what they’re “into” lately. I’m always fascinated by what my peers love. Not everyone is only blogging, lots of them are designers and stylists, etc. who just-so-happen to have a blog. Either way, today I’m bringing you the first from my blogger batch, Jonathan Lo from Happy Mundane. I’ve known him since 2006 and have been following his blog ever since – he’s got amazing style and as an art director, he definitely is in on all of the hottest trends. Plus, he lives in southern California, how can he NOT know what’s trending?!

Name: Jonathan Lo

Blog name: Happy Mundane / Pinterest account: pinterest.com/happymundane / IG account: @happymundane

Five favorite things:

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1: Favorite look – Rooms that are modern, relaxed, bright, happy, and have a great eclectic mix with little pops of color.

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2. Favorite Trend - Muted Pastels

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3. Favorite object - This set of Terracotta “POTS” storage jars by menu & benjamin hubert

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4: Favorite object that you see everywhere at the moment - hexagon trays

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5. Favorite miscellaneous - I’m currently slightly obsessed with Prada’s Spring/Summer 2014 menswear collection.

Why do you like these five – what attracts you? I seem to usually gravitate towards things that are modern and graphic, but I also love things that are more organic. Also, I can’t resist a good vintage piece. I think the best results are when all of those things are combined or juxtaposed together.

What trends are you tired of? I think anything with a chevron pattern could take a rest for awhile!

What do you predict will be hot next? A rediscovery of post modern 1980s “Memphis” style

Thank you Jonathan! Our next edition of Blogger’s Favorites will appear early next week and I’ll spotlight Dutch blogger Danielle DeLange from The Style Files.

(images submitted for this piece by jonathan lo)

Posted in blogs on March 07, 2014

Paper Flowers & The Importance of Spreading Yourself Around

I just love Instagram because there are so many great people that I sorta re-find again and as a result of their photo stream, I suddenly pay attention for some reason. Like with Brittany Jepsen from the blog, The House That Lars Built… I’ve seen her work around blogland before but seeing her behind-the-scenes on IG made her come to life and suddenly I really pay attention to what she’s up to. Here are a few photos from her IG account and blog (@houselarsbuilt) if you’d like to follow her, too. Here are a few from her blog that I love spotlighting her recent trip to teach in southern California.

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I really love flowers, so her paper flower garlands and workshops in general, that she teaches in the states, definitely caught my curious eye. And I love the DIYs that I just discovered on her beautiful blog, too. Here are more images from her gorgeous IG account.

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Do you have any favorites on IG that you knew about before but following them on IG made you a believer, too? Isn’t it true how certain social media outlets really aren’t “one size firs all”? People who may love your blog may not connect the same through your IG photos, Facebook account or twitter… You know? That’s why I always tells bloggers to experiment and see what works and what people are responding to that you also love and feel you’re reaching others making a genuine connection. I think lots of bloggers make a common mistake – they measure their followers by how many BLOG readers appear on their site each day. That’s not such an accurate way to determine how many followers you truly have since lots of people may follow you on Instagram but never read your blog. So keep an open mind about that and don’t get down if you have 1,000 blog readers and 30,000 on Instagram and another 800 on Facebook and 500,000 on Pinterest – I mean, c’mon – you definitely have more than 1,000 people who dig your work, they are just coming in from different streams.

What do you think about spreading yourself around when it comes to social media?

p.s. Brittany you’re awesome!

(Images: Brittany Jepsen)

Posted in blogs on March 07, 2014

Sequined Hangers

Okay so this is a short but very sweet post about a current love of mine, sequined hangers. I thought during the holidays to glue them all over a wooden pants hanger that I have in my studio in which I like to clip prints onto but then I came across this photo from adore magazine and knew my idea must have wings because there it is, that’s what I had imagined only a few months prior. Though this looks even better because I’m suspecting these babies aren’t glued on but are most likely a fabric trim sewn on or something along those lines.

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I’ve seen hangers used to display art for some time now (nothing new, right?) but to see the hangers adorned with sequins takes it up a notch. I’ve seen crochet, plain wood, painted and fabric hangers but fancy sequin hangers are HOT. You can buy the ones you see above at The Chic Element online.

Do you like these as much as I do?

(images: adore mag/the chic element)

Posted in Decorating Tips on March 06, 2014

Leslie Shewring’s NEW Fabric Collection

Speaking of geometrics and florals, I’m excited to share the fabric collection that my dear friend, Leslie Shewring, has launched via Cloud9 Fabrics. I blogged about it last year, but it’s finally available for purchase so I couldn’t resist sharing ASAP! Leslie wrote and shared her collection along with some lovely projects made using them on her blog yesterday (here) so please go check it out!

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To purchase or to stock in your shop, visit Cloud9. To find a store online or nearby that sells her fabrics, click here.

Congrats Leslie on your gorgeous new fabric collection, I’m so proud of you!

(Images: Leslie Shewring)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on March 06, 2014

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