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Fall in love with Earth Tones

Fall in love with Earth Tones

With leaves starting to fall and pumpkins beginning to be put out on display, we find ourselves attracted to natural hues. Call it being aligned with the fall season, but the right blend of neutrals just makes us calmer and ready for a hot toddy. Color is such a powerful force and one that can control our mood. 

According to Fashionista, Trend-forecasting agency WGSN aptly calls these shades nourishing earth tones. "A growing body of research shows that we have a deep-rooted bond with the environment and being outside in nature can have a restorative effect on the body and mind," writes WGSN's Head of Color Jenny Clark, who spearheads research and development of the company's seasonal color palettes. "Being surrounded by nature-inspired colors will feel more restful and calming to a consumer navigating a challenging world."

Indulge in your senses and surround yourself with almond browns, honey yellows and olive greens. We have a collection of new rugs, pillows and accent pieces to fill your home with for the fall season and beyond. 

Oak Pillow: This shade is always a classic.

Emery Rug: A vintage, one-of-a-kind earthy beauty.

                                      

Paper Mache Bowls

Marble Dish: Hold your favorite sage or soap

                                     

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DIY Halloween Snacks

DIY Halloween Snacks

For many of us Halloween is going to be celebrated at home this year. Even though it's not the same as going door-to-door, still no reason why we can't fill up our pantries with some delicious and spooky treats to pass out in the kitchen. Two fun (and easy) ideas below: 

Three Ingredient Ghost Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Milano Cookies
  • 1 bar of white almond bark (melted via stove-top or at 10 second intervals in the microwave)
  • 1 bag of mini chocolate chips 

Instructions:

  • Dip the Milano cookie into the melted white almond bark.
  • Place cookies on parchment paper.
  • Decorate your ghost with mini chocolate chips to give them eyes, a nose, mouth, etc. 

Halloween Candy Corn Granola Bars 

Ingredients:

  • Quick Oats
  • Rice Crispies
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salted Butter
  • Honey
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Candy Corn

Instructions:

  • Spray 8x8 pan with non-stick spray and set aside
  • Combine butter, brown sugar and honey together in a bowl. Microwave  for 1:30. Stir, then return back to the microwave for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in oats, rice crispies and vanilla extract. Stir until very well combined. 
  • Add in a handful of candy corn and stir.
  • Press mixture in 8x8 pan
  • Spread remaining candy corn atop of mixture
  • Transfer to fridge for at least one hour then cut, serve and enjoy!

Trick or Treat! 

  • Repeat with remaining cookies. Let cool to set. Store in an airtight container at room temp for up to 3-4 days. 

 

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Dried Flowers for Fall

Dried Flowers for Fall

Flowers can transform a home as easily as the change in seasons. For fall, we love to switch out our super colorful, tropical-esq summer florals for varieties that are slightly more earthy tones and longer lasting. 

One great option is creating dried flowers. A super easy technique that can be beautifully displayed during the plants transformative process. 

According to Malcolm Hillier, coauthor of The Complete Book of Dried Flowers, at least 80% of all plants can be preserved. Some of our favorite plants for drying include; roses, hydrangeas, lavender (emits a beautiful scent for many months), peony and globe thistle.

You can easily dry your choice of flowers by simply hanging stems in bunches on walls. Can use our Teddy Hook to display the flowers as they dry out or lie them in baskets such as our Portland Bucket Basket

Once flowers are dried (can take anywhere from two weeks to a few months), have fun displaying them throughout your home - our current fave is placing them in our new Thalia Vase in Black leather. 

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You Look Like You Need a Cocktail....

You Look Like You Need a Cocktail....

A quick and easy cocktail that is refreshing, delicious and looks oh-so-pretty.

White Wine Spritzer

Fill glass half way with ice. We personally love to use our glass & leather tumblers or the new white and classic  Cambria set.

 Add fruit of your choice - whatever is in season or whatever you have in your fridge.

Pour a few (or many depending of the day) sips of chilled white wine - we also use prosecco when feeling festive.

Top off with tonic water, club soda, sparkling water or even seltzer.

Sip and enjoy! 

XOXO,

TGC

 

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Self Care

Self Care

It's easy to forget about yourself. Now more than ever, it is important to ensure you are your best self. Here are a few easy self-care practices we try to implement into our daily routines.

1. Burning Sage & Palo Santo. Purifying (sage has anti-bacterial properties) for both the room burning it in and the intentions you set while lighting it. 

2. Handwritten thank you notes for your friends, loved ones, and even yourself. During tough days moments of gratitude can help lift your spirits.

3. Make your bed. Even if the rest of the house is a mess, a made bed gives us a sense of comfort and control. A great feeling to both start, and end the day with. Plus, you know we love a good throw pillow

4. Hydrate. Dehydration can cause headaches, dizziness, feeling of fatigue and just plain ol' crankiness. Keeping pretty pitchers filled with water and slices of lemon reminds us to get our drink on all day. 

5. Walk it out. We don't realize how many hours we spend sitting. Whether at a desk, in the car or crouching over our kids while trying to figure out Google Classroom... A simple ten minute walk not only gets the blood flow moving, but also clears your mind and helps you focus on what is really important, like throw pillows, we mean family....and throw pillows. 

 

 

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Kids Charcuterie Board

Kids Charcuterie Board

Kids be hungry. All the time. With parents and kids working together for school it is important to keep everyone fueled and happy....because no one wants a hangry kiddo....or adult. Pick up one of our wooden cutting boards and get snacking. 

A few quick tips on how to create the ultimate charcuterie board everyone will enjoy.

  1. Grab a platter - a cutting board or big plate.
  2. Start out with food items that need to be contained - hummus, trail mix, ranch dressing. We love these mini bowls for putting snack-worthy assortments in. 
  3. Get cheesy. Whatever is your fave - cheddar, swiss, drunken goat - Trader Joes always had an amazing assortment at an even better cost. 
  4. Meat Time. Slices of prosciutto, salami, pepperoni or turkey breast to keep everyone protein fueled.
  5. Load up the fruits & veggies. Cut cucumber, blueberries, baby carrots, pickled radishes, freeze-dried strawberries, sugar snap peas, sliced bell peppers - whatever works best or what you have leftover in the fridge.
  6. Our favorite part....carb it up. Slices of baguette, whole wheat crackers or sneak in some more veggies with options like From the Ground Up cauliflower cheddar crackers or super food popcorn from a Laguna Beach local, Three Dads Natural Foods
  7. Eat and enjoy! 

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School is Back in Session

School is Back in Session

Here in California, and in many states across the US, parents are getting ready to embark on the start of the school year….at home.

While families are transforming their dining room tables or kitchen counters to makeshift classrooms, the blend of home and school is about to get blurry….if not straight up messy.

Being parents ourselves, we have a few thoughts to keep the divide solid, and of course looking good, for when the school day is done.

    1. You can never have too many baskets. Store school supplies in one of these beauties everyday so everything is easily accessible, but also out of site for when you just can’t handle another fraction exclamation at the end of the day. 

2. Dress up the everyday….because sometimes you need to feel fancy on a Tuesday, especially in between classroom Zoom calls. Make staying hydrated a bit more exciting by serving your H2O in our glass and leather pitcher set

3. Certain scents, including Jasmine and Sandalwood, are scientifically proven to increase student productivity. Our Signature Laguna Candle has hints of both and is sure to help you stay on your game, or at least smell good while trying to do it all.

4. Because flowers make everything look better; even when in the  middle of class worksheets and instructions on how to access the classroom portal that you still can’t quite figure out. Store your long stem florals in one of our cutout vases

4. Remember, things are not easy right now, but you are doing an amazing job. Treat o’self with a little something, like these sweet Nina Chain Hoops. You deserve it.

 

 

 

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