Home Tour: Our Living Room and Dining Nook

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Today I thought it would be fun to share a little peek inside our home, starting with the living and dining rooms. We’ve lived in our Silver Lake house for almost four years now. It’s a duplex and Mark’s sister lives in the other unit, which is always fun. My good friend and fellow blogger Stephanie offered to shoot it for us, so you can thank her for the beautiful photos…

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Hooray For: Hometown Pride

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It’s almost silly how much love I have for this city. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for the whole of my 26 years, and you still couldn’t tear me away if you tried. I was born and raised and educated in LA (Go Bruins!). I learned to drive on this city’s notoriously nutty streets. I got my first job in Los Angeles, my first apartment, and my first real home. I fell in love in LA, and got married here too. One day, Mark and I will raise cute little Angeleno babies here! Los Angeles, let’s just say that you’re not getting rid of me anytime soon.

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1. sisters of los angeles mug | 2. sisters of los angeles notebook set | 3. kris nations california ring | 4. california state cookie cutter | 5. elizabeth and james los angeles sweatshirt | 6. rifle paper co. los angeles print | 7. rocket ink california print | 8. schoolhouse electric pennant pillow

And hey, the rest of The Golden State isn’t too shabby either!

You might remember that I have the California pennant pillow in my bedroom. I actually have 6, 7, and 8 displayed in my home right now!

Photo: Novel Brand

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Relationship Question: Do You Use Music to Set the Mood?

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Music has a pretty amazing ability to set the tone for whatever type of situation you’re in. But Mark and I have a little secret for when we’re feeling romantic: Woody Allen – Music From His Movies. There are four volumes of about 20 songs each, filled with jazz and old standards from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. And trust me when I say that it’s all terribly romantic. It’s the perfect background music for a candlelit dinner for two or a cocktail hour at a wedding. (Or slow dancing in your living room! We’re big proponents of living room dancing in our home.) When you listen to it, you feel like you’re strolling through the rain on a quaint Parisian side street in Midnight in Paris or laughing over escaped lobsters in Annie Hall. Whether or not you’re as big a fan of Woody’s films as Mark and I are, I think you’ll agree that the man sure knows how to pick a soundtrack!

annie-hall-halloween-costumesMark and I as Annie and Alvy, Halloween 2012

Do you and your significant other use music to set the mood? What songs are your go-tos?

P.S. Here are a couple more relationship questions for ya…

Do you go to bed together?

Do you celebrate your dating anniversary?

Illustration: Mark Saul for Hooray Hurrah

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DIY: No-Carve Terrarium Pumpkins

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Oh, the cuteness that is happening right here. Instead of carving my pumpkin this year, I decided to take some liberties with the Halloween tradition and decorated my plump white pumpkin with some terrarium moss and tiny plastic animals instead. Artistic license, ya’all.

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I used the stem as part of the landscape in my pumpkin terrarium too—a tiny tree stump!

Here’s how to make your own terrarium pumpkin…

I Used:

  • Pumpkin
  • Moss
  • Tiny plastic animals
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Map out where you want your animals to go, and glue them down directly on to the pumpkin.
  2. Glue the moss down second, surrounding the plastic animals.

That’s it! Easy stuff.

Photos: Mark Saul

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