Creating a Cozy Home //

eat drink and be cozy
One thing I love about winter is the chance to finally wrap up in a cozy blanket, turn on your favorite show (*cough* friends on netflix*cough*), and sip on something warm and tasty.

While the days have been warmer than I would like, the nights are still staying fairly cold. I know one day I will probably regret wishing for colder weather but that day is not today. Instead, these photos have me daydreaming of fluffy rugs, plush pillows, and warm blankets; perfect for a cold winter day.

The good thing about creating a cozy home is that the weather doesn’t have to hit blizzard like conditions. Although, can we all agree that thoughts of curling up in a warm blanket sound much better when it isn’t 75 degrees outside?

No matter what the weather looks like outside of your window, here are some ways to create a cozy home. And who wouldn’t want a cozy home all year long?

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Holiday Tablescape Ideas //

Holiday Tablescape Ideas

We’re in the double digits in December. And in a few shorts weeks we’ll be ringing in a new year! Even though I’m saying it, I still cannot believe it.

But here we are! Holiday parties have commenced, homes are decorated and smelling wonderfully of fresh trees and garland, and I’m playing Christmas music A LOT. I am one happy girl.

While the Beach Palace won’t be having any holiday parties before Christmas, I wanted to share these lovely holiday tablescape ideas. It’s always nice to have a few ideas up your sleeve for when the time comes. Continue reading

Interior Envy // Using Maps as Decor

framed maps // copper accents
Before I start getting into Christmas decor and decorations, I wanted to share this idea. I’ve been seeing maps as decor more and more lately. There’s a certain wanderlust effect of having maps on your walls. Whether it’s a map of your favorite city, a world map as an accent wall, or a gallery of maps in the same shade, there’s a style that can fit in any home.

My love of copper is no secret so, it isn’t too surprising that I was drawn to the photo above. Pair copper accents with a NY and Paris map, a city I already enjoy and one I would love to visit, and it’s a done deal. I’m also partial to the gallery wall of maps in the same shade of yellow.

Check out a few ways to use maps as decor:

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WTRMLN WTR // summer in your mouth

WTRMLN WTR // summer in your mouth

Over the summer when I was in NY, I walked by this tiny shop with bright pink walls and a black exterior. This “shop” was wide enough for a fridge and long enough for really only one person to be comfortable. There was a sign out front that read “WTRMLN WTR: Summer in your mouth”. I was intrigued. Continue reading

Thoughts for a new week //

Life is short

And so is this work week! 3 more days until good food and good times with family. I can already taste the sweet potato pie I’ll be making again this year. Here’s to a quick and productive (short) week!



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Sunday’s Best //


Can you believe it’s already Sunday night? While the weekend seems to have gone by in a flash, it has been a good one. College hockey game Friday night, not the outcome we were hoping for but fun to be back watching, all day Saturday was spent at the Rose Bowl pretty much, and relaxing at home today. I walked around Hermosa and picked up a few goodies at the Antique store and this new home goods + gift store called Lavish. I love everything they have. Yesterday was a GREAT day to be a Bruin. A win against USC feels better than a win against any other team. We can now consider this season a success.

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Thoughts for a new week //

find balance


There is a little bit of irony in this post tonight. It has been sitting in my drafts since last Tuesday. I wrote a post about my thoughts for the week; finding balance, especially after being away for a weekend. Finding balance between work, play, workouts, and writing. And guess what happened? I ran through the week feeling like my head was spinning around in circles.

I did the opposite of finding balance. I was overwhelmed with work, with laundry, cleaning, trying to find time (and energy) to write, I was sad that another trip back east had come and gone so quickly….all the while remembering this post. Which was actually making me more anxious. I can’t say that I figured out the solve for all of the craziness or that I have found complete balance but I can say that I am feeling much better than last week and maybe this is why…

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Thoughts for a new week //

Gordon B. Hinckley

I’m heading to NY this week and I could not be more excited. It’s been roughly 2 and a half months since I’ve last seen the Boyfriend. That’s a long time. What’s funny is how during the last 2 and a half months it seemed like this week was so far away; it would never get here. But looking back, it went by in a flash.

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