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The POST MILK GENERATION is a nonprofit mindset that works to inform the public about the health and sustainability advantages of eating a plant-based diet. That’s right, it is a state of mind that is both real and influential and not just a crazy t-shirt slogan that people are wearing around the festival scene during the summer. Well, it’s that too. Anyway, if you would like to become part of this generation and pledge to keep things real in the future then feel free to get started today with your temporary membership card. Cut it out and carry it with you wherever you go.

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Mod Desert Style and Design Ideas

Marrakech Travel, Oatmeal and Vegan Pancake Recipes

Amsterdam 06 Bob’s Red Mill Agave Pistachio

Cake Recipe

08 Showstopping Summer Salads 12 Perfect Jackfruit Sliders for Picnics in

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20 Oatly’s Schmooze and Booze Oat Milk Cocktail


25 Vibrant Summer Hair Secrets by Giovanni 29 Our Conscious Company Pick! 32 London Travel Magic, Amsterdam,


Bold Maximalism Boho and Brass

Malaysia and Stellar Café Design

39 Summer Strawberry Vanilla Tart

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49 Our Must-Have Summer Picks 50 The Flower Hunter 54 Café Culture + Capturing Great Design

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Bob’s Vegan Agave Pistachio Cake

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INGREDIENTS 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Organic All-Purpose Flour ¾ cup Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Flour 1½ cups ground pistachios 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 2 tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Egg Replacer ½ cup water 1 cup + 1 tbsp agave nectar ½ cup liquid coconut oil 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ cup coconut or almond milk 1 can coconut cream, refrigerated overnight ¼ cup whole pistachios, toasted Instructions Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease an 8-inch round cake pan. In a small bowl, combine the allpurpose and whole wheat flours, ground pistachios, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the egg replacer and water and whisk until thick. Add 1 cup agave nectar, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine. Use a spatula to fold half of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix in the coconut or almond milk and then fold in the remaining dry ingredients. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes, then remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool.


While the cake cools, drain the liquid from the can of chilled coconut cream and place the cream in a bowl. Add the remaining agave nectar and whisk until light and fluffy. Top cake with the coconut cream and a sprinkle of whole pistachios.

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summer platters Ami Shoesmith INSTAGRAM: @the_sunkissed_kitchen

Fruit Plat ter

Ingredients 1 pineapple 1 persimmon ½ pomegranate 1 cup blueberries 1 lemon 1 gold kiwi 1 green kiwi 1 cup strawberries 1 apple

Summer Salad

INGREDIENTS 2 candy cane beets 2 small golden beets 2 watermelon radishes 3 cups pea tendrils 1 cucumber, shaved into strips with a vegetable peeler ½ cup cucamelons 1 cup cherry tomatoes 2 fresh figs ¼ cup pomegranate arils Edible flowers (optional) Handful rosella buds (optional)

Handful celery cress Handful fresh mint 1 lemon ½ tsp herb salt

METHOD Slice and arrange all ingredients except lemon and salt on a large platter, then top with the edible flowers and squeeze the lemon over the salad, along with the herb salt.

Tips for Transforming a Salad Add some microgreens and toasted nuts! I love adding fresh fruit to my salad dressings!


2 passion fruits 1 red dragon fruit Handful grapes, sliced 1 mini zucchini, cut into star shapes (optional) Edible flowers

Instructions Cut all your fruit up, and arrange on a large platter.



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Ingredients Crust 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup ground almonds 10 fresh dates Pinch of salt Coconut oil Filling 8 oz cooked chickpeas (roughly) ½ cup almond milk 1 tbsp nut butter 5-6 tbsp agave syrup (or other sweetener of your choice) 2 handfuls cashews (soaked overnight in water and drained before preparing ) 1 tbsp fresh orange juice 1 tsp nutmeg Frozen (or freeze-dried) blueberries Instructions Crust Blend rolled oats into flour. Add almonds, pinch of salt and dates and blend all together. When you take the dough into your hand, it should have a sticky texture and you should be able to make a ball from it. If it’s too loose, add a bit of cold water or coconut oil. Press it into baking mold greased with coconut oil. Put the mold into the fridge. Filling Blend together chickpeas, almond milk, nut butter, agave syrup, cashews, orange juice and nutmeg. Add around 2 handfuls frozen blueberries, and for a more vibrant purple color, 1-2 tbsp 100% freeze-dried blueberry powder. Put the filling on the crust and top with fresh blueberries. Place in the freezer for a few hours. Thaw in the fridge before serving. You can also make coconut cream to make it look nicer. Blend 5-6 tbsp of coconut cream with 1 tbsp freeze-dried raspberry powder (you can add more if you want the color and taste to be more intense) and 2 tbsp of agave syrup. Cool in the fridge. Once it thickens, use it to make swirls or splashes on the tart. The tart can also be served with roasted pistachios and fresh mint—they go very well together!


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Jackfruit Sliders

with Chipotle Cherry BBQ Sauce Ingredients Chipotle Cherry BBQ Sauce 1 tbsp olive oil ¼ cup finely diced onion ½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp chipotle powder ½ tsp liquid smoke ½ cup ketchup 2 tbsp light brown sugar 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar ½ cup fresh cherries, pitted ½ cup water Salt and ground pepper, to taste Sliders 1 (20 oz) can jackfruit in brine or water, drained and rinsed 1 tbsp olive oil 8 slider buns 1 cup slaw of choice Instructions Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the cumin and chipotle powder and cook for another minute. Add the ketchup,


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brown sugar and apple cider vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and add cherries. Simmer for 5-7 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and season with salt and pepper. Allow to cool slightly. Transfer to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Set aside. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the jackfruit and cook until blackened in spots, turning occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add half of chipotle cherry BBQ sauce and ½ cup water to skillet. Stir and cover; turn heat down to mediumlow and cook for about 10 minutes, then stir again, adding more water if needed. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Using a fork, shred the jackfruit. Assemble sliders with slaw and BBQ jackfruit. Add more BBQ sauce if desired.




























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When you’re happy with what you have, you have everything you need.

I want to show to all wonderful souls out there how to make the best of your everyday life and inspire others to live every day to the fullest. I’m no blogger, I don’t have thousands of followers and I’m not sponsored. BUT I love traveling, visiting wonderful places and sharing my experiences. It doesn’t take a big budget to live a healthy life full of wonderful moments. I have a weakness for good food and new cuisines. It’s a matter of living in the moment and making the best of everything.

The Riad Jardin Secret is a wonderful and peaceful place. Its pink rooftop offers a great view and serves vegan and vegetarian-friendly meals with the finest organic ingredients from local farmers. Another special place is the Medina, the old town of Marrakech. You just have to put down the map and get wonderfully lost in 1,001 nights. You should definitely get up early one day and have a walk through the streets to see how the city wakes up.



Ingredients 3½ oz instant or rolled oats 1 tbsp linseeds 1 tbsp buckwheat 2 tbsp shredded coconut 1 tsp ground cinnamon 15¾ oz coconut soy yogurt ²⁄³ cup apple juice 1 shredded or grated apple Toppings 1 tbsp homemade granola 2 figs 1 nectarine 1 bunch thyme Instructions Put all the oats, the seeds, the shredded coconut and the cinnamon into a large bowl. Add all other ingredients and mix everything well. Cover your bowl and place it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Divide the oats into different bowls and top with your fig, nectarine, homemade granola and a small bunch of thyme. It’s very simple, but you’ll definitely love it.


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Ingredients 7 oz spelt flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 pinch of salt 3 tbsp coconut oil 3 tbsp maple syrup 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1¼ cups non-dairy milk (I use coconut or almond milk) Stewed Fruits ¼ cup blueberries ¼ cup raspberries ¼ cup agave or maple syrup 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped Toppings 1 banana 2 figs 1 tbsp homemade granola

For me, it’s important to drink enough. I love water infused with some fresh fruits, herbs or ginger. It’s absolutely refreshing. Another factor to feel good is sports, especially outdoors, regardless of the temperature. The last “wellness essential” would be nutrition. I focus on regional and organic products and use many herbs and spices (like turmeric) instead of salt in my dishes, which is good for my body.

Instructions Combine your flour, baking powder and the pinch of salt in a large bowl. Take a separate bowl and mix up your non-dairy milk of choice with the vinegar to create buttermilk. Leave it to stand for 5-10 minutes.

After this, add it together with the coconut oil and the maple syrup to your flour mixture and stir everything together until you have a creamy dough with no more lumps in it. While waiting for the buttermilk you can prepare the berry topping. Blend the blueberries, raspberries (or any other berries you like) and the syrup in a high-speed blender until it’s smooth. Put it into a pot, add the vanilla and let it simmer until you’re done with the pancakes. Preheat a coated pan for 3-4 minutes over medium heat and take a paper towel to spread some coconut oil over the pan. Use 2 tablespoons of your dough for each pancake and wait for 1-2 minutes until you see some bubbles on the surface of your pancake. Flip it and cook it again for 1-2 minutes. To keep all of your pancakes warm while you finish cooking the rest, you can store them in a preheated oven. Finally, top the pancakes with some bananas, figs and homemade granola, and drizzle on your berry syrup.

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Hello from Oatly, the Swedish company that invented oatmilk. Our friends at Virtuous Pie in Portland created this super delicious and simple recipe for a coffee cocktail and took a pretty picture that they were nice enough to share.


INGREDIENTS 1 fl oz vodka 2 fl oz coffee liqueur 2 fl oz cold brew coffee 1 fl oz Oatly Barista Edition Oatmilk METHOD Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake.

Fill a rocks glass to the top with ice. Pour from shaker into glass! Enjoy and be sure to check out Virtuous Pie on Twitter and Instagram (@virtuous_pie), Facebook (@virtuouspiepdx) and on the web (

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You Belong Somewhere You Feel Free. You Belong Among the Wildflowers —Tom Petty

t h e d a y ca m e w h e n t h e r i s k t o re m a i n t i g h t i n a b u d w a s m o re pa i n f u l t h a n t h e r i s k i t t o o k t o bl o s s o m . —AnaÏs Nin


Affordable Floral Hack Flowers can be expensive, but a simple bunch from a supermarket can be supplemented with foliage from your garden or wild grasses from the roadside to create something really beautiful.

My Fav Blossoms Are on the Wild Side I love the old-fashioned cottage flowers of an English country garden: Rambling clematis intertwined with heavenly scented garden roses and honeysuckle. Foxgloves, aquilegia, peonies all jostling for space as they put on their best show in May and June. I like my flowers on the wild side!

Books I Love My favorite classic is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, and I’m currently reading The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

T h e q u e s t i o n i s n o t w h at y o u l o o k at , b u t w h at y o u s ee .

— He n r y Dav i d T h o rea u

Slow living to me is allowing yourself time out to create when you can. Gardening, baking, designing and photographing a floral arrangement all bring contentment when I’m completely absorbed in the moment. No phones. No computers. Just silence and creativity.


— He n r y Dav i d T h o rea u

T h e q u e s t i o n i s n o t w h at y o u l o o k at , b u t w h at y o u s ee .

Take Time to Create

T h e q u e s t i o n i s n o t w h at y o u l o o k at , b u t w h at y o u s ee .

T h e q u e s t i o n i s n o t w h at y o u l o o k at , b u t w h at y o u s ee .

I love the “Hawaii” peony and how it changes from an intense deep coral to a soft, romantic blush color over a week.

Key to Stunning Snaps If you’re not sure what the message is, the viewer won’t be either. I always like to add a little twist or something a little unexpected in my images, such as an unusual pitcher or vase. I always brighten my images, and my favorite app is Snapseed. Always use natural light; soft and diffused is best. There is no right and wrong when it comes to angles, but if you are photographing for Instagram, make sure the focus of the image is clear and strong.


— He n r y Dav i d T h o rea u

The Magical Peony

T h e q u e s t i o n i s n o t w h at y o u l o o k at , b u t w h at y o u s ee .

— He n r y Dav i d T h o rea u

T h e q u e s t i o n i s n o t w h at y o u l o o k at , b u t w h at y o u s ee .

Janne Ford

T h e q u e s t i o n i s n o t w h at y o u l o o k at , b u t w h at y o u s ee .

T h e q u e s t i o n i s n o t w h at y o u l o o k at , b u t w h at y o u s ee .


Clean Bea ut y E xpert s : Gio v a n n i C o s m e tic s

Easy Steps for Maintaining Vibrant Hair This Summer Instagram: @giovannicosmetics

Paraben-Free Treatments

Don’t Forget to Listen to Your Hair

Always Use a Heat Protectant

Many of us decide to lighten our hair during the summer months, but if you are already prone to dry hair, coloring it will compound the problem and result in flat, lifeless locks. A weekly hot oil treatment can bring that desert wasteland back to life. Hot oil treatments lock in moisture to restore silky tresses. A good hot oil will strengthen your hair and prevent future breakage and the appearance of split ends. Stay away from treatments that contain harsh chemicals. You will be applying the hot oil treatment to your hair and scalp for an extended period of time and do not want to absorb harmful parabens into your skin. Opt for a product that is paraben-free. Treatments are not only for those of us who are constantly changing our hair color but are also ideal for anyone who steps outside this summer and allows nature to take its toll on those stunning tresses.

Self-care is so important. Your body will tell you what you need if you really listen. Your hair is no different. The ends of your hair can be key indicators of dryness. If you need to nourish your hair or add a bit more moisture, try adding a hair mask into your regular hair regimen. These weekly treatments are fast and easy to apply but leave a lasting punch. During the time it takes the mask to work its magic (about 20 minutes), you can work on your gratitude list or practice your breathing techniques. It’s a win-win situation.

Some of our favorite go-to styles for summer involve hot tools. You’ve probably heard that hot tools are supposed to be bad for your hair, but there are products that can help soften the blow. Whether you are a curly-hair gal who uses a diffuser or you turn to a wand for those perfect beach waves, don’t forget about heat protectants. A good heat protectant will do more than just protect your locks from heat-styling tools. They can also help detangle, moisturize and improve elasticity, leaving your hair better off than when you started.

Sulfate-Free Shampoo + Conditioner

Don’t Forget to Add Some Shine

Clarifying and conditioning your locks is key when the weather warms up. Make sure you grab a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair needs— whether it’s targeting moisture, frizz or volume. Sulfates can dry out your locks and strip color; opt in to shampooing and conditioning every other day, or two to three times a week, so you don’t over-strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils.

Shiny, healthy hair is a timeless style. We recommend using a polishing serum when styling hair, wet or dry! After washing hair, run the polishing serum from the ends of the hair upward for shiny locks. Throwing second-day hair up in a ponytail or bun? Don’t skip running the polishing serum from the ends of the hair up toward the roots. This will allow for serious shine and très chic hair.

Giovanni has been a pioneer in the natural hair and body products industry since 1979. That’s a long time trailblazing this clean beauty revolution.


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Authors I Love Any classic by Oscar Wilde. Lately I really enjoyed reading Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. — Henri Matisse

Listening to Your Heart

Tulips Every Time. My Fav Flower

Tips For Gorgeous Photos

Slow living to me is all about listening to your heart’s whispers to you. It is more than OK to take a step back from time to time and reconsider our needs. Awareness, mindfulness, emotional intelligence and balance are the words that come to my mind when I think about slow living.

Tulips are so simple, yet they convey so much beauty. I never knew there were so many varieties of tulips until I moved to the Netherlands! Did you know that there are currently over 3,000 registered varieties of tulips? Such a “simple” flower, one might think.

Daylight is your best friend! Try to use the natural light to create various mood effects in your pictures. If you can, stick to one or max two editing apps; the more you edit the picture, the more difficult it is to achieve the effect you might be aiming at.


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Amsterdam cafés I Love

Travel Tips

Toki, Scandinavian Embassy, Bocca Coffee & Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters

If you have a tight travel schedule, do your research!



Make a list of the places you’d like to see. I love to add mine to the map on my phone, so that way I can always check if any of the places I want to visit are near me. Be flexible! Often many unexpected things happen during your travels and you can’t always see everything you were planning to. That’s ok! There’s always another reason to come back!

always bring extra battery 3 Finally, chargers! It seems simple and obvious, but I hate to say how many times I wished I had an extra charging cable or battery pack with me. locals for the best spots in and 4 Ask around the places you’re planning to

The earth laughs in flowers. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

visit. I find that the best way to do that is to do a little research of the place on Instagram and then simply contact a person who lives in the area. Many times people are happy to share their advice. never need as much as you think. 5 You Pack light! There’s always one more reason to go shopping and at the same time discover some unique places.


Consci ous Compa ny Pi oneer Busine ss a s a F o r c e o f G o o d

The Power to Push for Change This Purpose-Driven, Fem-Founded Company Is Changing Business as Usual Featured Company: Natracare Instagram: @natracare


s our reliance and obsession with plastic have increased over the last 50 years, the challenges of plastic waste and pollution have only become more and more dire. More than 40 percent of plastic is used only once, then tossed. Over 90 percent of plastic waste is never recycled. The vast majority of plastic produced and used today is used for packaging. As the reality of this massive ecological and societal problem sinks in, it can easily become overwhelming and daunting to do anything. Yet, as individuals, we have the power to push for change in our own lives and to support brands whose core values lie in sustainability. In 1989, Natracare was founded by Susie Hewson as a purpose-driven campaigning brand in response to the growing danger to human health and the environment of dioxin pollution from chlorine bleaching of paper products in the pulping industry. Doing business with a conscious mindset is in Natracare’s DNA. Its products are the world’s first alternative to conventionally produced menstrual products—including the world’s first certified organic cotton tampons and totally chlorine-free, plasticfree sanitary pads and panty liners. In addition, the Natracare headquarters is a certified zero carbon energy company!

Beyond its products, Natracare advocates for reducing and alleviating plastic pollution through partnerships with groundbreaking organizations including: Plastic Pollution Coalition: a growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways, oceans and the environment. 5 Gyres: a nonprofit empowering action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, education and adventure. City to Sea: a UK organization taking action to combat plastic pollution, especially single-use plastics, through multiple ongoing collaborative projects. Raw Foundation: an organization taking action against plastics largely through education. Raw has supported and sponsored multiple campaigns, including at the Royal Geographic Society, where Susie spoke on Natracare’s milestones and win-win approach, and urged everyone to make a commitment or #plasticpledge to reduce single-use plastics. Natracare’s next mission? To educate, encourage and engage individuals to join the movement by incorporating small but mighty steps towards reducing plastic waste in their daily lives through “Plastic Free July by Natracare.” Starting July 1, each week participants will be challenged to showcase how they incorporate plastic-free habits into their lives. Participants will be randomly selected to win prize packages to help take their plastic-free living to the next level.

Why We Love N at r a c a r e

Natracare is the pioneering global leader in plastic-free menstrual products. Thirty years of campaigning and producing certified organic and natural solutions for personal health has landed Natracare in the top spot as an award-winning, ethical company. Transparency and full ingredient disclosure make Natracare pretty exceptional, as it meets the highest organic and environmental standards.


PRETTY CITY LONDON Author of Siobhan Ferguson Instagram: @siobhaise @prettycitylondon @theprettycities

London By Season 1. Notting Hill is incredibly beautiful all year round but definitely pops in spring. 2. Hampstead and Richmond are stunning in autumn. 3. Mayfair is particularly lovely in winter around Christmas.

cafe Culture 1. Visit Peggy Porschen in Belgravia for exquisite cupcakes and treats in fairytale surroundings. 2. Angie’s Little Food Shop in Chiswick serves all delicious food and her selection of salads and cooked dishes is incredible. 3. Try the Tin Shed in Notting Hill for its bagels.

Travel Tips Avoid busy times of the year. Summer is beautiful in London, but surprisingly its weather isn’t always the best. I would suggest waiting until September when it’s quieter and even more beautiful. The landscape changes from green to gold and the soft autumn light becomes a photographer’s dream.

Global Stay/Eat/Shop

STAY The Artist Residence in Pimlico would be my very favorite place to stay (a stay in the Grand Suite would be the icing on the cake). S H OP Petersham Nurseries and newly opened The Shop at Bluebird in Covent Garden and, of course, Liberty off Regents Street are my favs. EAT My favorite restaurant in London at the moment is definitely Thomas’s Café in Burberry on Regents Street. It ticks all the boxes, and despite its position in one of the world’s most luxurious stores, it is still quite reasonably priced. Its floralinspired menu during the Chelsea Flower Show was simply divine. Also, the Somerset House in the heart of the capital is one of London’s bestkept secrets. Its highly recommended restaurants include Spring, Pennethorne’s and Fernandez & Wells.


Cutting Out The chaos The art of slowing down, being mindful, cutting out the chaos, relaxing and cutting out unnecessary stress is the epitome of slow living.

Books I Love 1. Paris in Bloom by Georgianna Lane 2. Selection of the Most Beautiful Flowers by Pierre-Joseph Redouté 3. Garden Style by Selina Lake 4. Flowers Every Day by Florence Kennedy

Flower Lovers’ Paradise: London Florists I live in London, where beautiful florists are literally around every corner, spilling out onto our London streets and making the city a beautiful place to live. So I love including shots of florists in my Instagram feed. Some of my favorite London florists include Wild Things Flowers in Mayfair, Zita Elze Flowers in Kew, the Blue Lavender in Barnes, Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart and the florist in Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden. I have been lucky enough to visit RHS Chelsea Flower Show on press day for the last couple of years.

My Fav Flowers Peonies and antique hydrangeas photograph so beautifully and improve with age.

Photo Advice Deep red, bright yellow and orange flowers absorb all the light and can be difficult to photograph. On the other hand, pale pinks and purples are the easiest. Of course, seek natural light, avoiding harsh light. Keep your camera still and compose your shot. Use Adobe Lightroom for post edits to tweak structure, color balance and exposure, and then a slight application of VSCO Cam to soften tones.

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Kiwi Turned Londoner

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Travel Magic Exploring the World + Cafe Design



Essentials for Taking Photos

Natural light and patience. Sometimes, getting the shot you want can take time. I look for my favorite colors, details on buildings, beautiful architecture, botanicals and interesting people. All my pics are taken on an iPhone, and I use VSCO and Snapseed for editing.

Slowing It Down

Take time to breathe, think your own thoughts and enjoy nature. London is a fast-paced city, and it can be hard to find a quiet space. Like many people, I confess to finding it really difficult to switch off from technology, but I try to take time to look after the plants on my balcony, and photography has led me to taking long walks and exploring different parts of our amazing city. I do miss my beautiful native New Zealand, particularly the beaches and the more chill pace of life, but we’re really lucky in London to have lots of green spaces, parks and gardens to lose yourself in.

Favorite Flowers

If everyone has already nabbed all the peonies, ranunculus and wisteria, these are my favorites: • Anemones – I love the lighter colors with the dark centers. The name “anemone” comes from the Greek word for “windflower.” In Greek mythology, the anemone sprang from Aphrodite's tears as she mourned the death of Adonis. • Chocolate Cosmos – These little beauties were in my wedding bouquet, and their dark chocolate color was the perfect contrast to the pretty pale pink garden roses and white wax flowers in my bouquet. • Lavender – The scent of lavender is known for its calming effect. I grow it in pots on my balcony, and as well as looking and smelling amazing in the summer, the bees love it. Bee numbers are declining, so growing plants that encourage them is one way to help.


My London Favs

Malaysia Must-Sees I love Southeast Asia. It holds a special place in my heart, and whenever I return to New Zealand to visit family, I try to combine this with visiting places in the region. At the beginning of the year, I traveled to Malaysia.

• Greenwich Park. A blossom camouflage, London has many wonderful parks and looks incredible in the springtime. • The Creaky Shed. Beautiful old London shopfronts are a favorite of mine to photograph. This is a fruit and vegetable store selling fresh seasonal produce.

KUALA LUMPUR • Botak Liquor. A bar with beautiful botanicals. • Mr Chew’s Chino Latino. Cocktails with a retro speakeasy decor.

• Warren Street. My niece from New Zealand masters the classic Instagram stride-by in front of one of London’s pretty Mews houses.


• Bar Douro. I loved traveling to Portugal, and with its stunning blue tiles, Bar Douro is like a little slice of Porto in London. You can enjoy the delicious food or just a coffee and tarts.

You can do a day trip by train from KL to the wonderful town of Malacca, which is full of history, beautiful architecture and wonderful cafés. • Abandoned Shop House Malacca. A nature takeover.

• Canela. Another beautiful Portuguese café, this was one of my local spots for coffee when I worked in Covent Garden.

• The Baboon House. A spectacular café with jungle vibes.

• Frida. London street art by Zabou celebrating Belgravia in Bloom, which runs alongside the Chelsea Flower Show.


• The Daily Fix. Stellar café with vintage style and planty decor. • Malacca Chinatown. Local gentleman hanging outside an old shophouse.

Penang • Ming Xiang Tai Pastry. Famous bakery in Penang with wonderful old-style painted screens and traditional Chinese music playing. Locals grab their delicious cakes for takeout breakfast, and their coconut cakes were delicious!

My Milan Pick • LùBar. Conservatory-style café located inside the Pavilion of Contemporary Art.


A beautiful city where you can enjoy canal walks while dodging the crazy cyclists and admiring the prettiest cookie-cutter houses. It also has awesome cafés. • BounceSpace. Grab a coffee, get your hair cut and get your bike fixed all in one space. Amsterdam in a nutshell! • Dignita. Lovely brunch spot with dairy- and gluten-free food choices. I had delicious carrot cake and coffee. • Dim Sum Now. As the sign says, “baskets of steamy goodness.” I loved the dumplings, and there are lots of veggie choices.



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Any motto or quote that you live by? “Don’t take yourself too seriously.”

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Are there any design rules you follow? I am emotionally moved by the color palettes found in nature. I believe that humans are naturally affected by the colors found in our natural world, so I look to the color schemes of nature to inspire my work. I am also excited by bold shapes and design that stands out—other than these ideas, I follow my eye and my intuition.


things you need to throw a good party? Alcohol, food, music, flowers and nice people.

Why is color so important? What does it represent to you? Colors move our hearts. We feel blue. We see red. Color is one of the most powerful tools a designer has to affect people’s feelings and passions.

How do you create a space that nurtures you at home and work? I like to inhabit spaces that are thoughtfully designed, both for function and mood. A good designer creates an office space that encourages work and creativity. A kitchen should enhance not just cooking, but also the warm feeling of family and sharing. Each room should surprise people and make them feel like they are in a unique place because every person is special, and I want to help celebrate that. For inspiration, I am always looking at magazines, Instagram and other designers’ work.


Your favorite places you’ve traveled? Why? Chile, of course. I am from there, so I am biased, but the colors, the people and the landscape are always an inspiration to me.

How do you see yourself in 10 years? Right now, I am setting up my own company to sell bold maximalist home goods at an affordable price. I want to be able to help people get truly fresh, high-quality design in their homes for an affordable price. I hope that in 10 years I have helped a lot of people make their lives more beautiful.

Great life advice you’ve received? My dad gave me the best advice when I was 15. It was specifically geared to me, so it might not make sense to a lot of people. He always thought I was smart and had potential but had an issue with finishing tasks, so he said that successful people are the ones that follow through and that if I was going to do anything interesting with my life I had to learn to take projects to the finish line.

Something you will never have in your home? A TV. Don’t get me started.

Where do you find most of your pieces? Estate sales, thrift stores, flea markets, online and, of course, self-made.

ORIGIN. THROW DOWN Your spirit animal? Just a colorful human. If you had to design a room in one color, what would it be? Green. Which designers or sites give you the most inspiration? Kelly Wearstler and AD Spain.


What hashtags do you use to find awesome design on Instagram? #myboldhues #mycollecteddecor #newbohemian #adspain #jungalowstyle Your dream destination? Southeast Asia.


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Ingredients Crust 1 cup coconut flour ¹⁄³ cup almond flour ½ tsp salt ¹⁄³ cup maple syrup ²⁄³ cup solid coconut oil Compote 3 cups rhubarb, chopped ¼ cup orange juice ¼ cup brown sugar Tart 16 oz dairy-free vanilla yogurt 8 oz dairy-free strawberry yogurt 1½ cups fresh strawberries, sliced Fresh mint leaves, for garnish Instructions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Add the coconut flour, almond flour and salt to a bowl and whisk to combine. Add the maple syrup and stir with a spatula until the mixture achieves a crumbly texture. Add the coconut oil and mix until a dough forms. Spread the dough onto a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, pressing the dough evenly across the tart pan and up the sides.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust is lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely. While tart shell is baking, make the rhubarb compote. Combine rhubarb, orange juice and brown sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cover and simmer gently for about 5 minutes until rhubarb begins to soften. Uncover and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely. Pour vanilla yogurt into cooled tart shell and spread to the edges. Top with strawberry yogurt, also spreading to the edges. Run a toothpick or knife tip along the surface of the tart in different directions to create a swirl design. Chill tart in the freezer for at least 1 hour to set. Just before serving, garnish tart with rhubarb compote, fresh strawberries and mint leaves.


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Katie Zamprioli Singer/Songwriter & Designer Instagram:



Where to Shop I do a lot of thrifting. I typically go about three days a week. You must go regularly and have a lot of patience to find incredible pieces. I find most of my best scores from Goodwill! I also do online thrifting. Some of my favorite online thrift stores are Wicker and Woven on Etsy and on Instagram Lost Hunt Vintage, The Verde Bee and Vintage Seattle Rain. For textiles, I love Tribal Collections, D + K Renewal, a. Naber Design, Kazimah Carpets and The Merchant Collective!

Motto I Live By “This too shall pass.” For better and worse, things are always changing and shifting, and I try not to get too caught up in trying to figure it all out. I walk through the doors that are open and try to always stay positive and maintain an attitude of gratitude. I find that in doing so, I’m able to handle anything that comes my way.

Repurposing Pieces + Design Hacks I love repurposing pieces! Find something you love and use it in different ways. I found this beautiful brass ice bucket and made it into a planter. There are so many things you can turn into planters! I have a gorgeous tapestry from Vindu Studio that I have used as a bedspread, throw and wall hanging. When it comes to styling credenzas or shelves, you want to make sure you have dimension and depth. Make sure to have varying heights. For an easy hack, you can use books to give height to pieces. Try to stay within the same color palette in a space to avoid looking too busy or chaotic. It’s okay to mix patterns and textures if they are similar in color.


ORIGIN. QUICKIES Something we wouldn’t know about you? I am a singer/songwriter who lives in L.A. and loves to express creativity through design. I’m a mother to a precocious toddler, a 12-year-old Brussels Griffon named Mecca and 84 indoor house plants. My husband and I bought our first home in July 2017. I started posting pictures of the interior design last year and found that people wanted to see more!

What is some of the best advice you have ever received? I think my favorite advice was from my father when I was 15 years old. He told me, “Sweetheart, no one knows what they’re doing.” When you’re young and insecure, you assume adults have it all figured out, but it was refreshing to hear that they didn’t, as I, of course, learned on my own as I got older. My parents always encouraged me and gave me the confidence I needed to pursue whatever I was passionate about, even when I felt intimidated or afraid. That freedom allowed me to explore many different creative outlets that are so fulfilling!

The place you feel most yourself? At home in my PJs, surrounded by my family, dog and plants! What’s your spirit animal? A horse. I’m a bit stubborn and wild and don’t like to be tamed, but I’m loyal, loving, calm and connected to the earth. If you had to design a room in one color, what would it be? I’d have to say green, because, duh, plants! Which designers or sites give you the most inspiration? @kelli_e_collins @sub_folk_collective @anitayokota @reserve_home @arianna_danielson What hashtags do you use to find awesome design on Instagram? #stellarspaces #bohoismyjam #mybohoshelfie #urbanjunglebloggers #apartmenttherapy #uohome

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Party Essentials


MUSIC! As musicians, music is always super important to my husband and me. We like to make sure we have a good playlist going that sets the mood.


Awesome food is a definite must! I tend to go a little overboard with the food because my mother did the same when she threw parties. You don’t want anyone to go home hungry!


Booze! (I don’t actually drink, so I don’t need booze to have a good time, but I make sure to have plenty of beautiful Italian wines from my favorite restaurant, Terroni, on hand.)


A well-curated outdoor area. Living in Los Angeles, it’s warm most of the time, so we love having people over and spending time in our outdoor space. It’s so great to hang from day to night and go from enjoying the sunshine to enjoying the stars!


Time! I always do a lot of prep before I throw a party to make sure I’ve covered all my bases. I’m a total planner and go a little OCD when it comes to party planning.

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. —Eleanor Roosevelt

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There are so many great places where you can get gorgeous home decor for less. A few of my favorite stores are CB2, Target, Urban Outfitters and Zara Home.

Tips for Designing Your Space Start with an inspiration board on Pinterest, then write down all the things that stick out to you in the photos. This will help you narrow down what you really want to do with your space.

Wake Up Your Space Add plants and fresh flowers! A little bit of green is a great way to bring the outdoors inside to your living space. Fresh flowers around the house always brighten me up.

Design Hacks: Insta Gold Furniture I love Ikea hacks. One of the easiest hacks is to spray-paint any metal Ikea furniture gold. I did this with my $40 bookcase as well as my bookshelves. Instant upgrade!

Secret to Capturing Great Home Images Use a great camera that can really capture the details. And natural light is a must!


I’ve lived in Seattle almost my entire life, so I know it very well. Although I can’t stand the weather, the city feels like home, and it will always have a special place in my heart. Seattle has a few distinct neighborhoods—my favorites are Capitol Hill (where I’ve lived for the past five years), Ballard and Fremont. Each neighborhood is super cool with trendy bars and boutiques on every corner.

Don’t Miss These Gems in Seattle: Pier 66 has an observatory deck that not very many people know about. The views are some of the best in the city. You can see all of the buildings downtown, the Space Needle and the Great Wheel. (One of my photos is a view from Pier 66 looking through an old school observatory device.) Seattle has some really fun speakeasy bars. I love that they feel like a secret that no one else knows about. One of my favorites is called Needle & Thread. It’s hidden above another bar in Capitol Hill. Patrons have to call the bartender on a vintage rotary phone to be buzzed up. Once inside the intimate speakeasy, the bartender asks you some questions about flavor preferences. Since there is no drink menu, each drink is custommade just for you. Pike Place Market is one of my favorite places in Seattle. I like to go around 5 p.m., right before the market closes, when the tourists die down and it’s less crowded. I always stop by the flower market.

Travel Hack

If possible, try to check into your hotel as late in the day as possible. When you check in later, the likelihood for an upgrade is higher because the hotel has already filled up the majority of their rooms for the night. Anything left over is going to be open anyways, so the staff is more likely to upgrade you. Almost every time I check in after 5 p.m., I get a free upgrade!


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The Arctic Club (Downtown) This hotel takes my breath away. The architecture is so unique and detailed. You can’t miss the walrus busts that line the third-floor windows. Hotel Theodore (Downtown) Moorea Seal (Downtown Boutique) One

of my favorite places to shop in Seattle is at the local Moorea Seal boutique. All of the products are so beautiful and carefully curated. The prices are reasonable as well, and a lot of the products are made by local Seattle artisans!

Pipe & Row (Fremont Boutique) Totokaelo (Capitol Hill Boutique)

Bars in Seattle Mr. West Café Bar (Downtown) Undoubtedly the most amazing avocado toast in Seattle! This café is a blogger’s paradise, filled with marble tables and big, luscious green plants. Oddfellows Café + Bar (Capitol Hill)

Oddfellows has a lovely vintage vibe, probably because it’s located in historic Oddfellows Hall, built in 1908. The food is delicious.

Bar Melusine (Capitol Hill) Probably my favorite brunch spot of all time! Featuring a menu inspired by the south of France, the café is also beautifully decorated with mint-green high-top chairs at the bar and natural light streaming in from every angle. It really can’t be beat. Tallulah’s (Capitol Hill) This vibrant neighborhood café is tucked away in north Capitol Hill and features a globally-inspired, locally-focused menu. The modern decor and quirky wall art make the dining experience a real treat. Bar Vacilando (Capitol Hill) This bar is newer to the Seattle scene, but after one visit I couldn’t wait to go back. They serve the best gin gimlets I’ve ever had (my favorite cocktail)! Not to mention, it feels like you’re dining in a beautiful greenhouse. The patio is just lovely!

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ORIGIN. QUICKIES Where do you shop to find your favorite pieces? I love shopping at Nordstrom, Revolve, Free People, Aritzia and Madewell. If you had to design a room in one color, what would it be? Blush pink. Which designers or sites give you the most inspiration? Dior, Valentino, Chloé and Céline. What hashtags do you use to find awesome design on Instagram? #styleinspo #outfitinspo #styledbyme #todayslook #bloggerstyle Where do you start when you remake a room? I start with the big pieces like large furniture, then make my way down to the smaller details as I go.

Fun Places to Stay in Palm Springs I loved the Parker hotel in Palm Springs. The grounds were beautifully kept, and the decor was done by interior designer Jonathan Adler, who I absolutely love. It was like stepping into a 1960s vacation. From the hammocks and croquet, to the swanky poolside Lemonade Stand, everything about it felt like a dream. 1. The Avalon hotel 2. The Parker hotel

What’s the fastest way to shift a space? New pillows, fresh flowers and candles change a space completely! Describe your style. Feminine, clean, modern and bright. Something we wouldn’t know about you? I’m a huge history nerd! I took advanced placement U.S. history in high school and loved it. I still have my old textbook! Your story? I’m a twenty-something girl living in the heart of Seattle. I’m passionate about design, art and style. I love making things with my hands—whether that’s music, painting or baking; I was born to be a creator.


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“An addiction to gardening is not all bad wh” en life. you consider all the other choices in Cora Lee Bell —

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I love the fleeting beauty of nature and flowers. It makes you stop and stare, drinking in all the beauty as you know it will possibly be gone tomorrow. Saying that, I do think that some flowers are at their most beautiful in their final moments before all the petals fall off.

Slow living is being able to take time to notice the small things. Notice the bird song and the changing seasons. Take time to enjoy them. Eat from the land, even if it’s just a few peas or runner beans that you’ve grown in pots in the garden. Avoid mass market consumerism wherever possible. Laugh often and cherish family and friends.

Lifescape We live in North Wales in the UK. I live on the side of a mountain, surrounded by big skies, fields and fabulous views, very remote but fabulous. I love visiting the city, but always breathe a huge sigh of relief when I can escape home to the clean air and space.

Flower I Love: The Charmer Peony “Coral Charm” is a stunning single peony that looks like a graceful water lily as it ages. Don’t put many in a room, though, as they can smell like rotting shellfish as they die!


Tell Us Your Story I have a fine arts degree and trained as a garden designer over 15 years ago, following a love for gardening, flowers and being outside wherever possible. Recently, floral design has consumed more and more of my time, and garden and floral design now inform each other daily. I think floristry can be really wasteful, so wherever possible I avoid floral foam and use potted perennials that can be reused. I adore the wonky stems and the imperfections from homegrown flowers and try to look at my designs in a “painterly” way.

Favorite Flowers A few of my favorite flowers that are magnificent at their peak and then die beautifully:

1} Peony tulips

In spring, they seem to get more and more graceful as they age.

2} Tulip “La Belle Epoque” Soft, smoky tones of bruised plum and toffee that get paler as they age. Lasts as a cut flower for ages.

3} Single bloom roses

such as “The Lark Ascending” by David Austin. Delicate, but with a steely determination to flower all season.

4} Phlox “crème brulee”

An annual flower grown easily from seed. Flowers its socks off from June to the late October frosts.

5} Geum “Mai Tai”

A hardy perennial that cuts and lasts in a vase for two weeks. All geums are worthwhile flowers for the garden, but “Mai Tai” is a beautiful muted buff and yellow color.

6} Dahlia “Burlesca”

A bit of a diva that sums up autumn in all her orange tones, but is not too brash.


A flowerless room is a soulless room to my way of thinking; but even a solitary little vase of a living flower may redeem it. Vita Sackville-West —

Books I Love NonFiction • Natural Selection: A Year in the Garden by Dan Pearson A brilliant observation of the gardening year. • Bringing Nature Home by Ngoc Minh Ngo A huge inspiration for me over the years. • In Detail by Hans Blomquist Fabulous collection of still life photographs. Fiction • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson Makes me laugh every time. • Timeline by Michael Crichton Makes me really think.

The Flower Hunter Photo Tips: 1}

Never take photos in direct sunlight. A side light is the best and, if it is bright sunlight, hang a piece of thin linen gauze over the window. A pale blush linen will give the filtered sunlight more of a blush glow.

attention to detail. Consider the whole scene in front 2} Pay of you. Don’t fill the frame, but take out items if it feels too fussy. The human eye likes clear space and a feeling of order; it makes us feel calm. how all the items in your photo relate to 3} Consider each other. Split the picture space into thirds, both vertically and horizontally, with the use of picture frames, mirrors, curtains, table tops, etc.


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Your favorite cafés/places/ restaurants for inspiration? + Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen + BakeShop by Woops! + Saltwater Coffee + 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

How did you start capturing gorgeous design in NYC? When I first started on Instagram, I would travel to the city every weekend for brunch/coffee with friends. I was always so inspired by beautiful coffee shop and restaurant interiors. I grew an appreciation for spaces that looked interesting and had a lot of character, so I began to seek them out and photograph them.

Where do you find magic in NYC? Magic is everywhere in NYC, but generally it’s the hidden alleyways or small coffee shops that are out of the way.

What do you think is the most beautiful bar in Brooklyn? Sisters in Brooklyn is probably the most beautiful bar/restaurant I’ve ever seen. The space is open, airy and visually stunning.


Any favorite coffee shops or places you write? Ludlow Coffee Supply on the Lower East Side is one of my favorite places to get some work done.

How has social media transformed your life in terms of relationships? I’ve forged so many strong friendships through Instagram alone, and I think that’s a really beautiful part of the platform.

Fav Quote?

“ R e s p e c t yo u r s e lf e n o u g h t o wa l k away f r o m a n y t h i n g t h at n o l o n g e r s e rv e s yo u , g r ows yo u o r m a k e s yo u h a p py.” —Robert Tew

Any secrets for capturing great images? One of my secrets is to incorporate some kind of action or movement into my photos, so I often use my friends as hand models (spooning sugar or pouring almond milk into coffee, ripping apart a croissant/cookie). This makes images feel less static and more interesting. Having some great props is also key. I always have a notebook, pen, cute spoons and glasses on hand for flat lays.

What apps/filters do you use? Because your feed is stunning. I use VSCO (A6) and Snapseed to edit all of my photos. Using the same filter helps to keep my feed looking cohesive, which is important to me because I like my Instagram to present like a gallery.

What makes a great space? Lots of character and attention to detail! I’m a huge fan of fun wall art, decorative pillows, tapestries, string lights, plants, etc. Natural light is also very important, especially when photographing an interior. There are certain spaces you walk into and can just tell how much thought and effort went into creating the atmosphere, and I love that.

Tips for designing a photo-worthy space? When designing an Insta-worthy space, it’s important to make sure that there is plenty of natural light, because that’s what people look for first and foremost. I personally love when different textures and surfaces have been incorporated into a space (marble being my favorite). I also think that fun/interesting decor can add a ton of character to any interior, which makes it so much more photogenic.

Any favorite secret spots around NYC? There is a small café in South Brooklyn called Parlay. The interior is adorable and the coffee/food is great as well. Unless you’re local to the area, you most likely wouldn’t know it existed.


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surfer and environmentalist, Liz Clark has been solo sailing the seas on her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, since early 2006. After college, she turned her dream of sailing the world into reality, sailing south from Southern California through Central America and the Pacific Islands. For more than a decade, she has earned recognition as a surf adventurer, environmental activist and captain representing conscious brands and living sustainably.

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She has created a sustainable way of life using Swell as her floating home and transportation. During the voyage, Liz committed to drastically reduce her daily impact on the planet by eating only a plant-based diet and minimizing waste wherever she can. Solar and wind power provide her electricity. Weather, swell and tides dictate her days. Liz’s voyage in Swell isn’t just a surf trip—it’s a lifestyle, passion and search for better ways for humanity to inhabit our shared planet. She hopes to inspire people to live their passions and reconnect with nature and our inherent oneness.

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Solo Sailing + Surfing the World + Reconnecting with Nature

Author, Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening Instagram: @captainlizclark


Maranda Pleasant: We’d love to hear about your solar and wind power on your boat. Captain Liz Clark: Sure, I have a solar panel array on my aft deck that is attached to a pole and adjustable to the direction of the sun with two 85-watt panels that have supplied my electricity for over 10 years now! There is a bracket on top of the pole where the wind generator is bolted, which also helps provide my daily energy needs. Having both is great, because often you have either sun or wind, not both. The panels and wind generator are hooked into my battery bank, which stores the energy they produce and makes it possible for me to have lights and a water pump, run my little refrigerator, charge my computer, run electronics like my GPS and depth sounder, and things like that. MP: Why is environmentalism so important to you? LC: I’ve loved wilderness ever since I was a kid. It’s where I feel most inspired and connected to divinity. After living so close to nature for over a decade, our deep connection to the ecosystems that support human life feels very real to me, and so I know that protecting them is important for our survival. But protecting and respecting the natural world also feels like protecting something that’s divine and sacred. I’ve been so blessed to be able to live out my sailing dream and see so many amazing places, that I feel a responsibility to share my observations and


passion for protecting these places. I feel there is much deep knowledge about ourselves that we have lost access to in our modern lives. I’ve only tapped the surface through my lifestyle. The Earth and its oceans have given me so much that protecting the environment and helping inspire people to reconnect with nature is a natural priority in my life. MP: As a surfer, and someone so connected with the ocean, tell us what we can do to protect the ocean. LC: Reducing our plastic use, especially singleuse plastics, is really important, but I would say the biggest thing people can do for the oceans and the planet is to eat less meat and dairy products. Reducing the consumption of animal products in general has the biggest positive impact on our oceans that one person can make simply by changing a habit. Animal agriculture is the least talked about, but hardest-hitting industry on our oceans; combined, it releases more of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change and ocean acidification than the entire transportation sector combined—about 18 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Runoff from fertilizers and pesticides used to grow the feed crops, along with huge amounts of animal waste from factory farms, which contains the antibiotics and hormones they are fed, all end up in our rivers and oceans, causing dead zones and pollution along our coasts and in lakes and rivers. From all my research, I believe

that choosing to eat more organic, plant-based options has the biggest bang for the buck if you want to do something to help our oceans! MP: As a surfer and athlete, can you tell us how your diet has affected your mind, body and performance? LC: Changing to a plant-based diet has had incredibly positive effects on my body, mind and heart. As soon as I stopped eating dairy and meat, my persistent acne disappeared, my nagging injuries seemed to heal miraculously, and I had more energy on a day-to-day basis and more endurance—both mental and physical. My lifestyle and trying to make a living along the way are taxing, and I felt that this change in diet gave me a whole new rush of vitality at a time I was feeling really worn out by all of it. Both my parents have now switched over to eating plantbased; my dad has cured his heart disease and my mom eliminated some digestive issues she’d been plagued with for years. They are both loving it! It’s awesome to see their bodies changing like mine did and finding a weight that’s so much more natural. It’s amazing, because I eat a lot and it’s so interesting how my body has adapted and feels so much more in balance than before. I can eat and eat vegan food, and my body weight hardly fluctuates. As a surfer, I feel lighter and more resilient. And as an animal lover, my heart feels so much better not participating in the cruelties of the animal husbandry industry anymore, too. I feel an equality with all species that feels good and right.

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The Earth and its oceans have given me so much that protecting the environment and helping inspire people to reconnect with nature is a natural priority in my life.

MP: What do you respond when people ask you where you get your protein from? LC: I tell them that there is much more protein in plants than they think. I give them examples of protein-packed plant-based foods. I tell them that gorillas, elephants and bulls are all vegan too, and that we’ve all bought into a myth about needing to eat meat and dairy for protein, but that actually our bodies function way better without them. MP: Tell us about this crazy, amazing journey. What countries have you sailed through? And was there anything particularly magnificent that stood out in your 20,000 miles logged? LC: Well, I sailed through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia and the Republic of Kiribati. I went looking for perfect waves, and found lots of them, but I also learned about myself and my connection to spirituality. I met people from all over the world and learned from their perspectives and cultures. I saw that there are so many other ways to live and think and that we are free to choose. My priorities changed; my values changed. I learned to celebrate experiences, not things, and bonds and connections with people versus the amount of waves surfed or miles logged at sea or things I could list on a CV. I discovered that our only limitations are the

ones we put on ourselves, and that a life dedicated to personal growth and staying in tune with your heart will be full of rewards and surprises. There was a magnificent day recently when I heard a mother and baby humpback swim by my boat at anchor. I slipped into the water and swam into the middle of the bay and waited. About 20 minutes later, the baby came up right below me out of the depths and did a circle around me so close I could have touched her. Mama was just below surveying it all. I’ll never forget that moment and the trust that we all shared in that experience. MP: What is it like traveling the world in your home? LC: Traveling by sailboat is full of high highs and low lows. There are the awesome moments when you’ve made it through a long passage and you arrive to a new place with your home and it’s so fabulous and exciting! And then there are the moments when there’s no safe place to anchor or you’re trying to sleep and the wind comes up and you have to move in the middle of the night. It’s lots of work and constant vigilance and fatigue and uncertainty, but traveling on your own wits, in your own home, is a pretty cool way to see the world! There have been lots of times when I thought I didn’t have any more strength left but dug

deeper and found more—like a storm I got caught in where I didn’t sleep for three or four days in a row and had to fight my way upwind to my destination. MP: Why is it so important for us to learn to be conscious consumers, especially now? LC: It’s so important because it’s the greatest power we have to create positive change. It’s like casting our vote every single day for what kind of world we want to live in. By supporting companies that are making sustainability a top priority, doing research to understand the implications of our purchases, and sometimes spending a little more to make socially and environmentally conscious purchases, you are simultaneously shaping a better world and being part of the greater movement for positive change. It’s so important to the world, and for me it’s also super important for staying positive and boosting my morale in a time when things often feel overwhelmingly upside-down.

With more than 20,000 nautical miles logged to date, she’s recounted her global voyage in Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening. Beautifully illustrated, inspiring and occasionally harrowing, Liz writes about leaving the safety of shore and following her passion.


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Crafting, Reading, Baking: The Slow Life Slow living, for me, is to live a meaningful life. To live in the moment and be present. To appreciate the little things. It’s about taking time to do all those slow things, like reading, crafting and spending time with loved ones. Making delicious food and baking. Spending time in nature, like sitting by the sea for hours, just in my own thoughts.


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Every summer, I collect seeds from wild flowers to plant in my garden or I make a little package with seeds as a gift to someone.

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The Story I work full time as a content creator, stylist and photographer. I’ve been passionate about photography for years now, but it’s only in the last six months that I’ve started to be brave enough to call myself a photographer. I still have a lot to learn, but I want to tell spellbinding visual stories and bring a touch of magic to my photography, along with a touch of playfulness—and lots of flowers!

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Advice For Taking Gorgeous Photos

I’m working on trying to approach a slower way of living, as the last few years have been pretty full-on! I think this means being able to appreciate the simple things in life—cooking good food, being kind to myself and the environment, and making time to do what I love. And teaching all this to my children!

Look for a scene that excites you, whether it has lots of beautiful colors, a simple rose in a jar or dreamy light. Take shots from different angles—get down low or up on a chair. I take lots and lots of photos before I choose the one that excites me the most; I never get the shot the first time! There are lots of apps out there for editing. I love A Color Story, but find one that suits your style of subject and photography. Finally, if you’re lacking inspiration, go out for a walk and look for interesting details in buildings in the city or in the woods or hedgerows.

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Recommended Book I absolutely love In Detail by Hans Blomquist. His styling is a huge inspiration to me.

Flowers To Celebrate Dahlia My favorite flower is the dahlia. It is a “cut and come again” flower—the more you snip it, the more flowers will bloom. It has a long flowering season and divine colors, and it makes a great cut flower. It’s just such a fun, exuberant bloom! This year I have lots of different varieties in delicious colors, and I’m excited to see them flower.

Hydrangea I have a few large hydrangea bushes, and I love the purple colors of the petals. Come September, the flowers will fade to parchment shades, and then they are great for drying and for making wreaths with.

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Slowing Down I try to have moments throughout the day just for me, so that I can slow down and enjoy the little things, like having my morning coffee in the garden as it wakes up from its sleep and noticing the changes that happened overnight, or enjoying afternoon tea with a good book.

Floral Favorites I adore flowers, and Instagram made it possible for me to bring my passion alive and share it with like-minded people. It would be very hard to pick my favorite flowers, but if I must, they would be garden roses, ranunculus, peonies and tulips, and preferably in a pale pink color.

Creating Flat Lays Creating flower flat lays is my favorite pastime, my relaxation time, a sort of meditation. I love the process and love coming up with new ideas. My advice for creating flat lays would be finding a good source of natural light and a good neutral backdrop/surface. It’s a matter of trying different ideas, taking shots along the way and selecting that one that you like the most. The main thing is to have fun creating.


In books, in music, in art. Let yourself get lost.


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Something you will never have in your home? Plastic covering any of my furniture!

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Are there any design rules you follow? The rule of three! Oddnumbered groupings create more visual interest than evennumbered groupings.

Where do you find most of your pieces?

Advice for design clients?

At our studio, we strive to create different design elements for each of our clients in their individual homes; so we try not to use the same vendors over and over, which allows for a custom look every time. That said, we highly value a relationship with a strong, professional, quality vendor. Some of our favorites are Lee Industries, Kravet, Vanguard, Noir, Palecek, Currey and Company, Made Goods, Circa Lighting and Nicky Rising, just to name a few.

It is typical for a prospective client to ask me how I can provide great service to them. What I wish is that a prospective client would ask me how they can make the process great, too. I believe that the best outcome is for both of us to have a great experience. I can do my best work when I feel respected and valued just as they will enjoy the process feeling the same. When a prospective client is open to dialogue for a mutually beneficial relationship, I can assure you that it will ultimately mean their expectations can be exceeded!

GOOD PARTY ESSENTIALS Good music and great people are the perfect start! A cute theme to draw from is a must; this will allow you to decorate well, incorporating things like a drink of the day, fun invitations, etc. Greenery is always lovely, too, either in the form of a table setting or a backdrop for a photo wall, for example.


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ORIGIN. Quickies Something we wouldn’t know about you? I lived on my grandparents’ cotton farm in West Texas and learned to drive a pickup truck at the age of 11 to take my grandfather his meals in the field. If you had to design a room in one color, what would it be? Oh, that’s easy… blush! Which designers give you the most inspiration? Jute Home, Jenny Keenan, Tessa Neustadt, Chango & Co., Jillian Harris, Raili Clasen. Home essentials? Organization and a clean environment are important for me to think clearly and design well.

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Let I t Evolve

I don’t tend to follow any design rules, although I like to design a space with an asymmetrical balance. I find it informal, personal and inviting. I am a believer of letting a space evolve naturally and be a reflection of who you are, so surround yourself with pieces that you love and find a look that is unique and interesting to you.

Plants + White Walls Living by the beach in a tropical climate and bringing the outdoors inside is a necessity for me. Having plants against white walls is my most favorite thing! I adore the contrast and life it brings to a space. Plants are so therapeutic and nourishing; I couldn’t imagine living in a home without them!


My husband and I love to renovate! When we bought our property, we wanted it to be a project. With my love for design and interiors and my husband’s carpentry skills and building knowledge, it was a shared vision to build our dream beach house. It’s an ongoing, steady process, and we have some huge, exciting future projects to come!

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Key Entertaining Essentials Food and more food! I love entertaining with a wide selection of canapés and finger food to choose from. Creating informal and inviting seating areas with lots of cushions and surrounded with candles! Good music! An outdoor bar with party cocktails! We have an open door, “bring your friends along” policy when it comes to entertaining—a “kick back, relax and enjoy yourself” vibe.

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Tips for Designing a Nurturing Home

Mantra you’ve never forgotten? I remember my mum told me once, “Your style and taste will grow; it’s something you can’t force or rush. Let the blank wall be and it’ll come to you.” Where do you find most of your pieces? I love my home to be filled with things that are personal and unique. A lot of the items in our home are collected from travels overseas or found at antique and vintage stores. I do, however, love to find a good bargain and style it with something old and authentic.

A neutral palette with touches of color and texture.

Any product hacks you wanna share? I recently spray-painted an old silver Ikea lamp gold; it was the easiest, cheapest and simplest way to jazz up our ugly lamp. It came out so well I had to find another Ikea lamp so I could do it again!

Friendly, comfortable, cozy areas to sit and put your feet up. I am all for a good nook!

A staple you would never live without? A rug!


Indoor plants are good for the soul.

If you had to design a room in one color, what would it be? Everything blue!


Clutter-free areas are always cleansing.




Mix expensive and inexpensive, modern and antique; know what you love and know what you don’t love! But most importantly, let your home be a reflection of you!


Which blogs and sites inspire you? Apartment Therapy, MyDomaine, Elle Decoration,World of Interiors, Studio McGee, One Kings Lane, Amber Interiors, Katie Hodges Design, Anna Spiro—the list is literally endless... Hashtags you use on Instagram? #mydomaine #apartmenttherapy #designsponge #coastalhome #sodomino #studiomcgee #myhousebeautiful #modernboho #hygge

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T h e Co llected, Vintage, E c lectic HomE Kristin Laing

Interior & Product Stylist Instagram: @k.laingdesign photos: Erin Williamson

5 E s s e n t i a ls Fo r T h r o w i ng a G o o d Pa r ty • A well-thought-out playlist • Good people • Wine • Lots of food • Some element of fire, such as candles or a fire pit


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Thrift stores. I stop in to one almost every time I’m out. I accept that I’m not interested in 99.9 percent of what’s in the store and I’ll probably leave with nothing. I’m pleasantly surprised when I find treasure. I also love antique markets like Round Top here in Texas. I plan trips to visit family in Pasadena, California, around the schedule of the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Auctions are fun as well. I’m drawn to vintage items because so often the quality and craftsmanship is much higher than what’s available today. Not everything I have is vintage though; I mix in a little bit of Target, West Elm, CB2, etc.

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Careerwise, I spent many years in work that did not inspire or interest me. I made responsible choices and paid the bills, but it was sucking the life out of me. Once I finally accepted that I was meant to be on a creative path, it was remarkable how easily everything came together.

I work with brands to create home decor with a collected, eclectic feel. I also scout and produce tours of interesting and personality-filled homes. I focus on imagery that will spark ideas and inspire others to think outside the box when it comes to decorating.

As much as I’d like to say I don’t follow any rules, I do for certain things. The rule of thirds is my go-to when anything looks off. Other than that, my rules are never take design too seriously, choose items you love and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

A nurturing space includes natural light, rich colors and patterns, and interesting collections. I like being surrounded by things that have history and soul. Also: Clean surfaces. Plants and pets. Complete silence at times. Palo Santo incense. Art inspires me endlessly, especially pieces with odd or unexpected subject matter. ORIGINMAGAZINE.COM 29

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D e s i g n H A CK: I have custom legs made for inexpensive sofas. It really elevates the look, and for very little money you own a one-of-a-kind piece.

Something you’ll never have in your home? Taxidermy. It’s not for me. Your mantra? The energy you put out into the universe comes back to you. I remind myself every day to keep things positive. Your spirit animal? Cheetah. If you had to choose one color for a room, what would it be? Deep teal. I am always drawn to this color. Hashtags for awesome design? #mycollecteddecor #mydecorvibe #mycuratedaesthetic #howivintage


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Change the entire vibe of a room just by adding different colors. I have so much fun mixing things up and playing around with color combinations.

No One Can Tell You It’s Wrong If It’s Your Vision.

Be Yourself! My design rule: if I have an idea, I just go for it. I would hate to recreate someone else’s design, so my rule is to design using my own ideas. Of course, I’m inspired by others, but I love creating and designing in a unique way.

I was once told that creating art and designing isn’t like taking a math test; there is no wrong answer. When it comes to having ideas for designing and creating art, the right answer is whatever your vision or design is.

No Matchy Matchy. I think my bedroom furniture consists of seven pieces from seven different places, but it all works together. I don’t think I’ll ever have a matching set.


Advice for people who want to add a bit of color to their neutral home? I would say start small with a fun colorful rug or a few colorful throw pillows; maybe add some green by adding plants or fresh flowers.

Decorating With Fabric Wallpaper

ORIGIN. QUICKIE ROUND Something we wouldn’t know about you? I met and chatted with the Queen of England!

I live in a rental, so I’ve discovered many design hacks. My favorite hack right now is fabric wallpaper. A few years ago, I read an article about how military wives in the ’50s would decorate their homes using fabric and liquid starch in place of wallpaper. It’s such a good method. I’ve used it in several rooms in my home, and I swear by it. When it’s dry, the fabric looks and feels the same as real wallpaper.

The place you feel most yourself? Any city, especially London—I’m a city girl. Your spirit animal? Definitely a monkey. If you had to design a room in one color, what would it be? It’s tough to choose one, but green, all the shades of green! Which designer gives you the most inspiration? Iris Apfel. What hashtags do you use to find awesome design on Instagram? #boldbohemians #stellarspaces #bohoismyjam #showmeyourboho #apartmenttherapy

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Textiles + Tapestries I’m always inspired by fabrics and textiles from around the world. Most of the rooms I design in my home center around the textiles I’ve been collecting for many years. I find I’m often inspired to create an entire design for a room based off a single tapestry or rug.

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“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” —Katharine Hepburn


Play with Those Angles for Great Images Angles! Angles are huge to the visual appeal of a shot, and so is composition. Make sure it feels balanced in its proportions. Play around with those things and take several shots of a space; you’ll definitely get at least one or two that you love.

Take It Personally “Life is a beautiful adventure” is a philosophy that I apply to every aspect, including my design style. Focus on things you love and that are meaningful to you. I have lots of personal items around, like old trophies my husband won, our children’s framed artwork, antique books (which I collect) and vintage pieces that tell a story. Bring your personality into your home; it will immediately feel comforting and soothing.

Say It with Color! Color is essential for me! It’s happy and soft or bold and dramatic. It can create so many moods and completely change the feel of a space. Color is the easiest way to bring more life into a home.



outside the box. For example, 1} Think I used a reclaimed set of doors over

our fireplace and created a desk using an old storefront door I found at a flea market by suspending it from the ceiling. I saved a ton compared to purchasing a desk of that size and I think it’s way cooler! what you have. I am always 2} Reuse shopping our house, rearranging furniture to change spaces and keep things feeling fresh without spending money. Get the most bang for the buck. wallpapering only an accent wall 3} Byin our powder room and using large remnants in frames on the other walls, I got the look I wanted at a fraction of the price it would have cost to do the whole bathroom. And never pay full retail! Shop discount retailers, flea markets and sales.


Tina Bousu ORIGIN. LIGHTNING ROUND A pet peeve of yours? Spaces that feel cold. Where do you do most of your collecting? Flea markets. Where do you shop to find your favorite pieces? Flea markets and Home Goods are my two favorites, but I also love World Market and Anthropologie’s sale section.

If you had to design a room in one color, what would it be? How do I pick just one? Eek! I could do blue! What hashtags do you use to find awesome design on Instagram? #myhomevibe #bohoismyjam #bohemiandecor #livecolorfully What’s the fastest way to shift a space? Swap out pillows and drapes.

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Color, Texture, Shapes and Her Famous Flat Lays

Philippa Stanton Instagram:


Creativ ity

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. —Aristotle


Learn To Really Look! My art teacher told me to look at the shapes between things, not just the objects themselves. She told me to try to see the actual colors that light creates and not think that I already know enough about what I’m looking at. So the best advice I was ever given was to really LOOK!

What’s Your Story? I’m a UK-based photographer/ artist. As well as painting abstracts of taste, scent and sound, my colorful compositions as @5ftinf have gained me a following of over 400,000 on Instagram. My new book, Conscious Creativity, will be available in November 2018.

Where Do You Start to Create Your Famous Flat Lays? I think I start with a feeling. I look at things around me for a while and then try to focus on the feeling inside me. I use objects and textures to create something more like a 3D collage that resonates with a sense of the day. I like creating them in the morning as that’s when my mind feels at its clearest.

Design Advice Create a genuine home, a place that you can grow and develop over time and not just chuck away when there’s a new trend. There is so much wasted cheap furniture just because after a couple of years people want another “makeover.” It’s better, surely, to genuinely cherish every piece you buy or find, and not just get it because it fits a “look.”

Visiting the Visual Bank I’m always inspired by art, exhibitions, theater and fashion, but I’m also really inspired by the outdoors: my garden, bike rides and the sea. Basically, I like to feed my visual bank with as much as possible and then things just seem to happen; so, to be honest, most things inspire me!


Life in

Bloom The Fastest Way to Shift a Space? Lighting.

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Favorite Films? • 2001: A Space Odyssey • Singin’ in the Rain • There Will Be Blood • Once Upon a Time in the West • The Grand Budapest Hotel

Color Color Color! Color is a massive part of how I process the world. Things become much easier for me to understand if color is used—particularly if the colors are harmonious. It seems a very natural thing for me, and I’m always really surprised when people tell me that color scares them! Color represents the beauty and life force that surrounds us, and it is a language that I feel far more at home with than words.

Creating Your Space I create a space at home and for my work in a similar way to how I create a flat lay; I look around and try to connect to how I feel... working out what shapes, textures and colors I want around me. I have lots of “things,” as I love all sorts of design and like to make everyday domestic items into something considered as beautiful as an expensive vase. I love utilizing pieces that have become ghosts to technology, such as my grandmother’s bean slicer or my father’s slide rule.

Secrets for Capturing Great Images?

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Glamour Nest Thoughtful Nesting and Getting Clear on Your Emotional Needs in Your Space + How Perfection Leaves No Room for Intimacy, Authenticity or Grace

Jessica McClendon Founder of Glamour Nest Los Angeles, California Instagram: @glamournest PHOTOS: Mary Costa


his candy-colored home, designed by Jessica McClendon of the Los Angeles-based interior design studio Glamour Nest, mixes bright colors, quirky accessories and luxe materials to create the ultimate bachelorette pad. From the fabrics and furniture to the artwork and accessories, color is everywhere. The robin’s egg blue walls throughout the apartment help give the loft a more eclectic vibe. A few of our favorite elements? For starters, the candy bar is #goals! We also love the neon signs, print rugs, metallic light fixtures and accents of lucite, velvet and faux fur.

The Magic of Color Color is just so personal. It represents our spirit, while also providing a path to alter or change our spirit. It’s fascinating how different people are attracted to different colors. Why do I love teal? I literally can’t explain it to you… I just love it. Why does someone love yellow? It truly comes from within.

Creating a Space That Nurtures You: The biggest way to create a space that nurtures you, whether it’s at home or at a workspace, is to:

A. Figure out your emotional needs. B. Use that information to make design choices. You can do this with some good old-fashioned journaling. And as an added bonus, you might even discover that you have different emotional needs for different areas of your home. For example, in your family room, an emotional need might be spending time with family, while your bedroom might be about having time to meditate or have alone time to recharge. Getting clear on our emotional needs is all about figuring out who we are and what drives us—not the idealized version of ourselves, but the truest, best version. It’s the foundation of my design philosophy and why I founded my online design workshop, Thoughtful Nesting. It’s important to get clear on your emotional needs so that you can apply style with substance, because the truth is, we don’t just decorate to have a more beautiful home. While it’s a nice side effect, the need comes from a much deeper desire to share life—and ourselves—with the people we love. That’s why if you attempt to follow the latest decorating trends, because that’s what you think everyone else is doing, you won’t truly be happy with the result. Will it look pretty? Yeah, it might look AMAZING, but if your emotional needs are not being met, it won’t nurture you.


Motto I Live By “Perfection is overrated.” I don’t know who said it first, but I believe this to be true in our homes and life in general. Perfection leaves no room for intimacy, authenticity or grace.

Do We Have to Use Rooms for Their Original Purpose? NO! I’m all about your emotional needs being fulfilled by your home. There is no rule that the room labeled “dining room” on the architect’s plan has to be used as a dining room. Maybe you don’t need a dining room at all… guess what? That’s cool. Nix the dining room all together. Depending on what your emotional needs are, you could make it into a fun poker lounge, billiards room, teen lounge, library or art studio. If one of your life’s intentions is to be creative, then changing a formal dining room into an art studio is a much better use of space.

Don’t Play It Safe: Buy What You LOVE I am really an anti-rule type of gal. In fact, I hate anybody telling me what to do. In general, I try not to live by design rules, but I do employ a few key principles. My biggest principle is: Don’t make a “safe” design choice simply because you’re worried that you’ll get tired of a bolder design choice you really, truly love. Now, when I say “love,” I mean it must be something that makes your heart skip a beat. It’s so sad when people deny themselves an item because they’re afraid that they’ll tire of it. I’ve had clients go for a grey sofa instead of a heart-stopping kelly green sofa out of fear. Honestly, because they never LOVED the grey sofa, they tired of it much quicker even though it’s a neutral! If they had gone for the choice that really resonated with them from the beginning, they would have loved it for so much longer!


Something You Will Never Have in Your Home? Any piece of furniture with a built-in cup holder! Yes, it exists. I’ve seen it with my own eyes!

Surround Yourself with Talented People

Jessica McClendon

Straight out of college, my good friend Bruce Wood, a very talented dancer and choreographer, told me to surround myself with talented people. Instead of being threatened by them, he said to learn from them and celebrate their achievements. In the creative world, it’s so easy to feel like you’re in competition with everyone, and his advice set my mind straight. He passed away a few years ago, but I have never forgotten this advice. I love being around people who are brilliant at what they do, because they make me better at what I do.

My Design Hacks I love these because they are super easy to achieve and almost foolproof.

1} 2} 3}

Oversized art. If it’s large, it makes an instant visual impact and gives the space a glamorous, high-end feel. The art can be anything—a vintage photo of a rock star or a vibrant stack of donuts, whatever suits you. Bold lighting fixtures. Swap out the boring flush mount lighting for goodness’ sake and opt for a conversation starter—feminine or sculptural chandeliers, modern or vintagestyle pendants, you name it. Interesting lighting fixtures are a surefire way to make your space unique. Add a bold pattern somewhere in the space. This can be done with wallpaper, a rug or even patterned window treatments. And let’s be frank, spaces that have bold choices always feel designed, because they are making a statement.


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Make Your Home


Sanctuary {

Sara Pavao Instagram:





Queen I am an avid thrifter, constantly cruising through local thrift stores and consignment shops. But I also scour eBay and Etsy for more elusive items. If I have an idea in mind and am pretty sure our local shops won’t have a certain ethnic or regional item, then I start the hunt online. I love that most of my most cherished items aren’t brand new and have their own history.

Spaces For

Sensitive People

I’m a highly sensitive person and my surroundings have a big impact on my mood and well-being. I’m convinced that the senses come into play here. I need a space to look beautiful, of course, but it should also smell delicious. I have a love of aromatherapy and diffusers. Decorative elements should be soft and inviting. I love to layer textiles—the softer and more textured the better. Finally, when possible I love to have soft music playing—spiritual chanting from various yoga traditions is my favorite way to reconnect with my inner self. I’m mostly inspired by nature and the perfectly imperfect world found outside. The texture of tree bark, the patterns found on shells, the colors found at a beach—I find all of that to be rejuvenating and inspiring and the very reason I am always bringing bits of the outside world inside our home.

Best Advice You’ve Been Given? “Make your home a sanctuary” has been the best advice I’ve ever heard; if I have a place of refuge, then I can rest and recharge and be a better human being. I am able to love more fiercely and unconditionally. And I can be still and tap into my inner strength.



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Lightning Round Something we wouldn't know about you? I’m an only child and always in search of alone time. The place you feel most yourself? My sunroom—I’m surrounded by my plants and I feel alive. Your spirit animal? A cat—they are quiet and mysterious yet such a deep well of love. If you had to design a room in one color, what would it be? White—I’m strongly attracted to the serenity and calm of it. What hashtags do you use to find awesome design on Instagram? #myinterior #bohemianmodern #bohoismyjam #foundforaged

Quote You Live By? “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”—William Morris Can’t go wrong when you follow this classic.


Find a Great Handyman If you have lots of ideas without the know-how to execute them, find yourself a handy guy and make him your own. At least that’s what I did. Seriously, though, we wouldn’t have the home we have without the blood, sweat and brains of my husband. That guy can make anything I’ve dreamt up, and he loves to make me smile.

Let Color Warm and Refresh You

Sacred Nesting

Color carries so many emotions with it, and I feel highly sensitive to the energy certain colors carry. I feel energized and refreshed by the green of all our plants and calmed by the white walls we’ve chosen for our home. Lately, peach is having a moment in our home, and it’s bringing a warmth that fills my heart.


Orange County, California

Plants, DIY

& Color Finding the Calm Compromise in Design

Interior Stylist, Anita Yokota Instagram:

@anitayokota | Anita Yokota Marise Vitale

Interior photos: photo of anita:

Calm + Compromise

Finding Balance

I love creating calm spaces at home and work since both co-exist in the same space for me and my husband. Because we both work at home together, it is very important that we set boundaries where we feel free to work without getting in each other’s way. For him, he likes to be in a room where there is little noise. For me, I love natural light and soothing zen vibes like my dreamy workspace corner. The Scandinavian/California cool look really speaks to me for inspiration.

I have been trained as a marriage and family therapist for many years, and prior to pursuing my passion for interior design, I helped others find balance emotionally. Now I help others translate that balance to their homes. So it’s actually been a fluid transition. My favorite is helping partners who have two polar opposite design styles. It is exciting for me to help them negotiate and bridge together a style that speaks to the both of them.



Hashtags for inspo? #ourtruehaven #ggathome #currentdesignsituation

If you had to design a room in one color, what would it be? Indigo blue.

Being a busy mom of three and on a realworld budget, DIYs have always been a go-to for me. Part of my design passion is to share fun DIYs. Take a look at my master bath. We definitely have plans for major renovations to update the outdated 1990s look. However, in the meantime, I grew impatient. Our melamine bathroom cabinets were old and gross, but we were saving for a big reno. What’s a girl to do? Paint, of course! I turned yellowed, tattered old cabinets into dark, sexy cabinets. Adding brass hardware and sink fixtures, vinyl peel-and-stick wood flooring, a vintage rug and updated vanity lighting, we got a whole new bathroom look in just one weekend!

Mad about Plants! I love, love, love styling with plants. Plant babies literally give any space, nook or cranny a breath of fresh air! If you have an awkward nook, take a woven basket, turn it upside down, plop a plant on top and instantly that space will look like you purposefully designed it. The pops of green with variegated greens, white and reds add an extra visual layer to your home without it feeling cluttered. Another favorite of mine is to hang them vertically and add design from the top of a room. It can make a world of difference in adding balance without much effort.

Color is the Answer Color is essential to visually play up or play down a space. Whether you are trying to make a space larger or just add happy vibes to a stale corner, color is your answer! It is really important to me, because I love expressing every mood I have through colorful designs. And color includes monochromatic tones. So whatever mood I am in for myself or my client, color permeates that specific design.


New Haven, Connecticut

Sharing Our Love of Big, Bold Design Where to Shop, Essential Design Hacks and Creating a High-End Look on a Budget

Fun Design Hacks #1 You can build it. Buy a nail

gun. Try it. It’s empowering.

#2 An odd number of pieces at

staggered heights always pair well.

#3 Find a piece that inspires

you (artwork, statement piece, etc.) and design the colors in a room around it for a cohesive look.

#4 Removable wallpaper is a

Jessica Brigham Creator, Magazine Ready for Life Instagram:

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Interior photos:

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Jessica Brigham Constance Schiano

A vivacious native New Yorker based in New England, boasting her love for big and bold design. Obsessed with DIY, rearranging, cooking, cocktails, thrifting and getting shit done. It’s her goal to equip and empower creatively-inclined women to live out their best magazine-ready life.



#5 Use a water-filled spray

bottle to smooth out wrinkles in bedding.

» Design Essentials Every room must have a BBB (big, bold and beautiful) statement piece! These BBBs are my central starting point of a design—whether thrifted or brand spankin’ new—and they energize the vibe of the entire space. I’m after creating a high-end look on a budget.

» Where to Shop for Scoring Great Pieces Here, there, everywhere! Craigslist is my longtime bestie. Facebook Marketplace is steamrolling the competition. Estate sales and Local Instagrammers and collectors. Other notables include eBay, Letgo, and OfferUp.

» Something I’ll Never Have in My Home It’s a no on artificial plants, unless absolutely critical (such as in a windowless room). So maybe not “never.” OK, OK, I got one. Creepy collectible dolls. NEVER.

» Travel Inspiration Favs Charleston, South Carolina, for the antebellum history and hospitality; Colorado, for the mountaintop scenery; Palm Springs, for its desert flora and mid-century modern flair; and, most recently, Ireland, for its colorful 17th-century architecture and good-natured dwellers.

ORIGIN. LIGHTNING ROUND Your spirit animal? Flamingos. And Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny. If you had to design a room in one color, what would it be? Right now, a very unmellow yellow. Maybe pink. Or orange. Which designers or sites give you the most inspiration? Jonathan Adler, Shelby Girard, Camille Styles, A Beautiful Mess. What hashtags do you use to find awesome design on Instagram? #magreadyforlife #beautifullyboho #decorcrushing #apartmenttherapy #colourmyhome #abmlifeiscolorful #sweetdreamsdlf #bohemianmodern #livecolorfully #dwellpow

Something We Wouldn’t Know About You? I never tape when I paint. Do-it-by-eye edger. I also built the board and batten in my dining room, one of many self-taught carpentry projects.

Solid Life Advice Just be you. Unabashed, unfiltered, unapologetic you. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”—Oscar Wilde


» Your Home Is Your Sanctuary My home is my sanctuary—my place to retreat—and a reflection of who I am at any time. I’m inspired by my travels and a trickle of designers I follow. I’m not afraid of mixing colors, textures, patterns and metals. They mingle a lot.

5 Musts for a Great Party #1 Boozy, craft cocktail goodness or champagne.

#2 Finger-licking-good finger foods. #3 Music. Always. Genre depends

on desired mood.

#4 Precious paper plates + cocktail napkins.

#5 Candles. Bring on that ambiance, baby.

» Ideas for Working from Home Since I work from home, I’ve intentionally created distinct areas to satisfy both facets of life. When designing my office, I installed a set of French doors myself to separate the living space from my workspace. A simple partition goes a long way.


Living well

On Stands Nat ional ly Now

Coffee & Seasons Life in the French Countryside Chantal

Colombes, France Instagram: @clangart


Book I Love

Roses. Always Roses.

I live near Paris, in an old factory that I turned into a loft. I have a nice little garden with many pink and white flowers and three rose bushes.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim. It is the story of two English women who decide to leave rainy London to rent a castle in Italy in secret, hiding it from their husbands. One of the most beautiful texts of the twentieth century devoted to Italy.

My favorite flowers are roses. Their fragrance enlightens the mind; their sensuality enlightens the sweetness of living. It is because their complicated grace captivates our mind that we realize that no flowers are identical to others.


Life in Bloom Transform your life into a flower garden, where each flower represents a good action. —Mazouz Hacène

Savoring + Softening Slow living means to appreciate the present moment, to disconnect your smartphone and computer and to prefer reading a good book, taking the time to admire a flower or a sunset, and sharing with our children and friends.

Travel Vibe

Photo Tips

When I visit a city, I do not plan anything; I like to stroll and to discover.

I use a bridge camera because it is a light camera that I always carry in my bag. I like taking instant photos always in automatic mode. There are so many beautiful moments or things to photograph. When you want to take a close-up, do it with your zoom instead of resizing the picture afterwards; the results will only be better.

Paris I am very lucky to live near Paris. I love this city; I love its architecture, its carved facades, museums and gardens, and the banks of the Seine. I like to walk in unusual places and discover hidden passages.


Life in


Gathered Threads Belfast, Northern Ireland

Janice Armstrong @gatheredthreads


“She is like a wildflower— beautiful, fierce and free.” —Mallory Lynn

You Belong Among the Wildflowers My favorite flowers are generally the wildflowers, those that grow in the hedges, often overlooked and yet so delicate and whimsical. In my cut flower garden, I have tried to plant flowers that are simple like the wildflower—poppies, daisies, stocks and dahlias. Although the beauty of the rose cannot go unmentioned. As the seasons change, my favorites do too. The wonder of each flower bursting from its bud at just the perfect time I find so amazing.

Tending Your Garden Slow living for me this year has been a simple focus on tending my garden. A love of taking photos of flowers, noticing the small changes and watching how the gift of a simple posy can transform someone’s day, has led me on a fledgling journey to grow my own cut flower garden. This has been a lesson in patience, of savoring the tiny seedlings appearing from the soil and tending the delicate buds as they grow.


Books I Love: Old English garden, tree and wildflower books, which have the most exquisite botanical drawings and prints.

Fun Fact: Peonies can live to be 100 if planted properly!

Every flower must grow through dirt. —Laurie Jean Sennott

Glorious Floral Captures Brilliant editing apps like VSCO are great for on-the-go editing, and Lightroom has a mobile version. Word Swag and Unfold allow you to add text to your photos. I have always loved taking photos of florals—playing with light and depth of field, staging and styling layouts, and noticing the changes in season throughout the year. Instagram has been the perfect place to have an outlet for that creativity, a record of the simple and beautiful moments along the way that would probably have gone unseen and unnoticed. I have tried to be more intentional about including a range of angles, from flat lays to wide shots and angles all interspersed. Podcasts like Raw Milk by Beth Kirby are a brilliant source of editing information and suggestions for enhancing your photography and Instagram.

Photo Tips Recently I have used Lightroom for my editing, and the presets by Kim Klassen have been an amazing resource for me. These have opened a whole new world for me, and I am on a journey to discover how to use Lightroom more effectively in my photography. Learning the basics of a DSLR camera and enjoying the mechanics behind photography is an area I wouldn’t have thought I would enjoy!

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. —E.B. White

Instagram + Online Communities I love the community of people online and the resources available to encourage you in your passion. Such a wealth of information and so many people sharing their knowledge is an amazing thing.


Copenhagen, Denmark

The Beauty

of F lowers Photographer + Stylist Birgitte Fjeldberg Instagram:

Flower Tips I was advised by my dear friend Bea (@bea7507) to add sugar to the water in the vase to help the flowers bloom. I was also advised by lovely Instagrammers to put lilac stems in hot water before putting them in a vase. This should help them last longer.



Danish Hygge + Slow Living Slow living, to me, is very close to the Danish hygge. Slow living means doing things you love to do without stressing. For me, it can be cutting or arranging flowers on my balcony or in my apartment, then styling them and taking pictures, or enjoying a good cup of coffee at my favorite cafĂŠ, a walk in nature, being with family, candlelight or a good movie.

Favorite Stems Photo Advice

I take all my pictures by iPhone. I just bought an iPhone 8, and I really love the portrait function; it makes the picture look so sharp and full of depth. I use the VSCO app and work afterwards with light, cold/warmth, etc. I also just use my phone to edit my pictures. I never use an iPad or computer.

I love almost all flowers. Some of my favorites are lilacs, peonies, roses, hydrangeas, French anemones and tulips. They all come in different varieties and colors. And they all photograph so well. I love the smell of lilacs, peonies and roses.



The place you feel most yourself? In a vintage store hunting for treasures. Your spirit animal? The bowerbird. If you had to design a room in one color, what would it be? Emerald green. Which designers or sites give you the most inspiration? Australian wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst. Also, @labohemehouseofthewishingtrees on Instagram. Which hashtags do you use to find awesome design on instagram? I cohost #boldbohemians and #mysouthwesternbohome. I also love #bohoismyjam and #jungalowstyle. Your dream destination? Mexico.

Avid Thrifter & Vintage Enthusiast,

Cozy Boho Vibe

creating a in Her Modern Build Home Balancing Color and Chaos with Symmetry Gippsland, Victoria, Australia Lee Alford Instagram:


Photos: Lee Alford & Jacqueline Alford-Crofts @jacquiandi


Bold. Balance. Symmetry I believe in styling your home in any way that makes you happy. Saying that, though, I have an innate need for balance and symmetry and sometimes drive myself to distraction trying to achieve it! I’m a maximalist at heart, but I always surround a busily styled area with space to make it pop. I also love bold color to be balanced by white walls and natural elements like wood, cane and plants.

ENERGIZING COLOR Color is crucial for setting a mood and lifting your spirit. When I walk into my home after a long day at work, I am instantly revitalized. Color gives me energy and joy and always makes me smile. Color, for me, represents uniqueness and individuality.

FEED YOUR SOUL A space that nurtures you and feeds your soul needs to feature plants. And the more the merrier! Every space can be improved by the addition of a plant. I’m finding that more and more objects are being relegated to storage. I need all the space for my growing plant family.



I’m an avid thrifter and have been most of my life. Most of my pieces are thrifted or from local vintage stores. Living in the country, your access to home decor is limited, so online shopping is a must. I am lucky to have a gorgeous Turkish rug and homewares store close by and love to support makers and artists.

I was privileged to travel to Cambodia two years ago and came back a changed woman. The impact of poverty can be seen everywhere, but the spirit, warmth and friendliness of the people I encountered was truly humbling. The vibrancy of Siem Reap’s night market and streets, the breathtaking temple complexes of Angkor Wat, the brightly painted boats and stilt homes of Kompong Khleang floating village will stay with me forever.


From Santa Fe with Love

PATTERNS, P lants, Textile Love


Heather French Lead Designer, French & French Interiors INSTAGRAM: @frenchandfrenchinteriors

Interior Photos: Amadeus Leitner Photo of Heather: Bill Stengel

design rules Scale is important. You have to understand the scale of the house and choose furniture accordingly. There are a lot of guidelines I’ve made for myself, but, in general, rules are made to be broken!


5 1

important tips before you design

Honesty about who you are. Are you messy, disorganized…

2 A willingness to not live how you think you are

supposed to and live the way you want to.

3 To listen to your family’s (or partner’s) needs and

incorporate those into your home. For example: If you have kids, use an antique coffee table instead of a glass one or shiny new one. It will get better the more dings and scratches and paint chips it gets!

4 Be realistic! Enjoy where you are at right now! It’s

Origin. Slam

OK to copy a space if you love the look, but look at how it will function for you and your family.


Have fun! Make sure the space you design won’t be anxiety inducing! Make sure the materials and finishes you choose will stand up to the function the room needs to serve, and then let go and enjoy!

Something you always have in your bag? Measuring tape. Where do you shop to find your favorite pieces? Stores that have primitive antiques.


Which designers or sites give you the most inspiration? Sister Parish, Bunny Mellon, Hutton Wilkinson. Hashtags for awesome design? #societyofdesign #myboldhues Where do you start when you remake a room? Fabrics. Always. What’s the fastest way to shift a space? Great drapery or paint! One of your favorite quotes: “Pay attention to what you pay attention to; it will tell you who you are!” Something we wouldn’t know about you? I was an acupuncturist for eight years before I switched careers! That career was integral in allowing me to understand and listen to my clients’ needs!

best advice? “You can always go back.” At a critical time in my life, just after leaving home for college, I was really homesick and was considering leaving Auburn University to go back home. At one point, my mom, being supportive of whatever decision I needed to make, said to me, “You can always go back, but at some point you’re going to have to go through this, these feelings, so stick with it, you’re almost over the hump.” I stayed in school and took that advice for everything I apply myself to, including my business. It helps me keep getting up every single time.

Creating + Cultivating I create spaces from an emotional place. I’m not technical about it. I ask clients how they want to feel in a space, what dreams they have for their family and how they want to experience their home. Do they want a media room where they all are looking at a screen, or do they want a living room with a TV in it, but the room is made for conversation and game playing? It’s about how you want to live, not what you think a room is supposed to be used for. These conversations with my clients are crucial and always result in a home with a lot of heart.

make your space sing Pattern and plants make your space come alive! To get that lived-in, loved-in feeling, you have to add great patterns, texture and life!

Wish Ya Would've Known at 20? I wish I would have realized to pay attention to what I was naturally paying attention to! It would have pushed me into my field a lot younger. The 411 Heather and her husband, Matt, have experience building homes from concept to completion. They build, remodel, design and inspire. With a modern foundation, and a respect for history, they seek an authenticity of materials and experience, bringing meaning to the quiet moments of life.


Natural Elements Nature, color and pattern make your home come alive! I use lots of natural elements from the outdoors—crystals, plants and feathers are everywhere in my home! We have a large piece of driftwood we found on one of our trips that holds special memories, and it didn’t cost us a thing!



Loungeista The

Creating a Cozy, Colorful, Bohemian Escape Oakland, California

Kristin Peters Instagram: @theloungeista | Photos: Kristin Peters

Fill Your Home With Things That Make You Happy! I love using gorgeous textiles, rugs, pillows and throws to instantly create a soft, relaxing space. Make your space personal, and layer it with things that warm your heart.


Where Do You Start?

Something We Wouldn’t Know ABout You?

I always start with the floors and work my way up. I adore rugs, so a fantastic rug will be my jumping-off point for everything else! Rugs set the tone for the whole room.

I’ve seen the whole Gilmore Girls series three times, and I’m a full-time chiropractor.

Inspiration There are so many people, places and eras that give me inspiration: my mom, Iris Apfel, Jonathan Adler, Matthew Williamson, Billy Baldwin, David Hicks, Hawaii, the ’60s and ’70s.

Easy Ways To Shift a Space The fastest way to shift a space is to change the textiles. You can change up the rugs, pillows and curtains and have a totally different-feeling space in a day!

if You Had to Choose One Color For a Room If I had to design a room in one color it would be... blue. I love all shades of blue! I love pink too, but that would be too much!

Natural Light is the Key Mantra

The secret to capturing great home images is to use lots of color and patterns, then wait for the light! My photos are often unplanned, but when the light makes everything glow, I’m inspired to capture the moment.

Iris Apfel has my favorite quotes! In one interview she said, “I’m a hopeless romantic. I buy things because I fall in love with them. I never buy anything just because it’s valuable. My husband used to say I look at a piece of fabric and listen to the threads. It tells me a story... I have to get a physical reaction when I buy something. A coup de foudre—a bolt of lightning. It’s fun to get knocked out that way!”

Pet Peeves Cords! I don’t want to see ANY of them EVER!

Where Do You Shop? Most of my collecting is from flea markets and thrifting. I love unique, old pieces that tell a story. I shop on Instagram, but also local thrift stores and flea markets. I try to buy vintage most of the time. I adore old things!

Design Hacks

Think outside the box and use things you love in unique ways. We hung up a few throws and tapestries as curtains! We have rugs on the floor, but we’ve also layered them over the sofa and headboard. And don’t forget about light! I have tons of lamps all over the house because they make you and your home shine! They’re the jewelry of the room.



Featuring 40 top makers, creators, designers, fem entrepreneurs,​​ flower and flat lay artists on Instagram, and travel influencers. Boho ho...


Featuring 40 top makers, creators, designers, fem entrepreneurs,​​ flower and flat lay artists on Instagram, and travel influencers. Boho ho...