Thanks so much for all the kind words after sharing part one of the office tour. Today I'm sharing our living space. Like I mentioned, I'm not the world's greatest decorator. Decor gives me hives and I have no idea what I'm doing so I tried for a minimalist, industrial vibe with a little bit of a boho twist. Above all, I just want it to feel comfortable, light, bright, airy, minimal yet warm, and when I walk in the door, I just want to feel like I'm home.
I may not have a clue about what colors go with what, or what textures look best where, but one thing I do know is that plants are great not only for decor but they also help to purify the air, so when UZ Planters offered to send along a vertical garden kit, I was in. It's pretty fool-proof. You just plant the plants, let them sit for a few days to settle in and then hang it up. Now the real test will be to see if we can keep those plants alive!
We opted out of a kitchen table since we use our open living area for shooting yoga videos, and I didn't want one more thing to move each time we shoot. Instead, we looked for industrial bar stools, but were coming up empty. There just wasn't anything that we loved for the price, so Greg decided he'd make them for us. It was a little bit of a fail because they came out pricier than we expected, but whatever. They're cool looking and they get the job done. DIY tutorial on these stools coming up soon.
So, here's a little secret. The bedroom is actually where the office is supposed to be, because it's this weird little nook with no door. But I spend at least ten hours a day at my desk so I didn't want to be in some back room little nook, so I made it our bedroom. We have a rule about no tv in the bedroom so we're really only there to sleep and since we live alone, the room divider for a door wasn't an issue. I love that the divider is really long, and offers a lot of privacy without making the space feel closed in.
Ok, pausing the tour here for some real talk. Blogging is pretty cool for a job - especially when people start sending you free stuff, but hands down, this bed is probably the best thing I ever received. I was overjoyed when intelliBED offered me a bed. Not only did I not even own one to begin with (because we had just returned from living in Europe), but it was important to me that our next bed was chemical-free and this one ticked all the boxes. The company really stands behind their product. In fact, they sent me this bed in April and asked that I wait a few months to post about it because they really wanted me to be sure I liked it. And, if you don't like your bed for any reason, you can just call them up to return it, and they will pick it up within 60 days free of charge. I'm not gonna lie, I was sort of skeptical at first. I mean, I had an hour long phone call with a guy from the company, who told me about this patented gel within the bed that removes 80% of the pressure that causes tossing and turning. It's so powerful that if Greg moves, I don't feel it on my side of the bed. It's pretty amazing. It's such a comfortable bed, and to top it off, it doesn't use any formaldehyde (seriously, check your mattresses - they put formaldehyde in beds!), or any toxic flame retardants. If you're in the market for a bed, this bad boy is expensive, but it may be the last one you have to buy. Bonus, you can use YOGABYCANDACE for 10% off.
Ok back to the tour. The vintage Moroccan wedding blanket was purchased in Morocco. That was a buying experience unlike any other! My dad used to weave carpets for this super small company in the Berkshires so I knew the basics of a great, handwoven rug and blanket, but despite that, we still went to a government regulated shop for the rug and wedding blanket we purchased. They asked us what we liked, what we were looking for, and then made us some Moroccan mint tea, had us sit down, and two guys brought out rug after rug after rug, blanket after blanket while the owner talked with us. The two guys would talk to him in Arabic, he would translate into English for us, we'd say whether or not we liked the pieces, and he's tell them in Arabic what to bring next. Finally, after at least two hours, we left with our goods. It was crazy but I love that we have these beautiful pieces and will always have that memory of purchasing some amazing pieces in Morocco.
Our bedroom, like the rest of the place, is pretty minimal. I really dislike clutter, so we didn't hang much aside from this faux deer bust, kind of a little nod to Greg's home state of Maine.
When we were in Europe in May for retreats, we made a point to try to take some print-worthy photos we could hang at our house because honestly, art is so freaking expensive and I just felt like if we were going to spend a little money on art it might as well be something we made together. So used Bay Photo Lab to create three large prints for our walls. The one above is my favorite. They all came out really awesome, though - they're printed on metal, so there's no need to frame it, and to clean them, you can just wipe them down with a damp cloth. The quality is excellent, and I couldn't be happier with them.
What do you do before bed? I always get into bed around ten, and then read for a little bit. Within fifteen or twenty minutes, I am out cold, so I keep a book or a magazine next to my bed. Also on my nightstand is a medium sized catch all that holds our watches and things. There's also a tagine from Morocco that holds some jewelry.
And that's it! I hope you enjoyed, and if you want to share a favorite picture of your living space, I'd love to see down in the comments below (or you could just describe it to me) :)
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