Happy 4th of July friends! I love the way summer is in full swing here in Los Angeles. The heat is a bit intense, but I just adore being able to run out in a sundress, sans sweater, and enjoy the sunshine until 8pm.
This long, holiday weekend allowed for some time with my family. My younger brother and his girlfriend came down from NorCal, we celebrated my older brother’s birthday, and toasted the ideals of independence. It also gave me some time to explore my parent’s back garden (which is busting with new life!)
You read that right. These adorable tiny planters are actually up-cycled cat food tins. See how the cuteness came together…
I love being able to find ways to use old containers or rubbish that I’d normally just throw away. There’s such a sense of accomplishment when creating something cute and useful out of something you already have on hand. With his monstrous appetite, I go through quite a lot of El Guapo the Cat’s tinned wet-food. For years, I’ve chucked the used cans in the trash, not giving them a second thought. But a few weeks ago, after rinsing out a finished can, I realized they are kind of a perfect size for a mini plant holder – ideal for air-plants!
There’s maybe nothing quite as enjoyable as visiting a really good plant shop. Lucky for me, Potted is just a hop, skip, and a short drive from our home!
These days, plants are my favorite interior decorating staple and probably my biggest styling challenge. From having a curious cat who likes to munch on everything, to having a thumb that’s more yellow than green, finding and keeping the right plants for my home and lifestyle can be a bit tricky. But nothing gives me more confidence and inspiration than a quick stroll through one of the best plant shops around – Potted in Atwater Village.
When you are first learning to bake, I have it on good authority that it’s best to start out with a tried and true classic – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies!
One of my goals for this year is to become a kick-ass, fantastic baker. Why? The answer is 2 fold. Firstly, I think it would do me good to put some energy into creating something tangible. Much of my work and my hobbies are based in the digital realm, and I suspect the process of baking will serve as a nice change. Secondly, if I always have delicious baked goods on hand, perhaps I can get the validation from others I so desperately crave, without having to talk to them or do anything more than handing them a yummy baked treat. (Is that pathetic? Yes it is? Oh, ok. Forget that part then.)
We had purchased this little bar cart from one our favorite Antique Malls – King Richards in Whittier – long before bar carts were cool and being sold everywhere. So it was looking a bit sad and needed a little pick me up. Luckily, sometimes all it takes to give an old piece of furniture a lift is some gold spray paint, marble contact paper, and about an hour of your time.
I’ll admit that there was something about the rundown brass of the cart’s frame that I sort of found interesting. But beyond looking pretty dingy, we had also allowed our cart to get cluttered with too many cocktail accoutrements and glasses, and it had basically become an eyesore in our living room.
I was feeling gloomy, as I sometimes do, and I had an intense need to surround myself in color, art, and creativity. So I went on an LA wall crawl…whilst wearing my pointe shoes.
If you’ve never been on a wall crawl, allow me to break it down for you. Basically a wall crawl is when you drive around the city to see, and perhaps take photos of, the best painted walls and street murals in town. Los Angeles is a sort of gold mine of good walls so, like a kid in a candy store, I mapped out a few of the walls on the east side of the city that I wanted to hit.
First on the list is this beauty in Atwater Village. This heart wall, painted by royalurbanart, is located just off Los Feliz Blvd, just east of The Morrison Pub, the Los Feliz Golf course, and Sante D’or Animal Rescue (where I got El Guapo.) The coolest thing about this gorgeous mural is how it has evolved and become a part of the community. People have written in things they love on the hearts, their wishes, their dreams… It’s really a beautiful spot that just exudes love.
I had been eyeing the wall for years, always thinking, I should take some pictures there, but just could never find the time. I’m glad I finally did it. You can follow more of my wall crawl on instagram with #ColorPointes.