Not sure about the rest of the country, but in Seattle, spring has definitely sprung and I am all about it. The city is drop dead gorgeous right now, in fact. I suspect after living in California with it’s drought, I am extra-excitable when it comes to greenery. For real, everything is so so so green. I’ve been here a month and it still catches me off guard. Add onto that the crisp smell of sea water, plus a few of mountains… and I’ve got some legit spring fever. The air smells great, the birds are happy, restaurants are finally unpacking their outdoor tables… What more could you need??
The hues of this season are truly something special: washed out pinks and peaches, dusty lavender and lilac, natural raw linen, and grey derived from marbles. All of this seems to whisper against a pop of yellow-y green.
Moving is really the ultimate time to purge anything that isn’t working for you. Before I left San Francisco, I decided it was silly to bring my old mattress with me, I’d simply upgrade to a new one when I arrived in Seattle… that was until I realized the absurd malarky that is mattress shopping. The entire mattress store experience was totally daunting and I left feeling way more confused than before I entered. Why are there so many features now?? It was not a good scene and I was in a pinch (the kind of pinch that includes an air mattress on the floor of an empty apartment). Then a friend suggested I look into Tuft & Needle. I was kind of shocked to learn that they are actually the makers of the highest rated mattress on Amazon. They were kind enough to send one my way to test out and I’m here to tell you: if you’re in the market for a mattress, the Tuft & Needle mattress should be at the top of your list.
The mattress arrived in a way-smaller box than I imagined. Turns out they have it vacuumed-sealed for shipping, making it way easier to get the mattress to you. For me, this meant that I was able to set up my mattress all by myself, something that’s really important for us single ladies. Once I cut the wrapping, it immediately inflated to normal mattress proportions, kinda like magic.
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What I found most interesting after my mattress shopping experience was how all of of the added ‘features’ simply served as an excuse to jack up the price. I don’t really need ‘cooling technology’ or fancy springs that will require flipping every few months. And that doesn’t even cover the ridiculous clauses in the warranties. For example, I found that most warranties won’t cover your mattress if you don’t use an ‘approved’ base, so either one of their own box springs (read: added cost) or randomly dictated rules for your bed base. Instead, Tuft & Needle gives you a 30 night trial and a 10 year limited warranty, something that definitely helped me sleep better at night. Another of the biggest selling points is the price: a queen goes for $600, so you can be comfortable without breaking the bank. Honestly, this feels like the future of mattress shopping and I hope more people catch on. Clearly, I’m not the only one who loves the new mattress…This post is a partnership with Tuft & Needle. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.
I recently moved into a gorgeous loft space (more on that later) and decided it was the perfect time to throw a housewarming party for some of my closest friends. Spring is practically bursting at the seams here in Seattle, so I knew exactly what to do: set the table with gorgeous, fresh blooms. The market is overflowing with options and I felt a bit overwhelmed, so I decided to take a cue from a dinner party essential: wine. Italian purveyor Ecco Domani sent over their 3 favorites to help me out: a Pinot Grigio, a Merlot, and, their newest addition, a Prosecco.
In the spirit of spring, I felt like the Pinot Grigio was the perfect inspiration for my florals. The notes of the wine are incredibly crisp and refreshing with hints of light citrus and delicate florals. While at the flower market, I shopped for ranunculus, quince branches, and white chrysanthemums. Always a fan of strange plants, I picked up a few opium poppies. See those weird green pod things? That’s them. I also sprinkled in some other things I had around the house, like air plants in glass terrariums. I always love when flowers feel like they are overflowing, so I arranged mine in a grouping of thrifted vases.
I also knew that I wanted the vibe of my housewarming party to be casual, but still a bit elegant. I kept things fresh and simple by ordering food from a local restaurant. Because I didn’t prepare the food myself, I still felt like being a bit fancy, so I asked my good friend Colore‘ to hand-letter menus and place cards just to give the table that special little wink. I also gave each guest a miniature air plant as a keepsake of the dinner.
We started with a gorgeous cheese and meat board spread, aka the perfect little bites to share as you wait for guests to arrive… and to share stories of my recent road trip up the coast.
The Pinot Grigio pairs perfectly with both pasta and fish, so I served up spaghetti tossed with clams (and a bit of bacon!) to keep things light and yummy. I also kept Merlot on hand to offer guests — you know there’s always a guest who prefers red wine! The Merlot was a great choice because it also pairs really well with pasta. The Ecco Domani Merlot was especially delicious because it’s so well-balanced. I was pleasantly surprised by how soft and smooth it tastes.
Lastly, for dessert, I served up something sweet and cute: mini cannoli! I offered my guests glasses of Ecco Prosecco for this portion of the housewarming party, which was the perfect light and flirty way to end the meal. Every meal needs a bit of fizz, don’t you think?
My housewarming party was such a success (and so easy to pull off), I envision many, many more to come.
Here’s something exciting: I don’t have any travel plans on the horizon for the next… 2 months? 3 months? Somethin’ like that. Which means I can finally focus on settling into my new loft here in Seattle! I pulled a bit of inspiration a while ago, but today I want to talk about one major room: the kitchen. It’s full of boring renter-ish details and materials: strange greenish blue colored laminate countertops, stark white cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances. There are great features, too: a butcher block island and tons of open space. I’ve got loads of ideas to begin with, but I’m choosing to focus on a statement rug as the focal point of the room.
Everywhere I’ve turned lately, my eyes are drawn to kitchen with patterned rugs. Sometimes the rugs are vintage and worn, or maybe just a great statement piece. I’ve decided this is the perfect look to make this boring rental kitchen my own. I’ve narrowed down my search to some local vintage shops because that feels important to me. I love that worn-in rug feel, plus it can’t be something too precious or expensive because it’s in the kitchen and I tend to be a messy cook (not to mention that rugs are a favorite spot for Georgette to lounge).
Perpetual favorite of mine Rebecca Atwood has launched yet another stunning collection. After a weekend of ‘roughing it’ in Texas, all I can think about this morning is curling up with piles of these gorgeously patterned pillows and sumptuous textiles.
The Dobbler collection is inspired by the lazy weekend, “with the easeful feeling of sleeping in, stretching your legs and feeling blissfully relaxed.” Amen, sister.
As with her past collections, Rebecca’s ultra relaxed yet luxurious pillows and textiles are made of painterly shibori linens, dots and circles, and artwork inspired by leaves. Whether you mix-n-match or stick to a singular statement pillow, these pieces are perfect for pretty much any home.
I usually tend to keep the textiles talk to the posts I write for Anthology, but usually there have been so many lately that I can’t possibly keep up!
First up, In Bed. One of the best investments I made was a set of linen sheets years ago and I’m looking for another set. They feel that good. I love the casual, rumped look, the natural cooling effect of linen, even the way it takes color differently than cotton. I especially love the colors that In Bed offers and the way they mix and match so well.
I actually did write about Ohhio on Anthology a few weeks ago, but my love affair has yet to end. I’ve got these oversized knit blankets on my mind in a BIG way for my new loft, especially as I brainstorm ways to create a great reading nook (see more tips on that over on eBay).
Then there’s Lumiere Art and Co. from Australia. It’s kinda safe to say I want it all, especially these giant polka dot throws and pillows. Then there’s their amazing ice-dyed pieces. I’ve never seen this technique done before! Basically, they individually layer the fabric with dye and ice to achieve the totally one-of-a-kind patterns that sort of look like florals. Talk about a fun, new twist on tie dye, right?
I’m finally here! I rolled into Seattle around 7 pm Sunday night and have been basking in the ‘glow’ of my new neighborhood and gorgeous new apartment ever since. There’s one catch though: my stuff doesn’t arrive until next week! I’ve got the essentials with me, but I’m one of those people who needs to immediately feel at home, so I today I partnered with Glade to share some of my favorite ways to settle into a new home with flowers and fragrance.
Flowers have a way of making a house feel so much more like a home, especially in bold, vibrant, playful hues. Something I’m most excited about my apartment is proximity to Pike Place Market. I can walk there in 15 minutes, so it’s sort of the perfect place to stock up on fresh produce and flowers. Spring is definitely in the air here, so I picked super-saturated hues of orange and red for tulips, then added a few pale yellow daffodils. I borrowed a vase from a friend, arranged the flowers and that was it. It’s a really inexpensive, easy way to make a new space feel brighter and happier.
I also really believe in the power of fragrance, especially in the home. Every time I’ve moved, I bring a candle along with me so that I can immediately make my new home smell great. I chose Poppy Groove from Glade’s new spring collection for it’s playful nature. The notes of water lily, iris, and freesia definitely perk up my empty apartment and make it feel livelier. There’s something about this scent that I know will energize me as I tackle my mountain of boxes.
These two simple additions to my blank canvas of an apartment are the perfect way to tide me over until my stuff arrives, don’t you think?
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