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tips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGlade

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.

tips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGlade tips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGlade 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.

tips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGlade tips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGladeI 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.

tips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGladetips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGladeThese 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?

tips for settling into a new home with @Glade #FeelGladephotography & art direction by Jojotastic

This post is a partnership with Glade. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

homestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new loft

This time next week, I will be in my new Seattle home, so it’s definitely time for me to start thinking about how on earth I’m going to fill a space that’s 3x the size of anywhere I’ve ever lived! MEEP. Luckily, I recently discovered the absolutely incredible Homestead Seattle. They sell vintage and antique pieces in a way that feels cozy and totally curated. Founders Ryan and Michelle Tansey have truly amazing taste — so much that I just want to live in their showroom.

homestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new loft homestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new loftI’ve already scooped up this incredible live edge shelf, but I have my eyes on a few more pieces to add to my own home. Yeah, I might have already set up an appointment to peruse their showroom 2 days after I arrive.

homestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new lofthomestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new lofthomestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new loft They sell out pretty quickly, so I recommend following them on Instagram to get first dibs on the latest and greatest pieces! And here’s a bonus for Seattle-based readers: Homestead offers local pick up, so it’s even easier to fill your home with these gorgeous pieces.

images via Homestead Seattle

pinspiration station: my new Seattle loft

The countdown is officially on: 12 days until I move into a gorgeous loft in Seattle! A few details about the space: exposed brick, giant windows, huge ceilings and more space than I’ve ever lived in before. To say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement. And, because I am ever the daydreamer, I started a Pinterest board appropriately titled Loft-tastic to house my inspiration for this new space. Here are some of my favorite finds so far!

pinspiration station: my new Seattle loftWhile I’m still deciding on the type of bed I want to get, or if I even want to go ultra-boho and opt for the mattress-on-the-floor look, I definitely know that I want tons of texture for my bedding. I adore the modern-meets-granny vibe of this tufted coverlet and want to layer it over this deep navy Belgian linen duvet. Combined, the look is a bit his, a bit hers, and oh-so-cozy.

pinspiration station: my new Seattle loftSpeaking of things on the floor… I love this image from Elle Decoration as inspiration for storing my tons and tons of books. I want the space to feel lived in, casual, and very, very cool. Curated piles like this have always felt so chic to me.

I also want to have plants freaking everywhere, even more so than my San Francisco apartment.

pinspiration station: my new Seattle loftpinspiration station: my new Seattle loftI’ve never had a window in my bathroom before and soon I will! It sort of feels like the ultimate luxury, not gonna lie. I want to fill my bathroom with plant friends, just like this.

images from The Marion House Book and Cereal.

pinspiration station: my new Seattle loftThen there’s the sofa situation… I’m going to have room for a full-sized sofa for the first time ever! I can’t express how excited I am to lounge on a sofa without bending my knees. And don’t even get me started about finally getting to nap on a sofa. Goodbye, loveseat, hello normal sized sofa. This feels like such a huge investment, one that I don’t want to make lightly. I find myself drawn to ultra-casual, low styles, with my ultimate dream being the Togo sofa (below). It’s a taddd bit out of my price range, so the hunt is officially on for options that have a similar boho, ’70s vibe. Then there’s the debate about color: I find myself split between bold saturated hues or friendlier, less ‘trendy’ neutrals. Do I want tan, sumptuous leather or rich color? Do I want my sofa to be a focal point, or do I want it to be a neutral base for tons of fun pillows? So many choices…

images from Trendland and Share Design.pinspiration station: my new Seattle loftFilling an apartment always takes so long, but I’m hopeful to get a few things squared away in the coming months — and I’m sure that my inspiration will continue to evolve once I’m finally in the space on March 1. To see more of my creative journey as I move into my new loft, be sure to follow along on Loft-tastic.

my top tips for moving (whether it's down the street or across the country) www.jojotastic.com

I was chatting with a friend the other day as she kept me company while I pack up for my impending move and she suggested that I share my tips for moving. I guess it makes sense, really. Even if you include all of your toes, you’d need more hands to count up all the times I’ve moved as an adult. To call me ‘a wanderer’ is putting it gently. I tend to move a lot, and when I do, they are big moves (I’ve moved across the country 3 times). So without further ado, some tips from a self-declared expert:

It’s worth it to invest in professional-grade packing materials. I suggest looking for local business who sell bulk moving supplies and deliver (I used Bay Area Box Express). I was able to get enough boxes for my entire apartment, plus tape, foam, and bubblewrap, all delivered to my door, thus saving me time and money. Believe me when I say this: you do not want to deal with scrounging up boxes at the grocery store. Two words: fruit flies. Also, when it comes to long-haul moves, you absolutely must have sturdy boxes. Another reason why this is a great idea? Because I was able to chat up the owner of the box delivery company and he suggested a few contacts for moving companies. I ended up going with one that he suggested and got a friends and family discount. Not too shabby.

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art update for the bathroom with Framebridge + a code for 20% off custom framing

If there’s one room in my apartment that’s barely gotten any love, it’s the bathroom. Recently, I decided to change that and give it a facelift by framing a few pieces of art that I’ve accumulated. Honestly, hanging framed art is one of the easiest ways to update a room, especially if you’re like me and tend to own more art than wallspace.

art update for the bathroom with Framebridge + a code for 20% off custom framing art update for the bathroom with Framebridge + a code for 20% off custom framingTo give the boring ivory walls an update, I used a really awesome new service called Framebridge. They manufacture really high quality frames at super affordable prices. My favorite part? They framed my artwork for me. While selecting my perfect frames, I also requested special flat packaging. That arrived in 3-5 days, then I packaged up the pieces and shipped them back to Framebridge. The entire process was really straightforward and astoundingly simple.

Artwork by The Aesthetic Union / Hope Meng (top) and Marc Johns (bottom).

art update for the bathroom with Framebridge + a code for 20% off custom framing art update for the bathroom with Framebridge + a code for 20% off custom framingThis piece was pretty interesting to frame… see that wobbly, torn-paper looking edge? That’s called a deckled edge and I had this harebrained idea to mount it on top of black so that you can really see the edge. While ordering my art, it was incredibly easy to request this special ‘treatment’ from Framebridge. I added the info to a special request field while ordering and -voila- it showed up absolutely perfect.

Artwork by John Januzzi for Of a Kind.

art update for the bathroom with Framebridge + a code for 20% off custom framing art update for the bathroom with Framebridge + a code for 20% off custom framingThe ordering process was also so simple that I decided to order one more frame for a piece I haven’t touched since 2007: my college diploma. I’m not exactly the type to flaunt my degree, but I did work my butt off so I figured it was high time I framed this important (and expensive) piece of paper! Me being me though… I opted for something unexpected: a black matte and the most gorgeous burl wood frame. The result is dramatic and I absolutely love it. Framebridge definitely helped me elevate a piece that feels somewhat ubiquitous and turn it into something that feels totally me.
art update for the bathroom with Framebridge + a code for 20% off custom framingIf you’re like me and have been saving stacks of art to frame ‘one day…’ well, this is the time to do it: Framebridge has generously offered Jojotastic readers 20% off an order of 2 or more frames with the code JOJOTASTIC through 2/14. Click here to shop.

photography by Jojotastic

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Framebridge. I received product to review for this post, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

my latest favorite candles

Here’s a fun fact: my very first job out of college was designing packaging for candles that were sold at Target. I really think this experience kind of… shaped me in how I view fragrances for the home. It’s sort of like perfume and let’s just say I have somewhat sophisticated tastes as a result of that first job. I tend to avoid florals and anything overly sweet. Instead, I love smokey notes, things that make me nostalgic for campfires and my grandpa’s fireplace. Lately, I’ve fallen in love with 3 specific and very different candles.

portable fireplace candle - smells just like the real thing!First up: the portable fireplace candle by D.S. & Durga. I picked this one up at a local boutique in SF and it immediately blew my mind. This one smells EXACTLY like a fireplace. To be more specific, it reminds me of sitting in my grandma’s pea green velvet reclining chair over the holidays as a kind. If I close my eyes while this candle is lit, I’m immediately transported back to that time. I can even hear my grandmother’s voice and taste my grandpa’s sausage gravy and biscuits.

campire candle by p.f. candle coNext, this campfire special candle from P.F. Candle Co. The notes are smoke, pine, soil, and a natural sweetness that reminds me of roasting marshmallows over an open fire. This one isn’t as powerful as the others, so I prefer to light it when I have guests over. It’s just mellow enough to set the scene for casual hangs and bourbon drinks.

side table stylingLastly, I discovered Lola James Harper candles while shopping at Love Adorned in New York. I picked up the Promenade in Vincennes Wood candle and find it to be totally different than anything I’ve ever purchased before. The fragrance evolves every time I burn, I swear.  The notes are described as green tea, lily, and wood. I definitely sniff out the tea notes more than anything else though, which is why I love this one for all those bubble baths I take.

my latest favorite candlesDo you have any candles that you’re loving lately? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

photography by Jojotastic

enter to win hand-picked vintage home decor pieces from Frankie & Albert http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/12/frankie-albert-a-giveaway/ ‎#giveaway

I like to consider myself something of a vintage shopping aficionado. I simply love it. The thrill of the hunt, the discovery of new (to me) treasures, even the food trucks you inevitably find near open-air flea markets… the only downside is the time. Plus, sometimes it’s hard for me to get out of bed at 6 am to score sweet deals. Hey, I’m just being honest here. Enter, Frankie & Albert, a monthly subscription service that searches the flea markets for you, then curates a package of beautiful treasures (I also wrote about them over on Anthology). Each item is handpicked and sent straight to your door. If you love the item, you get to keep it. If you don’t, then you can swap it in for something else! Kind of awesome, right? This week I partnered with Frankie & Albert on a giveaway, too!

enter to win hand-picked vintage home decor pieces from Frankie & Albert http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/12/frankie-albert-a-giveaway/ ‎#giveawayEnter below for 7 chances to win. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday January 19 at 19:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive 1 subscription box valued at $49.99. Good luck!

frankie & albert giveaway
enter to win hand-picked vintage home decor pieces from Frankie & Albert http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/12/frankie-albert-a-giveaway/ ‎#giveaway enter to win hand-picked vintage home decor pieces from Frankie & Albert http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/12/frankie-albert-a-giveaway/ ‎#giveawayDisclosure: I received product to review for this post. All opinions are my own, and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going!