Tio’s

11 Feb

My family’s in the restaurant business. If you guess Mexican food, you’ve been paying attention.

My uncle had the genius idea of opening in a developing city where there was essentially zero competition. Business boomed and customers practically demanded a second location. In came my dad, followed by my other uncle and two more locations. Now Tio’s (means uncle in Spanish) is on to their fifth location and expanding no.4. And since we’re keeping things in the family, I’ve been brought on to create a design concept and make materials/decor selections.

I want it to have color moments in thought out places. I don’t want people to walk in an have it be arriba arriba all up in your face as most Mexican restaurants are known for. No cliche wall murals here.

Here’s a look into what my brain is thinking.

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I want a neutral base with half painted walls in that rich green color to add depth and dimension. An easy way to bring in a bold hue without going overboard. Brighter colors and texture will be brought in through decorative items, art and selective zarape upholstery.

My first commercial space. Exciting times.

Happy Birthday, Blog

6 Feb

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Yesterday was my blog’s unofficial birthday. Four years, folks. That’s a long time in internet years. It’s like the equivalent of my real age. Or the age I feel at least. This was my first baby. First came the blog, then came Bams then came (real) baby. And a Nora in between.

I don’t think I’ve gone more than a week without posting. It’s been a big commitment if I do say so myself. It’s tough coming up with everyday content but so far I still enjoy the occasional posting. It’s a public record of what I like and it allows me to go back and see how my stile and I have evolved. And hopefully sharing the things I’m into and inspired by have somehow inspired you too.

This definitely calls for a celebration and I’m for sure drinking champagne tonight. I should probably enjoy it with cake.

Cheers with a round up of pretty champagne flutes.

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one :: two :: three :: four :: five :: six

Happy Thursday!

Three Months

3 Feb

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Felix is now three months and life feels more normal. After the initial weeks of sleep deprivation, labor recovery, raging hormones, and sore nipples I’m really enjoying our little boy.  He discovered his hands not too long ago and sometimes chooses to suck on them in lieu of a pacifier. He’s a big time smiler and seems to only cry when he’s hungry. He’s thisclose to laughing and every day I try new ways of getting him to. He rolled over for the first time yesterday as TH and I were debating his superbowl outfit.

TH: No, you can’t put him in orange. Broncos are orange.

ME: Jeez okay, it’s not like either of us knew the Broncos were playing.

Rule no.1 of becoming a sports fan, Felix, you turn superstitious. See, if I hadn’t changed him out of orange, the Broncos may have won and I’d never hear the end of it.

But back to relevant stuff. Felix, he’s a cutie. Of course any mother should say that and I promise I’ll never end that with a question. That just begs for the awkward, uhh, uhhh, from people forced to tell you yes. People usually say he looks just like TH or just like me. Although I used to think he looked a little like Mark Wahlberg but TH is the father so that eliminates any cause for concern.

His activities still mostly consist of eating, sleeping and pooping but he’s a little more alert every day, making things that much more exciting. I sometimes (all the time) just stare at him, thinking I can’t wait until he starts talking or walking. But I know that time will quickly come so I’m patient and enjoying this stage because he’ll never be this little again.

Happy Monday!

Instagram: Skies and Such

31 Jan

Came across some pretty gorgeous sunset pictures on instagram this week. The ubiquitous sunset picture, what else is new. But really these aren’t as cliche as you would imagine.

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First one comes from Anne of citysage. It’s hot pink! When I think of the word rad this is what I’ll now think of. And I don’t know where you live but I’ve never seen a hot pink sky. But that could also be because I need to get out more often.

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A purple-ly orange sky taken by Melissafindley here in Los Angeles.

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Now I’m showing you Italy. Traveling without the jetlag. This pictures makes me feel relaxed. I’m so zen.

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Does this image look like a watercolor version of the previous picture? I’m an artist now. For $2.99 you can buy the waterlogue app and pretend you’re talented. That’s two dollars more than I would pay for an app but if you’re trying to pass your art class it could totally be worth it. danterose is the instagrammer who tweaked the original image.

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And kind of out of left field is an action shot of the ocean. What a striking picture. I think it’ll look so cool blown up to make oversize art. Follow photographer Melissa Findley (from the los angeles shot above) and you’ll feel like you’re on this continuous vacation.

Happy weekend!

Branching out

30 Jan

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Good morning, dream kitchen.

On any given day it would seem like branches sticking out of my kitchen island would feel a bit intrusive. But on photoshoot day, the stark white kitchen begs for some excitement. I wonder how many arrangements the stylists went through until they decided on this one? I actually really love it and can’t envision anything smaller. It creates height, brings in a temporary color, creates movement and adds an organic element. I think a different arrangement could’ve taken this kitchen in whole new direction and I like the one they went with.

Is this a thing I’m just now noticing? I mean I’ve noticed it, but now I’m noticing and analyzing.

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Here, the modern kitchen feels a little more pretty and slightly feminine because of the cherry blossom. For the every day though, I would definitely knock that over. And by me I mean TH.

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More cherry blossom help bring out the pinks in the rug and are perfectly centered as to not block the sofa pillows. They’re somehow also centered right between the two drapery panels. Coincidence?

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Here I think these branches mimic the two end tables.

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This room needed just ooone little splash of color and the green helps still keep this room feeling rustically modern.

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Tucked in the back you almost don’t even notice it. I think they could’ve been more effective had they been on the coffee table. But looking at this image again, it’s also kind of weird that they placed a lamp that high too.

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These branches mean business. It blocks the window yet still lets in light. I mean, who needs window treatments when you can dress them up with branches. It’s clearly the focal point here and had it been empty, I’m not sure I would’ve looked twice at this room. Altogether, this is a really cool, unexpected color combo and interesting mix of patterns.

Happy Thursday!

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