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The Week’s End

September 22, 2017

Well, it feels good to have one more “room” done in our house. If you missed yesterday’s post, my little home office is DONE! I’m ready for the weekend. This week was tough. I felt tired, probably because it was non-stop work, but I also felt like I was getting absolutely nothing done at all. Can you relate? Anyways lots of feelings and worries come along with being exhausted and having a long list of things you just can’t seem to get done. But, I’m looking forward to the weekend, even though I’ll still be working. My parents and brother are in town. So, at least I can put them to work as well, tee hee. And it’s guaranteed that I will not have to cook and my mom will make lots of really yummy food. She’s already make 3 loaves of Caramel Apple Monkey Break and is working on a yummy pork chop and wild rice dinner for tonight. 

The weather is kind of a boring topic, but this week has been soooo lovely. It reminds me how much a love living in Bakersfield this time of year. I’m so excited for Fall. After a very hard Summer, temps in the 70s and 80s are so welcome. Granted, it’s supposed to be back up to 95 F this week again. But, I’ll take this break from the heat happily. And the best part is that we haven’t had our AC on all week long. Just for some perspective, our electricity bill last month was $600 and we don’t even turn the AC on upstairs. The kids have been camping out in the living room most of the Summer. Well, Denali actually has slept upstairs without an AC all Summer, sometimes her room is 98 F. Ya she’s a tough kid.

My brother and I will be building things this weekend. It’s a really fun local project that we are working on. He’s super talented and I always learn things when I work with him. You can follow along on IG stories for lots of behind the scenes.

Anyways, thats the update on my life lately, whether you wanted it or not. I hope you have a great weekend. And if you have a second, here’s a few things I think you should check out on the internet this weekend:

Design

Mini Hallway Office

September 21, 2017

Well, I hope you are as excited about my little mini hallway office as I am. As you know, I was tired of working from the kitchen table. I needed a permanent place for my computer and most importantly, I needed a “real” office chair.

Mini Hallway Office with wall mounted desk.

This little space is kind of our hallway/landing. But, I felt like it was an unused space just begging to be useful. On the floor is the grate to our AC intake, so I really struggled to find a piece of furniture that would work here and not cover it up. I decided a wall-mounted desk was the best option with such an uneven floor surface. I hunted down some really great options, you can see them here. I decided on the Svalnas IKEA desk. The price was definitely right at under $150 for the combination I chose and I loved the compact, light, airy feel of this piece. It definitely has a Swedish look about it.

The chair was super important. I blame it on being 40, but my back was just so tired of sitting in a stiff kitchen chair. And even if you aren’t 40, I’m pretty sure a good desk chair is important when you are in front of a screen many hours of the day. While finding a comfortable chair was important, I also wanted something stylish. This is a major corridor in our house and I didn’t want an ear sore there. So, I rounded up some super stylish options. And lady luck was on my side, because West Elm just happened to have a flash sale the day I was ready to order a chair. And, don’t hate me, but I got the Helvetica Leather Chair for a fraction of it’s usual price. It’s usually $599 and I paid $229!!!! Yep, pretty happy about that. I should be 100% honest with you, I think it’s probably a little big for the space and the size of the desk, but I’m going to over look that because it’s just SO DARN COMFORTABLE! Sometimes function wins, and really it’s a handsome chair, just really big handsome chair!

Mini Hallway Office with wall mounted desk.

This was a big project (keep scrolling to see before pics). I’m sure it doesn’t look like it, but by the time we stripped all that awful yellow striped wallpaper and primed and painted and painted everything white some more, I wasn’t sure if we’d ever get it done. But, it’s FINALLY done and have a little corner to call an office. It’s not much, but it’s pretty much perfect as far as I’m concerned. I have a little bit of storage, a very comfy chair and surface that is just for my computer (and I don’t have to move it when it’s time to eat).

I really wanted to maximize storage and organization in this tiny area, so I installed Martha Stewart’s Wall Manager System. It’s awesome, I just installed two rails and then all the accessories, like the cork board, hanging shelf, hanging file sorter, and hooks just slide or hook on. You can change things up and move them around to what works best for you. I feel like a have a little command central now for Oleander + Palm.

I also added Martha Stewart’s Stack+Fit Magazine Files and File Boxes to hide some of the clutter and keep things in order. All these great Martha products can be found at Staples.

And most importantly, I now have a place to hang with O+P sign that my brother, Ash, welded for me for my birthday. I feel legit!

 

See (in the image above and below), you can move around the different components super easily. If I need more table top space, I move the hanging shelf to the top of the cork board, but If I want more space for notes and pinning things on the wall I can move the shelf to a different spot. Oh and the cork board also has a white board on the other side, so I can flip that around too.

So, are you looking to carve out a little work space for yourself or maybe just a place for homework? You don’t need a spare bedroom, a home office or even a room at all, a landing or even a hallway will do.

Oh, and here’s some befores of the space:

As you can see, SOOOO MUCH WALLPAPER!!!!!!! This first shot is taken from the top of the stairs. I took that open door off to give the space a little more room. That door leads to the dining room. The door to the left of the desk leads to the living room. Next on the never ending to-do list is the stairs. I will be painting the banisters soon and figuring out what I want to do with the carpet runner. It is definitely going, I’m just not sure if i want to install another runner or do away with carpet on the stairs all together. Most likely there will be no carpet. I find that it’s just a place to attract dust bunnies and cat hair.

And one more thing, the light fixture has been replace, don’t you fret about that.

 

Design

Simply Grove Shop

September 18, 2017

If you are not familiar with Kirsten Grove’s blog Simply Grove, you are missing out. I’ve been a long time fan of EVERYTHING she styles. This lady has impeccable taste and has an eye for what is new and fresh. I’m so excited that she has opened a shop. The brick and mortar is in Boise Idaho, which I will visit this Christmas (because that’s where Lon’s family lives), but don’t fret, there’s a fantastic online shop as well.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite picks from the Simply Grove Shop. Kristen’s shop has everything I want, in all the right colors. Her style is modern and clean, but usually with a little mid century vibe and touch of boho. So many of her pieces look and feel like all the pretty things I saw in Sweden but, couldn’t bring home in my suitcase. Oh, and you are going to be so pleasantly surprised by the prices. And O+P readers get 10% their first order, just enter the code OLEANDERANDPALM! 

I’m sure you will see many of these pieces in the next space a style.

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Anything catching your eye? The quilted round green pillow is probably a must. I’m thinking it will be my first purchase.

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Orange Cranberry Rosemary Mock-Mimosa

September 14, 2017

Orange Cranberry Rosemary Mock-Mimosa

It’s been a doozy of a week. I could definitely use a mid-week mocktail! How about you? This Orange Cranberry Rosemary Mock-Mimosa is the perfect drink to get you in the mood for some Fall weather and the those yummy familiar flavors of the holidays. Yep, I said it, holidays. Does that stress you out and get you excited? Fall always feels like the busiest time of year for us. So, I’m currently bracing myself for an even more hectic season. But, today the high is only supposed to be 86 F and that sounds AMAZING!  When I took kids to school this morning it was in the 60s, YIPPEEEEE! When we are in the dead of Summer, it feels like cooler weather will never come. I’m excited for a change in Season.

Orange Cranberry Rosemary Mock-Mimosa

I really do enjoy cooking, especially when it isn’t making dinner on a crazy busy week night. For example, making this candied orange peel for the garnish was actually a really fun process and the results are super pretty.

This drink would be great as a classic mimosa with champagne, or you can make it family friendly and use ginger ale. And if you are hosting a big party, this would be great served in a big punch bowl.

You can find the full recipe over on Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company. And if you don’t have access to their super yummy juice, equal parts 100 % cranberry juice and orange juice can be used for this recipe.

Orange Cranberry Rosemary Mock-Mimosas garnished with fresh rosemary and candied orange peel.

 

Design

Gallery Wall Layouts and Free Downloadable Art

September 8, 2017

 

I’m still a big fan of the gallery wall. It’s a fun way to display a large collection of art. If you have a few smaller pieces, once they are grouped together they create one larger statement piece.  I’ve partnered with Mixbook for another fun post. I’ve got how-to’s and free downloadable art, what more could you ask for in life?

I’ve come up with 5 easy-to-install gallery wall layouts for you.

Gallery Wall Layout Ideas

As promised, I’ve got lots of fun FREE downloadable art for you. I printed some of these as inexpensive Poster Prints and also a had a couple made into Framed Canvas Art at Mixbook. The plumeria flower floating on the water is a mounted poster print. I actually really love it. It’s so much cheaper then getting something that size framed, but It’s also a little more formal look then just hanging a poster (which is cool too). I’ve ordered a lot of art from Mixbook now, and every time I am totally impresses with the quality.

And if you want The Plumeria on the Water image, I’m going to give that one as a free downlaod to all my newsletter friends in a couple days. So, if you’ve got your eye on that one, simply fill out the form in the right hand side of my blog and I’ll send you this exclusive download right to your inbox.

Now let’s talk through these layouts and find one that’s right for your art and your home.

WALK THE LINE

This layout takes frames of all shapes and sizes and brings some order to them with a center line. I taped off a line in the middle of my wall and then hung frames exactly 2 inches above and below the line. If you are a fan of symmetry and order, this lay might help you feel better about the mismatched frame colors and sizes.

STUCK LIKE GLUE

This layout takes all your pieces and creates one big assymetrical shape. Start by hanging the center piece first. Often this is the biggest frame. I hung the plumeria as my anchor frame. From there you can start hanging pieces on all the sides of the anchor piece.

THINK INSIDE THE BOX

This is probably my most used layout. I’ve hung a gallery wall using this method. Start again with your tallest piece and anchor it on either the left or right side. Then, like fitting a puzzle together, pair smaller pieces together keeping them all inside an imaginary box or rectangle.

LOPSIDED

If I was to choose a favorite, it would definitely be this lopsided version. This feels the most organic, light and breezy to me. For this layout there are really no rules expect that you should space the frames about equal distance from each other. It doesn’t have to be exact, but a little breathing room around each piece will feel nice. And ya, make it lopsided, hang more pictures on one side than the other and don’t be afraid to let them trail down the side of the wall as well.

THE LAZY LEAN

I know this is a no brainer, but I thought it should be included. If you are afraid to put holes in your walls, then The Lazy Lean is for you. This option also gives you the opportunity to change your art often. It’s a casual, no commitment kind of relationship with your art.

I hope you guys find this helpful. I give you permission to make lots and lots of holes in your walls. But, if you want to get it right the first time, definitely do the butcher paper cutouts first. It takes all the guesswork out of hanging art.

This post is sponsored by Mixbook. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that help make this blog possible.

Travel

Top 10 Things to do in Downtown Bakersfield, CA

September 7, 2017

Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown Bakersfield, California

A couple of week’s ago Lonnie and I celebrated 19 years of marriage. I think that’s definitely a reason to celebrate. We chose to stay in town and enjoy the city we live in. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I harp on how great our little downtown is. I love living, working and playing in downtown Bakersfield. We have great restaurants, entertainment, and so many great antique and thrift shops. So whether you are visiting Bakersfield or live here and are just not sure what downtown has to offer, I’ve put together a Top 10 guide of things to do, see, and eat here in sunny downtown Bakersfield.

We can almost see The Padre Hotel from our house. We loving having dinner or just coffee there, but we’ve never stayed there.  So, having a night “away” at the Padre was really such a treat. Stepping in the doors always feels like a breathe of fresh air. This place oozes cool. I’m such a detail person, and The Padre Hotel delivers so much charm and character. It first opened it’s doors in 1928. After being closed for many years, the historic hotel underwent a transformation to become a sophisticated boutique hotel with restaurants, nightlife, wedding venues and conference facilities. The Padre Hotel is a big reason why downtown Bakersfield is a cool place to hang out.

Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown Bakersfield, California

  1. Stay at The Padre Hotel! This goes for out of town guests or if you are local, I highly suggest a staycation with a night here. The bed was probably my favorite thing about the spacious Head Honcho room. It was literally like sleeping on a cloud. The room also has the biggest hotel bathroom I’ve ever seen with a gorgeous walk in shower, and jetted tub that fills from the ceiling and sleek black penny tile everywhere! Also, if you are going to have a night in a hotel, definitely order room service breakfast, nothing says vacay like breakfast in bed.
  2. The best restaurant in Bakersfield is definitely the Belvedere Room at The Padre Hotel. We’ve celebrated a few anniversaries and a couple Valentine’s Days here. It’s elegant atmosphere is a great spot for a romantic dinner. They serve fresh, in season and local ingredients. The menu is always exciting and there are fun modern twists on classics. Every bite I’ve ever had at the Belvedere has been completely delicious. We started our meal with the a beautiful cheese and charcuterie board. It was loaded with unique cheeses, like a lavender and coffee rind cheddar and soft Italian cheeses that had names I’d never heard of. We enjoyed roasted duck, rib eye steak cooked to perfection, mushroom rissoto and the yummiest crispy brussel sprouts I’ve ever had.
  3. If you are looking for a more relaxed meal or just a coffee break, we also love the Farmacy Cafe and Brimstone. Both of these restaurants are also located in the Padre Hotel. The Farmacy has great grab and go options, a full espresso bar and is also just a really great breakfast spot. The Brimstone is one of our favorite date night dinner spots. The serve fantastic appetizers, loaded burgers and decadent desserts. It’s a fun lively, but chill environment.
  4. If you need a sweet treat, De Coeur Bakeshop is just around the corner from the Padre. Yummy French Macarons and the flakiest croissants. Be sure to take a picture with the copper heart on the wall (I made it).
  5. If your sweet treat of choice is ice cream, there’s only one place to go – Dewar’s Ice Cream! Let’s just say huge scoops of ice cream and homemade marshmallow cream, need I say more? They have been making ice cream and candy in downtown Bakersfield for over 100 years. Dewar’s is walking distance from our house, so ya, we are there often.
  6. If you like to thrift and wander through antique malls, well Bakersfield is the city for you. I highly suggest hitting the Five and Dime Anitque Mall in the old Woolworth’s Building. If you have time, definitely stop for a burger at the diner or just a cold soda at the bar. I have a few other favorite antique malls. Mill Creek Antique Mall and Timeless Furnishings are both great spots. You won’t be disappointed with the vintage scene in Bakersfield, and the prices are great!
  7. If you are looking for entertainment The Flics at the historic Fox Theater is one of our favorite things to do. Most Friday nights, starting in the Fall they show the current foreign films. Lonnie and I try to go as much as possible. And a ticket is only $7. And for the best entertainment in town, I highly suggest the Dueling Pianos at the Prospect Lounge in The Padre Hotel every Friday and Saturday night. These guys were soooo talented and Lonnie and I stayed till midnight singing along with all their tunes.
  8. Smitten Cafe is a must while in Bakersfield. If you are looking for a great latte or the best avocado toast in town, Smitten is your spot. My favorite drink on their menu is actually the Matcha Green Tea latte.
  9. For fresh flowers, plants, and unique gifts and cards, House of Flowers is my favorite florist in town. They also offer a lot of fun workshops like wreath making and bouquet arranging classes. Be sure to see if there is a class being offered while you are in town.
  10. If you are in downtown Bakersfield Wednesday through Saturday, The Hen’s Roost is definitely a stop you need to make. It’s a micro farmer’s market with the yummiest vegan food, local produce, homemade nut butters and so much more. You HAVE to order the Thai Street Fries!  You can thank me later.

Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown Bakersfield, California

The Padre Hotel hints at Bakersfield’s country, oil town vibe in a cool, subtle way. Be sure to take in all the details.

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Even the wallpaper in the hallways hints at the cowtown and oil field city that we are.

Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown Bakersfield, California

We tried to spend as much time in our hotel room as possible. We drove less then a mile from our home, but felt like we where definitely on a getaway. I’m a brand new fan of the staycation.

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Nothing makes you feel like your on vacation like breakfast in bed. The California Burrito and the Lemon Curd Buttermilk Pancakes were so good.

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Everything is definitely within walking distance, so there is no need to look for parking (which is never hard in downtown Bakersfield anyways). But, I always think you take in more of a city’s vibe when you walk the streets.

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Friends, come enjoy my city!

I big THANK YOU to The Padre Hotel for helping us celebrate our anniversary in style, Bakersfield Style!

Food & Drink

Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl

September 6, 2017

Anyone else a fan of the smoothie bowl? I sure am. I’m feeling some Fall vibes with this yummy Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl. And it’s perfect timing for our heatwave. Because there is no way I’m going to turn on the oven and actually bake real carrot cake.

Believe me,  you don’t have to love carrots to love this smoothie bowl. It’s sweet and creamy and really does taste like a treat even thought it’s totally healthy and packed full of goodness.

Head over to Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company for the full recipe. And if you don’t live where Natalie’s is available, any carrot juice will work. I’d just add a 1/4 of turmeric to the recipe.

I hope your week is going well.

Design

What I’ve Thrifted Lately

September 5, 2017

Hi friends, I hope you had a great long weekend. We escaped the heat and headed to San Diego, where my brother lives. We got two beach days in and the water was so warm. San Diego knows how to do Fall.

Well, I’m back with another installment of “What I’ve Thrifted Lately”. And ya, I don’t have a clever name yet. I’m sharing my thrift store, garage sale, flea market and antique mall finds and then how I’m using those pieces in my home. This week’s finds are GOOD! Well, at least I think they are, you let me know what you think.

First up is this cute little brass pitcher. I originally bought it thinking I’d use it for a food styling shoot, possibly a mocktail.  But, I love it as a cute little vase with a little greenery on my coffee table. I picked this up at Goodwill for just $4.99. This is a Goodwill location that I don’t hit very often, but it’s near Olivia’s gymnastics, so I darted in and within 5 mins., I had made my purchase. That’s the thing with thrifting, it doesn’t have to eat up a whole Saturday. I think I find good stuff mostly because I go often.

Also, I should mention the wooden beads, I picked these up a few years ago at a flea market. They are actually counters for billiards or pool. I think they hang on the wall and you slide them across to count. Anyways, I loved the colors of them and they often end up on my bookshelves or coffee table. I think I paid $10 for them.

I bought at least 5 of these cute little wooden and brass boxes. They were $1 each at Restore. I thought I’d use them for gifts, and actually this week I filled one with a necklace I had bought for my sister-in-law and gave it to her for her birthday.

This ceramic bell or wind chime is one of my all time favorite finds. I got it earlier in the Summer, but I think it’s still worth sharing. It’s from the 60s and is definitely handmade. It’s strung on leather and the little flat beads on the string are all pottery as well.  I found this at one of my favorite antique malls in town, Mill Creek and at $17, I couldn’t say no. Now it hangs on your front porch, beside the front door.

We are big campers already, so these green enamel plates seemed like a must. The don’t all match, which doesn’t bother me at all. But, I’m sure we are going to use them often, not just for camping. They are great, indestructible outdoor dishes. These were $1 a piece at Goodwill and I bought all 9.

Here’s a sneak peek at our hallway that we’ve spent so many hours on lately stripping wallpaper and painting walls and trim. As you can see, the stairs and railings haven’t been touched yet. They are next on my list. But, we did put our little IKEA shoe cabinet in and I styled the top of it with a few fun objects.

Let’s be 100% honest here, my husband isn’t always a fan of my thrifted finds. This 1960’s screen print hasn’t grown on him yet. I bought it because anytime I can afford an original piece of art (which isn’t often at all), I like to buy it. I also just liked the blocky composition and the colors felt right for our house. It’s called “Still Life with Pipe”, and no, I don’t think anyone should smoke. I also think it could be a golf club and oversized gold ball. Either way, I like it and it only set me back $30. I reframed because the original frame was in pieces. I picked up a cheap brass frame from Target and I think it’s an interesting addition.

So, here’s what I spent:

  • $4.99 – brass pitcher
  • $10 – wooden beads
  • $1 – wood and brass boxes
  • $17 – ceramic bell
  • $9 – green enamel plates
  • $30 – vintage screen print

Total – $71.99

Thought? Anything in my finds this week that speaks to you? And do you like this series?

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The Week’s End

September 2, 2017

Happy Long Weekend Friends!

We are escaping the heat and heading to San Diego to spend a couple days with my brother’s family. Hoping for some beach time and a just a break from the 110 F weather of Bakersfield. It’s really quite handy to have a brother who lives so close to the beach. Can you say FREE VACAY?

In other news, I thought I should mention that I’m bringing back my newsletter. It’s a great way to get all your favorite O+P content right to your inbox. I’ll be sharing all kinds of exclusive content their, so you won’t want to miss out.

And now, here’s a few fun things I think you should check out:

  • If you are looking for a fun Instagram feed to follow, I’ve got a REALLY good one for you. Pretty colors, plants, vintage, and from the Netherlands – ya, it’s a pretty great combo.
  • This digital wallpaper is super timely with all the eclipse buzz of the last couple of weeks.
  • Yep, totally digging this color for Fall.
  • You know I love a Mocktail, and if it involves rhubarb, I’m all in. Be sure to check out this Rhubarb Collins Mocktail.
  • I wear a neckercheif, scarf, or bandana at least twice a week. Just look at this rainbow of dyed bandanas. I’ve actually dyed and bleached bandanas in the past, but just didn’t share it as a DIY on the blog. Now that I see all the color options that are out there, I’m better stock up on a whole bunch more.
  • This pretty workspace has be wanting to paint another half wall!

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Design

12 Stylish Office Chairs

September 1, 2017

Well, my little office space is coming along. I’m excited to share it with you very soon. But, since I’ve done so much sourcing and researching for products, I thought I’d share with you what I’ve found. I’ve already shared some great wall-mounted desk options, now let’s look at a few stylish chair options as well. 12 Stylish Office Chairs

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I end up spending way more time then I want to at my computer, so I’m ready for a “real” chair. my back and hips are tired of countless hours in a kitchen chair. But, it turns out finding a stylish and comfortable desk chair is not easy. Well, it’s easy if you want to spend lots and lots of money. But, I was in the market for one somewhere way less then $400. And while comfort is king, my little desk is in a main traffic area of our house, so I wanted to make sure it had a little style.

I really can’t tell you for sure for sure, if these are all comfortable, because I haven’t sat in all of them. But, I did read lots of reviews and tried to source ones that could be easily returned if they didn’t work out. But, I do think I found some handsome options that won’t break the bank. Spoiler Alert!!! I picked number 8. When I polled folks on IG stories, a few people said that they had this exact chair and then it was sooooo comfortable. And then the very next day, West Elm had a flash sale and I paid only $229 for it!!!!!!! Yep, I’m pumped. It won’t be here for another couple of weeks. But, my next choice would probable by number 2. It feels 100% Scandinavian.

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Do you have a favorite? In true Oleander + Palm fashion, I looked long and hard for an awesome dark green option and a found a few. I feel like leather is a good idea, it should wear well and just look better over time. I’ll keep you posted, but I’m excited for you to see my tiny little hallway office. Stay tuned.

And happy long weekend friends!