• I found hope in Hope thanks to nature and my nieces.
  • Reminder: There is always light at the end of the tunnel(s).
  • Possibilities.
  • "After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains." Happy 200th birthday, Walt Whitman
  • Spring is always the most alive after the darkest and rainiest of winters. #hyggehouse
  • "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." C. S. Lewis. Or, as the Secret Sisters sang, "Tomorrow will be kinder."
  • "It was here in Big Sur where I first learned to say amen." Henry Miller

Friday afternoon I decided to take a last-minute trip up the coast. Every time I've driven it, I've  always had some place to be and up against time.

But not this trip.

Friday I spent time in Santa Barbara and Paso Robles.

Saturday I spent time in Steinbeck country (of Mice and Men is one of my favourite books) and finally drove the G16 across to Carmel before heading up for a quick stop to see of my friends who I would literally drive 8hrs for only to spend 2 hours with.

Today I got up super early and got a super big coffee so I could drive down highway 1, through Big Sur and hopefully beat the crowds.

Henry Miller is the author of some of my other favourite books so as I drove though Big Sur I thought of him and Steinbeck and how they wrote about what they knew, what they loved, and what they questioned. I've had this idea in my head for a new project and community that I know will resonate and mean something but just unsure how to begin.

So I made sure today to stop when I wanted to. Linger when I needed. Drive wherever for however long.

And, after all the times driving through Big Sur, I finally stopped at a beach. I spent two hours here practically alone and just was.

People say it but there is something magic about Big Sur and today was the first time I felt it. I felt the shift, the inspiration, the hunger. And I felt wet sand between my toes. 
I'm ready.

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  • That time I wore πŸ‘–
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  • Last week I drove through the area of Malibu that was most hard hit from the fires. It was completely devastated only last December but now, life is blooming again in a way I've never seen it before. The scars are there and it will take 20yeara to get back to where it was but life is back. That's the amazing, heartbreaking and beautiful thing about life. #malibustrong #earthday


Decor Ideas

Installing removable wallpaper

October 21, 2016
Hygge House Wallpaper

My childhood homes all had wallpaper but my adult homes?Β Never. It’s not because I had a bad 80’s experience with floral print but because I either moved a lot or rented and found that painted walls were just easier and more cost effective.

But I’ve always loved the drama of wallpaper and have a slight obsession with it; I always snap pictures to Instagram or collect pictures in my Wallpaper Pinterest Board.

So I was determined in my new home to have wallpaper somewhere. I initially thought on some plain pantry doors but the opening and closing of them is already scuffing the paint – I worried about wear and tare on paper. I thought about peek-a-boo places like cupboards or doors but nothing really fit.

Whilst browsing Hygge and West’s wallpaper selection, I found a large, bold print that was so beautiful that I instantly knew what I’d wall paper.

A 14′ wall on a landing that connects the first floor to the second.

Wall Before

Going up or coming down all you see is a high white ceiling and a door out to the backyard. I’d thought about curtains over the door, prints above it, but couldn’t think of anything that’d bring both drama to the space but at the same time not be too overwhelming since I look at this several times a day. There’s no hiding this space.

The Otomi Tiles in red were perfect for so many reasons. The red was vibrant but not harsh – it was a very Danish red. The pattern looked Scandinavian to me but the pattern actually comes from the Otomi people in Mexico. Since half my fella’s family comes from Mexico, I thought it’d be a lovely blend of two cultures – the Danish Red and the Mexican print.

I measured out the walls and the door, and sent the measurements to Hygge and West who helped determine how many tiles I’d need. I’d made the decision to go with removable wallpaper because I’d always been curious about it – how does it apply? How does it last? How does it come off? The latter was important just in case the red was too dramatic and I wanted to take it down. So I needed tiles versus roles and ended up using about 16.

I wasn’t familiar with tiles or how removable wallpaper looked so when I got them and saw that they weren’t trimmed (meaning, there were white edges around them), I knew I’d need to hire a professional to install. My cutting and pasting skills are what had me fail art twice in school so I didn’t want to mess with tiles that’d be going up on the walls!

My installer told me that removable wallpaper is really better for smaller projects – like cupboards and doors. The reasons? With rolls, you glue it to the wall and that glue allows you to move the role around to really line things up perfect. And because you’re not trimming tiles you get cleaner, crisper seams. So removable wallpaper provides challenges in larger spaces.

It took the installer about 2.5 hours to cut and paste all the tiles to the wall. When he was done, I was really, really impressed. It had changed the whole look of the space.

Hygge House Wallpaper

It was exactly what I was hoping for – hygge, dramatic but not overpowering. The door goes to the backyard and you can see a lot of nature through the glass and the pattern compliments that. The pattern was the perfect size as well – I think anything smaller for this space would have seemed to busy or harsh.

I didn’t notice any seam issues either close up or far away, so all in all I’m really happy with the removable wallpaper tiles. I’d just suggest if you’re going to use them for a larger space to get a professional – it makes a huge difference.

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    gabrielleNo Gravatar
    October 23, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    I absolutely love this! I have textured walls so I’m wondering how it would work – off to check the site now to see if I can get a test sample πŸ™‚

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    Abbey Lile-TaylorNo Gravatar
    November 8, 2016 at 2:19 AM

    This is Heavenly! I’d love to try it in closets that I use frequently…a nice little surprise when I go in looking for something.

    • alex at hygge houseNo Gravatar
      December 2, 2016 at 10:13 AM

      I actually put some of the left over in a little half closet/cupboard I have and it actually made a huge difference. It went from a “chore cupboard” to a “oh i LOVE OPENING THIS” cupboard πŸ™‚

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    Beth RNo Gravatar
    December 5, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    It looks beautiful!

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    Sarah JacksonNo Gravatar
    January 15, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Have never heard of this. What a fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

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    PeterNo Gravatar
    October 29, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Absolutely love this. I have a bland end-of-hallway wall with a window that this will be perfect for.

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