Currently Loving :: Corner Gallery Walls

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I am sure you know by now that I love a good gallery wall. They add so much personality and create an interesting focal point for any space, especially when they're full of collected pieces of various styles, shapes, and sizes. Lately, I've found myself drawn to the idea of a corner gallery wall as an fun take on a classic. This particular photo I saw on Emily Henderson's instagram and it just struck me because the corner gallery wall is unexpected with the large open back wall. I also love how the art work "trails" from the gallery wall onto the top of the piano creating this asymmetrical art composition in the room. After taking a closer look, you'll realize that the corner gallery wall is actually visually balancing out the tall china cabinet on the right, and distracts from the fact that things aren't exactly centered in the space (mind blown.) These are my favorite kind of perfectly imperfect spaces. What do you think of the corner gallery wall? I think I may just have to try it...
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Weekend Getaway to Santa Barbara

We booked the Surfliner train from Santa Ana to Santa Barbara and saw amazing views along the way.

We caught a beautiful sunset our first night at Stearns Wharf - the boats and mountains in the background was so scenic!
My friend recommended a local brunch place called "The Spot" and it was so perfect! Window ordering with a precious patio complete with yellow umbrellas, drinks in mason jars, and amazing food! My kind of place! 
We decided to rent bikes which was so much fun and turned out to be the best way to explore!
We biked to Butterfly Beach which was absolutely incredible - the views were breathtaking and there were really butterflies everywhere!

The Funkzone was our favorite! It's an artsy area full of local breweries and tasting rooms, shops and restaurants. Fox Wine Co. was a great spot with beer and wine as well as booths featuring different local artists and vendors. 
The courthouse was another must see. Beautiful historic architecture and breathtaking views from the clock tower!
We had the best weekend and can't wait to go back! Next time, we'd love to check out some of the wineries and towns nearby. 

Our Santa Barbara favorites:
The Funkzone : our favorite little arts district of shops, restaurants, breweries and tasting rooms
Fox Wine Co. : great local spot for wine, beer, and shopping all in one hipster space
Area 51 : a quirky little tasting room in the funk zone, the owner Martin is quite the character
Butterfly Beach : absolutely beautiful, especially if you bike there. Go for a beach day or just to take in the views.
McConnells Ice Cream : so yummy!
The Lark : delicious family style restaurant with a wonderful charming ambiance, pricey but so worth it!
Lucky Penny : great little patio lunch spot in the Funkzone
The Shop : adorable little brunch place, delicious food and super charming - must go!
Jane :  romantic little restaurant on State Street. Get the chicken picata!
Stearns Wharf : beautiful views especially at sunset and we heard theres a great tasting room there too
Santa Barbara County Courthouse : incredible views of Santa Barbara from the clock tower


An open love letter to my husband

To my loving husband, who worked until 4 am but woke up at 9 to catch a train to Santa Barbara for a weekend getaway, just us two - thank you. Thank you for a weekend of bike riding, delicious meals, wine tasting and letting me pick the restaurants.

To my husband who studied for his boards on the train home, so we could spend a little longer exploring, thank you. Thank you for being the guy that chats up the winemaker and buys the bottle because you enjoyed his story. Thank you for making life fun and for being the wonderful man I fell in love with years ago who still makes me fall more in love today. Thank you for all the many ways that you love me. Thank you for being you. Here's to many more weekend getaways in our future.



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