Cooking Blog: Festive Peppers – Kicked up a Notch

There was such a positive response to our original Festive Peppers recipe and post, that we wanted to share with you all how to make it even healthier…always our goal along with being sooo tasty.This is a very healthy, easy, fast, and low fat yummy recipe that we love for the intense flavors, great texture, and the designer in me loves the colors!

Using the original recipe, spinach and quinoa were added. Small addition but loads of added nutrition from the spinach and quinoa is one of the highest grains in protein.

A green salad and hearty whole grain bread completes the meal for sure.

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Design Vlog – Mitzi’s Personal Downsizing Goals

Today, we continue our Cypress design series with a conversation about my personal downsizing goals. Downsizing is a term that covers many areas of life – including our spaces, our possessions and our health. For more about downsizing and stress, check out the links to previous posts mentioned in this vlog directly below the video player.

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Wow! What a Conference We Had!

LA Interior Designers Bloggers Conference

Okay, I am going to name drop without any shame because I still feel so privileged to have been in the same room with:

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Design Vlog: Cypress Downsizing Part 5

Today, we continue our Cypress design series with another conversation about furniture. This time, I take you inside my design studio to demonstrate how I’ve repurposed several key pieces and found great functions for them.

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Design Vlog: Cypress Downsizing Part 4

Today, we continue our Cypress design series with another conversation about furniture. I’ve picked and chosen my way through our “past life” furniture pieces and repurposed nearly everything you’ll see in this video to design these important areas of my home. Check out part two of my furniture downsizing vlogs for much more.

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Stuff Fills Up Storage Available

Downsizing Realistically…yes…even our clothes!

When I was designing Cypress, our restored 1929 home, my personal clothing closet/storage amount was intentionally kept to a minimum.

You are probably thinking, “Are you a crazy lady?” or “What are you thinking girl?”

Actually, I am crazy, but it is crazy about achieving a life of order, calm, and peace. Now, I cannot control what goes on in my day to day life as an interior designer, this new social media learning curve I’m on, and life in general, BUT, I can control my STUFF.

In other homes of ours, we had lots of closets and storage. Guess what happened? I routinely moved my stuff from closet to closet either at seasonal change out or with a goal of making my day to day space orderly and easily workable, without the normal chaos of sorting through what would not work on any given day. But, I never really “cleansed” or “purged” my belongings. I just stuffed them elsewhere out of sight… you know… that instant gratification of Americans today without any pain whatsoever of making or doing the hard choices. Continue reading

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Conquering Clutter

Thanks to Bonnie Holeman of Storage by Design for this great guest post!

 

Ask a dozen people what drives them crazy about their home, and most of them will confess that it is clutter. Therein lies the problem. Most people don’t know where to start correcting this chaos in their lives. If it takes more than 3 minutes to find something, you know it’s time to reorganize! Following are some simple guidelines to help you get started decluttering your closet, one of the biggest causes for concern when it comes to organizing your home.

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Design Vlog: Introduction to the Cypress Design Series

Bob and I designed our home Cypress to be our “last hurrah.” In other words, we’re not planning on moving anywhere after here. One of the primary principles in designing a home with that in mind is “aging in place.” As you’ll see in this series, that is about much more than grab bars and raised toilet seats. I’m very excited to share with you how I’ve designed my home and (more importantly) WHY I’ve designed it that way.

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More Dubai Architecture & Design

Where does one begin to display the magnificence of Dubai architecture and design?

Well here goes, my last post on this beyond words trip of a lifetime (but don’t be surprised if some more photos pop up here and there).

As you will notice, the rich, vivid colors are used on ceilings, walls, floors, sculpture and even food presentation is simply breath taking!

This is one of MANY gorgeous ceilings that stopped me in my tracks at the famous Atlantis Resort at the end of the man made Palms.

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Lifestyle by Dubai

Living daily life in Dubai was such a delightful surprise to me experiencing how my family lived in their totally different part of the world. Of course I was a bit skeptical and yes of course it is very different, but now, well, let these photos speak for themselves.

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