Interiors

Parachute Home: Impeccable Bedding

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You guys probably have gathered throughout this Making A Home series here on the blog that I have a slight addiction to clean bedding that is sustainable and socially responsible. I mean, what is not to love? It is such a reminder that there is not a lack of incredibly comfy and soft materials that are health-benefiting and earth-conscious.

Parachute is a key brand that has made our home extra cozy + it delivers the perfect neutral accents. If you have tried this brand, you probably are a lifer. We fell into that category pretty quickly and fell in love with the quality of their premium sheets, towels, robes, slippers and all things soft and wonderful.

Did you know that Madewell and Parachute made the most beautiful striped bedding and jammies? I had to make a quick mention of that because it was like a brand-partnering dream.


Through the recommendation of Ashley Kane, we also got the down mattress topper, and our bed truly feels like a cloud. Our other staples we have in our home are the body pillow with the vintage linen cover, the quilts (a dream), and their bedding. Their slippers and robes are heavenly, too, and are the best addition to spa feels.

See below for all of the things we have in our house. Happy shopping! And for other exclusive looks of the areas of our some, take a peek at the rest of the Making A Home series we have right here on the blog. xo

Linens and Towels: Magic Linen

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Last week, we got so extra close to finishing our home – we are 80% complete and waiting for a few final things. It was the most rewarding feeling and extra fun to see the vision come to life. As y’all know, creating cozy guest bedrooms is a passion of mine, and Magic Linen has been such a game changer in this process.

We decided to give even extra love to the upstairs bedroom because our parents will stay there when they come into town, so the comfort must be at an all-time high. Enter Magic Linen bedding – the coziest in all the land + I love how it sits on the bed and it naturally is not wrinkly, which can always be one of the downsides of linen.

Their towels are also a dream and make the bath experience extra lovely! And I am also majorly heart-eyeing this apron and their tea towels, which are stonewashed for extra softness! This brand is a win on every level, and I couldn’t recommend it more!

To see more of our home and some of our favorite brands we’ve included along the way throughout our renovation check right here on the blog in our Making A Home series.

Nontoxic Color: Ecos Paints

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Paint seems to be something that is overlooked when considering toxicity in the home. I was completely dedicated to eliminate all chemical compounds in anything that I could control during our renovation this last year. Traditional paints, primers, stains, paint thinner, and varnishes are full of harmful chemicals, additives, and toxins.

Here are some names to keep your eye on: formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, APEOs, bisphenol, glycols, and solvents. And there are many more!

The chemicals in paint fumes can cause both short- and long-term health effects. During the painting process, many experience symptoms such as watery eyes, headaches, nausea, dizziness and breathing problems. Vision problems, lung irritation, and throat irritation are in the line up too. Isn’t that wild? If you are exposed to VOCs every day (which is present in paint) can also cause cancer as well as damage to the nervous system, liver, and kidneys.

All of that to say, I did not want that easily avoidable risk in our home. My sweet friends from Branch Basics told me about Ecos Paints and I couldn’t believe my eyes! For 35 years, they have helped people create healthier living environments with their premium quality, eco-friendly paints, stains and varnishes. They are completely non-toxic, contain no odor, zero VOCs, free of harsh chemicals + they are fully transparent about ingredients and have exceptional coverage. Not to mention, they are so helpful and lovely to work with!

Their water-based products were uniquely formulated without the harsh chemicals found in conventional paints. Using a unique technology combining sustainable ingredients and a proprietary mixing process, their products deliver best-in-class appearance and enhanced durability – with no harsh fumes or odors. Yay!

Colors in Our Home

Child of Heaven is on our walls and the color of our kitchen cabinets is Desert Mirage. We could not be happier with the outcome and will be loyal customers for life!

Excited to share with you another feature in our series Making A Home, where I’ve been able to share with you an update each week of the process of us renovating our home and all that we’ve included in it. For more on our home, check right here on the blog or follow along on my Instagram. xo

The Citizenry: Globally Inspired Decor

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I remember going to a cozy dinner with The Citizenry team in Malibu last year, and my love for them immediately expanded. Not only are their pieces gorgeous, meaningful and beautifully hand-picked, but their mission aligns so much with mine: Make Your Home a Sanctuary.

They believe that our homes should be a reflection of the journey we take, which I think is the most purposeful perspective on how to design, create, and enjoy the place you reside to the fullest capacity. They travel the world to develop the exclusive collections of home goods – can it get any better? When I started designing our home and as I get older, the more I want everything in it to mean something. There is so much value in that and a basket just isn’t a plain basket when it has a story, a purpose, and soul to it.

They partner with master artisans, blending a modern style with their time-tested techniques. As they travel to each country and only use local materials, the relationships have become entirely sustainable. Oh! And what is even better? They set out to celebrate the people behind the products – it is a way to share their stories with you!

 

I hope you’ve been enjoying our series on Making A Home. Jase and I have been so grateful for this process, and it has been even more special to share it with you each week on the blog! Stay tuned for more pictures to come, including a look at our before and afters of our home renovation.

 

What We Have In Our Home

Anik Rug ▪️Claro Pillow ▪️Claro Pillow ▪️Chunky Blanket ▪️Linen Bedding ▪️Rattan Lounge Chair ▪️Tesso Lounge Chair ▪️Storage Baskets ▪️Floor Vase ▪️Bed Blanket ▪️Round Jute Rug ▪️

AllModern for a Cozy Backyard

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So excited to share another week with you on Making A Home. We’ve been in a series on the blog about Jase and I’s process of renovating our home, and it’s been so much fun to be able to share each week with you a different area of our house as well as brands and products we’ve come to love along the way!

One of the things that attracted us most to our home was the backyard. Jase and I both love spending time in nature. There is something about stepping outside that immediately brings a sense of peace, calm, and simplicity. When friends are over or family is in town, we cherish the time in the backyard because it seems to dissipate distractions and leads to the sweetest memories and meaningful conversations.

One of the most special things about moving into our house has been making it fitting to the lifestyle we value and prioritize; vitamin D, conversations, space for vulnerability, slowing down, enjoying nature, fun summer evenings outside, and days by the pool!

Has anyone else noticed that quality outdoor furniture can be incredibly expensive? It was quite a mind-blowing realization for us recently, but I am all about researching to find a solution. I came upon AllModern and was completely beside myself with excitement. They have the most beautiful outdoor furniture that lends to creating such cozy spaces outside. We are over the moon about the comfy chairs behind the fireplace and sit in the sofa and chairs almost every evening taking in the quiet and enjoy the restful space. We are so looking forward to enjoying meals outside with our friends and family on the long dining table. It fits perfectly in this area and brings the whole area together.

What Is In Our Backyard

Outdoor Dining Set ▪️ Patio Chairs ▪️Lounge Chairs ▪️ Outdoor Sofa ▪️Coffee Table ▪️Side Table (no longer online) ▪️Black Planters ▪️Small Planters ▪️

In partnership with AllModern.

 

Cleaning Out Your Kitchen: Clean, Safe Kitchenware

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It’s been so fun to be able to share these past few weeks about Jase and I’s process of renovating and filling our home. While this process has been much longer than expected, it really began, not when we decided to renovate our home, but when I made the switch to Clean Living. When I think of how much we’ve changed over time, from products we use in our home, to practices and more, we really have been on this journey for a while! If I’ve learned anything it’s that Clean Living isn’t just a one time switch, it’s really a lifestyle you adopt and constantly adapt to.

As we’ve renovated our home, we’ve been so fortunate to use materials that are toxic-free and to fill it with clean, modern products and brands that we’ve come to love. This has inspired the current series we’re in on the blog that we’re calling Making a Home. For the past few weeks, I’ve been able to share with you just a few of these products and brands, and in the next couple weeks, I’ll continue to share with you more about specific areas of our home, as well as a few before and afters of our renovation!

I also love that I’ve been able to share with you so many things that I’m constantly getting questions about whether here on the blog or over social media – from clean mattresses that I love, to everyday clean products that I use in my own home. One of the other topics that I am always getting questions about is our kitchen! And of course, the kitchen is such an important topic in all our homes. It’s where we prepare our meals, share time with family, and partake in practices and routines that bring us so much joy. I’m excited to share with you this week a  few clean products and brands that I love to use every day in my own kitchen, and really have become a staple in our own home.

I love these pots and pans from Food52. They are absolutely the best when it comes to using nonstick, cookware that doesn’t contain any added chemicals or toxins that cook into the food we eat or the air we breathe. They’re actually made from sand with diamond-infused ceramic coating, and they promise to never peel or tear like other traditional nonstick pans – which is such a win-win!

No kitchen is truly set without a cast-iron skillet, and I love this one! It’s right on Amazon and super affordable when compared to other brands and competitors. I use mine for a variety of different recipes and dishes in my home and it’s simply the best.

I just love this kitchenware set that is made from natural wood. The spoons and spatulas not only work perfectly when cooking or serving up different dishes, but they’re cute enough to leave on your kitchen counter or to use when hosting. They’re handmade, along with a variety of other cute items from this brand that you can use in and throughout your kitchen!

Rikumo is a brand that I’ve come to love for their kitchenware especially with a few items from them that I use in my kitchen on a regular basis! Again, I love a good cast iron, and while their cast iron pan is a just little more expensive than the skillet I listed above, it’s definitely worth the investment. Other items from them that are on-hand in my kitchen is their copper graiter as well as their stainless steel kitchen tool set – All of which work just as great as they look!

This is something I use absolutely every day in my kitchen, my Vitamix blender! It can seem like a bit of an investment for a blender, but when it’s something you use every day, it’s worth having an item that’s durable and gets the job done! Seriously the best and available amazon – Need I say more?

Lastly – I love having these towels on hand, especially because it cuts down on our paper waste. They’re a great neutral color that works well in my kitchen, but they also have a few other color varieties to choose from!

I hope you’re enjoying following along with our Making A Home process and learning more about all the clean, safe steps we’ve taken along the way! If you’re interested in learning more or making the switch to Clean Living, take a look The Clean Sweep, my 90-day program where I walk through practices, products, and food that create a clean lifestyle. And for more on specific clean products I’m loving right now, follow along at The Clean Stuff Instagram. x

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