I’m going to sound like a brand snob, but I really don’t like Ikea. Don’t get me wrong I’ve bought a lot of Ikea things over the years. We all know how convenient it is, not to mention kind on the wallet. But I think I might be done. There have been too many disappointments and feelings of frustration after something bought there only lasts for a year (if that) before you have to replace it.

The last item we bought was a couch. I mean, it’s ok. It is what it is. But it’s not the most comfortable item of furniture to sit on. I think it’s worth holding off and saving a bit more to get something of quality that will last a while. But we have this couch now so I’m on the hunt for a few cushions to make it a bit more comfortable and add some style.

The couch is in a grey fabric and I’d like about 4 or 5 cushions. with a similar look to the interior shots in this post. So far I’ve come across these shown below which I don’t mind. I’m after a couple neutral cushions and a few patterned with similar colour tones.

Have  you seen any cool cushion suppliers around? If you have then please feel free to point me in their direction ;)



{ interior image credits – one, two – original source unknown, three, four – original source unknown }

{ cushion credits – one, two, three, four, five, six }

Ele Story

Monday, April 14, 2014


While wandering through Japantown on Saturday I stopped for a look at a store called Ele Story. They make really cute clothes for girls aged 12 months to 8 years. All made locally in the San Francisco Bay area. So cute don’t you think?

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Snaps from our weekend

Monday, April 14, 2014


Hola! How was your weekend? We heard that the Cherry Blossom Festival was on in Japantown over the weekend so headed in for a look. Before it started we wandered up Fillmore and stopped for a coffee and quinoa cookie at Jane on Fillmore. Love their coffee. And their cool flag logo.


We then headed back to Japantown and chowed down a couple serves of Takoyaki balls. I’ve never heard of them before but going by the number of people waiting in line we figured they were something special. They consist of a light batter filled with octopus, pickled ginger and shallot. Then drizzled in sauce. Really yummy. It was fun to watch the cooking process going on. 


Yesterday the weather was beautiful so we had our first BBQ on the patio. I picked up a couple cheeses including Cowgirl Creamery’s signature Mt Tam cheese which I’ve heard good things about. It’s a triple cream – so good. Reid isn’t a soft cheese fan and neither is Soren I learned yesterday. Oh well, more for me!


For dessert I picked up some Talenti Argentine Caramel gelato and Roman Raspberry sorbet. They also make other flavours like Mediterranean Mint, Black Raspberry chocolate chip and Southern Butter Pecan which I’m keen to try as well. So it was pretty much a weekend of eating for us! Really enjoyed it though and love heading into San Fran for a wander around. What did you get up to? Did you do anything exciting?


Happy Friday!

Saturday, April 12, 2014


I joined the YMCA today (cue music). On the walk home I snapped this pic on my phone. Love the houses in Berkeley and the power lines that criss-cross one another. Isn’t that bougainvillea swallowing those steps to the white house amazing?

I’ve been battling a head cold and nasty cough this week so I’m hoping to wake to a clearer head in the morning. I think a BBQ on our patio is on the cards. And a little shopping for a few comfy cushions. I hope you have a great weekend :)

A better place to sit

Friday, April 11, 2014


As I type I’m sitting at my “desk” which is actually our coffee table positioned against the wall to act as a desk. I’m sitting on the floor on a towel so my butt doesn’t get cold and having to shift position every few minutes as pins and needles start taking over my legs. Not comfortable in the slightest. But with this international move creating a home is costly and gradual so I have to be patient and go easy on the purchases.

I’m kicking myself because last week I noticed a desk sitting on the side of the road a couple houses down from us. When I went down to inspect a guy pulled up in his truck and I knew my chance at snapping it up had passed. Him with a truck, me with Soren in my arm. I felt rather defeated. It was mid-century in style and would have been perfect. Not to mention saving us a few dollars.

With my hunt around I’ve added this one to my wishlist. It’s from West Elm (like a few of our purchases so far) and I love the mid-century style of it. I think like I, my computer would be happy sitting there.

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