My Friend Staci

Taking living spaces from disaster to delightful, and proving any home can be fabulous on the cheap.

Year of Focus: Check in 1

Authors: Staci

If meaning to blog was the same as actually blogging, I’d have posted probably 5 or 6 times already this year. Alas, this is my second post of 2016. I thought I would check in on how I’m doing, a month into my “year of focus,” and link to a few interesting things I’ve seen online lately.

Travel: Like I...

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2016: The Year Of…

Authors: Staci

I have noticed an increase in the trend of eschewing traditional “New Year’s Resolutions” and instead picking a word for the year or a theme for the year. I don’t think I picked a resolution or a theme for 2015, but looking back it is clear to see the theme of the year was “Travel/Exploration.”...

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Our Portland AirBnB

Authors: Staci

When we were in Portland last July, there were several conventions and events happening city-wide so we couldn’t find any affordable hotel rooms. Enter Airbnb! We had used the site once in the past, when we stayed in Denver, so we knew it was easy to book a stylish, comfortable place.

The place we stayed in was a basement-level...

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New Glasses!

Authors: Staci

I’ve been rocking the same pair of blue-gray plastic glasses (that Libby helped me pick out) for the last three years. They’re starting to show a little wear and tear and I’ve been in the mood for something new. I had literally just started shopping around for a new pair of specs when Firmoo reached out to me and...

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Clicked…

Authors: Staci

A lot of bloggers I like post these little Friday “recommended reading” posts, and I came across a lot of stuff interesting to me this week (and last week) that I thought maybe some of my friends and readers would be interested in.

There’s a new book out in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, but it’s...

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Portland, Oregon: 2015

Authors: Staci

Crazily enough, Doug and I found ourselves in Portland, Oregon just 52 weeks after our 2014 visit. Again, for the wedding of a close friend from college days in Kansas. Life is funny sometimes, isn’t it?

We had the privilege of being invited to three weddings in May and June, and vacation days were quickly being eaten away. For...

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The Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Authors: Staci

Not terribly long after The Bucket List came out, I learned of The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Until this point I didn’t know there was anything cool in Palm Springs, and I had certainly never heard of a young person spending any time there. After looking into it, staying at The Ace was now on my newly-forming “bucket...

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Portland’s Color Scheme

Authors: Staci

Our trip to Portland this summer got me so inspired about modern-but-still-classic color schemes, especially on the exterior of homes.

I think one of my favorite things about Portland is the homes. We stayed in an airbnb in a family’s basement and the interior and exterior were both so beautiful. In fact, driving down any street...

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I’m Around

Authors: Staci

Well, it is hard to blog without a photo editing software. Photoshop had been making my mac run like quicksand, so I updated the RAM and now it is having some visual component problems. Calling in some friend favors to tinker with it… but for now I am more or less photo-less. I’m not hiding in a cave though– iPhone t...

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The Madonna Inn

Authors: Staci

Our friends got married at the Madonna, in San Luis Obispo, a month ago. Wow, The Madonna Inn is a hard place to photograph. I think it lends to its specialness… The whole inn is so sprawling, twisting, multi-tiered, that it’s impossible to get a photo of the whole thing at once, unless taken from the air!

We left work on...

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