Escaping Winter at Point Yamu

Escape the winter at Point Yamu • @SavvyHome

Point Yamu overlooks the Andaman Sea and the dramatic limestones of Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Escape the winter at Point Yamu • @SavvyHome

Escape the winter at Point Yamu • @SavvyHome

Escape the winter at Point Yamu • @SavvyHome

Let’s just pretend for a second that we’re all frolicking around in faraway Thailand—because that’s exactly what my girl Jacquelyn is doing right this second, and she asked me to fill in while she was away. So naturally I set out to find her the perfect place to go sip a cocktail.

Enter Point Yamu: moroccan tiled floors, giant wicker chandeliers, black and white stripes, dip-dyed tree trunks and sweeping views… The interiors are by Italian designer Paola Navone—which you may remember from her collections for Crate & Barrel and Anthropologie. I don’t know about you, but I’d order a Singapore Sling (not Thai, I know, but still delicious). Who’s with me?

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See more of this slice of paradise on Lark & Linen.

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Worthy Links: The Best Decorating Blogs

Worthy Links: The Best Decorating Blogs • The Design Files Open House 2014 via @SavvyHome

I apologize for the ultimate Friday post cliché but—I really can’t believe it’s the weekend already! I spent most of the week getting settled into my new place. I was surprisingly calm during the actual move, but sometimes around last Sunday, it hit me: I was exhausted. Not just in the “I need a good night’s sleep” kind of way. More in a “I need a week long vacation or else I can’t function” kind of way.

Needless to say I didn’t go on a vacation, but I did spend an evening at the spa yesterday, so there’s that. I took it easy the rest of the week and took the time to do really mundane things like shopping for groceries, going to Home Depot (thrilling I know) and getting back into a normal work/life balance. I also got completely hooked on Duolingo and have been spending all my free time learning Spanish (dork alert!) — Hey, it’s more constructive than Candy Crush amiright!? On this note: le deseo un maravilloso fin de semana [insert flamingo dancer emoji].

West Elm is offering 20% off on lighting this weekend, which is convenient since their lighting section is the bomb.com. Point proven again and again and again and again.

Savvy Home was featured on Domaine as one of the best decorating blogs to follow! It’s a great list—get your bookmark button ready!

Get your Valentine’s Day shopping over and done with this weekend. Shop gifts for him or her.

Stop what you’re doing right now because you need to see Will Ferrell lip sync to Beyonce.

David Duchovny wrote a novel called ‘Holy Cow‘ and it’s totally bizarre.

New on my list of places to visit when I’m in Miami next: Faena.

What your coat says about you. Mine says I live in Antartica.

#ToastMeetsKaren is my favorite thing on the internet.

How to make your dining room look more expensive.

This song puts a huge smile on my face these days.

The Design Files Open House 2014 is open!

6 keys to blogging as a business.

I want to see all of the places.

 

Welcoming February From my New Apartment!

Welcoming February from my New Apartment! — via @SavvyHome

I only have three boxes left to unpack! #teamgab

First blog post from the new apartment! Boxes are not fully unpacked (but almost!), art isn’t hung (neither are curtains!), deliveries haven’t all arrived. But I’m burning my favorite candle, listening to my  February tunes and sipping on my new Espresso Yourself tea and it’s finally starting to feel like home. The sunlight is beaming in here and it feels so nice! I’m loving living in Griffintown

I’ve been following the construction of the new building across the street like a soap opera. It’s crazy how fast buildings go up! Yesterday was the coldest day of the year. I’m not exaggerating—the wind was blowing so hard it was -36 degrees with the wind chill. We’re talking celsius here, but fahrenheit and celsius meet at -40 (so there’s a little fun fact for you). I couldn’t believe these construction workers were spending all day outside building this thing! Brave men I tell you.

 

Here are five random things I’ve learned since moving

Having a coffee shop in the West Elm next to my apartment has proven to be very dangerous for the wallet. So far I bought a bed (I’m obsessed with it), a couple of trays and the most adorable little succulents.

Less is more. I donated so many things when I moved and it feels great!

You can never have too much bathroom storage. It has changed my life.

Measure every closet/cupboard/drawer before going shopping for organizing systems.

I need to get a picture ledge (or two) to create a gallery wall à-la-Eva-Chen.

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Photography by Brittany Ambridge for Domino

Welcome January: Follow Through

Welcome January: Follow Through • on @SavvyHome

Instead of resolutions, each January I choose a word to guide me through the year. This year’s word is “follow-through”.

Welcome January: Follow Through • on @SavvyHome

 

Follow-through is a key component in the two sports I’m trying to improve this year. In golf and tennis, it’s “the part of a swing that happens after the ball is hit”. The key to a good follow through is that it will ensure that you’re sending the ball in the right direction every time. 

Similarly, following through in life ensures that you’re taking the necessary steps to go forward in the direction you’ve set your sights on—whether it’s reaching a career goal, moving overseas, landing a big contract or exercising regularly. I’m the girl with a million ideas, but keeping the momentum going to bring my ideas to fruition takes a level of consistency and discipline that I’m consistently trying to improve—whether it’s following through with a new business contact or following through a great idea or a commitment. Certain tools are lifesavers: (Todoist, IFTTT, Inbox). The rest is up to me.

In case you’re looking for a word yourself, here are a few words I brainstormed that didn’t quite make the cut: momentum, thoughtfulness, consistency, quality, network, discovery. What will your 2015 word be?

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