Valley & Co.’s Kitchen Picks for Summertime


Summer is just on the horizon! Sure, we technically have a couple of months, but we’re chomping at the bit to get out and enjoy of our favorite summertime activities this year, both in Southern California and in Washington. {Needless to say, we can now announce that we’re teaching an entertaining + design evening at West […]

How-To: Herbed Candle Centerpiece


Friday is here! That’s cause for celebration, right? We are excited for the weekend and, yes, once again, have lofty ideas for projects we’d like to tackle for our clients, our projects for the blogs, for our home and garden and for the kitchen. Whew! Whatever you decide to do this weekend, why not take […]

Finishing Touches: Herb Adornments


Nothing says thoughtful like finishing touches at the perfect dinner party or wedding reception. If you know us you know that our most perfectly plan parties are all about the senses. The polish. The wow factors for guests that are unexpected and all about the guests of honor and their tastes. Usually this means simple details […]

Make It: Mossy Terra Cotta Pot


‘Tis the season for gardening fun and projects galore. We have a number of green thumb aspirations this season, starting with our midnight garden plan we’ve been devising. It’s proving to be slightly challenging to find plants that do well in a semi-tropical enviroment that mimic our beautiful Seattle garden. Oh, we miss it so! […]

Make It: Homemade Vanilla Extract


Saturday morning is here and it’s a perfectly foggy and quiet morning on the coast, which means we’re planning on a number of creative projects around the house and in the garden. We kicked off this weekend of goodness with a very simple how-to Aleah spotted from Ina Garten. It’s a two-ingredient method for creating […]

Contributor DIY: Baking Sheet Plant Trays


Friday! We made it! We’re ramping up for a creative and relaxing weekend. On the agenda: roasting beets and testing herbs, making vanilla extract and loquat granitas and planting a new herb garden. How about you? There’s something so promising about a relaxing weekend ahead, isn’t there? If you’re looking for a fun gardening project, […]

Home Living: West Elm Summer Preview


It’s no secret that we are quite smitten with West Elm. We especially love when they roll out new seasonal goodness and amazing collaborations with talented artists for their collections. We were recently invited to preview the new summer wares and boy, what fun we had dreaming up uses for everything from silk screen printed […]

Spring Cleaning: Small Business Tips

Happy {tax} Tuesday, friends! We’re sharing something a little different today – we’re so grateful for the awesome feedback you give us when we share our planning and small business tips, challenges and ideas. So today we’re sharing our map for spring cleaning your small business…we’re also leading up to an exciting announcement coming your […]

Spaces: Patio Corner Transformation

air plant wall

We all have that space {yes, that one} either in our home or yard that just need some happiness. In our instance it was an old wall tarnished by the sea air in our yard that borders on a small patio area. It was just kind of blah – a blank space pleading for something to jazz it up. […]