mundane aesthetic : ABQ -> PHX travelogue

Last month I did a quick little trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The allure of the Southwest just continues to call me back! I went to Santa Fe last year, but didn’t get a chance to really see much of Albuquerque, so I was looking forward to exploring it in more detail. Here are a few snaps I took wandering through Albuquerque. After a few days in Albuquerque, I went on a little road trip down to Phoenix. I see
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3 Ways to Use Books in Your Decor

This post is in partnership with eBay. As the saying goes, “There’s nothing like a good book.” Books are probably one of the best objects to add into any space. Not only are they educational and fun to flip through, they’re incredibly versatile and functional. Like artwork, the type of books you choose express a unique part of your personality. As a designer, my favorite subjects are art, desi
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A Peach-y Fall and Drippy Painted Pumpkin Adventure 2017

This post is in collaboration with Preval. With temperatures here in SoCal still in the 80s, it’s hard to believe it’s officially Fall! September is over, and all things spooky and ghoulish are already filling the stores. As is tradition here on Happy Mundane land, I always like to make some sort of centerpiece or decor idea for Halloween, usually involving some sort of no-carve, painted pumpkins, and also a tablesca
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COS x The Gentlewoman Glimpses of the Future

Los Angeles is known for many things… and like most major cities, it has its share of iconic buildings. Having always been a fan of architecture and design, I’ve had the good fortune to see quite a few of LA’s major architectural moments in person. However, LA is a vast wonderland and especially living down in Orange County (about an hour south), it’s hard to be able to see EVERYTHING. So, when the kind folks at COS
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The Better Company Tissue Boxes

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a tissue box round up, (past round ups here and here) but frankly, pickings in the tissue box realm continue to be disappointing… however, one bright beacon of hope has recently come to my attention. The Better Company is hoping to provide a refreshing alternative to all the overly decorated tissue boxes in the market by making minimal tissue boxes with no outside logos or blatant b
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The Future Perfect : Casa Perfect Los Angeles

Sometimes it’s hard to visualize how something will look in your home when it’s just displayed on a shelf in a store. I guess that’s why many retailers create “environments” to help give customers a better idea of how the products will work in the right context. The folks at The Future Perfect have taken that concept one step further with the launch of “Casa Perfect” earlier
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