Turn A Corner Of Your Home Into A Stylish + Functional Drop Zone

 


Do you have a corner of your home that just isn’t functional for your family? I did. You might remember we moved into our new home about five months ago. Man, has it been that long already? Since then, my hubby and I have been working around the clock doing projects to have our house reflect us. One of the 1st projects that I wanted to be done was a functional drop zone for all the kid’s “stuff.” Having two young kids in school and sports, well, there is a lot of “stuff.” Yes, I mean crap. There is crap everywhere! I’m a neat freak, so when they would throw their backpacks and sport’s bags on the ground, my left twitches a little bit. Ha! (I’m not serious, but the clutter is annoying!)

We had this cabinet next to the garage as you walk into our home. This was the perfect spot for the drop zone. Come in from school, and throw your backup up. Whoo hoo, not on the floor where I was bound to trip over it. Which happens at least 3 times a week. I handed my hubby a pic of what I wanted, and within a couple of weeks, I got my drop zone! Thank god for husbands who can make your dream a reality. But, I did the painting and hardware placement, so he can’t have all the credit. 

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Our walls and cabinets throughout out our house are all white. So you can imagine, the house needed some color. The tones of the house are turning out to be white, blacks, and natural colors mixed in with them. I wanted a statement piece when you walked in, and black ship lap and cabinets were the answer. I used the color, Nightfall by Benjamin Moore, and I’m so in love it. It’s not black, but a very deep dark gray. We are using Nightfall for our kitchen island too as we speak. Excited to see how that turns out! I’m telling you that honey to do list is long! 


Now, the most critical part of this dropzone is it looking cute. Yes, functionality is important, blah blah, but it’s gotta be looking right at the end of the day. I turned to my pillow dealer, Monica from Boho Pillows to start pulling new textures and prints for the house. This was our 1st area to work with. My last house had a TON of her pillows, but we needed new ones to go with the black and white palette. She created a custom cushion, and corresponding pillows to go with it. Pretty cute, huh?

I got these vintage-inspired hooks on Amazon, and you can’t beat the price. I had been searching high and low for some hooks that wouldn’t break the bank. About 15 bucks for six hooks, quite the deal! I also got pulls for the bottom cabinets, but they are on backorder. All in all, this little drop zone is not only stylish but its functional for all that crap those kids require. Sheesh! 

Just a little sneak peek into our new home! Can’t wait to show you all the other projects we currently have going on. Can you say bar, breakfast nook, and backyard kitchen? Yay!

xx
Abby






 

 






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By on February 23, 2018 in Beijos Interiors, DIY, HOME, INTERIOR, THAT’S SO BEIJOS

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Mini Beetroot + Goat Cheese Frittata

 



If you have been following us, you know that I have been trying new recipes out using beets. This vibrant purple root has a distinct taste that could taint many people’s taste buds. I use to push away anything that had beets in it. But ever since we moved to Sacramento, beets have been in a lot of dishes here. Once it’s cooked correctly, you can’t beet it! Often when finding recipes for the blog, I gravitate towards pretty attractive dishes, and this beetroot and goat cheese frittata is just that. The goat cheese tones down that beet taste and the roasted onion mixture brings all the flavors together to bring you one tasty and pretty frittata. Plus, it’s so easy to make! A perfect dish for brunch you may have coming up. 

I N G R E D I E N T S

Two large beetroots, trimmed, peeled and coarsely grated
1 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 red onion thinly sliced
1/2 shallot, thinly sliced
Two green onions, finely sliced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Two teaspoons thyme leaves
crumbled goat cheese
Two eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup milk 
Extra thyme springs, to scatter
Fresh herbs, to serve

D I  R E C T I O N S

Preheat oven to 350°F. If you’re using cast iron skillets, preheat those in the oven as well. You can use greased muffin tins as well. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add shallots, red onion, green onion, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until onion mixture is softened and browned, set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and milk. Add the cooked onion mixture and thyme. Pour mixture into prepared skillets. Add a spoonful of beetroot and drizzle the balsamic vinegar on top of the egg mixture. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the eggs are just set. (Adjust baking time for a larger frittata). Remove from the oven, sprinkle on fresh herbs and freshly cracked black pepper. Let cool slightly and serve.

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Abby

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By on February 22, 2018 in BEIJOS EATS, Breakfast, BRUNCH, EATS, FOOD

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Home Tour – Helmick Hacienda

Another month, another amazing home tour, and this one is of the Helmick Hacienda!  I fell in love with this family by following them on Instagram of course!  How else do you make friends these days?!  Haha!  But seriously, wait till you see this gorgeous home… The aesthetic is quintessential Southern California beach style and I can’t get enough.  They definitely make it look effortless and stylish!

And if you think their home is beautiful, wait till you see the family behind it!  Jason, Laura, River and Bodhi are as cute as can be, but I think the one who steals the show has got to be their dog Cowboy!  Laura has a few DIY’s on her site that you won’t want to miss as well.  I was a little jealous and in awe when I saw she DIY’d the very same cement tile we put in our kitchen in one of their bathrooms!!  You guys have to see it to believe it!

Without further ado, start scrolling and get your pin button ready!!!

Photos by Corrie Lynn Photo

Tell us a little bit about you and your family and where you live…

Jason and I have been married for almost 5 years. We live in Dana Point, CA. We have two boys, River (2.5) and Bodhi (6 mo). We also have our pup Cowboy (5) ;). 

How would you describe your home’s aesthetic?

I describe the vibe in our home as Minimalist-Bohemian. We love unique and eclectic pieces, but also both have a strong aversion to clutter. I’m a huge believer in everything having it’s place. I don’t own a lot of extra; I typically donate things we don’t use/need.

Where do you find inspiration with your interior design?

The usuals: Pinterest, Instagram, home magazines (can’t get enough of them). I love seeing others ideas and creativity, it’s so inspiring. And more of an unusual one – movie sets! I will be completely lost during a movie, but it’s because I’m obsessing over every detail of the background; the home. How it’s setup, how they decorated, the patterns they mixed, all of it.
Being a mom of two give us advice on making your home functional and stylish… My best advice would be: be realistic with the stage of life you’re in. Fill your home with items that are durable, scrubbable, and won’t break your heart if they get damaged. Because the anxiety you’ll have around those items in the room will take away from the joy of just being able to sit back and let your kids play.

 Where are your favorite places to shop for your home?

My favorite big box go-to’s are Target and CB2. For specific decor items I’ll check Etsy or home decor shops on Instagram to get something more unique.

What is your favorite room in your home and why?

Definitely our kitchen. We designed it ourselves, and the remodel just completed in September. People seem to always congregate in kitchens wherever you go, so I love that we created a space we love and it’s where everyone ends up.

 Is there a piece in your home that just screams Laura?!

Ha. no, sorry. At least I don’t think so? I guess I’d say our front porch being funky tile. Because I think homes should be fun and not taken so seriously. Cookie cutter houses aren’t for me.

We know you are a master of DIY’s, what is one of your favorites you’ve done in your home….

The kiddo bathroom floor upstairs – I stencil painted the tile. There’s a tutorial on my website.
 

Where can we find the Helmick family on the weekend?

Once the weather warms up we’re typically at the beach. Until then you’re likely to see us on a wagon walk, heading to a nearby park.

I told you it was good!  What’s even better?!  Laura made it easy for you to shop everything in her home on her site here!

Hope you’re as inspired as I am!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on February 21, 2018 in HOME, HOME TOUR, INTERIOR

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Project Juice Sub Zero Smoothies for the On the Go Mom

As you guys know, we are always on the hunt for ways to be healthy.  Equally important are finding things that make our lives easier, as busy moms we’re practically begging for it.  Well, thanks to Project Juice Sub Zero Smoothies, our prayers have been answered.  They bring the amazing Project Juice organic ingredients in delicious smoothies right into your freezer.

I tried them out at home and loved the ease and taste of them all.  To summarize my mornings in one word, it would be hectic.  My husband is usually out the door first thing or before we even wake up.  Cruz has me up around 6am and Court is short to follow.  I’ve gotta get Dolly out for a walk, get everyone breakfast and ready for school and meanwhile do all of my Beijos stuff.

If I’m being honest, most mornings I just make a little extra of what the boys are eating… Eggs, toast, oatmeal, waffles, whatever it is I’ll just eat that.  For the most part, they aren’t the healthiest choices.  When trying the smoothies I felt like my day started on the right foot and it made me make healthier choices through-out the day!

Photos by Corrie Lynn Photography


Here is a little bit from Project Juice

“The ready-to-blend superfood smoothies and bowls are being introduced after years of R&D and were designed by a team that includes a board certified nutritional consultant and a premier plant-based chef, using the best ingredients to create a unique product that helps people feel amazing from the inside out.

Ingredients come already chopped and measured for a perfect flavor-to-nutrition ratio, delivered right to customers’ doorsteps frozen in a convenient cup. The perfect smoothie or bowl takes less than 60 seconds to make. No more wasted produce, no more messy cleanups – pure convenience, with the highest quality, organic, pure and powerful real food ingredients.

As with all of Project Juice’s food and beverage offerings, the ready-to-blend smoothies and bowls are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and contain organic and locally sourced produce, when available. There are no mystery ingredients, no added sugars – just pure nutrition.

Using frozen produce allows Project Juice to pick the very best of the harvest from each season, so that the body can be nourished by seasonal fruits that otherwise aren’t available fresh.”

There are so many amazing flavor options to choose from, my taste buds were oh so happy.  But my favorite combo was the one below!  What can I say, I like myself a good ol’ fruit smoothie!  It was so delicious you guys, I could basically have it every morning!!  

Another great thing is the ease of them, everything is pre cut and ready to be dropped into the blender.  In most cases you just add some coconut juice and blend!  Even the container can be used as a cup to drink out of, how easy and convenient is that?!


Indeed, as I said earlier, starting off my morning off healthy lead to healthier decisions the rest of the day.  Overall I love the ease of them and the way they made me feel, that’s a win/win!
  Be sure to check these out!  They deliver nationwide and you can sign up for a subscription on their site.  Here are the answers to all of those questions you may have on how it works… They think of everything!!

Enjoy, keep life easy and stay healthy!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on February 20, 2018 in HEALTHY

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How to Style your Kitchen Shelves Like a Pro

You probably don’t remember, since it’s been so long I’ve written about it, but we bought a house last year and have been renovating since.  Last year it was all about new floors, taking down walls, and redesigning the kitchen.  This year we have been focusing on other projects, but our kitchen is basically complete!  

Today I’m sharing a little sneak peek of a DIY my husband did in a little corner of the kitchen.  It’s our floating shelves that he did all on his own and I styled!

Photos by Corrie Lynn Photo


Maybe you are saying, floating shelves, big deal!  But if you’ve ever renovated a house with your husband, then you know it’s not easy, haha!  With two small children, jobs, and just life, it’s really difficult to find time to do home projects.  Especially when you’re on a budget and trying to do as much as you can on your own.  Obviously, when something (even something small) is completed, you want to jump for joy! 

 I posted a video on our Insta stories not long ago and a few people dm’d asking where my shelves were from.  Well, these were all made by my hubby!  He went to our local lumber yard, bought wood, cut, sanded and stained it, then hung them up!  Not gonna lie, I feel like it took quite a while to get these bad boys up, haha, but once he did it he definitely scored some points!!
 

As far as styling, I of course wanted it to look great but be functional as well.  I love my glassware from The Little Market, we use it everyday so it’s nice that it’s easily accessible.  We also use the shorter glasses for wine, and you better believe I need that close!!  Next, the cutting boards, also from The Little Market, are something I use daily, so having them near is great, but also layered in a stylish way.

Of course I wanted to add some color, my kitchen is mainly white, black, wood and brass.  In order to do that I brought in some plants of course!  For the planters I turned to local designer Luna Reece Ceramics.  You may remember I used her planters for Court’s birthday party last year.  She has beautiful handmade creations and I love adding an artisan like that to my home.

While I love having cookbooks around, our new home is quite smaller than our last so we had to edit a lot of our “stuff”.  I only kept a few cookbooks, ones I actually used and these two by Gwyneth Paltrow made the cut.  Luckily they are also aesthetically pleasing!

To me, keeping things simple and functional is the best way to go with your open shelves.  You never want them to look too cluttered as they are visible to everyone!  Ultimately figure out what you and your family use the most and display it in a clean and minimal way.

I hope this helps you in your own styling at home!  Also, if you are in the same boat as me and working with you husband on renovating your home, just know you’re not alone!!  Let’s virtually drink a bottle of wine together, because it’s a long road, haha!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on February 19, 2018 in HOME, INTERIOR, LIFESTYLE

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