Zzzzz… I have a completely new sleep situation, thanks to Helix, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Over the last few years, sleep has been a big area of frustration for me – getting enough of it but also achieving the kind of quality rest that allows me to wake up and not behave like a raging lunatic. My first morning thoughts are never: “Oh yeah, Awesome! Lets do this!” Actually, that’s happened like twice and I remember thinking WTF is this feeling? You can imagine my frustration.
I don’t work in bed. I drink sleepy tea almost every single night. I try really really hard not to look at my phone in bed – don’t we all? I’ve tried to stop working a few hours before bed, to calm myself down. This is really hard to do with a jam-packed schedule. I’ve tried different types of bedding. Different kinds of pillows. I play different ambient sounds when I’m falling asleep. You get the point? I’ve tried, what feels like everything, to improve my sleep experience. The only variable that has stayed the same is my mattress — which is why I was sooooo excited to get a new one.
The Helix ordering experience was visually thrilling, ha. I’m not joking. Their branding and website was designed by one of my favorite studios, High Tide. I think I have spent equal time drooling over the branding as I have the actual mattress.
You start off by taking a ( beautifully designed ) personalization questionnaire about your sleep preferences and habits. They then use that specific information to customize your mattress. If you have a partner, you can actually have two sleep scenarios within one mattress. Bubba and I sleep so similarly that we just had the same specs applied to the entire thing. Our mattress was delivered to our doorstep within the week. It couldn’t have been more effortless.
Receiving and unveiling the mattress was surprisingly entertaining. It comes “roll packed” in a heavy but easy to manage box ( also beautifully branded ). Once you get the mattress out of it’s packaging, it instantly starts to open up on it’s own. Watching a king size bed unfold in a matter of minutes is pretty cool. We slept on it that night and couldn’t have been more cozy.
Overall, it was a great experience! Thumbs up, Helix. Thumbs up!
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We got a new bed frame from CB2 — The Drommen Bed. I’ve been sleeping on an ikea bed frame for… ever! so this was an incredibly exciting purchase. I was ready for something new – something we’d have for a very very long time. The beautiful patterned pillows are by a Texas based designer, Bunglo. The solid orange velvet pillow is from CB2. The wall hanging is from Urban Outfitters and the blue textile on the bed is from a local flea market here in the Bay Area.
…and just like that, the days are suddenly longer & brighter, making this corner of our home a dream to be in. We have a wealth of windows upstairs, allowing the recent surge of spring sunshine to brighten the top floor up a bit. And when I say “a bit” I mean you feel like you’re 5 feet from the sun – it’s awesome!
In an attempt to use this spot more, I put together an incredibly simple table using a $12 piece of wood from a local re-use shop and a Floyd Utility Set. It only took a few hours to hunt down the table top, paint it white, and assemble — like magic! My favorite aspect of all the Floyd products is that they can be repurposed into a completely new piece of furniture whenever you feel like it. That kind of flexibility is rare. We’re also using Floyd Legs for our coffee table and considered trying out their new Platform Bed set-up. Needless to say, Floyd is addicting – you’ve been warned!
Do you have a comfy spot in your home that is an absolute favorite to plop down in? Your go-to lounger that makes all your chill dreams come true? You guessed it — this is mine! It’s the newest addition to our spacious Hannah House and one that I have a feeling will get a lot of use. I was drawn to the Carson Chair from Smart Furniture because of its modern design. I love the hardwood frame and the depth of the seat – you can really lean back and relax.
I plan to do a lot more relaxing in 2016. This past year was one of many things but if I’m being honest with myself, it was mainly about work. I am a firm believer in chasing your dreams with so much enthusiasm that you almost explode. But not so intensely that you loose site of other things that are important, like health and community. Cheers to a new year, to chillin’ in my chill chair, and to… all around more balance!
Mark your calendars for December 12th. I’m hosting a Holiday Market at The Hannah House with my good friend Melanie Abrantes. The Market will showcase a curated collection of local businesses ranging from ceramics and home goods to jewelry and body products. Come shop for holiday gifts, grab some fresh flowers, and enjoy a glass of wine!
Make sure to RSVP on our Facebook page — hope to see you there.
December 12th, 12 – 6pm
3414 Hannah Street Oakland Calif, 94608
Drinks with Ordinaire Wine
Flowers by Tango and Foxtrot
Melanie Abrantes Designs
The Greater Goods
Last Fall, I was introduced to Bridge & Burn for the first time. I fell in love with a crewneck sweatshirt that dreams are made ( shown here, because it’s truly an absolute favorite of mine ) Since then, I’ve followed the brand carefully and have grown to love their distinct Northwest look.
The new Fall pieces are in some really fun patterns – the black and white stripes shown below being one of my favorites. I paired the matching blouse and trousers together for a playful head-to-toe vibe. What I loved about this set so much ( aside from the pattern ) is that the fit was really refined but I was also incredibly comfortable and relaxed. What a great combo! I have to give a shout out to their beanie selection as I’m a huge sucker for knitwear. You can see all of the new women’s styles here & some mix and match ideas on their blog.
What I Wore –
Wool Watch Cap / Stripe Trousers / Stripe Blouse / Polka Dot Scarf
Photos by Ashley Batz
Did you see our collaboration last fall?
My first visit to the Louise Gray website was filled with pure joy. Not only do they make a gorgeous product but their overall design aesthetic and photography is spot on. It’s near impossible for me to not fall in love with a brand that values their visuals as much as their product. LG reinterprets the art of quilting with a discerning eye. Blurring the lines between form and function, their throws are equally at home draped on a sofa or hung on your wall.
Their modern design feels right at home in The Hannah House. As of right now, it’s keeping us company on cooler nights but I have considered getting their new Quilt Hanger and displaying it as art. Our walls are so bare and would welcome the bold shapes and colors. There is also talk of graphic prints, which I’d be ALL over. I can’t wait to see their future designs and watch them expand! No doubt it will beautiful.
In my eyes, this series will never get old, because Instagram will never get old! The End. Well, maybe it will or maybe something new will pop up and take over our attention but for now, it’s seriously the best. It brings me so much encouragement and inspiration every single day! Here are my new favs:
01. Kit & Ace – They claim to make a perfect t-shirt
02. Venamour – Stationery at its very very finest
03. Allah-Las – A talented group of musicians that I can’t stop listening to
04. Tasya van Ree – Her style is… heaven
+ See all of the Insta-Discoveries here!
I can’t help but make these round-ups revolve around a harmonious color palette – it feels so much more rhythmic when everything matches, doesn’t it? Tina Marie’s ceramics inspired this palette – her color combos are poetic!
01. Tina Marie Vase 02. OMG keychain 03. Illustration 04. Decorative Shaped Bookends 05. Colorful Matches 06. On Booze Book 07. Splattered Chocolate
How have I not shared the nitty gritty details on The Hannah House yet? It has officially been 4 months since we moved to Hannah Street in West Oakland and I finally feel like everything is in its place. I’ll start off by sharing that my main challenge was upgrading from a teeny tiny apartment to a 3 story house – yes, I said challenge. We had tailored our life down to a very minimal existence and feel strongly about keeping it that way. BUT — we now have a lot of room to spread out, fill up, and get creative. It has been incredibly tempting to acquire more stuff during this process.
But let me back up a tiny bit. My husband and I were looking for a new place to live because we found out we’d be in the Bay Area for at least another year, probably longer. I spotted this house on CraigsList and my curiosity got the best of me. I knew it was way too much space and way out of our budget but I had to see it in person. Those floors? and the exposed ceilings? Come on! As soon as I finished the walk-through, it was decided. We had to live there.
Since then, we’ve been experimenting with creative ways to use the house. I originally thought a shared office would be cool but that didn’t pan out. We ended up successfully turning the 2nd floor into a photo-studio and have hosted some workshops and events too. Overall, it’s been a ton of hard work ( …and I mean a ton ) but we’re having a blast with this place. Our goal? To try and soak up every glorious minute of living here because we’re not sure how long we’ll be calling The Hannah House home. For now, it’s ALL OURS and we couldn’t be happier.
The Hannah House Postcard — Art Direction by Emmadime / Design by Beth Abrahamson
At the start of our move, I teamed up with Smart Furniture for an office spruce-up. Being that I spend what feels like 99% of my life in the office, it’s important to me that I love my creative-habitat :) I’ve been working from the same desk for a few years now and wanted something new. My main priority was more space. I like to surround myself with lots of design books, inspiration, to do lists, notepads, candles, coffee and water, the list goes on. By the end of the day, it all creeps its way onto my desk or the surrounding area. If I don’t have room to support this way of working, things get ugly – and when I say ugly, I mean tons of pretty stuff thrown around in a really messy fashion, ha.
For the spruce-up, I went with the medium sized Blu Dot Strut Table and the Dang File Pedestal. The table provides ample space for gettin’ messy and the cabinet’s brass handles are what dreams are made of. Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the new additions.
That’s it for now! Stick around for more updates and an exciting feature on the Urban Outfitters blog. Also, if you live in the Bay Area and are interested in using the house, we’d obviously love to have you. Just shoot me an email! I want someone to come teach a yoga class under our big skylight. I also want to have a movie night ( inspired by this ). One thing I will admit, I don’t use this place for random personal things enough. That will change soon, I hope!
Make sure to follow along — @thehannah_house
Today was a good day because I came across Caroline Z Hurley’s work. She is a New York based Designer & Artist that creates beautiful rugs, linens, pillows, and more. I’ve decided to feature just her today because I really connected with her products, as well as her Instagram. It’s a lovely curation of colors and shapes that pulled me in! Enjoy.
Yay ~ it’s officially summer ( …as I sit in my office wearing a hoodie and scarf, ha ) This little collage was inspired by one of my favorite beauty brands, Herbivore Botanicals. Earlier this year, I tried my first HB product, the Orchid Facial Oil and was instantly hooked. Between the Jasmine in this oil and the bushes I have growing in my backyard, I’m surrounded by the scent. It leaves me feeling calm and happy. A few other products I’d recommend: The sea mist hair spray if you’re into coconuts, the rose lip butter as the days get hotter and dryer, or the coco rose body polish for an extra indulgent shower. All this to say, if you’re looking for an all natural beauty product, you should give them a try.
The imagery for the collage was pulled from a couple of places: The Herbivore Botanical Instagram, as well as my own Pinterest boards. Remember my “so long summer” collage? Why is it so much fun to chop things up and paste them back together?
A quick update ~
It’s been a while since I’ve posted huh? I have some fun ideas planned for this summer so I’ll be getting back to my regular schedule soon ~ i’ve missed it! Did y’all do anything fun for the solstice? I spent another long weekend working on The Hannah House and then rewarded myself with a morning off in Calistoga. I drove up to Indian Springs listening to my favorite jams the whole way ( …in our new car!! If you know me well, you know I’ve been carless for 2 years. It feels soooooo good to be more mobile again ~ sorry bike ) I’ll admit, wine country is still one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. The hills, vines, sun, winding roads – it was just what I needed. I hope to go there more this year. It’s an hour away! It would be stupid of me not to. Cheers to a new week and to more summer inspired blog posts!
We celebrated the new studio this week with our first shoot! I’m so excited to announce that the space is now open for photoshoots, small events, and workshops! With that being said, you should check out the new studio page here at emmadime.com
Note: I am considering turning the top level of the house into a shared creative office, but I wanted to get feedback from the community first. If this is something that any of you would be interested in being apart of, please let me know. I’m really excited about getting people in here to create, collaborate, and most importantly, have fun!
+ What I’m wearing: JCrew slingback sandals / Elizabeth Suzanne harper tunic / Koral white denim