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How to Dye Eggs Naturally Using Nothing but… FOOD!

Lately, I’ve been more “motion” and less “homebody,” for various reasons: trying to get all possible traveling in before babies (and we’re running out of time, she says from a lanai in Hawaii, but more on that later) — and of course, being generally booted out of our house while we remodel (just FOUR DAYS to go, but who’s counting?). But it’s my very talented sister who is the more gifted “homebody” anyway, when it comes to mind-blowing Pinterest-worthy stuff in the kitchen. So she’s behind today’s guest post in honor of Easter! (Sure, it was yesterday, but don’t you have a bunch of eggs leftover? And this project would rule for a baby shower or other springtime event anyway.) Without further ado, check out the wizardry that is Elisabeth’s tutorial for how to dye eggs naturally:

“Last year when my son was in kindergarten, his teacher requested that parents send in some kitchen scraps for coloring boiled eggs using only nature’s bounty. Naturally, I thought, “Oh, this’ll be swell. I’ll send in my cabbage scraps for the kids to make their nature craft, and then run over to CVS to buy some Paas coloring kits for when we dye the pretty eggs at home…” Little did I realize that modern kindergarten teachers are nobody’s fools; one would never propose a craft project that wouldn’t produce a dramatic show to hold the interest of discerning five-year-olds. In this case, the spectacle lay in the power of simple foods to create effective egg dyes that not only cost very little but come out way, way better than Paas. This year, I decided to try my own hand at naturally-dyed eggs. (Enough friends asked me how I did it, so I was inspired to ask my sister to allow me to use this forum to share the joy…)

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Sponsored: Check Out the Chic New Furniture I Want Right Now!

As you know by now, I’m in the middle of a house remodel that has necessitated our move out of our house — and in with parents and in-laws. As disruptive as this is (and I’m sure I could think of a few other choice adjectives to describe it as well), it also provides a great sense of excitement: When we move back in, we’re going to have a brand-new-feeling place and a fresh start.

To go with our new bathroom, new office, new dining room, and revamped dressing and laundry room, we’re definitely eyeing plenty of new furniture. (Obvi!)

LA Furniture Store has a couple of locations right near us, at the Westside Pavilion and in Downtown L.A. (not to mention e-commerce and locations in Florida and New York as well), and would be a great place to pick up some key pieces. Here’s what I’m thinking… Read more…

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In Which We Attempt a Los Angeles Home Remodel While Pregnant (Gulp!)

Surely I must be one of those people who’s not happy unless she’s in constant motion, whether that means traveling (three countries per 10-day vacation is about our speed), or keeping busy at home.

The latest piece of evidence: On Tuesday, which is the day I hit 19 weeks pregnant (or exactly halfway on the twins full-term scale), we’ll move out of our house as we begin demo for a two-month remodel. To recap: a home remodel while pregnant. One that requires moving out. And moving in with parents and in-laws. For six weeks. Gulp.

In short, here’s why. Read more…

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Crane & Canopy Sutter White Duvet Set

Crane & Canopy’s Duvet and Shams, on my Bed at Last

It’s here! It’s here! Remember how I was all excited about Crane & Canopy‘s gorgeous and affordable duvet sets? Dreams really do come true, people.

Here’s our humble queen bed, with the Sutter duvet and shams in white on it. I feel like its so simple and understated, but the ruching somehow lends a sense of opulence too. The ruching is done with elastic, which I sense will be sturdy and will hold up well. And right out of the box this thing had like zero wrinkles — another auspicious sign! Read more…

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As Seen on ‘Girls’: Super Fun Statement Pillows

C'est Si Bon Statement PillowOn Sunday night, while Hannah was obsessively counting Utz potato chips and Charlie was doing the Dougie in the new offices of Forbid, something really fun was sharing the airtime on Girls.

Did you notice the statement pillows in Shoshanna’s apartment? (I totally did and drooled a little bit, though I loathe her and her maddening side braid.) Replicate the look with these cheeky versions by Alexandra Ferguson, all available right now on AllModern.com: Read more…

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How to Plant Your Own Winter Victory Garden

It appears that it’s de facto Guest Post Week over here at Homebody in Motion, and I’m pretty stoked about it. Yesterday, we had tips for estate sale shopping from Succor Estate Sales‘ Melissa Arnold, and today we bring you tips for planting a seasonal edible garden from Heart Beet Gardening‘s Sara Carnochan!

Heart Beet designs, installs, and maintains organic vegetable gardens and edible landscapes for private homes and communities right here in pastoral Los Angeles. And the company’s philosophy is that growing food should be both beautiful and productive — something we can all totally get behind.

Read on for tips for planting your very own victory garden from Heart Beet’s Sara, as well as for her own post-Thanksgiving planting process: Read more…

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3 Ways to Incorporate Denim Into Home Decor

Must be the California in me: I’m a super casual person. The good news is, I think it makes me look younger. Seriously. I get carded a lot because I’m usually wearing gym clothes with my hair in a giant curly bun on top of my head. Maybe the Trader Joe’s checkers figure no employed person in her thirties would jaunt around the city like that, so I’m clearly 20. Or probably it’s just because they admire my unblemished visage and taut physique. I’m going with that.

The point is, our household is an unfailingly unfussy one. We don’t entertain with china or silver (though I am lusting over this cut crystal, uncharacteristically), and we don’t mess with look-but-don’t-touch decor.

That’s probably why denim decor appeals to me overall. It’s a great way to inject style and personality — not to mention youthfulness — into your look. And blue denim is so neutral that it can go with tons of different colors and patterns. To that end, here are three great ways to get the look in your own home:
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9 Tips for Shopping an Estate Sale (From a Real-Life Pro!)

Let’s say you’re intoxicated by the concept of estate sales — obvi — but feel intimidated by the prospect of schlepping out amid the people who really know what they’re doing on the scene. Totally get that. Today I bring you guest commentary from Melissa Arnold, the owner of Succor Estate Sales in Los Angeles and all-around cool, effortlessly stylish lady. She’s here to tell you how to shop the sales like a pro. Read on…

Tip No. 1 for How to Shop Estate Sales:

“Be sure to inspect every part of the item you plan to purchase. Estate sales are usually only three days, sometimes less. And because of this short amount of time to sell every item, refunds are not accepted. Most companies that host sales try to note if that crystal vase has a chip, but they miss things too. It’s up to you to make sure you’re happy with what you’re purchasing — so plug in that Kitchen-Aid mixer and don’t take anyone’s word that it works.”

Tip No. 2 for How to Shop Estate Sales:

“If you plan to buy furniture, find a mover in advance. Estate sales are a so-called ‘cash-and-carry’ business. This usually means there will not be someone on hand to help you move things. Many companies can recommend a mover but it’s often easier and less expensive if you price one out in advance. Craig’s List has loads of people who will move stuff for you. However, if you buy something breakable or of value, you may want to go with a reputable insured mover.” Read more…

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I Want This Now: Williams-Sonoma Dorset Crystal Barware

Even though I’m Jewish, I remember at least once writing a this-is-what-I-want letter to Santa. (That was every kid, regardless of denomination, right?) I remember what I asked for: a plastic candy-cane-shaped tube filled with M&Ms. Talk about squandering an opportunity.

This year, I’ve already gotten everything I wanted materially. We closed on our first home, so sweet and cozy I recall literally squealing when I first set eyes upon it. More recently, I got a new 15-inch MacBook Pro, which felt downright bougie as a replacement for my Flintstones-era, employer-issued 13-inch MacBook that approximated the max productivity of an Apple IIc. On a trip last month to Las Vegas on assignment, I sat down at the bar at the end of a long work day, promptly hit four deuces on a deuces-wild video poker slot machine, and marched right into Crystals at CityCenter to parlay those winnings into my first-ever Louis Vuitton bag — something rather shockingly out of character for my death-before-retail philosophy. And then, this weekend, we sold my six-year-old Madza (still “new” according to my previous attitude toward car ownership) that had recently developed major mechanical problems, and turned it into a 2013 hybrid — a fancier car than I’ve ever had or even wanted.

All of that is to say, my material desires are more than fulfilled (to guilt-inducing excess, in fact) and I want neither M&M-filled candy cane nor anything else. Except one thing: this cut-crystal glassware from Williams-Sonoma. Read more…

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Holiday Decor Inspiration: 3 Super Easy and Kind of Amazing Mason Jar D.I.Y. Projects

Here I reveal the secret* (*totally not a secret) that I’m really not a crafty person. Not yet, anyway. Moving into our first house has been such a great source of overall inspiration and motivation to attempt some of the amazing holiday craft projects I’ve been drooling over online. And if it ever stops being 80 degrees in Los Angeles this November, mark my words: I will get to festive crafting with gusto. I feel it coming on. (Note to self for future post: “How I Became a Mad Festive Crafter in 30 Days by Starting With Really Easy Projects I Couldn’t Mess Up for Positive Reinforcement.”)

This season, I’m starting with mason jars. Here, I bring you a trio of holiday craft ideas that seem to me fool proof. And they offer a huge impact for a small craft-store investment and a few minutes worth of time. Et voila: Read more…

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