The MUSE Gift Guide

For the Minimalist:

Pouch 50. Salt Cellar 18. Coco Rose Lip Conditioner 22.

Pouch 50.
Salt Cellar 18.
Coco Rose Lip Conditioner 22.

Earrings 38. Minimalist Vase 18. Portofino Pouch 34.

Earrings 38.
Minimalist Vase 18.
Portofino Pouch 34.

Leather Keychain 15. Coco Rose Lip Tint 24. Pouch 34.

Leather Keychain 15.
Coco Rose Lip Tint 24.
Pouch 34.

Leather Keychain 15. Pouch 50. Lip Conditioner 22.

Leather Keychain 15.
Pouch 50.
Lip Conditioner 22.

For the fan of Marie Kondo, simple is always better so use restraint when choosing a gift.  Anything useful and small, that won't clutter a clean apartment will be appreciated.  A delicate piece of jewelry by Leah Staley, a brass terrarium by Alice Tacheny, a concrete candle holder by Bloomingville, a candle by Brooklyn Candle Co.  Minimalists love consumable gifts like luxe lotions, candles, or food items, because they don't have to be kept forever.

For the Earthy One: 

Earrings 58. Serving Board 22. Agate Coaster 22

Earrings 58.
Serving Board 22.
Agate Coaster 22

Calm Bath Soak 18. Marble Board 38. Himalayan Salt Votive 18. Anything with charcoal, coconut oil, or himalayan salt.  For the earthy lover of yoga and the outdoors, natural touches always warm her heart.  Mossy fragrances, seashells, or crystals.  Rounded or uneven edges and forms work well.  A porcelain vase in the shape of a pomegranate, a modern dip-dyed dreamcatcher or woven macrame wall hanging, a feather Juju hat, a handwoven hammock, a cactus in a wood and brass planter, all-natural body products and clean-burning soy candles.  Photographs by Wilder California.  A handwoven Dana Haim or Nipomo blanket with a carrier.

Calm Bath Soak 18.
Marble Board 38.
Himalayan Salt Votive 18.

Anything with charcoal, coconut oil, or himalayan salt.  For the earthy lover of yoga and the outdoors, natural touches always warm her heart.  Mossy fragrances, seashells, or crystals.  Rounded or uneven edges and forms work well.  A porcelain vase in the shape of a pomegranate, a modern dip-dyed dreamcatcher or woven macrame wall hanging, a feather Juju hat, a handwoven hammock, a cactus in a wood and brass planter, all-natural body products and clean-burning soy candles.  Photographs by Wilder California.  A handwoven Dana Haim or Nipomo blanket with a carrier.

For the Glam One:

Pouch 50. Bracelet 14. Rose Skin Salve 14.

Pouch 50.
Bracelet 14.
Rose Skin Salve 14.

Pink Fur 98. Hair Mist 12. Lip Conditioner 22. White Grid Pouch 32. Rose Skin Salve 14. This glam girl loves anything black & white with a touch of femininity.  She loves looking put together and well taken care of.  A black & white Lee Coren pouch, a leather One With pouch, a stunning handmade jewelry tray by the Object Enthusiast, a soft fur pillow, anything metallic.

Pink Fur 98.
Hair Mist 12.
Lip Conditioner 22.
White Grid Pouch 32.
Rose Skin Salve 14.

This glam girl loves anything black & white with a touch of femininity.  She loves looking put together and well taken care of.  A black & white Lee Coren pouch, a leather One With pouch, a stunning handmade jewelry tray by the Object Enthusiast, a soft fur pillow, anything metallic.

For the Hipster Homemaker:

Towels 22. Mug 14. Detox Bath Soak 18.

Towels 22.
Mug 14.
Detox Bath Soak 18.

Leather Basket 52. Blanket 56.

Leather Basket 52.
Blanket 56.

Felt Basket 32. Salt Cellar 18. each Potted Plant 42. Marble & Wood Board 38. Felt Basket 32. The new homemaker is into DIY, loves planting succulents in mod containers, appreciates a good cup of coffee and the simple things in life.  Family-friendly can be cool ~ just because you have a toddler doesn't mean you've lost your mojo.  A concrete & brass catchall by Alice Tacheny, a coffee table book on style, a set of Turkish towels, anything grey or concrete, leather.  

Felt Basket 32.
Salt Cellar 18. each
Potted Plant 42.
Marble & Wood Board 38.
Felt Basket 32.

The new homemaker is into DIY, loves planting succulents in mod containers, appreciates a good cup of coffee and the simple things in life.  Family-friendly can be cool ~ just because you have a toddler doesn't mean you've lost your mojo.  A concrete & brass catchall by Alice Tacheny, a coffee table book on style, a set of Turkish towels, anything grey or concrete, leather.  

For everyone:

Muse Gift Card 50.-200.

Muse Gift Card 50.-200.

A Minimalist Holiday

A breath of calm.

Don't we all wish the holidays were a little bit easier, less hectic, and more simple? 

Before the hustle & bustle begins, order some basic supplies you usually need, like paper, tape, lights, and hooks.  Just let go of at least one of your traditions.  Putting lights up, going ice skating, baking cookies and sending out a holiday card are all OPTIONAL.  It's OK to do less if it makes you happier.  

When it comes to decor, many of us feel stressed as we attempt to create intricate & complicated displays in our home. This year, consider embracing a more minimalist approach.  It's easier and looks sophisticated and beautiful.  Here are some tips for creating minimalist holiday decor using the bare minimum.  

1.  Twinkly lights.  Glittering, star-like fairy lights are one of the most beautiful things about the holidays.  Let the lights stand alone, or add them to a garland.

2.  "Trim" the tree (literally) & cut some branches off.  Add a few ornaments if you wish.  Voila!

3.  Bend reality.   Instead of buying an actual Christmas tree, make the shape of a tree using small branches or ribbons.  It's less expensive and more poetic.  

4.  Use an unexpected color.  Don't be afraid to swap the red, green & blue, for black, orange or pink.  

5.  Pinecones make an easy garland.  They are covered in scales which attach to a piece of twine.  

6.  Don't forget the most important thing - yourself.  Spend an hour taking a bath with one of Muse's Herbivore Botanicals products.  Feeling refreshed and loved is the most wonderful gift.  

California Cool

Do you lust after pictures in home decor magazines or Instagram and wonder how they created that look?  Do you love clean design and minimalist pieces warmed up with natural touches and textures?  The new California look is a laid-back mix of Scandinavian, Mid-Century Modern, Zen, with a bit of surf and sunshine on the side.  It is easy to achieve because it is based on comfortable, simple living.  California has always been at the forefront of health & fashion, and this coveted style is based on chilled-out blue skies and year-round warm weather.  If you want to achieve an updated, modern look, but aren't sure what to do first or how to begin, Sophia Wood, owner of NorCal's chic home & lifestyle store MUSE CALIFORNIA will share her inspirations and some of her favorite styling tips with you.

How to achieve this look:

1.  Declutter your space.  I cannot emphasize this enough.  Get rid of the excess clutter either by donating it, recycling it, or selling it.  Make sure you start with clear surfaces and a clean slate, and don't hesitate.  Read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  Say goodbye to yesterday, and to anything that no longer suits you.  

2.  Bring in the sunshine.  Clean your windows, add window screens, and let the most light and air as possible.  Fresh air is good for your health, and gives a good vibration to your newly cleared-out space.  Think about adding only the most minimal window coverings to bring the focus on the outdoors.  Stay away from: heavy, complicated window coverings.

3.  Use a light palette with wood accents.  Start with white walls and hardwood floors and simple cabinetry.  Think mostly white with either neutral brown, grey or black accents.  I personally love the look of nude light-washed wood, but other shades of wood work well.  When choosing wood furniture, choose clean, simple silhouettes.  Modern, Scandinavian styles incorporate well into this look.  Stay away from complicated design, or too many heavy rich pieces.

4.  Add leafy plants & cacti.  Focus on modern shapes.  Some of my favorites are tall Cacti, Snake Plant, Monstera, Banana Leaf, Sago Palm, Pothos Ivy, Blue-Green Succulent, and of course the Fiddle-Leaf Fig.  Modern, minimalist containers like concrete planters work well.  Stay away from: red, glossy foliage and complicated plant combinations in the same container.  Again, keep it simple. 

5.  Add modern texture & statement.  When adding rustic or ethnic details, try to pick the most modern looking of the bunch.  An African Juju hat, geometric Moroccan rug, Mexican blanket, Turkish rug, Western animal skin or woven wall hanging can look light and fresh if chosen wisely.  You should add big, colorful pieces but remember that using restraint actually helps define the space and keep the focus clear.  Stay away from: multiple heavy, multicolored objects.

6.  Add tasteful elements that relate to the coastal lifestyle.  Maybe a custom surfboard, a shell from a beach trip, or a large print of the Pacific Ocean.  These elements will help you tie everything together to create that California vibe.  Stay away from: glittery beach-themed decor with cutesy sayings.

Hopefully these steps will help you create your own version of this look.  Remember, stay true to yourself, and be inspired to create a beautiful life!

 

Yoga Chic

There's something so stylish about wearing delicate sandals to and from a strenuous workout. I've loved practicing yoga for years, and one of the fundamental reasons is the lack of extraneous equipment or tools needed. It's a minimalist routine, like a barefoot walk on the beach. It's just me, my mat, a bottle of water, and my breath. After class, I can slip on a pair of sunglasses and be on my way. Unlike cycling, skiing, or the countless other activities that require bulky, expensive, and often sharp equipment, yoga simply utilizes the body and mind and not much else. The act of yoga is beautiful, and the simplicity of the routine feels effortless and chic.

Current Inspirations

White Moroccan bedrooms & bedspreads, pink pastel buildings, Tulum beach-front hotels, Mexican blankets on white sand beaches, blue-green succulents in copper flower pots, white unglazed porcelain, matte dark grey, dark bronze lanterns with pinholes, faded blues and greens, Venice CA, sparkles in the sand, Danish design, smooth natural wood, buttery-soft natural or light tan leather, crescent moons, getting lost in thought, polished concrete or matte concrete, coconut palms.

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