friday finds.

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i never get tired of a great inspiration board, and i find a lot of inspiration in other people’s boards. it’s like looking at someone’s bookcase — you get another glimpse into their soul. and as much as i love gathering online inspiration on instagram, tumblr or pinterest i still love a good old fashion collage of what i’m currently inspired... 
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curl up with your favorite chocolate & a good book.

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as you can probably tell from the built-in bookcases i added to my living room, i’m a bit of reader. well, more than a bit — reading is my favorite escape, and i inherited that from my mother who always used to read to me. i also inherited her indulgence of reading with a nice glass of wine, paired with some good, dark chocolate — the ultimate treat. so,... 
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the well-appointed mantel.

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even these magazines look great stacked amongst personal treasures, via¬†hello sukio. as we head into spring, these may be the last lingering weeks we’ve got to cozy up with a good book by the fireplace. but lit or not, fireplaces and the pretty mantels that frame them are still often the focal point of a room and proper care should be taken to treat them with the well-decorated... 
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japanese design.

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Japanese Exhibition Poster by Masaaki Hiromura, via gura fika. i love all things japanese — from sushi to vintage kimonos, and especially graphic design and packaging. i used to spend hours at Kinokuniya bookstore in san francisco’s japantown (i just found out there’s an L.A. location, too!). and i can’t read a word of them — all written in japanese,... 
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simple matters.

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as erin boyle’s blog title might suggest, Reading My Tea Leaves is a lovely lifestyle blog celebrating a practical and purposeful approach to a simple, sustainable life. and now erin has written her first book, Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More — a beautiful and thoughtful message of simplicity, paring down, and living with what you love.... 
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