Claim to Fame A-Frame / Design Outline

Planning the A-Frame’s Outdoor Space

06.05.18

During college I spent summers on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts. Memorial Day was always the unofficial start to the island’s busy season. Shops opened their doors, restaurants sat alfresco, and the ferry boats were chock full of summer residents and tourists alike. Now, as Californians, Max and I are instead preparing for June gloom. While our summer weather may start a tad later than that of New England, knowing we have an outdoor space ready to go makes it worth the wait. For those overwhelmed by June’s presence, I’ve included a look into our outdoor plans, in hopes it will help you make the most of the summer months ahead!

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Good Day, SF Bay

Our Short Stint in San Francisco

06.01.18

It was love at first sight when Max and I toured our soon-to-be San Francisco apartment.  Located on top of Corona Heights, it had sweeping views of San Francisco and the bay. Inside, we were drawn to the natural light, the charm of the fireplace and alcoves, and the spacious square footage. Even the closet had a window and was large enough for a twin size bed.  While we only lived in the apartment for six months (more on that here), I’ll never forget the colorful sunrises we woke up to (thanks, jet lag). Or, the time Max nearly burnt the apartment down; forgetting there were pizza boxes stored in the oven. My only regret? Why, after six months, did I not hang that painting in the guest room?!

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Good Day, SF Bay

Rental Red Flags You Shouldn’t Brush Off

05.27.18

When Max and I considered relocating from Boston to San Francisco, we had no idea how quickly we would move. After Max landed his dream job, we flew out to tour a handful of apartments found on Zillow and Craigslist. We fell in love with the first place we saw, applied, and were accepted, contingent on passing a phone screening with the neighbors. When I look back, it is easy to see that the things we thought were insignificant, weren’t.  A few oversights turned out to be dealbreakers and we ended our lease six months later. The signs were there all along, had we just known what to look for.

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Wanderlust or Bust

Ireland Part 3: The Wild West Coast

11.08.17

After a week in County Kerry following an itinerary full of (gorgeous) tourist attractions, Max and I set off for the Wild Atlantic Way, traveling the coastal route from Galway to Clifden. With no real destination in mind, we took narrow winding roads that lead to secret beaches, got chased by a sheep dog, managed to get our rental car stuck (then unstuck) on a road-turned-cow-path, and pulled over more times than we could count. Read More

Wanderlust or Bust

California Road Trip Part 5: Camping in Big Sur

06.21.17

Big Sur is MAGIC. Pure, jaw-dropping, twisting and turning, magic. Max and I slept under the redwoods and spent our days driving up and down the coast; backtracking often because it was THAT beautiful. I’ll never forget just how breath-taking it all was (and how good of a sport Max was to pull over every 50 feet or so for a photo).  We were so smitten we have since returned countless times and have loved getting to know the California coast that much more.

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Wanderlust or Bust

California Road Trip Part 3: Salvation Mountain

06.19.17

Salvation Mountain was one of those detours that ended up being a whole heck of a lot farther and more desolate than I had imagined. Leaving Joshua Tree National Park through the southern border, we drove along the Salton Sea to Slab City, home of Salvation Mountain. Vermont-born Leonard Knight set out to spread love, creating a folk art oasis in the 1980’s with some 100,000 gallons of paint. At 50 feet tall and 150 feet wide, the painted adobe clay structure towers over the playa of the Sonoran Desert and is straight out of a strange, beautiful dream.  Read More

Wanderlust or Bust

California Road Trip Part 2: Camping in Joshua Tree

06.18.17

No landscape could be more different from that of New England than the desert, which is precisely why Max and I made sure we spent a few days exploring Joshua Tree and its surrounding terrain during our California road trip. With an ever-growing community of creatives flocking to the desert, it has become a hip destination known not only for the unique landscape but also the stellar food, shops, and culture.

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