Our Book Release – Travel Home!

I had every intention to have the launch of Travel Home go live on last Tuesday but, as often happens, life got crazy around here with the release. I wanted to have a chance to thank everyone who bought the book, wrote me kind messages, and/or showed up to the launch party we had here in San Francisco. I’ve received so much incredible support over these past three years creating this book and I appreciate all of it. I know I’ve been lacking in the blog post department but now that Travel Home (my third child I like to call it) is out I’ll have more time to create content for all of you!

I’ve learned a lot about myself – how far I can push myself, when I need to stop for a minute to rest, and most importantly, how important all of you are to me. Now that the book has launched, I feel like life is returning to a sane pace – somewhat. I am about to go on several trips over the next month to promote the book and celebrate around the country. I’ll keep you posted on the variety of events.

To kick of our travels we are heading down south and on Friday, October 4th, we’ll be at Jenni Kayne in Newport Beach. We will be making smudge sticks together!

On Saturday, October 5th, we head to Amber Interiors – in Pacific Palisades. Click here to RSVP! This is one of my favorite spots for sourcing for both my clients and myself.

Next Tuesday, we are in Chicago at Jayson Home (more about them in a post tomorrow).

On Thursday, October 10th we will be at the pop up shop of Bloomist at Michelle Varian in Soho. I’m excited for this because we will be doing a panel with a couple designers from the book!

Finally, on Saturday, October 12th we will be up in Germantown in Hudson Valley, New York for a very special gathering with Caroline Diani.

For all of these events, we will post them on Instagram so you can get the information on where and when the events take place. You can all see the schedule here.

For now, just bucket loads of gratitude for the outpouring of support for Travel Home. And I hope we see you at our book signings over the next few months!

Images by Peggy Wong for Travel Home

Lifestyle: Seek Advice Where You Need It

Can you believe that 2019 is over halfway through (it just hit me and I’m a little floored). I’ve been setting some time aside each month to look at what I’ve achieved this year, the goals I’ve made for myself and what the future holds. All of this can sometimes feel very daunting when you sit down and actually look at the big picture.

While I am not a John Hancock client, I enjoyed speaking with a John Hancock advisor well versed in financial planning strategies. When I started talking with a financial planner at John Hancock back in March, the thought of talking to one of their financial advisors about planning for the future made me nervous. I’ll be honest, I had a lot of questions swirling in my head. Was I worth their time? Would they question where we are putting money? The list goes on and on. The answer is that is what they are there for and over our two conversations in March and May it felt good to talk about successes, my questions and what we should be doing in the future.

Fast forward to this summer – there is a lot about to unfold this fall and I have some big decisions to make. First, my book is coming out September 24th and I couldn’t be more proud of this project. To make something so beautiful with my mom was a dream. More on that here. Second, my lease is up on my office. I’ve been going back and forth about keeping the current space (although our rent is going up quite a bit), finding something new or not having an office for a while which would make our apartment feel very small but I would also be saving that money and it might be worth it. So many questions rolling around in my head with this one.

Before we know it will be fall and then Christmas. It’s been such a treat having this extra time to focus on the future of my business and family with the tips from John Hancock. I cherish the fact that I was able to have this time to chat with them. Would you consider John Hancock for financial advice this year?

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Book: Travel Home Available for Preorder!

Today’s the day! I’m thrilled to announce that Travel Home: Design with A Global Spirit is officially available for pre-order. The excitement is real – it’s like Christmas morning!

It’s been three years in the making – from when my mom and I were driving across the Golden Gate Bridge coming up with the concept to it being published. A lifelong dream for both of us was to write a book and when we put both of our passions together – travel and design, it turned into our book. How travel influences interiors, life and overall well being.

I’ll be sharing glimpses into the making of the book over the next two months on Instagram so pop over there for more. I will be showing you the outtakes that didn’t end up in the book! I think you are going to love it!

And of course, I would be forever grateful if you popped over to Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Target to pre-order the book. Every pre-sale has an enormous effect on our overall success. It’s been a labor of love and I can’t wait for all of you to see all 288 pages of Travel Home!

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Photography by Peggy Wong