“The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!””
John 12:12-13 NKJV


Apartment Inspiration

So excited to share some of our favorite details of our new apartment! All of our furniture has been in storage since our wedding so needless to say I’ve been itching to get into our new place and start decorating! We have so much more to do like buy a couch, an area rug, hang some art, and so much more but until then hope you enjoy these details!

DESIGN TIP FOR THOSE ON A BUDGET: Always check the “As Is” section at IKEA, we have found so many of our large key pieces of furniture here at a discount like our dining room table and chairs! Also, be sure to peruse the end caps in target, here is where a lot of the sale items are put! Happy bargain hunting!

IMG_1604.JPGPro-Ject Turntable IMG_1607-1.JPGMarble fruit bowl from Crate & Barrel, Dining Room Table + Chairs from Ikea, Nate Berkus Coffee mug by Target.IMG_1598.JPG


IMG_1606Leather arm chair and Sheepskin Throw from Design Within Reach 

Feelin’ Green

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  1. Dandelion is a hexagonal tile influenced by patterns from Japanese textile prints and lacquerware. Dandelion can be installed with multiple layouts depending on how you turn the tile when installing.
  2. Convivial Production Large Rustic Floor Planter
  3. Beverly Hills Hotel signature palm print.Interior Design by Steven Sclaroff. Photo by Francois Dischinger.


Inspiration: Windowsill Zebra Cactus, Green Juice and Fuji Film Instax Images.



September 4th, 2015 Was a magical date!

After knowing my now husband for about 10 years we were finally reunited a year and a half ago, both of us then single and at a similar phase in life. We started working closer together in our jobs and hanging out together more and more. He tried to put me in the friend zone but I prevailed! We started dating about  a year before we were married and the rest was history. I’ve never loved more intensly, lived more adventurously or loved God more deeply.


We couldn’t have made this wedding possible without the support of our family and friends!

Wedding Coordinator: Grand Hope Events, Floral Design: Brier Rose Design, Photography + Photo Booth: Mark Brooke Photography, Invitation  + Event Design: The Inspiration Den, DJ: DJ Efechto (Ron), Venue: Lombardi House, Coffee: Cause Roast, Catering: Buca di Beppo, Wedding Dress: BHLDN, Groom’s Suit: H&M, Wedding Cake: Naked Cakes by Terry, Macaroons: Sweet and Saucy Shop, Videographer: Christian Jeffries Bride Hair: Kelsey Hughes, Bride Makeup artist and Aesthetician: Kristyn smith, Bridesmaids Hair + Makeup: Allison Escalante, Brides Wedding + Engagement Ring: Catbird

Inspiration: Moon, Stars, Midnight Blue, Gold + Silver Glitter, Classic Hollywood


Fancy Food Thoughts: Double Chocolate Cookies (Grain Free + Vegan)

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I could probably write a book about chocolate. It’s quite the popular item at my house, and I’m always looking for new recipes to use it in. This recipe is a spin off a non vegan recipe I found a while back. I loved the concept of a grain free treat that still tasted like a chewy yummy cookie everyone would love. Since I don’t do dairy and my daughter can’t have eggs, I had to make it perfected as a grain free AND vegan cookie for my family. They live up to the standard of a good cookie while still meeting all requirements. Enjoy!
Grain Free Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies
4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted
1 1/2 cups almond flour or meal (not the same but both work)
1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup spectrum shortening
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 1/2 tsp ener-g eggs with 6 tbs water beaten in blender until very frothy and thick (very important that it’s blended)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (divided)
1/8 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/8 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a double broiler.
In the bowl of a food processor, combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and sugar; pulse together.
Add the melted chocolate and process until completely combined.
Add the egg replacer and process again.
Last, add the vanilla and process until the dough is smooth.
Fold in half the chocolate chips, walnuts & coconut. Roll dough into heaping Tablespoon size balls and place a few inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, put the reserved chocolate chips on top of the warm cookies, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Brown Bear Eat’s: Interview + Look Book

Happy Tuesday Inspiration Den readers! Today we were able to interview Sabrina + Hourik of Brown Bear Eats, a Cottage Food Operation based in Orange County, California. We love organic, local, allergen conscious companies and are thrilled these kinds of companies are popping up more and more. So happy to see our friends company  doing so well with their sweet treats distributed at various coffee shops and bakeries. I hope everyone enjoys my interview with Brown Bear Eats!
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Amber: How did brown bear start & how did you come up with the name & logo?
Sabrina: Name and logo are easy. I love animals, especially forest animals. I have personified all the people I care about into a forest animal. Making my mother a momma bear, a brown bear!
The logo was an ingenious doodle on the back of a napkin by a close family friend who was part of the early BBE brainstorming sessions.
Brown Bear Eats has actually always been around! But never as a structured and functioning business. Bear has cooked and baked for like EVERYONE, from the East Coast to the West Coast of the US. Everyone that has eaten her food has remarked that she needs to open an eatery! It took years of convincing to get the Bear to finally get on board with marketing her food, as she was uncomfortable with putting a price on her idea of love and nurturing. I graduated from college in December of 2012, and by late April 2013 we had decided to make Brown Bear Eats our new life.
Amber: What is your favorite Brown Bear dessert?
Sabrina: white chocolate chip cookie, peanut butter cookie, and the homemade hazelnut chocolate shortbread sandwich cookie.
Hourik: It’s hard to pick one, but our GF brownie is the best brownie I’ve ever had.
Amber:Why did you decide to incorporate a GF & Vegan option?
Sabrina: A few of our friends have various allergies and lifestyle choices we wanted to honor. We have an inclusive attitude in all areas of our life, our business is not be any different. We want our products to be accessible to all.
Amber: What inspires your creations?
Sabrina: everything my mom touches in the kitchen turns to perfection- the taste is off the charts, and the appearance is charming and one of a kind. Outside of my mother, possibly everything about Joan’s on Third in Los Angeles is an inspiration.
Hourik: Classic desserts. I don’t like to reinvent the wheel. I take careful note of the way things look.
Amber: Do you have any words of wisdom for any up and coming bakers/artist that are trying to pursue their dreams?
Hourik: laugh a lot. Work hard. Don’t fool yourself into thinking it’s not going to be hard work. Make sure you have an excellent product.
Sabrina: get a partner, preferably family! Diet Coke and naps
Amber: Where can we find brown bear eats products?
Brown Bear Eats:
For personal orders email, orders@brownbeareats.com
Amber: Anything new in the works that you can tell our Inspiration Den readers?
Sabrina: There’s always new things in the forest as we like to call it. We love a challenge and we like to make up new recipes.
So happy to feature this mother daughter team here in The Inspiration Den! Thanks Sabrian + Hourik!