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  • Travel Diary: Dubrovnik, Croatia

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    If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that for the past few weeks I’ve been traveling around Europe. Now that I’m back home in Seattle, I’ve had a few days to sort through photos – all taken on my iPhone 6 – and edit my favorite shots. For my first blog post in this travel diary series, I will share my experience in Croatia. 

    Simply put: Croatia is too much wonderful. We were in Dubrovnik for about a week and we could have stayed there for a month and still not done everything we wanted. In contrast to the natural beauty of the Adriatic, dotted with over 1,200 Croatian islands, is an ancient stone-walled city that has been impressively preserved and is still in use by the locals. It is like nothing I’ve ever seen. 

    Dubrovnik had something for everyone – beaches, both busy and hidden, hiking, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, spas and resorts, expensive restaurants, cheap cafes, and to my surprise, excellent wi-fi. The locals were very friendly, which I was happy to discover, and a little kindness and patience went a long way. The city’s central (and really only) industry is tourism – so they depend on visitors to make a living. 

    You should 100% go to Croatia. It’s relatively cheap (compare it to places on the coasts of Italy or France) and uniquely beautiful. I will definitely be back to explore the northern coast of Croatia, including Split and surrounding islands. 

    Now for the photos. Enjoy! 

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  • 5 Interior Design Tips for Your Tiny Space in the Big City

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    Not everyone can live in an open, modern space – especially if you live in a big city. My apartment is just under 600 square feet – with a giant, awkward wall that blocks the entire kitchen from the living room. When space and floor plan are lacking, you have to use creativity to make the most of your home. And recently I did just that: I set a [small] budget, did a lot of Pinterest-inspiration searching, and I rearranged my living, dining and kitchen areas. The result? More space for living, less clutter and a modern look. 

    Thinking creatively about your space requires you to let go of the way you currently have things laid out and to start completely fresh. To begin thinking about your floor plan differently, here are some interior design tips for smaller living spaces: 

    1. Walls don’t have to define the space

    Think outside the wall – the back of your couch doesn’t have to be pressed against it! Try pulling furniture away from the wall – and even using couches and chairs to separate one room into two spaces (like a living and dining area).

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