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I had my apartment feng shuied once and was told that my back porch represented my love life. Ever since a little part of me cringes when a plant dies and I won’t let this lemon tree go– even though it hasn’t produced lemons in years. I don’t even want to know what that means and I don’t really believe any of it. I do know my porch could use a little love. I hate to admit it but I had my vacuum cleaner out there. Since I don’t really have a yard or a garage, my porch has been a hold-all for my bike, backpack, and random storage items. I finally said enough, the vacuum has to find a new home. A good clean-out of this little space made it a space I enjoy hanging out in and I am hoping to spruce it up a little more, for now this is where it’s at. If you want to see more of my place: click here.

Painting and Photos by Bronwyn Burnett

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B. Patisserie is the place to go for perfect pastries reminiscent of the streets of Paris. The owners, Belinda Leong and Michel Suas, are both experts in French pastries and well known in their industry. They can create the perfect croissant, tart, or macaron with that subtle, delicate touch of perfection. The Plum Almond Financier is not to be missed- I am smitten.

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett

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Oliver Nisch owns Iron & Steam Espresso Bar which is operated out of his wife Lori’s bar the Hi-Lo Club. I had the pleasure of visiting their well designed San Francisco apartment. Oliver told me about his many travels and how he learned to live with less. You don’t need much to live a beautiful life– just some really great vintage biker jackets, which he collects. Oliver is a furniture designer and he made all of his furniture, you can check him out at Form Bureau. There is so much natural light in their apartment which makes painting the walls gray a great choice. I love how the light reflects on their walls. Of course they have an amazing vintage espresso machine in their kitchen. Coffee and design– I’m loving their lifestyle.

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett

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Have you been to the Magic Flute Garden Ristorante? The back patio is fantastic for brunch because it is a cute, cozy, peaceful oasis. It’s off the beaten path so it’s the only restaurant I know of with delicious brunch where it is relatively easy to get seated outside in the beautiful garden! I recommend the French toast or the pear and blue cheese pizza. It’s a great spot for a relaxing meal and conversation or for mother-daughter brunch! Have a great weekend!

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I have been going to this great series called Wisdom For Living by Pastor Terry Brisbane. This week I got a good dose of wisdom and I thought I would share some of Terry’s insights for living: We should be others focused, always seeking peace with others. We should live with an eye for safety and contend for the well-being of everyone. We should guard against the root of bitterness, which can grow quickly. We should be careful about impulsivity and only living in the moment, a wise person weighs out consequences and thinks about a bigger picture. Most of all, we should choose to be a blessing. Aren’t these great survival principles for a wisely-lived life? I also think they make great design principles. Hopefully we can be inspired to incorporate these virtues into our personality, I know they are solid and good but not always easy to obtain.

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett