Cozied up to tea and music this morning while working on orders :). I just love this print so much, I thought I’d snap a picture of it in its packaging ready to be tucked away for shipping. It’s going to a lovely customer in Tennessee!

Happy birthday weekend to my incredible husband! And happy weekend to all.

PS. We’re almost at the finish line with our backyard project!! Right in time for SPRING and it makes me so happy.

art print, beautiful packaging

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 8:02 pm
March 26, 2017

Our backyard oasis is in progress!! Oh how much easier it is for renovations to take place outside of the house rather than inside. Little to no headaches in comparison. If they all could be this painless. :) It looks like it’s all going to be ready right in time for Spring – I just can’t wait to spend all my hot summer days in it. We’re not quite sure what we’re signing up for as far as maintenance goes but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there ;).

Here’s a different shot of the majestic Zion. Big rocks and mountains really get me every time. We were initially planning a trip to Norway for June but given the backyard, we’re thinking of pushing it out to the end of the summer. One way or another though, we will get to Norway! Happy Sunday, everyone!

zion photography, zion print, zion art print

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 11:02 am

It’s a tough one but being able to fly is very appealing :).

Had the pleasure of participating in the 2017 Young Marketers Competition and spent 15 hours working on our submission yesterday! It was so much fun and so incredibly challenging. I loved it. The winner gets to go to Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France. Results come out in April so we’ll have to hold our breaths and cross our fingers for now!

bird photography, eagle photography

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 5:39 pm

Here’s what our other ceiling-high book case looks like, on the other side of this book case. This one’s decorated slightly differently and has got more of a travel theme happening :) because we love to travel!

book case decor

DECOR TIPS:
1. Generally, I’d say never to actually fill up a decorative book case with only books! I’m finding that book-filled book cases tend to be beautiful only in home libraries where there are tons and tons of books and together they look masterful. One-off book cases are best decorated with a little more!

2. Carefully handpick the few books that make it onto your decorative book case. Make sure they have pleasing spines with colours that complement each other! The trouble with books we DO have in our arsenal is that they tend to be business books that don’t have the right look and feel. So if like us, you find yourself having to buy books for decorative purposes, don’t be spending full price on them. Head to a Value Village or a second hand bookstore. There are plenty of gorgeous books, especially antique ones, to come by for $2-$3.

3. Keep some books sitting upright in the traditional way and others flat on their cover. A mixture looks great!

4. Then it’s a matter of adding accents like wicker baskets, storage boxes, block letters, clocks, plants, globes, and other such knick knacks that bring the book case to life.

5. Lastly, we managed to throw in a teeny tiny reading nook right beside the book case with super comfy wool-filled cushions and pillows. Right next to it, which isn’t captured in this image, are big windows that bring in tons of bright natural light from the backyard. :)


Propeller Airplane Clock – Wicker Emporium
Books and Antique Books – Value Village
Accent Plant – Homesense
“S” Block Letter – Homesense
Mini Globe – Homesense
Travel Themed Storage Box – Homesense
Wicker Basket – Michael’s Arts & Crafts
Reading Nook Wool-Filled Seat Cushions – The Home of Wool – Etsy

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 7:40 pm

Yay!! So excited. After going back and forth on a few Zika-free options, Norway has ended up at the top of the list, specifically the Lofoten Islands and the Geirangerfjord. Oh my god, the fjords are absolutely stunning. The pictures alone have already taken my breath away. Can’t wait to book in the next couple of weeks! Eeepp!

road trip, california road trip, wanderlust

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 4:07 pm
February 5, 2017

I am so fortunate to love my day job and am privileged to be working on a brand like Nature Valley where I can be a part of its beautiful journey to help others rediscover the joy of nature.

Tomorrow, an amazing campaign is launching on Nature Valley Lunchbox where a partnership with Earth Rangers has enabled us to put a #naturemission on every granola bar wrapper to inspire kids to get outside and engage with nature in simple, easy, fun ways. :)

Here’s one of many gorgeous waterfalls in Iceland because I’m feeling inspired by nature :).

nature, waterfall, nature photography, waterfall photography

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 2:53 pm
January 1, 2017

New year, new fun picture :). Thank you to my Christopher for snapping this one! We had a quiet new year’s eve, which is just the way we like it.

Thank you, 2016, and hello, 2017! We look forward to all that you have in store. Gearing back up for work and kind of very excited! January is going to be a crazy month but it’s the really good kind of crazy. :) I’ll certainly miss being able to blog and post pictures as frequently as I did over the break though :P.

2017selfie

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 7:01 pm
December 30, 2016

Here’s one of many magnificent open roads in beautiful Iceland. Absolutely breathtaking driving through this scenery!!! I’m craving another adventure. Planning something for February, smack down the middle of winter gloom. :)

Happy (almost) new year!!! :) Wishing you all a phenomenal 2017!!! xoxo

iceland photography, travel photography, road trip art

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 9:04 pm
December 22, 2016

Back so soon! I had some extra time today so thought I’d rummage through the archives and pull out another one from California. :) These lifeguard stations are a signature of LA beaches.

Quick side note, I watched Zootopia this morning (the perks of holiday staycations). It was a fantastic movie with a beautiful story; I highly recommend it. It’ll make you laugh and cry — the best kind. :)

california print, california beach photography

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 7:02 pm