Lurvin’: MUJI

I’m sure all of you LA folks are already aware of this, but the MUJI U.S. flagship store opened in Hollywood this past Saturday! My only time in a MUJI was in Korea, so I was excited about one opening nearby. Elizabeth from Flourish in Progress (remember her from this?) invited me to a press event the day before the grand opening, so we got to see/shop the store a day early (without the crowds and with a discount!). Thanks, E. 🙂

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They gave us free tote bags (pictured right) and a free planner. I think they offered the same to the first 1000 customers the next day as well! Hurray for free.

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Cosmetics + skin care. MUJI has the world’s best skinny Q-tips that are perfect for makeup detailing/fixing (which I originally found out about from makeup artist Renee at Beauty Makeup Studio).

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The meticulous organization… it pleases me so. As does the simplicity in design. And the neutral colors. And… okay I’ll stop.

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E, lookin’ cute in front of shower/bathroom essentials.

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These wooden utensils are from the line Found MUJI, which no other store in the U.S. carries– the line features “items from around the world, re-discovered and renewed by MUJI, to represent the roots and philosophy of our products.”

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Kitchenware galore

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More kitchenware + storage.

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Figured this post needed a pop of color. Hexagonal water-based ink double-ended pen… is the official name of these pens.

Other than the stuff pictured above, MUJI also sells furniture, travel items, food (the first MUJI in the U.S. to do so), and clothing (50% off all clothing right now!). The store is huge and definitely worth checking out. Prices can be a little steep depending on the item, but you’re paying for the quality and minimalist-but-functional design.

Parking is a bit of a pain– there’s an underground structure, shared with stores like CVS and Fresh & Easy, and it offers one hour free parking with validation. Anything longer, and it’s $8 (yuck). Nevertheless, worth checking out, perhaps for some last minute Christmas shopping? 🙂

7021 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Tina Made it for Bramble Workshop

I’m so elated slash excited to share that as of this past Monday, I’m now an intern for Bramble Workshop!!! I’ll be working with Jessica, the genius behind BW, on random projects at random times (thank goodness for my flexible schedule) and I am so so so looking forward to it.

I originally came across Jessica’s work on Instagram because I kept seeing @brambleworkshop tagged in posts of various bloggers/creatives I follow. Anddd I kinda sorta fell in love with what I saw. Here’s a small sampling of her work below– IT IS MAGICAL. Check out more at her website (all pictures below from her site too).


This insane wood + lucite chandelier for Oh Joy! Studio


Here it is installed…!


Urban Palate‘s tasting room


Loving all the wood + pops of color


Window display for Hermès


Installed at the Costa Mesa store!

I love that she uses so many different media to create her pieces. Hoping to learn (and make) tons while I’m with her. My first day will be this Saturday– we’ll be making dreamcatchers. I know… dream job. But tonight, we’ll be going to this:

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Starting off the internship with a party. 😉 Looking forward to meeting tons of amazing people from amazing companies!

Have a great Thursday, friends!

Removable Wallpaper: A Godsend

I knew it. I knew I couldn’t continue the “Tina Made” title for all of my posts. “Tina Made… a Pretty Wall.” Doesn’t quite work. *weeps*

Let’s be real here. I live in a very old apartment with off-white walls. It’s kind of annoying that as a renter I can’t do much to the apt. but it’s fine. I can deal. EXCEPT. Except there’s this one half-wall in my dining area that’s covered with the most hideous 70s-esque wallpaper. It looks like the readings of an EKG. I wish I had a picture to post. Although maybe even if I did, I wouldn’t post it, because I wouldn’t want you to gouge your eyes out.

So it was truly a miracle from heaven that I discovered Chasing Paper on Design*Sponge a few months ago. It was literally the day or day after the launch of their site, and I made an impulsive purchase of 6 panels of removable wallpaper. Each $25 panel is 2’x4′ and is essentially a ginormous sticker that you peel and stick to your walls (or furniture, or behind your bookshelves, etc.). Awesome for renters, for those who get visually bored easily, and for the non-commital.

Here’s how it turned out:

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To be completely honest, it was pretty difficult getting the wallpaper up, mostly because I did it alone. Managing 2’x4′ stickers (lining up seams, trying to keep everything level, avoiding bubbling) by myself was tedious, arduous, and dangerous (Jk. It wasn’t dangerous. I just wanted another -ous word). Having a second set of hands would have made the job 2904x easier. Yes, 2904x. In the bottom right picture, you can see that the seam between 2 panels is pretty visible from up close, but it’s not noticeable if you’re not carefully looking. Nor in the background of pictures, which is what really matters… right? 😉

Difficult or not, would I do it again? Absolutely yes. The wallpaper totally livened up my dining room space and now when I walk in, I don’t think about cardiac arrests and hospitals.

Check out all of the different patterns on Chasing Paper’s website— they added tons more designs over the past few months!