ginger soy salmon | designlovefest

and we’re back with another salmon dish! we prepared this one with white rice because as much as i like brown rice (and its health benefits) white rice is just where it’s at sometimes. i love how the sauce soaks into the rice leaving it full of flavor. in an effort to cut down on prep time, we did not marinate the salmon, we simply prepared the sauce and drizzled it over the fish after cooking and before serving. that worked really well as the sauce didn’t have time to cook off with the heat. my favorite way to prepare the fish is to brush with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and than prepare a cast iron pan with avocado oil. get the pan really hot over a medium/high flame and than put the fish on. 3-4 minute per side. remove and cover for a few minutes before serving! – joanie

ginger soy salmon | designlovefest

ginger soy salmon
serves: 2 
what you’ll need:
• 2 salmon fillets, 4-6 ounces each
• 2 teaspoons ginger paste
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 2 teaspoons sesame oil
• basil or other fresh herbs like thyme or mint as garnish
• 1 cup uncooked white rice
• 1 bunch of broccolini
• 1 teaspoon white rice vinegar
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar

ginger soy salmon | designlovefest

• cook your white rice according to the package’s direction. set aside. in a large pan (preferably cast iron) heat 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil on medium/high heat. once hot, place the salmon fillets on the skillet and cook on each side for about 3 minutes. set salmon aside.

• wash and dry the broccolini and sauté in the same pan you cooked the salmon in while it is still hot.

ginger soy salmon | designlovefest

• for the ginger soy glaze mix together the ginger paste, soy sauce, sesame oil, white rice vinegar, and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. in a small sauce pan bring the ingredients to a simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes or until it has begin to thicken.

• to assemble have a bed of white rice and place the salmon and broccolini on top. drizzle with the ginger soy glaze and garish with fresh sprigs of basil or other fresh herbs.

ginger soy salmon | designlovefest
ginger soy salmon | designlovefest

it’s that easy! serve and enjoy.

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tel aviv travel | designlovefest
tel aviv travel | designlovefest

i’ve been working on my travel guide for israel (hoping our wifi is strong enough here in amsterdam that i can put that up this week!) 

before those posts i’d like to share about our experience traveling to tel aviv. i was asked to take the new United Dream Polaris nonstop flight from newark to tel aviv and was able to bring justin along. we both had never been to israel and that plane looked awesome, so we jumped at the opportunity. let’s be honest, i don’t really travel in first or business class, i can count the number of times on one hand, so this was a real treat. you arrive to a drink, saks pillows, pajamas, a full lie down bed with a comforter, big tvs, cheese plates, an ice cream sundae cart, the best service…it was wild!

tel aviv travel | designlovefest
tel aviv travel | designlovefest

luckily we were able to sit next to each other and watch movies together. i guess we’re that couple that even hangs out on the plane and hits play and pause at the same time ha!

my favorite part of the flight was how spacious and comfortable it was. a 10 hour plane ride has never gone by as quickly, i was actually kinda bummed when it was over! it felt like i had time to relax, catch up on my murder mystery podcasts and books (up and vanished! obsessed), have wine and just chillllll. on the way home i needed to sleep because of a busy work week and i was able to lay down and fall asleep most of the way home. we flew coach a few days later and man, we missed those little dream pods!

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i’m one of those annoying people who keeps commenting that they “cannot believe it’s september!” and “wow! this year has really flown by” but that’s the truth. i cannot believe how fast this year has gone by and that we’re already talking about fashion week and fall wardrobes. it’s still very warm here in los angeles but that doesn’t mean i haven’t been eyeing what’s coming out for fall.  let’s call them transition pieces because i’m not ready to say good bye to summer just yet. – joanie

 ($120)  – i’m in love with the colors in this dress and it’s the perfect fall transition piece. cozy but not too covered up so you won’t get too warm when the sun does come out.

 ($125) – it’s hard to find books in this really light beige color. but when you do find it snatch them up because this color goes with everything. i have a pair from all saints that i bought 4+ years ago and still wear all the time. i love that these have the addition of a gold zipper. and the price isn’t bad for a pair of boots!

 ($99) – a very chic black sweater option that i know you’d reach for time and time again. i love the cinched sleeve detail and unfinished hem at the neck.

 ($475) – i’m obsessed with this raspberry color and the addition of the gold chain, it’s such a chic bag.

 ($228) – you can tell from the photo that these are a perfect pair of jeans. moderate distressing, hits right below the belly button, not too tight in thigh and a very chic straight leg cut.

 ($48) – i’m a big fan of hoop earrings and think they look cool with basically everything. i know that pearls are on trend but since i can’t get behind pearl necklaces yet this feels like a happy meeting place.

 ($70) – i have the non-velvet version of these and they are the perfect saturday morning donut run pants that are still comfortable but not your pajamas.

 ($395) – i have been obsessed with Frēda Salvador for some time now. i own only one pair of their shoes but have worn them so much and they are amazingly comfortable. the kind of traveling shoe that you feel proud to wear. not too touristy but not going to leave you with blisters at the end of the day. i think they are particularly good for narrow feet as they hug the foot really nicely. i have to find a way to get my hands on these mary jane’s, they. are. so. cool. and yes, i know they are white and i firmly believe in white all year round!

 ($58) – one of my favorite looks for fall is always the oversized sweater and mini skirt. this navy one is very reasonably priced and i love the laced up detail. perfect with a big cream fisherman’s sweater.




i’m getting ready for fall in my house by adding some fall hues to the space. a few fall colors i’m loving are indigo, deep green, mustard yellow, and orange. you can add the colors to your usual space in a subtle way with accents like throw pillows, blankets, wall art or an ottoman. lots of ideas and inspiration below. happy decorating for fall this weekend! –

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i lived in my house for about two years without finishing most rooms. this always happens to me, i move in and decorate a room or two and then get busy or lazy or it feels hard to make design decisions and rooms just sit with a few things in them. luckily makes really good design decisions and helped me transform the space completely! (remember our patio design makeover here, that’s where we started and we’re making some kitchen changes next)

the vibe i was going for was inspired by a trip to japan. clean lines with natural textures and calm energy. also no pink now that the boy lives there and he puts up with it in so many other rooms haha 🙂

i loved my old dining room table but it really didn’t fit in this larger room and also didn’t match with the floor wood. so we decided to switch it up for a white table and those awesome green chairs. we took out the off center white pendant light and replaced it with those two rattan lights that i love! changes the whole room.

table area sources: , , (so cheap!), and .

for the bar we wanted to make use of that counter because the way it was made it awkward to eat on. i loved idea of getting the and extending the marble counter! we hang out there all the time now and chat about our day while we cook or when we entertain friends and aren’t quite done cooking.



i got all of the artwork from . i love their site so much, they have a ton of amazing artists and a range of prices. i wanted the space to feel calm and inviting, so i chose art in more neutral tones with white frames.

we leaned the artwork on our custom  definitely check this company out! i will be using them in my kitchen to replace my ikea cabinets too! we got the half circle mirror custom made at a mirror shop somewhere in glendale. i love that addition! add a cactus, a giant plant, and a wall hanging (scarf) from block shop and now we’re getting somewhere…

tappan art sources: , ,  , 

more room sources: , white ,


and it’s such a great piece that i hope to have for a looooong time. perfect design.

it makes me SOOOO happy to have this room done and ready for friends!! thank you sarah for your awesome vision and turning that lifeless room into something really special.

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