Lives that value talent and true love!



Images:  People Mag


Great article from Forbes to help you understand the following toxic people:


The Gossip

The Temperamental

The Victim

The Self-Absorbed

The Envious

The Manipulator

The Dementor

The Twisted

The Judgemental

The Arrogant


The above personalities emotionally drain you making you unproductive by 

taking a toll on your health, relationship, family, and career.  

Avoid them at all cost by keeping boundaries rather than

hanging onto so called titles or your own ego!

Read full article here:  10 Toxic People


 Image: @helloemilie


We love hosting our design workshops at Farrow & Ball / SoCo & the OC Mix

every other month in Costa Mesa, CA to educate clients on how to design their home as

present with the help of the coolest online invitation platform, Outlive Design.  

It's the new, modern, mindful way of designing your home to live a more

productive and healthy life!  To keep up with the workshop schedule,

please follow @OutliveDesign on Insta or like it's Facebook page.


To register for August workshops, please follow the links below:


Sat, Aug 11, 2018 - 12pm to 3pm


Thurs, Aug 30, 2018 - 6pm to 8pm



Favorite picture!!!  Anthony Bourdain was a huge part of my life.  Losing him is like

losing a friend who understood how awesome it is to have deep conversations

about food, family, culture, history, and ideas with strangers while traveling

alone!  He made me look a little less creepy!!  #rip

Image:  CN Traveler


Ending Memorial Day weekend with #1968 on CNN Original Series.

Thanks to Tom Hanks for producing and preserving the history of the country we live in

and call home.  It’s our responsibility to love, respect, and protect our home by being

better citizens.  For those who don’t, the exit doors are always open. 


Join us for a 1-on-1 free design workshop to learn how to design your

home as a present at Farrow & Ball / SoCo in Costa Mesa, CA!  It's a great

way to meet designers in person, get all of your questions answered, and

receive 20% off design fee!  To check out the upcoming dates, please 

visit or follow @outlivedesign on

Instagram or Facebook.



I ran into Johnathan Goldsmith at the Last Book Store in Downtown LA!


Why do we see so many boys these days not willing to leave their parents' nests

to build their own?  Why do they make their current family a priority over their future

family?  When we educate ourselves we understand that a relationship may be emotional,

physical, social, but a marriage is a financial commitment to preserve mutual love and respect in

order to provide a solid foundation for your offsprings that meets their needs before they step 

into the real world.  Without this awareness, emotionally weak boys lean onto their mothers

and financially weak boys lean onto excuses, games, and lies because they're not ready to

support a new family or may have other financial priorities.  Does that mean they

don't love the girl they're in a relationship with?  Absolutely not!  When 

that's the case, it's better to let time, patience, and courage

cure all wounds; not people and their two cents.



Check out my recent project!  A mix of styles and price points to

keep it transitional and budget friendly.  Because I work on very selective

projects, this one was extra special as it was less about decoration and more

about solving problems.. "designing."  We took it out of early 1940's and

updated it to 2018!  Unfortunately, I won't be able to share any

"before" pictures to show you the amazing transformation per

client's request.



Another awesome teen workshop at Piadina, Tustin Marketplace! 

We had amazing professionals, such as, a Police Officer, Programmer, Football Player,

Accountant, Attorney, Business Owner, Doctor, Engineer, Teacher, Pilot, and more who 

graciously dedicated their time to share their experiences with teens to help

them find their career paths and design their lives early!  To hear

about the upcoming workshops, please follow Tustin Kiwanis on

Instagram or 'like' its page on Facebook.


UC Irvine School of Social Sciences talks about my newest startup,

Outlive Design, and how it helps you design your home as a present!  

Check it out:




This is not only my dream house, but also the coolest new 72-hour Cabin in Sweden designed

to soothe stress in human beings!  Karolinska Institutet experimented on five different 

professionals and saw a 70% decrease in stress level.  These cabins are now open as holiday

retreats to the general public.  Get more information by visiting



Pantone's Color of the Year 2018

(...and my personal favorite!)

is Ultra Violet! =)




Anxiety is an emotion we experience when we believe we are vulnerable

to some sort of threat in the future.  These thoughts are created due to experiences

from the past that we are now projecting onto our future.  Investigating our thoughts and

bringing ourself to the awareness that they cannot harm us cure anxiety.



Please join us to learn about the newest online invitation, Outlive Design, for hosts that love

interior design and would like to receive it as a present on a special occasion, such as,

a wedding, housewarming, baby shower, birthday, or an anniversary!  Along with

refreshments and swag bags, we're offering 20% off design fee, 3 gallons of

paint, and a Farrow & Ball design inspiration book!  Learn more on IG...

@OutliveDesign | @Farrowandball




I'm in love with my new favorite city, Austin!  It's the most friendly city with a growing

population of young professionals from all around the country and delicious foods.  While I was in

Austin, I decided to visit Waco (only a 2 hour drive) to check out Chip & Joanna Gaines' Magnolia

Market and Garden at the Silos.  They're a power couple and the stars of the hit TV show, Fixer

Upper, on HGTV who have truly transformed lives all over Waco and lifted the city's

economy in unbelievable ways! Check out more pictures on Instagram &

Facebook @OutliveOnline!


Image: My iPhone


We poured beer to raise funds for the children of Orange County at Tustin Tiller Days!


Image: My iPhone


Low, clean, minimal, rustic!  =)

Image: Tamara Magel Design / Houzz

"Less is More" couldn't be more true especially after experiencing a recent wildfire that forced

us to evacuate our home.  It's important to practice letting go and living a minimal, meaningful

lifestyle.  Letting go of useless things and unproductive people around us helps us outlive our

day-to-day life we try to make the most of.  Here's a list of things you should always 

keep in your car for each individual incase of an emergency:

1.  Wate bottles, energy bars, first aid kit

2.  Cell phone / laptop chargers, glasses if you wear them!

3.  A small bag for pjs, t-shirt, towel, toothbrush, toiletries, slippers

4.  Save all important doc in your Dropbox (copy of driver's license, passport, etc.)

The way we think is the way we live.
The way we live determines the quality of our life.  As they say‚Ķ start at home.
Start early!

-Mariam E.