Sunday, December 2, 2018

Lavender Design + Cuisine

Welcome to Lavender Design + Cuisine, your source of inspiration for Living Joyously and Deliciously! 

Every company has a story and mine is rather inspirational and worth telling. My wonderful journey to the creation of Lavender Design + Cuisine began in 2011 when I decided to leave a highly successful career in high tech sales spanning 20 years. It was time to pursue my lifelong dream. Since then, it has been an amazing and rewarding experience. I'm immeasurably grateful to do what I love thanks to my wonderful clients and students. They are the center of my work and a great inspiration. Click here to view their beautiful testimonials! 

I offer the following services throughout Santa Cruz County and the South Bay:

I love empowering you to enhance the quality of your life by creating inspiring and harmonious living and working environments, and by offering Vegan and Vegetarian Mediterranean gourmet cuisine. 

Please feel free to contact me to learn more about my services and to take the first step

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner & Interior Designer
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor 
Lavender Design + Cuisine


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Design tips and information on upcoming workshops & special events!  

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread Recipe!

Christmas in a Jar!

This beautiful and colorful vegan spread is delicious, highly nutritious and very easy to make. It's wonderful with wholegrain crackers, pita chips and veggies, too. It makes a unique homemade holiday gift too (Christmas in a Jar)!  

Ingredients (serving size 8):

4 medium red beetroots
1/2 cup walnuts (or a can of Italian butter beans)
1/4 cup pistachios
1/4 cup olive oil
1/5 tsp. sea salt
1 tbsp. Meyer lemon rinds
1/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
Few fresh dill sprigs or 1/3 cup peeled and chopped (small pieces) fresh ginger 


1) Preheat oven to 425. 
2) Cut off the root and the stem ends.
3) Peel the skin using a vegetable peeler or paring knife. 
4) Wash and pad dry the beets with paper towel. 
5) Cut the beets in 1 1/2-inch chunks, put them in a bowl, drizzle half of the olive oil, a pinch of see salt and toss them with spatula. 
6) Place the beets on a baking sheet and roast them for 25 minutes. 
7) Remove the beets from the oven and let them cool for 30 minutes.
8) In a food processor, combine roasted beetroots, butter beans (drained & rinsed), ginger, sea salt and the rest of the olive oil. 
9) Process until the mixture is coarse. 
10) Add Meyer lemon juice and process 3-4 more times. 

Place the mixture in a bowl and garnish with crushed pistachios, a few Meyer lemon rinds and a drizzle of olive oil.


Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Benefits of Staging a Home for Sale: Three Steps to Success

Greetings Home Owners/Sellers!

A lot of thought goes into 
preparing a home for sale. It seems that most decisions are based on how much investment you are willing to make before the house goes on the market and what the return on that investment likely to be.

So, it may come as a surprise that 
little changes can make a big difference in attracting the right buyers. The interior and exterior of a house tell a story of how well the house has been kept, loved and appreciated. This story, when told right makes buyers feel good about buying your home. Together, we can make your house look and feel like a home that is really attractive to buyers.

Benefits of Staging a Home for Sale:

- Staged homes sell 50% faster than non-staged homes. - Trulia 
- A staged home sells for 17% more on average than a non-staged home. - Trulia 
- Home inspectors view staged homes as well cared for.
- Staged homes often get better appraisal values.
- Staged homes look much more attractive online and in marketing materials. 
- Even better, a house that is staged draws buyers in and enables them to visualize your home as their new home. It’s a powerful effect.
- Nearly 90% of home buyers start their search on the internet. Therefore, staging is a good way to make sure online photos pop. 
- Staging a home ultimately benefits the seller in so many ways.

Excited to stage your home? Here’ s How We Work:
 Three Steps to Success

I’ll come to your home to take a good look around, then discuss a simple and practical top-to-bottom interior design. After that we’ll create a plan together and I will be happy to help you throughout the process.

 Cleaning, Decluttering and Organizing. I’ll provide specific recommendations on decluttering and organizing your home and provide guidelines on how to do it. I always urge my clients to do three things: clean, declutter and organize.  

- Why clean? Cleaning a space is the first step toward transforming it. I can recommend several area cleaning services in case you need help.
- Why declutter? Clutter in homes is distracting and emanates stagnant energy. I’ll provide tips on how to tackle this task quickly and effectively.
- Why organize? An organized home is attractive and welcoming. It’s that simple! 

Interior Design with a focus on Feng Shui principles (the art of promoting positive energy, hence harmony in your home). This is the final step in transforming your home environment and promoting good energy throughout the house. I’ll apply practical interior design enhancements for each room using your existing furniture pieces, arts, fresh flowers and plants in a way that complements that environment. After we’re done, you’ll feel the positive energy throughout the home. And it will attract buyers who just feel good while walking in and around your home. My expert understanding of Feng Shui principles is something that sets my services apart and will bring you tremendous value.

Consultation & Staging Home for Sale Fees:

Up to 1,000 SF: $675.00
Up to 2,000 SF: $775.00
Up to 3,000 SF: $875.00
Up to 4,000 SF: $975.00

Each of the above fees includes detailed interior and exterior plans for decluttering, organizing, applied Feng Shui expertise, and interior design enhancements. I’ll partner with you throughout the transformation process to ensure your goals are met and the house is ready for a successful sale!

Additional Service: Re-Staging Your Home - I will assess your staged home as to what may be preventing it from selling and provide you with specific ways to shift the energy to enhance the sale of your house.  Sometimes, buyers can't visualize your house as their home due to the stagnant energy caused by lack of complementary staging and interior design. When a house exudes good energy, it will make the buyers feel good to be in the house and wanting to buy your house. 

Please contact me to learn more about my services and to set up a time to talk about your plans and feel free to invite your real estate agent, so that together we will bring your dream of a successful sale of your home into reality!

Happy Selling!

Ellie Lavender 
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tackle Visual and Digital Clutter!

Overwhelmed with visual and digital clutter? Do these pictures look all too familiar to you? Well, you are not alone; we all have some form of a clutter. Visual and digital clutter have a direct impact on your efficiency, productivity, the power of decision making and ultimately your success. 

Get rid of them in two practical steps:

Step 1: Assess what’s on your desk - Ask yourself when looking at an item:
·                           Do I need it or use it regularly?
·                           Does it energize or inspire me?
·                           Does it enhance my efficiency and productivity?
·                           Does it contribute to my success and prosperity?
·                           Let go of those items that don’t pass.

Step 2: Declutter your computer and communication devices:
Get rid of useless apps, programs, old emails, VMs, etc. Organize desktop icons too.

Finally, the best thing you can do to deal with digital clutter is to designate as few as five minutes each day to deal with downloads, email, apps, and whatever else crosses your digital workspace. Get rid of what you don’t need immediately, so you don’t have to spend hours sifting through it down the road.

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Simple & Practical Feng Shui Tips For A Child’s Bedroom!

Enhance Education, Success and Happy Relationships!

Applying Feng Shui to a child’s bedroom creates an inspiring environment that fosters enhanced education, success, and happy relationships with parents, siblings, and others. 

However, before you apply the below Feng Shui enhancements to the bedrooms of your children, it’s important that you bring them into the process. Start by discussing the benefits of a clutter-free, organized and inspiring bedroom environment; and then get their permission and full participation. After that, work together to design short and long term plans for creating and maintaining an inspiring bedroom environment that will empower them to thrive in all aspects of life.

Here’s your action plan for this project:

1.       Remove clutter. Partner with your children to support their efforts to clear jammed closets and drawers. Encourage them to remove toys, games, books and clothes no longer suitable for their age. To make this process simple and most effective, provide them with three boxes, 1) items for donation, 2) recycling and 3) trash. Creating space and visual openness helps your child sleep better and feel much more rested, which will lead them to be happier and more productive.

2.      Teach organization skills and maintenance methods. Provide storage systems, a laundry basket and trash can so that children can easily organize and store items, without having to leave them on their beds, desk’s and floors. These simple and practical measures will inspire and motivate your children to keep their bedrooms clean, clutter-free and organized resulting in fewer chores for you!

3.      Create an inspiring bedroom environment. Make sure there is adequate lighting in the bedroom. Also, bedrooms that are painted dark colors create too much oppressive energy. Bright colors, such as yellows, light greens, soft lavender and pinks are good energy and inspiring color choices.  Add inspiring and motivational posters and art to the child’s bedroom!

4.     Bed choice and placement in the bedroom. Make sure your child can see the door from his or her bed easily, but is not in direct line of the door. Bunk beds are not optimal. Children must have room to grow and the bed overhead exerts pressure on the child below. Because there is empty space below them, children on the top bunk may feel less secure. If possible, try to have a separate bedroom for each child. If this isn’t possible, there are many decorative ways to create division and privacy within a room for each child.

5.      Establish a space for study and accomplishments. Having a dedicated space, including a desk and lamp where your child can study demonstrates to your child the importance you place on education, your child’s success and achievement. Display awards, trophies, and tests with good scores in the child’s bedroom.

6.     Praise your children often. Throughout the transformation process and afterward, praise your children often. The practice of this amplifying self-esteem gesture will make them feel good, loved and appreciated, and will also encourage and motivate them to maintain a clean, clutter-free, organized and inspiring bedroom environment for years to come.

7.     Lead by example for your children. Children are like mirrors, reflecting everything that happens in their environment. The examples you set have a significant impact on their present and future development and aspirations. Keep your home environment, clean, clutter-free, organized and inspirational. 

Have fun with your children and enjoy the process!

Ellie Lavender 
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Recipe: Zucchini & Yellow Squash Pizza w/o a Crust!

 Zucchini & Yellow Squash Pizza w/o a Crust
Pic. 2

Pic. 1

Zucchini & yellow squash are in season, delicious & nutritious. They can be enjoyed in so many different ways, one of my favorite way is to make pizza with them w/o a crust. You can enjoy this yummy pizza hot or cold, totally divine by itself, but even better with a glass of wine. 

Ingredients (serving size 4):
2 medium zucchinis
1 medium yellow squash
3 Tbsps. olive oil
1 Tbsp. Meyer lemon rinds
1 Tsp. crushed dried tarragon 
A pinch of sea salt
2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese 


1. Thinly slice zucchinis & yellow squash with a knife or a mandoline slicer. rrange them in a baking pan, drizzle olive oil, sprinkle tarragon and sea salt, pic. 1. 
2. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes. 
3. Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese & the Meyer lemon rinds, pic. 2.  


Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Living Room Feng Shui Tips!

Finding a sanctuary in our modern world isn't always easy. Many of us work at home, or take work home from the office. Lots of us share spaces with significant others or family members, so turning down the volume of life at home isn't always easy.

To create a place to unwind, the idea is to remove the stuck energy in your living environment, otherwise known as clutter! So your mind and body can feel at ease and fully release the stresses of the day.

Living rooms are considered a common space where we want to relax and rejuvenate. Therefore, it should be clutter-free, organized and inviting.

You can easily create your own sanctuary, a place joy, comfort, relaxation, and rejuvenation by applying these very simple and practical Feng Shui enhancements to your living room:
1.      Declutter - Clutter is stuck energy!  This might be the hardest step for some, but clearing clutter in your living room will result in increase of the flow of energy, hence feeling good.
2.     Find a good view - If you have a great view of nature or the city, leave your blinds or curtains open to bring that expansive view inside. If you don't have a view, you can create one with a great piece of art.
3.     Appeal to your senses - Explore aromatherapy such as essential oil diffusers and even pure incense to flood the air with layers of sensory goodness.
4.     Add more nature - Nature is the ultimate relaxation nirvana. Add plants, fresh flowers and bring more nature into your living room.
5.     Rearrange your furniture – Furniture are not permanent fixtures and can be easily rearranged. Move them around to increase energy flow and remove furniture that have no use or purpose in your living room. While you are at it, get rid of cracked and broken furniture, lamps, smelly rugs, etc.

Get inspired, have fun with the process and make a habit of reinventing your sanctuary at least once a year!

Ellie Lavender 
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Powerful Tips for Letting Go!

We are changing, so is the universe around us! 

Just because something was right for us in the past doesn’t mean it still is. This truth could be manifested in unhealthy relationships, toxic jobs/home/work environments, bad habits, etc. 

As we grow and discover more about ourselves and what we want out of life, we realize there are
deliberate changes we need to make to keep up with changes that are happening around us and within us.

The lifestyle we’ve been living may no longer fit. The specific people and routines we’ve known forever may no longer align with our values. Thus, while we may cherish the memories, we find ourselves letting go and moving on. 
The truth is we can’t start the next chapter of our lives if we keep writing the last one.

Take these powerful steps and 'let go' of whatever is holding you back from writing the next chapter of your life:

 Take a deep breath and exhale with a loud sigh. Do it a few times. Let go of whatever tension is being held in your body. 

 Change (no matter how small) can feel like a loss. Give yourself the space and time to honor whatever emotions come up and embrace them all.

Seek out support.
 Sometimes letting go and navigating change by yourself can be overwhelming. Give yourself permission to ask for help.  

 Acceptance. Acknowledgement. Have compassion and acceptance for where you've been, where you are now, and where you want to go. 

Create a new vision.
 Envision possibilities that will bring you personal growth, happiness and prosperity.

‘Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing Fear to Stop You from Growing, Evolving and Progressing.’ - Mandy Hale

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer

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