Three Little Birds

Regardless of the name, you won't find any birds for sale in this charming Capitola store in Santa Cruz County. Three Little Birds is an adorable nook of a store housing anything and everything bird-related. Not things for birds, but rather things with birds on them—candles, dishware, matches, home décor and more. Ultimately, this is one of the area's best gift stores. I often pop in here when I'm headed to a party and in need of an adorable present. (I can't complain that Gayle's is next door—grab some mac and cheese when you're done visiting Three Little Birds.)

The cute store is helmed by two sisters, Glenda Baer and Jackie Gonzales who opened the doors to Three Little Birds in 2006. There, they also sell Blithe and Bonny products, the Baer family's original line of candles, lotions, soaps and more.

Also for sale are handmade feather earrings by Margo Wong and funky vintage style baubles by Joli and Jan Michaels.

While an online store isn't yet in the works, the store itself serves as a sweet hub for inspiration.

Check it out at 504D Bay Ave., Capitola, (831) 462-2473,

Bathroom Makeover

My bathroom is a sad place. While the rest of my small beach bungalow has had some sense of attention paid to its interior design, I've left the bathroom undecorated since I moved in a year-and-a-half ago. I've been aching to re-vamp it, but with limited funds, that can be tricky. Still, it can't hurt  to day-dream a little and imagine what I'd do with the small space I have. This zig zag shower curtain (below) from Urban Outfitters has been on my wish list for a long time. It's $44 which seems  steep for a shower curtain, but the look would inject color and a little pizazz into the space. Throw in a sweet bar of soap from Blithe and Bonny (find  at Anthropologie or Three Little Birds in Capitola), an IKEA cabinet, bubble bath from Saffron and Genevieve in Santa Cruz and towels from Anthropologie and I'll be well on my way to a sweet bathroom makeover.