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I’m Chanda Brown (I know…different. I just tell new peeps that I meet to think, “Chanda-Panda.” It’s been workin’ for me since kindergarten! And it usually sticks…but don’t get me started on all the Kung Fu Panda references!) I am lucky to be on the amazing journey of being a wife and a mommy of three totally rad kids (so very biased). In the midst of all the crazy life that happens in my house, I have always maintained my title-ship of being the “Queen of Make-do” and a “Jack-of-all-trades.” I started thrifting 24 years ago (gulp) and have been recreating clothes, furniture and accessories into fabulousness. I have run the gamut of being a professional muralist (before pregnancies, climbing ladders and painting ceilings still had an appeal), creating gorgeous purses and accessories from upcycled sweaters for boutiques in Los Angeles to teaching art for elementary school aged kids. I mean, I seriously have got the bug for creating…this last Christmas I hand-crafted over 70 homemade gifts that ranged from hand-knit nesting bowls to hand-painted olive oil decanters from recycled wine bottles (that was super fun…nothin’ like crafting with a glass of vino!). Now that I have relocated to the beautiful central coast, I am super excited to be partnering with Samantha…bringing beauty to home, hearth and special days! We have had so many laughs on the way and we are jazzed to bring you along for the ride!

Seasonal Sunday Our Zesty HQ feels like a gargantuan, ongoing project.  That is what happens when you are a couple of gals who are not afraid of tackling projects and say “yes, please” to renovating an old appliance warehouse into something more chic.  Let me tell you, this space was a project!!  You can see […]

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Thrifty Thursday I love the warmth and beauty of woodgrain.  It is just one of those random things that makes me happy.  I guess that is one of the MANY reasons I love to dabble in woodworking.  I say “dabble” because I am in no way a master carpenter by any stretch of the imagination…but […]

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Savouring Saturday Alright, I confess, it is a tad early for peach season here in California…but I could not resist reposting this recipe now that the days are longer and the sun is shining bright!  This is a CRAZY easy recipe, and it is beyond delish.  Could be the perfect, lazy Sunday brunch, if you […]

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Savouring Saturday I’m sure that you have heard that the Mediterranean diet is an incredible way to eat.  It is wonderful for your heart and body overall.  As we all start to ween ourselves off of the winter eats of rich food in preparation for summer bathing suits, you may want to look at eating […]

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What’s Up Wednesday We are soooo darn excited to be sharing with you the work of our friend Cameron Ingall’s today.  Lucky for us girls, he volunteered his skills in capturing the many moments of our latest Zesty Pop Up.  Again, our pop up was to benefit Family Care Network and the love they spread […]

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