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This week’s Picture of the Week is this amazing wrought iron gate and stunning green front door designed by Wendy Haworth in Los Angeles. I love doors and I love iron gates. And this photo has both in one!

Bright and welcoming when combined with the white exterior wall, I love the green paneled door and the ornate ironwork. The detail of the ironwork is an intricate design of scroll panels with a round wrought iron top. Ornamental fencing is a great to add detail to your home’s entrance. This Beverly Hills home is giving serious entrance inspiration and vision.

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I recently set a holiday lunch table out in my garden. Have you ever wondered how to style a holiday table when entertaining guests? I live in Southern California so it doesn’t exactly look like the holiday season for those in the East Coast or in colder places, but since it’s so nice outside, I had to take advantage of the weather outside during the holidays.

It was warm outside (around 53), but I still had heat lamps just in case. You never know how cool it can get in the evening. Here’s how I style a holiday table using a traditional plaid.

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2018

Holiday Gift Guide for Mom

December 18, 2018
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This year, get the perfect present under the tree for a mom you know with the holiday gift guide for mom. It’s not too late to find the perfect item to make mom’s holiday the best. Give the gift you know she really wants and needs, whether that means noise-canceling headphones, comfy slippers, or a photo printer for all the family memories. Time is ticking, so here are some great last minutes ideas. I’ve got you covered this holiday season.

Photograph: Jess Kirby
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Dark Blue Dresses for Winter

December 16, 2018
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This winter I am recommending blue. Dark blue dresses that is.

I was considering these three dark blue dresses for my sister’s midday wedding in October. I like navy or dark blue. Give me a break from black but has the same richness. And wintertime really highlights a deep blue.

As sister of the bride, I ended up going with the more festive off the shoulder dress by Roland Mouret! It was so comfortable yet special. Which of these 3 dresses I was considering for my sister’s wedding you favorite?

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Do you have a techie in your life that always seems to have the latest electronics? Get them the perfect present this year with my holiday gift guide for the tech lover. Add a little more tech into their lives with these great gifts.

Whether headphones, waterproof speakers or a portable photo printer, here are the best gifts to get the techie in your life these holidays.

 

Photograph: PJ Havel
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This holiday, give the beauty aficionado in your life the perfect present with our gift guide for the beauty obsessed. Whether it means staying hydrated, adding a little extra to their skincare routine or getting them the perfect eyeshadow palette, I’ve got you covered.

These are some of the best beauty products around. Maybe give some of these as gifts this year as well!

Photograph: A Walk in the Wild
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2018

Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

November 28, 2018
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Give the gift of comfort and utility to those who are always on the go with this holiday gift guide for travelers.

Whether they’re flying off to new places or coming back for the holidays, make the traveler in your life feel comfier with these gifts.

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2018

Holiday Gift Guide for Him

November 23, 2018
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Photograph by PJ Havel

Find the perfect present with our holiday gift guide for him. Don’t let the shopping list overwhelm you. Starting off the Holiday Gift Guides this season, here are some my favorite holiday gifts for men.

Whether you’re looking for gifts for a special someone, a parent, or a coworker, here are the some of the best gifts for him to get the men in your life.

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2018

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

November 20, 2018
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Photograph by PJ Havel

Finding the perfect gift can be hard, but I’ve got you covered with the perfect holiday gift guide for her to make the task easier. We’re starting our Holiday Gift Guides with some of my favorites. From affordable to luxury, these are the best gifts this year to make any woman in your life excited this holiday season.

This year, you don’t have to stress out about the perfect gift. Here are some great and chic gifts to get the women in your life.

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interiors

The dilemma remains–rug v no rug in the dining room. I am trying to decide what to do at my house. Currently, I do not have a rug under the dining table. I always thought it was weird to have food over any soft surface other than hardwood, stone or tile, but lately all these fabulous dining rooms with rugs under the table changing my mind. Dining tables rugs ground the space are, and they’re winning me over.

Let’s decide on rug or no rug. Here are a bunch of great dining rooms: some with a rug under the table, some without. Which do you think looks better of these fabulous dining rooms. I found a few great ones with rugs under the table and a few without.

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Pink Mamma is a decor lover’s dream restaurant in Paris designed by Martin Brudnizki Design. This eclectic Italian restaurant is a floral and pastel wonderland. The latest addition to the Big Mamma Group, this multi-story bar and restaurant combo is more than meets the eye…

Located in Pigalle neighborhood in Paris, Big Mamma is a green multilevel paradise of Italian food and drinks (oh yes…it is a restaurant, not just a place for design lovers and selfie-takers to drool over the surroundings), bright and verdant plants, and the most whimsical design. Beautiful tiles line the floors of the all-day dining culminating in a garden rooftop that not only makes you forget you’re in the middle of a city but also provides an amazing view of Paris below.

And Pink Mamma makes great use of the different spaces in this four-story city sanctuary.

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Happy November 1st. We are two months away from the New Year! OMG.  I don’t know about you, but here in Southern California, during early crisp mornings as I’m heading to work, I put on the perfect fall outfit and by lunchtime when the sun’s come out and it is 85 degrees, that cute fall outfit that was once a fashionistas dream is a little less climate appropriate. By evening, the wind is making me glad again I brought that extra sweater. That’s why I believe in layering and dressing for whatever temperature fall throws your way…no matter where you are in the country or outside of the country. Layer, layer, layer is the answer.

Here are my current favorite fashion forward fall looks for when it’s warm in the day and cooler at night.

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home

If I had to describe my style, it’s a mix of traditional and modern, so I love a rustic modern home. This home from Kate Marker Interiors is the perfect combination of bright and neutral. Tall ceilings and larger than life chandeliers define this rustic home.

From the exteriors to the foyer, the continued color scheme throughout sets the tone for this beautiful house tour.

 

Take a look below!

 

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Just in time for Halloween, I bought a few pumpkins the other day in a plan to decorate for fall. But as I brought them home, I noticed they clashed with the other colors. The orange didn’t really match my house so I decided to just changed the color of the pumpkins!

I decided on a hunter green, mist green and a powdery blue for my little pumpkins. And it worked out. This little pumpkin makeover perfectly matched my decor.

Check out how I did it below! If you’re looking for a jack-o-lantern how to…I took a much simpler route to making these pumpkins my own!

 

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My friend and fellow blogger Nicole Gibbons just launched her own paint company a few months back named Clare Paint, and it is already making a name for itself in the paint world. 

I met Nicole 10 years ago when we were part of the first wave of design bloggers. She was a PR executive, blogging on the side, and then she quit her job to become a full time influencer and interior designer too. She and I became friends and always have made a point to meet up whenever either of us is in the other’s hometown. She is smart, stylish and a true boss lady! I am so happy for her. She came up with an idea and then raised $2M!!!

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