fashion

Spring showers bring… the need for waterproof fashion and cozy interiors!

Ok, ok, I know we don’t get a ton of rain here in Southern California, but we do have days where I need to throw on a light rain jacket and a pair of boots — if I leave the house, that is! With a reading nook like the one pictured (above), I don’t know if I ever would…

Check out some of my rainy day inspiration (below)!

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home

It truly is the little things that make life happy.

Every morning when I wake up, walk down the stairs and see this morning light in my living room, I am filled with such great joy! It’s easy to start the day with a positive mind when greeted with such a cheerful and bright glow.

The past few years have been a roller coaster for me (to say the least) — and I’m feeling extremely grateful to have found this Spanish style Beverly Hills house after making the difficult decision to sell my tiny little cottage in the Hollywood Hills. 

The radiance in this special spot of my “home for now” reminds me to embrace all the newness that comes with this next chapter!

 

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interiors

What a dream!

Feeling inspired after seeing Rose Uniacke’s complete renovation of her stunning nineteenth century home in London. The space was originally an artist’s studio featuring a gallery and private residence — but with some major work, Rose was able to turn it into an incredible house for her family.

Take a look around (below)!

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It might be sunny here in California, but I still have winter mountain vibes on my mind!

This Park City Canyons kitchen remodel by Studio McGee is a gorgeous example of how to take an outdated ski home and transform it into a stylish, cozy mountain destination. This isn’t totally my style, but I love the use of traditional warm colors and bright whites to really give this home some life — while still keeping that rustic cabin feel!

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home

Who said garage doors have to be boring?

I recently spotted a stunning black garage on bettershelter’s Instagram page (pictured above), and was immediately inspired by how much character a simple remodel can add to a home.

Take a look through 24 more unique and distinctive designs (below)!

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home

Things are coming together over here in Beverly Hills!

Many of you may remember my old patio from my tiny cottage in Hollywood Hills — and now I’m taking elements of that space and incorporating it into my new oasis!

Welcome to my personal sweet spot… the upstairs patio of my home that is nestled in the hills and surrounded by beautiful palm tree views. An instant calm!

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entertaining

Is it just me or did January fly by? I wrapped 2017 by throwing an over-the-top winter dinner party for about 30 of my family and friends — and I’m just now getting around to sharing it with all of you! Better late than never!

If you watch my Instagram Stories, you know this was definitely a design-as-you-go project… so this one goes out to all the readers who are willing to fly by the seat of your pants!

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interiors

So thrilled to bring you my latest project!  A fabulous small kitchen remodel!!!  I was lucky enough to partner with the Whirlpool Corporation and my very talented developer friend Steve Jones of Better Shelter. Steve and I began working on this project a few months back – remodeling this fixer upper 2 bedroom house in the on-trend Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. We got really excited when we were offered Whirlpool Fingerprint-Resistant Black Stainless Steel appliances for the tiny kitchen remodel.  Okay, if you have read the blog over the years you know, I always love a wonderful small kitchen remodel. The blog started because almost 10 years ago because I had remodeled my then really small kitchen in the Hollywood Hills.  Now, this project is particularly thrilling because of the appliances we are using, I get to be at the forefront of the next kitchen design trend…read on to see how…

(This post is sponsored by the Whirlpool Corporation. While I received product and compensation, all opinions are my own)

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Bath

Moroccan Inspired Master Bath

December 5, 2017
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Love love love the black vanity in this custom Moroccan inspired bath in…California?  International style travels elegantly to a Los Angeles home in the hills from designer Betsy Burnham. The black vanity with the star molding detail and white knobs and pulls, white quartz counter tops, the antiqued over sized mirror, simple sconces and a black and white tile floor equal perfection. Take a look and let me know what you think?

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home

This Stockholm home is over 100 years old.  It has been entirely revamped recently by a Swedish couple who were looking for a larger space.  When they were redesigning the couple faced the age old dilemma…what he likes and what she likes.  She likes light airy spaces with classic furniture.  He likes dark wood and mid-century modern design.  Being married, they did the right thing…compromise!  He got dark wood and she got her light and airy with white wood floors and a white kitchen.  Take a look at what his & her house design looks like…

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entertaining
Holidays

Thanksgiving Flowers

November 21, 2017
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Okay…I have procrastinated on Thanksgiving.  I am just admitting that right up front.  I have a very very small dinner I am doing for my family and some loved ones.  I can’t wait to welcome them into my home. Problem…I really haven’t done a thing and it is Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving.  I am starting this morning with dreaming about my table setting and the flowers arrangements I will design.  I use the word “design” loosely…I am not good at flower arranging but I figure if I get some really pretty flowers…my incapacity won’t matter.  That lead me to the beautiful instagram feed of Floret Flower, an Oregan based flower farm, for inspiration.

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style

After attending an amazing Delta® Faucet VIP event at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum last month in New York for National Design Week, I am feeling inspired to start designing again. I had so much fun at this event that centered on wonderful design that inspires us to incorporate more creativity into our lives. Mega interior designer Nate Berkus and Delta industrial designer Seth Fritz gave a great lecture on the evolution of home design, and then revealed Delta’s new concept faucet! Here’s how the evening went down…

 

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My House

My Sunny Breakfast Room 360

November 6, 2017
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This is my little sunny breakfast room in my Spanish bungalow here in the Los Angeles area.  The decor is in progress as is every room in my house but love it in this room even if it is not fully done.  It is the brightest spot in the house in the mornings.  The perfect spot for an energizing start of the day.  So far I have decorated it with a pierced metal pendant light, an old mahogany cabinet I have had for years, some vintage chairs I had stained black, and a lovely lovely white Saarinen tulip table with a white marble top.  Next up is what to put on the walls…I have some ideas but would love your thoughts. Take a room tour and let me know!

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house tours

Canal Loft House

October 19, 2017
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It is all about the high ceilings and exposed beams in this canal loft house in Amsterdam.  Renovated by the design team at Netherlands based interior design firm Nicemakers, this 1600s built loft on a canal was once an orphanage.  Today here’s a little house tour for you from Europe!  Love pitched ceilings in the living room and the exposed beams in the kitchen…check it out!

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interiors

I find inspiration in so many places and in so many styles.  For example today, I bring you this pretty country farmhouse style kitchen from Stanwick + Dunham and Frank Smith Designs in Charlotte, NC.  The kitchen is actually in a 2007 built English Arts & Crafts style house in Charlotte. Love the white curved tongue and groove ceiling.  The vibe in this space is wonderfully farmhouse country living.  Wouldn’t this be a lovely space to make your morning tea or coffee every day?

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