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Whenever I pick up an issue of InStyle Magazine, I always first flip to the back for the Life Etc. section. Any of you guys do that as well? I get excited when they feature something related to interior design, as was the case in this month’s issue which gave us a look inside Naya Rivera’s beautiful hillside home designed by Angelo Surmelis. I love that it is so light, open and airy, and incorporates a harmonious mix of traditional and modern:
photography by Dean Kaufman for Instyle Magazine
As mentioned in a previous post, earlier this month, Style Me Pretty Living, one of my favorite lifestyle sites, featured a tour of my previous home. Since the feature went up, I’ve received inquires about the sources of some things, so I thought I’d post a complete list here for anyone else who may also be curious to know. Because the apartment was a rental that we planned to live in for only about 2 years or so and we had other priorities financially, when it came to decorating and furnishing it, we did so on a small budget, splurging only on a few select pieces. BTW, this post from 2012 shows a few photos of what the place looked like when we first moved in!
sofa - Crate and Barrel (crazy comfortable!) , pillows - Arianna Belle, blue abstract artwork - commissioned from Parima Studio, gold square wall frames – Target (they were originally silver and I spray painted them), white tufted ottoman - Target, round gold mirrored tray - World Market, large white tray - West Elm, coasters - Anthropologie, small gold bowl – Target, blue rug - Overstock, sunburst mirror - Home Depot (a total steal!), turquoise vases – Target, double gourd lamps - Overstock, black side tables – Ikea, white media unit - Ikea - customized it by painting the back blue, small light blue lacquer box - Swing Design, sheepskin – Ikea, paint color - Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic
white pendant light - Lamps Plus, white round tulip table - Ikea, clear acrylic chairs - Ikea, gold flatware - West Elm, black and white placemats - Serena and Lily, paint color - Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic
gold tray – West Elm, glass decanter – Target, french opaline turquoise glasses – vintage (you can find similar ones on eBay, Etsy, and flea markets), white shelves – Ikea, pot rack – Ikea, stainless steel mixing bowls – Joss and Main, blue treat jar – Homegoods, cookbooks – It’s All Good, The Kind Diet, My Father’s Daughter, Eating the Alkaline Way, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, Superfood Kitchen, Barefoot Contessa at Home
floor lamps - Ikea, white duvet cover - Bed Bath and Beyond, embroidered sheet set - BlissLiving Home, pillows - Arianna Belle, silver frames - Target, patterned fabric boxes - Blissliving Home, white shag rug - Rugs USA, benches - Rose Bowl Flea Market, paint colors - Olympic Pounding Surf and Freshwater
white desk – Ikea, leopard pillow - Arianna Belle, shelving unit - Ikea, rug – Overstock , doube gourd lamps – Target, black quatrefoil mirror - Target, artwork - Parima Studio, turquoise binders - Office Depot, orange tray - West Elm, file box – Office Depot
Q: The base of my Docksta table gets dirty easily from people resting their feet on it, how do you keep yours clean?
A: Magic Erasers!
Q: How did you hide the wires and cords of your wall mounted TV in your living room?
A: We used these cable management covers we found on Amazon. I’ve also seen similar ones at home improvement stores.
All photography by Esther Sun
One of the many things I enjoy about my job, is discovering talented new-to-me interior designers. I thought it’d be fun to spotlight them here on the blog as I’m sure many of you will also enjoy seeing their beautiful work and gain inspiration from it.
This week’s spotlight is on Jennifer Wundrow and Heather Brock, founders of their own firm -Nest Design Co. based in Sausalito, California. A selection of lovely spaces they’ve designed:
Did you drool over that reading nook and that kitchen? Yeah, me too. See more of their work here!
Today I’m over on La Dolce Vita with a new series that will focus on spotlighting fabulous combinations of color, pattern, texture, and other elements that are noteworthy. First up I’m featuring one of my favorites: leopard + black + neutrals. Click on over to check out the post.
More inspiration and pieces for getting the look here!
photo sources: 1- the decorista, 2- original source unknown, 3- lonny magazine, 4- original source unknown
While reading the Domaine feature on Cynthia Collins, I learned that aside from being an interior designer, she is also co-owner of Blue Print – a store in Uptown Dallas. I clicked on over to the store website and immediately fell in love. They sell handpicked antiques, original artwork, accessories, and high-end furniture, all inside a really charming and architecturally beautiful old home:
They do such a beautiful job with styling:
All photos via Blue Print Store
The dining room is one of the spaces I’ve neglected in our home and is in need of a little attention. It’s a small little space that is open to the living room. Since moving in, all we’ve done is bring in the clear chairs we had from our previous home, a white tulip table, and white curtains. The owners of the home (we’re renters) left their chandelier and we’ve left it up because, well, it’s functional. It’s not really our style though and I’ve been itching to change it out.
I’ve been keeping an eye out for light fixtures that I like (and aren’t ridiculously expensive). Below is a round-up of what I’ve found so far. Some of them aren’t right for the space but thought they were worth sharing here, for any of you out there who may also be on the hunt for the right light fixture.
#1 is beautiful but it’s probably a bit too fancy for our home. #2 has a fun vibe to it, though I’m not sure if it would emit sufficient light. #3 is a strong contender – I love it’s simple elegance. #4 is clean, simple and my husband’s favorite. There’s also this one, which is similar and I like. #5 is really cool and I love that it’s handmade by a fellow small business owner. It’s also the most budget friendly. Given the current chairs we have though, bringing this in would probably be too many clear elements in the space. Perhaps if I got new chairs… (haha I wish! …not in the budget right now)
If you happen to come across a light fixture you think I’d like and is reasonably priced, feel free to send it my way. I’m open to options.
Just had a chance to flip through my copy of the latest issue of C Magazine and was delighted to see featured this beautiful Hollywood Hills home. Especially loving the gorgeous outdoor living area and the living room with big windows and views of the green garden. I think they shall be the newest additions to my dream home inspiration file.
photography by Douglas Friedman
While a sofa upholstered in a solid colored fabric is the safest and usually most economical option, for those who can afford it and are feeling adventurous enough, sofas in a fun patterned fabric can make pretty fantastic statement pieces that can do a lot to add beautiful interest in a space:
image credits: 1- house beautiful 2-elle decor, 3- via how do i love thee, 4-skona hem, 5-elle decor, 6-domino, 7-domino, 8-the devil wears prada via quadrille, 9-country living, 10-domino
Hello! Today I’m excited to announce that the blog will be getting a new look this week! The design is done, programming is currently underway, and it will be up sometime in the next few days. I’ll be switching over to WordPress – keeping my fingers crossed that the switch goes smoothly!
If I had a dedicated dressing room, I think I’d like to incorporate a mirrored vanity table. There’s something just so glamorous about them wouldn’t you agree?
image credits: 1-via ashley’s pinterest via marcus design inc.; 2-photography by alexander johnson via houzz; 3-photography by grey crawford via here; 4-via alyson’s pinterest via ArhZine ; 5-via traditional home; 6-via lesapea musings; 7-photography by scott woodward, interior design by agnes verrier, as seen in rue