ojai getaway

A group of girls and I went up to Ojai for the weekend to celebrate our friend Tamara’s birthday, and we had such a good time. Ojai is such a special place – it’s this completely beautiful little town surrounded by mountains with orange and olive groves growing on them, and it has a casual hippie vibe to it. It’s so nice to have somewhere that feels so different from LA that’s just a little over an hour’s drive away.

We rented a house this time which was fun, though the last few times I’ve been there we’ve stayed at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa which is one of my favorite hotels. Justin and I actually got engaged there – fun fact 😉 We didn’t have a ton of time up there for this visit but we did make the most of the time we had. We went for a nice walk into town and hung around at Topa Mountain Winery’s tasting room, which had a Christmas market and live music, with food trucks for snacks and cozy blankets for keeping warm once the sun went down after Ojai’s famous ‘Pink Moment’. On Sunday we had brunch on the patio at Noso Vita before checking out their sprawling farmers’ market where I picked up some local olive oil, flowers and veggies to take back with me.

Here are a few iPhone snaps from the weekend. Let me know if you ever go and need any suggestions on what to see and do!

A Chic Aspen Cabin

farmhouse-rustic-patio-and-deck-aspen-co-by-peter-dunham-design I came across this stylish Aspen cabin on 1st Dibs the other day (was meant to be sourcing something for a client but I got sidetracked by all the prettiness) and wanted to share with you guys. This Peter Dunham designed cabin is just so chic yet supremely cozy looking at the same time – I feel like I could and would (and do!) want to move right in.

The key to upping the coziness factor throughout the house is the variety of different textiles and upholstered items in each room; the vintage looking blankets and pillows draped on the patio set above, the linen lampshades and fabric panels on the canopy bed, the overstuffed window seat in the family room, etc. It helps the space to feel warm and inviting even with all of the wood on the walls and ceiling throughout the space. I’m a firm believer that you can pretty much never have too many throws and pillows around the house, and this space confirms my belief.

If you’re a big Peter fan and not in LA, you can shop quite a few items from his showroom/shop Hollywood at Home here. They tend to be on the pricier side but his fabrics and vintage picks are so gorgeous that I think it’s worth the splurge for a special item or two 🙂

Scroll on for more pictures of this great home below:

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serena and lily Newport Beach

los-angeles-lifestyle-bloggersA few weeks ago my friend Annette and I joined Serena and Lily for a fun afternoon to check out their latest showroom/shop, situated in the newly revamped Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach. We boarded a Duffy boat for a quick tour around the harbor before heading to the new shop, where we were met and given a tour by Serena herself. I don’t know about you but I’m a huge fan of Serena and Lily so it was very exciting to meet the woman behind the brand, and to get to see their latest location and a few brand new items (like these stools, they just came out with them in this natural color, so pretty right?).

After browsing for a bit we sat down for a chic little lunch on the shop’s patio, before heading back home before traffic got too crazy. It was such a perfect little afternoon, and I highly recommend both renting a Duffy boat if you’re ever in the area, and checking out the Lido Marina Village. Happy Friday!
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bookcase style

chic-bookcaseI’ve been doing a lot of bookcase styling at work recently, so I figured I may as well talk about it on the blog as well. Sometimes a client has tons of great accessories, books, and pretty frames and it all comes together organically and easily, but other times it can be kind of frustrating and feel like it’s just not working out right. Whenever that happens I find that it helps to snap a photo of the shelf so that you have a different way of looking at it – for some reason it makes it easier to see where there’s something missing or if you need a little more white space in a certain area. I also like to look on Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration; two designers who are particularly skilled in creating the perfect ‘shelfie’ are Emily Henderson and Amber Lewis.

Once I’m back on track and know what I want the shelves to look like (whether that’s cluttered and collected looking or super minimal and clean, or somewhere in between, which is my personal favorite) I like to look around the client’s house for little objets and mementos so that the shelves are personal to them and don’t just look like a designer was brought in to put everything together (even though there was).

Oftentimes you do need to shop around and find fun accessories and items to add the finishing touch and create the perfect arrangement, and a few of my favorite places to source these items are High Street Market, One Kings Lane and Etsy. Pottery Barn and West Elm also usually have great frames and decorative pieces, though I like to use these minimally and mix in vintage and personal items so that rooms don’t look too generic.

Scroll on for some of my favorite inspiration images, below, and let me know if you have any shelf styling questions!

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the strand

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Joie Jemima boot (on major sale) / Gap trench coat / The Row t shirt / Rag & Bone jeans / Aritzia scarf / Maison Scotch hat

The weather has finally cooled down here enough to wear a light jacket during the day and a heavier one at night, which is very exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I love nice weather and living by the beach but sometimes you just need a change, you know? I actually think I almost like the beach more when it’s not super hot – I love bundling up and sitting on the sand with a cozy blanket at sunset, or taking Penny for a nice long walk without worrying about her overheating or me getting a sunburn. I have a feeling I’ll change my tune if it stays grey and rainy for very long, but for now that’s how I feel 🙂

I’ve had this Gap trench coat for years, and I have to say it’s probably one of my favorite purchases since it gets quite a bit of wear and is such a classic. I think if I lived somewhere where it really did rain a ton like Vancouver or London I would consider ‘investing’ in a timeless Burberry trench, but I have to say that this one looks pretty good after all these years and is (just about) as chic. I’m off to take Penny for a little walk along the strand where these pictures were taken before heading to work – we’re just about finished with a big project and it’s exciting to see everything finally coming together.

Have a good day!

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