interiors

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 ūüôā

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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mark d sikes

mark-d-sikesI’m a¬†big¬†Mark D Sikes fan, and after having just spent a couple of hours poring over his latest book, I’ve become even more obsessed with his work. Mark is an LA based designer with a seriously chic aesthetic;¬†whether he’s doing¬†full blown print, pattern and color like this NYC apartment or keeping a room neutral and calming, the results are equally beautiful.

He has done so many gorgeous homes that it is hard to play favorites, but I think that if I had to, I would choose his own home which was featured in House Beautiful a few years ago. The bones of the house are pretty great to begin with but Mark’s design of the home is so thoughtful, from the custom wrought iron banister they installed upstairs to the upholstered family room walls (in my favorite fabric, Samarkand) to the multitude of built in bookshelves. I also appreciate how everything is styled in his house; you can tell that he’s a ‘more is more’ kind of person when it comes to accessories and collected items, but everything has its place and looks like it was meant to be there. I want to move right in, or at least spend some time relaxing in that backyard with a good book.

Scroll on for more pictures, I bet you’ll love the house as much as I do…

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kathryn ireland

Malloy_Study I’m having a bit of a Kathryn Ireland obsession at the moment. I’ve seen her work when flipping through magazines, own one of her books, and have even sourced her fabric for my old boss, but since I never watched Million Dollar Decorators I feel like I missed out a little on seeing just how gorgeous her work is. I’m not sure how I fell down the rabbit hole of scrolling through her website and looking at every single project she has listed, but I did, and here we are.

I just love how her homes look so comfortable and lived in, while being well thought out and beautifully designed but never looking too ‘decorated’. Her rooms all look like people actually would actually put their feet on the coffee table¬†or flop down on the couch for a nap, which is so much better (in my opinion) than a showpiece room that you’d be afraid to go into for fear of messing it up. Kathryn spends a lot of time in the South of France (you can even go to a design workshop that she teaches there, doesn’t that sound amazing?) and you can see the French country influences in her work, as well as her love of colors and patterns and mixing the old with the new.

Scroll on for some major decor inspiration…

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get the look:

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