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September 5, 2014

The house project

Soooo, we bought a house. Which I mentioned on Instagram a few weeks ago. The other *thing* is that we’re also doing a full renovation on said house before we move in. It’s super exciting but also suuuuuper overwhelming too, not surprisingly. I don’t know what I’m doing and we’re operating on quite a tight budget to get everything we want to do completed. Oh and also, perfect and on par with all the amazing interiors I am forced to look at every time I go on Pinterest. Reality check!

We are making some good progress, and hopefully are only a few weeks away from submitting our plans to the building department. In the meantime the kitchen table is covered in floor plans and elevations and paperwork and notes. And I fry my brain every night before bed researching windows and fireplace inserts and tile and bathtubs and everything else that I apparently must pick out right this minute. Fun? Sort of. The pay off will be huge, but it is intense around here right now!

The fun part of course is the inside, and while this is in a way exactly what I wanted when we started looking for a house, I also know nothing and cannot commit to a decision for more than 10 minutes. I am absolutely unskilled when it comes to envisioning an entire house and all it’s surfaces as a cohesive space. But thankfully there is Pinterest, which is basically like an interior design app if you ask me.

The other problem is that I like lots of styles. I would primarily call myself a modern-ish neutrals gal. I like Scandinavian design, I like mid century, I like a little bit of rustic thrown in. See first mood board below.

But for whatever reason that style seems harder and more expensive for me to execute. Kitchen cabinets that I like for that style in particular seem super expensive and seem to be determining the entire style of the house. (See? I do not know what I’m doing!) BUT then again I also love white, black, and wood (if you could call that a style). A little “fancy” for my taste and our family, but incredibly easy for me to visualize and execute. At least I think. Truthfully I’m kind of leaning this direction at the moment.

And then there’s the really fun family-centric style of whites and bright bits of color. Also love this. Also seems do-able.

So where do we go from here? I am paralyzed and know that whatever decision I make I will second guess 1 week after we move in. I think this is why there are people called interior designers. One of which I am not. One of which we cannot afford.

If you’d like to see my House Remodel pinterest board it’s up for public consumption. And I pin to it quite often, not surprisingly. Fingers crossed the demo crew is ready to start before the end of the month. (Or if I had my way next week!)

*all images and their credits available on my pinterest board.

April 10, 2012

A boho summer party + shop

Oh, look! More flowers. I swear I’m not secretly trying to become a florist. But we put together this super cute shoot for 100 Layer Cake in my backyard a few weeks ago, and I got to play with flowers again. Which is always fun. Also, there’s a whole mess of awesome stuff on sale in the shop right now. Just sayin’.

And Scott got a cute photo of bebé #2 for me. See? So much better with the belly shots of late.

Here’s a peek at the shop…

Poufs (in like 6 colors) for $118! Wedding blankets! Indian bedspreads! Plus tons more in the Pop-Up Shop right now. You know you need a pouf. I bought the brown one. So excited.

(Party photos by Scott Clark)

January 12, 2012

Loves of late

My dream kitchen in Martha January.

These simple candle holders from Commune Design and Adam Silverman/Heath. (Also these leather coasters.)

This circus themed collection at Baby Gap. Took much restraint not to buy SOMETHING. (Waiting for the sale, obvs.)

Estella NYC stripey tees on super sale. I love them so much! But they run small, so beware.

Beautiful flower prints from Kari Herer.

These new undies have definitely replaced Hanky Pankys in my book. Seamless is so the way to go.

These Chilewich utility mats have appeared in three rooms in our house. I love them. (Also love Grounded in Encinitas! Super cute, modern store.)

And current must-have every day? Homemade almond milk. I’m not sure it qualifies as a craving, per se. But I was very out of sorts the other night when I didn’t have any for my after dinner treat. I love you Vitamix.

November 7, 2011

Heath + Alabama Chanin collaboration

As mentioned multiple times on this blog, I do not need more Heath. Certainly not another large shallow serving bowl, of which I have two.

BUT. Look at this beauty, hand detailed by Alabama Chanin. Makes me think I might be wrong?

A small beautiful collection is available now. Desperately trying to rationalize buying at least the salad plate, but I’m having difficulties.

October 11, 2011

Recently in print

Some things I like in the magazines lying around my house:

Giant pumpkins from Martha. Aren’t the colors beautiful?

Fried roots, in Sunset.

Heather Taylor‘s house, also in Sunset.

Flavored butters, in Bon Appetit.

Flavored madelines, in Martha.

I always get so excited when I look through them, dog-earring the pages and everything, and then rarely return to actually DO anything with the things I like.

Anyone have a good system for actually making use of all the great ideas out there? They always seem to slip away from me, or the next month’s stack arrives and I move on.

June 7, 2011

The Glow

As if any of us need another site to obsess about! But The Glow is just gorgeous. Mamas and babies in their own space. Love.

via Simple Lovely.

May 24, 2011

a giveaway for a nursery

The baby kind of nursery, not the plant kind. We’re having the house painted next week, which means we effectively have to move out for a few days. Which is like uuugggghhh. Everything off the walls, removed from countertops, etc. And it’s turned into a rather satisfying bought of spring cleaning for moi.

I’m selling things on craigslist, giving things away, even having a garage sale on Saturday. It’s pretty awesome. One thing I’m ready to part with, but would like to see in a good home, is the strand of bunting I made for Dashiell’s room before he was born.

It’s served us well but now that Dashiell is such a big, mature guy I think he might need some updated decor. More manly and suitable for a 15 month old.

Plus I figured one of you might love some patterned flags to decorate your bebe’s room? They’re unisex, so as long as you don’t mind oranges and blues and browns it should work no matter who’s in there.

Leave a comment by the end of the week and I’ll announce a winner on Monday. Hooray! I do hope one of you wants it.

April 6, 2011


Do you guys shop design/story? It’s kind of awesome, though I’ve admittedly never purchased anything. It’s like Gilt or One Kings Lane, but for neat, designy, modern things.

And they often have kids stuff too. Like tomorrow when the Offi Kids sale starts.

As with all good deals on the internet, one occasionally prefers to keep them to herself, so she may reap the benefits whilst others go on unaware of what they are missing. But considering I so far only window shop, I think I should share the wealth.

Sign up here!

March 10, 2011

toys organized

I’ve been meaning to organize the toy situation for months now. It’s harder to keep things under control than I anticipated! We’ll just say that my vision for the sort of toys my children would be surrounded by and the very well-intentioned gifts that have been bestowed on us throughout the course of the year don’t always line up. Does that make me a bad person?

I resolved to clean the toys out, donate those that we don’t need, and create a place for Dashiell where his toys are organized and accessible. I want him to know that it’s his little space and that each toy has a place (roughly), instead of just heaping everything into a pile.

I nearly donated a set of old West Elm nesting tables too when I realized that they would actually make pretty good temporary shelves for Dashiell’s play area.

Tis not perfect, I could still do a bit more pruning, but the toys have been thinned and the corner of the living room that was previously a sad, messy, dead space is now the perfect baby-size activity center. And he is so happy in there, throwing books on the floor and burying his little blocks under the couch.

I feel like I can breathe again. Yay.

February 17, 2011

the most beautiful patterns

From Peter Fasano. Fabric and wallpaper. One day I’m going to make use of one of these patterns in my house.

via Katy Elliot.