March 10th, 2016 — Accessories, Colors, Details, Furniture, Inspiration
Using a neutral paint color in your home is never a bad idea. In fact, it can be the most versatile option. I love pairing neutral walls with bold, dramatic finishes and furnishing that help to set good contrast in the space. Check out some of my bold picks.
Revere Pewter is a great grey color with warm undertones almost giving it a taupe look. This classic shade creates a unifying look that calms and restores. A great transitional color, it’s perfect for an open floor plan.
February 26th, 2016 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Furniture, Inspiration, Mood Board
Everything old, is new again. As a designer, I am constantly in search of vintage pieces. However, many times clients prefer to mix and match their vintage with new. We currently have a client looking to give a few nods to the 1960 and 1970’s in her amazingly eclectic home in Palo Alto. Check out some of our sources that will make you want to watch episode after episode of Mad Men, throw up your peace sign and give praise to Flower Power.
I love pairing Benjamin Moore’s sultry chartreuse tone with a neutral palette of wood, black, white and tan. Though we often see bright tones in childish spaces, I find when using it in this neutral nature, it allows such a paint color to work in an adult-like space.
February 4th, 2016 — Accessories, Colors, Details, Fashion, Inspiration, Mood Board
I’ve never been much of a pink loving girl – I’ve always tended to lean towards cooler tone colors – but there is just something about mauve that I absolutely can’t get enough of. To me, its the right blend of smoky pinks, purples, and greys that make it a great color to pair with. When paired with lighter colors, it becomes airy and soft. Throw in some orange into the mix and it becomes warm and bright like a desert sunset. It works well as a neutral and as an accent. Take a look at some of my findings to see what I mean!
Benjamin Moore’s Mauve Desert nails the perfect shade of desert hues that are so unique and found in the landscape of specific regions of the world. Coco Lapine Design shows how a mauve linen tablecloth plays as a neutral background on a table set with great accessories. The white tableware, brass utensils, dark candles, and matte black vase contrast against the light tablecloth. Romantic and moody? Yes!
January 21st, 2016 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Fashion, Inspiration, Mood Board, Shopping, Treasures of the Week
I’m all about staying home on rainy days and cuddling up close to the fire with the ones I love. Unfortunately, during the workweek we need prepare to defend the rain. Dance in the rain with these stylish and comfy rain boots from Hunter, take a large, sturdy Bella Umbrella to stay dry and then come home to relax at the end of the day with a chunky knit blanket and cozy socks from Etsy. Warm your body and hands by making a hot cup of coffee or tea to enjoy in a large stone cup from Anthropologie.
This winter try a warm tone that helps make any room feel cozy and relaxing with Benjamin Moore Luxe AF-580. This 2016 color of the year goes well with many different color combinations and will add the perfect amount of color to your space.
January 7th, 2016 — Accessories
We recently spent the holidays at our home away from home- Lake Tahoe. It is the place where my husband and I met and even got married. We always feel very at home in the mountains and we still have many of our friends that live there full time. Or favorite mountain activity would be a tie between snowboarding and hanging out cooking for friends and family- wait does that even count as an activity? Can you tell we are foodies? Either way, here are my favorite picks for filling a mountain inspired home. Just dreaming I was living on Mountain Lane…
I normally stay away from greens if designing a mountain home because there is so much greenery surrounding the space. However, TKP Architects did an amazing job by using it as an accent throughout, within their cabinetry. Loving this mountain vibe!
December 17th, 2015 — Accessories, Colors, Fashion, Inspiration, Shopping
This Christmas, surprise the one you love with one of Principal Designer, Kendra’s heartfelt gifts. Keep dancing with Dr. Dre’s Beats headphones in rose gold, snuggle up with a killer geometric blanket, lather up with a Molten Geo Soaprock, or get your caffeine fix with the newest Kitchen Aid coffee maker. These go-to gifts are the perfect way to say I love you in the most heartfelt and fashionable way.
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If you are going to go bold, go for it like Brittany Ambridge did and paint this jaw dropping hue on your Entry walls with black gloss trim. It is a sure way to bring glam, fun, and richness to a space. Or if you’re feeling less daring, use it as an accent color with a complimentary color like navy. Either way, it’s a fab color that will keep heads turning.
December 4th, 2015 — Accessories, Holidays, Inspiration, Tips
Decorating your home for the holidays is an instant way to inject a big dose holiday cheer right into your life. While there’s so much beauty to be found in traditional decor, it’s always fun to change things up every now and then. If you’re looking to get busy this season and put your hand crafting abilities to the test, then you’ve come to the right place. Check out the unique garlands below, and follow the links for directions on how to recreate them; or get inspired to come up with your own creation!
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Garland Green is a soothing, pale tone that has a timeless feel. In this room spotted on Lonny, a similar tone highlights traditional details while adding just the right splash of color.
November 24th, 2015 — Accessories, Events, Holidays, Inspiration, Shopping, Tips
My favorite thing about autumn and winter is getting together with family and friends to enjoy holiday meals. Whether it’s celebrating the holidays or just getting together with great company, there’s always plenty to look forward to when it comes to dinner parties. Give thanks to the host/hostess of a dinner party this year with a little gift!
Benjamin Moore’s Dinner Party makes for a great accent color seen in this elegant tablescape photographed by Paige Jones. The hues of burgundy of the wine glasses and napkins tie in with the floral arrangement that features pomegranates for a very fall setting!
November 12th, 2015 — Colors, Concepts, Furniture, Inspiration, Mood Board
I love color as much as the next girl, but sometimes the best way to show that color off is with a crisp, white backdrop. Especially if the style of the space is eclectic, white walls can help keep everything feeling fresh and cohesive. This also allows the special pieces in the room to really take center stage and sing their hearts out. One-of-a-kind art, vintage textiles, and unique collections are best complimented this way. Believe it or not, white walls work for every space in the house, even (you guessed it) kids’ rooms! Check out some of my favorite examples:
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Simply White by Benjamin Moore was just named the 2016 Color of the Year! As you can see above, painting your walls white gives a truly neutral and unobtrusive backdrop for treasured items and architectural details.
November 5th, 2015 — Accessories, Colors, Details, Events, Furniture, Inspiration, Shopping, Travel
A few weeks ago my hubby Jared and I were relaxing on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta and within a few hours we were being evacuated inland to Guadalajara. It was a such a bummer that we didn’t get the much needed relaxing time complete with margaritas, however instead of seeing “Hacienda Red”, we made lemonade out of lemons and decided to explore the shopping in Guadalajara. And let me tell you, the artisans are beyond talented in the area- complete with custom metal lighting, brightly painted ceramics, carefully crafted wood tables, and my personal favorite: the luscious colored textiles that are complete with the most amazing details. Olé!!