A Modern Take on Coastal Style

I’m always a sucker for breezy, coastal style but there’s just one problem — I’m not on the coast! I’ve always dreamed of filling my home with soothing blues and oyster whites, seagrass rugs, and hurricanes galore but the traditional coastal look just doesn’t jive with my San Francisco location. So, I’ve been dreaming of revamping my home in a more modern (yet traditional), coastal vibe. Keep reading to catch a glimpse of my inspiration.

Color Palette

There’s something about the calming quality of blues and creams that I’ve never been able to shake — when I walk into my home, I want to feel instantly relaxed and shades of blue do just the trick. Varying shades of blush and cream round out the blues nicely and add a little pop to keep things interesting. I’m seriously toying with the idea of painting my walls a super pale blush.

The Look

This room perfectly marries the traditional with the coastal look. You have the easy breezy vibes of the seaside while the classic silhouettes anchor everything with a touch of refinement. The slip-covered sofas keep it casual, while the accent chairs add a touch of polish — it’s the balance of the two that’s key. I actually own these leather stools from Serena & Lily and am obsessed — they just look so effortlessly cool. The only change I’d make to this room is swapping out the rug for this classic jute rug from Pottery Barn.

The Finish The Look Pieces

I find that the finishing touches really bring a room together and a hint of the unexpected can amp up that wow factor. Right now I’m crushing on Americana vibes with a touch of gingham. Whatever you’re feeling, add a few small — or large — pieces that draw back to something you love for a space that is completely your own. Take a peek at some of the ways I’d incorporate a touch of Americana into my modern coastal room.

Now you have it! A few tips on re-creating a modern-coastal look at home!

Until next time.

Xx ,

Molly

 

 

Three Tips for Throwing a Stress Free Dinner Party

I love a good dinner party — it’s the perfect way to bring friends and family together, blow off some creative steam, and try out that new DIY or recipe you’ve been working on. Now I get it, dinner parties can be overwhelming and pretty stressful — but I’m here to give you three simple rules to live by that will make entertaining a cinch.

Rule 1: Let a Theme/Vibe Be Your North Star

It’s easy to get carried away with ideas and directions, especially after diving deep into the world of Pinterest while binge-ing onTop Chef. The easiest way to simplify is to nail down what kind of vibe you’re going for — whether that be easy-going, formal, festive, or somewhere in between — once that’s settled everything else kind of falls into place. For me, I usually put together a few flower arrangements (pro tip: hydrangeas are foolproof and always look effortlessly chic) and maybe a few fun pops like a great bar set up with something unexpected, like a citrus or flower ice cube filled champagne bucket.

Rule 2: Keep It Simple

Don’t over-complicate things, there’s nothing worse than biting off more than you can chew and only realizing it right before everyone is about to arrive. Now that you have your theme/focus nailed down, you can start to build out what your menu and side sizzle (the wow-factor) looks like. For a relaxed party, I’ve found that grazable appetizers like a killer charcuterie board or smoked salmon bites and a house cocktail like a grapefruit gin fizz (I mean there’s no time like the present to bust out your Grandma’s vintage shaker – and that my friend, is the side sizzle) are the perfect pairing. Remember, things don’t have to be perfect or expensive to make it a night to remember.

Rule 3: At the End of the Day, It’s all About the People and the Memories

Don’t get too crazy, the whole point of a dinner party is getting some of your favorite people together to drink, laugh, and be merry. So if there’s one thing you take from all of this, let it be that as long as you have enough wine/cocktails/beer you’re golden.

Until next time.

Xx,

Molly

Summer Skincare Essentials

May is almost behind us and you know what that means – hello Summer! With hotter months ahead I’ve got two things on my mind – makeup refreshes and skincare prep to make sure my skin is ready for all those vacations that lay ahead! Luckily, I have a few new favorites that I’ve added into my rotation, so keep reading for my Summer essentials — everything from skin to lips to lashes!

Skin

With Winter comes dry, dull skin that needs a little extra love and I’ve been crushing on Nip + Fab’s Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads to help my skin get back into shape. I love that this product has my two favorite miracle workers — glycolic acid, which helps to retexture and exfoliate and hyluronic acid, which helps to moisturize and refresh. I always follow up with their Dragon’s Blood Fix Serum for extra moisture. If you haven’t tried either of these products, I highly recommend testing them out.

Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads and Dragon’s Blood Fix Serum also available at Space NK.

Lips

So now that your skin is buttery soft and luminous, it’s time to focus on those lips. I’m all about bright lipstick, so soft smooth lips are essential to my Summer look. I’ve always been a fan of lip exfoliation, but the one thing that always kills me is having to use your fingers to rub the product in. I don’t know about you, but it just kind of grosses me out. That’s why I was beyond thrilled to find Rodial’s Lip Scrub which has an applicator pen for a no mess scrub sesh. Hello silky soft lips!

Lip scrub also available at SpaceNK.

Lashes

I’m pretty particular about my mascara — it can either make or break your total look — but when I was recently introduced to Rodial’s Glamlash Mascara Skinny I was immediately hooked. The soft bristles give your lashes a gorgeous flutter plus the the highly pigmented color means your lashes look fab all day long.

Glamlash also available at SpaceNK.

 

So there you have it! Let me know what your favorite Summer skincare products are in the comments below!

Until next time.

Xx

Molly

Special thanks to Rodial and Nip + Fab for sponsoring this post!

Nursery Refresh: A Dose of Whimsy

Caitlin Wilson Design

I’ve been working on a nursery revamp for my most recent Homepolish client, and I have to tell you — it’s been fun! We’ve decided to go with a pretty in pink meets garden party theme, which means tons of blush, cream, and mint. For this project I took inspiration from Caitlin Wilson’s feminine fabrics — they were truly my jumping point — and wanted to keep things light and playful for this little three-year old. If you’re looking for cute little girl (meets big girl) bedroom ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading for three variations and let me know which is your favorite!

Simply Blushing

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If you can’t tell, I’m totally crushing on Caitlin Wilson Design (nearly all of the above pillows are from her collection). Her fabrics are the perfect combination of whimsy and sophistication and, lucky me, she’s opening up a studio in SF! The above look is perfectly girlie with the varying shades of pink and playful patterns. I know the Elodie Rug from Lulu & Georgia has been everywhere, but I can’t help but come back to it time and time again.

Daybed: Jenny Lind, Land of Nod // Rug: Elodie Rug, Lulu & Georgia // Dresser: Harmony Dresser, Land of Nod // Bedding: Scalloped Duvet, Serena & Lily // Pouf: Mint Pouf, Land of Nod // Bookcase: Cabot Bookshelf, Serena & Lily

Pillows (all Caitlin Wilson except the monogrammed option): Blush Buffalo Check Pillow // Pink Floral Pillow, Monogrammed Pillow

Bubblegums & Blues

cute little girl bedroom ideas

Did you guys know that Minted now has home decor — everything from pillows, to curtains, to table linens, to lampshades — all created by their talented community of artists. It’s the perfect place to go for prints and pieces that are outside the standard. I took the bulk of my inspiration from their funky fabric and then anchored everything with simple (yet fun) bedding and neutral furniture.

Daybed: Jenny Lind, Land of Nod // Rug:  Tamira Reversible Rug, Lulu & Georgia // Dresser: Harmony Dresser, Land of Nod // Bedding: Tassel Duvet, PB Teen (multi-colored option here// Embroidered Scallop Sheets, PB Teen // Pouf: Mint Pouf, Land of Nod // Bookcase: Cabot Bookshelf, Serena & Lily

Pillows: Heart Pillow, Minted // Hila Pillow, John Robshaw // Folding Fans Pillow, Anthropologie

Bold and Beautiful

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This is by far the most playful design — the bold graffiti-like floral pillows paired with the simple blue stripes, and accented with the magenta zebras is just too cute. The client this was made for is particularly fond of animals and the zoo, so the zebras fit in perfectly.

Daybed: Jenny Lind, Land of Nod // Rug: Pink Mirabelle Rug, Lulu & Georgia // Dresser: Harmony Dresser, Land of Nod // Bedding:  Pink Pom Pom Duvet, Pottery Barn Kids // Pouf: Mint Pouf, Land of Nod // Bookcase: Cabot Bookshelf, Serena & Lily

Pillows: Graffiti Flora Pillow, Minted // French Stripe Pillow, Caitlin Wilson // Lil Zebras Pillow, Minted

Let me know which was your favorite design or if you have any design questions!

Until next time.

Xx,

Molly

Get the Look: The Cuyana Office

I recently attended an event at Cuyana in SF and while I love their products, I’m obsessed with their offices. Devotees know and love Cuyana for its simplicity, craftmanship, and style and their offices follow in that same vein. Conceptualized by SF interior designer, Lauren Nelson, their offices evoke a sense of minimalistic boldness that you can’t help but covet. Keep reading for tips on how to get the look at home on any budget.

The Lounge

Cuyana Office

The moment I walked into their lounge, I was hooked. It effortlessly mixes mid-century modern staples with more exotic, old-world pieces like the vintage maroon runner and neutral cowhide. The result is an eye-catching menagerie of old and old that somehow looks so current. Shop the full look below and see my picks for getting the look for less.

The Look:

The Look for Less:

The Cozy Corner

Cuyana Office

Does this not make you want to curl up with a cappuccino and the latest issue of US Weekly? If it doesn’t, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. Right now, one of my favorite moves is draping a sheepskin over a chair — any chair — for a relaxed, but put together look. I love how this nook features a simple gallery wall — rule of three people — and a touch of green to keep everything lively. See below for tips on how to recreate the look at home, regardless of your budget!

The Look:

The Look for Less:


#MakeItEssential

Cuyana’s mantra is “fewer better things” and while it certainly plays true to material possessions, I like to think it’s something you can implement into every aspect of your life. Remember, #MakeItEssential.

Cuyana Office

Until next time,

Xx Molly

 

Having a Moment with Self Portrait

I’ve been loving Self Portrait for a while now, but I recently stumbled into Neiman Marcus event that Han Chong was hosting and lost my marbles. It was like I walked into a dream, a lace and chiffon dream.

Self Portrait Dress

Typically, when you see pieces that contain every girlie detail, it makes you want to throw up a little bit, but somehow Chong perfectly executes and what we’re left with is perfection. Keep reading to see a few of my favorite picks below.

Short & Flirty

Self Portrait


Self Portrait Paneled Dress // Self-Portrait // $520
Self Portrait Long-Sleeve Tiered Scalloped Lace Dress, Off White // Self-Portrait // $520
Self Portrait Bell Sleeve Dress // Self-Portrait // $480
Self Portrait Crochet A Line Dress // Self-Portrait // $480
Self Portrait Eleina Sleeveless Daisy Dress // Self-Portrait // $590
Self Portrait Felicia Lace Dress // Self-Portrait // $530

Long & Ladylike

Self Portrait Dress


Self Portrait Felicia Embroidered Dress // Self-Portrait // $530
SELF-PORTRAIT Azaelea lace midi dress // Self-Portrait // $442
Self Portrait Felicia Embroidered Sheer Lace Dress // Self-Portrait // $530
Self Portrait Ayelette Cutout Double-Crepe Dress, Red // Self-Portrait // $640
self-portrait Cutwork Lace Layered Dress // Self-Portrait // $392
Self Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dress, White // Self-Portrait // $625

Extra Credit

Self Portrait


Self Portrait Long-Sleeve Combo Jumpsuit, Black // Self-Portrait // $675
SELF-PORTRAIT Contrast-collar daisy-lace top // Self-Portrait // $331
Self-Portrait Sofia Pleated Guipure Lace Skirt // Self-Portrait // $410
SELF-PORTRAIT Lace-panel bell-sleeved jumpsuit // Self-Portrait // $575
Self-Portrait Tiered Guipure Lace Mini Skirt // Self-Portrait // $350
Self Portrait Sleeveless Lace Peplum Top, Navy // Self-Portrait // $410

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Fresh Decor for Spring

Spring has most definitely sprung and I’m dreaming about breathing a bit of life into my home. I’m thinking pops of color, refreshing my pillows, and updating my art game. Lucky for me, my favorite home decor site, Lulu & Georgia, is having a major — seriously major — pop-up shop sale now through April 22. I’m talking up to 80% off the prettiest pieces you ever did see. From pastel rugs that somehow don’t feel childish, to of-the-moment furniture, and timely decor, Lulu & Georgia pretty much has everything.

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As could be expected, I’ve already gone H-A-M and picked up a pink and cream chevron rug, three prints (London, NY, and Rome), and three pillows for my bedroom. I can’t wait for my goodies to arrive! Keep reading for a few of my favorite Lulu & Georgia picks plus what I’m crushing on this Spring.

Color Refresh

spring decor

You can bring color into your home in so many different ways, the key is don’t constrain yourself! It can be in the shape of a new coffee table book in an eye-catching pink, or a new record player in cherry red, or a pretty pastel rug — play around with it and have some fun!

Crosley Radio ‘Cruiser’ Turntable // Crosley // $80
Martini Two Tone Side Table // $127
Elodie Rug by Glitter Guide // Lulu & Georgia // $225–1,199
Anthropologie Chevron Path Rug // Anthropologie // $298–1,798
Zeyu Tea Caddy, Teal // Lulu & Georgia // $327.80
Corona Key Duvet Cover, Orange // Lulu & Georgia // $271
Metrix Rug, Hot Pink // Lulu & Georgia // $88–986
Malone Campaign Nightstand – Blue Teal // $349
Pari Rug // Lulu & Georgia // $810
Raleah Inlay Picture Frame, Blue // Lulu & Georgia // $57
Nadege Fringe Catch-All, Pink and Teal // Lulu & Georgia // $125
Merrimac Rug, Aqua // Lulu & Georgia // $237–4,870
John-Richard Collection First Blush Faux Floral // John-Richard Collection // $275
Duck River Textile ‘Sabrette’ Stripe Grommet Window Panels (Set of 2) // $39.99

Pillow Refresh

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Jane Wilner Designs Ellie Leopard-Spot Pillow, 20″Sq. // Jane Wilner Designs // $168.75
Banana Palm Pillow // Lulu & Georgia // $57–75
Spots Pillow, Pink // Lulu & Georgia // $37.50–50
Threshold® Pillow with Tassels – ThresholdTM // Threshold // $24.99
Alegria Home Biya Tassled Pillow // Lulu & Georgia // $150
Waverly Sanctuary Rose Square Decorative Pillow // Waverly // $39.99
JCP Home Collection JCPenney HomeTM Chenille Leopard Decorative Pillow // JCPenney // $23.99
Eve & Nico Splash Paint Pillow // $40
Home Expressions Caravan Square Decorative Pillow // JCPenney // $40
Throw Pillow Cover ~ Paradise Found // MUMU // $44
Venice Net Tassel Bolster Pillow // $49
Loloi Blue Teal Pillow // Loloi // $150
Nautica ‘Fretwork’ Pillow // Nautica // $39.99
Elaine Smith Zebra-Stripe Outdoor Pillows // Elaine Smith // $150–160

Art Refresh

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Making You Smile by Kristi Kohut // Lulu & Georgia // $45–65
Kelly O’Neal Pulpo Wall Art // Anthropologie // $1,398
Navy Geo by Britt Bass Turner for Artfully Walls // Lulu & Georgia // $136–309
Black Circle by Kent Youngstrom // Lulu & Georgia // $32–98
Take Out // $750
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward // $2,000
San Francisco Print // Lulu & Georgia // $34
Bree Madden Tower #4 Photography Print // Lulu & Georgia // $30–80
Pink Dogs by Kent Youngstrom // Lulu & Georgia // $32–98
Flamingo Art Print // Lulu & Georgia // $24
Anewall Rosella Mural // $448
DENY Designs ‘Incandescent’ Framed Wall Art // DENY Designs // $99–149

Until next time.

Xx Molly

The Only Bag You’ll Need This Season

I’m a self-proclaimed shoe-phile — I’ll test out the trendiest of the trendiest, go for the crazy color, and buy up as many as my paycheck will allow; but with bags, I’m much more selective. I’m more methodical in my hunt for the perfect bag and when I find one I like, I’ll use it until its falling apart — literally. Luckily, I’ve found the only bag I need this season.

Alma Suede Clutch

My cousin has been working on a new bag line called Ala Pilar, which creates stunning bags, clothing, and accessories with a Mexican flare. I actually have three pieces from them — that’s how obsessed I am — I have a black Gloria Tote as my everyday bag (it’s perfect for work because it’s stylish yet functional), a stunning pearl and leather necklace, and the newest addition to my collection is the blue suede Alma clutch/crossbody. Keep reading for two ways to style this bag!

Weekend in Tahoe

The only bag you'll need this season, Ala Pilar

Alma Clutch, Ala Pilar // Similar: Chunky Knit Sweater, Barney’s // Distresses Denim, Citizens of Humanity // Suede Crisi Boots, Isabel Marant

Night Out in Austin

The only bag you'll need this season, Ala Pilar

Alma Clutch, Ala Pilar // Similar: Dalton Blouse, DVF // Distressed Denim, Citizens of Humanity // Similar: Cowboy Boots, Laredo

P.S. Don’t forget to read about Ala Pilar and their work with El Pozo de Vita, a non-profit that helps victims of sex trafficking. Cute bags that do good, it’s a double win!

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Make a Statement With Bold Furniture

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I look at bold fabric like lipstick; what was once pase is now of the moment and incredibly chic. It has the ability to liven up a room and elevate the design to something inspiring and alluring without being overbearing or overdone (when done right). Typically we see this type of fabric adorning chairs and couches, however the possibilities are really endless — it can be applied to everything from headboards to the walls. Keep reading for tips on how to decorate with bold fabrics.

Traditional — Chairs + Sofas

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Miles Talbott Avon Club Chair, Indigo/White//$1,999
123 Creations, Inc. Leo Armchair, Black Gingham//$210
Vintage MODERNHAUS Midcentury Banana Leaf Bamboo Chair//$845
Vintage From France to You Antiques French Cane Chairs Pair//$1,249
Vintage Mission Avenue Studio French-Style Caned Fauteuils, S/2//$945
Vintage SWI Vintage Century Upholstered Armchair//$785

Non-Traditional

headboard3 Printed Wallpaper Dresser

Skyline Furniture Seville Patterned Headboard // Skyline Furniture // $255–340
French Heritage Malvaux 52″ Patterned Chest, Blue/Gold // $2,235
Skyline Furniture Mfg. Inc. Hedren Cotton Headboard, Blue Dandelion // $369–459
Skyline Furniture Mfg. Inc. Indigo Luminary Headboard, Twin // $219
Kim Salmela Berry Marilyn Headboard, Queen // $899
Skyline Furniture Mfg. Inc. Tallman Headboard, Indigo Trellis // $189–219
Massoud Furniture Manufacturing, Inc. Sissy Headboard, Floral // $849–1,049

Current Fabric Obsession: Buffalo Check

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Skyline Furniture Mfg. Inc. Bryce 51″ Settee, White/Black // $869
123 Creations, Inc. Leo Armchair, Black Gingham // $210
Vintage Mission Avenue Studio French-Style Caned Fauteuils, S/2 // $945
123 Creations, Inc. Black Hattie Gingham Side Chair, Pair // $399

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Tips and Tricks for an Epic Super Bowl 50 Party

Super Bowl Party Tips

San Francisco is buzzing with excitement over the upcoming Super Bowl 50, and there’s one thing on everyone’s mind — party prep for the big game. I’m hosting a small get together with my sister, so naturally I’ve been brainstorming decor, menu, and of course drinks. The key to a killer Super Bowl bash is ensuring you have a wide selection of delicious snacks (super unhealthy is recommended) and equally as important is the beverage selection (beer is paramount of course). Continue reading for my Super Bowl party tips.

The Snacks

Super Bowl Drinks

It’s no secret that if I would rather have appetizers for dinner than the dinner itself. So, it should come as no surprise that I LOVE Super Bowl Sunday (not so much for the football, but for the ridiculous snacks). Recipes for a few of my favorites and shopping picks for the tableware are below.

Chicken Wings (preferably buffalo-style)

Pigs in a Blanket (Pillsbury Crescent Dough is a must)

7-Layer Taco Dip

A Perfect Cheese Plate

Q SQUARED Heritage Large 16.5″ Platter //Q Squared // $35
Tina Frey Designs Trio of Bowls on Dish-White //$175
Vietri Modello Oval Platter //Vietri // $97
Rab Labs Kiva 3-Piece Cheese Set //Rab Labs // $265
Vista Alegre Cabbage Salad Bowl, Beige //Vista Alegre // $65
Gold Rimmed Cheese Platter //Annieglass // $179

The Drinks

Super Bowl Snacks

Now onto the fun part — libations! While Bud Light is the unofficial sponsor of Super Bowl 50, I’m planning on amping it up a bit with a selection of craft and local beers plus my favorite cocktail, Greyhounds. Drink picks and barware picks are below!

Grapefruit Sculpin, Ballast Point

Trumer Pils (brewed in Berkeley) 

The Greyhound 


Easy, Tiger Cocktail Glass (Gold Foil) //$11.99
Mr. Ice Bucket, LLC Ice Bucket, Red/Gold //$32
DCI XXL Beer Glass //$9.60
Kiss That Frog ‘Biere’ Stemmed Beer Glass //$10
JCP Home Collection JCPenney HomeTM Glass Pineapple Beverage Dispenser //JCPenney //$34.99
Easy Tiger Stay Fancy Glass //$12

Until next time.

Xx Molly