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

Nursery Refresh: A Dose of Whimsy

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

 

How to Create a Chic Yet Casual Kitchen

I recently took an AutoCad class to brush up on creating floor plans (Shout out to Cad Simplified) and I can’t stop mocking up and designing spaces. This week was all about the kitchen; the ideal space is inviting and warm, that’s chic while remaining utterly casual. Right now I’m obsessing over crisp white cabinetry and countertops paired with matte gold accents. Keep reading for a peek at the mood board, floor plan, and tips on how to create the look at home.

The Inspiration

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I’m a firm believer that your home and it’s design — especially it’s design — can have a huge impact on your mood. A clean, beautiful room just makes you happy, it’s science.

Recently, I’ve been especially loving mixing contemporary pieces, like the iconic Tulip Table, with more classic staples, like Parisian bistro chairs. Throw in a Kilim rug — check out a few favorites in this post — a farmhouse sink, and a few bright touches and you’ve got yourself a chic AF kitchen. Shop the look below.

Shop the Look

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The Farmhouse Sink — Splurge: Single-Bowl Farmhouse Sink, Rohl // Save: Farmhouse Kitchen Sink, Alfi Brand

The Kitchen Table — Splurge: Marble Tulip Table, Stilnovo // Save: Marble Tulip Table, Dot & Bo 

The Kitchen Chairs — Splurge: Clemence Indoor/Outdoor Bistro Chairs, Lulu & Georgia // Save: Cerilly Chair, Dot & Bo

The Rug — Save: Mariett Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Lulu & Georgia // Save: Painted Desert Rug, Lulu & Georgia

The Overhead Lighting — Splurge: Visual Comfort Hicks Two Light Pendant, Horchow // Save: Globe Pendant Light, CB2

The Stools — Splurge: Hairpin Counter Stool, West Elm // Save: Swirling Seat Stool, Dot & Bo

Until Next Time,

Xx Molly

3-Day Weekend Style Tips

This was the first year I got MLK day off — major woos! — so my boyfriend and I decided to stay local and take day trips around the area. There are so many places to visit around San Francisco, so it was actually quite hard to narrow the list down to 3! We opted for a SF food adventure, a night out in Half Moon Bay, and a bike ride across the bridge to Sausalito. Keep reading for our weekend agenda and some of my favorite looks for each.

SF Food Adventure

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Hit List: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse + Brunch at Brenda’s French Soul Food

We had our eyes set on Brenda’s for brunch on Saturday and as we went to put our name in (for the hour+ wait) I noticed a glimmering box from Mr. Holmes, so naturally we went to grab a coffee — and maybe a donut to share. This strategy is highly recommended. For our little jaunt I opted for some casual ripped denim, a chic sweater, and some casual kicks to round it out. Shop the look below:

Chic Sweater: Knitted Sweater, Comme Des Garcon // Mendocino Pullover, Cupcakes and Cashmere // Heart Sweater, Moon Collection 

Distressed Denim: Distressed Ankle Leggings, AG Jeans // Distressed Skinny Jeans, BlankNYC // Destructed Skinny Jeans, Belle + Sky

Sneakers: Super Star Glitter & Suede Sneakers, Golden Goose // Classic Sneakers, Vans // Cotu Sneakers, Superga

Half Moon Bay

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Hit List: Cocktails at The Ritz + Dinner at Sam’s Chowder House

It’s only about an hour outside the city, but Half Moon Bay seems like worlds away. On a nice day — or night — there’s nothing better than grabbing a cocktail at one of the seaside fire pits at The Ritz. Unfortunately, the weather was horrendous so we were stuck inside but, I must say, the stormy sea was still pretty beautiful. Post-cocktails we ventured over to Sam’s for lobster rolls. Now I’d say that’s a pretty solid night. Shop the look below:

Long Sleeved Tee: Camden Long Sleeved Tee, Rag & Bone // Slub Classic Long Sleeved Tee, T by Alexander Wang // Crochet Long Sleeved Tee, Chloe & Katie 

White Jeans: Slit Cigarette Jeans, AG Jeans // Spray On Jeans, Blank Denim // Sarah Skinny Jeans, Articles of Society

Lady-like Flats: Lili Leather Ballet Flats, Isabel Marant Etoile // Ballet Flats, Anniel // Ballet Flats, Repetto

Bonus Vest: Moonlux Quilted Vest, Freecity // Ogdove Nylon Puffy Vest, Freecity // Quilted Faux Leather Vest, Michael Michael Kors

Sausalito

IMG_5539Hit List: Bike Ride Across the Golden Gate Bridge + Lunch at Fish

Tom’s a big biker and had gotten me this cute little Public Bike last year, so a bike over the bridge to Sausalito has been on our hit list for months. Today was a bit rainy, but we made the trek anyways — and I’m glad we did! We rewarded our 8 mile ride with a few cold beers, a crab sandwich, and some tasty ceviche. Shop the look below:

Chic Sweatshirt: The Varsity Sweatshirt, The Great // Kale Sweatshirt, Sub Urban Riot // Detroit Crewneck Sweatshirt, Topshop

Pink Denim: Stiletto Denim, Current/Elliott // Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans, Joe’s Jeans // Skinny Jeans, Alice + Olivia

Sneakers: Super Star Glitter & Suede Sneakers, Golden Goose // Classic Sneakers, Vans // Cotu Sneakers, Superga

Bonus Raincoat: Rain Jacket, Without Walls // Tora Hooded Rain Jacket, Tretorn // Wings Rain Jacket, Tretorn

Until Next Time.

Xx Molly

 

 

 

Get The Look: A Fling With Modern Design

Modern design and I are having a moment, a major moment.

I’m a self-proclaimed traditionalist — albeit with a penchant for twists on the classic — but I’ve been spending more and more time exploring new styles and interior designers, refining and defining my own personal style. While I don’t think I’ll ever fully move over to the modern-side, I do have a new-found respect for the un-complicated silhouettes. Keep reading to see the styles I’m currently obsessing over and how to get the look!

The Kitchen

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The Stools

Invest:  Nuevo Briggs Counter Stool, Bluefly // Splurge:Tolix Marais Counter Stool, Design Within Reach // Save: Industrial Backless Stool, JCPenney

The Lighting

Invest: Skygarden S2, Design Within Reach // Splurge: Prospect Ceiling Lamp, Domino // Save: Warehouse of Tiffany Metallic Pendant, Target

The Cookware

Invest: Mauviel Copper Set, Williams-Sonoma // Splurge: All-Clad Copper Set, Bloomingdale’s // Save: Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Set, Crate & Barrel

The Dining Room

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The Table

Invest: Dharma Lea Farm Table, Bed, Bath, & Beyond // Splurge: Carroll Farm Dining Table, West Elm // Save: Mestler Dining Room Table, Target

The Chairs

Invest: Snow Kate Chairs, Fermob // Splurge: Azzo Mid-Century Modern Shell Chairs, Baxton Studio // Save: Pascal Plastic Mid-Century Modern Shell Chair, Baxton Studio

The Art

Save: Bold Print, Urban Outfitters // Save: As If Print, Urban Outfitters // Save: Oui Non Print, Urban Outfitters

The Office

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The Desk

Invest: Metal A-Frame Desk, Bluefly // Splurge: A-Frame Desk, Target // Save: A-Frame Desk, PB Teen

The Chair

Azzo Mid-Century Modern Shell Chairs, Baxton Studio

The Art

Invest: Map of New York, Home Decorators Collection // Splurge: Historical Map of New York, Dot & Bo // Save: Map of New York, Home Decorators Collection

Until next time.

Xx Molly

 

Design Project: The Small Entryway

Designing and decorating your home — in a way that has a truly collected feeling — takes time, lot’s of time. I’ve been working on mine for a cool two years and obviously part of that is budget — I want to make investments rather than stock up on cheap, trendy items. Now don’t get me wrong, just like fast-fashion, I think there’s a time and a place for those trendy pieces with a shelf-life — they’re perfect as quirky accents that you can mix and match at the drop of a hat.

I’ve almost finished the living room and I’ve started to notice how horrifyingly empty my upstairs entryway is; every time I walk into the house I’m reminded of the fact that I have yet to finish this house! So I’ve pivoted my sights away from the gallery wall (though I’m still looking and collecting the pieces I need) and onto this new small, but mighty space (it’s only 5×7!). I’m envisioning a gorgeous, weathered Kilim rug nestled under an inviting bench and flanked by a coatrack (it’s a necessity); but whatever I go with has to go with my vintage Spice Girls poster. Keep reading to see some of my favorite picks.

The Rug

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Invest: Kayseri Trukish Kilim, Indigo & Lavender // Splurge: Vintage Nalbandian Kilim Rug, One Kings Lane  // Save: Turkish Anatolian Kilim Rug, Indigo & Lavender

The Bench

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Invest: Dahlia Tufted Bench, Safavieh // Splurge: Logan Tufted Bench, New Pacific Direct // Save: Kate Tufted Bench, JCPenney

The Coatrack

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Invest: Mod Coat Rack, Urban Outfitters // Splurge: Dar Styx Coat Rack, Target  // Save: Happy Host Metal Coat Rack, Dot & Bo

Until next time.

Xx Molly

4 Tips For The Perfect Gallery Wall

I’ve been wanting to put together a gallery wall in my living room, pretty much since I moved in 2 years ago. Over the years, I’ve had various iterations on my idea, but I think I’ve finally landed on my plan of attack: my dad came up with the idea to make it a roving gallery of my photography and since I’ve been jumping back into that hobby now seems like the perfect time to get started on completing the beast. With that said, I want to make sure the wall is inspiriting and don’t want it to be all photography, so I’m planning on mixing in a few other mediums — like typography, illustration, and etc — to keep it interesting. Read on for my tips on creating the perfect gallery wall.

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Tip 1: Make It Personal

The best part of a gallery wall is it’s ability to awaken memories and transport you back to the good times. I often find that when people sign their life away to interior designers they end up with beautiful, but sterile spaces, so make sure to infuse your life into the finished product.

Ideas: Framed ticket stubs from a memorable date // Black and white family photos // Travel map from vacation

Tip 2: Keep It Interesting

Don’t pigeon-hole yourself! The beauty of a gallery wall is having a mish-mosh of pictures that doesn’t look too put together. The finished product will become a true representation of who you are and the spirit of your home.

Photography: Ren Wil // Abstract: Benson-Cobb Studios // Typography: Lulu Simon Studio // Watercolor: Andrea Pramuk, OKL // Illustration: Andy Warhol Fashion Figures // Print: Oliver Gal

Tip 3: Keep It Balanced

It’s important to not go too heavy on any one aspect of the wall, so make sure you have a well rounded collection of images in a variety of styles really make the wall pop.

Tip 4: Don’t Be Afraid to Get Kitchy

Because everything needs a little dose of kitch. Personally, I think the unexpected piece really makes the collection pop, so don’t be gun-shy and just have a little fun!

Whiskey, Bacon, & Beer Print // XOXO Print // Sunny Shades Print // Bar Marquee Sign // Liberty Serigraph

Until next time.

Xx Molly