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.
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.
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.
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 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 for Less:
The Cozy Corner
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 for Less:
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.
Until next time,
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
Invest: Nuevo Briggs Counter Stool, Bluefly // Splurge:Tolix Marais Counter Stool, Design Within Reach // Save: Industrial Backless Stool, JCPenney
Invest: Skygarden S2, Design Within Reach // Splurge: Prospect Ceiling Lamp, Domino // Save: Warehouse of Tiffany Metallic Pendant, Target
Invest: Mauviel Copper Set, Williams-Sonoma // Splurge: All-Clad Copper Set, Bloomingdale’s // Save: Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Set, Crate & Barrel
The Dining Room
Invest: Dharma Lea Farm Table, Bed, Bath, & Beyond // Splurge: Carroll Farm Dining Table, West Elm // Save: Mestler Dining Room Table, Target
Invest: Snow Kate Chairs, Fermob // Splurge: Azzo Mid-Century Modern Shell Chairs, Baxton Studio // Save: Pascal Plastic Mid-Century Modern Shell Chair, Baxton Studio
Save: Bold Print, Urban Outfitters // Save: As If Print, Urban Outfitters // Save: Oui Non Print, Urban Outfitters
Invest: Metal A-Frame Desk, Bluefly // Splurge: A-Frame Desk, Target // Save: A-Frame Desk, PB Teen
Azzo Mid-Century Modern Shell Chairs, Baxton Studio
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.
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.
Invest: Kayseri Trukish Kilim, Indigo & Lavender // Splurge: Vintage Nalbandian Kilim Rug, One Kings Lane // Save: Turkish Anatolian Kilim Rug, Indigo & Lavender
Invest: Dahlia Tufted Bench, Safavieh // Splurge: Logan Tufted Bench, New Pacific Direct // Save: Kate Tufted Bench, JCPenney
Invest: Mod Coat Rack, Urban Outfitters // Splurge: Dar Styx Coat Rack, Target // Save: Happy Host Metal Coat Rack, Dot & Bo
Until next time.
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.
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.
Nothing looks quite as chic as a framed Hermes scarf. It’s stylish without being ostentatious, bold without being obnoxious — essentially a necessity — and while it’s definitely an investment piece, it’s something you’ll have for a lifetime.
Growing up, big purchases were always reserved for special occasions (think birthdays, family trips, etc) so that every time you looked at the big purchase, it bubbled up fond memories. To this day, I can go through all of my jewelry and investment pieces and tell you exactly when I received it, who it was from, and give you the rundown on why it’s so special. It’s this little tradition that takes the focus off the material possession and refocuses it on the nostalgic/emotional connection.
A few years back my family took a trip to France — hitting Normandy (for the 60th anniversary of D-Day), Mont-Saint-Michele, and Paris. While in Paris we stopped at the Hermes store and I picked up this divine scarf to frame above my fireplace. Now every time I look at it, I’m reminded of the lovely times had on that vacation.
Check out the inspiration below and get your framed scarf game locked down.
The Eclectic Bedroom
Blue // Yellow // Red
The Inspired Office
Pink // Blue // Orange
The Divine Vanity
Blue // Pink // Red
The Classic Bar Cart
Blue // Pink // Green
Until next time.
My roommate recently moved to New York — from San Francisco — as did the coffee table we’ve been using since we graduated. So naturally I’ve been in hot pursuit of a statement piece for my living room over the past few weeks!
I’d describe my decor style as contemporary chic with a touch of Americana — the combination of hyper-girlie pieces with more rustic elements creates a chic and comforting living space. While I have a soft spot for the classic design elements of a Parisian apartment, I’m always in search of a way to make it more relaxed. Point in case: I have the most divine Hermes scarf framed above my fireplace paired with rustic leather camping stools from Serena & Lily below.
I’ve put together a few of my favorite pieces thus far in my search — check them out below and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Marla Coffee Table, John-Richard Collection // Gold Coffee Table, Somrig // Heath Coffee Table, Bernhardt
Jameson Leather Coffee Table // Titan Coffee Table, JCP // Cast Base Coffee Table // Genki Cocktail Table, Southern Enterprises
Until next time.
Summer is in full swing and I’ve been dreaming of a little decor refresh to the tune of Palm Beach chic. There’s something about walking into a room filled with bright, bold patterns; breezy dwarfed palm trees; and crisp white accents that makes the day infinitely brighter.
This season I’ll be infusing my home with hints of kitchy-cool Palm Beach style — just enough to bring out the bright feeling without overwhelming the senses. Checkout my picks to get the look:
Say yes to anything and everything pineapple.
Dot & Bo // Art.com // Pier 1
Palm trees are always a good idea.
Serena & Lily// One Kings Lane // Ethan Allen
When in doubt, throw a bamboo chair into this mix.
The Well Appointed House // One Kings Lane // Koi
These pieces immediately transport me to the days of Slim Aarons, where nothing seemed to matter as long as the sun was shining and the martinis flowing.
Until next time.
Whether you’re ready for it or not, Fall is just around the corner, but why dwell on the less than pleasant characteristics (like the inevitable drop in temperature and eventual return to school) when you can begin thinking about all the great things to look forward to. Yes, I’m talking about Fall florals! Take a look at this comprehensive list of your new buds and how to style them!