2015: A Wish for You + Me

The older I get (old, ha! I’m 27) the more sarcasm I get when talking about New Year’s resolutions and I don’t really get it. I say to myself, “Self, Why pass on a chance to become better? Why pass on a chance to set goals or start something new?” And I respond to myself by saying, “Self, you wouldn’t!” So here my dears, here’s a little something to get you in the mood. I’ve got my resolutions and I hope you have yours.

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May you trust the power and magic of new beginnings!


Apartment Tour: Living Room Palate

Living room colorsPink walls?! Why yes, yes to pink walls! Why not? we are considering painting our walls a very light dusty pink. The existing color is so drab and muted (thank you, landlord!) that we’d like to bring in some fun color without it being overwhelming in our ultra small apartment. We’ve got the blue couch, check! We’ve found a cream and gold abstract sheer, check! Might do a coral-esque hanging drape panel, check! And now pink walls, check! All of this will most likely take place over Thanksgiving/Christmas vacation so stay tuned. I promise to post pictures when it’s all done. What fun colors do you have in your home? If you send me pictures , I could do a post on all the colorful rooms my readers have! How fun would that be!?

Ahh, Go attack the world today and show them what you’re made of! You’ve got everything it takes to be great!


Beach House: Parker West Interiors

Tonight I’m honored to bring you a finished project done by my fiance at Parker West Interiors. They completely renovated an Oceanside beach home. Many days and nights (nights without my boo) were spent on this project and the work really paid off! They did a phenomenal job and I couldn’t be more proud of the final product. He never ceases to amaze me. Go P-Man!

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Currently Lusting After: Steel Framed Glazing

Thanks to the Industrial Revolution, my three favorite words right now are 1. steel, 2. framed, 3. glass. Simple, architectural, classic, and pocketbook busting. Unfortunately, I’ll need to put in a few (like a million) more hours in at work to make this happen!

Little thin horizontals and verticals – Oh the beauty! Come hither!

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Hint of Nature: Interior Sconces

I was flipping through my Elle Decor magazine today when I came across an inspiring sconce that largely incorporated wood into the design. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen gorgeous wood sconces before but it triggered my idea for this blog post. The ones I have chosen to feature are fairly minimalist, showing off the wood as main feature and not an arbitrary addition. Whether modern or antique, a little wooden sconce is sure to brighten any room! (pun intended!)

Shine on little wooden sconces, shine on!

Happy Sunday evening to all…and to all a goodnight!


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Dream Backyard Essential: Greenhouse

I’m a dreamer. Always have been, always will be.  I’m no realist, totally an idealist.

I’ll admit, I don’t always make sense… Maybe I don’t play the piano but maybe I want one in my living room… and maybe I also want a greenhouse!

Is a greenhouse necessary to function? Most would probably say no… And I say to heck with em’! I see it as an adult treehouse and maybe the world would be a better place if every adult had a private little greenhouse getaway. (more dreaming!)

But seriously, check these jaw dropping greenhouses out!

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Love my love

I’m sure you won’t be nearly as excited over my post today as I am but I just had to share!!!

Over the weekend, my insanely handsome fiance and I received our engagement photos. Say whatt?! Yeah, I’m getting married! I don’t know if I ever made the announcement official on here or not. Now that you know, I can start sharing a few special moments of the process with you. To date, the most exciting and fun thing has been our engagement shoot. We we’re lucky enough to find a bomb wedding photographer who we instantly clicked with and who has killer talent! She used to be  a CPA and gave it up to follow her love of photography. I totally admire that and she, whether or not she knows it, has become a friend. We consider ourselves really lucky and blessed to have found her. Get it Katie!

As you will see, we did a two part shoot. In the morning we went and did what designers love to do and ventured into the craziness of the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Later in the evening we did  a more formal shoot at Elysian Park in Los Angeles. I wish I could say I had one favorite image but they are all stellar!

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I wish I could have showed you them all but I would have been here all night waiting for them to upload.

He makes me a better person, every day. For that I am eternally grateful.

Paul, I love you to the moon, but further.

The wonderful aftermath: Before and After

Hey there ladies and gents! I’m pretty much stoked to be able to bring you these photos…finally!!! I know, I know… I said one week but it actually took two weeks to get it delivered and a week to clean my apartment so that it was presentable. So here it is. We obviously changed the fabric, built up the back a little, got new legs, created a bench seat (down wrapped foam) and raised the overall seat height to between 19″ and 20″. I’m guessing it had previously been around 16″. We are in love with the finished product. It could seat 6 comfortable, 8 if we squish. It may be a tad large for our small apartment but once we get in a bigger house, I think it will work quite well. So, now that you’ve seen it, what do you think!? Love it, hate it? Well don’t tell me you hate it. That’s just not nice. All positive comments welcome. Let’s keep the good vibes. We can find negative ones all over the place. Later Gators! P.S, If you need an upholstery contact in the Los Angeles area, I know a miracle worker…!






Happy Campers


This is the greatest thing ever! I can’t wait to save a pup and give him sweet digs like this!!!

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Feeling a little bit kooky and fun today so thought I would share with you guys these super adorable dog houses made by Jumahl of Strictly For The Birds in the shape of retro campervans! THE best right?!

Based on the classic shapes and colour combinations of the über cool 40s and 50s vintage campers, this is a dog house no one would mind being sent too! Plus there is a mini bird house version too, um adorable! Unfortunately for us Aussies, these creations are only available to the US market but you never know, campervans are made to travel and maybe, just maybe, if a retailer sees this post they may grace our shores soon! Fingers crossed :)





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