I hope you'll excuse the lack of action around these parts! If you haven't already noticed, the site is amidst a much needed update and I'm hoping to launch her grand debut within the coming weeks!.. In the meantime, here are some other exciting things that I've been working on elsewhere:

  • I've been working with the lovely Caitlin Flemming of Sacramento Street doing some blog writing, styling and photography. If things like white paint selection or cabinet hardware are of interest to you, be sure to pop over. Plus Caitlin has killer taste so there's design inspo abound. AND there's plenty more exciting things in the works so do have a looksie.
  • In addition to the shop/studio tours I've been photographing and writing up for The Merchant Home (one of my personal favorites, Cuyana, being the latest), I also lent a hand helping the Merchandising Mastermind behind the company, Alexandra Sklar, prep and launch her stunning new shop
  • And lastly, here's a design post I did for Apartment 34 all about how to get a bold look with a neutral palate (in case you were wondering how to do that).

Lots of other exciting things are in the works that I'll be sharing here in the near future so don't stray too far! 

Progress Report: Project Ham House

I spent this past weekend in San Diego celebrating Passover/Easter (my family celebrates any holiday that involves a feast), enjoying the sun and hanging with my family and friends. In between all that, I was hard at work on my favorite little Cardiff casita that belongs to my best friend, Brittany, and her husband Duncan. 

They bought their house in September and we kicked off the decorating process by painting the entire interior of the house/ourselves bright white. As far as decor goes, my challenge was to merge Brittany’s love for the coastal/nautical look (first order of business was to put a cap on the usage of anchor motifs) with Duncan’s #FIERCE obsession with Africa (he has a museum-worthy amount of artifacts that he’s collected over his numerous visits). 

This is what my initial moodboard for their living room looked like:

Side Table  // Couch (already owned- similar ) //  Pillow 1  //  Pillow 2  //  Side Chair  //  Rug  //  Blanket  //  Coffee Table  //  Console

Side Table // Couch (already owned-similar) // Pillow 1 // Pillow 2 // Side Chair // Rug // Blanket // Coffee Table // Console

I was going for a contemporary spin on "coastal casual" with some global accents woven in. You can see some early photos of the decor in this post. Here’s how the space is shaping up:

Leather Loveseat ( West Elm ) // Coffee Table ( West Elm ) // Vase ( Target ) // Media Console (Craigslist) // Side Chair (Craigslist) // Wall Decor ( Target  & already owned) // Fiddle Leaf ( Home Depot ) // Pillows ( Target  & handmade) // Blanket ( Pottery Barn )

Leather Loveseat (West Elm) // Coffee Table (West Elm) // Vase (Target) // Media Console (Craigslist) // Side Chair (Craigslist) // Wall Decor (Target & already owned) // Fiddle Leaf (Home Depot) // Pillows (Target & handmade) // Blanket (Pottery Barn)

Club Chair (Craigslist) // Side Table ( World Market ) // Decor (already owned)

Club Chair (Craigslist) // Side Table (World Market) // Decor (already owned)

Mirror (Long Beach Flea Market circa 2010) // Secretary Desk (Craigslist) // Painting ( Andrew Pearson )

Mirror (Long Beach Flea Market circa 2010) // Secretary Desk (Craigslist) // Painting (Andrew Pearson)

We ended up making a few swap-outs from the original moodboard for items that would better suit their needs (like a loveseat as opposed to chairs). While much of the large furniture pieces are from West Elm, we also managed to find some AH-MAYYY-ZING pieces on Craigslist to give it that"collected" look (the fact that they had a bunch of collected pieces to begin with also helped). 

It's still a work-in-progress but it's slowly coming together and I'm obsessed over how it's shaping up. We're especially cherishing the plant situation while it lasts because their new kitten seems to have other decorating plans in mind...