Entries from July 26th, 2017

DIY faux wood paneling

We are working our way through the A-frame putting final touches on all the rooms (if you missed the finished living room check here!) and now I’ve got a peek into the finished guestroom nook. When we first bought it, this space was SO dark and had a crumbling basketweave texture on the walls and ceiling which matched the ceiling in the entryway/dining room. The ceiling was in OK shape and we painted the gold material white to match the rest of the house and to clean it up. We were hoping it would be enough to save the walls which were looking pretty rough but paint couldn’t rescue them. The texture was coming off in places and there were holes that just looked really bad no matter what, so we decided to cover them up with a DIY faux wood paneling.

Here is a peek at the way before…  READ MORE

high/low dining room

I dream of the day I can have an extra long dining table for friends and family to gather around. Currently we have a round one which can maybe fit 6 if we squeeze in real tight.

This hits all my dream table spots except the price tag so I thought it would be a great jumping off point for another high/low room design.

Also how stunning is that yummy leather sideboard, I love mixing light wood with just a few black accents, warm leather and of course a couple touches of gold.

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In the more budget friendly option I found a similar style table but it was much shorter so by butting two up to each other it comes out to about the same size as the large version. And if you are real handy I bet you could figure out a way to remove one set of legs in the middle and seam them together to create the one long table.

So 45k vs 4K without that huge of a sacrifice, I even like dinnerwear and the planter of the less expensive room a little better!

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For more high/low room designs check here.

Color Stories: Cerulean & Ochre

I don’t have a ton of color in my wardrobe but right now I have basically two dresses that I live in. One dress (as seen in this post and this post) is ochre and the other by is the prettiest shade of blue. I’ve been loving those colors lately in all facets, so I thought it was the perfect combo for another color story…

Image 1 by Milton H. Greene // Image 2 by // Image 3 by

Below are a few of my favorite picks to get these gorgeous hue’s into your life.

They are pretty perfect colors for summer too as together they call up clear waters and sandy beaches. Plus the words themselves have a really nice ring to them… Cerulean and Ochre… sounds like some celebrity baby names that I could probably get behind.

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See more of my color stories here.

A-frame Living Room Before & After

I can hardly contain myself that A, we have a place to sit in our Palm Springs A-frame cabin and B, I love it so much I think I might like it better than our primary house and C, I can finally share a finished living room today!

When we first bought the place it was dark and very brown, from the carpet all the way up to the coffee-colored painted beams (you’ll see in the before photos below). I knew I wanted to brighten it up but you might remember from my original design post, I was planning to keep the rock un-painted, and I did for about a year. However, as we slowly renovated the house my mind started to change, and then when we painted the rock in the bathroom, I knew I wanted to go all out and paint the stone in the living room as well. What I like best about painting all the different surfaces the same color is that it not only unifies the space but also modernizes it without stripping it of all its’ character. The contrasting textures still show through but in a cleaner and much brighter way.

You also might see we have a different sofa from what I originally had chosen. Unfortunately during the year of renovating, stopping and starting while we found different contractors, our brand new beautiful sofa  (which was wrapped in plastic to keep out construction dust) became club med for every mouse in the desert. No joke, we had no idea until we finally got to unwrap the sofa after about a year, and it was completely covered in mice droppings with little holes burrowed throughout the material.

After some tears over it being unsalvageable, a couple visits from a pest control company and my falling in love with the at , we now have this gorgeous 10 foot beauty that turned my sofa nightmare into my loungey dream come true. I love the low profile and at 42″ deep it’s extra deep for optimal curling up and cozying into. Also, being white, it’s great that I can unzip the cushions and throw the covers in the wash.

I splurged on the Albini rattan bucket chair so I knew getting the green safari chairs, from my dream design board, weren’t going to happen but luckily for me, a week before I needed to have the place staged for a shoot, I found these on for a more reasonable price. It took me a year from when I put it out in the world that I was on the hunt for green safari chairs but these were worth the wait!

In every project I do, I always like to mix in some vintage and custom pieces when I can and my own spaces are no exception. The nesting side tables (found at the rose bowl flea), the Albini chair I mentioned before (sourced from ), and the floor cushion (from ) are all vintage while the coffee table I had custom made and is a prototype of my own design (which will be available for purchase in my shop soon).

Pieces I love that come from more big-box type stores are sprinkled throughout as well, like the on the coffee table (), the , the , (that I DIYed a little something to and that I keep forgetting to share about… note to self, I WILL post that how-to soon) and the gorge

On the other side of the room you can get a peek into the kitchen and see that I took a note from my favorite massage boutique, The Now, and hung a above the fireplace as decoration which, bonus, can also easily come off and be put to use outside.

And now for some side-by-side before and afters. We didn’t have to do a lot to this room aside from tearing out the carpeting, installing the tile floor, switching out the lighting, and a whole lot of painting, but it is still satisfying to see, none-the-less.

I hope you guys enjoyed the tour! Next up is the bedrooom…

Shop The Post:
// // Top Rug found on ebay // Vintage Rattan Albini Chair sourced from // Coffee Table by Shescorts Sherman Samuel // // Nesting Tables are vintage // // // // // // // // // // // Paint Color is Polar Bear by Behr

To see all the posts and progress on our A-frame check here.

Photos by Shescorts Sherman Samuel

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