Entries from November 30th, 2017

Mandy Moore 2nd Guest Bathroom

If you’ve been checking in on my you will know that things are really moving along with our Mandy Moore residential project. It is literally the house of my dreams, a mid-century gem that we are taking back to it’s modern roots, and after many months of design, planning, and construction a lot of the finishes are starting to make their way into the house.

Today I am sharing a peek into the second guest bathroom. First let’s talk about that slab… we (, the architect, Mandy and her Fiancé Taylor) all went stone shopping hunting for the perfect slabs for the kitchen and the three bathrooms. We fairly quickly settled on the kitchen and the other two bathrooms but in this bathroom we knew we wanted a statement colored stone and it wasn’t as easy to track down. A couple weeks later I went to another stone yard and had them pull out this beauty and knew it was the one!

I don’t normally work with purple, like ever, but I am broadening my color spectrum because this is a beautiful shade of eggplantey purple with bits of lilac and peach that I just couldn’t resist.

And now for a peek at the before…

BEFORE

As you can see, not much to look at, or work with. We gutted the entire room (just like the rest of the house), poured terrazzo floors, and will be installing all the gorgeous finishes above. Right now, the tile just went in (still needs to be grouted) and the vanity has been installed (that beautiful slab is hiding under the cardboard) which takes us to here…

PROGRESS

The tile is from Fireclay (2×8 in calcite) and I found all of the fixtures from Wayfair (the undermount sink, faucet, shower head, toilet, drains etc).

The sink wall is my favorite feature in this room because, hello stunning slab, and in the end it will look a little something like above.

For more progress and plans on this project check here and follow along as the house is coming together on . , , and .

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Small space Nursery tour

Today I am sharing how we converted our family room/playroom into a nursery!

As I mentioned in the plans post about the space, this is still very much a central part of our house so everything might not scream nursery but it carves out a special place for baby girl. We installed the so that when we have them closed (during naps and night time) it sections the space off into her own room but when the barn doors are open, during the day, it still reads as part of the rest of the house.

First thing we did was clear out the sofa and tv and wallpaper one accent wall with this The colors blend well with the rest of the house but the animals and trees bring in the whimsy that differentiates that space around the crib.

Then we brought in a gorgeous and the .

I found the , , bedding, crib skirt, pillows and ottoman all on . As you might notice the trend of me finding anything and everything on that site.

Next we added black out curtains. I got these from etsy but I didn’t realize the curtains themselves are that vinyl feeling actual blackout material. I might look for a shear liner of some sort to go on top.

In lieu of a mobile we hung a swan created by artist Tamar Mogendorff to round out the crib area. And on the practical side of things, this room doesn’t have any venting to our HVAC system so now that we installed the sliding barn doors we needed a way to adjust the temperature easily. Also being a baby’s room we wanted an air purifier so we brought in the which does all of that in one small package.

Finally, we cleared out the shelves and re-styled them in a lighter more monochromatic way to keep it bright and not too busy. I filled the bottom shelf with these soft which organize all the every day baby items like diapers, swaddles, onesies, baby linens etc. and then tucked the rest of her clothes in the cabinets below. We also added a platform to the middle section (where the tv used to be) to extend it out 3” in order to accommodate the changing pad, turning it into our changing table.

Stay tuned to see the space we created for Archie since we converted his playroom into baby girls’ room.

Sources:  from Lulu & Georgia // // // (in Forest) from West Elm //  from Wayfair  //  by Tamar Mogendorff//  from Wayfair //  from Wayfair //  from Wayfair // (in crib) from Wayfair//  (in crib) from Wayfair // Rocker is vintage //  from Lulu and Georgia //  from EsaleRugs // //  from Amazon //  from Wayfair // (on daybed) from Wayfair //  //

building a unique holiday table and caring for the linens after

It’s that home entertaining time of year again and it’s time to bust out all the linens. I love building tablescapes for meals with friends and family (way more than the actual cooking) so I wanted to share a few tips on how I quickly create a layered tabletop fit for the holidays and full of style. I’ll also be sharing some quick pointers on how to care for the linens after the party and how makes it easy.

1. Build a non-traditional color palette.

I always find I am way more drawn to tablescapes that veer off the obvious color choices for the holidays. Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all browns and oranges, however I am loving ochre and rust, so by pairing a traditional color with a not so traditional color like pink, suddenly the table feels fresh.

2. Bring in a little vintage.

Just like how I love to incorporate vintage furniture into the spaces I design for a more storied and interesting result, a little vintage on your tabletop can go a long way as well. Whether it is a small set of some amazing vintage glassware or a set of brass vintage flatware (like I used above) these make a holiday table feel unique, aka extra special.

3. Layer on the linens.

During the holidays I like to make my home extra cozy with extra layers of blankets and pillows which translates to the tabletop as well. Tablecloths and cloth napkins are perfect to bring that coziness to a meal for holiday entertaining. I also added some extra muslin as a table runner which is the same color as the table cloth but adds one more subtle layer of texture. Some people my shy away from using table cloths and/or cloth napkins because of the maintenance but I’ve teamed up with to share how easy they make caring for your entertaining linens can be.

WASHING:
When the party is over (or the next day if I am going to be realistic) I throw my linens in the and use the gentle cycle. With ™ technology the washer pretty much takes care of the rest. It automatically premixes water and detergent before the wash cycle begins which means a deep all around clean that effectively removes stains.

DRYING:
When it comes to drying, you want to make sure to take extra care of linens so they last over time. I like to pull them from the dryer right when they are dried through, or just before. You don’t want to over dry them. Another handy setting from that makes sure you don’t even have to think about it is that they have a moisture sensor so as soon as the fabric is dry it will automatically switch off.

STORING:
I think it was Martha Stewart that recommended hanging table cloths and napkins over a cardboard roll that comes with a rug or carpet, to prevent creases, but who has easy access to that or the space to store it? Unfortunately not me, well I am sure I could find one since I do like to collect me some rugs, but my linen closet is smaller than a phone booth and my house has ZERO extra space so still a no go. Inevitably my linens get folded up and when I want to use them they are creased but by tossing them in the using the Perfect Steam™ setting, it gently removes the wrinkles and creases and is ready for the next shindig.

Happy Holidays!

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SSS x SemiHandmade Cabinet Doors!

It’s here, it’s here! Today is launch day for my signature line of cabinet doors I designed for . If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you probably are not a stranger to either. I used them in my own kitchen in LA and our A-frame kitchen. As well as some clients kitchens. They create high quality doors to fit on Ikea cabinetry so you can get the look of a custom kitchen without having to pay the price of a custom kitchen and you can use them on some of their bath and media cabinets as well.

About a year ago I was designing a kitchen for a client that wanted to use Semihandmade in their kitchen and that is when I came up with the idea of designing my own front and proposed the idea to John (Semihandmade founder) with some drawings and a rendering. I proposed the modern take on the classic bead board and John and his team produced it exactly as I imagined. 

Why a modern beadboard? I wanted to bring my modern version of the beadboard to market because of its clean design and its versatility. It can easily fit into a farmhouse style home paired with an apron sink and more traditional hardware while still giving the space an updated look. And it works equally as well in a very modern space with cleaner lines and paired down details. The simple geometry of the vertical lines convey a clean foundation without a ton of decoration but just enough detail to add some texture and simple pattern to the room. They have the ability to fit into kitchens of a range of styles depending on what they are paired with. 

For we came up with 8 custom colors. A few of the colors I knew I had to have as they turn up in my client work and my own home so much, like the blush pink (blush) and the dark green (juniper), so I specified those. From there I of course wanted to make sure we had to all the basics, white, black, off-white etc and then I worked closely with Semihandmade to chose the rest of the colors from thermafoil samples. There is a warm grey (desert grey) which is close to a khaki color and another favorite is Agave (shown directly above) which is similar to my original cabinet color but reads more blue. 

And now to share how these doors can work in the living room as well!…

For this 75″ credenza shown above (in 4 of the 8 colors available), this is your shopping list.

Ikea parts
(2) 30″Wx20H” wall cabinet (frame only) (1) 15W”x20H” wall cabinet 3 boxes $105

(2) Maximera drawers 30″W x 14 3/4″D 2 drawers $90

(3) packs hinges (2 hinges per door) 
3 packs hinges $18

(2) packs soft close (use 1 per door)  2 packs soft close $14

Semihandmade parts (available on the website November 20th)

(3) 15″x20″ SSS door $99 each
(2) 30″x10″ SSS drawer front $99 each
Doors/drawers $495

(1) Top white or black 76″ (for 75″ credenza) $199
(1) Frame (hold legs) white/black powder coated $149
(4) Legs- white/black, round or square 6″ high. $75

Appx Total for Ikea and Semi parts is $1150 (hardware not included)

Another piece of furniture you can create with the doors is a sideboard…

To make this 60″ sideboard here is your shopping list:

Ikea parts
(2) 30″Wx30H” wall cabinet (frame only) 2 boxes $88

(4) packs hinges (2 hinges per door)  4 packs hinges $24

(2) packs soft close (use 1 per door)  2 packs soft close $14

Semihandmade parts (available on the website November 20th)
(4) 15″x30″ SSS door $129 each
Doors/drawers $516

(1) Top white or black 61″ (for 60″ credenza) $179 Oak top $219

(1) Base white/black powder coated $159

Appx Total for Ikea and Semi parts is $980 (decorative hardware not included)

I couldn’t be more excited to see this collaboration come to life and I can’t wait to start seeing these doors turn up in peoples homes!

And if you are eyeing the pretty brass knobs and pulls, that is all from my line of hardware with Park Studio! I designed the half moon shapes specifically to coordinate with my cabinet door design. I wanted something that updated our modern take on the beadboard even more and working from my love of simple geometric shapes the half moon shape was the perfect compliment to the clean vertical lines, especially how they can come together to make a full circle. 

Find out more about the hardware here, And visit for all the info and to start an order on the cabinet doors! x

LA home decor shop round-up

If you have seen me recently (or watch ) you have witnessed me running around like mad trying to get projects wrapped up before baby. recently loaned me out their new which I have taken to all corners of town in picking up items for my Mandy Moore residential project and I’ve received a lot of inquiries about what my go-to home decor stores are in LA so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share a round-up while I also gush about my month with the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid.

First, it was my first time ever driving a hybrid and I was so impressed with how long I could go between fill ups! In the entire month I only had to put gas in once and like I said, I have been in the car A LOT lately. Mandy lives on the opposite site of town from me so site visits are an automatic 2 hours in the car. One feature I loved on those long trips in this heat are the air cooled seats! It has been 100 degree at her house (and no air conditioning since it is currently an open job site) so when I get back into the car and can turn on the cooling seats, this oh so pregnant mama was thanking her lucky stars.

The styling of the MDX is also right up my alley. The unique headlights and the black rims (you known I love anything monochromatic) feel really modern. It has also been so nice to be able to have the extra space in the back of the MDX for toting things around and picking up furniture etc. It has more than my current vehicle even though they are both SUV’s.

And now onto where I have been doing all my favorite shopping for my clients…


Washington Blvd.
Culver City

I’ve already shared my love for Midland when it comes to fashion, but they have some great special home items too.


Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood

Kelly Wearstler has been an inspiration for me since I was just out of college and working in advertising. One of our clients was the Viceroy which was just getting built and Ms. Wearstler designed. I worked on the sales brochures and fell head over heals for all the stunning images.


Melrose Ave.

Consort is another fave that brings some serious edge to interiors. Think high fashion for your home.


Melrose Ave.

Right down the street is Lawson Fenning. They actually have two locations but the Melrose location is where I usually go. We picked up a sofa from here for Mandy Moore. The furniture is to die for and they also have a seriously killer collection of ceramics.


Beverly Blvd.

Also in the same hood is Nickey Kehoe, they stock their own furniture as well as vintage finds for a more warm and eclectic vibe.


Venice Blvd.

Speaking of vintage, one of my favorite resources for that laid back California vintage style is Surfing Cowboys.

See below for a more complete list of my favorite LA home stores. Happy Shopping!

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Thanks to for lending me the MDX and for sponsoring this post. This was my personal review of the vehicle, all thoughts and ideas are my own. 

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