high/low guest bedroom

After designing several guest bedrooms recently (like my most recent one for Mandy Moore) this often undervalued space has been on my brain. It’s the space we extend to family and close friends as a place to unwind after long and often hectic travels. Going into this high/low board, I knew wanted to use natural materials and a neutral color palette to create a room where guests can kick off their shoes and feel at home. So we really did go all neutral, as in mostly just shades of white and ivory.

The jumping off piece for this entire board started with that armoire, which could just as easily go on a more affordable board but I love the lines of it so much that it’s living here amongst some really high end pieces. I’ve been loving the modern uses of caning, and this piece in particular strikes a rare balance between laid-back and high end. The neutral color palette also created an opportunity to incorporate one of my favorite pieces of art by . The subtle watercolor hues and minimalist pattern is absolute perfection.

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There are so many pieces in here that I’ve had my eye on for months, and was happy to be able to compile them into a design plan for you all! Starting with that tufted geometric rug, it creates a statement without being too loud and overpowering and continuing the ivory hues with the Anthropologie reading chair, the room starts to feel as cozy as it is light and refreshing. Win-win!

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To see more High/Low rooms check here.

A-frame Finished Kitchen Update!

 As promised, I wanted to finally share the final images of our A-frame kitchen! We put the last final touches in the room like a rug and, most importantly, (from Ikea!) and you might also notice that we upgraded the cabinet fronts to my ! Just in time for us to sell the house. Wha whaaa ha! But I love having the detail of the grooves and how it elevates the whole space with that extra layer of subtle pattern. And since we already had the Ikea cabinets in there, it was a super easy update by just swapping out the doors. 

This green color isn’t available yet, as we are still developing it, trying to get the perfect shade (I got the first test run!) but we are hoping to have “juniper” ready this year. If you’re dying for the green color you can always go with , like what I had in here before and paint the fronts or have them painted to whatever color you wish. It’s a big deal to get a custom color done with thermafoil and to get it to pass Semihandmade’s high quality standards, so it’s still a work in progress at the moment. 

But lucky for the new buyer! And actually lucky for me too, because we happen to be friends with the new owners and will still be revisiting this place in the future! (are you sensing a trend? We also revisit our Michigan cabin each summer even though we sold it a few years back. What can I say, I get attached. ha) Anyway… I’m excited to share that and her brother are the proud new owners of ! You might remember them because they are also part owners of light lab the creative space I designed a couple years back and that wasn’t even the first time we worked together. You might also remember they shot one of the very first lookbooks from my product line, which was then called “a sunny afternoon” and we also have our print collab too! 

And guess what?! lucky for everyone they are going to be renting it out a la Airbnb, which we had always intended to do but instead sold it so we can get a bigger main house for our newly expanded family. I will be sure to update this post with a live link when they are ready for renters and since we will be taking most of the furniture with us you guys will get to follow along on how we are going to make this space a whole lot more colorful to fit Caroline, Jayden & Robert’s more bold and playful aesthetic. That’s right we are going to go ahead and redecorate the whole place. Stay tuned! Oh and more on our future family plans soon too! 

To see all of our A-frame renovation posts, and before and after’s check here.

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Lulu & Georgia: One-of-a-Kind rugs

It’s no secret I’m a rug collector and I am always on the search for the one-of-a-kind / vintage variety. A special rug can make a whole room and when I saw the one above on I knew it had to be mine! It is my rug soul mate. Blush, camel, and black with such a great simple pattern, my heart beats for this rug. And the best part is that no one else will have this exact rug. Sorry guys! ha

But the good news is has a whole section on their site dedicated to One-of-a-Kind rugs and they are always uploading more. This month’s slew of unique rugs has some pretty gorgeous selects and it has me thinking I need a lot more house to fit all the rugs I want in my life. Below are some of my faves from the latest batch. READ MORE

Spotlight on Clad Home

I received loads of questions about our sofa in the A-frame since it was a customized version of and there are so many choices for modifications. It is my favorite sofa I’ve had, to date, 10 feet of modern beauty and I’m sharing all the details today. I’ve found that some people are intimidated by custom furniture because they can get overwhelmed by too many variables or they associate customization with a huge price tag. Well I’m here to tell you that neither have to be the case!

When I first came across the online by Clad Home I knew that was the one. The low sleek silhouette had me at hello and with a starting price of around $1,200 it was an affordable option as well. You can go through the ordering process online and over the phone but since the shop is local I was able to pay them a visit and order the sofa in person. , the owner, was helpful in guiding me towards and away from certain fabrics and it was also great to see all the options in person so I could make a quick decision. I went with the “Ireland Ivory” which is 100% polyester but looks and feels like linen. That fabric has been discontinued but they recommend anyone that is looking for the same fabric to use one called Klein White which is a close match.

But warning if you go into the shop you might leave with more than just a sofa. That leather woven chair in the bottom right of the photo above was REALLY calling my name.

In addition to the fabric customization, you have the length and depth of the sofa to choose. I kept the depth the same as the base sofa (40″) but stretched ours out to 120″. The next thing we looked at was the cushion set-up. I loved the look of the two back cushions with one long base cushion but, since our sofa was so long, we went with three back cushions and kept the base cushion to one long one.

One upgrade you can do is in the stitching. I chose to do top-stitched seams and they offer other styles, such as double stitched or welted, but I liked the extra detail in the topstitch.

Another upgrade I did was in the cushions…for a more streamlined or structured look you can go with the standard foam, but I wanted mine to look a little more relaxed and fuller so I upgraded to their “Trillium” cushion fill which is a polyester fill that mimics down but without triggering my husbands allergies.

And probably most importantly for a household with kids ‘s sofas are all non-toxic. They use sustainably sourced materials, zero-VOC glues, no toxic flame retardant chemicals and all of their furniture is made right here in LA. So if the design wasn’t enough to win you over, that might!

So to recap the sofa that I chose is:


Custom Length 120″ x 40″
Natural Legs
Ask for Klein White fabric
Top-Stitched Seams
Trillium Cushions
Three back cushions/one base cushion

Sofa from  by  //  // 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
See more of our A-frame here.

my new wrinkle fighting routine

This post was done in collaboration with Olay. All thoughts and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting our sponsors.

I can’t even keep up with how I’ve switched this house around since the baby. Since the nursery reveal, I’ve already rearranged her room a couple times, switched up the wallpaper, and now… we moved Clover into the master bedroom, giving her the whole room, and then moved our bed into the family/playroom turned nursery now turned master bedroom! Another change around here with all this lack of sleep is the wrinkles. I didn’t know two kids came with two sets of bags under my eyes and 2x the wrinkles! So, I went in search of a moisturizing product to help me out. Thankfully Olay reached out and gave me some of their product to try out, and I’m sold.

I’ve said before how I’m pretty awful at self-care and keeping up with any kind of beauty routine, but I’ve found one way to combat the new wrinkles with Olay Whips and the key was putting it on my nightstand! I’m all about multi-tasking so my entire bedtime routine is done while I shower. I even brush my teeth while I let my conditioner sit in my hair. Then once in bed all I have to do is reach for the Olay and I’m off to dreamland. With my showers as part of my bedtime routine, most mornings go right from the minute I blink my eyes open. Some days I don’t even get a chance to look in the mirror, so by keeping it right next to my phone where, TBH I reach for first thing, it’s become part of my routine to dab on some moisturizer to start the day with a fresh face and I’ve been loving the lightweight feel of ! Between nursing Clover and having the furnace running, these cooler months my skin was dying for the hydration it gives.

And for the days where I have client meetings or photo shoots and I put makeup on (which I keep in my car to do while I’m on my way (totally not recommended) the Regenerist Whip plays double duty as well. It’s a moisturizer and a primer so my makeup goes on smooth and lasts longer than it used to in my pre-Olay-Whips life.

Yes, I dream of having slow mornings again where I can leisurely get up and have some time for myself, drink my tea without someone needing something from me RIGHT NOW, getting a toddler ready for preschool or answering as many emails as I can before Clover has to go down for another nap or feed (I know that day will come again but for now I’m in the thick of it and I’m sure I wouldn’t change it if I could), so products like that make me feel like I’m doing something indulgent for myself in just a few moments are a Godsend.

You can try this new product out yourself with a free sample !

Now if only I could find a product that would buy me a new house, so I can have an actual bedroom!

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