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February 7

/ The Wonder of Wovens

Decorating with natural wovens never ceases to amaze me and never goes out of style.  From rattan and raffia to rope and seagrass these timeless textures add an earthy warmth to any space.  Although clean lines and smooth surfaces can create a polished look they can also feel cold or untouchable.  Textured items bring back that organic approachability.  They are welcoming, inviting and let’s face it make a space more livable.

Here are some different way to incorporate wovens into your life…

Furniture is the most obvious choice.  Woven furniture pieces come in all shapes and sizes and span all styles.  In our Palos Verdes project this woven end table, from Hollywood at Home, stunned paired with succulents and a patterned rug.

Photo: JC Studio

These entry chairs mix wood and a rush back for the perfect relaxed vibe

Photo: Hollywood at Home

Lighting is another great way to integrate some texture.  An oversized woven pendant brings an island feel to this boutique hotel in Greece.  While simply changing the lamp shade of a fixture can do the trick as well.

Photo: Casa Cook Rhodes
photo: JC Studio

And texture is essential in fashion as well.  These woven purses make an ordinary outfit extraordinary.

Photo: Loeffler Randall
Photo: Cult Gaia

So bring a little woven into your life… and feel the warmth!

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December 6

/ Winter Retreat

As the temperature finally drops in Los Angeles I begin to dream of snow.  What cozy mountain house awaits…?  The décor of typical mountain homes can be very predictable with heavy stone, dark colors, iron and of course the typical antler chandelier.  But there is hope!  And there is a way to balance good design with a mountain lifestyle.

This Utah home by Studio McGee brings a modern twist to the quintessential mountain home.  It remains warm and comfortable while also being fresh and chic.  The clean lines and bright colors mixed with the textures and materials are both minimal and inviting at the same time.

Photo: Studio McGee
Photo: Studio McGee

This kids bunk room could not be more cozy with the layering of rugs and warm neutral colors.  The brass accents add a touch of sophistication.

Photo: Lindsay Salazar

Even this beautiful stone bathroom feels light and airy mixed with the crisp white tub and side table.

Photo: Audrey Hall

And this stunning  A-frame in Big Bear has the perfect modern cabin vibe.  The white walls combined with colors, patterns and textures create a relaxed yet refined environment.

Photo: Sunset Magazine

Here’s to a fabulous winter getaway!

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October 4

/ The Art of Accessorizing

Never underestimate the role accessories play in a home.  They create warmth, personalization and breathe life into the design scheme.  Accessories tell the story of a home, who you are and what you value.  Living in a city like Los Angeles there are so many opportunities to buy locally from incredibly talented artisans.  Here are a few of my favorite accessories that will not only bring you immense joy, but also are handmade in Los Angeles

Local ceramicist Natan Moss creates stunning pieces from handmade lamps to soy candles.  His beautiful glazes make every piece unique.

photo: hollywoodathome.com
photo: hollywoodathome.com


De Jong & Co is a Los Angeles woodworking company that specializes in custom handcrafted one of a kind pieces.  From cutting boards to benches, each piece is a work of art.

photo: dejongandco.com

Magnolia Ceramics is a Southern California company known for its pureness of form and clean lines.

photo: lawsonfenning.com


Nickey Kehoe, a local neighborhood showroom, has a line of handmade products that will take your breath away…. and let your pup sleep tight.

photo: nickeykehoe.com

When you choose to shop for accessories in the community you are getting the most bang for your buck.  Supporting local artists and finding those special objects that last a lifetime.  It is a win-win!

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August 22

/ California State of Mind

On the heels of an amazing northern California beach vacation I am reminded how lucky we are to live in the Golden State.  We are able to incorporate the natural beauty that surrounds us, from the mountains to the ocean, into our everyday life.  We can blur the lines between inside and out, and create spaces that have no boundaries.  As the rest of the country begins to pack up for fall, we are just gearing up for another year of indoor-outdoor living.

Here are some reminders as to why you live in California, in case you forgot…

The garden view from this modern Venice Beach Bungalow cannot be beat

photo: Coral Von Zumwalt

And if you need to cool off after a meal, just step down into your pool

photo: Kate Holstein

And check out this Midcentury beauty in San Diego

photo: Darren Bradley

Looking for something more rustic?  Escape into the woods with these chic structures

photo: Big Sur Campground and Cabins
photo: Stefan Ruiz

Now aren’t we the lucky ones!

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June 21

/ Keeping it Cool in LA

Summer is officially upon us, and as all you Angelenos know that can mean sweltering heat.   The good news is that here is Southern California pools are an art form.  From sipping cocktails poolside at your favorite hotel to a casual backyard pool party, there are plenty of option to choose from, and no shortage on style…

Nothing is more iconic than the Beverly Hills Hotel pool.  Book a lunch at the Cabana Café, and then enjoy the rest of your day splashing about.

photo: Reonie Hanne

For a more urban experience enjoy the rooftop pool at The Standard downtown.

Photo: Manuel Zublena

Looking for something smaller and quainter?  Try Casa Laguna Hotel and Spa for a cozy dip in the pool while overlooking the Pacific.

Photo: Casa Laguna

Hotel not in the cards for you?  It’s time to call in those favors to friends and neighbors who have pools.  And trust me there is no shortage in LA.  Here are a couple beauties…

Mid century dip anyone?

Photo: Bilden Corp

I might never leave this heavenly farmhouse:

Photo: Marion Brenner

And if none of the above work and you happen to be shopping in West Hollywood, maybe they will let you stick your toes into the pool at The Row…who knows??

Photo: Dominique Vorillon

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April 17

/ The Case for Encaustic

Encaustic or cement tiles have been the rage for a few years now.  After installing these tiles in various applications from kitchens to powder rooms I have witnessed the dynamic nature of this material.  They are bold, graphic and fabulous.  But they are tricky too… it is important to get it right and make sure these beauties can stand the test of time.

Here are some helpful tips if you are debating using encaustic:

  1. Color: Sticking with simple colors like black and white keeps your palette flexible and classic.  You can change other elements in the room and your tiles will still work.


  1. Pattern: Pick a pattern that works with the style of your home.  If you have a traditional brownstone don’t go too modern or graphic.  Live in a midcentury space, then traditional Spanish tiles may not be right.
Rue Magazine
  1. Location: If you feel the need to go crazy, sometimes those colors are hard to resist! Do it in a small area like a powder room where you have some freedom.   Taking chances is always fun, but it’s good to limit any collateral damage.

Don’t be afraid to use encaustic or cement tiles, they are stunning and add a fresh perspective to any space.  But with all design decisions don’t go overboard, sometimes less is more.

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February 20

/ Desert Living

With Palm Springs Modernism Week in full swing and Spring upon us, I start daydreaming of the desert.  The vast, desolate and open landscape is intriguing, and one of the reasons living in Los Angeles is so special.  The desert is right next door.

Desert Living not only permeates the landscapes of Southern California but also its interiors.  The earthy colors and textures of the desert can be found throughout the Southland in interiors that are rich with layers and warmth.  This modern twist of Southwest style can be found from tiles to succulents.  Here are some ways to breathe the desert into your space…

Warm materials such as wood and woven pieces connect us to our landscape.

Earthy colors, such as burnt orange, and vintage rugs create an interesting warmth.

And of course you cannot go wrong with succulents.

And don’t forget materials.  This New West tile is a must.

Happy Desert adventures!

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(Photo credits: Pic 1- newdarlings.comPic 6- the secretsouk.com Pic 7-cletile.com Pic 5- jacquelynclark.com)

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June 11

/ Outdoor Entertaining

Los Angeles in the summer is synonymous with outdoor entertaining. Everyone wants to be outside enjoying friends and family, and there is no better city to do it in! And you don’t need to have a huge backyard to host a summer party, in fact some of the best spaces are intimate and charming. It’s not the size that matters but the details.

Here are a few tips to create an enchanting summer soiree….

1. Eclectic Tablescape

Whether you have a make shift card table set up or an elegant farm table, have fun with the tabletop. Mix and match colors, textures and decorate with fruits, vegetables or even herbs. Remember to keep it interesting and unexpected.


2. Potted Plants

Even though you may be outdoors, keep the green alive everywhere! Potted plants on a patio or where you are serving drinks look chic and charming. They remind us that we are lucky enough to be enjoying the weather!


3. Bohemian Vibe

There is something about the great outdoors that takes us back to our roots. Try to create a space that works with nature and is casual and comfortable. A space where your guests want to kick off their shoes and stay awhile.
Pillows, colorful blankets and layers of texture are great ways to create an interesting and relaxing atmosphere


Design Tip:
Don’t be discouraged to entertain just because you don’t have a vast outdoor space.  A small table on a balcony with a sensational tablecloth will do just fine . The summers in Los Angeles are about you, your friends and the outdoors…. enjoy it!

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May 11

/ Get Your Green On!

At my last client meeting we both found ourselves naturally gravitating towards the color green. Maybe because summer is around the corner and green feels so fresh and invigorating, or maybe because it’s not a color that readily jumps to mind? But green is such a versatile color and it brings the outdoors in, which is so essential to California living. So in your next decorating endeavor, consider adding a refreshing splash of green… you won’t be disappointed.

Here are a few ways to capture green in all its glory….

1. Upholstery

Upholstering a piece of furniture or a set of chairs in a bold green adds an unexpected modern punch to any room.




2. Accessories and Artwork

If you feel cautious in your use of green try adding it in small doses. Artwork and accessories are great places to experiment with green without fully committing.


3. Outdoors

For obvious reasons green feels perfectly at home in outdoor spaces. Even a plant is a great way to start playing with green.


This standard Hermes throw looks amazingly refreshed in green….


Design Tip:
If you are looking for a crisp new look this summer try playing with different shades of green, from chartreuse to aqua….you will be amazed how easy it is to go green!

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April 11

/ Malibu Madness

As winter begins to fade and summer is upon us, my mind turns toward the coast. Being a native east coaster I still can’t quite wrap my brain around the beach life. This casual yet chic coastal living you see in California still blows me away (and desperately makes me want a beach house)!
So when I saw Patrick Dempsey’s spread in Architectural Digest my heart skipped a beat. It is simply stunning. It represents everything about the west coast that I love, from the chicken coup to the airstream this is California living at its best…
Here are a couple concepts to create this easy breezy way of life.

1. Outdoors, Outdoors, Outdoors

You may not have this kind of space, but southern California is all about outdoor living. So focus on your outdoor space, however small, and create a comfortable spot to enjoy the weather.


An herb garden is very easy to cultivate, plus you have fresh herbs for cooking!


You may not have an airstream on hand, but creating a hideaway in your home is an essential part of relaxing

2. Mix and Match

Notice how the interiors are composed of many different textures and unique pieces. Lots of natural materials are used and there is a casual but sophisticated feel. A house is meant to be lived in, so pick unique pieces that interest you, and don’t focus on creating a “perfect” space.


These living spaces are chalk full of interesting pieces… yet they are natural and flow with the house


Even the dog is peaceful!

Design Tip:
Anyone can create this coastal chic vibe in any space. Try to focus on the outdoors (bring the green inside too), and use plenty of texture and intriguing objects. And then relax and enjoy yourself!

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