Before & After: French Country Refresh

Generally, I don’t take on small scale projects, but when this sweet lady reached out to me for some help around her home, I was happy to do so because she was only a 10 minute drive away, much shorter than my weekly LA commute. I knew she would be easy to work with and that the project would be relatively quick as she wanted to keep her main furniture pieces, so all that was needed was some re-loving and joohzing.

As an empty nester, she wanted her home to feel very feminine and she loved the French Country feel. She was finally able to do whatever she wanted designwise because her home was now sans children and husbands. In her living room, we reupholstered one of her chairs in a floral fabric, which was the jumping off point for the rest of the space. We replaced her current drapery panels with deep, eggplant panels for more contrast and brought in a lime, graphic pattern on a Louis chair frame for more color. A rug, some accent pieces and a few accessories later, the space is much more pulled together.

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In her bedroom, we reupholstered a bench and sofa (my first fringed sofa!), added new bedding, nightstands and lamps. Her master now feels like the sanctuary she was hoping for.

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I wouldn’t say ‘French Country’ is a look I normally do, but I’m always interested in why different style clients want to work with me. No matter what style, I do feel there is a common thread throughout my projects and I think my clients are drawn to that thread, they just want that thread applied to a style they may like. I have to give credit to the firm I used to work with for my versatility, I worked on so many different styles there, from slick, modern to rustic, french country and everything in between. These kind of projects keep me on my toes.

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Midcentury interior by Gio Ponti in the Villa Planchart

Gio Ponti designed the Villa Planchart, a private home built in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1956.

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Lady Loft Progress

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I shared the design for this Lady Loft project a bit ago and wanted to share some progress photos. We painted all the walls white to give a clean and fresh backdrop for the design. Pieces have been trickling in bit by bit so the only things that still need to be installed are the art and a few special touches.

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In an ideal design world, the overall design is accomplished in one fell swoop, purchasing and project management then follow, and finally we finish it up with an install where everything comes in at once (aka the big reveal!). Projects are not always ideal (nor without a hiccup or two), but I’m so pleased with the progress of this one. Almost at the finish line!

Home Progress: Living Room

The living room was one of the first areas that got the most attention because this is truly where the fam hangs out the most. There is an amazing tree (either a tipu or jacaranda, I’m terrible with tree species) right outside the large windows that provides shade (crucial in the hotter months), some privacy, and the best shadow patterns. The layout of this room was similar to my San Francisco apartment’s living room, so I placed all the major furniture pieces in the same manner.

The sofa went in front of the window, bookcases flanked the fireplace with the tv placed along the long wall. I originally had a rectangular, ornate gilded mirror above my old fireplace, but that style just didn’t feel right in this house. I replaced it with a simple framed round mirror and it was amazing how much lighter the space felt with just that simple change.

My bookshelves are not styled and I’ve since purchased a new rug, but this space is pretty much where it’s at. I swapped out the live edge coffee table I’ve had for years with a vintage, round table which filled the space appropriately. I’m still in search of a new piece for the turntable and record player and I’m trying to restrain myself from adding any other pattern besides the rug. The living room is just the right amount of cozy and it’s really starting to feel like home sweet rental home.

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Lady Loft Project

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I’ve been working on a great project with a very great client and I can’t wait to see this space completed. The space is a modern loft in LA and we’ve been focusing on the living room and dining room, which is essentially the same space. It was a challenge to give the two spaces their distinct looks while making sure they marry well, but I think we’re close. Here’s a look at the major components of the design…a bit of vintage and a bit of modern mixed with a touch of Oriental flair.

5 Tips for Designing a Timeless Nursery

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Nurseries have come such a long way from the traditional blue-for-boy and pink-for-girl baby rooms and although I’m all for gender specific design, what I’m not a huge fan of is designing a space that becomes too baby-ish too soon. Here are just a few tips to help you create a nursery that will grow with your child.

1. Think in terms of long haul when choosing furniture. If you purchase a chair only for nursing, you’re only going to use it when you’re nursing. Choose something that works for now and in the future.

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2. Don’t buy an expensive crib. The longest your babe will be in the crib is about 2 years (??), maybe even less, so spend your dollars elsewhere in the space.

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3. Do invest in a dresser. A dresser will work as your changing table and provide storage. A piece of furniture that does double duty has the ability to morph into something else somewhere else in the home if needed.

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4. Don’t delve too heavily into a theme and do pick colors that aren’t too juvenile. If you absolutely must have a “Frozen” themed room (I’ve never even seen the movie), do it in a way that the theme carries across in items that can easily be switched out, think pillows and accessories.

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5. Don’t go crazy with baby products. I have a feeling I’ll have to take my own advice on this when my time comes around. You most likely don’t have the space and you probably don’t need all that extra stuff. Keep to the baby essentials.

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Home Progress: Front Porch

I’ve been super motivated to get my home sweet rental home “finished” because Spring is just around the corner. I know lots of people who rent their homes and there’s always that feeling of “well, I don’t know how long I’ll actually be here” and then five years go by and they’ve lost all that time to live in a home-y space. I’ve also had a handful of clients that were waiting for the right property to buy and they end up in their rentals for years before they finally realize that even though their home is a rental, it deserves some attention. Of course, I would tell you to use your best judgement on where you should spend your hard earned money and do what you can when you can, but I promise you in the end, you’ll be so glad you put some effort into your home because I am true believer that your home heals you when you put some thought into it.

So, welcome to my front porch. My house has that ranch-y curb appeal and I didn’t want to do anything that was a total departure from the 50s ranch style. I knew I wanted some sort of seating situation and some potted plants to warm up the space. I also needed some pots to help block the possible deathly drop on either side of the step. This being where I live, I’m totally aware of the drop, but let’s just say there were a few kids around Halloween that were trick-or-treating that weren’t aware of it (thankfully everyone was fine).

I’m usually a collector and mixer of things, but this house seems to call for more simplicity. For a more uniform look, I used all terra cotta pots in different shapes and sizes and filled the existing chocolate pot with succulents. I potted a bunch of lavender because I’m really trying to keep the Ojai vibes going strong and I just can’t get enough of the smell.

I purchased the bench at an antique store and accessorized with some goodies from Target.


Ilse Crawford Sinnerlig Collection for Ikea

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Ikea has done it again and now we can only hope that we’ll see some of this collection in the States. The DIY furniture giant has collaborated with London designer Ilse Crawford to launch the Sinnerlig collection which features natural materials with a neutral palette. There will be larger furniture pieces such as cork-covered tables and a daybed down to hand-blown glass bottles. Unveiled during Stockholm Design Week, the collection will be available at Ikea stores and online from August. Our fingers are crossed that this release includes the design hungry of the US of A. Cue the drool.

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