It’s the second week of January, the holidays are behind us and all the decorations are put away. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the past year, just in case you haven’t really had the chance to do so. Sure, I have a long list of goals and new years resolutions just waiting to be achieved and accomplished, many items of which have rolled over from the previous year, but before moving forward, I wanted to take a moment to be grateful for a few things from the year past.
I’m grateful for and proud of the design projects I was able to work on.
One of which was featured on Design Sponge
And another featured on Apartment Therapy
The international bed and breakfast I consulted on opened up and has been fully booked since day one. There was a small feature in a local travel mag.
My little fur baby got to work with Theron of This Wild Idea.
I met THE Martha Stewart.
I was featured on Refinery 29 as one of SF’s “coolest interior designers” ;P
I also had a little feature on 7×7
I lived in a seriously great city for three years.
Then, I moved to a seriously great town and am still making it a home.
It was a good year. When the stress and anxiety start to creep in, I have to remember to take the time and remind myself of all the wonderful people and things I have in my life and that everything will be okay. Also, celebrate your wins, even if they’re small ones. Now, let’s do this 2015.
Returning to work after the holidays is always a little rough, but after a very relaxing staycation, I’m ready to get back at it. I’m starting the new year off with a trip to San Francisco, my first time back since I’ve moved, for a project with some lovely clients. After I return, I have some special projects that I’ve resolved to put energy towards, part of my new year goals. I love the motivation and energy a new year always brings and I’m hoping that momentum stays with me for as long as possible. Happy new year!
A dear friend of mine (and old boss, and by ‘old’ I mean ‘previous’, although I do enjoy referring to her as ‘mom’ sometimes to push her buttons), recently renovated a store bought shed into an oasis of an office/guest room. She, her husband, and daughter live in the cutest cottage (which is also awesome btw) but they needed some extra space. Instead of adding on to their current house, which can be a lot to take on, and very costly, they decided to resolve the space issue by customizing a shed they purchased from Costco and plopping it in their backyard.
They extended the roof line and added a tin roof, which completely makes the cookie cutter shed much more interesting architecturally.
Painted the exterior and added wood slats, which were leftover from when they redid their floors in the main house.
Removed the doors/top window and replaced them with glass inset sliding doors.
They added a floor to ceiling window on the back wall along with another window above the desk, letting in loads of natural light.
I was amazed to see the progress and loved how it all turned out, bookmarking this DIY stat!
When I was getting ready for my move from San Francisco to Ojai, a friend told me that my life probably wouldn’t be ‘normal’ again for another 6 months. She was totally right. After a month and a half of bouncing around, Dre and I found a cute, little house to rent and as soon as we moved in, we left for a three week European adventure. Although fun and exciting, the trip was just plain bad timing. But life is short and we finally fulfilled Dre’s late mother’s wishes of traveling back to Germany with my father-in-law and meeting the whole fam. It was a really awesome trip.
As soon as Dre and I got back, we had to send out senior part-time model, Chloe, to doggie heaven. It was the first time either of us had to go through that experience and it was very sad and hard, but I know she lived a long (and spoiled) life and she’s in a much better place. It truly is like losing a family member.
Mercury in retrograde did a number on me, but I finally feel like I’m settling in and getting into the groove of things. There’s a bit of work to still be done in the house to really make it feel like home, but it’s slowly coming along. Some furniture needs to be bought and planting that needs to be done, but I am truly enjoying Ojai.
I can feel my design style changing to fit my new environment. Everything is still ‘eclectic vintage modern’, which has always been my comfort zone and what I’m drawn to the most, but there’s a little more rustic coming through, things are a bit more natural feeling, and there’s an ease I’m looking for in my surroundings.
My goal is to get the house in order before the holidays so that I can focus on work, creative projects and entertaining with family and friends. I have no idea how all those bloggers get their spaces together the same week they move in, gotta give them props for getting it all done. I’ll try to be good about sharing my progress. Welcome to Ojai.
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Been looking for my new home in Ojai and I’m pretty sure this isn’t it, but a girl can dream.
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1965 Wiley Residence, Architetects: Frederick Liebhardt & Eugene Weston III, Del Mar, Ca
Photo by Laure Joliet
Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg has partnered up with furnishings and fabrics giant Kravet to launch her first collection of textiles and trimmings for the home. Bold stripes, geometrics, vivid florals, textured fabrics that resemble snake and crocodile skins, classic zebra, tiger, and cheetah motifs all show up in her debut line, patterns and prints that are synonymous with von Furstenberg’s clothing designs. Patterns such as Spotted Cat, Funky Zebra and Animal Ikat, all of which are available in shades of orange, red, and indigo will make a bold statement in any home.
Images via Kravet
If you have young kids in your family, you may be somewhat familiar with a certain thing called Lego obsession. My nephew is cra cra about these things and can build 3000 piece sets in like an hour. To make the Lego building high last a little longer for your kids, try decorating with them. I love how these Lego rooms are kid friendly but still sophisticated, the approach I always like to take when decorating for kids.
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