Our daughter Zoe celebrated her 7th birthday yesterday with a dreamcatcher party. With a bit more prep work than I anticipated (more on that later this week), her friends strung beads and hung feathers to create their very own dreamcatchers to filter out bad dreams. Take a look at yesterday’s photos and stay tuned for details on how to host your own dreamcatcher party .
Happy Birthday Zoe!!!
Sometime in September I created a Pinterest board entitled “What To Wear” as a place to share autumnal fashion ideas and sources with other pinners. I must admit it’s been super fun following everyone’s favorite looks. There’s a great group of contributors: a fashionista who finds inspiration from the runaways, a lover of layering clothes, a chic and sophisticated dresser, a woman with lots of bohemian flair and a laid-back clothes horse. To all those that are adding to the board, please keep doing it. I’m already spotting fashion for a Spring 2015 pinboard, even though I haven’t been able to put on a pair of boots or wear a cashmere sweater yet. California’s heat wave is giving me the Fall wardrobe denial blues…
If you’d like to be part of the shared “What To Wear” board follow me on Pinterest so I can send you an invite.
Images: via Pinterest
Some time ago, Alex and I bought a Peruvian Blanket for our project room and ever since I’ve been tempted to purchase another one. The collection that Marisa Haskell displays in her Temescal Alley jewelry studio is sheer eye candy for lovers of color and pattern. The blankets are weighty and drape easily over a sofa or chair to add a pop of color and a touch of fun to any space. We haven’t bought our second one yet, but I’m constantly tempted by Marisa’s ever changing stock of them. Take a look:
BTW, her jewelry is also high on my wish list. So far, I own two pieces!
The other day, while tending to the plethora of plants we have around the house, I thought it would be nice to share where they actually live. Some of the places you find them may be considered a bit unexpected, such as in a bathroom, in our children’s spaces and even atop bookcases. I began placing plants in the twins’ room while decorating their nursery, and ever since then there’s been a plant or two in their bedroom. Today one sits by Max’s turntable on his and Ben’s nightstand. Our home office would not be complete without a botanical touch, and the kitchen counter changes seasonally with cut branches or foliage. Zoe’s room often houses a delicate fern that softens the already sweet space. Take a look:
To see my favorite indoor plant groupings and some ideas on how to create your own, click here.
What’s your favorite plant spot?
Last week I popped into Modernaire’s new location in Oakland. After years in Berkeley, owner Bruce Crawford moved his carefully curated mid-century wares to a large, well lit space on Telegraph Ave. Living in a mid-century home, I’m naturally drawn to stores that represent the era, but what impressed me most about Modernaire was its wide array of accessories. Clocks, lamps, bowls, art and even a free standing fireplace were artfully displayed and available for sale. Any one of the items offered would be perfect for adding detail and personality to a space, mid-century or not. Take a look:
I’m super excited to announce that my mother in-law, Natalia, is exhibiting her Pod Art for the first time and you’re invited. Whether you’re local or not please join us this Saturday, October 11th, at her studio in Lafayette. If you have any questions or need directions email me at email@example.com To learn more about her unique work click here.
Looking forward to seeing you,
There are no rules in these spaces and I like that. Carefully selected furnishings and accessories speak to the personality and experiences of their owner, not to a particular trend or style, which ultimately makes them classics in their own right. By paying close attention to details through arranged curiosities, vignettes, mixed shapes and bold colors, these homes have an added dimension that pulls one in wanting to know more about the who, what, where and when about it all.
This post was inspired by a recent book purchase, The Chamber Of Curiosity. It’s filled with inspiring images and beautiful texts celebrating personal interior style. It’s a must have!
1. Commune’s Native Tile collection.
2. This poncho coat!
3. Unique lighting in unexpected places.
4. Because I love pointy flats…
5. An energizing and interesting cocktail.
Our Mid-Century home is perfect for the way we live. It seamlessly blends the indoors with the outdoors, combines many textures and has an effortless flow to it. It’s also in need of many updates. Having just renovated our kitchen, other wish-list projects are temporarily on hold, but that hasn’t stopped me from tweaking here and there. Adding something as plain as a round mirror to the kids’ bathroom has made quite thedifference. It expands the space and speaks to the style of the home better than the frosted square one that it replaced. See the before and afters below:
One of the first things done to the bathroom was a bamboo mural painted by our neighbor, who is a very talented artist. I love the ethereal quality it brings to the space.
Post cards around the mirror serve a double purpose. They hide scratches and holes in the wall (from the previous mirror) while providing daily inspirational messages.
Because I needed a specifically sized, unframed mirror, I had a local glass company custom make one. It turned out to be relatively inexpensive and very easy to install. Eventually, the entire bath will be redone, but for now even the slightest of changes keeps my design cravings at bay. At least for a while…
If you’ve made small improvements to your place I’d love to know about them.