Happy Thanksgiving

A little early on wishing you a joyous Turkey Day, but we are about to depart on our first international family vacation traveling to Tokyo, Japan this weekend(!) with the monkeys. I will be checked out on the actual holiday and wanted to wish you a beautiful, peaceful meal with your loved ones.

I had the opportunity to team up with my girl Phoebe Chuason and The Citizenry to create a luxe boho modern holiday tablescape. This is for a another separate collab that will probably come online while I'm gone, so I will tell you all about THAT after I get back. Lots of players to make one holiday table come to life, LOL. I didn't want you to miss out on some incredible tablecsape inspiration for your own holiday table. From my table to yours, let me tell you a little more about it.

You may have noticed my dining room got a some sparkly new pieces to show off - new Marcel Breuer dining chairs, layered with thick sheepskins to keep your bum warm in the winter season, and the beautiful prints by Amy Bartlam, available through the webshop. These make for a simple modern backdrop for the stimulating table decor.

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This decadent holiday table represents my version of organic modern. The organic part is derived from the muted colors and sumptuous shapes of the gourds and fruit, air plants, with natural wood and stone elements worked into the mix. Nature is brought in with plentiful cut peppercorn and olive tree branches used to decorate the table top and hang from the light fixture above.

The modern element comes from the restrained monochromatic color scheme of muted natural creams and contrasting dark green and ebony tones. African mudcloth sets up the monochromatic black and white base. I mix in the patina of small vintage table top items with the crispness of new angular dishes and servingware provided by The Citizenry. Beautiful clay dishes and gorgeous wood boards handmade in Ireland. This mix offers a high end look that feels earthy and accessible.

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The luxurious golden brass accents help to keep the minimalist color scheme from feeling cold or uninviting. These are the same concepts I apply to my interior finish schemes to create a consistent experience. 

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Every shot by Phoebe Chuason is beyond delicious I couldn't resist posting as many images as I have. I hope your meal is as yummy as this California cool table looks. Happy Thanksgiving. Even with all the shenanigans going on around us politically, we do have so very much to be grateful for. 

Noteworthy 17

Its been months since I did one of my "noteworthy" notes but today is the kind of day we all need a major distraction from the anxiety ridden election. Let's take a mental break and think of pretty things.

1) I had the pleasure of visiting the Parachute Hotel (by the same talented team that brought you Parachute Home) in Venice Beach and man oh man did I leave feeling inspired by the beachy boho minimalism perfection. Its not only a spot to stay overnight but the single unit makes for a fantastic event space. Book it! 2) A very neat thing about the Parachute Hotel is that the design team openly shares their sources for creating the unique look which benefits the small shops they partnered with for furnishings and decor, and the visitor. 3) Speaking of unique hotel experiences, I'm digging the chic personal feel of Roost Apartment Hotel for the next time I'm in Philly... 4)  Oversized doors with oversized handles will be the next big (er, oversized) trend. I'm calling it. 5) I saw the most incredibly simply luxe handmade leather, wood and chrome Riva chair by Zele Company at the WestEdge Design Fair and I can't stop thinking about it. 6) Custom furniture with vintage accents, a funky home tour that shows with restraint on Designsponge, that also happens to be in Philedelphia. 7) This is what drought resistant SoCal backyard dreams are made of. 8) A new product collection by Caroline Z. Hurley inspired by nomadic travels, the moon, and Joshua Tree, need I say more? 9) I am not one who wears perfume, but I received Molecule 1 as a gift from Alec for our anniversary (nice work, A) and it is Ah-may-zing. I can't stop wanting to smell it. The idea is that it has no smell (but it does to me! Sandlewoody and fresh) and can be worn as a unisex scent. It is made of a single aroma molecule, Iso E which is used as the base in most perfumes. By itself, it is all you need. I wish the bottle was better designed but I am obsessed with this new scent. 

Meet the Team

Little did you know this because it took months to get their bios in, but I have two lovely Assistant Designers helping get sh*t done here at Veneer Designs. Not to brag, but my team is prettier, smarter, and more talented than your team ;)

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One fine afternoon we found a white wall, happened to all be wearing black, and took our profile pictures to make it legit. 

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First up we have Phoebe, who came on board in January 2016. She is wise, detailed, and her background in both architecture and photography makes her an immense asset to the work we do. Her commitment to the quality of the work is invaluable and she just happens to be as sweet and sincere as you would dare to imagine.

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In the summer of 2016, Kaitrin joined the team. Kaitrin has a spunky energy and a passion for trend forward design. She brings a casual sophistication into the mix and a unique viewpoint to organic modern decor. We are lucky to have her devotion and her wise cracks to keep things lively.

Read their full bios on the About page and get to know them in person if we end up working together.

Dreaming of Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree is one of my favorite places to visit. Its 2 hours east from the urban congestion of LA, maybe 30 minutes north of the glamour and bustle of Palm Springs, and once you get there it feels like a million miles away from earth. A moonscape. The National Park itself is a natural wonder, but the general atmosphere of the tiny town is a little magical. Earthy, artistic, relaxed, and inspired.

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I have been eyeing a few AirBNB getaways that capture the spirit of the locale: spartan, sun faded kilims, Western long horns, vintage 70's brass and macrame, found natural objects, nomad meets mystic, midentury meets rustic. They all seem wonderful and they are usually booked when I want to stay there. Lodging in Joshua Tree in general is pretty affordable like the Pionertown Motel or Spin and Margie's Desert Hideaway

Amber of Lasso Abode fame introduced me to the Joshua Tree House website that can show you where to buy the same items that they showcase in their Joshua Tree home. Including her gorgeous pillows (the Veneer shop sells a capsule collection of the entry level version). Brilliant. 

If you don't see yourself getting out to Joshua Tree any time in the near future, the Veneer shop carries stunning larger scale fine print photography prints by Amy Bartlam that will make your heart skip a beat and take you there.

They are all so so good, a series o 2 or 3 wouldn't hurt.