Noteworthy 11

Its almost August. Is it bad that I am counting down the weeks of summer vacation before school starts again and my routine returns? 3 more weeks of camp +1 last minute spontaneous vacation week in Austin. As much as I adore summer I will be glad to welcome fall and the start of the new school year. For now, we are still very much in summer mode with my list of noteworthy items.

1) The next time my ice cream cone starts dripping faster than I can consume it, I will attempt the drip art of Giulia Bernardelli, found via Honestly WTF. 2) The summer uniform 3) Of course Jenny Kayne has a summer retreat in Lake Tahoe and of course its as effortlessly chic as she is. 4) A sweet girly nursery by the founder of Lulu and Georgia. 5) I like the relaxed layout of this shared bedroom. It would make for a lot of giggling and closeness as well as open up play space. The rest of the home tour equally compelling.  6)  I must get myself down to Lost & Found shop in Santa Monica. I have driven by as well as browsed online and it looks magnificent from all fronts. I have run out of excuses to visit in person. When the kids are back in school, that will be my time.... 7) I am working on a long term development project that will be about 2 years from completion. We are in the architectural conceptualization phases. We have blocked out the spot for the pool and since then, its all my design brain focuses on when it comes to this house. This linear pool by TaC Studios is a good starting point. 8) Jessica Comingore has shared the photographs of her completed studio space and she nailed it. Its everything I would like to achieve for my future dream work space. 9) When my contractor frees up at the end of the summer, I would like him to come over and install an accent wall of shiplap in my living room. I think it will look cool, right? image via Schoolhouse Electric.

Easy Coffee Table DIY

I forgot to share this really easy DIY with you. I found a broken clock at the thrift store a few months ago. Missing number 2, non-functioning mechanism, bent arms. Overall it was a disater but the chunk of wood it was made of was a keeper.

I pryed off the cheapo brass guts and clock face and attached 4 hairpin legs to the underside of the table. And with that I have a new rustic live edge coffee table in the living room. 

Too easy. You can attempt this over the long holiday weekend. Happy Fourth of July people.

Noteworthy 10

You would probably be expecting a Father's Day centric post as we head off into this weekend, but I figured enough blogs were doing the shaving, bar lover, coffee lover, bbq themed gift guides. Instead, I will leave you with the usual round up of things that caught my eye recently.

1) A lady who loves rugs as much as I do, if not way way more. The rugmaker behind Aelfie and her fab live work space on Lonny. 2) a very simple paint diy for those rocks, er "crystals" my son brings home daily and I don't have the heart to throw out. 3) Presented as a plant guide, the styling here is the trifecta of modern boho: white painted floors, vintage rattan furniture, and indigo pillow. xoxo. 4)Yup, basically the most perfect summer shoe: clog meets color blocking. 5) Can you believe this gorgeous 600 sf space is actually a mobile home? In Paradise Cove, Malibu but still. Shot by my talented friend Amy Bartlam. 6) Midcentury and vintage done very well in Brentwood via Plastolux. 7) Mom jeans are back in? Are you kidding me?! 8) I found my dream house, this will be the inspiration for any future house I own. 9) Originality by way of a brilliant splatter ceiling.

Ilana's Bedroom - 2 ways

I found a neat little kilim that is both the perfect size for Ilana's room and the best feminine faded pastel colors. The problem with Ilana is that she cannot handle change. Not one item can be swapped out in her domaine. Clearly she was born to the wrong mom since both Alec and Lev know not to get too attached to any piece or arrangement in the house.


First I eased her into it by layering the rug she is used to over the "offending" kilim. I paired it with a sweet pastel kantha throw on her bed.


On the sly I replaced the shag rug with a sheepskin rug so the pattern of the kilim below can really shine.  But the floor maintains a soft feel underfoot. I tried out this supersoft peach and mint Mexican blanket (so 80s, what's not to love) on the bed.


End result - the trickery sort of worked. The kilim was suspiciously accepted. But that Mexican blanket I found in a crumpled pile in the hall. Hey, you can't win them all. I have to let her have her space.

Santa Monica 3 - The Bedrooms

To me, the bedrooms are the most interesting part of the house and where things got really juicy. To be honest, I was a bit surprised by how adventurous R was willing to go, yet the rooms were kept pretty simple. Let me explain.


I have been very cautious to use wallpaper in the past since its such a big commitment. What if the client gets sick of the pattern and then is stuck with it. Plus its really hard for me to find patterns that I don't think are cheesy. For this house, wallpaper just made a lot of sense since the master bedroom was on the small side and we needed to make it feel majestic fast. It didn't hurt that this pattern from Hygge&West is beyond mesmerizing with its metallic accents and underwater illustrations. The room took on an aquatic feel and I paired it with a modern abstract blue rug from Loloi Rugs that reminde dme of looking at pool reflections. I brought in more black lighting fixtures to relate to the dining room light and the exterior paint. We had the vintage nightstands custom painted black as well. 


With the intensity of the wallpaper and black lighting fixtures, everything else could be kept really simple and no fuss. A large linen bedframe, a black and white Moroccon blanket, and just a leaning mirror with Paul McCobb chair are all that are needed to complete the room. I couldn't resist a pair of shibori pillows to underscore the water theme.  It has a boutique hotel room feel to it and I adore this bedroom.


In the children's room something really special happened. R is a pilot and he was able to get aerial survey maps to use as custom wallpaper. The contractor painstakingly matched up each map (bless his heart) to create a consistent full scale map that started at LAX behind the door and moved along two walls to reach Indiana at the window. It is truly incredible and photos do not do it justice. I have never seen anything like this before. 


The room sleeps 3 kids as the twin bed actually houses a trundle below. WIth the awesomeness of the wallpaper, we could keep everything else pretty streamlined like the master bedroom.  A cute little propeller based dresser. A neutral black and white scheme. And a rainbow of Bright Lab Lights strung over the crib for color.


If we imagine the master bedroom as water, and the children's bedroom as air, then the guest room is earth. This was the most bohemian and earthy I got in the house. And secretly I know it was R's favorite since he chose to sleep in this room rather than the master bedroom.  Its small, but it is very inviting with all the wood tones, even a wood bead pendant above, and the nice dose of natural light it gets. You see more indigo to give a little contrast to all the woodiness in the African mudcloth we hung as a headboard and the playful Caroline Z. Hurley throw at the foot of the bed.


Some really beautiful details add texture and life to the otherwise minimalist room. It feels very LA to me.

What do you think now that you have taken the full tour? Which are your favorite rooms in the house.

Santa Monica 3 - The Living Area

You have seen the exterior in the previous blog post, now let's work our way inside. As is typical in a lot of these small LA homes, the walls breaking up rooms into teeny tiny compartments are usually torn down during renovations to create one larger open plan living space.  


Seeing this configuration is pretty common but I wanted to make it feel really different and edgy. The all white modern kitchen and large glass windows was a nice start for the vanilla box.  The first thing we did since we were very short on time (my client was only in town for 5 weeks and the first week we spent on concept and design development - nailing down the look and feel of the space) was go to a vintage furniture store and buy as many large items that caught our fancy. My client definitely had a funky aesthetic and sought out the weirder items. In a good way. How else are you going to add a lot of personality to a bland white space? Those nesting tables in the living room and the console at the entry are two such examples.


The second thing we did was get up very early on a Sunday morning and visit the Long Beach Antique Market. A favorite source for midcentury finds at negotiable prices.  That's where we found a lot of accent pieces and the dining room chairs. They needed reupholstering and new chair pads which of course cost more than the set of 4 chairs, but it was worth the effort of cramming them into his car and bringing them back since they add a lot of wamth and life to what would be an otherwise stark space.


Once we felt like we had our fill of vintage items and hand washing after sifting through some grubbiness, it was time to balance out the vintage with clean shiny new things that still had a midcentury feel to them, but that would be available in 4 weeks or less.  The custom sofa from Thrive Furniture was made in 10 days. That gorgeous leather lounge chair was ready to go from HD Buttercup, as well as the sculptural wood accent chair from Organic Modernism. West Elm is always a reliable source for shelf styling objects. And that stunning black chandelier from Townsend Design was worth the full 4 week wait, even though I was worried it wouldn't make it in time. It really completes the entire larger living space.


Bright colorful objects from local sources and textiles from around the world helped add energy and vitality to the overall neutral space. Its happy and bright and makes me smile when I think about it.