Please welcome Erin of Holtwood Hipster!

So excited to welcome a true renovator today! Erin has a casually chic California style that I just adore! Follow along her remodeling adventures on her blog, and like me, you’ll find new products, gorgeous photos, and eye-candy roundups that keep me longing for the day I have my very own mid-century modern fixer. Until then, I’ll style vicariously through her…

Hello Shop Talk readers! My name is Erin and I blog over at Holtwood Hipster. I’m so thrilled to be guest posting today for Erika on one of my favorite daily reads. I never miss a Shop Talk post and I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from her Design Under the Influence column- truly high style design sense to aspire to.

We’ve recently completed more than two years of renovations on our 1960′s rancher and at long last, we’re settling into the good part- the decorating. Throughout the renovation process, I’ve been inspired by all of the different natural stone finishes that have become so widely available to us now. From quartz to limestone and marble; whether it be on the floor, wall or countertop, there are so many sophisticated options being used in fresh and innovative ways. Collectively, you could say we really are celebrating a Stone Age revival of sorts.

While the Carrera waterfall island of my dreams still awaits (someday), I can always satisfy my stone fix with rocks, minerals and geodes used as accessories throughout our home.

‘d argue that they’ll add more than just visual interest-  though they are often very pretty. Rocks and minerals infuse a sense of permanence to a living space – which as a new homeowner looking to lay down roots, really resonates with me. While we initially become captivated with their candy colored hues and crystalline bellies, I think our real curiosity with them lies in the fact that they’ve been here long before you or I ever existed.  Somehow knowing that they came to be here through a miracle made up of time and space makes these semi-precious wonders all the more… precious, doesn’t it?

Below are more picks to make your own interior stylings rock solid.

A big thank you to Erika for having me in to talk shop with you all today. I’ll be sure to share how I’m incorporating some of these gems into my own home over at my own little corner of the blogosphere.

Become Inspired // 
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Bring it home //
kiva natural stone platters // soap rocks // blue + gold flocked shakers // iris paper box // white marble/brass tray // snow marble table lamp // lola quartz side table // blush head sculpture // agate pillows // large marble wallpaper


  • February 28, 2013 Reply


    The bathrooms are beautiful! Love the amethyst hues too. Great photos and picks! Thank you!

  • February 28, 2013 Reply


    That quartz lamp is just beautiful!

  • February 28, 2013 Reply


    What’s great about decorating with stone is that both my husband and I love it…it can appeal to both men and women. Love!

  • February 28, 2013 Reply


    Great post, beautiful photos.

  • February 28, 2013 Reply


    This is my ideal post….Love Erin, love rocks….and found a wallpaper I had been looking for!! Beautiful images and post Erin. Congrats.

  • February 28, 2013 Reply


    Ugh! it’s so gorgeous I can’t stand it!! Stones have a nice grounding energy. I love the soap rocks!

  • February 28, 2013 Reply


    Timeless… what is it about surrounding ourselves with natural things that make us happy… content, connected? Whether it’s soft natural fabrics, the feel of wood floors under our feet or the luxury of stone incorporated into our living spaces, we can’t escape the hard-wired pull of the earth… sort of like gravity.

  • February 28, 2013 Reply


    Thank you Erin for awe inspiring ideas. Love the most basic quality of rock…history. It’s wonderous to stare at rock in all forms and imagine the hundreds or, perhaps, thousands of years of morphing to create such gems. They are designing with history. I agree that they add depth to any environment.

  • February 28, 2013 Reply

    The Now

    STOP! SO much inspiration here. I can’t take it. THat wallpaper is to die for. And can we talk about the really shallow sink…best thing I’ve ever seen!! Need to check out Erin’s blog ASAP! xo

  • February 28, 2013 Reply


    That wallpaper! So pretty. And that tray, it’s officially now on my wishlist too.

  • February 28, 2013 Reply


    Love this post. LOVE it.

  • February 28, 2013 Reply

    Preciously Me

    Love the stones in a home ?
    The marble tray is already on my wishlist and the stone platters are so beautiful!
    But my fave is definitely this marble wallpaper!!! Absolutely stunning!!!

  • February 28, 2013 Reply


    Ok those stone platters are amazing. Love this trend in home decor right now! Carrera Marble is my dream. Found your blog via Erin and now following :)

  • March 5, 2013 Reply

    Katie Anderson

    Did you get that wallpaper in? I think I am ordering the same thing available at Home Depot. I am curious what it looks like in person.

  • June 2, 2013 Reply


    After looking at the Holtwood Hipster website the people over there obviously have an amazing hipster fashion sense.

    Thank you very much for this article Hipster.

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