HOUSE ENVY New Traditional

Classic + Casual A bonus of beach time on the weekend? Catching up on magazines. Happened to rediscover this L.A. home of designer Mark D. Sikes in an old issue of House Beautiful. Even for a modern glam girl like myself, I want to live and breathe in the relaxed tones and textures mixed with just

Weekend Progress

The little things… How was your weekend? Mine was lovely, and included a few small accomplishments that made it a big success in my book… MASTER BEDROOM: BED CHANGE Totally unexpected! Found this gray/ivory cowhide at IKEA ($199!) of all places, but it didn’t really work in my office as I had hoped. So instead,

RUNWAY ART SS12, Illustrated

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN / Couture for your walls Was practically in disbelief as I browsed through the work of crazy talented artist Sunny Gu. The detail in the fabrics, the sheens, the textures, the hues…amazingness! And you can own one of these beauts for yourself? At $30-$50 a piece, might as well make a collection…

[Guest Post] The Girls of Lincoln Park Summer Dresses

Please welcome The Girls of Lincoln Park! If you’re looking for major style inspiration, look no further than the ladies of GOLP! They always strike just the right tone for me, curating images that instantly make me feel fashionable and in-the-know. I walk away with a little more sass in my step, as if ready

Triple Post Day

To make up for my absence yesterday, I’ve got this post plus two guest spots today! ONE Please join me for JulipMade’s socially responsible series “If Bloggers Ruled the World” where I discuss matters close to my heart, and how you can contribute too! TWO I’m also over at La Dolce Vita for my bi-weekly “Design

Personal Day.

Between a late meeting and some personal stuff that’s left me drained, I needed to take a day off the blog. See you tomorrow. xo

NEW OFFICE Bohemian Mod

Working it out Do you ever feel paralyzed by all the projects you’ve got going on in your home? That’s how I’ve felt lately. There are so many things I want to do that I don’t know where to start! I’m slowly acquiring pieces for my daughter’s big girl room, but a first priority for

GIVEAWAY Louboutin Original Watercolor!

N°Prive 120mm Fun alert!!! Win this original watercolor and ink illustration of a Christian Louboutin peep toe sling back, by the very talented Etsy artist Kim Peterson! And I’m making it EASY!

[Guest Post] Society Social Thibaut Wallpapers

Please welcome Roxy of Society Social and A Cup of Te! Now here’s a gal who goes big or goes home, in style! I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Bar Cart Extraordinaire on my recent trip to NYC, and take it from me, not only is she beautiful and vivacious, she is so generous

AMERICAN SUMMER

My kind of red, white and blue I never thought a Spanish company with a Russian model could inspire me to go cliché and sport patriotic hues tomorrow. But like me, don’t you love the Mango Summer 2012 catalog’s version of America’s beloved reds, whites and blues, too?

THE E LIST 07.02.12

That 70′s feeling (again)… I always do this in the summer: want to rock a little 70′s vibe, and at the moment, one that’s of the bronzed variety…

PHOTOS Retro Citrus Bridal Shower

The final product! So you’ve been seeing me blog and Instagram about this shower for my sis-in-law forever, I know! But I got the pics that photographer Melissa Stewardson captured so beautifully, and had to share! First let me say it is downright difficult to find party supplies aren’t too pastel (= baby) or too

[Guest Post] La Dolce Vita Summer Lust List

Please welcome Paloma of La Dolce Vita! Guys and gals, we are in for a treat today. I am sure you know the incomparable Paloma Contreras right? She is only one of the biggest interior design bloggers around…a true vet. Definitely one of my first and my fave reads. I’m so honored to have her

BOHO CHIC The Peacock Chair

New “Design Under the Influence!” Happy Wednesday! Today I’m over at La Dolce Vita sharing history and inspiration on the Peacock Chair, as prominently featured in the above room. With a disco ball, cowhide, palm, Saarinen-like mod chrome chair, Baroque-style mirrors, vintage Louis Vuitton trunk and a horn atop, this might be the best bohemian

PROJECT L.B.G. Leighton’s Big Girl Room

Brainstorming It’s recently come to my attention that my daughter is about to grow out of her converted crib, which means 3 things: 1) she’ll need a twin bed; 2) it’s time to redecorate; and 3) she’s not my baby anymore. The third realization hit me the hardest, and so to make myself feel better

Dunzo.

It’s Monday? Between being busier than I’ve ever been work-wise (**very grateful**) and putting on the bridal shower Saturday for my sis-in-law, you could say, I’m wiped. Hence, short but sweet post today as I need to conserve my energy for the week ahead! A few peeks from the shower…

PREVIEW Kishani Perera for West Elm & Connect:Homes

Living Room concept by Kishani Perera, with pieces from West Elm and Rummage Home Pre-Fab collab premieres at Dwell on Design LA this weekend Can’t believe it’s already Friday! I will be knee-deep in matron-of-honor duties this weekend, which means I will miss the Dwell on Design show going on at the LA Convention Center today thru Sunday. Boo! But

[Guest Post] Things That Sparkle Vignette to Room

via Please welcome Alex from Things That Sparkle! I just dawned on me that Things That Sparkle was one of my first reads as I discovered the blog world! And I am honored to now call Alex a friend and colleague. It’s been a joy to follow along as she finished design school, started her

SHORTS STORY Hotpants in the City

More summer style… I remember when we lived in NYC, I felt like nobody wore shorts! Very odd for a Hawaiian Cali girl such as myself. So I am pleased to see that shorts are back in style in the big city. With sandals they’re a summer staple, and with a sweater and booties, easily

AMANDA PEET’S California Boho

Her sunny So Cal Spanish abode Did you happen to catch actress Amanda Peet’s home and grounds captured in Vogue? It feels very Southern California to me, very homey and summery — like I want to have a glass of Rosé, out in her garden, at a fire pit perhaps, with a few friends, at

THE TANK DRESS Up or Down

Summer sizzle, day or night Today I’m guest posting for ever-stylish The Girls of Lincoln Park on my favorite summer trend — the tank dress. My post last week (1 dress, 5 ways) made me realize just how very versatile these slinky numbers are. Day or night, they’ll get you through a hot summer in any

Life, and Cary Grant

“Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.” ~ Cary Grant This past month has been a whirlwind work wise and personally, and I have another month of craziness ahead. So it’s more important than ever that I take time out. One way I do that is to watch old

[Guest Post] lust luxe love Outdoor Style

Please welcome Amanda of lust luxe love! Amanda is fairly new on the scene, and already taking the blogworld by storm! You may recognize her handiwork on the redesign of The Vault Files and Mae Badiyan, two of my reads. She’s super talented and no surprise, I completely heart her style. She’s a genius. You

ANGIE HRANOWSKY Effortless Hip

With just two days left in the HomeMint Pinterest Contest, I had to include one more fave! Angie Hranowsky’s style is off-the-charts, stellar cool. She started as a graphic designer but has become known for her interiors…my idol, right? She has a way of mixing comfie textures, iconic mid-century modern pieces, and trendy patterns and