Something really big is cooking for an architecturally stunning house in Santa Monica. All the interior colors are currently shades of mayonnaise, light yellow, and brown. We are going to paint every surface of that house in a much cooler light grey spectrum, install new tile and counter tops in two bathrooms and the kitchen, and infuse it with some midcentury modern touches in the spirit of Palm Springs. The work is starting soon so when it wraps up, I’ll show you the before and afters. But since that’s about 2 months away, these boards will give you a taste of what’s to come.
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Part two of the midcentury modern spruce up covers the living area and the guest powder room. There was a not very good shade of crimson as the accent throughout. It just had to go and a more serene color scheme take over.
The only thing I could think of for the powder room was a black and white scheme since I know that we couldn’t replace the black floor or wall mounted faucet. Making lemonade out of lemons, we painted over the yellow Venetian plaster with white and swapped out the light and the sink. The black slate floor with red accent tile was covered up with a large mat. And other black and white accessories were brought in to complete the scheme. The only thing that was rejected was the wallpaper. It was too much of an investment for a temporary freshening up.
We ended up installing a mirror from Ebay which was the perfect vintage Danish shape instead of teh modern mirror originally shown. Otherwise, here is the transformation.
Moving onto the living room: lots of glass, lots of red.
I really wanted to bring in more wood, via chunky shelves to match the mantel, and neutral greys. Painting a new accent color had the biggest impact since we couldn’t change the tile surround on the fireplace. This is the main entertaining space for guests so higher quality accessories were procured. Dwell Studio rugs, an amazing chrome Sputnick chandelier, and designer pillows.
The final touch was a little styling work on the shelves and voila, the room is ready.
Have you noticed that when watching your kids play, you end up spending a lot of time on the floor. And that floor is hard. I wanted to soften it up not only for them, but for me too, so I added this delicious rug near the sofa. The wool is thick and creamy and I do recommend it to all. I am even thinking of buying a second one and laying it next to the first to make a larger padded area.
Sometimes I post on Friday, sometimes its weekend thing, other times I only make it to the computer to sift through my Instagram pics on Monday – I hope you can deal with the sporadic posting schedule. It is what it is. Here is the week in review.
1) Its hard to believe but this beautiful girl turned 1 on 4/18. Wow, just wow. 2) I started a baby succulent garden inside. Hope these little guys grow well. 3) Yup, I found my modern farmhouse table for a song. I lurve it. I’m just having a hard time unloading the old Danish table. Its a good price and an amazing table. What gives? I’ll do a full post when the rest of the dining room comes together. But so far light and table are good to go. 4) I also scored this abstract painting. It spoke to me some how and I took it home. 5) The bakery at Canter’s Deli, mmmmmmm, classic. 6) Oh yeah, I finally pulled the trigger on this wannabe Beni Ouarain rug I was bookmarking for a long while. I wanted something plush to sit on when playing with kids on the floor in the play room. Boy is it plush.
I pulled together a modern organic design scheme for a sun room that was featured on Houzz. I love every item in this collection and wish I had a sun room to put them in myself. The good news is that even if you don’t have a sun room, you can use some of these elements in a casual dining or lounge area indoors this summer to make for a lovely entertaining ambiance. If you want to see where to purchase each item (and more) on this board, all the info is in the Houzz ideabook.
The sad truth is I am the worst at sleep training and Ilana is scared of her crib. When we brought in the locker bed for Lev’s room, it was an opportunity to bring in a matching second twin size bed for Ilana for the future and chuck the crib. I know its too soon for her since she is not even 1, but that’s what happened. And her room got a restyle. Nothing major.
I only changed the layout of her tiny bedroom to make room for a larger bed. I bought in a Componibili storage unit as a nightstand, and new bedding. A simple striped duvet cover and colorful hex patterned sheets. Hex is trendy, but if you are going to dip your toes in the trendy pool it might as well be with Target brand sheets for under $20 until you get sick of it.
Now you know where the tissue paper tassels I made for Valentine’s Day decoration ended up. Above her bed on the blackboard wall. They are festive.I also had to hang the “For Neil” poster by Martin Krusche. I have been obsessed with this sweet moon face graphic since I first saw it on the blogosphere and hunted one down from a German shop. Ilana’s points with delight every time she sees it.
The midcentury dresser with brass details is still there, along with my hand made cloud mobile, and Flokati rug. I thrifted the kitschy kitty print and could not resist hanging it.
The Eames rocker sits at the foot of the bed, under the window, with a few personal touches: a wool baby blanket our friends brought back from a trip to Scotland, a monogram pillow hand embroidered by her grandmother. I like her restyled room even more than the nursery. Now, to get her to sleep in it is another project…
Its spring break this week which makes getting anything really done harder with 2 kids requiring full time attention. Luckily, the grandparents are here in town visiting too, which takes some pressure off of me. But still, besides a killer Passover Seder on Monday night, not a lot is getting accomplished.
1) I cooked ahead a load of veggies for the week as I was prepping some Seder dishes and it felt good to be so domestic. 2) This faux taxidermy moose head was a leftover from the Urban Cowgirl bedroom project. Unfortunately, I dropped it and broke the resin into smitherins before I found a place to hang it. Sad, don’t tell K. 3) Lev and Ilana get lots of trips to the playground on Spring Break. The swings are Ilana’s new fave. 4) We have fun indoors too. 5) I still manage to carve out some time for this sick remodel I’m working on in Santa Monica. Look at the structure – the interiors are going to be amazing once I’m done. 6) I’m also mid restyling Ilana’s bedroom. Full post to come after I hang up new art and document.
Happy Pesach, Happy Easter!
My client K is one of the most trusting people I have yet to meet. Originally from Austin, she wanted to infuse her LA crash pad with farmhouse rustic touches, but let the bedroom bask in its full feminine and glamorous glory. She wanted lots of white and wood, a bed that was layers upon layers of comfort, and to keep it on a smaller budget since this was not her main home. She hands me a wad of cash and says “go”, she doesn’t need to approve any of my selections, just to surprise her. Talk about a fun task! And here are the eye candy results. A dream bedroom haven for our inner girly girl.
That is a bed dreams are made of. A ruffled bed skirt, pinched duvet cover, mountains of pillows, and a Moroccan wedding blanket for sparkle.
With a salvaged wood slice to act as a headboard and contrast all that white, can we talk about how cool the faux taxidermy copper Bison head is? He is both rustic and glamorous as he watches over her while she sleeps.
K is here in LA to work, so another requirement was a white Parson’s style desk. The wire mesh Bertoia style chair adds is a nice compliment and pictures of family and friends back home are propped above on the white picture ledges.
When guests are over, the caramel brown leather armchair is a nice place for them to sit. A Craigslist score for $150. She found the pair of midcentury wall sconces on her own in Austin and they are rad.
We needed something to fill this blank wall. K was skeptical about this oversized Baroque mirror but I knew it would work as a feminine feature with its antique gold finish and over the top detailing. And now she is smitten with it. With a bench made of salvaged wood and hair pin legs (copper dipped) we got the rustic part covered too.
On the floor, I wanted a calfskin rug with a metallic finish to work both angles of rustic and glamour. Its can handle a lot of abuse and still looks really good in a rock and roll sort of way. Layered with a sweater rug, we have texture.
No bedroom would be complete without some green. Succulents of course. Especially with the amazing light this room gets. And wouldn’t you know it, as soon as the bedroom was 100% complete, we got word that K was relocating to San Francisco for her next assignment. She will be missed in LA, but I know she can recreate this room in her new crash pad and bring the living room scheme to completion.
Its the first day of Spring and looking around doesn’t it feel like everything is just about to be refreshed. Good thing my package from West Elm arrived today so that I could give the guest bathroom a quick spruce up before we have back to back guests for the entire month of April. All I needed was a new painterly dhurrie rug and shibori shower curtain (told you this was trending) for the whole room to feel new and fresh. I also found a reason to bring out my navy and white Turkish bath towel and Moroccan style candle
Sometimes, I’m inspired by my own posts and I hope you are too. That’s the point right? I bought some Turkish kilim pillows on eBay and swapped out some existing pillow covers for a brighter living room sofa. Its a fun and easy way to mix things up, like buying a few new tops.
The area under our stairs was a real mess. Nice hooks and Flor carpet tile were not doing enough to keep it in check. My husband didn’t see anything wrong with it, but I saw a real failure with the dorm like shoe display. I’ve been hoping to find some kind of industrial storage unit to organize those shoes (we are “no shoes inside” house).
And I lucked out at the Flea Market with these $10 bins. Its hard to photograph this dark spot of our house and this was the best I could do.
I made it to the Long Beach Flea Market this past Sunday and it was a fruitful trip. I got there earlier than usual and I felt like everyone was speed walking and power shopping to beat out the competition. Which made the visit more thrilling and my buys felt more precious. My haul included a Mexican serape blanket with the best color combinations, a beautifully waxed mini library catalog, a bentwood wicker stool, a travel clock, and some cute white dishes. I haggle on everything of course to get a good price.
There was a lot of chintzy kitch but a good representation of mid-century and industrial style finds. I like the Long Beach Flea market better for its smaller size and reasonable pricing, er…haggling.
I don’t know why but I always get tempted to buy these rad bohemian vintage dresses there. Thinking somehow I’ll get to wear them. Don’t worry, it didn’t happen.
I did let this carved wood go. I just couldn’t do $35, but it is a nice sculptural piece.