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Modern Farmhouse Magazine

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So exciting! Check out the latest issue of Modern Farmhouse on stands now to see the stunning 6 page spread of a beautiful kitchen remodel that we contributed to. The truth is great designs are usually due to a great home owner and this project was no exception. This project came out so beautifully because Lisa has amazing personal style and had a very clear vision of what she wanted for her home and it is truly a reflection of her. 

This particular project was so awesome because so many talented people were part of it! See all the details here

I Want To Go: The Lodging

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Check it. The Lodging in Freemantle. I love me a good boutique hotel and black and pink and fab photos hits it in all the right spots. This little lady is a refurbished 1800's terrace house. Cant beat the look of modern and traditional all wrapped into one. This is a great example of how a really simple color palette and restrained design can make a huge impact on a space. 

Get me a ticket to Australia stat! 

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all images via  The Lodging  

all images via The Lodging 

Stylin' in NOLA

Whoa its been a whirlwind and I'm just catching my breath before we keep on rollin. Spent all of last week in beautiful New Orleans working on one of our newest Sonder properties and as usual I had a blast exploring the city and designing on the fly. Nothing like arriving to a new city with a photo shoot scheduled and working under the gun to make it happen! 

First things first- painting and setting the stage. Luckily I had a great group of locals to show me all the spots to find the accessories we needed to add the perfect NOLA flavor to our units. And install! 

I had a blast sorting through vintage shops looking for cool finds- old coffee bags, found bottles, and amazing street photographs were some of my favorites that I took home with me.

Then its time to shoot- one of my favorite things! I always say no matter how great your work is, if you are not working with a stellar photographer it will never shine! Luckily we were able to get the amazing Jacqueline Marque to shoot for us, and I had so much fun collaborating with her and can't wait to do it again! 

And voila! Sonder's are ready for you if you are heading down to NOLA anytime soon! 

 

 

Welcome to the Tiny Tree House!

I am so excited to finally unveil my "Tiny Treehouse!"  I have always been the designer that focuses more on other people's homes than my own, so when I found my perfect house I was so excited to really make it mine. 

47 stairs up above the trees- my little cabin in the sky is the perfect spot for me to feel inspired and rejuvenated. I have filled it with all my favorite bohemian pieces- frazadas, mudcloth, vintage moroccan rugs and a whole lot of woven rattan and carved wood. I guess I was inspired by my 70's fireplace that is the center of attention in my living room! 

Take the full tour over on Apartment Therapy and read my interview on what inspired my design! And thank you so much to the fabulous Julia Sperling for your impeccable eye and making my tiny tree house shine! xx

Tips: Bali/Boho on a Budget

A few weeks back I completed the design for Audrina Patridge's living room and dining room. It was full on Bohemian/ Bali inspired and we had such a great time putting it together! Head on over to Audrina's blog to read my top  tips for getting the same Bali inspired look I did for her on a budget! 

photo credit: Carla Choy Photography 

Fall Collection Nate Berkus x Target

You guys! Have you seen the newest Fall collection from Nate Berkus at Target? I love all things Nate and Target has really hit the mark with this one. Target is such a great source for unexpected, affordable home pieces and I swear the collections keep getting better and better! I love Target especially for accent tables and textiles. Their pillow and throw collections are always great and its the perfect place to source trendy seasonal items that you might want to switch out because nothing is too expensive. 

Be sure to check out the Nate Fall collection, so many of the great trends I have seen for the Fall are happening here- rattan, gold accents and rich browns. Go grab some! 

Tour Julie and Johnathon's House!

Love this video of a little behind the scenes action of the install of my design of  Julie Solomon and Johnathon Schaech's house. We had such a great time working together- I didn't want the project to end! Julie is so stylish and has such great taste that she made my job way too easy!  And seeing Camden's reaction to his teepee was my favorite thing ever! You can also read more about the project on the World Market blog here.  

Kitchen Tips and Trends

Seems like I have been working on a lot of kitchen designs lately and wanted to share some of my tips when it comes to designing a kitchen and also what I am loving right now! There is a lot to think about when you are re-modeling a kitchen, unlike many other spaces in the home kitchens and bathrooms are usually spaces that need to do a lot of jobs as well as withstand the test of time because they typically end up staying put for a bit!  Case in point the 1970’s kitchen that I am currently working on! It hasn’t been touched in a couple of decades so its finally time for a facelift! 

Top Tips

Be practical! Think about all the functions for your kitchen- how do you use it? Are you a super cook? Do you love to entertain? Do you want to just make your kitchen disappear? These are all important things to consider when starting on your project. Although you love the look of carrera marble, its tough to maintain and if your countertops take a beating a quartz or other manmade material might be a better option for your lifestyle. 

Steer Clear of the Trends! You want your kitchen to withstand the test of time. In kitchen’s and bath’s I tend to recommend that my clients go with neutrals on things like the cabinets. Although a lime green cabinet looks amazing in a magazine this wont necessarily translate for many years and if you are planning to live with your new kitchen for awhile I recommend staying with the basics on the major pieces. 

Treat your tile and hardware like jewelry! These are the places you can have a bit of fun with. Be more adventurous with your tile choices and know that nickel, chrome, rose gold.. you can change up your hardware easily over the years. 

Brighten it up! I love me some lighting! In all spaces! Lighting in a kitchen is especially important. Here you have to consider decorative lighting as well as task lighting. A vintage pendant can make any space interesting and again this is an area that can be changed out of you keep your kitchen for 30 years! 

Trends that are not Trendy! 

I’m loving a lot of whites, natural stone and light woods.  There are so many amazing materials out there to choose from and dont even get me started on tiles! But truly I am really drawn to the direction of the kitchen being a space that takes its inspiration from nature, it should be a beautiful backdrop to create delicious meals for family and friends to enjoy. 

I love thick natural wood open shelving. 

Hints of brass or gold mixed with a surprising rich color. 

I have been seeing a lot of islands that are different material than the rest of cabinets and that is a trend I am really loving. 

Bench seating is always a hit with me! Anywhere you can lounge to drink your coffee is a plus! 

Ok I am going to go back to pinning incessant inspiration pictures. Follow along with me here! And in the meantime I hope you are inspired to create your own perfect kitchen oasis. 

Obsessed with

Heike Weber . Hello this is amazing! I have been researching a lot of art installations for one of my particularly stylish clients lately and ran across Heike Weber's work. Obsessed, dying, can barely breathe! Really loving this amazingness that involves permanent marker. It has a great natural quality, is pattern without being chaotic and that pink its just my favorite color these days! I always love a good malachite pattern and this is a just doing it for me in all the right ways! Now excuse me while I go grab my sharpie and attempt a masterpiece of my own.