Hi you… I have been MIA because… I opened ANOTHER store! It came somewhat as a surprise, since we just had a pop-up shop in March and weren’t planning on another until, at the earliest, fall. But the location of this new space could not be more ideal in all ways and just dreamy, so when the opportunity presented itself, I leapt with both feet, knowing the net will appear. I couldn’t post anything until a few days ago due to building permits still pending, but now everything is in place, so I’m able to share this incredible news with you all. This is a pop-up shop too, but it’s longer than we’ve done before – at least a month, but depending on a few things, it could possibly be our first permanent store!
Hi my loves… how are you? It’s been quite a month. The good news being that my son graduated from college this past week and is coming back to the Bay Area WITH. A. JOB.! I’m so super excited to have him back in California, proud that his hard work and success in business school paid off, but also, like all of my kids’ milestones, I’m a little weepy about the significance of next steps and new chapters…
On the opposite end of things, my grandfather passed away a couple of weeks ago… I was so fortunate to have flown back to spend time with them a week prior. I know we hear this all the time, but honestly, it’s so true and worth repeating — how quickly something can happen. So cherish the ones you love.
Like no other color, blue has an ability to resonate and stir emotion. It represents the sky and sea, and depending on the shade, blue is the color of fresh air, dusk, strength, spirit, soulfulness, sadness, joy and tranquility. I suppose that’s probably the reason this is the third post (the others are here and here) I’ve done on that color!
With summer coming, I’m drawn (in a huge way!) to the classic blue and white combination. In seasons past, a cream + black palette has been dominant, and while I love that too, I’m craving a fresh, bright, beachy vibe right about now. Here’s what I am loving. I hope you do too 🙂
The stripes and mixing of blues is what I like most about this space. The less match-y and careful, the better. Also worth noting, vertical (vs horizontal) panelling and on the ceiling too – cool and different – especially pared with the pale floors. This all looks to be original, but the same effect can be replicated.
I love the antique wood accents in this modern space and pops of color hung directly on the walls. Why not display jewelry like that?! I think I have a new design obsession forming…
High gloss porch paint. Stripes like vintage grain sack. No more words needed.
Side note* I painted the floors white in our house when we first moved in. They were hardwood, but stained a terrible color and a mixture of plank widths. They turned out really well and withstood kids, dogs and everything else for years. Moral of that story – if you don’t like your floors and they aren’t worth refinishing (or too much $) – paint them white!
This bedding is all about texture. Worn-in and unironed linen, smooth cotton print pillow case anchored by a knit throw. The faded subtlety of these colors and textures just says summer to me.
I love to create storage in places and with things that are not always the intended purpose. Wish I knew how to find these amazing containers?! If anyone knows, let us know in the comments! I bet they have flip-flops inside.
I will have an aperol spritz, please.
Again, another example of the winning combo of an all white room + a natural wood element + blue. The first thought most of us have (me included) is, “will I get tired of this pattern and wish I had gone with a more neutral tile?” I think as long as the tile is in the blue family (or black/dark gray) you (me included) will never tire of this. Balanced out with all white, this indigo pattern is playful, modern and fresh yet classic.
Just one more example of the above elements working beautifully together.
What I love about this space is the well-edited use of furniture and accessories to create a perfect boho/mid-century vibe. This is so on point with what is topping the interior design aesthetic list right now.
Hi, and welcome! I’m so glad you landed here and I hope you find this to be a place you visit often.
I started this blog in 2008 as a way to chronicle the remodeling of our nondescript Northern California house into our dream home. While that did happen, so did a lot of other things - life and all the messy, glorious, complicated, wonderful things that go with it. As such, in early 2017 I decided to change the focus from the house itself to the life that happens inside.
My wish is that this blog provides beautiful inspiration, creative ideas, connections to other like-minded folks, as well as stylish products for your home, to wear and to give.