Looking for something fun to do to beat the heat on August 12th?  Then head to the East Bay for the AIA Home Tour which features a “diverse selection of contemporary homes designed by the Bay Area’s leading architects.  They choose from a wide range of project sizes and types which have included finely-detailed in-law units, exuberant historic renovations and stunning modern masterpieces”.

These are the houses that will be featured and if you like contemporary design, you should definitely make a day trip to see them all…

 

 

Fischer Architecture, Berkeley

 

Skyline
Jack Backus Architects
Oakland

 

Tilden
Cecily Young, AIA with Moore Ruble Yudell
Berkeley

 

Kensington
ODS Architecture
Kensington

 

Elmwood Cottage
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
Berkeley

 

Gilman District
Chris Parlette, AIA with WA Design
Berkeley

 

Be sure to grab tickets soon cause they tend to sell out quickly!

OK…I know you’ve probably seen a ton of posts on different sites telling you what their favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks are.   And I don’t want to sound redundant, but I feel like I would be remiss if I didn’t at least point out some of my favorite home items that are on sale.  It’s just such a good time to pick up a few basics that are nice to update, but even better when they’re marked down!  So if you haven’t used up all of your spending money on some new fall wardrobe staples, be sure to head back over to Nordy’s to grab a few of these great finds!

 

Seriously…these are the most incredibly soft blankets. You should have one on every bed and in every room of your house!

 

White Marble Wastebasket by Waterworks

 

Votivo Reed Diffusers are one of my faves. Grab a few of them to have on hand because they make great gifts!

 

There are several Dash & Albert rugs on the Anniversary Sale so be sure to scroll through all of them, but this is a great neutral to grab!

 

One can never have too many serving boards!

 

Aren’t these the perfect size cereal bowls?

 

I’m always a sucker for stripes!

 

It’s always great to find good towels when they’re on sale.

 

And grabbing a Clarisonic while they’re marked down is brilliant! Also good to give for gifts.

 

Sugar Paper is one of my favorite stationery lines and I thought these tags were great for wedding gifts, graduations and any other fun celebration!

 

Don’t forget that the sale ends on August 6th and items are quickly selling out, so be sure to shop quick if you see anything you like!

 

 

Since we are in the midst of wedding season, thought you like an idea for a great shower or wedding gift.  The Staub Perfect Pan is one of the BEST all around kitchen tools.  You can braise in it, you can use it as a wok, and it’s even great for deep frying!  I love it because the curved sides keep things from spilling out when you are stir frying.  And guess what?  It’s on sale right now at Food52!  I don’t think the sale lasts much longer than the weekend, so you should definitely grab one while you can!

 

It comes in 4 colors, but I really like the graphite or matte black the best.  Photography by Rocky Luten, James Ransom, & Bobbi Lin.

 

 

And I forgot to mention that it comes with a glass lid which is also great to have.  Don’t miss out!

 

 

Ever heard of Apartment Stories?  It’s a “new Swedish Interior brand offering highly decorative objects for stylish homes”.  They are “contemporary yet influenced by the elegant interiors of the great architects and interior designers of the early 20th Century” and I am in love with their brass round mirror!!!!

 

 

 

And look how gorgeous these pillows are…

 

 

And these mineral paper weights…LOVE!!!

 

 

 

I love the simplicity of their items, but everything they carry feels luxe and elegant.  Just gorgeous!!!

Need another good summer read?  If you like scary, you should pick up “In A Dark, Dark Wood“.   I don’t normally love scary books, but I loved this one and stayed up way too late reading it.  It is very suspenseful and a page turner!

 

One of my all time favorite skin care lines for hand soaps, lotions, and scrubs is Aesop.  Not only does their packaging have that streamlined look that I love, but they smell great and they leave your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.  Their products are available only at Aesop signature stores, department store counters and Aesop Online.  I highly, highly recommend them!

 

Love, love, love this hand wash!

 

This is like a great hand sanitizer when there is no water available to wash your hands.

 

This body scrub is awesome!

 

And I love the bottle this mouthwash comes in!

 

They have so many other great products, so be sure to check out their site!  I love them all!

I love using lanterns and hurricanes in outdoor spaces for their warm glow and the ambiance they create.  In addition, they provide much needed light when dining outside and can light walkways so as to keep dark pathways safe.  I think they add character to a table and summertime style to your yard!  Here are some of my faves…

 

Love the brass and copper stainless steel lanterns by Smith and Hawken at Target!

 

Aren’t these Toulon lanterns from Resto cool?

 

I love using teak outdoors and these lanterns from Williams-Sonoma Home are great!

 

Love the shape of this Narrow Outdoor Lantern by Shop Terrain.

 

These rattan lanterns by CB2 add another layer of texture to your outdoor style.

 

 

I think white paint colors can be one of the most challenging colors to get just right as it really comes down to the undertones.  There are warm and cool undertones and it is important to look at the fabrics and all the hard finishes such as hardwood floors and countertops to pick the right white.  Check out my list of favorite whites…
And here are some images in which my very favorite, Simply White, is used…
Image via Pinterest saved by Studio M.
Image via Pinterest saved by Home Bunch by Monika Hibbs.

 

I used Simply White throughout my entire house.

 

It makes everything else pop…even subtle tones.

 

It’s great for all trim work.

 

And I love it with the black furniture, lanterns, pots, and my front door!

There’s nothing better to throw on in the summer than a great pair of flip flops…particularly Tkees!  I love wearing them with a sundress, with my swimsuit or even with a pair of jeans and a cute tank.  The best thing about them is that you can dress them up or keep them super casual and they are very reasonably priced.  They were created by husband and wife, Jesse and Carley Burnett, who wanted a barely there feel that was made out of high quality leather.  Really, I highly recommend them and think you should grab a pair before the summer sandal season is over!

 

These are the basic “Foundations” Flip Flop. Everyone should own a pair!

 

These are a little dressier. They are the “Glosses” Flip Flop.

 

Studio Exotic Flip Flop

 

Studio Scalloped Flip Flop

 

Lipliners Flip Flop

 

Liners Flip Flop

 

Solids Leather Sandals in Aqua Reef

 

Tkees Highlighter

 

I would love to have a pair in every color!  Wonder if they’ll be on sale at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?  Might be worth heading on over to take a peek!

As you know, I love decorating with white, so I am always searching for new ways to use my favorite color…or should I say lack of color?!  Found some great inspiration photos that make me want to throw a fresh crisp coat of white paint on everything!

 

How cool is this ceiling??!!  It doesn’t need any color because the detail in the millwork is gorgeous!  Image via Pinterest saved by architecturedecor.com.

 

As always, I love a white house and love the white patio furniture as well. Image via Pinterest saved by That Kind of Woman via rawlikesugar.com.

 

Great white pedestal tub with great white marble chevron floors. Image via Pinterest saved by Decorpad.

 

Breakfast in this bright white nook would start your day off right! Image via Pinterest by Philip House.

 

Simple black and white…need I say more? Image via Pinterest saved by emmas.blog.se.

 

Check out how cozy and soft this white rug is! Image via Pinterest saved by stylizimoblog.com.

 

What a great covered patio and the green from the landscaping just pops against all of the beautiful white architecture. Image via Pinterest saved by contentinacottage.blogspot. Project by Doyle Herman Design Associates in Southport Connecticut.

 

And I never tire of the white work station we have in our studio!