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We are currently working on two young girls’ bedrooms for our client and are having so much fun sourcing accessories for them!  Makes me want to redo my own kids’ bedrooms again!  Thought we’d share some of the cool stuff we’ve found as we’ve been out and about!


Isn’t this cotton candy print adorable?


Metallic Hide Jewelry Boxes


Great velvet body pillow to lounge around on!


I think these light boxes are really fun because you can change the message as often as you would like.


This brass pencil holder can be used to hold everything…even lip gloss and nail polish!


Ottomans are perfect for extra seating in small spaces.


This was a room that we designed for a teenage girl in the Marin Decorator Showcase House in 2012!







Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  Hope you are having a “lovely” day and in light of the occasion, thought I would share some fun pink decor!


All kinds of pink going on in the studio!


Love this pink door! Image via Pinterest.


A pop of pink from a pillow might be all you need to add some character to a room.


Isn’t this a great shower curtain? Image via Domino with photography by Camille Styles.


If you haven’t checked out Zara Home lately, I would definitely take the time. Not only do they have a ton of pink decor, but some other really hip unique finds.


Love this pink quartz side table at Anthro!


Oh my word…Carli made the most amazing springy lemony dessert for the office yesterday.  She created these mini-lemon trifles in mason jars to celebrate Emma’s birthday and I could have eaten 3 of them as they were so delicious!  She used fresh meyer lemons and they were the perfect cool treat on a warm afternoon.



She combined several different recipes to perfect these adorable little jars and added a few twists of her own.  Thought I’d share the steps with you in case you’d like to try them too!


Each layer is a different recipe…

  1.  For the candied meyer lemon which she placed on the very top, she used https://www.marthastewart.com/313243/candied-meyer-lemons.  She used the remaining simple syrup from the lemon peels mixed with the juice of one lemon to brush over the cake rounds when building the trifle.
  2. Layer 1:  Lemon Cake–she used https://www.marthastewart.com/632498/lemon-cake.  But she omitted the lemon zest.
  3. Layer 2:  Lemon Curd–she used https://www.marthastewart.com/340640/lemon-curd.
  4. Layer 3:  Whipped Cream–she used http://www.finecooking.com/recipe/decorators-never-fail-whipped-cream.  Instead of 2 tsp of vanilla extract, she used 1.5 vanilla and .5 lemon extract.
  5. Layer 4:  She sprinkled fresh blueberries on top of the whipping cream.

I know it looks like a lot of steps and they are definitely time consuming, but they were so good that I wish I would’ve grabbed an extra one to take home with me!!!  They would be a great Easter dessert too!  Thanks Carli!




Noticing a lot of matte black making a comeback in design.  Last year we saw a ton of satin brass, but take a look…matte black is in!


Image via PInterest saved from Bathroom Zone.com


Image via Pinterest by Studio McGee


Image via Pinterest by Apartment Therapy Article. Image credit Dwell.


How cool is this matte black flatware by Vera Wang?


Image via Overstock.com. I think this is such a great way to incorporate matte black. Simple light fixture that makes a big statement.


Ever thought of matte black in your home?  Rule of thumb says you should have something black in every room, so give the matte version a try!


Who’s your favorite team this year?  I think I’ll be cheering for the Patriots, but my favorite part is actually watching the commercials!  Regardless of who you’re rooting for, we have rounded up some fun ideas for you if you’re hosting a tailgate or party at your house!


Such an easy cute way to serve nuts or even popcorn.
Image via PInterest.


Image via Pinterest by My Frugal Adventures. Would love to have these for a burger or hot dog bar!


Image via Etsy by Hello My Sweet. Another really easy way to decorate a simple water bottle.


I always love to use banners! Found on Etsy!


Thought this was a cute way to decorate an appetizer table. Also found on Etsy.


Here’s a fun way to incorporate all those great commercials. Image via PInterest by Style Me Pretty.


Thought these were great stirsticks! Found on Etsy.


And if you need some ideas for food to serve, you HAVE to head over to How Sweet Eats.  Some of my all time favorite recipes are from her site and she has some great ideas for Superbowl snacks!  And be sure to head over to Pinterest to see the rest of the ideas I found!



Happy New Year Everyone!  We had such a nice long break here at the studio and are back with some great new ideas to share and are ready to hit the ground running!  One of my favorite things to do at the beginning of each year is to buy an updated calendar.  Whether it’s for the wall, one for my desk, or even for my purse, I love the process of looking at what I accomplished in the previous year’s calendar as I start to plug in projects, birthdays and travel for the year ahead in my new one!  Here are some calendars I love if you haven’t found one for yourself yet…


Printable Minimal Calendar by Foreign Rooftops


2018 Weekly Planner by Kikki.K.


2018 Calendar Poster


2018 Kate Champagne Desk Calendar by Sugar Paper.


2018 Stendig Calendar


2018 Hand Lettered Printable Calendar


Look out 2018!!!  We’re coming for ya!

At this time of Thanksgiving gatherings, our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation.  Wishing you all wonderful celebrations with family and friends!

Image via Pinterest in an article by Jenni Kayne.

Looking for some modern fresh ideas to dress up your front porch this holiday season?  Well I have just the inspiration for you!  Check out these creative and simple ways to get your entryway ready to welcome your holiday guests!


I’ve been seeing a lot of layered door mats these days and love the way Studio McGee layered theirs!  (Image via Pinterest by Studio Mcgee)


How cool is this really simple wreath?  (Image via Pinterest on Domino)
Photography by AndersonandGrant.com.


You know I’m a sucker for white!  Image via Pinterest by the Faux Martha.


Love the pale colors of this wreath. (Image via Pinterest saved from FreshFarmhouse.tumblir.com.


I think this eucalyptus and wooden bead icicle garland is gorgeous!!! (Image via PInterest by oleanderandpalm.com).


Hope these images give you the ideas you needed to get started on your own front porch!  It’s never too early!

I always look forward to reading Oprah’s favorite list every year.  Wouldn’t it be great fun to behind the scenes and see the entire process and the number of products they must review?   I scoured her list and narrowed it down to a few of my favorites from her list!  Check them out…
1.  I think this looks like a beautiful book.  “Organized into ten chapters―each one representing a powerful step in Oprah’s own spiritual journey and introduced with an intimate, personal essay by Oprah herself―the Wisdom of Sundays features selections from the most meaningful conversations between Oprah and some of today’s most-admired thought-leaders.”  Definitely picking up one of these for myself when I buy it as a gift!
2.  Love these tear-away track pants in navy by Tory Burch.
3.  And yes, believe it or not, this is a TV!!!!
I know! It looks like art, but it turns into a TV when you power it on!

4.  For the spice lover in your life…

The Good Hurt Set!


5.  I can’t wait to try this because herbs are always dying on me!

6.  Chai tea is my go to tea of choice…

Love the beautiful packaging!


7.  Everyone should have a Sonicare toothbrush and especially one that is pink!

8.  I LOVE truffle salt and sometimes think I should start traveling with it!

9.  Yum

Kerber’s Farm Classic Apple Pie


10.  I have been using Magnolia Company for years as a sympathy present, however, I love the idea of purchasing these beautiful plants for the gardener in your life.  Or as a symbol of friendship…


This should be a good start for you to get going on that Christmas list!  Have fun!




The holidays are going to be here before you know it and so will your guests!  Do you have everything you need to make their stay enjoyable?


Here are a few of my favorite things I love to keep in a guest room to make them feel welcome and a little bit pampered…


Cora Carafe by CB2–great to keep on the bedside table for those late night sips!


A cozy fur throw looks and feels luxurious.


A little tube of hand cream during the cold months is always a treat!


A fresh stack of new towels is always appreciated by guests.


And you must never forget to put a beautiful candle in the guest room!


These are just a few of the basics to help you get started.  Other things I love to add are local specialties.  For example, an artisan chocolate shop near you might offer a small box of beautiful chocolates that you could place on a nightstand.  You could print off a list of the activities you have planned and another list with your home wifi and contact numbers to share is also always appreciated.  Magazines and your favorite reads are a treat to have in a guest room too.  Gosh…I could go on and on about this subject!  Most importantly, getting prepped early will help you enjoy your friends and family all the more!