Sweet Inspiration

I am a frustrated baker at heart. I have always LOVED baking, and wish I could translate my creativity and art skills into amazing cakes. Alas, I do not have the time- and when I do, I often get so frustrated by working with icing that I give up and just eat the hot mess I’ve created. So I am in awe with the work of baker/artist/pastry wizard Alana Jones-Mann in Los Angeles.  She makes such incredible cakes and bakes goods- many with clear influences from the design world! Here are a few of my favorites paired with interior compliments!

Can yuo EVEN with this palm leaf wallpaper cake? Because I can’t.
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The wallpaper it’s based on.

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I mean, Pinterest gold people. GOLD.

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#MonogramEverything

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I am such a sucker for monogrammed things. I love finding amazing sourced for home accessories and children’s gear with unique, beautiful monograms. Nothing feels more personal than having bedding or napkins with your own monogram on them.  While surfing Instagram I came across what may be the mecca for pretty monogrammed goods- The Loveliest Company in Dallas (the grouping of monograms above is from their account).  Look at how adorable the shop itself is!

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It says they are launching an e-commerce site this spring, which I can’t wait for!

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The Fanciest Mobile Home Ever?

You may have read about Paradise Cover in the New York Times or Coastal Living- but for those who don’t know about it it’s America’s fanciest mobile home park located right on the beach in Malibu, CA. And when I say fancy, I mean mobile homes that go for $2 million. Yes, for real.

I came across this space there, which is a small trailer that serves as a guest house for someone obviously fabulous.  Designed by Kirsten Marie this bright, bohemian retreat is seriously amazing.

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An Entry to Envy

I FINALLY bought myself an iPad this weekend (last person on earth, perhaps?) and have had so much fun looking at all my fave magazines on it (makes blogging about spreads so much easier!) I was loving this month’s House & Home, particularly a project by Nam Dang-Mitchell which included this simple but stunning entry vignette which could work in any size and style home as it’s a good mix of modern and traditional elements.
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And it’s easy to replicate using retail goods!  And while I normally dislike faux plants/ florals I make exception for big leaves like this(because even the real ones look fake) and succulents (which also look fake anyways!)

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Nailed It.

I recommend wool berber or wool sisal runners with contrast banding to many clients due to their hard-wearing tendencies for busy families as well as classic good looks. Re-doing a trendy stair runner is not something you want to do often! But lately I’ve been trying to think of ways to dress them up a little and came across some images of runner borders being detailed with nailheads and I love it! This Barry Dixon example is just bananas:
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That little detailed flounce at the end is bad-ass.

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Some other examples:

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What do you think? Yea or nay? Anyone done this in their own house?