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California Love

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Greetings from Los Angeles my dears.  Early this morning I’ll be headed to IKEA to film a little something for the OWN Network (cue NERVES!) and then I’ll have a few days off before my other events for the IKEA Life Improvement Project and appearance at the O You! Conference on Saturday.  So I plan to take that time to do a little work in the sun and explore some of LA’s design superstar stores.  For now I’ll leave you with this adorable California vacation home in Sonoma- a one bedroom wonder in wine country! I love the simple lines, vaulted ceilings and the fact that they have a pool AND chickens. California at it’s best (via Sunset Magazine).


Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

…And yours truly is flabbergasted to find herself amongst the pages!  As I mentioned a while ago I had a bog shoot in NYC, and this is what it was for!  Oprah and IKEA have partnered together for a year long initiative, The Life Improvement Project aimed at helping people better their lives through their homes, one idea at a time.  Launching October 16th the website will be a place where people can share and gather ideas on how to improve their spaces and lives within. With each submitted or shared project, IKEA will make a $1 donation (up to $50,000) to Save the Children’s Early Steps for School Success program and each sumission enters you to win IKEA gift cards to implement MORE great changes in your home.

I was so honored to be asked to be on the Life Improvement Squad as the interior design expert along with entertaining guru Amy Atlas, life coach Susan Hyatt and green designer Cathy Hobbs.  We are going to be giving our own tips on the site as well as appear at O/ IKEA events in different parts of the country, starting with the O You!  Conference in LA next week! I’ll be in LA all week doing shoots for OWN and appearing at the conference and IKEA events and will blog from there all about this amazing experience (and if I get to meet Oprah herself- we shall see!)

I am really excited about this opportunity and hope you guys will pick up a copy of O to check it out. In the meantime, here are some IKEA all-stars I love using in my designs….

This rug has been sold out for months and months, and I just saw that it’s back in stock in my local store and I am tempted to drop everything to go get it! It’s exactly what we’ve wanted for our offices!

Speaking of offices, I’d say 75% of ours is from IKEA.  Our desks are actually dining tables and we have two Expedit units with baskets and bins in them for fabric samples.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used these sturdy shelving units in homes for books, kids toys and the like. I am LOVING the new high gloss gray finish too!

That armoire is from IKEA too! A major face since it’s got such great hardware and is a gorgeous color!

The Malm dresser is one of the most hacked IKEA products out there- whether it’s new hardware to make it look like a campaign chest or O’Verlays to add some decoration to the fronts, I love the flexibility of this piece! Also loving the new mirrored version- so sleek and glamorous.

Another great hack on the Rast dresser- amazing. I may have to try this! Instructions HERE.

For lighting these two are are super stars- the clean modern Brasa and the fun and funky Maskros (now in a smaller size too!)

The Docksta table is now a classic affordable piece of modern design as are the acrylic Tobias chair.

Picking up some cheap art (and frames for that matter) is usually something I do too- check out this vintage  botanical chart print and Matisse print- both fantastic looking for very little money!

So, Monday Rocked.

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Monday morning I woke up and was perusing my Twitter feed when I saw this.

I read and re-read that four or five times before I could comprehend she was talking about MY blog. And then I freaked the FRIG out. Why? Only because I have worshiped Ali Wentworth for years. Her writing has cracked me up beyond words, her every TV appearance has left me in stitches and her homes have graced the pages of Elle Decor and Arch Digest. I mean, if I went to Hogwarts (I wish) and was to conjure my Patronus it would be in the shape of Ali Wentworth. So this tweet from her pretty much rocked my world and then some. So in “I’m Not Worthy” honor here are some of my fave spaces from Ali’s homes in NY (decorated by THE Michael Smith) and D.C. (decorated by Elizabeth Martin).

(Leopard DVF dress? Soul mate much?)

And then later in the day the new issue of Matchbook Magazine came out featuring a story about Two Penny Blue! (P.S. How awesome are our shipping boxes, if I do say so myself??)

Not a bad way to start the week, huh?

Elva Fields: Leading Lady

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

I was SO excited to be asked by Emily at Elva Fields to take part in her Leading Lady series! I mean, who hasn’t oogled one of her amazing necklaces?  I got to work with her on designing a piece based on an inspiration board I put together!

Here is the board- combining my love of Chanel and Verdura jewels and GOLD (no silver on me these days, except platinum wedding bands!)

And here is the AMAZING necklace that was the outcome!

LOVE the vintage Maltese cross brooch!

Jump over to the Elva Fields blog to see how I styled it!

A Cocktail Soiree

Friday, May 18th, 2012

One of my all time favorite bloggers Mrs. Lilien recently released an awesome cocktail recipe book that I was very lucky to receive a copy of. SO AWESOME! I love mixing up delicious handcrafted cocktails and with this little swatchbook at hand I can pick and chose depending on the size of my party and what type of drink I want to mix up. And is there anyone I’d rather have cocktails with than Mrs. Lilien (especially poolside at The Parker in Palm Springs- my little bit o’ heaven in the desert?) NOPE! So here is my little outfit I’d love to cha-cha in alongside the hostess with the mostess!

Mrs. Lilien

Mrs. Lilien by elementsofstyle featuring tassel earrings