HERE WE GO, IT'S MOVING WEEK!

So today we're packing up my little starter design studio and movin' on up in the world to Melrose Ave and our new Clad Home digs!

Our doors won't be open quite yet and believe me there's lots of work to be done to get us to that point, but at least we'll be in!  One step at a time.  It's been overwhelming, nerve wracking, scary and thrilling all at once, but I'm so excited to make this next move!

Thanks for standing by while I get it all off the ground ... you're the best and I mean it.

xoxo,





OMBRE AND IKAT EASTER EGGS

I love pretty Easter eggs.  We had chickens all through my childhood which made for a thrilling little daily treasure hunt each time we went out to the coop to check for fresh eggs.  Different varieties of hens laid different colored eggs and it was always exciting to find the rare blue and green hued ones. 
 

Beni and I colored eggs for the first time last year and he loved it.  (How sweet are his long baby curls!?) 
 
 
He's been talking about it pretty much ever since, so this weekend I finally figured we were close enough to go for it.  He had a little friend over and they were so proud of their handiwork!
 
 
I forgot to get white eggs rather than the organic brown ones I always buy.  The kids didn't mind the more muted colors we got from them, but in case you find yourself in the same predicament, look how pretty these natural brown eggs are with a bit of white embellishment.
 
(all photos via here)



 
I love these subtle ombre eggs too ...




To make them you just need a few different dyebaths of varying strengths, and then you can also play around with how long you let the eggs soak.  Happy Spring!

xoxo,






 

UPDATE ON OUR CLAD HOME RENOVATION

You guys I am buried right now.  Absolutely buried.  I know I've gone down to 2 posts a week instead of my usual 3, and I apologize!  SO I wanted to share a bit of what's going on right now lest you think I'm completely slacking off.  Because I'm not!  I'm just swamped with getting the new office and store off the ground, and haven't been able to come up for air very much these past few weeks.
 
The renovation of our store is on track to be completed this week (which of course should have been last week, but you know how these things go.)  This means that next week we move everything from my design studio into the new space, and then spend the next few weeks getting the store all installed and up to snuff so we can open our doors to the public!

Not sure how many of you will be interested in these nitty gritty progress photos, but since this is the culprit that's keeping me away from you, here it is.  A pretty, styled decor post this is not, nor is it even a proper "before & after" post, which will come later on of course.
 
Here's where we're at with the new Clad Home space:
 
 
But first, do you remember where we started?  Someone before me had done a number on this place and it wasn't good, not good at all. 


My primary intent was basically to strip down the space and return it to it's most basic state: a bright, clean shell with white walls, raw concrete floors, and lots of natural light bouncing around. 


We're embracing the semi-industrial feel of the exposed AC ducting on the ceiling, the imperfect, marred concrete floors, and the electrical conduit that snakes all over the walls.  The "guts" of this building, usually something concealed within the walls, are visible everywhere, giving it a very utilitarian vibe.

We added a full height wall with a door and transom window between the front retail space and the back office.  The glass door and transom share a lot of natural light between the two zones.



I'm really excited to see some of our new the lighting go in tomorrow which will include 3 groovy wall sconces mounted across this wall above where the ladder is, meant to be the desk wall.
 





The bathroom's been completely gutted and the tilings starts tomorrow...


I'm very pleased with the look of this floor tile I found on Overstock.com.  It mimics the look of authentic cement encaustic tile, though these are actually just ceramic with a good matte finish. 


 Remember the bathroom mood board I mocked up?


Between all of that and the rad solid brass vintage toilet paper holder and door hooks I scored on Etsy, this little bath might be one of the things I'm most excited about!  It's just so satisfying to see a good transformation go down ... because you guys, remember the grossness?


The utility sink I designed is coming along, although  unfortunately we've had big complications with the plumbing, and now it looks like there will have to be a bunch of extra exposed plumbing piped cluttering the wall beneath the sink.  Ugh.  In hindsight it may have been better to go with an enclosed sink cabinet that would have concealed it all, but like I said, I'm trying to embrace the industrial vibe and the imperfections here. 


The doors have all been painted black, and today I sourced some surprisingly decent brass doorknobs at Home Depot.  I'll be sure to share which ones I got once they're installed and I can show them to you! 


I know a lot of people are busy changing out all the brass doorknobs in their houses, but I love the look of brass on black, and I was surprised at how nice-looking the inexpensive hardware store knobs I found are. 

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All in all we've come a long way, and we still have a long way to go!  Please hang in there with me.  I have a lot of client projects in the works right now too, so I promise it will all be worth the wait :)  I'll be coming at you with more reveals than you know what to do with.  And the store, if all goes well, should knock your socks off.

xoxo,

AFFORDABLE ACCENT TABLE ROUND-UP: MID CENTURY MEETS ORGANIC MODERN

We're getting ready to have my Little Tokyo loft project photographed, which means adding a couple of finishing touches.  One thing we're in need of is an interesting accent table.

Here's a round-up of some great affordable ones all priced between $75-$160.  I love all these little guys!  I mean sure you could pay a lot more ... but why??




Here's the breakdown:

1 // 2 // 3 // 4


 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 


 9 // 10 // 11 // 12


xo,

HOW TO: START AN ART COLLECTION WITH AFFORDABLE GALLERY PRINTS. THE MATISSE EDITION!

Hello again!  Happy to report that I'm back from my little birthday trip to Baja feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to go another round :)  While the pace of life in Todos Santos is luxureously slow and languid, the pace of life here in LA is decidedly not.  So I've hit the ground running, what with the store renovation happening right now as we speak, and some exciting client projects underway too!
 
I'll share a few vacation pics soon, I promise, but today I'm passing along one of my favorite art buying tips, plus a 40% off discount code that ends today, so don't miss out!
 
One of the most important aspects of design is also one of the most expensive and daunting.  Wall art.  It can make or break a room, and when you're on a budget it's no small feat to find stuff you truly love at a price you can actually afford.  

Which is why I'm a longtime lover of old museum art prints.  I'll often pick them up in thrift stores for just a few bucks, the more obscure the museum or artist, the better.  Printed in French or German or Dutch?  Even better.  I love the intellectual European salon quality they bring to a space (does it make me a pseudo-intellectual if I'm only in it for the pretty factor?  Say no :)
 
What's more, these types of prints are always on ebay (search keywords "museum art poster" or "vintage museum poster") and are even sold new at incredibly affordable prices.
 
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Henri Matisse is particularly easy to hang on your wall.  His simple compositions have such an appealing graphic quality to them, and the bright and clear color combinations make them winners amidst almost any decor.

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Check out these inspiration rooms that each feature colorful, bold wall art as their centerpiece...

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The following are just a few of the big selection of Matisse prints available on Art.com for $25-$200.  Right now there's a 40% off everything sale with the coupon code FKD773 (and don't fret if you miss it because they run these sales often.)
 
(all prints available here.)



 
 











This should really be just part of an ongoing art series where I bring you ideas and inspiration for affordable wall art of all types.  I'll try to keep this up, because it's a dilemma I'm constantly having to face, so I'm sure that many of you are too. 

In the DIY realm I've already shared some DIY abstract line art, an Alexander Calder copy, all the DIY wall art I made for my One Room Challenge space, and tipped you off to another of my favorite tricks, enlarging giant photos.

Enjoy the weekend!






































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