OVER AND OUT IN PALM SPRINGS!

Hey everyone ... I'm taking a little break here because we've escaped to Palm Springs for a couple of days.  I leave you with just a few images of the desert beauty and mid-century modern brilliance I'm currently surrounded by :)


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We Airbnb'd a great mid-century house that we're sharing with friends also on Spring Break with their kids.  I just learned that this style is called a "butterfly house" because of the winged appearance of the roofline ...


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Must go ... very intent on my current task of poolside relaxation :) 

Catch you on the flip side!

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DECORATING FOR SPRINGTIME AND EASTER

For as long as I can remember, the springtime has been a favorite time of year for me.  For one, it's my birthday season (which I now share with my son), and when spring rolls around everything just seems fresh and new and full of possibility.  It marks the melting away of winter (majorly exciting if you grew up in a frozen snowy ski town as I did ... somewhat less earth shattering if you live in sunny temperate LA as I do now :)  

And Easter ... what kid can resist the pure magic of coloring eggs, waking up to a basket of sweets and treats, and a treasure hunt in the backyard?  I'm so excited to do all of that this year with my 2-year-old boy who adores an art project of any kind and will be so into the egg hunt.

My mom always made a big deal of the first shoots of green pushing up through the ground, the early blooming crocus and forsythia and flowering trees.  Not surprisingly, it's all those nature-based elements of the season that I love the most in springtime and easter decor.  You can pretty much cut a sprig or branch from almost any budding tree in your neighborhood and it's like "instant springtime" in your home. 

(all images via my pinterest board)






I love the addition of hollow-blown eggs, whether left natural or dipped and decorated ...


We have a collection of handpainted hollow eggs that I've made over the 
years for our "Easter tree," although this year I may have to skip pulling 
them out just to save them from the curious enthusiasm of a 2-year-old :)





These "sprouting" eggshells and twigg-y bird nests are perfect for the season ...








I'm a sucker for a good monochromatic color palette.  Layering 
varying shades of one color like this is just so visually pleasing ...







A blue and white scheme never goes wrong ...




 How pretty are these little lacy eggs?!


 Love the ferns ...


 And a little bit of whimsy ...



 Happy Springtime to you and yours! 

xoxo,
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ORGANIC, WARM, & NEUTRAL: INSPIRED BY THE DESIGNS OF LAUREN LIESS

Lauren Liess is a designer whose blog I've followed for years, always enjoying her candid sharing about her design process and the evolution of her own home.  If you follow her you know that she and her family bought a big and sort of funky 1970s house in desperate need of an update, and it's been interesting to see what they were doing to it. The final "reveal" came in the latest issue of Domino magazine, and it's everything I knew it would be!

Lauren's style is very warm, relaxed, and rooted in nature.  Organic shapes, textures, and patinas rule the day, and her own line of fabrics play a big part in this look.



All those beautiful wood shelves were created with Ikea butcher block counter top material!






More shelving made with Ikea butcher block countertops ... beautiful and cost effective!









Parting shot: a leafy, rustic outdoor shower they created from scratch off the master bedroom.  
Yes please!!


 (all images from Lauren Liess/Domino)

 I'm off and running this Monday morning ... hope your week begins well!

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