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California Window Shopping

Hi Everyone. I have been a bit distracted as we just found out the sex of our baby. A boy! So exciting, I can’t wait to post new nursery accent ideas that lean more “male inspired.” The Mister says he has to approve all my selections. Somehow he thought that a bronze vintage chandelier was not “boy” enough. The nerve! More to come on that.

A couple weeks ago the Mister and I were in LA watching the Oregon Ducks takedown the USC Trojans. The day before the game, I strolled around Fashion Island in Newport with family for some much needed girl time. While there, I came across a Room Service store, which I have always wanted to visit. Below are some poor i-phone shots I took of the fabulousness.

Check out this headboard and mirror. Not to mention the canvas of Old Blue Eyes and Bridget Bardot.

Loved this Burl Wood Table

This set-up of reminded me of my student days abroad in London strolling down Neil Street

If I ever own a boutique, this is the chair I will sit in to ring up customers.

Or maybe this one…

We also checked out the Jonathan Adler store. I have been to his location in downtown LA, but this one seemed larger and way more laid back. Again, please excuse the i-phone.


I adore the Maurice lamps, and didn’t know until now that there was a ceiling version. Sigh, this would look so good over my kitchen island.

The black Genie lamp I have been lusting after for years. Isn’t it so pretty?

These lamps I had only seen online and I love them even more in person. The pillow wall was pretty tempting, look at all that color.

We are so excited for a healthy baby boy…but if we ever have a girl, I might have to reference this pic for her room. The mirrors, and that lamps? Can it get and cuter? The pillows, the headboard. Love it.

I will need somewhere comfy to sit while I read her a story and I think this red chair is perfect. Ok, it’s burned into my mental rolodex.

I wonder if my Mister would go for giraffe wall sconces. Very masculine. All boys/men like giraffes. Right?

The next night we were doing this, as the Ducks cleared the stadium in the 4th quarter.

Happy Monday.



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Working Weekend…

This weekend I am working. Normally I would be real ticked about that, but this is FUN work. A few weeks ago I posted my preliminary ideas for my Mom’s upcoming beach home construction here. She and her friends loved my ideas, so I am consulting on a few other rooms in the home. Exciting? I think so. Above is a rough 10 minute attempt at one of the guest rooms. Pulled from West Elm, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, and All Modern. We will see how everything comes together tomorrow on our shopping trip. Weekend work=shopping which is always a recipe for a good time.

Happy Weekend.



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Ideas galore for a lovely beach house

My parents and their friends are building a beach house on the Oregon coast. I was so happy when my parents told me, and immediatly the designer in me began spinning my wheels, and shuffling through my mental inspiration files. So I was delighted when my mom asked me to come up with an inspiring mood board as she and her friends embark on this journey.

First we needed a guiding light. Enter the best movie set beach house of all time. The house from “Something’s Gotta Give.” You know it. Check it out. I would move here in a minute, would you?

Dreamy Kitchen! This reminds me of the Barefoot Contessa kitchen.

Shot from the opposite side.

The cozy living room

And a shot from the other side

There are so many things to LOVE about this house and if you have seen the movie you know that it is visual eye candy for 2 solid hours. I just love that the entire scheme is white, blue, and neutral with subtle punches of color. (No shells, or cheesy beach signs in sight). Also, the materials are natural which allows the coastal feel to take center stage.

Here are my slightly more modern picks for the house. Just to wet the palette, later I’ll post my full mood board.

Starting with the new Oasis couch from Crate and Barrel. I promise, this is so much more lovely in person.

To be accented with Thomas Paul pillows. You know he’s my favorite.

Moby Dick pillow

Anchor pillow

This fish pillow because mixing orange and blue is a fun way to add in some pop

Wood Chandy

Crate and Barrel side table

To mimic the rug in the inspiration picture, pretty some fabric

I have many more ideas to come. I just need to sort through all of my thoughts.


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Upholstered coffee table project

I have another project to announce! Inspired by this blog, I am going to upholster a pair of benches I picked up this week at Home Goods for $50.00. Mine look similar in shape to the below, but they are covered in an ugly fake leather.

Via Caitlin Creer Interiors

The fabric I chose, and just purchased is this pretty brown Chevron. Available for an amazing $7.99/yard at this website.

Via Premier Fabrics

I can’t wait to share with you the transformation. The best part, the total will be under $150.00, that’s better than the $400.00 I was about to pay for a similar table at a big box store.

Happy Friday!



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Mad Men Design and DWR Contest

Hi Everyone. I have a confession: I am a crazy, crazy, crazy, Mad Men fan. No seriously, the Mister and I are OBSESSED with the show. Every Friday night, we come home from a long day at work crack open a bottle of red wine and devour reruns of the show. Then, we have dinner and chat about all the characters and plot lines. I am so emotionally attached to this show on so many levels, I can’t put it into words. I am also crazed about the costumes and set design. So naturally when Lyn brought to my attention that Design Within Reach is hosting a contest for the season 4 premiere of the show, (for details click here) I had to write a post and share it with all of you. (Though I am secretly hoping none of you enter because I want to win). This is worth taking a few moments to enter. You could win an entire Mad Men themed living room. Yes, the whole deal. Wouldn’t this be amazing? Here are some of my absolute favorite shots of the set design.

Shot of the Draper’s Entryway

Betty Draper’s Kitchen
Draper’s Living Room
Draper’s Bedroom

Betty Re-design’s the Living Room, in Season 3
Set Designer explains the new Living Room…I want that white Hutch!

Happy Friday and good luck with the contest.


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A pretty place to lunch…

Memorial Day weekend for me was spent in the lovely town of Sonoma. There are so many things I adore about Sonoma, and one of them happens to be the food. Wine country has such appreciation for food preparation, presentation, and quality. We take full advantage of the bounty (food and wine) while we are visiting. I just love exploring all the restaurants, and of course also love being inspired by the casual California decor. Below are some pictures of the beautiful E Kitchen at the El Dorado Hotel where we spent an afternoon sipping delectable wines and munching on excellent nosh.


Dining Room

I love the Big Sur communal table and the woven lighting. I also love that the only color you see here is Green. This is a theme in the entire first floor. The decor is an empty canvas so that the architecture of the interior shines as well as the thoughtfully selected furniture.

Another view

Kyoto chairs used here look so clean and sophisticated. These chairs are an excellent price for hard wood construction. Especially when you consider the fact that most chairs sold today at popular furniture stores are MDF. Even though the price just when up to $125.00, due to yearly percentage increases (darn! they were formerly $100.00) the quality and construction standards remain. I also love the varying sizes of vases on the shelves here, a la Jonathan Adler.


The “Mister” and I shared the warm olive platter as an appetizer. I highly recommend, this is not to be missed.

Patio Dining

The poolside/patio dining area is equally as beautiful. White, beige, and natural fibers play nicely here with the industrial steel Marais A chairs. Also, these chairs are well worth the investment. The story of how they came to be a Paris cafe stable is very interesting. Check out the info on these pretty chairs from DWR website: “The epitome of French café life, it’s rumored that Xavier Pauchard’s Marais A Chair (1934) was created for use in the weather forecasting room on a battleship. We asked the manufacturer about this, but even their records are unclear. Still, we do know that after its possible time at sea, the Marais was supplied to bars and brasseries by breweries in exchange for selling their beer. This arrangement ended in the 1970s, but that didn’t stop the demand for these durable chairs and stools made in France.” I just love a good “story” behind a piece of furniture, with a past like that you know these will never go out of style.

Have a lovely week! Cheers, Susan


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Pouring one out for our old homie…And other good news

I’m about the celebrate the 2 year anniversary of buying our house and starting the renovation process, which is now slowly transitioning to more of a decoration process (much more fun!). Over the past several months the boyfriend and I saved up for a coveted new possession, a new couch, our first big purchase together! First let’s take a look at what we were working with before….. Not terrible, but certainly nothing to write home about. Well she’s gone to a new happy home with our lucky CraigsList purchaser.

She served us well...clearly....

After much debate about what would work best for our style and our lifestyle, we settled on buying a leather couch. Ever since we started dating, we had walked past Restoration Hardware in my old Portland neighborhood and stared at their beautiful leather couches, which we dubbed “Big Leather.” With this vision in our minds, it was tough finding something that would fit the bill, but wouldn’t cost the $4945 they were asking. Highway robbery, I say! Are there gold fittings in those couches? Are they studded with diamonds? I don’t think so! Here’s a picture of the Restoration Hardware “Maxwell” sofa, so you can take a look at the glory.

Maxwell Grand Sofa

Restoration Hardware Maxwell sofa, our "original" Big Leather

After we looked at basically every furniture store in town trying to replace Big Leather in our hearts and coming up dry, we finally stopped in at a furniture place in our neighborhood, Sellwood Furniture, that came highly recommended by friends, including the lovely Susan. Why we had waited so long, who knows, but of course they had something to offer! Sellwood Furniture is similar to Custom Sofa Design, that has recently been discussed on blogs like Little Green Notebook and Elements of Style, in that they work directly with the manufacturer to produce the furniture and operate with little in house stock, therefore they have low carrying costs and can give the furniture to you for much lower prices. It’s fantastic! The main drawback is the long wait, since they are all custom ordered, but that is well worth it since the prices are around half as expensive for the same items sold at other furniture stores. We would definitely use them again because BEHOLD our very own BIG LEATHER in all her glory! Pretty much exactly the same as the Restoration Hardware option, right? The leather is fantastic and it was worth every (more than half off the original) penny.

Big Leather

Please ignore the rest of the living room/dining room styling. We’re not quite there with all the other bits of decor, but we’re here discussing a work in progress right? I’ll be back to update you on other progress we make putting the finishing touches on the rest of the living room and dining room, which is the heart of our home. So, what do you guys think? What are you looking for in your next big purchase? Have you used Sellwood Furniture before?

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