Travel Diary: Los Angeles

In the spring, our little family traveled down to Los Angeles for a long weekend - from San Jose it's approximately a 6 hour drive (give or take, depending on traffic and the temperament of our kiddo). We hit some of the beautiful shops I've followed on social media for ages. What a treat!

First up was Lawson Fenning - both Ryan and I felt like we could have just packed the whole store into a truck and driven straight back to our house. Love those clean modern lines and all the unique lighting.

Then was Galerie Half. I loved this minimalist, curated store. Such a beautiful mix of rustic antiques and mid century shapes.

On Saturday we visited Hollywood At Home, where I bought several pillows for clients and made a wishlist for textiles I hope to incorporate into future projects.

Then headed over to Nickey Kehoe. Once again I loved that mix between rustic and modern... and gorgeous ceramics.

And it wouldn't be a trip to LA without a side trip to Disneyland! With a day of driving on either end, it was a perfect weekend escape. We can't wait to go back.

I'm Loving: June Favorites

I'm always on the lookout for stylish pieces, whether I'm on instagram, pinterest, or browsing my favorite online sources for a client. Often I come across items that I mentally file away for later even if they don't work for what I'm working on in that moment. I thought I'd share a few of my most recent finds with you here today!

1. Blush Otomi Headboard, World Market, $399 (Queen). I love the idea of using this wallet-friendly headboard in a child's bedroom, even into the teen years.

2. Stockholm cabinet, IKEA, $349. This rattan cabinet is pretty new to IKEA and I've already seen it on a number of blogger's wishlists. I love the simplicity, natural vibe, and brass pulls. It's short - 48 inches tall - but that gives you a space for a little styling moment on top.

3. Michelle Armas print, One Kings Lane, $199-599. I love the work of artist Michelle Armas, and while an original painting may be out of my budget, OKL has many framed prints available, and in a variety of sizes. The colors in this one are so yummy.

4. Modern Brass Wall Sconce, Photonic Studio, $199. You can't throw a rock without hitting a cool modern wall sconce anymore, but the L shape of this one stood out to me. Flanking an art piece or fireplace? Chic.

5. Pastel teaspoons, Anthropologie, $32 for 4. I'm a sucker for pretty tableware, and the colors of these teaspoons just scream "summer" to me. Perfect for entertaining - maybe ice cream sundaes for your next bookclub meeting?

6. James Credenza, Consort, $3,562. Love the sleek lines of this credenza for a hallway or dining room. The finish is unusual, but custom finishes also available.

Chic Barstools

An easy way to freshen up a kitchen is with new barstools. Especially if you have an island or peninsula that is a focal point or is the natural viewpoint when looking from an adjoining room, these three or four seats can really help set the tone.

I'm loving sleek shapes and natural textures and grains, especially pretty against painted cabinets, marble, or tile. consider adding a custom cushion or reupholstering in anything from leather to vintage kilim rugs, to shibori indigo. But these beauties I'm loving right off the truck ;)

Above, the NK T Stool from Nickey Kehoe, $2,250.

Next, the Bayley Bar Stool from Rejuvenation, $449.

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No matter what your style, you'll be able to find a barstool design to fit your aesthetic, these are just a few of my current favorites. Happy shopping!

October Antiquing - Seattle Style

I was back in Seattle visiting friends a few weeks ago and just had to hit up one of my old favorite haunts - Pacific Galleries Antique Mall. It's still one of my favorite places to hunt for treasures - even though I'm living 2 states away!  Above, the new(er) Rook Antiques is on the back side of the antique mall, and boasts a multitude of mid century gems. More Rook finds are mixed in with PG booths below...

Seriously debated bringing the above nude as my carry-on item flying home...

This custom credenza had linen door fronts and copper panels inset on the top. Filing away or future inspiration.

My Seattle trip coincided with the Alameda Flea at home, so I'm glad I got to sneak in a few hours for some antiquing! Hope you enjoyed!

P.S. A few years ago I did a similar trip, also in October! Check out the inspiration here.