3 instagrammers i love

Instagram is a wealth of design inspiration and there are oodles of talented people to follow.  On the last Thursday of each month, I will be sharing some of my favorite design accounts.

Carol Estes (cestesdesign), is a designer living in Southern California. Not only is her home gorgeous and constantly evolving, but she has an equally inspiring mountain cabin as well. Her photos are works of art and her still lifes could be paintings…

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Carol’s stunning kitchen…
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Another view…
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The cozy cabin kitchen…

Maria Carr of dreamywhiteslifestyle, is an online shop owner and blogger that I have been following for years. She lives in a French farmhouse inspired horse ranch in Northern California.  Many of the beautiful French linens, baskets, and soaps in her gorgeous photos can be purchased at dreamywhitesonline. I’ve purchased everything from old French bottles and blocks of soap, to white Christmas stockings and a mini vintage sled. I know you will be as charmed as I am by her stunning home, bevy of animals and bucolic lifestyle.

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Maria’s dreamy kitchen…
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Those doors and floors!
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Fresh and serene bedroom…
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French bulldog puppies on a dog bed from Maria’s shop…

Last, but certainly not least, is one of the first Instagram accounts I followed.  Angie Wendricks of countryroadliving, lives in a tiny 700+ square foot house on 7 acres in Indiana.  She and her husband designed and did much of the work on it themselves. They live with their two bulldogs Bug and Olive and her account documents their simple, beautiful, minimalist lifestyle. I only wish I could live like that!  Her pictures are stunning and you will be drawn in just as I was to their simple way of living.

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I’m kind of obsessed with Angie’s table and chairs…
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The white walls, neutral palette and high loft like ceiling allow this tiny home to live large…
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Texture is so important in a neutral space…
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I love Angie’s still lifes…

If you are already following these talented ladies, bravo!  If they are new to you, enjoy browsing their Instagram feeds for beauty and inspiration.

And the new mattress winner is…

 

Loom and Leaf by Saatva.  Those of you who follow my blog or Instagram account, know that during a recent renovation, our garage flooded. That wouldn’t have been too bad if our entire bedroom wasn’t being stored in it.  The mattress took the brunt of the deluge, turning it into a giant, smelly, five hundred pound sponge. Continue reading

my bathroom renovation adventure

After putting in new hardwood floors 2 years ago, I definitely wasn’t anxious for another renovation, but I finally bit the bullet and started planning my  new bathroom.  After I sorted out what I wanted to do, I reached out to my friend John Henderson of Apex Building & Restoration. He and his family recently moved to the Santa Barbara area and besides radon mitigation, he also does construction, plumbing, and electric.  He’s a very handy guy to know!

The bathroom is not large (just under 5′ x 10′), but I wanted to make better use of the space.  It currently had a large tub, which with the drought in California, is not something I ever use (we have 2 other bathtubs in our home). My priorities were a large walk in shower, a skylight, plank walls, and a large vanity with drawers for lots of storage. Continue reading

3 instagrammers I love

 

Instagram has become my favorite social media tool by far.  I have “met” some of the most creative and genuinely kind people through this medium.  I thought it would be fun on the last Thursday of the month, to share 3 accounts that not only inspire, but embody the creative beauty of their owners. Continue reading

my dream living room

I was recently asked by someone, “if I could design my dream living room, what would it look like?”  Hmmm.  I must admit I’m pretty dang happy with the living room I have now, but hey, let’s just dream…and remember in a dream there is no budget! Continue reading