autumn vibes Cali style

Growing up, I wasn’t the biggest fan of fall. Oh, I loved the hot apple cider, wearing sweaters and boots, and of course the changing colors of the leaves…but sweaters turn into coats, leaves need to be raked and before you know it, winter is upon you!  At the first sight of mums in the grocery store I would be resigned to the fact that summer was truly over.  Maybe that’s why I never really caught on to fall decorating (and I still don’t like mums!)  I also never really cared for “fall colors” anywhere except on the leaves of the trees. Nope, fall and I just didn’t really get along. Continue reading

a tisket a tasket, a vintage african basket..

Sometimes, (ok truth be told, this happens to me a lot), an object speaks to you and it’s clear that it is coming home with you. This happened to me recently when a friend and I were on a little field trip to the malibu design center.  This place is a treasure trove of inspiration for people who love organic, natural, modern design! 😉  We spotted an assortment of various size vintage African baskets on a table.  It was love at first sight. I picked out a smallish one, and my friend chose two for herself.  I had no idea where mine was going to go, but knew it was coming to Santa Barbara.  The texture, the color, and yes, even the smell!  These baskets were used by African women to cook with.  You can still smell the fire and feel the soul of these women in every beautiful detail. Continue reading

a new bedroom rug changes everything!

I almost didn’t post this piece today.  It seems that every time I turn on the news, another horrific attack has happened and everything else seems trivial in comparison.  But I think in my own way, by creating beautiful, comfortable places to call home, it makes me feel safer.  Our homes are our sanctuaries away from all the atrocities happening in the world.  And isn’t it nice to have an oasis if even for a little while?  So here is my post: Continue reading

organic. natural. modern.

I was thrilled to be asked by the lovely ladies at Holl and Lane magazine to write an Interiors post for their online blog. Holl and Lane’s motto is:  We are more than a magazine; we are a community of women that share our hearts with boldness.  We believe in telling stories boldly and vulnerably, to cultivate honest community and authentically inspire home and add flavor to everyday life.  They were looking for me to fulfill the authentically inspire home niche!

organic. natural. modern. is my tag line and I thought it would be fun to write about using nature in the home, something  I try to do in every project I’m involved in.  So head on over to the Holl and Lane Magazine blog and check it out!


Favorite Etsy Shop: INDIEbungalow

I’m a bit of a pillow hoarder.  There, I’ve admitted it.  Does it mean I’m going to change my hoarding ways?  Not anytime soon!  I’ve had this problem for quite sometime and it became even worse once I discovered Etsy.  I have pillows and their assorted covers in every closet in our smallish home.  They make it so easy to change your decor in a snap!

One day about a year ago I was scrolling through Instagram and I came across this gorgeous pillow that spoke my name.  It was from an Etsy shop called INDIEbungalow.  I scrolled through her feed and discovered that Ms. Jody Lee was a really cool chick with a gorgeous mid-century modern home where she creates scads of pillows and lampshades that I’m mad about (and have since acquired)!

My boho daughter LOVES my INDIEbungalow pillows and now follows Jody on Instagram too.  She asked if I would get her a pillow for her birthday.  Well, you can just imagine what happened.  I got one for my daughter’s birthday gift and 4 for myself! (My birthday is in August…does that count?)  Oh and by the way, that sweet Jody enclosed another gorgeous pillow cover as a Birthday gift for my daughter!

Anyhoo, the pillows have arrived and I’ve wasted no time getting them acclimated to their new home!  I decided to lighten up even more for summer to counter the gloomy fog we have in the mornings here in Santa Barbara.  That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!  So thank you INDIEbungalow for sharing your gift with us and adding a unique touch to our Cali homes!

The Little Glass House
That fun black pillow was one of my first INDIEbungalow purchases and is one of my faves!
INDIEbungalow lampshade
An INDIEbungalow lampshade makes even a Target lamp something special
Pillow love
My new INDIEbungalow pillows at home on our sofa (second from the left and the one on the far right)