Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Caprese Salad Cravings

Sunset Magazine had a delicious sounding recipe this month for a Nectarine Caprese Salad I want to make.  Ever since having the Maple Brook Farms Burrata and heirloom tomatoes Saturday night at 
Oak Long Bar + Kitchen ,  I've been dreaming about burrata. It was creamy and fresh and the tomatoes tasted like summer! We mopped up the cabernet vinaigrette and the burrata with fresh crusty bread.  
It was food heaven. 
So until we can all make it to the Copley Plaza Hotel for their burrata, let's try this one made with tomatoes and juicy summer nectarines. 

Oak Long Bar + Kitchen

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

pillows galore

I have a problem. I'm addicted to pillows.  All colors shapes and sizes. Wish I could change my pillows out regularly. Really nice ones are so expensive.  I've found some on Etsy that are beautiful, handmade and priced 
reasonably. Here are a couple of my favorite Etsy stores. 


Kilim lumbar pillow $16.95

Kilim pillow $15.95 

Large Turkish floor cushion $25.95
Bohemian lumbar pillow $16.95

Kelly Wearstler print pillow cover $60
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Schumacher pillow cover $55

Osborne & Little pillow cover $75

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Peter Dunham pillow cover $75


Pics from pinterest and Etsy shops.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

beautiful bookshelves

There is nothing like a cozy corner to curl up and read a book.  These bookshelves are gorgeously curated with just the right amount of books, art and interesting objects.  I love all the natural light coming in from 
all the windows and the well worn leather chair in the corner.  
The large green glass lamp just finishes it off perfectly.  
It is California eclectic design perfection!

Do you have beautiful bookshelves and a cozy corner?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


I must be in serious need of a vacation....
I've been fantasizing about living in a van like 
this and becoming a beach bum.  
I know, it's crazy!
Working the night shift I start to feel like I live 
on re-run: work, sleep all day, repeat.  
The summer is slipping away and I haven't done 
anything yet!  I know plenty of people working 
regular hours feel the same way. 
Let's be beach bums for a few minutes....

Our hair will always look awesome from 
the salt water!

We can wear cool hats and bags. 

Drink fresh coconut water!

Surf all day!

Have a comfy beach chair.

Get a cool tattoo...just kidding. 

And wear chic cover-ups all day long. 

See beautiful sunsets every night!

Do you want a spot in my van?


pics from pinterest..

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How much space do you need to live in?

Interior and textile designer Peter Dunham (one of my faves) recently sold his 3500 square foot house and moved into a mere 550 square feet after a rough personal time.  House Beautiful just did a a beautiful spread on his 1920's Tudor style cottage. It got me thinking about the question; 
How much space do we really need to live in?

Dunham's style is so laid back but chic. He uses his own textiles here and they really make the room so eclectic. There is a great mix of new and vintage furniture and the pink walls are unexpected. 

High up shelves are a great idea in a small space. 

The bedroom walls are covered in one of Dunham's colorful textiles. The room appears larger because the canopy bed draws the eyes upward. 

No need to use smaller furniture. Just the right amount of 
regular sized furniture actually makes a small space feel larger.  

Small stylish, functional kitchen.  I love the open shelves and photographs above the counter space. 

An outdoor courtyard adds needed space to entertain.  

I could easily live in this small space. I find most "new" houses built today are too big and lack style and character.  Everyone with families seem to need their own space. I grew up with less space and survived.;) If a space is well styled and planned out most people could live smaller!
What do you think about this subject??


pics from House Beautiful

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer or Fall Shopping?

H&M Home is having an end of season sale. Yes, I know it is only mid-summer.  Does it drive anyone else crazy that retailers already have the fall merchandise out? I still haven't bought a pair of shorts or a new T-shirt and they have the ankle boots and puffy vests with faux fur collars displayed!
The prices are great and the stuff is fun! In the above picture the linen palm pillow and turquoise beach towel are only $10 each. The rollup picnic blanket in the same trendy pattern is $12 and the cute paper products are $2 for 10 for the plates and are $1 for 10 for the cups

Pineapple bag $4

Green cotton table runner $5
Butterfly mug $4

Organic cotton tablecloth, $10
The products are very Anthropology/Urban Outfitters/Crate and Barrel in design but much cheaper. There is something for everybody! These are just some of the Summer sale items. They already have the Fall collection online but I can't think about Fall just yet. How about you?
Are you in a Summer or a Fall mood?
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Friday, July 18, 2014


Last night I watched USA's new summer drama Satisfaction. You know the one they've been advertising like crazy since March? Since I expected it to be awful, it was actually ok. It's about a marriage in mid-life crisis and a couple who have it all.  (yawn) I know it sounds boring but the writing is a bit better then usual. Plus, Matt Passmore (Australian actor, formerly on The Glades) ain't bad to watch. 
The real reason I'm writing about it here though is that the house they live in is incredible! It's a mid-century modern with a cool pool in the backyard.  These pics just don't do it justice. I couldn't find any interior shots online so you have to watch it just to see the house....and Matt. 

Here's some houses similar to the 
Satisfaction house...



Have a great weekend!

Pics from USA Network

Thursday, July 17, 2014

a bed without a headboard

Large artwork.

You don't have a headboard, so what! 
Here's some ideas for stylish alternatives.  

A large piece of artwork can make a huge impact in your bedroom. It can be the design element that takes you in a color or style direction. Make sure the proportions are right for your bed, walls and ceiling. 

Casual photo gallery. 
A photo or art gallery wall are great behind beds as headboards too. They have a beautiful visual impact and can be used in many different interior styles. 

Artwork gallery. 

A wall sized photo mural. 
I love these wall sized photo and painted murals! With simple white bedding and accessories a mural really takes me someplace else. 
Painted mural. 

Center below a window. 
Hang a wall sized macrame.

Centering the bed under a window is so pretty. Beautiful window and bed textiles make this alternative to a headboard really pop...and the sunshine in the morning doesn't hurt either. 
Hanging macrame textiles was popular in the 1970's but they are making a huge comeback now. They look best hung on darker colored walls. 

A reclaimed wood wall. 
A reclaimed wood wall adds texture and warmth to any bedroom. Try this DIY as a stylish alternative to a headboard.

Hanging textiles. 
A beautiful kilim or suzani hanging behind the bed is great to use as a headboard. It will bring color and texture to your bedroom. 


Pics from Pinterest, Apartment Therapy, Domaine Home.