Online design resources that might surprise you

Shopping is a big part of what I do as an interior designer; I know it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.  I spend hours and hours combing through websites and catalogs searching for the perfect pillow, vase, lamp, coffee table, etc., etc., etc.  It’s the little details of a room that really bring it to life and are what take a “ho-hum” space to a “wow, this is the most fabulous room I’ve ever seen” space. Sometimes it’s a one-of-a-kind piece that I find at a flea market or antique store, or it might be something found from a designer’s only resource, but a lot of times I find the perfect thing from some online stores that you might not consider when you think of home design.  And because I am the generous person that I am, I am willing to share my top secret design sources with you.  You’re welcome!

1.  H&M  You might think of H&M when shopping for your teenager for trendy, affordable clothing, but did you know they also sell home decor?  It’s one of my favorite sites for home accessories that don’t break the bank.


2. Zara  Another company known for clothing, Zara, also has a pretty fabulous line of home accessories.  Even if you never buy anything from them, go to their site to peruse their look book. They always have beautiful, inspiring photos.  I go to this site for everything from bedding and textiles to tabletop and bar ware.


3.  Minted  This site is well-known for invitations, stationery and Christmas cards, but they are also a great resource for art.  They are a marketplace for independent artists and have a really nice selection of prints and limited edition artwork.  They have a few different framing options, or you can order unframed as well.  Whether you are looking for abstracts, landscapes or photography, you can find it here.


4.  Urban Outfitters  Yes, this is the store you go to when in college and looking for that off-color gift item for your best friend.  But occasionally, I also find some pretty cool home decor and accessories.  Don’t believe me?  Take a look!


Do you have any unexpected shopping places for your home?  I would love to hear about them…hey, I shared with you!

Back-to-School Shopping for Adults

As a kid, I always loved this time of year and the thrill of back-to-school shopping.  I couldn’t wait to get that list of supplies for the coming school year and load up on pencils, markers, paper and of course that ever important binder.  The binder set the stage for everything else on the list and was the central character in the theme of the year.  And while I’m not a kid anymore, nor are my children, I still get that urge every year to go out and update my office supplies.  Here are some things that are on my Adult Back-to-School list this year:

OfficeSupplyListA.  Matching pencils always make your desk look neater. See Jane Work Basic Pencils

B.  I know most people use technology to keep track of appointments, but there is something chic about an old school agenda.  Kate Spade 17 Month Bella Bookshelf Agenda

C.  If you need to have file folders on your desk, they might as well be lovely to look at.  See Jane Work Kate Spade Striped File Folders

D.  Watching the clock never looked so good.  Kate Spade Cross Pointe Clock

E.  & F.  Utilitarian accessories like scissors and staplers don’t need to be boring.  Give these office supplies the Midas touch.  Fatima Dress Making Scissors & Acrylic Gold Stapler both available at Amazon.

G.  Use this beautiful bowl to corral all your small items, like paper clips and rubber bands. H & M Wooden/Turquoise Bowl

H.  Not everything on your desk needs to be useful.  Sometimes it just needs to be pretty. NDI Peony in Glass Cube

I.  The subliminal message on this candle will keep your work-day stress at bay.  H & M Peace Candle






A Summer Wedding at Arden Hills Country Club

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I recently had the privilege of creating the floral arrangements for the wedding of Kaley & Weston.  They are ridiculously adorable and fun and their wedding was nothing short of magical.  I wanted to share a few moments from the day, captured beautifully by Jessica Giblin Photography.

View More: chose for her bouquet a simple, elegant combination of all white garden roses, hybrid roses and lisianthus.

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View More: bridesmaids’ bouquets were made up of the same white garden roses, lisianthus and freesia.  We also added pink misty and blue tweedia to bring in her wedding colors.

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Thank you Kaley & Weston for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful day.  It brought back fond memories of my wedding, also at Arden Hills Country Club, 22 years ago.

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How to Live Like a Princess

The first step in creating the home of your dreams is to know who you are at your core.  I’m not talking about what you do for a living, what your hobbies are or even what you are most passionate about.  I’m talking about which Disney princess you most relate to.  You heard me right! Don’t deny it, you know you have a favorite (and if you are a guy reading this then I guess just go with the prince in the corresponding fairy tale).  This is completely scientific and studies have shown that you will be much happier if you decorate for your inner-princess.

1.  Do you fancy living in a cottage in the middle of the woods, fresh flowers in vases, charming but casual furnishings, and are not afraid of having a few roommates? I believe Snow White is your go-to muse:

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2.  Maybe you are a bit more worldly; not afraid of mixing color and pattern; magic carpets and lanterns are more your style.  Ahhh, Princess Jasmine of course:


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3.  Do you value books above everything else?  Enough said!  Checkout these libraries Belle:


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4.  You love the outdoors, adventure and animals.  You have a true frontier spirit and are in touch with nature.  Meet your inner princess – Pocahontas!


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5.  Last, but certainly not least, this princess stays true to her royal roots.  Classic antiques, crystal chandeliers and rich architectural details are this gal’s weakness.  Can you relate to Princess Aurora?


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Just so you know, this is not scientific at all and to my knowledge no studies have been done as to the happiness of those that decorate to their inner-princess.  Having cleared that up, I would love to hear which Disney princess is your favorite and does your home look anything like hers???

Happy National Hammock Day

I love obscure holidays, especially those that foster taking naps in the middle of the afternoon.  So imagine my surprise when I discovered today is National Hammock Day!  Did you know that was even a thing?  I did not, but plan to completely embrace this holiday and everything it stands for.  In honor of this random and absolutely delightful day, I have curated a roundup of images to get you in the mood:

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So whether you are on a beach, in your backyard, on your porch or in your living room, may you have the happiest National Hammock Day ever!

P.S. Which hammock image can you see yourself in?  I’m pretty sure I would be under the palm tree!



West Elm Fall Preview

Who is with me when I say how much I am looking forward to fall?   It is absolutely my favorite time of year!  The weather is fantastic, the clothes are my favorite, back-to-school supplies (yes I still update my desk with supplies every autumn) and of course my birthday :) It is also a time to start adding those cozy layers and colors to my interior space.  I know it is still sweltering hot here in Northern California, but I am daydreaming about pretty throw blankets, warm colors like orange and plum, and of course pumpkin spice lattes!

So I was really excited to receive an invitation to my local West Elm in Roseville, CA,  for their Meet Your Home Stylist Event.  I met with Jenny Jun, Lead Stylist and Alyssa Fisher, Home Stylist, as they showed me around the studio and let me in on all the up and coming trends for fall.  We had a blast arranging and re-arranging pillows, talking about our favorite design inspirations, and drooling over the new fall colors.  Here are a few things to look for in the coming months:

1. Color trends for fall include Slate, Horseradish, Lagoon and Cayenne

FallColorAlso look for these beautiful purple shades of Light Amethyst and Dark Iris




Mixing the gold with the light amethyst takes it in a whole new direction.

2.  The Peggy Sofa in Cayenne.  She is simple, yet sassy, and I love her Mid Century Modern style.  This cannot be confirmed nor denied, but I think she got her name from the fearless advertising exec with the same name on Mad Men.  Just saying!

PeggySofaAnd look how cute she is dressed up with some fun throw pillows.


3.  Look for more fabulous collaboration with fashion designer Steven Alan.  I love this Textured Stripe Dhurrie rug!


This rug looks fantastic with all of the new fall colors.


4.  Brass will still be the metal of choice moving into fall.  I could see this Antique Brass Pillar Lamp sitting next to  the Peggy sofa, as well as on a nightstand next to the Dark Iris bedding.



Thanks again to the fantastic home stylist team at the Roseville West Elm.  I really enjoyed my personal tour of the new fall items and am looking forward to purchasing some of these goodies for myself as well as my clients.  The new fall product continues to hit shelves over the next several weeks, so be sure to check it out at your local West Elm.




TGIF – Mother’s Day Flowers

With Mother’s Day only a few days away, I thought I would share some simple, DIY floral arrangements that you can create with readily available flowers and containers you probably already have.

The first is an arrangement I made using the left over flowers from last week’s floral crown post and a teacup and saucer.  You could easily use roses and greenery from your garden to create this, or flowers from the grocery store.  Start by creating a base with your greenery, in this case ivy, then cut the stems of your flowers really short so they are resting on top of the water.

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The next arrangement makes a big statement with very little effort.  I picked up a bouquet of viburnum from Whole Foods and used this simple, but pretty vase from H & M.  These would look cool in an apothecary jar as well.  I love looking for vases like this at thrift stores and flea markets.


I made these vases for a recent event and have used them over and over.  They are made from Starbucks Frappuccino bottles, labels removed and then spray painted gold on the bottom.  Here I’ve just filled them with spray roses from my garden, but they look good with so many different types of flowers.

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Now have a great weekend and go make a floral arrangement for a very deserving mom!