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!

Decorating Workshop Update

Just wanted to share some highlights from the last decorating workshop.  We had a ton of fun!

Wine always helps get the creative juices flowing!

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Ok ladies, let’s open up your design packets and get started.


Time for a style quiz.  Not to worry, there are no wrong answers.


Creating floor plans is serious business.


And we’re cutting . . . and we’re pasting . . .


Putting the plan together with a vision board.


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Thanks again to those who attended.  Here are some comments I received from the participants:

“I never put much thought into revamping my office (just throw some paint on the walls and toss the clutter).  But with Lynne’s design ideas, I’ve learned that a simple floor plan, a little furniture placement and some fun color schemes will create the right mood and personality I’ve been looking for in my professional work space.  Now, my office will look fresh, stylish and very inviting!  Thanks Lynne!”

“I really feel like I learned a lot about planning before doing.  Lynne was super easy to understand and I found her suggestions very enlightening as well as helpful towards the end result.  Not only that, it was really fun too!”

If you missed out on the fun this time, mark your calendar for the next workshop on Sunday, May 18, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Blue Line Arts in Roseville, CA.

We will be covering the following topics:

  1. Fine tune your personal style so you can shop with confidence.
  2. Create a functional floor plan based on how the room will be used, utilizing your measurements and templates provided by me.
  3. Create a color scheme that you will be able to carry with you when you shop.
  4. Learn how to avoid my list of top 10 decorating mistakes.
  5. Create a vision board that you will be able to take home with you to provide inspiration as you complete your space.

The cost of the workshop is $45, which includes floor plan templates, color tools, my list of Top 10 Decorating Mistakes and materials to create your own vision board.  I ask that you bring pictures of your room, as well as complete measurements.  If you have already started clipping or pinning inspirational photos for your room, feel free to bring those too.

The class size is limited so reservations are required.  To make a reservation or to receive more information on the workshop, submit an email to with your name and phone number.

I hope to see you there!

TGIF – Floral Crowns



I’ve decided to make every Friday Flower Day!  TGIF – get it?  A different flower arrangement every Friday.  It’s the perfect way to start the weekend don’t you think?

For my first installment, I decided to do a Floral Crown DIY.  Floral crowns are all the rage right now and so much fun to make.  I can picture a group of girls getting together at a bridal shower, Mimosa in hand, making a batch of these.  Or how about making them for a Mother’s Day brunch?  A little girl’s tea party??? Oh the possibilities!

Are you ready?  Let’s get our supplies together:

Floral shears, floral wire, floral tape and a ribbon to measure your head

FloralCrownToolsKeep your flowers close by in some water.  You’ll want to keep them in water till the very last second because once you make your crown they will not be able to get any more hydration. I used ivy for my crown base and a combination of one large peony, sweet peas, freesia and leptosperum for some woodsy texture.

FloralCrownFlowersStart by tying the ribbon around your head like a headband.  Use this as a guide and cut your ivy the same length.  I used two ivy vines just to make sure it would be stable enough to hold my very large peony.  If you are using lighter weight flowers one vine should be fine.  Secure the ends of your ivy vines together with floral wire and now you have your base.

FloralCrownBaseStart cutting your flowers so the stems are about 1″ – 2″ long, just enough to secure to the vine with wire.  Begin wiring your flowers, spacing them evenly around your crown until you achieve the look you want.  Have a mirror close by so you can try on your crown as you go. It looks best if your flowers are all going in the same direction.  Be creative, no two crowns will look alike and that is the beauty of it!  Once you have finished wiring all your flowers on, go back and wrap any visible wire with floral tape.  That’s it!  Now put that crown on and work it!!!





Spring Fever

Today is the official start of spring, and I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be happier about it.  It’s not that I don’t like winter, in fact I celebrate the beginning of every season.  I think it’s just the feeling of something new and different, oh and a chance to freshen up around the house (a.k.a. REDECORATE)!

If you too are feeling the need to get yourself ready for spring, checkout my list of easy updates for the season:

1.  The best place to start is at your entry.  A new welcome mat and some potted flowers are a quick, inexpensive way to say “Hello Spring”!


2.  Roll up those heavy area rugs and replace them with light weight sisal or jute rugs.


3.  Pillows, pillows and more pillows!  I have a stash of throw pillows for every season.


4.  How about using temporary wallpaper to brighten up an accent wall???  Major impact without the commitment!


5.  Fresh flowers definitely say springtime!  Pick up a couple of bouquets at the grocery store and separate into smaller vases and jars and you can have fresh flowers in every room.


6.  Throw off that heavy duvet and replace it with a lighter weight coverlet; add in some pillows and a throw blanket for color and texture.


7.  Find the sunniest window in your house and plant something.  It is so satisfying to see those little seedlings sprout up and take form!



8.  Don’t leave your desk out!  You would be amazed at how much more productive you will be by sprucing up your workspace.


9.  If you haven’t been to Target lately you should really go check out their Threshold line of home accessories.  They have a whole crop of items to get your bathroom springtime fresh.


10.  Last, but not least, as long as you are getting your home ready for spring, you might as well do the same for makeup bag.  These are a few of the items I will be picking up!



1. Essie nail polish in Resort Fling  2.  Loreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Coral Encore  3.  Tarte Cheek Stain in Pink Coral

So go out today and celebrate the beginning of spring and as always, do it with style!!!