Life + Style, Travel

Santa Monica | Travel


Awesome weekend of work + fun in Santa Monica.

Stayed at the chic Palihouse Hotel just a few blocks from the heart of everything: 3rd Street Promenade shopping, a plethora of yoga, pilates and spin studios + great eats.  Palihouse’s chic interiors and amazing coffee bar made up for the fact that they don’t sell cocktails.  Ratings before I booked said the service was horrible.  I found everyone to be overwhelmingly friendly… just maybe a bit short staffed.

Sugar Fish is no secret to LA Locals for  a “roll free” sushi experience.  The wait was about 45 minutes but they graciously brought us drinks while we people watched and chatted with the locals.  Impeccable, creative presentation and the freshness was on par with sushi I’ve eaten in Hawaii and Cabo.

Shopped along Venice’s Abbott Kinney Blvd.  Potentially the birthplace of “So Cal hipster cool” with everything to offer from top notch food and drinks to amazing Interior Design shops and original clothing boutiques.  Loved the Australian Bohemian vibe of Flannel and stopped by Aviator Nation for some made-in-California surf sweatshirts for my kids.

DECOR - lighting

Gabriel Scott | Harlow pendants


Coveting these Harlow pendants by Gabriel Scott.  

Gabriel Scott is a contemporary furniture design company producing occasional tables and lighting pieces.  Very impressed with what they’ve been cranking out lately.  


DECOR - Kids Room, DECOR - Nursery

Trad + Modern Girl Nursery | decor


1. Throw Pillow / 2. Art / 3. Wallpaper / 4. Dresser / 5. Nursing Chair/ 6. Slipper Chair / 7. Crib /8. Pendant / 9. Rug / 10. Lamp

One of our clients in San Diego phoned me with the exciting news that they’re adding a baby girl to the mix this Spring!

She wanted to get going on the nursery right away and we had so much fun talking about her nursery inspirations.  Classic, traditional, PINK, PINK, PINK but with a modern twist.  We ended up with this… hope you love it as much as she did.


Mid-Century Magic




So, I’m knee deep in house hunting.

It’s been a fun adventure but I will admit I’m anxious to find the “right” home.  I’m one of those people that it has to “feel right” not just be the right location, good square footage or a killer investment.  I wish I could leave my emotions out of it… but here we are… still searching.

I fell head over heels for a Mid-Century home built in the 1960’s today.  It reminded me of the house I grew up in which, of course, led me to tears thinking of my late dad as we drove away…

I’m left daydreaming of steel beams, glass walls and a gigantic concert fire place!  Here is a little mid century inspiration just in case your modern dreams came true today too.