Decor, Kids Rooms, Kitchens

Costal Living Coronado Showhouse | Decor












I came across the photo tour of the Costal Living Coronado Showhouse via Derring Hall today and it’s truly everything you would hope for in a California Beach retreat.

Built by Flagg Coastal Homes and designed by Los Angeles based Betsy Burnham and Max Humphrey, the home is a true nod to fresh, elegant and casual California living.  I love that they did everything they could to take advantage of the ocean views by putting the sleeping quarters downstairs and the living space upstairs.

Read more about the house over at Derring Hall or Coastal Living


Accessories, Art, Bathrooms

Serena & Lily goes Brick & Mortar in San Francisco


What a treat to check out the new Serena & Lily store on our beloved Sacramento Street in San Francisco yesterday!

Sacramento Street is a great “local” shopping district that I wrote about last year as a guest over at Confessions of a Design Geek.  Serena & Lily’s first West Coast brick & mortar store is the perfect addition to this corner of the city where boutiques and cafes line the street.

The store will focus on clients who want to peek at products before making online purchases.  They graciously welcome interior designers and their clients for a true design studio experience.  With a plethora of innovative ways to display their colorful wallpapers, perfectly patterned prints and occasional furniture, the team truly seemed to think of it all.  This includes a Living Room for designers to enjoy during client meetings which hosts an impressive gallery of rotating one-of-a-kind art you can pluck off the wall for your own home or for a client.

And, still true to their roots as a company founded in 2003 as a nursery furniture and bedding only venture… they had a sophisticated baby nursery on display, anchored by a new addition to their wallpaper pattern called Herringbone Wallpaper in Fog which I’m REALLY loving.

It’s always a pleasure working and spending time with “team” Serena & Lily.  Special thanks to our host and friend, Lydia Cullen, for the gracious tour of the space.







Accessories, Art, Bathrooms


coat rack

A friend of mine, who also happens to have a terrific Public Relations firm in San Francisco was filling me in on one of her new clients.  I immediately asked if I could interview the founder, Diana Vincent for a blog post about her recently launched High Camp Home.  What started as a brick and mortar boutique and premier design firm in historical downtown Truckee, California, in the Tahoe area has stretched its wings into a fabulous e-commerce site.  High Camp Home makes sprucing-up the ski cabin an incredibly easy task!

High Camp Home is cholk-full of all the chic rustic lifestyle essentials including furniture, lighting, accessories rugs and seasonal decor.  My favorite detail over at High Camp Home is the local artists work available for purchase, making it easy to find the finishing touches for decorating with a relaxed, yet polished vibe.

With the leaves starting to fall and the wind blowing outside just about every item over at High Camp Home is on my “must have” list for fall and winter

A few of my  absolute favorites…

cabin decor, tahoe decor

We are so thrilled for the month of October Cecy J readers can get 15% off on all items, just enter the code RUSTICALLY at check out.

I hope you enjoy the interview with Diana Vincent and a peek at one of her Tahoe area interior design projects that is a true inspiration for comfortable beautiful living.  Not to mention… her fantastic travel tips for your next visit to the Lake Tahoe area.

Happy fall + winter shopping and a huge thanks to High Camp Home


breakfast room cabin


1.) What is your signature style? 

My signature style is sophisticated rustic design.  No bears or moose allowed!  I love combining texture with natural materials to create space that is warm and inviting but rustic and rugged enough to withstand the active lifestyles of my clientele and the harsh climates that surrounds most of the homes we work with.


2.) The perfect carpet brand/ line for a Tahoe cabin to withstand snow & ski boots? 

In reality, the perfect carpet is really WOOD as it is durable and wears well.


chic rustic sliding barn door


3.) Go to paint color/ brand?  

For a white paint that is warm and works well in most settings, Pratt and Lambert Milk White.


4.) Favorite, product you have in stock right now?

As it is fall, I love pulling out the blankets and throws and currently our store is filled with some wonderful throws that are not too heavy but have fabulous texture and rope like tassels.  The Europa throw in camel is my favorite, although our Halloween Ghosts are seen walking down the street with customers visiting our store everyday, this time of year!

5.) The perfect stocking stuffer for Mom?

Pairing the Chalet Stripe Scarf with the Decorated Hoop Earrings is a great combination.  Throw on a pair of Uggs, cozy sweater and jeans with this scarf and earrings and you are good to go anywhere in Tahoe!

stocking stuffer scarf

6.)  You are based in the in Tahoe area.  Give us the scoop… 

Where should we….


True Old Tahoe Ski Ambience – Cottonwood

Great Menu – Stella


I like the simple European feel of the Cedar House, but if you want a resort feel the Ritz Carlton being right on the mountain is a great way to spend a weekend.


Lone Eagle Bar in Incline Village


For families – Northstar; for great skiing Squaw/Alpine always wins


I love going off old fire roads and hidden spots but for easy to find snowshoeing the meadow up at Mount Rose is really pretty

relax fireside?

The Ritz Carlton Bar


Decor, Kids Rooms

Teepee Room | decor


Twigwam via Cox and Cox


Fleece Teepee via The Cloud Atlas


via House & Home


via The Marion House Book


via My First Little Place


Indian Teepee via Cox & Cox

I’m a bit obsessed with teepees lately.  The idea of incorporating a cozy reading tent into a kids room or a play space reminds me what childhood should be all about.  Here are a few I love and some inspiration for creating your own “teepee room.”

Bedrooms, Decor, Kids Rooms

sea side villa by Les Ensembliers | decor

chic beach retreat

chic beach retreat

chic beach retreat

chic beach retreat

chic beach retreat

chic beach retreat


Check out this amazing sea side retreat.  It seemed like the perfect way to kick off the weekend.

The home was designed by Les Ensembliers, a Quebec based Architecture + Design + Construction firm led by Maxime Vandal and Richard Quellette.

Their attention to detail and ability to maintain design flows is inspiring.

Have a perfect weekend!

Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Decor

Cabin Style | Decor

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We got back yesterday from a fantastic family trip to Lake Tahoe.  Skiing, fresh air and loads of design inspiration got me thinking about the Cabin Style home.

There is definitely a fine line between classy and tacky cabin style, but MWA Architects, based out of Truckee, California, seems understand high quality building and design.  MWA calls itself a casual down to earth company… and as any good snow country firm, notes on their website that they “play hooky on powder days.”  From the looks of these amazing homes they have designed, I can’t image they play hooky often.  MWA creates truly spectacular Cabin Style Homes.



Accessories, Decor, Kids Rooms

Ikea Loot | decor

Ikea, Towels, Decor, Blogs

Let me preface this post by saying I have thrown down an unspeakable about of money for throw pillows.  I prefer couches to be custom and shoes to be Prada.  That being said, I realize sometimes we need to pare down our expectations to fit our budgets.

I firmly believe that style is everywhere and accessible to everyone at every price point so I’m certainly not ashamed to suggest Ikea to my clients for certain kid friendly projects or… use in my own home, for that matter.

I hit Ikea a few weeks ago and here is a list of my loot and a few of my all time favorite Ikea purchases…


ikea, loot, pirates, boys room decor

3. L e t t e r ART.

4. I don’t love all the Ikea throws but this white and black stripe “chic” beauty feels and looks wonderful.  I bought 4 as hostess gifts for the future.

5. The mother of all salad bowls.  I have 2… 1 for me and 1 for my sister when we’re in the kitchen together.  Whether tossing a pasta salad for a BBQ or carefully mixing the secret Thanksgiving stuffing recipe this bowl is always our “go to.”

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Decor, Kids Rooms

the bunk room | decor

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bunk bed, bunk room CecyJ

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I spent the weekend with my whole family at the beach.  We have a bunk room so the entire clan can be together.  It really got me thinking about comfortable, practical and stylish bunk rooms.  A few I found that are truly inspiring.


Accessories, Bedrooms, Decor

The New Traditionalists | decor

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

I love to discover new, quality products made by good people.  It is in that spirit that I introduce The New Traditionalists, an east coast furniture company I met in New York during BlogTour NYC.  After visiting their perfect SoHo showroom over mimosas and breakfast treats, I’ve been singing their praises ever since.  Their meticulous pieces are constructed in New England and can be customized for each and every client.

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

What really stuck me was the team’s ability to design furniture that blends a bit of a modern edge with sentiments of tradition and classic timeless style.

The New Traditionalist’s founding partners also operate ducduc, a collection of flawlessly chic furniture for little ones.  I could not stop taking photos during my visit.

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists team was kind enough to answer some question about what makes the company tick.  I hope you enjoy.



The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists are…

Obsessed with:
Details!  From the way we dress to the way we design furniture. We get a lot of inspiration from clothing.  Working buttonholes on suits, a contrast stitch, shoes that you re-sole and get better with age.  It’s all in the details.
Inspired by:
Steve McQueen, Classic Films from the 50s and 60s…especially black and white ones,  a drink at the end of a long day, and our parents.
Designing right now:
Some amazing new upholstery pieces and casegoods for fall, and accessories.
Traveling to:
hopefully a beach somewhere this summer where we can tune out with family and friends.  Summer memories are the best!
Partying to the tunes of:
our CEO Philip’s playlists.  They are all over the place, from Ella Fiztgerald to the Roots to some country music we are too embarrassed to mention here.
Taking this piece home:
Bar cart no 1.  For obvious reasons.
Eating a lot of:
French fries, when no one is looking.
Using this textile:
We just did a bunch of pieces for Holland & Sherry’s first NYC location on Elizabeth Street in Nolita-a lot of tartan, checks and hound’s tooth.  It was a great collaboration.
Following on Pinterest:
We can’t get enough of Pinterest.  It’s just such an incredible way to communicate our inspiration to the world.