Color Inspiration, Decor, Dining


chic paint colors by Serena & Lily



Pretty girl via Olive Graham Photography Paint via Serena & Lily

1. Iron & Glass Tall Cabinet, Terrain/ 2. Custom Letterpress Round Coasters, Society Social/ 3. Carlyle Pendant, Clayton Gray Home/ 4. Wooden Truss Dining Table, West Elm/ 5. Dining Room Natural Iron Chair,  Caracole/ 6. Mustard Fleur Chinoise Pillow, Caitlin Wilson Textiles/ 7.  Raynaud Serenite Light Blue Charger, Gumps

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


Accessories, Art, Bedrooms

Victorian House Renovation | Decor

Kitchen Remodel, Brick, Victorian House Renovation, Decor

living room remodel, Brick, Victorian House Renovation, Decor

Kitchen Remodel, Brick, Victorian House Renovation, Decor

Kitchen Remodel, Brick, Victorian House Renovation, Decor

Kitchen Remodel, Brick, Victorian House Renovation, Decor

guest room, Benjamin Moore's Tudor Brown

Knox Martin Art

Check out this dreamy Victorian Southampton house, renovated to perfection and brought to us by Elle Decor.

I love the original brick fireplace they kept in the kitchen and the endless line of perfect light fixtures throughout the home.

The guest room walls were painted in Benjamin Moore Tudor Brown which is unexpected but works perfectly with the fresh white bedding, lighting, art and accents.

Thank you Elle Decor for letting us feature this beautiful home.

Accessories, Decor, Lighting

Etceteras La Jolla | decor

Etcetera, La Jolla,  decor

lighting, vintage, Etcetera, La Jolla,  decor

Etcetera, La Jolla,  decor

beach decor, Etcetera, La Jolla

occasional chiar, Etcetera, La Jolla,  decor  Etcetera, La Jolla,  decor


Etcetera, La Jolla,  decor

Fortuny Textiles, Etcetera, La Jolla,  decor

Etcetera, La Jolla,  decor , vintage stensils

Etcetera, La Jolla,  decor , chic beach sofa

Last week was another great visit to sunny San Diego, California.  I feel so darn lucky to have clients in the coastal dream land.  I’ve had such fun exploring the area and finding some great places to shop.

Nestled in lovely La Jolla is Etceteras, a fabulous design boutique.  I’ve visited a few times now and each time the team has been extremely friendly and helpful.  They remain attentive as I hunt the store for the perfect accessories to pull together and finalize the look of various design projects.

On my most recent visit, I popped in and snapped these photos of some of their amazing vintage and new finds.  One of the things I love most about the store is they really know their textiles, using the likes of Fortuny fabric to reupholster occasional chairs and cozy love seats.  The best surprise is their reasonable price points.

To learn more about Etceteras, visit “Shop Etceteras.”

Accessories, Decor, Lighting

BABY girl NURSERY black + pink | decor

baby nursery black black lacquer crib cecyj kids


I don’t often work with the color pink.  It always feels too pretty and perfect… but paired with shades of gray and black, it feels like the right decision for a stylish and modern baby girl’s nursery.


1. Tamara Honey of House of Honey, Black Lacquer Crib  / 2. Eric Cohler, Venetian 6 light Chandelier via Circa Lighting  / 3. Jonathan Adler, Queen Anne White Mirror / 4. Madeline Weinrib, Persimmon Olivia Rug / 5. Ikea, Strandmon Wing Chair  / 6. Oomph, Tini Table IV /7. Chronicle Book, Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Art, Bedrooms, Decor

Katerina Tana Designs | decor

katerina tana design cecyj

As promised, today kicks off a look at some of my favorites from the Santa Barbara Design House.  I was thrilled to have an opportunity to meet with Katerina Tana and get a personal tour of the Cabana she beautifully designed for the Design House.

With so many signature details and thoughtful plays on art, history and her many travels, the space felt serene, comfortable, inviting and not “over decorated.”

Katerina is as kind as she is talented and I hope you enjoy a peek into her intriguing and beautiful world.

You are so much more than just an interior designer… you create beautiful textiles, furniture and a tile collection for Jeffery Court that is absolutely breathtaking.  How do you do it all?

Well, I am a very creative animal, and have been since I was very little.  I was quite compulsive about doodling and drawing and designing.  My textbooks from history classes when I was little are a testament to that, as is my dollhouse which I still have sitting in my studio.  I grew up in London, going to the Victoria and Albert Museum on a weekly basis.  It was just what I did all the time, so I have always been inspired by the history of design and all its applications, and the context of it in our world.

My desire to create my own textile collection and tile collection were triggered by the fact that as I shopped for projects I work on, I got tired of always seeing the same thing.  Nothing felt fresh, or current or of our time. Nothing felt like it said “present tense.”  I was especially inspired by where I live in Venice, California, where the light and palette, and rough and smooth, and flora and fauna are constantly taking my breath away.  I did not see anything that captured those elements, so I decided to do it for myself!

Favorite rooms in your own house?


Well, the real answer to that question is the garden!  If that doesn’t count, then the kitchen and bathroom.


Hike or Pilates?  And where…


Both! In the Santa Monica Mountains once or twice a week, as early as possible to beat the heat and the crowds.  Pilates at Mimi’s Bodywork on Abbot Kinney.  She is old school, a ballet dancer and the best in town.  I also bike on the beach and all over Venice.

Secret spot for a perfect dinner?


Axe on Abbot Kinney in Venice.  If I am in town, Dan Tana’s for obvious reasons….


outdoor living plants cecyj decor

Cabana Santa Barbara Design House cecyj decor

Katerina Tana Designs living space art

Do you have a favorite paint brand?  What color did you use?

cecyj paint color

My favorite paint brand bar none is Farrow and Ball.  I used a few different colors in the Cabana.  Borrowed Light in the Den and Bedroom, Pale Powder in the Bathroom and Blue Ground in the Changing Room.

Katerina Tana Designs, Santa Barbara Design House, Cabana lighting

I absolutely love the textiles you used for the headboard, bedding and window treatments.  The patterns are so interesting yet calming.  Tell us how that came together?

The headboard fabric is called ROMA, a handscreen printed design which I produce in Los Angeles, and this colorway Agua was one I printed custom for a client of mine.  I fell in love with it and knew it was a great design and colorway for the bedroom headboard because it is a large repeat and on the large flat surface it could really work its magic.  Same with the bed skirt which just let the pattern play out a little further, like ripples of water.

The CAPISTRANO stripe on the Roman shades, and Euro squares on the bed are also handscreen printed in LA, this design is my “stripe” and has the broken look of a stripe drawn with a stick in the sand.  This colorway is Blake.  Each colorway for this design is named after a poet who celebrated the natural world.  The other two colors are Whitman and Keats.

The sheets I used on the bed were from Schlossberg, a wonderful Swiss bedding company.

Cabana, Katerina Tana Designs, Santa Barbara Design House

mirror accessories cecyj

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You have some really interesting coffee table books on display.  Do you have a “go to” bookstore in Los Angeles?


TORTOISE on Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA &  OBSOLETE on Main street in Venice, CA.