Life + Style, Travel

Adults Only Pool

My family spent Spring Break at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

Coincidentally, it just so happened that a client had told me their “perfect pool” (and the inspiration for the ground-up build) was the Adults Only pool there.  So when we landed in our vacation destination at that very hotel, the perpetual designer in me was excited to explore what made the pool so special and to investigate the materials used.  Here is what I uncovered… hope this is helpful for those of you dipping into a pool project.


The deck tiles are by IPE.  They created such a lovely serene look with wood vs. lots of concrete and stone.


The Cabanas were ordered through Kettal.


The stone around the Adult Pool is called Basalt.  It is the most perfect charcoal grey color and was sourced by Four Seasons through Pono Stone in Hawaii.


I don’t have any details on the materials used for this structure but I thought I would still share the photo.  The design was brilliant at hiding a small bar for drink service, towel return area and creating privacy on the back side for the Adults Only hot tub.


These chaise lounge chairs are by Janus et cie and the umbrellas are by Tuuci


 Big thanks to the amazing staff at The Seasons Resort on the island of Oahu, Hawaii for graciously providing all the sources + details.  

Kitchens, Paint

The Cecy J Interiors – Black Kitchen Door


Thank you for stopping by to learn how we made the Cecy J – Black Kitchen Door come to life.  I was inspired by a large black door I had seen while grabbing dinner in Venice Beach, California.  It felt chic and interesting but not over decorated or too demanding of attention.

When a project came up which included a black + white color scheme, I knew it was my chance to incorporate the image that had been dancing in my head.

I landed on a Rouge Valley Wood door.  They offered the ability to customize the glass and the ogees (the lines and shapes of the moulding on the door).  If you have not noticed before, you should always pay attention to the number of ogees on doors, window frames or moulding.  It makes a big difference on how traditional, detailed or simple a home feels.

The next step was picking the perfect paint color.  I knew it had to be glossy or a really beautiful lacquer and a true “no funny business” black.  This led me to Farrow & Ball Off Black in Full Gloss.  It’s such a glorious true black but it’s still somehow a calm color… and nobody does Glossy quite like Farrow & Ball.

Last (but probably the most important detail) was the jewelry, i.e, HARDWARE!  With a young family of three boys, a kick plate on the inside not only felt like a lovely finishing touch… it also felt extremely practical for a door that would usher busy kids in and out of the backyard daily.

We’ve worked with Rocky Mountain Hardware for years and we seem to weave them into almost every design project… so the decision to use their perfect hardware was an easy one.  My favorite finish by Rocky Mountain Hardware is Silicon Bronze Light.  It’s got a lovely gold undertone but it is also a chameleon and will live happily with just about any other finish you layer into the design scheme.

Kick plate with Bevel in Silicon Bronze Light by Rocky Mountain Hardware 

Door Hardware in Silicon Bronze Light by Rocky Mountain Hardware

Life + Style

Cecy J Hosts a Summer Soiree with Serena & Lily


We had so much fun hosting a summer soirée with Serena & Lily at their San Francisco store to kick off the season.  One of our favorite vendors for fresh and timeless accessories + furniture.  Thanks to our friends & some of my very favorite design minds for joining us.

Accessories, Gift Guides, Travel

three spring break essentials

ONE: Artesano Tucan HAT




THREE: Supergoop Sunless Tan










Color Inspiration, Paint

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Side – Paint


We seem to be having an endless love affair with bold black colors for the home and the exterior is no exception. Picking an exterior paint color for your house can be tough but making the switch to a dark and more dramatic choice can add depth and play up your home’s architectural elements.

I’m all about Farrow & Ball’s color: Railings. Always on the hunt for ‘true’ colors, I look for black hues that do not read too blue. Railings is a true deep gray that is bold but not overwhelming.

For a recent remodel project… we convinced the clients to go from a neutral green to dark and bold. The transformation was dramatic and the white trim was a great balance to bring forward a fresh new look with the perfect contrast. We used Benjamin Moore’s White Dove which we use quite often. Its a perfect white that never plays tricks in the changing light.

The perfect add to our exterior refresh were industrial sconces from Barn Light in Oil Rubbed Bronze. We had the challenge of matching the front exterior lighting to the the backyard lighting that was vintage but in perfect condition and it made no sense to change. We often head to Barn Light Electric for quality outdoor lighting that needs to feel special.

And last but not least, a new front door is an investment every homeowner should consider when updating. We have a real love/hate relationship with front exterior doors as they have the unforgivable task of greeting guests constantly and taking the brunt of weather and sun damage year after year. A contractor I work with turned me onto Jeld Wen’s Aurora line and we’ve never looked back. The doors truly look like solid wood but are fiberglass so they stand the test of time and can be totally customized.


Exterior Paint Color: Farrow & Ball Railings in eggshell

Exterior Trim Color: Benjamin Moore’s White Dove

Outdoor Lighting: Barn Light Atomic Industrial Guard Sconce in oil rubbed bronze

Front Door: Jeld Wen Aurora custom door



Chic Dollhouse – Decor



I have such fond memories of “styling” my doll house as a little girl.  I enjoyed that much more than actually playing with my dolls.  When I came across this doll house featured in EST Magazine, created by Cassie James Herrick, Creative Director of Beatrix Rowe Interior Design, a flood of memories from my youth came rushing back.  I’d like to add this to my Christmas list this year.

Source: Est Magazine