Neutral Perfection

Recently, when everyone seems to be gravitating to more color in their homes, I seem to be more and more attracted to room in neutral tones. I have a home where blue predominates, but I’ve noticed lately that the more neutral rooms are the ones I’ve been saving on Pinterest and liking on Instagram.

When I came across this home in Woodstock, New York, I was immediately drawn in. It isn’t minimalism, but rather a retreat with just the perfect amount of accessories to be beckoning you to sit down to read a book, or linger over a cup of tea. I think what makes it work is the texture in the rooms – wall hangings that work as art, sheepskins on the floor, pipes in a bowl (my father used to smoke a pipe). In addition, the artwork is graphically a mix of black & white that keep the neutral continuity but also add bold pops throughout the home. And the large wood table is balanced with modern chairs in black and white. And who doesn’t love the pages torn from what looks like a vintage geography books above the bed?

For those of us who find enough color in the world we live in, this monochromatic home looks like the perfect retreat!

And a huge thank you to Liz of Grey & Scout for finding this home that has inspired me in so many ways.

Photography by Acre Creative 

I’m Loving . . .

When February hits I crave spring and warmer weather. Do you ever feel that way? Maybe it’s because of all of the rain we’ve been having in SF. I’ve been dressing in lighter hues to make me “feel” like spring is right around the corner.

I’ve been on a serious blueberry kick each morning. Since we have some gloomy afternoons ahead – I’m going to make a new granola for the house.

Bathroom styling is something I absolutely love to do. This one in particular is perfection.

Weekend wear has to be casual because I’m constantly running around chasing Jackson. This look is one of my go-to’s.

Lastly, how amazing is this kitchen island? I’m in love! Putting this in my future home file.

What are you loving at the moment?

Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

 

A Perfect Union: Freda Salvador and Anndra Neen

I was so thrilled to see my best friend and her sister from my childhood in Mexico City have partnered with my all-time favorite shoe designers – Freda Salvador. This is Freda Salvador’s fourth Capsule Collection, a southwest inspired collaboration.

Phoebe and Annette Stephens were a mainstay in my life when my family and I lived in Mexico City. Most weekends, especially on Sunday, you would find us at the Stephen’s colonial home in the picturesque neighborhood of San Angel. Somehow we always ended up at their house, as they had an oasis of a garden, a great retreat from our fourth floor walk up apartment. Their paternal grandmother, a recognized artist in her time, ran in the circle of friends that included the likes of Freda Kahlo and Diego Rivera. When you walked into their home, the first thing that greeted you was a painting of their paternal grandfather done by Diego Rivera. Scattered throughout the home were also the paintings done by their grandmother and also their father, a dedicated artist. Their home remains one of my strongest memories from childhood.

Fast forward twenty-some years, and the Stephen sisters launched – Anndra Neen – a thriving jewelry design business inspired by their years in Mexico City. Their work has been given commendation by the likes of WWD, Vogue, Elle, and the New York Times, to name a few. Now partnering with my friends at Freda Salvador, you begin to realize just how small our world can be!

The Freda Salvador x Anndra Neen Capsule Collection is an expression of both brands: luxury meets artisan aesthetic. This collection was inspired by strong and spirited females from the past – perhaps even envisioned with the likes of Freda Kahlo. There are two pieces – a mid heel boot and a slip on mule that are part of the collection. The footwear is designed in Spain and is adorned with Anndra Neen’s mixed metal hardware, handmade in Mexico. I think this is a match made in heaven!

Photography by Freda Salvador | Dress is by Kamperett

Monthly To Do List: February

It feels as though January came and went in the blink of an eye. Do you feel the same way? I had a huge to do list to tackle but nearly half of my list didn’t get done.

February To Do List


  • Clean back hallway – it’s my hoarding spot that we need to clear.
  • Storage closet – get rid of anything we don’t need. A major purge needs to happen.
  • Stay designing baby Girl’s nursery, which is my old office. It’s a tiny space.
  • Do a toy purge! Oh my, do the toys add up quickly.
  • Taxes – attempting to get them done early (on time) this year.

I’m excited to tackle these things and cross them off my list. It’ll feel so incredibly good if I do!

What do you want to get done this month?

Photos by Andrea Posadas for Sacramento Street

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