November Moodboard

Fall has FINALLY arrived here in the Bay Area. It was a little late to the party but I have to say, I’m glad it finally arrived. The cool, crisp days are getting me excited for the holidays, which are right around the corner. This month is all about layers, the leaves changing and prepping for holiday madness. A few things I’m looking forward to this November.

lots of cozy layers

running through piles of leaves

hot apple cider

baking at home as the days grow colder

going home for thanksgiving

getting a head start on the holidays

There is nothing I love more than the start of a new month. What are you looking forward to this November?

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One Room Challenge: Week Five

There is no question, lighting can be one of the most challenging items to find that is in keeping with a room design. It can honestly make-or-break the look of a room. In Jackson’s room, I wanted to go with a more modern look for lighting. When I designed his nursery I never changed out the ceiling fixture. I like rooms to have a mix of modern and traditional. With a more traditional bed, the modern lighting helps the room to have a perfect mix.

When it came to Jackson’s room I chose three different lights – one ceiling light and two lamps. Jackson is smitten over all of them! When it came to looking for lighting I turned to Hayneedle for all of my everything. The round globe “looks like a spaceship” according to my son, which he loves. He even placed his little spaceship next to it. The two others are modern and yet fit perfectly into a children’s bedroom.

I’m waiting to show you the lighting in his room but here is a sneak peek into the lighting choices I made:


The Holstebro Chandelier
The Grasshopper Table Lamp
Modern Pearl Table Lamp

Hayneedle made it easy to find everything I had dreamed up for the lighting come true. They have so much to chose from and the prices are reasonable. Can’t ask for much more!

We are getting closer to the reveal (one two more weeks!!) – and I am so excited to show all of you the final room. I have one more painting to stretch onto a canvas, the ceiling light needs to be installed, new light switch and a few other finishing touches like making the bed and the room will be complete. Can’t believe it’s almost done!

I’m looking forward to seeing the rooms of the others in the challenge. If you are interested, head on over to their sites and see what they’ve been up to. And next week I’ll be sharing more details about the art of layering a bed.


Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | Dwell with Dignity

The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista

Making it Lovely  | Old Brand New | Old Home Love  | The Painted House

Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Simply Grove

Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha

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Travel Guide: 12 Hours in LA

Sometimes when it comes to sourcing for clients it takes a trip to a new city to get inspiration. One of those inspiring cities is Los Angeles. What I love about traveling to LA is that it’s close enough to do a day of sourcing without having to pack. A little over a week ago I left before the sunrise and landed in LA for a day of jam-packed sourcing.

One thing I do before every trip – big or small – is to map out what stores, restaurants and locations I want to visit and then decide where to start. This helps avoid zig-zagging across a city. When traveling it’s essential for me to keep business and personal items separate. That’s why I love that with Uber I can have a business profile within my app. It makes expense time way easier. When it comes to getting around, Uber is the most convenient way – especially when you want your day to be hassle-free.

I set out from LAX to the furthest destination – Shoppe Amber Interiors. It is one of my favorite places to pick up pieces for clients and also get inspired. This shop, which is only a 40 minute drive from the airport, is filled to the brim with unique pieces – it’s not to be missed.

Next up on the trip was Hollywood at Home. I’ll be doing an entire post about this showroom/shop because it’s one of those spots anyone working on their home should visit for inspiration. From their beautiful pillows, stunning bedcovers (I’m obsessed!), and gorgeous antique furniture, it left me wanting to makeover my entire house.

From there I needed to re-fuel and headed to Platform LA. A new-ish gem in Culver City houses the likes of Freda Salvador, Tenoverten, Janessa Leone and my favorite lunch spot that I dream about Loqui. Words cannot describe how good these tacos are – it brings me back to growing up in Mexico City.

Just a few minutes away from Platform LA is Midland. The first time I walked in this store I felt as though Santa Fe was brought to the West Coast. Their unique finds – especially the pottery, baskets and books, are perfect pieces for any home.

With a new client in mind I headed to Croft House to look at a few pieces in person. Their mission is to create sophisticated pieces of furniture that embody a relaxed California vibe. Each piece is custom made in Los Angeles.

The last shop on my list was Liz’s Hardware. Even if I only have five minutes to spare, I try to pop into this gem. Every wall is filled with antique hardware that is stunning. I always seem to find a piece or two to bring back to use for a project or myself.

I couldn’t leave LA without one last meal. This time it was at Gjusta Bakery. If you look at travel guides for LA you’ll find this on every list – and rightfully so. Their food is mouthwatering. I had never been for dinner before and let me tell you – it’s a must. What is usually a crowded spot was peaceful and lit up by candlelight. It was just want I needed after a hectic day running around and it got me prepped to jump in my last Uber of the day before the flight home to San Francisco.

I hope you enjoyed following along on my journey to LA. If you have any questions about where to go in LA or SF for sourcing, please ask away. And if I missed any of your favorite spots ,I’d love to hear about them!

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Beauty: Inside Look at International Orange Marin

Ever since becoming a mom of two, I haven’t been the best at carving out time for myself. The juggle is real. When people say going from one kid to two is way more work – they are right. I think moms have a hard time thinking about what they need to do for themselves in order to press the reset button on the craziness that life entails. I’m one of those moms.

I was really good about finding time to go to Pilates, lunch with girlfriends, and even pampering myself a little bit when I had just one child. But with two, I’m on auto-pilot. I just keep going and going without a break. I almost feel as though if I sit down I won’t be able to get back up to do everything that needs to get done.

A few weeks ago I realized if I didn’t stop to give myself a few hours off from work and life, I would collapse.

International Orange opened in Marin Country Mart and every time I am at the Mart, I remind myself that I need to make an appointment at International Orange. Well, finally I took the time to do it! I cleared my calendar and made an appointment to be pampered!

This spa is dreamy – not only is the design and aesthetic right up my alley, but you are transported into a calm and serene oasis. It is as if when you walk through the doors all of the weight on your shoulders is lifted off. I could have stayed for hours!

If you are someone needing a little time to recharge, this is the place for you. I felt like a new woman after my massage and facial. Everyone needs a little pampering!