Where I’m Finding Inspiration Lately

One of the questions a lot of clients ask me is where I’m finding inspiration at the moment. It’s constantly changing. Sometimes it’s from a book I’m reading, a trip I just went on or a shop I can’t get enough of. I’ve decided to start a new series where I share what’s getting my creativity going.

Publications

Porter Magazine

  • Porter has it all. With a focus on the larger industry of lifestyle, Porter is a go-to for style, beauty and interior inspiration. I love the gorgeous interior spreads, designer profiles, and endless fashion. I usually pick one of these up from my local news store and savor it all month long, taking in bits and pieces at a time – each informing my style for the week, a vignette that I’m styling or a new beauty routine that I’m experimenting with.

Apartmento

  • If you’re in the design and arts field, this is a must read for you. I love the “raw” energy that Apartmento brings to the industry of interior design. It’s such a refreshing visual journey that highlights the work of today’s most inspiring artists, designers and photographers.

Places to Shop

London and Wood

  • A favorite sustainable interior and home shop that is such a refreshing and refined take on some of my favorite bare necessities.

March SF

  • March is one of my favorite brands to follow for stunning art direction. Their photography is simply stunning. Its the perfect place to pop in for a thoughtful gift. I personally have been eying these cutting boards. So simple and chic!

Books

This is Home

  • If you like minimal interiors – this one is such a good find. Such a beautiful book that is written incredibly well. I flip through it constantly as a source for ideas even on the smallest of projects!

Ottolenghi Simple

  • Because who isn’t inspired by beautiful (and simple) food? I’m using this to help me get inspired to create more recipes during the week. I love using simple ingredients that feel like they can be cooked in a variety of ways.

Instagrams to Follow

Interior globe – love their interiors from all different areas! So inspiring.

Joseph Gardner – so great for juxtaposition, composition and color ideas!

Vogue Living – it’s an obvious one, but oh so good!

House and Garden UK – one day i’ll have a garden, in the meantime this will give me all the inspiration I need to get my ideas in order!

Lifestyle: Getting Away From It All

When you work for yourself, it’s a gray line where work begins and ends. There is always something I need to be focusing my attention on. As an entrepreneur, designer and mom, it can be difficult to find time for myself. I realize I need to work hard and have discipline to be successful, but getting away from it all, is a way to inspire my work and clear my head. I find that even escaping from it all for a day, can help me redirect my passion and juggle my work and home life.

Part of my work as an interior designer, centers around finding comfort for my clients in their homes. I find that even in my own life, comfort is important, not only in my home but the other place I send a lot of time in – my car.

When it comes to my car it is basically my hub for everything – work, life, motherhood. Sometimes I’m in it all day long going from one client meeting to another, to baseball practice, swimming, or on an adventure with my family.

For me there are three things I look for in a car: safety, design, and functionality. Safety is the first and most important since I want my children to be as safe as possible. Design is always important to me – I like things to look beautiful. And finally, functionality. I want a car that works well and is intuitive to use.

Recently, I was able to take a day reprieve from my responsibilities and take a road trip with BMW to Big Bear Lake in Southern California. I find much of my inspiration in nature and a drive and a hike in such a beautiful place can inspire me in my work and ground me in my busy life. And to be able to do so in their brand new BMW X7, which is such a comfortable and intelligent car, that made the trip even more rewarding.

The first thing I notice about the X7, is the beauty of the design. Both inside and out, the design was important and looks great. The interior of the X7 is inviting, calm, and sleek. Just like the design I do for homes, the X7 seems to exhibit a simplicity of style that speaks for itself.

Driving a sleek car that handles well, the X7 is the ultimate drive. It also functions for someone who is using their car for multiple functions. With room in the back for my design tools, sports equipment, groceries, or whatever else I’m lugging around. I also have the well-being of knowing I have a safe car on the road.

What do you do to filter out all of the noise in your life and redirect your energy when life gets hectic?

Photos by Courtney Cutchen Photography for BMW

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Lifestyle: Spring Has Sprung For The Kids

I’ve always been a city girl. I was born in Washington, DC, I moved to Mexico City when I was five and then eventually to Portland, Oregon. For the past 15 years, San Francisco has been home for me.

While I love everything a city has to offer, I also tend to gravitate out of the city – especially the North Bay area. There are open spaces for the kids to play and great places to hang out. One of my favorite places to go is Marin Country Mart. I’ve been going since they opened with just a few shops. Now it is bustling with restaurants, great boutiques, and open spaces that are so nice to spend time in. One shop I always stop by and find something interesting, is Poppy Store. They have the most unique children’s clothing, shoe selection and accessories (Amelia loves the bows). I also always find gifts there for baby showers, and even things for myself! It’s a warm and inviting shop with a carousel of horses for the kids to ride outside, and a huge birdcage indoors. A table for the kids to draw at is always an attraction for Amelia.

The outfits on my kiddos are some of my favorites that I found at this spring at Poppy Store. When possible, I like being able to find things that are unique and out of the ordinary. This little sundress has quickly become Amelia’s favorite. The saltwater sandals in rose gold are perfect with her adorable dress and bow. Jackson needs clothes he can run, jump and basically be in perpetual motion in. These shorts are perfect for the warmer spring days. But it’s never hot in San Francisco so I paired it with a polo and sweater. The hand embroidery “rebel rebel” is the perfect message for my boy. He is wearing a pair of Birkenstock’s that have a back to them so he can run as fast as he wishes.

If you’re in the Bay Area, take the time to pop into Poppy Store. You can also go to Poppy at the Montecito Country Mart and the Brentwood Country Mart. I am sure you will find unique and fun clothes for the kiddos.