LA Snaps

I headed to LA about two weeks ago for a best friends beach wedding and of course to get some beach time in. Unfortunately, I didn't take a whole lot of pictures. The first few days were filled with wedding activities, and then tending to  hangover activities. I usually fill up my travel schedule going to large cities where I can walk around, so I wasn't completely sold on an LA vacation before I went. The thought of driving everywhere and dealing with parking always stopped me from going. Boy was I stupid. I fell in LOVE. LOVE. I loved the scenery, the food, the people, the weather, everything. 

The first few days we stayed right on Venice Beach. The wedding was in Santa Monica so it was close enough for the wedding activities. Venice beach totally spoke to my hippie heart. We spent a lot of time just walking on the beach and people watching. There is some really good people watching here.

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The most important part of any vacation for me is always the food. We ate Korean burritos at  Roy Choi's Taquira. We had a sloppy egg sandwich at Eggslut. We had so. many. donuts. at DK's Donuts & Bakery.  And then we had breakfast pizza at Jon & Vinny's.  Let's all give a round of applause for the food in LA. It was all top notch. 

I also took some time to do some vintage clothing shopping. Since I can't pack furniture in a suitcase I decided the next best thing was vintage clothing! We found probably my favorite place on earth, Hidden Treasures.  That place is seriously my happy place. If I close my eyes I can sometimes pretend i'm still there, digging through so much good stuff.

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We spent the last night living the high roller lifestyle and The Avalon in Beverly Hills. Everyone deserves champagne at check in and a dip in this pool once in their life right? We only stayed one night because we are normal people not insane millionaires. 

Our last night we went to the UCB and saw some improv. I'm actually a huge comedy nerd so it was basically a dream come true. If I lived there, I would be there every week. 

All in all it was a good trip. And by good, I mean I wanted to leave my life behind and move to LA as soon as I got home. I still miss it and I hope I can find a reason to get back really soon!

Project Larkspur

You probably have seen a million pics of the house blasted all over my instgram, so I thought it's time to give it a property write up. 

This project actually started about four months ago when I sold this house to some investors. They gave the home some modern upgrades, and it ended up bonkers amazing. This ain't no boring flip ya'll!

This view is the formal living/dinging area. My goal was to make this cozy but not too formal. This is the room you can eat dinner every night but also be a little fancier and have a cocktail on those scoop chairs

The dining set was a clutch find. I don't usually buy them because taking pictures and storing them is a bitch.  

The dresser was also kismet. I was picking up the lucite table from a guy from I buy stuff from occasionally and he said "hey do you need an dressers" UM YES. So thank you sir. I styled it out with vintage and accessories from Target, West Elm, and Home goods.

Those scoop chairs. Yes yes yes!

Still can't get over the colors in that painting. I got that at a thrift store the day before the shoot. I saw it and said yeah that will do. When I got in the space the colors just popped. Don't ever judge art by thrift store lighting is the moral of this story.

There is not really a star in here. Everything is a statement piece. The schreiber dresser is so cool I can't even stand it. It's too cool for me. The art i've hoarded for three years and honestly kinda forgot about it. I dug it out to sell it but when I saw it again I knew it was too good to give up just yet. The spider leg table is so huge, I love how it's oval, most of them are just round. The sofa is from West Elm and was up until very recently my own sofa. The wicker chairs add just the right amount of softness to the room. We finished it out with some MM Vintage handmade pillows, vintage accessories, and stuff from Target, West Elm, and Home Goods

The sofa table was a lucky cragslist find! Shout out to you if you are reading this ;)

I kept it simple in the office. I had this MCM desk forever. For real, forever. Someone buy it. So cheap and good. I added some of my brother's art and some other fun accessories from target and some stuff borrowed from Paige Morse.

Let's take it to the bedroom shall we???

Now the bedroom was honestly kinda thrown together. I don't have extra mattresses laying around so we stacked up to air mattresses. I tied some yarn on a wooden rod and BOOM headboard. I used a wicker side table as a mattress and then added some white bedding, indigo, and MM Vintage handmade pillow. DONE AND DONE. It's pretty simple. and I like it that way

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And there you have it! This project was amazing. It was super intimidating to put together a house from nothing in a week. But you know what, we did it! My goal was to make it pretty, but still livable. I wanted people to be able to see themselves in teh space while also making it pretty for a picture. I think the goal was accomplished and i'm ready for the next challenge!

Palm Springs Travel Guide

Finally! I finally made it to Palm Springs. Me and my mom always try and take a trip at the beginning of the year and when she had a few days off work I suggested we jet off to Palm Springs. We flew in to LAX because it was hella cheap and then drove to Palm Springs. We stayed at the Saguaro and it is just as colorful and pretty as all the pictures you have seen. It was the perfect place to grab a chair and sit by the pool and enjoy the Desert sun. The bright colors against the mountain background is unreal. It took awhile for me to get used to it because it seriously looks so fake, because it's so beautiful. 

I love to take guided tours when I'm on vacation. I really love learning new facts about places and getting a feel for the history and the people. We did a walking tour of Old Las Palmas with PS Walk With Me. It was so nice to walk around the neighborhood while hearing stories of all the celebrities that used to call Palm Springs Home. So many good stories to hear about each house. Almost every house you see in that neighborhood has a cool story behind it. We even spotted Leo's house and they were filming a commercial!

Another day we did a big bus tour. Normally I hate getting on a giant bus on vacations, but I wanted to see EVERYTHING in Palm Springs so we took a tour with Celebrity Tours. Our guide grew up in Palm Springs so he had such great stories about being a local. He talked about hanging out with Dean Martin's son and the time Sonny Bonny crashed his mom's birthday party. It's crazy to think such a small town can have so much coo history. Bonus: you can see more of the houses from your higher seat on the bus.

Now food. There is plenty of fancy good food in Palm Springs, but when i'm traveling with my mom we usually go more casual. We have this thing about bagels, so when we found Townie Bagels we were pretty much in heaven. I think we both ended up stuffing a dozen into our checked baggage before heading out.  We had an early dinner one night at Sherman's Deli which is a class old school deli with huge pastrami sandwiches and insane cakes. For a coffee pick me up we headed to Koffi and Ernest Coffee. I found a pineapple coconut muffin at Koffi one morning and I keep thinking about how I need to try and make one because it was so good. I put eating at Kings Highway a priority and so glad I did. Think Mad Men meets hipster and you get this place. Our waitress told us it was an old Denny's. We went at a weird time which was good to admire the whole place and really get a feel for the history. I am obsessed with old diners and I still think its a tragedy I will never experience the real Howard Johnson's. We also had happy hour drinks and a snack at El Jeffe, but coming from Texas, it's hard to agree to a $10 margarita and $15 tacos. 

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Make sure after lunch one day you head to Moorten Botanical Gardens. The cactus are insane. So big. We met the cactus man as I called him and he was just picking them all up with his bare hands! He said it's easier this way and no matter what he always gets sticked, even if he had gloves. It's only $4 to visit and you will want to spend hours wandering around and just soaking up all those #plantgoals.

One of my favorite things to do in Palm Springs is just to wander. Get in your car and drive around admiring all the beautiful homes. I dowloaded a self guiding tour and that gave us a jumping off point. Each block here is filled with something else amazing you have to see. Oh and make sure you stop at #thatpinkdoor. I usually am not the person to stand in the middle of the street snapping pictures of some random home, but in Palm Springs I was totally that person. 

 

It's so relaxing here. It feels like you are a cut off from the world being surrounded by the mountains. I really want to go back with Corey and try some more restaurants, look around The Parker, and take the Tram to the top of the mountains. Until next time!

The Ramsey House

My two favorite things: real estate and interior desing. Ok I also love pizza and netflix. I've been trying to figure out an organic way to combine real estate and interior design for a long time now. I never wanted to promote myself too much and for it to feel forced as I am a real estate agent, but I feel like the two go hand in hand. Because of my job I get to see cool awesome houses ALL THE TIME. Because my clients know I'm into design they always ask me what I would do when touring a home that needs a little love. Immediately I start talking about taking down walls, flooring choices, how to orient furniture, etc. My clients probably get sick of me sending them pictures of beautiful interiors to show how a house can come alive. 

Very recently I was helping a good friend look for homes when we went to coffee after touring some really cool homes in Oak Cliff. We immediately got out our phones and started pinning what we would do to the house. That got the ideas flowing and I came up with this blog series! The idea is I find cool houses that need a little love around DFW and then show you what I would do to it. Pretty simple, here we go.

This is the Ramsey House. Its in my FAVORITE Oak Cliff neighborhood Beckley Club Estates. Just think rolling hills, trees, and wild peacocks. The house felt like this secluded cabin on a hill so I wanted to go with that and do a modern rustic theme for the house. Lets get into it. 

I'm so in love with this living room. I love that it feels dramatic and yet comfy at the same time. I've never been much of a dark green person, but boy is this set up changing my mind. 

1. Couch from West Elm. Really digging the lines and green color on this couch.

2. Sconces to highlight the art and bring in some more light sources. I like the idea of keeping all the lighting black to bring the dramatics.

3. Love that dramatic vintage art print from Chairish.

4. Mid century rectangle wood coffee table

5. Modern black pendant/chandelier

6. Bring in some lightness with white mid century accent chairs

7. Mix of global pillows, leather, and pink accents.

8. I love a cowhide rug. It pretty much goes with any style and is a good budget option for a rug.

9. MCM credenza for across the sofa. 

10. Will the round mirror ever go out of style?

11. Bring in some white to tie in the white mcm chairs with a tall boy dresser for extra storage.

12. Get funky with a vintage weaving.

That table. That art. That pendant. Its all so so so so good.

1. Live Edge wood dining table. They key here is a natural feeling.

2. A classic Eames style chair

3. Simple natural fiber rug

4. Love the scale of this pendant

5. I'm buying this print for my own home I love it so much 

6. I love plan

1. This kitchen needs reclaimed wood cabinets. NEED

2. Open shelving is a must. Open shelving overfilled with neutral color ceramics

3. Beautiful concrete tiles from Cle Tile

4. Bring in some glam to the backsplash with these tiles from Cle

5. Pop of color with this over the sink light

6. A vintage inspired sink

7. Rustic bar stools

8. Leather hardware

9. Kitchen faucet

10. Always need some art in the kitchen

Molly Mathias is a Texas Realtor with Joe Atkins realty. License #0653293

A Cali Living Room in Dallas

A Few weeks ago I got an email from a new client asking for help with her family's living room. I didn't know exactly what to expect when I drove up for the first time to check out hte space, but as soon as I got a peek man oh man did I get excited. The "before" was a completely blank canvas with a dream fireplace,  plenty of natural light, insanely tall ceilings, beautiful molding and already perfectly white walls. It was really unfair how fun this was going to be.

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The client wasn't married to anything in the current room. We are going to try and use the current jute rug and hope it's big enough. The credenza got nixed pretty quickly and we are going to try and move it to the dining room. Since it was pretty much empty though, we got to start from scratch! Being in the room we came up quickly with a plan for two couches facing each other, with some mid century chairs and possible some ottomans to really maximize seating. I liked the idea of the basket wall that the client had already started so we are planning on going big with that idea.

After talking with the client and realizing we were totally on the same page as far as design, we started pulling some inspiration images. 

Luckily she loves California Modern as much as I do, so obviously we pulled a lot of Emily Henderson and Amber Lewis for inspiration.

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Next up, mood boards! I pulled together all the elements we had talked about into a moodboard to really nail down all the main elements we wanted for the room.

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So far the only big change from the mood board is that we are probably going to do a sectional instead of two couches at the request of client's husband. 

 We already have the credenza purchased and i've pulled a TON of accessories and art and can't wait to get my hands on that living room to style it out.

What do you guys think so far of the plan? I'll keep you updated as we go along!

A Funky Eclectic Cottage

I'm back for a second round of finding cute houses for sale and showing you guys how I would decorate! I need to think of a clever title because that is a mouthful. If you don't know, I'm a real estate agent, so I get to see some cute houses in my house search for clients. A lot of my clients will see some funky houses and feel overwhelmed at the process of decorating or making it their own. Well if that is you, I'm here to help!

I spotted this cute cottage for sale in Oak Cliff and knew I needed to create a mood board. I hate how home staging always uses the same type of "glam" furniture. There is always a lot of mirrors and chrome furniture. Blah.

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It's in the Elmwood neighborhood of Oak Cliff which is known for its cute cottages and beautiful greenbelt so I wanted to go all out with the interior and make it fun! It's definately a little bit glam, but in a good way!

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Here is how you can get the look!

1. PINK COUCH. enough said. I think more people need to go bold with their couches don't you?

2. Include some funky side chairs.

3. You need a soft luxurious moroccan rug for your feet.

4. anchor the living room with a natural wood coffee table

5. I'm obsessed with any art that features cows for some reason.

6. Go ahead and include a really fun and funky credenza.

7. Add in a that Target lamp that everyone and their mom owns now.

8. Love local gal Hayley Mitchell for fun colorful art.

9. Go with a  funky shape for the dining table.

10.  Add a classic but fun shape dining chair

11. Get a rug with some bright colors but a natural base.

12. Add in a fun starburst chandelier. 

And thats it! What do you guys think! PS this house is for sale so if you are in the market, or know someone who is in the market please shoot me an email!

 

*Molly Mathias is a REALTOR with Joe Atkins Realty in Texas

*This house is listed by Miriam Mier with William Davis Realty

Entryway Makeover

Having an entryway is a dream come true. No really. When we were house searching 99% of the houses we looked out just opened straight into the living room. I've always wanted a grand entryway. I believe it sets the tone for the house, and you can take some design risks in an entryway space that you wouldn't normally take in the living room. So let's get into it. When we bought the house, the entry way was just a little sad. It was just a plain tan box. Tan paint, tan tile, and a cowboy light fixture. 

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It wasn't the worst thing my eye's had ever seen. But it still was blah. The first thing to go was that light, obviously. When we bought the house my mom reminded me of a chandelier I had bought at an estate sale three years before. I had completely forgotten about it! But that is totally like me to buy a chandelier and hold on to it for years so I could eventually put it in my own house. I think I paid around $100 for it? Its super old. I can't figure out an exact age but i'm thinking it might even be pre-1900. It doesn't necessarily fit with the rest of my style but I honestly don't care. Its so so so pretty and I love seeing it when I walk in. Perfect example that you should buy things that make you happy and are special, and find a way to make it work later.

As you can see, I also hand painted this pattern using a stencil right away. When we moved in, we really don't have a whole lot of furniture as we were moving from an apartment so I just wanted one space to be "done." Corey thought I was crazy for spending hours painting a stencil a week after we moved in, but I was desperate for some decoration in the new house. I added a vintage sideboard and pretty much called it a day for awhile.

I changed around the decor on the sideboard a few times over the next year, but no big changes. It got a huge facelift almost two years after moving in, once we decided to go big with new tile. Now some other things occurred with our floors, and if that hadn't happened, it probably would still be the same. I'll tell you that story another time. But we decided to go ahead and do new tile in the entryway. I really didn't absolutely hate the old tile. It was plain, but fine. But deep down I knew the space was screaming for something show stopping. Decided on this tile from Cle Tile actually was a pretty easy decision. I saw the tile in a kitchen in a design from Emily Henderson and knew that was my tile.

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It definately was not cheap. But I knew the entryway needed some color so somehow I convinced Corey to let me go for it. When the contractors where installing it I knew I made the right decision. It is seriously so beautiful and makes me so happy every time I walk in the door. I knew I would probably have to paint over the spots and after the tile was done, it was obvious it was too busy with the spots. I just did plain white on the walls, added some bamboo shades, switched out the furniture and accessories, and DONE. 

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And thats it! What do you think? Did I make the right decision with the tile?