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.

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. 

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.

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!

Palm Springs

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. 

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!

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.

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.

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!