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Playa del Rey Bathroom Reveal

I am so happy to be back after a short break from blogging feeling refreshed. I have made a conscious decision to create and design at a slower pace allowing time for perfection and reflection on the projects that I choose to design.

For this very reason, Lulu and Matt were awesome clients. They empowered me use my creativity in the design of their beachy modern bathroom while seeking quality in the aesthetic. I will share a thoughtful interview from Lulu as part of this post. All photos are courtesy of the talented Amelia Tabullo photography.

H: Lulu, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
L: I love fashion and everything design related.
H: What motivated you to want to update your bathroom? 
L: I think bathroom and kitchen play really important role in home style, and our old bathroom is very out-dated, and we have been planning to renovate it since the day we moved in. We prefer stand shower to 2-1 tub & shower, because the stand-in shower gives us more space, and it is easier to clean.


H: How would you describe your design style and personal taste?

L: My style is modern, minimal, chic, and practical. My favorite design is North European interior style, I love the light, clean, and airy feel for my home.


H: What is your favorite aspect of your new design?

L: One of my favorite is definitely the marble shower and floor, I think it brings the bathroom (even my home) to a whole new level. I also like the color palettes, white, gray, walnut.
H: The frameless shower doors were key in creating an unobstructed view of the marble tile work.

Thank you, Lulu for sharing your beautiful home, the inspiration and the freedom to get creative with you!

Here is a close-up of some of the little details which include: Scandinavian style faucet, handmade brass sconces and custom recessed walnut shelving all coming together to make the space truly unique!

The finishing touches include modern towel rod, hand towel ring, soap dish, robe hook and toilet paper dispenser were all part of a chic set by Hansgrohe. I came across these gorgeous accessories in this Brooklyn bathroom.

I have also taken time to freshen up my Portfolio page, so please stop by to see more of what I do.



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Black and White Guest Room Preview

Over the past month, it has been super fun working with my client Paul on his amazing house in Burbank. Right now, we are focused on making a comfortable and cool guest room for his many worldly guests. Here is a sneak peak of the inspiration and finds along the way.

The actual headboard that we have chosen is a wingback made from a soft gray linen.

We are going to be adding pops of brass hardware, which lend an air of Hollywood glamour.

The nightstands are similar to the ones in the pictured in black, but they are vintage finds!!! I think the lightness of the base on this makes them perfect for his space.

(Please ignore the truck grill;)

We are having them lacquered in black. See all the pics from the Santa Monica Flea Market outing on my Instagram.

I love this black and white art collection that I found via Pinterest. Although, it may be a bit more modern than what we are going for, I think the prints and frames are perfect.

More black and white good ness… I really just can’t get over how great the white bedding, charcoal gray wall, and  the crystal clear lamps look with natural wood. I just love the simplicity.

To see more of my Pinterest finds for this client click here.

Well, I hope you have plans for an amazing weekend! I will be at the Patchwork Festival, this Sunday in Long Beach, please swing by for a visit if you are in the area. (Details here)


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Acupuncture Spa Plan + Styling

This was an ideal project to undertake requiring the perfect balance of creative freedom and serenity. A medical office and wellness space lends itself to vital green, clean fibers, and soft palettes. I felt at ease working on this office and would consider the style functional modern organic.

In the picture above, we personalized white cotton IKEA slipcovers with beautifully designed spa pillows out of silky embroidered cotton and camel colored linen backs. The linen was a bargain and the embroidered fabric was a bit of a splurge, but since we stayed on budget with the seating it added a thoughtful touch.

The inner lace pendant helped to create a focal point and soft lighting in the center of the lobby.

I spotted this bench on Overstock, which is now sold out! It was a steal at just over $100 and I think it does the trick when you first walk in the door.

Here it is a few weeks later restyled with a silvery gray seat cushion. Although, I liked it before, this way is certainly more comfortable. I chose gray to balance out the warmth of the natural wood.

For the Doctor’s office. I decided on gray laminate countertops and gray cotton wool cozy chair, a combination of coziness and cleanliness that you desire in a doctor’s visit. The under mount lighting on the floating shelf was chosen to illuminate the workspace when there are elixirs to be mixed. We had the idea to suspend the white cabinets at countertop height to provide a custom workspace for the doctors.The cabinets are part of a sink base, which I had shelves cut to fit inside. The countertop was also customized and bolted the top of the sink base. I think, I am most proud of this piece because it took a bit of creativity to make it work.

Here are a few more vignettes, inlcuding the water and tea cart. A simple way to pull together the overall look of the space was to use all-white shelving and cabinetry.

I loved this little mid-century lamp so much because of it’s shape. Isn’t it just screaming to be on a doctor’s desk or study space? I discovered the HImalayan salt lamps through my client, who showed me their natural beauty and told me about their healing properties.

In the picture at right below, we reused a sturdy console by priming and painting it white to provide visual unity. The framed Mandala quilt belonged to my client already, we found it complimented the Exam Room with it’s symmetry. The warn wood floors and countertops are balanced by the cool gray acupuncture stations and the soft gray walls.

After working on this project, I realized the pleasure it took in designing it. It’s almost as if the space guided me peacefully through the obstacles of design work and left me at ease. Thank you, Tilo Medical for the stress-free journey. I’ll be back to visit you soon.

If you have any questions about the products you see here, I will be happy to share my tips to help you renew or unify your office to a place of calm productivity.

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Wednesday Mood Boards

This is one project that I am really looking forward to. It is the initial design concept for a holistic spa and medical lobby. I am working with a clean palette and shades of natural healthy feeling greens.I am loving the lace pendant that is on sale at Crate and Barrel for this space. It is so soft and elegant. Although, this is just the beginning and a lot could change within this calming and refreshing space.

In contrast to the board above, here is another source of modern classic and slightly more dramatic inspiration. We are working very hard to create a cozy bedroom using many textures and finishes together, such as combining matte black lamps and little pops of brass. Best of all, the art is on it’s way!!!…and I will have a picture soon of an Ethiopian necklace made from nickel in a gorgeous burl wood shadowbox frame. The art will be placed in a vignette with the scone above the nightstand.

I’m liking the shades of gray with the dramatic bursts of purple too! We are still debating the lighting, so I took lots of pictures today at Rejuventation. Shall I share my photostream of goodies later in the week?  How about you, any projects around the house or great shopping that you are into??

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Danish Gray: Malene Birger

In the interest of time…I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. I came across this room by Malene Birger last week when searching for great chandeliers. I loved what I saw. The chandelier does so much for the charm of this intimate space, which appears to have a lofty ceiling.

I discovered Malene Birger is a Danish Designer behind a couture fashion line. This is her stylish living room in Majorca, Spain that I spotted via Habitually Chic, an equally charming blog that you should head on over to see!

The lamps…the photo ledge…the gray and black…Is it European love? Oui, Oui!

Happy Monday, folks! I promise to be back and in the swing of things with new Art recommendations later this week!

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