Weekend Reading

June 12th, 2015

The last few days have been a medley of fun by the pool and work behind the scenes, hence the slow blogging this week. The family is in Las Vegas while I’m working on the house before my aunt moves in next month. I’ve been all over town picking up tile for a backsplash and light fixtures too, the kitchen appliances arrived today, hooray! I’m headed back to California on Saturday but will return in a few weeks to wrap up the project – I’m excited to feature the completed master bathroom and kitchen at the end of the month!

beach house


The favorite links from the week . . .

Eye candy: a Brisbane based designer’s portfolio including this beach house.

A fab kitchen remodel that started with removing a wall.

Two favorite paint colors together: Sea Salt + Coventry Gray.

Golden age of Hollywood beauty secrets.

Lunching tips to learn from the French.

A great list of summer books to read.

Just as awkward as us: celebrities at their proms.

Great travel advice for road trips with kids.

Stunning photographs of dancers.

Yes to hand embroidery.

Pretty pretty ring dishes.

It Is Love.


Have a great weekend !

Looks I’m Loving

June 10th, 2015

This month I transitioned my wardrobe to flip flops and tank tops, tis the season. I haven’t given my home a summer refresh other than putting away the winter blankets and fluffing a few toss pillows since I’ve been busy with bigger projects. We did install a retractable screen door on the French door in our kitchen that leads to the rear courtyard, and that my friends is life changing when the sun goes down. Cool evening breeze + no bugs = happy CG, that little luxury brings so much contentment.

Having added nothing new to my own home this season other than that screen door, I am living vicariously through the decorating ideas of others. Looks I’m loving…

Mismatched Painted Dining Chairs

mismatched painted chairs

craftberry bush

mismatched painted dining chairs



High Contrast Bathrooms with Patterned Tile Floors

quatrefoil tile bathroom floor

house and garden

dark vanity brass pulls patterned tile floor

amy bartlam


Botanicals Galore

ferns on mantel

hymns and verses

shelf of plants

better homes and gardens

For more inspiration on the topic of botanical filled planters take a peek at my latest article for Lamps Plus about stylish indoor and outdoor planters.

What looks are you loving this season?