The Three Most Common DIY Design Mistakes

After 18 years of design experience, our team knows what to do when it comes to making a house into a home...but, that also means we know what NOT to do. Sometimes we get called into a project after a client realizes they might just be in over their head. They’ve put in time, sweat, and money only to find themselves frustrated and disappointed with their DIY[...]

Sprucing Up for Spring

Blooming flowers, breezy afternoons, buzzing bees—spring is here! And, with it comes the urge to do a little cleaning, get rid of the dust and let the sunshine in. After beating the rugs and scrubbing the baseboards, you might be thinking your space needs a little sprucing—so here are a few simple ways to add a bit of spring to your home. Replace Those Tired[...]

Elegant Coastal

Whenever we receive a new project that begins with an empty house, it gives us the opportunity to really envision a design that’s fresh and new. With so much open space, this next project definitely enabled us to dream a little! These clients asked for a coastal style and, while most people might picture a beachside cottage, we envisioned an elegant resort-l[...]

Mid-Century Restored

Sometimes the houses that have something unique to offer are the ones with a bit of history behind them. So, when our client had the opportunity to restore his childhood home he took it, ready to create new memories within an updated design. While some houses allow you to fill them with the style of your choice, others dictate the feel that fits best. When i[...]

Friday Favorites

Somehow this Friday Favorites is all about warm weather wear and a tropical paradise. After a couple of chilly weeks in California, it just goes to show where my heart is—I’m ready for breezy, warm days! Keep reading to see some summery faves... The Sundress Living in San Diego, we see sunshine most of the year, and that means flip-flops and sundresses. You’[...]

More Than Just a Pretty Pool House

When you live in California, sunny days and poolside weather shine down on us most of the year. So, why not take advantage of the easy breezy sunshine with a backyard haven? This next client did just that with a pretty pool house that dazzles. Of course, this poolside bungalow is more than just a lovely space--our clients wanted something that brought their [...]

Friday Favorites

It’s that time again—Friday Favorites are here! I thought I’d share something close to my heart as a homemaker and an interior designer...ambiance! Whether I’m revealing a design to a client for the first time or walking into my own home after a day of work, the lighting, the scent, and the sounds can make all the difference. So, without further ado... here [...]

Friday Favorites

One of my favorite things about friendship is sharing--swapping recipes, telling each other about a good sale, even sharing product reviews. I like to think that those of you who take the time to visit this blog are a part of a community and that makes us friends! So as friends of mine, I'd like to begin sharing with you some of the things I love as a design[...]

Time to Hit Refresh!

It's that time again--when we say good-bye to one year and embrace the new.  We begin to take stock of 2017, the good and the bad, learning from mistakes and celebrating the wonderful changes. Come January 1st, a lot of us will be pressing the "refresh" button on our lives--but what about pressing refresh on our homes? After all, it is the place where all th[...]

​Cozy Contemporary

When a client comes to me and presents their dream home, I love to see that dream through...especially if there's a bit of a challenge. And, this next home, definitely had its challenges! We needed to take a significant space with cool colors, such as gray and dark wood, and warm the whole look up. This couple wanted a house that was modern and cohesive, yet[...]