Boho Beach Bungalow: Dining Room Reveal

Monday, October 10, 2016

I'm really excited to share a tour of my dining room today.  A while back, Glitter Guide approached me about a home tour and interview of the boho beach bungalow, shot by the very talented Carley Rudd.  I've also shared my home tour on the blog, and I'm taking you through the house room by room starting today with the dining room.  Scroll down for the in-depth reveal and to see all my sources so you can get the look too!

The dining room is one of the spaces where I definitely took a more playful approach to decorating.  We started off by painting the entire house a nice bright white, using Benjamin Moore's Super White paint.  I'm a big fan of a neutral framework when decorating and like to keep things like wall color and bigger statement furniture (like sofas) in neutrals so that I can bring in color with accents.  It's a great approach if you change your mind a lot (I'm always rearranging!) or like color (you're likely to buy decor in colors, so make sure you have a versatile base that will work with the color you want to introduce in the room).  

I think the dining room might have been one of the most challenging rooms to decorate because it's full of architectural details.  With double corner windows, an octagonal stained glass window, an arched doorway, and two built in corner shelving units, this room took a ton of strategy and planning to decorate.  

Let's start with the gallery wall.  The house doesn't have much wall real estate, and one of the biggest walls is in the dining room, so I knew that was where our gallery wall would go.  I toyed with the idea of leaning art on picture ledges, but the stained glass window posed an obstacle.  In the end I decided to treat the stained glass window as a piece of art, and just hung the gallery wall around it.  When creating a gallery wall, its important to incorporate different mediums like prints, paintings, photography, sculptural objects, etc. for a well rounded collection.  When it comes to hanging, I like to lay out art on the floor first until I find an arrangement that I like.  As far as framing goes, try to either go for all the same color frames or keep it consistent and weave in two or three different finishes that complement each other, like white and wood.  That little rattan owl I found at a thrift store in Mississippi for $7 - I love those unique (and cheap!) finds that really give a space personality.

Here's the view from our kitchen.  I chose furniture with clean, modern lines, like the teak wood table with a mid century design.  With white industrial metal chairs, I layered in lots of texture to contrast with the modern furniture from the ground up, starting with a durable sisal rug.  I added sheepskin rugs to warm up the metal chairs, and added an indigo textile I found at the flea market as a runner for a little color and pattern.  The woven pendant light is the finishing touch of texture that brings in a ton of warmth and makes a statement while grounding the room by complementing the neutral furniture.

While we have a bar cabinet in the living room to store our wine collection and specialty booze, we wanted to incorporate a bar into the dining room for everyday cocktail mixing.  We used this white tray table we already owned with a simple and airy design that's also easy to move around if we have guests over to entertain.  We also switched out the cabinet hardware with some brass and leather pulls and knobs.  Changing up your cabinet hardware is one of the easiest things to do (especially in a kitchen) that can have a big impact.

These shelves were by far the most difficult things to style!  Because they're in the corner as built ins, it means the shelves are triangular (and have different heights).  Typically when styling a shelf I like to start by stacking books vertically and horizontally peppered evenly throughout the shelving, and leaning artwork to add depth.  Here, neither tactic works since the shelving is a triangle.  Instead, I chose to stack books and objects on top of and on either side of the books.  Then I used a large scale piece (the basket) that would take up most of the space in one of the shelves to top it off.

Well, thats the whole dining room!  If you love the boho beach dining room, I've rounded up almost all of the pieces so you can get the look too.  And don't forget to check out my home tour for a peek of whats coming next!

01. Pendant light // 02. Pink swimsuit print // 03. Grapefruit print // 04. Abstract mask print // 05. Sand dunes print // 06. Building print // 07. LA gold map // 08. Flowers print // 09. Macrame double plant holder // 10. Chairs // 11. Dining table (similar) // 12. Rug // 13. Indigo mudcloth (similar) // 14. Seat cushion (similar) // 15. Throws // 16. Leather drawer pulls // 17. Bar tray table (similar) // 18. Brass knobs // 19. White serve bowl // 20. Gold bowl // 21. Pink mugs // 22. White ceramic vases // 23. Small white vase // 24. Marble fruit bowl // 25. White sculptural vase

The September Edit: Must Have Pieces

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I can't tell you how excited I am that the 70's are back.  Suede, stripes, clogs, muted fall tones like navy, burgundy, mustard yellow...just thinking about it gets me so excited!  I can't wait for all the cute fall outfits I can wear and just pretend like I'm on an episode of Mad Men.  Now if only it would cool down in LA so I could actually wear a scarf!

01. Ace & Jig Anna dress: I discovered this company a few months ago and ever since cannot get enough of their beautiful designs.  I love the loose fit of this dress and the muted stripes.

02. Meyelo nubuck messenger: The slouchy shape of this nubuck bag is perfect for work or weekends.

03. Madewell river mountain scarf: These colors epitomize 70's vibes and add a little punch of color.

04. Bryr Studio Suzie closed toe clog: I bought this version of clogs this summer and I can't stop wearing them!  They are so comfortable and I can't say enough good things about Bryr Studio.  I can't wait to add a fall-inspired pair to my wardrobe.

05. Le Labo Rose 31 perfume: This scent is a fresh take on roses that doesn't smell like your grandmother's perfume.

06. The Great chambray romper: The latest line from Emily and Merritt is so amazing.  I'm dying for this chambray jumpsuit!  A great piece for warmer weather but would transition to fall perfectly with a suede moto jacket.

07. J.Crew felt hat: Hats are one of my favorite fall accessories to wear, and I'm loving the deep burgundy color of this one.

08. Madewell suede zip mini skirt: Incorporating different textures into your wardrobe can really add interest and intrigue and help to diversify your fashion options.  Suede is perfect for fall and the zipper adds great detail to an otherwise simple skirt.

09.  Tiro Tiro open arch ring: The cut outs in this ring make it a very unique yet simple accessory great for everyday wear.

Whats on your wish list this month?  If you like this post, be sure to check out more fashion posts.

Affordable Sources for Art

Monday, September 19, 2016

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin's Manhattan Loft via Architectural Digest

A space without art is like a space without soul.  Artwork gives your home personality and is an important element of decor.  Whether you gravitate towards a more collected feel with gallery walls or picture ledges, or prefer larger scale statement artwork, theres something out there for everyone. These days there many great resources for art online, and lucky for you, there's no reason to live without beautifully adorned walls in your home.  Look for pieces that speak to you, and take your time collecting.  If you're going for a gallery wall, make sure to integrate different mediums for a collected look and feel (ie. paintings, prints, photography, 3 dimensional pieces like wall hangings, etc.)  Four of my favorite affordable online resources are Domino, Artfully Walls, Minted, and Urban Outfitters.  Here's a round up of some of my favorite pieces from each site:

Domino: 01. Palms from Below // 02. Things Will Work Out // 03. Blue Monday // 
04. Hawaii Green // 05. Salt Air // 06. For Like Ever // 07. Yellow Door // 

Urban Outfitters: 01. Cult Paper Mouth // 02. Summer Cactus // 03. Waikiki // 04. Mint Hut // 

Do you have any favorite resources for art?

My LA Home Tour: The Boho Beach Bungalow

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

At long last, I can finally share my home tour with you!  The lovely gals over at Glitter Guide asked to share the #bohobeachbungalow, and the amazing Carley Rudd shot the feature.  We moved into a house just over a year ago in Santa Monica, and I'm thrilled to leave apartment living behind me.  The neighborhood is great and we can bike to all my favorite spots in Venice and Santa Monica, and we have a great little yard for our newly adopted pup, Dakota, to run around in.  Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing in depth posts of the Boho Beach Bungalow and the design process for each room, and for more photos from Carley of my home and their interview with me, head on over to Glitter Guide!

Here's the living room.  Before we moved in, I had the whole house painted Benjamin Moore's Super White.  I like to experiment a little with color, so having a blank canvas that wouldn't compete with any other accents was essential for me.  I did my best to take my time decorating and not be tempted to buy everything all at once.  Instead, I slowly collected pieces that I truly love.  That amazing vintage moroccan rug is from Merchant Modern, and the leather pouf from Venice Vintage Paradise - another one of my favorite vintage shops in the neighborhood.  

That coffee table is definitely one of my favorite pieces, and I found it on Craigslist for about $75.  It's got a beachy, relaxed vibe and a beautiful organic shape.  One of the best things about it is that it splits in two and can be used as end tables in a future life or if we're entertaining.  I love well designed furniture with multiple uses, especially when you're living in a smaller space.

Having only ever lived in spaces previously with dining nooks, I was thrilled to have a formal dining room.  I love to cook, and now we can sit at the table and have a nice meal without any distractions.  You know you're grown up when you have a dining room and actually eat in it.  We decided to do a gallery wall here mostly because it was one of the few walls that had enough real estate to house most of our art, working around the built in stained glass window and just treating it like it's own piece.  With so much color on the wall, I went neutral with the furniture with a sisal rug, teak dining table and white metal chairs.  To see more of the dining room and how to get the look, check out this post.

One of the things that made the biggest impact in the dining room was switching out the overhead lighting.  I have to say, I’ve never done this before in a rental but had a friend show me how and it really is quite simple and makes a world of difference (great tutorial here).  The pendant light kit from Ikea was a total bargain and makes a big statement.  

I agonized over whether or not to buy a bed or a headboard for ages.  With all the minimal bedrooms out there with neither a frame or a headboard, I considered living without one, but finally settled on this statement rattan bed, and I couldn’t be happier with it!  Since the bed is the major piece, I went simple with other elements in the room.  I found the vintage nightstands at a flea market and painted them white, and tried to bring in some zen with the sculptural overhead pendant lantern.  I brought in some subtle color with warm (dusty pink) and cool (fog grey) tones in the amazing linen bedding from Parachute Home.  The plug-in brass wall sconces (great for rentals!) save space on the nightstands and are the perfect height for reading.

This room acts as our tv room, office, and guest room with a fold down futon.  The guest room is definitely a bit more fun and colorful than the rest of the house with a pink rug, vintage brass chest, and statement art.  Since we don’t have guests staying with us all the time we wanted to be able to get use out of the room year round and we can do that with the futon (with brass legs!) for tv watching that folds down to a bed when needed.

The desk is a major favorite of mine ever since I found it several years ago at Wertz Brothers.  I love the pop of color and campaign style with brass hardware.  This space doubles as a workspace and vanity when needed.

The guest room leads out a french door to the yard, which is what sold me on this house.  Though small, I’ve been able to do a lot with the space.  Living in LA is amazing because you can really use outdoor space year round with our sunny, warm weather.  

I created an outdoor living room with a vintage rattan sofa, fire pit for cooler nights, and our favorite vintage bamboo chairs.  A patterned rug segments the yard to create the outdoor living room, and lots of plants play off the lush bougainvilleas and lemon trees.  

And of course, a comfy spot for our dog, Dakota.  He really insists on only the trendiest of dog houses and won’t spend time in anything other than this uber hip teepee

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing in depth posts about the design process for each room, so be sure to check back soon.  A huge thanks to Carley Rudd for her amazing photography skills and Glitter Guide for the feature!  
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