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Sunday Morning Musing, Fall Edition


What up Campers?!  Steph here, laptop tapping from the teensie western outpost of Crested Butte, CO.  Otherwise known as the coziest little Hallmark-Hall-of-Fame-esque mountain town you’ve ever seen.  I’m assuming my normal Sunday morning routine – (coffee in hand, Norah Jones & pals jamming on the playlist, OD-ing on Pinterest with Gus under foot)… except instead of saltwater, it smells like Fall & firewood & heaven here, and there’s chilly, clean mountain air wafting in through the open windows.

Crested Butte | Covet Living

Crested Butte | Covet Living

Anyhooski – here’s the latest & greatest reel of my favorite things:

File under: Future Home Pipe Dreams.  The blue door, the white brick, the lantern, the ivy… it’s perfection.  {via}


These vintage Mercury Glass gems from 1st Dibs have been on my wishlist since the beginning of time.


Ahhhooooooooooooh a monogram, in coral + chartreuse = air blowing up my southern sensibility shorts.


Shower door porn. {via}


Vintage ladder kilim – Dash & Albert used to make a good ladder rug that’s been disco’d, so I really only see these in vintage form these days, but I love them.  They have detail and warmth and pattern without being too busy, and they’re perfect for layering.


This tuxedo ruffler from J.Crew (currently 30% off, BTW) reminds me of Jayne’s wardrobe ca. 1985… and also makes me wanna wear it to work with a pencil skirt, or with beat-up jeans and booties to Sunday brunch.


Vintage suzani lumbars I bumped into at Hollywood at Home a few weeks ago.  Stunning in person – the photo doesn’t do them justice.  But what I love about these is that you *kinda* just need 1 on (an otherwise simple) bed, and you have a showstopper.  Or they mix & mingle perfectly with other patterns.
Vintage Suzani Pillows, Hollywood at Home | Covet Living

The best $38 you’ll ever spend = on these leggings from Vici.  They come in a whole ROYGBIV rainbow of colors, and they’re SO FREAKING COMFORTABLE.  We’re talking elastic waistband status, people.  I repeat: ELASTIC WAISTBAND.  They’re so comfortable and flattering it’s stupid.  Did I mention they’re $38?  K.  I have them in this army green, and also in the black – which is more charcoal/faded black.  Also craving them in midnight blue & wine, but I’m trying to exercise a little restraint.

Piper Leggings, Vici | Covet Living Piper Leggings, Vici | Covet Living

Since she tapered off of blogging over at Nest Egg, I follow Nashville Designer Rachel Halvorson’s insta to keep up with her glorious work.  But lately, I stalk her account for these videos of her ADORABLE CHUBBY TODDLER, where they try to subtitle his slobbery, adorable gibberish. “A goosey who pooped got sick” = I DIE.  And, “THE SCHEWAGE!” – BAAAHhfhfdhahahhaa.  Watch this one and this one.  You’re welcome.

Graham subtitles Rachel Halvorson | Covet Living

Addis in Midnight/Pasha (Peter Dunham’s latest & greatest) blows my shorts up like you wouldn’t believe.  It is perfect.  Also comes in a cream and chocolate color way that looks very understated cowboy chic.


Using it in my #modernharmhouse project in Ohio… my client wanted to inject a smidge of lilac/purple for something unexpected (it’s an otherwise muted/neutral palette), which made me jump for joy.  Finding this gem checked that box and tied the whole dang thing together.

Fabric Story | Modern Farmhouse Project | Covet Living

Said pattern is also current swathing the walls at Hollywood at Home in LA, and you’ve never seen anything cozier in your life than an entire room enveloped in that stuff.

Addis in Midnight/Pasha at Hollywood at Home | Covet Living

I would love to use these new sconces from Arteriors, anywhere.  I love that there’s a mix of material & texture (wicker + brass). Flanking an upholstered bed, they’d be money – perfectly layered & understated without being boring.

Arteriors Padma Wall Sconce | Covet Living

I see and get to design some pretty fancy kitchens these days, with bells & whistles out the wazoo… but at my core, I’m still just a sucker for the warmth of a sweet, simple kitchen with some patina. {via}



coziest kitchen ever | covet living

I’d like to whip up these Pumpkin Beer Pretzels with Chipotle Queso in that kitchen tonight, and house them over a Netflix marathon.  If that doesn’t sound like the best Sunday ever, I dunno what does.  Signed, praisesweetbabyjesus my new jeggings have an elastic waistband.


Loving this piece by John Zurier.


Love / need / am coveting this leather satchel.


Pretty palette for Fall – spesh on the tabletop.  Just layers of blues and layers of antique metals.


If you’re in the market for new underroos, I’d recommend this over the shoulder boulder holder:


I #cantstopwontstop with the blue & white tile.  These are my new faves:



{ via BDG in San Diego }

blue and white tile, BDG | covet living





While we’re looking at things in pairs, I’d give my left nut to have my weave morph into something a little more mermaid-esque, comme ça…  WHO WAKES UP LIKE THAT?!



Is that ever true.  I feel like that’s one of the most solid lessons I’ve learned in my 30’s.


If EVER you find yourself with a cold this winter, do yourself a favor and grab about 5 of these.  One of them does more for me than the entire contents of my medicine cabinet.

best cold cure - pressed juice | covet living

I’ve been sweating Kiini brand suits for awhile, and I’m thinking about scooping the pink version up for a January trip to Mexico.

kiini | covet living

This is a custom fireplace via a fellow San Diego-based Designer.  Super into it… there are a few things going on: the tile on the hearth and surround, the floating (looks like a reclaimed) mantle, the curvy shape etc… but it still feels nice and simple to me.

custom fireplace, design squared | covet living

Just another all-time fave I was scouting a few weeks back at BDG tile – Tabarka’s Izmir – for one of the bathroom floors at #projectsantabarbarainvegas.

tabarka | covet living

Loving the mountains, but dag… do I love the saltwatery air and technicolor universe that is San Diego.

san diego | covet living

Love the kitchens with islands-as-big-as-my-house & all, but I love this homemade beaut just as well.  So easy to do with some reclaimed lumber, or an antique piece of furniture – just have a remnant of natural stone cut for the top and you’re golden.


ASOS = my favorite place to shop for lingerie.  Love this set.


Bastideaux textiles (through Nicky Rising) are my new favorites – especially for dude pads.  This one is Napili… aka happy baby pineapples.


Using their Bogo in Midnight (pictured behind the wool stripe pillow – via DRC San Diego) for a downtown bachelor pad in San Diego.  MONEY. #clientbadassbachelor

Bastideaux Fabric, Covet Living Interiors | Covet Living

This gorgeous antique headboard appeals to my southern-rooted, Stevie B sensibilities.


Fall fashion goals. {via}


GOOD GOD IF YOU KNOW WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOU, MAKE GRILLED CHEESE + TOMATO SOUP FOR SUPPER TONIGHT.  Gobs of Grilled Cheese recipes here… my go to, howevuh, is Pacific Natural Foods’ Organic Creamy Tomato soup, + grilled cheese on fresh sourdough, with some RUHL good extra sharp cheddar, dipped in Bonne Maman’s strawberry jam.


These dog bowls are about a jillion dollars at some highfalutin pet boutique in La Jolla, but I’d like someone to make them for me… *COUGH* Chris.


I may or may not have just bought this for the future President of the United States… Gus.  Are you following him on Insta yet?  Cuz you should be. doggie-chambray-bowtie-covet-living

We just put these in my #modernfarmhouse project’s kitchen in Ohio, and they’re stunners.  One of my favorite lanterns ever…  look at the oxidized copper patina.  This pic I snapped from the Visual Comfort Vegas showroom a few weeks back.

Brantley Lantern, Visual Comfort | Covet Living

Snap from the Pom Pom Home booth at To Dine For in La Jolla a few weeks back.  All I ever needed was 2 of these at the foot of my bed, or on either side of my dining table.

wicker chair, pom pom home | covet living

I just wanna move in.  I want everything in here.

Dying to use this gorgeous tile somewhere… via a trip to Country Floors in LA this past Spring.

tile, country floors | covet living

Lorna Luxe’s Instagram is on point for perfectly layered neutrals.  Also, I stalked the bra in this first shot, and thru some quick stalking I hath discovered a stellar new source for underthings.

via lorna lux insta | covet living



Log this under one-of-my-favorite-patterns-ever: Peter Fasano’s Hillevi in Buff.

peter fasano hillevi in buff | covet living

This shade of blue.  On everything – cabinetry, millwork, furniture – anything.


Loving the artwork of Ines Longevial – discovered via Krista from Cloth & Kind’s Pinterest.  They have superb taste.


Susan Connor = another new textile muse I can’t get enough of.


New and delightfully whimsical Keaton lamp, from Visual Comfort.  I have an antique lamp almost just like this, packed away somewhere in a basement in North Carolina. Sniff.


I need a new business card holder-thingy *COUGH* please Santa.

How precious would Coeur in Olive from Les Indiennes be in a little girl’s room?


I may’ve posted this pendant (or one like it) 99x, but here’s to #100.  LOVE.


I love a mosaic tile backsplash that looks like artwork just about as much as I love a classic subway tile backsplash, but you know what’s really growing on me?  Running your countertop up the backsplash as well.  These campers took it a step further and integrated the sink as well.  But it’s such a clean, simple, gorgeous look – and probably uber easy to clean.  My home skillet Betsy of Bixby & Ball did it in her kitchen, and it’s stunning.  PS: love the open shelf they popped in here, too.


Get in my office.  Kthanksbye. {via} lucite-and-brass-bar-cart-covet-living

Obsessed with this oh-so-simple but chic entry.  Those tall baskets could hide a multitude of evils (toys for all my friends who are parental units) and the curved glass or lucite console hasn’t gotten old for me yet.


Behold.  The most perfectly indiscernible blue-grey paint color, ever… with the faintest hint of lavender.  My last 2 bedrooms have been this color. wisp-of-smoke

Last but not least, you just can’t beat pretty hardware.  These hex pulls are from Rejuvenation and they’re $11 each… done.


I lied.  This needs to go last.  Maybe a good thing to do before the week starts over tomorrow?


Have a great Sunday!!!!


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Fall Fashion (And All Pretty Inexpensive!)

Steph asked me to write a post with Fall looks for a trip she was making to crisp, cool Colorado. Awesome. Exceppppppt for the fact that she’s already arrived in Colorado, and well, whoops. Sorry Steph. Better late than never!

So here’s a whole bunch of stuff I’ve been eyeing for Fall. Which, btw, has FINALLY arrived in So Cal. I’m so pumped yo. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that I get so many fashion ideas from girls out there blogging new Fall looks daily, many of them looks on the cheap – which I SO appreciate (that would be you, Miss Mary Powers and Andee Layne). So Imma return the favor for all of you! None of these are gonna break the bank terribly. Here we go:

First, MOTO JACKETS. I recently went to a party in a house in the Hills where every girl looked like they’d stepped off a trendy little fashion blog, and I kid you not, all were wearing black moto jackets. Wear with cute jeans or a maxi dress and voi-frickin’-la:

Moto Jackets | Covet Living

(From top left: Vegan Moto Jacket, $128 | Faux Leather Moto Jacket, $98 | Easy Rider Moto Jacket, $98 | Faux Leather Jacket, $98)


BOMBER JACKETS – Perfect for the newly cool weather around the country, before the biting winter cold arrives and slaps ya in the face:

Bomber jackets | Covet Living

(From top left: Patterned Bomber Jacket, $49.99 | Print Bomber Jacket, $49 | Contemporary Floral Bomber, $24.90 | Camo Print Bomber Jacket, $149)

A great MAXI DRESS to wear with either a moto jacket or a long nubby cardigan (see below) and knee high boots:

Maxi Dresses | Covet Living

(From top left: Bettina Wrap Dress, $62 | Autumn Bardot Maxi, $68 | High Roads Dress, $54 | Ebba Dress, $40)


Tassel sweaters | Covet Living

(From top left: Ellis Sweater, $88 | Brave Soul Tassel Front, $36 | Open Front Fringe Cardigan, $27.90 | Brave Soul Tassel Front in white, $36)

Sweaters | Covet LIving

(From top left: Off shoulder sweater, $52 | Ananda Cardigan, $52 | High Neck Sweater, $22.90 | Smoke on the Water Cardigan, $99

Fall Fashion Sweaters | Covet Living

(From top left: White Grid Drop Turtleneck Sweater, $35.99 | Open-Front Marled Cardigan, $37.90Kimchi Blue Grizzly Open Cardigan $129 | Black Lantern Sleeved Sweater, $25.99)

PANTS – PS, Steph just bought the two Piper Jeggings below and they look freaking hawt on her:

Pants for Fall | Covet Living

(From top left: Shaping Skinny Jeans $49.99 | Piper Jegging in Olive $38 | SPANX Faux Leather Leggings $98 | Piper Jegging in Black $38

LOAFERS are a thing again this season and I’m personally a fan. They’re polished, classic, and professional (if that’s your steez), and if you get the right ones, they’re pretty comfy:

Fall loafers | Fall Fashion | Covet Living

(From top left: Chandy Loafer in Caramel Suede, $119.95 | Sueded Loafer, $24.95 | Chandy Loafer in Gold, $119.95 | Suedette Slip-On Loafer $33)

And boots? Ahhhh, well that’s gonna be a whole separate post – there are just so many good ones.

Let me know if there’s anything else you want me to find – I’m loving scouring the blogs/internet for you ladies!


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