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The Great White Bedroom

I love me some all-white-everything.  I once had a boyfriend who flipped through my closet like this: “White doily, white doily, WHITE DOILY!”  If I could wear white tees + jeans every day, I would.  Never have I ever purchased bedding that’s not all white… so call me boring, but is there *anything* fresher or more clean-clean than an all-white bedroom?   Well…  ALMOST all-white.  Because imho, the key to nailing the crisp serenity of the all-white look (without going all sterile/hospital chic) is to inject ONE big, whimsical showstopper…  Comme ça:


This playful, colorful headboard steals the show in an otherwise sea of white.  Also (psst!) so easy: Plywood + batting + fab fabric + staple gun = you can do it, too. // photo via remodelista

Crazy Headboard on White | Covet Living


I don’t know anyone except for Cinderella with a bed like this, but it’s a dream. // original source unknown, found here

Ornate Baroque Bed | Covet Living


You could also do this with a folding screen. // source unknown

White Carved Headboard | Covet Living


This one is an all-time fave.  The pom pom matelassé, the ethnic euros, the oversized frames with teeny text I wish I could read inside, the hanging shelf that looks like my hippy friend’s mom made it at Woodstock…  So simple and so perfect.  // image via vintage domino

Bohemian Bedroom, via Domino | Covet Living


Did Michaelangelo paint that?  DAY-UM.  So pretty.  The lines on the canopy bed are also stunning and totally make this room. // from the home of kay o’toole, via lonny

Ceiling | Covet Living


photo via domaine

White Bedroom via Domaine | Covet Living


This room has more layers than just white ones, but it still has some great takeaways, including: a) If the wall behind your bed steps out like this, a low wall-to-wall headboard is a baller solution… sconces attached to it also make me weep.  b) One gorgeous statement textile at the foot of the bed goes a long way and carries the room.  Notice how all the other colors – on the lead edge of the drapes, on the lampshape trim and the trim on the headboard, in the bench – they’re all pulled from the colors in that textile to tie things together. // via le petit chouchou

Wall Length Headboard | Covet Living


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Beachy Birthday Wishlist

Baby Steph | Covet Living

…what am I, 5?  Yeah maybe.  Whatever.  Guess I’m all pipe dreams & pigtails cuz I’m still making birthday lists.  I call this one the “who do I think I am!?” list.  Slash do you think if I’m *really* good this year and maybe click my heels 3x, the Easter Bunny will grant me ALL 11 wishes below??  Meh – probably not.  But a girl can dream!

Steph's Birthday Wishlist 2015 | Covet Living

1 – Jailbait Bikini | Boys & Arrows ($143 top / $117 bottoms)…  Boys & Arrows is quickly becoming my favorite swimwear designer.  I only know about them from our girl Janae at Pink & Navy- aka our Fashion Yoda.  And since I live in swimsuits on the weekends, then I can justify this (insert air quotes) “investment piece”… right?

Mary the Madwoman Top Vix the Vixen Pant - Jailbait

2 – Pink Ray Ban Aviators | eBay ($115).  Cuz who doesn’t wanna look at everything through rose-colored glasses?

Pink Ray Ban Aviators | Covet Living

3 – California Ripples #2 & #4 | Natural Curiosities.  I saw these at Vegas Market in January in the Natural Curiosities showroom, and they’re positively ethereal (and also massive). Available to the trade.

California Ripples Photography, by Natural Curiosities | Covet Living

4 – Andaman Illusions Printed Pant | Calypso St. Barth ($295).  I tried these on in Malibu a few weeks ago and decided I’d like to live in them.  If they start making a designer collection for Target, I’ll be all set.

Calypso Ikat Pants | Covet Living

5 – Indego African Coral Burst Basket | Urban Outfitters ($60).  I don’t know whether to hang this on a wall, plop some fruit in it, or wear it as a hat.  Either way, I’m game.

Indego Africa Coral Burst Basket

6 – Capri Blue Aloha Orchid No 3 Green Jar Candle | Amazon ($29).  When I tell you this smells like heaven, you should probably take my word for it.

Aloha Orchid Candle

7 – Weekdays Tee | J.Crew ($40).  Je love graphic tees, avec un pencil skirt for work.

Lundi Mardi Mercredi | Covet Living

8 – T3 Featherweight 2 Hairdryer | Nordstrom ($200).  Bud pooped his pants in his grave just now because I just posted a link to a blowdryer that costs $200.

T3 Dryer | Covet Living

But seriously… this is what it did to my hair.  Now do you believe me?

T3 Hairdryer Blowout | Covet Living

9 – Vitamix S55 Personal Blender | Williams Sonoma ($449.95).  Now I love everything on this little pipe dream of a list, but when the rubber meets the road, a Vitamix might be the **one** thing I would really splurge on, because I would use it every day.  Cuz I use a juicer EVERY day.. which would be great if it didn’t take a whole tree of fruit to spat out a cup of juice, and if you didn’t lose so much roughage in the process (I save mine, then put the fruit pulp into Greek yogurt, and the carrot / celery discards into stir fry or spring rolls).

Vitamix | Covet Living

10 – Vintage Ikat Pillow | Rooms & Gardens ($188).  The prettiest thing I ever did see. These are vintage / one of a kind, found in a dreamy little shop on Montana Street in Santa Monica called Rooms & Gardens… it reminds me the rustic, laid-back cousin to our preppier beach chic staple Bixby & Ball in Solana Beach.  Fun fact: the shop owner is Mary Steenburgen.

Vintage Ikat Pillows from Rooms & Gardens | Covet Living

11 – Pendleton Purple Hills Oversized Beach Towel | Aviator Nation (about $48).  My girl KP has a few of these towels and they’re as gorgeous as they are ginormous and luxurious.  And pretty enough to wanna wear as a sari all summer long.

Prettiest Beach Towel | Aviator Nation

If all else fails, can I just get a fat slice uh this and wash it down with some bubbly? Ah grazie!!!

sprinkle cake!


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