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Sunday Morning Musings | 12.10.17

Party peeeeoopppppppllllllle! Happy Sunday! Hope you’re still in your PJ’s and staring at your Christmas tree and watching the Hallmark Channel like I am right now…. And about to slam a bowl of chili for breakfast. I’d love it if C-funny could go ahead and get up so he could bring me said piping hot bowl of chili, but then I know he’d hijack the remote and turn off Hallmark, so that’s a pickle. PS ask me if my pants fit. PPS ask me if I care.

Since we’ve just dusted off our blog and are getting back in the swing of things, I thought I might start with a Musings post… I’ve been stockpiling my favorite things for MONTHS in hibernation, so I thought it was high time I spewed them all at you lovely people:

IF I COULD WEAR ONE THING EVER DAY FOR(EVA), THIS WOULD BE IT.

I’ve never met a doily I didn’t love.

OR THIS, ON A T-SHIRT.

Santa?

TRUFFLED GNOCCHI WITH MUSHROOM RAGU?

I just died. And then my already-tight pants got tighter. Sorry I’m not sorry BECAUSE LOOK AT THIS.

IF I STILL LIVED IN SO CAL, AND BOUGHT A LITTLE HOUSE BY THE BEACH…

…I would totally install this as an outdoor shower. And OMG people, the plumbing is copper with a – you know it – patina. No one has ever overused that word as much as I have.

BUT I LIVE HERE.

So I could shower outdoors if I wanted my lady bits to freeze shut. And this place lovely, just in a different way. Though I am missing my hot yoga class and crisp ocean air coming through the always-open windows like the dickens.

CAN MY HAIR LOOK LIKE THIS?

MAKES ME SO HAPPY.

Are these real and where do I find them?

LOVE A CORNER CABINET DONE THIS WAY.

Adding glass instead of a solid door at that corner makes it feel less closed off… and if it’s a blind corner (meaning you can reach through one cabinet into the guts of another) then I’m obsessed.

STILL IN LOVE. I think I’ve posted these no less than 7 times, don’t know the source, but do know that I need 2 hanging above my island.

HAS ANYONE SEEN HOME AGAIN?

I mean, it’s arguably a pretty bad movie, but of the delightful variety… because the sun-drenched decor & the music is so Nancy-Myers-chic that you wanna live in it. Probably because her daughter directed it. But look at the headboard covered in a Bolivian blanket.  And the perfectly mismatched tables and lamps.

UM, THAT WINE CELLAR.

I don’t even think it’s the wine or anything inside the cellar I particularly love… it’s the steel doors and the orate crown molding outside of it that makes it so chic.

SPEAKING OF CHIC, THIS IS EFFORTLESS.

I love that her hair is wavy but not perfectly coiffed with a curling iron. Love the layered necklaces. Love the mom jeans. Love the deep blue silk wrap top. Love it all. Bien sûr, elle est française.

THESE LAMPS.

They’re from The Future Perfect which is $$$$, but wondering if I can enlist a potter to make them for me for way less? I guess I just see so much of the same thing (design wise) alllllll the time, so it really makes me appreciate things that are so unique and that have a handmade quality to them. By Eric Roinestad.

UM, THIS STUFF IS DELICIOUS.

I’d recommend ordering a case… or 5.  Remind me to piggy back on our post last year about our fave wines and add this year’s newbies.

BESIDES AJA & ETSY, RUG & WEAVE IS A MY GO-TO SOURCE FOR VINTAGE RUGS.

This one is sold, but I almost used it in a project. Couldashouldawoulda.

BUT I DID BUY THIS ONE, AND IT’S EVEN MORE GORGEOUS IN PERSON.

LOVE THIS BATHROOM FROM SOUTHERN LIVING.

Layers of white + brass + something quirky (like those sconces) is always a good idea.

I REALIZE CHRISTMAS IS IN 2 WEEKS BUT…

I know you ho bags are going on Caribbean vacays in January, so you’re welcome. These pretties from Schutz are INSANE.

I MEAN C’MON.

SNAG THESE WHILE YOU’RE AT IT.

Does Fendi have BOGO? Uh that’s a hard HAYLE NAW. But if they did, I’d tell you to snap me up a pair, too. These are so retro, hanging on the Italian Riviera circa 1960 I can’t take it. I would’ve put ’em on my Gift Guide but I feel like Santa may’ve slapped me on the wrist for being a snob.

PERFECT FOR A HOLIDAY PARTY.

LOVE the skirt. But Jenna, the fur coat makes me sad.

BECAUSE THIS MUFFIN.

Just a wee arctic fox we ran into while we were strolling up the street in Creede a few weekends ago. He was just rescued from a fur farm in Minnesota, where he would’ve become something like a godawful fur hat. What a sweetie. He licked and nibbled my chin and that was it for me.

I CAN’T STOP TRYING TO PUT THESE IN PEOPLES’ BATHROOMS.

They pair well with everything – especially antiques.

THIS IS MY CALABASAS PROJECT… SEE HOW FUN, SEE HOW FUN??!

GENIUS.

The rainbow of Farrow & Ball colors, matched to Benjamin Moore… now. I’ll say this: this is a great idea and probably gets you as close enough. But I’m telling you, I don’t know what F&B puts in their colors – whether it’s stardust or sugar boogers – but they *are* actually impossible to replicate. Any paint mixing dude at any paint store will tell you the same thing. They just have so much depth and are so stunning. But because I have so many clients whose contractors insist on using either Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams, this comes in handy.

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAljfdkl;jfkl;

Kills me every time.

EVEN THE SINK HAS A DOILY.

Of course it’s from the UK’s House & Garden. This is probably a scene from the inside of Meghan Markle’s new powder bath chez Harry.

DIVINE.

I made this a few weeks ago and it was wonderful. I used an almond flour crust, and subbed in straight ricotta. PS good flaked sea salt and the chives are key.

COOL AF.

Client ES: can we talk BS into a pair of these in the front living room?

THIS IS OUR COLOR INSPO FOR THAT ROOM, FYI.

ONE OF THE BEST OUSHAKS I’VE EVER SEEN.

Sadly, it’s sold. #rugsaremydrugs

THIS IS A GREAT COFFEE TABLE.

In case anybody needs one.

I LOVE EVERYTHING SISTER PARISH DOES.

This one is Tuckerman in Ocean.

OOOOOOH BEEEETS!

Did you hear the Cinderella reference? (Jack the Mouse: “Oooooh BEEEEADS!”)…yeah K nevermind. But I love this watercolor and wanna frame it in a pretty little rustic frame in the kitchen.

OR THIS ONE.

LAUREN CONRAD’S COFFEE TABLE IS THE TITS.

There’s a seller in SoCal who said she could source it for me, but when I asked her the price she was too scared to tell me… kinda like saying the name Voldemort.

CUTEST 80’s LOB EVER.

THIS BAG IS B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

One sec while I go rob a bank to buy it. I mean, edit my Holiday Gift Guide.

EVERY HEARD OF MILTON AVERY?

I hadn’t either, but I do love some of his work, like Interlude 1960.

PERFECT FOR ALL SEASONS EXCEPT THE ONE WE’RE IN.

Doesn’t it have a Pretty Woman / picnic / 80’s sweetness to it?

WHERE WERE THESE WHEN I WAS TROLLING THE AISLES AT NORDY RACK.

Of course they’re from Sincerely Jules. What a ho.

I LOVE THESE SHORTS / UNDERSCOOBS.

I would also love it if I looked like that in those scoobs,

I CAN’T TELL WHAT I LIKE BETTER – THE ROCKS GLASS OR THE PILGRIM-Y PROPER TOP.

HAVE I POSTED THIS BEFORE?

Who cares, it’s rad.

I SO WANT SOMEONE TO TAKE A PIC LIKE THIS OF GUSSIE OUTDOORS.

PS: what’s better than a golden?  The answer: a whole gaggle of them.

WE’RE ALSO THINKING ABOUT GETTING A LITTLE GUS.

Golden owners: Tell me!! Smart or not smart? I think I mentioned this before.. but I genuinely don’t know if it’s a great or terrible idea. Would a little one keep Gus young, give him a buddy, and keep us from both jumping off a cliff when (OMG I can’t even think about a world without Gus) – but when Gus isn’t here anymore? I’ve heard people with goldens tell me they would NEVER have only 1 – to always have 2.

Or would it be too much – a puppy with a blind dog – and would Gus feel like we were replacing him? I mean, look at him. He’s such a love.

I FEEL LIKE I WOULD SLEEP BETTER IF I SLEPT ON THESE.

#doiliesorbust

BECAUSE THIS IS THE PRETTIEST-IN-PINK CHEESE BOARD I’VE EVER SEEN.

LOVE THE PENDANT, LOVE THE TOP.

Makes me wanna go to Mexico, stat, and drink margs on the beach. By Sir the Label.

PERFECTLY STYLED COFFEE TABLE.

{ via Lauren Conrad | Domaine }

I’M DYING TO DO THIS IN A GIRL’S BATH.

Have seen it installed in every other color way, but not this one… it’s a perfect, subtle, blush color.

ALSO, IT’S BEEN DONE. I GET IT.

On the walls at Wabi Sabi and also in the Cupcakes & Cashmere chick’s bathroom, and probably a bazillion other places. But it’s so so dreamy I can’t help myself. Going into one lucky gal’s powder bath in Charleston Spring 2018.

PERFECT SCONCE TO GO WITH.

Silly girl! That doesn’t go at all!” -I legit just heard all my relatives back in Indiana say that. Oh, but it’s a perfect juxtaposition, and just edgy enough to balance out the super femme florals. Email me to order: stephanie.m.ballard@gmail.com

PROOF THAT EVERYTHING DOESN’T HAVE TO MATCH.

It just has to play nicely together (like this entryway does so perfectly). And you’ll hear me say that 999x this season on Terra’s Big House – often with a vein bulging out of my forehead. PS our show premieres Wednesday, December 13th at 10/9 central on Lifetime – set your DVR’s!

WHO NEEDS A SOLITAIRE WHEN YOU CAN HAVE THIS GUY?

For probably 14x the cost. Best of luck in your upcoming nuptials to Neil Lane.

MEATLOAF ON REPEAT.

I make this at least 1x / week and it’s SO GOOD. Who would’ve thought oatmeal in meatloaf would be good? Only thing I change is sautéing a few shallots and 2 gloves of garlic and adding to the mix.

PERFECT FOR A DUDE’S OFFICE.

Overstock… well done.

OUTFIT & BUN ON POINT.

THE ONLY THING BETTER THAN CLÉ’S WEATHERED WHITE ZELLIGE

is the same tile but in this rosy blush color.

THE PRETTIEST BATHROOM I EVER DID SEE.

Note how the designer (Gillian Pinchin, hi-5 girl) used the same stone throughout the bath, but changed up the tile sizes/shapes and the directions: there’s subway in an offset brick on one wall, fish scale on another, and the same subway but laid in a herringbone on the floor. It’s genius. Using the same material but switching things up the way she did gives the room depth and visual interest without making it loud. Also, she couldn’t have picked a prettier tile. From Mosaic House.

I DO REALIZE I’M AN OLD LADY, BUT IT’S FLAME MAHOGANY PEOPLE.

And if you ever, EVER see anything like this anywhere, do me a solid and get a running start, tackle it, then take it home and put some mod sconces above it to keep it fresh.

CAROLINA HERRERA = A GIRL AFTER MY OWN HEART.

Who wouldn’t feel like a fashion-forward Disney princess in this?

ALL I WANNA DO IS MOUNT THESE QUEEN ANNE-STYLE VENETIAN MIRRORS OVER 2 CHESTS.

I BRAKE FOR BLUE & PINK.

Love the washed-out, watercolor-y pastel hues in this rug.

MAYBE THE ONLY LEATHER CHAIRS THAT’LL TICKLE BOTH YOUR PICKLES.

I mean, I like leather but I hit my quota quick – I think it’s better when it’s peppered into a design, not plastered all over it. But I live with a boy (hint: not Gus) who would clad everything in leather if he could. These Art Deco beauties are interesting and unique enough for everyone to love.

SO PERFECT IN FRONT OF A WINDOW.

About 33″W x 36″H and feels so British chic to me.

SEE?

THE PRETTIEST NON-ANTIQUE SIDEBOARD I’VE SEEN IN A MINUTE.

Great in an entry with 2 lamps and a huge piece of artwork, if you have the space. Or a dining room.

CUTEST SIDE TABLE I EVER SAW.

Can I put my martini down on you, little fella?

I’M NOT MUCH FOR LABELS BUT –

This Gucci belt is to die. The whole look is.

THIS FABRIC ISN’T FOR EVERYONE…

But I could see it very sparingly used – e.g. in a high-powered bad ass lady’s very serene, clean-lined and pristine and almost hotel-esque bedroom. Via 3 euros or a long lumbar as the crown jewel on the bed.

Have a great week, guys!!!  Don’t forget to tune in on Wednesday night at 10/9 central on Lifetime!  DID I TELL YOU I FILMED A HOME RENO SHOW THIS YEAR? Whoops, I didn’t. Cuz I forgot to blog. But should be a real sh*t show so probably best to tune in.

xoxoxoxooxoxox,

Sunday Morning Musings | 4.2.17

Saturday Flowers Farmers Market | Covet Living

Good MMMMMMORNING!  Ready for me to yack this month’s rainbow of my favorite things all over you??

First & foremost: hit play on this jam – which reminds me of still chilly but bright & sunny early mornings in So Cal… and then peace out to your mental happy place while you look at all the pretty things for the next 5 minutes.

PERFECT FOR MY FUTURE OFFICE.

I’m certain I’ve posted about these before, because I’ve had them saved for years.  They’re divine, and perfect in every possible way.

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WHAT SO CAL FEELS LIKE (ALL THE TIME).

Barefoot, breezy, and in pastel cotton candy technicolor colors.

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WHAT I WANT MY FRIDAY NIGHT OUTFIT TO FEEL LIKE.

Black on Black | Covet Living

THIS WEEK’S REAL-LIFE FRIDAY NIGHT OUTFIT.

Whoops.

Sexiest Sweatpants | covet living

BUT FOR REAL.

I had plans but they fell through… plus, ya can’t beat a hot date with Gus for Prez, Totinos pizza rolls & Scandal.

GusGus for President

STILL OBSESSED.

And may snap this off eBay for a wedding in the South in May.

Self-Portrait Azalea Dress

Karrie and I are both now the proud owners of 3 of the CUTEST MUGS EVER.  I posted about these awhile back and had to email the Etsy shop owner aka Santa Claus and have her make more. I don’t mean to be a total weirdo, but they legit encapsulate how life feels. PS I swear I didn’t smoke a doobie for breakfast.

A LESSON ON NOOKS.

This pic makes a strong case for a striped bench seat (vs. solid) and a shallow ledge for mismatched frames (vs. a hanging gallery wall).

via Julia Hengel Insta | Covet Living

WAVERLY FOR THE WIN.

Always. I was trolling the streets of Manhattan Beach a few weeks back and popped into Waverly. So much great stuff, as per the usge.

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NEVER HAVE I EVER.

Look how pretty.

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TWO TONES DON’T USUALLY TICKLE MY PICKLE…

But this contrasting upholstery situation I could get on board with.

Contrasting Fabric Back of Settee | Covet Living

WHY DOES TRADER JOES NEVER HAVE ANEMONES?

anemone | covet living

TWO OF THESE AT THE FOOT OF A BED WOULD BE AMAZING.

Babette Chair, OKL | Covet Living

LONG HAIR AND LONG DRESSES = SO PURDY.

b*tches in long dresses | covet living

KILLER COLOR COMBO.

This picture makes me so happy.

Blue Door sfgirlbybay | Covet Living

A LITTLE EDGY FOR ME BUT SUPER COOL.

Black Tips | Covet Living

THOSE DINING CHAIRS ARE SINGING TO ME.

Probably b/c they have a sheepskin blankie on them. #allthecozythings

Chairs, Greige Design | Covet Living

PRETTY IN PINK RUG.

Jenny Keenan always has pretty things in her insta. She’s a designer I’ve loved / followed for a long time.

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ALL HAIL THE 90’s.

They’re back. I would’ve worn that skirt in middle school, and I’d wear it again today.

Denim Skirt | Covet Living

THE CARIBBEAN VERSION OF THE PINEAPPLE BATHROOM AT CASA COVET LIVING.

This is via Julia Hengel’s Insta, and it’s of the bathroom at the Bahama House Inn. I need the source of that pink pineapple wallpaper stat.

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ALL I EVER NEEDED.

I design and lust after a lot of big a$$, spendy kitchens… but truthfully, this is all I really ever wanted or needed. There’s something luxurious about a small, simple space; it means you can only really put it in your most favorite, carefully chosen things.

Design Sponge Kitchen | Covet Living

THE WEAVE OF DREAMS.

Color is also perfect.  Couch also is not ugly.

Hair Pipe Dream | Covet Living

HEAVEN ON EARTH.

Otherwise known as Malibu.

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I LOVE THIS DINING ROOM FOR 3 REASONS.

The mismatched seating, the bubble chandelier, and the grasscloth. I lied – 4 reasons. Those kelly green curtains are icing on the cake.

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HAAAHAHAHDHJKSHDAKHDAHAHHAHA.

Totally me + Karrie during awards season.

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THE SWEETEST LITTLE HOUSE.

In the Berkeley neighborhood of Denver, snapped on my morning walk with Gus last week. It’s on the block my girlfriend lives on, and every time I pass it I love it a little more. White brick + a Spanish tile roof + OMG those cherry blossom trees in bloom.

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FAVE NEW CAB.

Thoroughly enjoyed by me + a high school buddy this week – to the tune of a raging headache all day the next day, but worth it.  This vino is also allegedly exclusive to Il Postino in Denver, which really chaps my hide. I even asked if I could buy bottles from them and they said you have to open it then cork it before you leave. I’m determined to find a work around.

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YOU KNOW I LOVE NEUTRAL WITHOUT BEING BORING…

cuz I say it all the time. But this I would do on my backsplash in a heartbeat. Backsplashes are TOUGH because they’re like having to choose one outfit that you wanna wear every day (for at least the next 10 years). You wanna land somewhere between doing a classic subway (which can border on boring depending how you do it), and a fun, loud patterned tile (which you may be very well be sick of in a year). THIS, to me, is perfect… the pattern is small and the color is just subtle enough. That hazy grey/blue looks great with everything, and it’s interesting without being overpowering.

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MY NEW GO-TO PEDI COLOR.

And, this non-gel color is very gel-like, in that it lasts for WEEKS on your tootsies. I also have it on my fingernails right now and it’s still not chipped, one week later.

it's pink PM OPI | covet living

ONE PIECE PERFECTION.

And ever-so-slightly 70’s/80’s.

Mara Hoffman One Piece | Covet Living

THE MUSHROOM TOAST FROM GJELINA.

Recipe here.

Mushroom Toast, Gjelina | Covet Living

MY FAVORITE ACCENT COLOR.

Purple Seashells | Covet Living

TICKING = THE BEST FRIEND OF FLORAL.

Pair a ticking euro / larger pillow (less spendy) with a statement throw pillow or pattern and you’ve got a winning combo, yo.

Oversized Ticking Pillows | Covet Living

THIS GUY.

Whom I try not to really post about cuz I don’t wanna jinx it. But I adore him.

Chris + Steph | Covet Living

LATEST OBSESSION = finding a pair of vintage brass director’s chairs, and recovering them in a non-tawny velvet.  Those these have a certain charm as is.

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HAS THE WOMAN EVER HAD A BAD HAIR DAY?

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YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO MY DINING ROOM TABLE.

Also from Waverly in Manhattan Beach. #bohoheaven

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FAVE NEW WALLPAPER.

About to put this in a kid’s bath. Stay tuned.

Secret Garden, Cole & Sons | Covet Living

OHMYGYAHHHHHHH.

This is me + Karrie’s other bestie’s new nugget, Maddie. I got this text on my birthday, then died.

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ART DECO HARDWARE TO DIE FOR.

From Nest Studio.

Nest Hardware | Covet Living

FJDKL:SFJKDSJFKDSJFKLJDSKLJKLAJDKLAJKLDJA

sleeping muffin golden retriever | covet living

PICS LIKE THIS ALWAYS MAKE ME WANNA CUT MY HAIR.

…and go buy a pair of white jeans at Target than I can intentionally destroy to look like that.

Style | Covet Living

SO CUTE FOR SPRING.

I gasped when I saw this – the color and pattern and cute is perfect.  But then I found it on Revolve and it looks goofy on the model.

Summer Halter | Covet Living

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER.

Another neutral but not boring tile. Perf if you’re scared to do color but want to punch things up a little.

Tiles by Frida Anthin Broberg | Covet Living

PINK MUDCLOTH IS THE NEW JAM.

I’m pretty over black & white mud cloth (that goes for blue & white batik as well, as pretty as it is), but the pink version feels fresh and delightful.

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COZIEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE.

These are from Dovetail and someone had to pry me out of them at Las Vegas Market in January.

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WAIT IS THIS REAL?

Saw this in BHG the other day and thought it might be an urban legend. Love some sweet potato fries but they’re a bee-otch to make. Somebody lmk if you try these.

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MY FAVORITE NEW OUTFIT THAT I HAVEN’T TAKEN OFF IN 2 WEEKS.

Via my other new favorite store in Manhattan Beach – William B.

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SWEET LITTLE COFFEE TABLE.

From a designer’s shop on the same strip.

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ALSO FILE UNDER ALL I EVER WANTED.

Takeaways include: a non-stark white, creamy (but not buttercreamy/yellow) cabinet is SO classic.. black & white check marble floors are equally as timeless… and dogs are the stuff of a joyful life – they make everything better.

Kitchen, House Beautiful | Covet Living

THIS JAM IS LIKE CRACK.

Mango Habanero Jam | Covet Living

WHERE I’M BLOGGING FROM CURRENTLY.

The only thing different is that Karrie is snoring next to me with a sleep mask and Chewbacca’s weave.

Steph's Bedroom in the Morning | Covet Living

DAT SCONCE GOT SO MUCH STYLE IN ONE LITTLE PUNCH.

Member what I said up there about simple luxury?

Milan Hotel | Covet Living

SIGH.

Wingback Chair | Covet Living

SAMESIES WITH THAT DENIM SKIRT AGAIN.

jean skirt | covet living

LOOKS LIKE BROWNSTONE UPHOLSTERY (my favorite vendor) or DOVETAIL, BUT –

…wait for it: it’s from Living Spaces. Who knew?

Living Spaces Combs Dining Table | Covet Living

I’D LOVE AN ISLAND THE SIZE OF AN ACTUAL ISLAND…

But I’d love a wee antique butcher’s block just the same.

antique island | covet living

PRETTY WEDDING DAY (or EVERY DAY) HAIR.

Messy Updo | Covet Living

UNICORN STATUS.

I’ve never actually seen a Chinese wedding textile that is in this color.

Peach Pillow, Amber Interiors | Covet Living

CLOSEST LOOKALIKE I COULD FIND.

Still beautiful but not quite the same (at all). Which shows to go ya how perfect the ones above are.

chinese wedding blanket pillow | covet living

DREAM WHIP.

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Pink VW Bus | Covet Living

LOOK AT THIS ANTIQUE ARMOIRE.

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OFFICE I JUST DESIGNED…

..for a power agent in Beverly Hills.

Power Agent's Office | Covet Living

CUTEST ROMPER FOR SUMMER.

Red Jumpsuit | Covet Living

WHICH I TRIED ON RECENTLY…

…and need in a bigger size, cuz I’m 5’9″ and you can almost see my Pachanga here. PS I’m blowing a bubble, not making a weird duck face. Cuz I’m 9.

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I WISH I HAD MADE LIKE A 9-YEAR OLD AND MADE A BIRTHDAY WISHLIST THIS YEAR.

Cuz I would’ve put this horseshoe necklace on it. From the Rolling Hills Flower Market, of all places.

Horseshoe Necklace | Covet Living

SO BEEP-ING CUTE FOR SPRING.

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Steve Madden Carson Ankle Strap Heels | Covet Living

NEED.

I'm a Fucking Professional | Covet Living

CAN WE MAKE THIS INTO WALLPAPER?

I was helping a client style an antique hutch in her breakfast room on Friday, and decided to prop one of her old books up on plate stand… was flipping through some of them and flipped to this page of an old copy of the Velveteen Rabbit. How sweet would this be as wallpaper? Or just blown up into a print.

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SUCH A BEAUTIFUL ENTRY WAY.

It really is true – an entry way is kinda like your home’s first impression… like a little preview or the Cliffsnotes for what people are gonna see in the rest of your house.

Beautiful Farmhouse Entry | Covet Living

LOVE FOR A FLOOR PILLOW.

Or dog bed. From LiveSTYLE in Santa Monica.

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SEE YOU THIS SUMMA.

And mind you – this table is SUPER easy to recreate – it’s called $10 strings of lights from Tar-jay, plain-white-plates and clear glasses you can scoop up from Goodwill, and save your empty clear bottles from now till then & just soak the labels off. Scoop up some old mismatched dining chairs from Goodwill while you’re at it.

Perfect Summer Outdoor Table | Covet Living

ANOTHER WHIP O’ MY DREAMS.

Via a Sunday morning walk through Karrie’s new hood a few weeks ago.

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I WISH THIS WAS WALLPAPER.

But it’s a painted mural. I’m literally dying to put this in one client’s master bath, in the little nook above the wainscoting / above the freestanding tub. OR in someone’s nursery. But that means I gotta call the little Picasso who did it.

Handpainted Wall Mural | Covet Living

LOOKS LIKE EUROPE BUT –

It’s the flower fields in Carlsbad (about 30 min up the road from San Diego).

Flower Fields, Carlsbad

WORN LEVIS + CHUNKY KNITS.

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Jeans and Chunky Knit | Covet Living

THIS KATE SPADE CHAIR %#@&*^!

It’s also a stupid amount of money (like, get serious – Serena & Lily would sell this for $450), but I love it nonetheless.

Kate Spade Halsey Chair | Covet Living

I LOVED GROWING UP IN INDIANA.

But truth be told, while I adore my family, it would be hard to imagine ever moving back. Pics like this, however, make me SUPER nostalgic, and make me yearn for the heartland in the summer – when everything smells green and sounds like cicadas in the trees. Also reminds me of my Grandparents, or mornings eating breakfast at my Dad’s house out in the country, looking out at the back 40 – which looks like this. And just a simpler time.

Farmhouse Porch | Covet Living

ON EITHER SIDE OF YOUR HEADBOARD???!!!

Nomnomnom.

Lightbearer Sconce, Anthro | Covet Living

I’M SURE I’VE POSTED THIS BATIK BEFORE.

But it’s such a good one. From Quadrille.

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DO Y’ALL FOLLOW ERIN GATES FROM ELEMENTS OF STYLE?

This amazing little Kate Spade sofa is in her new office. But more importantly, she is amazing, and hilarious. One of the few I still follow. And in a world where Instagram has more or less taken the place of blogs where people actually used to have the patience to read text, I would still read anything she wrote.

Kate Spade Sofa, Erin Gates | Covet Living

YES.

As seen on my friend Jessie’s Insta. Couldn’t agree more.

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SO MAD MEN.

And so comfy.

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AT THAT WONDERFUL WILLIAM B PLACE AGAIN.

$72. Call ’em for deets.

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OLDIE BUT A GOODIE.

I hadn’t seen this pretty shot from Vincente Wolfe for a few years, and then I saw it again and it felt new to me. Love it all.

Vincent Wolfe Table | Covet Living

BEEEEEEEEEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP.

These are so precious. And so Indiana. From Waverly.

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REMINDS ME OF ITALY.

And something you’d see on one side of a simple, all-white bed. Like, in a little boutique hotel by the beach in Positano.

Royal Villa Sconce | Covet Living

I THOUGHT THIS BASTIDEAUX PRINT COULDN’T GET ANY BETTER.

And then they made it in a new colorway: lagoon.

Bastide Napili in Lagoon | Covet Living

LOOK AT THAT PATINA YOU KNOW I LOVE THE WORD PATINA CUZ I NEVER SHUT UP ABOUT IT.

Strathmore Hector Finch | Covet Living

That’s all folks! We’re off to the beach for the day, then yoga. Followed by fish tacos for dinner, Monopoly, then the cloud + more Netflix. OMG I HAVE THE BEST LIFE EVER.

PS: comme toujours, imma post this and then be editing and adding links while y’all are reading… cuz it’ll take me till Monday & then it won’t be Sunday morning musings anymore.

xoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxo

Steph's Scanned Signature

(and Karrie)