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Sunday Morning Musings | 3.5.17

Cali Dreaming | Covet Living

What’s UP people?! Happy Saturday! I’ve been dying to nerd out with one of these posts for awhile… and this one’s gonna be long! So, take a bathroom break, grab your coffee, pop a squat & hit play on my new favorite song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0Pt7M0weUI / oh and PS – it’s late and I’m 107 and falling asleep, so I’ll add rest of hyperlinks & credits tomorrow!  For now, some of the pics link directly to the source if you click them… and/or most are on my Pinterest page.

GET A LOADUH THIS PHOTOGRAPHER

If you were ever thinking about coming to SoCal, start following Ryan Longnecker’s photography on Instagram – who shoots mostly San Diego & Laguna – and you’ll soon be transported to the blissful, breezy wonderland we live in and love.

Ryan Longnecker Overhead Shot | Laguna or San Diego

GET IN MY FIREPLACE.

Beach House FP | AD | Covet Living

HAVE YOU EVER?  Look at that muffin!!  Er, baby bunny.

Baby Wabbit | Covet Living

NEW FABRIC OBSESSION…

Arjumand’s World, available through Supply Showroom.

Arjumand's World Fabric | Covet Living

COMING SOON TO MY FINGERNAILS = Essie’s “Come Here” / PS – that’s sold out on Amazon, so a close match is Flashed from their gel line. I know this because I painted it on at CVS like the hoodlum I really am earlier today.

Essie Come Here | Covet Living

COMING SOON TO MY KITCHEN.

…Happy Birthday to me (?) Tehe. This is an Étu pizza serving board… Karrie got one as a housewarming gift and it looks beautiful perched up against the backsplash, but is so massive that it’s great to cut (a whole meal’s worth of veggies) on it.

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SUCH A BEAUT! Via 1st Dibs. You know I break for a good oushak.

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1st Dibs Rug

THIS SLOUCHY LITTLE SETTEE SLAYS ME.

#sallysellsseashellsbytheseashore… also love that paisley print.

Blue Paisley Settee | Covet Living

GUS NEEDS THAT DOG BED.

But 4x bigger, because he is a small horse.

Dog Bed for Gus | Covet Living

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS HOUSE?

I’ve seen a few different shots of this house circulate the past month or so, and I do a deep inhale and exhale when I see it. Truthfully – individually, I don’t know if there’s one item in that space I couldn’t live without or would do in my own house (I would do the bamboo blinds and a neutral palette, but…) …but something about it speaks to me every time I look at it. I love it. There’s something to be said for simple being luxurious.

Coziest House

HEY LITTLE FELLA!

Serena & Lily is killing it lately… among other things, with this little Cooper leather stool. Pop 2 under an open console, and you’ve got back-up seating for a party.

Cooper Leather Stool, Serena + Lily | Covet Living
I’D DO THOSE IN A HOT SECOND IN MY KITCHEN.

Brass Pendant in Kitchen | Covet Living

RUSTIC WISHES & COZY DREAMS.

That’s what this pottery is made of.

Bowls, Steelite? | Covet Living

THAT SINK IS A REVELATION…

It’s already amazing because it’s integrated with the countertop / also made of marble.. AND because it’s an apron-front (aka farmhouse) sink in a *bathroom*, which you hardly ever see (I’m currently doing this in a kids bath in Wisconsin, PS)… but what I love here is the dropped front – which makes washing chubby grubby little hands much easier for kiddos who aren’t quite tall enough to reach. Kids bath (vanities) are always a challenge, because while you want to lower the vanity / cabinet height slightly to accommodate them, they’re gonna outgrow it faster than a pair of Osh Kosh b’Gosh’s.  Also – love how the center portion / sink cabinet steps out from the rest of the vanity. Anytime you can change depths / heights on cabinets, it adds interest and makes it look way custom.

Drop Front Integrated Marble Farmhouse SInk | Covet Living

HALF FISHBONE.

Cuz you & me both are always running outta new hairdos.

Half Braid | Covet Living

PRETTY PLEASE GIVE ME A LITTLE GIRL’S ROOM TO DO STAT.

Sweet little roman shades or a big long lumbar on the bed? So precious. About $60/yard thru Lewis & Sharon.

Guinea, LS Fabrics | Covet Living

( BEEEEEEEEEEEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP !!! )

I wouldn’t be surprised if – down the road whenever I pop out a kid – it’s gonna come out with 4 legs and a coat of blonde fur.

Golden Puppy | Covet Living

REASON # 847 WHY WHOLE 30 IS DOABLE.

…because this Thai Ginger Cashew Kale salad.

Gingery Thai Kale Salad | Covet Living

I’M NOT A KARDASHIAN PERSON…

…and by that I mean, when I see them on TV sometimes I feel like my soul rots a little bit before I have time to change the station. But, loving those two cuties and their easy glam beauty in this 70’s-esque shot. Gigi’s dewy makeup is also ON POINT.

Gigi and Kendall | Covet Living

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DRESS I’VE EVER SEEN.

I say that about a lot of things, but in this case I really mean it. It’s Elie Saab, and I’ve had it stashed in a vault for years. So it’s basically vintage now, which makes it even cooler.

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THE PEACH CHINTZ!!  THE PEACH CHINTZ!

I had to stalk this from another blogger to track it down. It’s through Classic Cloth (who used to be with Dessin Fournier in the PDC, but has now moved and I can’t find them). Perhaps I should check Platform 29-1/2. Anyhow. I wanna use it anywhere/everywhere…

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…on some Euro Shams:

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Or (EHHHMAHGAHHHH), on a a settee comme ça in my future bedroom { as seen at Hollywood at Home }:

Hollywood at Home | Chaise Lounge | Covet Living Interiors

MY FRIDAY NIGHT DREAMS IN ONE PICTURE.

I mean, wait. Let’s go clubbing! ..bahahha. Not.

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NOT YOUR AVERAGE ANTIQUE MIRRORED TILE.

Je love. Je snapped this shot at Ann Sacks in Laguna last summer.

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WHEN CAN I MOVE IN?

Just a happy little vignette from Hollywood at Home last Fall… I swear they can do no wrong.

Hollywood at Home | Chairs | Covet Living Interiors

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAahahahahahahahahahaha:

I'd love to stay and talk but I'm lying | Covet Living

BOLIVIAN RUG COVERS OTTOMAN. #yumnumnumnum

And I’m trying to remember, but I feel like that blue & white fabric on the right is from Peter Dunham’s outdoor line. Which translates to kid-proof indoors.

Hollywood at Home | Vignette | Covet Living Interiors

THE ONLY OUTFIT I EVER WANNA WEAR.

I mean that too…and ps, they’re a good insta follow.

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THE DRESS THAT PINK PIPE DREAMS ARE MADE OF.

…in the window of a boutique in Carmel last April, when Karrie and I (and Teem too) were there for a friend’s wedding.

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AH nutbuckets, why didn’t I buy it?? …it was spend-ay, I remember.  That’s probably why.

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OH, HEEEEEY SUMMATIME!

Or vaycay.

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I REALLY LIKE THIS FABRIC.

OOOOH I spy a big ol fatty stack of drapery panels. Or big luscious throw pillows on a sectional.

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ALWAYS.

#gusgusforpresident

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RTR FOR THE WIN.

Just got on RTR Unlimited and I’m literally sitting here with one finger up my nose, and the other finger on the button waiting for this to come available so I can snap it up.

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THAT TRIM THOUGH.

I’d take a house fulla neutrals with just a smidge of that trim on a pillow, and call it a day. Prettiest fabric bling I ever saw.

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THALLY DRAPER’TH BACKWARDTH BRAID.

Can somebody please do that to my hair?

Kiernan Shipka Braid | Covet Living

SO PERKY!

Such a happy, canary-colored fabric… I think it’s out of stock, which is devastating. I tracked it to here.

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HOLY SWEET BABY JESUS CHECK OUT THAT MARBLE.

I don’t even know what it is, but you betta believe imma find out.

marble | Covet Living

LIMEWASHED WONDER.

I feel like I see all the same style of tables, all the time. This one feels different to me – there’s something primitive about the base, but it’s still interesting. I’d drink my coffee here anytime. Holla at me for info.

Madison Table 72in | Covet Living

MARK D. SIKES DOES NO WRONG.

All his spaces are so perfectly layered and never look over-decorated… just like beautiful things have been collected over time.

Layers of Blue, Mark D. Sikes | Covet Living

WARDROBE WISHLIST NUMERO UNO.

Love this 80’s-esque pink ruffled number.

Pink Ruffle Top | Covet Living

HELLO, PRETTY.

Love this clean-cut but still traditional wall sconce.

Sconces via MAKEKing | Covet Living

GET. OFF. MY. WISHLIST. AND. ONTO. MY. FEETS.

(Note: only place I can find these still is here)

Sandal Dreams for Summer | Covet Living

THAS RULL PRETTY.

From Robert Kime.

Robert Kime, Suzani Yellow | Covet Living

PEOPLE: IT’S A REVERSE OGEE EDGE!

As in, upside down. As it flip it and reverse it, Missy. Perfect for when you wanna mix things up on say – the island – to differentiate it from the perimeter’s countertop edge profile.

Reverse Ogee Edge | Covet Living

I CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHERE THIS IS FROM BUT I NEED IT.

It feels part Mally Skok, part vintage, and part Raoul Textiles.

UPDATE: my girl Betsy from Shop TEOT gotst my back! It’s from here.

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PRINCE ALI, FABULOUS HE, ALI-Ah-BAHHHH-BWAHHHHHH.

Just kidding – wrong cultural reference. But look at this Moroccan beauty! I’ve never seen that pale blue color in one of these rugs. Saw this at House of Cindy’s perch at the Rose Bowl flea market. Shouldahcouldahwouldah.

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RUFFLE ME SMITTEN.

Sorbonne Ruffle Top | Covet Living

DOUBLE CHAISE? YES PLEASE.

Two corners to curl up in.  Plus, I love the style of this sofa – it’s unfussy but still so cozy.

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ZEES BAG MAKES ME FEEL SUH FRANNNNCH JUST TO LOOK AT.

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LOOK AT THAT HARDWARE.

Jenny Komenda finds the most amazing things.

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WHO THINKS OF THIS??!! GENIUS!

And so gorgeous.

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AIN’T IT THE TRUTH.

Wise Words - Atticus | Covet Living

WHERE CAN I FIND ME SOME PEACH-HANDLED FLATWARE?

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EVERYTHING. {via Lauren Leiss}

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OBSESSED.

Pretty sure this is Mosaic House. Don’t tell Kelly Nutt I’m flinging out her sources.

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IT’S WHOLE 30 PEOPLE!

Contrary to the popular belief that the only thing you can eat on Whole 30 is a bowl of ice, behold: creamy spinach sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce.

sweet potato creamy spinach cashew sauce | covet living

TOME ON THE LEFT, J.CREW ON THE RIGHT. AMAZING.

Tome Left, J.Crew Right | Covet Living

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A ZINC COUNTERTOP?

Cuz I haven’t. Until now. But that’s not ugly.

Zinc Countertop | Covet Living

COMING SOON TO THE LOVESHACK AT CASA CL.

Zak + Fox’s Khotan.

Zak + Fox Khotan | Covet Living

STOVE ‘O MY DREAMS.

White Range | Covet Living

HELLO, SPRING.

Welcome, Spring | Covet Living

LAST BUT NOT LEAST… HAAAAAAAA –

The perfect quote-caboose to this post fulla pipe dreams.

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xoxo,

Steph's Scanned Signature

 

Friday Faves | 2.17.17

Gooooood MORNING!  Happy Belated Valentine’s Day.  These are for you:

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OMG – WHAT is UP, people??!  Long time no see.  Just sitting here with my to-do list that is – like everyone else’s – 87 miles long, and I’m thinking about all the things I’m DYING to blog about – including but not limited to:

  • Beauty faves (Karrie and I have THE BEST stuff to rattle off – life-changing stuff),
  • Whole 30 (which I did in January and which was also sort of life-changing),
  • a long Musings post because I’m up to my eyeballs in design inspo,
  • the Bach (sorry!) which I am a cool 12 episodes behind on,
  • Casa Covet Living updates,
  • an update on my biz (I launched an official website last month), etc.

But alas… I’m pretty sure I have a few clients who will mangle me with their bare hands if I don’t get their designs over to them today… so howsabout just a little Friday Faves snack?

1 – THESE ADORABLE MUGS, which scream laid-back Cali beach life, and which I’m absolutely certain I need to have in my laid-back Cali beach life. I swear I look at them and see surfers at sunrise and hear this song playing. They just sold on Etsy, but the seller looks like she makes all her pottery by hand, so I’m sure she could make me s’more, right? My birthday is March 19, folks. Just sayin’.

Cutest Mugs Ever

2 – THESE PANTS. LIKE BUTTAH. The softest, comfiest pair of sateen britches *ever*, currently at Anthro. I had to size down 2 sizes from my norm (who doesn’t love vanity sizing?), and it’s taking all the self-control I can muster not to go buy ’em in the honey mustard color, too.

Anthro Pants | Covet Living Stephanie Ballard

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3 – THE PRETTIEST PINK LIPSTICK YOU’LL EVER BUY. First off, I love MAC lipsticks because they’re so buttery and rich. I was on the hunt for an everyday lip color that isn’t a bold BANG hot pink, but that also isn’t a sheer gloss (my usual go-to, which Karrie constantly reminds me makes me look washed out… gotta love that your besties & parents don’t sugarcoat anything). Anyhow – this color (“Lustering”) is just enough pink with a hint of sheer and it’s PER-FECTION.

Lustering, MAC Lipstick

 

Sorry bout the car selfie but this is what it looks like on:

MAC Lustering Lipstick

 

4 – THIS GLORIOUS IMAGE that the chick who writes the Gypsea Lust blog took. Every time I look at it, I feel like I breathe a little deeper and easier. It’s so beautiful – currently my screen saver but I can’t wait to blow it up big time and slap it on my wall.

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5 – THIS TILE my boy Amiel found for me last week at Country Floors while he was loading me up for my library. It’s a Tabarka I hadn’t seen before in that color combo, and because it’s so light & neutral, it’s a good one for the faint of heart to use – so simple but without being boring. You better believe I’m trying to weasel it into project #keepingupwiththejoneses – hey girl heeeeeeeeyyy! Talkin’ bout you!

Tabarka Tile Country Floors

6 – THIS DIVINE CLUTCH. Suede + a big tassel = true love.

Suede Clutch

7 – CONGAPLEX. I realize this is a bizarre add to a fave things list, but I’m just lookin’ out for all you campers: This immune booster is NO joke… think Emergen-C, on crack.. times 10. My chiropractor – who’s also a personal friend – told me to pick some up once when I was getting sick, and it nipped whatever I had right in the bud. I’ve turned a few friends onto it too when they’ve had something coming on, and they’re now Beliebers. Keep it on hand, just in cases.

Congaplex

8 – HOW STINKIN CUTE WOULD THIS BE IN A POWDER BATH?  Flanked by some sweet little sconces?  I mean, I doubt I’d pay $1,300 for it, but if I saw it at Homegoods I’d snap it up stat.

Gilman Wall Mirror

9 – THIS CHICK’S OUTFIT IS EVERYTHING. Or maybe it’s just her attitude. I’m not a mom jeans lover, but I am loving her bob + blunt bangs, sunnies, that shirt… the dark nails, the bag. Everything.

Jeans + White Tee

10 – THIS QUOTE ABOUT RISK. I realized recently that every. single. good thing I’ve got going would’ve never come to be had I not done something REAL scary, and maybe borderline stupid.  E.g. uprooting 3 years ago and moving to the other side of the country (best decision ever); leaving a job that had run its course at the end of 2015 and then just going – what the hay? – imma go ahead and start my own biz (other best decision ever); sucking it up and doing something that makes me inordinately uncomfortable and landing a killer gig (more on that later); getting into a long distance thang with someone I swiped right on who lived over 1,000 miles away –  which is legitimately insane.  And also something every person I know warned me against, as it had Craigslist killer / axe murderer written all over it, and about a 0.2% chance of working out. Uh.. that was almost a year ago. And among other things, he thinks Gus is the most precious thing that ever was. Which means I pretty much think he hung the moon.

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11 – THE SWEETEST TANGERINE-EST FABRIC EVER. Just saw in House Beautiful and can’t wait to use it (anywhere)… like on some roman shades in a breakfast nook maybe. I can’t even.

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12 – THE BEST LEATHER JACKET OF ALL TIME. And the best $69 I’ve ever spent invested. I would SPRINT TO ZARA if I were you. Sizing: I’m 5’9″ / athletic build and I got a small, which is snug (but so cute), but I couldn’t wear it over a sweater – just tees & tanks.

Perfect Leather Zara Jacket
That’s all I got! …well, that’s a big fat lie but I gotsta get back to work.  Have a great weekend!!!!

Hearts & Stars,

Steph's Scanned Signature