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A Nod to Mountain Chic

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I’ve been spending more & more time in the mountains this year – taking on a few projects in Colorado, and also splitting time between San Diego & Crested Butte.  Of the 12 projects I’m working on right now, only *one* of them is in San Diego – the rest are spread across the US, which means the aesthetic I bring to each home always has to be a little bit malleable and take a few cues from its surroundings… I’m not saying I’d ever go all vacation rental and pop a cheesy sign in the kitchen in Ohio that says “Farm Fresh Eggs, This Way!” or put a heart-shaped bed that vibrates in my Vegas project or use dining chairs made with skis in a Denver dining room.  But it is only natural that ya give a little hat tip to what’s around… or at least give it a nod. Ye know – the kind of nod the elusive hot guy in high school used to give you when he passed you in the hall that was SO subtle yet full of charisma that your stomach probably still flips when you think about it, 20-some odd years later.

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ANYHOOSIT.  Every time I walk into a store, or cyberstalk the local designers in Colorado (yeah, I said it), I feel like it’s more of a head bang than a nod… Antler chandeliers galore (hey… they’re not all bad buuuuuuut still), all wood EVERYTHING, that way-overplayed industrial metal piping for legs on all furniture pieces and “ELK CROSSING” signs, etc etc.  I actually had a local designer who heard I was a visiting designer tell me with a scowl on her face the other day that she “hated it when young girls who have great taste waltz into town and pretend to be designers“… and then she lifted her leg and peed on the town of Crested Butte… okay just kidding on the last part.  But I just wanted to give her a hug and invite her over for coffee and be like, “oh sugar put the gloves down! I’m not the Fox Books to your Shop Around the Corner – there’s enough biz for all of us, always,” but instead I just smiled and pulled a T-Swift and let it roll on off my shoulders.  Moving along – this imposter of a floozy (that’s yours truly) has been stockpiling images I love that (I think) give a subtle Jake Ryan-esque nod to the Mountain vibe:

{antique shop counter as an island}

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{mini shades up the ante on the antler chandelier)

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{love this cozy nook in the same house}

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{reclaimed nightstands with rusty copper pulls}

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{pretty please come to my living room and never leave}

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{loveliest exterior inspo I ever did see}

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{this one’s a pretty palette too}

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{that marble farmhouse sink makes me weak at the knees}

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{flank my front door whydontcha}

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{love how cozy the exposed brick is… and the X-door detail}

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{I’ve been sweating this antique French nightstand‘s nuts for about a year now.  Maybe I should do something about that.}

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{Current favorite tile for a kitchen backsplash… updated, subtly iridescent and not even a little bit boring}

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{Here she is installed.  From Clé tile.}

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{Ralph, bring on the plaid}

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{I put this in a kitchen mock-up years ago.  I love it still.}

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{Look at how the backsplash becomes a wee ledge}

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{favorite side table ever.  for any climate, anywhere.  adjustable height.}

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{exposed brick for the win}

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{one of my favorite kitchens ever.  totally translates to the cozy rustic mountains.}

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{live edge is about 10 seconds from being overplayed, but I love this application}

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{antique msrocccan rugs}

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{favorite dining table in the galaxy}

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{those uppers… I’m dangerously close to wanting to do them in my own kitchen.}

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{what I would do in a heartbeat is that outdoor shower}

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{DYING to paint any room that color.  Like my dining room.}

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{on that note.. benjamin moore’s salamander is an amazing color}

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{while we’re at it, I might wanna hang this bad boy in there too}

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{this room is cozy… love the lamps, love the ceilings}

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{be still my heart}

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{ditto}

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{nomnomnom}

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{small but mighty kitchen}

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{legit obsessed with this limestone lamp}

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{THESE CHAIRS….} midcentury-sirocco-lounge-chairs-mountain-decor-covet-living

{I can make this, right?}

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{julianne hough’s bedroom… so lucious & so cozy. it’s in so cal, but it translates.}

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{you better believe I’ve just commissioned a new version of this table from my favorite trusty carpenter, Chris}

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{be still my heart… down a long hallway? I can’t take it.}

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{you’ve seen me post this stair runner before – and it’s in a beach house – but I feel like the mountain vibe is sometimes a lateral move from the beach vibe… there’s a common denominator of comfort and of using materials with feel worn-in}

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{more of the kitchen from the 1st pic… love the slate floors, the bistro chandelier, the ceilings, the fur on the chairs}

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{the stone, the doors, the lanterns, the palette – it’s perfection}

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{needs a duvet for that comforter, but like the layers and LOVE the sconce}

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{from gregorius pine0… love how substantial these are}

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{love this island that looks like it was repurposed, or handmade out back}

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{I’d give Gus’ first born for this thing. Ok that’s a lie but isn’t it rad?}

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{posted these awhile ago in a beach house post… they translate}

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{perfect finish, perfect texture on the shade}

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{mercury glass + rough hewn beams = heaven on the ceiling}

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{more exposed brick}

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{I could linger table side for hours in these dining chairs… on casters to boot}

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{perfectly imperfect}

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{love how the ornate chandelier and casually dressy roman offsets the rusticity of this kitchen}

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{those faded green chaises from Patrick Dempsey’s Malibu beach house = to die}

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{I need these nightstands}

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{tiled hood and chesterfield sofa on point}

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{I’d change out the pendants, but love the woven barstools and shades of greige}

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{steel & glass upper doors – sigh}

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{brownstone upholstery kills it every time}
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{urban electric is another company that can do no wrong… those pendants are killer}

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{look}

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{#fave – from country floors… more imperfect than its Walker Zanger cousin, which I love}

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{Side table that stands on its own like a boss}

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{Baddest wet bar I ever did see – complete with Paul Bunyan-esque pulls}

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{the metal + glass lantern gets a modern update when it’s done in a round shape}

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Last but not least… if I had my druthers and had to design a kitchen in the mountains – or anywhere, for that matter – this is what I’d do… favorite Ann Morris antiques pendants, gold hood, exposed brick backsplash (or that stunning Cle tile one at the beginning of the post), steel + glass uppers, grey/green lowers (this is Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe, which looks more grey in real life), antique shop counter as an island, brass bridge faucet, and a leathered white macaubus countertop.  BOOM.

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Actually I lie like a rug – one more thing… a good friend of mine and her family JYEST moved to the mountains last week, and I’m about to help a sister out and help her get her new (and STUNNING) mountain pad outfitted… so stay tuned for updates on that project!  Congrats, Nik!

Happy Saturday!

xoxo,

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Saturday Musings, Winter Edition

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Let’s spitball, shall we?!


 
File this under NEED for my office to house tile samples.  Plus it tickles my nostalgic pickle and reminds me of an 80’s card catalog-esque something in the Burris Library. {via Dovetail Furniture / to the trade only.  Contact me for pricing.}

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I ONLY love / wear jewelry that’s either an everyday timeless staple, or a really unique antique something-or-other.  I feel like this GORGEOUS herringbone diamond ring checks both boxes.

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I’ve had to source a TON of antique oushaks / kilims / anatolian rugs this year for clients, and I accidentally bought this stunner last week while pounding said rug pavement.  Finding the good ones takes some hunting down, but they’re so worth it.  This is so gorgeous in person I can’t even tell you.

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Can I do this to my eyelids on New Years Eve? Crested Butte prob isn’t ready for that, but I’m doin’ it anyway. Cuz there’s no other day of the year when you can get away with either dressing like it’s the 80’s, or dressing like a ho bag. Except maybe Halloween.

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Obsessed with this matte black Ilve range.

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This is heaven. So mountain chic it’s not even right.

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Probably the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen.

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Spring Greens & Orecchiette pasta dish via Cup of Jo, whom I trust for just about anything.  Can’t wait to try.  The roughage balances out the carbs… right?

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DAMN is this good advice.  I saw this quote a few months ago and it resonated with me in about 99 different ways, because I feel like it’s the common denominator of all the lessons I’ve learned in the past 5 years or so… Protect your peace by kindly stepping away from toxic situations / people… protect your peace by setting boundaries and setting the right expectations, personally and professionally… protect your peace by knowing there’s a solution for everything, so remember not to panic, because everything always works out… protect your peace by doing the best you can every day but beyond that, knowing that you can’t worry about what you can’t control. Yadda yadda.

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Tabarka can do no wrong for me.  This one is Touareg 8 and it’s kinda moody and I’m smitten.

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Obsessed with this photo I saw on Pinterest – so calming.  I would blow this up (way oversized) and slap it in my dining room. Or anywhere, for that matter.

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I couldn’t tell you if Anthro’s upholstery is comfortable, but the 90’s Central Perk Friends lover in me loves this velvet chesterfield of theirs. I ordered the fabric swatch (Color: Forest) and it’s TO DIE FOR.

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I’d also take ANY piece of furniture covered in this stunning color of blue velvet.

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Maybe not a huge sofa but something vintage and bad a$$ – like these vintage Billy Haines loungers:

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Gotta use these antique brass pulls somewhere.  Would be boss on a darker piece of furniture (e.g. deep deep navy or a grey, like maybe Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe).

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Preach sistah.  Truer words were never spoken.  I CANNOT believe I’m 35 years old. Like, cannot.  I think 1990 was 10 years ago and remember **every single** detail of the 3rd grade like it was yesterday.  My point being, dang that’s a good reminder not to squander ONE SINGLE opportunity you have, because time flies. And whatchoogotta be scared of?  ‘Sides nothing.

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Tricky to find a cement tile you haven’t seen on the Pinterest merry-go-round 997x, but this Taza pink & burgundy one is new to me, and I’m in love.

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I’ve also seen this guy’s black & white counterpart too many times to count, but in this blue hue?  It’s a little bit different (and somehow edgier) – and I love it.

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I didn’t even know I liked waffles until I read CORNBREAD WAFFLES WITH MASCARPONE SCHMEAR.  I repeat: CORNBOARD WAFFLES WITH MASCARPONE SCHMEAR.

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I need this t-shirt IMMEDIATELY.

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I love the materials and color palette they used for this exterior.

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I saw this rug, gasped, then ordered the other half of my brain aka Karrie to buy this rug for her master bath last week, and I’m chomping at the bit for it to come in the mail.  We needed something warm with some color and texture to give us another layer in there, and this was the missing puzzle piece. #obsessed

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And there she blows in person:

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THESE PENDANTS.  I can’t take it.  They’re obviously antiques and I obviously need them.

brass-pendants That’s a pretty bouquet and a pretty dress.  I’m a chick so naturally I love all things wedding – just love much simpler things the older I get.  I’m pretty sure if I’d gotten married at 24 I would’ve had a Cinderella ballgown and fussed over everything; now I hope if / when I get married it’s the most beautifully understated, unfussy and stupidly fun thing ever.  Also – that photograph is by India Earl, whose work I LOVE.

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(I mean, just look at this chick’s wedding day weave)

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I stalked India Earl some after I saw that image above on Pinterest, and loved everything she does:

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Prettiest patina on brass I ever did see. To the trade / holla for pricing.

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Love the unique shape of this ottoman / stool by Gabby.  These are so versatile at the foot of the bed, flanking a sofa table behind the sofa to pull around for extra seating when you need it, perched adjacent to the sofa in front of a coffee table, etc.

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If you’ve never looked at Gregorius Pineo, take a looksy.  Supah spendy but so great for inspo.

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Um. This is blueberry lavender coconut ice cream. Which sounds about as amazing to me as living on a farm of golden retriever puppies and eating bread & butter without getting fat.

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Speaking of goldens OHMYGYASH IT’S A BABY GUS IN A BICYCLE BASKET I CAN’T DEAL.

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This side table from CFC is BALLER.  It’s kinda huge for a side table – 36″W x 32″H (most sofa arm heights are at about 25″), but it’s so killer I wanna find a project to use it in.

cfc-table I want this, even though I know it’s totally ridiculous.  To dress up my skinny H&M jeans & white t-shirts & heels.

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I accidentally bought these sparkly stilettos a few weeks ago. Because they’re the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.  You see a lotta sparkly heels out there, but up close these are like, DIAMOND ENCRUSTED and perfect.  I also scored them on eBay for about 70% off which is the only reason I sprang (or is it sprung?) for em.  Can you say New Years Eve?
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PS: look at Chris’ face.  He’s like (aw HAYLE naw).  bfdhkafjhahhaha

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Prettiest front door color I’ve ever seen.  With some festive eucalyptus… and those BELLS.

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Sorry to still be on the Susan Connor train, but I’m OBSESSED with her textiles.  Just got these swatches in the mail and I’m sopping up drool over them, with them. Especially in love with the one on the right – it’s got this worn-in perfect denim color. img_5212

Behold… the beauty of a patina’d unlacquered brass shower system. From Waterworks.

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Overstock.com isn’t my go-to for rugs, but they’ve been putting out some decent tribal rugs lately for around/under $1k.  Like this one I just put in a dude’s office.

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Dunno if it’s new or just new to me – from Phillip Jeffries (the king of grasscloth) – but I love it.  Timeless and simple without being boring.

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From Sister Parish.  Love this pattern.

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I’m not sure I’ve ever met a metal hanging shelf I haven’t loved.

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GET IN MY HOUSE.  LOOK AT THAT STOVE PEOPLE. { via elements of style insta – I LOVE Erin Gates for being hysterical and soulful/down to earth, and having great taste.  Hers is one of the few blogs I still read, and one of the instas I always go direct to to see what she’s been up to. }

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This is hers too.  See what I mean.

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I need this.

 

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TAKE ME TO HERE IMMEDIATELY.  My design friends RAVE about this little shop in Newport Beach.  I could punch myself in the face for not having made it there yet.

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Love this piece from Dovetail Furniture (to the trade only – contact me for pricing). The simple detail on the doors is gorgeous, but the metal keeps it gender-neutral. I’d use it as a TV stand, a sideboard in a dining room, an entry piece… anything.

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Remind me to do this to my front door next year.

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Ace Ventura for the win.  Truer words have REALLY never been spoken. screen-shot-2016-12-17-at-8-19-04-am

Also pretty sure I’ve never met a Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort light fixture I haven’t coveted.

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Megmade’s been whippin’ up some REAL pretty furniture lately.

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Look at what she did here that landed in a kiddo’s room.  Such a sweet idea.

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Whole 30 who??  Remind me to hustle up and make this before I tighten the belt and go all GI Stephanie on January 1st.  Pappardelle and slow roasted beef ragu OHMYGYAH I DIE.

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May I please eat (that up there) with (the antique silverware) down here??

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Doing a Gentleman’s Bar right now, and using these as the backsplash.  Boom.

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Just saw this stone at Cabochon La Jolla last week and had to actually ask if it was marble (…it is).  But the linear quality to it made me think it was quartzite, so I was all kindsa confused.  In any case, I LOVE love loved it for all the variation in (monochromatic) tone, for the warmth of it and for its veining.  They said it’s super unique, and because I’m an A-hole, I can’t even remember what it’s called. #epicfail

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Recently discovered Mister Zimi on insta and trying to choose which of their suits I wanna get for January’s Mexico trip is like trying to choose a favorite star in the sky.

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(So 80’s.  I love it!)

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(Heaven)

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This is perfection.

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When you wanna go classic / white but are sick of subway tile.  Hallelujah for Tabarka and their picket fence-esque number.  So cozy and so not boring. {via}

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Can you even?  I can’t.  Merry CHRISTMAS!  Yep, I said it.  And can I say this outloud? …I’m annoyed that I feel like I have to kind of watch my mouth and can’t even say or sign my emails this time of year with “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” anymore, because I’m afraid I’m going to offend someone.  Can’t we all JYEST settle down and appreciate that there’s kindness in that sentiment and that people mean well when they say it?? If somebody passed me and said “HAPPY KWANZAA!” or “HAPPY HANUKKAH!!” with a toothy grin on their face, I’d be inclined to feel warm & fuzzy on the inside and smile back and be like, “right back atcha buddy!”; not to get my little white cotton underpanties in a big fat wad.  Just sayin’.  Pretty sure there are more important things to fuss over.  So Merry Merry, people!

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{image above via my girl at Ivy & Vine}

xoxo,

Steph's Scanned Signature

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