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Beach Bungalow Style… (Refined)

Summer Vibes

Soon(ish), I’ll be moving out of El Frat House and into a new place – probably much closer to the beach.  And it’s got me all kindsa thinking about how I wanna play musical chairs with my decor to make things feel a little more fresh and – in the spirit of the laid back left coast – maybe a little more boho and beachy.  Someone asked me what my style was once (sounds easy but it’s the hardest question ever) and I think I responded: “Refined Bohemian Chic.”  Because that’s the vibe I always end up chasing… caning, vintage oushaks, shades of sea glass, layers of texture, hints of brass – all that noise.  These are the things that are looking like a whole lotta fun to me lately:

White Surf | Covet living

Neutral Layers | Covet Living

Dream Kitchen, Stephanie Ballard | Covet Living

Lindsey Lane Design | Covet Living

Jessica Gordon Ryan | Covet Living


{Antique Anatolian Oushak…  I DIE.} OKL Anatolian Oushak | Covet Living

{Art Deco Green Bath by Kelly Wearstler}

Kelly Wearstler Bathroom | Covet Living

Boho Backyard | Covet Living

Tulu Textiles Blue Lana | Covet Living

Thonet Chairs via Chairish | Covet Living

Hillary Thomas Entry | Covet Living

{Estee Stanley’s outdoor space}

Estee Stanley | Covet Living

Michelle R. Smith via Domaine | Covet Living

Layered Rugs via Domaine | Covet Living

Anne Sacks Magreb | Covet Living

Coziest Bed | Covet Living

Benjamin Moore Colony Green | Covet Living

Betsy Burnham for Domaine | Covet Living

Noir Graff Coffee Table | Covet Living

Porch Swing via Apartment Therapy | Covet Living

what if this were fabric? | Covet Living

Coco Bead Chandelier from Madegoods | Covet Living

Refined Boho Living Room | Covet Living

Jonathan Adler Console via Zinc Door | Covet Living

Bukhara Euro Sham from Furbish | Covet Living

Chairs | Covet Living

{Sidenote: I wanna mix those blue perforated chairs above with my greige upholstered tufted buddies below… this is my current dining room}:

steph's dining room

Mirror via Plum Furniture | Covet Living

Bungalow from BHG | Covet Living

Marjorie Skouras Chandy | Covet Living

Free Form Ceramics | Covet Living

Pineapple Sconces | Covet Living

Madegoods Stella Mirror | Covet Living

Michael Taylor for Baker Dressers | Covet Living

Chic Coastal Living | Covet Living

Malin Ming Jug Table Lamp from Visual Comfort | Covet Living

Simple Beach Bedroom AD | Covet Living

Geo Glow Lantern

Southern Living Living Room | Covet Living

Beach Chic via Charleston Home Mag | Covet Living

Grace and Blacke White Feather Lamp | Covet Living


{…has a stair runner ever been done better??}

Stair Runner Coastal Living | Covet Living

If I had my druthers, this is what I would do in my new digs:

Refined Boho Chic, Stephanie Ballard | Covet Living

{Image Credits: Carolina Irving Textiles “Paloma Stripe” | Gigi Rattan Chair | Coco Bead Chandelier | texture detail | 1st Dibs Wine Jug Lamps | Ombre Antiguo in Taupe throw pillowAntique Khotan Rug | Louis Chair | Papua Face by Sally King Benedict…  who, ehrmahgah, I love}

And maybe this for a bathroom that I plucked and slapped together awhile ago. You can click here to view the table pieces above.

Powder Bath

Happy Sunday!  See yaaaaaaaaaaa…

Water | Covet Living


Steph's Scanned Signature

Image Credits: click photo to link to source, unless otherwise noted.


Galentine’s Day, aka Ovaries Before Brovaries

Girls! If you don’t know what Galentine’s Day, let me explain. According to Leslie Knope (nee Amy Poehler) on Parks and Rec, it’s the day before Valentine’s Day when you celebrate your favorite girls – your besties, your mom, your work ride-or-die who’s always got your back.

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This is the day to show just how much you freakin’ love each other, how much you appreciate each other, just cause!  Oh yeah, and you TREAT YO SELVES.

We love this idea ’cause Valentine’s Day, well… it can be fun and romantic and all that jazz, but it can also be a real pain in the ass. So this year, let’s do ourselves a favor and celebrate those absolutely fabulous women who’ve helped shape us. You know who you are. Below are a few ideas for what to get and do for your mom, your girlfriends, and DUH, for yourself – your truest Valentine:

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Love You To The Moon and Back! framed photo printAlso, see this photo art collage we rapped about in December. Both would be super sweet for the lady who never forgot your Russell Stover chocolates when you were a little thing. Hurry and order today!:

Minted I Love You To The Moon and Back print

She’ll love this company’s Plant of the Month gift, which is exactly what it sounds like: A different set of flowers delivered to her each and every month(!).  And they’re all potted, so they’ll (hopefully) continue to grow as the year goes on:


A dozen (or two) order of Shari’s Berries ‘cause they’re just so d*mn delicious. Ignore the fact that those gigantic strawberries probably take up half of California’s water supply to grow.  It doesn’t matter, IT’S FOR MOM.

Sharis Berries

A gorgeous Amethyst Druzy Necklace she can wear until she loses it in a pile of clothes on her dresser (just kidding Mom, love you!):

Amethyst druzy necklace

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This vibrant oversized leather fold clutchwhich we LOVE cause it’s not only buttery soft, but it’s surprisingly versatile. It can be worn with your favorite LBD or even a cute little casual summer outfit.

Oversized leather fold clutch

A handmade subversive cross stitch cause they’re just so funnnnnn-y. Seriously, we can’t quit these.

Home Is Where No Pants Is

whatever bitch

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The perfect mug for your feminist or heartbreaker of a friend:

Male Tears

A custom framed “Heartstagram”.  Just print and frame your memories directly from Instagram. Voila!


A t-shirt that speaks your and your bestie’s language… because you’re both slobs:

If It Requires Pants Then Nah

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Ninja Professional Juicer – It’s time to treat yo’ self to super delish smoothies that have way more nutrients, thanks to the multiple blades of this bad boy. Oh yeah, and did I mention it’s HUNDREDS of dollars less than the Vitamix?

Ninja Professional Juicer

A print/poster to hang on your wall and light a fire under you when you need it:

Well Why The Hell Not

A vibrant, stunning, flawy dress that you can hang in your closet and gaze at like a beacon of hope, a beacon of hope to remind you that summer is only three months away:

Maaji Longchamp Maxi Dress

And lastly, this quote isn’t really a traditional gift per se, but it’s appropriate for this week when we’re meant to tell people how much we love them. I pinned it a while ago, and each time I come across it, it makes me catch my breath just a bit.

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Here’s to telling those you love them.  Here’s to telling your LADIES just how much they mean to you. Happy Galentine’s Day this week, lovelies!

Galentines Day

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Uteruses before duderuses,

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