DESIGN TREND~ NATURE-INSPIRED IDEAS

There are many ways we can incorporate a touch of Mother Nature into our homes, from nature-inspired furniture to accessories. Here are a few of my nature-inspired faves.

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FURNITURE, LIGHTING AND DECOR

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driftwood globe chandelier

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Oversized botanical art via my Pinterest

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KITCHEN GARDENS

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ALWAYS INSPIRED

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8 INSPIRING WAYS TO USE PASTEL GREEN

Nature Inspired Green Color Palette

Inspiration can come from so many different sources, but certainly, one of the most inspiring sources of inspiration definitely comes from nature. Today, we are going to visit this soothing palette of soft pastel-like greens. This color shows up in some surprising ways and I love each and every one.

Pale Green Foyer

In the foyer.

White and Black Transitional Kitchen with Mint Accents

Black cabinetry punctuated with pale green seating and lighting.

Traditional Blue-Green Kitchen

Mint green Cabinets

Mint Green Bedroom

In the bedroom.

Pale Green Bedroom

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Love how the artwork was used as inspiration to bring the soft green color in upholstery and pillows.

Does This Pastel Color Inspire You?

Images Via Pinterest

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HOME TOUR ~ COASTAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Photography: Dominique Vorillon

Interior Design: Marshall Watson Interiors.

Mediterranean Foyer with Wood Console

A beautiful coastal Southern California Mediterranean-style home which you can read about here. Love the detailing on the entry door with its hand-forged hardware.

Mediterranean Living Room

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Mediterranean Cream Plaster Foyer

Another view from the entry of an Old World tapestry.

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Simply beautiful, the linens, the bed, the color palette, dreamy!

Thanks for Stopping By

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ZARA HOME~PART 2 ~ KIDS

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Bringing you the last of my Zara Home Kids picks and this adorable playroom features just a few of their stylish items.

Zara Kids Organization

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Zara Kids Towels

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I picked these cute Mickey and Friends sets because my 2 year old grandson is crazy for Mickey Mouse, as well as choo-choo trains and trucks, to name just a few. :)

Have a Happy Weekend

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TOP ONLINE SHOPS ~ ZARA HOME~PART 1

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While I was looking for some top online shops, I stumbled upon ZaraHome. I have always enjoyed this store for its European influenced style in fashion and, they also have a “Home” department, which I didn’t even realize. Like their chic and stylish fashion styles, their home line follows in that same vein, which, of course, is all priced affordably. Love it when you get chic style that fits within a budget. Here are just a few items that caught my eye.

Zara Accent Tables

Zara Mirrors

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Shopping Inspiration ~ Zara Home Style

Visions to Inspire, Designs to Enrich

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WELLNESS 2.0 ~ THE GOLDEN DOOR SPA

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While checking out Lonny magazine’s top destinations, the article titled “Golden Ticket”, written by Melissa Goldstein and photographed by Jessica Sample, was of particular interest. The article caught my eye because it features the iconic Golden Door Spa, a destination that isn’t too far from my Southern California roots. The author of the article, which you can read here, checks into Southern California’s newly relaunched Golden Door Spa to see what wellness revamped looks like. Let’s take a look at the spa that has welcomed royalty, dignitaries and celebrities…….

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Interior Designer, Victoria Hagen freshened up the lobby with a palette of earth and mustard tones.

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Hand-painted Japanese screens.

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The Wisteria Lounge serves as a daytime gathering spot — its walls are lined with Hollywood archival photos of notable guests.

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The property’s five lush bio-dynamic culinary gardens yield a seasonal bumper crop that includes tomatoes, melons, berries, lettuces and tea herbs.

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Throughout the beautiful 600-acre grounds are 20 miles of tree-lined trails.

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BEAUTIFUL ZEN-INSPIRED VISION.

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LET’S GO SHOPPING ~~

I was doing a little virtual shopping recently over at one of my favorite magazines, Architectural Digest and came across a few items that I had to share. Sit back and enjoy, maybe you will see something you fancy. I have one or two on my wish list….HINT: Fortuny Fabric.

 

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Canopy Designs Dandelion Chandelier. Photo: Christine Blackbourne. canopydesigns.com, 212-355-0033.

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Roger Thomas. Photo: Christopher Amaral. walterswicker.com, 212-758-0472.

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Wicker rim and resin base tray in a Portugese tile pattern by Oscar de la Renta. Photo: Victor Prado. oscardelarenta.com, 888-782-0472.

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Spring 2015 line of luxury bedding by Donna Karan Home. Photo: Victor Prado. bloomingdales.com, 800-777-0000.

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Hand Painted Feeling tableware collection by Serax. Made in Belgium. Photo: Victor Prado. florijnhome.com, 781-772-2180.

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L’Objet’s Alchime de Venise line of decorative boxes clad in Fortuny. :) Photo: Victor Prado. l-objet.com, 855-562-5388.

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Table linens by Ferran ~ New York. :) Photo: Gormon Studios. ferranstore.com, 212-865-1303.

These are just a few of my picks. If you wish to see more, be sure to visit Architectural Digest. I hope you have a very lovely weekend, doing whatever, shopping, relaxing, catching up on some reading or just chilling. Out my way, it is the ANNUAL SWALLOW’S DAY PARADE. San Juan Capistrano is the host of this BIG EVENT and this is the 57th year celebrating the return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano. The day kicks off at 6 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Women’s Club of San Juan Capistrano. At 10:00 a.m., the pre-parade festivities start and at 11:00 a.m., the parade kicks off. We have many fond memories of this event, as my hubby was a very active participant with all three of my now grown children, marching in the parade with the Y-Princess and Y-Guide Program (a program affiliated  with the YMCA, that provides many wonderful Father/Daughter and Father/Son activities). This isn’t the only BIG EVENT on the calendar though………even BIGGER, is my grandson’s 2nd birthday party. He will be starting his celebration at the local petting zoo…..and this is another memorable place for our family in San Juan Capistrano. This petting zoo, was once known as the Jones Family Petting Farm and each of my children grew up experiencing this wonderful place, from guided pony rides, to birthday events. Now, the original family has retired and since sold the petting zoo to a wonderful woman who has taken it beyond what it was 20+ years ago. Today, it is known as Zoomar’s Petting Zoo. It still has all the fabulous memories of so many years ago, with the “horsey-rides”, the goats, the sheep, the Emu’s, the corral with all the “little critters” (guinea pigs, bunnies and such) that we happily feed with the “purchased food” (it is a business after all). But, now, there is a choo-choo train to ride on, a “gold-mining” adventure, a corn-filled play-pen for kids to jump in to their hearts’ delight. Needless to say, it has definitely evolved from where it was when we took my Lindsay, Neal and Melissa there. Now, my Lindsay is a momma and we are coming full circle with my grandson, Jackson. It is such fun to see him enjoy some of the same places that his “momma” grew up with. We’ll be hangin’ at the Grandparents’ house (mu-wah) afterwards, grillin’ and chillin’ with family, friends and our very adorable grandson!

Happy Weekend

From Me to You, xoxo,

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HOW TO COLOR GREEN: 16 INSPIRING IDEAS

Green, I love the color. It is the color of balance and harmony. It is the color of growth, the color of spring, of renewal and rebirth. It is the color that I readily associate with the Month of March. It renews and restores depleted energy. Green promotes a love of nature, a love of family, friends, pets and the home. It is the color of the garden lover, the home lover, and the good host……honestly, no wonder I love this color. For heaven’s sake, why wouldn’t you? Anywhoooo…….it is a fabulous “neutral” to use in your interiors, as you will see. While Pantone declared it their color pick for the year 2013, it is certainly not a passé color, by any means. I hope you enjoy these Visions to Inspire.

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This was my Inspiration Moodboard that I did when Pantone announced its 2013 Color of the Year.

LIVING SPACES

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What a statement this sofa makes in all of its Emerald glory. Clearly this space is a family space and I love how the bookshelf has been styled. Keeping each shelf organized by color, makes for such a pleasing and cohesive way of organizing, it’s like moving around the color wheel.

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In this space, shades of blue seem to be the predominate color, and, then, it’s punctuated with a pop of green, in something as simple as a pouf.

KITCHEN AND DINING SPACES

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Doesn’t this space just make you happy? And, that island, in glorious Emerald, it’s the pop of color that just says WOW. What fun!

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Green, in all of its varying shades, from the painted diamond shapes on the hardwood floor, to the table and hutch, to the stoneware.

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In a word, STUNNING.

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Rustic meets Contemporary. Clearly, those Emerald chairs make quite the statement…..no mistaking who the Host and Hostess are.

HOME DECOR AND FURNITURE

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GREEN LIVING “WALLS”

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Green and Navy, always a winner.

 

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 Fun and fabulous comes to mind in this happy child’s bedroom.

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Dramatic Master Suite.

All images via my Pinterest.

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Does Green Inspire You?

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HOME TOUR ~~ EUROPEAN-INSPIRED CONTEMPORARY HOME

Interior Design: Wendi Young

Builder: Michael Roberts, Michael Roberts Construction

Photography: Karyn Millet

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This Laguna Beach home was, by no means, a “love at first sight” for the young homeowners, but designer, Wendi Young was able to see beyond the dark paint colors, gold leafing and heavy drapery. The designer convinced the homeowners and began the transformation. Read more about this fabulous home hereEnjoy the tour, European-Inspired Contemporary Laguna Beach, CA Home with Rustic Elements!

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Living room of this European-Inspired, Contemporary Home with Rustic Elements done in muted, sand tones, perfectly reflects its beachy location.

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Fabulous kitchen with rustic, rough-hewn beams and a crackling, open fireplace. Isn’t that cozy? I know I could spend a lot of time here. :)

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This Family Room is sure to stand up to lots of use. The custom sectional has been done in a Perennials outdoor chenille from Donald Sutherland and is paired with a coffee table from Juxtaposition Home, a local source in Newport Coast, CA. Graphic area rug from West Elm.

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Home office with its stunning architectural details, beautiful craftsmanship.

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I am loving this chandelier over this Saarinen-inspired table.

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A beautiful Master Bedroom. Again, love the architectural details found in the paneled millwork and coffered ceiling, and, let’s not forget that awesome view.

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A beautiful Master Bath reprieve ~ with draperies from Restoration Hardware, an antique stool and a classic, traditional crystal chandelier. Yes, this European-inspired restoration beautifully marries the contemporary with the rustic, a juxtaposition of elements that I would be happy to retire in, soaking luxuriously in a soothing, spa-inspired bath, melting away the days trials and tribulations.

VISIONS TO INSPIRE, DESIGNS TO ENRICH

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HOME TOUR ~~ A MODERN ZEN-INSPIRED HOME

Architect Dominique Rocoffort DE Vinniere and designer Bryon Wark created a modern, zen-inspired home for Emmy Award winning director/producer Daniel Sackheim (X-Files, House, The Walking Dead) in the hills of Encino, California.

All Photography: Daniel Sackheim

STREET STATEMENT

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BACKYARD

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The living room, with its mood lighting, highlights a collection of classic and modern, such as a Mies van der Rohe black leather day bed, Hans Wegner Shell chair and a Yamaha baby grand.

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Dining Area.

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Master Bedroom

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VISIONS TO INSPIRE

A MASCULINE, MODERN, ZEN-INSPIRED DESIGN

HAPPY MONDAY

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