Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel
After months of searching (years really), we finally decided that while there are bigger houses in our neighborhood, there are none to be found that we love nearly as much as our little Tudor.
We’ve put off investing any real time, effort and money into updates on our house that weren’t absolutely necessary because we thought we’d have moved into more space by now.
However, I’m happy to report that we have officially dug in and started renovating our kitchen to make it better accommodate our growing boys. We’ve finished most of it (more on that later) but here were the plans for our new space.

It was important to us to maintain some of the traditional character that runs through the rest of our house while incorporating some more modern elements for aesthetics and convenience.

I absolutely love what has transpired thus far!

O’Hara Living Room 2.0

O'Hara Living Room 2.0

Loomed rug
zgallerie.com

Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture brass accent table
$2,410 – sweetpeaandwillow.com

Nailhead furniture
zincdoor.com

Tufted footstool
bellemaisonfrancaise.com

Nailhead furniture
zincdoor.com

Sofa
overstock.com

Leather console table
$910 – alexanderandpearl.co.uk

Daily Covet: Lilly Pulitzer Target Collaboration

I am so excited for this Sunday, April 19th, I can hardly stand it.

Sunday is the day that Target launches it’s latest collaboration with the well-known Lilly Pulitzer label.

It’s true, Lilly purists are dismayed by the brand “lowering” itself to the likes of Target’s fashion for the masses, but I think it’s awesome. It brings southern belle charm and sophostication to all women, who want to look good even if their bank accounts aren’t as full as the average Lilly Pulitzer wearer.

I haven’t always been a huge fan of the busy prints in a rainbow of bright colors, but I have as of late found more and more prints that I really like and Lilly’s shift dresses are practically perfect in every way.

So without further adieu, here’s a quick edit of my most absolutely favorite pieces not only for women… but for the home and children too.

WOMEN

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GIRLS

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BEAUTY

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What are your thoughts on the Lilly Pulitzer brand collaboration with Target? Do you think it devalues the brand’s reputation or do you think it’ll give people who wouldn’t have otherwise known or been able to afford access to this fun and vibrant brand?

Daily Covet: Organic Matelassé Duvet Cover

A white duvet cover?

So what, why is she telling us this?

Well, let me tell you why I’m telling you.

Have you tried to find a non-100-percent cotton duvet cover lately?

I googled “cotton blend” and “polyester blend” and came up with either cotton or polyester… not both. But several years ago, my mom turned me on to cotton percale sheets that she said wouldn’t wrinkle like my cotton sheets did. Cotton-percale is also incredibly soft without the price tag of their Egyptian-cotton sisters with one billion threadcounts.

To rewind, my current all cotton Tiffany-blue duvet cover has seen better days. I bought it when we moved into our house. It’s been just shy of nine years. It’s wrinkled, discolored, faded and generally looks like crap.

I decided to convert to white because then my duvet cover can’t fade and washing it in my go-to OXY will keep it nice and crisp.

Long story short, when I ran across this Matelassé duvet cover in cotton-percale at WestElm.com I was thrilled.

And although “organic” was not a stipulation of said duvet cover, it can’t hurt right? Also, I love that it’s in a traditionally-French quilted design called Matelassé because… well, because I love all things French.

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Back to School

I’m sending my first born to school in 6 days.
He’s excited.  I get knots in my stomach just thinking about it.
He’s ready, but I can’t believe he’s going to be gone all day, every day.  He’s been with me for almost 6 years… my buddy. my associate.  my Tomas the Train enthusiast.  my personal shopper.  my lunch date. my baby.
So, in honor of my little guy’s first day of school, I’ve put together a fun collection of “Back to School” items that any girl could show off — in class or otherwise!

On the edge…

There is the edge of sanity.  The edge of time.  And of course, Pink Floyd’s “Edge of Darkness.”

But this house is really on the edge!

Not to worry, it meets California’s earthquake codes and can withstand winds of up to 100 mph.  It’s also permanently attached to the rooftop of UC San Diego’s engineering building.

I’m not sure about you, but I’d be on the edge of my seat watching someone stand in it or walk under it!