Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pop the Bubbly!


2015 was one heckuva year, don't you think? I've been working on about 20 posts for this bloggy-blog. (Let's be realistic, 4 to 7ish posts.) And they're all about 3/4s of the way done, as are most things in my life right now. The heaviest sigh of the year was juuuuust sighed.

Anyway, I'm 100% reveling in this whole "Christmas vacation" deal and the thought of typing at a computer just makes me cringe. CRINGE. Regardless, I wanted to pop on by and wish everyone a fabulous, fun, sparkly, and safe New Year's Eve. It's one of the best holidays and I fully believe in the power of a fresh start -- even if it's just the date on the calendar that prompts it.

We're holding true to one of our FAVORITE New Year's traditions, but you'll have to follow along on Instagram for the fun. I look forward to writing back here next year. ;)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

#AVeryMerryRue

Last week, the team at Rue released our annual holiday issue. It's one of my favorite issues of the year because it forces me into the Christmas spirit BIG TIME. In the past, most of us were in the same city and would gather at Maia's apartment in Oakland to work super late -- crunch time, baby! The Christmas music would be blasting and we'd order takeout long after the sun went down. I'd get seconds, because, winter. Now, we're all in different cities but I still try to keep the vibe alive as we type back and forth as fast as we can on g-chat. I made hot chocolate and put on some festive tunes. Look up the "Christmas Classics" playlist on Spotify. You won't be disappointed.

I also really love that this issue includes such a comprehensive gift guide. Our Style Editor, Victoria, has SUCH a pulse on "what's new" that I am always so excited to see her picks. Without fail, I'll discover a few new brands and add those items directly onto my own wish list.

Here are a few of my personal highlights from the issue:


Our founder opened the doors to her own home! Crystal has such exquisite style and I am always in awe of her design skills. This SF apartment may be small, but her aesthetic shines in every corner. I particularly love this dining nook. Cozy yet CRAZY beautiful.
[photo: Emily Johnston]


My extremely talented friend hosted a holiday party that was beyond-beautiful. Everything is super sophisticated but not stuffy. Genius. Bianca Sotelo is one to watch, you guys.
[photo: Debarr Moradi]


This San Francisco bachelor pad has a super rad 3D gallery wall that I adore.
[photo: Odessa]


I interviewed the unrivaled Jay Jeffers, and sort of want to sign up to be president of his fan club.
[photo: Aubrie Pick]


This Sonoma escape is the definition of a dream. I love the rustic details. It also houses a pretty fantastic art collection. 
[photo: Emily Johnston]


Our graphic designer, Julie, opened the doors to her Oakland home just in time for the holidays. I love the sophisticated approach. I hate when it looks like Santa threw up.
[photo: Suzanna Scott]


Annnnnd.... HELLO. That's my house! Yep, Haley from Homepolish turned our little home into my version of paradise. Take the tour here.
[photo: Tessa Neustadt]

If you saw the issue, I'd love your feedback! Did you have a favorite feature?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Anthropologie at Home

So, is it just me... or has Anthropologie really stepped up their home game recently? I have always enjoyed shopping there for quirky dishes, thoughtful knick knacks, and the occasional hook or drawer pull. But recently, I've found myself longing to just live there. (If you think about it, there are so many nooks and crannies in those stores, I can't imagine them figuring it out for like... 2 weeks probably.) When the Fall House & Home Lookbook landed on my doorstep, I was instantly inspired. Instead of my usual routine of looking at 1-2 pages and then tossing it directly into the recycling bin alongside 9 other catalogs, I devoured it cover to cover TWICE. Twice! I think it's because their home goods are super sophisticated... more so than in years past, anyway.

Here are a few moments that really caught my eye:


First, I was like "oh, there's a horse in that room and that's ridiculous." But then I noticed that sturdy coffee table and the subtle detailing of the rug and I thought both would look quite nice in my own home. While I appreciate the sofa (okay, LOVE IT), I also am adult enough to admit that a printed sofa just isn't right for me. I'd hate it after 2 days. However, what IS right for me... that mirror. I went searching for it on their site and came up empty handed. But then I found this magical one that has a jute rope and wondered why I don't own 100.


This room is a perfect combination of mine and Tim's aesthetics. I know for a fact he's hoping to have a leather chesterfield someday. I also know for a fact that those geo-faceted-mirrored tables are insane in just the right way... and Tim probably would never agree to one. I like them because it's a look you don't see often, and as you know... I'm all about that visual refresh. Though, I'm going to be honest, I don't care for the chandelier. Can you imagine dusting it?


I have nothing specific to say about this room, except that I could snooze there all darn day, every day, for a year. Maybe more?


This chair gives me life. Actual life. It's so striking, don't you think? The color, shape, texture... it all adds up to one perfect chair. While this look is feeling trendy, I think the overall vibe of the chair is classic. It's a piece that you could own for years and years, and it'd always fit right in, even if your style changed drastically.

While I do think Anthro can be a bit out there - I'm looking at you, horse - I am really enjoying what they're doing on the home front and can't wait to see what's next.

And on a final note, we probably should all order this faux-fur sweater. It's perfect.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Our Wedding Featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

Drumroll please...



I am so excited to share that our wedding is featured on one of my favorite wedding blogs today! I used Green Wedding Shoes throughout the entire planning process, so to see our OWN day on there is pretty rad. It was a lot of fun sharing all of the details (like the fact that EVERYONE pitched in to make our dream day come true) and makes me wish I could relive it over and over again.

Click here to check it out!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I Want to Live Here: Caitlin Murray's Craftsman

Oh, hello. It's been awhile, hasn't it?? I basically have been SO LAZY since moving to LA. I have really been wanting to revive this little blog but there's no other way to describe my attitude other than just plain lazy.

I think "I should blog about my AMAZING bridal shower!" And then I realize Real Housewives is doing a marathon of NYC start to finish. (And really, who can resist that time Bethenny said "Who's Gwyneth?") I remember that I never told you the quick & dirty details of leaving San Francisco, but then I think about taking a nap in our sunroom and I do that instead. Because, obviously.

After writing my little heart out over at Rue Magazine day in and day out, I long to close my laptop and just stare at a blank white wall for a few hours. Thus, the blog always gets the boot. But there is a lot of writing I want to do and a lot of stories to tell and there are just so many times I can pour my heart out on Instagram. So, I'm aiming to be back. Like, not every day, because I'm not a maniac. But maybe/hopefully you'll find me here a few times a week.

First up, you ALL should have read and enjoyed the latest issue of Rue. It was EPIC and I loved each and every page. Most notable, for me, was the LA home of designer Caitlin Murray. Caitlin has a design sense that makes me question everything in my life. Caitlin heads up her own design firm here in LA, aptly named Black Lacquer Design. Her portfolio is overflowing with incredible spaces that are highly glamorous yet still completely livable -- a talent that is impressive to say the least. Of course, her skills shine brightly in her own home. You can read more about the space here; my talented friend Kat wrote the story and it sheds a lot of light on the super rad place.

Here are a few of my favorite moments from the feature:

You may find yourself wondering why you don't have a hammock in your own living room, am I right?

I love the use of old portraits and cheeky humor throughout. The bar, stocked with good liquor and vintage glassware, is so simply styled yet makes a huge impact.

I remember when Caitlin teased a few images of the kitchen before/after on her Instagram and I was actually floored. Like, my brain isn't creative enough to be like "yep, let's paint the kitchen cabinets the prettiest color of all time." Like, WHAT? And that rug? It's just killer. 

There's so much to love in this room, but what really caught my EYE (lololol) is the evil eye above the bed. 

The office is a showstopper.

My master bedroom is a basic bitch compared to this. Taking notes every step of the way. 


Basically, I could gush for three hours and Caitlin would probably never talk to me again because she'd be super creeped out. (Normal.) But as someone who looks at gorgeous interiors ALL DARN DAY, it's so refreshing to see a space that makes you think differently about design and your own home. Not necessarily in a "I'm worthless" way, but like, "OKAY. I see where things could be better."  

I experience the same thing when I go to High Point Market. I go to showroom after showroom, and you start to notice similarities between them all. And then it sometimes feels like deja vu and you're like, boy -- I sure hope the next one at least has some snacks. But then, you stumble upon something for-real magical and it's just like a palate cleanser. We all need one of those from time to time. 

[All photos by the talented Marcy Costa for Black Lacquer Design.]

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happy Birthday, Jake!

So, my mom always tells a story about my older brother. When he was 5, my mom told him he was going to have a little sister. He was pretty stoked (duh), but one day he came home crying. My mom asked him what was wrong, and he said that the little girl down the street had fallen off of her bicycle and gotten hurt. He was so upset because he was really worried that would happen to his own little sister someday. It's a pretty cute story, and if you ever see my mom... she'd love to tell it for you. She does a great impression of 5 year old Jake.

The thing is, Jake has taken care of me my whole life, both literally and figuratively. We were never really siblings who bickered or fought. When Jake wanted to play with Ninja Turtles, I was not only allowed but encouraged to join in with my little April doll. (Even though she later met an untimely demise.) Jake taught me the importance of humor - both with his own jokes, and his quickness to laugh - and all of this shaped my personality in a big way. He's always watched out for me, encouraged me to take risks, and cheered me up when I'm a real grump. Even though there is quite an age difference between us, it's never been too big of a deal. He's just rad and I'm lucky to have him as my brother.

In June, Jake drove to Boise a week before my wedding to help out. And help, he did! Holy moly. I should have kept a handwritten list of all the tasks he tackled to ensure the day go perfectly because he did SO. MUCH. He came with us to craft stores and searched for the perfect candles. He handmade 5 little flower girl crowns AND 5 little flower girl baskets. He helped me get programs and menus printed. He folded napkins "just so." When the weather report showed that there was going to be some wind, he found small river rocks, washed them, and sealed them so that the place settings wouldn't blow away. The day of the wedding, he set the dinner tables and scolded me to get back inside when I had been helping for too long and it was time to get my makeup done. As guests arrived, he made sure they knew where everything was and made all of the announcements to help the day flow smoothly. And as the party slowed down, he kept the playlist bumping so I wouldn't stop dancing until the end. I've never received a gift quite like that before and I am so grateful. The most grateful. There is literally no way in the world I could be MORE grateful.

I have always known how cool and kind and rad Jake is, but since today is his birthday... I figured everyone else should know how cool and kind and rad he is too. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAKE!!!

And hey, do me a favor and find my cool brother on Instagram (here!) and tell him a big ol' HAPPY BIRTHDAY! He's the best and deserves the best day ever.

Friday, August 7, 2015

PALM FRONDS.



So, my office is insane. And I am desperately happy about it.

You see, we found a DREAMY rental in the Los Feliz/Silverlake area of Los Angeles. It met all of our requirements -- parking, private outdoor space, basic amenities we didn't have in SF like a dishwasher and washer/dryer... the beautiful list goes on and on.

Another thing that was really important when looking for a home was that Tim and I would each have our own private space. Our last apartment was beautiful, but if you notice -- my desk was always in the bedroom or dining room. And if you take yet another look, there was no room for Tim's art. This new house has a second bedroom I can use as an office (WHAAAT) and a private upstairs studio for Mr. Lamb. It's basically the best thing that has ever happened to us.

So, we're in the middle of two big projects when it comes to decorating the house and it's going to be a lot of neutral goodness. That's really what I'm into these days. Neutral, lots of white, and pops of moody navy and black. I just want everything to be calm and comfortable and soothing and like a Pinterest dream. We loved our last place, but it was a little young-feeling and we got sick of that bright blue wall pretty quick. So we're really focusing on investing in gorgeous, neutral pieces that we won't tire of.

But my office??? Well, I wanted it to be as bold and bright as possible. A girl cave. A Golden Girls paradise. SO when I was contacted by Chasing Paper for a small space challenge, it was a resounding YES PLEASE. Chasing Paper is a temporary wallpaper and I was promised it was super easy to apply. I perused their site and immediately made my selection -- hello, palm fronds. Like what?! Blanche Devereaux would be SO PROUD of me.

And you guys. It was SO easy to apply. It comes in these large sheets and you just peel it off and stick it to your wall. (If you're really crafty, you could use it on smaller objects like tabletops or bar carts or you know, anything.) I was able to do the entire wall by myself in a few hours. I probably could have done it in an hour or less but I got pretty distracted. (Real Housewives was on in the background.) And suddenly, bam, I had my dream office.

We brought in our old pink patterned rug and took the crazy to level 10 and I'm pretty into that. I'll probably tone it down in a few weeks, but also I probably won't. I sort of love how intense it is and it satisfies my need for a color explosion, which will allow the rest of the house to be that calm paradise I've been dreaming of. Win win.

Anyways, Chasing Paper is generously offering 15% off to anyone who wants to give it a go... and you should. Just use code cpsmallspace at checkout.

Now tell me... which one are you going to get?!

Monday, August 3, 2015

My Updated Budget Find


Last week on Rue Daily, the editors got a little personal about pieces in our own homes. So many people think that you need to have a ton of money to have a unique space, but the truth is it just takes a little vision and commitment. Tim & I stuck to our eclectic vibe by spray painting basically everything gold, and while it sounds so obvious, it actually resulted in items that people are ALWAYS asking where to buy them. Click here to check out the spread and get ideas from the rest of the talented team!

Today, I'm at the Las Vegas Market and will be sharing a ton on Instagram --  I'll  be taking over the @LasVegasMarket account, alongside some amazing designers, so that is one feed you'll want to check out. Of course, I'll likely be over-gramming on both on my account as well as Rue's -- so be sure to follow along there too! As I wander the market, I'm hoping to get ideas for our new home and see what's new this season. I always leave feeling super inspired, which after such a busy summer, is something I crave.

Finally, to get your Monday off on the right foot, I highly suggest reading THIS hilarious article. Tim and I have never laughed so hard. Ever.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ahoy!


Well, well, well... Look what the cat dragged in. (Me.)

To call my life a whirlwind would be a tragic understatement right about now. In case you missed it, I got married, went on an epic honeymoon in Spain, and moved to LA. OH. And my name is Kelli Lamb now. I MEAN. That's an awful lot to happen to a girl all at once. I hope to write extensively about ALL of it in the coming weeks. I'm finally feeling settled and like I can breathe again, and I also have a lot of spare time. Like, where'd my social life go? Oh yeah, I do not currently have one.

In the meantime, here's a rundown:

-The wedding was everything we dreamed of and more. I wish I could relive it over and over again and am antsy to get the pictures back. But, I don't have "post-wedding depression" or anything. I just am reveling in the memories.

-The honeymoon was UNBELIEVABLE. I will be detailing the cities we stopped in (Madrid, Seville, Mallorca, and Barcelona) as well as the activities in each place. Right now, all you need to know is Tim worked with GM Iberica to plan it and, I'm not even exaggerating, it was perfect. I felt like I was on an episode of The Bachelor with new cities and adventures and endless cava, but I didn't have to compete with 25 girls for the dates. I just got to go on them with my hunky husband.

-Due to a pretty quick turn of events, Tim was offered/asked to transfer to the Dreamworks Studio in Los Angeles. We are very grateful for the opportunity, but truth be told... a little heartbroken too. More on that another day.

-We're renting a gorgeous house (pictured above) in the Los Feliz/Silverlake area. I'm told this means "Eastside." It's still walkable and there are lots of cute cafes around, which makes me happy. And I'm still working for Rue. Duh!

-The rug in the photo is the ELODIE rug from Lulu & Georgia. It was designed by Glitter Guide founder, Taylor Sterling, and is named after her cute daughter. We haven't made progress decorating a single room in the house, but have a dream kitchen and the rug finished the space. It makes my heart sing.

WHEW. That's all I've got in me today, but am happy to be back in this space and hope to be writing a lot more again soon. Thanks for reading. :)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Work It Out (@ OnPointe!)

I have always (and I mean ALWAYS) wanted to try out pilates. I always walk by really cute studios and think to myself, "I'm going to go there someday." But, as much as I'm intrigued by the practice, I've had a lot of bad/weird experiences with fitness. Basically, I've avoided the gym for 3 YEARS because of encounters with so many fitness-obsessed weirdos that live and breath by pre-workout supplements and a steady diet of brown rice and chicken - and shame anyone who enjoys a pizza AND a margarita AT THE SAME TIME. (#Yum.)

That's not to say I don't like fitness or exercise. I actually have been working out a TON leading up to the wedding and - believe it or not - look forward to it every day. However, I've kept it a pretty personal journey. (Yep. You CAN work out and not tell anyone about it, despite what Instagram says.) I have been doing tons of at-home workouts and running in the park. But, I knew I needed to step up my game and still had that curiosity about trying out a local studio.

Needless to say, I was thrilled when I heard about OnPointe Traning in the Marina. It was founded by the beyond-adorable Kaitlyn Rhoades, a former ballerina from Nashville. OnPointe offers group pilates classes (with only 4 people per class) or private training sessions. I visited the studio for a private session with Kaitlyn, which is honestly the only way you could have gotten me in the door. While I've been SO interested in trying pilates, that huge-ass machine scared the heck out of me.

I arrived and was comfortable right off the bat. Kaitlyn is super sweet and non-judgy. AKA exactly how a trainer should be. We did a fitness assessment before doing anything on the machine, and then the workout was catered to my goals - both fitness and some back pain I'd been dealing with.

And, it was SO much fun. The machine was really interesting/not what I expected, and though it was difficult, it was a fun challenge and basically my favorite workout I've EVER done. Here are a few photos of the studio - and FYI, no, that's not me. I'm not the rockstar model.

But for the sake of honesty, here's something pretty hilarious. While I don't look that awesome, and it's not that flattering, it was the MOST fun. I'm officially a pilates convert.

If you're not in SF, you can still get training from Kaitlyn in the form of online videos. (Lucky ducks.) If you are, I highly suggest checking out the studio here.

*OnPointe offered me a complimentary class, but the opinions are 100% my own. As in, you need to go to this studio immediately. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

#BaaBaaBachelorette Recap

I basically wish my bachelorette party never ended. It takes all of my strength to not just Instagram pictures from it EVERY SINGLE DAY, because it really was everything a bachelorette party should be. My best friends, 1 million jokes, truth or dare (though - shout out to Bianca for being the only one who said dare), margaritas, more margaritas, inappropriate conversations in public places, shenanigans. You know. Bachelorette party stuff!

My friend Rachel brought a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 and it honestly was the most fun part. I really love taking pictures, but there is something so gratifying about having it print that exact second. And the retro vibe of the film really fit in with the hotel. Though, would a film camera ever stop us from documenting every minute via iPhone? Never.

I'll admit, there are some photos that I won't ever put on the Internet. (Duh.) But here are a few favorites from the weekend:

















Some noteworthy tidbits from the weekend:

The Saguaro knew it was my bachelorette party (we signed up for the Girls Getaway package, and Lindy called ahead) and when we arrived... there were streamers, blow up toys (like flamingos wearing leis and a bottle of Fireball... though that should have been more of a warning sign than anything), and a nice card. It was so fun! Truly, this hotel was the perfect location for an event like this.

We enjoyed dinner at Tinto, which is located in The Saguaro. HOLY COW. So delicious. We ordered maybe 300 tapas to share and it all was so tasty. And the service was wonderful. Would 100% recommend.

Nightlife in Palm Springs was a little weird/elusive, but that's fine. The Ace was closed for a private event (boo!), as were many of the other suggestions we received, so we found ourselves wandering for awhile. If, like us, you go with hopes of dancing. the Village Pub seemed to be the place to do it. Though, be warned, the doormen are very rude. But the bartenders are nice! So I guess it was a wash.

Anyways, we're now just under two weeks until the big day (WHOA DUDE) so I may be blogging a ton to avoid all responsibility, or I might be a little quiet around here while I get everything finished.

Major thanks to the following ladies for the photos (and for attending!!): @lindymerida // @rbeck09 // @tinalimeade // @tinaheileman // @julzjls // @afabchallenge

Thursday, May 21, 2015

#BaaBaaBachelorette Welcome Bags

My bachelorette party was a few weeks ago, and it's safe to say it was absolutely the most fun I've ever had. EVER. I'll be sharing a few of my favorite photos this week, and you can find (almost) all of the shenanigans on Instagram. #BaaBaaBachelorette -- you know, as in the noise that little lambs make? As in I'm going to be a Lamb soon? Lindy, my Maid of Honor, thought of it and it's one of the 1 million reasons I'm obsessed with her. SO. FUNNY.

I felt really honored that my bridesmaids would even be bridesmaids in the first place, let alone travel somewhere for me, so I wanted to make sure it would be a fun event. (The girls live all over - Boise, Seattle, SF, and Austin.) Having spent many a weekend in Vegas in my early twenties, I felt like that was the wrong choice for me. (Been there, done that.) Napa - and a limo to take us to 100 wineries - could be great, but I felt too much guilt making them all come to me when I would just be driving a short distance over the bridge. I realized that Palm Springs would be the perfect locale. Warm weather, good food, and a relaxing pool day. (Leave it to me to choose the one hotel with a Vegas-style pool party, but more on that later.)

To thank everyone for their travels AND welcome them to the party, Lindy and I worked together to create some welcome bags for everyone. I remembered to snap a few photos to share here. (Though they're only iPhone and it was getting dark, so... ugh!) Hopefully this post will offer up a few ideas for your next girls' getaway!

WHAT TO INCLUDE: 




1. A CUTE TOTE: I got one that has my mantra on it. Because pizza IS cheaper than therapy and it fixes EVERYTHING. I snagged it at Forever21 and it has since sold out, but this one is pretty similar. These are essential to hold all the goodies, but can also be used for the pool later in the weekend.

2. SUNGLASSES + CASE: Since we'd be in the sun, I knew sunglasses were a must. And the heart ones were perfect! Those have ALSO sold out (rats!!) but this pair or this pair are just as cute. As for the case? It's still available and totally fabulous. (Click here to purchase!)


3. BEAUTY SUPPLIES: I included a few things in this department - it is my speciality after all! A cute comb to conquer pool hair, and hair ties from my all-time favorite line - Mane Message. (I loved the pop of color they added to the bags!) I also was sure to include sunscreen and aloe vera, as well as an aloe vera sheet mask because a long day in the desert always calls for some light rejuvenation. For the evening, I made sure each girl had a Bare Minerals lip gloss. I tossed it all in a PALM print beauty bag (duh!) which might be my favorite ever. I'll be using it for years to come!



4. TEQUILA: This speaks for itself. I added a cute straw and made sure that we had Squirt to make little margs in the room. (If we had been driving somewhere, I would have made it into a little gift box with a lime and mini marg mix. Blame TSA and luggage restrictions!!) And it's not a party unless someone invites Patron... though if you'd asked us on Sunday, we might have disagreed. Which leads me to...

5. A RECOVERY KIT: I found these little "I Regret Nothing" bags on Etsy and knew I HAD to include them. First of all, adorable. Second of all, necessary. Advil and Alka Seltzer were a saving grace after a long weekend.

Tune in tomorrow for my favorite pics from the weekend!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Our Engagement Photos (Pt. 2)

As promised, here are a few more pics from the second half of our engagement photos.

We headed to Lands' End, one of the prettiest places probably in the world. It always blows my mind that we live in such a busy, noisy, crazy city - but we're 15 minutes from the ocean.

Walking along the path, there's this wall/barrier to keep the earth from falling into the ocean (or something). It's a little industrial looking and ended up being the perfect backdrop. You'd never know that on the other side of the camera is the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. The color is pretty and the lighting was perfect, so these ended up being some of our favorite photos from the session:


Then we headed down to the lookout and Erin made photo MAGIC. I did my absolute best to choose like 2 or 3 photos to post, but I couldn't. I love them all SO much:










At the end of the session, we were both freezing and a little exhausted. I looked out at the water and saw dolphins playing in the waves. (Erin captured that moment too, and it really shows off my inner nerd.) I am totally obsessed with marine life and am always searching for dolphins and whales. (I would say this is a pretty tragic obsession to have, since I get very seasick and can't go on whale watching tours.) Staring out at the "dolphin infested" water as the sun set was surreal, and was the perfect end to the day. It made me feel so relieved and thankful that after my dramatic temper tantrum, we still made engagement photos a priority.

I'll be forever grateful that we'll have these photos to mark this time in our lives. Someday, when we have been married for 30+ years and live somewhere a little slower, we'll look back at these pictures and remember when we lived in the most beautiful city on earth and our only priority was to enjoy it.

[All images by the talented Erin Conger. My hair & makeup by Katie Nash. See the first batch of photos here.]