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.]