Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Why are there rules about when to wear white? It might just be a California thing or maybe I don’t like being told what to do, but I tend to ignore those color guidelines.

White / Pretty Haute Mess


And to take it one step further, in my opinion, you can never go wrong with white on white. Who cares about matching the perfect shades of white, there’s nothing wrong with mixing it up, and disobeying all the rules of course…

1. Backpack / Nordstrom
2. Knot Bracelet / Motilo
3. Blouse / Net-a-Porter
4. Overalls / Topshop
5. Pom Pom Socks / J. Crew
6. Nike Air / & Other Stories
7. Jeans / J. Crew
8. Camera / Samy’s
9. Birks / Barneys
Inspiration image via Her New Tribe


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

When you’re home, you should feel collected and rested, right?!… I know that’s all I want when I get  home after my day job. But how do you balance a casual aesthetic with a well-curated home? I enjoy running across great design, where form and function work together, it’s certainly not as easy as the lounging is.

Living Room Ideas / PrettyHauteMess

The living room above, found via Caitlin Flemming, is both sophisticated and relaxed, not an easy combination to achieve in any space. But when it’s nailed, it becomes the perfect design combination for a rejuvenating environment.

There is no specific color palette. This space isn’t black and white, or monochromatic with browns and beige. But rather, it’s a little of both, combined perfectly to look effortless. The living room maintains a modern aesthetic with clean lines and modern patterns, but evokes almost a cabin-like feel with textures and natural light.

Living Room Ideas / PrettyHauteMess

Floor lamp / Room & Board
Sofa / Ikea
Throw / All Modern
White Pillow / Fine Little Day
Area Rug / Crate & Barrel
White Rocker / Lamps Plus
Striped Pillow / Dot & Bo
Black Pillow / Society 6
Wood Bench / Crate & Barrel

*This post was created for Nest Studio Blog

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I love chairs. The more the better. I get itchy if all the chairs around a dining table match. This is a personal preference, I realize. But hopefully you can see what I’m talking about with this cool dining room via Domicile Blog.

Dining Chair Ideas / PrettyHauteMess

The chairs are so different they aren’t even in the same genre…. Rustic metal farm-style chairs and Hollywood glam ghost chairs… But it all works because the accents around them pull it together.

There are casual accents, like the wood plate and flower vase, but there are also glam accents like the leaning artwork and sleek storage console. The dining table seems to be a combination of both, with a white gloss finish to glam-up an otherwise heavy and rustic table.

Dining Room Ideas / PrettyHauteMess

Mix and match styles all you want, just be sure there’s balance and you’ll end up with a beautiful space.


Pendant / Hive

Elephant Art / ZGallerie

Landscape Art / Fine Little Day

Geometric Art / West Elm

Dining Table / Nest UK

Yellow Chair / Cult Furniture

Red Chair / Modern Furniture Warehouse

Ghost Chair / DWR

White Bowl / CB2

Wood Plate / Crate & Barrel

Storage Console / Ikea

* This post was created for Nest Studio Blog

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

If I had to choose a favorite social media platform, it would have to be Instagram. As a visual person, it’s so fun to scroll through and be inspired by traveling, food and home design from both your real friends and virtual friends.

This perfect piece of green architecture was captured by Bonnie Tsang, one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. It got me dreaming about every shade of green…

Color Coded / Pretty Haute Mess

1. Zig Zag Throw / CB2

2. O.P.I. Green-Which Village / Hair Care USA

3. Green Accent Chair / Modernics

4. Coffee Maker / All Modern

5. Ceramic Light / Anthropologie

6. Art Print / Society6

7. Wishbone Chair / Dot & Bo

* This post was created for Nest Studio Blog

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The best interior design doesn’t rely on just one style, but rather a mixture of design styles. This home is modern, yet eclectic and it all works really well together.

Design Blueprint / PrettyHauteMess

The wire pendant lighting and modern furniture, paired with a colorful area rug and quirky wall art sets up a really great combination of design styles.

This space is making me want to add a little eclectic style to my modern apartment.

Design Blueprint / PrettyHauteMess

If you feel the same way I do, here’s how to get the look…

Large Wire Pendant / Dot & Bo
Wire Pendant / Dot & Bo
Collage Wall Art / Lisa Congdon
Iceberg Wall Art / Lisa Congdon
Accent Chair / Danish Modern L.A.
Sofa / CB2
Coffee Table / Hive Modern
Area Rug / The Rug Company
Small Storage Units / West Elm

Image via A House in the Hills

* This post was created for Nest Studio Blog

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I apologize for the super cheesy post title, but I couldn’t resist. Now, you might think I’m celebrating being vegan for a year perhaps, but you would be wrong. Today, I’m celebrating the small milestone of being vegan for one whole month. This is big guys.

Veganniversary / PrettyHauteMess

For the past couple years I have wanted to go vegan, or at least vegetarian, but did neither. Instead, I criticized my brother and his wife for being vegan. Lashing out was my modus operandi, until I realized I was just envious of their ability to do it and to have that kind of discipline. Food was the part of my life where I had almost zero discipline. Food has always been my biggest weakness. Until now.

For the last month, I don’t even know if I physically feel different yet because I’m too caught up in how awesome I feel emotionally after simply making the decision to go vegan and being able to stick with it. To be clear, my decision had nothing to do with my food addictions, but it has really given me strength just knowing I can overcome them. Some foods I thought I could never live without, I don’t even miss.

So if not to overcome my food issues, why then you might be asking?… The reasons to be vegan just simply outweighed the reasons not to.

My reason why not to be vegan:

“I just can’t do it, food is too important to me.”

My reasons why to be vegan:

*Environment/Politics – Factory farms are the leading cause of global warming. Factory farms mistreat workers (not to mention the animals).

*Health – Animal protein is the leading cause of heart disease.

*Animals – I care too much about animals to eat them or support what is done to them at factory farms.

Now, if you’re not vegan you might be asking, can one person really contribute to changing those HUGE issues? The answer is yes, all change starts with one person. For a very long time, only 1% of our population was vegan and over the last year that has doubled.

Maybe even some of you who are on the fence will be inspired by this post and decide to go vegan. I can only hope this is the case, even if just one of you.

If you’re already vegan, I welcome tips, advice and recipes of course.

**Digital Illustration:  Ongoing project of mine turning Instagrams into vector drawings. This was my niece on her 18th birthday.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I’ve been working on the apartment over the last few months and having a blast shopping my favorite e-commerce sites, like One Nordic Furniture Company.

After spending lots of time on design blogs and digital magazines, I’ve found some great sources for modern home furnishings and they’re not all local. So I’ll say it again… I love the internet.

One Nordic / PrettyHauteMess

Nordic design is all about uncluttered functionality in everyday objects and One Nordic nails it. I’m in love with the form of their furniture, the simplicity in their materials and the patterns on their pillows.

Although I want several more pieces, I had to start with my favorite, the Kenno cushion cover. As you can see, Bishop is a devoted fan, usually opting for this side of the sofa.

One Nordic / PrettyHauteMess

If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you’ll remember I mentioned a home tour coming soon. It’s coming, just not as soon as I had originally planned. So stay tuned for more images of Bishop…. Ahem, I mean the apartment.