Thursday, December 4, 2014

This is the workspace of Swedish illustrator Sara N. Bergman. When your office looks like a super cool residence, you’ve officially made it. Keep that job forever.

atelier / Pretty Haute Mess

Since Bergman is a successful independent artist, I think that’s what she plans to do…

Clearly, this talented artist has interior design skills as well! I just can’t get over the tile wainscot on a brick wall! Holy shit.

atelier / Pretty Haute Mess

atelier / Pretty Haute Mess

atelier / Pretty Haute Mess

Images from Nordic Design

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2015 / Pretty Haute Mess

I can’t focus on anything today, since hearing about the grand jury’s decision NOT to charge the police officer who killed Eric Garner. So I decided to scribble down what I was thinking.

While I can’t imagine what his family is going through and I think they deserve justice which was sadly not offered them today, this is no doubt a much larger issue. Last week, we heard the same results from a grand jury regarding Mike Brown’s murder. And today was the funeral of Tamir Rice, the 12 year-old killed by police.

That’s just the last two weeks, and that’s not even everyone…………………..

As the Latin-American wife of a Black man, I’m not sure I want to have children and bring them into this world. It hasn’t changed and now I wonder if it ever will…






Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Shantell Martin + Kelly Wearstler / Pretty Haute Mess

Visual artist Shantell Martin, the cool gal who draws on everything, collaborated with designer Kelly Wearstler… What did they come up with, you ask?…

Just incredibly unique and totally awesome furniture, home decor and apparel, of course.

Shantell Martin + Kelly Wearstler / Pretty Haute Mess

1. Brea Ottoman

2. Sailboat Scarf

3. Big Diamond

4. Leather Jacket

5. Elliot Chair

Image via Complex






Thursday, November 13, 2014

Skandicrush / Pretty Haute Mess

Well, this post is a little delayed. I posted on Instagram when I received my first Skandicrush subscription box and intended to post what was inside soon after. The last couple weeks, I’ve been wrapped up in making some fun changes to my apartment. And then there’s the day job of course.

But finally, here’s what was inside my Scandinavian subscription box…

Skandicrush / Pretty Haute Mess

Admittedly, I was a little disappointed to see only two items, but once I saw what they were I was completely satisfied. The cost of the box was way under the value of the two items. They’re also perfect because I needed a couple pretty details for the kitchen.

So, the first item is a set of stylish bottle grinders. The ceramic design is smooth and pretty (perfect colors for me), but it’s also smart design. The grinder is at the top, so no mess. I’ll probably use them for pepper and sea salt, but they can be used for all types of spices.

Skandicrush / Pretty Haute Mess

The other item was a set of dish towels, which I was actually in the market for. I can’t express how perfect these are in regards to color and pattern. I love them.

I haven’t unfolded them yet, I’m saving them for a photo shoot in my home that’s coming up soon…

Skandicrush / Pretty Haute Mess

If you love Scandinavian design, I highly recommend subscribing. There’s also the option to just purchase one box if you prefer.

Top image via Skandicrush






Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween everyone!

In honor of this dark holiday, I rounded up some cool products for the home. Although, they aren’t so much about this holiday, as they are just awesome home decor for the whole year.

dark decor / Pretty Haute Mess

1. Skull Towel Set / Williams-Sonoma

2. Skull Candle / Williams-Sonoma

3. Hanging Raven / Story North

4. Black Candelabra / ZGallerie

5. Wild Dog Print / Society6

6. “We’re All Mad” Pillow /Society6

7. Black Picture Frame / ModCloth

8. Black Crow Doormat / World Market

Inspiration image via A White Carousel






Thursday, October 30, 2014

instagram / Pretty Haute Mess

1. There’s a new Joan’s On Third in Studio City, which opened about a month ago. I’m really excited about it since the other one is in mid-city on 3rd street and it’s impossible to get to it because of parking. Plus it’s just a lot farther for me now that I live in Sherman Oaks. This cafe/market is somewhere I can see myself making a second office when I’m no longer working full time. There’s yummy food and desserts, but most importantly great design and atmosphere.

2. Not sure what all of you are doing for Halloween tomorrow, but I’ll be watching Gremlins with the kids (my cat and dog). Lamont will probably end up at a party since he likes people.

3. The weather in L.A. is not as cool as I would like it, but it’s definitely cooler and it’s helping me get out of the office more for lunch. Even if I just run a couple errands, it’s nice to get out since my office doesn’t have any windows.

4. I’m so excited for the little re-design going on in our apartment. We’re making some changes in our shared office and if all goes as planned, it’s going to be awesome. Little hint: large white desk! However, currently I want to pull my hair out with the mess that exists in our entryway and office (which share the same wall). I gave my niece our white console table, but haven’t found (or built) the shelving I want for the entryway yet.






Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I love the eye trend… Stylistically, it just looks cool. But, if you want to get deep about it (which I usually do), for me they eye symbolizes insight and clarity. Both of which I could use more of lately.

Well, if I can’t have clarity in life, at least my socks can…

Eyes / Pretty Haute Mess

1. Eye Print via Etsy

2. Leather Pouch via ASOS

3. Gold Ring via Etsy

4. iPhone Case via Urban Outfitters

5. Socks via Oki-Ni

6. Kicks via Bergdorf Goodman