Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Have I mentioned how much I love Instagram, I think I have. What I try to tell people who don’t understand why I’m on my phone all the time (mostly my mom), is that the amazingness of your feed is all in who you follow.

Here’s a few of my current favorites in the lifestyle category…


1. Hannah Bronfman

2. Kelli Lamb

3. Local Milk

4. UniqFind

Monday, January 11, 2016

Ikea Hack_TV Console

My home photographed by Kimberly Genevieve

Let’s talk about IKEA and my home… I love Ikea, it’s been an awesome way to achieve the modern look I’ve wanted, without spending too much money. That being said, I had to do a bit of hacking to get the specific look I wanted for our TV wall (above). I purchased some of Ikea’s basic pieces and hacked them to get a more specific look.

You can change the look of any Ikea product and add a unique to your home just by adding some paint, new hardware or additional pieces (like my wood top).

I purchased two 2-door Besta system cabinets with a matte finish and no feet. I placed them on the floor together to look like one long console. Then, I added a custom wood piece to the top for a more finished, sophisticated look.

Ikea Hack_TV Console

Photography by Kimberly Genevieve

Pro tips:

  • Make sure you know the look you want before going shopping at Ikea. There’s lots of products to choose from that could be very distracting and then you’ll end up with something other than what you originally planned for your home.
  • Before beginning any Ikea hack, you should know that when it comes to their combination series, it’s best to go shop in person rather than online. There’s too many pieces, variations and finishes to deal with.

There were two problems I encountered:

  • I couldn’t find a wood piece at any hardware store long enough, thick enough and deep enough. Which is why I had to get the top custom made, making the hack a little pricier than I originally planned. Luckily I know someone who works with wood, but it was still $200. This extra cost was worth it though because the look I wanted could only be achieved with one long seamless piece.
  • The hack project would have worked perfectly if my wood floors were level so I wish I would have paid more attention and I could have created a solution beforehand. Now, I just have little cardboard pieces under a couple corners.

At the end of the day, I still achieved the exact look I wanted while saving a lot of money and for that, I love Ikea hacks!

Ikea Hack_TV Console

Photography by Corynne Pless

Side note: My home made the list of the top 10 home tours for 2015 over on The Everygirl… Considering they do one every week, this was fun news!


Friday, November 13, 2015

I have a really exciting announcement! I’m taking my first big trip in a very long time… I’m traveling to Mexico City next month! I’m taking my mom with me because my husband is super busy with multiple writing projects. But it’s also something special to do with my mother, who is from Mexico City, and spend some time with her.

Travel_Mexico City

Photography: Rodrigo Cruz for the New York Times

I used to travel to Mexico City every summer during high school (it’s the only other country I’ve ever been to). At that time, I just wanted to smoke and drink and go to clubs, so my plans for this trip are a little different. The last time I was there was fifteen years ago, when my grandmother passed away. For many years I did not want to go back because I missed her. But then, I developed a whole other reason for not wanting to go back, or travel anywhere for that matter…

Since traveling is essentially the act of being lost and wandering, I had no desire to feel more lost than I already did in my own life, at home in Los Angeles.

It was in my early 30’s that I developed a serious wanderlust, but it’s been hard to find the right combination of time and money. They’ve been hard to sync up.

All that being said, I’m so excited to finally be traveling, and I love that Mexico City is the first destination. Stay tuned for some fun traveling posts…!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Photography / Pretty Haute Mess

1. This has become one of my favorite little spots in the apartment. I love the old architecture style of the windows and the tied up drapery. There’s always a nice breeze coming through. Keep in mind, if you don’t like wrinkled drapery, don’t try this at home. I happen to not care. That’s a lie, I care, but I’ll do anything for a nice breeze.

2. As a proud and loving mother, I will never admit that Bishop looks anything but adorable, but admittedly he does need a grooming pretty badly. Dogs like him start to get little knots when their fur gets too long and their parents prefer grooming appointments over brushing.

3. I finally made it to the hardware store yesterday which is approximately three miles from our apartment. We needed anchors for the large screws that came with our new sconces. We received the cool light fixtures a month ago, but have been avoiding putting them up since neither of us like to take responsibility for creating holes in the wall. Our apartment is pretty old and the walls are not the best. Alas, we got them up and they look amazing. There will no doubt be photos taken and a blog post written, so stay tuned.

4. These are the sconces we bought from Triple7Recycled for each side of the bed. I love them so much! There was also a white and brass option, but I’m happy I got the black. Now, I just wish I had them up when our apartment was photographed a few months ago.

5. I took this photo because it perfectly captures what a Sunday should be. At one point we had so many different blankets in all different colors, mostly brown. Now, we finally have a consistent color palette of textiles in the apartment and it makes me really happy.

6. I’m getting really tired of the hot weather in Los Angeles. When I saw some clouds I got a little excited, but of course they didn’t result in any moisture. Also, after almost three  years in this apartment, I still can’t get enough of our bougainvillea archway in the entryway of our complex.

Monday, April 1, 2013

I’ve always loved photography, but since I started blogging I’ve developed a real love and admiration for great photography. I’ve also discovered that not only is photography super hard, but interiors are pretty much impossible. Since I’ve tried taking pictures of my own place, I know this to be true.

When I spotted this photo below, I just stopped and stared for a while. The design, styling and the photography is perfect. So much is squeezed into this photo, from the living room to the super cool lighting in the dining room. And I love how the light fixture is like artwork in the top corner. This photo is smooth yet crisp and the lighting is perfection.

Small spaces seem to be the added challenge to photographing any interior. How do you capture everything when there isn’t enough room to even step back? The angles must be perfect. And again, the lighting is key. This small bedroom is perfectly captured in this photo, dog and all. You get just enough of each corner of the room in the photo and the angle isn’t too high or too low.

Likewise, this narrow kitchen is perfectly captured. I also love candid shots where you see the home owner interact with their home. It’s a much cooler shot to have her working in her kitchen along side her dog rather than a perfectly styled and empty kitchen.

I’m really curious what equipment it takes to achieve this quality of photography. I would love to chat with the photographer, Dean Kaufman and pick his brain. I should also take a class where I can bring my own camera and learn how to use it. Then, the next step would be owning a cool home like this to practice on…

Photos by Dean Kaufman for Dwell

Monday, March 25, 2013

I spent all day Saturday hanging out with Lamont since I didn’t see him Thursday and Friday. We slept in, grabbed brunch at Vivians in Studio City, then headed over the hill to The Grove for a matinee. It was a fun day. But Sunday….. we headed our separate ways. I headed to Melrose with my Canon.

I wanted to snap a few photos with a real camera and not my iPhone. I also wanted to stop by the Melrose Trading Post. Strangely, I had never been. I usually head to The Rose Bowl when I feel like a flea market. I enjoyed this one for a change. It’s a little smaller, but that’s sort of a good thing. It’s also closer for me. Plus, it’s right in the middle of the city where there’s lots to do before or after shopping.

As if the flea market doesn’t provide enough shopping, Melrose is great even if you’re just window shopping. There are so many shops, big and small, high-end and affordable. Needless to say, the day was beautiful. Look at that sky!

I bought a couple of colorful rugs to layer in our living room. I got the inspiration from Bri Emery’s new dining room, designed by Emily Henderson. I never would have thought to layer these style rugs in a living room or dining room. Having been born to a Mexican mother, we had tons of these style blankets while I was growing up. I love the idea of incorporating them into my modern style apartment as an adult.

Although there’s several things we need for our apartment, big and small, I’ve been wanting new rugs and pillows for a long time. Different factors have stalled the process, like not knowing what to get with a cat who pukes only on rugs, not hardwood…?!

Now that I had a couple cool rugs to layer, I just had to get pillows too. So, after the flea market I headed to West Elm, which wasn’t far. I found two pillow covers on sale and I bought one large pillow sham. This is what you call economical pillow shopping. I repurposed three pillows I had at home. I’ve never seen a pillow sham that would look good on a sofa, but it really is cheaper than buying an oversized pillow.

I spent a total of $140 for the rugs, pillow covers and a small white planter. Not much at all, considering the fun little changes it made to our living room.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Hope you’re all having a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day. My idea of fun is rounding up some pretty green inspiration images. This is one of the things I love about Pinterest. I had all these images pinned just cause… Well, today they served their purpose.

I am in love with these origami-style pendant lights and all the different colors they come in. I crave photography that promotes wishing for slow nights, vacationing somewhere gorgeous where you can actually see stars. Now, that architecture is awesome, but the photography is just as great, right?! Those mint Eames-style chairs need to be in my home. Good Time Color Riot is by far my favorite piece. Although, things like this need to be reconsidered now that I’ve chopped off all my hair. Hello mint bedding with a little contrast of black and gold.

As you can see, I’m still having a flower infatuation and this cool editorial shot just didn’t make it into my recent floral post. It’s so pretty, down to her pink lips highlighting the pink flowers. I love this photograph of an empty bus. It tells so many stories even though no one is in that image. All the experiences and personalities that have entered and left that bus, using it as a means to travel and move forward somehow, even if just to run errands. I need that minty, gold watch. And lastly, let’s toast (green beer of course) to always swinging from cloud nine and chasing our dreams….!