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, January 8, 2016

In an effort to add consistency to my healthy lifestyle, I need to find more recipes that are both easy and yummy. I refuse to eat anything that’s healthy but doesn’t satisfy me. Or something that’s yummy, but takes way too long to make. That being said, here’s something I tried and will for sure make it again, which is why I’m sharing.

Eat Clean_Lentils

I found the lentil mix on Pinterest because I bought a bag of lentils and had no idea what to do with them. I just knew I wanted to eat some. The recipe included the lentil/sweet potato mix, I decided to add the brown rice and avocado, which made it a more hearty meal. It’s really easy and yummy. Here are the ingredients so you can decide if you’re interested, but head over to Eat, Live Run for the instructions.

  • 1/2 cup green lentils
  • 1/2 large carrot, peeled and small diced
  • 1/4 cup small diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 stalk celery, small diced
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 serrano pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tsp cooking oil
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock

The recipe makes enough to have three bowls like the one above and use the rest for a delicious soup. I blended the remaining lentil mix with some coconut milk and it was an easy way to turn one meal into two!

Note: This is supposed to be a spicy dish, but I did not include the serrano pepper in mine.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

This is what I love about NOT creating a blog calendar… I really enjoy blogging about what is catching my attention at the moment or what’s on my mind. I find it much more fun and I think it makes for better content, but you’ll let me know if I’m wrong, right? The downfall of course are those days when I’m totally not creative and nothing is on my mind…

Mint Kitchen Design / Pretty Haute Mess

Image source: Coco Lapine Design

While I love a black and white palette, I have been really caught up by shades of green lately, mostly mint. Specifically for the kitchen.

The idea that plants and greenery provide an element of freshness to any interior is why I think this color does the same. It’s clean and understated, but still colorful.

Green Kitchen Design / Pretty Haute Mess

Image source: My Paradissi

This is clearly a deep green option rather than mint, but I still love what it can do for a modern kitchen, especially with those white subway tiles!

Mint Kitchen Design / Pretty Haute Mess

Image source: My Paradissi

Mint Kitchen Design / Pretty Haute Mess

Image source: Remodelista

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Irene Kopelman_PrettyHauteMess

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I took an amazing trip to Mexico City in early December. I haven’t posted about it yet for two reasons… First, I haven’t blogged about ANYTHING since November. But mostly, I’ve been trying to figure out how to blog about my trip and whether I wanted to do one big post or a few smaller ones. I decided one post was too much pressure, there’s no way I could share everything I wanted in a blog post. Maybe a book, but not one blog post.

So here is the first of a few posts about my Mexico City trip. Let’s start with one of the galleries I visited called Labor. It was right across the street from Casa Barragan, which I’ll be sharing over on Design Milk!

Irene Kopelman_PrettyHauteMess

Irene Kopelman_PrettyHauteMess

The current exhibit was of Argentinean artist Irene Kopelman, On Glaciers and Avalanches. The art is a result of her research and collaboration with scientists in Switzerland who better helped her understand the complexity of the behavior of glaciers as they relate to avalanches.

These art pieces are her interpretation of that relationship. What appears to be simple water colors are actually an expression of the “ephemeral landscapes” she grew to respect and appreciate.

Irene Kopelman_PrettyHauteMess

The gallery itself was also something to note… It could have been a dream residence, with its lush patios and open space interiors full of natural light. It had me at the turquoise door…

Irene Kopelman_PrettyHauteMess

Irene Kopelman_PrettyHauteMess

All images are my own

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

I’m back, baby! I strongly believe the gorgeous rainy weather in LA today has woken me up and cured my horrible cold. Ok, I should have been wishing you happy new year yesterday (the first Monday of 2016), but I was one of the lucky ones who literally woke up on January 1st sick. I’m finally feeling (almost) back to normal today, the 5th *chin drop in failure*.

Rainy Day Style / Pretty Haute Mess

El Nino has arrived in Los Angeles, I want this hat and sweater from Bolina ASAP.

I had a great BIG plan to organize my blog calendar for 2016 and blog every day. Cut to today, the second work day of the new year, and I’m ramble blogging with no plan. That’s me guys. I have made no goals to change who I am. Period. Done.

All that being said, I do want to blog lots, but I just don’t think I’ll ever be the type to really plan out every day for each quarter of the year. However, the struggle I always have with blogging as much as I want to is how to make the blog personal, yet relatable and relatable without being generic. I guess this is my preemptive apology for any blog posts that seem super predictable or super ramble’ly and personal… like this one.

As my first post for 2016, I think I should at least address some of my goals for the year. These are not promises or binding contracts, just things I want to work on. I’m going to try to hold myself accountable as best I can.

  • Be more responsible with my health. Eat healthy, take vitamins and exercise CONSISTENTLY. Consistency is the key here, because in the past I’ve been super healthy for 4 months and then completely horrible for 6+ months.
  • Make decision based on strength, not weakness. Whether I’m deciding what to eat for lunch or how to approach a work crisis, I don’t want to make decisions out of weakness (aka: the emotionally easy way out).
  • Travel more. Even if it’s just up North a few hours to San Francisco. This also means going more places at home in Los Angeles. For example, I still haven’t been to The Broad museum and I’m nobody on Instagram until I do.
  • Do more work. Paid or not, I want to work more. I have not added any personal projects to my portfolio for more than 1 year!

Let’s do this guys! Happy fucking new year!!


Monday, November 30, 2015

There’s nothing like a home featuring a mix of modern, bohemian and glam styles… More importantly, a perfect balance of those styles. Not surprisingly, this product round up below was inspired by a Chicago home belonging to an interior designer.

I know from personal experience that working from home is so much more productive and enjoyable when I have good design all around me. I feel more inspired. It’s a designer thing.


Get the Look / Pretty Haute Mess

Textured Wall Art / Etsy

Sofa / Crate & Barrel

Black Accent Pillow / All Modern

Shag Accent Pillow / Pottery Barn

Accent Table (Coffee Table x3) / Y Living

Armchair / All Modern

Side Table / West Elm

Jute Area Rug / World Market

Cowhide Area Rug / Wayfair

Friday, November 27, 2015

I am not moving today, the day after food day (aka Thanksgiving). I refuse to suffer in crowds today, even though some of the deals are pretty great. I just can’t do it this year, don’t want to. But also, there are so many small online shops with great deals and even better products than you’ll find in the malls. Here’s my shopping list in case you’re interested in being lazy, yet efficient, like me….

Black Friday Shopping

BYRDIE BEAUTY: Your one-stop-shop for all things beauty. Because Sephora will be hell.

BITTE: Don’t you want your kid, and your friend’s kids, to look way cooler than the Gap Kids?

SOCIETY 6: The list of types of gifts you can get from Society 6 is endless, and way cool.

THESE ARE THINGS: Looking for small gifts with big impact, this is the online shop for you.

COTTON & FLAX: Get your home ready for the holidays with some stylish textiles.

BODIE & FOU: Great gifts for you and your friends, if you love modern home decor.

EVEN ODD: Shop cool and sustainable, this shop has awesome backpacks and key chains.

TIRO TIRO: Really pretty jewelry and a big selection for being a small, indie shop.

HEDLEY & BENNETT: Get your cooking gear ready and on-point, there’s lots more cooking ahead.

CLAUDIA PEARSON: Great indie shop if you’re looking for fun patterns.