Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Trendspotting: Kitchens with Open Shelving

One of the first things I knew I wanted in our new midcentury home was an open kitchen.  Open shelving, no upper cabinets, no standard island, just a free-flowing, free- organizing way to not only store functional items of dish and glassware but somewhere for me to affectionately display my personal objets d’art as well. 

We’ve been renovating nonstop since moving in just over a month ago and sooo friggin’ elated to exclaim we’re *ALMOST* dunzo with Phase I of the redesign!


Here’s our kitchen BEFORE the demo…

 Horrible DIY cabinets, formica countertops (Bleh!), outdated fixtures...so we gutted the entire kitchen...

Here she is DURING

Removed cabinets, fixtures and appliances, demolished flooring, redirected plumbing and electrical line...


Painted, primed and ready for the rebuild!

 New glossy white modern Euro cabinets, makeshift island (for now), and my BRAND NEW decadent exotic granite countertop that I have been DYING for since installing it in my previous client's home YEARS ago...

| You know it's right when you can't get it out of your head |

The AFTER is coming right up guys!! 
Eeeek!!!!  Can’t wait to get your thoughts!
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Scenes from Mimzee and Justin's Succulent Summer Wedding

The baby of our Skittles bunch is FINALLY hitched y’all!  It was a celebratory event indeed with tables filled with beautifully whimsical succulent bouquets, blinged out crystal strands dripping from the walls, and gorgeous guests bathed in berry-hued uplights and at the center of it all: 
Our gleeful groom and his blushing bride

Cake and Dessert Table: Taylor Cake Creations of Berries and Blush Cake Studio
Photo booth and Flip Books: Pixta Perfect

So beyond happy for 2 of the most deserving people in the world!  
Mimi and Justin are simply just good, honest, caring, positive peeps, each standouts in their own right, but together make such a strong and admirable union you can’t help but cry happy tears for these 2!  

Love you guys dearly and can’t wait for you to start your adventures in blessed matrimony~


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Scenes from 24hr in San Diego

I know from the outside my life may seem like a flurry of festivities where I play all day and eat/drink all night….

But I really do swear in between all that fluff it’s work work work which would make me the dullest designer on the planet!

| Home for the night |

Work/ Life balance has ALWAYS been a priority and now having just reached MIDDLE AGE (gah!) I think I’ve finally got it down y’all…

It has EVERYTHING to do with my girlfriends!!!

 | Our beautiful hostess Lani!  Thank you so much for planning such a fun-filled fabulous getaway for us honey! <3 you!!! |

Just spent the most glorious weekend away with my galpals in San Diego and the older I get…

the more I realize that genuine, honest, thoughtful, smart, successful, creative, one-of-a-kind, go-out-of-their-way girls are JUST what I need in my life.

Away with the ho-hum, humdrum, insecure, overbearing, studio fake acquaintances of yesteryear, it’s ALL about the REAL girlfriends and it’s all happening NOW!

When I know exactly how to reciprocate and when I can accept the love in droves.  
This is what balance means to me.  

My career + My boo + My girls = My HAPPY place

Where do you go to find yours?? 

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