Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In the Studio: Whale Birth Announcements

A few weeks ago I designed my niece's birth announcements. My sister wanted a nautical whale theme. It felt nice to branch out a little and design something other than wedding invitations. I'm hoping to share more projects I've been working on soon.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bay Front Living

One of my favorite things to do here is drive around and look at all the amazing houses. They all look straight out of a magazine. This home is in Marin County - one of my new favorite places on earth.
More photos can be found here. Found via the West Elm Blog.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Weekly Color: Shades of Green

In honor of St. Patrick's Day...
1. Bag // 2.Tennis Raquet Bag // 3. Emersonmade Skirt // 4. Bangle // 5. Sofa // 6. Thank You Cards

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Midcentury Modern Home

While doing research for a design I am working on, I stumbled upon this awesome house in Los Feliz in LA. All images found at Los Angeles Times.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Apartment Decor: Studio

Now that our living room is pretty much finished, it's time to finish the studio. Here are a few pieces I've been looking at.

1. Office Chair // 2. Mousepad // 3. Pencil Holder // 4. Wooden Radio // 5. Letter Tray // 6. Clock // 7. Drawers

*There were no "Weekend Bits" photos this week as most of the weekend was spent working and furniture shopping. Hope to bring it back next week!*

Friday, March 9, 2012

Happy Friday!

With wedding season just around the corner, I have a ton of work to do this weekend. I have been very fortunate lately to find clients that give me a hint as to what they are looking for and then just let me run with it. A designer's dream. I hope you have a lovely weekend!


Weekly Color: Neon Green

Just a hint of it has such an effect.

1. Cambridge Satchel // 2. Clare Vivier Clutch // 3. Inspiration Photo // 4. Cardigan // 5. Marc Jacobs Belt // 6. Pillow Case

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Eames House

Speechless... more photos here. Found via From Moon to Moon.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Big Red Heart

A few photos from a little Sunday afternoon kite flying in César Chávez Park.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Weekend Bits

Cable-car Riding, Dinner, Drinks, and Birthday Celebrating at The Tonga Room, Wine Tastings in Napa, In-N-Out Burger, a 5 mile walk, the Montclair Farmer's Market, Kite Flying (more pictures of that later) and to top it all off - a 4.0 earthquake at 5:45am this morning. It was quite the weekend! 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Picks

I'm hoping to start a new weekly post on all things I found in the past week that interest me.
1. Bri's Article on Freelance  - I've now been freelancing for a month and time management has been one of the harder things to get used to. This article explained a lot.
2. Spring Dresses - With a 70 degree forecast this weekend, I'm getting excited to start wearing Spring dresses again.
3. Steven Alan Spring Lookbook 
4. Garden Inspiration
5. Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur - Hoping to check this out one of these weekends.
6. Rifle Fabric - Simply amazing. Isn't it?

This weekend we're hoping to do a lot of birthday celebrating and more exploring. It's between going to Napa or Big Sur for the day. Life is tough... Haha! Hope you have a lovely weekend wherever you are. Cheers!

To The Birthday Boy

Happy Birthday to the most wonderful husband (and chubbiest of babies) a gal can ask for! Prepare yourself for a whole weekend full of California fun. I love you!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

One Month

Today marks the one month anniversary of when we arrived in California. The past month completely flew by but it's been amazing getting to know our new home. Most days I feel like we're on vacation and we'll be on a plane heading back to Brooklyn before we know it. I think it's going to take a while for it to feel like home.

Here are a few things I learned about California in my one month living here:
1 - (most) Californians are really into their cars. The most popular cars are Mercedes, BMWs and Prius' (see #2). Driving around in my car has been interesting because we have what you call a "Brooklyn Bumper" - meaning that anyone that has ever driven in Brooklyn has most likely hit my car. I think we scare away other drivers. Maybe it's time for a new car...or at least a little TLC.

2 - Californians are really green. ...which is awesome. We forgot to bring our Baggu bags with us once while grocery shopping...lesson learned.

3 - Californians are really nice. Brett and I have been completely blown away by how nice people are here. I don't know if it's all the sunshine or what but I like it. People will go out of their way to help you.

4 - Produce and wine is cheap(er). Gas is not. $7 for a bottle of Kendall Jackson. Yes, please! $4.45 - soon to be $5.00/gallon. No thanks. 

5 - There are crazy looking spiders here.

6 - The Governor of California is from our town. We kept seeing many undercover Feds when driving past this one street. After a little research, we found out why. 

7 - Less walking. More driving. This has been the biggest thing to get used to. Being from NYC, I'm used to walking everywhere. We have to drive everywhere here. I used to love driving while in high school but then stopped when I moved to NYC for college. I then grew a major phobia of driving. Luckily, being forced to drive, my phobia is now gone. Now if only I could stop driving like a NY taxi driver... which leads me to #8.

8 - If you see a pedestrian, STOP. One thing that I'm really not used to is having cars stop for you no matter where you are. I'm pretty used to risking my life just so I can cross the street. With that said, I really need to regain this reflex while driving...asap.

9 - The pace is much slower. Everyone always said that California is much slower than New York but I never believed it. It's refreshingly true. There would be days that I was walking (olympic style speed-walking) from my train to work and would look up and see how many other people were doing the same exact thing. I felt like I was a part of the race and I hated it. If you slowed down for 2 seconds you would have someone behind you cursing because you were slowing them down. Here I find myself having to slow myself down and it's nice.

10 - California = No more headaches. Literally. My family is seriously headache/migraine prone. I used to have to take Advil on a daily basis. I haven't had one headache since I've been here. Enough said.

So after a month being here I definitely feel this is one of the better decisions I've made in my life. Do I miss Brooklyn? Of course. But for now, I'm pretty darn content.