Grapefruit and Mint

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So I guess I’m kinda into pastels now? For a long time I’ve felt like they weren’t really my thing. But I think that’s because when I thought of pastels, I thought of plastic Easter egg colors. Although honestly, even those are starting to have their appeal. The tides may be turning! Or maybe it’s a spring thing. Or probably, I just didn’t realize there’s a whole world of muted hues out there, including some pretty cute options, when combined more carefully.

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I was looking through my “Colors” Pinboard recently and a clear grapefruit-plus-mint-green color combo emerged. It’s a good-looking duo — and side note — it’s also a tasty one, and Bobby Flay knows it. Anyway, these are also the same shades you find at the beach time time of year. Who could dislike that?

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To honor my newfound attraction, I rounded up a bunch of beautiful objects in soft, sandy and ocean-y tones. Happy spring shopping!

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items: lotion / sunglasses / pitcher / toaster / bag / hat / carafe / grinders / vasetassel keychain / heels

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6 Rooms Mixing Matte and Metallic

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Rooms with enormous hits of metallic have the potential to go a little Liberace, but when they’re done with restraint they can also be completely stunning. These spaces mix shiny surfaces with plenty of matte materials, letting the statement metallics shine. (Pun intended.) I’m in love with the look!

We live in a rental so remodels are tough, but the right accessories would lend a similar feel in smaller doses. My picks are below. The metal pieces would patina over time, which is a nice added bonus.

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Items: sage smudge / pillow / ice cream scoop / scissors / bowl / cutting board / bottle opener / throwsugar and creamer

Images: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

 

7 Ways to Display Air Plants

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Air plants are just a part of life in California. They’re everywhere and are so cool and crazy-looking! And because of their freaky, wild tendrils, plus the fact that they don’t require soil (still a little mind-bending no matter how many times I see them), people around here tend to get really creative in the ways they show them off.

I did some shopping in Oakland a couple weeks ago and every boutique found a different way to display them — in dishes, on cake plates, in tiny hanging planters, even perched on top of pebbles. The possibilities are really endless for these guys since they get all their water and nutrients through their leaves.

So I got inspired to do some air plant rearranging at home. Our tillandsia, as they’re technically called, are now nestled in ceramics and a conch shell, pictured above. And in case you’re doing a little redecorating of your own, here are six more ideas to get the juices flowing. Get your driftwood and snail shells ready…

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Images via my home, Floragrubb, Lonny, Gardenista, Mrs. Peasy, Airplantman and Remodelista

Would You Do Moody Blue Walls? (Hint: Yes…)

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I know, I’m being presumptuous. But if my beige-loving self can get excited about bold blues, I bet almost anyone can.

To clarify, we didn’t actually choose a blue wall, but it chose us. The kitchen in our apartment is navy and while I wouldn’t have picked the hue myself (neutrals with pops of color is more my thing), I really like it. These images have been inspiring some indigo palettes for our dining area. So many options. Layered blues with organic elements? Black and white and brass? A few prints or patterns??

Decisions, decisions. But of this I am sure — unlike humans, when walls are moody, good things happen.

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image 1 via Vincent Van Duysen / images 2 and 3 via Catherine Kwong Design / image 4 via Remodelista 

Need Now: 6 Sling Chairs for Summer Lounging

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Photo via EMa Arquitectos

Summer is for lounging and these sling chairs are as easy on the backside as they are on the eyes — like little portable hammocks. We have a small patio now and it is begging for a pair. If you don’t have a deck, they’d also be perfect for beach days, park days, or even the 4th of July. Those extra-prepared people who bring comfy seats to watch the fireworks? That could be us! Below are six of my personal faves, starting at just $25 bucks a pop.

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Photo via Bates Masi

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Photo via Ikea

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7 Kitchens with Open Shelving

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We completed our move into our new apartment last week and the process was as smooth as you could expect a move to be. There are still boxes everywhere but we’re already loving our new home! Some highlights — it has serene white walls (that are very white at the moment — more art work is in order), an outdoor patio and beautiful oak hardwood floors.

One of the more thoughtful design elements is open shelving in the kitchen. With styling on the brain, here’s a roundup of some inspiring kitchen cabinetry full of ideas to steal.

Above: All right, it’s not an actual kitchen but it might as well be. Here’s a shelfie from General Store, a mainstay boutique in SF. The variety of items and textures adds so much depth and the limited color scheme keeps it cohesive.

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Above: If we didn’t rent, I would be very tempted to paint the cabinets black and stock up on contrasting ceramics like this dramatic vignette from WSworkshop.

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Above: I love the layered look achieved by stacking cups and plates in subtly different shades. This is from the “Bauhaus-y” home (her words, pretty cool) of photographer Kelly Klein.

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Above: Anne Sage of The City Sage did a kitchen makeover recently, to simple and stunning result. Pretty mix of gray with pops of black and white and wood.

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Above: This room is all Ikea. Ikea! When I was at an Airbnb in Amsterdam, the couple we were renting from had little jars like this for all their spices and it looked amazing, just like these shelves.

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Above: Beth Kirby of Local Milk has a way of making everything look like it’s from the days of yore, in the most gorgeous way possible. Lots of white and distressed wood.

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Above: Clean and functional! Interior designer and stylist Elisabeth Heier (also here) has kept it sparse but with a sprig of greenery. Great soap and olive oil packaging, too.

Branches are the Best Accessory

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Dogwood is in season! I saw these branches at the flower shop and purchased them immediately without thinking about how to get them home. And thankfully, we did eventually figure out a way to stuff these guys in the car without roughing them up too much. It was so worth it.

I love the wild, free flowing feel of blooming branches and the way they fill up a space. Plus, they make a foolproof arrangement — for once, so simple to recreate at home. Inspiration below…

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Image via Est Magazine

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Image via C Home

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Image via Remodelista

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 Image via Archiproducts

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Palette Cleanser

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Nature comes up with the most gorgeous color combinations. When it comes to my own clothes and interiors I often opt for vivid hues in small doses, but this copper and ocean blue-green palette is both rich and vibrant, and completely soothing. I will GLADLY take all the color.

Our painted concrete floors are already a ruddy orange and these images make me want to run out and find some bright blue artwork. Or just transport myself to any of these locations. I’m not picky.

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Rest Easy

Bedroom by Studio Ko

Studio Ko Villa E

Will Wick guest bedroom

Will Wick art wall

Nicole Hollis Marin bedroom

How relaxing would it be to wake up in one of these serene, beautiful bedrooms? Ahhh…I want one. Calm and unfussy. We’re in the midst of (very slowly) decorating right now, which means I am once again dreaming of throwing away all our belongings and living one of those sparse, zenned-out spaces, just like the magazines.

That’s of course not going to happen, but it won’t keep me from pining. (Every season, most likely.)

And speaking of decorating, have you tried Kuhler? It is the coolest thing. You upload an image and it extracts harmonious color combinations. It’s addicting! Perfect for creating a color palette. Or 11.

Images 1 and 2 via Studio Ko; 3 and 4 via Wick Design; 5 via Nicole Hollis