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A Style Evolution

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  Some of you out there, like me, are riding the wave of this recent swell in hippie home decor. Call it boho or bohemian if you prefer.  Either way, it has taken its place in my heart in a way that makes more sense to my soul. I dig it much more than some of the other styles out there. I’m looking at you guys SoCal Coastal Chic, Southern Traditional, and Industrial Loft. I have kept a “Fantasy Living” as well as a “My Style” board on Pinterest since I started using the service. These are each fantastic places to bookmark the images of interiors that I feel resonate on a personal level. I love to go back to these as time passes. Of course, style, in its essence, is constantly evolving. It’s so nice to have a reference point through which to analyze consistency versus influence over time. With this practice, you may learn that you are mostly influenced in your…

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HeffeHouse: Yellow Kitchen Update

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The entirety of my life here at the HeffeHouse, I’ve assumed the 50s yellow kitchen with its 90s glass tile backsplash update was a lost cause. But then suddenly, some effort appeared out of nowhere. I count Sarah’s insights into kitchen updates, open shelving, must have accessories and the *hopefully impending move among my inspirations for this sudden bout of energy to make the unbearable, somewhat cute.      

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HeffeHouse Coffee Table Solution

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It’s done finally! We DIY’ed it. You may recall that Sarah did me a solid and helped to point me in the right direction. We knew that we needed something a bit more airy than the previous chunk of veneer that was in the room. Heffe and I agreed that our favorites were IN ORER, 1, 5 and 9. We loved 9. So, with it as inspiration, we set out to design and build our own. I got it into my head that I wanted a worn weathered look, but short of finding the perfect amount of 2x2s in the wild, or burying them out in some sunny backyard for 23 years I was going to have fake it. We picked out the woods and the dude made me do all of the hard work like routing and sanding. (It was actually a really easy job.) I used a weathered oak stain made…

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Homepolish: Let’s Get It Started In Here

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Matt Merrell from HomePolish came over to get started on our design project at the Heffe House. I highly recommend having an interior designer over to your hizzy to talk about your style. It feels like we are really going to be able to get at the problem areas that I’ve been waffling over for years. Also, I love his sophisticated rustic approach. I’m really excited about our time together tackling the dude decor issues in our cute little ranchalow that we live in here in Santa Monica. Here’s is a peek into Matt’s work in his own home, a cottage in Laurel Canyon. Isn’t this all so lovely? For a more involved scoop, please pop over to Orlanda Soria’s blog. He has the best editorial accompaniment. I love the way that man writes. Is there any chance, that when Matt is done with my home, it will have this kind of appeal? I do truly…

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Sheets

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Life can be cruel, cruel, cruel, and when it is – it’s nice to have one gabillion thread count sheets of white to crawl into… and even better is a loved one to cuddle up with and hold until the cruel time passes – and it will.  

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Styling Shelves at the Heffe House

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It’s no secret that the Heffe House built-ins are a disaster, and never have I ever been good at styling and accessorizing. My first task, which was positioned to me by my designer friend Matt, was to pick out some inspiration images. After I pick a few and study them for a bit, he will come over and we will pull everything off of my shelves, and then using what we’ve learned from my inspiration images – we’ll place things back in some beautiful fashion. Meanwhile, I’m having trouble even picking out the inspiration images. Here’s what I’ve gathered thus far. Looks like I’m more interested in books than tchotkes… but I have a lot of tchotke to factor into the project. Would love your suggestions.

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Introduction to the New Heffe House Do-Over

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Four years of paying rent to someone else constitutes the right to paint the walls and change out some light fixtures, yeah? Heffe just signed on for a second two year lease on his house, so that is what I want to do, from painting the walls to finally swapping out that old medieval light fixture in the dining room with something more suitable to our style. Something more like one of these West Elm Bentwood babies. For the rest of the home… I’m gonna get me some professional help this time! I contacted HomePolish, a new startup that aims to make interior design more accessible by pairing up people’s budgets and needs with a specific designer. My designer, Matt Merrell came by last week for an initial walk through. I was pretty stoked to have someone with experience come in and validate my efforts, while picking up the pieces and…

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Life is Looking Like…

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I need to purge some rando files from my desktop — and step away. Starting with these self portraits. I was vogueing in the den all by myself. I wanted a clean and crisp portrait for my social profiles and I’m learning my new camera. The dude walked in at one point and I tried to pretend that I wasn’t indulging in my own image. Does anyone else have a complicated relationship with the selfie? This popped up for FREE on Craigslist. My friend Patrick hit me up to ask me about my experience with re-upholstery. I got so excited for him to own this piece of furniture. He said he’d found it within one hour of it’s post time stamp, but someone else got it. Dang. I was hoping it’d be the before shot for a really fun project! I grabbed some coordinating blue and white fabric to match my…

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Skills…

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What y’all doing? I’ve been doing this over at Skillshare with Justina Blakeney’s Interior Styling course. There is assigned homework, so of course I’m procrastinating and pretending like I can’t skip on to the next session until I complete the assignment for the first.     But, I did step into the den the other day with my camera and these pics are the result. I’m wondering if I need to be seriously considering painting all of the walls in the home a crisp bright white – 100% for the effect that it will have on these kind of photography efforts. Please weigh in. In other news, I have an exciting project coming up on Thursday for my new client that I’ve been talking about lately, Jaxon Home. We’ll be setting up 3 various room designs and my new friend Marcia Prentice will be coming over to shoot the work! I’m…

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Would you buy a custom sofa online?

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Back when the dude moved into his new house, we started sofa shopping for the den. Here is how we found our sofa. First, I had to pull some inspiration. With Sarah’s help I found Adrian Greniers EcoChic pad and Nicky Kehoe’s Hollywood home and I started the conversation at home about what the house could look like. The dude and I differ and have had some funny conversations along the way. I’d gone on my own to sit down and think on sofas at CB2, LiveStyle, HD Buttercup, Jaxon Home and of course Ikea, cause I’m still into that. I like to sit on a sofa for a really long time, and just wonder. I’ll people watch, I’ll think about other items in my home that will match the sofa, or the new directions that the particular sofa might spin the aesthetic. I LOVE to daydream on a couch about…

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Shiny Happy Makeover

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Y’all. I have some very serious things to discuss today. One is totally heavy, the other is totally silly. Which shall we begin with? I think the silly. I entered this. It was on a whim and I assumed it was a long shot. However, I got a call back and had a nice discussion with a dude from DecorView about setting up a time for the gang to come over to the house, take measurements and do the classic Emily Henderson style diagnostic. Now for the heavy. I think it will become apparent when you read my entry into the contest. Life has taken a dramatic turn for the dude and I, but we are very grateful to know that it we will be able to get back to Heffe House shenanigans and Vintage Shasta Camper dreams soon enough. Heffe is awesome. He is such a “dude,” but he…

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Bamboo Blinds Building a Mystery

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The dude continues to astound. Some time ago, after much debate, we finally agreed upon some window treatments for the Heffe House. We had some bamboo blinds customized to fit our ranging odd shaped windows and happily installed them in the living room, dining room and bedrooms. So, today I suggest we finish the job on the remaining windows! Response – dude “isn’t sold” on blinds in the kitchen. I was really hoping to evoke a little response on social media for him to see that bamboo blinds are better than no blinds!!! Agree, or am I the one that’s crazy here? I think they look great on the two of three windows in the dining room. Could only be improved by adding the third and some drapes!!! What are your thoughts on NO window treatment?

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Heffe House: a list

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You should see what Heffe did to the living room Sarah. Holy crap. You hate it. Look at all the TVs. He built that mantle extension shelving unit specifically so we could have people over and watch football on 18 screens. We did it on Sunday and really it was an awesome day – but I snapped this pic after the day was over. This is not a joke, he’s dead serious. I love it when he uses his tools. In other updates, it appears that the dude has turned the corner on the supposed “turquoise” couch (which is actually as baby blue as a blue can be.) I’ve even heard him mutter that he “likes” it. Which is an incredible development – since as you might remember, I very much questioned our compatibility when he stated over dinner one night that he’d NEVER live with a turquoise couch. (He’s…

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Heffe House loves its Flokati

Heffe House loves its Flokati

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My Heffe House choices steer as far away from HOT PINK, CITRUS YELLOW, SONIC PLUM PURPLE as one could imagine. I know – travesty. Or perhaps I’m leaning more towards pull than pushin the Heffe House Push and Pull. It’s a necessity though, b/c as we’ve discussed before – color is at the crux of our difference when decorating with the dude. But look how cozy that picture is. Don’t you wanna curl up right there in that sunny spot? Maggie does it all day long. At any rate, I’m happy with my two new and quite safe rug choices. Where I might have previously been saving my duckets or plotting a DIY for a medallion/morroccan flat weave in the colorway aforementioned or if I lived alone, perhaps a bold floral from Anthropologie. I instead went practical and affordable with Flokati for the den, and a grass knot braid somethin…

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