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The Return of the Wooden Kitchen Cabinet

I’ve been pinning and dreaming and saving kitchen inspirations ever since we moved into the new place over two years ago and I’ve begun to notice something in my inspiration images that you have probably already caught onto as well.

The Wooden Kitchen Cabinet is back.

It’s better than ever though, here are a few examples to enjoy.

 

via Domino Mag

via Emily Berry

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via Domino Magazine

via Amber

I’m not sure what this means for my particular kitchen. I have some lovely wide plank oak floors that bring in plenty of the natural wood grain that I love. So my guess is that we won’t be springing for wood on top of wood when we do take the cabinet leap.

But I sure do like what I’m seeing out there on the internets! How bout y’all?

 

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Pottery Table Lamps

Getting a great vintage score on a statement making ceramic lamp usually elicits something like an intense whispered “yesss” from me when it happens. I still have a great vintage ceramic lamp similar to the blue and green one below in the my girls’ playroom/art studio. Vintage or new, I like them for texture, their round oversized scale or their drippy or boldly colored glaze and color.

They are standouts in a supporting role and tag right along with the ceramics trend. I’m on the hunt for just the right one for my living room to replace my ceramic blue and white. Time for a change.

 

 

via Studio McGee

 

Find it on Chairish
1960’s Ceramic Blue & Green Glaze Lamp

via Desire to Inpsire: Robert Stilin

and guess what, we found it. Get the Look on ETSY
Vintage Maurice Chalvignac 1960’s Lava pot lamp

 

Miracle Mile Cottage by Kishani Perera

via Hollywood at Home
via One Kings Lane

via Brian Paquette Interiors

via One Kings Lane

 

 

via Ginny MacDonald

via Kristen Panitch Interiors

SHOP FOR YOUR POTTERY LAMP

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New Additions at Betsy’s House – Part II

Hi there.

I’m back with some progress and also some news of holy crap, no fast progress.

As a reminder, we are looking to add an addition onto our home on the slope of Rustic Canyon in the Pacific Palisades, CA. The dude and I are also welcoming the addition of our new baby human child into our home.  I have passed the halfway mark and I must be in the sweet spot of pregnancy because let me tell you, I LOVE being pregnant. I wanna be pregnant all the time. It’s my favorite way to be. I haven’t felt this good in years. I know all you mama’s are all “just wait for the hell that is your third trimester and then the sleep deprivation of baby time and worry through the teenage years and heartbreak of the empty nest” whatevs. I’m all about all of it at this moment!

These are my two baby purchases so far.

Not long after I published the first look at this new addition at our home, I got a note from our architect. My inquiry was about how long the permitting and design process should take. Since I’m expecting our baby in July and this new addition has everything to do with whether or not she will have her own room, I was curious how I might set my expectations.

You know how pregnant design blogger  women like to decorate nurseries and pick out cribs and bedding and mobiles?

The news I got back completely blew my inexperienced mind.

” Optimistically, we’ll have a permit by September or October. “

WHAT? That’s so forever away. And it doesn’t even include the time it will take to actually build the thing! We might be on baby #2 by the time this all comes together.

Not that I had any expectations that the project would be built by July of course. But I didn’t expect the permits to take as long as all that. Perhaps it’s not like this everywhere else in the country but here, particularly with the coastal commission, this is apparently the norm. Here’s how it breaks down as explained by the architect.

  • Consultants schedules, city reviews and architectural design time can vary greatly. 3 to 4 months to get a submittal together.
  • The City can do an expedited  review in approximately 4 weeks or 6-8 weeks for a regular review schedule. The City’s various departments, Public Works, Fire, Planning, Coastal all must review the project.
  • Upon receipt of their review, the Architect & Structural Engineer can resubmit within a month.
  • That totals 7 months. So, optimistically, we will have a permit by September or October.

With that news, we got started immediately in February. Nita (that’s the architect) sent out one of her team members to measure every square inch of the house, and then just a couple days later she had a surveyor team out for topographic and slope analysis. I’ll show you what that survey looks like below.

The Surveyor’s Drawing after a Topographic & Slope Analysis

Now that it’s complete, the architect has full CAD files of the property and the home to begin designing around.

I must admit, that sounds super fun to me!

So far, the only thing I know about the designs to come is that if we are lucky, we can get the city to approve an addition that sizes out at around 20×25 feet. Due to all of the lot requirements, it means we have to push the garage toward the back of the home, taking up what little yard space we do have. But the living space that we get out of the deck on top will make up for that. I sent the below sketch to Sarah and she said it was a bit tough to make out what’s going on. Hoping that it’s a little more clear with the illustration from above – but basically the gist is that its showing us where our addition will be situated on the lot from a bird’s eye view. Flush with the back of the home leaving 18 feet between house and property line for the entire length of the backyard.

A Google Maps view of the home with Architect’s notes for new garage placement. Hoping to get approved for 20×25 feet of addition

I realize that this progress report isn’t quite as exciting as say, a design plan… but my understanding is that a design plan is what is coming next. I can’t wait to see what the professional pulls together for our new living space and garage addition.

 

 

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Lovin On Block Shop Textiles

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Sarah and I texted back and forth excitedly over which Block Shop Textiles scarf we choose for ourselves, so I thought you might wanna chime in too!. Her number one is currently out of stock. I impulse purchased 2 in Fountain with plans to hang as a pair.

But before I wax about our fantasy plans with these scarfs, have a look below at the images that caught our fancy over the past few weeks. It seems they have suddenly exploded in popularity and I’m loving every application!

 

via DesignLoveFest
Sarah Sherman Samuel teamed up with Bri Emery for her dining makeover and introduced me to the graphic art through her use of the textile.

via Lonny Mag
The TEMPLE design looks great hung as a pair.

via Domino Mag
These art prints caught Sarah’s eye a little ways back for a project she was working on with her mom.

via Apartment Therapy
This scarf hangs in one of the owner’s home.

The Fountain as seen here in this instastory by one of my fav real estate follows here in LA, @huntanddwell.
I chose this pairing for my own home.
How about the tri-fecta?

 

I’ve noticed a rotating collection of designs to choose from. I’d love to collect them all.

SHOP THE BLOCK SHOP TEXTILES SCARVES HERE.

For a lovely introduction to the designers behind the artful scarves, I strongly encourage you to pop on over to this interview where like me, you will fall in love with the ladies and the story behind Block Shop Textiles.

 

 

 

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Seventies Influenced Design

After writing the blog post about design trends for 2018, it was clear that 70s design has already been and will continue to influence the way we’re decorating our homes. Case in point –


Maven Collective via SFGirlbyBay

 

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via Pinterest AU

 

via HandEye Magazine

 

 

via DesignLoveFest

 

via Rue Mag

 

via Pampa

 

SIDEWINDER Art Print from Block Shop | TENNIS: Yours Conditionally LP | SABA Modular Sofa |
Rwandan Basket from SHOP TEOT | Record Player | Blue Table Lamp | Hippie Wrap Skirt

 

 

 

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WEEKEND

Lately I’ve stumbled upon a few things that I’m into. Maybe you will be into them too!

 

 

 

Custom dye your bedding to any color you desire. Holy cow, you can just punch in a Pantone Number. I’ll take a new set in the perfect shade of Olive Green please. And peachy blush, and marigold and mustard and navy and all the 2018 colors.

Rhye has a new album. It’s been a while since I’ve actually been into an album enough to share it, but this one is a solid choice for background worky music. I have to be careful to mind my energy and background music can affect that in a major way. So I usually choose a very smooth and calming mix. This album was on repeat all week and helped me keep my cool.

via MyDomaine
Velvet Ikat together with Kilim. We think they are on to something.

We have some new stuff in at Shop TEOT and while that’s exciting every single time, its especially so right now. The velvet ikat pillows are a graphic staple in a luxe silky velvet that is sure to add some punch to your mix, and I’ve noticed that a bit more mix in the mix on your sofa cushions is a good thing lately.

Additionally, it has come to my attention that the Turkish Kilim pillow is cool again. Maybe it was just me that fell off the kilim bandwagon for a bit, but I have a few scattered throughout my home from a deep dive a few years ago and frankly I had gotten over them. The fam doesn’t like to use them on the sofa b/c they are too scratchy and just as I was gently phasing them all out of rotation, its apparently time for me to reinvest myself in the idea. I have a little group in purples and pinks headed toward my house now, but you can shop the shop for what’s out there for you here.

The change that occurs when these two teens are on the lam… I loved it.

Um… Sarah and I occasionally like to dip our toes into some dark storytelling. We share a love for My Favorite Murder, among many other true crime podcasts – but she’s always gone a bit deeper than me, following stories like the West Memphis 3 with ardent concentration since we were in college. So when she told me that The End of the F-ing World was a little too bleak for her to continue watching, I should have known better… But let me tell you that I made it all the way to the end and holy crap! While I wandered around about how to feel throughout, I definitely was emotionally invested by the end and it simply slayed me. Reminding you that I’m pregnant, I told my baby doctor what happened to me when the show ended and she officially swore me off of highly dramatic television for the rest of pregnancy. So, let that guide your decision making. If you like to have your heart torn out from time to time, this one might do it for you. Fair warning, I full on hyperventilated when it ended.

This cool font is currently free to download. Maybe you will love it as much as I am loving it this week.

I found some pink shoes at Target. They aren’t fancy or perfect by any stretch, but I’ve been wearing them happily. They are blush pink suede loafers with a collapsible heel. I tried not to collapse the heel, but I think by design that’s really their intent, so after trying for a few days to keep them on, I’m done and they are mules. I’m into it.

The master bedroom at my house is coming along. The pic here is outdated by a couple of lamps, a rug, some new art and I finally changed up the dreadful TV situation a bit. Eventually it will feel done, if only for a moment. More on that for another day.

And as we close, this airstream makeover made its way into my face just after I spent some time on a phone call with my dear friend Bregan. She has two airstreams that she is working on for a complete renovation to AirBnB on her Texas ranch property near Austin, TX. She was coming at me with some really cool ideas to follow her personal aesthetic but to incorporate some more fashion forwards design ideas, a different direction from the palatable rustic/boho combos we have been seeing in camper renovations for the past couple of years. So when this pickle green Airstream popped up I paid extra close attention. The duo that took on this project did a good job of pulling in personal style in a way that I appreciate. It’s homey and realistic and while maybe not my personal aesthetic leanings, I like that its theirs.

That’s it. That’s what I’ve been into here lately.

Enjoy your weekend.

 

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