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19 December 2014

Pink Room, Green Room

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It’s been a while since I’ve put together some room ideas, and I was in the mood to collage last night so I invented some new room designs. I think this happens often this time of year — I get the itch to switch things up at home for the new year. I love the idea of a MCM style dining room with a black, white, pink and wood theme. I actually like the idea of a dining room period. We don’t have one at the jungalow. And how hot is that rug??

The green room feels more sophisticated, more gender neutral. That pendant like is pretty great, right?? I’m digging the art in both collages too. I fished all of these pieces from Chairish. You can peruse all my Chairish faves here.  Hope y’all are having a great day so far!

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18 December 2014




A toran is a decorative door hanging in Hinduism.  The word toran (or torana) originally referred to sacred gateways in Indian architecture. Both the sandstone gateways and these fabric ones serve a similar purpose of welcoming those who enter into a space. There are lots of different types of torans, the ones I’ve picked out above have ’flaps’ hanging down that are meant to resemble mango leaves which are said to absorb negative energy from anyone entering a home. I absolutely love the look of these colorful valences and think they look beautiful in many contexts. I’ve seen plenty of them used in baby nurseries, around beds, around the perimeter or nooks and above window seats…
Here are some different types of torans used in fun, unexpected ways.


From the home of Paige Morse, who is featured in my upcoming book, The New Bohemians.


Via Coco & Kelly 
Via AT.

If you want to learn a bit more about them, here is a great little article. And if you’re in the market to purchase one, I’ve found a few really pretty ones (including the ones pictured above) and added them to my Colorful Casa collection on eBay.

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17 December 2014

My Calypso Gift Guide



There is a lot to love at Calypso right now. I kinda want everything, from the maison side and also the fashion side. Calypso has the boho-glam thing pretty much on lock so when they asked me to pick a few of my favorite gifts from their selections to feature here on the blog I was kinda at a loss. There are so many good, bohotastic options and pieces that are really luxurious at affordable price-points, which makes gifting really beautiful stuff to girl friends and work friends a possibility.


My first pick was this set of Moroccan tea glasses. I picture gifting these glasses together with a mint plant. The gold makes the gift feel really festive and they add something seriously special to the glass cupboard.


My next pick was this trio of Tom Dixon candles. I’ve been lusting after these guys for a long time. You could either give all three to a BFF or you could also gift three friends one candle and it still feels totally special and luxe. And by the way, they smell AMAZING.


And then there is this Christian Lacroix notebook. It certainly looks and feels luxurious but it comes in at a super affordable $28. It’s the perfect piece to gift to a friend who is trying to get her ideas on paper and her dreams into reality.

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Lastly, Calypso mentioned I should pick out a little something for myself (thanks guys!) and I hooked myself up with this black Moroccan wedding blanket. It sparkles and is quite soft. I’m pretty smitten with these blankets and I haven’t seen the black ones anywhere else. It instantly transforms sofas and beds into a boho-glam situation I’m totally into.


Check out all the items from the Calypso gift guide right here. There’s a lot to choose from!

Photography by Danae Horst, Styling by Justina Blakeney
This post was created in partnership with Calypso St. Barth. 



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I was invited to check out the grand opening of the new Williams Sonoma store at the South Coast Plaza last week, and while I normally consider myself to be more of a flea (marketer) and less of a (mall) rat, there are certain things I prefer to buy new as opposed to vintage — and cookware and kitchen supplies are pretty high up there on the list, hovering just beneath undergarments and beauty supplies.  And while I love the convenience of online shopping, I really enjoy perusing brick and mortar shops to get inspired for display and organization. (more…)

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Being multiracial and also having lived in several different countries in my life,  I have come to learn something that I thought I’d share with you today. Weirdos and heroes come in every shade. And we all probably carry a bit of weirdo and a bit of hero within ourselves too, yes? I know I do! I think it’s a good thing to keep in mind all of the time as doing so creates space to judge people based on their actions and not their shade. That’s all. :)


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