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July 28th, 2014

Two a August.



If you ask Ida how old she is, she’ll respond ‘I two a August.’ Her vocabulary has seriously blossomed although she still has some work to do on her prepositions. he he. On Friday she and I had dinner in Silverlake and then took a walk around the neighborhood. When we got to this amazing blue wall she stopped, stood in front of the wall and said ‘mama take a picture with a phone.’ So I did. Now I wonder where she could have possibly learned this from. :P So we had a fun little impromptu photoshoot (first on the blue wall, then on the black one) that I feel totally captured her sweet, silly, curious, amazing self. It’s kind of crazy how I could love such a tiny person so dang much. I can’t believe she’s gonna be two a August.


July 25th, 2014

Good Morning links!



Morning my friends! My computer went kaput yesterday, so I’m using Jason’s and so gonna keep this short and sweet. I’ll be co-teaching the first seminar for The Creative Residency on Sunday (which is sold-out!) I’m super excited about it! What are your plans?

Here is some inspiring stuff online and off to check out this weekend!:

1. We’ve reached 1000 faces on the #facethefoliage hashtag, which makes me really happy!

2. A mouthful of thank-yous to Marie Claire for naming JB one of 20 Websites Every girl should bookmark!

3. This image of hand carved housplants by Yuto Yamasaki was one of my favorite pins this week.

4. Check out my guide on living small which includes 10 tips for living large in small spaces on eBay. 

5. This Saturday from 3-5 my sweet friend Elizabeth will be hosting an afternoon of crafting at the new Splendid Store in Pasadena  (113 W. Colorado Blvd).

6. If you’ve ever been stumped about what kind of lighting to you on your bedside table, check out this post I wrote for Interior Deluxe.

7. The Renegade Craft Fair in happening on Saturday and Sunday downtown at Grand Park this year, will you be checking it out?

See you back here on Monday! Smooches!

July 23rd, 2014

Satsuki Shibuya : Paintings


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himalayan_sunrise no2

midst no3

My sweet friend Satsuki has a calming presence. Just being around her is like having a brain massage. So when I saw her new paintings on her instagram and they seemed to have the same affect as hanging out with her, I kind of fell in love. Isn’t there something so relaxing and thoughtful about them?

Here’s what Satsuki says about her works: “While painting, I forget about the “should’s” and “have-to’s” that plague my external existence. I let my inner spirit light the path and intuition guide my way. Each work created is infused with peace, love and hopes of contributing positive energies into our world, our universe for we are one and the same.”

So great, right?

July 22nd, 2014



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My latest obsession has to do with perusing hashtags on instagram and right now it’s #encaustictiles and #cementtiles. The myriad of eye candy is notable indeed–and makes me more and more excited to tile my entire home one day…ahhh one day…That very first image with the green window frame and black and white tile oy va voy. So in love. Which is your fave?

Images Via:
@pentlandstreet/ pentlandstreet.com
@koklatt / www.koklatt.com
@marrakechdesign / marrakechdesign.se,
@blattchaya / blattchaya.com
@beachhousetilestudio / beachhousetilestudio.net
@purpurakafle / facebook.com/purpura.kafle
@carocimfrance / facebook.com/carocimfrance



There is no easier way to Jungalow-ify your pad than by surrounding your home with plants inside and out.  Bathrooms are a good place to start, as they are usually wet rooms that can handle a bit of water. I have a staghorn and a ‘Devil’s Ivy’ (Pothos plant- apparently the easiest houseplant to grow and one that purifies indoor air) in my shower that are ‘growing crazy’ and I don’t have to worry about water on the floor.  Ferns are also really good in bathrooms because they don’t mind excess moisture.  From there, you can move onto your kitchen, living room and bedroom- why not?!  Think beyond just lining your windowsill with pots; hang them from the ceiling, prop them on the floor and think creative reuse by planting in interesting vessels.  Almost anything can hold a plant as long as its got the right drainage- poke holes in the bottom of the planter if you can and put a plate under, if not, add some rocks before you add soil, so that a pot without holes will still drain.



I especially love this above image because my landlord has refused to let me have window boxes (for the ‘safety’ of others?!! Yes, I cried a little.), but I never once thought one could be almost as cute inside!



If you don’t believe you have the greenest of thumbs, you could always put an awesome botanical print on the wall or showcase a plant that doesn’t need any water at all, like this kooky cactus sculpture.


The simplest thing to do is open the windows as often as you can and let mother nature in!

This post was created by Nicole Valentine Don for JB est. 1979.
For more of Nicole’s magical musings, visit her blog & facebook

Photo Credits:

  1. ‘Living with Colour’, 1982 Photography: Michael Dunne
  2. ‘Living with Colour’, 1982 Photography: Derry Moore
  3. ‘AD Espana’, Enero 2010 Photography: Belen Imaz
  4. ‘AD Espana’, Enero 2011 Photography: Jonny Valiant
  5. Casa Vogue’, July 2014 Photography: Maira Acayaba
  6. ‘AD Espana’, Enero 2010 Photography: Manolo Yllera
  7. ‘AD Espana’, Enero 2010 Photography: Manolo Yllera


July 18th, 2014

Velvety yum yums



There is something timeless, opulent and super-chic about velvet. I love how velvet feels to the touch in any season and I also love how colors read in velvet fabrics, there somehow shiny and matte at the same time. I don’t know–such good, saturated colors.


Now of course you can come across really bad velvet stuff too. Like puffy reclining beige chairs from 1986? Ya, not so much. But when the old stuff it’s really good. like knock-your-socks-off-pin-me-get-in-my-house good, like these babies:


That little dusty pink number in the upper left is calling. my. name. I mean, can’t you see me breast feeding baby number two on that thing?? There you go. Incentive to get pregnant again. Hehe. Aaaaaanyways…I just want to reupholster my life in velvet right now. What can I say?

Image #1 Via Rue Magazine.  Image #2 from the home of Paige Morse. We photographed her home for my new book, The New Bohemians. Photo by Dabito. Velvet Chair roundup images via Chairish.