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I’m really digging the weird mix in the new Burberry collection for fall. Those kilim bags are gorgeous and I love the sketched look of the floral prints on all the knitwear, outterwear and accessories. Digging the layers, too. Thoughts?

Images via Vogue.com

July 23rd, 2014

Satsuki Shibuya : Paintings


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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.

July 17th, 2014

Summer necessities



In the summertime I like to keep things pretty basic. I get hot easily (I mean sometimes I feel like I’m having hot flashes and, no I’m not preggers). So most days of the week if you find me riding my bike around Echo Park I’ll be wearing a simple tank top and jeans. But since I’m not really a basic kinda lady, I use accessories to create a little bit of pop. These are the pieces I found myself rocking over and over again this summer to dress up those boring, easy ‘fits.

1. Wedge Sandal by Soludos. Comfy, versatile. Easily dressed up or down*.

2. Pompom scarf at H&M. I wear this guy almost every day.

3. Beaded Necklace at H&M. (I could only find the gold one online, but I saw them recently in stores)

4.  Dangles from Laborde. I keep these in my purse in case I need to go quickly from daytime to nighttime I throw these earrings on and slap on a bit of lipstick. Done and done*.

5. Clutch from Leah Singh. I keep this clutch in my big tote bag at all times, but if I’m running errands or, once again, going from daytime to nighttime wear, I use this pretty, pretty clutch as my primary bag*.

6. Kiehls mango lip balm. Seriously guys, I’m obsessed.

7. Chunky, brass earrings from Mali. Purchased at Twig and Twine. Find similar ones here.

8. Glasses from SEE eyewear.

Photography by Justina Blakeney
*Product C/O the listed brand. 

July 16th, 2014

Lake Taco


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I think (and hope) that these photos from our magical week in Tahoe kinda speak for themselves, ’cause it’s late and I have to be at the gym at 7AM mañana ;)  but a few people asked for details about things to do and see there so I’m gonna do this kinda short hand.

We stayed: At a vacation rental home in the Tahoe keys, on the water. I liked it because it had a jacuzzi, gave us access to a community pool and it was centrally located.

Favorite hike: Cascade falls. Amazing views. Pretty easy (we had kids along and they did great) 1 mile there, and 1 mile back. Sweet waterfall payoff.

Favorite food: We mostly cooked at ‘home’ (Lake Taco night was the bomb). But we did find a great little ‘local’ kinda spot for breakfast called the Keys Cafe. They even had almond milk Lattes :D

Best splurge: An afternoon on the Pontoon. Lake Tahoe, like the actual lake, is absolutuely breathtaking. I have never seen water as blue this IN MY LIFE. It’s worth the splurge to get out into the middle of all that blue.

Favorite beach: Emerald Bay. It’s like you’ve found that secret romantic little beach spot you’ve always dreamed of, and the fact that you have to hike a mile down to it makes it that much more enjoyable.

Favorite cultural bla bla: Vikingsholm ‘Castle’. The tour was cute and there are some AMAZING textiles in there…also really cool to hear about this rich lady environmentalist in the 20′s who had it built.

Favorite sighting: Tie between seeing a super cute baby bear in a tree, and watching my grandfather hog all the s’mores from my grandmother on their 69th anniversary.

Best moment: Jumping off that pontoon into the lake was pretty sweet, and so was watching Ida play with her cousins for a week. I swear her vocab has doubled in the past seven days.

I’m probably forgetting some stuff so if you have questions, please feel free to ask and if you have any spots in Lake Tahoe that you’d like to share please chime in below! I’ll definitely be returning to Tahoe and would love to hear your favorite things to do and see.