Leather Pulls

Leather Pulls{I love the way the pink reflects onto the white cabinetry}

The other day I was feeling particularly annoyed by how boring and off-the-shelf my cabinet pulls were.  In my little studio I have to look at those cabinets all day long, so I wanted something special and different.  I was playing around with some leather for another project and it gave me an idea.  Forget hardware, I’m going to make Software! :) (I was pretty thrilled with this little pun)  It was so simple and SUPER inexpensive (yay!)

My cabinets went

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Here’s how you can make your own:

  1. Cut strips of leather (as many pulls as you’ll need) to 1 1/4″ x 5″ (If you want to add color to the underside, now’s the time)
  2. Use the felt-tip pen to mark a dot where you want your screw to go
  3. Make the hole for the screw using a phillips screw driver and a couple whacks of your hammer
  4. Push your screw through the hole and secure it to the cabinet with a hex nut
  5. Enjoy your new software!

software{Add paint + brush to your supply list if you want to add a pop of color on the underside like I did}



A little creativity goes a long way!



Bits & Pieces

design dilemma

One of my favorite things about interior design is making a space functional as well as beautiful.

A couple ‘challenges’ I’m facing in my studio are: no drawers… anywhere. Kitchen or otherwise.  And: lack of clothing storage.

It’s actually really exciting to figure out ways I’m going to make this space work, these challenges force you to be creative and think outside the box.  Here are a couple snippets of ways I’m getting the creative juices flowing…


{No drawers? No problem.  My gold flatware looks pretty and is easily accessible in this pitcher}


{Not much folding to do around here, pants hang on hooks to free-up space in the dresser}

Thanks for letting me share some bits and pieces of solving my design dilemmas ;)


New Beginning!

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Hey all!  Well, it’s been awhile… sorry about that.  Hopefully all will be forgiven when I share what I’ve been up to :)

Moving! I got my own little studio in Leucadia with lots of funk and mexican-style charm.  Here’s a look at the space I’ve got to work with:






Keep in mind these are ‘before’ pictures ;)… I’m so excited to make all 200 sq’ my own and I’ll be sharing every step of the process right here on my blog!


Design 101: Pattern

PatternMy Design 101 series focuses on the Principals and Elements of Design. The principles refer to the laws of design. Elements refer to the things that are involved in making a design. Pattern is an element of design, its definition is the repetition of an object or symbol throughout. The repetition can be either random or organized.

My favorite spaces have at least one pattern, usually more. I love eclectic interiors and those type of spaces usually incorporate many different patterns as well as design styles.

They key to creating a harmonious space with assorted patterns is to play with the scale. I like to use a combination of large, medium and small-scale patterns. This way, they don’t feel like they’re competing.

Here are some rooms that have really embraced pattern as a design element:















Pattern adds so much visual interest to a room and can be incorporated in so many different ways, whether it’s with textiles, woodwork, decorative tiles, or wallpaper. Pattern can work in any room and any feel. Soft and pretty or fun and up-beat. Pick your poison and have fun with it!


DIY Earring Display


Jewelry is pretty. That’s why we wear it. So why keep it closed away in a jewelry box? Jewelry should be treated as art, and displayed!

This is my quick little DIY for making your own jewelry display :)


  • Frame (I found mine for $1 at a thrift store)
  • Lace table runner
  • Super Glue
  • Scissors

1. Cut your table runner to fit your frame top to bottom. Don’t worry if the lace doesn’t fit perfectly in your frame – mine didn’t, you can always pull it from the sides with some thread.

2. Apply dots of super glue to the frame then attach the lace, pulling just a little bit so that it’s taut. Shazam! You’re done! Now for the fun part – hanging all your pretty earrings!



earrings1I hope this inspires you to create your own jewelry display!


Catchin’ Dreams


A while back, I randomly decided that I wanted to make a huge dreamcatcher. I’ve always loved the way they look, and I figured that mine would be a more modern interpretation. I have a lot of jewelry and things that I never wear or use, but really love. I wanted to incorporate all of these things into my ‘sea inspired’ dreamcatcher.

I used a 12″ embroidery hoop, a lace doily, found beach glass, shells, sand dollars, beads, feathers, and little gemstones & crystals. It’ll probably always be a work in progress, as I’ve already added more to  it. I’m loving it & my dreams are already sweeter! ;)


Dia Del Amor


I know that Valentines Day is a ‘Hallmark Holiday’ and its roots come from an actually un-pleasant past of martyrdom, but I don’ t think there’s anything wrong with dedicating a day to sharing and celebrating Love. You don’t have to be in a romantic relationship to partake in Valentines Day either, maybe you show your family or friends some extra love today. Afterall,

Where there is love, there is life — Gandhi

PS- The image above is from Design Sponge and it’s one of my all-time favorite V-day projects – a love fort!


Retro Facelift

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You might recognize this chair from a previous post… I picked it up awhile ago at a thrift store. I thought the 70’s style & stripes were pretty rad, not to mention the fabric is in fantastic condition (and it’s wool!) so I scooped it up at half off. The wood was in pretty rough shape and needed a little TLC. But, with some sanding and a little ebony stain, this chair completely came to life and now the colors POP!

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Don’t you just love little projects like this? Such instant gratification! :)


I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Technology can be so convenient, but it has unfortunately replaced some pretty wonderful things…



{Love everything about this booth: chrome, mirrors, gold + black + white, textures, prints…..}

One of my favorite things to do when I’ve got some free time is to browse through big antique stores. This one is on Cedros in the Design District in Solana Beach. They have a huge space with tons of booths from different vendors. You’ll find everything from native american relics to shabby chic decor. And don’t even get me started on their jewelry selection…


{These table bases were amazing! So unique :)}


{The glimmer of this crystal & blue glass chandelier immediately caught my eye}


{Everything is better in pairs!}


{One of my favorite things about antique stores is the amount and variety of ART}

IMG_20130123_124757{Wishing I had an extra $500 hangin’ around for this blue + gold rug}


{I love ‘pretty’ kids toys.. they’re the kind that you’d rather not hide away in a toy box ;) these handmade horses were adorable}

I love hunting around for one-of-a-kind pieces. I have a feeling it’s going to be my favorite part of the design process as I grow as a designer. However, it proves to be dangerous shopping for others as I always find something I want for myself! ;)