California Stripes

LA based interior designer Mark D. Sikes who I’m lucky to call a friend is totally having a moment right now. His busy design firm features a roster of high-profile of clients like Hollywood film director Nancy Myers, he’s recently launched a line of furniture and accessories for Henredon, a rattan collection for Soane London, a fabric collection for Schumacher, a women’s fashion collection called MDS Stripes, a new book, Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style and now he’s bringing his easy and elegant signature style to a new collection of beautiful wool dhurrie rugs for Merida Studio. …

Design Crush: The Sexy, Minimalist Interiors of Joseph Dirand

If you’re familiar with my design work you know that I love color! Whether it’s bold pops or brightly painted walls, I believe that when executed well, the use of color can completely energize a room. But as much as I love color I also appreciate elegant spaces with neutral palettes that are thoughtful and come alive with interesting textures and materials. I came across a recent project by French Architect Joseph Dirand that perfectly illustrates this idea in context and it moved me to explore his work a bit further. Now I’ve developed a total design crush! Dirand’s work …

Five Morning Rituals to Boost Productivity & Conquer Your Day

Don’t you love that feeling you get on days when you’re super productive and check everything off your to do list? I do too but sometimes I struggle with procrastination. In the past, I’ve had a hard time focusing and would end up putting off important tasks and using my time inefficiently. This wasted time and lack of productivity would result in frustration and anxiety at the end of the day as I looked back and realize how little I actually accomplished. At the top of the New Year I made a commitment to solve this problem and one trick 

Girl Power

I recently posted a photo of myself wearing this “Nasty AF” sweatshirt on Instagram and received a ton of comments from followers saying how much they loved it and asking where they could buy one. The shirt defines what Nasty AF means and reads:

adjective: A confident person who strikes fear in the heart of haters by articulating rational arguments and/or taking action to promote equality, diversity and love.

It’s essentially a feminist statement promoting the values of equality, inclusivity and basic human kindness. I purchased this right off of an ad from my Facebook feed! Sadly, this exact shirt …

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying and Collecting Art

One of the many highlights of adulting is finally having the opportunity to create a beautiful home for yourself. And whether you rent or own, you know you’re at this stage when you’re ready to graduate from having Ikea posters to hanging meaningful works of art on your walls. A lot of people have the misconception that you need mega bucks to build an art collection but these days there are lots of great resources available to help you find art you love…and it isn’t as intimidating as you think. But with all of the resources, mediums, artists and works …