A few months back one of my favorite design firms, Consort, reached out to me about a house they were designing in Hollywood and I ended up making a custom mobile for the nursery, inspired by the one I made for Archer. The house belonged to Erin Fetherson and out came Domino Magazine where it was featured in the last issue looking allllllll sorts of stunning. So happy to be the tiniest part of it. That is one good lookin nursery, as well as the rest of the house. I had to include a few of my favorite shots from the tour because it is just too good. Well done as usual, Consort (and Laure Joliet with the photos).
I bucked my fairly neutral usual packing strategy and filled my bag with a palette inspired by the high desert landscape of our destination… Utah! You may remember one of my favorite trips from a couple years back when we did THIS ROADTRIP but this time we are headed straight to Utah and staying there. Here’s what is coming with me.
Pattern mixing, layers, and a little animal print, is one of my go-to recipes for interiors and entertaining, so it makes sense that it translates right into my wardrobe as well. Old Navy invited me to try share how I translate that look into my every day with pieces from their latest collection and I was pretty excited to find some that fit right in.
While I am actually not much of a sweater person, I can definitely do a midi length cardigan all day long. Thin knits are perfect for layering without adding too much bulk and, to me, keeping the length long feels a little more stylish than your average cardigan. By keeping the sweater light, it also gives you more room to play with layering on a scarf. I kept it casual by letting the ends hang loose, plus Archie likes to hide and play peek-a-boo in the long tails.
Subtle pattern mixing is the name of my game. Remember this tablescape? If I had to translate it into an outfit this one would be it. If you are looking to mix patterns but keep it subtle, one trick is to vary the scales of patterns and keep the color palette in the same family.
Pairing a small pattern with an oversized more graphic pattern is an easy win (like the stripe on the tank and the plaid on the scarf). I’ve also added in the third pattern, on the shoe, which scale-wise lands right in the middle of the two. So now I’ve got a small, medium, and a large. Varying the scale keeps the patterns from competing with each other and creates a balanced look.
Out with the old and in with the new. We tore down the old pergola which was completely rotted, and about to fall down on its’ own at any moment, and the new one is up! And now we have to decide on the exterior paint color! Currently it is a dark brown and I am thinking we either go (cough cough) charcoal or ivory. Of course we painted our old michigan cabin charcoal and our current LA house charcoal so I am thinking it might be time to branch out a bit. You know take a walk on the wild side and go with white. haha
I did a quick quick photoshop job to get an idea of what the light would look like. Not my best rendering work but if you squint and move your head side to side you might get an idea of how it will look painted white. I kind of love it, but charcoal still knows how to pull my heart strings. What’s your pick?
I’ve been working with a beautiful apothecary company on a few projects lately and meanwhile completely fell in love with the brand. Founded by make-up artist Rosie Jane Johnston, By Rosie Jane is a local LA based company whose products are handcrafted in small batch runs and made using natural and organic ingredients. From the gorgeous packaging to the product itself, everything is clean and simple and made to easily fit into your everyday life. They just launched their new site and along with it, a new extension of their brand… the online marketplace where you can find a hand picked selection of limited edition products and By Rosie Jane collaborations.
One of the first pieces that is sold exclusively in the BRJ Marketplace is the white leather “essentials clutch”. When Rosie described it to me, before I even saw it, I knew I had to have it. I’ve been on a half moon/semi circle kick lately and the little clutch is the perfect size for, well, just the essentials. I have also been frequently debunking the outdated “no white after labor day” rule by going with all white everything… topped off with a little cheetah print of course (cheetah was one of Archer’s first words btw, just about the cutest thing how he pronounced it with quite the enunciation… CHee-TAH).
Along with the clutch, you can find the return of a holiday favorite from last year, their gold pineapple candle set. I love these because once the wax is melted away you have a set of beautiful tumbler glasses.
And a first of many product collaborations in the Marketplace is this BRJ x No. Designs ceramic candle where the bowl was handcrafted by Romy Northover and hand filled by BRJ.
In their about page they describe what they make as “creating products that are essential and easily incorporated into your everyday life” and I’ve found they hit the nail on the head with that. Every piece I’ve collected has seamlessly made their way into my every day.