Love … this rattan lamp

OK. I’m officially obsessed with rattan. Just check out this lamp:


Here it is lit up:


Those picture don’t really do it justice. It’s the Amanita lamp by Alessi and designed by Fratelli Campana, and costs 329 pounds. Here it is in action (from LivingEtc.):


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Studio City Home Makeover, part 2

Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments on Monday’s post. After reading them all I made Orlando tell me how untalented, ugly, and annoying I was, over and over again, in order for my head to get back to a normal size. It’s almost like he enjoyed it.

Meanwhile, let’s go into the living room, shall we? This is where they do the majority of their hanging out — TV watching, cuddling, reading, sudoku-ing, etc., as you do. It’s attached to the dining room and kitchen and Eli’s playroom; it’s the central hub of the house. They already had all of the furniture that you see in the space below, and just needed some textiles, accessories, lighting, and “life” in general.

studio city house


madeline weinrib brooke rug

We continued the color palette from the other rooms (as you should with an open floor-plan) and added this indigo Madeline Weinrib indigo rug that clearly I can’t get enough of. For the record, this rug was not my idea, they saw it in Joy’s house, loved it, and couldn’t get it out of their heads. It’s honestly one of my favorite rugs in the world and everyday I wish I owned it. It has so much color variance because it’s vegetable dyed, and it’s strangely neutral even though it’s indigo blue. Plus, it’s kid-friendly since it’s dark. I have to stop myself from buying it for myself and last week another client asked for it WITHOUT ME SUGGESTING IT. It’s so hard, friends. It’s just that good. (Not getting paid, barely get a discount, my comments are a genuine love of a product.)

photo by bethany nauert

photo by bethany nauert

The sofa/ottoman they had was from Cisco Home and is crazy comfortable, but was hard at times to incorporate because it was so neutral and big. The white chair was CB2 and the teal chair from Jonathan Adler. Those fig branches are from HUGE BIG BRANCH WORLD and I totally regret how big I made them. Whoops. Oh hindsight, you annoying self-righteous beast.

cisco home sofa - Version 2

Yes, we move branches around for shots. None of these were in the magazine, though. This whole room didn’t make it in — so these are more behind-the-scenes shots that Bethany Nauert shot for me.

vintage brass trunk

Cute vignette before:

jonathan adler

Good bones (designed by Eric Olsen) and great Jonathan Adler chair.  Here it is after, when we styled it for HGTV magazine:

vintage modern house

photo by Victoria Pearson

Such a happy little corner.

Wanna see the same vignette styled two different ways? This is how we styled it for the scouting shots for the shoot:

jonathan adler niche

photo by Bethany Nauert

I can’t tell which one I like more … thoughts? I can’t tell if the globe and the hanging thing look kinda forced. But I like both a lot for different reasons. The stool was a flea market find but I like how it mimics a Platner side table. The painting behind the chair is Michelle Armas, which I love. I’d like to officially announce that that is the last time I’ll use that West Elm pillow — it’s just so god damn easy to use because it’s texture and color, but doesn’t have a pattern or is too busy. But I’ve realized I’ve used it too much. Lo siento and adios, mi pilletto.

Meanwhile, the back view toward the kitchen, before:

shelving before

And after:

styled bookshelves

We kept the books coordinated by color because they looked the least busy. Rachna loves some whimsy so we had a lot of animal sculptures (yes, also because I do love an animal sculpture as much as Kim Kardashian loves mascara). But you can see how much the accessories and sculptures break up the uniformity of the books in the shelves. (Note the sneak peek into the kitchen.) The weird three prong footed bowl is from A + R, the Italian lamp was sold in my last OKL sale, and the gold paper bowl is from Up In The Air Somewhere.

Meanwhile, this was our corner vignette:


Oh hey, adorable niche. I got that chair for $30 then reupholstered it for $70. Not bad, my friends, not bad. The photographs above are from 20×200 and the custom heart paper art piece is Sara and Bendrix. The sequin chevron pillow was Urban Outfitters, for like 10 bones, but certainly that style has had it’s day since then, and while it photoraphs nicely, it’s 100 percent the most uncomfortable pillow ever. Plus, Dave hated it.

So that’s the living room. I still have the dining room, entry, breakfast nook, kitchen, office, and master bedroom to go.

Meanwhile, for sneak peeks into all of those spaces, watch this behind-the-scenes video that Tessa Neustadt made that shows me sans makeup, and captures all the chaos and laughter that surrounds a photo shoot.

Love … these two chairs — wildly different, but work together


It’s the Sol Rocking Chair from the artist Constance Guisset. It’s made in laser-cut aluminium, and comes in a bunch of different colors for 3,494.84 pounds. How can you NOT like a chair that’s described as “a joyful and shining chair, quite free in its asymetry, like popping out with lightness.


Yes, it’s whimsical, but I’m kinda in love. It’s the Venus Rattan Chair by Soane and it can be yours for 5,280 pounds. But before you judge, you have to see these chairs in action (from LivingEtc Magazine):


What do you think? Would you buy them?

Nightstand Styling Contest Winners!!!!!!

I once thought I would be an amazing Bachelorette (on the show, not just a single chick), but all my dreams were crushed this week. You see it took me three days, THREE DAYS, to choose my favorite nightstand. I kept going back and forth — #2 has beautiful branches, a great lamp, etc., #3 is more masculine and that is such a nice contrast to my style … I kept coming back to #7 because the colors and artwork are so weird …

If I were the bachelorette, I would be up there with my final rose going back and forth like, well he is so nice to grandmas but he wears Ed Hardy, and he is so funny and smart, but quotes the movie “Predator” too much

In case you are just stopping by, I started a nightstand styling contest and 200 people entered. The winner gets some dope tables from Serena and Lily.  There were 3500 people who voted, with close to 7,000 views and two winners — one with the most votes and one that is my pick. Here are my favorites below. Yes there are 30.


1. Amy A. Love the headboard, nice job on engaging the lower shelf.
2. Heylee H.  God, you don’t need any help — great table, lamp, curtains.
3. Bobby S. While I’m not normally a blue eucalyptus person, I love how masculine this is.
4. Jennifer B. Perfectly composed — followed all the rules and did such a great job.
5. Ellie E. So cute. Just great. I’m so impressed.
6. Sarah D. I want that wood table, AND the Emily Henderson DIY candle was serious emotional manipulation; it made me love you so hard.
7. Melissa C. So good — the black/gold/pink and blue combo had my heart, and I love that over-sized painting there and the ginger jar.
8. Hannah B. So good. Campaign dressers are clearly trending ( I have three).
9. Marikko O. One of my favorites, for sure. Love the Land of Nod lamp, that gold nightstand, the wall color — just everything.
10. Amy  This one was tempting because I think you clearly need a bigger nightstand, but I love that you used a typewriter table instead.
11. Alexis F.  Alexis, you can’t win because you work for me, but NICE JOB, GRASSHOPPER. You definitely would have had a shot if it were legal for you to win.
12.  Suzanne D.  I want to get into that bed, way to make it inviting.
13. Kyla H.  Leaning art is so cute, and scale is so great.
14. Lauren D. Lauren, you came SOOOOO close to winning. I love that lamp, the polka dots, the side table, EVERYTHING. 15. Sarah C.  So good. Great composition, lamp, way to engage the second shelf, just overall great.

There are just sooooo many good ones. I’M SERIOUS. You guys did SUCH a good job. I was totally impressed.


1. Rebecca Z. Oh hey, Beckers, you trying to fool me? There are very few “Rebecca Z’s” in my life. Nice job, my friend.  Love the cladding, light, West Elm accessories, etc. So good.
2. Orlando Soria  You can’t win because I love you, but thanks for playing (although I made you do it :))
3. Katie A. Love the art and table.
4. Katie W. That ram is intense.
5. Samantha G.  Perfect. The lamp/plant/books. I’m just so proud.
6. Jody S. So pretty, Jody. I love that nightstand so much, and lamp.
7. Kendra D. Love that print, your pillows, and of course that animal sculpture.
8. Emily B.  Such a great composition. Plus I love that leopard tablecloth.
9. Colleen G.  Um, BLUE campaign? Hell, yes.
10. Sharon T.  It’s hard for me not to love this paper peony.
11. I’m not sure whats happening in the background, but I love it. Is it a huge painting as a headboard?
12. Ryan F.  Top three, Ryan. I love it so much. All the textiles, table, overall vibe. So good.
13. Kenneth Love all the necessary accessories and the lamp.
14. Tessa Neustadt Tessa, you can’t win because you work for me, too, but I’m loving your crazy wild plants and that weird print in the back.  Nice job.
15. Patricia T. I’m drawn to this over and over again. Maybe it’s that beautiful wall color or that glass tree which I have a thing for. But nice job, Patricia.

So there were two winners: One who received the most votes and one that is my pick. I set the contest up like that for this exact reason — in case the person with the most votes doesn’t have a good entry. If you have been following along with me on Facebook you know that Kimberly won with 523 votes, which is very impressive, indeed. But many people wondered the authenticity of this entry because well, the nightstand was lacking in a lot of ways, and it just seemed weird that this shot got 523 votes, 200 more than the second place entry.

bad nightstand styling

I know. Calm down and be nice in the comments. I dug around and indeed she just got all 523 of her friends to vote for her.   Democracy is a good thing, but tricky at times. I’m so grateful for all the traffic she drove and all the new Facebook likers she brought. And most importantly those Serena and Lily nightstands are going to really improve this space. Kimberly, watch the video how on how to style a nightstand because there are good styling techniques you could learn to improve your bedroom and make it look oh so pretty. That is kinda what the contest is about — taking my techniques and applying them to your space. I’d love to see your new nightstands styled with my styling rules — it will look pretty, I promise! Congratulations and thanks so much for entering, seriously.  Enjoy your new Aqua Melrose Nesting Tables nightstands:

serena and lily

As far as my pick? Samantha G, for the gold.


Here’s why she won: She followed all the rules/suggestions. She has something for height (lamp), something horizontal to ground it (books), and something sculptural to bridge the two (fern). The composition is perfect. They are layered without being on top of each other, and they look natural and effortless. (Plus the bowl for jewelry and the bird to throw it off a bit.)  I love that art behind it and the weird art to the left, which I think might be a huge photo booth strip on wood? I’m intrigued. Even if her nightstand hadn’t been good, she would have won. During my six-hour long debate on who should win, this photo always made me the happiest. Yes, I realize that this is very my style, but the composition is undeniably good and so many others that weren’t my style but whom I wanted to win had less good composition and followed less of the rules. Could I possibly over explain more?

Anyway, congratulations Samantha G. Please enjoy  your nightstands, which you should probably just use as side tables somewhere else in your house because your nightstands are clearly simple and pretty.

These are your choices. I love them both. A. Lot.

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As far as what I learned from this contest/giveaway?

1. Next time I won’t giveaway what the contest actually is.  A gift card is probably a better giveaway because it was hard to not take in consideration what the nightstand actually was. What I love about the winning shot is that even if it was on a plain boring nightstand it still would have won.

2. Thank god I had it set up to have two winners just in case what happened happened. It made the contest a total success and created a very interesting controversy.

3. I LOVE these contests. I love seeing how people style their real homes. I think I might be a voyeur.

Overall, did you guys enjoy this contest? I LOVED seeing so many real bedrooms and watching people engage and vote and tweet about it. I can’t believe how many good ones there were, truly. I’m so impressed. So thank you so much, all of you who entered. I’ll get the bugs out of these contests soon, I promise. (And yes, we are starting a new one April 1st, but it’s a Pinterest contest instead.)

Thank you so much Serena and Lily for giving away these nightstands. They are awesome because you are awesome. (And no, I didn’t get paid to work with them. I simply love the company and everything they sell). Please follow them on Facebook; they are doing very good things. While you are at it, follow me on Facebook and subscribe to my Youtube channel (where you’ll see all of my how-to videos).

So for those of you who didn’t vote in the contest (or who did but want to vote again), which of the above 1 – 30 do you like the most?

Love … These Mirrored Leaves

gallotti & radice spring leaf mirror by ricardo bello dias

Individually they are weird and kinda gimmicky, and when i first saw them i was all, huh? Do i hate? or no? But then I saw on a bunch of on a wall together and they were pretty magical.   They turn into this giant reflective sculpture. From Gallotti & Radice Spring Leaf Mirror by Ricardo Bello Dias, they come in three different sizes … but with a hefty price tag — 642 pounds for the smallest. You like?

gallotti & radice spring leaf mirror by ricardo bello dias