Sneak Peek of house; A Domino Mag Video

Hey y’all.

I’m working on the house posts (you’ll see a peek into the kitchen tomorrow :)) meanwhile I wanted  to show you the video that domino magazine made of the shoot, which gives you a pretty good overview of a lot of the rooms, live in action.  Plus I’m wearing lashes and there is a very cute baby.

Photo produced by Domino, directed by Krissy Tiglas

Wardrobe Styling by Jordan Rudd

Hair and Makeup by Laura Peyer

And thanks Target for putting it all together. xx

Happy Hump Day, y’all. What do you think?

2 Music Videos for your monday

I had book deadlines this weekend, and I was dying to hang out with these two boys, so no, a proper post didn’t get written for today. But, more importantly I have two music videos that I’m addicted to that you should watch.

The first video is by my friend Taylor. Its pop and its wonderful. It’s all about shaking off negative criticism because haters just gonna hate. You see, folks, the lovely internet (that is responsible for my career so I actually love the internet) has allowed a lot of anonymous ‘freedom’, shall we say, for comments. Often, there actually is a seed of truth in it that I try to learn from. Sure. Great. I take it and adjust my behavior. And sometimes its less than positive. I wrote about it here. But whether you have a public blog or not, you undoubtedly have something that you can shake off. Its just terribly fun to dance to, too.

Also … just don’t be a hater, k?

Another music video that makes me feel even more empowered than T Swifts is this one below. It’s a musician that I’ve been pretty obsessed with for 8 months now. He practices more conceptual music – it’s very avant-garde and some might even call it ‘dis-harmonic’. But disharmony is trending in 2015 and this young pianist really is leading the pack.

This is when he first discovered the vintage piano that I bought him at the flea market. It’s probably not riveting to anybody but me, but for those of you who want a sneak peek into the living room, this was taken 2 weeks ago so you can kinda see where we are at now.

Happy Monday, folks. Now go shake it off.

The Fig House Stained Glass Design; Judson Studios

If you follow me on ANY social media you have seen a lot of stained glass on my feed – mostly from Judson Studio and The Fig House project. Hell if you’ve breathed near me in the last year you were likely to hear about The Fig House. And Charlie. Hopefully y’all aren’t sick of hearing about this project, it was just huge and there were/are so many design components to it, so its taking a while to document them all. I wrote about Judson Studios a month ago, but now its time to document what we actually did with them.

Lets bring you back to the beginning (and read this post if you haven’t). When I first signed on for Fig I said ‘Stained Glass’ immediately. I had been wanting to do a project with custom stained glass so bad and this seemed like the perfect one.

So let me guide you through the project (and yes, there is a whole video at the end):

stained glass

First we met with Tim Carey, an artist, at Judson Studio and talked about general art direction. I said I wanted something geometric, modern, saturated colors and large-scale. He said that they hadn’t done that before (mainly because it’s not what clients want) and he was psyched to get started.

So he sent through this first sketch with some initial ideas:


It was so fun to see the potential. We really liked it but it didn’t quite feel modern enough. It felt too fluid for a new build, not quite geometric enough.

And Tim totally agreed. So easy to work with. So he went back with our notes and came up with this pattern. A common motif throughout the Fig House were octogons, so he took more inspiration from that and started the process again:

stained glass

He sent this through and we flipped out, in a good way:


Yes yes yes yes yes. The thick verticals and horizontals were the window frame.  It was a 12′ window I believe so it had to have mullions help supporting it. Yes, I say fancy words like ‘mullions’ now. Hopefully I’m correct in the usage …

Next he printed it out, all life-size which was sooo fun to see.

stained glass

He took a first pass at color and sent us through this:

stained glass

Sorry, its fuzzy. I think it was just a screenshot of his computer. We liked it but it wasn’t quite the colors that we were working with.  So we went in and played with the color combo for hours.


Pet (cat) Friendly Design Tips

Pet Friendly Design Tips As many of you know I’m a cat and dog person. Before we got cats our only reservation was that they are kinda a lot of responsibility as you have to, you know, make sure they are cared for while you travel, come home at night to feed them, etc. This actually hasn’t proven to be too annoying because you love them enough that it doesn’t matter. But what has been annoying is the damage that they’ve done to our furniture and the mess they create in the house … and I’m not even a neat freak. They puke everywhere, spill their cat food, if we aren’t on top of the litter it wreaks up the whole house, Bearcat has a sneezing issue which we see damage from all over the house (and it is REALLY hard to clean up), etc. Obviously our love of the goes far beyond smells and stains, but it’s still kinda a bummer. So when I partnered up with Arm and Hammer Clump and Seal litter to redo the cattery I figured I’d pull together some tips for y’all as well. This is mainly for the cat owners out there, but there are some good just general tips for dogs (and kids actually). Here goes.

Consider your upholstery fabrics:

You may have noticed that I use velvet A LOT. Do you think I just really love it? Sure, but it’s also because we cat owners can’t have linen furniture. It’s a fact i’ve accepted years ago. Cats, in particular, like to claw, so skip anything with an open weave like linen. As an alternative, ultra suede, leather (although they’ve ruined one leather armed chair that they can sit on) and velvet are harder for cats to get their claws into; and commercial-grade fabrics, nylon, and polyester repel stains more easily.

Cat Fabrics

I redid our new sofa in white sunbrella (don’t worry, you’ll get a whole post on that later) and so far it has held up, but if you are nervous then get velvet or ultrasuede. Ultrasuede isn’t my most favorite fabric in the world but it is indestructible and so pet (and kid) friendly. If you are going down that route and you have a choice get the ultrasuede that has the least amount texture or modeling. One of the things I hate about it is that it leaves your exact butt mark when you stand up and the texture can be strangely busy. But when you have pets, and cats in particular, they will most likely do this to linen or anything that is woven:

Cat Upholstery

So annoying. So get yourself velvet, performance velvet (this is kinda a combo of velvet and ultrasuede and it looks pretty good and most big box stores have it as an option these days), Sunbrella or leather. Vinyl certainly works too, but pretty hard to incorporate well into a room (although I did it here and it looked good).

Streamline pet accessories:

I’m not saying get OCD about matching your cat toys to your color palette but I’m also not saying that it’s a bad idea. You want to minimize their attention and make them look more streamlined so they aren’t really noticed. There are actually some pretty awesome options out there these days. Like so:

Cat Accessories

Leaning Console Scratch Post | Cube Scratch Post

You know i’m in to wicker so these things actually work really well in my house.

Master the unattractive and smelly litter box:

Its totally normal and yet TOTALLY CRAZY to keep a box of poop in our homes at all times. Most litter boxes aren’t something we want to display prominently in our homes – but you do have some options out there. We turned the tiny hall closet in our house into their litter box room so thank god we don’t have to look at it, but if you don’t have that option, look for something a little more attractive, or a litter boxes that double as furniture (good for small spaces but if you have a big house then just get one that is simple and white or wood).


Modern Litter Box 2

MidCentry Modern Litter Box | ModCat LitterBox | Modern Brown Litter Box

Probably the least awesome things about cats (I hate to be so negative about these furry little cuddly animals) is the litter box smell. Well I can now say that if we change the box once a week we actually don’t have this problem anymore due to Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal. When they first approached me about the cattery redo I didn’t really care about the litter to be honest – I just wanted to makeover an animal shelter. But then when we bought the litter to make sure that it was, you know, indeed good and we were very happy to report that it works and it really destroys the smell. Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal, I never predicted I’d gush about cat litter so much but yes, it works.  It guarantees a seven-day odor-free home. Since the litter easily clumps together, it also minimizes litter dust, so it doesn’t get all over your house. There is still some dust, but so much less mess.


Click through to read the rest of the tips and see the video.  (more…)

Super easy and cheap gift wrapping video

Have I got a treat for you: a new video that is full of stop motion goodness and some extremely simple and cute wrapping paper ideas along with 3 JBL audio products that I use and love.

It’s not a makeover video, but it might be the cutest video that I’ve ever done. If any of you have done stop motion let me tell you this – it is laborious and therefore even more satisfying when you are happy with the result.

This video stars some white paper, gold duct tape, some awesome audio and naturally, some HO’s.

Thanks Sharkpig for making my stop motion fantasy come true.

Meanwhile here are some of my audio picks from the JBL and Harmon Kardon family. Obviously they are a partner of mine, but as a HUGE fan of the sound I feel good about recommending all of these pieces for you. Plus they look cool.

The first collection is obviously well, for the white audio lovers like myself. You’ve probably seen our new house and the amount of white that exists there – like A LOT, so as such I want my audio to disappear as much as possible. So, yeah, its good sound but it also goes away.

Audio Gift Guide

1. Harman Kardon Onyx | 2. JBL Flip | 3. JBL Synchros S700 | 4.  JBL Pebbles | 5. JBL Synchros 200a | 6. JBL Control One AW | 7. JBL Micro II  | 8. JBL Voyager | 9. Harman Kardon Nova

For the dudes out there – or those of you who love a big dose of black in your tech, here are my gift picks of some of the more masculine audio lovers out there.

Tech Gift Guide

10. Harman Kardon Soho Headphones | 11. Harman Kardon Esquire | 12. JBL Pulse | 13. JBL Jembe Wireless Speakers | 14. Toshiba Excite Pro Tablet | 15. JBL Charge | 16. Harman Kardon Aura Speaker | 17. JBL Bassline Headphones

This video and post was in partnership with JBL/Harmon Kardon but all designs, concepts, words and product pics are mine. Thanks for supporting the partners that keep this blog ticking right along. 

To watch some of our past video collaborations click HERE, HERE, and HERE.