Home Decor

The only thing we like as much as parties is a pretty room. See our favorite home decor ideas and tips and tricks right here like how we turned a walk in closet into a bedroom for our two sons. Or how we decorated our temporary Paris apartment on the cheap.

Dreaming of a Country House

I love living in the city and although I know it isn’t for everyone, we really thrive here. That said, I’ve been realizing lately how nice it is to get out of the city. My blood pressure goes down and the kids play differently, it feels so good! We are very far away from buying a “country house” but we have been daydreaming about buying a tiny piece of land maybe somewhere in rural Sonoma or Napa and then putting a prefab cabin on it until we can afford to build a real house. Here are two really inspiring articles that I went back and reread. They make it seem really possible. Would you ever buy a shack without running water?

Tiny-Houses

1. Le Shack
I loved this story in The New York Times of fashion designer, Isabel Marant’s place just outside of Paris. It resonated with me because it is so accessible. It is a simple place (no indoor plumbing!) but it only takes 35 minutes to get there. In the article Marant explains how they don’t meet up with friends in the city, they’ll just have everyone meet up in the country since it is so close. I like the idea we could invite friends up for the day and a 35 minute drive is the same as driving across town.

2. How I Built a House in a Week
I remembered the article from Domino Magazine years ago where Cynthia Kling built a house in a week. (I found the article online here.) Basically Kling bought a $10,000 prefab kit plus a $1,500 deck and then constructed a little modern cabin in the woods on the corner of her friend’s property. What I like about this is that she built it on a budget. We could realistically build this sooner and our getaway would be more like fancy camping. Then hopefully later down the road we could build something more substantial.
This is all a few years off for us but it is fun to think about. Also, if you don’t have time on your hands be careful of the rabbit hole that is prefab homes. My aunt was in town last weekend and we stayed up late dreaming about all these gorgeous homes. Here are a couple of my favorites.
PreFab Houses Oh Happy Day

We Bought a House in San Francisco!

If you follow me on Instagram then you saw the news last month that we bought a house! Technically its just a flat (not a single family home) but we couldn’t be more excited. I made a list of goals when we were first married of things I really wanted to do over the next 10 years or so. The first thing on the list was: Buy a House in San Francisco. It was very unrealistic when I made that goal so the fact that we actually did it is thrilling. I cried when it became official. It is a beautiful 3 bedroom Victorian flat near Dolores Park. The apartment is 1700 square feet with a large kitchen, dining room and even a guest bedroom. It has beautiful original details and the apartment has been very well taken care of. We would like to eventually update the kitchen and bathroom and even knock out a wall or two but we are going to put that all on hold until our bank account recovers from that hefty down payment. The apartment is amazing but isn’t perfect. It doesn’t have a parking spot or a backyard and living on top of and below neighbors (even if they are nice) isn’t ideal. But the pros outweigh the cons a million times over so we feel really good about it. It is the perfect first home for us.

If you’ve been reading this blog any amount of time then you know we have a habit of living in small spaces. Our first apartment was a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco (pictures here, I cringe when I see these BTW.) After that we moved to a medium sized one bedroom apartment on Nob Hill, we had some children and they slept in a closet. After that we moved to a two bedroom apartment in Paris (Paris has cheaper housing than San Francisco so we upgraded!) Then last Spring we moved to our current 500 square foot apartment in the Mission District of San Francisco. We won’t move into the new house for a few months but home decor has been on my mind a lot. I hope you’ll indulge me a bit as I post about the new place and the projects we have in store. I’ve been waiting to own a house for so long I can’t believe its actually here. Here is a little peek of our long San Francisco hallway.

New House

Inspiration No. 24

For the past few weeks, I’ve been brainstorming simple updates I can make to my house to keep it feeling fresh. One of my favorite websites to visit for inspiration is Fab. I love that everything feels so modern and colorful, and I can easily get lost in their Furniture, Home, and Art pages. Some of my favorite items right now are below. Which one do you like best?

A. Plastic Color Map B. Barbosa Dining Chair C. Birdcage Lamp D. Vintage Kantha Quilt E. Eames Elephant F. iPhone 4 Alarm Clock Dock G. Striped Hamper

This post is sponsored by Fab: a design-curated shop, which features unique, quality design products.

Painted Floral Tablecloth

After making this painted Polka Dot Tablecloth last week, I’ve been inspired to test the process with different patterns and colors. We made this tablecloth based on some vintage fabric I had in my fabric stash. We had Paul mix up a few colors and I’m so pleased with the way it turned out! The process took only a few hours because the pattern is so abstract and imperfect. I can’t wait to use it at my next party!

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Geometric Party Installation

A few years ago when we were living in Paris I saw some really amazing window displays and I’ve always wanted to make some party decorations inspired by them. Last week we gave it a go and loved how they turned out. This geometric installation would be so awesome hanging above tables for a wedding or in a large loft space. They are so elegant and beautiful. They would even make a really great photobooth backdrop. The best part: they are really inexpensive and simple to make and have such a big impact. I kind of want to make one to keep in my office above my desk. See full instructions below.

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