What Would Your Front Door Say If It Could Speak?

apple green door On our way to a new client meeting this week my fabulous assistant spotted a delicious apple green shaded front door! It was definitely a show stopper and the curb appeal of the home said, "please join us, we are happy you came to visit!”

We have seen many front doors in our travels from neutral to navy blue to violet. Never have I personally seen a green apple color. This door was so vibrant and cheerful that its discovery prompted me to research doors. Ironically, we are in the process of selecting interior and exterior paint for three remodels we are currently working on.

Check out some fun front doors we are inspired by!

What does your front door say about you and your family?!?!

Happy Designing!

xo,

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aqua door

navy door

yellow door

 

Favorite Things: Thanksgiving Inspired

image credits: flower arrangement : olive and cocoa, gold pear vases: vivaterra, linen napkins, bird plates, glassware and gold flatware: anthropologie, gold charger: west elm, place cards: horchow, I am thankful card: paper source

What do we love at Sérendipité this Thanksgiving season? There is nothing we love more than going eclectic. We love to mix it up and pair our latest flea market tableware finds with some edgy and contemporary finds. We love, love, love the gold trend! So, don’t be afraid to deck out your holiday table with fashionable flatware and chargers. Deep and lovely autumn colors have us going wild right now. Pairing saturated hues of aubergine and pumpkin with a contrast of white will create a stunning and sophisticated Thanksgiving table. 
We wish you and your family a lovely Thanksgiving.
Happy Designing!
xo,
Sérendipité

 

holiday tops

 

 

Anyone who knows me well knows of my love for cooking and entertaining and how I enjoy savoring the moment. When I am not busy playing interior designer, you will often find me busy planning my next dinner party or Holiday gathering. I enjoy dreaming up creative menus and table-scapes that are inviting and lovely.  I feel passionate that when I invite guests to my home that their time is special and unforgettable.

Ironically, I was invited to participate in an up-coming ASID design event called Holiday Tops at the Tommy Bahama Home Store. How could I resist?!  Entertaining is my passion next to interior design and a well dressed tabled is my specialty.

Eight designers, including myself, will be designing a festive and unique Holiday table setting to showcase to the public. Over the past few weeks, I have been having so much fun researching, shopping, sketching and pondering over how to create the loveliest table display.

I am honored to be one of the designers asked to participate in this event hosted by Luxe magazine. Please join us at the Tommy Bahama Home Store in Fashion Island on November 7th from 1pm-4pm to see what I've dreamt up for my table. It will be a lovely event! 

The best part; If you like what you see, all designer's table displays will be up for auction. Or just come mingle and get fresh DIY ideas for decorating your own Holiday table. We would love to see you all!

Happy Designing!

xo,
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eclectic & casual

  
Photos courtesy of Melissa Brandman Photography
One of the best comments I have received recently (as far as design goes) is that I created a styled space that looked just like my customer. This lovely and inspiring client entrusted us with the fun opportunity to renovate her adorable home in Rossmoor village. This charming single story home had so much character and was a fabulous palate to really get creative and do some serious updating. The remodel consisted of a renovation of the master bath, opening some walls, new hardwood flooring throughout the house, countertops and fresh paint just to name a few. We really wanted to honor the integrity of this home built in 1957 so we kept the existing cabinet doors, added a fresh coat of paint and painted the fireplace bricks while enhancing the existing stained mantle among a few other unexpected kisses of the old meets new.
Once the renovations were complete our homeowner (and friends) took a deep breath and decided to tackle another design project, the great room. We customized new furnishings from several of my favorite vendors; Witford, Isabella Morgan and Bassman Blaine, all located at the Laguna Design Center. To take the design to the next level we went to the Pasadena flea market to hunt for some-one-of kind treasures. We stumbled across some gorgeous Mongolian wedding quilts from Asia; of course we made pillows out of them! Thanks to Cheryl Thoreen at Thoreen Designs these vintage treasures are now chic beauties!
Creating a room where this wonderful family can really live was a highlight of mine this past year and a room I will always reflect on as being one of my favorite rooms I have had the chance to be a part of.
Enjoy the photos that were shot by the fabulous homeowner herself. 
Happy Designing!
xo,
Sérendipité

   

 

     

 

 

layer upon layer

 layered bed  layered sofa

 

                             images- clockwise from upper left: layered bedding, layered sofa with blanket & pillows, layered pictures on mantel, layered area rugs

What makes a home look comfortable and lived in? Layers. Yes, just as a well dressed person would layer an outfit (e.g. A cute cami under a cardigan topped off with a fashionable necklace or scarf), a well dressed home should be fashioned in a similar way. Staple pieces are key but layers complete the look.

Just think about it, a sofa with no pillows or simply only the pillows that came with the sofa when it was bought would look naked. Add some beautiful pillows and a throw blanket draped over the back and it will look like a million bucks!

If this idea excites you and you don't know where to start, here are some ideas!

Adding a cool tray to your coffee table or ottoman is a wonderful way to add depth and personality. Accessorize the tray with fresh flowers or books.

Bedding is a fun ways to be creative with your layering. Fold down your comforter 1/3 of the way down to show off your sheets and layer the pillows to give the bed dimension. If you have a beautiful throw blanket, lay it width wise at the foot of the bed.

Another great place to experiment with the layering technique is the art work on your mantel. Use different size frames and stack the pictures creating a lot of unexpected interest.

Many people would never think to do this but get a little funky and layer your rugs. Place smaller rugs on top of larger rugs.   

Just remember, sometimes less is more so don't overdo the accessories and chachkis. Next time you walk through your home we hope that you look at it through new eyes and see all the different ways you can layer your space to look beautiful, comfortable and lived in.

Happy Designing!

xo,
Sérendipité

home sweet dorm

  
 
For many of you, you may recall that this was the big week, or should I say, send-off for my sweet daughter, Haley, who is flying the nest. Haley is off to college so visions of creating an adorable and personal feel for Haley’s new dorm room are heavy on my mind.  I wanted to help Haley create a space where she would feel inspired, cozy and not-so-far from home. 
The trick for me was staying focused on what Haley wanted. Haley is the kind of girl that keeps things simple (not discounting her larger than life personality). She is much more laid-back, practical and not too interested in fluff. With that said, growing up with a mother that never cooks the same meal twice and pushes furniture from one side of the home to the other almost weekly, must have created chaos for my sweet girl as a child. Haley lets me be eccentric and seems to love my bold and wacky ideas, however, this week she gently reminded me that this dorm room was her new space and that I should let her make the final decisions.
 
We did not know what to expect as far as dorm size, arrangement or location.  What was the chi of this place, I pondered?  How can we create positive energy? What did the windows look like? I began to worry. As it turns out, Haley is in a co-ed dorm and it is really new, so we got lucky! Haley and her roommate discussed bedding ideas via text and among whatever social media sites these darlings refer to and arrived at the concept of coordinating bedding - not matching. They decided that they wanted each of their unique personalities to set the vibe for their individual bed and side of the room while still harmonizing with the other roommate’s side of the room. 
 
After moving the beds, “lofting” them at all levels and rearranging the desk placements a generous nine or so times, the final placement was set and the girls could begin to unpack into the private quarters of their 12’x14’ space. We were provided a check-list from the school which was helpful, however there was SO much more to consider.  Luckily Haley really kept things in perspective for me or I would have really gone a bit over board… no, me over the top?  Knowing I had to really make this space special for my darling and knowing that this was the topic of our blog this week, my imagination ran wild! Yet again, Haley reminded me that she loved what we created and to not worry too much about the small details. 
 
We’ve decided to share a few must haves for what we believe makes the biggest design splash in a dorm room and the final “ta da” of Haley’s tight quarters. We would love to see your dorm room ideas, style and creativity. Please share your tips with us!
 
Happy designing!
 
xo,
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