Home at Last

Ladera_Ranch_016- I had the pleasure and honor of meeting a super savvy couple a few years back while I was doing consulting for Chateau Interiors. I was meeting with this delightful couple helping them make interior selections for their first home in the Stonegate community in Irvine, California.

Fast forward two years later and they decided to move-up into a larger, even more beautiful home in Ladera Ranch. This home has so much potential and our dear clients did a fabulous job furnishing and repurposing what they currently had into their new home.

They recently contacted me to help with the design of the living room, which was the only completely empty room in the new home. This hardworking couple have very demanding jobs but they just love to entertain family and friends in their free time! Their dream was to turn their living room into a swanky, bright and airy lounge. This type of design project is my wheel house so I loved every moment of the design process!

The big reveal happened this past Monday and we could not be any more excited about the final presentation. Have you ever had that feeling that you did your very best on a project at work and you say to yourself (with your inside smiling), “I could not have done any better than this!” Well, I love that feeling and I truly feel that we made this room feel like a giant hug!

Please enjoy the professional photography by my dear friend, Melissa Brandman.

Happy Designing!




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Beach Bungalow Finale

As promised, the final professional photographs of one of my most recent projects, the lovely Beach Bungalow, are complete.  This Newport Beach town-home started as a diamond in the rough but with LOTS of tender loving care and months of hard work she is now a stunning beauty!  It was all worth the wait.

A special thanks to my clients, Robin & Steve, for being a joy to work with, Shoreline Developers for their beautiful execution and attention to detail and for the artistic skills of Christina House in capturing the spirit of this home in her gorgeous photographs.

Happy Designing!




Farrow & Ball

A little bit about me, I am smitten by the creativity, and beautiful colour ways from Farrow and Ball.  I love everything about this company from their stunning colour line, bold ideas to transform a room with paint and their wall covering line.  For example, take a look at this creative headboard using... yes wall covering!  This is a splendid idea and I really love the subtle hues creating a very sophisticated and charming adornment to a very plain bed.

Farrow and Ball: Wallpaper Silvergate BP 852
 Linen: all from

Another idea that speaks to me is this very simple hallway.  Take note of the statement wall- very simple yet this makes a huge impact.  I love the contrast of the simple molding that really adds visual interest and adds a tailored look; the wall colour creates perfect harmony to this hall.

Wallpaper Crivelli Trellis BP 3107, Walls Pigeon Estate Emulsion, Woodwork Windborne White

I Love frames, and I am crazy about the framing of this delicious print, what an easy and simple way to create art out of your favorite wall covering.

Wallpaper Peony BP 2302
Walls Windborne White Estate Emulsion

So you ask what my favorite Farrow and ball wall colour is…. I can’t get enough of Blazer no. 212 and Railings no. 31!  These colours are rich, luxiurious and they simply put just make me happy!  What are your favorite farrow and ball wall colours?

Image via Farrow and Ball


Tile look-a-like Wall coverings

Right now a beautifully designed bathroom with a full tile accent wall (from floor to ceiling or counter height to ceiling) is so elegant and stylish!  It can really add a "wow" factor to a small space beyond what any can of paint could ever do - no matter how bold the paint choice.  But let's face it; gorgeous tile that would be worth tiling an entire wall with can be pricey.  So you don't have to compromise your daily Starbucks run for the next year in order to afford a lovely accent wall, we've come up with an alternative solution.  Using a wall covering that resembles a tile pattern is a more cost effective way to get the drama and pizazz you are looking for without the high price tag.  Here are some of our favorite wall covering patterns and inspiration photos. 
Tips for choosing a bold bathroom wall covering

  1. Choose a wall covering with a geometric and reoccurring pattern so at first sight it reads as a tile.
  2.  If you have young children or worry about water splashing on the walls above the sink, create a 3-4" backsplash on the back of your vanity with the same material used for the countertop.
  3. Use a wall covering as a statement wall at your "splash" and paint the remaining walls a neutral hue to make your wall covering "pop."

Happy Designing!


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The Ranelagh Papers BP 1824