Patio Decorating!

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Hi friends!  Summer is going strong here in San Diego and we’ve been spending every minute we can outdoors, the warm nights sitting around chatting with our neighbors until the sun goes down are my favorite!  And I’m thankful for every day that’s not sweltering as my belly grows larger and larger by the second, turning me into a living furnace!  All of this outdoor fun has sparked an obsession with decorating our patio and making it functional for outdoor living.  Right now it’s a blank slate with a table (chairs are TBD), a few plants sans pots, a hammock and these cafe lights strung above the pergola.  But I have dreams!!!  And they involve something like the above….  there are so many cute options for outdoor decorating these days!  I’d love to have an area for lounging- a couch, some chairs, a coffee table.  And of course for us a dining space for entertaining is a must and a place to sit around a fire is a strong bonus.  Lastly, no home of ours is complete without a hammock.  One of life’s most simple and lovely pleasures is, in my humble opinion, hammock lounging.

On another note, do you remember our Palm Springs backyard?  TAKE ME BACK!!!  Except DON’T!!!  Because it’s 1 trillion degrees and the cicadas are probably buzzing like crazy right now.  But I sure do miss that backyard!!!!  Happy Summering my friends!  xx- Sarah

Chair  // Windchimes  //  Plant Pot  //  Pillows  //  Lanterns (on sale!)  //   Firepit  //  Planters  //  Pillows

Organic Modern Living Room

Hi friends!  As I mentioned before I’m getting my head around the idea that we’re almost done decorating(we’ve moved houses 5 times in the past 7 years, so I’ve pretty much lived in a constant state of decor shopping).  BUT!!!!!  I’m happy we’re settled and now I’ll pretend decorate.  Hopefully it’ll cure me of my restless decor syndrome (it’s real, the struggle is real!!!) And, I’ve got a collection of clothes I would wear in said pretend room right below it. That’s not crazy, right?  #cantstopmyself Hope you love!  xx- Sarah

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Room Sources:  rug, couch, wall hanging, lamp, coffee table (more affordable option here), throw pillows, floor pillows, chair, (plant is an olive tree, my latest indoor tree obsession)

California Bungalow Style

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Happy Thursday my friends!  We’re nearing the end of decorating….and I’m nowhere near the end of wanting shop for home decor, so I think I’ll have to start decorating other people’s spaces at this point!  I just helped a friend who is refreshing her space and it got me back on the bandwagon.  Here are some pieces I rounded up to fit in the cutest California bungalow!  Hope some of these find their way into your homes.  That will make me feel much better about not adding them to my own cart!  xx- Sarah  {image via My Domaine}

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Living Room Update and Intro to Loloi Rugs

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Hi friends, happy Tuesday! I’m excited to share a living room update with you today! Since you last saw it here, we’ve made some swaps which have transformed it into my dream room, and my by-far favorite room of the house.  It feels so cozy and happy for our little family!

To start the update we moved the rug we had into Lou’s office and replaced it with this one from Loloi rugs- it’s plush, unique and so well crafted- I’m in love with it. It’ll be a lifetime keeper for us.  A quality wool rug will last forever- we always have ours professionally scotch guarded and then yearly cleanings to keep them in the best shape.  This one by Loloi was hand knotted, which is wild to think about!  It’s a craft that’s been passed down from generation to generation, fathers teaching their sons an artform that has been used for lifetimes.  Textiles are a representation of culture, and something I love to mix and match in our house (in this room alone we now have a rug from India, pillows made from Thai fabric, and a traditional Moroccan wedding blanket).  The combination gives the room a worldly appeal and the mix of patterns and materials play nicely together.

Check out this microsite Loloi created that shows the process of how their rugs are handcrafted in India- it will inspire you in so many ways!!!  It’s especially fascinating to me because they employ many of the same tools and techniques that I use to make my weavings- it’s fun to see.  It gives me a huge appreciation not only for our beautiful rug but that Loloi is honoring the time honored craftsmanship to make high quality products- something that is becoming more rare in the marketplace.   And the video is so beautiful, it has me wanting to go to India, and then to promptly replace every other rug in our house- oh dear!

This post was produced in partnership with Loloi Rugs, we hope you love!  (You can purchase Loloi rugs here).

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We also sold our old coffee table and had this one custom made. I knew I wanted a larger table, and something with a bit more color than the stainless steel, but wanted to keep the modern design. I go back and forth about the idea of having it polished and coated as was my original intention, but so far we’ve been loving the direction the untreated copper has gone.  And I love the warmth it brings to the space.

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In a game of musical furniture I took the rocker from my office and swapped it for the circle chair that was in the corner (which is now in our bedroom), preferring the warm wood to the black metal. We found the vintage rocker at NokNok Living here in San Diego and I actually bought it before I even knew where I wanted it to live. I’m so happy I did, that chair will probably live in many rooms over the time we have it, I’ll never part with it.  And happily, the mini jungle behind it is thriving (against all odds as I am  not the best plant keeper!  Thank you Plant Gods, thank you very much)

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Last but not least, we commissioned our friend Greg build this floating credenza for under the mirror (I loved it so much in the Palm Springs house I wanted to create a version for this house too).  Heck to the yes to floating credenzas!

Home Office Makeover with Arhaus

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Hello my friends!  I’m excited to be sharing my home office makeover today, produced in partnership with Arhaus.  When we moved into this house I knew that I’d take the smallest bedroom and try to find the best way to make it work as a home office until we scrape together the funds to build out the garage into a studio space.  Little did I know that it would become my little sanctuary and that I’d find myself re-thinking the idea of building out the garage simply because the space is so cozy!

First things first, as with every other room in this house, I started by painting the entire room and ceiling white!  As I hoped it immediately felt larger and brighter.  I started the room design by choosing the rug- I fell in love with this piece and decided to keep the rest of the room fairly neutral but have a big pop of color on the floor.  Eventually I’d like to ground the rug with an even larger jute rug under it which would also add a nice layer- but I’m saving that until Pepito has outgrown his chew every-damn-thing phase!!!

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Bedroom Update with Tommy Hilfiger

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Happy Wednesday my friends!  When we sold our Palm Springs house the new owners purchased a good amount of our furniture, including everything in the master bedroom except for two poufs.  So we started from scratch with this house- and it’s slowly but surely coming together!  Our wishes for our bedroom are always the same: a tranquil, soothing, cozy retreat. At the end of the day there’s nothing sweeter than climbing into a soft bed and snuggling up for the night. And I have to say, this is our favorite bedroom so far- which is fantastic because we still have so far to go with the design so I know we’re only going to love it more and more!  It’s simple and sweet, cozy and inviting- really just the perfect place to lay our heads.

The bed is pure heaven.  I’m in love with the neutral pallette, the comforter with just the lightest hint of pattern, the variety of textures in the pillows/throw, the warmth from the wood frame, and the way it all comes together so cohesively.  And, you’ll see above the bed, my first weaving!  I may move it, not 100% sure that I love it in that spot but for now I’m displaying it like peacock feathers cause I’m pleased as punch with how it turned out!

The rest of the room still has a ways to go, but I love the simple dresser, the lights that offer the softest glow at night and the pop of color from the photo above it (will be offering those up for sale here in the next week or two- please email me at hello@ahouseinthehills.com if you’d like to be notified when they’re available!).  And I didn’t photograph it but on the other side of the room there are a bunch of plants.  Will save that for another update down the road, hopefully soon. Hope you love it my friends!  xx- Sarah

Sources:  bed, bedding set, side tables, lamps (here and here), dresser, rug,  {This post was sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting our sponsors!}

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