Pillow Talk

If you’re like me and have a compulsive need to refresh your space, pillows are your best friend. They can transform a room, adding color, texture, warmth or just that last bit of something to make it feel gooooood.  I was being dramatic yesterday when I said they’re more expensive than an organ transplant.  They definitely CAN be, and I have a special skill for always falling in love with THE MOST EXPENSIVE PILLOW MY EYES LAND ON.  But!   I found a bunch of really beautiful, totally affordable options in a pretty exhaustive search this week to share with you. Seriously internet, if there is a corner I left unturned in my pillow hunt, give me a heads up. There are so many of these bad boys that I’d love to mix and match for a look like this.  Oh pillows, I love thee.  Happy decorating my friends!!  xx- Sarah

1. Heavy Loop Diamond Throw Pillow  2.  Fringe Accent Pillow  3.  Wool Wrap Pillow  4.  Loloi Decorative Pillow  5.  Chevron Throw Pillow  6.  Embellished Medallion Square Pillow  7. Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover  8.  Alma Apricot Pillow  9.  African Mudcloth Rusty Shibori  10. Vintage Indigo African Mudcloth Pillow   11.  Denim Pyramids Pillow  12.  Pirhanas Throw Pillow

13.  Texture Stripe Throw Pillow  14.  Balbina Throw  15.  Metallase´ Cotton Pillow  16.  Hmong Indigo Pillow Cover  17.  Hmong Batik Pillow Cover  18.  John Robshaw Aleppo Pillow   19. Corriente Pillow  20. Gray +White Striped Pillow  21.  Maharam Pillow in Monk’s Wool  22. Large Arrow Mali Pillow  23.  Division Navy Striped Pillow  24.  White African Mudcloth Pillow

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25.  Heavy Single Loop Throw Pillow  26.  Morocco Pillow  27.  Estrato Pillow  28.  Graphic Embroidered Linework Pillow  29.  Graphic Puzzle Pillow Cover  30.  Black and White African Mudcloth Pillow  31.  Indigo and Manta Blues Pillow  32.  Tirisa Fuscia Pillow  33.  Yard Dyed Geo Pillow  34.  Bonaire Throw Pillow  35.  Espadin Pillow  36.  Ticking Stripe Pillow

Dining Room Update

Hi friends!  Do you remember our dining room when we moved in, and then the update last summer when we painted it?  (You can time travel to view it here if you’d like!)  Well since then I’ve been slowly making just a couple of changes- namely in the form of that window seat!  We designed it and had our friend and architect/woodworker extraordinaire build it for us.   He built the floating credenza (seen here) in the living room for us as well and we wanted them to play off of each other since you can see both when you walk in the front door.  I originally intended for the wood to be exposed- no cushion.   I love me a huge slab of walnut something hard.  But after a few months of sore-bum-sitting I broke down and decided that function would have to win out over form this go-round.  We hired an upholsterer to make the seat cushion- and while I love it I do wish it were a couple inches thicker.  I chose to cut costs by having it produced at that thickness and have some regrets, although it’s probably the kind of thing that will only ever bother me as normal humans don’t usually fret about such silly things, right?  SAY YES!  It’ll make me feel better.

I waited patiently (NOT PATIENTLY AT ALL- I NEARLY DIED OF IMPATIENCE) for months until I found the right fabric to make the pillows with.  I’ve since discovered a half dozen throw pillows I would’ve bought and loved as much/more, but again- I saved my pennies by having these made (why on God’s green earth do pillows cost more than organ transplants?!!!)  As for the missing palm on the right side of the room- that was a casualty.  I’m pretty good at keeping plants alive but I have reason to suspect that palms have something against me.  Now that the room is finished (well I do dream of a giant olive tree in one corner truth be told) I have to say- I am so happy with how it turned out!  It’s bright and happy, but at night becomes cozy and downright romantic with the chandelier on a dimmer.  During the day I love sitting in the window nook and watching the kids have sponge fights or play basketball.  The sound of kids playing has become one of my favorites.  Have I told you we live in Pleasantville?  I love it.  I love it far more than I ever knew I would.  Consider me suburbed.  Sources for all that you see below and more photos after the jump!  xx- Sarah

Sources:  dining table, chairs, chair covers, rug, chandelier, otomi print

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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!