Thanks for visiting! I’m Morgan and we are the Spenlas. This blog is a little creative outlet for me to share all of the happenings of renovating our home and the adventures of our family.
We bought our 1930s San Diegan bungalow in 2008 and are slowly tearing it apart and rebuilding it room by room to fit the needs of our family and the practicalities of today. Join us as we design, demo, dry wall and then decorate! There are highs, there are lows, and there’s definitely a whole lotta dust.
We’ve lived in our Spanish casita for over three years, but we’re still ages from calling any single room finished (our latest projects are all chronicled here). I think what I love most about design is how fun a ‘work in progress’ can be!
But this blog isn’t just about the home. As my creative outlet, I love to share all sorts of beauty and crafti-ness over here. On top of regular home updates you might find inspiration from favorite entertaining ideas to wardrobe styleboards to recipes that I think are too good not to share.
A little more about me: Born and raised in sunny California, I’m a warm-weather girl through and through. Originally from Santa Cruz, I currently live in San Diego with my husband Kevin, our baby girl Olivia, and our three-year-old yellow lab, Bodie. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Ethics & Leadership, I began my professional career as a full time IT & change management consultant – it quickly became a wonderful launching point for a career but left me with much to be desired in the *creative* realm.
Here’s my little family as we coax a smile out of Liv:
How this blog came to be: I married my sweetie in 2007 and loved every moment of wedding planning. When we bought our home a year later and I had my first opportunity to decorate, I knew that my new found love for design needed its own outlet and the concept for PDB was born. In September of 2009, after about nine months of hand coding the site and features, we were live! Now I spend my days as the marketing director for a motion control company and use my free time to share inspiration and ideas here at Pepper.
In January of 2011 our daughter Liv was born, and our most exciting adventure began. I added ‘mommy blogging’ to the list of items to chat about over here and I continue to share my favorite baby finds and of course all of the adorable photos I can possibly include.
I like to think of the blog as a little space offering inspiration for the inner design guru that’s in each of us. Visit to find decorating ideas, DIY tips and ah-ha! moments that I’ve stumbled upon and am excited to pass on. Check in daily as PDB and I serve up our best slice of happiness for the creative.
Welcome to Pepper Design Blog – and hope you enjoy!
Feel free to say hello! You can reach me at: morgan at pepperdesignblog dot com to drop me a line, add to your blogroll or for more information on advertising.