A Whimsical & Botanical Birthday Party

This vintage-esq first birthday is absolutely beautiful. There are too many great details… so I’ll just let the pictures do the talking:

French Botanical Vintage Antique Inspired Decor, Decoration, First Birthday, Party, Celebration, Inspiration, Pink, Green

I adore all of the little paper and craft details…

French Botanical Vintage Antique Inspired Decor, Decoration, First Birthday, Party, Celebration, Inspiration, Pink, Green

Anna, who owns Blissful Babes in the Philippines, designed this French-inspired celebration for her daughter’s first birthday. Wouldn’t it be beautiful for a shower or even as wedding inspiration as well?

French Botanical Vintage Antique Inspired Decor, Decoration, First Birthday, Party, Celebration, Inspiration, Pink, Green

My favorite detail might be the ‘year of firsts’ table that Anna put together to showcase Arie’s very first year (last picture in the below collage), though those fabric birds are amazingly adorable, too!

French Botanical Vintage Antique Inspired Decor, Decoration, First Birthday, Party, Celebration, Inspiration, Pink, Green

Photography by Karen Ilagan Photography and more delicious images and details over at TomKat Studio!

Weekend Fun: Surprise Snow & a Mr. Man Party

Wow it’s been busy over here! If you follow me on Twitter, you may have caught a sneak peek of our latest photoshoot for the April issue of San Diego Magazine. What’s better than a San Diego snow day? A spring bohemian picnic! Yesterday we set up shop at a beautiful local park and created one colorful spread. More to come on the behind-the-scenes and the great products featured.

BUT back to that San Diego snow day – because despite the recent 70ish degree weather, San Diego welcomed a good 18″ of the soft and powdery stuff this past weekend!

On Sunday we drove out to the edge of San Diego to introduce Liv to the snow for the first time.

I don’t think she really noticed while she was snug-as-a-bug in her Moby.

It was beautiful.

What does one do when a fresh blanket of snow (cold enough to stay!) surprises us? Build snowmen, of course.

And then the weather yesterday was sunny, bright and nearly called for shorts. Oh San Diego, you are full of surprises!

In other weekend fun, our friends threw their son a Mr. Man first birthday party that was inspired by this post. It was adorable.

I made Liv a matching tie outfit – she’s my little future corporate lady!

Here’s how I’m imagining this baby conversation went down:

Michael: “so… do you come here often?”

Liv: “oh you know”

Michael: “lemme get your digits”

Alright, enough playing. Back to the house remodel we go!

San Diego Magazine: Office Organization

I recently put together a trends piece for the March issue of San Diego Magazine that offers tips for designing & organizing your home office (spring cleaning time is almost here!). I also included a collage of inspiring office additions – many of the pieces which represent a ‘dream’ office space in our office/guestroom remodel – that pull together a very gender-neutral (but pretty!) organized office space.

Here’s the inspiration board I created:

And just for fun, here’s the published spread (find the online issue – as well as the eight organization/decorating tips & tricks – here on pages 82 & 83):

I also wrote an article on a beautiful “ultra modern” home here in San Diego by famed local architect Jonathan Segal:

A fun read if you love contemporary design and architecture!

Now if I can only find that beautiful wood desk from Layla & Grayce at about an eighth of the price… it’s stunning :) and would make an excellent addition to the new office. Hope you had a lovely weekend!

You can find the February San Diego Magazine edition on masculine and feminine bedroom inspiration boards here.

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