Introducing San Diego Magazine

Exciting news! You can now find me each month in my local San Diego Magazine sharing favorite trends for decorating, entertaining and organizing. I was thrilled to be asked to contribute as a guest writer for their At Home section after the magazine found me through this blog.

Guess what the first issue up was? The SEX issue. (I had to highlight the word as you would have loved seeing me 9 months pregnant, feet so swollen I had trouble squeezing into my own shoes, with a quart of ice cream in one hand and “Baby Whisperer” in the other as I bounced romantic bedroom inspiration ideas off of Kevin in preparation for the February issue). Kevin was laughing at the horrible irony of my current bloated, big belly state the entire time. It was quite unromantic.

San Diego Magazine

I decided to take my two pages in two different directions – one inspiration board would feature a feminine, shabby chic take on a romantic Valentine’s Day bedroom. Here was my initial board:

And here’s what was printed:

The second page would highlight a more masculine, contemporary ‘sexy & sultry’ bedroom. First, my inspiration board:

(That’s a heated towel rack down there in the right hand corner – how perfect to step out of a warm bubble bath and into heated towels! Note to self: add to our future master bathroom makeover.)

And what was published:

San Diego Magazine - Sultry Slumber

I’ve had so much fun putting these trends pieces together! March will be much more PG and April screams Spring.

I’ve subscribed to San Diego Magazine for almost as long as we’ve lived in this beautiful city and it’s truly a fun, engaging publication that highlights serious city issues, features regular investigative journalism as well as plays up the best restaurants and ‘what to do’ in the city. It’s a neat experience to be a part of the publication.

Check out the full digital magazine version here, but consider yourself warned that it really is the sex issue.

Friday Guest Blog Interview: Simplified Bee

The Friday Guest Blog Interview series is beginning to work its way back into the swing of things. It’s such a privilege and a pleasure to *meet* new bloggers through this once-every-month-ish series and then to introduce you to blogs that I think you’ll truly enjoy! If you’d like to check out past interviews (and there are a full year’s worth from some of my favorites, click here, or on the Guest Interview button in the right sidebar). It’s always inspiring to me to learn more about another blogger’s style, design aesthetic and how they ‘got to where they are today’.

This week, Cristin of Simplified Bee is sharing with us her design suggestions and tips, and introducing her beautiful blog! Cristin creates what she calls “functional” interior design with an expertise and love for home organization. As a professional organizer, she shares inspiring (and motivating!) solutions, tips and tricks to promote harmony and enable efficiency, all while adding style & beauty to the home.

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I love the concept and make regular trips out to Simplified Bee to read Cristin’s daily posts on beautiful decor and great finds.

Read on to learn more about how Cristin started her blog and company, what motivates her and what she includes in her favorite trends. I couldn’t agree more with her three top design tips and love of block prints, either!…

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Pantone Color of the Year + Valentine’s Day

Pantone has named Honeysuckle as their 2011 Color of the Year – and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner I’ve been inspired by the ‘not quite hot pink but warmer than coral’ color for the home, wardrobe and even a Valentine’s Day party.

Pantone Honeysuckle Color of the Year Pink

Honeysuckle (I thought of yellow when I initially heard the color) makes a great impact in small doses. I love the idea of a pink rug in a grey or navy room – or perhaps as a small side table, patterned pillow or a knitted throw for the couch.

For the wardrobe, how about a thin honeysuckle belt over a darker/neutral cardigan? Or even in a pair of daring heels!

Pantone Honeysuckle Color of the Year Pink

Clockwise: rug by Madeline Weinrib, sketches, Tini Table, room at DecorPad, pillow shared on Ecosalon,

For honeysuckle Valentine’s Day inspiration, head over to Sweetopia for delicious recipes and cupcake decorating ideas.

Pantone Honeysuckle Color of the Year Pink


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

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