Home for the Holidays

Many of us will be home for the holidays so I wanted to share some houseware items and gifts that I’m loving.

  1. Frayed Linen Runner Jenni Kayne, $110. Above picture.
  2. All Clad Roasting Pan Williams Sonoma, $179.95. I have the large and it works great for a Thanksgiving turkey.
  3. Set of 4 Placemats Mirth, $80 & Set of 4 Scalloped Napkins Mirth, $84. Mirth just launched their tabletop collection.
  4. Hawkins New York Dinner Plates Set of 4 Nordstrom, $96. Comes in Blush & Bone. All Hawkins New York dishes at Nordstrom here.
  5. Breville Barista Expresso Machine Amazon, $684. This made my girls holiday wish list.
  6. Alfred Tea Matcha Gift Set Nordstrom, $75.
  7. Eames House Minimal Print Etsy, $47.
  8. Handmade Plaid Stockings Lulu & Georgia, $78. So cute!
  9. Paradiso Glass Candle Stick Blush West Elm, $32. These would be pretty for Thanksgiving.
  10. 20 Inch Fresh Olive Leaf Wreath Williams Sonoma, $69. Williams Sonoma has a beautiful selection of fresh wreaths.
  11. Food 52 Set of 3 Knives in Blush Pink Nordstrom, $132.
  12. Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven Williams Sonoma.
  13. Flour Shop Rainbow Explosion Cake Kit Williams Sonoma, $69. Fun project for the kids over the holidays.
  14. Ultimate Apron Food 52 Nordstrom, $45. I like the dusty rose.
  15. Advent Calendar of the Month Nepresso, $39. A different Nespresso pod for every day of the month.

I’ve been updating my SHOP IT page check it out here.

Food52 x Nordstrom

Nordstrom just announced cult favorite Food52 is bringing their curated selection of kitchen wear to Nordstrom. At Food52, it isn’t just about great food it’s about the elements that come into play to create the meal. To shop the whole FIVE.TWO collection at Nordstrom click here.

  1. The Ultimate Apron Nordstrom, $45.
  2. Set of Essential Knives Nordstrom, $139. Love the Rhubarb color!
  3. 5 Pack Silicone Utensils Nordstrom, $49.
  4. Set of 4 Cotton Napkins Nordstrom, $30.
  5. Set of 4 White Dinner Plates Nordstrom, $79.
  6. Set of 4 Shallow Bowls Nordstrom, $69.
  7. Set of 4 Kitchen Towels Nordstrom, $39.
  8. 11 Piece Cookware Set Nordstrom, $429.

The Etsy Awards

The Etsy Design Awards (aka The Etsies) are Etsy’s global award program. They are honoring the work of sellers from around the world and across multiple categories. The 100 finalists are in, and I’ve highlighted my favorites from the list. To see the whole list click here.

  1. Fromfran Rainbow Coffee Cub & Saucer Etsy, $46.
  2. Melanie Abrantes Marais Vase Esty, $160.
  3. Tiletiletesto Black and White Wooden Ceramic Plate Etsy, $50.
  4. OmiWoods The Cowrie Infinity Necklace Etsy, $128.
  5. Danibarbe Ombre Raw Gemstone Ring Esty, $126.
  6. Maisolorzano Handcrafted Gold Seed Dangle Bracelet Etsy, $366.
  7. Atuko Long Bohemian Tunic Sweater Dress Etsy, $477.
  8. Linen Fox Mimosa Wrap Dress Etsy, $100.
  9. Yarkate Off the Shoulder Linen Dress Etsy, $129.
  10. Emmamakestudio Ethiopian Ravine Artwork Etsy, $18.
  11. Ingrid Beddoes Arial Beach Photography Print Etsy, $55.
  12. Alina Stilgenbauer Large Abstract Painting on Canvas Etsy, $340.
  13. 9 House Pet Design Pet Bowl Stand Etsy, $115.

Amber Lewis for Anthropologie

Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors has teamed up with Anthropologie to debut her carefree California style with this amazing home collection. Check it all out here.

  1. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Stemless Wine Glasses
  2. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Striped Duvet Cover
  3. Amber Lewis x Antropologie Grayston Tablecloth
  4. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Set of 4 Napkins
  5. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Ferndale Pillow
  6. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Marana Table Lamp
  7. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Amboy Knit Throw Blanket
  8. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Set of 4 Dinner Plates
  9. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Theo Arm Chair
  10. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Audette Rug

Say Cheese

Yesterday I hosted a small gathering to celebrate my sister’s birthday. I used mini wooden bread boards (that I got from my friend) and made individual cheese boards. The boards had sharp cheddar, brie, seasoned cashews (from this week’s Thai Chicken dish), olives, apple slices, crackers, olive bread, and rosemary garnish. For lunch I served three different salads (Mediterranean Quinoa, Italian Chopped, and Nectarine Fennel & Arugula). Drinks consisted of Skinny Margaritas, Mimosa’s, and mint iced tea. I decorated with colorful Gerber Daisies and spread Turkish towels (these make a great gifts) around the yard. It was a fun way to celebrate my sister’s birthday.

Hope everyone has a nice long weekend!

XOXO

Julie

A-Jar

Over the weekend I put together floral arrangements for a small outside gathering. I used distressed painted mason jars in bright colors for the vases. Painted mason jars are my go to when doing colorful floral arrangements. Click here to learn how to make them at home. I picked up greenery and florals at Trader Joe’s and was able to create a beautiful table setting that was simple and easy to execute. It went perfectly with the boho picnic vibe we were were trying to achieve.

Materials for Painting Mason Jars

Have fun!

XOXO

Julie

Back to School

Back to school shopping looks a bit different this year for my girls. Less about clothing and sneakers and more about the best set up for at home learning. Both girls have desks from West Elm (this one & this one), along with this comfy chair. Other room upgrades include a new chandelier (& this one), table lamp, drawer organizer set, bulletin board, personalized memo paper, faux fur seat cushion, and candle.

Wishing everyone’s children a great start to the school year!

XOXO

Julie

Grass Fed

We have been spending a lot more time dining al fresco in our backyard. With that being said, I love the seagrass/rattan trend hitting tabletops and I’ve selected some of my favorite pieces below.

  1. Serena & Lily Pitcher & Highball.
  2. Rattan Round Placemat Serena & Lily, $28.
  3. Cabo Woven Placemat Serena & Lily, $28.
  4. Cabo Woven Runner Serena & Lily, $68.
  5. Rattan Beach Chair Etsy, $159.
  6. Blue Rim Seagrass Set of Six Placemat Pottery Barn, $89.
  7. Tata Round Charger Plates Pottery Barn, $16.
  8. Round Handwoven Hyacinth Placemat Pottery Barn, $16.
  9. Summerland Lantern Serena & Lily, $228.
  10. Sabre Bistro Vintage Cutlery Set Jenni Kayne, $105.

We had friends over for dinner last night. I made Vietnamese Rice Wraps for appetizers and Bahn Mi bowls for dinner. It was an easy meal to throw together that everyone loved. Have a great weekend!

XX

Julie

 

 

Backyard Bash

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Over the weekend we celebrated my parent’s 70th birthday with an intimate backyard dinner. As for many of us, our celebratory plans have had to change and we are coming up with new ways to commemorate special milestones.

We decided to create a memorable backyard bash. I set up a long table in our backyard and enlisted the help of my friend Dana from Serendipity Flowers LA to handle the flowers and table decor. She made it look so beautiful with florals, greenery, and candles. We had a separate seating area set up for appetizers and cocktails (FYI Joans on Third has individual cheese platters that are COVID friendly). It was a group effort with my older daughter making a gorgeous crudités platter adorned with edible flowers, my younger daughter making a two tier coconut layer cake, and my sister creating an amazing playlist. Dinner was catered by Jon & Vinny’s (we were supposed to be in Italy to celebrate so it was only appropriate we had Italian food for dinner). We dined al fresco, listened (and danced) to music, and sat by the fire to finish off a truly a magical evening!

Now onto fashion and what I wore. I picked a Christy Dawn dress. If you’re not familiar with Christy Dawn she’s a Los Angeles designer who focuses on sustainable and ethically crafted fashion. Several new dresses dropped (all cotton) the Bianca and Colette. I accessorized with with turquoise Beck Jewels hoops, and Beatrice Valenzuela slides

Regarding the table setting I used Year & Day dishes, linen napkinshurricane candlesvintage goblets (similar to mine), and a wood board for the crudités.

XX

Julie

 

Home Run

While searching for new tablecloths I came across a ton of affordable linens at H&M home.

  1. Two Pack Linen Napkins H&M, $12.
  2. Washed Linen Tablecloth H&M, $59.99. Dusty rose here
  3. Washed Linen Duvet Set H&M, $129.99.
  4. Washed Linen Bathrobe H&M, $49.99.
  5. Cotton Storage Basket H&M, $29.99.
  6. Tasseled Cotton Rug H&M, $99.
  7. Canvas Laundry Basket H&M, $29.99.

Also on my radar is the Always Pan (finally back in stock) and Nude wine glasses (mine keep dwindling away). 

 

LOVE

img_5112“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela

Picture: Robert Indiana

Monday Mood

Hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent the weekend binge watching Normal People (loved Marianne’s chic & elegant style), bike riding, doing yoga, making pizza, and jump starting my new skin regimen (with thisthisthisthis, and this). It’s hard to believe next weekend is Memorial Day and the start of Summer. It won’t be a traditional Memorial Day weekend but we’ll still make the most of it.

Today I’m sharing what’s been in my shopping cart along with some weekend finds while browsing. I bought this cute eyelet tiered mini on sale at Shopbop. I’ve been living in my Fiore mini (runs big also like the maxi), and can’t wait for my Shop Mille dress to arrive. I took advantage of J. Crew’s swim sale which will be arriving this week, and found Marysia on sale herehere, & here. I spotted these comfortable Bottega look for less sandals, along with Dr Scholl’s original clogs (& these Marni ones). Now onto home, I updated our pool hammocks, found these chic ping pong paddles from the Jennifer Fisher x CB2 collab, and trying to decide on Adirondack chairs for our front patio. Considering thisthis, or this

Have a great week!

XOXO

Julie

Photo: Slim Aarons Pussyfooting available at Jonathan Adler.

 

 

Kitchen Ket-chup

I’ve been spending the majority of my time at home in the kitchen cooking. I’ve been trying new recipes and creating some of my own. I’ve also been updating my kitchen supplies and coveting new ones. Kitchen Ket-chup below. 

  1. I’m a big fan of vintage pyrex I have both pink and turquoise. You can find some pieces here , herehere, and here
  2. We are Happy to Serve You NYC Greek Coffee Cup Amazon, $15. Nostalgic for NYC transplants in LA. 
  3. Mini Loaf Pan Set Williams Sonoma, $28. I love these mini loaf pans because I find that we never eat the whole loaf we bake. With these you can split up the recipe and freeze the additional mini loaf’s. 
  4. Stainless Steel Mini Masher Amazon, $12.95. I’ve been making a lot of egg salad and avocado toast and the mini masher is perfect for making small portions. 
  5. La Double J Floral Print Napkins Matches, $96. Check out all La Double J home at Matches here
  6. Magic Linen Apron Amazon, $39. My new favorite apron. 
  7. Margrethe Nested Mixing Bowls Goop, $60. I like these mixing bowls because they have lids. 
  8. Ottolenghi Jerusalem Cookbook Amazon, $24. I’ve cooking a lot of Mediterranean food, and this is a great cookbook!
  9. Le Creuset Rose William Sonoma. I love any kitchenware that’s pink.
  10. 8 inch French Whisk Amazon, $8. My favorite whisk for making salad dressings. 

 

Backgammon By The Pool

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It’s Friday and cocktail hour this evening will consist of a skinny margarita, salty bar snacks, and a game of backgammon by the pool. I have been playing backgammon since I was 7 years old. My great uncle taught me how to play on a trip to visit him in Brazil. Today I play on the beautiful wood set that he taught me on. If you don’t know how to play backgammon now’s the time to learn. Here’s a link to the rules of backgammon

Above picture is “Backgammon By The Pool” by Slim Aarons. To see a full selection of Slim Arrons prints at Jonathan Adler click here. I love the way Slim Aarons was able to capture the style, elegance, glamour of his subjects in that era. 

A couple backgammon sets to choose from….

  1. Jonathan Adler Backgammon Set Anthropologie.
  2. SunnyLife Backgammon Set Shopbop.
  3. Acyclic Backgammon Set Monogram available Mark & Graham.
  4. Colorful Backgammon Set Moma Design Store.

To send you off into the weekend here a couple of things I’ve had my eyes on….

  1. Gucci Strawberry Pool Slides Saks, $310.
  2. Clear Lucite Cootie Stick Parker Thatch, $25. This is genius!
  3. The Songbird Velvet Slides/Slippers Birdies, $95. Cute Mother’s Day Gift along with my Mother’s Day Gift Guide
  4. Banjanan Bella Dress Shopbop, $380.
  5. Vans UA Era Sneaker Navy Goop, $65. White here.
  6. High Waist Capri Alo, $88 ( & these on sale). During last week’s heat wave I realized I needed a new pair of capri’s. 

Have a great weekend!

XOXO, 

Julie

 

Let’s Get Organized

This past month I’ve been doing a lot of purging and organizing at home. I thought it would be nice to connect with an expert in the field and hear her thoughts on keeping organized during this unique time at home. I connected with organizing guru Amy Suddleson / Lifestyle Organizer & Designer. Since 2008, Amy Suddleson has been a leader in lifestyle organizing and design. Amy has provided full service home organization, transforming spaces with her creative, functional and maintainable strategies paired with her stylish visual aesthetic.

Julie: Why do your clients reach out to you?

Amy: People reach out to me because they are overwhelmed with their space and just don’t know where to begin. I help them create a more simplified way of living by organizing, eliminating, and creating a peaceful space that provides balance in their lives. I have found that living an organized life, in a well-maintained home, eliminates internal chaos, leaving people feeling mentally and emotionally clearer – and ultimately, allowing more time to appreciate the people and things they love.

Julie: Any tips on staying organized during this unique time at home?

Amy: I believe in creating a flexible weekly schedule. You need structure in your day but also some flexibility. For example making your bed, opening your shades, scheduling your workouts, meal prep, and working. I do this by creating time blocks. For instance, cleaning the whole house at once can be overwhelming so I schedule it in blocks throughout the week. The task doesn’t seem as daunting if you break it up. I like using a digital calendar for myself but I find that kids really benefit from a visual calendar. A schedule is really important for creating a sense of normalcy for ourselves and the whole family during these unprecedented times.

Julie: What are your favorite bins for storing staples like flour, sugar, and snacks?

Amy: My favorite bins, baskets, and canisters are

Julie: What are your favorite containers for organizing kitchen utensils in drawers and silverware?

Amy: My favorites kitchen drawer tray is Bamboo Silverware tray and the iDesign Linus expandable cutlery organizer.

Julie: What are your favorite hangers, jewelry organizer, and drawer organizers for the closet?

Amy: I use so many different types of items but here are a few. There is no one size fits all so it depends on my clients space and needs.

It was a pleasure speaking with Amy I learned so much in our chat. Organization is an art and Amy is an expert! Amy shares her organizational tips and inspirational photos on her Instagram page @AmySuddelson.