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Eclectic Farmhouse

Welcome to the world of the eclectic farmhouse! Where no corner is left undecorated, not tschotke left unthought of. Old and new, modern and quirky, an artists paradise, if you will. Each item has been carefully curated throughout the years, and the home is a seamless blend of fabulous, effectively creating the perfect family home. With photos from Aliza Rae, there’s more treasure to be seen right here. 

From Kristen: We live in a 1926 cream brick farmhouse, it was the second home to be built in our area. My husband and I love that it’s a perfect combination of old & new. I have been an artist in the fashion industry for 14 years. I believe fashion & decor inspire each other. I now, am happy to be a part of both! You could say I’ve always had it in me. Growing up I was always the one to rearrange the furniture in our house. I would put two feet on a wall and push!

This is our first home together, and it woke me up to my inner decorator (who came exploding out, never to be tamed again). The proof – I’m now taking interior decor classes & am obsessed. We wanted our home to be a calm refuge from our busy lives, so when we moved in, I began creating artwork for our home. I create calm, dreamy abstract paintings, & boho feather wall hangings. In our home, and in life, I tend to be drawn to cooler colors – I especially love any color found in the ocean & in nature. My style is eclectic mostly. I love mixing antique & modern, and believe that is the way to keep a home feeling current, yet livable. I love love using metallics in decor. It’s like adding jewelry to a room. I also believe it’s okay to mix different metals. I think it’s essential to layer in a room & add in lots of different texture – it’s interesting & keeps the eye moving.

I fill our home with treasures from our travels, and of course, things we love. The vase on our stairway is filled with shells I’ve collected all my life. The flower imprint I made in our family room is from our garden. I keep the bottle of wine we enjoyed when we got engaged on our bookshelves. I also love flea market finds!

From the photographer…Kristen has been a friend of mine for some time, and I have adored her home for years. She is super talented! I just had to share her style and art with the SMP crowd. She finds a way to keep her stylish home livable and I truly admire her. I just have to mention that Kristen’s wall hangings are for sale on Chairish, Etsy and One Kings Lane (for the holidays).

Photography: Aliza Rae Photography

FAMILY ROOM: Black painted windows: Benjamin Moore Black Satin | Walls: Swiss Coffee Benjamin Moore | Beni Ourain shag rug: West Elm | Club chair: One Kings Lane | Grey accent chair: Antique | Pouf: Moroccan Prestige | Henry sofa: West Elm | Bench: West Elm | Coffee table: antique circa1800s from China

LIVING ROOM: Walls: Pure White Sherwin Williams | Bookcase color: Polo Blue Benjamin Moore | Textile on the sofa: vintage Indonesian | Sofa pillows: Robert Allen Ikat & Calypso St. Barths | X-bench: One Kings Lane | Coffee table: West Elm | Bone in-lay bench: vintage Indian | Lamps: Crate and Barrel | Poufs: Moroccan Prestige | Gemma accent bead table | Stool: Serena & Lily | Throw on ladder: Serena & Lily | Ladder: antique | Cane chair: antique | Rug: Calypso St. Barths | Stump table: made by me | Palm print: The Aestate | Windows – West Elm

FOUR SEASONS ROOM: Walls: Sherwin Williams Pure White | Trim: Black Satin Benjamin Moore (draws your eye outside) | Hand painted floor: me
| Antique settee | Throw pillows: Furbish | Butterfly chair: urban outfitters | Antique sewing machine: my grandma’s | African Juju hat: made by me | Antique bird cage: my mom’s

BEDROOM: Accent wall: moroccan stencil | Moroccan wedding blanket: vintage | Duvet: West Elm | Pillows: Furbish, Mint Interior Decor, Etsy (Shibori pillows) | Bed: West Elm | Bench: antique | Dresser: antique | End tables: West Elm | Tchotckes on shelves: One Kings Lane | Wall Antlers on side wall: Ballard Designs | Antlers above bed: a deer my dad hunted | Brass lion: antique | Lamps: Crate & Barrel

DINING ROOM: Walls: Mink Benjamin Moore | Bamboo Table: Crate & Barrel | White Lacquer Sideboard: Crate & Barrel | Mirror: Anthropologie | Sconces: Jonathan Adler | Chandelier: West Elm | Tchotckes: One Kings Lane, Z Gallerie, Anthropologie | Runner: Anthropologie | Emerald rug: Genevieve Gorder One Kings Lane

Late Summer Harvest Picnic

I don’t know about you, but come September I spend as much time as physically possible outside. Before we know it, the leaves are going to fall and winter will be here. So let’s take a cue from Rani Hoover and soak up the late summer harvest while it’s still here! With photos from Brian Leahy, there’s more from this bountiful event right here. 

From Rani Hoover… Brian Leahy Photography recently photographed a Santa Barbara styled editorial photo shoot with Leonardo Curti, owner of Tratoria Grappolo, at the Firestone Crossroads Estate in Los Olivos.

Leonardo cooked a gorgeous meal as a faux-hosted luncheon on the Veranda of the Victorian home at the Crossroads Estate. The shoot included an expansive tablescape, lawn bocce and of course Leonardo preparing and serving the most delicious edibles to the guests.

Photography: Brian Leahy Photography | Floral Design: Shawna Yamamoto | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Catering: Leonardo Curti, Trattoria Grappolo | Coordination: Rani Hoover, Inspired Weddings & Events | Furniture: Elan Event Rentals | Location: Firestone Crossroads Estate, Los Olivos, CA | Tabletop: Coast 2 Coast Collections

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Apple Cinnamon Bread

I enjoy incorporating the flavors of fall into my recipes, especially when they can be found in our own backyard. We recently moved to a home that hosts 3 large apple trees, which we share with the local deer. We have an abundance of apples, so I’ve been getting creative with ways we can use them!

 I adapted my favorite no yeast bread recipe for a flavorful fall breakfast & dessert bread. If you’re a fan of the one for you & one for me philosophy, you’ll love this recipe! It yields 6 mini loaves, great for gifting, freezing & indulging! 

Apple Cinnamon BreadA mouth watering dish that makes your entire home smell like fall
prep time
15 Minute/s
cook time
40 Minute/s
total time
55 Minute/s
Serves 6Ingredients
  • 2 c sugar
  • 4 c flour
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c milk
  • 2/3 c vegetable oil
  • Topping:
  • 1 large apple, diced
  • 1 Tbsp & 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 c sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine sugar, flour, baking powder & salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat eggs, milk & oil.
  4. Gradually add dry mixture to wet until just moist.
  5. Grease baking dishes & pour mixture an inch below to the top to compensate for rise.
  6. Combine topping ingredients & spoon onto each loaf, swirling it in with a knife.
  7. Bake 40 minutes.

Photography: Julie Blanner

Julie Blanner

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