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Los Angeles Home Tour

My boyfriend and I have hunkered down and seriously started saving for our first home which means that my love for home tours is currently in overdrive. And if I had my choice, we’d stop our search at this very second and move right in to this LA abode. With photos from Christine Choi Photography, let’s take a closer look. 

From the home owner… We purchased our first home a little over a year ago and we’ve done quite a bit to it in a short time. While it’s not very big we figured there is no reason why it can’t be well decorated and a reflection of our styles. In it’s original state it needed an overhaul which included, all new hardwood flooring, kitchen remodel, new fireplace and built-ins. We had one month after purchase to complete the renovations, so decisions had to be made in a hurry. My Pinterest addiction had hit an all-time high! We ended up choosing dark hardwood floors for a dramatic effect and to balance the lighter walls, cabinets, and decor. I had to restrain myself from painting the entire interior white and ended up choosing Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Grey and White Dove for the trim for all but the nursery. We’ve added paintings, lighting, bookcases, and accent pieces since the initial renovation to our first home truly ours.

Our kitchen area leads to the living room in an open, great room design. It is not only a focal point in our home but also is our main eating area so we knew it needed to be something we would absolutely love! The Carrera Marble countertops and island are something we just had to have it is one of our favorite features of the kitchen. We think the Brass Hick’s pendants were a nice addition to room to add something a little unexpected. They also inspired us to mix metals throughout the home. The kitchen side of the great room opens up to our back yard through two large French doors. This creates a great setting for entertaining and al fresco dining.

Our living room is where we spend most of our time so we it needed to be comfortable, yet stylish. We wanted to have plenty of space to lounge so opted for this Restoration Hardware sectional accented with Moroccan wedding pillows (I knew I wanted to incorporate somewhere in my home) and Moroccan shag rug. I love mixing in budget friendly items like this ottoman from

The entry way isn’t very large, but it is kind of on its own so we thought it would be a place to have a little fun with pops of color. While it’s always a challenge for us to commit to any art pieces, or anything on the walls for that matter, we think the painting selected here is perfect with it’s mixture of gold and color. It creates and inviting and curious start to our home tour.

The master bedroom we wanted to keep light and airy. We love a lot of white complemented with beige & grey tones. The mirrored dresser and silver lamps also help maximize the rooms natural light. It’s definitely the most relaxing, calming room in the house which was our goal!

In my mind a guest room is a perfect place to experiment. Here we decided to mix a bit of everything from monochromatic and floral prints to modern lamps, retro sunburst mirror, and lastly we added a vintage globe and dresser. The combination of eras and styles is a bit free-form, but it brings just the creative divergence the house needs.

The nursery I wanted to be soft, cool and calming, but with a bit of an edge. We combined some pieces that can transition into a little boys room, while still being a beautiful nursery for our little man. I love mixing the black and white rug and blanket with the sweet mobile and animal prints. Slight bits of gold hardware add complexity and reminds of metals pieces throughout the house. The room is surprisingly relaxing to rock our baby boy to sleep.

Photography: Christine Choi Photography

Desk: Restoration Hardware | Art & Chair: Z Gallerie | Bookshelf: Cost Plus

Barstools: Restoration Hardware | Hicks Pendant Lights: Horchow | Vase: Tiffanys | Apothecary Jar: Target | White Urn: C Wonder | “Home is wherever I’m with you” print: Etsy

Living room:
Couch: Restoration Hardware | Pillows & Blankets: Potterybarn and West Elm | Rug: | Ottoman: | Peacock Mirror: Wisteria

Master Bedroom:
Bed & Bench: Restoration Hardware | Ceiling light: Restoration Hardware Baby & Child | Side tables and lamps: Horchow | Dresser: Z Gallerie | Throw Pillows: Etsy | LOVE print:

Crib and bookcase: Potterybarn Kids | Rug and Dresser: Ikea (knobs from Lee Valley) | Mobile: Restoration Hardware Baby & Child | Animal art: Sharon Montrose | World is your oyster pillow: Etsy | Burlap bunting: Land of Nod | Blanket: Spearmint Love | Paint color: Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

Guest bedroom:
Pillows: Etsy | Dresser: Family | Art: Purchased in Positano, Italy | Gold Vase: Nate Berkus for Target  | Globe: Vintage from Etsy | Drapery: Target

Entry Way:
Art: Jennifer Flannigan Art on Etsy | Console table and candle holder: Target | Other decorative items: Homegoods

Behind the Blog: Lean + Meadow

The very best part of this blog thing is the chance to get lost in a virtual world of lovely. And I’m here to introduce to you a brand new favourite: Lean + Meadow.  She simply must be on your radar. An incredible writer, a beautiful soul, and the entire experience feels like sipping a warm cup of tea. With photos from Amanda Lenhardt, we’re going behind the blog.

SMP: Tell us a little about lean + meadow!
lean + meadow is a food and travel photography journal. It is a place for me to share captured moments from my most two favourite things – slow, seasonal, sustainable food and all over the place, back street, intrepid travel. Every week I’ll post a new recipe and travel adventure and often day to day moments sneak in there too. I have also recently began an exciting little project called Creative Humans USA, an interview and photography series of selected creative folk who I am lucky enough to meet on my travels around the states. So together, it is a real natural compilation of my daily inspirations. Admittedly, it is my current love affair…

SMP: What made you decide to start a blog?
I didn’t set out to be a photographer, let alone a blogger. I was previously a performing arts teacher. I had no idea what the alternative would be, but I did know that I couldn’t keep teaching. I didn’t enjoy my work, and for me that was enough to stop. I knew very little about the blogging world. When we moved over to the USA and I stumbled across the possibility of sharing my photographs, travel and food stories on an online journal, I became quite excited. It seemed to be the perfect way to combine my creative interests of photography, cooking and writing into one neat little expressive ball, all the while documenting our time living overseas. It made me incredibly happy, so I ran with it. I’ve not once looked back.

SMP: What’s one thing you’ve learnt along the way?
I am a perfectionist. So, it has been a valuable lesson for me to be forgiving towards my personal judgements and to encourage myself to post photos, even if I am not 100% happy with them. After all, it’s a journal – it is a wonderful place to look back on and see growth.

SMP: If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?
I would have started sooner.

SMP: Stranded on a dessert island question: what’s one cocktail you’d bring with you!
I adore gin and egg white. So, a gin fizz please. Made with fresh lemon and Ransom Old Tom Gin, my recent favourite.

SMP: A single quote that best describes your creative process?
‘She’ll be right love.’ – Something I grew up hearing daily from my Dad. The most lovely Australian man, who always encouraged me creatively and who taught me to see things in a positive light. With Dad, everything always worked out for the best. I like to think of this as I create and generally in my day to day life.

SMP: Your secret to success?
To keep moving. It’s important for me to never allow my abilities or daily life to become stagnant. I love to learn and I love to explore. This keeps me inspired and drives my being. There is just too much to seek and so much to be explored to become too comfortable with life.

SMP: Your most prized possession?
My Dad’s guitar.

SMP: One thing you simply can’t live without?

SMP: Three things every stylish homeowner should have?
Natural light, a gas hob and a veggie garden.

SMP: Your favourite online design resource?
Oh, it’s too hard to choose a favourite, I have so many! Can I name a few? Kinfolk, Freunde Von Freunden, The Design Files and Miss Moss.

Photography: Amanda Lenhardt | Blogger: Lean And Meadow

Sun-filled Baby Shower

For whatever reason, poor Mondays get a bit of a bad rap. But we’re here to ensure that your Monday morning gets off on the right foot. And I can’t think of a better way to do so than with a bright and sunny baby shower! Designed and styled by Macarena Gea, if there’s any place to be at this very moment, it’s right here in the gallery.

From Macarena… I’m expecting my first child, Mateo, and I’m so excited to share the yellow baby shower I prepared for him and my closest friends some days ago. The party took place at home and, as event planner, i loved preparing each and every detail of this very special day.

As my little “sun” will come together with summer, I though the mythical Beatles’ song “Here comes the sun” could be the perfect party’s motto. And, because of that, yellow was the main colour chosen for the decoration and little moustaches were a kind of “it’s a boy” wink.

I prepared fresh lemonade, oats milk, lemon water and some sweet and salty delis as sandwiches, tartlets, snacks, carrot cupcakes and, of course, my favourite nude cake: white chocolate, lemon and natural red fruits.

Little Mateo was not the only receiving some presents this afternoon. I really wanted to surprise my friends and I prepared a very special “thanks for coming kit” composed by a framed print with the party logo, a four postcards set with the four designs available and a little jar with one of my favourite french confitures.

To finish, I set on a photobooth corner with some props, an instax camera and some postcards were my friends could pin their pics and write on special messages for out little Mateo.

Photography: Macarena | Event Design: Macarena Gea | Logo Design : Project Party Studio | Pastry: Majose's