Intuitive Decorating, Or Creating a Home That Reflects You

The concept of “intuitive eating”–eating what you’re hungry for when you’re hungry, and when you feel you need to–is one I learned of months ago, and an ongoing diet trend that appears to be part of a larger, more recent lifestyle zeitgeist.

Though I’ve been interior obsessed for what seems like almost a decade, I still find myself on Cosmo-like, click-bait charged interior design blogs (ahem, MyDomaine) clicking titles that usually read something like “The Design Mistakes You’re Totally Making”, or “An Interior Designer Would Never Make These Rookie Mistakes”. Naturally I like to know what exactly I don’t know, which most often is a lot! But I’m also the kind of gal who likes a bit of eclecticism and creating her own rules. So lately I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find this piece of advice when scrolling through a list (see this lovely article on Design Sponge) of DOs and DONTS: do let your home reflect you and what you love.

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As much as I love a catalog space, and on occasion long for some minimalism, my home (well in this case, the perpetual bedroom I have to work with) wouldn’t be my own without the treasures I’ve collected throughout my wanderings. I can create moodboards and perfect pairings, but our home (aka Max and I) will come together organically.

And I’m not saying there’s nothing to learn from design articles or that you shouldn’t listen to experts that offer design advice (obviously, they know their sh*t!), but I’m pushing for that new world where we can be comfortable in both our bodies and our spaces.

Thoughts on designing a space that’s YOU?

Interior Art: Paintings I’d Love to Live In

Not long ago I posted about my fascination with Hunt Slonem’s electric paintings of textiles and interiors. Looking through my art Pinboards, I realized I have a general love of interior renderings, especially of the painterly variety.

I’ve always had a thing for still life paintings and depictions of food and flowers (and particularly flowers), and lately my eye has been drawn to art most closely related to Fauvism–pieces with bold color and expression–and that depict spaces. I’ve been delighted to find that there’s a world of artists who paint interiors. Some are known for their lush floral paintings and drawings, while others just seem to be fascinated by super bright spaces. Not only are these pieces beautiful to look at, but they provide so much interior design inspiration, and I’m seriously diggin’ the homes and spaces of whatever imaginary individuals live there. Here are a few:

The bright, boho, and layered paintings of Anna Valdez:

I probably couldn’t keep a collection of plants like this alive, but I’d be in heaven if my place were covered, carpet-to-wall, in colorful patterned textiles! That macbook and rug are totally my aesthetic (hah).

The feminine florals and pastel paintings of Lulie Wallace:

I’ve followed Lulie Wallace for a while on Instagram now, and I know one day I’ll purchase one of her paintings. But it didn’t occur to me until I did my research that she has a delightful collection of interior artwork, and some where she’s incorporated the mixed media bouquets that make her work so special! This kitchen is a patterned, pastel dream and such an “artsy” little space.

The boho, flora filled renderings of Elizabeth Barnett:

Definitely one of my favorites, this gal paints the most incredible bohemian spaces, most filled with vines, fiddle leaf trees, furniture I would absolutely thrift, and textiles. Can I live in this room, please?

The quaint and colorful paintings of Becca Stadtlander:

Becca Stadtlander’s artwork is full of “everyday objects” as she mentions in her bio, including plates, fruits, detailed vases full of bouquets, and teacups. At first glance, I got a “European country cottage” vibe from her work, but it also spans landscape and animal illustration. I loved this particular rendering for the wallpapers and detailed plates.

The saturated, collage-like artwork of Jenny Wheatley:

Jenny Wheatley’s aesthetic reminded me of Becca’s, but with a collage-like twist. The objects in her work seem to be playfully thrown together, furniture, animals, view, and all–just how I like my spaces!

Which of these rooms would you love to live in?

Piles of Pillows: A Recipe for a Bohemian Sofa

Recently I’ve been downsizing in an attempt to make my painfully small bedroom feel larger and less cluttered. I folded up my new bird shams yesterday and stuffed their pillows in our linen closet, leaving only my two tufted beauties and embroidered cushion behind. For a gal who loves pillows, saying a temporary goodbye to mine was disheartening (goodbye until I find a bigger place one fine day).

Minimalists will tell you that “less is more”, and de-cluttering parts of my tiny space has definitely made things feel lighter…but when it comes to design, I’m in cahoots with Robert Venturi’s “less is a bore!”. I’ll take patterns and colorful textiles in a room over plain walls any day.

So lately I’ve found inspiration on the couches of bohemian-minded designers. Their collections of Kilim throws, geometric cushions, and bright pillows (usually from parts of the Eastern Hemisphere) give their sofas a vibrant, worldly feel, and I’ve been ogling this trend on my Pinterest for a while:

My own small love seat in our living room isn’t quite this eclectic or bright (a bit “matchy matchy” for my taste, but that’s what you get when roommates can’t agree on a style), and most of my bedding cushions are stuffed elsewhere…but for now I can look to these beautifully bohemian living rooms for future apartment ideas and design eye candy.

5 Wonderfully Eclectic Studios

I’m always delighted by small space design and the studios that pop up throughout interior design blogs. Even before I was watching videos of Andrea Zittel’s compact living units and learning about Joe Colombo’s “Total Furnishing Units”, I was fascinated by the idea of tiny house living (I had a pretty awesome playhouse as a kid too).

I would also love my own studio apartment someday (easier said than done in this city), and I imagine it would look something like the mish-mosh of random found objects and furniture I have currently in my bedroom…and my piles of mismatched textiles and blankets. Eclectic interior design is the best!

Here are a few adorable and very eclectic studios that my future place (the far far far away future) will totally emulate:


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Neon Spaces I Love

Neon has been trending for a while now both in interior design and fashion, and lately I’ve stumbled upon several spaces with pops of neon (and gold) displayed on a canvas of crisp white walls–a look that is bright and inviting, but keeps things modern and minimal.

I’m delighted by the textiles I’ve seen as well and the colors and textures they add to otherwise plain walls. Geometric Peruvian and Moroccan rugs, an Otomi lamp shade, neon pink photo frames, and a floral pouf are a few of the details that bring vibrancy and a bit of bohemian panache to these rooms:

A Bohemian Nest on Fillmore St.

DSC_0088Twenty years in the city and more than a few in my heart, Nest on Fillmore St. is an eclectic boutique of antique trinkets, vibrant textiles, and chic home goods. I’ve visited this fantastical shop many times during the last few years (and now that I live in San Francisco it’s just a short bus ride away!)  and I am always inspired by what I find.DSC_0091





As a huge textile nerd and a lover of all things animal, my time at Nest is spent swooning over their collection of kantha quilts that I can’t actually afford and the plethora of animal miniatures and oddities scattered throughout their curio cabinets and shelves (that I also can’t afford because of my trinket hoarding tendencies). On this visit, I fell in love with the bedding and antique brass bed display, and the glorious rope chandelier dangling above.


DSC_0073Nest also has a nice selection of dainty jewelry, coffee table books inspired by art and cooking, and bohemian dishware. The ceilings are adorned with colorful dreamcatchers, garland, and branches, and its shelves are lined with woven baskets, totes, and frames. The store is basically a more authentic Anthropologie, and you’ll end up wanting to just live there once you leave.



Nest has two locations now–its shop on the corner of Fillmore and Clay and a new shop on 4th in Berkeley. You can check out Nest on their website, and if you’re looking for home or nursery inspiration or just a unique San Francisco boutique, I highly recommend a visit to this magical space!

J. Rusten Furniture Studio

IMG_9676 copyAfter entertaining the idea of creating a design blog and tossing ideas back and forth for a few years, I finally found my first piece of blog inspiration during a company offsite at an awesome furniture studio in San Francisco. My feet tiptoed me away from our woodworking group the moment I had a free moment to explore the J. Rusten Furniture Studio.

Beyond Jared’s wood shop, I was delighted to find a separate living space complete with a loft and small kitchen that matched the modern simplicity and clean lines of his designs. The studio was filled with pockets of natural light, the industrial walls and ceilings of the original space, and wood from floor to furniture.IMG_9690 copy

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IMG_9689 copyThank you for letting me share your studio Jared!