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Beautiful Southern California Home Tour

It’s a new week and I’m thrilled to be sharing a beautiful project by Corona del Mar, California-based interior designer, Ohara Davies-Gaetano. The emerging designer (recently published in Veranda) helped a family remodel and settle into their new Newport Beach home (downsizing from their previous one in Virginia). Ohara created an inviting, comfortable, yet elegant space reflective of her clients’ casual lifestyle. She also wanted a very open feeling where all areas of the house seamlessly flow into the next. Because the home was much smaller than what the owners were used to, each room had to serve its purpose and be functional. European antiques found throughout the home add small but elegant touches, which epitomize Ohara’s passion for mixing a little old with the new. I also love how her design  embraces the gorgeous light, landscape and outdoor living Southern California is known for.

california home with stone fence #curbappealrelaxed + elegant california living room designelegant living room designwhite modern kitchen // marble coutertops and backsplash // Ohara Davies-Gaetano elegant kitchen // california homedining room // upholstered chair details #nailhead #slipcoveredelegant california bedroom #bedside #bedroomswhite marble bathroom // Ohara Davies-Gaetano #bathroomsserene white bedroom designmodern stainless steel tub #bathroomsgorgeous southern california patio #outdoorliving

 

 *images published with permission via Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors

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Read full story By on September 8, 2014 in antiques, Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, dining rooms, Garden, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, lighting, living rooms, patio furniture, tile

Friday Find :: Adorable Vertical Succulent Gardens

Happy Friday! Succulents are popping up all over the home, patio and garden these days. I especially love vertical succulent gardens. So when I spotted these adorable vertical succulent gardens in whimsical shapes, I knew I had to share with you. All are available at Lolivia Gifts on Etsy.

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So cute, right?

Happy Friday,

Cristin

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Read full story By on June 20, 2014 in Features, friday find, Friday Finds, Garden, green design, Interiors

5 Favorites :: Outdoor Sofas

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With warmer months ahead and our house addition wrapping up in a few weeks, I’ve been on the hunt for backyard patio furniture. We want the outside living area to feel like an extension of our home, so are looking to add an outdoor sofa. It’s been hard to narrow down because I like such a variety of styles. Here are a few we are considering. Which would do you like best?

outdoor sofas - simplified bee

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Read full story By on June 3, 2014 in 5 favorites, Features, furniture, Garden, patio furniture

Design Crush: Eric Olsen Design

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I recently came across the portfolio of Southern California architect and designer, Eric Olsen. I’m in love. He creates beautiful, traditional homes with a fresh, contemporary feel. Many of his projects feature gorgeous aged wood ceilings, paneling and cabinetry that give a wonderful earthiness to the space. One project referred to as “Port Streets”, is a favorite. Pictured above, the home has a relaxed California style I adore. The backyard patio with fireplace is a stunner too. Take a peek for yourself!

clean and rustic entry stairwayrelaxed california style living roomrelaxed california dining roomreclaimed wood ceiling and beamsgray and white kitchenkitchen nook with corner windowslarge marble shower for twoeric olsen design - backyard patiooutdoor fireplace and patio

*images via Eric Olsen Design

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Read full story By on April 30, 2014 in contemporary decor, foyers, Garden, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, living rooms, patio furniture