Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lilly Pulitzer Home Collection

I recently came across the Lilly Pulitzer Home Collection at Horchow, featuring a line of furniture and accents. I had previously seen the bedding line at Garnet Hill, but hadn't realized there was a furniture collection too! I'm really liking some of the items in the collection - especially the desk and accent chest featured above and below!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

World of Kelly

If you haven't already seen, Kelly Wearstler has completely redesigned her website to incorporate not only her interiors but her new line of accessories and fashion, along with her home accessory line.  Dubbed "World of Kelly" - her site now features everything from her collaborations to her books to her blog. During the recent New York Fashion Week, she launched her new ready to wear line where she now has boutiques in Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Holt Renfrew - along with an anticipated Los Angeles Flagship boutique (can't wait to visit!).

Kelly Wearstler ready to wear fashion and accessories:

For more, visit

Rustic + Modern

In honor of it being officially Fall, thought I'd feature some rustic modern interiors that evoke that warm rusticity of the season...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Banquette Beauties

{from the September/October issue of Lonny Magazine}

It seems I am always and forever suggesting banquettes to clients for their eat-in kitchens, breakfast rooms, or dining rooms. Banquettes are often a great use of space, they provide maximum seating in the most compact areas and can double as storage too. Most often, they are practical and functional (and even offer a cozier place to sit and read a book or work on a laptop). I currently have a client building one for her new house, in the open flow kitchen / breakfast room and recently completed one for a client's kitchen that has a very small breakfast nook. Over time, I have collected images of beautiful banquettes for inspiration!

{via Pinterest, via Design to Inspire}

{Proposed custom built banquette for a client, by JSID}

{Proposed custom built banquette for a client, by JSID}

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rejuvenation slated to open a store at Helms Bakery

Portland, OR based Rejuvenation Lighting is opening it's third retail location, and it's first store here in Los Angeles.  The new store is coming this Fall to the historic Helms Bakery District. The location suits the aesthetics of Rejuvenation just right, as quoted from their website: "We want to be in real neighborhoods and preserve buildings with rich history. That's why this move to Helms feels so right."

Rejuvenation is a great shopping source for finding period authentic lighting, house parts, and salvage finds.

More recently, they've added a collection of mid-century modern lighting and hardware.  Check them out here!

For more period lighting and hardware, visit

For store opening info, click here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ikat for your walls!

Just came accross the recently released "Ikat Collection" from New Ravenna Mosaics - thinking these could make a really dramatic statement for walls!  The new line has been created by designer Sara Baldwin and comes in three patterns and five colorways, all handcrafted in Virginia. Take a look!

{24"x 24" Loom in glass Quartz, Aquamarine, Tanzanite, Turquoise}

{24"x 24" Weft in glass Pearl, Quartz}

{Pamir glass in Quartz and mirror}

For more info, please visit the New Ravenna website.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Back from Summer Vacation!

Hope everyone is enjoying their "end of summer" weekend and had a great summer! I can't believe it's already September! I spent the month of August on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, CA where my family lives and my dad keeps his boat. I actually lived on the boat for the month and it was a really nice change of pace.  Thought I would share some highlights from my summer vacation!

The boat is docked quite literally just steps from the beach, as seen here from the aft of the boat. These homes are on the Beacon Bay waterfront side of Balboa Island.

How cute is my nephew Eli hanging out on the boat!

Paddling on the bay is very popular, many canoes, paddlers would go by daily...

...some with their dog too!

But I actually spent my summer days working...

...and here too.

But the reality is, most days were actually spent hard at work here.

But EVERY day at the *office* was finished with an amazing sunset like this one!

Or this one!

Mornings started early, where the water was like glass and it was peacefully quiet.

My sleeping quarters were not the "captain's quarters," instead I opted for a modest "cabin."

And the most compact bathroom I ever got ready in each and every day. (Although it's not every day you see a seal swim by from the "head!")

The galley style kitchen located on the lowest level of the boat.

When I did venture off the boat, my favorite thing to do is take the Ferry from Balboa Island across the harbor to the Balboa Peninsula side.  The Ferry is just $1 per person each way, it crosses the bay continuously from early morning until late at night and carries both cars and passengers.

Passing by one ferry from another (there are two that go back and forth).

My favorite place to go is Newport Landing Restaurant, they have the best happy hour too!

The view from the second story patio at Newport Landing.

Coming back on the ferry at night, a view of the Fun Zone and Balboa Pavilion.

Our boat is docked just steps away from Marine Avenue on Balboa Island, the one main street lined with shops and restaurants. I walked it daily but unfortunately didn't have time to explore some of the home decor shops, like this one (and others that I'd like to eventually feature on the blog).

I mostly walked through town to get to Little Balboa Island (where our house is) passing by the homes on the canal side...

...and over a bridge.

I've since said "goodbye" to my "summer office" - and am now back home!

Until next summer!

(All photos by me)