The Fall Decorating Has Begun

Fall is in the air around here and we are finally having some cooler weather in Cali! Can I get an amen? After weeks of temps over 100 we've finally gotten some rain and a cool breeze. 

I love this sweet quote and thought a chalkboard was the perfect way to share it. This simple arrangement on my buffet includes some natural elements like burlap, feathers, and wheat. I like that it's very simple and in my signature neutral palette. 

Habitat:The Field Guide to Decorating

When it comes to decorating books, I guess you could say I'm a bit of a junkie. I just can't get enough. I'm passionate about getting better at what I do and I believe we can all learn so much from each other. I just received Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating, written by Lauren Liess and I can't put it down! I'm such a fan of Lauren and I follow her on her blog and on all manner of social media. I love that she incorporates so many artifact-type accessories into her designs. I'm a big believer in using things that are authentic along with some things that are new or knock off. Breathing new life into an item that has a past is relevant on so many levels, it adds history and depth to a design and in a way it's also a form of recycling. I adore the originality of those one-of-kind items that can't be purchased at HomeGoods. Not that I don't love a little HomeGoods! Lauren refers to this as, The Intangible Elements and I couldn't agree more! I try to incorporate this concept into all of my client projects. I'm looking forward to gleaning every last bit of inspiration from this beautiful coffee table book. When I'm finished with it, I plan on stacking it as part of a tabletop vignette. The cover is way to pretty to collect dust on my book shelf!!

Habitat will be available to readers on October 13th, but you can pre-order your copy now on Amazon

Magnolia Market Sneak Peek

A sneak peek into the new Magnolia Market Shop of Chip an Joanna Gaines

If you're like me, you're crack watching Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines. I can't get enough of the projects that these two put together. Last week after 3 hours of binge watching I seriously told the Mr. that I wanted to sell everything and move to Texas where it appears that you can do a whole house remodel for under $100,000. Here is California it'll cost you about 5 times that much! Even though moving to Texas isn't really an option for me, I have certainly been inspired by so many of the projects on Chip and Joanna do and at the moment I'm fixated on the silos and dairy barn that they are transforming into a shop and offices for there Interior Design Shop, Magnolia Market. If you hop on over to House Beautiful you can catch a glimpse of this project. I can't wait to see the finished product! In the meantime, I'm dreaming of a mini vacay to see the shop in person! Wouldn't that make an awesome girls trip?

Stella and Dot:Aida Tassel Chandeliers

Well I finally pulled the trigger on these gorgeous earrings. Everything I've been reading says that the statement earring is a must have piece for Fall and I've been ogling these forever! Big earrings are back and this pair is extra special because you can change the look of them by taking off either the tassels and or one of the gold fan drops. They hinge together for an easy style change up. I love the navy mixed with gold and think it will be the perfect accompaniment to all of the burgundy that I'm planning on wearing this Fall. Jump on over to Stella & Dot and grab your own pair!


Mindy Laven

Just a simple mid-western girl with a love for making things lovely. I create inspired, personalized, interiors on a budget. It's a beautiful life! Let me help you decorate it.

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