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What We're Wearing for The Fourth

What We're Wearing for The Fourth

July 03, 2018

Red, denim, hot dogs, and freedom.  That’s right…Independence Day is right around the corner.  This 4th of July we’ll be celebrating the U. S. of A. with our family and friends.  Our personal aesthetic goes beyond the interior of the homes we design; good design, afterall, is a lifestyle.  Check out how we’re rockin’ out this 4th with our personal flair.  The best part, all these gorg goods can be found locally.

This 4th, why not invite your accessories to make a statement.  Nothing says summer like bold sunnies and notable hoops.

1) STRIPED SHIRT: ZARA

2) HAT: SEA AND WANDER

3) SUNGLASSES: ZARA

4) EARRINGS: ZARA

5) JEANS: ZARA

6) SANDALS: TARGET

7) PURSE: CLEOBELLA

Comfort doesn’t have to be frumpy.  Get down and boho chic at the family bbq with your best worn-in jeans and a kitten heel.

1) EARRINGS: OFTEN WANDER

2) SHIRT: MADEWELL

3) PURSE: NORDSTROM

4) SHOES: ZARA

5) JEANS: MADEWELL

Stars, stripes, and polka dots.  Sometimes you have to mix it up.  Because YOLO.  Obviously.

1) JEAN JACKET: AMUSE SOCIETY

2) STRIPED TEE SHIRT: MADEWELL

3) SHORTS: SALT CULTURE

4) SHOES: FREE PEOPLE

5) BAG: NORDSTROM

6) KEYCHAIN: CLEOBELLA

7) SUNGLASSES: URBAN OUTFITTERS

Whether you decide to picnic or parade, celebrate your signature style this Independence Day…or rip a page out of our book.  And yes, have another slice of that American flag cool whip cake. 

Happy 4th of July!

Love, the Sisters

Tips When Hiring an Interior Designer

Tips When Hiring an Interior Designer

June 27, 2018

There’s that sweet spot in time when the heavens part, mercury is not in retrograde and the stars seem to align in sublime orientation that beholden the path for the perfect interior designer.

We’re kidding…well, kind of. 

Finding the right interior designer can be one of the best decisions you ever make when it comes to your home, but it’s not a cosmic challenge.  It does, however, take some research to find the perfect designer to carry out your overall vision and setting reasonable expectations, especially when it comes to cost.  Just like you wouldn’t have your podiatrist do your facelift, you wouldn’t trust just any designer to makeover your home.  Here are our best tips when considering an interior designer.

TIPS:

BE PREPARED

If you’ve never worked with an interior designer understand that they don’t come cheap.  But it’s all about the return on your investment and hiring the right interior designer can save you time and money in the end. Be ready to be decisive and try to define your style as much as possible.  At the very least know what you love and what you don’t. We’re pretty sure that’s how Pinterest came to be.  It’s important to realize that for any and all projects, there are hundreds of details at stake, so it’s only fair that the designer is privy to what you are expecting.

ASK FOR A REFERRAL AND PLAN TO INTERVIEW

It helps to get a recommendation from someone you trust who has had a positive experience. And don’t hesitate to interview a few people or at the very least have a list of questions prepared for the designer. The relationship between a designer and client is an intimate one that requires a lot of clear communication so make sure you’re comfortable with your designer-to-be.  Trust is essential.

KNOW YOUR BUDGET

Interior designers have access to the universe of all that is low-end, mid range and the high-end.  If you don’t give them a number to work with, they will most likely aim for the high-end of your design wish list to complete your vision. It’s imperative for your own sanity and bank account that your designer understands what you’re willing to spend money on and where you’re willing to compromise. Designers are highly skilled and can get creative with your budget, mixing high-end with low-end. You can also consider an all in budget, budgets for each individual space, or a flexible budget that has allowances for all the moving parts. It’s worth the time to heavily consider your appropriate budget as most trustworthy designers will provide pricing on everything before anything is purchased to keep the project on track.

COMMUNICATION IS THE SECRET SAUCE

Like with any relationship, communication is pivotal to success. Be upfront about money, style and expectations in the very beginning and maintain those conversations throughout the process. Interior designers are not mind readers.  If you’re not happy with something, tell them. If you need more information, tell them. If you want to be more involved, tell them. Good communication or the lack thereof can make or break a project.

 

If you are considering an interior designer, you’re already on the right path.  Our tips will help you narrow down your options and get you to swipe right on the top-notch match for you.  Happy hiring!

 

Love, The Sisters

Love, the Sisters

Father's Day - Gift Guide

Father's Day - Gift Guide

June 07, 2018

The eye of the storm is that peaceful calm in the center of chaos.  That’s where you find good ol’ dad.  Dads are special like that.  Our pops is no exception.  He has inspired us in so many ways and we carry his life lessons in everything we do. “Conformity is the hobgoblin of little minds,” our father used to say. That desire to strive for authenticity and to be true to who we are is what drives our designs.

So how do we honor dad this year?  Only with local goods of course!  Let us help you with our handy Father’s Day gift guide. 

1) Brass Bottle Openers - Nothing better than pops poppin’ bottles up in here with these. Available at Design 4 Corners.

2) Swee’ Pea Bing Surfboard - Hang ten daddy-o with a Swee’ Pea surfboard. Shop the collection at BingSurfboards.

3) SUPERbrand Fin - Help the surfer dude in your life accessorize in the most righteous way.  SUPERbrand Surf Accessories is your local choice for all your dad’s quintessential needs.  Available at @allday_allgoods in Del Mar

4) Proximity Book - Surfs up - A picture says a thousand words they say - If that’s the case this book should do the trick. Shop this book and many more coffee table books in our shop at Design 4 Corners.

5) Raen Sunglasses - Retro shades, like these Raen Sunglasses, will keep dad lookin’ fresh to death. 

6) Luau Socks - Sometimes the socks make the man.  Ok, maybe not…but it doesn’t hurt.  Check out Richer Poorer socks, available at @allday_allgoods in Del Mar.

7) Evil Eye Flask - Theres nothing evil about this gift, make sure you keep an eye on it! Available at SALT Culture.

8) Havaina Sandals - Just make sure dad doesn’t wear his socks with these Havaiana sandals, also at @allday_allgoods.

9) Rustic Iron Wine Opener - You can’t wrong with a good wine opener, this one’s for all the men who believe its 5’oclock somewhere! Also available at SALT Culture.

10) Malabar Shorts (Brown) - Dad can rock these “Malabar” shorts land and sea! Shop the collection at SALT Culture.

11) Towel - This Slowtide beach towel is so divine, you’ll gift it…and then continuously borrow it. Available at @allday_allgoods.

 

Without dads, we wouldn’t be here.  Let’s all slow clap together and celebrate how awesome they are. Make this Father’s Day one to remember.

 

Love, The Sisters

Love, the Sisters

When Two Worlds Collide

When Two Worlds Collide

May 05, 2018

FASHION AND INTERIORS 

“Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” – Marc Jacobs

Yassss Queen!  In fact, that’s how we feel about home design.  Your personal aesthetic is a true form of self-expression.  Whether it’s the teak and copper bowl you’ve chosen to sit on your coffee table or the statement necklace draping along your décolletage, home design and fashion are one in the same.  There’s something to be said about marinating in your own sense of style.  We are taking a page from Marc’s book and showing you some home design and fashion inspiration. 

BLAZER: POSHMARK

NECKLACE: DESIGN 4 CORNERS VIA KIM EGEL - Available in store at Design 4 Corners or here.

WHITE T-SHIRT: MADEWELL

WINE TUMBLER: DESIGN 4 CORNERS

GOLD WATCH: FOSSIL

JEANS: NORDSTROM

RATTAN SERVING TRAYS: DESIGN 4 CORNERS

SHOES: URBAN OUTFITTERS - no longer available but these are similar (and slightly better)

Love, The Sisters

Love, the Sisters

A Fiesta for your Taste Buds

A Fiesta for your Taste Buds

May 02, 2018

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!! As San Diego natives with a Mexican background, us sisters, are obligated to know how to make a good margarita and taco. That being said we wanted to spread the wealth, or should we say tacos, by sharing some easy to make recipes for the holiday! See below for a Guilt Free Queso Dip to start, some Sweet Potato Tacos and Cucumber Margaritas to share with all your amigos on Cinco de Mayo.

Guilt Free Queso Dip (Vegan, Gluten Free)

(2 cups, soaked overnight) Raw Cashews

Salt

(1/2 tsp) Cumin

(1/2 tsp) Chili powder

(1/2 tsp) Garlic Powder

(1/2 tsp) Turmeric

(1/2 tsp) Red Chili Flakes

(1/2 tsp) Tomato (chopped)

(3 - 4 cups) Almond Milk or Coconut Milk

(1/2 tsp) Hot Sauce

Instructions:

1) Puree the raw cashews in a food processor until smooth and no chunks remain.

2) Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor adding almond or coconut milk as needed. The less milk the creamier the dip.

3) If you’d like it to be spicier add more hot sauce as desired.

4) Serve with chips or veggies of your choice.

Sweet Potato Tacos (Vegan, Gluten Free)

(3) Sweet Potatoes

(1 can or 3 husks) Corn

(1 can) Black Beans

Corn Tortillas

Cilantro

Onion (diced)

Salt

(1) Lime

(1-2) Avocado

Lettuce

(1 can) Chickpea

Tomato (chopped)

Instructions:

1) Cut up your sweet potatoes into small dice size pieces.

2) In a large pan sauté your sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. When cooked put to the side.

3) In a large pan sauté your chickpeas in olive oil for about 10 minutes on high heat.

4) Warm up your tortillas in the oven or microwave if you like them warm. 

5) Add the remaining ingredients together for your tacos or a taco bowl! Enjoy!

Taco Dressing (Vegan, Gluten Free)

(1) Avocado

Cilantro (lightly packed)

(1 tbsp) Onion (chopped)

(1 tbsp) Lime Juice

(1/2 tsp) Sea salt

(1/2) Olive oil

(1/2 tsp) Cumin

(1/4 cup) Water

Instructions:

1) Add ingredients above to a blender and serve on top of your tacos or taco bowl.

Cucumber Margaritas

Tequila

Margarita Mix 

(1 large cucumber) Cucumber (chopped)

(1 tbsp) Lime Juice

Salt

Cilantro

Instructions:

1) Add a large (peeled) cucumber to the blender with the lime juice, salt and 1/4 cup margarita mix.

2) Use a strainer to remove the excess pup from the cucumber juice.

3) Add cucumber juice, margarita mix and ice to a chilled glass and top it off with tequila!

4) Garish with cilantro and salt. Enjoy!

Shop our teak bowls here!

Love, The Sisters

Love, the Sisters

Using Black and White in Your Home

Using Black and White in Your Home

April 25, 2018

The centerpiece to any great kitchen is simply the people who fill it.  When our client called for white, her favorite color, we were excited about creating a kitchen ready for her family’s most memorable moments.  Using accents of black made this design dramatic without taking away from this clean and timeless look.

Our client is a high-powered attorney with two small kids who was looking for a sacred space, a solace for her family to gather.  We removed her multi-angled, multi-height island and swapped it for a long, wide quartz counter island so she could keep her eye on her kids while she was cooking and completely transformed her outdated kitchen to a full-functioning space ready for entertaining. 

It’s important to bring elements of the outside in, starting with natural light. We converted a window to a door and added an additional door, providing sunlight and access to the yard.  Black framed and mullion doors, often called factory doors (and totally #trending right now), complimented the white space. Structurally, making these doors work was a challenge, but provided the design impact for that one-two punch, knockout kitchen.

If you look closely you will notice some architectural detail work in the cabinetry.  As designers, sometimes we delight in keeping it simple. Peppering this stark white kitchen with black accents made a big impact.   It’s an understated fabulous-ness.  White kitchen.  Black Accents.  Vibrant people.

 

Love, The Sisters

Love, the Sisters

Mothers Day - Gift Guide

Mothers Day - Gift Guide

April 11, 2018

The swarm that is motherhood is notably discerned by the bundles of moments that are forever etched in heart and mind.  Like the first time I made eye contact. The first time they fell asleep and I couldn’t stop staring at them. Or the terror in giving them their first bath.

 

 

And it changes so fast. Blink speed.  Like the time I woke up to find Hudson in the kitchen sitting on the kitchen counter throwing flour and pouring oil all over the floors. Or the way Quinn would scream my name, MOMMY at the top of his lungs. The way they search for your hands or wrap them selves around your legs so tightly when we’re walking through a crowd. The way they run to you so excited and so happy to see you. Or the endless car rides when they screamed the whole ride because they hated their car seat. Or, my personal favorite, the amazing snuggles in the morning when they first wake up.   Like I said, blink speed.

It’s a long series of overlapping, jumbled moments, as my memory has been compromised with sleep deprivation and the intense focus on trying to keep them alive. Most of the time, I feel I’m on the verge of losing my mind, but just as I get close to the zenith of complete insanity, I hear their sweet voices tell me how much they love me or feel their small hands caressing my face.  And like magic, I’m transported to the basecamp of motherhood, the home of unconditional love.

Being a mother is like riding a roller coaster that never docks. It’s a tough and, at times, nauseating job. The love is so massive it can feel terrifying. Whether they’re telling you how yucky dinner tastes or they’re both screaming for different things at the same time or one is throwing up while the other is battling a high fever; the struggle is most definitely real, but nothing competes with the relentless devotion a mom has for her child. You don’t question it, ever. It’s the most natural feeling. And so you get through the sleepless nights, the thankless cooking, the throwing of food, the tantrums in the middle of a store, the projectile vomiting on the person sitting next to you on the plane, the utter fear the first time you lose sight of them in a busy place, their first cut, fall or bruise. You don’t stop. They keep you on your toes and they bring you to your knees. It’s a beautiful thing. A wonderful, scary and incredibly exhausting, majestic thing. And I love it. They are my everything.

Let’s not forget that we moms need a little celebrating now and again. I have a newfound respect for my own mother and all the mothers out there. We’re in this together. Whether you have a human baby or a furry baby, we are all devoted. And that devotion makes the world go around. So, here is a little round up of some of the things that I would get myself as a treat. Perhaps, a reminder to take care of yourself. You deserve it.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

 

1) Engraved Necklace - Ironically this pendant is called the Quinn pendant (my son’s name) I’ve been searching for a beautiful pendant like this to engrave both my boys initials. 

2) Four Moons Spa - TREAT YO’SELF. This is our go-to-spot for any and all relaxation needs! All you mamas need to know about this place!

3) Hat - Love the color and shape of this guy. Shop the collection at one our fav shops in San Diego, Sea and Wander.

4) Wine - I’ve been wanting to try out this SECCO brand wine. It’s completely organic, chemical free, gluten free, vegan free and NO HANGOVER! Yes please!

5) Shoes - Shoes are a gals best friend, aren’t they? I just treated myself to a pair of these guys! They’ll probably never leave my side, or shall I say my feet.

6) Perfume - I use this scent on the daily! 

7) Engraved Ring - Love this ring! It matched the necklace above perfectly!

8) Amethyst Necklace - I mean can we just talk about how epic this necklace is!? This gorgeous necklace was hand made by our dear friend and local artist, Kim Egel. Amethyst has amazing healing powers and if you can’t feel it’s energy through the screen, stop by our shop to see for yourself! 

Love, The Sisters

Love, the Sisters

How to Create Your Very Own Terrarium

How to Create Your Very Own Terrarium

April 11, 2018

Calling all our green thumb friends – we’ve got a little spring DIY project for you!

Who doesn’t love a good terrarium?   Green thumb magic is not required, just a little love.  Terrariums are the perfect way to bring a little bit of the outdoor life inside. And you know that’s our specialty.  They are super easy to make and the best part is they don’t require a whole lot of watering. Once you start you’ll want to make a million! So grab your girlfriends and bring some life into your home!

What you will need:

A terrarium or pot of your choice.

Some cute succulent or cacti plants of your choice.  Our top picks are donkey’s tail, perle von Nurnberg, and crassula baby’s necklace.  Succulents and cacti are great because they don’t require a whole lot of watering, just a lot of sunlight which we are in no shortage of here in San Diego.

Planting material such as rocks and soil.

A spoon. We just used a spoon from our kitchen to place the plants in place.

A syringe. We use this to water our plants to get directly to the roots and because our plants are so small in this case they don’t need much water.

Gloves. Potting cacti sans gloves is no bueno. We recommend nitrile coated gloves.

Colored sand (optional). This adds a little extra something to your terrarium or potted plant. You can also use small decorative rocks or moss.

Step One:

Add your base layer. This can be rocks, sand or gravel. This layer is for drainage. Depending on how big or small your container is you will want at least a half an inch to an inch of this material.

Step Two:

Add your soil. We like to use the spoon for this step. You can play around with the amount of soil here, however you want to make sure that the roots are all surrounded by soil. That is very important!

Step Three:

Add your succulents. This is the fun part! We like to make little holes in the soil before placing them. Add your plants as desired, packing the soil around them tightly. Use the gloves with cacti in this step!

Step Four:

Add your sand. This is an optional step, of course, but we like to add a little color to our terrariums. We use the spoon for this step and cover the soil with the sand.

Step Five:

Water your plant. Using the syringe, We like to take a small amount of water (again depending on your pot size) and water the base of the plant.

And voila… you’ve made your own terrarium! If you used succulents and cacti as we did, you’ll want to place your terrarium or potted plant in a very sunny place in your home or office. Succulents and cacti LOVE the sun! We like to keep ours on our desks in the office next to a window!

We hope this Spring turtorial inspires you to bring a little life into your home!

If you’re looking for some cute pots check out our Teak Bowls perfect for this little project!

A big thank you to Pigment, in North Park for all the materials you’ve seen in this tutorial including the plants, the soil, and the sand.

 

Happy planting!

 

Love, The Sisters

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Love, the Sisters

Style Tips from our Local Creative Guru: Jackie Percy

Style Tips from our Local Creative Guru: Jackie Percy

March 29, 2018

Creatives make this world go round and there’s nothing we love more than highlighting our local visionaries.  Introducing the stylist herself, Jackie Percy.  Her acute fashion sense brings us to our knees and she does classic and edgy like no one else.  She is the jack of all aesthetic trades- photographer, graphic designer, jewelry designer, and stylist.  Her creativity will inspire you…seriously.

Here’s Jackie’s top 6 insights to inspire your own inner sense of style.

1. Where and how did you gather your sense of style?

It’s always evolving really. I think I’m constantly gathering inspiration from the world around me, from studying different types of art, to sculpture and film. Studying art I was always analyzing forms and colors and textures. Naturally, I grew to apply a similar curatorial eye to my style and the way I put myself together. As my style has evolved, I’ve found myself more drawn to pieces that feel classic and clean, but also have something unique and fresh about them. I try to collect pieces that aren’t solely defined by trend so they will fit within my wardrobe longer as my taste continues to evolve and change.

2. What’s your go-to piece that every woman should/needs to own?

A nicely tailored black jumpsuit. Or, a good pair of high-waisted, wide leg trousers.

3.  What tips can you offer on defining or discovering your true self or sense of style?

Listen to yourself. Pay attention to what you find yourself drawn to, what you admire, and ask yourself why you like these things. Then assess how you could apply those styles, trends or pieces to yourself. I think it’s important to keep in mind your frame and unique features and learn what styles and silhouettes compliment them best. There are styles that I love aesthetically, but just don’t work that well on my short, petite frame or don’t mix well with my blunt bob, and that’s okay.

4.  Where do you shop for clothes? What’s your favorite shop?

I love to go virtual window shopping on sites like Bona DragNeed SupplyReformation. Then, once a piece sticks in my head long enough as a special or super useful piece, I’ll pull the trigger.

5.  What color do you recommend paying attention to right now?

I’m drawn to frosty sage hues lately. I’ve always been a sucker for all shades of green.

6.  What is a must for you to have in your home? What’s your home style like?What are your favorite design mags or blogs?

My husband and I have been living in a little place that was built in the1920’s for the past eight years, so the uniqueness of the spot has lead to a simple, modern vintage sort of design style. A must for me would be bringing touches of nature into the space. Plenty of natural light and some nice greenery in clean, neutral planters or simple glass vases goes a long way. Gather Journal and Above Sea Level are my absolute favorite magazines right now. While their subject matter is more food and beverage oriented, the creative direction (especially Gather Journal) is ridiculously good.

Quick round of:

Coffee or Tea:TEA

Lipstick or chapstick: CHAPSTICK. I’m addicted.

Heels or flats: These days FLATS (even though I’m short :/ )

Red wine or white:BOTH

Beach or mountains:BEACH

Hike or stroll:HIKE

Jeans or Skirt:TROUSERS?

Less or More:LESS

Read below to hear more about Jackie’s story…

What is your skill? What were you trained in?

I got my BA in Visual Arts at UCSD. While I took classes like Drawing, Sculpture & Performance Art, the skills that I cultivated most were critical thinking, conceptualization and curation. I was really pushed to learn how to communicate ideas through a variety of mediums with consideration of how people experience artwork. It was a really interesting time of exploration for me. Over the years I have taken additional courses in jewelry design and fabrication, learning mold making and lost wax casting.

What do you do now?

I have been working in digital marketing for the last two and half years. I spend my time in graphic and web design, art direction, email marketing, and content creation.

What would you prefer to be doing?

I’ve wanted to be an illustrator since I was a child. Jewelry design and photography bring me immense joy as well, and I’m very interested in other types of design like interior and landscape design. I’m drawn to creating spaces and experiences for people. When it comes down to it, I guess I’m still trying to hone in on what I’d most prefer.

When did you feel you came in to your own? Can you explain this a bit?

In my mid-twenties I guess. I was doing more jewelry design within this period and spending a lot of time researching and exploring designers of all different mediums. It really broadened my perspective on fashion and design and helped evolve my personal style.

What’s your favorite past time?

Drawing. And jigsaw puzzles. I love jigsaw puzzles.

What’s your current obsession?

I guess cooking. I really enjoy preparing meals and utilizing our local farmer’s markets to source ingredients. Purchasing food directly from farmers and producers helps me feel a bit more grounded and connected.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?

Exploring the Basque country of Spain.

We dig this blunt bob goddess.  Like really dig her.  From her earlier days serving at Tomiko’s (RIP Tomiko’s) to present day, Jackie Percy inspires us to stay curious and push our own limits of creativity.

Love, The Sisters

Love, the Sisters

How to Stay Sane as a Working Mom

How to Stay Sane as a Working Mom

March 21, 2018

Motherhood…just when you think you figure things out, you find that there’s just more to figure out.  My biggest realization as a mother is the sanctity of centering.  The endeavor of finding balance, presence, and mindfulness is just that- an endeavor.  It takes work and practice, but when I’m not centered, I find it more difficult to be present, patient and calm with my kids.  It’s non-stop action with two little boys running around and let’s be honest, it’s exhausting. Yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Except, of course, to be a little less exhausted.
 
Self-care is essential to motherhood. My goal is to look after myself as best I can to have the strength and energy to show up everyday for my kids, my husband and my business.  Here’s how I do it:
  1. MEDITATE.  It’s the first thing I do before the sun rises and my kids wake up.  Meditation is crucial to centering.  Nope, scratch that…meditation IS centering.  Side note: getting to bed on time is essential to being able to wake up before the sun comes up.  “Early to bed, early to rise…”
  2. EXERCISE.  Ever hear the phrase “eat the frog?”  Getting the big thing out of the way first naturally elevates the rest of your day.  Exercise gives you endorphins.  Endorphins make you happy.  I don’t have time to hit the gym, so I opt to work out at home with online videos.  This too takes place before my kids wake up.
  3. CLEAN.  Metaphorically, if my house is like my brain, then a clean house means a clear mind…and clarity is sanity. I keep the house tidy during the week and I invest a few hours on the weekend to deep cleaning. However, I admit, I’m currently in the market for a regular housekeeper. After 10 years of living in Bali with amazing help, it’s the biggest treat to come home to a clean house.
  4. MEAL PREP.  It’s a pain in the ass. But nothing is more a pain in the ass than making dinner decisions for a family after a long day of making decisions at work. Sunday meal prep eliminates the daily stress of trying to figure out what to do for dinner, provides the opportunity to get creative with meals, and it frees up my weekday afternoons so I can spend more time with the kiddos.
  5. DATE.  So this working mama is dating…her husband. It’s important that we check in with each other and date night helps us remember that it really does start with us.
These are simple pillars of which I attempt to live by.  I stress “attempt,” as I’m no superhero. This is my formula. Your routine may look completely different than mine. In fact, it would be great to hear what self-care methods keep you sane. Let us know in the comments.
 
In that case, maybe I should add #6: KEEP LEARNING.
 
Love, Elaina

Love, the Sisters

Meet the Maker - Kim Egel

Meet the Maker - Kim Egel

February 27, 2018

We are thrilled to be able to showcase amazing finds and pay homage to local artists and entrepreneurs who captivate and enlighten our senses.  Beyond our artisanal home décor, we’ve sourced one of the most gifted local jewelry designers and carry her handmade, natural stone beauties in our store.  A feast for your eyes.  Your soul.  Meet the real gem, Kim Egel.

 

What is your skill? What were you trained in?
I earned my Masters in Clinical Psychology because I’ve always been and remain to be a huge believer in the power of self awareness.  My interest in psychology continues to help me understand my truth and allows me to help others uncover theirs.  After I was licensed as a therapist I felt a huge call toward so many untapped creative interests. I started getting involved with photography and designing t-shirts, which I sold in San Diego boutiques. Those two areas were the gateway for getting my hands involved with jewelry design.

 

What do you do now?
I am a licensed therapist and run a coaching business in Cardiff focused on the mind, the body, and overall wellness.  I write a blog for my coaching business and find that the concepts that I base my jewelry brand around, go eye to eye with the concepts that I base my coaching business around. They totally connect in my mind.  As a jewelry designer I use natural stones as my medium. I believe that stones carry an energy that affects wellness, can help the wearer cultivate intentions and can provide motivation for what we want to manifest.  All of these concepts synergized helped me create my brand.

 

What’s your current obsession?
I’m really into traveling to places where I can be active, get into the water and be surrounded with good food, kind people and interesting decor. I’m currently digging tribal electronica music after my latest trip to Tulum. (Feel free to follow my Tulum Vibes playlist on spotify to get in on some of this vibe.)

 

Where did you gather your sense of style?
It started off with my mom.  She would always have a red lip and everyday, without fail, was super accessorized with unique jewelry and clothes. What used to embarrass me, because some of her pieces and dress where really different then the norm is now such an inspiration. 

 

What’s your go-to piece that every women should/need to own?
I love my Lariat Necklace.  It can be worn at the beach or out for dinner.  I love pieces that can transition super effortlessly. 

 

Any tips on defining or discovering your true self or sense of style?
I think it’s important to notice the things that you gravitate towards and how they make you feel.  I’ve always thought that how you put yourself together is a powerful and creative way to express yourself.

 

Where do you shop for clothes?
I’m a fan of Nordstrom Rack.  I like the hunt. I also love the site Revolve. They have a huge brand selection, there shipping is super speedy and the returns are easy. I love revolve; It’s my “go to.”

 

What’s your home style like? What is a must for you to have in your home? What are your favorite design mags or blogs?
In terms of my home style, I went for a clean, simple and beach zen vibe when I redecorated recently.  It’s all about the theme and color palette.  With help from a friend I finally learned how to create a more cohesive space, which I’m enjoying.  For me, it’s all about creating a feeling in your home.  I think candles, tropical foliage, good tunes, dim lighting, and calm and neutral colors create the zen feeling I want at home right now. As far as design mags, I love Dwell.

 

Lightning Round:
Coffee or Tea: COFFEE. I’m a huge french press girl. I love the darker blends. If I’m in Cardiff and I’m feeling like something sweet,  I love grabbing a California mocha from Pipes.
Lipstick or chapstick: GLOSS. Lancome Juicy Tubes. Color: PURE or Marshmallow Electro 
Heels or flats: CUTE FLATS. Mellow heels, still comfortable, but cute.
Red wine or white: WHITE. I’m oddly, in a white wine phase right now, which is weird because I was strictly a red wine drinker for years. Currently, I’m loving a chilled buttery chardonnay. Yum.
Beach or mountains: BEACH. Blacks beach is amazing for solitude. I love Grandview in Leucadia. I have good friends that live near that break so that’s a regular beach spot for me.
Hike or stroll: HIKE. I love hiking down to Blacks Beach and getting in a solid beach run. I love cruising La Jolla Shores Beach, the cove for snorkeling and it’s beautiful to cruise around Sunset Cliffs. Running on the beaches of north county is like meditation to me, especially when it’s low tide. Total Zen.

 

Kim is the cat’s silky pajamas and we’re blessed to know her.  If you’re already super fans like us, her jewelry is available for purchase at our store.  Come visit us!
 
Love, The Sisters

 

Love, the Sisters

The Sisters Favorite Spots in San Diego

The Sisters Favorite Spots in San Diego

February 20, 2018

Sharing is caring.  And we care dammit.  So we’re sharing our favorite San Diego hot spots.  Who knows, you just might run into us.

 

Elaina’s Favorites-
Fully Loaded Micro Juicery
High fives to our new neighbor and favorite locale for cold pressed juice. These juice wonders hit it out of the park, er garden.  With 3-4 pounds of produce in each bottle, Fully Loaded is doing their damndest to keep us healthy.
Napizza
This place may not be new to you, but after coming back to Cali after 10 years, this place is certainly new to me.  So I can’t go to Naples after work…but there’s always Napizza.

 

Susanna’s Favorites-
Lofty Coffee
Coffee shops are a dime a dozen, but Lofty makes coffee an experience.  I love the lattes with homemade almond milk and nosh on the arugula and fig salad for a delectable treat.  Ok, so the real treat is the the gluten free bread and butter.

 
Birds Eye Kitchen
Speaking of nosh fests, I love Bird’s Eye Kitchen.  It’s the healthiest Southeast Asian food around with organic, non-GMO ingredients.  The Mussamun Curry is my go-to favorite obsession.
 
Now get eatin’, shoppin’, drinkin’ friends.  And don’t forget to share with us your favorite local spots!
 
Love, The Sisters

Love, the Sisters

3 Ways to Use Our Teak Bowls

3 Ways to Use Our Teak Bowls

February 15, 2018

Don’t dismiss how a beautiful bowl can uplift a table’s landscape.  In our world, the bowl has limitless design possibilities. Listen up for three ways to use our teak bowls.

1. Plant some cute succulents.  Hens-and-Chicks, Whale’s Tongue Agave, and Pincushion Cactus would look delish in our Blush Dipped Bowl.  We give it green thumbs up!

2. Accent your coffee table with one of our bowls and fill them with fragrant pomelos and blood oranges for decoration. Or use it to house your smaller items such as your remotes, they need a home too! Our Teak and Copper Bowl would be perfect.

3. Decorative bowls are great to tidy up your space and give your things a place.  Keep our Teak Bowl by your entryway on a table or console to catch keys and loose change or on your dresser to hold your statement necklaces.

 

We get it…bowls serve a purpose. But we encourage you to look beyond the norm and break some rules.  Our bowls make rule-breaking look pretty damn good.

 

Love, The Sisters

Love, the Sisters

Gift Guide - Valentines Day

Gift Guide - Valentines Day

February 07, 2018

Love is grand, but showing your love doesn’t have to be overtly ambitious.  It’s the little things that count and small gestures can go a long way.  Whether you share those moments with your significant other or bestie, Valentine’s is a day to spread a little love. It could be as simple as a quick love note or baking some cookies.  Afterall, nothing says love like “I’m thinking of you.”
After recently opening our own brick and mortar retail shop here in Encinitas, we feel it’s important to support our local artists. The San Diego seams are busting with talented and phenomenal entrepreneurs.  Below are some of our local favs, including goodies from our shop that may inspire you to spread the love this Valentine’s Day!

  1. Rais Case – We love this company and everything they stand for! This Vida Bag is a great “look ma, no hands” gift as it can easily convert from cross body to fanny pack.  It’s perfect for carrying all those love notes.
  2. Chelsea Pots – We are head-over-bowls in love with this potter! Check out more of her custom designs or pick up one of these tea bowls for the coffee or tea drinker in your life.
  3. Often Wander – We adore this local artist in Ocean Beach. These tassel babies are perfect for the bohemian you love.
  4. Proximity Book – A great addition to any beach bungalow or coffee table! Pick up a copy for the avid surfer in your life in our shop - you can also shop this book in our shop!
  5. Cuttlefish Wall Hanging – Even walls need some amore.  These Cuttlefish Wall Hangings are one of a kind and the perfect gift for the beach babe.
  6. Kim Egel – Make Stevie Nicks shed a gypsy tear. The Agate necklace is a great gift for the healer and protector in your universe.
  7. Design 4 Corners – Your hostess with the mostest will obsess over these Shell Coasters.  Because damn you, water rings.
  8. Four Moons Spa – Everyone deserves a little R&R! Four Moons is a North County gem, and with so many treatment options, this is the perfect gift for that lover lover who needs some me time.
  9. Lofty Coffee Co. Gift Card – If you know us, you know we have an affinity for Lofty Coffee. Shop their unique coffee blends or if you can’t decide, grab a gift card!
  10. Design 4 Corners – Statement keychains.  Yes, they’re a thing. Grab a statement keychain for that special someone that’s just always on the go!

 

Happy Valentines Day Loves! Now go shop your little hearts out!
Love, The Sisters

Love, the Sisters

House Clearings

House Clearings

January 18, 2018

There’s a reason we say “Happy New Year” and not “Happy Another Year.”  New- it’s such a beautiful word. The word itself carries the blessings of starting fresh.  A house clearing is a divine way to clean our slate, purify our space, and free ourselves from the negative.
What is this sorcery I speak of?  Think of your home as your computer.  After awhile your computer begins to become slow because you have too many open folders on your desktop, old programs you haven’t used in years, or photos upon photos upon photos taking up space. When you’ve had enough, you reboot, clear your “cookies,” or drop it off to the experts to clean out your hard drive.  Suddenly your computer is working with grace and the frustration is gone. Think of a house clearing like the geek squad coming in and cleaning up shop. It’s as simple as that.
If a house clearing is still over your head, ask yourself the following.  Is your home inspiring you?  Is it invoking productivity and creativity?  Is it a safe place? A place of love and nourishment?  If you can’t answer these questions with a “hell yeah,” then it’s time to get your woo woo on with your very own house clearing.  Don’t worry, the Sisters have your back.
What You Need:
  • A heat safe bowl: Pyrex or cast iron pot (our preference)
  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • Epsom salts
  • Long stemmed match or taper
How To Do It:
  • Place ¼ cup of Epsom salt in your heat safe bowl
  • Gently pour your isopropyl rubbing alcohol onto the salt.  You want your salt to be damp, not soaking wet.  If you add too much alcohol, add more salt to even out the ratio.  You are looking for a 2:1 ratio of Epsom salt to alcohol.
  • Make sure everyone at home is part of this house clearing ceremony.  There should be a clear intention to free any stagnant energy.  Ask for assistance from your guides, angels, ancestors, or God.
  • Open all your windows.  All that bad energy needs an exit route.
  • Light your long stemmed match or taper.  Touch the flame to the salt/alcohol mixture.  It will instantly ignite and burn blue with a little bit of a yellow flame.  There will be no smoke or smell.  If your salt/ alcohol mixture does not ignite, add a bit more alcohol.
  • When the salt is lit, imagine the blue flame eating up all the dense, stale, and negative energy.  Affirm that it is leaving your home.  The flame will burn as long as it needs to.
  • When the flame extinguishes itself, say a prayer of thanks to your deity of choice or spirit protector for helping you clear the energy from your home.  Ask that the energy be sent back as a source of love and forgiveness.

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The results of this house clearing ceremony are immediate and powerful.  Sounds are sharper and clearer and the energy feels lighter.  Your sleep may be more restful.  You may feel more creative or productive.  You may even feel more connected to those in your home, loved ones you have lost, or the spirits around you.  You don’t have to wait for a new year to do a house clearing.  If you’re planning on moving, experiencing difficulty with family, changing careers, or when you feel stuck and stagnant, break out that heat safe bowl and get ready to start anew.
Love, The Sisters

Love, the Sisters

Modern Farmhouse

Modern Farmhouse

January 10, 2018

Enter Modern Farmhouse, the design trend that marries old and new, bringing warmth into dead space. Modern Farmhouse is aesthetically defined by ship lap, clean lines, a mix of rustic and industrial touches, aged brick, and soft and worn fabrics with texture that screams cozy.
For this family of 5, the carbon copy of the house next door wasn’t going to cut it.  They called on us to make this house a home and nothing says custom like gutting a new home and starting anew with a fresh, blank canvas.  (Don’t worry- all appliances were donated).  The “like a glove” barstools, rustic and worn in enough to make anyone want to take roots in the kitchen, nestle among high-end cabinetry.  We added a mud room, catch-all and command wall at the garage entry to accommodate this avant-garde family.  The staircase was re-designed, blending tile and aged wood.  The bathrooms put the luxury in functional, draped in clean lines and simple design with a slight industrial whisper.  This home was completely customized to align with the family’s needs and requests. 

 

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Love, the Sisters

 

Love, the Sisters

A Year in Review: 2017

A Year in Review: 2017

January 02, 2018

As I sit here in our new office and home boutique here in the coastal city of Encinitas, curled up in a sweater and sipping a hot latte, it’s hard to imagine that less than six months ago I was packing up my villa in Bali. The villa was the genesis of my family, where my children were born and raised, where my love for design became institutionally rooted. The villa was more than a structure. It was the foundation. But life is about big moves.
Since our inception, Susanna and I worked hard at creating a presence in both California and Bali. We created a company that slowly evolved over the years weathering through the economic crisis in America in 2008, supporting each other, as I became a mother and Susanna an auntie. We carried this company of ours on our backs through so many amazing adventures and wild and scary times (and might I add, from opposite ends of the globe). I think it was our deep seeded passion and stronghold for our purpose that drove us to keep moving forward.
Looking back on 2017, we didn’t just move forward; we moved up. To see our work spread through the pages of Elle Decoration, the cover of an Indonesian Home magazine, and spliced through Conde Naste Traveller is beyond words. We completed two massive villas in Bali (The Mandala House-@themandalahouse- and Villa Coco) and a huge 5,000+ square foot Modern Farmhouse here in San Diego. Our brick and mortar boutique in Encinitas served as the icing on our proverbial cake in 2017. These projects nearly knocked the wind out of us and required a level of commitment that challenged our drive to continue, but the lessons learned will serve us forever. It’s a testament to our hard work, creative vision and pure passion for the aesthetic. And before we gear up for what 2018 has to offer we want to take a moment and just remember what this past year has taught us; it’s always worth it.  As the creative guru and entrepreneur, Dave Brown, says, you have to “love your work, work your love.”  And that’s just what we’re doing.

All this time we never stopped believing that this would all lead to something great. To say that it hasn’t been easy would be an understatement. We’re so proud of this work and so grateful that we can share it with all of you.
From our family to yours, may 2018 be bold and filled with love and beauty.
Love, The Sisters

Love, the Sisters

2016 FALL TRENDS

2016 FALL TRENDS

October 11, 2016

Upholstered headboards are making a major come back. Say goodbye to the wood framed beds.
Terra Cotta and other earthy materials like cork and brick are really hot this season. Out with the porcelain wood planks and say hello to the real stuff!
Concrete and marble accessories were hot at home this summer, but for fall you will start seeing folks bring home the clay!
And we can finally say goodby to the fiddle fig and hello olive tree!  This one we are quite happy about.  If we see another fiddle fig, we may have to retire.
Then lastly, the jewel tones always find their way into the homes at the fall/winter season.  Super juicy colors and way fun to work with!
Happy Fall our Sweet Friends!

Love, the Sisters

Arizona Tile + Design 4 Corners

Arizona Tile + Design 4 Corners

October 07, 2016

Earlier this year we partnered with Arizona Tile who is one of the leading tile, stone and granite suppliers in America.  They started in our very own home town of San Diego in 1977.  Since then they have been providing not only a top quality product but a top quality and one of a kind customer service.

 
Counter tops: New Carrara Quartz
Back Splash: Cotton Glossy Beveled Subway
Floors: Cementine Black + White #2 Porcelain

Love, the Sisters

What We're Pinning: 008

What We're Pinning: 008

October 03, 2016

It’s been awhile since we have posted a “What We’re Pinning” post.  Sorry to have not been up to date and all, but with our new website and re-brand launch, along with a new product line coming out this winter (which we are SOOO excited about) we have been pre-occupied, to say the least!
So here ya go folks!

We’re loving the fall colors that are coming in, and all the textures, such as wood and paper!  So time to close your outdoor umbrella’s, and buy a fabulous new jacket.  Or how about bringing some midnight navy blue in your home?  And we love a good layered art look.  And a fabulous powder blue antique door with a pop of red orange on top?  If this isn’t inspiring to you then we can’t help ya!
Happy Pinning Friends!

Love, the Sisters

2017 Color Forecast

2017 Color Forecast

September 19, 2016

 

We’ve been seeing a lot of blush in 2016 but in 2017 take that blush and warm it up with a bit of brown undertones.  This get us that juicy warm coral color that we are very excited to see.
And along with a warmer coral and deeper navy we’ll start seeing a Jade color pop up here and there!  We are so OK with this.  You can never go wrong with a jewel tone! Are we right?
And for some eye relief how about a soft grey, almost white.  White made a huge come back in 2016, and a true grey has been hot for some time now…But mix the two and we are going to be seeing lot’s of white with the grey undertones.
Like we said, you heard it here first.

 

 

Love, the Sisters

Latest Creation : Villa Coco | A Bali Home

Latest Creation : Villa Coco | A Bali Home

July 31, 2016

Late last year we were approached by a really sweet couple in the throws of building their first family home. The home was well underway construction wise, but it was clear that they were in need of some assistance in guiding them through such a large project.
 
They just had their first baby and now they were building their first home. A big undertaking to say the least. The architecture of the home is very modern and to accommodate the busy life of a young family with a baby months away from being able to walk and run right into danger, we made a few tweaks.

 

We dove in head first and developed a design concept within the first few weeks so we could nail down the look and feel and overall design direction. Lucky for us they loved everything we came up with so there was no time wasted in getting things moving as they were intent on moving in by the end of April.

 

We came up with a modern, eclectic concept with some ethnic accents to reflect their Bali life and travel all over Indonesia.  And of course we infused some California cool as we couldn’t help ourselves 

The project was fast paced with a few road blocks along the way but the clients were easy going, which made the design process enjoyable. We had a few fun excursions sourcing Indonesian antiques, textiles and accessories that complimented the modern architecture, adding warmth and interest. We called upon our various local carpenters to create some of the bigger pieces, custom designed for the space.

 

We brought in one of our local artists to do some hand painted designs on a few of the walls. In the powder bathroom, for example, we wanted this room to be the “Jungle Luxe” room. With a vibrant rice paddy view and a large planter box inside the bathroom we decided to bring the outside in and to paint the walls with a palm leaf design. To add the luxe component we chose marble for the counter top and the rest was brass. Brass sink, brass faucet, brass framed mirror, brass light fixture and brass accessories. The result is definitely a conversation piece for when they throw a dinner party.

 

With an open plan living, dining and kitchen we put a lot of attention into every piece selected and or made as it needed to feel cohesive, cozy yet sophisticated and at the same time relaxed. We’re very happy with the result.

 

In four months time, with a great team on board including the clients who took part in every detail and were on site daily, sometimes a few times a day, we managed to get them moved into their beautiful new home on time and with big smiles.  Mission accomplished.

 

Enjoy the rest of the tour!

 

Love, the Sisters

Featured Artist : Lauren Williams of Boho by Lauren

Featured Artist : Lauren Williams of Boho by Lauren

July 18, 2016

 

We were fortunate enough to ask this fabulous artist a few questions about herself and her process.  Here is what she had to say…

 

Sisters:  Where are you from?
Lauren:  Born in West Texas, raised in Dallas.  Moved to Los Angeles after school.

 

Sisters:  Where are you living these days?
Lauren:  After getting married and having our first baby in LA, we decided to move to Dallas. We have been in Dallas for the last 6 years.

 

Sisters:  Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Lauren:  I’m constantly inspired by nature; plants, topography, the amazing color combinations that nature provides.  I’m also inspired by interior design.  Seeing well designed spaces brings on so much creativity for me.

 

Sisters:  How did you learn your craft?
Lauren:  I made it up!  I love the quote, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention” because it is so true for me.  I had a large blank wall in my dinning room and knew I wanted something different.  I kept staring at the wall and finally envisioned exactly what I wanted.  As a self-taught painter, I wanted and alternative to canvas art.  I ended up suspending more that 400 single fibers strands to a wooden dowel and felt that I had created a canvas but with movement.  From there I knew I wanted to add dye to deepen the texture.  I use various techniques to create abstract images with dye and the hanging fibers.  I’m learning every day how to be better and how to work with this medium.

 

Sisters:  When and how did you turn this into a business?
Lauren:  I come from an entrepreneurial family and as soon as I saw the reaction to my first hanging, I knew I wanted to start creating more pieces to sell.  I made my first tapestry in September 2014 and sold it within a week…It was a weekend hobby for the first year and after having our third son, I was ready to focus more on my art and how to market it.

 

Sisters:  Explain your process to us, if you can?
Lauren:  Constructed of more than 400 single fiber stands, every tapestry is unique from the beginning.  Once built, the modern-bohemian hanging is dip-dyed in multiple layers for a textured and inspiring addition to your wall.  Each one-of-a-kind piece is handmade by me in Dallas, Texas.

Thank you Lauren for sharing your work with us and a mini glimpse into your life and process.  You are a true inspiration to us, and we hope we spark some major inspo in our readers lives by sharing you with them.

 

We are excited for you and what’s to come!  Speaking of, Lauren is working on her new website, which will be launching in August.  We should all take note of this friends, and keep an eye out for what she has up her sleeves.  All we can tell you is that we are patiently waiting.  One (possibly two) of her beauties will find their way on the walls of our home.  We can promise you this!

 

Follow along on Laurens’ process and keep tabs on her website launch here.

 

Love, the Sisters

Design 101 : Plants in the Bathroom

Design 101 : Plants in the Bathroom

July 07, 2016

Did you know that plants have proven to decrease stress levels, anxiety, depression and lower blood pressure?  Why wouldn’t you want them around?  We’ve always been huge fans of incorporating plants into your home.  We’re going to offer some ideas for tying them into your bathroom design.  The bathroom is a great spot to add some greenery. 

 

We’ve picked some of our favorite looks.  Depending on your style you can keep it as simple as fresh cut flowers or a small potted plant or you can create a vibe that makes you feel like you have an outdoor bathroom.  Whatever you decide it’s tough to get it wrong because plants are such a positive addition and compliment any space.  Here are a few things to consider:

 

1. It’s important to consider what type of plant you can use in your space depending on how much natural light the room gets.  The easiest thing to do is consult with the folks down at your local nursery. 

 

2. You want to consider size, fullness and height.  Read your space and decide what it needs. Perhaps a corner needs some life or the vanity needs something special or a splash of color. Maybe you need some height next to your bathtub to add more dimension.  From here you can then select the best plant. 

 

3. You want to make sure and select a container for the plants or flowers that suits the overall look and feel of your space.  We normally like to keep it simple but at times it can be fun to mix in some patterns. 

 

We hope this inspires you to add some life to the often used bathrooms of your home.

Love, the Sisters

Spaces We're Loving : Diane Serra & The Tiny Spanish Bungalow

Spaces We're Loving : Diane Serra & The Tiny Spanish Bungalow

July 05, 2016

Welcome to the Tiny Spanish Bungalow.  A name coined by the creative and fabulous owner Diane Serra.  When Diane and her husband found this home they knew they had to make this +/-500 s.f. home work for them. The character and charm is what had them.   At the time, it was just the two of them (and two large dogs).  So a small patio renovation and a few cracks to fill seemed do-able.  Fast forward to now and they are proud first time, mama and papa’s.  It may be a small house, but it’s big on love.  You feel it your first step through the gate.

 

We enjoyed spending the afternoon with Diane and her adorable baby girl, Estel.  Who did just fine hanging out with the ladies!  She was the perfect model and we see bright things happening to this sweet lil soul.  Enough jabber about the cutest baby ever!  Let us show you this charming, Tiny Spanish Bungalow.

 

This fabulous turquoise gate you see, was salvaged by the creative Diane who, when was remodeling the garage into an office for her and her husband, wanted to keep the original garage doors and do something with them.  They fenced in the front patio and added part of the garage doors as the gate to create a private extension to the home.  With the house being so small they knew they wanted to spend as much time outside as possible.  It is San Diego, after all.  Check out this patio! 

 

Welcome inside!  Like we said, it may be small inside by the corners are stocked with story filled collectables and cozy multi-functional furniture!  Like the hidden storage in the sofa and coffee table.  They’ve curated a beautiful eclectic collection that speak personality and creativity!  A true bungalow!

 

Cuteness overload with this adorably designed nursery!  Fit for the princess that Estel is.  We fell in love with this cozy corner, but mainly fell in love with the sweetheart who gets to sleep here!

 

Diane and her husband both work from home.  As I mentioned before they converted the tiny garage into a co-working space, guest room with pull out sofa and added a sink and laundry room!  Talk about a great use of space.  It takes someone with a passion for home making that knows how to make spaces work and creatively use them.

 

That’s Diane for you!  She is studying interior design at the moment, going to school full time, as well as running her popular blog and wrapping up the old days of having her own purse line.  This is one creative mama bird that you will want to keep your eyes on.

 

In the meantime, taking a peek into her blessed home will have to do.  She has really spoken to us with her kind ways and sweet smile.  We hope to collaborate with her in the near future.

 

Photos by : Kim Egel

 

Thank you Diane, for letting us into your home.  We wish you all the love and joy in this Tiny Spanish Bungalow.

 

And for our readers, we hope you enjoyed this tour.

Love, the Sisters

Our Picks : Summer Must Haves

Our Picks : Summer Must Haves

June 29, 2016

##### The Atlantic Ocean  #####   Green Banana Leaf Bag
##### Amazon  #####   Ice Cream Floaties
##### Kate Spade  #####   Glass n Glitter Water Bottle
##### LB Brand  #####   Stylish Freethinker Sunglasses
##### Mara Hoffman  #####   Harvest Front Twist One-Piece
##### The Beach People  #####   The Original Round Towel
##### Sea + Wander  #####   Shirred Waist Skirt – Leopard
Happy Summer!

Love, the Sisters

Featured Artist : Holly Young

Featured Artist : Holly Young

June 22, 2016

We’ve been stalking the talented artist, Holly Young on Instagram for some time now.  She’s a gal after our own hearts, with her abstract paintings full of colors and movement.  We’re trying to figure out how to get one of her beauties on our own walls.  If anything, we’d take just spending the day with her, thrifting, exploring architecture or chatting about mid-century design.  All things that make this women’s heart tick.  Just a few more reasons to love her.

 

Her artwork speaks to us, and we had to share with you.  We can’t quite figure out if it’s her color choices or the texture that’s grabbing us.  Take a look and maybe you can help us decide.

 

We asked Holly to share with us a little bit about herself, and here’s what she had to say:

 

My name is Holly, and I am an abstract artist living in Ontario Canada. My days are filled with painting in my home studio, looking for deals at consignment shops and raising two daughters age 4 and 6. I love mid century design, architecture and thrifting.

 

I was drawing and creating art since I can remember. My parents encouraged me to pursue my hobbies and one of the main ones was dancing. I was lucky as this allowed me to travel a lot in North America as a teenager, and I also began instructing as well.  My days were filled with decorating and styling my bookshelves with my favorite collectibles. My bedroom was tiny with a twin bed, not too much re-arranging could take place…but I tried. I would sit with my cousin for hours and draw various renderings of my dream home, those are my memories from childhood. I won the art award when I graduated high school, that really made me believe I had some talent and should go forward with art.

 

I graduated University with a BFA in Fine Art and then decided to go to College and study Interior Decorating.  I worked in several retail design shops throughout the years and only recently decided to make art a full time career. I’ve always wanted to share my paintings and last summer I finally got around to making a website and online shop. My husband is one of my biggest supporters, and without his help it would not have happened so quickly. Since that time I have also been writing a weekly blog to share my works in progress, inspirations, and love of interior spaces. For the past two years I have also enjoyed being a painting instructor for a local company in town. I usually teach in the evening which allows me to paint during the day while my girls are in school. I find that I have the most energy first thing in the morning.

 

I work with acrylic, latex and spray paint. They are not always combined, it depends what I feel like doing. My creative process in the studio is often unplanned, it’s a moment by moment evolving process. I mix a palette and the subject matter evolves. I just completed a large body of work for my first solo exhibit. Setting goals for myself and following through with them has been quite rewarding. In February our home was photographed for a house tour on Apartment Therapy,  one of my daily go to websites. I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with several artists and designers I’ve met through social media, I’m excited to see where my art takes me next.
 
My work is full of movement, pattern, texture and color. I am influenced by moments in my daily life, a cloud in the sky, chipped paint on a building, a song playing in the background. My paintings are my interpretation of these experiences. I make art that speaks to me, I can only hope that it connects with others as well.

 

We had a few exchanges with Holly  online and she has melted our hearts with her kindness and amazing sense of style.  This is someone to keep your eye on, folks.  She is not only creating amazing works of art, but we also see a house tour in the future!

 

You can see more of Holly’s artwork, here and here.  If it’s daily inspiration you are looking for then we suggest you add her to your Instagram feed.  Thank you Holly, your work is amazing!

 

Love, the Sisters

Summer Trip : Our Top 6 AirBnB's Around the World

Summer Trip : Our Top 6 AirBnB's Around the World

June 16, 2016

Summer is here friends, and the travel bug has got us looking for our next inspiration trip.  Where are you headed this summer?  In need of a place to stay?  In our own research we have stumbled across some fabulous AirBnB’s and whether it’s the beach calling you, the mountains or the city.  We got you covered.
Take a look and book, folks.  Happy Summer everyone!!!

 

Rotterdam, Netherlands.   The Cube House 
Check out the amazing architecture of this home.  If your lucky enough to book this place, we promise you will be inspired by the angled walls and clean interiors.  Close to the markets and yes, Amsterdam.  Sounds perfect to us, right?

Carlsbad, California.   TheBeach BungalowGood Vibes
This is our home town!!!  We are in love with this beach front bungalow.  And yes, you guessed it,  good vibes + hip and modern interiors.  Comes say hi to the sisters and book this cute bungalow!

Isla Mujeres, Mexico.   The Seashell House 


This gated house with private pool, will allow you to relax all summer long.  Let us warn you, you must appreciate the seashell.  This house inside and out resembles one big shell.  Maybe we’ll take up selling seashells, by the seashore.

 

Oxnard, CaliforniaThe Beach Lodge at Hollywood Beach


By far our best interior design award goes to, this lil A-frame vacation rental.  If you never leave the house, that’s OK!

 

Palma de Mallorca, Spain.  The Container Home 
Who isn’t a fan of a creative space?  If big isn’t your thing and Spain is, then this little hidden gem is the place to stay.  Full of light and close to the historic downtown of Palma. This space exudes, simple, modern, and city living.

 

 

Cape Town, South Africa.  Cozy Inner City Loft 
This loft is located in the oldest part of town and only minutes from the beach.  The funky vibes and gracious host, will have you coming back the following year, for sure!

Now, go and travel, our little Wanderlust-ers  (is that a word?)  The world is calling.

Love, the Sisters

Spaces We're Loving : Laura Browning the Artist

Spaces We're Loving : Laura Browning the Artist

June 13, 2016

OK folks, so our hearts fell out when we stumbled across this mid century modern home nestled in the Bay Area, and knew immediately we had to share it with you.  This is the beautiful home of the amazing artist, Laura Browning.  We discovered Laura and her art after we were stalking another artist by the name of Holly Young.  (Don’t worry, you will learn more about Holly later this month!)  After chatting with Holly via social media, she shared with us the home of her gal pal, Laura … knowing us mid century loving sisters would fall over and die.  Twice.  And we did.  Twice.

 

Turns out Laura and her husband  (and the most adorable little boy) took their time finding this home and knew from the very beginning they wanted an Eichler home.  Yup, that’s right.  This home was built by Joseph Eichler in 1963.  Eichler was one of the nation’s most influential builders of modern homes during the mid 50’s through mid 60’s.  His homes are known for post-and-beam construction, floor to ceiling windows, and the atrium’s in the center of the home.  A dream come true, if you ask us.

 

Take a look for yourself folks.

 

(Insert the cutest lil boy, ever!)

 

Are you dying to get inside?  We know you are.  And before we do so, let us tell you that Laura re-finished all the floors by herself!  When they bought the home it was a patchwork of carpet, linoleum and VCT tiles.  Took her about 30 straight days of demo-ing, sanding, smoothing and a lot of patience.  That’s dedication, right there!  She also re-finished all the original wood paneling in the house.  This sounds like a labor of love to us.

 

Welcome inside.

 

The decor of this home stands true to the architecture and design of the 50’s and 60’s.  Laura and her family travel quite a bit and collect special items that speak to them and have placed them throughout the home.  They are also fans of doing house swaps with people from all over the world who also own mid century modern home.  Sounds dreamy!

 

Her home studio is where she draws a lot of inspiration for her amazing work.  Her artwork is a true reflection of her home and personal style.  We love that her pieces are simple, but complex when it comes to light and texture.  We’re saving our pennies to buy ones of these beauties!

 

What an amazing home to sleep in and wake up to everyday.  This family is a blessed family and we are thrilled that they allowed us to step into their home and share it with you.

 

We hope you enjoyed the tour as much as we did…And of course, after this, it’s going to be hard not to start researching Eichler homes for your next purchase!

Love, the Sisters

Summer Time Table Settings | Inspiration

Summer Time Table Settings | Inspiration

June 03, 2016

With summer time fast approaching and if your anything like us sisters, we like to entertain! If you do too, than you will be needing some major inspiration for your upcoming dinner parties.  Don’t worry, we got you covered.  And not only do we have some fun inspiration shots for you, we are here to tell you, you do not need to break the bank in doing so.

 

We styled 3 fabulous summer inspired table settings all with items we already had in the house or backyard.  We didn’t spend a dime.  OK, now realistically you may need to step out and pick up a few items, but we suggest hitting up your local Home Goods for some deals and steals. Spend your time with your guest and not worrying about spending money!

 

Garden Party:
Flowers from our backyard, crystals from our obsessive collection, and table cloth is actually a throw!

 

Down To Earth Party
Flowers and rocks from the backyard, wood bowls borrowed from our girlfriend and the place mat is actually a un-folded napkin.

 

Mix Match Pattern Party
A mix match of collected plates, place mat is a scrap of fabric from pillows we had made awhile back, and crystals from our own collection.

 

Hope this inspires you to look around your house and get to partying!  Happy Almost Summer!

Love, the Sisters

Currently Pinning : 006

Currently Pinning : 006

June 01, 2016

Summer is here ladies and gentlemen (OK, just you ladies, who are we kidding?)…At least for us SO CAL folks!  However, the Bali Sister (Elaina) seems to always be in summer mode.  This Currently Pinning Post is clearly inspired by the summer.  It’s very evident that we are attracted to the soft sunset and beach hues that happen once spring starts to transition into summer.  Like the soft blush tones and different shades of blues/greens.  And this cactus in a brown paper bag!  Perfect for the backyard party.  This blush and gold office scene at the bottom, makes us want to get back to work…and that’s never the case.  How about these leather sandals?  Perfect for a Mexico getaway.  Or a a quick getaway to the grocery store.  Either way, we’ll be in style!  AND don’t even get us started on this wood inlay.  Eeek!  A pink mid century modern lamp for your home is the best idea EVER!  Ha, and we’re loving this bedroom scene.  Such a trendy lil spot!  Last but not least…Is there anything cuter than two small boys in a copper patina-ed soaking tub, surrounded by wall pants?  No, we don’t think so!

Love, the Sisters

Latest Creation : A Woodland Powder Room

Latest Creation : A Woodland Powder Room

May 25, 2016

Welcome to our Latest Creation!  This powder room was a complete blast to create and I’m sure you can see why.  These fabulous clients of ours are clearly way cooler than we will ever be and when they requested something fun we went to work immediately.  The husband was born and raised in Julian, California which is filled with forest trees, and creatures of all kinds.  He grew up hunting and this is where we drew our inspiration from.

 

We stumbled across this whimsical wallpaper and knew we had to use it.  This was our starting point.  Then an antler chandelier and a reclaimed wood ceiling to mimic the walls of a barn seemed to fall in place immediately after.

 

We love doing powder rooms, because not only are they small spaces, but it’s a space where you can have a lot of fun.  We always tell our clients to step it up in the main guest bathroom, as everyone who walks into your house will use the bathroom, and sit quietly by themselves.  (most likely judging!)  You want this area of the home to be a wow factor and topic of conversation!  Why not!  Have fun, and don’t be so serious!

 

This takes peeing in the woods to a whole new level!  Ha!

Love, the Sisters

Featured Artist : Todd Diciurcio

Featured Artist : Todd Diciurcio

May 20, 2016

Photo By: Melissa Dilger

 

We first met TODD DICIURCIO when he and his wife were passing through Bali visiting mutual friends a few years back.  We met this charismatic couple and we were instantly drawn to them.  Not only were they dressed to the nines in some fabulous gear, but their personalities and love for each other was attracting to say the least, and that night ended up with one too many, at last call…Or so we were told 

 

We quickly learned that Todd was quite the artist and had made a name for himself in the NY art scene, as well as the music and fashion world.  This is when we began following his career and our love for his spontaneous and vibrant works of art came about.

 

It’s an honor for us sister to introduce you to such a talent as Todd.   Todd lives a fast paced life in New York City and is often seen on the red carpet at the fashion shows, music gatherings, gala’s and charity events.  He’s kind of a big deal folks…The coolest part about him and his art is that he is known for his “Live Performance” .  Where he synchronizes his art method or art technique while a live band plays…The collaboration between artist and musician become something else.  He has worked with bands such as: The Rolling Stones, The Killers, The English Beat, Broken Social Scene, Bon Jovi and The Kings of Leon…Just to name a few.

 

He has collaborated with fashion house such as Rag & Bone and The GAP, he has been selected as “Artist Residence” in hot spots like, The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas and had a kitty cat named RHYTHM THE CAT who left us a while back…but based on his love for the furry guy, you would think this cat still roams the earth. RIP Rhythm.  It’s shit like this folks, that makes this human a real down to earth, rad and talented mother fucker.  Excuse the language, but there really is no better way to explain this talented human.

 

We asked him a few personal questions…Take a read. Take a look.

 

Photo By: Melissa Dilger

 

Photos By: John Robinson

 

Sisters: Give us some insight into your childhood, upbringing and when you discovered your love of art.
TODD: Creating was always a way for me to show something that felt important.  I remember the effect of television as a kid- tracing right on the screen to Michael Jackson when he performed at The Grammys, football games, Sesame Street, Kung Fu movies, The Three Stooges, cartoons, car ads…just reacting. When MTV hit,  I was still doing this.  It was like connecting to the static of the world off the static from the tv.  Music became the fuel & I was the vehicle. That energy combined with growing up bouncing from suburban to farmland Pennsylvania shaped my world quite a bit.  Dysfunctional family arrangements & the loss of my Mother to brain cancer when I was 14 launched me into my own headspace, a headspace full of freedom that craved to experience things for itself, with autonomy, abandon, & love for all adventure. That freedom certainly tuned my periphery to seek what I believed was the unexplored, the ultimate zenith of the darkest reaches, the underground.  And I was going to draw just that.

 

Sisters: When did you really start committing to you artwork?
TODD: I attended fine art school at Kutztown University.  This juncture found me creating & swimming in work all hours of the day & night. Sleep was just a word.  The drugs were free (or close to it) & I was deep in the exploration of mark making thru psychedelics.  So much so that I would actually choose from tens of works to turn in for final drawings, retrofitting them to the required syllabus. This was a bit toxic being that I was seemingly getting further away from what my professors wanted,  but I was way down the mineshaft by then…there was no turning back.  That said, I was hugely inspired by my professors as a result- they helped me to understand the tools needed to structure this cervasse filtering upwards into my sky- I felt reciprocated in reality, an altering that would bring great benefit to my new understanding of composition. This became my foundation.

 

Sisters: How would you describe your art?
TODD: It’s anybody’s observation.  I’ve heard it called post-modern expressionism. I guess my name is in that hat to some degree.  It’s just how I express myself.

 

Sisters: What inspires your art?
TODD: Humanity, relative synergy, infinite possibilities, music & all its incarnations, dark dreams- the ones I remember.  The rest just happens when I see, (mis)read or (mis)hear something, break it all apart, & let it come out onto the surface. 

 

Sisters: What medium do you use? How did you discover your love if this medium?
TODD: I’ll draw with anything that will make a mark just to see what I can get or see out of it,  what I feel from it.  Drawing is the truth. I love ink- to abandon the notion of capturing the appearance of something for the pursuit of its spirit is where my projections lie- that’s the zenith status in my book.

 

Sisters: Where do you currently live? Do you have a studio?
TODD: For almost 15 years now, I’ve lived & worked out my studio in Brooklyn NY with my wife Megan, who heads Entertainment PR for Tommy Hilfiger.

 

Sisters: What are your hobbies outside of art?
TODD: I would say traveling & Surfing are the top of that list for Megs & I- always trying to get home to the beach.  The rest of the time we’re herding two cats, Buddy Miles Davis & Ella Fitzgella. 

 

Sisters: Where has your artwork taken you? Shows? Buyers? Collaborations? Etc…
 
Collectors are what keep this ship sailing,  & most are private. Honestly, I couldn’t list one name of a supporter without 500 others coming to mind so I will say you know who you are!

 

Photo By: Melissa Dilger

Photo By: Ashley Costello

 

Thank you TODD for opening up and letting us share you with our followers.

 

To see more of his work you can find that here.  And for daily inspirational post you can follower him on Instagram.

Love, the Sisters

Currently Pinning : 005

Currently Pinning : 005

May 05, 2016

Yes…It’s true.  Us sister’s love fashion almost as mush as we love interiors and these pink clutches got us thinking about summer dresses and girls night out!  And how about this light fixture? Do you die?  We are completely crushing on the royal and dark blue hues that are popping up all over Pinterest.  This gold trimmed fixture with the blue is the perfect blend of whimsical and grown up!  The gallery wall was such a hit, then replaced with oversized framed images and now coming back, but with a twist!  Loving this corner gallery wall.  Speaking of blue…How about this pop of wall color at the end of a hallway?  Or how about this tile? Total drool worthy and got us re-thinking our kitchen back splash!  Then the cherry on top is this bathroom.  Where do we even begin with this one?

Also, we have a new board on pinterest!!!  Plant Power is the name!  Plant inspiration is the game!  Follow along here.

Love, the Sisters

Spaces We're Loving : Jody Oliver of Indie Bungalow

Spaces We're Loving : Jody Oliver of Indie Bungalow

May 02, 2016

 
We have been stalking Jody Olivier of Indie Bungalow on instagram for awhile now.  It was the small glimpses of her home that we would see scrolling through her feed that got us real curious about her dwellings.  She is the owner of the etsy shop that allows you to escape to places like Africa and Asia through her hand selected textile collection, that she so lovingly turns into pillows and throws. ( Hand sewn by herself folks!!!)  Her pieces have us drooling over her daily post and home decor.
Now, we are beyond thrilled to step into her home with you.  Again, it was the sneak peeks of rich colors and textured textiles that wanted us to see more.  She has mastered the layered look and a well lived, well traveled feel.  She blends this look with a minimal/modern vibe, which is everything us Sisters love.
Take a look folks, and be ready to be amazed!

 

 
After spending the day with Jody we discovered that she was raised in Hawaii and has been living in San Diego for many years now.  She told us upon entering her house, that she was sold on buying the house after seeing the 15ft. copper front door.  She didn’t even have to go any farther.  She knew.  We don’t blame her.  The previous house had walls blocking outside views and a overgrown garden and landscape.  After removing a wall that looks out to the back yard and adding a infinity pool, where the once overgrown garden existed she discovered her own tropical oasis in the heart of Carlsbad.

 

 

 

 
Along with all the layers of juiciness we discovered that a handful of the artwork in the house was done by herself!  She is a fan of Native American art and her medium is resin!  So cool, folks!  We are in heaven at this house.  A true gem, and we were honored that she let us in and allowed us to share with all of you…

 

Photos By: Kelly Fondots
You can follow Jody on her popular instagram and shop her goods here.

Love, the Sisters

Latest Creation : A Young + Hip Home

Latest Creation : A Young + Hip Home

April 25, 2016

 
This project was exciting for us because the home owners were moving into a new home and didn’t want to bring any existing items from the old house with them.  This was literally a blank canvas for us.  A blank canvas is a designer’s dream . . . and it’s an even better dream when the clients has great taste.  We had a blast working closely with the them in creating a fresh and youthful downstairs which consisted of a cozy entry, kitchen, dining room, and family room
After some client programming and interviewing, we had a clear vision of the home owner’s taste and style.  We dove head first into sourcing lush and luxurious textiles and materials to layer and create a blended look of old and new, rich and light.  This home has a well lived feel. Everything we wanted to create for this young family.  A home they can grow into, with a high end look and relaxed feel.

 

Let us know what you think!

Love, the Sisters

Travel Diaries : The Sisters Go to Paris

Travel Diaries : The Sisters Go to Paris

April 19, 2016

 
Is there a better place other than Paris to meet up with your sister, re-group, get inspired, and spend time with your Mom?  We don’t think so!  Paris was a slice of heaven and our words, nor our pictures will even begin to do justice for the experience, and the complete wonder that our trip was!
We all flew in at different times and met on a Tuesday at the most adorable Parisian apartment.  It was love at first sight for all of us!  The chic Parisians walking with baguettes in hands and the cold crisp air had us running out the door to go explore!  A week was just enough time to take in the sights, enjoy many glasses of Rose’, and eat more than enough of the most fabulous carbs and cheese on the planet!  And that is exactly what we did.

 

 
Our sights included places like the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is a Gothic cathedral that dates back to 12th century when construction began.  The walls are adorn with religious Icons, and columns that speak to you.  After this visit we dipped into the Saint Chapelle, Kingdom of Light which was erected in the 13th century and houses some of the worlds more profound stain glass windows.

 

 
And how could one not visit the famous Louvre???  We were warned about how overwhelming it can be and yes…true, but seeing the smirk on the Mona Lisa made the trip and crowds worth it.  If anything, at this point the jet lag was what was overwhelming!  On the other hand, in terms of museums, we all agreed the Musee d’Orsay was the best.  It was housed in the old railroad station that was built for the World Exposition in the 1900s and was laid out in such a beautiful way that made strolling in and out of the rooms seem more like a waltz dance.  This museum houses the Impressionist work such as Monet, Van Gough, Manet, and Renoir just to name a few.  Seeing their paintings inches from your face is a memory we will both hold for a long time.

 

 
With all the sightseeing and tourist hopping, we must say our favorite part was walking the streets in the different neighborhoods like the Latin Quarters and Montmarte.  This is where you could pop in and out of fashion houses and boutiques, stop at a multitude of cafes for a glass of Rose’ and a charcuterie plate while watching the Parisians walk by, speaking the most beautiful language ever.  After the cafe stops, we would walk with crepes in hand and watch the local artist draw portraits of the tourist.  Or another favorite was stumbling across the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore.  A perfect day!

 

 
Now, it wouldn’t be Paris without a stop at the Eiffel tower.  This was a spectacular experience for all of us.  The ride up to the second level to look out over the City was a bit nerve racking.  Especially for our mother…But once up top, the view made the queasy stomach and fear of heights disappear!  After the tour of the tower and a stroll along the perimeter, we stumbled upon another cafe for yet another glass or Rose’ and crepes…The best part being, after we paid the bill it was around 8:45pm and we walked outside to see the Eiffele tower lit up…which was spectacular!  When the clock striked 9pm shortly after it began to twinkle for a good 5 minutes, with blinking lights that filled our hearts with amazement!  Again, another memory that will stay with us for a long time to come.

 

 
It was a perfect mother, daughter trip and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you a glimpse into our experience.  For those of you who haven’t been to Paris, please put it on the list.  And for those of you who have been to Paris, you must go back!

 

 
Thank you for following along with us on this adventure and we look forward to the next trip!  Bon Voyage! Au Revoir!

Love, the Sisters

Design 101 : Mid Century Chairs

Design 101 : Mid Century Chairs

April 15, 2016

 
Us sisters are suckers for a good Mid Century piece.  We hope this can shed some light and inspiration for your next furniture find or must have!  Having a timeless piece like a Mid Century chair not only modernizes a space, but adds some charm and acts as a good conversation piece.  You can never go wrong with adding one of these babies in your home.

Love, the Sisters

Featured Artist : Marissa Quinn

Featured Artist : Marissa Quinn

April 12, 2016

 
I first met Marissa Quinn when she would help me at the local Anthropologie store where we often shop for accessories when needed for client installs.  She was a shop girl at the time and dressed to the nines in adorable Anthro inspired outfits.  It wasn’t until she suggested that I take a look at her artwork that I discovered she was an amazing artist.
I went home that afternoon and took a quick look, not quite ready to be blown away.  In fact, I wasn’t expecting what I saw, at all.  I saw the most passionate and expressive drawings ever.  Her pen and ink drawings are so detailed and nature inspired, that you can’t help but be blown away.

 

 
Her current fascination delves in illustrating biomimcry, which is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. Driven to this topic through a deep love of the environment, Quinn’s delicate pen-work guides the viewer through a journey of nature’s paradox of growth through decay. She enjoys research, and is currently looking to work alongside marine biologists in the San Diego area in order to learn more about oceanic endangered species. In all her work there is consistent mysticism, which serves to connect her work to contemporary times through symbolic interpretations of current biospheric degradation.
She has since left Anthropologie, and is now a full-time artist pursuing her dreams and collaborating with some other amazing creatives.  This is someone to keep your eye on and if you are lucky enough, possibly own one of her pieces.
We would like to introduce you to Marissa Quinn.  A San Diego/LA based artist, with a free spirit vibe and sun-kissed hair.  Please enjoy her images.  You can shop them here, or for daily inspiration check her out on Instagram!

Love, the Sisters

Curently Pinning : 004

Curently Pinning : 004

April 08, 2016

 
These planters are giving us all the heart eyes, did we mention they’re from Target? This light fixture paired with this diy jeweled mirror would make for a fab entryway. Summer vibes!  Blush + green still going strong. Would love to celebrate the end of the week in this dreamy bath scene! And hello Paris, we really love you!

Love, the Sisters

Travel Diaries : Follow the Sisters in Paris

Travel Diaries : Follow the Sisters in Paris

April 04, 2016

 
Us sisters are meeting up in Paris with our mother for a mom and daughter trip!  We will both be flying in from Cali and Bali and couldn’t be more excited to reconnect and get inspired!  We haven’t seen each other for over 6 months and are way over-due for a face to face.  We work daily on projects via skype and email, however this adventure will be a trip for us to not only re-group but to explore and get inspired.  We are calling it a R&D trip!  Research and Development.  A lot is happening over at 4CORNERS and this trip will be one ingredient to some fabulous creations we cannot wait to share with you.
Follow along this next week on Instagram as we eat, explore and hunt our way through the fabulous streets of Paris!

Love, the Sisters

Latest Creation : A Kool Kid's Bath

Latest Creation : A Kool Kid's Bath

March 29, 2016

We had a blast designing this kids bath!  I mean, how sweet is this space?  The client asked for something that would work for the kids now and continue to grow as the kids grow, in terms of style.

 

 
This was a no brainer for us!  Let’s start with the walls and paint them a soft grey.  This is a gender neutral color and is also youthful and sophisticated.  We also felt strongly about adding a tiled wainscoting on the wall.  Again, like the paint color, the idea of a wainscot is both youthful being practical for children as well as a timeless and classic wall detail that has been adorning walls since the beginning of time.
We decided upon using a classic white subway tile and the added beveled detail makes it a bit more mature in nature.  We decided to off play the maturity of the beveled tile and install a trough sink that resembles the old school sinks we all used in our outdated elementary school.  The faucets are our favorite part!  How cool are these faucets ?

 

 
The kids now are quite tiny and reaching this large sink was going to be a problem.  As we custom designed this vanity we took their little bodies into consideration.  We started by shrinking the depth of the vanity in the center where the sink lies.  This allows them to reach the water.  We decided to keep the sides of the sink at standard depth to allow for counter space.  This also makes the vanity feel custom.  Which is always a good look.  The next best part about this design is the built in pull out stools.  These stools sit tight inside the vanity similar to drawers, however when you pull these guys out they are stools that the kids can stand on only when needed.  These stools can then be turned upside-down later on and act as storage drawers.  And having pivoting mirrors is a great way to accommodate for tall and small users!
Overall we think we created a kid tested, adult approved bathroom that will stand the trials of time and style!  A splash of contemporary and classic meets sweet and youthful.  What’s not to love about this bathroom?  We hope you love it as much as we loved creating it.

Love, the Sisters

Our Picks : Planters Under $100

Our Picks : Planters Under $100

March 28, 2016

Now that spring is here and the time change has us outside, we decided to share with you our top 5 planters!  And yes!  They are all under $100…Now that’s something to celebrate.

 

 
Anthropologie :  Metallic Crackle Herb Pot  $14.00 – $68.99
Wayfair : Latitudes Oval Pot Planter  $35.99
CB2 : Isla Planters $79.95
Crate & Barrel : Slant Planters  $59.95 – &79.95
Crate & Barrel : Dundee Floor Planters  $69.95 – $79.95

Love, the Sisters

A Day at the Flea Market

A Day at the Flea Market

March 24, 2016

I spy with my little eye . . . This is what it’s like when we spend the day at the Flea Market.  We are huge fans of the famous Long Beach Flea Market and we decided to share  with you, a day with us looking for the perfect find!

 

Love, the Sisters

A Day With Actress & Singer : Daniella Monet

A Day With Actress & Singer : Daniella Monet

March 22, 2016

 
We were thrilled when the team over at Swenyo asked us to help style the television’s star Daniella Monet’s bedroom and office in her newly purchased LA home.  This was a marketing collaboration between Danielle and Swenyo, and they both knew they would want and need the touch of a professional designer to help assist with the over all look and vibe.
We were honored when they reach out to us.  It was a no brainer.  A day spent with a down to earth talent with incredible taste, a production team such as Swenyo, and the talented photographer Kim Marcelo is a day well spent to us!
We blended the furnishings that Swenyo provided along with a few other accessories we sourced to created a minimal, fresh and youthful bedroom + office for the actress.
Take a look!!

 

Before:

 

After: 

 

Office: 

 

This collab was too much fun and we hope you enjoyed the before and after transformation!!
To see the actress herself express the love of her new space and see how the boyfriend reacted when he came home, watch this!

Love, the Sisters

Color Trend : Emerald Green

Color Trend : Emerald Green

March 17, 2016

 
With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, we are seeing green!  Green has really started to be a top contender for accessorizing with color around the home.  Whether it’s with plants, pillows, or pieces of furniture, the color green is always sure to be a beautiful and bold statement piece.  Jewel tones have been hot for the last few years and we are so stoked that this trend isn’t going anywhere.  It’s been fun to see how this color is starting to make its way into bathrooms and kitchens, and looks especially fab with metallic accents.
Here’s a bit of emerald green love + inspiration for you:

 

How do you incorporate this saturated color into your home?

Love, the Sisters

Spaces We're Loving : Maria Eugenia pf Sea + Wander

Spaces We're Loving : Maria Eugenia pf Sea + Wander

March 13, 2016

 
She is a North County mama who is living the dream.  Originally from Argentina and after many years spent in NY she has now found herself in the coastal hometown of us Sisters, Carlsbad.
Maria’s taste is a cross of boho chic with modern flares.  She pays tribute to a few era’s (mid century and the rock roll days of the 70’s) and blends them so well in such a calming way. Maybe it’s the all white walls and sheep skins that create this calm vibe, but we would like to think it’s her warm heart and loving spirit that makes you want to crawl up on her day bed/sofa and listen to records all day.
Welcome to Maria’s home:

 

We are honored to show you a glimpse of Maria’s home and we hope you think it’s as beautiful as we do.

Love, the Sisters

Currently Pinning : 003

Currently Pinning : 003

March 08, 2016

Clearly our love of Blush hasn’t faded! It just feels right, paired with white or black you really can’t go wrong. We love this huge statement centerpiece using greenery from your backyard. Earthly textiles and buttery leather with a dark statement wall? Yes please, and a nice break from “all white everythang” too. This staircase + that brick wall = chic, rustic, and modern. These tiles are giving us major heart eyes. We’d take a whole shelf of these ceramic beauties, and bonus is that they’d look amazing on an open shelf in the kitchen! Last, this cactus would look fabulous in an entry way.
Happy pinning, friends!

Love, the Sisters

Featured Artist : Lucila Dominguez

Featured Artist : Lucila Dominguez

March 03, 2016

 
As we were eating our way through the fabulous streets of Buenos Aries on my recent trip to Argentina, (as one of the many things the Argentinians are known for is their cuisine) I couldn’t help but stare  at one of the most beautiful murals I have ever seen located on the walls of the well know restaurant, Il Latina.  I enjoyed the most amazing meal, but I must admit I was quite distracted by this painting.  I finally asked the server, “Where on earth did this painting come from?  Who painted this?  I must know everything!”
This is where I would like to introduce to you our new favorite artist: Lucila Dominguez.  I ran home that night after dinner and quickly hit social media in search of more images of this very talented artist.  The images that filled my phone screen began to quickly blow me away.  I was in love.
Her work is beyond inspiring and heavily influenced by the botany world.  I have always been attracted to botanical imagery and the mix of bold colors.  Her work has a vintage vibe and Latino feel, which is also why I am so attracted to her work.
Please take a look and escape into this woman’s world!  She is truly inspiring and her work, even more so…

 

 
From Lucila-
When I first started drawing, drawing was my passport to nature. Studying nature and its forms, I was discovering my own world. I graduated from a fine arts high school and college (IUNA) here in Buenos Aires. I also worked in set design for film, that’s where my murals and paintings first appeared. 
I didn’t know back then that I was going to end up painting huge walls, climb ladders and scaffolding … but when it happened, I fell in love immediately. Having to use your whole body to paint is an indescribable feeling. At times I feel like a dancer, other times, a tightrope walker… Working at such a huge scale allows me to create climates and spaces that feel real, places one could inhabit. I am interested in the fine line between reality and unreality, fiction, surrealism. I use realism as a door to enter other dimensions and enjoy playing with these blurred boundaries.
Nature was always my main source of inspiration. For quite some time, I have been specializing in botany, increasingly putting the focus on plants. Their shapes and colors convey so much life, I see in them very powerful beings, with thousands of healing and transformative properties, and also as the possessors of a truly captivating beauty … I see my art on the same path, seeking to transform and beautify the world.

 

Be sure to check out Lucila on Instagram and Facebook!

Love, the Sisters

Latest Creation : Street Level Handbag Showroom

Latest Creation : Street Level Handbag Showroom

February 23, 2016

 
When we were approached to design and create a more inviting space for the Street Level Handbag showroom located in downtown Los Angeles, excited and thrilled would be an understatement.  The already existing walls and concrete floors were a blank canvas that we became very anxious to get our hands on.  The inspiration quickly started flowing in.  The owner/founder of Street Level was more than a delight to work with and her enthusiastic personality, giggly laugh, and contagious smile made this project beyond fun!
After meeting with her and her team, we at 4 Corners decided to find our inspiration by creating a fictional character.  This character would be their “ideal” customer.  She would be the type of woman who would wear their amazing selection of handbags as an accessory to her already fabulous life.  This is where and how our inspiration was created for this space.
We would love to introduce you to Claire! She is a recent college graduate and known as a free spirit. She is now living on her own for the first time in her NY apartment.  She is a lover and collector of vintage finds.  She loves to travel the world and often finds herself in Paris, taking photos, and continuing her education of life!  A true butterfly in our eyes.

 

 
If you look closely you will see hints of travel, education, Paris, butterflies, and vintage finds.  All these elements mixed in with the beautiful handbags made for a very unique display.  The clients also needed multiple meeting places for their buyers.  Therefore, we created three different types of spaces for them to meet.  One being a casual lounge area for meetings, an informal bar top, and a more formal conference table.  This will allow their buyers to feel at home and comfortable when buying for their new retail collections.  We brought in a muralist to create some imagery on the walls, such as the handbag menu behind the bar and the freehand butterfly on the black wall which makes for a great Instagram photo!

 

 
We also custom made a unique butterfly mobile that hangs center in the showroom to draw the eye up and remind us to live a more free spirited life, like Claire.  Because the space was a large industrial warehouse, we also wanted to warm things up and create a feeling of life inside the brick walls and concrete floors.  This was the inspiration behind the faux living walls and hanging plants.  Hanging the backyard string lights also gave it a whimsical feel and really brightening things up.

 

 
Overall the space feels well lived, well-educated, and well-traveled.  Everything the client asked for and both Street Level and 4 Corners could not be happier.  We were honored to create such a space and beyond thrilled they chose us to do so.
Please head on over to our Instagram, @sistersof4corners, to participate in our Giveaway with the fabulous Street Level.  You can win one of their beautiful handbags!  Now hurry up and enter!

Love, the Sisters

Spaces We're Loving : The Beach Lodge

Spaces We're Loving : The Beach Lodge

February 21, 2016

We first found The Beach Lodge on Instagram and had to follow right away. We love how Tiffany transformed this dark and drab cottage to a bright and happy vacation rental, including a well curated selection of our favorite design elements. It’s hard not to fall in love with all of the details Tiffany covered!  The Beach Lodge has been featured on The Venue Report and Front + Main, making it’s presence well known and a highly coveted vacation rental in Hollywood Beach! We are already dreaming of when we can post up in this beautiful home for the weekend this summer! 

 

 
Follow the Beach Lodge here or book a stay here.

Love, the Sisters

Featured Artist : Jai Vasicek of Ahoy Trader

Featured Artist : Jai Vasicek of Ahoy Trader

February 12, 2016

 
I first met Jai a few years ago in Byron Bay, Australia for a mutual friend’s birthday bash. We spent a few days together celebrating our friend and over that time, I instantly fell for Jai’s amazing energy. Not only is he so sweet and refreshingly genuine, he’s so much fun to hang out with. The man knows how to have a good time and he’s a great conversationalist. I visited his shop, Ahoy Trader in Byron Bay, and wanted to buy everything. He’s an incredible artist and visionary and has fabulous style.
I am most attracted to his incredible tile installations and daydream about commissioning him to do a project for us one day. His carefree spirit really comes through in his art and I love the way he uses color and imagery to bring his pieces to life. I especially love the way he interprets the female spirit. He has such a beautiful vision of what a true goddess looks like.

 

 
From his site, Ahoy Trader— “Jai’s Colourful Crosses And Wall Tiles Have Become Highly Sought After, With An Eclectic And Expressive Character That Allows Them To Be Displayed In Groups Or Used As Stand Alone Decor Pieces.  Nowhere Is His Signature Style More Apparent Then In His Stunning Large Tiled Wall Murals, They Dominate Any Space And Can Be Custom Made To Suit The Client’s Personality And Decor. Many Of Australia’s Most Stylish Home Decorators And Savvy Interior Designers Commissioning Him To Create One Of A Kind Artworks Making For A High Impact Focal Point In Any Room.
https://youtu.be/-tu3dwQ83KY
Favorite bits: the Malachi painting, the tile installation at Miss Margarita, his shop Ahoy Trader, his decorated crosses and his pillows.

Love, the Sisters

How To : Indoor Plants

How To : Indoor Plants

February 10, 2016

 
We are huge fans of decorating with lush, green plants inside! They instantly add dimension and life to your space, making them a great choice for a quick update. House plants tend to be low maintenance, so don’t worry if your thumb isn’t that green. Not only do plants add color to a neutral palette, but they also act as air purifiers– a total win. Below you will find our top five plants that we use in and around our own homes!

 

Succulents + Cacti //

 

 
Succulents are great for all lighting environments and actually appreciate the neglect we tend to give… which is great if you want to start incorporating green into your home but not sure if you can keep your new plant babies alive!
Snake Plant //

 

 
Snake Plants, or Mother in Law Tongues, have a modern vibe and also do extremely well with loving neglect! These plants can adapt to most light and are really fun to watch grow. They look great in just about any room, especially when put in a bullet planter like you see above.

 

Fiddle Leaf Fig //

 

 

Rubber Tree //

 

 
We love the smoother, dark leaves on these little guys. They are called Rubber Trees but when kept trimmed down they stay as cute little bushes. They do best in indirect light with occasional watering.

 

Hang It Up //

 

 
Hanging your favorite plants give a greenhouse vibe inside your home. We love grouping together different color succulents! Just make sure there are drainage holes on the bottom of your planters so that the soil doesn’t get too soaked and cause root rot.
Our favorite places to find plants is our local nursery, trader joe’s, and IKEA! Home Depot and Lowe’s also has great plants and has seasonal plant sales! Get to shoppin’ and air purifyin’!

Love, the Sisters

Currently Pinning : 002

Currently Pinning : 002

February 10, 2016

 
How about a tiled floor to ceiling shower with a greenhouse vibe? Sign us up for pops of yellow and sheepskin… that room is like instant sunshine every time you walk in! We’ll take that light fixture, with this geometric piece of art, hung over a metallic sofa. Oh, and don’t forget this tropical bouquet for Valentine’s  Day (or Galentine’s Day!) this weekend.

Love, the Sisters

Trending in 2016

Trending in 2016

February 07, 2016

 
Geometric Patterns //


They add instant visual interest, which is great for a quick and easy change or WOW piece. When using geometric shapes, you don’t need to do much else since they speak for themselves. Options are endless. We love seeing these patterns in bathrooms and kitchens!

 

 
Neutrals //


The most relaxing combo out there! t’s hard to go wrong when working with neutrals, which makes them great for layering. We love to have large, key pieces in neutral colors and add color with accessories!! It also helps that Benjamin Moore chose Simply White as their 2016 color of the year.

 

 
Jungalow Style //


The most fun trend this year! It’s been up and coming but it’s here to stay in 2016. Think plants, plants, and more plants! Miss-matched pattern and colors, then top that with more plants! The beauty of this trend is that there are no rules!!

 

 
Rose Gold //


Brass came back, and last year copper came back into the spotlight and this year Rose gold will be taking center stage! A softer and more feminine brass, what’s not to love? Metallics are always hot and we are happy to see rose gold come in to play in 2016.

 

 
Pantone’s Rose Quartz + Serenity //


PANTONE 13-1520 & PANTONE 15-3919. On the topic of rose gold, or the color rose or as we like to call it, Blush, is making a huge appearance this year. And we love it. We’re bringing back femininity into interiors with colors like rose quartz and serenity. Mixed with neutrals these two colors are sure to keep you inspired and feeling fresh. Using pops of these colors in your home or wardrobe will keep you up to trend with this years colors.

 

Love, the Sisters

Will You Be My Valentine?

Will You Be My Valentine?

February 01, 2016

I know my sister Elaina isn’t the biggest fan of Valentines, and I get where she is coming from. It can be cheesy, forced and if you have no one to share it with, it can be the most depressing day of the year… Especially at our age. I mean, who are we kidding. Holla to all my single gal friends out there!
I have been blessed when it comes to Valentines day because eight years ago when I met Tyler, we accidentally fell into our tradition on Valentines day. Because of our tradition, I have grown to LOVE this holiday and in fact, look forward to it every year! We keep it simple and glutinous, no gifts exchanged! All we do is drive thru IN & OUT and order our favorite menu items (mine being a #2 animal style, protein style with well done french fries and a root beer). Then we head home to eat it on our sofa, in our pj’s and we rent a movie on Apple TV. Best day of the year by far! Now, I know we mentioned no gifts. I am okay with this, though some of you may not be. In the case you need some help in directing your men to some idea…Here are my top 3 gift ideas:

 

 
I love Anna Beck’s jewelry and I have been eyeing this simple but beautiful necklace. This is an everyday piece which us girls are always looking for. Something that will go with everything and we can keep on all year-long, no matter the occasion.
Now, I’m obsessed with my BKR bottles. I think every women needs one. The gift of hydration in style!
Lastly, I stumbled across this gal on Instagram, of course!!!! I have been eyeing one of her extremely large knit pieces for days now!!! How amazing does this blanket look? Cuddled up on the sofa with my In & Out!!!  Hmmm…maybe we WILL exchange gifts this year. Plus her styling is on point.

Love, the Sisters

Travel Diaries : Buenos Aires

Travel Diaries : Buenos Aires

January 27, 2016

When a good friend and her husband were packing their bags for a four month gaunt around the world, I quickly became inspired and remembered the days when I too dropped everything and trekked the world for six month to go “find myself.” What has happened now and what so easily happens to most of us, is we grow up, become entrepreneurs and travel solely for business, or “another” wedding. Finding the time to take care of myself and my own needs have become far and few.
I quickly decided to take the trip to meet my friends and spend a week in one of the most inspiring cities in the world!
This trip was for me, and me only. I had no expectations, no research, or follow up to do. If I stumbled across a fabulous textile supplier or one of the largest weekend markets in the world, then so be it! I would explore and inquire for the pure joy of it, and not bargain for a client or source for a project. Just me, and the reason why I fell in love with travel and design to begin with.
Buenos Aires is an astonishing metropolis with a European flare, and an edgy Latin American vibe. It was love at first site for me. The culture, the design, the street life, it all blew me away. On top of that, the city had a glimpse of New York living within it’s streets and that was a sweet familiarity that comforted me in a beautiful way.
Welcome to Buenos Aires!

 

 
The City Neighborhoods (My favorites!):
Palermo: This is the hipster, New York part of Buenos Aires. The streets are lined with “cool” clothing and vintage shops, along with cafe’s that will make you drool. In this trendsetting neighborhood, you will find the Zoo and many green-gated parks that are perfect for a bike ride or stroll. Because of the time of year (it was hot!), the shade from the trees is where it’s at! This is where we also visited the Eva Peron museum and discovered a little more background on the famous Argentinian. Madonna only covered a portion of this amazing women’s life in the well know blockbuster. Needless to say, I will be watching Evita on Netflix this week.

 

 
San Telmo: This is the older part of town. The cobbled stone streets and crumbling buildings remind you of the fight that the Argentinians put up to defend themselves from the Spaniards and British, hence the street named “Defensa.” This is the main street in San Telmo and we were lucky enough to have our AirBnB located here. It’s also the neighborhood with all the antiques, and houses the most amazing street market I have ever experienced!

 

 
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La Boca: The most colorful town on earth! This is the place you see in all the travel books where each house is painted a different color; the streets are lined with row after row of stacked and crooked house all painted vibrant colors. We learned that since this is a port town, the fisherman and boat owners would use the left over paint from their boats to paint their homes. This is how the beautiful tradition came alive and is one of the most inspiring places to see in person.

 

 
Recoleta: We didn’t spend much time here, but we did visit the famous cemetery. Again, a breath taking experience. Some of the tombstones in this sacred space are bigger than my condo and more elaborate than the Basilica in Roma. This is also where Eva Peron was finally buried along side her family. The rows and rows of towering tributes to people’s lives is both eerie and stunning.

 

 
Must Do’s:
Recoleta Cemetery
San Telmo Sunday Market. The largest market I have ever experienced. (blows the Pasadena Rose bowl out of the water) and the most unbelievable antiques I have ever seen.
El Zanjon De Granados: A remarkable underground archaeological site made up of old tunnels, sewers, and cisterns. Must take the tour. I know it may sound a bit touristy, but a different view into how the town of San Telmo use to work.

 

 
Where to Eat:
I Latina: Mind Blowing. The most memorable meal to date.
Cafe Felix: A closed door (in someone’s home) community style, exclusive meal.
El Cuartito Pizza: Best Pizza in town! The pizza is amazing in BA because of the heavy Italian influence. All I have to say is, Cheese and Onion. Two please!
Gran Parilla Del Plata: This is where you go to get your steak and malbec!
Bar Seddon: This is where you grab a drink with an old vibe and black and white checkered floors.

 

 
Where to Shop:
Gabriel Del Campo: The most beautiful antique shop I have ever stepped foot in. I kept telling the owner, that his shop is what my heaven will look like.

 

 
Our Amazing Air BnB: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/42450
AND, my dear friends who inspired the trip, Joni and Connor!

 

 
You can follow their amazing adventures as they continue to travel over at The Clippies. Also, for a daily glimpses of their inspiring travels follow them on instagram: @jonpon12

Love, the Sisters

Spaces We're Loving : A Fresh Family Home

Spaces We're Loving : A Fresh Family Home

January 21, 2016

 

Love, the Sisters

Local Loves : Ciao Bella Lashes

Local Loves : Ciao Bella Lashes

January 17, 2016

 
Ciao Bella Eyelashes is a boutique style Eyelash Studio in the beach town of Encinitas, California. Founded by twin sisters Amie Calico and Ali Lindgren, the small studio offers high-end eyelash extension services using only the highest quality materials and the safest methods, they help you to feel beautiful and fresh with less hassle.
Here’s a little photo diary of my amazing visit with Scottie, pictured above and amazing lash artist. We are so grateful for the opportunity to share our experiences of this cool salon!
We fell in love with Ciao Bellabecause of their amazing lash results (obviously!), cute decor, and the warmth that fills the place thanks to their lash artists. They also incorporate family and community with events and outreach, which we love. The vibes of the modern, bohemian decor gave us major heart eyes and was icing on the cake to our wonderful experience.

 

Before and After:

 

 
We LOVE their results. I am off to Argentina and am so happy with my lashes and even happier that I won’t have to wear make up for a week! Lashes make your life a thousand times easier, thank you Ciao Bella!!

Love, the Sisters

Currently : Pinning

Currently : Pinning

January 11, 2016

 
Ever get sucked in to the Pinterest hole , unable to escape it?? We do! Here’s a round-up of a handful of things we found this week.
We are loving the blush and dusty blue trend that is happening– we think there is going to be a PLENTY of beautiful rose, blue, and green colors going around town this year and we aren’t mad about it. As always, loving brass accents. We’d take that powder bath in our home any day, and that cacti window garden too.
What are you pinning? Let us know your username  in the comments so we can follow you, or find us HERE.

Love, the Sisters

Featured Artist: Okiino

Featured Artist: Okiino

January 07, 2016

 
I first met Angeline my freshman year at Berkeley. For me it was a love at first sight. I knew I wanted to be friends with her as she has this amazing energy and incredible spirit. Our friendship grew fast and before long, we were spending all our free time together. We went on to be roommates in two different houses in Berkeley where we would throw the most amazing parties and have incredible dinner feasts with all of our friends. Angeline had a way of making incredible and exciting things happen. I’ve been watching her manifest every dream of hers since those early days, morphing into a successful entrepreneur. Whether she’s throwing down beats as A-List, consulting high-powered executives, or buying up real estate or flying across the globe to surf she’s an inspiration to me.

 

 
She has recently launched yet another dream of hers, the Okiino brand. This business venture marries some of her favorite things and as a result, her and her partners have created a beautiful brand selling high quality leggings that are designed by local artists. They will carry you through your surf session, your yoga class, or just an outing around town. They’re incredibly versatile, feel so great, and made with love and incredible attention to detail.
While there are a few surf and yoga leggings currently in the market, OKIINO’s product has the highest quality Italian 4-way stretch fabric technology, maximum UV protection, custom prints created by artists, and unique design features to truly be multi-functional in the water and on land. Plus, their products are locally made in San Francisco, and they donate a portion of the sales to non-profit partners that reflect their brand and values.
Be sure to check these ladies out on Instagram and Facebook!

 

Love, the Sisters

2015 In Review

2015 In Review

January 01, 2016

 
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Wow, what a year! We had so much fun this year that wanted to share our highlights with you all!
In January Elaina started the year out with finishing up the cozy and eclectic Villa Aloha in Bali. We loved working with this super fun and adventurous client who loved big doses of color and pattern. Susanna took a trip with the gals to New York, the City that never sleeps! It was so fun to play tourist.

 

 
February we finished up the Johnson bath. This was my favorite project of the year! Loved how this bathroom turned out and we got a great response from our followers!

 

 
March was full of planning and creating, but Elaina especially loved running around with her two boys in the jungle.

 

 
May, I loved finishing up the renovation of Villa Simona! This was a blast to do.

 

 
July Susanna had an unbelievable family trip to my favorite place on earth! Yosemite. The only thing that was missing was Elaina. Elaina did have a blast though spending time with the family in Nusa Lembongan island, off the coast of Bali.

 

 
August, Elaina was so happy to get to fly back to the States to spend some quality time with my family as we celebrated our cousin’s wedding. Cheers to the best siblings a girl could ask for.

 

 
September included an East Coast Visit with Elaina. We met up in Philly to have some major catch up time and dance our hearts out at the wedding on the year!

 

 
October had the honor or styling a room for a community event and collaboration with one of our favorite local companies, Swenyo!

 

 

 

 
December we finished our Locke Fireplace. Love how this turned out and it was a great note to end the year on!

 

 
2015 was a great year and we can’t WAIT to see what 2016 has in store for us. It’s already out to a great start with rad projects so keep your eyes open!!! We can’t wait to share 2016’s work with you all.
Thank you for being apart of our Sister community, and get excited for a new look this year!

Love, the Sisters

Locke Residence Fireplace Reveal

Locke Residence Fireplace Reveal

December 17, 2015

Before:

 

After:

 

 
We have so many of our clients coming to us on the regular to add some custom work to their beautiful, but builder grade, model homes. This is a great example of just that! Long before TVs made their way into the home, family would gather around the fireplace. We love that this area of a home is a great way to make it a beautiful focal point.
To keep things simple and the cost down we demoed the dry walled pop-out. Then, we selected a beautiful, handmade custom tile that our client had been eyeballing for a while. A layer of beautiful tile and trim was all we needed. The cherry on top of the tile work was this solid, reclaimed mantel that we were able to hand select with our client.
To pretty this up for the holidays, we added a little something something for our client to enjoy!

 

 
Now, Christmas is the best time of year to dress your mantel!!! As you can see we had fun with this fireplace. Again, we kept it simple. Like they say, less is (usually) more. Creating a winter scape with snow and trees to match the existing decor creates a soft Christmas feel instead of your overwhelming red and green. Mixing the metallics with the wood tones help create this vibe. Then, we topped it off with the brass candle holders as well, and the soft metallic stockings were hung with care! An easy, simple and festive transformation.

Love, the Sisters

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

December 13, 2015

 
Oh, the holidays! One of the few times a year where asking, or hoping, for gifts is totally acceptable. We rounded up a few of what we’re hoping is under the tree!
Susanna // 1. For our rocker chicks…I’m currently eyeing these bad gals! Obsessed and think every girl needs a shiny pair of ankle boots! 2. For our big spender, I stumbled across these jewelers on Instagram and have been stalking them daily! This ring is the best way to tell some one you love and appreciate them. 3. For the women on the go, like us Sisters, this tote will help keep your things organized! Now, if only it would keep my thoughts organized! 4.We all need power at times, right?? How adorable is this Iphone Charger! A great stocking stuffer or gift for your gal pals! 5. I just got myself a new laptop and you better believe this guy is on my list this year! Drooling!
Elaina // 6. I can’t always get what I want here in Bali. Sometimes it requires a plane ride or hitting up someone’s luggage space who is flying in. I’m running low on my signature scent and feeling anxious about it as wearing perfume is what I do everyday no matter what. This is my scent. Been moving through Fresh scents since I was in my early 20s. I seem to change every 5-7 years. I think this onemay last a bit longer. 7. I’m a huge fan of Jai Vasicek over at Ahoy Trader and his tiles make for great gifts that can fill that small little spot on the wall that needs that little something. 8. I’m a sucker for good candles. I have a sensitive sense of smell (say that ten times fast) and so when it’s a good one, it can set the mood for everything. Not only do I know the beautiful soul behind this magic but I’ve tried and tested the product and it is oh so good. I’ll have one of everything please. 9. This time of year I really start to miss home and the crisp cold air. I dream about being cold and missing my boots and sweaters. I’m obsessing over this little number soon to be on sale with my girls over at Sea and Wander. Kinda funny I dream about being cold so I can wear warm clothes to feel warmer as I sit here dripping in my own sweat from the tropical heat that is Bali right now… Doesn’t make sense! 10. I’ve always been a bit obsessed with coffee table books and I think they make for great gifts. I started following Humans of New York a while back on instagram and love all the amazing stories. A good coffee table book will interest your guests and make for some great conversation. This one is on my list for sure!
Happy shopping!! XOXO

Love, the Sisters

Ten on Ten - Susanna of 4 Corners

Ten on Ten - Susanna of 4 Corners

December 09, 2015

 
Wow, December 10th already!? Where has the year gone? Today is our monthly feature, Ten on Ten, which is ten photos taken on the hour on the tenth of each month. We are happy to have our very own Susanna Samaniego give us an inside look at her day!

 

 
6am.  Waking Up. I would love to tell you that I wake up and drink my water with lemon, then meditate and finish with a green juice. But the reality is I do not know how to do anything without a cup of coffee first.  My sweet man Tyler even wakes up before me and gets the pot brewing. As I stumble out of bed, no make up and ratty hair, Tyler hands me my cup and I sit on the sofa (typically with my dog Luna but she wasn’t behaving for this photo) and chat Tyler’s ear off about how I have big plans for this world and life of mine

 

 
8am. Motivation.  My cute Nikes and fabulous area rug cheering me on as I debate working out or not. If we are being honest…Some days I work out and some days, I don’t!

 

 
9am. Breakfast Time. Breakfast time before I hit the office. My new local favorite is  Better Buzz. It’s a bit trendy and I often hope I don’t run into anyone but they have GF bread and nothing makes me happier than a good avocado. Yes, that is also coffee #2.

 

 
10am.  Office Love. After breakfast I head to the office. This is when the beautiful chaos begins. I check emails, organize for the day and check in on our current projects.

 

 
11am. Sourcing. This is what I do. I find fabulous things, pick a coordinating fabric and then make it work!

 

 
12pm. Starvation.  Time to re-fuel.  A handful of our clients are in the Rancho Santa Fe and Del Sur area, therefore I find myself driving through RSF on the regular. My favorite lil cafe to stop in and have lunch is Thyme In The Ranch. Home made goodies like this Curry Ginger and Carrot soup, with a small caprese salad and yes…Coffee #3.

 

 
1pm.  More Sourcing.  Back at it! Testing driving some sofa’s. Loving this one.

 

 
2pm. I swing by the house and pick up my Luna baby for an afternoon walk of dog park run. Fur babies are the best babies. My mother wouldn’t agree with me. But Luna and Us are doing just fine!

 

 
3pm.  Back at the Office. Time to check in our concepts and looks. Re-cap and organize for the next day.

 

 
5pm.  A beach walk. To forget about the days work and reflect on the important things in life. Like, catching up on my Walking Dead episodes as soon as I get home, put my nappy Jams on and get cozy.
Good night! Thanks for following me. XO

Love, the Sisters

Sea + Wonder

Sea + Wonder

December 02, 2015

 
A unique and different approach to retail, where fashion meets social and helps support our community. With a flare of chic conscious living, Sea + Wander boutique offers a variety of products that meet the demand of our client’s life style. Every product is sourced with care and considered for it’s uniqueness.  We aim to partner up with companies that give back to their community.  It also features a kid area inspired by the both of the owner’s children, a space where they can explore and be creative, or enjoy reading while mom shops and socializes with other moms. They will be carrying all of our favorite brands for women, children, and your home! Elaina and I have been friends with the girls for years, and they are long time North County locals. The owners, Courtney and Maria,  have impeccable taste in all things fashion, decor and product so us sisters are beyond thrilled and excited that they have decided to team up.
They are currently looking for a permanent location to allow moms to shop while their kids are entertained. How cool is that?! They will offer kids classes, mom and baby classes, crafts, etc… All about the mom and the kid while still being fabulous! You can shop their pop up starting December 4th for the holiday and come next year, look out for these ladies and their permanent shop location!!
Xoxo and happy shopping!

Love, the Sisters

Thanksgiving in Bali

Thanksgiving in Bali

November 29, 2015

 
I’ve been living here in Bali with my husband and two boys for the last 7 1/2 years. Both our boys were born here so naturally we feel very tied to Bali and blessed that Bali has embraced us all these years. When we first moved to Bali we didn’t expect to stay this long but as people familiar with the island know  it has a pretty powerful pull and if you surrender to that energetic pull it will take you for an incredible journey.
Though we have been here for a long time I still feel very strongly connected to my Californian roots and not a day goes by that I don’t think of my family and miss them. My husband and I have managed to continue to celebrate certain traditions here in Bali so as to maintain those roots we have in California and remain connected. Thanksgiving being one of them.

 

 
We have had such wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations here in paradise where we gather together with all of our friends that have become our family in Bali. Yes, a handful of them are American but a bunch of them are a mix from all over the world. AND they all enjoy being invited along to eat all of the typical Thanksgiving dishes such as roasted Turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. I will admit it’s no easy feat trying to pull it all together and gather the needed ingredients but we’ve made it work and it always turns into something beautiful.
We wanted to share a glimpse into what it’s like celebrating Thanksgiving in a tropical paradise far from home. You can take the girl out of California but you can’t take California out of the girl  This year we were lucky enough to gather at a beautiful villa owned by some of our close friends (Thanks Lance and Sophie)!
I’m a strong believer in gathering family and friends together to celebrate to give thanks for all the incredible things this amazing life has blessed us with. It doesn’t matter where in the world I may be I will always preserve this tradition in giving Thanks.
We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving,

Love, the Sisters

Latest Creation: Mars Kitchen

Latest Creation: Mars Kitchen

November 24, 2015

 
The Mars moved into this unique, custom-built home from the 50’s located in Encinitas, CA with the hopes to slowly make the changes necessary to keep up with their fast paced lives with two young kids and still stay in touch with their modern style. It took about a year after moving in before the homeowner was ready to make the changes to the falling apart kitchen!
She wanted everything gone, I mean everything. She took us Sisters to breakfast at The Great Maple in San Diego to help give us an idea of what she liked. The style and decor of this restaurant resonated with her and this was a great place to have our first meeting! We picked up on brass/gold accents, with a clean white modern vibe mixed with mid-century touches. This was our goal and we went to work!

 

 
We opened up the floor plan by knocking out old cabinets and a wall that created a butler’s pantry– who has butler’s these day? This opened everything up and allowed us to have a clean slate. Next, we installed new wood flooring, all new cabinets, fixtures and appliances. A classic white subway tile was used on the white counters against the white cabinets. Then to break it up we went with a black island. The multi-toned cabinets are hot right now! We went back and forth between turquoise and black, but at the end of the day I think the black Island was the right choice. Then, by updating all the hardware and light fixtures we created a school-house revival look which we love!
We loved designing this kitchen so much we may take a few pieces for inspiration in our own kitchens!

Love, the Sisters

A Thanksgiving Table

A Thanksgiving Table

November 16, 2015

It’s one of our favorite times of year and we couldn’t be happier about it. This means all the seasonal decorations come out to play, but also means lots of eating and gathering around a table to celebrate family and friends! We created this fabulous table setting to help inspire your Thanksgiving feast!
We are majorly inspired by the rich jewel tones floating around lately and it’s so easy to incorporate them in to your holiday decor. The best way to ditch the standard brand and brown is to add emeralds, turquoise, and ruby pillows and florals! Brassware is having a major moment so be sure to ditch your silverware and replace it with the sleek brass accents. Contrasting plates is another easy way to add interest to your table, and never forget the metallics! Long gone are the days of sticking to either gold or silver– add in gold, silver, AND copper! Oh, and don’t forget the candles to create that intimacy and warmth sitting around a table with the people you love brings.

 

 
Special thanks to Esther from Wallflower Inspiration for the florals. Photography by our digital content director, Kelly Fondots.

Love, the Sisters

TEN ON TEN – ELAINA OF 4 CORNERS

TEN ON TEN – ELAINA OF 4 CORNERS

November 12, 2015

 
We are thrilled to announce a fun new monthly feature for our blog, Ten on Ten. It’s as simple as posting ten pictures on the tenth of the month– One photo, every hour, for ten hours. First up in this new feature is our very own Elaina Samaniego-Myers! Here is a normal weekday for Elaina. Enjoy!

 

 
5:30 am- My morning meditation spot up on our roof. I start the day with setting my intention and watching the sun rise over the rooftops. It’s my moment before the kids wake up and the day begins.

 

 
7:30 am- Green on green. Every morning I start the day with a homemade green juice that my husband and I enjoy outside in our garden. The kids run wild before school and we have a morning catch up.

 

 
8:00am- On my weekly skype call with my sis. Today we’re discussing wall paper options for our new client’s home. We’re loving this Schumacher Queen of Spain black and white!

 

 
9:30 am- Sweating it out in the extend barre class at my Pilates studio. Love that we have this awesome workout in Bali! Bali Pilates Studio is the best.

 

 
11:00 am- I got to visit my little guy, Hudson today to observe him while in class at his Montessori preschool. I had to sit quietly in the corner and try not to distract him. Ha! Such a special break in my day.

 

 
11:45am- One of my favorite parts of what I do is getting to know the lovely people in Bali that I source from. To know them by name and to know about their lives makes work so much more meaningful. Here I am settling the bill for some goods bought for Villa Hansa.

 

 
12:30 pm- Most days I break for lunch at the super healthy and super yummy, Down to Earth Cafe. I post up, eat my biggest meal of the day, usually their tasty and always changing Planet Platter, and catch up on my computer work. Today I’m working on one of our new concepts for a new residential project in California.

 

 
1:30 pm- Out and about sourcing some goods for Villa Hansa and getting inspired by these cool Indonesian fish traps. There is nothing glamorous about souring in Bali. Most of my spots are hot, dark, dusty and dirty but you never know what amazing treasure you may find and the gorgeous people you meet along the way. Makes it so worth it!

 

 
3:30 pm- I’ve picked up my oldest son, Quinn from school and dragged him along to one more spot to find some more goods for Villa Hansa. He makes for a great sourcing companion hamming it up everywhere we go and making all the locals giggle #bringyourkidstoworkday

 

 
6:00 pm- Our day ends with an after dinner walk to the beach with the dogs. The boys love the action, the dogs get good exercise, mom and dad get to enjoy the sunset and the day winds down. Happy Family.
Thanks for taking a peek at my day! Find more on Instagram, here.

Love, the Sisters

Fall Favorites

Fall Favorites

November 08, 2015

With the seasons changing, it’s easy to also want to change or add items in and around your life to accommodate the weather, or influx of parties the holidays bring! Elaina, in Bali, won’t be experiencing cooler temperatures but she will be experiencing a ton of rain. Tropic downpours are no joke. Susanna may get hit with El Nino in San Diego, but it’s a lot easier to make a cozy home than force cooler weather– And because it’s fun to do, we’ve compiled a few items that are on our wish-list. 

 

Left to right, top to bottom: Elaina // My go to for that tropical look, Cha Cha Tint. Rain wellies to deal with the flooding that occurs here in Bali, Chooka. For our weekend beach adventures, The Beach People. Lusting after these fab beach umbrellas. Bali is it’s hottest during rainy season, Basil Bangs. Loving these playful dessert or picnic plates that can be used to add a bit of whimsical to your holidays and make eating more fun for the little ones, Anthropologie. Susanna // Gold Cutlery Set  perf for the holidays and all that eating, Shoppe by Amber Interiors. This is the best fall jacket! It will become a staple for the next few months.  (once it cools down!) The perfect blend of rocker chic and boho, Cleobella. My fave nail color of the season. Love the true oxblood that the Burberry has put out! Color #303, Nordstrom. My go to scent of the fall is the Baltic Amber candles by Voluspa. Takes me home every time, Voluspa. This chandelier, totally drool worthy! In love and think all dining tables this fall need to meet this handsome fella, Anthropologie.

Love, the Sisters

4 Corners X Swenyo

4 Corners X Swenyo

November 03, 2015

 
We were thrilled when Swenyo reached out to us to be one of four designers, picked to style a bedroom based around their products and our personal vibe. Swenyo is another awesome local company here in Southern California, their product offering is a combination of Swenyo-exclusive products designed by them as well as a hand-picked selection of curated products from a variety of brands around the world.
Swenyo gave us the challenge of mixing their modern and minimalist furnishings with a bohemian/eclectic look. The objective was to show how their unique furnishings could be used in different context or environments. Our inspiration was heavily influenced by our own bohemian style that we are known for, as well as throwing some jungalow style (yes, that’s a thing!! and it’s awesome, more on that later) in to the mix. The person who lived in this so-called “loft” of ours, Her name was Claire. This loft was located in NY. This was Claire’s first space out of college, all on her own. She is originally from California and studied photography at NYU. Now that she is on her own she wanted a space that reflected her free spirit and love of travel, and photography!
We had a blast styling this space with the help of the awesome Swenyo teamand are completely satisfied with how it turned out, a total boho loft oasis!

Love, the Sisters

Latest Creation: Simona Villa Oasis

Latest Creation: Simona Villa Oasis

September 29, 2015

Earlier this year we were approached by one of the top villa rental companies in Bali, Elite Havens, to meet with one of their new clients who was in need of help to renovate his newly acquired villa in Canggu. We immediately vibed well with the client and clearly understood his vision.
Villa Simona is one of the older villas in Canggu, Bali. A classic villa with beautiful bones and amazing grounds but one that had begun to decline over the years. It needed brightening and a shift towards a look more modern but still maintaining that classic Bali look and feel that reminds you of times past. The floors, the columns and all of the furniture were a dark wood so our first piece of business was to replace the floors with a cream acid washed marble, strip the wood down to it’s natural color and install new furniture and decor. Though we did use some of the existing teak furniture we had a specialist come in to refinish all of it to bring it back to that beautiful, natural color.



We painted all of the interior and exterior walls a warm white to freshen it up and replaced the roofs with wood shingles that go grey over a few months adding a nice neutral look. From there we decided to infuse each of the 5 bedrooms with a different color scheme. The master bedroom became a black and white venture mixed with outer Indonesian island textiles, black and white photography and primitive decor. The other rooms were a mix of modern and Bali ethnic using blues, greens and reds. The overall look and feel of the villa is tropical chic using classic colonial style furniture, lot’s of rattan and pops of black and white mixed with more tropical colors.

We had approx 3 months to complete this villa and prepare for the rental market in Bali, which is a competitive one. It was a tight deadline and as usual we were thrown a few curve balls but we managed to work through it. In the end the villa is now a fresh and bright villa with fun pops of color and both modern and traditional elements. It’s an old villa brought back to life and ready to be lived in again.

 

 
On your next visit to Bali you should come stay! Check it out at Elite Havens, Simona Oasis Villa.

Love, the Sisters

Current Crush: St. Frank

Current Crush: St. Frank

September 28, 2015

Back in April, I (Susanna) attended the BD West convention in downtown San Diego. This is where all the commercial lines come under one roof to showcase their products that are ideal for the boutique design world. After hours of walking up and down rows of product such as flooring, furnishings and lighting it all began to look the same. Not only was I starving but I was tired and ready to go home.
Then I turned the corner and saw a small booth with the most beautifully framed old world textiles. If any of you know us sisters and our love for textiles and the ethnic vibe you often see in our designs, you know then that I swooned that afternoon and it wasn’t from starvation or the uncomfortable shoes.
It was at this moment when and where our obsession with St. Frank and the sweet founder, Christina Bryant began. Since that afternoon we have been following these gals and their journey in creating some of the most beautiful items we have seen. Christina, the founder, has not only turned her love of travel and beautiful objects into a career but she has allowed it to become a true lifestyle and way of living.
Christina and her team travel the world and collect as well as create a line of textiles and home decor that are unique and inspiring. It’s because of her dedicated approach in providing a quality product and her love in supporting artisans from all over the world who hand make her collections, that we will forever be keeping her and her company on our radar.
It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you our current crush, Christina Bryant of St. Frank.

 

 
What inspires you? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Because we create and curate products rooted in traditional crafts, for inspiration I educate myself about fabrics and other handwork with rich stories to offer (all from low and middle income countries). I do this mostly through reading, travel, & going to museums.  I’m also inspired by our collectors – learning what they love about our work and hearing their feedback.
In a few sentences how would you describe your style?
I love unusual combinations because I find the element of surprise engaging. I want my space to tell my story. That story has many facets, translating into a layered look. I take classic staples, such as English antiques (upholstered in unexpected fabrics), and combine those with modern pieces that are sleek and industrial. I add in heritage pieces, such as passed down silver, and arrange them against graphic accents collected from my travels. The result is a mix of genres that creates a cohesive visual environment.

 

 
What does good design mean to you?
Timeless beauty and a good amount of intrigue.  To me, good design should surprise and engage its viewer, proving a deeper interaction.

 

When and how did you first find your passion for the design/home decor/treasure hunting world?
My mom is my greatest influence in developing my passion for design and creating beautiful spaces. She has incredible style and creativity. She appreciates the details I often overlook. We have different aesthetics – she is very traditional English-antiques-meets-Southern-charm, where I mix modern and ethnic pieces with her hand-me-down antiques. But she encourages me to pave my own way and appreciates my approach. She has also traveled with me around the globe and kept her cool when I went even further off the beaten path out on my own: my travels being my other great influence.

 

What do you love most about your career/passion?
Many things! I love developing unique products that stand alone as beautiful objects and also offer deeper meaning to our collectors. I am excited that our work harnesses the power of business to create social change – both preserving traditional artisanal craft and supporting economic opportunity for artisans. Finally, I get excited to go to work because I love working with my team and our external partners. That’s what makes everything possible and the day-to-day fun.

 

 
Who is your dream client/customer?
I think it would be cool to outfit a luxury boutique hotel in one of the locations where we work – such as Senegal – with our pieces that are handmade there.

 

How do you typically start your day?
Coffee, avocado toast, and the news… I wish I could say meditation!

 

How do you typically end your day?
No matter how busy I am, I end my day with at least 8 hours of sleep – I swear by that as my secret sauce.

 

 
What do you love most about the city you live in?
I live in San Francisco, so I am seriously spoiled. I love the views, weather, the ability to enjoy stunning natural beauty within and around the city. I love that so many of my best friends live there, and there is great local food and wine to enjoy with them. I love the city’s culture of innovation and risk taking, and the spirit of social justice.

 

Where is your most favorite place to travel and why?
Havana, Cuba. It’s a magic step back in time.

 

What was the best piece of advice given to you when you were first getting started?
Have fun. Starting a company can be overwhelming and stressful. Almost everything I’ve had to do to start St. Frank, I’ve never done before. It’s easy to get distracted by fear and forget to enjoy the amazing experience that I’ve had and am having, building a company. It’s important to me that I not miss out on the joy and excitement of creating St. Frank.

 

What’s the best piece of advice would you give to someone starting off in design/mercantile industry?
The above!

 

What is your favorite go to product at the moment?
Our crowd pleaser product is our Baby Alpaca Throw. They are so soft and elegant. They are also versatile – the perfect throw blanket, wrap (upgrade from the pashmina!), or travel blanket. They make great gifts. The WOW item in our collection at the moment are our Juju Hats and Day of the Dead Skull – they are of the moment and eye catching if you want to snag one thing that will refresh your space.  Our newly re-launched luxe prints are the best buy – getting the stunning look that you love from St. Frank for less.

 

 
What is your astrological sign?
I’m a pieces. I’m not sure if I’m a true fish, but I think they are supposed to be creative.

 

What are you most proud of?
I work with smart, grounded, and thoughtful people. What I’m most proud of, at least for St. Frank, is the team and culture. I respect my team members and we share a vision for the company and culture that we’re building.

 

 
What projects are you currently working on?
We are coming out with LOADS of new product categories before the end of 2015… stay tuned! Sign up for our Collectors’ Circle for early access to sales and events.

 

What’s next for St. Frank? What’s your future looking like?
In addition to the above, we are preparing to launch a flagship store in San Francisco. I think that will be such an amazing opportunity to meet our collectors in person and allow them to experience the St. Frank lifestyle in person.

 

You can shop the St. Frank collection and learn more about the girls here.  Or Follow them on Instagram!

Love, the Sisters

How to Dress an Entry Way

How to Dress an Entry Way

September 14, 2015

 
We believe that the entrance into the home is one of the most important spaces as it sets the tone for the rest of the house and determines how well energy will flow in and through the home. We’ve chosen some of our favorite inspiration photos that capture the various elements discussed so you can start to envision your own entry. The most important thing is to have fun!

 

 
1. The entry is a spot to make a statement. Depending on the size of your home and whether you have a proper foyer or just a hallway leading straight into the home you can have fun with this space. It’s a great spot to throw color on the wall or use a fun wallpaper. Whatever your style is, the entry is where you want to introduce it. Perhaps it’s art work, a sculpture or a collage of family photos on the wall. Whatever it may be remember it sets the tone for the rest of the home.

 

 
2. It’s important to consider how energy flows in and through the home. The entry is a way to protect the rest of the house. Depending on the configuration of your house it’s nice to have an entrance table to help ground the space. We love using round pedestal tables situated right in the middle of the space so that energy can flow in and around without getting swept through too fast. If you don’t have space for this then place a table against the wall as you walk in. We love dressing the entry table with statement accessories, art and photos. You can compliment the table with a nice rug or runner that helps tie everything together and creates a warm vibe. Plants are also a great accessory for an entry in helping to ground the energy or chi flowing into the home. We’re big believers in inviting chi into the home, helping to ground it so it can flow and cultivate and in doing so create a home with a warm and inviting vibe.

 

 
3. It’s important to factor in functionality when styling your entrance. It makes sense that you need a spot to throw your keys, hang your purse, take off your shoes, etc. In considering all of this please note that you do not need to sacrifice style for function. It’s very simple to achieve both. Organization is key here. Our motto while organizing is “everything has a home”. Find yourself a cute, stylish bowl or box that is designated for keys. Perhaps place a bench along the wall with a coat/purse hanger above so you have a spot to hang your things and a spot to take off your shoes. A nice basket under the bench can serve as good shoe storage. A standing pot next to a bench or table is a great spot to store umbrellas.

 

The entrance is the introduction into your home so take time to think about how you wish to introduce your home and your life.

Love, the Sisters

Current Crush: Heather Restrepo of Balanced Life Aloha

Current Crush: Heather Restrepo of Balanced Life Aloha

August 24, 2015

 
We stumbled across this beauty from her blog, Balanced Life Aloha while stalking Instagram (something we’re very good at  and we have been following her every since! This is your honest, no fuss, and true beauty kind of lifestyle blogger. While touching on topics like her travels, spirituality, and her natural approach to life through food and remedies we find that her down to earth attitude not only inspires us, but remind us sisters to live a “balanced life” and to honesty love what we do.
This hot mama (yes, she’s a mom!) is quickly making a name for herself by writing about beauty, food, health, spirituality, style and travel. All things we love and us gals need a healthy dose of in our lives. She’s great at opening up about her marriage, what it’s like being a mom and her recent honesty on the blog about how she is dealing with a miscarriage. It’s this honesty and beauty that keep us coming back and we are honored today to share with you, our current crush,Heather Restrepo!

 

What inspires you? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I feel the most inspiration just from possessing the freedom to be able to pursue my wildest dreams.  Of course we all have inspirational outlets that we can draw from when we need a little pick-me-up or a refresh, but I believe that such outlets (whether it be magazines, blogs, celebs, etc.) shouldn’t necessarily be copied, but rather used to produce our own interpreted creation (whether it be clothes, writing, music, or design). Whatever it is, all forms of outside inspiration should push us to become even more of ourselves! On a lighter note, in terms of design, I radiate towards alternative and worldly lifestyles – I love all things Marrakech, Grecian, and especially Indo-Pacific.

 

In a few sentences how would you describe your style?
My style is definitively very eclectic. In terms of clothes, some days I’ll channel my inner Bohemian, but then there are others where I’m all about the comfy & casual-chic pieces of my wardrobe (like oversized knit sweaters). My style seemingly evolves with time and experiences.
 
What does a good lifestyle mean to you?
A good lifestyle is one that allows you to wake up every morning excited for the day. It incorporates real foods to nourish our bodies and give us the energy that we need to pursue our dreams, but it also is about living with a balance that allows for indulgences, adventures, and passionate love.

 

 
When and how did you first find your passion for “balanced life aloha”?
It wasn’t until my body literally turned on itself (being diagnosed with an autoimmune condition) that I realized my true purpose. My condition had left me with no energy, and as a new mother I had to make a promise to myself that I would find a better way to deal with it. My daughter was my ultimate motivation, since I didn’t want her to grow up witnessing my lethargy from being sick. Long story short, I created this code to living a vibrant life, called it “balanced life aloha”, and since then I have actually started to reverse my condition and have been thriving while also helping others!

 

What do you love most about your career/passion?
I’ve been developing the more professional side of Balanced Life Aloha for over a year now, but as I just officially launched my website, I am loving having so many opportunities to branch out and keep evolving this platform I’ve created.   The most rewarding aspect though is getting feedback from followers/readers that they receive inspiration from what I am doing.

 

Currently what is your must have product, that you can’t live without?
Oh my gosh, a Konjac Facial Sponge for sure! I actually wrote an entire article about them on my website that just confesses my love.  It is an all-natural sponge derived from veggie fibers, is so efficient at exfoliating, yet super gentle on the skin.

 

How do you typically start your day?
I start my day with either a cold shower or splash of cold water on my face, to wake me up as well as fight inflammation. After brushing my teeth, I always drink a full glass of water as well to kick-start my metabolism and flush toxins from sleeping. That is, of course,  followed by snuggles from my sleepy toddler and then off to the kitchen where she and I make breakfast (she’s more of a taste-tester) with some type of relaxing music on in the background.

 

How do you typically end your day?
This varies by day, but my ideal way to end a day is in a detox bath with lavender essential oil to de-stress, and a good book to read while I soak.  That would then be followed by cuddling with my hubby, and watching Netflix together in bed before dosing off.

 

 
What do you love most about the city you live in?
As a family, we move a lot (like 7 times in the past 3 years) because of my husband’s career. This allows us to appreciate new found treasures in each city.  We haven’t been in our current city too long yet, so stay-tuned for that!

 

Where is your favorite place to travel and why?
This is probably impossible for me to answer.  However, anywhere with an ocean or body of water is music to my soul.

 

What was the best piece of advice given to you when you were first getting started?
Probably my husband saying to always stay true to myself, and telling me that there is no pressure on anything I am doing, so just have fun!

 

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever given someone?
Definitely to travel, and at least travel alone once as a young adult.  Experiencing alternative lifestyles really have a unique ability to transform a person and allow gratitude to grow within.

 

What is your astrological sign?
I am a true Cancer.  Feminine, loving, dedicated, and spiritual – yet sometimes a bit emotional!

 

What are you most proud of?
Leaving home at 17 years old to live basically half way across the world from anyone I knew, and accomplishing all the goals I set out to achieve, which includes where I am at now in life.

 

What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on filming YouTube videos for my exclusive “Heather BalancedLifeAloha” channel!

 

What’s next for you? What’s your future looking like?
I am just going to enjoy that I have launched BalancedLifeAloha.com, and whatever the future holds I am open to and excited about!

 

Good design is…
Vibrant, yet comforting and well balanced; a true expression without needing words.

 

You can learn more about Heather Restrepo and Balanced Life Aloha on her Blog, Instagram- @balancedlifealoha, PinterestYouTube and Facebook.

Love, the Sisters

Latest Creation: A Classic 1900s Inspired Bath Meets the Modern Day Family

Latest Creation: A Classic 1900s Inspired Bath Meets the Modern Day Family

August 19, 2015

This bathroom makeover was a fun experience because the bathroom was gutted completely and we started from scratch. When a designer gets to do this it becomes a dream job for us because we get a blank canvas to work with. Therefore, the possibilities are endless and our minds begin to twirl in a tivey of creativity and fabulousness. This is a great feeling, trust us! When a blank canvas is presented, beautiful things happen and that’s exactly what took place.

 

 
We were inspired by a free standing tub but knew it had to also function as a shower, so we blended the two concepts and found this deep (perfect for bathing their children) skirted free standing tub and plumbed it with a classic 1900s inspired tub filler and shower head. Once this was settled our inspiration came to life. Classic 1900s meets the modern day family.

 

 
So, the marriage of the two concepts began to grow and the rest fell into place. Like providing a simple, but modern vanity paired with a set of classic faucet fixtures.  As for the walls, we tiled a wainscot of the classic handmade old world subway tiles and added the old idea of a barn door, but with a modern and smooth walnut finish. We framed the mirrors in the same wood as the barn door. This really warmed up the space in our eyes.

 

 
We used classic 1900s style medicine cabinets and light fixtures which again give it that classic look which will never go out of style. When styling we brought in some rustic elements (because let’s face it, us sisters have a hard time not using a rustic element or two!) with the wooden ladder to house the towels and some hand woven baskets for dirty towels and storage. We also used some polished nickel handmade bath accessories at the sink, which is our personal favorite! Not to mention the old world bath mat/area rug. Eeek!

 

 
The client was thrilled to have a new white, clean and happy place to start and end their day. Another successful project and happy client! Now, does anyone else want to soak in the tub with a good book and a glass of wine?

Love, the Sisters

How to Pull Off the Black and White Look

How to Pull Off the Black and White Look

August 06, 2015

We’re huge fans of the classic, chic vibe that black and white creates. It’s one of the true bonds between two colors, a love that never dies. Here are a few tips for pulling it off right.

 

 
1) This color combo works fabulously with all other colors and patterns. So, don’t be afraid to mix it up. Keep in mind that when you bring in the black and white, everything else will pop.

 

 
2) Go big and decide whether you want to throw it on the floor, the walls or the ceiling. A black and white floor, wall or ceiling is a great way to make a big statement. Our all time favorite kitchen we ever had was one with the classic black and white checkered floor. We’ll never forget that kitchen. In fact, we spent most of our time while living there in the kitchen, ha!

 

 
3) Decide on a pattern for the black and white. You can do checkered floors, an ornate ethnic pattern, walls with polka dots, ceilings with stripes and upholstery with all of the above. In other words, the options are endless and hard to get wrong.

 

 
4) Using black and white is a great way to marry the old with the new. If you have a lot of old or vintage items and you’re living in an architecturally modern space with lots of clean lines, then black and white becomes the glue that makes it all work and look amazing.

 

 
5) Don’t be afraid to layer a black and white pattern with ethnic and more colorful patterns. It always looks fresh and smart. On the contrary, sticking to a pure black and white look is never boring. Decide what suits you and just go for it!

Love, the Sisters

Current Crush: Anna Beck

Current Crush: Anna Beck

July 30, 2015

 
(Elaina) I first met Becky about 7 years ago, I had recently moved to Bali and was put in touch with her via a friend to help her decorate her Villa. I remember thinking she was so full of life and had such an amazing vision, not just with her jewelry but with everything she did. I was in awe of her talent as a jewelry designer, still am. Her jewelry is timeless and makes you feel so feminine.
When we started her project she knew exactly what she liked and disliked. What started out as a client relationship, quickly grew into a close friendship that has grown over the years. Becky was one of our first clients where I felt so at ease and really enjoyed working with her. We had so much fun running all over Bali sourcing amazing pieces and turning her Villa into a beautiful home. She reminded me why I love what I do so much and how intimate of an experience it is to design someone’s home. To see the personal transformation they go through in creating a space that makes them happy and is a reflection of their life. I see her as a friend for life, an auntie to my boys and of course one of the most amazing jewelry designers today. I’m usually always wearing something Ana Beck, so should you!

 

 
What inspires you? Where do you draw your inspiration from?


I am inspired by life around me and constant change in my environment. Whether I am spending my afternoon in Venice Beach or taking a trip somewhere, I am always gathering inspiration.

 

In a few sentences how would you describe your style?


My style is primarily classic with a little bit of edge and sometimes a dash of something bohemian. I am generally very relaxed but I also really love a chic and tailored look.

 

 
What does good design mean to you?


Good design is something that is well-made, has a unique feel yet timeless. A good design is something that can be invested in due to it’s versatility and knowing I will have it for many years to come.

 

When and how did you first find your passion for the jewelry world?


My passion for jewelry evolved over 20 years ago as a student in Nepal. I studied abroad there doing an internship with a local silversmith where I made my first pair of lapis earrings.

 

What do you love most about your career/passion?


What I love most is that it’s always changing and it stems from my own creative journey. I am inspired by all of the amazing women that become connected to the brand and the stories they share with me.

 

Who would be your dream client to design for?


Isabel Marant, my favorite French designer. I admire her style and her story. Her designs are very chic, eclectic and edgy but still maintain a relaxed and free spirit energy. City girl meets a free spirited traveler.

 

 
How do you typically start your day?


Normally I begin with 20-30min of meditation then I will spend some time journaling while I indulge in a coffee and snuggles with my dog, Lucy.

 

How do you typically end your day?


I find that I unwind best by reading a good book and relaxing in the tub.

 

 
What do you love most about the city you live in?


I love the diversity of cultures and that every neighborhood has a very distinct feel. Many people view LA as a large city but when you look at all of the different areas, it’s really the perfect balance between city and nature. You can experience so many different things in just one place.

 

Where is your most favorite place to travel and why?


I have so many favorites but I would say Bali, Indonesia because it still feels like home after living there for 5 years. It’s a place where I have discovered a lot but there is still so much to explore and uncover.

 

 
What was the best piece of advice given to you when you were first getting started?


Not to quit my day job and test the market out. I learned the industry by getting into it wholesale sales and learning about different markets. By not quitting my day job I was able to expand my knowledge about the industry until I was ready to launch my business and fully do my own thing.

 

What’s the best piece of advice would you give to someone starting off in the jewelery business?


Create something that’s unique and recognizable but that’s distinctly yours. Find your signature look that others will recognize. Create a brand that is distinctly you and easily decipherable.

 

What is your favorite go to product at the moment?


Right now I would say, Lotus Love Beauty. I love their coconut & verbena candles & bath products. I love her products and can’t get enough of them.

 

What is your astrological sign?


Taurus

 

 
What are you most proud of?


I would have to say the women that buy and collect Anna Beck. I love that they buy and invest in themselves. I’m also proud of our involvement with Bumi Sehat, our Bali based charity that we continue to work with. They provide free healthcare for expectant mothers in Bali and other places in Southeast Asia.

 

What projects are you currently working on?


I am creating a new necklace for Bumi Sehat where all of the profits will go to help expectant mothers in Nepal that have been affected by the recent earthquakes.

 

What’s next for you? What’s your future looking like?


Creating capsule collections that expand into lifestyle and branching into other product categories.

 

You can follow Becky and keep up with all things Anna Beck on annabeck.comInstagramFacebook,Pinterest and Twitter.

Love, the Sisters

The Banana Leaf Trend

The Banana Leaf Trend

July 27, 2015

 
We always love bringing nature into the home. Whether it’s the real thing or the idea of it, it always adds flare to a space. Right now we’re loving the tried and true Banana Leaf.
You can throw it on the wall with some fabulous wall paper, upholster a chair or a sofa, wrap it around a lamp shade, weave it onto a pillow, or you can even throw it on the table and dine with it!
The shade of green in a banana leaf, to us, is the true color green. Its shape is tailored yet dynamic. When you see it, it reminds you of tropical bliss. Those times when you were down at the beach, with friends, away from any and all responsibilities. Why wouldn’t you want to be reminded of that on a daily basis by incorporating it into your home?
Used in it’s natural form is just as powerful. We love throwing banana leaves into a large glass jar. Or planting some in pots to flank a doorway.
The good news is this shape and color goes with so much it’s hard to get it wrong. So, just go for it and have fun!

 

Love, the Sisters

Latest Creation: A Dreamy Master Bedroom

Latest Creation: A Dreamy Master Bedroom

July 17, 2015

 
We would like to introduce you to the Molocznik family! A family we have been working with since 2013. They are the dreamiest client as they are not only the sweetest couple, but they have a lot of fun projects up their sleeves that keep us busy! We have converted a guest bedroom into a playroom completely equipped with a custom built-in fort, and vintage fairies to interact with. We have designed a beautiful and bright kitchen, family room and dining room for the family as well! We recently finished the master bedroom which will make you want to crawl up with a book and quickly fall asleep. Since we specialize in transformations they needed a complete makeover. You can see the before and after’s here. As you can see the green walls were an eye sore and the furniture was outdated.

 

 
When we asked what their vision was they said they wanted a brighter room, with a serene and peaceful feeling. They were also lacking a place to curl up and read books with their two small girls (and soon to be baby boy). Storage was also an issue as their existing master closet was not big enough for the two of them. How many of us have this problem? We know we do!


It was obvious to us to paint the walls a softer, taupe grey and add the timeless wainscoting, which you can never go wrong with! When selecting furniture, again we wanted a classic and timeless look without being too pretentious. The Louie XVI collection from Restoration Hardware was an easy sell. We topped off the bedding with a collection of pillows from one of our favorite textile designers, John Robshaw. The pillows were a struggle as they often end up on the floor, so we suggested a end of bed trunk to house them when the bed isn’t made. We sourced this unique, one of a kind trunk imported from Bali to add a bit of juxtaposition to the room. If you ask us, it works perfectly!

 

 
In the far corner we provided them with an extremely large and comfy chair that would accommodate two small bodies and a parent to cuddle and read. We chose the deep indigo blue as the pop of color and we made this work with the client’s love of grey and the John Robshaw decorative pillows.


We grounded the room with a large shag rug which tied everything together!

 

 
At the end of the day the client was beyond thrilled with the turn out. A night and day difference from where they were before and now they have a serene and peaceful place in the home to escape and relax.

Love, the Sisters

The Open Shelf Rule

The Open Shelf Rule

July 03, 2015

 
There’s one rule and one rule only when it comes to open shelving in your kitchen. Keep it organized! As far as we’re concerned there’s nothing more exciting than a beautiful display of perfectly organized open shelving. We pulled together some of our favorite looks. We hope this inspires you to open up your shelving and keep it organized!

 

Love, the Sisters

Current Crush: Designer Molly McGrath

Current Crush: Designer Molly McGrath

June 25, 2015

 
(Elaina) I first met Molly while studying at UC Berkeley. She was studying architecture and at first site I remember thinking she was so pretty with her rosy cheeks, bright green eyes and blond bob. She had great style, she was smart and had such fun energy. I was immediately drawn to her and knew we would be good friends one day. A few years later after many outings and parties together we got to be room mates. This is when I really saw what an incredible artist she was through her architectural designs. I have always admired her eye for design and aesthetic.
We’ve remained close friends over the years and I’ve watched her evolve from being a successful architect to recognizing that there was something more brewing inside her creative mind. She listened and decided to risk it all and follow her desire to design jewelry. I love this about her.


She applies her knowledge of design, materials, surface and shape to her jewelry. Her designs are fun and feminine. They’re smart and unique. I love keeping an eye on her to see what she continues to create. I encourage you to do the same. Please meet our long time crush: Molly McGrath.

 

 
What inspires you? Where do you draw your inspiration from? 
I’m inspired by surface design, be it architecture, graphics, or textiles. I draw a lot of inspiration from my travels, and from new materials and production techniques – I love figuring out how to make things.

 

 
In a few sentences how would you describe your style? 
Brightly minimal, playful, and precise.
​When and how did you first find your passion for the jewelery, art, design world? 
My mom is a landscape designer, and her mom was an artist, teacher, and world traveler. They have both filled their lives with beauty and have definitely passed on their appreciation of design to me.

 

 
What do you love most about your career/passion?
 The thrill of discovering a new way of making something, sharing my work with other people, and the satisfaction of running my own business.

 

Who would be your dream client to design for? 
Maharam or Marimekko.

 

How do you typically start your day? 
Coffee and getting the laser cutters running!

 

How do you typically end your day? 
A walk in Corona Heights Park or a run on the Wiggle, hanging out with my husband Sai.

 

 
What do you love most about the city you live in? (San Fransisco)
I love living in the city where my Dad grew up, the natural beauty, the food …

 

Where is your most favorite place to travel and why?
 Hmm, tough one. Probably Morocco and Japan because they were the most foreign and visually stimulating in all regards – landscape, design, craft, culture.

 

 
What was the best piece of advice given to you when you were first getting started? 
People were so encouraging, I really remember that!

 

What’s the best piece of advice would you give to someone starting off in the jewelery/design business? 
Do what excites you and also what differentiates you from other designers.

 

What is your favorite go to product at the moment? 
I’m obsessed with dutch supertax fabrics. 

 

 
What is your astrological sign? 
Libra

 

What are you most proud of? 
My relationships with my friends and family. : )

 

 
What projects are you currently working on? 
Laser-etched leather pillow and succulent vessels

 

What’s next for you? What’s your future looking like? 
I really want to get into textiles – I envision spending a lot of time on that in the future!

 

What does good design mean to you? 
I’m not sure I could really say, it is so subjective! It is so difficult for me to sum up the types of design I like – there are so many!

 

See more of Molly’s work on her website and Instagram @mollymdesigns.

Love, the Sisters

Design Guide: 10 Tips for a Fresh, New Look in Your Home

Design Guide: 10 Tips for a Fresh, New Look in Your Home

June 14, 2015

With summer on its way are you feeling in a rut? Need some help giving your home a fresh new vibe? Here are some helpful tips to get you out of your funk and see your home in a whole new light. 

 

 
1. You can never have enough pillows
Two pairs of pillows give a simple look. However, multiple pillows with contrasting 
colors and patterns make a bold and fun statement!

 

 
2. Buy a big bed or sofa
Furniture that’s too small can make a small room feel smaller. Go Big! In the bedroom a tall bed with a high headboard will make the room feel taller as well.

 

 
3. Open the cabinets when the guests come
Keep your armoire open in the living room when your guests come. Let them into your secrets (I guess this depends on what your secrets are). Showcase your collections or china! They make for great conversations.

 

 
4. Go Dark
Painting a room a dark color does the opposite of what you think. It actually makes the room feel larger and creates an illusion of no corners. Therefore, the room feels endless!

 

 
5. Wallpaper is in
Adding some pattern can completely change the feel of a space. Whether it’s a small corner or an entire room, wallpaper has made a big comeback and is a surefire way to give your room a fresh look.

 

 
6. Use an Area Rug in the Bathroom
Instead of a bath mat, be different and use an area rug. It will make the space more interesting.

 

 
7. White will work


When in doubt paint your walls white. Use dome white furnishings and accents. There is nothing more fresh than an all white space (I know we just told you to go dark… So depending on your space and style, you can choose the best option for you).

 

 
8. Mix and Match Styles
Mix matching styles such as Modern with Antique is a great way to wow your guests! For example; using a four poster bed in a modern room, perfection.

 

 
9. Layer your lighting
The more light sources the better! At least two for ambient light and two for direct task light. This allows you to create different moods in your space.

 

10. Kick the traditional coffee table to the curb
The most versatile coffee table you will ever own is an ottoman with a tray on it.

 

Happy almost summer everyone! What are some of your favorite ways to give your space a makeover? 

Love, the Sisters

Design Guide: Tips To Make Your Home More Environmentally Friendly (Without a Sacrificing Good Design Style)

Design Guide: Tips To Make Your Home More Environmentally Friendly (Without a Sacrificing Good Design Style)

June 11, 2015

We are often asked about eco-friendly products and/or tips on making your home more eco-friendly when designing and decorating. We tell people all the time that it’s very easy to make the smallest change in your design choices and lifestyle to live a more eco-friendly and planet conscious life without sacrificing style. It’s a lot easier than you may think.
Over the years we have compiled our favorite tips and today we are going to share them with you!

 

1. Want hardwood floors? Opt for bamboo. Bamboo is considered an environmentally friendly flooring material due to its high yield and the relatively fast rate at which it re-grows! It takes just four to six years for bamboo to mature, compared to 50-100 years for typical hardwoods. Wow! Just be sure to look for installers that use formaldehyde-free glues.
2. Use healthier paint. Typical and standard paints contain ingredients such as solvents, toxic metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause smog, ozone pollution and indoor air quality problems with negative health effects. Yuck! These unhealthy ingredients are released into the air while you’re painting, while the paint dries and even after the paints are completely dry. What!? Opt instead for zero- or low-VOC paint, made by most major paint manufacturers today. Thank goodness!
3. Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. A no brainer for us, so simple! These bulbs are now available to fit many and most light fixtures AND can be found at the grocery store! These lil bad boys (not so bad, huh?) use just a quarter of the electricity of regular incandescent bulbs. Plus, they last up to 10 times longer. Again, a NO BRAINER!

 
4. Let the sun shine. The cheapest and most environmentally sound heat and light source is just outside your window! Ha! Open blinds, drapes, and shutters to let solar energy warm and brighten your home naturally! So much better, right?

 

 
5. Grow plants indoors. Live plants around your home act as natural air filters, and some plants are particularly effective absorbers of harmful pollutants emitted from carpets, furniture, and electronic equipment. Who knew? So clean your indoor air and “green” your home by filling it with spider plants, Boston ferns, rubber plants, and palm trees!

 

6. Green up your appliances. Getting rid of that old refrigerator in the garage could save you as much as $150 a year. The fridge in the garage is such a grandma thing to do, get rid of it already! Appliance use comprises about 18% of a typical home’s total energy bill with the fridge being one of the biggest energy hogs. If any of your appliances are more than 10 years old, the EPA suggests replacing them with energy-efficient models that bear their “Energy Star” logo. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10%-50% less energy and water than standard models. According to the Energy Star site, if just one in 10 homes used energy-efficient appliances it would be equivalent to planting 1.7 million new acres of trees. Um…what a great excuse to go get you that new dishwasher you always wanted! The kind that you don’t even have to rinse your dishes beforehand! A win/win to us!
7. Reduce Your Want List. The hardest one for us! Ask yourself if that item you have your eye on is a want or a need. If it is a need, look for products that are produced sustainably as well as ones that are recyclable and made from recycled materials. If your home decorating wish list has entire rooms highlighted, look for ways to refresh the space without redoing the entire room. There may be smaller home decorating projects that make more sense. Reduce your design footprint!

 
8. Decorate with Natural Fibers. If redecorating your bedroom is on the list, purchase new bedding made from natural organic fibers such as cotton, linen or bamboo (So soft!). Update your drapes or select chair and sofa covers that are made of natural fabrics.

 

 
9. Reuse Creatively. Your green décor can be a showcase for finding a new purpose for your furnishings. For example; try saving interesting glass bottles and jars from the recycle bin and use them throughout the house as vases, candle holders and collectibles. Try putting your collection of seashells to use in your bathroom and set the stage for your next creative idea. Also, giving a piece of furniture a makeover with a lil spray paint never hurt anyone (low VOC paint, of course)! 

 

 
10. Purchase Pre-Owned Furniture. Picking up green décor through garage sales, flea markets and online like Craigslist, can help you fill up empty spaces with gently used furnishings. Remember, hosting your own garage sale or selling unwanted items online can help you recycle your old furnishings. And donating to certain charities not only makes you feel good but the tax write off can help too! One man’s junk, is another man’s treasure.

Love, the Sisters

Our Latest Creation: Johnson Bath

Our Latest Creation: Johnson Bath

June 08, 2015

 
We cannot begin to tell you how much fun we had with this client and project. April and Todd Johnson reached out to us in major need of a bathroom makeover. April’s first attempt to add some boldness to this guest bathroom, which also functions as the only downstairs bathroom, was quite the disappointment. She was going for a jewel-toned green to make the existing white shower and white countertops pop. Instead, she ended up with a very saturated and primary lime green color. See the before photos here.

 

 
When we first walked into the home of the Johnson’s we were blown away by their existing art collection and antiques that were handed down by April’s parents. We quickly picked up on their style and appreciation for the fine details and old world vibe. April had already executed the blend of old and new with her antiques collection mixed with the modern touches of today. A perfect combination for this young family with the two cutest toddler boys, who often ran quickly past us at every meeting!

 

 
After some quick programming we went to work. We immediately knew we wanted to switch out the polished nickle for polished brass and that wallpapering all four walls would give April that bold punch she was originally looking for. Ripping out all of the shower tile was too much of an added cost for a shower that was never going to be used. Instead, we kept the wall tile and only replaced the shower floor tile with a pebbled stone to give it that ethnic vacation feel. Beacuse the shower was never used we turned it into one large terraium with low maintenance, shade loving plants.

 

 
Her only request was to remove the built in vanity all together and install a free standing one. We found this fabulously perfect vanity at one of our favorite sources; Rejuvanation which offers old world, schoolhouse, revival products. With the marble countertops and antiqued mirror I think we nailed this look. Topping it off with a few antique books and knick knacks, April and Todd were beyond thrilled and so are we.

 

 
An escape to another world every time you use the bathroom! What do you think of this space?

Love, the Sisters

Cactus Love

Cactus Love

May 27, 2015

 
These prickly little plants have been warming our hearts lately. We love the desert vibe they give and how low maintenance they are. Let’s face it, not all of us have the green thumb our mother’s may have had, right? No more fretting, these plants are absolutely beautiful and require very little love.

 

 
Head on over to the nearest nursery, and of course, keep it local! There is nothing wrong with the chain stores down the street but supporting your small local nursery, to us, is a no brainer! The insight and customer service your local nursery owner will have is unparalleled so utilize that resource while supporting your community.    

 

 
The beauty of the potted cactus is that the options are endless. You could go big and tall or small and short. No discrimination over here but our personal favorites are the ones that bloom! How fun is that pop of bright pink on top of a green spiky thing? The juxtaposition of this is so stunning. Use them indoors or outdoors, as center pieces or on your nightstand. They can also make smart hostess gifts. Who doesn’t love to add to their plant collection?

 

 
We’re happy to be seeing these guys everywhere. Get out there and pick one up!

Love, the Sisters

Current Crush: Photographer Taryn Kent

Current Crush: Photographer Taryn Kent

May 24, 2015

 

 

 
We discovered she too lived in Encinitas (Our home town and where sister Susanna resides). This was love at first sight for us and since then we have been following her and her work. Little did we know she was not only an unbelievable photographer but traveling the world and capturing all of it’s beauty, one photo at a time. It is our pleasure to introduce to you, our current crush: Taryn Kent

 
What inspires you? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
It’s a combo of things… people, music, travel, fashion, nature, my friends… but I’d say traveling inspires me the most! 

 

In a few sentences how would you describe your style?
Laid back, simple, effortless, a little bit of boho with an edge. I like to be comfortable & current, but also not think to much about it.  

 

What does good photography mean to you?
Good photography makes you feel something… 

 

​When and how did you first find your passion for the photography world?

I started shooting when I was young… both my parents took photos all the time so I learned from them & began documenting my life in junior high. It wasn’t until I started traveling after college that the interest sparked further and it quickly snowballed into a career. 

 

What do you love most about your career/passion? 
The people and places my camera has lead me to… every day is different! 

 

What is your dream photography job/client?
Um… I mean shooting & traveling for Cleobella has been pretty close to a dream job to me! I’d love to shoot for a big publication like Vogue or Travel+Leisure.

 

 
How do you typically start your day?
A cup of Irish black tea & a walk with my two pups
 
How do you typically end your day?
Chill time with my man… or reading

 

What do you love most about the city you live in?
I love the vibe of Leucadia… everyone is happy and active. I love how simple & funky it is. 

Where is your most favorite place to travel and why?
So hard to choose… but New Zealand was one of my favorite places I’ve been and I’m dying to go back. it’s just so beautiful and untouched… and the people are some of the kindest I’ve ever met. Its my happy place for sure. 

 

What was the best piece of advice given to you when you were first getting started?
Dream big… you can really have whatever you want in life if you believe in it. 

 

What’s the best piece of advice would you give to someone starting off in photography?
Post your work… start a blog or post on social media – let people see what you’re creating. It pushes you and leads you in the right direction.

 

 
What is your favorite go to product at the moment?
Loving my new high-pigment lip pencil from Bite Beauty (also at Sephora) 

 

What is your astrological sign?
Leo

 

What are you most proud of?
Working for myself, it’s the hardest and most rewarding job I’ve ever had.

What projects are you currently working on? 
I’m leaving next week for another trip to Bali with Cleobella, which I’m super excited about. I’ll be shooting a few things for them out there including their Holiday lookbook. I also just shot an editorial story in Mexico for an online travel magazine. 

 

What’s next for you? What’s your future looking like?
I have a few projects I’m working on… some collaborations I’m excited about. I’m also hoping to take a personal travel trip soon to shoot for myself. 

 

Good design is…?
Everything

 

Check out more of Taryn’s work at TarynKent.com

Love, the Sisters

Our Latest Creation: Villa Aloha

Our Latest Creation: Villa Aloha

May 21, 2015

 
Villa Aloha came at the perfect time for us. We were both manifesting another bohemian inspired project to come to us and shortly after…Villa Aloha arrived! The client is a single, young and successful woman from the States jumping back and forth and looking for a fun, colorful and light-filled space to call home while in Bali. This project was a complete renovation. The house was old and starting to fall apart, the materials previously used were outdated and not ideal, the entire home needed a facelift. We dove in with the intent to maximize results with minimal cost. It’s amazing what paint can do. Our immediate response was “Let’s paint it white”! We needed a fresh canvas to work with. 

 

 
From there we added the turquoise accent as the client wanted the house to feel beachy. It was a great color palette to work with, easy to throw in pops of color with the textiles and carpets.

 

 
The pool cabana was created from scratch to provide an additional lounging area with adequate shade. Bali can be hot! In the kitchen and Dining area we kept the foundation but designed a new roof and new kitchen cement tiles and custom teak waterfall bar.

 

 
The client was very interested in procuring authentic Indonesian and Balinese antiques, which made the sourcing experience fun. Most of the pieces in the house are old and of great quality. We did have a lot custom made but we also used old beautiful recycled teak wood and called upon our trusted local carpenters.

 

 
The house has a very laid back vibe with gorgeous rice paddy views. It’s set up well for entertaining, with a beautiful open living room, spacious open aired kitchen and dining area as well as a pool cabana that is designed for lounging or festive dinner parties. This was a fun project, which is the most important thing! Who wants to hop on a plane and fly to Bali now?

Love, the Sisters

Design Guide: Achieving the Bohemian Look

Design Guide: Achieving the Bohemian Look

May 14, 2015

You already know us sisters are big fans of stylish bohemian and ethnic inspired décor. If you want to emulate the beauty of an ethnic design in your home, there are vital tips to remember, however most important to keep in mind is; it’s never too much! The goal in creating this eclectic look is to make the space you are designing stimulating and over the top. Here are our top 5 tips in achieving this bohemian look: 

 

 
1. Use lots of color: Find compatible color combinations that speak to you and reflect your personality. Draw inspiration from your places of travel or a specific culture of interest.

 

 
2. Mix and match patterns: Pull your patterns in with an area rug, window treatments, and decorative pillows. The most important thing when mixing patterns is scale, work in odd numbers. For example, pick three patterns; a large print, a medium pattern and a smaller graphic. Throwing in a solid can sometimes help rest the eye.

 

 
3. Merge wood tones: Think of the woods that are indigenous to the culture that inspires you. Bring them in with flooring and furnishings. Think texture with carvings, mix dark and natural, and/or treated and untreated. 

 

 
4. Accessorize: Sculptures and artwork representing other cultures are excellent conversation pieces. Display antiques and vintage pieces to make your space personal. Add photographs from your personal adventures or travel books on the places you’ve been.

 

5. Select interesting furnishings: When choosing furniture, think shape. Opt for pieces that have an interesting form and texture. Pick out architectural pieces that remind you of different cultures. Don’t be afraid to mix and match style periods, such as modern with Old World, this sort of merger makes a grand statement.

 

When in doubt go for it, have fun and make it personal!

Love, the Sisters

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

May 10, 2015

In celebrating all the moms out there, we thought we would interview our mother to give you all a better sense of the kind of amazing woman she is! She is a huge part of why we Sisters do what we do. She has supported us through every adventure we have chosen to take on.  Whether it’s packing up and moving to Bali or changing your major your fourth year in college to Interior Design, she has been there to guide us and does so with a beautiful sense of grace. Our gratitude for this woman will never be explained through words. In an attempt to share a piece of our mother with you all, we hope you enjoy this interview:

 

1. What’s your favorite part about being a mother?
My favorite part of motherhood is you never know what will happen next. It could be something that makes you laugh out loud or cry deeply. It definitely is a pathway that has it’s challenges but I wouldn’t change one precious moment of it.

 

2.  What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your lifetime?
Biggest challenge, marriage…mainly because in close relations you learn a lot about yourself.

 

3.What inspires you?
Inspiration is in the wind…I look outside I see it move the trees, I feel it glide across my face and I am inspired. It’s usually a feeling more than a thing.

 

4. What was the best piece of advice you were given before coming a mother?
Best advice was from my mom, she told me to get ready for the ride of my life. I guess that’s more of a warning.

 

5. Out of all the places in the world you have traveled, where is your favorite? Why?
Favorite travel places Ireland and Italy…somehow I feel I belong there. And Bali because a very precious part of my family lives there.

 

6. Where do you think you draw your own personal style from?
Having been born and raised on the East coast and a love of history has influenced my fashion and decorating style.

 

7. What is your favorite color?
Favorite colors at this time are blue, yellow and the color of my Jacaranda tree.

 

8. What is your favorite thing to do?
Favorite thing to do… Cooking a big meal and sharing it with family.

 

9. Any advice for soon to be Mother’s?
Take time for yourself. Act don’t react…advice from my sister, Stacy.

 

10. Any thoughts on your three kids?
Your dad and I were given three precious gifts with you children. Gifts that we have cherished and am forever thankful for.

 

Quick Questions:
Old or New? Old.
Black or White? White.
Red Wine or White Wine? White wine except while in Rome.

 

Love, the Sisters

The Mexican Blanket

The Mexican Blanket

May 06, 2015

 
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Welove the beauty of the Mexican blanket and how proud it makes us of our Mexican heritage. They are gorgeous, long lasting and so warm. We enjoy incorporating the blankets into our spaces for their function, as well as their vibrant colors and beautiful craftsmanship. 
Seeing new creative ways the universally recognized textile is now used is inspiring, everything from upholstering dining room chairs, headboards and more! Toss them on tables or benches for a summer party and immediately make your guests feel comfortable while adding a splash of bold color.

 

Love, the Sisters

Behind the Scenes of a San Diego Photoshoot

Behind the Scenes of a San Diego Photoshoot

April 24, 2015

 
Photoshoot days are our favorite, they can be long and tiresome but we love leaving our desks and enjoying the final process of our work. We arrive two hours early to style and tidy up, swinging by Trader Joe’s first to pick up fresh fruit and flowers. We also like to bring some of our favorite pieces from home along, as well. We always work with our talented photographer Jim from Linova Photography, with two creative minds we can sometimes drive each other crazy! Once Jim arrives we go over all the shots we want and start shooting. Every detail is important to us so styling and reassessing shots continues until the very end! 
See our behind the scenes of a photoshoot in Bali here!

 

Love, the Sisters

Pineapple Crush

Pineapple Crush

April 18, 2015

 
We remember pineapple being a staple at our grandmother’s home in sunny Encinitas and we love that we are seeing them pop up more and more in design and styling everywhere. It’s easy to love this happy fruit and working it into the decor in your home is a great way make a space look fresh and whimsical. Skip the flowers and add a pineapple to the table settings at your next backyard party, it is the symbol of hospitality after all! 

 

Love, the Sisters

Bring the Festival Home

Bring the Festival Home

April 09, 2015

 
With the first weekend of Coachella upon us, we are feeling the excitement and inspiration of one of our favorite events. Although you may not want to bring home the heat or that questionable festival fling… the pool parties, camping and of course, the heart pounding live music makes us want to keep the weekend going forever. There’s no reason why we can’t take the spirit of Coachella and use it to revive a space. Bold prints, fur throws, hanging plants and a cool, laid-back vibe is giving us festival fever. 

 

 

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Love, the Sisters

On Trend: Copper

On Trend: Copper

March 30, 2015


 
1. Elle Decoration 2. Moscow Mule Mugs 3. Essie “Magic Hour” 4. KitchenAid Mixer 6. Pendant light by Tom Dixon.

 

We cannot get enough of copper at the moment! This metallic trend isn’t going anywhere soon and we couldn’t be happier about it. Whether you invest in the shade for your KitchenAid mixer or just experiment with it on your nails we think it’s a look worth trying. What do you think of the copper trend?

Love, the Sisters

The Sisters Featured on Cleobella!

The Sisters Featured on Cleobella!

March 23, 2015

 

 

Love, the Sisters

Behind the Scenes of a Bali Photoshoot

Behind the Scenes of a Bali Photoshoot

March 17, 2015

 
A lot goes into a typical photoshoot here in Bali. For the most part I like to take my own accessories from the house to style a space. When a space needs flowers we order from our favorite florist, Bloomz, we just send them some concept photos with size and quantity requirements and they always understand our vision. I also like to use fruit as props, here in Bali the bright tropical fruit can really add to a space and the markets are fun and colorful excursions! The weather also plays a big role, right now we are in the rainy season so lighting can be an issue for a shoot. We rely on the photographer for the technical aspects but, since we are the ones who created the space we’re very involved in directing and are always hands-on during our shoots. 
Photoshoots are a lot of work, they can be long and exhausting and the heat here in Bali only adds to the challenge, but they are a creative collaboration with the photographer and allow us to enjoy and share the final product of our projects and we love that!

 

Love, the Sisters

4Corners Office Tour

4Corners Office Tour

February 27, 2015

Stylish DecoratorCactus HouseStylish WorkspaceGold Hanging TerrariumMoodboardMoodboardArea RugRoses on DeskCute BenchSusanna Cactus

Earlier this year we moved into our bungalow-style studio located near the beach in Encinitas, CA and it’s where we work when we’re in San Diego. We keep the vibe relaxed and cozy, a typical day starts with lighting some candles, turning on the music and brewing a pot of coffee. With it’s natural light and ocean view our bungalow is the perfect space to work on projects and gather inspiration!

Love, the Sisters

Stripes: And Why They Will Always Work

Stripes: And Why They Will Always Work

February 25, 2015

 
No matter the size of the stripe, whether it’s traditional or unconventional, the stripe will always draw your eye. It’s the most powerful yet neutral and easy pattern to work with. A bold and strong stripe is best when used in smaller spaces or where folks won’t be lingering; like the foyer, hallway or powder room. When using them on furniture or with your accessories like pillows the fool-proof method is mixing them with a floral and a solid. It will never fail you!
Stripes are the most classic, never-ending trend out there! They have been around since the beginning of time and will never go out of style. When in doubt, use a stripe! It will be the biggest and boldest statement in your space. Trust us on this one! We pulled together our favorite uses of the stripe. Tell us what you think!

 

Love, the Sisters

Our Picks : Pillows Under $50

Our Picks : Pillows Under $50

February 25, 2015

Pillows are an accessory that you’ll always need, and with the wide range of prices it’s often overwhelming when working within a budget! Luckily there are amazing deals accessible to almost anyone, not just for designers. We rounded up our top nine pillows to share with you, all under 50$! With these prices, you’re bound to have a pillow party and create a fab sofa or bench scene.

 

Etsy – 123 .
West Elm – 123.
Target – 123.

Love, the Sisters

Our Current Blog Crushes

Our Current Blog Crushes

February 25, 2015

 
You may already know about these fabulous bloggers…but these days we find ourselves frequenting them on the regular for design inspiration.  If you haven’t stumbled across these creative do-er’s then get your lil butts to their design mecca’s and check them out.
Brittney Makes:  For project tutorials, and color overload!
New Darlings:  For a freakishly adorable husband and wife duo with mad mid century modern style, and MAJOR hair envy.  (Christina, your hair is to dye for!!!!)
House of Hipsters:  For “down to earth, I can actually achieve this look” design inspiration! Love it!
My Scandinavian Home:  For everything you wish your home was.

Love, the Sisters

Welcome

Welcome

February 25, 2015

Welcome

 
Hello and welcome to the blog of Elaina Samaniego Myers and Susanna Samaniego. Together we are 4Corners International Design Concepts, a sister duo that splits time between North County San Diego and Bali Indonesia. We create award winning designs from beach bungalows in the far east to million dollar estates on the west coast. Here are some of the spaces we’ve created and you can check out more of our projects here.

 

Stylish Decorator Cactus House Stylish Workspace Gold Hanging Terrarium Moodboard Moodboard

Love, the Sisters